The “Majority Opinion” Is an Illusion

The article below is a fantastic commentary regarding the dangerous philosophy of “majority opinion.” It is the reason why America was set up as a constitutional republic, that is, a society based upon the rule of law which limits the power of centralized government and recognizes certain unalienable rights that we have as humans which cannot be taken away by any government.

The “Majority Opinion” Is An Illusion
Thursday, 24 January 2013 03:20 Brandon Smith of Alt-Market

If there is one concept on Earth that has been the absolute bane of human existence (besides global elitism), it would have to be the concept of the “majority opinion”. The moment men began refusing to develop their own world views without first asking “What does everyone else think?”, they set themselves up for an endless future of failures. We are, of course, very social beings, and our natures drive us to seek those of like mind and spirit in what some might call a “tribal imperative”. However, this imperative to organize is often manipulated by those who understand the psychological mechanisms behind it. Oligarchs and tyrants abuse and exploit the inherent social natures of the people in order to fool them into abandoning their individuality for the sake of the group, or some abstract and dishonest ideal. When successful, the organization of a culture becomes bitter and twisted, changing from a tribe or a community of sovereign individuals, into a nightmare collective of soulless sheep.

Human beings desperately want to belong, but, they also desperately want to understand the environment around them. Often, the desire to belong and the desire to know the truth conflict. In some societies, in order to be accepted, one must give up on his search for truth and avoid eliciting the anger of others. This causes a severe mental and emotional disturbance within a population. In order to reconcile their conflicting needs within a system that does not nurture their quest for transparency, they tend to unconsciously cling to the “majority view” as if their very existence depends on it. The idea of the majority view or the “mainstream”, gives people the sense that they are a part of a group, and at the same time, gives them the illusion of being informed.

Their rationale is:

If most of the population believes something to be true, then, by “statistical law”, it most likely is true. Those who do not share in the majority opinion are therefore in opposition to statistical law; meaning they are behind the times, social deviants, or just plain crazy..

The problem is, history has shown that at pivotal moments in a society the “majority opinion” is usually WRONG. Any progress we do enjoy as a species is almost always due to the actions of tireless aware minorities, or even a lone man or woman who saw what the rest of us could not.

The greatest discoveries and truths have always been the product of individual thought and effort; numerous individuals working on parallel paths to generate new pieces of knowledge or more balanced and principled methods of living. There has never been such a thing as a collectivist realization, or a collectivist truth, and there never will be. Collectives do not think creatively or honestly. Their only concern is the survival of the system at all costs, and usually this requires a foundation of lies.

As a nation or culture edges towards collectivist tyranny, the battle-cry of the “majority opinion” will drown out all other reasonable voices. It has happened before, and unfortunately, it will happen again. In America today, I believe we are nearing the moment where the mass view becomes the only acceptable or legally sanctioned view. With the 2nd Amendment issue alone, the most common argument by anti-gun proponents is that “the majority opinion is on their side”. I’m here to point out that the “majority opinion” is, in fact, an illusion, and completely irrelevant. Here is why…

Most “Majorities” Are Fake Majorities

A recent poll on gun rights touted by Reuters stated that over 74% of the American public supported new and stricter gun laws including a ban on “automatic” (do they mean semi-automatic?) weapons:

Reuters pretends as if the poll is a sweeping vindication of anti-gun advocates, but what is the deeper story behind the poll? Reuters waits until the very last line of the article to mention that only 559 people participated, which hardly seems like a large enough pool to determine the overall position of the entire American public. Who were these people who were polled? Where were they polled? What questions were they asked and how were the questions posed? All of these factors can be manipulated during polling to produce a desired end result.

In April of 2012, a similar poll stated a somewhat similar case, but also relented that a “majority” of Americans supported most pro-gun positions, including conceal carry, and the need for civilians to intervene during a criminal event:

What the polls do not outline is the fact that many people are undecided on a number of details, and that there is no clear “majority” on any of them. Polling methods are indicative of the mainstream farce. In most cases, when a mass of people are presented as a “majority”, we do not know exactly how that conclusion was arrived at. Who decided these people were of the same mind and how?

Beyond this problem, those people who claim to be a part of the majority, are sometimes ill informed and do not have all the facts at their disposal. If there is indeed such a thing as any majority, it could only be the majority of people who do not know what to think! So, instead of the gun issue, for instance, being a fight between a “majority” of anti-gun advocates versus a “minority” of pro-gun advocates, we are actually looking at a fight between two educated MINORITIES, pro-gun and anti-gun, pro-liberty and anti-liberty, with an uneducated and oblivious public in-between.

To gun control propagandists I would point out that being able to lie to the unaware and con them into parroting your talking points is not the same as “having the majority on your side”. There may be some utility to retaining an army of bleating sheep, but in the end what do sheep really do beyond bleat, except eat, sleep, watch, and wait to see which way the winds blow…?

Read the rest here.

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US Marines Share a Special Message with America

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The Reality of the Fiscal Cliff

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Connecticut School Shooting

Here is a wonderful article from Karl Denninger of The Market Ticker, which cuts through the hype and discusses the horrific event last Friday based solely upon the facts.  Keep in mind that this article was written the day after the tragedy.  That being said, he examines the event based not on fear or hysteria, but the known facts.  Here it is.

CT School Shootings; Facts Before Hype

by Karl Denninger

You have to live in a hole not to know that a deranged young man shot up a school yesterday morning.

