A short paper on how interest groups and political parties use association matrices and narratives to create useful idiots.
From the paper:
To make the message they want to send even more powerful, organizations such as the Democratic and Republican parties group the associations together into a story or narrative. That way they get back and forth reinforcement among the associations.
Three major Democratic narratives:
1. I’m for the little guy, against the big corporations and the selfish rich who trash the planet and are indifferent to the pain and struggles of the poor and middle class.
2. The power of government is necessary to stop the rape and pollution of the planet, to level the playing field, to ensure a fair distribution of resources, and to tend to the struggles and suffering of the poor and middle class.
3. The greedy rich are not paying their fair share.
The key words are strung together to create a flow of ideas and emotions. And each key word has endless variations. A politician who finds creative ways to express the narrative will be considered a great orator by those with similar associations.
Two major Republican narratives:
1. The greater the power of government to tax and regulate the less freedom left to the individual, and democrats are always for higher taxes and bigger government.
2. The Democratic Party is in the business of taxing and regulating the successful, to continue to buy the votes of those they make dependent upon government.
Which group of narratives you think are lies and attempts to brainwash, and which are obviously true depends upon which side of your own brain has been washed.
Arguments between people with different narratives are usually a waste of time. Each firmly believes facts and logic on their side. Their narrative is The Truth, so the other side must be dumb, evil, liars, libertarian, communists, deniers, warmists, greenies, left wingers, right wingers, in the pocket of somebody, etc. etc. How else to explain their not agreeing with what is so obvious? Such a discussion frequently devolves into name calling. Well actually, it usually starts with name calling.
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Published January 1, 2014
Political & Social Sciences.