The Brainwashing of a Nation

The Brainwashing of a Nation

by

Daniel Greenfield via Sultan Knish blog

Image by ElisaRiva from Pixabay

 

I initially hesitated to re-post this article because of its partisan slant. While not rabid in its conservative point of view (though admittedly "rabid" is subjective) the author fails to be fair when applying his broad brush.

That said, enough cannot be written or spoken about the techniques and applications used when the few manipulate the many. The deceits and denials we employ within ourselves to tolerate living within our skin are precisely the methods used against us. We will always fail to understand the outside world if we are unwilling to understand ourselves. To know our 'self' is to know the world. - Cognitive Dissonance

 

Brainwashing isn’t a secretive event that takes place in hidden rooms. No hypnotists or vials full of chemicals are required. It takes place every day on a massive scale across the United States.

Unlike Raymond Shaw in The Manchurian Candidate, brainwashing does not turn people into hypnotized zombies who would be ready to kill a presidential candidate at a command. Instead, it transforms them into the sort of people who would be willing to kill someone for political reasons.

The distinction is why so few people understand the sources of political radicalism and violence. Continue reading The Brainwashing of a Nation

A Window Into Our World

A Window Into Our World
By
Cognitive Dissonance

 

Every year during the early spring awakening I quickly begin to feel like I am way behind on my list of tasks. Worse, the deficit is rapidly growing. This year it feels particularly acute because, in addition to all the normal tasks, we are replacing 3 entry doors, 2 storm doors and 5 windows.

We.....as in me.

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Deaf, Dumb and Blind : Who Is Better at Conceding They Are Wrong – Conservative or Liberal Extremists?

Deaf, Dumb and Blind

Who Is Better at Conceding They Are Wrong - Conservative or Liberal Extremists?

By

Cognitive Dissonance

 

For those readers who wish to confirm their cemented bias or simply don’t read past the first paragraph or two, here is the down and dirty answer to the question posed in the title.

The answer is…neither!

And it gets worse from there. Those who harbor extreme and strident political points of view also maintain similarly strong “opinions” (though nearly all will righteously declare them as ironclad facts) in nearly all facets of their life and are unlikely to change their point of view regardless of the contrary evidence presented. I base my statement upon personal experience and an interesting study recently published which examined this very subject.

Here is the first sentence of the study’s Result and Discussion. “An unjustified certainty in one’s beliefs is a characteristic common to those espousing radical beliefs, and such overconfidence is observed for both political and non-political issues, implying a general cognitive bias in radicals.”

Are you surprised to be told this? Or have you quickly spotted a loop hole in which you may escape from the overall generalization of the statement? The wonderful thing about denial is it’s infinitely customizable and completely flexible; enabling the user to deny anything and everything including the nose on his/her face.

Of course, the only way many can accept uncomfortably too-close-to-home assertions is to declare it doesn’t apply to them, just everyone else. Continue reading Deaf, Dumb and Blind : Who Is Better at Conceding They Are Wrong – Conservative or Liberal Extremists?

David Holmgren’s “The Apology”

The Apology: From baby boomers to the handicapped generations.

by David Holmgren

Re-posted from Holmgren.com.au

 

Editor's Note: Despite my mixed feelings with regard to this piece by David Holmgren (one man cannot apologize for an entire generation, nor shoulder the responsibility for all its sins) ultimately it unfolds many of the cumulative socioeconomic ills plaguing our society and culture.

Twenty years ago, maybe even ten, I might have used the word "Western" when speaking of the cultural corruption, as if to hold harmless "Eastern" countries for the infection that was beginning to ravage and overwhelm their civilizations. I am much less inclined to do so now, for they too are welcoming with open arms the mass insanity of Wetiko.

Please, suppress any cognitive triggers you may encounter when reading this piece and allow the overall information to permeate your mind and soul.

Cognitive Dissonance

 

David Holmgren is an Australian environmental designer, ecological educator and writer. He is best known as one of the co-originators of the permaculture concept with Bill Mollison. - Editor

It is time for us baby boomers to honestly acknowledge what we did and didn’t do with the gifts given to us by our forebears and be clear about our legacy with which we have saddled the next and succeeding generations.

By ‘baby boomers’ I mean those of us born in the affluent nations of the western world between 1945 and 1965. In these countries, the majority of the population became middle class beneficiaries of mass affluence. I think of the high birth rate of those times as a product of collective optimism about the future, and the abundant and cheap resources to support growing families.

By many measures, the benefits of global industrial civilisation peaked in our youth, but for most middle class baby boomers of the affluent countries, the continuing experience of those benefits has tended to blind us to the constriction of opportunities faced by the next generations: unaffordable housing and land access, ecological overshoot and climate chaos amongst a host of other challenges.

Continue reading David Holmgren’s “The Apology”

Society Is Made Of Narrative. Realizing This Is Awakening From The Matrix.

Society Is Made Of Narrative. Realizing This Is Awakening From The Matrix.

By Caitlin Johnstone

Originally Posted on Medium

 

About once a year I break out my DVD of The Matrix and settle in for a trip into an alternative universe located center mass, both between my ears and in my soul. What I love about the movie is how each subsequent viewing unlocks previously unnoticed dialog or background minutia that enhances my understanding or befuddlement of the wonders of the human condition.

While it's always exciting to follow breadcrumbs laid down by others, the truly significant morsels spring from self discovery. It is not the breadcrumb itself that is revelatory, but the act of seeking and finding that brings the incremental awakening to the surface. We borrow, however temporary or permanent, when offered by others; we own when created or unearthed by our self.

But don't let this knowledge diminish the value brought by others when on our path of self discovery.  I consistently encounter significant personal breakthroughs when reading the thoughts of others, regardless if I agree with some, all, or none of their musings. While the tool (in this case articles and thoughts) may have greatly assisted me in my labor, ultimately the tool is guided by me, making the results of that labor mine to own and use.

With this in mind, I urge you to consume the following whole loaf of bread (to hell with breadcrumbs) baked up last August of 2018 by the mind of Caitlin Johnstone. It is only when we better understand ourselves can we first see, then defend, ourselves from the antics of others. Caitlin's article does precisely that. Enjoy!

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