The Power Of Political Dissensus – An Idea Rarely Discussed
Instead of relying on traditional Consensus building to form and shape society, embrace the benefits of Dissensus. Dissensus becomes very effective when a society disengages from accepted norms and each societal member expresses their dissatisfaction through independent action.
Over time, as each member becomes more disengaged, the society becomes ever more ungovernable by the consensus of accepted norms and practices. The ruling classes overcompensate with various forms of propaganda and fascism. However, that overcompensation can only be maintained for a limited timeframe. Eventually, the ruling elites become irrelevant and retreat since their protestations and exhortations are no longer effective.
At an individual level, dissensus can take any form that subtly undermines the ruling elite and their power structures. In the present environment, these actions are probably best directed at undermining large corporate structures dominating the world today. What might that look like? Here are but a few examples:
- dispose of the TV which is a direct pipeline for propaganda to each citizen
- shop locally whenever possible or feasible
- only purchase what is really needed
- grow your own food if you can
- make, repair or recycle as much as possible to meet individual or family needs
- use cash for as many purchases as possible
- never use credit cards unless absolutely necessary
- avoid debt at every turn
Each of these actions reduces the hegemony and control of corporate power and can collectively have a dramatic impact without the need for formal organizing or consensus building. Each societal member slowly begins the disengagement process that best fits their situation, capabilities, and resources. Over time, dissensus becomes a destabilizing force without a locus that cannot be controlled and leaves the elites neutered and defenseless. Continuing to press for Consensus while at the same time encouraging Dissensus will inevitably ensure the political system’s fracture and collapse.Fire with Fire, nevereVereven, 2cannan and 31 othersjwirr, A little weird, gordyfl, nenagh, Ferd Berfel, daleanime, twenty, snot, doh1304, Hawkowl, mrdmk, 99thMonkey, beemerphill, ChiciB1, ZimInSeattle, Baba OhReally, slipslidingaway, hopemountain, libodem, mzh, FanBoy, Odd John, Ohio Barbarian, madfloridian, id-entity, Enthusiast, historylovr, canoeist52, Marym625, broiles, bemildred like this"In America Today, Power Corrupts and Money Corrupts Absolutely" - Anonymous
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