The third in a series of articles intended to boil down some of the problems we’re facing to their essential, skeletal, sometimes rancid core. (See prior articles in the series: here.)
From time to time, I’ve been inclined to vent a little frustration with the sort of cognitive dissonance that has, unfortunately, become rampant in our society, not to mention our politics. The two examples that I’ve commented on before might be characterized as: a) The “Libertarian Socialist“, and b) The “Profiteering Socialist“. Frankly, I don’t know which is the more schizophrenic.
The first of these (both of whom are personal friends, I might add) seems perfectly comfortable juggling these two opposing concepts: “I’ll just have to keep moving around (to avoid onerous regulation of his particular lifestyle).” and “I have a casual fondness for socialism.” Hmmmm. OK, I guess that collectivist interference is best that only interferes with other people’s lives.
The second fellow: “I think he (Obama) does know what needs to be done, but doesn’t have the balls to do it.” and “Of course it (Obama’s policies) will destroy the economy and the dollar, that’s why I’m buying all the gold and silver I can.” And, here, it seems that if you approach socialism like George Soros (aka “the Bolshevik Billionaire”) does and can make a buck (or a billion bucks) in the process, well, now, “hey, that’s my kind of socialism”.
Today, I have the not-so-rare opportunity to add a new member to my “Cognitive Dissonance Hall Of Fame”. This one I will call “The Business-Savvy Socialist“. Here’s a fellow that purports to believe that “All they (the evil capitalists) care about it making money.” and “All those rich Republicans refuse to invest their money just to make sure that Obama fails.” This from a fellow that makes his own living selling his services to rich people.
So, it would seem that the evil capitalists of the world are now quite trapped in the paradox of their own robotic programming: “Must make a profit.” “Must ensure that Obama fails, even if I don’t make a profit.” Oh, oh, oh, what to do? “Must self-destruct.”
Well, in the spirit of classical paradoxes, I offer this very old, very useful reference: “Everything I say is a lie.”. If that just might apply to your own world view, I must commend the flexibility and agility (if not the integrity) of your thinking. As with all such cognitive dissonance, such thoughts really can’t survive any depth of consideration.
Best return to the basics and learn to keep it simple, stupid (KISS). All the best liars know that. And, please, don’t try to walk and chew gum, you just might hurt yourself.
“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” – Lenin
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” – Joseph Goebbels
“Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” – George Orwell
“”Doublethink” means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” – George Orwell