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When the Cookie Crumbles: The War of Ideas in the Social Battlefield - New Ideas of Digital Wars of the Present Future

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With Warring Ideas It Is the Death Of The Masses

“War is organised murder and nothing else….politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organizing nothing better than legalized mass murder”

“War is organised murder and nothing else….politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organizing nothing better than legalized mass murder”

Warring Ideas And Their Environments

The war of ideas has been with us since man began fighting for domination, accumulation of wealth and acquiring new lands and minerals and natural resources

The war of ideas has been with us since man began fighting for domination, accumulation of wealth and acquiring new lands and minerals and natural resources

Praying amidst AK 47, Bazookas and military fatigue: religion as a means of spreading the war of ideas and ideas about the war- Issues of the Fatwa and Jihad

Praying amidst AK 47, Bazookas and military fatigue: religion as a means of spreading the war of ideas and ideas about the war- Issues of the Fatwa and Jihad

The Poor die in Wars in other countries and die quicker; the rich all over the world get richer and live longer

The Poor die in Wars in other countries and die quicker; the rich all over the world get richer and live longer

There is a very simple reason why some of Africa's bloodiest, most brutal wars never seem to end: They are not really wars. Not in the traditional sense, at least. The combatants don't have much of an ideology; they don't have clear goals.

There is a very simple reason why some of Africa's bloodiest, most brutal wars never seem to end: They are not really wars. Not in the traditional sense, at least. The combatants don't have much of an ideology; they don't have clear goals.

This is for gamers, but it is interesting how it resonates with real-reality that is lived by people everyday of their lives

This is for gamers, but it is interesting how it resonates with real-reality that is lived by people everyday of their lives

Declining Morals Cause civilization To Die because they often off the mark when choosing the right way or ideas of doing thins to that of the wrong way of growing civilizations

Declining Morals Cause civilization To Die because they often off the mark when choosing the right way or ideas of doing thins to that of the wrong way of growing civilizations

Which one Idea is the right Idea in the case of the image above-Your call

Which one Idea is the right Idea in the case of the image above-Your call

Ideas about war are about suppression, repression, subduing, maiming, hurting, destroying, shooting, killing maiming,intimidation - The war of ideas is about complete destruction

Ideas about war are about suppression, repression, subduing, maiming, hurting, destroying, shooting, killing maiming,intimidation - The war of ideas is about complete destruction

Hitler tried to ban books; the apartheid regime used heavy censorship, and in both cases books and the ideas contained within always triumphed

Hitler tried to ban books; the apartheid regime used heavy censorship, and in both cases books and the ideas contained within always triumphed

The United Nations has not yet succeeded in Unifying the World

The United Nations has not yet succeeded in Unifying the World

The computer through the Internet has swallowed al the ideas about the world and humanity

The computer through the Internet has swallowed al the ideas about the world and humanity

The ideas concerning Latin America are still in a state of flux

The ideas concerning Latin America are still in a state of flux

This was the American ideal during World War II and today it is no more war, and that America should come out of Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan

This was the American ideal during World War II and today it is no more war, and that America should come out of Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan

The cold war ideas lasted since from the second World War; today both super powers are broke and ineffective

The cold war ideas lasted since from the second World War; today both super powers are broke and ineffective

All the ideas at war with one another, usually come together and unite around Big cash. Money seems to create a consensus even when the ideas are diametrically opposed to one another

All the ideas at war with one another, usually come together and unite around Big cash. Money seems to create a consensus even when the ideas are diametrically opposed to one another

This early 20th Century aart glorified the machine age and attempted to represent the machine and figures in motion. The aesthetics of Futurism affirmed the beauty of technological society. Sometime different ideas become the reality of different ide

This early 20th Century aart glorified the machine age and attempted to represent the machine and figures in motion. The aesthetics of Futurism affirmed the beauty of technological society. Sometime different ideas become the reality of different ide

Ideas about war are discussed in as many concepts as ere are many wars around the glob

Ideas about war are discussed in as many concepts as ere are many wars around the glob

All is fair in a drawn-out ideological war; the Tea (Baggers) parties are a den of racism which discredits the message they are putting across

All is fair in a drawn-out ideological war; the Tea (Baggers) parties are a den of racism which discredits the message they are putting across

Some ideologues use religion to propagandize their ideas about some crazy religious wars. Here, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah of the Lebanese Hezbollah talks about its ideological war against the US

Some ideologues use religion to propagandize their ideas about some crazy religious wars. Here, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah of the Lebanese Hezbollah talks about its ideological war against the US

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The US Commander-in-Chief and his Military general consulting on the War of Ideas and the war on the ground, air and everywhere

The US Commander-in-Chief and his Military general consulting on the War of Ideas and the war on the ground, air and everywhere

War protesters want to stop the war and ideas about war and war of ideas

War protesters want to stop the war and ideas about war and war of ideas

Alkeida and its idea of war, warring ideas, and ideological/religious war and its deadly outcome for the US and its allies continued from this debacle to today

Alkeida and its idea of war, warring ideas, and ideological/religious war and its deadly outcome for the US and its allies continued from this debacle to today

Are these stereotypes or Ideas at War or War of ideas and images?

Are these stereotypes or Ideas at War or War of ideas and images?

