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2019-09-25 Home Front: Culture Wars
Once the Trust is Gone
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Posted by g(r)omgoru 2019-09-25 07:41|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6511 views ]  Top

#1 ...1776.
Posted by Procopius2k 2019-09-25 08:16||   2019-09-25 08:16|| Front Page Top

#2 Trust in your institutions? I'm afraid that bus has already left the station.
Posted by JohnQC 2019-09-25 08:37||   2019-09-25 08:37|| Front Page Top

#3 Extortion funding corrupt.

Governments have a product (title) that they should charge for and would keep them honest.
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2019-09-25 08:41||   2019-09-25 08:41|| Front Page Top

#4 The time I don't spend watching network news or reading the newspaper + the $99 / yr. they want for the rag here is all mine to spend otherwise. I'm good with that.
Posted by M. Murcek 2019-09-25 09:02||   2019-09-25 09:02|| Front Page Top

#5 The Spoils System. Sometimes the only cure is amputation followed by cauterizing with fire when a limb becomes rotten.
Posted by magpie 2019-09-25 09:45||   2019-09-25 09:45|| Front Page Top

#6 Distrusted media? Websites like Rantburg and producing original reportage and op-eds like Michael Yon, Sharyl Attkisson, and Sarah Hoyt.

Distrusted schools? Private schools or school at home.

Distrusted science? Publicize unpopular and unpublished studies on sites like WattsUpWithThat and the skeptical scientists Facebook page.

Cheating elections? Volunteer with groups working to clean up the voter rolls, volunteer to work at the polls during the elections.

In other words, by providing competition and/or supervision, force all those untrustworthy institutions to either do better or die.
Posted by trailing wife 2019-09-25 10:26||   2019-09-25 10:26|| Front Page Top

#7 ^ This. TW nails it.
There is no other path.
Posted by Lex 2019-09-25 10:40||   2019-09-25 10:40|| Front Page Top

#8 Should cattle trust the farmer?
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2019-09-25 11:39||   2019-09-25 11:39|| Front Page Top

#9 is another excellent source of high-quality, dissenting academic discussion.
Posted by Lex 2019-09-25 12:05||   2019-09-25 12:05|| Front Page Top

#10 Publicize unpopular and unpublished studies on sites like WattsUpWithThat and the skeptical scientists Facebook page.

Need affiliation and grants for studies.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2019-09-25 12:15||   2019-09-25 12:15|| Front Page Top

#11  by providing competition

Until the competition is all shut down.
Posted by charger 2019-09-25 17:15||   2019-09-25 17:15|| Front Page Top

#12 What happens when the people lose all trust in their institutions?

Actually we have lots of evidence from other societies to tell us what will happen.

First, you will see people create two selves: a public self that seeks to avoid any kind of attention or scrutiny by those who have the power to ruin you - be it superiors or colleagues or neighbors - and the real self that is exposed only to immediate family and a handful of friends. The social media, let-it-all-hang-out model will quickly expire in this environment.

Second, along with the underground self, you will see a lot of economic activity go underground. People will naturally turn to off-market transactions, to cash under the table, to all manner of ruses, shelters, scams.

Third, as a consequence of #1 and #2, public confidence in rule of law, impartial justice, free and fair elections, an independent press and all the other core institutions of representative democracy will collapse. Demagogues and radical parties will surge. The habits of compromise, conciliation, seeing things through another's eyes: all of these habits will wither.

Finally, and this is a big unknown--it depends on the efficiency of state surveillance and control--radicalized, in many cases violent, fringe movements will spread and gain many adherents.

The above pattern happened before every modern revolution, including the Nazi revolution, and mostt of them flourished under communism in the late 20th century.

It can happen here. Smart money says that at least a few of these will happen in coming years.

Posted by Lex 2019-09-25 18:34||   2019-09-25 18:34|| Front Page Top

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