On October 24th, YouTube banned OAN (a major conservative news network) from posting videos and demonetized them for a week. Their infraction was posting a video that the YouTube censors deemed inaccurate. Pundits on both sides of the political spectrum bayed about it until their lips bled, but over and over the term “Big Brother” was used.
There have been so many references to the George Orwell book “1984” this year it made me wonder if there was anything to them. It had been some time since I read the book (likely, ironically, 1984…) and I wanted to revisit it in the context of my current environment. Where I recall being scared of the oppression when I first read it, what struck me this time was a sense that Orwell was spot on in how keenly he predicted how information, messaging and its misuse would be the new oppression.
In 2020, the Media (who arrogantly call themselves the 4th estate, with the others being clergy, religion, and commoners) have conspired to mischaracterize, ignore, and “echo chamber” a message designed to delegitimize, and ultimately usurp a duly elected president. Additionally, they convinced large swaths of the population to agree to waive their natural freedoms for what is now the better part of a year. It’s astonishing that I have to type this, but we now seem to accept the daily videos of police shuttering otherwise legal businesses for the crime of disobeying what are, in many cases, illegal executive orders not to survive.
There is an interesting presentation from The Media Research Center which suggests that 12% of the people who voted for Biden wouldn’t have if they were aware that Trump had made us energy independent, or that 15% would have voted for Trump if they were aware of his efforts to fight Covid 19, or that 12% of Biden supporters would not have voted for him if they were aware that Harris, his running mate was the most liberal member of the Senate, or that 27% wouldn’t have voted for Biden if they knew about his history with sexual assault or 9% who weren’t aware of Trump’s progress in the Middle East, or that 20% wouldn’t have voted for Biden if they were aware of the active money laundering investigation against him. I could go on and on, but it becomes redundant.
9% doesn’t seem like a lot, but in a presidential election, it is an overwhelming shift in votes. Factor in the notion that 92% of the coverage of Trump has been negative and it becomes easy to see there is an agenda.
Another consideration is the uniform bias of all technology companies. From Google biasing search results, to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube outright censoring and eradicating dissenting thoughts on a level that should be more than mildly disturbing to all of us. For example, as of 19, October 2020 Twitter had censored Trump 62 times and Biden 0. They also masked the vast majority of tweets that complain about election malfeasance. It should be noted that big tech employs “fact-checkers” that are uniformly liberal/leftist. It is also fairly obvious by the imbalance of political donations where the bias is. There is a comically Stalinist level of unfair play about their entire process, and it matters greatly to otherwise uninformed voters. In many cases, social media is the only place people get the information they use to make voting decisions.
Interestingly, the 2020 covid restrictions have created an atmosphere optimized for mass conditioning – please read this. In the referenced document, page 32 explains that between 4-6 weeks of isolation are enough to “reduce [them] to animals”, leaving subjects that are docile, dejected, and dependent. The report also suggests that skillful repetitive conditioning is enough to fundamentally change how a subject’s brain works. On a mass scale, the isolation mandated by governors auspiciously to combat covid has made Pavlovian Petri dishes out of each and every household in the United States.
If you pursue this (or any) list of effective brainwashing techniques there are many that we can pin to what I consider an overt attempt to influence thinking to bias toward liberalism. If one is objective they can see evidence of the application in almost every facet of our daily lives. From Hollywood’s uniform leftist/SJW agenda manifesting in “chanting and singing” to sports (try to attend a participatory event that avoids social justice) the endless lawsuits (most recently the Michigan AG threatening to sue people who question their election, progressives are wasting no tool in their efforts to condition us to their preferred outcome. If you care to disagree or question things, there is a uniform cry to brand you a racist and have you canceled.
“Sunlight is the best disinfectant” or so the story goes. Being aware of what is being attempted is the single best defense a person has against the power of mass suggestion. Questioning information, staying in touch with other people, and disconnecting from the echo chamber are also helpful. Having said that, I wonder if I will be allowed to feel this way in 5 years…
“In the end, the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense. And what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right. For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable—what then?”