Timely reprint on Symmetrical Scapegoating
Thinking this morning about Orlov's magnificent 2008 prophecy,
showing how the collapse of the US empire would be worse than the Soviet collapse.
One aspect that Orlov missed is Symmetrical Scapegoating, a US invention originally based on the British parliament. Symmetrical Scapegoating breaks the feedback loop between the demons and the humans, so all rebellion against the demons is misdirected against the Horrible Other Team within the humans. The demons are totally out of the loop.
The Soviet system didn't bother with the stageplay of "parties" and "elections", so it was more responsive to real problems than our system.
Rehashing from 2018:
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For many years I've been noting
examples of Symmetrical Scapegoating. It's a clever technique. Old-fashioned unilateral scapegoating always fails because a scapegoat BY FUCKING DEFINITION is not the cause of a problem. Ruling tribes are the cause of problems. A ruling tribe will never blame itself for the problem, because that would lead people to remove the ruling tribe.
The defect in unilateral scapegoating is that you have to exterminate the scapegoat group, or at least imprison and disempower the scapegoat group. After the scapegoat is dead, or removed from power which it never had in the first place,
the problem remains. People may see the truth.
Symmetrical scapegoating avoids the disappearance defect by dividing the country into two roughly equal groups, each blaming the other for the problem. The ruling tribe is still out of the loop, and the groups will mutually exterminate without any effort by the ruling tribe. Wonderfully efficient.
SS works even better when the groups are blaming each other for PROBLEMS THAT DON'T EXIST, because a PROBLEM THAT DOESN'T EXIST is automatically unsolvable. It remains active and useful until the ruling tribe gets bored and invents a new mythical problem.
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I've omitted the cartoons in the 2018 item; they were focused on 2018 issues that have faded from sight. Demons switch issues FAST to keep the scapegoating strong and fresh. When an issue starts to get stale, the peasants have a chance to stop and think, which might allow them to detect the real source of evil. Can't allow that.
My overall emphasis on PROBLEMS THAT DON'T EXIST is still emphatically valid. See "global warming" and "virus".
Labels: Natural law = Soviet law