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Paradigm Lost: Why the rEVOLution Has Not Been Televised

To those who care about such things, the silence of the media about the extraordinary events around Ron Paul's campaign is deafening.

Some see conspiracy. I don't. I see the expected reaction to a paradigm shift -- a complete change in the concepts we use to make sense of our politics and culture.

An excellent illustration of the power of a "paradigm" is the Perceptions of Incongruity experiment that was conducted at Harvard in 1949.

In this experiment, subjects were shown playing cards and asked to call out what they saw. They would consistently identify the cards correctly. After a while, however, the experimenters would slip in "incongruous cards" in which the colors red and black were switched, such as black hearts or diamonds and red clubs or spades.

What did the subjects see when shown those incongruous cards? They did not see the incongruous cards, but normal playing cards -- the cards they were expecting to see, without noticing the incongruity. For example, when shown a black six of hearts, they might call out simply "six of hearts" or "six of spades" -- neither of which was correct. The subjects didn't misunderstand or misinterpret anything -- they actually misperceived something according to the paradigm in which they were operating -- in this case, "the playing card paradigm," comprising everything they already knew (wrongly) about the cards they were looking at.

Subjects continued to fail to notice the incongruous cards. Eventually, they would exhibit a physiological reaction of discomfort, knowing that something was wrong, but not being conscious of what. Only when they had been forced to look at many incongruous cards for very long times did they "get" what was going on and see what they were looking at. Suddenly, they realized that "the playing card paradigm" did not apply. They finally knew that reality included non-traditional cards. They thus adopted a new paradigm (that included black hearts etc.), and thereafter saw what was in front of their eyes.

As Goethe said, "We see only what we know."

So what do we know about American politics? We "know" that there are two opposing ideologies, Left and Right. We know they are largely staked out by two established parties, Democrats and Republicans. We know that all political positions that are "reasonable" or "mainstream" are represented by them. The trends in American politics can be identified by listening just to them: other views are held by so few that they can be ignored because they can have no significant impact.

All this "knowledge" is false, but it comprises the prevailing paradigm, so we know it nonetheless.

Any paradigm worthy of the name -- such as this American political paradigm -- lasts for a long time and is hard to unlearn.

But when it is about to collapse, a few things happen.

A) Most people ignore or try to "explain away" the data that threaten the old paradigm. B) The old paradigm becomes stretched in increasingly artificial ways to fit all the threatening data. This is called, "saving the phenomenon." C) More parochially, people with a career interest in the old paradigm fight for it with increasing dogmatism.

"Saving the phenomenon" is particularly interesting, and history (as well as everyday life) provides many clear examples. Consider the cosmological paradigm that prevailed for centuries. To a first approximation, heaven is perfect; circles (actually spheres) are perfect; planets are bodies in heaven, and so being perfect, they move around circular paths.

Thus, for centuries the motions of the planets were explained... until enough people made enough observations of planetary orbits that were not, in fact, circular: the circles were actually squashed. But since an entire theology -- and an entire political establishment -- were based on the idea of heavenly bodies' following the particular divine design that was endorsed by society's paradigm makers, the data could not be allowed to make the paradigm false. The "phenomenon had to be saved." Clever men worked out that if the center of a small circle was imagined to travel around a large circle, and a heavenly body traveled around that small circle, then the body would appear not to be traveling around a circle, but the motions would really all still be circular: circles on circles are still circles, and the old paradigm is still correct!

More data had to come in, and people with especially open minds apply themselves to the problem, before observers could actually perceive what they were observing: that heavenly bodies travel in ellipses. When they did, the paradigm shifted: Kepler was then able to formulate his law of planetary motion, political power throughout Europe was redistributed, and soon Newton would formulate gravity.

Admittedly, changes in a prevailing political paradigm are, unlike planets, hard to observe directly if they occur in people's heads, but many important political and cultural changes of our time are much more visible.

For example, the average adult under 30 is expected to feel that there's not much point in engaging in politics because she can't make much of a difference. Politicians are not rock stars and their ideas don't inspire young people to congregate in their thousands in stadiums to get high on old fashioned ideas like liberty or abstruse concerns like monetary policy, chanting their favorite lines from their candidate's "greatest hits" (unless of course, that candidate has already been nominated as his party's presidential candidate). People certainly don't make computer games out their favorite candidate's favorite positions. Hundreds of them don't spend hours writing songs and recording high-quality videos about political issues that turn them on. And, usually, people who read books about the history of central banking for fun don't number in the hundreds of thousands. In short, it's been several decades since so many people became more inspired by politics than by anything else in their lives, and felt so able to make a difference. It also used to be that most politically active, educated and non-religious under-30s voted Democratic, while the number of Americans who were politically active but felt completely unrepresented by either main party was too small to matter.

