Comments: The Shepherds Discuss How To Guide Their Flock

It links to Harper's, but I cannot find the article. And when I copy and paste this post on word, instead of the article, I get "boo, you morons".

Is this a joke?

Posted by dancewater at December 17, 2007 09:47 AM

Yes, but do they need more tools?

Apparently not this time. You're right, it did pass. But when this memo leaked, as Harper's notes, the authors had to resign.

It links to Harper's, but I cannot find the article.

It's not online, at the Harper's site or anywhere else. I scanned it in from the print version.

Posted by Jonathan Schwarz at December 17, 2007 10:02 AM

This is beautiful—so perfect it's hard to believe it's real. Thanks for posting it.

Posted by John Caruso at December 17, 2007 12:02 PM

Here's the complete memo in Spanish.

My Spanish is rusty but here's a portion:

Ese miedo es de cuatro tipos:
This fear is of four types:
1. Fear of loss of jobs
2. Fear of attacks on democratic institutions.
3. Fear of foreign influence in a NO vote
4. Fear of the effect of a triumph of a NO over the government

Posted by Don Bacon at December 17, 2007 02:25 PM

I forgot:
Estimular el miedio
Stimulate fear

Posted by Don Bacon at December 17, 2007 02:29 PM

Enough of this fluff and trivia! The real issue is: would any of these fine men want to have a beer with me? And what are their thoughts on the invisible cloud being? Do they have a direct line of communication with Him?

Posted by bleeaarrgghh at December 17, 2007 04:32 PM

┬┐Estimular el mielda?

Posted by Jonathan Versen at December 17, 2007 06:14 PM

I think it was Clifford Geertz who semi-jokingly classified the tactics of state as fourfold: pluralist, populist, great beast and great fraud. In the first, the state is seen to achieve legitimacy by ostensibly embracing a manifold of viewpoints. In the second, the state convinces the people it has legitimacy and the people are convinced the state has their interests. The third is basically rule through terror, and the fourth is basically rule through a big lie that convinces the people that the state has a right to existence (ie. we are descended from the Atlanteans etc..). Any state, therefore, is a combination of the four.

Posted by En Ming Hee at December 17, 2007 06:18 PM

WHAT, you didn't think rich and greedy would conspire TOGETHER TO ROB YOU? KARL MARX told US as much in the 1800'S.

Posted by Mike Meyer at December 17, 2007 09:58 PM

Mike - Since Karl was writing in German, and at a time when religion was more important to the peasants and proletariat, and the mass media less so, than now (the newspaper, although it already existed, was not as good at overcoming boredom as radio, the cinema, tv, computer games, and internet porn are) he didn't have a chance to coin the term MICFiC as a quick and easy way to refer to the rich and greedy.

*MICFiC is an acronym for

M ilitary
I ndustrial
C ongressional
Fi nancial
C orporate Media Complex

a conspiracy to "milk, shear, and slaughter the sheeple", in a figurative sense - except the "slaughter" is literal.

I'm a little disappointed that people aren't picking this term up. I am going to have to start reading and posting at dKos?

Posted by mistah charley, ph.d. at December 20, 2007 10:34 AM