Ideologues and Murder

This one is more about how the “major” politicians maintain the conditions for the marketing-driven American Nightmare (and its metastasis to other societies) than directly about big business marketing itself. But the connection between the larger methods (ideology and murder) and the smaller (deception and studied manipulation) is real, so this one is just too important to pass over without a post:

“Ideologues can’t stand free societies — that’s why they try to kill innocent people.” — George W. Bush, February 20, 2008

How true! Just think of all the recent proof: Vietnam, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Argentina, Chile, etc. — not to mention Iraq x2. And also not to mention the inconvenient little fact that, despite their own criminal, self-defeating methods, the Russians were actually right about Afghanistan, weren’t they?

Not uninterestingly, the 2.5 million people who have died in automobile collisions since the full and final imposition of auto-centric suburban sprawl on the United States shortly after WWII very much also prove the unwitting profundity of President Bush’s admission.

One Reply to “Ideologues and Murder”

  1. On the people who have died in automobile collisions: Back in high school 25 years ago, we had a guest speaker one day, some right-wing military type who told the class all about how the Vietnam war was fought for a noble cause. Before his presentation, he wrote two numbers on the blackboard, both around 50,000, one higher than the other. Then, giving no explanation of what the numbers were, he launched into an inspirational speech that, if given today about Iraq, would surely have left Cindy Sheehan with a beatific look of joy as she breathed with satisfaction, “I understand now….” (NOT!) When he was done, he turned as if an afterthought to the two numbers he had been ignoring for almost an hour, and explained that the smaller of the two numbers was the number of Americans who died in the entire Vietnam war and the higher number was the number of Americans killed every year in automobile collisions. His clear implication was that, if the bigger number, the annual death toll from what I have ever since called “car-driving fascism”, is no big deal, then clearly and obviously the Vietnam war is no big deal either. However, I drew the contropositive conclusion: if the Vietnam war is a big deal, then clearly and obviously car-driving fascism is an even BIGGER deal! So how come nobody else said so? Now, 25 years later, I think that car-driving fascism is an even bigger deal than I thought then and that its annual death toll is just the tip of the iceberg, as the entire car-driving mentality in particular and capitalism in general is like a cancer at the heart of modern human civilization and sooner or later will have the same effect on it that cancer has on an individual body. (Isn’t the cliche that people move to the right as they get older? Again, it’s the opposite with me: the more you know, the further left you go.) So how come nobody else says so?

    Incidentally, George W. Bush is a great president. (NOT!)

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