Things are not good, but no one near the top of the pyramid wants to admit it. The popular press and their “trusted voices” paddle public opinion toward complacency and happiness. Why? Because it is the movement of public opinion that ultimately makes manifest the condition of the system. Worry is rebranded as hope. Threats become aliens, entertainment, or … food.

“The United States is frittering away its role as a model for the rest of the world. The political system is plagued by an absurd level of hatred, the economy is stagnating and the infrastructure is falling into a miserable state of disrepair. On this election eve, many Americans are losing faith in their country’s future.”
— from “Race for the White House 2012,” Der Speigel

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