social movement

Eye for an Eye - Retribution

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Equivalent exchange by way of exact behavior.  This is the idea that, "doing unto others the same as has been done unto you," is the true balance of justice.  This approach, diligently adhered to, motivates a perpetual cycle of violence.  An eye for an eye doesn't leave the whole world blind, just people who go around poking out other people's eyes!

Cultural Imperialism

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This is the way in which powerful cultures present their culture as the most acceptable lifestyle, and condemn the cultural practices of others.  Some cultural nuances are acceptable, but if it contradicts the values of the dominant culture, those ideals must be eliminated.

Ultra-nationalism

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This is the belief that your country of choice is bar none, hands down, the best country in the world.  No other country comes close and your country's interests are more important than all other country's interests...combined.  Without the violence and intimidation that accompanies this anti-pattern, the people and groups who employ it would seem a lot more humorous.

Professional Obfuscation

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The complexities of the world often make reasoning about it very difficult.  In many public deliberations it can be useful if this situation remains impenetrable and unsettled.  Spreading false information, campaigning to hide the truth, and arguing against the validity of certain studies can all be forms of this pattern.  Public relations corporations are available to do this work -- if the client has the necessary funds.  One of the best cases of this is the cigarette industry in the United States.

Silenced Voices

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Words are powerful, and the stories they make can topple governments.  The voices of the oppressed can sometimes carry an emotional appeal so strong that organizations and governments will actively censor them to maintain the status quo.  Some voices must be silenced to maintain "law and order."  This rationale for silencing some voices -- violently in many cases -- has stood the test of time as it offers a defensible excuse for tacit compliance.

Fear Mongering

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Fear is a very big motivator, perhaps one of the biggest motivators for human behavior.  Since it is such an effective motivator it is often used to influence entire societies toward specific ends.  When people are stifled with fear they think less clearly and can become easier to manipulate and control.

Focus on Deficiencies

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This pattern suggests that the way that people in dominant positions look at a community, school, country, etc. is to focus on its deficiencies; what's broken or dysfunctional.  Thus, one can "diagnose" a community for its "diseases" such as crime, drug use, broken families, or "loose morals."

Activism Delegitimization

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Dissenters, especially those who are active in their dissent can be deligitimized in order to take away their ability to be taken seriously by the public.  This is very effective when done thru mass media outlets.  One very effective form of delegitimization is ridicule because it spreads easily and avoids actually examining the situation.

Dehumanization

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Dehumanization works by portraying subsets of people who aren't in line with the goals of the state as less than human.  This representation will eventually permeate the minds of the population.  As the public adopts this attitude, they can eventually view the target peoples as less than human.

Racism

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Racism is the overt and covert, conscious and subconscious, belief that people of different ethnicities have less intrinsic worth than others.  The belief that certain ethnicities are inferior or superior can become internalized and expressed subtly through actions or words that demean or dehumanize others.

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