I’ve done a few posts here on how we are a brainwashed nation. I really believe that we are about as brainwashed as your average North Korean. Maybe not as frightened, but probably about as brainwashed.
You really don’t need a totalitarian state to brainwash a populace.
Following Gramsci, all you need is Ruling Class control over the media. Check, done, long ago. Actually it has gotten much worse in the last 60 years. After WW 2, we had a large labor press in the US. It’s been decimated and for all intents and purposes no longer exists.
Next you need Ruling Class control over the political parties. Check, done that, especially since 1980 or so.
Combine the political system with the media and you end up with something called “culture,” once again following Gramsci. The Ruling Class, using its political-media monopoly, then takes over the culture. “Popular culture” the lived world of you and me, then in essence becomes Ruling Class Culture. Even the poor and the workers talk like millionaire oligarchs. If a computer’s a dumb as a rock and it only knows what it’s been taught, then so’s a human. We only know what we’ve been taught.
Exhibit A for how exquisitely this system works in praxis:
From a Gallup poll asking an admittedly loaded question, but nevertheless:
“Is Iran a critical threat to U.S. vital interests?” 61% yes
“Is Iran an important threat to U.S. vital interests?” 29% yes
I certainly hope there were more choices than that!
In other words, 90% of the US population are officially complete and utter dumbfucks.
Unless they’ve figured out that “US vital interests” means “US imperialism,” in which case, I would have answered yes myself.
What do these poor deluded fools think? Do they actually believe that Iran is going to lob a nuke at us and commit national suicide? They don’t even have a nuke, and they won’t sacrifice millions of Iranian lives even if they get one.