Monday, 29 July 2013

Resistance is futile

Susan Webber accused the cult of optimistic magical thinking of being the marketers' chosen tool of social control. Now for something completely different - David Graeber argues that deliberately infecting the disaffected with negativity and hopelessness has become the political incumbents' weapon of choice:
What happens when the creation of that sense of failure, of the complete ineffectiveness of political action against the system, becomes the chief objective of those in power? 
It's not new - it was Margaret Thatcher who gave us TINA (There Is No Alternative), but it's interesting to see TINA analysed as a deliberate, Machiavellian strategy.