Who can you trust? Or how one Leftist may be breaking free of the Goebbels’ school of Leftist lying

“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, Hitler’s propaganda minister.

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One of the things that turned me against the Left (which is the political environment in which I was born and raised) was cognitive dissonance.  I was no longer able to accept assertions that so radically contradicted facts known to me from my own experience.  In other words, I figured out that my political party was lying to me, and I found that unforgivable.

The crack in the intellectual dyke for me was Israel.  I know, because I’m a history student, that Israel gained its land through purchase, through the League of Nations and the United Nations, and through the legitimate spoils of traditional warfare.  I also know that Israel is an open, democratic society that provides civil rights to all citizens, while the Palestinians are tyrannies that have managed to drive out their Christians and are open about making their territories Judenrein.  Lastly, I know (because the facts hiding behind slanted news stories tell me so) that, in dealing with those Palestinians who loudly proclaim their desire to drive all Jews into the sea, the Israelis have done their best to minimize civilian casualties, while the Palestinians work hard to maximize civilian casualties.  Knowing these facts, I finally had to acknowledge that NPR was lying to me when it would frame its reports so that it had the vile and violent Israelis hammering upon the weak and pathetic Palestinians.

I know because I’ve lived long enough to have at least a little insight into human nature, that if you pay people not to work, they won’t work.  By 2000, I could no longer square that knowledge with the Democrats’ repeated claim that keeping people on welfare for generations would ultimately create the kind of stability that would lead to full employment.  The Democrats were lying to me.

For years, I tried to pretend that, when it came to abortion, the only life involved was the mother’s.  Having had children, I can no longer deny that there is indeed another life at stake.  While there may be appropriate situations for abortions (life of the mother at risk, etc.), it’s a total lie to say that only the woman counts in this equation.  There are two lives involved, although one cannot speak for itself.

Since I’d finally crossed the Rubicon and admitted I was constantly on the receiving end of lies, I became jaded.  If it came from the Left, rather than assuming it was true, I assumed it was false.  That’s why I never bought into the escalating global warming hysteria.  I hadn’t paid attention to it before 2001 and, afterwards, when global warming became Al Gore’s cause de jour (or should I say cause de billions), I assumed he was wrong.  After I looked at the data independent of his and the media’s hysteria, I was able to conclude that he was wrong.  Recent reports about data manipulation, false facts, censorship of opposing views, etc., only confirm my original sense of things — Al Gore was lying, and so were the others who leaped upon the bandwagon.

I grew up fearing nuclear energy, but decided after 2001 that, since the fear came from the Left, it was probably a lie too.  I’ve since concluded that, with modern safety features in place (and with buildings kept away from known earthquake faults and tsunami zones), nuclear energy is the only true clean, green, renewable alternative.

I’m not the only one who has figured out this truth, but the latest convert is a surprising one:  The Guardian’s George Monbiot.  He is hard Left.  Very hard Left.  His columns often come under attack because, in order to sustain the cognitive dissonance that is the Left’s world view, he’s sometimes taken . . . mmm . . . shall we say liberties with the facts.  Monbiot, however, may have come to his own personal Rubicon.  In a column amazing for its honesty, he admits that the anti-nuclear Left has been lying, lying, lying, and that he was completely wrong to accept those assertions as true:

Over the last fortnight I’ve made a deeply troubling discovery. The anti-nuclear movement to which I once belonged has misled the world about the impacts of radiation on human health. The claims we have made are ungrounded in science, unsupportable when challenged, and wildly wrong. We have done other people, and ourselves, a terrible disservice.

I began to see the extent of the problem after a debate last week with Helen Caldicott. Dr Caldicott is the world’s foremost anti-nuclear campaigner. She has received 21 honorary degrees and scores of awards, and was nominated for a Nobel peace prize. Like other greens, I was in awe of her. In the debate she made some striking statements about the dangers of radiation. So I did what anyone faced with questionable scientific claims should do: I asked for the sources. Caldicott’s response has profoundly shaken me.

Monbiot goes on to explain that the sources Caldicott provided were either utterly worthless or supported the pro-nuclear viewpoint.  Specifically, he learned that the anti-nuclear activists, the ones living on his side of the political divide, were lying about Chernobyl, and lying on a scale that would have made Goebbels proud.  Here is Monbiot discovering the truth about Chernobyl:

For the last 25 years anti-nuclear campaigners have been racking up the figures for deaths and diseases caused by the Chernobyl disaster, and parading deformed babies like a medieval circus. They now claim 985,000 people have been killed by Chernobyl, and that it will continue to slaughter people for generations to come. These claims are false.

