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Addicted to Hate

July 17th, 2013 - 2:30 am

In 2010 Vanity Fair observed that hatred sells, based on their study of magazine circulations. After Obama was elected, liberal magazines fell on hard times.

The year 2009 was a tough one for magazines in general … The three leading liberal political magazines, however, fared particularly badly. The Nation’s circulation in 2009 was down 7.4 percent from 2008, Mother Jones was down 6.7 percent, and Harper’s was down 5 percent.” It concluded that “ideologically driven magazines tend to thrive on feelings of anger and disenfranchisement, and while liberals were hardly pleased with Obama’s first year in office, the disappointment can’t compare to the emotions that Darth Cheney and Cowboy Bush inspired.

The sad fact is that hatred is often a powerful motivator than love. There is something particularly cathartic about intense hatred. George Orwell, who was a keen student of totalitarian techniques observed that hate campaigns had the same effect as a drug. They swept you up and induced a kind of altered state. Then the crowd, with their veins pumped full of emotional chemicals, would be subtly directed towards the object of destruction.

The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but, on the contrary, that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretense was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge-hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic. And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp. …

The Hate rose to its climax. The voice of Goldstein had become an actual sheep’s bleat, and for an instant the face changed into that of a sheep. Then the sheep-face melted into the figure of a Eurasian soldier who seemed to be advancing, huge and terrible, his sub-machine gun roaring, and seeming to spring out of the surface of the screen, so that some of the people in the front row actually flinched backwards in their seats. But in the same moment, drawing a deep sigh of relief from everybody, the hostile figure melted into the face of Big Brother, black-haired, black-moustachio’d, full of power and mysterious calm, and so vast that it almost filled up the screen. Nobody heard what Big Brother was saying. It was merely a few words of encouragement, the sort of words that are uttered in the din of battle, not distinguishable individually but restoring confidence by the fact of being spoken. Then the face of Big Brother faded away again, and instead the three slogans of the Party stood out in bold capitals:


But the face of Big Brother seemed to persist for several seconds on the screen, as though the impact that it had made on everyone’s eyeballs was too vivid to wear off immediately. The little sandy-haired woman had flung herself forward over the back of the chair in front of her. With a tremulous murmur that sounded like ‘My Savior!’ she extended her arms towards the screen. Then she buried her face in her hands. It was apparent that she was uttering a prayer.

At this moment the entire group of people broke into a deep, slow, rhythmical chant of ‘B-B!… B-B!…’ — over and over again, very slowly, with a long pause between the first ‘B’ and the second-a heavy, murmurous sound, somehow curiously savage, in the background of which one seemed to hear the stamp of naked feet and the throbbing of tom-toms.

This is classic Pavlovian conditioning.  Demagogues figured out that if you treated people like dogs they behaved exactly like them. In the mid-20th century there was much interest in its use as a means of controlling the “masses of people”. They were taught what to like, and most especially they were taught what to hate. And boy did it work. For much of the middle of last century these techniques of conditioning convinced millions to kill millions.

In the 1932 novel Brave New World, written by Aldous Huxley, conditioning plays a key role in the maintenance of social peace, especially in maintaining the caste system upon which society is based. Children are conditioned, both in their sleep and in their daily activities, to be happy in their Government-assigned social role as Alphas, Betas, etc., as well as in adopting other “socially acceptable” types of behaviour, including consuming manufactured goods and transport, practicing free sex, etc….

Another example is in the dystopian novel, A Clockwork Orange in which the novel’s anti-hero and protagonist, Alex, undergoes a procedure called the Ludovico technique, where he is fed a solution to cause severe nausea and then forced to watch violent acts. This renders him unable to perform any violent acts without inducing similar nausea. Unintentionally, he also forms an aversion to classical music.

In the science-fiction book Ender’s Shadow, “Pavlovian mental bans” are also used to prevent crime. In the book, a controversial scientist, Anton, is kept from researching genetic experimentation by associating his work with anxiety. A device is then surgically placed in his head that would increase detected anxiety, sending him into a panic attack. The result is that Anton must remain good humored at all times, can only speak of his work through self-deceptive metaphors, and even after his Pavlovian mental ban is lifted can no longer study science.

The denizens of the 21st century, educated liberals in especial, think they are above hate. They are too smart for that sort of s**t. Today we have codes against “hate speech”, social taboos against “hateful behavior”. But a moment’s study will readily show that much of this is just sugar coating, that inside the “anti-hate” paintjob lurk actual hate campaigns themselves. Hate is today’s equivalent of Victorian sex. Everyone affects to know nothing of it, yet  the body politic would grid to a halt, not to mention go broke, without it.

