It’s intriguing to hear people calling capitalists in Russia “oligarchs” when according to scholars the whole United States is considered an oligarchy today. There is a hypnotic spell to some of the words that are used against “enemies” of the western hegemony…
Étiqueté : Social Psychology
A short e-book that should be mandatory reading in schools, not to mention that it can change your life by sharpening your understanding of your family, friends, colleagues, used car salesmen, congress critters, special interest activists and so on, up to the President.
The Overton Window is a concept in political sociology referring to the range of acceptable opinions that can be held by respectable people. « Respectable » of course means that the subject can be integrated with polite society. Respectability is a strong precondition on ability to have open influence in the mainstream. Thus the Overton window becomes a mechanism of political control.
« The US markets itself as having an inclusive identity that’s capable of uniting its many disparate parts into a singular whole. Its unofficial motto, “E Pluribus Unum”, proudly proclaims that “out of many, one”, further signifying that this ideal functions as a cornerstone of the American ideology. In what makes for a very peculiar case of ideological doublethink, while the US insists on exporting its “democratic” model abroad, it hypocritically employs a calculated pick-and-choose approach to which countries should retain the “E Pluribus Unum” domestic identity component of its system and which should incorporate the “E Unum Pluribus” geostrategic innovation. »
Warning: This is not a politically correct piece. Extremely funny, but not politically correct. Enter here at your own peril.
We don’t think all outrage is self-serving. Some of it is truly altruistic and of the sort that changes the world for the better. On the other hand, when people get outraged on cue, on certain sanctioned topics but not on glaring injustices or even horrors that don’t happen to be PC, then we suspect it is about something else than anger at injustice. It’s called « faux outrage » and its causes are…
« Sociologists Murray Straus and Richard Gelles of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire found that women were just as likely as men to report hitting a spouse and men were just as likely as women to report getting hit. »