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The Propaganda is Everywhere

The propaganda is everywhere. Things are definitely looking to get worse before they get better. Those who rely on social media for their news are getting a majority of lies, its rampant.

I’ve never seen so many people who don’t have an understanding of what’s going on. Everyone’s a conspiracy theorist now, schools are evil, thus education is bad, intelligent discussions aren’t tolerated because they aren’t understood and nobody has time to seek the truth. It comes down to laziness, incompetence, hearing what you want to hear.

Its hard work this day and age to understand what’s going on, you can’t just read a bunch of articles or statements from people that agree with what your preconceived notions are. You have to go far beyond that.

Welcome to the age of misinformation, where people’s conspiracy theories without evidence are believed all due to confirmation bias.

Yes, people need to think and do hard work before spouting off nonsense opinions, straw-men arguments, because its too dangerous to spread lies this day and age, people’s livelihood and lives depend on truth being known, not beliefs. If you don’t know, ignorance ought to be embraced, not suspicion.

There’s too much divisiveness out there, too much ignorance, too many lies, too much propaganda and too much hate in order to spread disinformation.

The Rise of Fascism

An interesting read.

The Most Dangerous Philosopher in the World

What’s also interesting is the will of the fascist who wish to disseminate beliefs, conspiracy theories, religious beliefs and nationalistic beliefs in favor over knowledge, science, philosophy, and real education.

Also how our universities are viewed as liberal here in the U.S. Interesting is how truth and knowledge is an enemy of fascism. Even more interesting is the rise of fascist minded thought in the United States and Europe which really has always been present, but is becoming more so year over year.

The death throes of religion? But religion is taking a backseat in importance it seems towards the myopia of nationalism and racism. Is the allegiance of Russia now more due to a global movement of white supremacy as well? Perhaps all these factors play a role.

The right goes further right when the left goes further left, but which one is making more of an advance to radicalism?

It’s also worthy to note the feverish rise of the fascist Muslims as well. They too hate fact, freedom, truth. They too believe in conspiracy theories. The difference? They are too culturally different from the primarily Christian / white fascists.

It all smells of turmoil, and a greater turmoil to come, a turmoil based in ignorance.

The Fascism of Trump

Lets examine the “Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism” By Dr. Lawrence Britt and compare to Trump.

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

– Check mark for Trump. Make America Great Again is not just a patriotic motto, its nearing religious fervor in its repetition.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

– Check mark for Trump, agenda is to bring torture back and ban refugees.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

-Check mark for Trump. Muslims, liberals, Mexicans, the mainstream media and political opponents themselves were all rallied against in a unifying patriotic frenzy to eliminate a threat.

4. Supremacy of the Military – Even when there are widespread
domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

– Check mark for trump, who wants to increase military spending, in a country that already obliterates every other nation on earth in military spending.

5. Rampant Sexism – The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

– Check mark for Trump on Rampant sexism. Gamer gate, rape culture, and promoting masculinity on a level this country hasn’t seen is all on the agenda for Trump and his base. The only thing here Trump ignores is divorce. Probably because he’s been divorced so many times, but I don’t really think that suppressing divorce is a part of sexism.

6. Controlled Mass Media – Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

– Check mark for Trump. While not even in power, reporters are scared and have been threatened not only by Trump himself, but his foaming at the mouth feverish base. The calls that “CNN Sucks” while lashing out in violent rhetoric towards media members at their rallies. Intimidation tactics are used, some supporters are harassing them on their personal time. The goal, to show hate. The outcome, suppression, unless the reporter is brave enough to wade through the poo being slung at them.

7. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

-Check for Trump. Extreme vetting, the unconstitutional stop and frisk, While you are more likely to be shot by a cop than a Muslim terrorist, the people are paranoid and fear Muslim terrorists. Right wing extremists in the U.S. nearly paralleled the deaths caused by Muslim terrorists. You just don’t hear about them as often.

http://www.newsweek.com/…/right-wing-extremists

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.

– Check mark for Trump. Trump stated “We will restore faith to its proper mantle in our society. That’s what we have to do. And we have to do that soon. (Applause) We will respect and defend Christian Americans. Christian Americans. We will give parents control over their schools. So important. We’ll uphold the values our founders gave us, which we’re not doing now.”)

