Definitions of consumerism on the Web:
- the theory that an increasing consumption of goods is economically beneficial
- Consumerism is the equation of personal happiness with consumption and the purchase of material possessions. ...
None of the 'things' (below) seem very 'far fetched' to me these days... People, in general, seem to scoff at the idea of modern day 'civil war' or an 'insurgency' within the United States. *I* see the United States as STILL pretty much North vs South... Also, to me, one of the main causes of all the 'strife' in the United States right now is the fact that our kleptocratic government and financial elites INSIST on propping up the 'failed economic policies' of the last few decades. I suspect that is because 'they' have nothing with which to replace the current 'system'... Meaning as the current financial system goes so goes our government. If the current financial system were to fail so would our government fail...
As you know, if you already read my blog, I have never advocated for violence in any way. The answer to me is the 're-education' of the dumbed down 'shopper class' in the United States who, even today, continues to be willingly 'manipulated' by greedy corrupt politicians and corporate elites...
The consumer/shopper class reacts to Black Friday/Cyber Monday in the same way that pavlov's dog's reacted to the bell...
The concept for which Pavlov is famous is the "conditioned reflex" (or in his own words the conditional reflex: the translation of условный рефлекс into English is debatable) he developed jointly with his assistant Ivan Filippovitch Tolochinov in 1901. Tolochinov, whose own term for the phenomenon had been "reflex at a distance", communicated the results at the Congress of Natural Sciences in Helsinki in 1903. As Pavlov's work became known in the West, particularly through the writings of John B. Watson, the idea of "conditioning" as an automatic form of learning became a key concept in the developing specialism of comparative psychology, and the general approach to psychology that underlay it, behaviorism. The British philosopher Bertrand Russell was an enthusiastic advocate of the importance of Pavlov's work for philosophy of mind.
Pavlov's research on conditional reflexes greatly influenced not only science, but also popular culture. The phrase "Pavlov's dog" is often used to describe someone who merely reacts to a situation rather than using critical thinking. Pavlovian conditioning was a major theme in Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel, Brave New World, and also to a large degree in Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow.
What Is Behaviorism?
By Kendra Van Wagner, About.com Guide
The term behaviorism refers to the school of psychology founded by John B. Watson based on the belief that behaviors can be measured, trained, and changed. Behaviorism was established with the publication of Watson's classic paper Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It (1913).
Behaviorism holds that only observable behaviors should be studied, as cognition and mood are too subjective. According to behaviorist theory, our responses to environmental stimuli shapes our behaviors. Important concepts such as classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and reinforcement have arisen from behaviorism.
Dictionary: classical conditioning (also interesting)
A process of behavior modification by which a subject comes to respond in a desired manner to a previously neutral stimulus that has been repeatedly presented along with an unconditioned stimulus that elicits the desired response.
Who among you would NOT believe that our government, our Federal Reserve and our banks/corporations/retailers would not LOVE to have the ability to use 'conditioned reflex' and/or 'behaviorism/classical conditioning' knowledge and expertise to drive an economy. What incredible 'power' 'they' must feel 'they' have over such a large portion of the American populace...
Behavioral economics and behavioral finance are closely related fields that have evolved to be a separate branch of economic and financial analysis which applies scientific research on human and social, cognitive and emotional factors to better understand economic decisions by consumers, borrowers, investors, and how they affect market prices, returns and the allocation of resources.
Behavioral economics is that branch of one, which deals with the study and application of analysis with scientific approach on social,emotional factors for understanding the consumers,investors and the market,and the resources.
The field is primarily concerned with the bounds of rationality (selfishness, self-control) of economic agents. Behavioral models typically integrate insights from psychology with neo-classical economic theory. Behavioral Finance has become the theoretical basis for technical analysis.
Behavioral analysts are mostly concerned with the effects of market decisions, but also those of public choice, another source of economic decisions with some similar biases towards promoting self-interest.
Turns out that 'they' always have used this 'knowledge' to their benefit and, as we now clearly see, 'they' were very willing to use it to the detriment of the American people as long as it led to record corporate profits quarter after quarter and as long as substantial amounts of these 'profits' were continually funneled to our kleptocratic government elites in the form of 'campaign contributions' at the tip of the iceberg.
There are 'reasons' that there are 237 Millionaires in Congress - Political Hotsheet - CBS News
*I* do NOT begrudge people for accumulating wealth... It's an activity I rather enjoy myself ;) But I sure would like to see an 'honest' breakdown of how many of these 'people' became millionaires AFTER their political career began...
You see I, personally, feel strongly that our government and our banks/corporations have simply 'shoved the American people to the side', out of the way, while 'they' have pursued their economic 'models' and 'behavioral sciences' for decades now...
And once again 'they' have 'outsmarted' themselves... 'They' are so much more 'intelligent' than the American populace. So much more 'educated'. So much more 'knowledgeable'. So much more 'ambitious'. So much more 'dedicated'. Than we... the people...
The American 'citizenry' to our elites is merely a 'population' (cattle if you prefer) to be manipulated for financial and/or political gain... At least in *my* opinion that is where we have ended up after decades of 'psychological abuse/warfare'.
I hope many more people will begin to realize that all of the things that are happening in our society are not random occurrences of fate. There is MUCH complexity involved. Complexity is one of the favorite 'tools' used against the citizenry to keep them 'in their place'. The things that 'occur' in our society and economy, in our 'politics', domestically and abroad, in our foreign relations/wars and interactions with foreign central banks are not, and never have been, random in nature to be dealt with by the whims of currently elected officials... It is very important, to me, that people understand and realize that world governments and now world financial elites as well, plan FAR in advance. Most of us are but 'pawns in the game'. 'They' have used every single tool at their disposal to control and manipulate the human condition. Not for the betterment of humanity... but for ever growing personal political and financial power...
