(This Editorial Opinion Was Not Written by the Indiana Policy Review)
What would you do if you just won a large cash prize?
Would you buy a new car, a new house, take a vacation, quit your job, buy a Harley and travel the US? Would you share your money with others so everyone could benefit from your wealth, or would you keep it for yourself and use it to control and manipulate others?
Are you struggling with this decision?
Relax, let me propose an idea:
First off, you need to buy a newspaper – for this example, let’s call it Gannett Corporation. “Why a newspaper?” If you own a newspaper, you get to control information. Remember, research has found that 80% of people want to be told what to believe so they can avoid the negative feelings of being wrong. Then, you can tell people what to believe, and they will.
Imagine the possibilities.
With your newspaper, you could shape public opinion for an entire state. You can tell them what is good, and what is bad for them. You can tell them that progress is evil, and you can manipulate them with fear to make sure they don’t question what you print. It’s like playing God, southern Baptist style.
Second, since you’ll want to enjoy your money, and to make your message seem credible and unbiased, you’ll need to find someone who will write for you. You’ll need a local network who peddles their opinion that “greed is good” in exchange for money. They can persuade people by writing articles for your paper, and all you have to do is publish them. It’s a win-win.
Since you’re a resident of Indiana, let’s call this group of opinion writers the Indiana Policy Review.
“Wait a minute, Hoosiers aren’t that gullible! They won’t believe all this stuff that is written. I mean greed isn’t good for us, and besides, we are in a depression, people won’t believe in policies that actually do more harm to themselves, will they? Nobody will believe that progress is evil!”
Remember the 80% rule from above, and Dan Quayle – if you print it, it must be true.
Just think, you control the information, so why limit yourself to just shaping public opinion? You can use this network to secretly influence policies and regulations throughout Indiana. To help yourself and close friends with money, you could use the IPR network to reduce welfare programs, limit government spending and limit regulation of business. To keep taxes low so you can keep even more for yourself, IPR could write legislation getting rid of the high cost of public unions.
So, what do you think? Good idea, huh?
“Sounds like there will be very few winners, but many losers. In the long run, it will hurt my neighbors. I’m not sure…won’t we need a large group of public officials that lack a conscience to accomplish all this?”
Don’t worry, that’s already been handled by the Koch Brothers – they bought the Tea Party Republicans, the Indiana House of Representatives, the Indiana Senate, and Mike Pence.