Love the show. I had waited last week, but wasn't able to get on.
I was responding to a discussion regarding just how the republicans spread their messages and energy. I won't mention any by name, but many...many, many...multi-level marketing type businesses infiltrate home, work and just about any other personal space we have. We all have received that phone call from a brother-in-law, work-mate, neighbor or cousin touting a "...great business opportunity just made for you!".
My personal experience was with one of those (begins with an "A" and ends with a "way") and I was exposed during the time Reagan was running for president. Understand, there is intention far beyond selling soap...or whatever...and the content of their message is none too subtle. After initial contact, there are meetings (and more meetings), seminars and "rallies"; not to mention one-on-one exposure to the local, regional and world-wide grand pubahs in the "business".
We must change. We must look, walk, talk and behave as the "up-line" dictates. We must have that business suite (with the red tie) and by all means, no facial hair. But that's okay because they have sold us on a DREAM; a dream of success; a dream of wealth and travel. However, we can't get there as we are and we accept that. It truly is brainwashing.
All those meetings, seminars and rallies are staged like the fourth of July, with huge screen productions (even in the late 70's and early 80's) and heart pounding music with singing and total adoration to those "above" us. There is a certain form of worship that is expected of us, the minions. And the way human nature seems to function; worship for our "superiors" means worshiping what they worship.
I'm not aware of any type of study done, but I would be willing to wager that "A_way" elected Ronald Reagan as assuredly as any formal efforts of the campaign. It wouldn't surprise me if, along with Fox no-News and "pundits", the tops of these pyramids receive their marching orders and talking points directly from the corporate backed, Karl Rove neo-con think tanks.
We should all be careful of what we wish for…and desire. Or at least consider the path we choose and those we permit to influence us.
I'm not really saying anything against any business. The soap is great…the politics stinks.