Those who wrtoe the patent laws had no idea that today's innovtions in technology will increase the quantity and vaireity of patents filed every day. Every potential new piece of technology is a landmine waiting to happen.

Those who wrtoe the patent laws had no idea that today's innovtions in technology will increase the quantity and vaireity of patents filed every day. Every potential new piece of technology is a landmine waiting to happen.

Deteriorating Internecine Human Dialogues

I vaguely recall the phrase: "Politics is art of the Possible". Anything is possible now, and technology is forever expanding this reality. In a sense, the crumbling of the economy, people losing jobs and healthcare has exacerbated the social relations. History attests to this behavior which can be traced back to the life-span of this country.

The rising tension of racism and hate have their antecedents in the colonial days to the present. Today, with unlimited access to the Internet and a population unable to shed-off its divided past, cyber babble and cable talking heads are the fueling the discord fast raising to a shrill and crescendo, that in the end some of us do not engage, others up the ante to dizzying heights.

This cacophony of Youtube videos, editorials of the talking heads, comments on the many controversial blogs and hubs and other similarly affected web sites, newspapers, magazine, shows the zine as agitated and somewhat distorted and intended to intimidate and determine the direction and context of ideas.

It is easy to turn away from it all than to know more of the boogeyman called Politics. The media is accused of polarizing dissent, but the flames are fanned from one direction at this juncture, and common sense and cooler heads are desperately needed.

Is it the Reinforcement of Bigotry and Bigots

The Archie Bunker Show, All in the Family was defended by the CBS TV network, which aired the program, commissioned at a study that showed the program could contribute to a lessening of racial bigotry by humorously exposing its shortcomings. The NAACP even gave its 1972 Image Award to All In The Family for contributing to better race relations. The program continued on the network television for more than decade and beyond that into syndication on local and cable stations.

Its basis of humor moved into other areas as the program and characters evolved. Although several research projects dealt with the impact of the program on its viewers, one of the most important was also one of the first. In 1974, psychologist Neil Vidmar and sociologist;psychologist Milton Rokeach published an article analyzing viewers of All In The Family in the United States and Canada and the apparent impact of the program on them.

Noting the debate then taking place over the effect of Archie Bunker on bigotry and prejudice, the researchers tested the audience reaction to the program in terms of the previous studies showing the way audiences use selective exposure to regulate and filter the media. Under the selective perception hypothesis, Vidmar and Rokeach theorized that viewers with different degree of prejudice or racism would have different reasons for watching the program, would identify with different characters, and would find different meanings in the outcomes.

Under the selective exposure hypothesis, the researchers proposed that owe prejudiced and high prejudiced would not watch All In The Family to the same extent. To test the hypothesis, they surveyed 237 high school students in a small town in the midwestern United State and a Canadian sample of 168 adults in London Ontario. The people surveyed were asked to respond to a questionnaire with 11 items designed to probe their reactions to the television program to measure their ethnocentrism or prejudice.

The initial analysis of the results showed that more than 60% of the respondents liked or admired Archie more than Mike, that 40% of the US respondents felt that Archie won at the end of the show, 46% named Mike as the one most made fun of, and 35% saw nothing wrong with Archie's use of racial and ethnic slurs. Results from the Canadian sampled followed thee same pattern.

Vidmar and Rokeach then compared the exposure and interpretations of the program among respondents who were rated as high prejudiced and low prejudiced on the six items designed to measure ethnocentricity and prejudice. Both groups found the program equally enjoyable, but there was a big difference in their reactions to the program. The analysis of data testing the selective perception hypothesis found a number of significant differences showing that people at different levels of prejudice drew different conclusions from watching the same television characters.

"High prejudiced person in both the US and Canadian samples were significantly more likely than low prejudiced people to admire Archie over Mike and to perceive Archie as winning in the end," the researcher wrote. The high-prejudiced US adolescents were also more likely to report that Archie made better sense than Mike and to report their attitudes similar to Archie Bunker's in 20 years.

High prejudiced Canadian adults also condoned Archie's racist slurs more often and saw the show as poking fun at Archie less often than did low-prejudiced viewers. The researchers summarized that they tend to support the selective perception hypothesis — namely, that prejudiced persons identify more with Archie, perceive Archie as making better sense than Mike and perceive Archie as winning. Furthermore, high-prejudiced viewers indicated a number of things they disliked, about Mike and low-prejudiced viewers indicated things they disliked about Archie.

Vidmar and Rokeach also found support for the selective exposure hypothesis, but in a different direction than the one proposed by a report commissioned by the CBS television network. Network researchers, assuming that the program would be interpreted as satirizing bigotry, speculated that low-prejudiced persons would be the most avid viewers.

But Vidmar and Rokeach researchers found that US teenagers who were most frequent viewers of All In The Family were those in the high-prejudice group. No significant differences were found in the Canadian sample. The data also showed that the most frequent viewers admired Archie more than Mike and condoned Archie's ethnic slurs more than infrequent viewers did.

The researchers concluded that the testing of the elective exposure hypothesis showed "All In the Family" seems to be appealing more to the racially and ethnically prejudiced members of society than to the less prejudiced members. Is this the reinforcement of bigotry and bigots or What is it? This maybe can be replaced and reinforced with multicultural understand and racial tolerance by all human beings.

