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    Dieting & Ideology: Delusional Duality?

    Dieting & Ideology: Delusional Duality?

    I suspect most of us have seen the NutriSystem commercial on TV many times. This is a “weight loss” system said to “Transform Your Body”. It is touted to be a “healthy, balanced weight loss system that’s easy and convenient”.

    The TV commercial displays beautiful bodies eating delicious meals while simultaneously and rapidly loosing weight and having great fun in the process. The TV commercial displays steaming plates of delicious food that will be sent to your house so that you can eat wonderful meals with little kitchen effort—and lose weight.

    “Your Men’s Basic Plan Includes: No-brainer meal plan—no counting, weighing or measuring [of] 120 delicious, hearty “man foods” to choose from.”

    Looking at this ad I think of the American political system that ideologically informs the population that they can have their “cake and eat it” while putting the whole thing on the Credit Card.

    The NutriSystem ad is designed to excite the delusions of the dieter; the political ideology is designed to excite the delusions of the citizen into passively accepting the possibility of living without critical self-consciousness and discipline.

    NutriSystem advertising and ideology are useful means to bamboozle unsophisticated citizens into believing that they “can have their cake and eat it”.

    My thoughts turned to this duality of delusion while reading in Sunday’s Washington Post the article “Fixing the Budget In the Worst (But Only) Way” by Fred Hiatt.

    In 1988 Congress passed a law establishing the BRAC (Base Closure and Realignment Commission). The BRAC was established because congress was unable to close any defense bases because no politician would support such base closures in his or her district because the politician would be thrown out of office by the voters. No sensible effort to close bases was possible because the voters wouldn’t allow it to happen in their backyard.

    The BRAC commission was set up to decide which bases must be closed and this list of closings had to be voted on, all or nothing at all. No individual could vote no to close the base in their district, it was only a vote for or against the complete package.

    A method similar to the BRAC commission was presented by the Baker-Hamilton Commission on Iraq.

    “The idea, in other words, is to take the very questions at the heart of politics -- what should government do and who should pay for it -- out of politics. This has to be abhorrent to anyone who believes in representative democracy.”

    We see here that sensible representative government was not possible because the ordinary voter was not sophisticated enough to see or accept that the interest in the whole depended upon their acceptance of some sacrifice in their local district.

    Political ideologies support the voter’s delusions that they can have their cake and eat it. Political parties engage in propaganda techniques similar to the NutriSystem ad programs which lead the voters into delusional attitudes, which make cogent political decisions impossible. Only when the voters become more sophisticated can we expect to see democratic government capable of establishing long range programs that will deal with real problems before they become catastrophes like that of our financial system that we are dealing with now.

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    Re: Dieting & Ideology: Delusional Duality?

    Quote Originally Posted by coberst View Post
    Only when the voters become more sophisticated can we expect to see democratic government capable of establishing long range programs that will deal with real problems before they become catastrophes like that of our financial system that we are dealing with now
    You forgot to remind us how Democrats, Unions, tax and spend socialist programs, govenment affirmative action type mortgage giveaways(to those unable to afford them), and government bailouts caused the current state of affairs.
    Your answer to our current financial problem is--(let me make a wild guess) more socialist programs and higher taxes?
    Coberst, you're a real Einstein.

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    Re: Dieting & Ideology: Delusional Duality?

    people are being born faster then they are becoming sophisticated? so we are stuck with watch em fail and it's our turn next BY slander/accusation back and forth DRAMA!? :freak3: :
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    Re: Dieting & Ideology: Delusional Duality?

    Quote Originally Posted by phlipper View Post
    You forgot to remind us how Democrats, Unions, tax and spend socialist programs, govenment affirmative action type mortgage giveaways(to those unable to afford them), and government bailouts caused the current state of affairs.
    Your answer to our current financial problem is--(let me make a wild guess) more socialist programs and higher taxes?
    Coberst, you're a real Einstein.
    we still be goin strong if your favorite brand of capitalism hadn't shown it's true colors? someone chickened out and pulled the plug and we still dont know who it was!? musta been a PLAN!! get rich and get out!! NEXT!! no holdin the bag over here!? :
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    Re: Dieting & Ideology: Delusional Duality?

    Quote Originally Posted by lexx View Post
    we still be goin strong if your favorite brand of capitalism hadn't shown it's true colors? someone chickened out and pulled the plug and we still dont know who it was!? musta been a PLAN!! get rich and get out!! NEXT!! no holdin the bag over here!? :
    Bush turned out to be a willing accomplice in the bailout frenzie. He was the first to pull the plug on capitalism. The young people of our country will be in debt for this for the rest of their lives. Most of them wanted this to happen. They think socialism is the way to go. They got their wish. By the way lexx, are you saying capitalism is bad? Just askin'.
    Last edited by phlipper; 04-16-2009 at 07:09 AM.

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    Re: Dieting & Ideology: Delusional Duality?

    Quote Originally Posted by phlipper View Post
    Bush turned out to be a willing accomplice in the bailout frenzie. He was the first to pull the plug on capitalism. The young people of our country will be in debt for this for the rest of their lives. Most of them wanted this to happen. They think socialism is the way to go. They got their wish. By the way lexx, are you saying capitalism is bad? Just askin'.

    nothing is bad in itself!? but corruption can ruin anything!? like cancer for example!? since man is born ignorant and easily corruptible thru ignorance then society is just a fluctuating agreement on acceptable corruption!? more ignorance=more corruption!? especially when corruption is made light of! for the ignorant attack corruption because they are jealous! they did not earn the right to the knowledge by self study so they will soon forget or be fooled by words and it will go on worse than before? principly because a few will learn how who had no clue! and may be more ruthless than the original offenders? could happen? :freak3:
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