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I remember when Alex Jones first came on the scene. He became famous by propagating anti government paranoia back when the 9-11 truther movement originated, when they claimed George Bush and company orchestrated the attack on ourselves. The fervor from this anti propaganda morphed on to whatever political or world occurrence that happened next. It morphed into a delusional freak show of an unending web of lies and self centered illusions to continue the mental schema of paranoia, being a victim, and essentially attempting to gain power over a situation they deemed powerless on. The fantasy of having this knowledge of what “really” happened, and as such this power over these global elites, made them feel, well, more powerful.

The conspiracy theories that Jones propagated then morphed into fodder for some and many in the right wing. Infowars and prison planet were getting more and more hits. People felt empowered to “finally know the truth”, and as such grasp onto power over people that made them feel powerless.

Trump is a man that has validated the likes of Alex Jones. Trump got creamed in the 2008 mortgage banking and property crisis, which seems to have had a great effect on his perception of reality. It seemed that he felt powerless and latching on to these conspiracy theories in turn made him feel like he had his pre-2008 power back. It’s the nature of why conspiracy theories can become not only self redeeming, but addictive.

The propagation of the media being some globalist agenda that essentially shrouds the citizens of the world from the essential truths, such as reptilians running the planet, or some secret illuminati agenda that secretly rules the world commenced on-wards.

I saw all this happening and gaining ground and most if not all reasonable intelligent people just dismissed these weird theories and ignored them. Don’t engage the trolls, they thought. What happened to this stream of thought traveling by word of mouth from person to person, share to share, became a regular attack on Barrack Obama after Bush left office.

It gained ground, people who hated the elite, the globalists, the Illuminati or whatever they wanted to be the enemy, seemed to transfer this sense of mind to people who were suspect to this because we had a black man from Kenya as president, a communist, or someone who is going to take our guns. Obama’s opposition got squashed, but the delirium remained. People ignored the rabid underground right wing as they went on in their dangerously small bubble on social media, and morphed with the typical republican voter by extension of their friends and family.

The clicks of links on things and fake news that were outrageous and absurd gained more and more revenue, so more and more outrage and nonsense was disseminated to the right wing voter.  The left, meanwhile, was having a geek revival.  The revenge of the nerds. Geek became chic, science and intelligence were hip, and the average yokel who couldn’t think on that level became disenfranchised even more with the continual globalization and lack of recognition. Conspiracy theories have them power over all this. Trump too needed that power it seems and he goes on to lead a campaign rooted in the delusions of the popularity of Alex Jones types and the forgotten man. The conservative changed and went bizarrely right and anti elite in a manner that the disenfranchised could be redeemed by. If they believe it, it became their reality. The fervor leads to a conspiracy truth challenged delusional narcissist as President, backed by zombie like cult members that I could only compare to the same type of people under the spell of Nazi propaganda in the 1930’s.

These people who considered themselves patriots, became party loyalists. Nationalists, they claim they are.  More importantly though was their echo chamber and bubble of a weird emerging group of disenfranchised conspiracy theorist right wingers. The anti intellectual. Disenfranchised by their own lack of comprehending complex political issues.  It’s easier to believe a propagandistic picture with 5 words telling everyone how evil Obama is.  Someone with the wealth of human knowledge at their fingertips, who chose to explore their own preconceived notions instead.

Now we have people throwing away our standards of national democracy in favor of this bizarre party.

I don’t appreciate people hijacking patriotism and skewering it into some Alt -Right spell blinding conspiracy riddled madness that ultimately came from the same bizarre train of thoughts like Sandi hook not happening or 9-11 was an inside job.

I sat by watching these weirdos spread this nonsense for way too long, dismissing them as isolated loons. It turns out I shouldn’t have done that. But I am not going to threaten people. But I am angry. I’m angry that I knew better and could have tried at least to prevent some of my family to turn into delirious weirdos. Nonetheless, the anger will never overwhelm me like I’ve seen in the hate distributed from right wing meme’s and crass rude behavior.

I let it ride because I didn’t know how extensive it was, to cause someone like Trump come to power. I thought we were better than that as a nation. I thought most voters would be reasonable enough in this country. It is now apparent that they aren’t. I’m a patriot, Paul, I want what’s best for this nation. I want what’s best for you. I think you do to. Attacking people physically isn’t going to do that, but this conspiracy theory crowd have gone too far. You’re a part of that as you already have shown, and I don’t think telling people in a calm and pleasant scientific manner is necessarily going to get through to everyone, but I think there’s a way. It has something to do with this sense of superiority that conspiracy theorists get, and it’s unwarranted. They didn’t earn it, they didn’t achieve anything, they just believed it, and viola, instant power. But then there’s this slavish mentality too, to the cult leader. Hitler had it under him, Trump has it under him.

There’s a reason why certain people are seen as elite, and it’s not just money. It’s not some goofy IQ test. People who assume things get themselves into trouble. People who have false perceptions of reality get themselves into trouble. People with false perceptions of reality fail. These failures somehow eked out a fluke of a win with Trump, for many reasons outlined above. History won’t be looking kind upon this group. It’s not going to last long. It barely got in. Now that people are paying attention to the illogical madness, lies and conspiracy theories that this group purports there’s going to be a lot of backlash for you and your perception of reality. This is just the beginning.