If this belief makes me appear to be a One World Government conspiracy 'nut case' so be it... Or am I just a 'nut case', who fears an oppressive manipulative government controlled by greed, wealth and lust for power...
The main point I am trying to make today is that our government and our corporate elites are not stupid. That 'they' seek to use use science and knowledge against the citizens of the world to further increase their own power.
Do you not hear the calls now for Chinese consumerism? It is fast becoming kick the Americans to the curb, they have been consumed, time to kick that Chinese machine into gear... And Indian as well of course... Just swap out the 'consumers' for a better positioned group, demographically speaking... None of it is about US... it is ALL about wealth and power...
How much longer will American consumers instinctively rush to the local mall at the 'ringing of the bell'? How long before the Chinese and Indians, conditionally, do the same?
How much longer will the 'human race' be manipulated by elites to fulfill their own personal needs of wealth, personal gratification and their lust for ever growing power?
Will the 'people of the world' ever unite and say ENOUGH! (???)
I hate 'consumerism'... not 'capitalism'... I hate omnipotent (almighty: having unlimited power ) governments and corporations. I want the 'people' of the world to stand up and do the right thing...
But maybe I am not an Ancient_Warrior... maybe I am an Ancient_Dreamer... after all...
Corporatism is a system of economic, political, and social organization where corporate groups such as business, ethnic, farmer, labour, military, patronage, or religious groups are joined together into a single governing body in which the different groups are mandated to negotiate with each other to establish policies in the interest of the multiple groups within the body. Corporatism views society as being alike to an organic body in which each corporate group is viewed as a necessary organ for society to function properly. Corporatism is based on the sociological concept of functionalism. Countries that have corporatist systems typically utilize strong state intervention to direct corporatist policies and to prevent conflict between the groups.
The word "corporatism" is derived from the Latin word for body, corpus. This meaning was not connected with the specific notion of a business corporation, but rather a general reference to anything collected as a body.Political scientists may also use the term corporatism to describe a practice whereby a state, through the process of licensing and regulating officially-incorporated social, religious, economic, or popular organizations, effectively co-opts their leadership or circumscribes their ability to challenge state authority by establishing the state as the source of their legitimacy, as well as sometimes running them, either directly or indirectly through corporations. This usage is particularly common in the area of East Asian studies, and is sometimes also referred to as state corporatism. Some analysts have applied the term neocorporatism to certain practices in Western European countries, such as the Tupo in Finland and Proporz system in Austria. At a popular level in recent years "corporatism" has been used in a pejorative context to refer to the application of corporatism by fascist regimes or to mean the promotion of the interests of private business corporations in government over the interests of the public.
The French Revolution and the overthrow of absolutist corporatism
In the aftermath of the French Revolution, the existing absolutist corporatist system was completely dismantled due to its support of social hierarchy and special "corporate privilege" for the Roman Catholic Church. The new French government saw corporatism's emphasis on group rights as inconsistent with the government's promotion of individual rights. Subsequently corporatist systems and corporate privilege throughout Europe were abolished in response to the French Revolution. From 1789 to the 1850s, most supporters of corporatism were reactionaries. A number of reactionary corporatists favoured corporatism in order to end liberal capitalism and restore the feudal system
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A civil war is a war between organized groups within a single nation state, or, less commonly, between two nations created from a formerly-united nation state. The aim of one side may be to take control of the nation or a region, to achieve independence for a region, or to change government policies. It is high-intensity conflict, often involving regular armed forces, that is sustained, organized and large-scale. Civil wars result in large numbers of casualties and the consumption of large resources.
Civil wars since the end of World War II have lasted on average just over four years, a dramatic rise from the one-and-a-half year average of the 1900-1944 period. While the rate of emergence of new civil wars has been relatively steady since the mid-1800s, the increasing length of those wars resulted in increasing numbers of wars ongoing at any one time. For example, there were no more than five civil wars underway simultaneously in the first half of the twentieth century, while over 20 concurrent civil wars were occurring at the end of the Cold War, before a significant decrease as conflicts strongly associated with the superpower rivalry came to an end. Since 1945, civil wars have resulted in the deaths of over 25 million people, as well as the forced displacement of millions more. Civil wars have further resulted in economic collapse; Burma (Myanmar), Uganda and Angola are examples of nations that were considered to have promising futures before being engulfed in civil wars.Scholars investigating the cause of civil war are attracted by two opposing theories, greed versus grievance. Roughly stated: are conflicts caused by who people are, whether that be defined in terms of ethnicity, religion or other social affiliation, or do conflicts begin because it is in the economic best interests of individuals and groups to start them? Scholarly analysis supports the conclusion that economic and structural factors are more important than those of identity in predicting occurrences of civil war.
Definitions of insurgency on the Web:
- an organized rebellion aimed at overthrowing a constituted government through the use of subversion and armed conflict
- An insurgency is an armed rebellion against a constituted authority (for example an authority recognised as such by the United Nations) when those ...
- rebellion; revolt; the state of being insurgent
- insurgent - guerrilla: a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment
- insurgent - in opposition to a civil authority or government
Definitions of revolution on the Web:
- a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving; "the industrial revolution was also a cultural revolution"
- the overthrow of a government by those who are governed