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You put another layer on, another coat of paint ;) And it's more vivid and coherent now! (It takes time to grow the energy, doesn't it?)

The "facts become debatable become hypotheses while opinions are facts" was tested out, imo, in Holocaust denial, a frontal assault on what seemed to be the most self-evident fact of history-that-mattered. History is, in my view, the centre of the attack, even more than economics: or, if you like, a certain sense of history has to be destroyed in order to make acceptable a contrived economic narrative.

It's not indifferent that Sarko and his advisors play incessantly with the myths of modern French history, appealing at one and the same time to the fibre of the Resistance, and to the bureaucratic racism of Vichy; vicously attacking May '68 while posing as rebels and populist reformers. It's a vital part of "shifting the lines" as they call it.

Yes, they are aware of what they're doing. Yes, there are propagandists who invent their ideology and its pathways to the mass mind.

Yes, we're a bunch of people in the corner looking out for their incoherences and hoping to let slip from some mousehole the story that will marry the truth of the planet with a warm new desire for humanity.

Keep going, kc.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 05:32:20 PM EST
Indeed, a certain type of hystory.. the history that declared "history is written by winners" is a history they wanted to get rid of.

Spot on.

And I think we can keep this diary as a personal position paper... I only hope more people would know neurobiology 101 and antrhopology 101 at the same time to propagate these ideas: Institutional strucutres and lack of internal coherence are the only way to penetrate and change people who have internalized a particualr mythology, in our case a neocapitalsit look at the world,... but there are a lot of people at the fence... media and science-magic-feeling narratives are the only thing we need to convince them.

But I think you keep going more than me :)

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 05:41:36 PM EST
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You're modest.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 05:49:51 PM EST
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