But the media are people too... and so, like everyone else, they do not see what their current paradigm does not allow.

That is why cable TV has not even considered the extraordinary rise of Independent political registration, the decline of party-political thinking, the upsurge of interest in America's political and historical identity, kids' climbing trees to hear an old white politician tell a story that no mass political movement, let alone party, has told for generations, or the remarkable scenes that are playing out in GOP caucuses around the country as the party breaks its own rules to ensure that those who don't like its anointed candidate cannot choose their own.

It is why the rEVOLution has not been televised.

But it will be.

The very fact that the prevailing paradigm cannot accommodate the cultural and political changes in the USA, or even the GOP, is evidence that those changes are radical enough to establish a new one.

Eventually, when the gap between what is so and what everyone "knows" becomes too large, it becomes impossible to carry on everyday life without seeing it, admitting it, and dealing with it. That point may finally be in sight.

This week, some people who both operate in, and shape, the prevailing paradigm came up against that impossibility for the first time. Two cable networks - Fox and MSNBC - discretely acknowledged that Ron Paul was now winning states (IA, MN etc.) and that it was likely (Fox actually ventured "inevitable") that he would win enough states to be on the ballot with Romney at the GOP convention for the presidential nomination.

Whether that happens is much less important than the paradigm shift that has led to it, for when paradigms shift, history is made.

We may not yet have a new narrative. But the old one just cracked.

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Good analysis, but it's far more simple.

Goes back to greed of money. Ron Paul is the only guy who'll shut down their free flowing money machine, and niether party can stomach such an archane idea. They're not about to allow that to happen. Probably good for Dr. Paul to not threaten any more. These people play nasty. Just ask the Kennedy family. Between the GOP and the Democrats, the media is easiliy in tow.

alan laney


Those that benefit from counterfeiting are protecting counterfeiting.

This is the first thread I thought about

This is the first thread I thought of when Doug Wead made his announcements yesterday. His job in the campaign is centered around public opinion, and this is the perception by which we need to gear our comments to the world.

As a reinforcement to the OP, here's a reminder of what the "MSM" is:

That was a great read!

And very encouraging!

"We may not yet have a new

"We may not yet have a new narrative. But the old one just cracked."

I agree with the whole piece except that last bit. I was under the impression I was reading such a new narrative. Great job! Excellent analysis. Another thing to consider is that media has been declining for a long time now, viewership, readership, profit (if any). It's all going down the drain for them. Ron Paul isn't the first phenomenon they didn't see coming, underestimated and didn't understand.

We don't know who pays for the media so we don't see who does...

Journalism is a for-profit business and it has always needed to be so first and foremost in order to stay in business. It has always been this way and it is just by contrast more obvious to us now since the emergence of the blogosphere, which is able to operate at a much lower overhead and can obtain information at almost no expense and is not compromised by the need to print stories in a manner that keeps those paying for the large operating expenses of traditional journalistic ventures happy. The blogosphere doesn’t need for 95% of its operating revenue to come from what publication businesses really sell, which is Public Relations and Advertising serving outside interests while it is, by itself, the truth doesn’t bring in much in the way of revenue at all.

Because of the free access to internet search engines, the blogosphere does not need to pay salaries to reporters or subscribe to proprietary news services at great expense which thus must be offset by Advertising and Public Relations stories which inherently influence content due to a compromised financial dynamic endemic to all traditional for-profit media sources. It’s not that traditional media is insidious by nature, but they just can’t help but to fudge the truth here and there in the cause of their bottom lines or else they can’t stay in business.

