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“Incestuous amplification” is defined by Jane’s Defense Weekly as:
“a condition in warfare where one only listens to those who are already in lock-step agreement, reinforcing set beliefs and creating a situation ripe for miscalculation.”
The civilian version of this condition is called “” or “ .” A condition where like-minded individuals who only converse with each other end up believing a more extreme version of what they thought before they began talking.
Sounds to me like the Bush administration is suffering from a little “incestuous amplification.”
It seems that any indivdual imbued with the mindset of a particular group will eventually conform to that mentality and even take it to extreme levels.
In an article on AlterNet.org titled “ ” by John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton, this control by numbers concept is carried over to what the Republicans are doing to our society. By forcefully pushing a conservative agenda the people will eventually adapt to this mentality and pass it on with even more intensity than they were recruited under. I liken this idea to another psychological condition:
Societal Stockholm Syndrome. Virtually anyone can can get this syndrome if the following conditions are met:
- Perceived threat to survival and the belief that one’s captor is willing to act on that threat.
- The captive’s perception of small kindnesses from the captor within a context of terror.
- Isolation from perspectives other than those of the captor.
- Perceived inability to escape.
Wow, this sounds like the life of every American who lives under the Bush administration… Doesn’t it?