... against the establishment and its psychological manipulation operations
by system failure
Bernie almost did it. Hillary struggled to win in Iowa with nearly zero difference. All the alarms of the establishment must be at the "elevated-high" level right now. All the media mechanisms must have been mobilized to fight harder against Bernie Sanders in the next battlefield towards the leadership of the Democrats and the US presidency.
The establishment becomes highly predictable, which is a sign of saturation. It is remarkable how the establishment mechanisms use similar narratives everywhere to expel undesirable politicians and policies.
Just one paragraph from the article My Hail Bernie Pass by Fred Baumgarten, describes almost the whole situation: “Now that I’m proclaiming my support for Sanders, I expect the vitriol to be no less intense, though maybe from some other quarters with different arguments. Secretly my friends will suspect that maybe I’m a misogynist, too, and don’t want a female president. I’ll be accused of being 'impractical' and 'hopelessly idealistic,' and of 'wasting' my vote. And I’ll still be held personally responsible for getting Trump elected!”
One of the most successful psychological techniques used by the mechanisms of the establishment, is the bombardment of mind with isolated words, or, phrases, ending up to become powerful symbols. These symbols are frequently so powerful that manage to prevail over the ability of mind to build a rational hierarchy. Which, many times, equals to heavy misjudgment.
For example, the fact that the United States will have the opportunity to be governed "for the first time in their history by a female president", often prevails over what this president truly represents, especially among the female voters. The election of Hillary will give a superficial satisfaction to many Americans, that the United States will become an even more progressive society (after Obama term), while in reality, Hillary will certainly follow the "politics as usual", totally aligned with the neocon agenda.
Psychological methods also use "logical leaps" to force the individual to bypass a certain rational hierarchy. The example in Baumgarten's paragraph above is characteristic: even his friends will suspect that he is a misogynist, just by saying that he will support Sanders instead of Clinton. The political arguments, which is the main issue in such a process, since they determine the policies that will have direct effect to millions of Americans, are bypassed through this absurdly simplified "logical leap": You vote for Sanders = You are probably a misogynist.
Mainstream media use such techniques to attack any "undesirable" candidate/supporter. Journalists interrupt repeatedly the interviewee, to prevent a complete argument and build "logical leaps", which, in many cases, can be proven quite effective, reinforcing the misjudgment of the voters.
But the mainstream media narratives and the dominant culture are still quite effective in a more fundamental level. Just think of that: Bernie still struggles to persuade many Americans that it is their right to have free education and healthcare. Think about it: this monstrous dominant ideology made many people believe that they can't have what rightfully belongs to them. What has been conquered through blood and struggles over the ages.
Well, the results in Iowa, concerning the Democratic camp, show that maybe this starts to change. Maybe is time not only for a political revolution, as Bernie says, but also for a cultural revolution. Time will tell ...