“There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth you were not mad.” I see foaming at the mouth wingnuts spreading Goebbel-esque propaganda on a regular basis.

You can’t out-think people who have truth and logical reasons on their side. It’s not about party affiliation, it’s about reasonable human beings vs delusional, and delusional people can’t sustain against logic and reason, unless they wish to fight physically. Until then, your chances are dim. But reasonable people have the upper hand here and always will, Intelsat things turn violent. I don’t think reasonable people are going to be the ones that instigate that. I haven’t met one person from that group who could tell fact from fiction anymore.  It is a shame, a sham and a total failure of rational thought.

 

A Dangerous Sign of our Error-Free Administration

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There has been an inability for Trump and his Administration to admit any fault to an extent that has gone beyond bizarre. There have been others that have presented themselves in a similar manner, we know them as some of the most infamous leaders in world history.

We see Trumps narcissism on full display through his inability to admit fault on so many occasions, constantly doubling down on ridiculous notions, falsehoods, conspiracy theories, and flat out stupidity in the face of nation that over half of its citizens know better. It becomes vicariously embarrassing to witness.

What is extremely odd to me, is to what lengths Trump, his administration, the propaganda machine, and subsequently his supporters go to rationalize every wrong move by Trump in an attempt to skew truth and reason to make it look “good”. It is far beyond preposterous on many occasions to do so. With reports coming out that the administration was in turmoil, Trump states proudly that his administration is “A fine tuned machine”, a joke that reverberates today to all but those not emotionally invested in what has became glaringly obvious, a political cult.

Among one of the most trivial matters when Trump mistakenly tweeted “covfefe”, Sean Spicer refused to admit it was in error and that it was a word known to a small circle of people. When asked what it meant, Spicer ignored the question and moved on to another. What was a funny, light-hearted error has become a sign of something dangerous, of something sinister, an inability to own up to fault.

Today, even after getting clarification from the Mayor of London in regards to his tweet, as well as clarification from the media, Trump brazenly states:

“Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his “no reason to be alarmed” statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!”

The reasonable world knows that the London Mayor was stating “there was no reason to be alarmed” because of the increased police presence, in order to prevent people from assuming another attack was occurring. This was evident and contrary to what Trump and his cult would want to imply, that being that the mayor is weak on terrorism and wishes to present to the people that a terrorist attack is no reason to be alarmed.

This sign of the dangerous inability for the cult to admit any error, mistakes or wrongdoing that was there all along. It has gained steam in recent weeks, with the administration refusing to admit that Trumps trip overseas was anything but glorious and a massive success, despite alienating some of our historically important and most prevalent key allies further. There was no admitting error in Trumps call for a Muslim ban, instead he threatened the court to see them in court. The list goes on and on.

Just as disturbingly, Trump’s “White House Director of Strategic Communications”, Hope Hicks, released this:

“President Trump has a magnetic personality and exudes positive energy, which is infectious to those around him,” the statement said. “He has an unparalleled ability to communicate with people, whether he is speaking to a room of three or an arena of 30,000. He has built great relationships throughout his life and treats everyone with respect. He is brilliant with a great sense of humor . . . and an amazing ability to make people feel special and aspire to be more than even they thought possible.”

A picture that captures this sentiment in my mind:
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Of course, this whole idea of Trump being positive, magnetic and his unparalleled ability to communicate is laughable. What we have here is an inability to admit flaws, to present their savior in an infallible light. What is amazing, is that this sentiment trickles down to every day Trump supporters. Anyone engaging with some negative commentary on Trump in an open forum online will know what I am referring to. There is no admitting Trump and team is wrong. There, lying in wait is a constant swarm of frothy supporters who wish to rationalize every wrong to a right.

I’m sure a psychological phenomenon ought to be attributed to such mass behavior. Today we are living in a golden age for political scientists and psychologists to take to the helm to identify and describe this absolutely queer behavior. Of course, not every Trump supporter will react in this manner either, but you can be sure there are many who do.

It seems part of this inability to fess up to error to might be do the immense pressure that the White House and their supporters are enduring. The emotional investment into the most disastrous and incompetent presidency we have ever witnessed can take its toll on supporters.

The danger of not admitting error, the likeness of that quality aligns with Hitler, the massive push of the right wing to go so far right that anything that resembles actual news and fact becomes is a liberal conspiracy. The massive amount of propaganda that is being dispersed daily, which really ramped up at the onset of the Obama administration and the beginning of social media led to the wracking of Trump and similar minds to be reduced to delusional conspiracy theories to justify why their leader is infallible and the victim of a media onslaught. The propaganda is epidemic and has affected millions. Yet, it is no wonder there are daily leakers blowing the whistle on this administration on a regular basis.

The administrations psychosomatic narrative, this amateur hour hustle that may have gotten Trump somewhere in shady “Trump” brand dealings, but it does not cut it when running a superpower. The population, aside from the deluded 30% or so that has been brainwashed by decades of propaganda, can see through this madness – yet they attempt to legitimize it anyway.

Do they believe the lies and rationalizations themselves? It is very possible. It is very scary if they do. They are on a path that the likes of which was never seriously thought to occur in these United States. A degenerate, fascist, damaging administration who’s impact will reverberate through time and history, and not on the good side of it. The propaganda, lies, and spin will continue to produce a false narrative and false perception of reality, all to pander to a base that already believes he can do no wrong and divide those who know better even further.

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.

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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.