Liberty Is Not For EveryoneSubmitted by Menschken on Fri, 06/14/2013 - 00:29
Its important to realize that the majority of people have never cared about liberty in any place and time. You do not need everyone else to value their liberty, privacy, their personal honor or anything else for you to live these values and maintain them for yourself.
If your position is that you require everyone else to "wake up" or agree with you or share you attitudes and values, in order for them to matter, or for your goals to be achieved, you are going to be deeply disappointed and dissatisfied.
The revelations about NSA are not shocking, nor is the general lack of interest or outrage from the public. Only a minority even follow the most basic msm coverage of what's going on. Of those who do, most do not understand the details or the context, politically or historically.
Their apathy and disinterest is not your problem, because you can determine if your privacy is protected. You are not required to share your information with anyone, you can invest resources and effort in learning how to protect your privacy.
Assume that people will never have much interest in anything beyond their basic security and comfort, materially -- and more importantly, psychologically and emotionally -- by acting in conformity with the behavior and attitudes they believe others have and believe others expect of them. Especially people they look up to or view as authority figures in the status hierarchy. Traditionally, people based their conformity on real hierarchies of status. Today, it is largely the fictional status hierarchies scripted in the media space of television, movies, etc.
If you want to use the modern political process in any effective way, you have to acknowledge what has been understood by realistic people for at least the last century, which is that there is no such thing as democratic or public opinion in the sense of individuals forming their opinions rationally based on intellectual persuasion, evidence, ethical arguments, etc.
Propaganda and marketing influence the majority of voters in modern society, just as they do for consumers in their choice of purchases. Advertisers do not persuade them with arguments, because they accept the simple fact that this is not effective. They embrace the reality of psychology to make money, they don't deceive themselves due to idealism or principle.
Too many of you succumb to self deception due to your political ideals or anachronistic or utopian beliefs about democracy or the individualism in politics that are a relic of pre modern societies. If it ever seemed like individuals acted and thought individually, or valued liberty as a whole, it was merely because elite-to-mass influence channels were smaller, more localized, and property was less concentrated. But it was never actually individualistic, it was just smaller, more diffused groups of elites > followers, and the interests of the former often resulted in a 'individualistic' set of political goals or rights or overall agenda, which followers adopted.
If you want to secure your liberty, your property, your privacy, you have to regard yourselves as an elite, a separate, unique minority with unusual characteristics, above the majority who do not and will never share your goals and priorities.
If you want influence over the direction of political events, you have to exercise influence over mass psychology through the same means the purveyors of power in society use -- propaganda and control of the institutions that actually form opinion and move people in the direction of their beliefs. Not via argument, but via controlling the way viewpoints are presented in the media and in a few narrow academic institutions that rubber stamp acceptable points of view, and disseminate them via a hierarchical status culture in which people adopt public positions and attitudes to achieve status from top to bottom.
That is human nature now and as it has always been, and if you want anything else out of people, you are basically just a utopian opponent of reality. If you find yourself demanding people be something other than what they actually are, if you find yourself concluding that human nature is not up to your standards, take a look in the mirror and realize you are just a few steps shy of being a dangerous fanatic, not far removed from those who thought if they shed enough blood and provided enough "education," they could create a 'New socialist man.' Keep such fantasies in the ethereal realms of the afterlife, like religious believers do.
If you can't do that, if you can't accept that that is how it works, if you can't behave in an organized collective fashion or agree on priorities with each other, make compromises and function in some efficient way, you will have no chance at achieving any influence.
If you just enjoy complaining and being contrarian and lashing out at "the sheep" and believing you're smarter than everyone and everyone is out to get you, and like being a martyr and victim and knowing all the secret conspiracies of the powerful, then you will be very successful, and very impotent, and without much right to any pride.
But if you actually want to achieve security, liberty, privacy and advance yourself and your family going forward in the future, you have to maneuver within the real world of political institutions and operate within the actual laws of human behavior, even though they aren't pretty and don't correspond to ideals you may have adopted during your political awakenings. You have to emerge from political awakening, idealism, to political maturity and realism, and identify what actually matters to you on a practical level.
If you can't be happy or satisfied without "waking up the masses" to agree with you, than you should find a different hobby than politics. If you have the more modest, and more noble goal of securing your OWN liberty, as someone who desires and deserves it, then there is much you can do and achieve individually and as part of a politically active group.
You should value liberty all the more when you realize it belongs to a few and isn't the property of everyone by birth or natural right or by virtue of happening to be born.
If liberty existed by the accident of being born, belonged to everyone, it would be worth nothing.