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Post time 2010-4-29 01:56:37 |Display all floors
By BRUCE E. LEVINE

Can people become so broken that truths of how they are being screwed do not “set them free” but instead further demoralize them? Has such a demoralization happened in the United States? Do some totalitarians actually want us to hear how we have been screwed because they know that humiliating passivity in the face of obvious oppression will demoralize us even further? What forces have created a demoralized, passive, disCouraged U.S. population? Can anything be done to turn this around?
Can people become so broken that truths of how they are being screwed do not “set them free” but instead further demoralize them?

YES. It is called the “abuse syndrome.” How do abusive pimps, spouses, bosses, corporations, and governments stay in control? They shove lies, emotional and physical abuses, and injustices in their victims’ faces, and when victims are afraid to exit from these relationships, they get weaker; and so the abuser then makes their victims eat even more lies, abuses, and injustices, resulting in victims even weaker as they remain in these relationships.

Does the truth of their abuse set people free when they are deep in these abuse syndromes? NO. For victims of the abuse syndrome, the truth of their passive submission to humiliating oppression is more than embarrassing -- it can feel shameful; and there is nothing more painful than shame. And when one already feels beaten down and demoralized, the likely response to the pain of shame is not constructive action but more attempts to shut down or divert oneself from this pain. It is not likely that the truth of one’s humiliating oppression is going to energize one to constructive actions.

Has such a demoralization happened in the U.S.?

In the United States, 47 million people are without health insurance and many millions more are underinsured or a job layoff away from losing their coverage. But despite the current sellout by their elected officials to the insurance industry, there is no outpouring of millions of U.S. citizens on the streets of Washington D.C. protesting this betrayal.

Polls show that the majority of Americans oppose U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the taxpayer bailout of the financial industry, yet only a handful of U.S. citizens have protested any of this.

Remember the 2000 U.S. presidential election? That’s the one in which Al Gore received 500,000 more votes than George W. Bush. That’s also the one that the Florida Supreme Court’s order for a recount of the disputed Florida vote was over-ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court in a politicized 5-4 decision, of which dissenting Justice John Paul Stevens remarked: “Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year's presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law.” Yet, even all this provoked few demonstrators.

When people become broken, they cannot act on truths of injustice. Furthermore, when people have become broken, more truths about how they have been victimized can lead to shame about how they have allowed it. And shame, like fear, is one more psychological way we become even more broken.

U.S. citizens do not actively protest obvious injustices for the same reasons that people cannot leave their abusive spouses. They feel helpless to effect change. The more we don’t act, the weaker we get. And ultimately to deal with the painful humiliation over inaction in the face of an oppressor, we move to shutdown and escape strategies such as depression, substance abuse, and other diversions, which further keep us from acting. This is the vicious cycle of all abuse syndromes.

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Post time 2010-4-29 04:37:16 |Display all floors

<grin> Ah yes, the "Progressive's Lament"...

... much the same lament that has been sounded off in numerious corners of the world for the last 200+ years, "Why hasn't the U.S. fallen and its people tearing themselves to pieces?"

Hm... maybe the collective memory, and nearly yearly reminders from around the world, of those that have and do?
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Post time 2010-4-29 14:08:59 |Display all floors

The Litany of Apathy is

much worse in Britain.

Almost too long to list.

But especially immigration issues.

And just about the giving up of all or any rights.

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Post time 2010-4-29 17:52:24 |Display all floors

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QUOTE: "Why hasn't the U.S. fallen and its people tearing themselves to pieces?"

Succinctly answered by Wahahaha with:

"Can people become so broken that truths of how they are being screwed do not “set them free” but instead further demoralize them?"

And the whole point that the article writer proposed.

"YES. It is called the 'abuse syndrome.'"

Demoralized people do not fight back, they know it is useless.

Passive submission and the loss of self into the hollow consumerist society.


Please note it is worth reading the rest of the article.

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Post time 2010-4-29 18:07:12 |Display all floors

Wow!!

Even this short reply is hung on the filters.

Looks like this thread will not last long for me anyway.   


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Post time 2010-4-29 20:39:22 |Display all floors

There it is at #5. Cool

Can anyone spot a filter word in #5 ??   

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