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33 minutes ago, laffite said:

"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum -- even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate." ---Noam Chomsky

That's very much like the idea of a parent giving a child two choices in footwear that is to be purchased, which convinces the little tyke that he/she really is making a decision, while the adult knows they are really totally in charge. Now in the case of dictators and their wives, like Evita Peron, you don't even give the people a choice of two shoes, you just confiscate all their money through government procedures and then go out in the streets and hand them some lousy footwear and the dumb ones will thank you as they did Evita, for being so good to them. Great topic, Laffite!

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On 12/7/2017 at 11:58 AM, LawrenceA said:

So what does that quote mean to you, laffite? Do you think such limitation is currently occurring, and if so, where and how? What "presuppositions of the system" are being reinforced?

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3 hours ago, laffite said:

"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum -- even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate." ---Noam Chomsky

When I first read this post It reminded me of our Governments attempts to limit RT tv.

 

 

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"Don't be afraid. Nobody can scare you now. Try to think nice thoughts because we are going to be here in the ground for a long time"  Juan Rulfo, Pedro Páramo

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"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it." -J.D. Salinger

I am more likely to feel that way about well-drawn characters in a book or well-acted characters in a movie---laffite

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"Free advice?  Usually worth the price."--Antoinette Kurowski (Grandma ;)  )

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6 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

"Free advice?  Usually worth the price."--Antoinette Kurowski (Grandma ;)  )

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Really!

 

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