The internet has offered to people what books did to the early US, when books were distributed to the far corners of the land(except for the slave). What this medium of books has done,it has become a library for would be thinkers and thought givers. By this I mean to say that what people could do orally to their fellowmen with their retention skills, today we have people who bully anybody who does not follow their Blog Posts or comments they make in their blogs or in their comments elsewhere.

What the computer with the wired and connected Internet has done was to enable ideas to clash on all converging technologies clearly exposing the latent and undercurrent of the history of war of Ideas. The war of ideas is iconic, on signs, orally as well as on print(Internet, Newspapers or TV, Twitter, Facebook and so forth). The run to the elections, there was a lot consternation with the "change" in the way technology was being utilized to rally votes and collect money.

This still needs to be investigated, i.e., the means and ways, the effects and affects of technology and packaged rhetoric on the intended audience. One of the most interesting aspects to look at is the use, today, of the very technologies, Internet and TV, by Huge Oil Companies and other Mega Financial and Insurance companies to pacify and outflank their opponents.

They have not only invested millions into pitying opposing views within the milieu and upgrading their success level, they are always in the background punctuating all this garbled discourse with memes that agitate and inflame passions. The combination of Big business and racist rhetoric makes for the crumbling of civility, tolerance and humaneness. The main idea here is to divide and conquer.

The Crumbling Facade

The crumbling schools, falling bridges, closing factories, weakened infrastructure in all spheres like abandoned houses, cracked pavements and pot-holed highways, falling and failing schools, millions of jobs lost, healthcare costs raising and millions with no health care; a combative and recalcitrant opposition party; a lynch mob with aggressive and negative demonstration, rowdy and agitated rallies and Town Hall meetings. A division of white and the rest of the colored people on two sides of the divide.

The out shouting and trampling of other American citizen's rights willy-nilly; the threat of violence by gun-totting Gun Rights activists; disrespect of the sitting President which is without precedence. Hospitals with doctors inundated with paperwork and less patient care; spiraling Insurance fees, gas and oil rates, electricity rates, rising house taxes and toxic mortgages; Car industry in state of bankruptcy; corrupt and failing banks with questionable banking practices; calling the President a 'liar' inside the Cabinet At The PoOYUSE'S State Of Union Address.

The opposition is working to make Obama fail' strategies of heightened rhetoric and consistently becoming belligerent and testy; talk-show radio hosts who spew vitriolic and vile denunciations of everything the President does or proposes; poverty lines increasing; unemployed checks coming to an end; many families on food stamps and some surviving on social security checks; rise in diseases, poverty and popping of pills; drug abuse; some are screaming cessation; others announced they will not serve under Obama as the Commander-in-chief; placards or portray him as a "tribesman with feathers; or given the 'sambo'.

Or, as Hitler; a water-mellon-fried-chicken-eating african person; the black population suffering mostly from the depression, incarceration at abnormal rates; Aids more prevalent in the black population, poverty-unemployment and drugs ruining the fabric of that community nationally; this applies in many ways to other brown people of non-European descent and poor whites; there are shouts of "I want my America back" and other snipes best left out of this article.

It is not popular to say that we are a nation of immigrants, and we form the USA. The pertinent ideas here are those of authoritarianism and divide and conquer. The notion that we are still a super Power is not backed-up by any tangible fact. True, we still possess some modicum of greatness, but our ideas no more determine nor rule what the world and civilization is about. We are involved in losing and senseless wars; we have become a credit nation in debt and not producing, with a chronically low GDP and a bloated national debt.

Some members of our population are homeless, and very distressed and angry; Banks that were propped-up have not improved nor learned lessons, and are still in the red; we are still beholden to the Arab, African and Middle East oil; there are signs that there are those that are spoiling for a racial fight or confrontation; Are we at the cusp of some 21 century United States Civil War? I bet and hope not...

History as the Harbinger of the Present

It is important to put this matter into historical perspective In the North, the Civil War and Reconstruction significantly affected the development of race relations and, ultimately racial attitudes. The war brought black men a much needed measure of pride and confidence. When the nation was at war, they had given money and blood to preserve the union and extended the range of liberty.

White men forgot but black leaders could not, and the memory enhance both their self-esteem and their claim to fair treatment in the US. When Southern violence and Northern prejudice prevented the enforcement of laws designed to implement the amendments and the Supreme Court began to interpret them narrowly, the guarantees of citizenship were plainly incorporated in the basic law of the land. Black leaders turned their attention to tactical questions and begun to devise methods for gaining in practice rights already granted in principle.

The era also significantly affected the long-range development of white attitudes. Though Reconstruction ultimately failed to establish a new and civil and political order in the South, it did enable Republicans to include in the Constitution an indelible repudiation of racism-a fact of no small weight in a nation of Constitution worshippers.

White men would long continue to discriminate against black men in clear violation of the Constitution, but the amendments were reminders that at a moment in the past white men had behaved toward black men in a way consonant with the democratic principles of the nation.

The Reconstruction amendments rebuked succeeding generation and established a standard against which men of conscience would continue to measure themselves and their society. If the steps toward creating racial equality during the civil war and Reconstruction turned out to be small ones, they were critically important, as first steps always are.

The Ideas that prevail in latter-day America emanated from a checkered past. Even when laws were passed, the attitudes carried over into the next generation up to now as we can see are the eruption of hostilities, belligerency, shouting and ominous placards and topsy-turvy and agitated racist reactions.