In the aftermath there are the predictable calls for bans on all guns, bans on most guns, and bans on, well, anyone other than you and your hired goons (aka Mayor Bloomberg) having a gun.

Hysteria does not produce good results.  Indeed, evil men often wait for conveniently-timed hysteria to do unspeakably ugly and evil things under cover of public demand that they conveniently exploit.  There are hundreds if not thousands of banksters freely roaming the land today who are free under precisely this rubric; men and women (but mostly men) who would under any rational legal system be rotting in prison right now but for Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke locking Congress in a room in the dark evenings of 2008 and threatening that the end of the world would ensue if he was not given plenary power to do whatever he thought necessary.  He even came with a convenient three-page document that would grant him that power.  Ultimately Congress only gave him part of what he asked for, but as is almost always the case when someone claims he is going to do something under mass-hysteria conditions he is lying, and intends to do something else.

Such was the case with Hank Paulson, who we now know had “changed his intent” to buy toxic assets (his original claim) before Congress voted on the proposal and yet didn’t tell Congress of his changed intentions, misleading the body intentionally by omission.

You’re still paying for the result today in the form of ridiculous unemployment, food stamp recipients going off the scale, gasoline and other necessities nearly doubling in price and the inexorable health care cost ramp continuing.  All of this is happening because instead of addressing the causes of the crisis and jailing the malefactors responsible the executive used the hysteria generated by Lehman’s failure to shove a law down Congressional throats.

Now let’s look at what we know about the Connecticut shootings — and unlike many commentators I will clearly delineate that which we now can state confidently are facts, that which is a reasonable conclusion from those facts, and that which is speculative in character at this time as sufficient information is not available to refute or support such a position.

We’ll start with the guns.  They are reported to have been legally owned by the shooter’s mother and included a Glock pistol, a Sig pistol and a .223 caliber rifle.  The rifle has been reported to be a sporting variety commonly used for target practice or hunting varmints; if the make and model reported are correct it is indeed a hunting variant (it has a fixed stock as hunting rifles typically do, no flash-hider on the front or other “scary looking” but immaterial cosmetics, etc.)  Sig makes extremely high-quality (and commensurately expensive) pistols; Glock of course makes highly-reliable and well-respected weapons as well.  A little-known fact about Glocks is that for many people they “point” funny due to a different grip angle than most other pistols; some people find them very difficult to shoot accurately for this reason.  That may be why the mother owned both (she may have bought one and not liked it, then bought the other.)  The rifle was found inside the car the shooter drove and since he never came out of the school building once going in it must be presumed that he did not use that gun in the school assault.  There is nothing particularly-remarkable about the weapons used in this assault; they are common guns used lawfully by millions of Americans for hunting, target practice and defensive purposes. (Update 12/15 late – it is now reported that the rifle was in fact on the shooter and was in fact used in the shooting, not left in the car.)

Of note is that the shooter could not have legally acquired the pistols, as he is not 21.  Federal law requires one to be 21 years of age before purchasing a pistol at retail.  In this particular case, however, it doesn’t matter whether he was 21 or not as he didn’t buy any of the weapons involved; they were lawfully purchased by his mother who the assailant murdered prior to assaulting the school.  Click here for the rest of the article.

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Propaganda 101

Don’t believe their lies. This is just like Iraq. More importantly, notice how they all agree when it comes to military interventions. All major news agencies marching together in lockstep for the military-industrial complex. Lies, lies, lies. What I find even more amazing is the Christian Right who gets up in arms about abortion, yet doesn’t think twice about raining down hell from above through missile strikes that kill innocent women and children, including numbers of Christians in the case of Lebanon and Syria, as they are home to some of the oldest Christian cultures. They are about to use the guise of chemical weapons so they can launch missile strikes on Syria. Once they are done with Syria, it is next stop, Iran.






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ObamaCare Architect Going to Work for Johnson & Johnson? Big Surprise.

Here is a perfect example of the corruption that exists in our political system today. This once again proves that neither the Democrats or Republicans are working for the American people, but instead are employed by the special interest groups that fund them, be they unions, corporations, or foreign interests. Wake up to the false left paradigm and you will see the truth. I expect the Democrats to be silent on this one, just as the Republicans are when their ilk tramples the Constitution.  Don’t believe the hype from either side, but instead seek out the truth independent of your preconceived beliefs.  You will see much clearer when you do so.

Here is the link:  Meet Liz Fowler: Architect of ObamaCare, Jumps Ship to Johnson & Johnson

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Welcome to the Police State, 1984 Style

Bad Cops, Good Cops
Below is a collection of links to articles showing our continued descent into a 1984-style police-state control grid and how many police are turning into enemies against ordinary Americans. It is followed by a few examples of good policemen fulfilling their duty to the Constitution and humanity.

State and local law enforcement groups want wireless providers to store detailed information about your text messages for at least two years — in case they’re needed for future criminal investigations

Cops Taser Man Who Tried to Keep His House from Burning Down

US Army Soldier Arrested for Asking Police Questions

Washing Your Car, or Failing to Pick Up Dog Poop May Cost You $100,000 a Day

Baltimore Bus Passengers Now Subject to Secretive Eavesdropping

Here are the few examples of exceptional cops who are giving the rest of the bad ones a good name.

Hero Cop Protects Activists Against the TSA by Protecting Their First Amendment Rights

NYPD Cop Displays His Humanity by Giving Pair of Boots to Homeless Man

Knowledge is truth. Truth is power. Love for others is how we can change our society.

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