Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The End of the Cognitive Dissonance Presidency

Now that Trump’s presidency is over, I can review the results. Trump was the cognitive dissonance president. Trump broke a lot of people’s minds. And the world will never be the same because of it. I know I’ll never be the same. There are so many people, both left and right, both for and against Trump, that I’ll never be able to take seriously ever again because of Trump. Trump was the naked emperor that exposed just how naked most everyone else is also.

The morning after Trump was elected in 2016, I posted on social media, “Don’t get excited or upset, the most likely outcome will be that Trump will fail to live up to the expectations of both his supporters and his detractors.” The expectations of Trump’s detractors, both left and right, were so low that all Trump had to do was not be Hitler or not start a nuclear war to prove his detractors wrong. On the other hand, the expectations from Trump’s supporters were so high that Trump would have had to be a completely different person with lots of support from Congress to pull it off.

The exaggerated expectations of Trump led to a four year global outbreak of widespread cognitive dissonance. Egos want to be right, especially about guilt and innocence projection. Taming cognitive dissonance is how egos delude themselves into believing they are right despite the reality. Trump’s detractors spent four years taming their cognitive dissonance with endless exaggerated, misleading, and even fake news stories/witch-hunts like “the fine people hoax” and “Russian collusion.” And yes all that stuff was mostly fake. If it wasn’t mostly fake, Trump wouldn’t have lasted four years. On the other hand, Trump’s supporters spent four years taming their cognitive dissonance about Trump with hope that Trump was playing 3-D chess and that the good stuff was about to happen eventually. The cognitive dissonance became so bad for many Trump supporters that the QAnon conspiracy theory became appealing. What Trump was doing versus expectation of what Trump should do required new beliefs to tame the cognitive dissonance.

Although neither side could likely stand to admit it, the propaganda of the corporate media and QAnon are the same thing psychologically. The corporate media is just QAnon institutionalized; both are alternate reality games that have the appeal of taming cognitive dissonance. People who believe the corporate media do so because it serves the same psychological function that QAnon did. All the people who sat with bated breath for years for the Mueller report to reveal Russian collusion and spell the end of Trump are the same as all the people who sat with bated breath waiting for “the storm” or "the kraken" or the "mass arrests."

In the end, Trump was like all presidents, as well as most politicians and citizens. Trump was and is philosophically, like most everyone else, a run-of-the-mill statist. Statism is a loser philosophy conditioned into people by society. When will people learn, statism is not the answer? Now that Trump’s term is over, I am happy to see so many people disillusioned by Trump. The Trump supporters getting suckered into the Capitol honeypot and then thrown under the bus by just about everyone disillusioned many Trump supporters. Trump failing to address social media censorship and thus letting himself and his supporters get censored disillusioned many Trump supporter. And then the final straw of Trump failing to pardon some popular people who were screwed over by the state for providing services and information many people wanted (Assange, Ulbricht, etc.) left lots of former Trump supporters not just disillusioned but totally disgusted. Maybe some of them will wise up and give up statism in favor of voluntaryism. We’ll see.

I added Statism to the title of this blog, because that is the subject I want to tackle for the foreseeable future. Whereas the Trump years were mostly about forgiving cognitive dissonance, the Biden years are shaping up to be mostly about forgiving statism (which still includes cognitive dissonance). Biden/Harris will have most institutional power on their side. Which means they will have the current flowing in their direction, unlike Trump who was constantly fighting against the current. Whereas the last four years the corporate media constantly screamed that the emperor was naked, now we’ll have to endure four years of the corporate media constantly screaming about how great the emperor’s imaginary clothes are. 

Statism is always naked. Unfortunately, statists tend to only ever see the nudity of their opposition’s statism, not their own.

China Communist Party News

What foreign influence controls the United States more, Russia or China? Spoiler, not the one the corporate media is always talking about disparagingly.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Forgiving Hypocrisy is Forgiving Projection

Politics and hypocrisy are intertwined because the very concept of government is a contradiction. Politics is the contradictory belief that, “force is bad when used against me but force is good when me and my team control and use force.” That’s why, to believe in government force, which is to be a statist, is to be a hypocrite. Politics is a bunch of people fighting over control of the force of government so that they can forcefully impose their subjective preferences on everyone else. The opposite of statism is voluntaryism. I am a voluntaryist. As a voluntaryist, I am not a statist because I don’t believe in government force. Voluntaryism is the belief that we should strive for all human interaction to be voluntary, never forced (non-aggression against non-aggressors). Voluntaryism is the Golden Rule view. Voluntaryism is peace. Statism on the other hand is constant war. Statism violates the Golden Rule, because it invariably does unto others what it would not have others do to itself. Anything that violates the Golden Rule is contradictory and therefore inherently suicidal. But the "bad" force inherent in statism is kept unconscious by projecting it onto the opposition. So the choice is always presented as different forms of statism rather than voluntaryism, since different forms of statism maintain the guilt.