These are spilling out onto the cable and net, that you end up hearing ex-President Jimmy Carter denounced these shenanigans as racism. Some people say it is a fringe element, but it is strangely from the Congress down to the man-in-the-street. This behavior has found it way into the Web and is used in a myriad ways.

Articles like this one touching on these issues and points are somehow conveniently ignored and people would rather see life through rose-colored glasses; the predominant ideas are that one does not want to involve oneself in these 'politics' and so forth. The very politics everyone is running away from, are dismantling and wrecking of the social cohesion we see everyday.

Some people state that ideas of Obama and his people are dangerous and making us unsafe. The preponderance and proliferation of divisive vitriolic cyber babble and talking heads 'talking points' are derailing the social glue that binds us all as Americans. History informs us as to how these attitudes came about and how and why they have been perpetuated.

The explosion of free speech on the net and TV has escalated to the extent no one wants to deal with it. The issue is the first African American President to be in the white house in America. It has not yet been fully accepted that a black man can have his finger on nuclear weapon.

These attitudes can be traced throughout the history and its perception of African people. This does not mean the whole country is against Obama, anyway, a significant majority of voters and large majority of the Electoral College gave him the nod. But the fierce and very loud motley crew and majority white protesters and demonstrators swell the ranks of the angry people.

These lynch-like mobs have been tabulated throughout history, but the verve with which the present ones are manifesting, leaves most people filled with serious uncertainty. Reading history we can better understand the present and its malcontents. Whenever we can look much more clearly and straight into the feared unknown, we become better armed to deal with it, because at close quarters, it is intense, but not scary; although I will hasten to add that the situation out the in the land is becoming 'very, very scary' indeed.

There is some silent confidence within the majority of the Americans, the idea that we will give our President his chance to turn 'this ship around; there is also a silent majority which elected and still believe in Obama, and are seeing the change taking place and see him everyday on TV, internationally and locally, building a different America, that is not fueled by war and racism. History is on his side and the changes that he is implementing are slow, but working.

Why civilizations fail is due to many factors. Ours is not unique in the way things are going. There is always and abundance of hope which stresses goodness over negative rhetoric. Dominant social ideas that have come down with us form the past are those of superior and inferior complexes.

These ideas that one race is above the other, or is better or not properly equipped to deal with the vicissitudes of governance and power, in this young civilization are what have been the cause of the heated reaction which we see today manifest in many forms. The War of ideas, that the old ideas of domination of one race over the other have long been challenged and debunked, the only thing left is for them to become an implemented reality in the behavior and conscience of men of all cultures in the US today.

When a civilization crumbles, it begins to have many loose ends, it buckles, shakes either implodes or explodes unto itself and despite itself. There are many ideas that are purported to be the reason for the state of affairs in our country. There are those counter thoughts that say it has much further genesis, and where it's at, is no more different from whence it originated.

Once we ignore history, we ignore what is happening to us now in the present, because we do not know or understand the past, thus making us uncertain about the future. We know why our Empire is in dire straights, our past informs us why we are who we are. The present is very turbulent, and a lot of ignorance at times passes for knowledge because the Internet has made us to be an interconnected, and the problem is we have not yet had time to fixate on its affects and effects on us and our society.

We have not yet understood the impact we are having on the world and its inhabitants, and how that creates perceptions about us, which in most cases can be negative than positive. We claim that what we do and think is no concern of the world and whoever is our critic, but that's no way of the Empire.

We cannot be perceived as acting like brutes and spoiled children; if we want to be taken seriously, we need to lead by just and fair examples and popular ideas. History teaches us how to hold together a disintegrating civilization by learning both its negative and positive ideas. Warring ideas do not facilitate for harmony and development, but chaos and destruction.

The Idea That We Understand Capitalism, Is Preposterous

People in the United States live in a capitalist society, and this fact has significance not only for Americans but for the rest of the world. The essence of capitalism is the accumulation of capital, the making of profits in order to invest and make still more profits. The first law of capitalism is: make a profit off the labor of others or go out of business.

And the best way to accumulate capital is not to work hard but to get others to work hard for you. Private gain, not social need is the central idea and imperative of this economic system. An erstwhile chairman of Castle and Cooke put it this way: "We are in the business of making profit. We are not in business primarily to satisfy society.

"We're not going to satisfy society very long if we go out of business. So. profits are the number one consideration. In the war of ideas, that is the general idea of capitalism, not what we expect to be the satisfaction of society, but conglomerates accumulating profits for themselves only."

Capital does not grow of itself; it must be mixed with labor to create marketable value. Certainly one can make money by mere speculation — but only because there is a small stratum of people accumulating enough money off the labor of others to invest in speculative things at increasingly higher prices.

One's money must be either spent on direct consumption or invested to accumulate new value from labor. Money can just be saved and one can earn interest on the savings. But savings are a form of investment. And the interest earned on savings are but a portion of the profits once removed.

The only reason the bank will you a percentage on your savings is because it then lends those same funds out to a business at a doubled percent interest to the bank is because it is making quadruple percent off the labor of its employees, and using their money to do it.

Wealth comes from two sources: from the natural resources of the environment and fro the labor that is mixed with those resources 0 the mental and physical labor that produces the commodities and services of our society. Profits are the money you make without working. Investment earnings are wealth created by people who work and distributed to people who take no part in the work, the stock holders.

