How does one destroy a Republic? You destroy the very notion of res publica.
You convince the people that there is… no People. No civic space. No public forum. Every square inch of the planet, owned by someone. Every idea, every invention, every thought, every human creation of value, owned by someone.
Every one of us… well, owned, by someone.
You convince them that the notion of banding together in their own common interest is naive and stupid at best, or insidious and evil at worst.
You leverage almost a century’s worth of social engineering to peel away at their very human pieces. Commoditize their religions, their politics, their stories, their History, their fictions. Their dreams.
Train them to identify with some abstract Tribe (their innate biological wiring predisposes them to it, after all) and to instinctively distrust, despise anyone or anything Other. Offer them a limited buffet…
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