Read something like this in a summary article years ago: a significant childhood trauma tends to make one turn out conservative later in life. Unsure if more extreme trauma (eg, torture) can influence that later in life as a teenager or adult.
More specifically and recently, this study states that childhood trauma tends to make a person less open to new experiences and that being more open to them tends to align with being liberal (therefore the less open tend the other way).
Could rounding up large numbers of young people, traumatizing them then lead to a movement toward a country that has, if not a majority, at least a radically militant and vocal minority, who lean conservative? It might if it were carried out long enough and the trauma severe enough. (Heck, that’s how the Taliban came to be, largely made up of abused orphans.)
Additionally, you of course need to kill secular education wherever you see it (also like the Taliban destruction of historical sites and opposing viewpoints). For example, you cut education funding, funneling what’s left in the budget as much as possible to the contractors you helped to get hired to provide, for example, meals lacking nutrition but profitable, soda and candy machines. Happily, the sugar and caffeine help to cause discipline problems which lead to more contracts for security and for prescription drugs, which you also have an interest in.
At that point, you have two paths to an obedient group that agrees with you in gutting education and social services in favor of wars on resource-rich countries. You re-write the history of the founding of the country substituting your fictional characters for the very flawed real ones, pervert the meaning of the Constitution as you do anything that poses a threat to your power snatch. And your rabble don’t know better because their education wasn’t what it could have been and they won’t ask because you’ve created an atmosphere where they think they have to behave even more radical than you or they aren’t “real” Americans.
Then you make people crazy about immigration, build up borders to prevent labor-minded Latinos from coming in and “ruining” your phony narrative of a warlike corporate-loving, edumacation-hating blue collar band of radicals in the majority who equate murdering the “other” with being American, being patriotic. But never suggesting that paying taxes is. It’s all about having brown skin, but you only hint at that and blame political correctness for your inability to express your real, racist feelings. (You also benefit by making it a hassle for little old ladies to go get their meds on discount up in Canada so your big pharma friends can gouge them with US prices and drive their insurance costs up raking in more bucks for your business friends that way).
Of course, you also arm and stir up the drug dealers causing the all trouble that you point to as a problem requiring the border vigilantism while profiting off of the drug trade and the ensuing contracts to “protect” us from the treat you helped create. You are a terorrist, in a way.
To keep the gullible and superstitious from calling foul, you perform some “magic tricks.” When your top-heavy-favoring policies cause real damage due to neglect of infrastructure such as levees left insufficient by outsourcing meeting up with climate change hurricanes, you cause a diversion and blame someone else’s lack of radicalism as the cause, deserving “punishment” from your violent god or that it’s just the way of nature, why didn’t those people move? You get some televangelists and pundits to say these things on television.
You have people going “postal” and shooting things and other people or planning to blow things up. You accomplish this via drugs, psychological conditioning, and electronics that your average Joe Citizen doesn’t even know exists, all based on reasearch begun in the early 40s continuing for over seventy years and the acquisescence of anyone who would or should provide oversight. You blame a mostly fictional leftwing radicalism and not the 21st century “dark ages” that as leaders you have access to and the means to keep it out of public discourse, the collective conscious.
Or by finding people too mentally deficient to say no to your hired undercover informants’ pressure. When it’s revealed that you “stopped” another attack, you pat yourself on the back and wait for additional funding, for the adulation of the politicians who put you up to it to create that climate of fear that they thrive in.
Then you create seemingly random events that can be explained as some growing threat or the almighty’s wrath: the answer is in the eye of the beholder and either lie points only to your policies as the answer. You provide a few false choices, forcing one or one of the others and they all lead to your exaltation, your “genius” as the only one with the answers that always seem to point to punishing some other group of people.
But it never points to the true source of the problems: corrupt bureaucrats, crooked politicians and the special business interests who get paid with tax dollars and bailouts to carry out the research, to perform the dirty work of robbing Americans, and then reward you with a high-paying job in the private sector, stock value increases, or kickbacks. You use them, these mercenaries and corporate monstrosities as a way of keeping yet another degree of separation between you, the sock-puppets they set off on rampages, and the victims. It becomes impossible to tell who is the parasite, who the host. You have become one, one thing: a corporatist that only looks after other corporatists and seeks to draw more and more of the “other” into itself. You are a clear example of what you publicly denounce: evolution. Darwinism. That it is of the socio-economic variety makes no difference. You are a predator and anything not corporatist is prey or threat.
Anyone who get in the way, questions, says “Wait a minute” just gets poison-penned, put on a watch list, harassed by overzealous, unthinking “soldiers” in your secret police force, and, if they can manage to pull it off, murdered, You dress it up as “national security” internally, an “accident” externally.
The real fiction is the propaganda that you pay to have put on television: that soldiers you sent in long wars would never lack honor enough to defile the corpse of a vanquished foe; that no cop would break the skull of a soldier; that the “secret police” is merely concerned with protecting average citizens and therefore it’s okay to break the law in the course of doing so. And when the law is actually broken, you have the made-to-order excuse waiting: whoever they violated without a search warrant and probable cause must have deserved it, so it’s okay. And it’s not that these organizations only actually care about protecting the corporate raiders who stole the homes and savings from those very same citizens you dupe with the make-believe heroes brought Into their homes weekly; that the “good people” in the government AND corporate America would never stoop as low as they actually have.
The truth is so over-the-top, it’s practically unbelievable. But that’s something that you count on. More than anything, you create the illusion of justice when everything else, everything that you don’t control, says that the exact opposite is true.
It sounds like a really unbelievable piece of fiction. Or something straight out of one of those corporate conservative think-tanks. Or the dangerously radical and corrupt “thinkers” within the Pentagon and the CIA.
In a way, I suppose it’s all three.