For small owners who both work in the own businesses and employ others, it can be said that some of their income represent the value produced by their own labor and some portion, usually the larger if they are ding well, represents the value produced by the labor of their employees. Corporate managers also work; they administer and supervise and can be considered employees of the firm, albeit highly paid ones who represent the large investor's interests. Often they themselves are also large investors.

Capital does not produce anything, but capital is produced by labor Putting one's money to work means mixing it with labor to extract more capital for that labor. Capitalists are always running advertisements telling us how to capital creates jobs, commodities, factories and prosperity. The truth is, purely on its own without labor, capital id incapable of making a pencil, let alone building a pencil factory(Karl Marx) Capital is deal labor, the accumulation of past metal and physical effort. It must constantly be mixed with labor to realize its value and increase its sum.

Corporate manager swill tell you that investors will not put their money into anything unless they can extract more than they invested. Increased earnings can only come with an increase in the size of the corporate operation. A central law of capitalist motion and development is expansion. Furthermore, a capitalist economy is an unplanned and competitive one in which security is guaranteed to no one, not even the corporate giants.

A corporation searches for security by increasing its hold over resources, developing new technologies through the applications of mental and physical labor, searching out cheaper labor markets, getting governments to subsidize everything from production to exports, capturing a competitors market, merging with other companies, devising new sales networks, and the like.

As the practical limitations of investments are reached in one country and the margin of profit narrows, outlets are sought in other less advantaged and more vulnerable lands Harry Magdoff states: "What matters to the business community, and to the business system as a whole, is that the option of foreign investment [and foreign trade] should remain available.

For this to be meaningful, the business system requires, as a minimum, that the political and economic principles of capitalism should prevail and that the door be full open for foreign capital at all times. Even more, it seeks a privileged open door for the capital of the home country in preference to capital from competing industrial nations.

There are more than 200,000 corporations in the USA today, but 100 companies control more than half the nation's industrial assets. Fifty of the largest banks and insurance companies won half of all the financial assets. Ten firms make 22 percent of all the profits. Some 400 corporations control about 80 percent of the capital asset of the entire nonsocialist world. One-third of the assets of the US industrial corporations are located outside the United States.

Eight of the nation's nine largest banks now rely on foreign sources for over 40 percent of the their total deposits. Many of these holdings — often the larger portions — are in other industrial countries. But more and more investment is going into the Third World. Citibank, for instance, earns about 75 percent of its profits fro overseas operations, mostly in the Third World.

American and other Western corporations have acquired control of more than 75 percent of the known major mineral resources in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The USA is south Africa's largest trading partner and its second-largest foreign investor, with investments amounting to about $2-3 billion as of 1986. US banks provide the apartheid regime with one-third of its international credit. (New York Times).

Given the low wages, low taxes, nonexistent workers benefits and nonexistent occupational and environmental protections, US multinational profit rates in the Third World are 50 percent greater than in developed countries (Monthly Review) Hence, giant companies like Exxon, Cargill, Coca-Cola, IBM, Honeywell, Woolworth, Upjohn, Mobil, ITT, Gillette, and Reynolds make more than half their total profits abroad. As early as 1963, Business Week noted:

"In industry after Industry, US companies found that their overseas earnings were soaring, and that their return on investment abroad was frequently much higher than in the US. As earnings abroad began to rise, profit margins from domestic operations started to shrink.... This is the combination that forced development of the multinational company."

The idea here is that, Americans today are surprised that the economy has fizzled, by the same companies listed above are making good business overseas. In most of the Countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, one finds all the companies listed above making huge profits, while in the US people are told how poor the US has become.

Yet, it is from the early sixties that the domestic economy of the US has ben falling from what today is known and called "globalization". Globalization is not a new 'idea' but an idea which has long been in place and had started bankrupting America in the early sixties.

In the world of the war of ideas, it is not necessarily what is being talked about today that what has bankrupted America was the exportation of jobs today, but this has long started if we heed what Magdorff wrote about in 1963. In the realm of the 'war of ideas' or contemporary prevailing ideas within the US the American people have always come very late to the issues that plague the nation.

Everybody else in the world knows about the power, investment and wealth of some of the companies in the Third World, and the Americans, to date, are still not aware that these companies hold tightly to the ideas of making profit without having to work for it, not having to be taxed much for it, and not having to pay cheap labor, which is in abundance in the developing countries. The Bankrupting America is an old idea which is not necessarily a new idea as it is being understood today.

It is the observation and belief of this author that any and all war, properly so-called,involving bloodshed is absurd, entering a careful caveat that ideas about and on warfare is not the only, or possibly the most ludicrous, absurdity mankind has long pursued in its long adventure on earth.

Therefore, do we also, like other proper, civilized hypocrites, both despise the idea of warfare and cannot defend rationally its most noble and holy manifestations, granting that any other device or instrument may in other ways, achieve a reasonable quantum of its practical objective. That means we prefer absolutely the substitution of intelligence for brutality in any of its manifestations. And we believe all wars that men have fought have had open before their combatants such pragmatic alternatives.

