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Social Engineering -The Agenda Behind All In The Family
In the days before Cable / Dish TV, there are only the 3 major networks (CBS, ABC, NBC) and a few local channels to choose from. The Marxist networks truly had a captive audience.
Set in the Queens, NY living room of the Bunker family, every episode of All In The Family contains at least one heated political argument between Archie Bunker (middle aged, patriotic, anti-communist, conservative Republican white man) and some liberal Democrat character (Michael, Gloria, Irene, Lionel, Maude etc)
Archie's (played by Carrol O'Conner) arguments are always made in an angry, buffoonish tone and bigoted towards blacks, hispanics, and Jews. But the liberals on the show are always portrayed as oh-so-intelligent and "tolerant". Week after week, the massive national audience, prompted by phony laugh tracks, can't help but laugh at stupid and angry Archie, a World War II veteran who proudly wears a flag pin.
Archie's wife Edith is also presented as the object of ridicule. Played by the actress Jean Stapleton, Edith is portrayed as a stupid housewife who allows the abusive Archie to walk all over.
Even Archie's white friends from the lodge (such as "Barney") are also portrayed as ignorant clowns with exaggerated "New Yawker" accents. But of course, liberal Michael's hippie college friends are portrayed as worldly and well spoken.
In the subconscious of the public mind, traditional conservative ideals become associated with stupidity and hate, whereas liberal opinions are associated with education and tolerance. In the final year of All In The Family's decade long run, Archie "matures" into a much more liberal minded, and likeable older man, taking in a Jewish business partner and even adopting a Jewish step-daughter!
Like Archie, Edith's character also "matures". In later years, she begins to stand up to the bully Archie and gradually take on feminist positions.
The viewing audience of All In The Family (and other shows) cannot detect the psychological manipulation of this admittedly very funny show, but All In The Family's unflattering portrayal of Archie & Edith, along with their eventual redemption, serves to gradually turn millions of reactive viewers away from conservative, patriotic thought, and towards a more socialistic, liberal worldview.
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