Why Are Americans So Easy To Manipulate? or "Why Farmers are going Extinct"
Well, no one thinks for themselves anymore, individualism exists only in those who are on power trips to exert "control" over other people. Most farmers once had the "individual" trait, but that trait has been bred out of Americans as more and more people become sheeple and exist to serve the few. Any person who questions authority or is in opposition to the "group" or "class" is deemed to "not fit in".
Fortunately, few, if any, of my friends would qualify as "normal" in the America of today. Because those few who can stand on their own feet, say what they think, without fear of reprisal are getting few and far between. The battle cry of NO FEAR . . . is passing into history with those who once held that DNA in their genes. If you are like the 99% who let others do their thinking for them, or are thin skinned enough to give a rats *** about what other people might think then this article is for you.
Those who believe I am full of BS and this article is BS probably have a "disorder" of some kind, and not suitable to be in "polite" society. Adios Amigos. John
Why Are Americans So Easy To Manipulate?
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/14/2012 13:58 -0400
Originally published by Bruce E. Levine at Truth-Out.org,
What a fascinating thing! Total control of a living organism!
— psychologist B.F. Skinner
The corporatization of society requires a population that accepts control by authorities, and so when psychologists and psychiatrists began providing techniques that could control people, the corporatocracy embraced mental health professionals.
In psychologist B.F. Skinner’s best-selling book Beyond Freedom and Dignity (1971), he argued that freedom and dignity are illusions that hinder the science of behavior modification, which he claimed could create a better-organized and happier society.
During the height of Skinner’s fame in the 1970s, it was obvious to anti-authoritarians such as Noam Chomsky (“The Case Against B.F. Skinner”) and Lewis Mumord that Skinner’s worldview—a society ruled by benevolent control freaks—was antithetical to democracy. In Skinner’s novel Walden Two (1948), his behaviorist hero states, “We do not take history seriously,” to which Lewis Mumford retorted, “And no wonder: if man knew no history, the Skinners would govern the world, as Skinner himself has modestly proposed in his behaviorist utopia.”
As a psychology student during that era, I remember being embarrassed by the silence of most psychologists about the political ramifications of Skinner and behavior modification.
In the mid-1970s, as an intern on a locked ward in a state psychiatric hospital, I first experienced one of behavior modification’s staple techniques, the “token economy.” And that’s where I also discovered that anti-authoritarians try their best to resist behavior modification. George was a severely depressed anti-authoritarian who refused to talk to staff, but for some reason, chose me to shoot pool with. My boss, a clinical psychologist, spotted my interaction with George, and told me that I should give him a token—a cigarette—to reward his “prosocial behavior.” I fought it, trying to explain that I was 20 and George was 50, and this would be humiliating. But my boss subtly threatened to kick me off the ward. So, I asked George what I should do.
George, fighting the zombifying effects of his heavy medication, grinned and said, “We'll win. Let me have the cigarette.” In full view of staff, George took the cigarette and then placed it into the shirt pocket of another patient, and then looked at the staff shaking his head in contempt.
Unlike Skinner, George was not “beyond freedom and dignity.” Anti-authoritarians such as George—who don’t take seriously the rewards and punishments of control-freak authorities—deprive authoritarian ideologies such as behavior modification from total domination.
If you have taken introductory psychology, you probably have heard of Ivan Pavlov’s “classical conditioning” and B.F. Skinner's “operant conditioning.”
An example of Pavlov's classical conditioning? A dog hears a bell at the same time he receives food; then the bell is sounded without the food and still elicits a salivating dog. Pair a scantily clad attractive woman with some crappy beer, and condition men to sexually salivate to the sight of the crappy beer and buy it. The advertising industry has been using classical conditioning for quite some time.
Skinner's operant conditioning? Rewards, like money, are “positive reinforcements”; the removal of rewards are “negative reinforcements”; and punishments, such as electric shocks, are labeled in fact as "punishments." Operant conditioning pervades the classroom, the workplace and mental health treatment.
Skinner was heavily influenced by the book Behaviorism (1924) by John B. Watson. Watson achieved some fame in the early 1900s by advocating a mechanical, rigid, affectionless manner in child rearing. He confidently asserted that he could take any healthy infant, and given complete control of the infant’s world, train him for any profession. When Watson was in his early 40s, he quit university life and began a new career in advertising at J. Walter Thompson.
Behaviorism and consumerism, two ideologies that achieved tremendous power in the 20th century, are cut from the same cloth. The shopper, the student, the worker, and the voter are all seen by consumerism and behaviorism the same way: passive, conditionable objects.
Who are Easiest to Manipulate?
Those who rise to power in the corporatocracy are control freaks, addicted to the buzz of power over other human beings, and so it is natural for such authorities to have become excited by behavior modification.
Alfie Kohn, in Punished by Rewards (1993), documents with copious research how behavior modification works best on dependent, powerless, infantilized, bored, and institutionalized people.
