The problem with the propaganda is that the Powers that communicate via Media ownership, of one form or another, are telling you to hate the poor, hate the immigrants, hate people who belong to unions, hate public service workers and, basically, hate those that make more money than you. Just don’t hate the rich; they are saviour-gods of the coming econ-o-pocalypse. You’re only supposed to hate people who make just enough more money than you to be solidly middle class. People you know. People you can see in your community and, in some way, identify with.
Psychologists tell us that it’s easier to hate people who are mostly like us, with small differences, than folks who are dramatically different from us. Marketing and the Media are virtually run by psychologists. They just take your own self-hatred and give you an outlet for it by allowing you to tranfer it onto some external ‘other’. It’s cathartic to hate others. That’s how this works.
So the ‘real’ question is: why do our corporate overlords want us to hate these groups of people? What is so important about hating these people? Short answer: power and money.
Firstly, it’s easy and psychologically satisfying to hate people that are perceived as being a threat to ‘our way of life’. That has a magical resonance. But, really, you’re entire POS way of life is threatened? So, tell me, what specific thing has any of these people done to YOU, personally? I got 5 bucks that says, “nothing at all”.
“But my tax dollars, my tax dollars!” I hear you cry out. I’m calling total bovine xcriment on that. You probably pay fornication-all in taxes. Your tax dollars wouldn’t pay the postage charges incurred by your local LCBO.
“Why should immigrants get so much free stuff when I, a deitydamned Canadian, don’t get free stuff?”. Did you bang your head on something that made you this smart?
I, yes me personally, called up 1-800-O-Canada and got a list of phone numbers for various immigration, revenue and social services offices in Ottawa and spent most of an afternoon questioning all of them. They were a very friendly, helpful bunch. They even gave me a link to an individual gov’t policy document to backup everything they said. You know what I discovered? Everything that you, YES YOU, believe about immigrants, refugees and the poor is a bunch of holy-shit, no-foolin’, mind-diddling lies. Lies, as it turns out, that were carefully researched crafted and focus grouped by powerful, money-intersted think tanks who want to take every last cent from you and give it to the wealthiest corporations.
My research has uncovered interesting things. Immigrants and refugees do not: get a free house, car or a special, magic level of health care, nor do they get huge sums of welfare money that only they, and not you, are offered. They get the same things that you and I would get if we applied. Except they have to wait, sometimes years, to be entitled to receive it.
But you’ve been told that these foreigners are the ultimate moochers. Really, who says that and why do they want you to hate immigrants?
Turns out that virtually all of this rhetoric comes from 2 actual sources, that can easily be traced, should you want to: Corporations, and the Think Tanks they own, who want to take all of your tax dollars for themselves and Christian, White Supremacist Hate Groups / Neo-Nazis. No freakin’ foolin’. Every email you get that talks about how or whom you should be hating and especially the “It’s our Country not Theirs” emails, comes from the fine folks at Stormfront, Aryan Guard, Canadian Heritage Alliance and other fuck-the-immigrants social clubs. The emails that hate on Green Energy like all the windmills-are-making-you-sick so you must stop them nonsense come from Industry Think Tanks like the Fraser Institute, Conference Board of Canada and all things Koch related.
That’s right, me fuck-o’s, you are have swallowed the sausage of the most corupt, hate-filled assholes in the Country; Big Oil, Big Banks and white-is-right, nationalist scumbags.
“But,” I hear you squirm, “the Media checks this stuff out! They wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true, right?”. Sorry, Charlie. Your tuna is now more radioactive than a fucking CAT scan.
The Media is a profit driven enterprise that doesn’t care about you. It ‘reports’ what it get in ‘press releases’ both written and in preproduced, video formats that look indistinguishable from actual news. They are owned lock, stock and 2 smokin’ barrels by the biggest corporations in the world. Corporations that profit from war, profit from fixing things they first destroy (what’s called the Hegelian Dialectic or Disaster Capitalism). They profit from you being propagandized into changing your believe to align theirs and with the will of the powers that be. So you’ll vote ‘correctly’. So you purchase ‘correctly’. So you’ll ‘obey’. So you wont ask any questions, other than the one’s they approve for you, like, “how come them imm-uh-grints..?” and “how com them ref-yoo-geez…?”
Add to this goulash of understandable poison some positivity statements like, “those damn [fill in the victim] make way to much money” and “why should I pay for [fill in the awesome thing that you hate]”. And while we’re at it, let’s dish some hate on sex (abortion, teh gays, single moms, porn), drugs (the drug war on pot, but not on HBSC) and rock-n-roll (Walmart and Best Buy, the 2 leading music retailer force record companies to censor lyrics or they won’t stock the artist. True story.)
And all this because we, the people are fucking lazy moochers, right? Well, guess where all the ‘welfare’ tax dollars go; corporate R&D, corporate revenue top-ups, lower corporate taxes, lower taxes for the wealthy, corporate subsidies on every level, including taxes, local, provincial and federal, electricity freebees, tax breaks for private schools, subsidies for gambling establishments like horse racing, that, if it’s really a free market, should just die like any other failing business. But you get the idea.
So, next time someone, anyone, tells you that you should be hating on some identifiably group of people ask yourself this; “what do powerful economic interests, such as corporations, gain by having me hate this group of people?”. The answer is always: money & power….that they won’t have to ‘take’ from you, because you seem to be all to willing to take it from each other and give it to them in the form of less corporate/business taxes, more subsidies, less regulation, more citizen-funded bailouts, one of which has anything to do with how much teachers make or whether or not some poor fuckwad from some burned out moonscape of a country gets medical treatment or some unloved single moms getting welfare to feed their kids.
It’s about only one thing: corporations stealing all of your tax dollars and your government and having you be okay with that. And nothing else.