One feature of this election has been the willingness of some sections of the press to tell bare-faced lie after lie. I have been reading the Guardian and occasionally The Independent – and both of these papers have relentlessly lied.
One feature of these lies is that they appear to be made by people who either a) are of such feeble intelligence that they can’t grasp nuance and complexity of a situation or b) who are normal but who count on their readers being of type a). Either way – this isn’t just about lying. Wish that it were. This is about a kind of bestial disregard for truth. Continue reading “It is not just politicians who tell lies”
The Washington Post has obtained and published documents from a unit which was set up to investigate waste and inefficiency in the US efforts in Afghanistan. (Sigar).
The documents show that the US – under 3 administrations – has been duping the American public about the Afghan war – attempting to present it as a success even when they knew it was a costly failure (in lives as well as money). Continue reading “Lies about the Afghan war”
One feature of this election is how denunciations are replacing debate. Rather than say that your opponent is wrong and showing why his views are wrong by argument and (where relevant) evidence people – ordinary people, as well as politicians and the press, simply denounce the other person.
Continue reading “Denunciations replacing debate in UK’s election”
The liberal-left are resorting to outright deliberate lying to try to smuggle Corbyn into power (even though they probably know it would be a total disaster). We documented the other day a case where the Independent lied about what Johnson had said. Continue reading “Straight lies in the liberal press in an attempt to win the election”
There is a strong movement in public discourse in the UK to only permit a single, approved, narrative on a wide range of questions. The unifying and ‘moral’ basis of the discourse seems to be something to do with victimhood.
It is not allowed to express contrary opinions. People who do are hung, drawn and quartered. Their views are so obviously bigoted and wrong that no one needs to actually present a reason why they are wrong. In expressing contrary opinions they are not seen as mistaken but as evil. If people make a public humiliating apology – and almost all do – they may be permitted to remain in the fold, on license. Otherwise they are exiled. Politicians must spent a lot of effort making sure they don’t transgress. It is obvious that many politicians express opinions which they don’t hold so as not to fall foul of the thought police.
Who is driving this discourse – which has arisen only in the last 10-20 years or so?
Therapy aims at inculcating a massive (overwhelming) sense of dependency in the patient.
The primary dependency is, of course, the dependency on the therapist. The motive is money and power. The same motives that power any cult. But in fostering this primary dependency therapy will foster any other dependency it can. Dependency on family and authority of any kind feature strongly. Because it encourages dependency on the family and on social structures therapy avoids the appearance of a cult and even wins the approval of power. Continue reading “Dependency [Topic: Psychotherapy]”
A headline in today’s Independent reads:
Boris Johnson described most deprived members of society as ‘chavs, losers, burglars and drug addicts’
The casual reader might be mistaken into believing that Boris Johnson did this; that he is an “uncaring Tory” or whatever the motif is this is supposed to foster.
It is in fact a straight lie – of the kind that abounds in the liberal press. Continue reading “Liberals misrepresenting Boris Johnson and paving the way for fascism”