I write about authoritarian leaders past and present. That means I’ve spent a lot of time studying professional liars.
Yet here you are lying as well? Most of what you post is propaganda for democrats, as if you don’t have authoritarian rule in states like California and that Biden hasn’t ruled as an authoritarian. Seems you all don’t care unless it’s your dictator! To gloss over the thousands of lies Biden has and to continue parroting the 30k lies, lie is repugnant. You wonder why academia is failing and people are turning away is because you are deceitful.
All the above is true - there are well understood psychological reasons for it all... https://democracyrebooted.com/our-stolen-minds/
many believe because they want to, the lies are attractive to them.
Most excellent and moreover, absolutely true. Very rare in this day & age
Here I go, someone else spreading a message?
Tragically, this lady is absolutely correct in what she writes. Ever since I can remember, and I have had a long life at 80 years of age, I have seen these truths over and over and over again.
It seems to me that we, the public, for the most part, fail to recognise what these people are doing, and that is part of their mystique. They convince us by endless repetition that what they say and write are real and truthful and almost always, this is not the case. Unless and until we can recognise the difference between reality and spin, nothing will change; so, when you hear something that is disseminated by politicians, most large companies and their ilk, PLEASE do your due diligence by researching. You can always find out the facts one way or another and then you can take a position. Let us all soar with the eagles and cease wallowing in the primeval sludge of ignorance.
Let's not forget the "long con" effort directed at the education of our youth. Anything that enables independent and critical thinking is attacked as indoctrination attempts by evil others. Not only does this impact the younger generation but it also draws their parents into the trap as protectors. Don't let "them" indoctrinate your children they say.
PBS had a 2-part series on Hitler last week. I caught the 2nd part, "Hitler the Actor." It was chilling, so reflective of current times. Will be Trump or someone worse in 2024...along with a fascist congress, courts, state governorships and a dumbed-down public, incapable of critical thinking. After our collapse, who is there to bail us out like the U.S. did in Europe after WWII?
Can you do a piece about the Facist tyrannical liar in the White House, now? Have we witnessed more lies and government over reach in our lifetime? How about, NOOO!!
1. In August 2020, then-candidate Biden told Americans they could not trust a vaccine that was being produced by Trump’s Operation Warp Speed. “It’s not likely to go through all the tests and the trials that are needed to be done,” Biden said, slandering the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He also said Trump was “moving it quicker than the scientists think it should be moved,” falsely claiming the authority of science.
2. Biden consistently downplayed the threat that China poses to the U.S. and the free world in general. In January 2020, he dismissed President Trump’s coronavirus travel ban on China as “hysterical xenophobia.” On the campaign trail, he continued to ridicule the idea that China was an economic competitor to the U.S. Today, the Biden administration is struggling to deal with Chinese (and Russian) cyberattacks on the U.S.
3. Biden claimed on the campaign trail last year that there had been 6,114 military deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, for which he blamed President Trump. The real number was seven. Biden also repeated debunked claims that Trump had referred to American soldiers as “suckers” and “losers.” Ironically, once he was president, Biden failed to recognize the anniversary of D-Day, dishonoring the troops he promised to honor.
4. The Biden campaign told reporters that stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop were “Russian misinformation.” In fact, the stories turned out to be true, showing that Hunter Biden had set up meetings with his father and his foreign business partners, and that he had sought overseas business opportunities using his father’s name. Biden’s claims were “misinformation” designed to mislead the electorate.
5. As president-elect, Joe Biden said in a December 2020 press conference in Delaware that "I don't think it should be mandatory," when talking about Wuhan coronavirus vaccines. "I wouldn't demand it to be mandatory," he promised. "Just like I don't think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide."
6. You won’t need to mask after your vaccine 🤔.
In my 61 years on this planet and 40 plus as a staunch democrat, I’ve never ever witnessed such a rapid rapid slide into facism. Lucid, maybe you’re all in on this Great Reset and a globalist? Who knows. Any real journalists propping up this demented puppet needs to do a serious soul check.
Organized religion provides a ready canvass by teaching adherents since birth to believe lies, called “faith.”
Reading this points out how insightful and prescient George Orwell was in his novel 1984.
Two of the 24 PoA, Principles of Authoritarianism, are control of the mass media and propaganda campaign employed. An Authoritarian regime, once it gets control of the media, will launch that propaganda campaign. However, the reason Authoritarians must lie is that the truth and facts rarely, if ever, are behind them, which forces the Authoritarian propaganda/punditry campaign based on logical fallacies/cognitive biases, BS and lies.
