In the excerpt by Chris Hedges from "Empire of Illusions" the unfortunate reality that artifice is the deciding factor in a political climate and consumer culture is exposed, because the people who are the best at manipulating others get the most support. As shown recently by Supreme Court Judge Kavanaugh, if you become emotional and chose your words with the intention of emotionally directing people to favor your side, you will get the majority of the support. Regrettably this is the world we live in and while deception shouldn't be how individuals rise to the top of the ladder, it simply is. The truth can be alarming and not what the public wants to here, which is why politicians employ artifice to gain their support.
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In today's political and consumer society artifice is a crucial skill to have, if not the single most important one, because people don't seem to care about the facts all they care about is who has the best commercial. Take for example Mike Braun's political campaign he claims to be a man who grew his business from nothing in America when the facts show that he doesn't produce anything in the U.S. but instead buys from China. Even though he has lied about this people still flock to him because he portrays himself as a person who will help American business.
Artifice works in the modern political world but Americans shouldn't believe everything they see or hear from politicians because not everything you see can be true. A modern example is the Warren debacle. Warren claimed to be full-blooded Native American so she could have certain benefits in our country, and now she has been proven to have less Native American ancestry than the average white in America. Another modern example is with Democrat Joe Donnely in the race for the Senator for Indiana. In Joe Donnely's political commercial he lists all of these policies that he agrees with Trump on. Whether he actually supports these policies is unknown, but he is doing this to appeal to the majority of Indiana,which tends to be more conservative, to get more votes in the mid-terms. Artifice shouldn't get rewarded in our country but sadly it tends to be more successful than hurtful.
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Artifice is a sickening tool that takes advantage of many uneducated Americans. For example, our previous president Barack Obama claimed he would bring a sense of more peace and lessen the national debt in the United States, but never actually did any of this. President Obama used artifice to take advantage of the public, and secure his spot in office. Politics are not the only scene where these tactics of deceit are used. Likewise, many markets of goods and services use false advertising to deceive consumers into buying their products, eventually reaping profit. Although this deception is cruel, it goes back on citizens for being uneducated and so capable of being taken advantage of.
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With America's present political leaders, it it quite clear that "the most essential skill...is artiface." Taking into account, the supposedly prominent president of the United States, Donald Trump, does nothing but decieve our society into what we wish to hear. Without this effective skill of deception, political leaders and those looking to achieve this higher authority or power, would not be thriving. Looking at advertisements as well, companies and stores main success comes from their ability to decieve customers of their products.
Unfortunately, artifice is the most essential skill of today's world due to our new lifestyle of "fake news" and social media. As Jelani Cobb wrote in an article that selfless virtue is no longer the most esteemed virtue of democracy, but "celebrity is." Recently, rapper Kanye West and Donald Trump have held a political meeting, a strange event because only one of those people are considered political. West made his political debut due to his seemingly artificial claims on twitter and his recent meeting with the president. Artifice doesn't stand as only a political use though, companies draw in consumers through their pleasing-to-the-eye ads, even though the companies often aren't actually doing what they are advertising. With this information, it is apparent that artifice is the only way for someone to make a name for themselves. On the other hand, why would we let artifice be the most essential skill whenever we seem to all 'know better?' Common claims of being true or genuine are made, yet we fall into artifice because that is what today's society has come to. Therefore, artifice must be the most essential skill due to our higher class pushing it onto the people below, making artifice the only way for people to work their way up the social ladder.
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In today's political world, artifice is eaten up by the public because the world typically appreciated when the truth is sugar coated. While many do claim that they want to know the true person behind their political shield, when any one of their ordinary human mistakes is unveiled to the public, they become infuriated and latch onto that vulnerable part of the politician like a leech. Naturally there should be a line drawn in covering up illegal past doings, but the general public tends to want to believe made up lies about a prominent person. Back in the 1900's, Hitler was a promising leader for Germany. When he began doing inhumane things, Germans wouldn't believe the truth because the truth hurts. People adapted and now are more comfortable with a twisted truth and even look for their politicians to have a good quality of artifice.
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Artifice is needed in the world today to succeed in any stance of political theater and consumer culture because deception and white lies are needed to keep things smooth among others. No one is perfect and if everyone was honest there would be many riots. For example, the home life. If everyone who lived in the same house hold was brutally honest no one would be on good terms. Politicians use deception for the better of this country and nation. If citizens running for president told the whole truth no one would vote, there would be no campaigns which would lead to chaos. Artifice keeps everyone sane and compatible.
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In modern politics, "the most essential skill...is artifice"; however, this leads to negative use of consumers who do not value this skill. Current times have changed from the past where your true morals concurred with political values such as presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln who connected their personal and political lives. Personally as a consumer, your wants and needs coincide with your political beliefs. Politicians today generally pick a couple of harsh stances but remain neutral with the vast majority which is dishonest and make them "unreal". The neutral stance allows them to get elected into a political position because the couple of harsh stances associate them with one political party and also grab a feel from the opposing side. Politicians seem to disregard their family, their moral values, or their religion even. Thomas Jefferson was a prime example as a historical president; he preformed actions that he would not personally agree with but as a political figure he took the other side. Politics do put on a face for their job, but the consumer does not.