The link between the Orwell’s theory of conditioning and campaign politics is not hypothetical. During the 2008 campaign Phil de Vellis consciously used the technique to create the famous Hillary 1984 ad to make the specific point “that Obama represents a new kind of politics, and that Senator Clinton’s ‘conversation’ is disingenuous. And the underlying point was that the old political machine no longer holds all the power. Let me be clear: I am a proud Democrat, and I always have been. I support Senator Obama. I hope he wins the primary.” Those are de Vellis’ exact words.

Obama did win the primary. And the question that one naturally asks is whether having won the Presidency he has put away the Orwellian techniques in favor of more statesmanlike activity, or whether fear, hatred and anxiety are still a staple of modern political motivation.

Well we know that 2008 campaign was in part consciously modeled on 1984. Could we be as dumb as the sheeple in the ad? For some the answer is, heck yeah.

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The Zimmerman aftermath demonstrated how powerful a force hate is. It seems to me that many people get an actual buzz out of it. And it sells papers. You have talk show hosts who pretend to be 'understanding' and 'sympathetic' but who are really as keen as mustard to exhibit guests whose main talent in life is malapropisms and non-sequiturs.

It becomes like a kind of political Jerry Springer show where freaks and grotesques are exhibited, the better to whip up the audience into a frenzy. What is worse, the audience loves it.

I think the media is treating many of us like idiots. The sad part is that too many haven't cottoned on to it. I think some politicians are playing us for fools. They don't care about anything but their own careers and will pander to whatever degree necessary to stay in power.
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The Obama advert was a direct copy of the Apple Super Bowl advert.
Nothing about Obama is original. Jobs prepared the ground by establishing that Design that communicated a message of Irony and elitist inclusion, which has class based hate as a component, worked and could escape criticism. Inserting Obama into the prepared message was a simple trick. Once people are trained to accept the pill then any content can be inserted.

Apple spent 30 years running against the Squares of IBM. That never had any connection with reality. In fact IBM saved Apple by giving them the Power PC chip. They did it just to keep an alternative to Microsoft in business. Those Big Blue Executives were very quiet button down white shirt men but they were tough guys and WW-II combat veterans. What contemptible Squares.
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The fact of the matter is that despite the assurances to themselves and the proclamations outwardly to the rest of humanity, most leftists are just not that smart.

With their largely fake degrees in subjects that would have been laughable a hundred years ago, with their purposeful seeking of "news" sources like NPR and the NYT which carefully excise any mention of facts and events that reflect negatively on the Narrative™, with their literal hate for anyone who dares to challenge the Narrative™, with their officiousness and nearly universal reliance on the coerced sector for income rather than the voluntary sector - how can any logical analysis lead to a conclusion that they are intelligent and mature?

Their inability to understand that "1984" was a warning and not a how-to manual does not reflect well on their claims about how much smarter they are than those of us in the bitter clinger camp.

The hate will continue until they are out of power, or until they kill us off. Yeah, it will come to that.

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It is not so much 'addicted to hate', they are taught they have the righteousness for their real anger. Because they are told they stand on the moral high ground, they represent all things Just / Good / Beautiful / whatnots, and their 'enemy' (defined as people with different pov) embrace everything hateful.

No wonder the more zealous of them lots can justify all their hateful actions and words to righteousness.
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Hatred is learned, and once learned is not easily discarded. Race hustlers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton glorify hatred, and have been instilling hatred in black children for decades, to the point where there seems little chance of bridging the ever widening chasm between people who wish them no harm and have gone out of their way to move them into the middle class, and those who have followed the call of the race hustlers who have succeeded in poisoning the well. Black America and white America are two separate countries, and growing further and further apart. In fifty years every major American city will be Detroit, with the Other defined forever. But which will be the Other?

I hate him so, that horrid Other
I hate his father and his mother
I hate his sister and his brother
And they hate me in turn
I dream of him awake or sleeping
Down darkened hallways he is creeping
And then upon me he is leaping
His eyes with hatred burn
I pray sometimes that his entire
People are consumed by fire
With millions marching to the pyre
Their tears shed I will spurn
What is it then about this Other?
Has he not father and a mother?
Why then this hatred for his brother?
I guess we’ll never learn
Just why we hate and why we love it
And why we snarl and tell him shove it
And why we feel we’re all above it
We see but not discern

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Yes. Whatever chemical processes are triggered by anger and the physical actions of harming the target of hostility, are powerful. The dog bites because it enjoys it. Something is satiated or pleasing in that action.

Humans have the same response. Physically and psychologically we receive stimulation and satiation from physical aggression, violence, and pack mentality.

But we already know that not every form of satiation should be indulged. Heroine also satisfies, intensely, we are told. Better to use the rational self discipline to avoid it.

In contrast, we have a soul, differentiating ourselves from the animal kingdom. It's important to note that the soul, being enternal, is responsible for the function of volition. It's the soul that decides. that exercises freedom of choice.

