What's the future of society in a world where ideologies create facts, billionaires run countries and isolationism invites global war?

It was one of the most disappointing things for me to watch the Women's March and see almost zero signs signalling the underlying problems in politics. For example, the way political policies and opinions are presented to the general public with the help of billionaires donating to the political parties. But not only that, the direct influence they hold over the way policies are shaped through donations. I can't help but feel like exactly the same thing is true for media. Aside from the politics, the same narratives are being pushed through advertisement money in media, and reporters are either clueless or just as compliant as the general public.

https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/3599 And as I've mentioned, we've all been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry. The unawareness remains strong but compliance is obviously fading rapidly. This problem demands some serious, serious thinking - and not just poll driven, demographically-inspired messaging.

How is this acceptable to people? The fact that this happens to be from the DNC leaked mails is almost irrelevant - this kind of behaviour is widespread in politics and media alike. And people say it is nothing, and that "it is just normal office communications". I absolutely agree with that: it is everywhere. That is exactly why it is so problematic. It is controlling our lives, and making the democracy based on voting almost completely and utterly void of any meaning.

As Nick Hanauer says in this video (Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming), I am about ready to grab a pitchfork and start marching on the crooks who are facilitating this kind of behaviour.

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