It is also important to know why wars are fought. That is, why is it that some nations fight those with natural resources and in the end run those poor economies of those countries down, and continue to extract their natural resources… Over centuries, capitalism has been — and still is — a dynamic expansionist, imperialist force, principally beneficial to the owning classes of the world and harmful to the earths people, especially the masses of the Third World.

'More than a matter of "planting the flag," imperialism is a system of forcibly expropriating the land, labor, resources, and markets of other nations. Along with that, it is a coercive and often violent method of preventing competing economic orders from arising.

There exists, answerable to no nation, a plutocracy that can go against almost everywhere, transferring its operations from one country to another, punishing resistant governments. This plutocracy battens on tax-free creditor for increasingly indebted nations. Attached to no country, international finance capital is a distant ruler over outwardly sovereign states.

For example, US imperialism has a harrowing arsenal of nuclear weaponry and a growing accumulation of conventional firepower that is approaching the nuclear level in its destructive capacity. US policy-makers have deployed troops, fleets, and bombers around the world, and waged some of the most destructive wars in Indochina, and now of late in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They have promoted counterrevolutions, counterinsurgency, and political repression — complete with death-squad assassinations, torture, and terror — in scores of nations and have overthrown democratic governments in bloody coups.

They have engaged in massive military spending programs, an outpouring of Anti Soviet invectives(and today anti-muslim tirade), and frightening cold-war confrontations, today's war on 'terror,' saturating the American public with threatening images of the Red Tide, in the past, and today, of Muslim terrorists, today.

Nor is the US policy a captive of excessive moralism or utopia globalism; nor is it compelled by the nation's vision of its role in history. If there is a utopianism or a historical vision, by some strange coincidence it is always directed against popular revolution and socialism or oil and other natural resources and is supportive of global capitalism.

The "vision" may be universal and inspirational but it is also remarkably selective and class bound, capable of putting aside its democratic or utopian idealism to support the worst fascist regimes in the Third World. To be sure, fine sounding ideology and idealism have played an important role in justifying imperialism's man methods, and exploitative goals.

Far from dismissing the role of ideas and ideology, this hub was dedicated to countering the prevailing ideology and war against other prevailing idea about peace, not war. As Gil-Scot heron said, Peace is not the absence of war, it is the absence of the rules of war, because, as I am noting, there is no profit that can be garnered from making peace.

The war of ideas can be seen in the areas of the media and in communications.For instance, According to Thomas Ferguson states that, "The leading US right-wing foundations have devoted nearly all their resources to pushing the media and educational systems to provide more explicitly pro-business positions."

The same "free market" foundations have also highlighted the need to reduce or eliminate the role of organized labor in society. It is also worth noting that the political right leads the fight against any and all forms of noncommercial and nonprofit media; and, failing that, leads the battle to see that public broadcasting stays within the same narrow ideological boundaries as he commercial media.

As a result of this pressure, Public Broadcasting Service refuses to permit labor to sponsor programs about workers, but permits business to lavishly subsidize programs extolling free enterprise" (Janine Jackson)

In the United States, at least, the response of the progressive and mainstream foundations to this right-wing ideological assault has been tepid at best. These groups are uncomfortable about being "political," and most of their funds are reserved for examining disasters produced by the market, especially in an era of reduced pubic spending for the poor and working class.

Regrettably, organized labor, too, has been snoozing for the most part, providing little counter to this right-wing ideological class war. Liberal and progressive foundations play by the rules of the Marquis of Queensbury; the political right plays to win; labor and the left are hardly playing at all.

All corporate media giants are the direct beneficiaries of pro-business policies, and all are going to be hostile to anything that stands in their way — left governments,organized labor, environmentalist, whatever. Disney is not alone in manufacturing much of its lucrative merchandise in the sweatshops of Haiti and other Third World locales.

In short, in the War of Ideas and For Ideas, any efforts to reform the balance of class power int the United Stats, or any other effort for that matter, has to deal directly with corporate media power. Nor is this merely an ideological issue, as may have ben the case in generations past.

Today, the largest communication firms rank among the most important firm in the global capitalist economy, media, advertising, and communication, increasingly are at the very center of the capital accumulation process and the global market economy. To leave the communication sector untouched, while elsewhere labor and the left challenge the prerogatives of capital — as any left or labor movement invariably must do — is absurd.

There can and should be plenty of left debate over the proper strategy and tactics for media politic, and there should be plenty of debate concerning media reform proposals. But the left needs to accept the necessity of media reform and move forward.

The future cannot be forecast when the mind revolts from reality and the natural laws. Only love of life and respect for reality can provide men of reason and freedom and means to help shape and forecast the faint outlines of the future. The future is what men make it, so long as they never close their minds to the heroic potential of the human mind and ideas.

The Idea of Dismissing "Others" Past And Living The Present In The Past

Contradiction Conundrum

When I first sat down and wrote this Hub, the idea was to present ideas and their warring nature in the universe of Human ideas. Thus far, I have let it gel and marinate so that at this point and time, I might conjure up some more ideas as to what War of Ideas are those that I am addressing, and how these come into play around the world.

At times this seems like too broad a topic to take up on, but, nonetheless, I will expand on the Ideas in collision and negating each other from different perspective, because, whatever I will write about, is different around the world, but these ideas do form a confluence amongst different people at different times.