We know this because the disposition of the soul after human life has ended. Depending on the exercise of volition regarding the gospel message, the permanent repository for the soul is determined.

All of the mental processes being studied by science, and it turns out that the most important agency is something beyond the reach of empirical and rational techniques.

The problem with the human perspective regarding hate & racism is that these are mere manifestations of the carnal nature of mankind. We are, all of us, capable of many such behaviors. And the efforts of mankind to cure this action, well, we are incapable of excising our nature.

As long as the offense lies in the realm of the mind, no offense against mankind has occurred. It's not a crime to conspire with yourself only.

The answer proposed by mankind, morality or leqal remedies, are inadequate and ineffective. Counterfeit spirituality. The solution offered by God - rehabilitation from the mind of Christ - the Word.
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Letters to the editor today in WSJ are about whether the current generation is lazy or altruistic. Most of the letters assert the later. But what it also exhibits is the classical Marxist assumption, the romantic fallacy, that left alone things will be lovely. There will be no gas-burning cars yet everyone will get everywhere without problems. Food will grow itself and appear magically on your table. Obamaphones for all. And anybody who dares to question these assumptions, even stating them explicitly, is an enemy of the people, an enemy of the state. Altruism is cheap, with Ben Bernanke's money.
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What is most interesting is the sheer adventurism of the administration's tactics. Now "adventurism" has a special meaning in the Marxist canon. ( It means relying on chaos alone to bring about a revolutionary situation.

As Don Rodrigo pointed out, starting a fight with Latino and White ethnic groups is designed to achieve exactly what from a strategic point of view. But worse, this comes on the heels of a string of unresolved issues. America is in economic and foreign policy crisis. A rational administration (like Roosevelts) would seek domestic peace in the face of foreign challenge. The perfect example of this is the "we're all Americans" theme of the World War 2 movies.

But now we see the opposite. Roosevelt directed the hostility outwards, against the J*ps, Kra*ts and Ey*-talians. He made actual attempts to beat his enemies seriatim. The Obama administration is simply lighting one fire after the other.

So tell me now, what long term good can come of pitting the hood against the barrio and suburbia? Think the hood can win? The thing is, nobody is supposed to "win". Everybody is supposed to lose. And everybody will lose. Except Obama apparently.

But he'll find that even he will lose in the end. Sometimes I wish he really were a hard core Communist, so that his tactics would at least be grounded in the Leninist classics.
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The trial and outcome provide a perfect distractions from the recent events which have magnified the incompetence of the administration. Brings to mind "Hell on Wheels" episode when Colm Meaney, as Thomas (Doc) Durant, organizes a sparing match between two guys who were already fighting, for the purpose of distracting the crew from missed paydays. Brilliant strategy, let them watch a controlled fight, while supplying a little liquor, the keep idle hands occupied.

The public is getting played for fools here. And the administration hopes to generate more support for gun control in the bargain.
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His domestic political policy is just like his foreign policy and economic policy. He never solves anything, just adds one more disaster to distract from the previous one. China, then Russia become rivals. Libya, the Sahara, Egypt, Syria, Turkey ... nothing gets fixed, just added to.

He's like one of the Stooges, who to forget the pain in their thumb, whack the hand with the hammer, and to forget the hand conk themselves on the head with a mallet. "There Moe, it don't notice the finger any more."

Sure Curley.

Double-down and double-down. Benghazi gets followed by EPA, then by IRS, then by Egypt, then by the NSA -- which is still spreading and involving more countries by the day -- and now Zimmerman. Well hallelujah. Is this supposed to solve anything. And then there's Obamacare and don't forget the jobs or the budget. Can anyone keep track any more?

No.You only keep track of incomings is only useful if you plan on shooting the bandits down. Heck they're all going to hit. Nobody is going to shoot any bandits down. It's Queeg all over again and this time he's brought his own typhoon.
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"The Obama administration is simply lighting one fire after the other."

Some people just want to watch the world burn?

I am sure at some point Obama read at least the Cliff's Notes version of "1984". Trouble is he must think it is a how-to manual rather than a cautionary tale.

I went last night to see may favorite jam band - Widespread Panic. They are of the social class 'Southern Hippy' but fun. The cautionary tale was all the kids in the audience with combustibles. Lord, the 'choom' was thick and they probably do not remember the very good jams today.

A lot of them were doing 'something' thinking it had meaning. Part of the delusion rampant in the country right now. That 'something', some action confers meaning. It doesn't. Applies to the Feral Gov't I think.

Funny the tie from "1984" and the 2 minute-hate is exactly what I had thought of once things went spinning down the rabbit hole of race.

"Stupid should hurt!"
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In sum, he's a classic Gonnabee.

AKA Reactive Dependent.

