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shiny games B. Sanders style
13 Dec 2000
It's the same high emotions that get you going time and time again. Whether it's the "Right wing" or the "Left" it's just a game that you are not supposed to think about too much. So, when Bernard Saunders, alleged "Independent" Vermont congressman pushes for you not to think, that's acceptable...
Look, we've been bamboozled over and over again by exactly a kind of rhetoric, which, it turns out, is utilized by all of our allegedly well-intentioned "leaders", and not just those from the so-called "Right Wing". Surfin' the Net today, I came upon an example. Here's a so-called "Independent" (which is supposed to infer a serious alternative), Bernard Saunders, 5-term Vermont Congressman openly promoting and helping to drive the hype-wagon against so-called "child labor" all over the world, including in the US.

Now, I figure, this being a so-called "progressive" forum (filled with so-called "anti-authoritarians"), that you all don't see any problem with that idea. Have you actually thought about it at all? Like what are the "anti-authoritarian" consequences of not allowing people under 18 to work if they choose to?

Maybe you yourself actually know someone under 18, or remember when you were, and you actually wanted to work in order to gain more serious independence from your adults. Bernard is seeking to block that possibility via the use of sleight of hand. Now, you actually join him in being against something that you yourself are for!

So perhaps you might wish to actually use your brains a little (yeah, right).

Consider the following line of awareness and please compare it to Bernard's hype (linked below):

"We might assume that the speaker is using the word or phrase in the same way we are, when in reality the speaker may mean something quite different. This is done in order to both lower our guard and try to get us to react emotionally (or become less emotional by using euphemisms if the goal is to pacify us in the event of something unpleasant) so that we will be less skeptical of the speaker and his/her message. We need to consider in what way the speaker is using these words, and the pros and cons of the idea itself."

(The above comes from this site:
http://www.atheism.org/~godlessheathen/Reason2.html)

Here's Bernard's hype, openly promoted in a "leftist" (anti-authoritarian???) online magazine:

http://www.towardfreedom.com/mar00/childlabor.htm
The article is entitled:
Casualties of Profit
Ending the scourge of child labor - in the US and worldwide
by BERNARD SANDERS

To sum up, like all good sleight of hand, there is always an element of truth. The element of truth is that some young people are being genuinely "exploited" (what does THIS word really mean, anyway?); they ARE being FORCED to work; but there are many others who choose to have independence from their adults, and would rather people like yourselves promote their creating strong unions or other means of defending their chosen way of dealing with things as they stand now.

But for some strange reason it isn't in Bernard's interests to promote the ideals that you yourself wish for in your life. And Bernard does his work with glittering guile, as do all valued writers seeking to perpetuate the general public's stupidity. But maybe you enjoy being stupid and just going along with all of this?
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