The left has been winning in the culture war for many decades because it turned its political projection into a fool-proof methodology. The left’s method comes from philosopher/sociologist Herbert Marcuse. The left's method is why the left has come to control most institutional power in the United States (from corporate media, to academia, to the permanent unelected government). And until the right adopts the same method, it has no hope. However, if the right does adopt the same method the result will be civil war—unless the left calls a truce to stop using the method. But constant war is the name of the game of statism regardless. Voluntarism is the only viable way to defeat the left because it also defeats the right and so defeats statism. But that would require guilt projecting statists to give up statism in large numbers.

And I'll leave you with this amusing meme that illustrates the fate of the political right if the right doesn’t adopt the left’s "repressive tolerance" method for itself.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

News = Projection

As I keep on saying, news is just a game of guilt and innocence projection (propaganda). How so many grown adults can be so self-blind as to relentlessly play and play into this projection game goes to show just how much ego runs the show. It's always revolutionaries for me but not for thee.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

What I Learned from Four Years of Forgiving the News

As a voluntaryist, I don’t support the left or the right, because I don't support statists. We should strive for all human interaction to be voluntary not forced; that precludes the whole archaic concept of government. The only thing I like about the left and right is that they oppose each other. In other words, they are somewhat tolerable as long as neither has enough power (force) to do much. However, an important thing I clearly learned from the last four years of forgiving the news is that even when the left lacks elected governmental power, it still holds most other types of power.

Over the last four years, through the left’s desperation to defeat Trump, the mask of pretend neutrality has completely fallen. The corporate press, the big tech companies, the unelected permanent government, academia, entertainment, establishment republicans (Lincoln Project), spiritual gurus, and so on are all dominated by the political left. The result of all that power is a relentless propaganda machine that serves the goals of the left. The right has its own propaganda machines but they are miniscule in scope by comparison. The right’s propaganda machines are more decentralized and independent rather than institutional. Consequently, due to the left's widespread institutional power, the political right is always the underdog these days, even when it holds elected governmental power. 

As a result, although the left may find this hard to accept, the right, on average, tends to be a bit better informed due to the fact that, due to the left's cultural dominance, those on the right can't help but get both sides of most propaganda. For that reason,"on average" the worldview of those on the left tends to be more one-sided. And I emphasize "on average" since there are lots of individuals who don't fit the average. 

Propaganda machines are not truth; they can be factual but they always bend truth to their favor. People choose their preferred propaganda machines based on what they want to hear. And in the realm of politics, what people most often want to hear are stories explaining why their own political team is innocent while the other team is guilty.

Overall, what I learned from four years of forgiving the news is that forgiving the news is really just forgiving human subjectivity. And most subjectivity revolves around the specifics upon which people project guilt and innocence. That’s why I released the free ebook last year, “Forgiving Subjectivity.”

Through the last four years of forgiving the news, I’ve consumed less and less news. I’m down to almost zero news now. Forgiving means letting go of guilt. The attraction of news is guilt. And to consume news without the pursuit of guilt (projection) is rather pointless. At its core, news is mind programming designed to satisfy the appetite for guilt projection; it’s not about truth but guilt. So, in that sense, even from a practical perspective, it’s better to be uninformed (unprogrammed) than misinformed (programmed). News is okay if you use it to forgive, but if you do actually forgive it you'll lose interest. On the other hand, if you don't use news to forgive (like most people), I can hardly think of anything more detrimental to the mind and beneficial to the ego than consuming the news (propaganda).

Seeing as I’m down to almost zero news, I really don’t have much to say about forgiving the news anymore other than the generalities that I’ve already covered. I’ve even lost interest in the people sincerely trying to sort through the propaganda that passes as news, like Tim Pool

Anyway, rather than say anything more, here is a series of quotes from anarchist (without rulers not without rules) writer and professional smart-ass Michael Malice that I’ve collected over the past few years. These quotes get to the core of the guilt-dealing, mind-control business called the news:

“The corporate press is the enemy of the people.”

“The corporate press is factual but not truthful.”

“The establishment's bloodlust for war—in which I include the corporate press—cannot be overstated.”

“Referring to the corporate press as mainstream normalizes their malfeasance and depravity.”

“The battle is won when the average person regards a corporate journalist exactly as they do a tobacco executive.”

“The fact that there are pathways that distribute news and information outside the Cathedral's control causes them existential dread in direct proportion to their recognition that these are existential threats.”

“Extremist: A person who refuses to submit to the edicts of the Cathedral.”

“As humorless, self-righteous, insufferable and mediocre the corporate journalists are, they still fare better in all those metrics than university professors.”

“The evangelical left is so thoroughly convinced of their right and duty to rule that they leave no psychological space to address being defied, let alone being repudiated.”

“They want you dead but will settle for your submission.”

“Socialists regard your property as their property, but even more nefariously regard your children as their property.”

“Conservatism is progressivism driving the speed limit.”

“Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them.”

“It is the government's job to implement the agenda. It is the media's job to convince you that you have a choice or say in the agenda. It is the school's job to train you—and your children—to listen to the media.”

“Whenever you hear them cite ‘experts’ they are invoking how they trained you to listen to your teachers as a kid.”

“To be blue-pilled is to perceive every screen as a window.”

“To be red-pilled is to believe that what is presented as truth by the corporate press is in fact a carefully constructed narrative designed to keep some very unpleasant people in power.” 

"Blue pill: 'If that were true, I think I would have heard about it.'"