The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on – because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions.
The most remarkable thing about the last election was actually Bernie Sanders, not Trump. Bernie Sanders broke with a century of American political history. In American elections, for… back to the late 19th Century, elections are basically bought, literally. You can predict, with remarkable accuracy, electability, simply on the basis of campaign funding. Also policies. There’s very substantial political science research on this.
Bernie Sanders came along, no support from the corporate sector, no support from the wealthy, the media simply dismissed him as ridiculous, he was basically unknown, he even used a scare word: “socialist”; and he would have won the Democratic nomination if it hadn’t been for the shenanigans of the ides of march party managers.
If you take a look at popularity today, he is far and away the most popular figure in the American political system.
Right now though I am obsessed with Adam Curtis documentaries. Hypernormalisation and Bitter Lake are phenomenal and I could watch them over and over and over again. Also The Trap, The Power of Nightmares, The Century of the Self (like I needed any more of a reason to hate Freud), The Living Dead and The Way of All Flesh are incredible and all available on youtube. They are not true crime, some of them are different but in general his documentaries are about what has influenced the current geopolitical landscape and the development of western culture (and the impact this has had in the middle east - and vice versa). I can’t stop watching them…
Los países más avanzados están conduciendo al mundo al desastre, mientras que los pueblos hasta ahora considerados primitivos están tratando de salvar al planeta entero. Y a menos que los países ricos aprendan de los indígenas, estaremos condenados todos a la destrucción.
If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.