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The Paretto Principle states that “For many events, 80% of the effects
come from 20% of the causes”, which is valid in many realms. Versions include
“Twenty percent of any group do 80% of the work”, and “Twenty percent of
customers (or sales force) produce 80% of business activity.”
However, in modern times, the numbers have shifted.
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The American Revolution of 1775 to 1783 was not a popular war. The
active revolutionary colonists on one side were about 25% of the population;
the Tories on the other side wanted King George to prevail. The sheeple in the
middle tried to avoid engagement with either side: they had crops to raise and
kine to tend and commodities were scarce and whale oil for their lamps cost
too darn much. They would rather just be left alone.
In politics, one side is progressive, which means to work for the
betterment of all. On the other side are the regressives and the repressives.
Each side is roughly one quarter, and the fifty percent in the middle are the sheeple.
The sheeple do whatever they are told to do, by advertising or by
community pressure, and generally have a tough life, one with too much work
to do and never enough time.
The warmongers are on one side. Warmongers start wars because that is
their reason for existence. On the other side are the peacemakers; their work
is to stop wars. The sheeple in the middle take the brunt of military
carnage, including cannon-fodder funerals in the heartland and in the barrio.
The top fourth of taxpayers own 90% of everything. The bottom
quarter – non-taxpayers all – own nothing. The Middle Class 40% below the
Wealthy Class are losing net worth, working harder and are paid with a
shrunken dollar, while their benefits disappear like mountaintops in West
Religious fanatics are on one side, and individuals who value Reason a
re on the other. The sheeple in the middle live in a soap opera of their own making.
Dogmatists are on one side, those who believe in and obey some magical
system. But the situation is worsened because they also require that everybody
obey their brand of subservience. The other side are free spirits, exercising
Free Will, high on the Maslow Pyramid, acting for the good of all, based in
their basic trust of the goodness in themselves (if not of the opposing
The sheeple in the middle careen from false solution to false solution,
hoping for rest or respite, and seldom see marvelous happenings as their future.
They struggle to survive, never having the sense that they are ‘over the hump’,
and end their lives having missed out on just about everything.
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The progressives are too nice for their own good, thinking that if they
just try a little harder, they can tip the balance of the Class War in favor of
a better life. But the sheeple are in the middle, a mass of unconscious prey to
the machinations of the regressive side.
The sheeple surrender control to whoever makes them afraid, which is
the regressive side – the fascists, the fundamentalists, the racists, the
fearmongers of all stripes, and their propaganda networks bombarding young and
old 24/7 with hate, fear, and sleaze.
The regressives know well and use the moves of Machiavelli, the tactics
of Hitler and Goebbels, and the recent strategies of Newt Gingrich, Tom Delay,
and Karl ‘T*rdblossom’ Rove.
The future of America, and the World, will be determined by whether the
sheeple are blinded by fear for fear’s sake, or whether some new paradigm can
be instilled in the culture, where¬in the meek sheeple actually find a backbone
and stand up to the machinery designed to make them afraid.
That they make you afraid, whoever is making you afraid, should make
[copyright 2008 by Gary Edward Nordell, all rights reserved]