Posts Tagged ‘propaganda’

Those Pesky Non Vaxxers

December 17th, 2022 No comments


There is an oft quoted statement by of all people, the infamous Karl Marx.  He postulated that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. Like many other sage philosophers, he described precisely the human condition based on the predictability of human experience through the ages. Authors such as Ayn Rand and George Orwell have also well depicted the common frailties of people, frailties which transcend time.

Greed, fear, naivety and tribalism are hard wired into our psyche it seems and the really smart (or really diabolical) people of every generation capitalize on these traits during their lifetimes. The vast majority of people however are like flotsam on waves since only a small group of influential people set the big picture agendas and determine the flow of society.

In earlier times, ‘influential’ meant people with military capability, since those who had the swords, made the rules. In fact, that dynamic still exists today. Some of the more primitive cultures still use swords to enforce their worldview on captive citizens, since this continues to work quite well.  Some more advanced societies have upped their game to more sophisticated weapons and thus employ guns and prisons.

In even more civilized societies, such blatant use of force to coerce people into a viewpoint has largely been overtaken by the use of propaganda, with the use of traditional methods of persuasion only obliquely implied. In our modern times, the persuasion tool of choice is the use of interminable lawsuits.

Thus the use of media as the mechanism to control the thoughts and opinions of citizens is the default choice for the majority of the world’s nations.  As a means of propagating fear, weaponized media is vastly more effective than the threat of a few cuts or bruises.  Once you are able to tap into existential fears of a populace, one can enact all kinds of “solutions” to ameliorate, assuage and address their fears.  Studies on mob psychology by such as Zimbardo  and others prove this.

Coincidently, there is always a cost involved since the assuaging fears business can be expensive and thus, somebody always winds up benefitting from these campaigns. Naturally, those who propose the fixes receive consideration for their efforts as well.

In our lifetime, there have been many such industries which have preyed upon the natural fears of people to become permanent money making ventures. I remember a wise professor years ago who made the point that there were four industries that have a permanent monopoly on making money:  War, religion, drugs and insurance.  All of these business have to do with death.   Which is odd, because death is an eventuality for all of us. Nevertheless, if there’s a way to squeeze money from people because of their mortal fears, well there’s no shortage of entities that will do just that, including and especially of course, governments.

A recent entry into the top 4 industries is the Global warming business.  Still very young but voracious in its appetite and reach, this industry continues to bleed the naïve of both money and brain cells.  This industry could not have grown without a very active and persistent on-going media campaign.  The campaign has been brilliant because the lack of measurable statistical evidence of warming has necessitated the re-branding to Climate Change.   So they’re covered, rain or shine, snow or not.

As we all know, the drug industry has a new arrow in their quiver, namely vaccines, thanks to Covid-19.  Like Global warming, most any medical ailment can be attributable to either Covid 19 or the lack of vaccination against Covid-19.  So, they’re covered, sick or not.  Someone pointed out that this is the first time in history that those who weren’t ill were blamed for those being ill.

As the article above shows, the insurance industry could not possibly be left out of this new revenue stream and thus, the notion has been floated that people who are not vaccinated against the modern plague are more likely to be at risk for automobile accidents.  The linked article shows I am not making this up. This is not an isolated article; similar stories can be found from numerous sources worldwide. How they’ve managed to come to this conclusion is amusing….unless over the past 2 years, they’ve  been keeping statistics at accident scenes.  Perhaps there’s a box in the police report which is checked off.  That would have been very prescient on someone’s part years ago to have thought of this.

Or maybe this is just opportunity knocking and the media will back them up because it can be sold.  The pharma companies need to step up their game because treatments for acne, premature baldness, obesity, nail fungus, near-sightedness, bad breath and the misery of psoriasis caused by the non-vaccinated has yet to be exploited.  This has indeed become a farce.  It’s only a matter of time before someone links up the correlation of non vaxxers to climate change deniers, the new enemies of the state. As the author Orwell noted, it’s more effective to push a narrative if someone can be identified as a villain or scapegoat and thus, here we are.  The classic techniques still work.

For more shocking correlations that will keep you up at night, see here.

The Prison Of GroupThink

September 22nd, 2021 1 comment

One of the surest ways to be successful in life, at least in the monetary sense, is to sell a product that people want or need.  Basic essentials to be sure, but there are lots of obstacles in that realm; thin margins, competition, economies of scale etc.

Another way, and which is better by far, is to sell something that people don’t really need but think they do.  The entire luxury goods industry is built upon this premise and this includes most everything we see advertised daily on all media fronts.  This consumerism is the engine behind all robust economies.  Think of watches that cost as much as a small villa when you could just as easily ask someone the time for free.  Once you have planted the idea in people’s psyches that they must have something, they will go to great lengths to get it, including of course taking on great debt.

This peculiar human frailty is rooted in insecurity.  People feel that they won’t measure up to others if they don’t achieve or possess that which everyone else seems to have.  The advertising industry figured this out long ago and they are very adept at tapping that inner need of humans to belong to a group.  Oddly, they sell group think in a me too kind of way.  A prime example of this is the Peloton fitness machine.  The idea of a stationary cycle was bad enough, but they’ve managed to sell a machine costing thousands of dollars to be hooked up to a network of other people riding in place.  Heaven forbid they should go out and ride a real bike in the fresh air.  The costly stationary bike is essential because there’s no money involved in having people run in place.

This same innate insecurity prevalent in people also has an associated emotion and that is fear. The combination of these two elements plays a big role in the human experience.  As we’ve noted, advertisers have already figured this out, but increasingly governments are also employing techniques to influence people using methods which address people’s fears. When governments use fear as a tactic to influence people, we know it by the more nefarious label of propaganda.  Looking back through history, this was the most powerful tool that governments had at their disposal.  Once you’ve convinced a populace of a narrative, the people will absorb the message and embrace it regardless of observable logic.

A man named Edward Bernays is probably unknown to most people, but he is considered by many professionals to be the father of Public Relations.  Bernays’ publications include the frightening titles of “Propaganda”, “Crystallizing Public Opinion” and “The Engineering of Consent”.  His ideas were considered quite dangerous by many, including a Supreme Court Justice at the time.  Essentially, Bernays opined that democracy should not be held in the hands of the unwashed masses, but that the world’s wealthy and powerful must “protect” those lower on the class rung….from themselves.

It’s patently obvious that the events of the past 20 months worldwide are manifestations of the ability of governments to tap into the fears and wants of the general public.  If you were to turn the clock back even 5 years, the very notion of people being masked, of being segregated from families and friends, of being denied access to places would be laughingly preposterous…much less a mandatory vaccine with unproven and questionable efficacy.  Governments could not impose such a regime unless they have carefully conditioned the populace to want such actions.  In essence governments have successfully made their citizens imprison themselves.  There is even a label for this kind of behavior and that is Stockholm Syndrome whereby imprisoned people eventually begin to actually identify with their captors.  We are now witnessing this on a global scale.

No amount of logical counter narrative is enough to move the opinions of the public once they have been convinced of the official narrative.  It’s no longer about fear anymore, it’s about belonging to a larger group.  It’s hard to know when or how the delusion will end since every day, governments get emboldened by ever more restrictive measures without pushback.  There is hope as some nations are experiencing more and more outrage by average citizens that have realized that government actions are not about health.  The absurdity of “do this for your own health or we’ll beat you” has finally beginning to dawn on people.  It’s no longer a health challenge, it’s an IQ test.