Who here is familiar with the Hegelian Dialectic and who wants to know more about it, or learn for the first time? Study Machiavelli and his principle of the ends justifies the means. This thread is aimed at educating and exposing how we are manipulated through events towards predetermined outcomes. Essentially it's like this: The powers that be (gov) wants your compliance on X topic. You refuse to comply for any number of reasons. So a crisis is either created or latched on to by media (organic vs synthetic events) to create fear in the populace. Now the populace is more accepting of ideas it otherwise wouldn't allow or even consider. It might not be 100% where the gov wants you to go, but even a small step in that direction is a victory for their agenda. Look at the history of gun control across the nation. Or better yet the patriot act and ndaa which were reactions to perceived threats, creating a police state and trampling the 4th amendment for artificial 'security'. Privacy is dead in the surveillance state. Problem. Reaction. Solution. And in the end we always have less freedom and liberty and no real security to show for it. Ben Franklin said that people who give up liberty for security deserve neither. Read our founding father's writings.