abuse syndrome

Postby Anna » Thu Dec 24, 2009 9:40 am

Are Americans a Broken People?
Why We've Stopped Fighting Back Against the Forces of Oppression
By Bruce E. Levine, AlterNet. Posted December 11, 2009.

A psychologist asks: Have consumerism, suburbanization and a malevolent corporate-government partnership so beaten us down that we no longer have the will to save ourselves?

Can people become so broken that truths of how they are being screwed do not "set them free" but instead further demoralize them? Has such a demoralization happened in the United States?

Do some totalitarians actually want us to hear how we have been screwed because they know that humiliating passivity in the face of obvious oppression will demoralize us even further?

What forces have created a demoralized, passive, dis-couraged U.S. population?

Can anything be done to turn this around?

Can people become so broken that truths of how they are being screwed do not "set them free" but instead further demoralize them?

Yes. It is called the "abuse syndrome."...
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Re: abuse syndrome

Postby Plasman » Fri Dec 25, 2009 8:38 am

This makes a sad kind of sense.
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Re: abuse syndrome

Postby mwchase » Fri Dec 25, 2009 8:55 am

I was about to post about how vexing I find it that no war crimes trials have taken place, consulted Google to make sure I wasn't just out of the loop, and found this, from earlier this month. This is just... ugh. What the fuck. What. The fuck.

This is a fundamental failure to do one's fucking job.
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Re: abuse syndrome

Postby Sinosaur » Fri Dec 25, 2009 3:26 pm

Great, now I feel sad and don't want to do anything.
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Re: abuse syndrome

Postby strange_person » Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:16 pm

I think this goes a lot deeper than just American politics.

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Re: abuse syndrome

Postby Shackler » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:04 pm

With all due respect, I would not describe the American people as "broken," "demoralized," or "discouraged." I would especially not describe them as "passive."
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Re: abuse syndrome

Postby Zilla » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:58 pm

Compared to the protests of the 60's, the American People are very passive <_<
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