Delusion – fixed false belief that is resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact.
Every society creates delusions, myths and stories, that explain where it came from and how it works. These are so engrained in the culture that they form a central base for how members interpret their relationship to the environment and to family, neighbors, and society at large. These delusions are taught to us by our parents, extended families, schools, religions, government, and corporations. Mass media reinforce them continuously. The rich and corporations understand this quite well and seek to exploit our need to understand our place in society and how that society works. They support and, as required create, delusions that shield or justify their activities and the gains from those activities.
This series, Delusions of American Life, seeks to describe important delusions, contrast them with the facts surrounding them and explore how these delusions fit into a pattern that sustains the organization of our society in its present form.
Included are discussions of the following topics (many forthcoming):
- Free Market (Neoliberal) Ideology
- US Economy – structure and results
- The American Empire and Security State
- The Family
- Political System – big money – big dysfunction
- Justice and the Judicial System – Incarcerated America and the War on Drugs