Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Duterte-phobic Notes of the Week
1. ONE basic thing you need to know about history deniers, fact deniers, fake news writers, and their ilk. They will name anything and anyone as a case to study and confront so to avoid focus on themselves. Don't fall into this trap. They are the cases that you need to examine and confront! The focus ought not to be on anything or anyone other than them! They are the basic issue! Expose everything there is to know about them!!
2. Degrees of Corruption
True, if you're a media or religious institution or persona fixing every now and then the function of your privilege in order to serve the interests of holding companies or specific corporations or of political factions, you deserve to be called corrupt by the President of the State.
Then again, if you're a President of the State who has devoted himself to the facilitation of another state's natural resource and market interests in this state, you are not just displaying corruption of the third or second degree, but absolute treason being committed by no less than You as the leader of the government of this State. That is corruption of the supreme or highest universal degree.
3. Planning a Novel
What if I explore this premise for a novel's plot?---
The 21st century. China would only have to look at its history where, once upon a time, there was this British-instigated Opium War against it designed by Britain to get its silk, porcelain, and tea. In that looking back would be born enough inspiration for a now-rich China to plan a 21st-century fear-farming War on Drugs false flag on a neighboring state. They will have to do this through---or care of---a potential puppet in that state that they can sponsor and install as that state's new leader. Once installed, that leader can farm all the fear he wants through that new "Opium War", through which fear-farming the leader can facilitate China's slow and smooth entry into the state to get that neighboring state's not just silk, porcelain and tea but resources more precious for a hefty harvest. Does that sound like a good plot for a fiction novel to you? Or would I be plagiarizing life for a historical one?
4. In the Era of Simplified Psychometrics
Garth Jowett and Victoria O'Donnell have provided a concise, workable definition of the term "propaganda," viz., "Propaganda is the deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist."
Following that definition, it should be easy for us to see why government would be busying itself presently with the labeling of everyone in the divided opposition as "bobos" (stupid people), most especially the Vice-President in recent days.
Is the intent of this propaganda move to shape the manipulable public's perception that it is the critics of this government's policies who are bobo, in order to hide its own series of boo-boos?
Is it to manipulate cognitions that everything that it is doing is the smart thing, if not the only smart thing, which process of manipulation may involve the hyping up of the truly smart it's done and hiding beneath the quilts all the stupid moves it had committed?
Is it to direct behavior towards a derogation of critics and the celebration of this government's being supposedly revolutionary?
I think we're all intelligent enough to know when propaganda is twisting us or sucking us in. Or are we?
And if we are and suspect we are being sucked into it, how do we fight it? Do we fight by throwing the same techniques it is using? Or do we fight it by exposing its lies? By exposing all the truths behind its lying?
Do we expose the whole anatomy of processes in its propaganda that aims to "achieve a response that (will further) the desired intent of the propagandist"?
What are those desires?
Are we as a nation intelligent enough to in turn desire answers to these questions? Or are we truly bobos enough to desire nothing, to simply wallow in never-ending trust?
5. THE argument that says Duterte's spitting on due process ought to be thanked because the drug pusher and his addicts that used to be the kings in one's neighborhood are now all gone . . .
is no different from the argument that says Hitler's regime should be thanked because it furthered the popularity of Wagner.
Or don't you see the similarity? If you don't, well, . . . perhaps you never will.
Perhaps you never will see that that legitimization of Hitler by one's deep love of Wagner is the same sort of legitimization that you are placing on Duterte's aggressive wariness towards all his critics, in this republic and outside, a legitimization motored by your understandable love of peace in one particular anecdotal neighborhood.
6. UNTIL that day comes when good people in a land start invoking violence in order to protect rights, violent evil will continue to prosper in that land and in other lands. That is not inciting rebellion. That is a mere articulation of a historical truism operative among a frightened people in repressive, suspect regimes.
7. ARE we afraid? My friends: government is excited about and not wary of creating a fearful people, for the fear-farming reasons we articulated above.
But it, government, seems to be ignorant of the fact that courage is actually 100% fear. Let us rejoice, then. For as government makes progress in creating more frightened people, its hold on the people is not strengthened, it is lessened. Fear pa more! [S / -I]