I'm borrowing the term Inception from the 2010 movie by the same name. In case you haven’t seen the movie, "Inception" refers to the implanting of ideas by entering the subconscious during an induced dream state and then manipulating the dream to get the implanted idea to take hold.
In the movie, Leo DiCaprio plays the protagonist, Cobb, who explains the power of ideas:
Cobb: “What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it's almost impossible to eradicate.”
The elements of Inception are these:
- An idea to implant
- An induced dream state
- A compelling dreamscape
- Active manipulation of the dream
- A strong defense against competing ideas
The left has either consciously or unconsciously understood this concept for decades and used it to make their ideas resilient, contagious, and impossible to eradicate. Today, the right has nothing to counter this strategy.
Here’s how the left has achieved inception success:
- An idea to implant: The left's idea is that they will give you whatever you want, work is optional, you will suffer no negative consequences, you will not be held accountable, you will not be judged, and some faceless rich guy will pay for it all!
- An induced dream state: With their near monopoly position in entertainment, academia, news media, and pop culture, liberals have unique access to the subconscious. Whether sitting in a classroom, in front of a TV, reading a newspaper, or in a theater, the captive subject is in a state of “suspended disbelief” where the critical mind is on standby and open to implanted ideas.
- A compelling dreamscape: Free stuff is awesome! Add in, social security, social justice, equality of outcomes, utopianism, lowered seas, and a healed planet and, voila! A one-sided presentation of these benefits makes the dream irresistible. Of course, the costs and the moral hazard are never mentioned in the dream. Why spoil it?
- Active manipulation of the dream: To advance these ideas, every possible tactic is used, including disinformation, and outright deception. There are no limits. As Saul Alinsky, the father of Community Organizing and the left's tactical guru tought in "Rules for Radicals", the ends justify the means. No tactic is off limits.
- Finally, a strong defense against competing ideas: The left works very hard to destroy any competing ideas, regardless of merit. Polarization, ridicule, and fear-mongering are just some of the tools utilized to make competing ideas toxic. Again from Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals":
- “…Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
- Thus Mitt Romney became a greedy villain who hates women, tortures animals, cheats on his taxes, and is responsible for a woman's death. Paul Ryan is shown throwing granny off a cliff.
- “…Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
- This is why Comedy Central, Broadway, and Saturday Night Live spent inordinate amounts of time ridiculing Mitt Romney, including even attacking his religion.
Conservatives have a marked disadvantage when it comes to Inception:
- The right does not have access to the subconscious. With the possible exception of a few media outlets, conservatives have almost no active voice in the pop culture, pop academia, or pop media. Even religious communities, which were traditionally right leaning, are on the wane or have moved left.
- Even if conservatives had access to the subconscious, they still could not easily make their dream compelling! Personal responsibility, accountability, and hard work are, well...hard. Work sucks! Who wants a job when you can get everything you need without working?
- Conservatives are programmed to tell the truth. Of course, nobody’s perfect and conservatives wander plenty. But high standards, accountability, and veracity are traditionally conservative values.
- Conservatives are pre-disposed to avoid gratuitously destroying their enemies. Decorum, manners, honor, and tradition are all conservative concepts. Liberals have no similar fealty to such antiquated notions of behavior.
As you can see, this was never a fair fight. With half the country now paying zero income taxes, and an equally large segment on some kind of government assistance, it is near impossible to see how economic conservatives ever regain power in the US until after the collapse: the very painful economic collapse which we are steadily moving "Forward" towards.
In the movie "Inception", DiCaprio's character uses a spinning top to remind him whether or not he's dreaming. If the top spins indefinitely, he's dreaming; if it stops, he knows he's awake. I'm gonna find me a top and start carrying it from now on, just to remind me.