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Of the workers who tried to contain the emergency at Chernobyl, 134 suffered acute radiation syndrome; 28 died soon afterwards. Nineteen others died later, but generally not from diseases associated with radiation. The remaining 87 have suffered other complications, including four cases of solid cancer and two of leukaemia.

In the rest of the population there have been 6,848 cases of thyroid cancer among young children – arising “almost entirely” from the Soviet Union’s failure to prevent people from drinking milk contaminated with iodine 131. Otherwise “there has been no persuasive evidence of any other health effect in the general population that can be attributed to radiation exposure”. People living in the countries affected today “need not live in fear of serious health consequences from the Chernobyl accident”.

Caldicott told me that Unscear’s work on Chernobyl is “a total cover-up”. Though I have pressed her to explain, she has yet to produce a shred of evidence for this contention.

I urge you to read Monbiot’s column.  At the end, he still defends climate change hysteria, but I’m hoping that’s a reflex, along the lines of a psychological self-defense mechanism (“surely everything I believe can’t be wrong”).  Once a nylon starts to run, or a dyke to crack, or a rope to fray, it’s just a matter of time before the whole thing is gone, the nylon shredded, the dyke collapsed, or the rope broken.  Having worked his way through this betrayal from the Left, Monbiot, unless he is a complete dunderhead, will start viewing with suspicion the data and conclusions they feed him.  He’ll realize that the Left, having learned Goebbels’ lesson well, lies, and lies again, and then lies again.

Cross-posted at Right Wing News

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  • Danny Lemieux

    “I began to see the extent of the problem after a debate last week with Helen Caldicott. Dr Caldicott is the world’s foremost anti-nuclear campaigner. She has received 21 honorary degrees and scores of awards, and was nominated for a Nobel peace prize.”

    Whup…n-n-n-n-n-no Georgie boy. With all these credentials, the esteemed madame doctor Helen Caldicott is infallible, she is consensus herself. How dare you challenge the Temple of Orthodoxy with skepticism.

  • Charles Martel

    I’ve been semi-tracking Monbiot since the East Anglia scandal broke, and I have to say I’m also impressed with the guy’s stones. He may turn out to be the the AGW hoax what The Donald appears to be becoming with Obama’s secret birth certificate.

    You know, there are times when I naughtily feel like a Roman at the Coliseum, sipping my Falernian wine and watching the hapless left starting to get chewed on by some very angry critters.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    One of the things I often see with fast converts or those disillusioned with lifetime assumptions is the zealot conversion. When someone finds that their side is wrong, they can convert too immediately and quickly to the other side.

    You saw this in the case of Helen Losse, where she said that traditional Christian values were false and that she discarded them for the Left. But in actuality, Helen Losse was brought up with false, weak Christian values that she believed in only because of faith alone, because she assumed they were correct. She never questioned them. And she doesn’t question Leftism today either. The colors have changed, but the picture has not. 

    I’ve also seen this with other people, such as pro-Union individuals that believed in the propaganda on the US Civil War and then whole heartedly starts believing in the propaganda of the South on the US Civil War after a quick conversion.

    Then there’s the people who were raised Catholic and didn’t convert to some other belief, but simply refused to have any. This includes Terry Goodkind and atheists brought up in a religious environment. They were never told the reasons why they should believe, so they stopped believing. I would call this version the cynic, or the totally disillusioned individual that seeks security by hiding and avoiding faith.

    The zealot seeks security through the fervency and total unquestioning obedience to their new religious ideal, while the cynic seeks security by not taking any risk in belief. Both are rather unbalanced and extreme sorts. You could even include abused women in the former category. Since they keep going out and finding men to abuse them, and then saying that this time it will work out. Well, what reason do they have that this time, against all the odds, will work out given their previous history of falling for lies and cons? Prior history is an indication of future performance after all. That’s why employers seek resumes.

    A little story, without any names or creative licenses spoiled, to illustrate a human virtue.

    Steel works for the local yakuza boss as his adopted son and shadow executive in the Blue Corporation. The yakuza boss, known as the Beast by competitors, is noted for his brutality, ruthlessness, cruelty, and individual power. Steel is the son of a convicted murderer and is paying off some yakuza debts by working for the Beast as the shadow executive, meaning the representative of Beast’s yakuza circle rather than being a member of that circle. In the course of his work, he meets this girl called Spring that has been looking for the great Demon Lord of the underworld. A shadowy presence that is certainly an individual, yet also a powerful and influential organization with clever plans and inviolate information security. As part of his ultimate goals, the Demon Lord also has a little side project which he likes to use to entertain himself, which is playing strategic games with Spring. Games such as kidnapping the child of a dear friend of Spring’s and seeing if she can find all the clues and get back both the ransom and the child. This Game of the Demon Lord’s started a long time ago, with a personal vendetta against Spring’s mother. He didn’t finish off Spring in the aftermath, but let her live. So as to have an equal match to play with when he is bored.