Many of the most successful applications of behavior modification have involved laboratory animals, children, or institutionalized adults. According to management theorists Richard Hackman and Greg Oldham in Work Redesign (1980), “Individuals in each of these groups are necessarily dependent on powerful others for many of the things they most want and need, and their behavior usually can be shaped with relative ease.”
It is also easiest to condition people who dislike what they are doing. Rewards work best for those who are alienated from their work, according to researcher Morton Deutsch (Distributive Justice, 1985). This helps explain why attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-labeled kids perform as well as so-called “normals” on boring schoolwork when paid for it (see Thomas Armstrong’s The Myth of the A.D.D. Child, 1995). Correlatively, Kohn offers research showing that rewards are least effective when people are doing something that isn’t boring.
In a review of the literature on the harmful effects of rewards, researcher Kenneth McGraw concluded that rewards will have a detrimental effect on performance under two conditions:
“first, when the task is interesting enough for the subjects that the offer of incentives is a superfluous source of motivation;
second, when the solution to the task is open-ended enough that the steps leading to a solution are not immediately obvious.”
Kohn also reports that at least 10 studies show rewards work best on simplistic and predictable tasks. How about more demanding ones? In research on preschoolers (working for toys), older children (working for grades) and adults (working for money), all avoided challenging tasks. The bigger the reward, the easier the task that is chosen; while without rewards, human beings are more likely to accept a challenge.
So, there is an insidious incentive for control-freaks in society—be they psychologists, teachers, advertisers, managers, or other authorities who use behavior modification. Specifically, for controllers to experience the most control and gain a “power buzz,” their subjects need to be infantilized, dependent, alienated, and bored.
The Anti-Democratic Nature of Behavior Modification
Behavior modification is fundamentally a means of controlling people and thus for Kohn, “by its nature inimical to democracy, critical questioning, and the free exchange of ideas among equal participants.”
In democracy, citizens are free to think for themselves and explore, and are motivated by very real—not phantom—intrinsic forces, including curiosity and a desire for justice, community, and solidarity.
Behavior modification can also destroy our intrinsic desire for compassion, which is necessary for a democratic society. Kohn offers several studies showing “children whose parents believe in using rewards to motivate them are less cooperative and generous [children] than their peers.” Children of mothers who relied on tangible rewards were less likely than other children to care and share at home.
How, in a democratic society, do children become ethical and caring adults? They need a history of being cared about, taken seriously, and respected, which they can model and reciprocate.
Today, the mental health profession has gone beyond behavioral technologies of control. It now diagnoses noncompliant toddlers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and pediatric bipolar disorder and attempts to control them with heavily sedating drugs. While Big Pharma directly profits from drug prescribing, the entire corporatocracy benefits from the mental health profession’s legitimization of conditioning and controlling.
America is a country that was born in revolution and peopled by some of the most independent human beings ever to walk the earth. Our ancestors explored, conquered, and settled this nation under some of the harshest conditions imaginable, even in many places where “government” was more of a theoretical concept than a functioning entity.
Now, the government educates your kids, gives you money and food if you don’t have a job, picks which toilets and light bulbs you’re allowed to buy, runs your health care, and takes care of you when you get old. Meanwhile, if you’re so stupid that you hit yourself in the face with an iron until you fracture your skull, you can probably get a lawyer to sue the manufacturer for not putting a warning label on its product telling you not to do that.
We’ve become a society where adults are encouraged to behave like children. As Mark Steyn has said, “A society of children cannot survive, no matter how all-embracing the government nanny.”
Mercy faust, looks to be that your admitting, "getting a child into farming is child abuse".
No new next generation is going to engage agriculture in the reality of, if you come to inherite the land thanks to elimination of inheritance tax, your going to have slaves farm it, not be the slave.
It canbe explained in that long standing education of, God said, to not have false Gods before you, and combine that with the reality of, the meek will inherite the land, for those that make the land their False God, get over taken by the land that now owns them and their soul. They forsake their soul for that desire of greed to hold the land as their false God..
Its the education the people have now came to condon what they escaped Europe from, that a few will hoard all the land, and the rest now will merely be the slaves of the rest.
Its proven with that Einstein quote, of the worlds a dangerous place, not because of those that do evil, but rather the danger comes from those that look on a do nothing. the reality even people as yourself who realize its not right, cant stand now and stand against it, your ignorance of not knowing whats really right from wrong, even when you finally see its wrong, you can not stand agaisnt it.
and its even in the reality of religion has to learn all over itself, that socialism, is wrong, and that it ruins a civilization and brings it to ruin. people will want to say they are for capitalism as its the politically correct phrase, but now its really all sociailist and corruption that breeds and brings;
Alzado,Alzado,Alzado I have been tearing the pages out of my Qur'an and burning each page to make sure I do not cover the same ground twice, can you cite me the passages that support your quotes. As for child abuse, I would say you and the mullahs have a better handle on that than I do, not many american farmers "manipulate" or wrap their children in bomber vests and send them out to kill other innocents and catch that wonderful "fast train" to Paradise. Adios Amigo. John aka Infidel