If it had been that whatever we paid for a hard copy of a newspaper twenty years ago actually paid all of the expenses it took to run a newspaper twenty years ago, we would have been reading a lot more truth in the newspapers twenty years ago….but nobody would have ever wanted to pay $25 for a daily copy of the New York Times which instead has been leading its industry in profitablility by telling just enough truth to keep us believing it is believable which is what makes a publication like the New York Times so marketable to those who are willing to buy what it sells for the really big money, which is Public Relations attention submitted to a large and accepting audience.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

"Ron Paul will never be

"Ron Paul will never be president; it's impossible!" is a firm declaration I've heard repeatedly in the last few months. I believe such vehement denials are prompted by the discomfort caused by a deep-down recognition of a paradigm shift one cannot admit. If such people really thought it "impossible" they would not feel compelled to deny it.

This is incredible material.

This is incredible material. Koerner dwells in the future, while helping those still dwelling in the past decipher increased information. Once one steps outside of the old paradigm (the cave), the previous illusions fall away and one is able to see what is before them more clearly. It is only a matter of time before the conventional wisdom catches up to what Mr. Koerner is interpreting for us all.

Hell yeah!!! I love Robin! :)

Dude I live your writing... and when I think about how right you are on the paradigm shift in politics, I think about the similar paradigm shift concerning the collapse of the american dollar and our monetary policy.

Down Under in Australia:

Although most of the people I know only say so jokingly or half-jokingly, there are a few who are clued in to the fact that the MSM is unreliable. In one instance, I had a discussion about the MSM with a friend of mine and her friend. Her friend knew not to trust the news, sensed the quality of TV is on an avalanche and that it was not truth that was being broadcast, but entertainment. My friend... not so much.

The sad thing is that, despite what we were talking about, they were constantly distracted by all the popular shows, all the YouTube, the celebrities, etc etc. I have not watched TV for years, and only watch YouTube to help educate myself or if there's a narrative that has a message behind it. So as I listened to them talk about stuff like Family Guy with a sober mind, I learned how much *noise* there is around me. And how that noise is preventing people from seeing beyond what they know.

Because of the distance between you the USA and us Australians, not many people know Ron Paul here. All they know is what MSM has filtered to them, which is unreliable and drowned in noise. As a result, not only do they only "see what they know" - that there is now only Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, and that Ron Paul is a "dangerous kook" without a hint of public support - their thoughts stop working and cannot see beyond what they've been conditioned to accept. It doesn't help that Australia appears to be an island.

What keeps me going is that I know that there are seeds over here who know exactly what is going on. They're just waiting for you guys to shine like the sun and for Ron Paul to water the Tree of Liberty. And then, I hope, the ideas will spread like wildfire, debunk the false paradigm and awaken the world around.

I have faith in you! RON PAUL 2012!

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.

The False Paradigm

"We "know" that there are two opposing ideologies, Left and Right."

Read Carroll Quiggley, Tradegy and Hope - page 1247

"The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can "throw the rascals out" at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy."

You misunderstood.

The reason why he had the word know in " " is because we don't really know. That IS the false paradigm. People think they know reality but it is the opposite.

A Greek philosopher once said...

"True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing."

I can say from experience that the moment I stopped holding on to conditioned beliefs, was when I really started to gain real knowledge. It's evident that this site is full of people who have experienced the same.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


I worked in the media for many years.

This is a problem with the journalists' need to be right and think they know more than the average guy. They have operated in this paradigm for so long and to see evidence they may not only have been hoodwinked for all these years, but due to ignorance they also contributed to the hoodwinking, is just too much for them to accept.

I saw journalists presented with the Ron Paul campaign in '08 refuse to accept that the political landscape is anything other than what they have participated in and reported on for many years.

And in order to be right in their mind, they stubbornly ignored Dr. Paul and his campaign. To do otherwise would be admitting they were wrong and there are average Joes in the streets that might know more than them about the things they like to feel they are experts about.

"Do right and risk the consequences”
― Sam Houston

Calling the Insightful "Paulbots" Didn't Help, Either

If the audience thinks you're nuts, and ignores your reporting, most will be assigned other duties.

What do you think?

Someday history teachers

Will relate old stories about those famous political parties of the past - the whigs, the torries, the republicans, the democrats... Can't wait!


Our children will get a REAL Education rather than Indoctrination. Kids are taught garbage these days, it's just sickening. I'm strongly considering homeschooling my kids when I have them. More and more people do it each year for a reason.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Masterfully written

thank you!

"Insert wise comment here."

"Paradime lost"

That's fantastic

Senator Peter Schiff 2016

May I add....

As a one-time journalism major, I can attest that your typical journalist is not the sharpest knife in the drawer....

Paradigm? Some...Propaganda, others.

