Divide and rule

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Divide and rule, or Divide and conquer, is a long established technique of social control and statecraft.

Polarising perspectives

Full article: Polarising perspectives
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Divide and rule makes broard use of identity politics and polarising perspectives such as social class, economic status, party politics, racism or religious discrimination. Enemy images are emphasized to try to promote social discord.

Political spectrum

Full article: Political spectrum

The "left/right" divide of the political spectrum has long worked to promote opposition among political parties.

20th century

Threat of imminent invasion.

Cold War

The world divided into two geopolitical camps in 1980.
Full article: Cold War

The Cold War was a major element of the backdrop of geopolitics post-WWII. It lasted until 1989, after which the threat of "terrorism" was promoted as a replacement enemy image to stifle talk of any "peace dividend".

21st century

The use of 9-11 as a casus belli has caused ever increasing suspicion about purported threats,[citation needed] and now MI6's Operation Mass Appeal is exposed, the general public are increasingly aware of how the MICC promotes the permanent war economy.

Cold War II

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In 2018, the Integrity Initiative was exposed as a UK Deep state group that, undercover of defending the UK democratic process against "Russian Propaganda" was in fact busy subverting the democratic process itself, and actively promoting Russophobia and a new cold war.


 

Examples

Page nameDescription
Corporate media/ConsolidationThe conglomeration of Corporate media.
Demonisation
Identity politicsA divide and rule strategy that focuses on superficial issues such as gender, religion or even skin color to promote infighting.
Polarising perspectiveA way of framing the debates that effectively hinders consensus and promotes disharmony.
Social class

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Black Lives Matter“White people are a genetic defect of blackness”2020
Black Lives Matter“This country is built upon violence. What was the American Revolution, what's our diplomacy across the globe? We go in and we blow up countries and we replace their leaders with leaders who we like. So for any American to accuse us of being violent is extremely hypocritical”2020
George Carlin“Now, to balance the scale, I'd like to talk about some things that bring us together, things that point out our similarities instead of our differences. 'Cause that's all you ever hear about in this country. It's our differences. That's all the media and the politicians are ever talking about—the things that separate us, things that make us different from one another. That's the way the ruling class operates in any society. They try to divide the rest of the people. They keep the lower and the middle classes fighting with each other so that they, the rich, can run off with all the fucking money! Fairly simple thing. Happens to work. You know? Anything different—that's what they're gonna talk about—race, religion, ethnic and national background, jobs, income, education, social status, sexuality, anything they can do to keep us fighting with each other, so that they can keep going to the bank! You know how I define the economic and social classes in this country? The upper class keeps all of the money, pays none of the taxes. The middle class pays all of the taxes, does all of the work. The poor are there just to scare the shit out of the middle class. Keep 'em showing up at those jobs.”George Carlin
Islam“The British had been deliberately exploiting and exacerbating the Shia/Sunni divide as early as 1836 to the Imperial purpose.”Craig Murray20 December 2018


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