Also know that Authoritarianism and Conservatism, political Conservatism, have been inexorably linked for more than the past two millennia, which is why Authoritarians/Conservatives rarely, if ever, tell the unvarnished truth about anything and are left with that Authoritarian propaganda/punditry.
Another fact to remember is that another PoA is disdain for intellectualism and the arts, which is why a credo of Authoritarian regimes is "make 'em stupid and keep 'em stupid". They know, all too well, that most educated people reject Authoritarianism. Authoritarian regimes require millions of ignoramuses to stay in power; once enough of them are educated to the truth and facts, the regime falls, unfortunately and most of the time, via a revolution.
Lest we think that this is a "them, but not us" problem....
I'm on the left end of the Democratic Party. And what I've found is that there are very large segments of the Democratic Party that brook no criticism of its leadership (and this is true of factional leaders -- e.g. some Bernie follower -- as well). Anyone who dared criticize Pelosi was accused of being a DINO, a misogynist, etc. And one "progressive" website I participated in forbade criticism of any Democrats for the 2020 election cycle.
In other words, the tendency that Ben-Giant describes is not ideologically based -- and we need to be aware of it not just among those whom we oppose, but among our allies as well.
As a member of a group so vilified by these propagandists, I find myself wondering, nay worrying, how this may end. Their followers tend to be violent, and well armed. I note that number of the exemplars of this strategy ended up making life miserable or short for many of their fellow citizens. It seems to me, that if we ever get a handle on this pandemic, some sort of immune therapy should be developed for those taken in by this propaganda blitzkrieg. I harken back to the days of fairness in media. Of Eric Sevareid, sitting on a stool in an empty studio, taking shots at Nixon's Vietnam policies - identifying his message as opinion, not news, because at that time, the American people owned the airwaves, we had a fairness doctrine, and while there certainly was propaganda, people seemed to better understand the difference. Perhaps these 'limits on personal liberty' should be reconsidered in light of the outcome.
Great article and even more important in these times of fake news spread via internet. I think it was Goebbels who said that " a lie should be so big or spectacular that people cannot believe it is not true,". Furthermore it seems essential that it is repeated consistently without discussion. Questions are being answered by just repeating the lie and often denouncing the person who dares to question it.
I sometime wonder if people have difficulty with uncertainty and are desperate for "the simple truth" where often there are only shades of grey. This may leave us vulnerable to those who purport to hold the truth. It's a little bit like believing that science is just facts and if some fact is said enough times it must be true when in reality science is a process and scientific facts are true only in so much as no-one has proved them false yet. I believe there may be some value in teaching a rational tolerance for ambiguity just like we feel that teaching rational critical thinking has value. Maybe a healthy tolerance for ambiguity would make us less likely to fall into truthy traps of propaganda. This raises another concern I have about the vulnerability of education. A liberal education that encourages students to rationally think things through isn't helpful to the strongmen of politics. It's more likely they would prefer the kind of indoctrination that would put someone like Mussolini's ideas in text books. Certainly underfunding public education continues to be a right of centre political tactic.
I think many of us who saw Trump for what he was on Day 1 are continually amazed at how many fellow citizens buy into Trump's performative leadership style. To me, Donald Trump comes across as a craven liar and remains repulsive in his bully-boy antics, his cruelty to anyone who won't get with the program. And the program? Power and greed for him and his friends. Everyone else can fend for themselves. No empathy.
You mention Modi in your writing. Even with Covid ravaging India, Modi is telling the public to buck up, stop whining while refusing to admit the virus is killing hundreds of thousands each day. Mass cremations are being held in parking lots. The government's response is weak at best but Modi lies in the same way Trump lied. Yet his supporters adore him. Arundhati Roy has written about Modi: "The pathology is infectious."
It boggles the mind but it appears there's been a perfect storm for this global spread of illiberalism through social media. Changing social dynamics, demographic shifts have heightened fear and unease then shifted into paranoid, irrational responses. The disinformation has gone viral and too many have become addicted to the social platforms, the conspiracies, the networking with other True Believers.
I read an article for instance about Qnon, its hold over people. Q has a game-like quality to it, a puzzle for followers to solve as a community. But as one game designer said, in this case the game plays the player. The longer you play, the further down the rabbit hole you go, the less likely you're capable--mentally or emotionally--to exit the game or mindset. This is a cult, a brainwashing program perfectly designed for the 21st century.
There's a diabolical brilliance to that, a form of social control that's difficult to fathom. But here we are.