Norm MacDonald has a great bit where he essentially says "70 year old men don't need to have rock hard cocks, they need to be reading the newspaper, smoking a pipe, the dog at their feet." And I actually found that quite an interesting comment on western society.
Obviously, norm has some pretty reactionary takes and is not exactly inclusive, but I find he has some very good opinions on aging and how our society prioritizes youth. This is one of those examples. Western society is so obsessed with sex and youth... [here's the bit.](https://youtu.be/R0d6oH5Lumc)
I came across this while reading an article about Scientology and the CIA. It was kind of not great otherwise and very reactionary but I still wanted to share this notion.
The social engineering of the Anglo Empire, with religion as their key tool, should not be downplayed. The puritans, mormons, evangelicals, protestant missionaries, etc. The Anglos are experts of manipulating religion to engineer the reality they want. I actually view this as a key distinguishing factor between Catholic/Latin and protestant Europe, there is a sincerity within Catholicism that limits how much you can weaponize it (for the purpose of social engineering in a cult-like manner) that doesn't seem to exist in protestantism.
Would love to hear other notions/viewpoints on this.
I personally believe that leaning on American brainwashing is a cop out, but when the flow of information and culture is so monopolized/controlled it is relevant to know this was a priority of the intelligence community.