Dominion Over the World: The elites who rule us

Part IX

The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

05/18/07

If people studied and remembered history, they would realize that every leader, including the most brutally vicious and murderous, has always appealed to ‘the will of the people.’ It is on the basis of such platitudinous, vapid twaddle that crimes of immense scale and horror are committed. As Romney’s remarks make clear, the belief that the ‘heart of the American people’ makes America ‘the greatest nation in the world’ is one regularly trotted out by Republicans. However, I note again that these hackneyed phrases are primarily a public relations ploy, designed to drug unthinking Americans into apathy, secure in the conviction that the state is following their ‘will.’ On the right side of the spectrum, especially among many neoconservatives, the deep contempt for ‘ordinary’ Americans is now occasionally acknowledged explicitly, together with the belief that these citizen-dolts must be told ‘noble’ Straussian lies to get them to behave properly...

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