BTW, the script of a Gonnabee requires him to self-destruct and take the organization with him -- particularly if he's in executive command.

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The pressman's insult is that his rival is not using ink to tell the tale --

but that he's just urinating on the subject/ politician at issue.

The resulting pulp is stinky -- and ad hominem -- of course.

Newspapers print on pulp -- no cotton fiber content at all.

Making their yellow journalism/ lies 'pulp fiction,' a term that preceded the 'dime novel,' itself a product of pulp and quick set glues (hot process) that permitted 'Perfect Binding.' Today, the 'dime novel' has been repriced and rebranded: it's $5.95 and termed pulp fiction.

So basically "journalists', the re-branded form of the term "newspapermen", which in turn stood for "ink stained wretches" are, like Obama, social climbers. They too "lead from behind", citing sources, either named or anonymous.

They try to peddle their wares by "doubtcasting" their competition.

They refuse to pay for news, because of their self-proclaimed sanctimony.

Sounds pretty accurate.

In other words, Proles! Which explains their preference for the politics of the proletariat.

Ah, but social climbers soon become passé. And the lofo hipsters hate being passé. No wonder the MSM ratings suck.

Boo hoo!
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I'm pretty well convinced that the most tacitly agreed on objective of the left is that all must be compromised, and in particular, corrupted. That is the only quantity of equality they spend every waking moment in a "struggle" to achieve. Therefore, it is notable that their efforts to draw in 'the masses' to their latest two minutes hate-du jour can be measured as somewhat of a colosal failure based on the apathy seen so far. We're in, what, day five of this? Sure they've incited some anarchical vandalism out there, but the first two objectives they sought both came in bum steers. First was to bring enough pressure to bring in a guilty verdict, that a man filled w/ so much racial hatred for black, went out and hunted down the first black he could find, and shot him dead, but the jury did what a jury is charged to do (in legal terms, the judge, the prosecution and the defense are "the finders of [the] law", and the jury is defined as the "finders of fact[s]" in courts of law. The media appeared stunned that B (guilty verdict) did not follow A (media pressure), so they went for support (in the post trial post mortem) to establish that it was not just a case of one [white hispanic] man, but a whole system of institutionalised ray-cism that did it. In that attempt, they've only uncovered, revealed, that maybe Trayvon was whupping ass on someone he thought was a homosexual predator. Ok, now this has potential to get reeel embarrassing for the govt and the media, so the only thing they got left is plan z, pure anarchy, so that when everybody loses, the govt wins- gun control! revived from the dead!! to win now in 'new legislation'!!! The media can "block the set' (in hollywood set dressing terms) so as to obscure their bitterness at their paltry results of their race raketeering, but I certainly don't think that they are really succeeding with this as they would have liked. We're all still at the mercy of their extended family meltdown, but, I would prefer to take this and all opportunities to put the screws to them, by whatever means available (the internet) and prolong their suffering for as long as possible.
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Paragraphs, sir ... paragraphs
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To me, one of the most remarkable, and perhaps unique, aspect of this latest cycle of state and elite-led demonization is that the majority of the American population has ben demonized by the "accepted" narrative. The only question is the size of that majority that has been pushed out of the picture. The country appears to be run by a collection of minorities now, whether ideological, cultural or ethnic, whose aggregate is still less than that of the marginalized majority. A great many clues abound to prove my point. Whether its a poll on immigration or gun control, a "disallowed" popular referendum, or the comments section of an article approving of the establishment's viewpoint.
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Yellow journalist, muckraker or blogger?

MSNBC is definitely yellow "journalism". Joseph Pulitizer himself was a yellow journalist.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

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As ever, Wiki tries hard, but misses the mark.

Yellow journalism as an expression comes from the same pool as "Wets" and "Carrying his water"...

The pressman's insult is that his rival is not using ink to tell the tale --

but that he's just urinating on the subject/ politician at issue.

The resulting pulp is stinky -- and ad hominem -- of course.

Newspapers print on pulp -- no cotton fiber content at all.

Making their yellow journalism/ lies 'pulp fiction,' a term that preceded the 'dime novel,' itself a product of pulp and quick set glues (hot process) that permitted 'Perfect Binding.' Today, the 'dime novel' has been repriced and rebranded: it's $5.95 and termed pulp fiction.


Bloggers can't be 'type cast.'

The ONE thing that is new in the now is the hyper-link.

This makes the moder blogger more on par with a thesis writer of a century ago.

A modern screed is expected to be substantiated with a stack of hyper-links.
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If George Zimmerman or either of his parents winds up dead out of this, this will become known as a twenty-first century high tech lynching. This hate fest is – without the body, so far – is what a lynching looks like. In the past, a lynch mob would develop after newspaper editors decided to murder someone by using incendiary rhetoric in the pages of their newspaper. Then, as now.
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