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In American politics today, deception is one of the most important tools to receive what you desire because people want to see the "once in a blue moon perfect" personality that the politicians are able to take advantage of by saying they are what they actually aren't. However, this doesn't make their actions acceptable, creating these "wonderlands" in the citizens head and then leading them to disappointment and unsatisfactory that they can't change. for example, if you ask anybody on the streets if it is acceptable to lie on a resume or during a job interview, they will probably say "no". Then why is it acceptable to let our politicians do the same? The change that is needed is honesty on all parties so that we can choose the right politician for our wants and needs.
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To succeed through artifice is very unfortunate, but often the key component to many big successors. Everyone falls for politicians or celebrities acts that are put on through fake news and propaganda. Ads are an example of artifice that the average human comes across millions of times in their life. These ads do not require a certain criteria before they're widely spread into people's minds, leading to false advertising and unrealistic products. So why do we all buy for the impractical, deceiving stories or products that are presented to us? It is because we want to believe what we know can't be true. Although Brett Kavanaugh puts up a great defensive act against his sexual assault claims, we want to trust that a white politician would never do such a thing that would put a bad reputation on American politicians. Artifice may not be suspected by most people, it is undoubtedly a huge problem in America today, and everyone is falling for it.
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In today's deceitful world, the use of artifice is most definitely needed to succeed because some people in this world would not like the real truth. Producers of items today have to have some form of trickery in their blood to get people to but their products. Advertisements on social media or on television stretch the truth to get you to think about that product until you get it in your possession. For example, the hair dryer that curls your hair claims you will be ready in a couple minutes and it saves steps in your routine. In reality you get the product in your home and it's nothing like the girl on tv with perfect curls. Society has to face that to survive in the political or consumer world, there has to be a little bit of faux story telling to influence people's thoughts.
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Artifice is extremely important in today consumer and political world because it gives people power. Through out history artifice has played a key roll in many key historical figure's rise to power. Without artifice Adolf Hitler never would have been able to convince the people of Germany to give him authority. As a more modern example, celebrities are an example of how artifice plays a critical role in the consumer world. By endorsing a product that they often times never use celebrities are able to boost the sales of that product by using their ethos to persuade consumers. Other skill sets are not as important as artifice because if used correctly, artifice gives the allusion of having other skill sets. The importance of artifice is still relevant in today's society because of the amount of artifice used by modern politicians.
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Politics today has shifted from honest politicians to a theatrical facade, this can be blamed on artifice used by politicians seeking votes to get themselves into office. Opposing officials running for office make patriotic and emotional videos often times speaking about "keeping jobs in america" appealing to emotions or shamming the opposing official therefore encouraging voters to vote for them. The use of artifice is important in politics because people voting look for politicians they can relate to, and trust thus the use of propaganda from politicians, whether the information be true or false, appeals to them.
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I believe that artifice is one of the most essential skills in politics and consumer culture, because people have to believe that you are sincere. The current president of the United States used artifice to gain supporters to get in office. He could say anything like I'm going to build a wall across the Mexican boarder and Mexico will pay for it, or I'm the most pro-semetic person that you will ever meet. That doesn't mean that what he says is true. And in consumer culture, to make the most amount of money possible, a company stretches the truth to the most extreme to make people believe that they are buying a miracle product. Take flex tape for example, they say that they repaired a metal boat that was sawed in half with only one layer of their product. However there was a disclaimer that stated that they used multiple layers of 12 inch tape. So we can see from these examples that artifice is essential to politics and consumer culture.
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In Chris Hedges book Empire of Illusion he states, "the most essential skill...is illusion," when thinking in terms of politics and consumer relationships this i very much true in the sense that if you are trying to sell something or yourself you want to have aspects in what your selling that the customer is looking for. When someone is looking to elect a new president what are they looking for? The person could be looking for someone that has the same religious belifts as them or someone who is in the same political party as the citizen is in or a political person whose concerns in America are identical to the citizen who will be voting. When voting for a president you look for a candidate that you relate to he most not the one who is the opposite of you. In modern times we choose friends and political candidates who we agree with so it would be in political peoples best interest to perhaps put of a fake face to get more voters.
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The most consistent prompt of news articles is politics, and more often than not, use of artifice heavily influences us all as citizens and victims of deception clouded with a reality television star-esque facade. Politicians are aware of the most effective tactic in gaining the country's favor, alluring the uneducated voters with their charisma and telling them what they want to hear. Endless and destined to be unfulfilled promises are made time and time again as a mode to keep the desired audience in the politicians grasp, and Chris Hedges exposes their thinking and exactly what they don't want the public to find out. Artificiality is prominent in everyone's daily lives in order to have obtain granted favors, material objects, and manipulate the human mind, even without malevolent intent, so why wouldn't this apathy be expressed it be in an area with opportunity for such large gain? Whether they're a liberal or conservative, everyone has fallen into the trap of the politicians trickery at one time in their lives, and it won't be ending anytime soon.
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In Empire of Illusion, Chris Hedges proposes the accurate claim that important figures are often less qualified than society cares to realize. In many local organizations, people are quick to choose the people they know rather than learn of the reserved population. For instance, student body president is too often someone who trades academic and societal values for being liked by everyone. They may choose to ignore what is best for the group as a whole and focus on what would benefit them and their circle. Some people may claim that the people who know everyone will choose to benefit everyone, but many times they just want to rationalize the fact that they are not willing to trust the people who keep to themselves. People are often too quick to judge and stay insode of their comfort zone.
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