Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
Maybe the title says enough?
One of the most effective tools wielded against victims of control-mongers, bullies, and/or blatant psychopaths, not to mention certain social engineers, whether the tool is wielded by individuals or institutions, is a phenomenon called “gaslighting“, i.e., “a form of psychological abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting their own memory, perception, and sanity.”
One method of gaslighting is to purposefully skew logic. Consider some current forms of this in the world of politics:
Attempts to call all opposing opinions “fake news,”
Attempts to vilify the messenger so as to switch the subject from the damning message, (see previous),
Attempts to tell a lie often enough so that people begin to think it’s the truth,
Staging bizarre events (e.g., “false flags“) to distract the victims from the subject-changing lies,
Wash, rinse, repeat…
The sum total of all these gaslighting techniques might just be the modern social-engineering phenomenon called “political correctness (PC)”.
Consider: If one wants to, say, benefit in some way by claiming some form of overt, covert, future, past, potential, and/or even genetically inherent prejudice against “your group of people (established group or newly defined)” who are feeling marginalized for whatever reason (true, lie, false flag) just create a politically correct argument.
Example argument: because you inherited, say, green skin color and some of your green ancestors discriminated against some of an aggrieved group now seeking justice for back then, you are now deemed discriminatory at the DNA level (because the grievance committee says so via “news,” “studies” at sympathetic educational institutions or by polling carefully selected participants). Thus, the grievance can be up-dated, re-kindled, and brought before PC judges and juries for modern retribution.
Logic be damned.
But why does this kind of fuzzy thinking seem to work so well?
Because, well, logic be damned…
Master manipulators behind the curtains long ago learned the value of how to pull this off.
They learned the value of emotions to stop critical thinking; of mob rule; of the power of false flags; and of the Big Lie Theory, i.e., “‘a lie so ‘colossal’ that no one would believe that someone ‘could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.'”
As soon as the “PC case” is made (with a little help from sympathetic “journalists”), cognitive dissonance sets in among the masses keeping them in a fog of disbelief until….the perpetrators take it to the next level (read: even more control down to, believe it or not, even banning books that might suggest an opposing opinion or worldview but in reality might even be quite the opposite–actually supporting the genuine cause to eradicate the societal evil in question*).
The manipulators also know that it helps to keep people thinking in “seven-second sound bytes,” as it were, so that anything beyond catchy aphorisms, clever memes, and emotion-grabbing rhetoric (no more than 80-160 characters) fades quickly.
And so another category of political correctness is engineered which is, I believe, one explanation for the kind of jaw-dropping, head-shaking, mind-numbing, frustrated disbelief critical thinkers experience more and more these days as the “oppressed groups” grow, the news gets “faker,” as it were–and the social engineers get richer on litigation, legislation, and lies.
Meanwhile, more people really suffer and society sinks to new and fearful lows.
You might call the PC crowd “logiphobic”.
The LC crowd needs to refuse to take it any longer.
*I see there is a renewed effort to ban the classics, Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird, both books written to help not hurt society…another point of logic apparently lost…