9. Corporate Power is Protected – The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite

-Check mark for Trump, tax cuts to the wealthiest “people” of all time, in a world where the rich have exponentially increased wealth over everyone else while not trickling down the gains to the people in jobs and salary.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed – Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

– Trump does not get #10. Not a crucial aspect of fascism

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

-Checkmark for Trump. Academia is the liberal enemy, the well educated well read media is the enemy. Trump’s dialogue reeks of lies, conspiracy theories and anti intellectualism. “I have the best words”. “No puppet, you’re the puppet!” “I know more about ISIS than the generals”. All big red flags.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

Check mark for Trump – “I am the law and order candidate”. Stop and Frisk. A vengeful intolerance towards anyone opposing him. Essentially, clamoring fervently to jail their political opponent before they are found to be guilty of any crime, even by a pro Trump FBI, is a crucial essence of fascism.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

-Check mark for Trump so far. Only those loyal to Trump are getting in the administration.

14. Fraudulent Elections – Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

-Not a check mark for Trump, but ironically the call that the elections were essentially is fraudulent if he loses, makes this one pretty damn close.

The Damage is Done

 

Even if Trump loses, as it seems he likely will, the candidate for presidency has normalized Sexual Predatory behavior for a lot of people in a manner that this country has never before seen, essentially nearly reversing the past century of progress we have made on the matter. I am thinking about my daughter and rape culture and envision an uptick in this behavior. I mean, children, teenagers, see a guy who talks like this and acts like this, and it is all validated already. He was, after all, someone who became the nominee for president for one of our 2 major political parties. The only thing worse of course for this validation of his behavior if he were to actually lead the nation as president. Expect four more years of validating his behavior and demeaning women who accuse him…

He has normalized conspiracy theories. Believing what you want to make yourself feel better has been normalized, to suit your confirmation bias. Confirmation bias has been on the uptick, exponentially increasing since the advent of the internet and this so called “information age”. Yes, information is out there, but so is nearly an equal amount of disinformation. The internet has created a virtual safety bubble where you can go into your echo chamber and affirm your preconceived notions, beliefs, and assumptions that suit your bias. Not only that you can communicate with people just like you, who don’t look at what they are reading with a critical eye, questioning everything even if it is something you prefer to be true.

This is the difference between the scientific knowledge based mind and the belief based mind. We, as humanity, are still attempting to come out of the age of ignorance. Where beliefs reigned prevalent over knowledge for the masses. Because knowledge is just too hard to get to. Truth is difficult, no matter what era. It is difficult to actually know things, other than the obvious, such as “we exist” or the things we directly experience and affirm through empirical testing of our own. Believing something to be true, is much easier. You can believe anything you want! Belief often takes the place of knowledge in someone’s mind. They believe they actually know. This makes you think they are smarter and knowledgeable on matters. Being that most people are like this, they can affirm their beliefs as knowledge through their friends, family, every day people.

The real hard work, the knowledge and advances we as a civilization have gained and experienced, have been built on the backs of the minds of a small few. Does anyone understand how radio waves work? Nope, not really. But we have them. How does video and all the information of the internet travel through the air to be seen on your monitor? Not much know. Not many really figured it out. But the masses reap its benefits. What do the masses really know?

So how do all these people back claims that people couldn’t possibly know? When Trump says “global warming is a Chinese Hoax” they might believe him, then they might consider it knowledge. Or if he said he didn’t say that, and they didn’t know better, they’d believe that too and consider it knowledge. The problem is, it takes research, critical thinking. Something that a conspiracy theorist ultimately fails on, but something that is becoming rampant in this information, or rather misinformation age.

The problem is, the conspiracy theorist doesn’t know they are a conspiracy theorist, they think they have the truth. They believe they have knowledge. They inherently think because other people say it, who seem credible to them, that it must be right. This is not the way to think to get progress, to gain knowledge. Believing other people, other journalists, what your biased news source wants to convey, is what the masses typically do. Its too hard to know. Its easier to believe. I call it being lazy. Some might call it being stupid. But there is a problem in the United States and it begins with not admitting your own ignorance.