Was anyone here consciously influenced by [the Cold War]?
&d: that's a great question. I think anybody born before the Berlin Wall fell would in some way or another have been consciously influenced by the cold war. I am only 30 and I remember watching the movie Red Dawn and getting scared thinking about the possibility of some evil commie boogy-men invading my school and shooting me. For me: the Cold War was very near its end, but I still remember Reagon and the "Star Wars" defense system.
I now realize that it was all total bullcrap! And here is why.
It was just FEAR propaganda. I mean, of course you can make it all complex and fearfully talk about a Stalin like person taking over the world, or some other Commie tyrant spreading evil, and then we would all live a life of mediocrity... blah, blah, blah. This same type of fear propaganda has now been shifted to the new 21st century boogy-men, Islamic jihadi terror men. The American Public Relations industry and the political power structures uses scare campaigns against the US population to make us feel the need to be "protected" all the while they continue to expand their power and allow the military-industrial-complex to make trillions of dollars. (that's millions with a T
President Dwight Eisenhower warned us: "... we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."
Eisenhower - one of the greatest military generals in the world- had a huge struggle trying to control the MIC while he was President.
The MIC power persists and has taken many gigantic sh#ts on American Democracy. Your "fear blanket" is smothering you if you don't believe this. Or, you just haven't taken the time to ask WHY and seek other perspectives. The old paradigm way of thinking needs to be put to rest!! The Us vs. Them will destroy us all. The new paradigm should be: WE ALL
need to work together to save our stupid asses so we can survive as a whole before mother earth decides to rid us from HER WORLD.
There is no secret that people in power have known - for a long time
- how to scare its population to get what it wants.
"Beware the leader who bangs the drum of war,
In order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor,
for patriotism is indeed a double edged sword.
It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.
And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch
And the blood boils with hate
And the mind has closed, the leader will have no need of seizing
the rights of the citizenry.
Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism,
will offer up all of their rights unto the leader, and gladly so.
How do I know?
For this is what I have done.
And I am Caesar."