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Why is it so hard to understand this!?

Three things:

  1. "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!". Add to those numerous beneficiaries of the fossil fuel industry those who actually do understand the problems with continued reliance on hydrocarbons but don't care about the consequences and go to great efforts to deny and spread uncertainty about the problem. This leads us to:

  2. The massive PR campaign funded by these people and the stultifying effect it has had on public opinion. This is buttressed by the deliberate strategies employed to make politics repugnant and drive down participation and all of the hot button 'social issues' such as abortion, gay marriage, gun control, etc. which has served to distract and divide in addition to polarizing. This brings us to:

  3. The whole structure of 'inverted totalitarianism' that has grown up in the USA but which has been 'globalized' right along with its chief instrument - financialization. The USA and the UK have the improved, post-modern apparatuses of a pre-WWII totalitarian state such as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union, but without a supreme leader. Instead we have a vastly improved form of oligarchy where the individual players in the political system are irrelevant and replaceable and power is exercised by corporations through the financial sector and through the military/security state/mainstream media complex. The top leadership positions in this oligarchy are similarly replaceable and the potential candidates are sufficiently aware of the common interests of the oligarchy so as to create a stable system.    

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Nov 3rd, 2014 at 01:20:42 PM EST
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