    Steel begins as a very weak person, that obeys the Beast because the Beast intimidates him. While Steel is not willing to go to the efforts of the Demon Lord, Steel has used people for his own monetary benefit, including his friends and associates. A slave to money, he is called. Whatever he calls it himself, he is enslaved to making money and will do almost anything for it. Regardless of how he justifies it as paying off a debt he needs to do, his behavior and motivations center around it, not anything else.

    In the process of some shady and stressful times, Spring and Steel came to trust each other as they worked together to seek out the true identity of the Demon Lord and to foil whatever he is planning. In the process, the Demon Lord’s great plan is carried out, with Spring and Steel caught in the middle, and an entire city sector turns to fire and ash in the process. Melded by mutual admiration and trust, Spring and Steel became a couple, and for all intents and purposes, with the apparent death of the Demon Lord in his failed action, they have a happy future ahead of them. The month is February and the date is Valentine’s day. Spring is 

    While making homemade chocolates for her boyfriend, Spring opens the door and finds a dead man greeting her at the door. The Demon Lord himself. It appears his death had been greatly exaggerated. And it seems, for whatever reason, he came to finish off what he started so long ago. Frightened and unprepared, Spring takes the pot of hot chocolate and throws the contents at him. It is curious why the Demon Lord did not immediately shoot her, as he was a perfectly fine marksman. It is also not apparent exactly what his aims are. Spring is only an entertaining side dish for him, why would he risk exposing his fake death in the country he once sought to foment chaos in. Regardless of his aims, he dropped the gun he had on the ground and fled the apartment when Steel returned with his own gun. Spring, possessed by a determined spirit to end the endless Game that has been forced upon her for a substantial portion of her life, picked up the gun and chased after the Demon Lord himself, intending to end it all, forevermore.

    This was a curious development. Always before the Demon Lord had underlings do his work for him while he observed silently and safely from a distance. Why would he seek to confront Spring but not kill her. Why would he flee without using his gun. What was the point of him coming here, now that the world thought him dead.

    In the end, Steel took the fatal shot on the Demon Lord, after he had run to a public park and then stopped at a tree. Spring was about to, but because Steel was not in time to stop her and she had long ago lost any sight of reason, he took the shot himself. For this was a public location, with witnesses, in a country that did not have any second amendment rights. The Demon Lord, seemingly unsatisfied that the child of the one he sought revenge against was leading a happy life with Steel, decided that because his ultimate plans had failed, he was going to come back and set a trap for her. This trap was to make her a murderer, with himself as the victim.

    There are few people who are the personification of evil. Those like Hitler, who continued the war even knowing that Germans were dying pointlessly, was one of them. They would rather see the world burn than that anyone else could become happy and live a complete life. Most bad people are bad for a reason or an understandable human emotion. They do bad things because there’s no reason not to do so. But only some deserve to be called Demon Lords, those who personify evil at its most pure level, the intent to destroy and hurt people simply because they exist as a ready supply of entertainment or are in the way.

    The Demon Lord, who had made an entire First World country bend its knee to his goals, was so little of a person. So great, yet so weak. So powerful and talented, yet devoting his talents and skills to evil. How many people could the Demon Lord have helped if only he had turned his amazing intellect and world resources to some beneficial goal? That question remains answered, for it is a future that does not exist.

    Steel was no longer the weak boy at the beginning. No longer a slave to money. He gave up on it all. His friendships. His place in society. He intentionally portrayed himself as the villain so that the eyes of the world would only see what they wanted to see. The sons of criminals, murdering each other. A world mastermind villain being killed by a yakuza member for revenge and personal honor. The world and the police had done nothing to upset the Demon Lord’s plans, but people forget that in their desire to find an evil they can lash out at. A Sarah Palin or Bush. Somebody they can feel safe and confident in trashing, because they can’t deal with the true horror that they fear. 

