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Walker’s Wisconsin – Machieavellian playing field

The playing field just tilted another 10 degrees – feel it where you are?

What makes neocon GOP leaders, or the Tea Party or, Grothman, Voss, and Scott Walker tick? Progressive, liberal, democratic party types just don’t get it and often resort to defining the ticking mechanism driving all the union busting, teacher bashing, and singer silencing with terms like ass hats, wankers, weasels, (add your favorite face book GOP bashing term here).

A recent Huffington Post article reads “Obama’s Machiavellian Moment” in reference to his decision to strike Syria. I am staying in Wisconsin here, and use the headline as reference point to Machiavelli and not anything to do with Syria.

Although scholars debate Machiavelli’s true intentions, there can be little doubt that The Prince was an effort to help achieve political and social stability. This could only be accomplished, Machiavelli argued, through a style of statecraft that was unsentimental about human nature. “A man who wants to make a profession of goodness in everything,” he wrote, “is bound to come to ruin among so many who are not good.” Joseph Loconte Huffington Post

Machiavellian Wisconsin

The Machiavellian approach to accomplishing goals is not just some ass hat, wanking, weaseling kind of evil. It is a way of thinking where the individual actively employs manipulation of people, places, and things for their individual, goal-reaching benefit. These people might define the approach as “individual freedom”. The thought process has been around since the 15th Century and bounced with a boost in the late fifty’s in the writing of Ayn Rand in “Atlas Shrugged”. She called it “Objectivisim”. It is nothing new at all, but what is most troubling is the way it is working in today’s world and in Walker’s Wisconsin.

The rich are getting even richer. And the numbers are “Storm the Bastille” startling

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The bottom 99 percent received a microscopic $80 increase in pay per person in 2010, after adjusting for inflation. The top 1 percent, whose average income is $1,019,089, had an 11.6 percent increase in income.

Steven Rattner N.Y.Times Op Ed

Registering the severe separation of rich from poor demonstrated in the numbers really doesn’t seem to hit home to many; the severity of the deep imbalance will only ignite the light bulb in the brain when dramatized by pictures, graphs to show the huge discrepancies that have developed, no snow balled, over the last decade. This is “Oh boy wonderful!” if you are at the top 10% of distribution, but it is slap in the face followed by a kick in the rear to the the middle class. Regardless of how far out of whack you might perceive the divide to be, it has been proven that it is much, much worse by the video. How close is your perception to the reality?

Wealth Distribution in America

The Machiavellian revolution of the wealthy

Why is the middle class being shafted, marginalized, and diminished to a mere squeak from the rubber duck floating on the sea of wealth being generated in this country? It’s a big question that may have something to do with Machiavellian thought and methodology.

Wisconsin – Know thy enemy

Nearly every person reading this is somewhere in the middle class, and is being shafted. That is everyone – republican, democrat, liberal, conservative, progressive regardless if you get your news from Fox or MSNBC – All are being deprived of economic opportunity through the unprecedented ruthlessness of a few. We are really all in this together – everyone! So, why are we fighting each other? For some the answer is the Tea Party, for others it is the Solidarity Sing Along. It’s all a matter of what we believe, where we get our information, or our own misunderstanding for our own psychology of politics – I am talking deep down beneath TV, newspapers, face book, twitter, moving into the synapses sparking and snapping within our own mind.

We have found the enemy, and it is us

It is us, but who am I in terms of political psychological thought that forms emotions moved into expression? Where do we find some external measure, without shelling out hundreds of dollars to seek therapy for an answer? A good start may be to examine our own system of thought? Here is a quiz for progressives, democrats, republicans, tea party folks, anarchists, singers, squatters, butchers, bakers, and ice-cream makers. It may give you some idea of how you think while absorbing TV, reading newspapers, browsing face book or tweeting. As the “use” disclaimer states, it is not scientific, but neither is face book, TV, or Twitter. It just gives you some insight in the most important person you know when it comes to any change – you.

As you answer the questions honestly, imagine how someone form the “other side” might respond to the same question. At least, you are observing the most pivotal force for social change that exists – you. You and the way you think.

Introduction

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527) was an Italian politician and philosopher who is famous for his advocacy of political ethics that hold effectiveness as more important that morality. He is the source of the phrase “the ends justify the means”.

In the 1960s, social psychologists Richard Christie and Florence L. Geis, who collected statements from Machiavelli’s writings and asked people how much they agreed with each, concluded that Machiavellianism exists as a distinct personality trait. They published the MACH-IV in 1970 and it has been a popular instrument ever since.

Procedure
The test consists of twenty items. Each item is a statement that you must indicate how accurate it would be when applied to you. It should take 2 – 5 minutes to complete.

Use
This test is offered for educational interest use only. It is not a substitute for psychological help of any kind and should not be used to inform any real life decisions. Anonymous data collected from this test will be stored and possibly used for research.

Here is the link for the quizMachieavellian quiz







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