These Warring ideas need to be fleshed-out and their manifestations be seen for what they are: discordant entropic disorder or randomness in a closed system; or, an inevitable and steady deterioration of a system or society.

There are numerous times, to may to count, that nations or people get caught-up with their own ideas and foist them on others and maintaining that their ideas are better, supreme or much developed than the ideas of others. Take for instance, if one were to begin to examine American culture and ideas and its history, just a tad bit, one begins to get the idea of what life is about here in America, and later on will show how this affects others around the world.

We learn the following from Tim wise who states in his piece titled:

"Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority."

"As Lee Greenwood's 'Proud to Be an American" blares from a sound system loaded onto the back of a truck and the yearly Independence Day parade begins, I bide my time. Then, just as the first procession of Boy Scouts passes, I turn to the man standing next to me with the big "God Bless USA" button on his hat, and ask: "Why can't you just get over it? I mean, why do you insist on living in the past? That whole 'breaking away from the British' thing was like more than 200 years ago. Isn't it time to move on?"

Then, before my stunned and increasingly belligerent target can manage to slug me for my apparent apostasy on this, the 'holiest' of all national holidays, I break into a flat-out sprint, hurtling down the block. He gives chase, of course, but having consumed one too many pieces of Mom's apple pie, he becomes winded, ultimately giving up, shaking his fists and calling me names, before getting back to the orgy of Americanism in which he had been engaged prior to my arrival.

Please know that I'm not a sadistic type. I don't actually seek to cause distress, be it physical or emotional, to anyone, even to the kind of person who truly believes, against all visual evidence to the contrary, that the colors(Red, White and Blue), Betsy Ross sewed into that flag so long ago make for an acceptable wardrobe palette.

It's just that every now and then I remember how quick so many of us(he means white people here) are to use a similar line, and I feel as though we should perhaps be required to consider how it feels: all that judgmental arrogance and dismissiveness.

This is, after all, the common response that so many of our people offer whenever someone of Color dares to mention the less than celebratory aspects of our national history: you know, like some of the parts involving them; especially the parts concerning the multiple centuries of human trafficking and racial subordination to which they were subjected, and from which we benefited, at least in relative terms.

Indeed, whenever someone deigns to mention any of those matters — like the national legacy of enslavement, Indian genocide, and imperial land grabs — the rebuttal to which we so often retreat is as automatic as it is enraging.
Oh, that was a long time ago, get over it, or "stop living in the past," or "At some point, we just have to move on."

In other words, the past is the past, and we should't dwell on it. Unless of course we should and indeed insist on doing so, as with the above-referenced Independence Day parade spectacle, or as many used to do with their cries of "Remember the Alamo" or "Remember Pearl Harbor."

Both of these refrains, after all, took as their jumping-off point the rather obvious notion that the past does matter and should be remembered — a logic that apparently vanishes like early morning fog on a hot day when applied to the historical moments we'd rather forget. Not because they are any less historic, it should be noted, but merely because they are considerably less convenient.

Oh, and not to put too fine a point on it, but when millions of us have apparently chosen to affiliate ourselves with a political movement known as the Tea Party, which group's public rallies prominently feature some among us clothed in revolutionary War costumes, wearing powdered wigs and carrying muskets, we are really in no position to lecture anyone about the importance of living in the present and getting past the past.

All the less so when the rallying cry of that bunch appears to be that they seek to "take their country back." Back, after all, is a directional reference that points by definition to the past, so we ought to understand when some insist we should examine that past in its entirety, and not just the parts that many of us would rather remember.

Truth is, we love living in the past when t venerates this nation (America) and makes us feel good. If the past allows us to reside in an idealized, mythical place, from which we look down upon the rest of humanity as besotted inferiors who are no doubt jealous of our national greatness and our freedoms (that, of course, is why they hate us and why some attack us), then the past is the perfect companion: an old friend or lover, or at least a well-worn and reassuring shoe.

If, on the other hand, some among us insist that the past is more than that — if we point out that the past is also one of brutality, and that this brutality, especially as regards race, has mightily skewed the distribution of wealth and opportunity even to this day — then the past becomes a trifle, a pimple on the ass of now, an unwelcome reminder that although the emperor may wear clothes,the clothes he wears betray a shape he had rather hoped to conceal. No, no: the past, in those cases, is to be forgotten.

Vast numbers of us, it appears, would prefer to hermetically seal the past away in some memory vault, only peering inside on these occasions when it suits us and supports the cause of uncritical nationalism to which so many of us fid ourselves imperviously wedded. But to treat the past this way is to engage in a fundamentally dishonest enterprise, one that, in the long run, is dangerous. Unless we grapple with the past in its fullness — and come to appreciate the impact of that past on our present moment — we will find it increasingly difficult to move into the future a productive, confident and even remotely democratic republic.

Oh, I might add, Tim Wise is White and in the preface he writes that: "This critique is less about white people and more about mindsets; it is less about white people and more about whiteness as a social and institutional force-a social category created for the purpose of enshrining a racially divided polity. To condemn the latter is not to condemn the former."

Ding-Dong Democracy or Shamocracy

The Global Mind-scape Of Warring Ideas


The piece above by Tim White gives us a snippet s to the roots of American imperialism and Imperial culture, and how this dominates the minds of White people, inasmuch as those they disdain or oppress and affect and effect with their mindset and culture.

