Many or most Americans dont care much about thousands of innocents being killed by our bombs. More accurately, they dont care because the increasingly monopolized media censors them from knowing about our mass killings or understanding what is actually occuring. For example, the recent Intercept article showing censorship of our killing in Yemen.
Yet, Americans care very much if: (1) they pay higher tax to pay for war and (2) they care if American soldiers are killed.
With massive tax cuts (mostly to millionaires and billionaires), and with endless debt for endless war, there is no economic pain.
With drones, privatized mercenaries, and more upcoming robotic killing, no American soldiers will die in the future.
With no war pain, the American empire can mass murder at will forever and the robotized people will not give a damn.
We must remember our humanity as our great teachers like Einstein warned. We must resist robotic war and becoming robots ourselves.
The brilliant psychoanalyst and philosopher Erich Fromm described the danger of robotized humans well:
“The danger of the future is that men may become robots. True enough, robots do not rebel. But given man’s nature, robots cannot live and remain sane, they become “Golems,” they will destroy their world and themselves because they cannot stand any longer the boredom of a meaningless life.”
“Man today is confronted with the most fundamental choice; not that between Capitalism or Communism, but that between robotism (of both the capitalist and the communist variety), or Humanistic Communitarian Socialism. Most facts seem to indicate that he is choosing robotism, and that means, in the long run, insanity and destruction. But all these facts are not strong enough to destroy faith in man’s reason, good will and sanity. As long as we can think of other alternatives, we are not lost; as long as we can consult together and plan together, we can hope. But, indeed, the shadows are lengthening; the voices of insanity are becoming louder. We are in reach of achieving a state of humanity which corresponds to the vision of our great teachers; yet we are in danger of the destruction of all civilization, or of robotization. A small tribe was told thousands of years ago: “I put before you life and death, blessing and curse — and you chose life.” This is our choice too.”
A large part of our robotic culture is due to Standing Armies and concentrated power of corporate Monopolies.
Our Standing Army, created after WWII, in addition to inviting wars of choice and being extremely expensive, shaped a militaristic culture of obedience and conformity.
Synergistically, Monopolies concentrate power, and in the case of media, create a dumbed down culture of consumerism, instead of informed citizenship, which functional democracy requires.
Read this about the future expansion of robotic killing: