How do you work against the Mainstream News Media where there is a constant stream of lies? Constant Gaslighting! Pushing an agenda of the few against the many! Donald Trump is even tweeting “they are lying to you” in the same way that the Martians megaphones blasted “We Come in Peace” in the 1996 movie “Mars Attacks!” Regarding Trump: the evidence is clear to see: the media made the monster. How do we get to sanity? Sanity does not mean peace and blissful ignornance.
The problem is taboo subjects. If you start saying “free speech” then people (now) assume you mean “hate speech”. Or if you try addressing the systemic failures in our language regarding sexism and racism, then it regarded as “Politically Correct Facism”. The supposed Left / Right argument on such matters is actaully just a tool used by rich capitalists to sow division. There is a middle ground (another term that has been coopted for nefarious purposes) and this the same as it has always been, where Truth does still hold true, and that is: Investigation, Logical Debate and Science. It is (still) the best arbitor of truth.
Investigation: what is actually factual? Can we agree on the facts? Have the facts been “contaminanted”? If you cannot agree on the facts then you know there is no point moving over to the next stage: debate! If the facts are being manipulated then you are being Gaslit!
Logical Debate: is there room for debate? Can we agree on the logic of “A + B = C” or is the debate sullied by Logical Facillies? If there is no reasoned debate, you know you are being Gaslit!
Science: Science is experimentation with tests that are repeatable. If we can agree on the test and test conditions then we know the results is the truth…
How Does This Apply to Today’s Situation?
Let’s examine three terms in use today that stiffle debate, almost always used as an Ad hominem attack on the person rather than the argument:
- “Conspiracy Theorist”
“Conspiracy Theorist” – a term coined by the CIA to discredit anyone investigating the assassination of JFK. It is extremely foolish to consider that it was Lee Harvey Oswald since he was not a better shot than the countless marksman that have tried and failed to reproduce the official lone gunman, three shot scenario. Oswald himself claimed he was a patsy and was later murdered on live TV at a Police Station. All the evidence points to a CIA plot using Mafia killers – the two organisations being joined at the hip for a plot to kill Castro that was thwarted by JFK. And there is scientific evidence using probablistic analysis by both engineering and acuary methods, that points to the fact that it not was JFK killed by the CIA but also a large network of friends and witnesses.
The term “anti-semitic” has also been weaponised usually by the far right. Used effectively against life-long racial justice campaigner, Jeremy Corbyn, and the Labour Party to enable a Tory win in 2019. It was all Gaslighting! Actually more likely a full on Miltary-style Pyschological Operation.
“Anti-Vaxer” – anybody that seems sceptical about the live RNA and Virus being pumped into our bodies – perhaps against their will – is being labelled an anti-Vaxer. After the treatment that Andrew Wakefield received at the hands – not by the BMA, but Sunday Times Journalist, Bran Deer anybody that questions the safety of vaccines is given a hard time. Why would anyone shame people about fears of safety for a novel medical procedure? Only those surely those with a plan?
In summary, we need investigations (for example, is our democracy safe? are our vaccines safe?), we need a debate (for example, how can we improve?) and science (What can do to test safety?). This isn’t going to be easy.