The paradigm shift will account for some of the public and even some within the media. The decision makers within the media operate in an entirely different paradigm on a regular basis. Their paradigm makes them very conversant with the idea that they are paid by their sponsors to create the 'truth'. The senior executives of the media look at every bit a information flowing over the public in terms of cause and effect as well as cash flow. It is their responsibility to their stockholders to ensure that the public is manipulated in a way to maximize the sponsors satisfaction and thus the shareholders profits.

The senior executives achieve this through control of what content they allow to be distributed or buried. The reporters over time will have their paradigm shaped just as the media consumers will have theirs manipulated. The main difference being the lower level media personnel know to some degree that their livelihood will be in jeopardy if they step out of line.

I believe the shift we are seeing in the media this past week is more from the loss of revenue as more people recognize the propaganda nature of the media and 'turn them off' in favor of self directed Internet content. Do not believe for a minute that the media is finally waking up to a new reality. They are only regrouping because of unacceptable losses and will be attacking Ron Paul again soon with a new set of tactics. For May 17 Money Bomb!

Paid to be brainwashed.

Let's take the playing card experiment further.

Each time the respondent calls out a card correctly, when playing with the "real" or "congruous" deck of cards, they get a dollar.

So after a few hours, they've got $400.00 or $500.00.

THEN you throw in a card or two that are incorrect, incongruous ... and if they then call the color/suit of an INCONGRUOUS card, with the "normal" color that suit would be within ... they get FIVE, $5.00, dollars.

How long would it then be, before the people, (paid, professional main stream media hacks), realized that some of the cards were the wrong color, for the suit?

I say never.

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He covered that.

"C) More parochially, people with a career interest in the old paradigm fight for it with increasing dogmatism."

"Insert wise comment here."

New York Times/Fox

I'd maybe agree with you if this was just a media blackout. Ron Paul is dealing with disinformation, plain nastiness. And I don't know how I missed this one before now, a New York Times article, dated April 9, "A Living Autopsy of the Ron Paul Campaign" ( I LOVE the top comment: "Does this look like a campaign ready for an autopsy?"

The photo montage shows crowds of thousands from recent months AND a FOX article dated April 4 with the headline, "Where Is Ron Paul?" The first line of that article reads, "The Ron Paul "revolution" has gotten awfully quiet." That would have been right after the Madison rally, which drew 5,200, and before the first California rally, which drew 6,000.

It's not that they can't see it. They see it, all right. They just don't like what they see. But the paradigm shift is coming. Soon the MSM will actually have to start reporting the news - or lose credibility with even their MOR readers and listeners.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

they already have

Most people I talk to already identify that the media is BS. It's too late for many people for the MSM to recover their credibility. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

"Insert wise comment here."

Respectfully, Paradigm view

Paradigm view is the largest issue with the populace, but only with a very few of the talking heads or online outlets.
The talking heads are literally trained to be propagandists in their field of study.
The online outlets would naturally be starving for the opportunity of stories, coverage, and commentary that would make them the new gold-standard of news service.
There is an old saying: Nothing in politics happens by accident.
Just saying.
(Educating about paradigms is a good thing.)

We may be dumb as sheep, but we herd like cats, and are more clever than monkeys. What sane person would think us cattle?

Since mainstream media

is totally dependent on government FCC agency for renewal of its licenses, the media is waiting for some input from the establishment.

But pro-Romney and pro-Obama establishments do not want to alienate Ron Paul supporters and Blue Republicans since they want them in their camps. On the other hand, they have no intention to promote Ron Paul.

Therefore, the media is simply in the wait mode while GOP is waiting on their senior members with clearance who are consulting with CIA (who, in turn, has a vast experience with fake elections abroad) on how they can rig the delegates rules at Tampa. Moment of truth will come soon.

For those of you that liked this paradigm analysis...

Back in the 1980's, Joel Barker, a "Futurist" wrote a book called "Discovering the Future." He also made a short film about paradigms that was used by companies in training classes to get their people to be more open to new ideas. That's how I came across it. Here are the Youtubes:

It was made in 1989 and may seem a little hokey today, but you'll get the idea. Barker uses the card deck example mentioned above and numerous other paradigm examples. My favorite is how the Swiss lost their centuries-old leadership position in watchmaking due to a paradigm shift.

