Control the Head, Control the Legs – Ryan Rhoades

As a former wrestler and wrestling coach, I taught my athletes that wrestling is a sport about control.  If you control your opponent’s head his body will have to follow.  If you control his legs, his major power source, you can dictate his movements.  The one with the superior position always has an advantage to exercise the most control.

I also taught them that wrestling is the toughest sport and it mirrors life in more ways than any other sport.  Wrestling is the oldest sport; older than Athens-style democracy and practiced in the ancient Greek city-state of Olympia during the first Olympics.

Although it has only been a year since I gave those words of advice, they are turning out to be truer than I realized at the time.

The powers-that-be have used this knowledge, these methods of control, to advance their selfish agenda at the detriment of the average citizen.  The powerful political class and the even-wealthier bank and corporate managers, who often remain in the shadows, are systematically destroying our democracy right before our very eyes.

The “Power Elite”, a term coined by sociologist C. Wright Mills, controls the head using the mainstream media and controls the legs using socioeconomic policies.  If you control the head and the legs, the body is bound to follow. Read more of this post