Monday, January 30, 2017

Cultural gaslighting

I read a piece some years ago about how much of the effectiveness of propaganda depends on the sense that everybody else believes it, and that if so many other people believe it, there must be something to it.

This sense, of course, is created by repeating certain ideas endlessly as self evident, which are in fact completely wrong, and demonstrably so.  If you repeat it enough, though, with enough contempt for anyone stupid enough to believe otherwise, and if everyone around a given person seems to be accepting it, then you get away with it.  This is how you generate a ludicrous "Trump as Hitler" meme.

But as I said in the last post, such coerced consensuses can collapse very fast, from the weight of their own fraud.  You can't fool everyone all the time, and once the yelling and screaming has gone on a while and accomplished nothing, a good part of the roughly one third of the electorate that has lost its fucking mind is going to start asking questions.

And the propagandists have no good answers.  The simple fact is that Trump voters are quite rational, and the people having nervous break-downs over him are not.  This is the truth.  Anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to convince you that unless you agree with them, YOU are crazy.  You are not crazy.  Sane people are capable of having conversations, and don't attack their enemies in the street.  We are the sane people.

And I would comment on Steve Bannon specifically.  The media has been extraordinarily irresponsible in how it portrays him.  He is a "rabid anti-Semite" because he told his wife in a divorce proceeding he didn't want his daughter going to school with a bunch of LA Jewish American Princesses.  He is a "white supremacists" because he objects to being insulted for his racial heritage continually, and refuses to apologize for his very existence, and to kiss the feet of Social Injustice Warriors.

This whole thing truly is worthy of the Communists, or Nazi Germany.  I don't know how ANY educator, at any level, could but feel a profound shame and self loathing if they participated in any way in this dumbing down of America to the level of intellectual groveling and rolling in shit.

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