I hope you enjoy this film not just because it gives you a better understanding of Robin's article, but also because it can help you be more successful in whatever line of work you are currently undertaking or dream of undertaking.

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Excellent enjoyable youtube lectures by Joel A Barker!

Many insightful quotable lines:

* When paradigm shifts, everyone goes back to zero: new rules and regulations will be created frequently by "outsiders", who are not blinded by their successful past in the old paradigm.

* "Paradigm pioneers" are those with great faith & courage, who trust in their judgements.

* We must develop the openness to new ideas & willingness to explore different ways of doing things and avoid the illusion that your old paradigm is the only paradigm ("paradigm paralysis").

* You can choose to see the world anew, change the rules & regulations and create & adopt the new paradigm.

What a liberating energizing lecture this was, affirming what Ron Paul has been saying & practicing! Thanks for posting, Stinger44!

You're welcome!

Here's my favorite point:

* "What today is impossible to do in your business, but if it could be done, would fundamentally change what you do?" i.e. "What's impossible today could be the norm tomorrow."

I also like this quip:

* "Those that say it can't be done should get out of the way for that are already doing it."

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That anecdote of totally misunderstanding the

warning shout of "PIG!" was really apt & funny.

I guess to some in the old regime "End The Fed" sounds just as quixotic and outrageous. Absolutely incomprehensible until the paradigm within him/her shifts suddenly at that "ah-ha moment".

Thank you.

Everyone should watch these videos.

I got the cards right but only because I was already expecting them to be wrong. Very interesting and clear example of how we filter our reality with paradigms.

Funny how this information fits into exactly what I'm going through in my personal life at the moment. Synchronicity.

"The world is a dynamic mess of jiggling things, if you look at it right." - Richard Feynman

These videos were excellent

These videos were excellent.

Why can't I upvote?

Excellent piece Robin!!!

I've been inspired:


"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Completely awesome, Freedom

Completely awesome, Freedom Ninja. That is inspired.

Already posted to the Blue Republican FB group... and I have an idea that it would make a fantastic T-shirt.

Thank you for sharing the benefit of your imagination with the rEVOLution!

I'm honoured! Thank you, Robin!

I'm also Canadian. Freedom and Truth have no borders ;)

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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The very first card a la the new RonPaulian paradigm!

Nice graphics, FreedomNinja!

Cheers, Thanks!


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Would you be interested...

... in helping the Blue Republican cause by turning your talents to designing some T-shirts and other merchandise? I have some slogans/ideas in mind ...

Hey Robin

I haven't heard back from you. Sent you a message through the DP contact feature. I provided you with an alternate email to contact me with your ideas. Anyways, just wanted to reach out in a comment reply just in case you didn't get that email.


"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

I think Robin is 100% correct

I think Robin is 100% correct in calling it a paradigm shift when it comes to the majority of the populace and people unintentionally supporting the staus-quo. If people in the "know" actually understand that a paradigm shift is occurring and are actively trying to prevent it to support the status-quo then these people are part of a conspiracy. It seems to me both are playing out. And it's conspiracy of the people at the top slowing down a healthy paradigm shift for the majority of us.


You it nailed it, 24.

"Insert wise comment here."

There is a direct effort to marginalize and suppress Dr. Paul

It doesn't help to try to explain it away. The media is obviously being used to try to marginalize Ron Paul. I wouldn't really call it a conspiracy though, because it's so open and obvious that those paying attention cannot miss it.

And the culprits are as simple as those that benefit from big corrupt government, corporatism, and Federal Reserve counterfeiting not wanting to promote someone advocating getting rid of their sources of stolen revenue.

The thief doesn't turn himself in, nor do those getting paid off.

Your analogy is approriate

No, the thief does not turn himself in nor does he admit he is a thief when confronted with evidence. The fed has become a parasite for some and an enabler for others.


I think Robin is the most articulate writer in our rEVOLution. Hands down.

Thanks Rob

None Dare Call It A Conspiracy

Shadows of Power

Read those two books and re-examine your theory regarding conspiracy and paradigm shift.

Great article, thanks.

Good writing

from Mr. Blue Republican, right?

What is the point of having free will if one cannot spit in the eye of the destiny others leave you with? #ActorofConscience

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"when paradigms shift, history is made."

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I hope Paul Krugman reads this. He needs to. You could tell he knew something was wrong with his logic in the debate with the Doc.

Thanks for sharing.

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