When you are in the stage of structural demographic disintegration, it's difficult to patch it together again. Not to mention the very elites are doing all that they can to deflect the problem onto anything but the core of the problem. "inequality." In decline conflict and blame games begin, without want of putting the average person down, they will to some predictability form factions and start pointing fingers. The rise of leftist and rightist ideology is all part and parcel with the pointing of fingers. Where the finger should be pointed is neoliberalism, "inequality" broadly represented in our populations and very importantly the inequality between EU member states. (that is an incredibly important pressure point.) Wages in countries will not rise when you have members on a lower socioeconomic bracket. If I am a company why will I use expensive labour when a readily available and willing workforce is available. I will also leverage the most favourable taxation laws bypassing the taxing of my operations.
The pristine veneer of American Democracy has been shown to be a cheap toy. A once fearful Military Might of the "Muricans" a mere charade, hidden by proxy forces and the sophistication of its weaponry. With no will to fight and self-defeating, a set of rules of engagement that leave American forces as ducks, not lined up in a shooting gallery, but in the deadly gallery of the greed of man. Inept, and indecisive leadership has paralysed the once feared fighting force. The American framework of inalienable rights only provided to the corporate elements, a hollowed out American labour force. One person, one vote, one voice, is Fugazi to placate the masses only to give them a semblance meaning in their government. I was once a plastic soldier in a miniature dirt war. And then I woke up. Everything changed. The once ideal way of life, which I swore to protect, was a pipe dream, afforded to those that have enough capital to mitigate themselves from the reality on the ground: A fascist state, driven by an elitist oligarchy, spoonfeeding the masses, their daily dose of Freedoms. ~ Jay US Army (retired)
Selective reporting is distorting the realities of the Syrian conflict. East Aleppo is under Jihadist control, sorry ‘moderate rebel,’ all the same when reporters are roaming around the rebel-held areas, it has to make you question everything twice. How is it that the White Helmets are never in the Government controlled areas? How is it that mainstream media never reports from the Government held areas? How is it that it is never reported that over 1.5 million people are in the relatively safe Western Aleppo, while the rebel-held East with a mere 200.000 gain all the attention. Of course, it is terrible how innocent people are trapped in Eastern Aleppo. However, it does not paint the true picture of the conflict by only reporting that side.
Mainstream Media ― can we really be surprised it has a significant trust deficit, like a Politician it would seem they lie or twist the truth only when their mouth moves. It is hard to watch any mainstream media without those words popping up 'barrel bombs.' It forms one of the key propaganda narratives spruiked from Obama. An emotive filled strong propaganda poison designed to continue that picture of the 'Evil Assad,' the treacherous dictator killing his own. The U.S. Air Force (alone) has fired off more than 20,000 "Hellfire" missiles and bombs since the U.S. bombing campaign against Syria.
If there is a single person that should understand the inaccuracy of polls, it is the social scientist. As our world has become ever more reliant on small, medium and big data, it would seem too often, the most relevant data is forgotten, and that is the data of the individual. Everyone has a tendency to see the world from their unique position. Leaving the house and starting up the BMW, gliding down to the office, creates a detachment from the realities of people, not fitting that bill. Someone that has struggled all their life will not see the hard work that BMW driver put in, to finally purchase the car that had been a goal for some time. They will see privilege, the unfairness of society, maintaining the wedge between the have, and the have not. When people see the homeless and drug-dependent they do not see a failing of society, rather a failing of the individual. I am generalising here, and that is indeed what polls do, they generalise and miss the critical data of the individual.
In an article entitled "I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me" the author writing under a pseudonym for fear of reprisal outlines how he and colleagues have taken a hatchet to their syllabus for fear of offending snowflake students. It is no laughing matter, as he outlines if you want to keep your job this is what you have to do. That is crazy shit when you consider it is authors like Edward Said and Mark Twain. The crazy gets worse when you read about a Yoga class being denied citing “cultural appropriation” of a non-Western practice." - What? Based off of one single complaint of cultural insensitivity everyone suffered. Let's not stop there. Oxford University - Yes, the foundation of English education excellence and 'elitism' denied an abortion debate as it was two men doing the debating. Fecking Jesus H Christ 'Snowflakes' where is the cotton wool you can bandage yourselves in just in case you happen to have an intellectual growth spurt. In America, they have 'trigger warnings' on the cover of classic works in case people have a 'distressing event.' Of course, America does take it to a whole new level, and it would seem exceptionalism has been replaced, by a race to the bottom rung, of the educational ladder.
Over the last two decades and accelerating, the entire traditional class system has been under a top-down pressure. More of the working class are finding themselves as Precariat. The Middle Classes compressed into a form of Working Class. I am establishing the context in a purely monetary narrative. A relentless force shrinking financial worth, austerity measures placed on citizens, has produced manifestation in society ranging from riots, civil unrest, a rise in racism and in general, a voice that it cannot continue.
There is so much clinical material available for the study of psychopaths when we are talking about individual people. The Mask of Sanity by Hervey M. Cleckley. In his book, he discusses many masks of the psychopathic person. Scientists, Physicians, People of the world and even Psychiatrists. However, what of the Psychopath as a country? Dr Andrew M. Lobaczewski in his groundbreaking work started that journey in his book, A science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes.
While Russia became more democratic or at least a Russian version of democracy; most of the countries around the USSR sought their freedom via nationalism. There is some hypocrisy in how the West views nationalism. If the Ukraine, Poland and Georgian use nationalism even while some are hotbeds for neo-Nazi organisations; this is fine and dandy as you are leaving the USSR. It is even fine to create a new neo-fascist regime if you happen to be the EU in cahoots with NATO. Now that Russia has discovered that going all warm and fuzzy letting countries get on with it; has created the new German-dominated restricted sovereignty state. It has rediscovered a nationalistically inspired want, but of course, that according to the US/NATO/EU is the wrong kind of nationalism.
Since the birth of the "great" USA, it has managed to clock up 222 years spent in some version of a conflict. Two hundred and twenty-two years out of its meagre 239-year history. What is, even more, telling about this supposedly great nation is how quickly it has entered the final stages of the lifecycle of an Empire. America has the propensity to disregard actual history instead opting to write their own. Broadcasting far and wide using the philosophy of "A Lie Can Travel Halfway Around the World While the Truth Is Putting On Its Shoes." American propaganda is so intense that in the minds of many people, it is simply a historical context. We even see academics, historians, and general papers solidifying many American untruths creating plausible lies and false truths.