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Monday, November 01, 2004

question #1...

Is it a democracy when the citizens are deliberately conditioned (brainwashed, hypnotised, programmed) to think (and therefore vote) a certain way, or should such a state of affairs actually be called an oxymoronocracy?


Blogger Jeff said...

Gerry, it's a poor democracy, at least that's what we have here. The primary reason for that is because far too many Americans DON'T THINK. My rationale on this comes from a lot of sources, but here's a classic example: in recent polls, some 70% of Bush voters believe that Saddam actually HAD weapons of mass distruction and that we found them. Also, some 30% of Bush voters believe that Saddam had nuclear weapons and that we found those too! In other words, there are a whole bunch of ill-informed (or non-informed) citizens in this country who don't give a good rat's ass about learning anything factual to support their political choices.

Trust me, our Founding Fathers are spinning in their graves over this.

November 01, 2004 6:31 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Agreed, Jeff, but you haven't answered the question to my satisfaction. ;-)

November 01, 2004 6:40 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Alright, Gerry. The answer to your question is NO.

November 01, 2004 7:57 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

And, Jeff, do you think there is a "democracy" anywhere whose citizens are not conditioned by their culture to vote a certain way?

November 01, 2004 9:13 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Probably a lot of democracies contain sub-group cultures whose values certainly do come into play. In that regard, perhaps the more "sub-cultures" that you have in a single democracy the better.

November 02, 2004 11:28 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...


November 02, 2004 9:27 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Exactly, just as long as they're not religious based sub-cultures (especially fanatics).

November 03, 2004 7:36 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Most fanatics seem to me to be monoculturalists. i.e. "my culture/religion/way is the only right culture/religion/way". And that's pretty much what the written torah/old testament/quran seem to "teach" as well. Even fanatical secularists (like me) fall into the same trap. That last bit I only realised today. Pretty thick, ain't I?

November 04, 2004 11:44 PM  

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