There was a time when knowledge was power. Today, it mostly seems like a curse.
Here’s a quick list of some things that drive me crazy.
- Advertising is basically lying by preying on your biases and ignorance to con you into buying things. How do you not see through this?
- The “news” is not news at all, but a celebrity-obsessed smooch-fest produced by pampered journalists still trying to nail Nixon for Watergate and Johnson for Vietnam.
- Academia has too many Marxist, post-Modern clowns, from top to bottom. And these are the people that train our elementary and secondary school teachers. Yay.
- Unions use their power over industry and (increasingly) government to drain them financially, and their power over their membership to collect millions of dollars in dues that they donate directly to Democratic politicians to buy more influence in Washington and in various state governments. Which then benefits those same unions. What are the odds?!
- Entertainers act nice to us when they need our dollars to buy their latest products, then turn around and spit on our troops, and expect us to take it lying down. Um, no.
- Materialism in today’s Western world is both obscene and necessary to the economy. What is so bad about materialism, you ask? It so often becomes the only source of meaning in people’s lives.
- Global warming? Right. It’s junk science based on bad data and unproven theory. How can every year be the hottest year ever when the winters have been much colder where I live for 4 of the last 5 winters? That could be many things, but “warming” is not one of them.
- Health care is not a right, and government meddling in health care is fundamentally un-American, and the people who tell us it will be cheaper or more effective are not just incorrect, they’re worse: partisan hacks trying to impose their world views on us.
And that’s just the ones that come to mind right now. And all of those things have one thing in common: they all trade in lies. With impunity.
Powerful people and institutions rely on keeping us in the dark as a strategy to acquire and consolidate power over us.
They don’t just lie some of the time. They depend on lies every day, as a strategy, to keep us in the dark, and empty our wallets.
They call it “spin” and “P.R.” and “managing perception”, but those are political words; it’s actually deception designed to get us to act in some way, to buy something, do something, or believe in something.
That’s manipulation. But we don’t have to allow them to manipulate us. Why do we allow it? I have my own theory.
Many of us are over-informed with propaganda and under-informed with true facts that matter. We are therefore incapable of calling out lies and the liars who tell them.
And so we fall in line by living in a fantasy world where feelings trump reality and theory beats results, by favoring policies and ideas that never work and cannot work. We are too easily swayed and ill-informed on tax policy, geopolitics, economics, government spending, health care, guns, the list goes on and on.
The fix for being “over-informed with propaganda and under-informed with true facts that matter” is to branch out and challenge yourself by finding better sources of information. Again: Powerful people and institutions rely on keeping us in the dark as a strategy to acquire and consolidate power over us. They don’t just lie some of the time. They depend on lies every day, as a strategy, to keep us in the dark, and empty our wallets.
Stop letting them do that.