This point is important because it shows us the genesis of American mind-set and their ways of imposing themselves, not only to the African Americans, Hispanics and Red men in America, but also to the people of color the world-over.

The United State has foisted its ideology and democracy to the world and have fought wars to implement their brand of Democracy and social living. Now that we are seeing the elections of a few days away, the world is witnessing how the white Americans are suppressing the African-American, Hispanic and other minorities right to vote.

They are also seeing how they treat and disrespect their first African American President, Barack Obama; the take not as to the deficiencies that are contradictions emanating from the American landscape and psyche and thee World is left wondering and puzzled.

Now that the whole World is hooked-up with the world through the Internet, there tends to be several discourses and ideas that get thrown around and purpose of the pieces below is to bring to light these exchanges and see what other people around the world are thing about or how they think about things.

The Internet has facilitated for the exchange of talk and ideas, and this has some form of democratic quality and substance to it, but it also exposes the old skeletons of American jingoism and biases embedded within the minds of the people of the world, whether they be right or wrong, but one sees the American effect in many instances and ideas and talks; we also see how the world perceives,or the Americans themselves, see the fate of the present civilization.

The Ideology Process

Domhoff discuses the ideology process thus:

"The ideology process consists of the numerous methods through which members of the power elite attempt to shape the beliefs, attitudes and opinions of the underlying population. It is within tis process that the power elite tries to create,disseminate and reinforce a set of attitudes and values that assure Americans that the United States is for all its alleged defects, the best of all possible worlds.

The ideology process is an adjunct to the other three processes, for they would be able to function smoothly without at least the resigned acquiescence of a great majority of the population. Free and open discussion are claimed to be the hallmarks of the process, but past experience shows that its leaders will utilize deceit ad violence in order to combat individuals or organizations which espouse attitudes and opinions that threaten the power and privileges of the ruling class.

The ideology process is necessary because public opinion does not naturally and automatically agree with the opinions of the power elite. ... Without the ideology process, a vague and amorphous public opinion - - which must often be cajoled into accepting power-elite policies — might turn into a hardened class consciousness that opposed the ruling-class viewpoint at every turn.

In order to prevent the development of attitudes and opinions contrary to the interests of the ruling class, leaders within the ideology process attempt to build upon and reinforce the underlying principles of the American system.

Academically speaking, these underlying principles are called laissez-faire liberalism, and they have enjoyed a near monopoly of American political thought since at least the beginnings of the republic. The principles emphasize individualism, free enterprise, competition, equality, opportunity and a minimum of reliance upon government in carrying out the affairs of society."

The Manufacturing Of Consent

The Ideation of Ideology

The central aim of the ruling elite's ideology process is to define the "Domain of discourse." That is, the corporate elite seeks to define the limits of "acceptable ideas" and to define what is worth talking about, worth learning, teaching, promoting, and writing bout. Of course, the limits of the "acceptable," the "responsible," are set at those points which support and justify the interests of the elite itself.

To a great extent the elite ideology process essentially involves the reinforcement of long-held, orthodox "American" values, perspectives, practices and ideals (which the system of power relations has already indirectly shaped to begin with). These factors are the ideological bases of elite power. It is a well-known fact that propaganda works best "when used to reinforce an already existing notion or to establish a logical or emotional connection between a new idea and a social norm (Hirsch)

It is important to note that many of these pre-existing notions are the products of elite propaganda and conditioning processes harking back to earlier historical eras; to socialization experiences in the early childhood, adolescent and young adulthood years in the family, educational institutions,peer groups; and to media exposures during these impressionable years as well.

The ideas, attitude and response tendencies implanted by these early experiences are often mistakenly identified by their hosts as self-generated; these previous "selective exposures and experiences" become the infrastructure which helps to maintain a later accrued "selective attention," "tunnel vision" orientation.

This orientation serves to resist new ideas and practices not compatible with the old or pre-existing set of ideas and practices(as we read from tim Wise above). This may be the case even when such pre-existing set of ideas and practices are not producing desired or satisfactory outcomes.

Thus, through its monopoly of the media and the means of disseminating and "validating" informations and interpreting reality, the ruling elite not only reinforces and channels those orthodox values which support its supremacy, but also utilizes its monopolies to simultaneously prevent "groups with a different ideology from presenting their interpretation of events. As Hirsch further contends:

In order to preserve ideological hegemony, it is only necessary for the ruling group to reinforce dominant values and at the same time prevent the dissemination of opinion that effectively challenges the basic assumptions of the society. Public knowledge of inequality and injustice isn't so damaging as long as these perceptions are not drawn together into a coherent, opposing ideology."

David Sallach very aptly observes that the ruling elite achieves its ends when it prevents groups with opposing ideologies from attaining a value consensus through its attempt to create confusion, fragmentation and demonstrate inconsistency in their belief systems, or, as Domhoff argues, when it ensures that opposing opinions and values are only partially developed, remain isolated, and are made suspect.

Thus, as Domhoff summarizes, the elite ideology process and network "is not the be-all and end-all of ruling-class domination. ... It does not function to eliminate conflict [thereby maintaining the illusion of "the free flow of ideas," "freedom of speech"] but to keep conflict from leading to an alternative ideology that provides the basis for an anti-corporate, anti-capitalist [anti-White supremacy] social movement.

So that, the contradictions and ten