november 2002 -
Okay, it's like this. Big Business, the Corporate Government, the Money With The Guns, whatever you want call it, has figured out how to persuade the vast majority of us into accepting its point of view and methods. It's not necessarily a conspiracy. It's simply a machine with a design that works. Like a car. Unfortunately, unlike most cars, when it stops it falls apart. It may not be the most efficient way to get from A to B, but it's the best way to get there while keeping the most people hungry. Hungry for whatever one is in the business of marketing.
Fear of Abandonment (FOA) is at the top of the Flow Chart of All Fears, and is the watermark on each page of a good corporate prospectus, annual report, or a simple mission statement. FOA is the first conscious fear and is born directly from the basic animal fear, that of being consumed/in physical pain, and once you realize that, well, the game is wide open. Fear of being ugly, fear of being fat, unloved, unhealthy, unattached, uncommitted, unconnected, unmarried, unhappy, unfunny, unhip, unCola; there's a new and improved solution for everyone and everything out there.
Come along with us! The playing field is very tilted, but it's a really fun kind of tilt, trust us.
For all you nascent oligarchs and plutocrats out there, here are some things to keep in mind while trying to stay in power:
There are many more tips to learn, but with these easy-to-follow instructions there will never again be any kind of popular uprising to worry about. Revolutions went out with brass buttons and blunderbusses.
Why am I saying all this stuff? Um, let's see... oil? Saudi Arabia? Texas? Bush? Cheney? Ashcroft? The Middle East? Cakes and ale? Beer and skittles? Raw raw raw, go team!
Perhaps you can tell I'm still a bit dizzy after yesterday's elections?
I can't wait till 2006 when Schwarzenegger is "elected" Governor of California. That's gonna be a Party.
"Show Biz Kids" -- Rickie Lee Jones -- IT'S LIKE THIS
"The guilty think all talk is of themselves."
- Geoffrey Chaucer