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NEW EPISODE: Test All Things, Ep 2 - Social Cartels

After much unavoidable delay, episode 2 of Test All Things is finally complete. I've even provided some visuals in the video version this time!



This episode focuses on the concept of social cartels.


Never heard of a social cartel before? Not surprised.


Definition of social cartel (for the purposes of our discussion): cooperation between people or groups to mediate and direct public expression of thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, and actions, in order to advance a moral code that masks not only an agenda of control but also one or more aspects of objective truth;  mechanisms for reinforcing the agendas of social cartels include virtue signaling, public shaming, public labeling or classification, tribalism, isolation, and cancelation.

In fact, you won't discover much on the Web when you try to search that phrase. But social cartels are real, nevertheless, and chances are you experience their effects on a regular basis.


How often do you find yourself checking or monitoring your own thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, or actions in Dane County, because you worry about: a) what someone might think of you; b) what someone might say to you; c) what someone might say about you?

Do you find yourself checking your thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, or actions because you're afraid of what other people in Dane County (or elsewhere) will think of you? If so, you're likely experiencing the controls and impacts of a social cartel.


What exactly is a social cartel? How does it operate? And what makes us susceptible to their pressures? This episode proposes a working definition and explores some ways we might become susceptible to their efforts to direct our thoughts, speech, and actions. Recognizing the existence of social cartels and how we become subject to their mechanisms of control is the first step in breaking free of them. It's a complex topic, but we'll make a start.


If you've got comments or questions about this episode, feel free to share those below or send me a note via the Dane Undivided contact page. Just choose Test All Things in the dropdown menu on the contact form. I look forward to hearing from you and having a real dialogue!


Links for Episode 2 - Social Cartels:


Show Notes:


A working definition of the term social cartel:


cooperation between people or groups to mediate and direct public expression of thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, and actions, in order to advance a moral code that masks not only an agenda of control but also one or more aspects of objective truth.


Mechanisms for reinforcing the agendas of social cartels include virtue signaling, public shaming, public labeling or classification, tribalism, isolation, and cancelation.


A helpful discussion of social cartels in relationship to the history of racism in the U.S.:


Full text of John Taylor Gatto's 1991 speech, "The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher":


Test All Things bumper music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/monument-music/travel-in-the-ocean License code: ZNKR4QOHSNHSUSAQ


P.S.

I'm hearing that Dane Undivided's other new podcast, The Lyon's Den, is currently editing a second episode, as well. So, keep an eye out. In his next episode, I believe the Lyon will be exploring crime issues at some of Dane County's large apartment complexes. Should prove quite interesting...


**This post was updated on July 19th in order to add the Apple Podcasts link for Test All Things, Ep 2, which was inadvertently omitted at original publication.

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