    The police of that country were very motivated in getting to the truth of what actually happened. If they had found out that it was Spring that chased the Demon Lord to his final place of death, she would be brought in on charges of attempted murder. Yes, even though it was the Demon Lord himself who was the “victim”. The justice system can afford no “favors”, especially when the political pressure is put on to make themselves appear to be effective. They must find criminals and punish them. And if they could do nothing about the Demon Lord, at least they can do something about those who killed them. The police’s hands were tied. They had to investigate, for a number of reasons, not including public pressure. And that was the very thing Steel could not allow. For this trap of the Demon Lord’s could not be allowed to succeed, even partially.

    Steel killed his emotions. Love, friendship, the desire for warmth, human comfort, and social respect. In his confession, he made out Spring to be a duped and foolish girl he had been keeping around for kicks and giggles. In order to disqualify her credibility in the eyes of the police as an eyewitness in contradicting his account. So long as she was not brought in on charges, her name would remain unknown to the media. And as a final favor, he called upon the yakuza boss for pressure on the media to prevent them from mentioning certain details of the case.

    That is what I find amazing. In the realm of H2H and self-defense tactics, there is a form of killing one’s emotions. You must forget all your desires at living and being safe. You must think and feel in the moment. Only your foes should exist and only your goal of victory should be before your eyes. It is a derivation of true enlightenment, where worldly desires cease, even the desire to live. For the best fighters are those who have contemplated their death and accepted it as being less important than victory in battle. The zen, the focus, the Zone that snipers go into, all are manifestations of the same thing. To kill one’s human emotions in the furtherance of a goal.

    The Demon Lord had done so in the furtherance of evil. Steel had done so in order to ensure the happiness of the most important person in his life. The Demon Lord chose suicide by Spring as his end. Steel chose the solitude of being imprisoned for murder. Evil is meaningless without something to compare it to. And Good has no meaning until you have seen true Evil. People who think Global Warming is evil, don’t understand what evil is.

    Most people do not dedicate their entire being to a goal, a passion. They take half measures. They lie. They deceive themselves before they deceive others. They procrastinate. They make up excuses that the evil they do is right, just, and proper. They make up excuses for being lazy by saying that they need to wait, talk, and consider things “given all the sides present” when in fact they’re just hoping to go on a golf vacation while the crisis blows over. That’s how people, most people, are. But some people are not like that. They value truth. They don’t ignore it. They may try, but eventually they fail in ignoring the truth. The truth of what is inside them is strong then whatever outside pressure they are under. What they truly value, what they truly love, it all comes out. It eventually comes back to haunt them, the more they try to repress it.

    Many people live in fear of something and that is their sole motivation in life. They fear global warming, so they support evil Democrats. The blacks fear White Man’s racism, so they support Black Panther terrorism. The Arabs fear Israeli women and liberty, so they support the killing of Israeli babies. If you fear nuclear energy, wouldn’t your decisions be determined by those who promise to get rid of that fear? But is that even going to work. Steel feared the yakuza and their boss, thus kept working himself as a slave and riding over innocents to make money to pay off his debt at 200% interest a year. His life was controlled by fear, by the motivations of others. But that’s not the only path in life. People have found a truth they have come to love. Enough to go through all the human fears and mortal flaws in life undainted. The pursuit of excellence, the love of country, the dedication of service and duty to a greater cause then themselves.

    A story to go with the conclusion. What is it the Left loves so much that they would brave physical dangers: money, power, status?

  • Michael Adams

    Same with me.  I’d gradually come to see that the Happy Moonbeam Left stuff did not work.  After all, my wife was a welfare worker, and I was first a paramedic then an ER Tech, then a nurse.  We worked with the beneficiaries of all that government largess, seeing what it did to them, and how little for them. Still, it was the attempted theft of the 2000 Presidential election, with utter impunity and in collaboration with the media, that snapped the lights on. Those cockroaches had operated in the dark for so long that they did not even bother to scurry away.
     
    I’ll add that that developing ability to generalize, the assumption that if certain people and media say it, it’s probably a lie, is a major step along the road to recovery.  It never takes long to find the lie, never buried that deep.. Notice, too, how we begin this journey when we catch them lying about things that we know first hand, Jean Kaufman worked in family relations, and observed that President Bush did not treat his wife as a bad man would. For Book, it was Israel.  Most recently, it is some people’s  realization that they have been dealing with science that was not science. However, once begun, the change does not stop, or, at least, not yet.

  • http://furtheradventuresofindigored.blogspot.com/ Indigo Red

    I think you meant the opening quote was from Joseph Goebbels (mitt umlaut) not George Goebbels. George Gobel was a phonetically similar personage of far different fame – an American comedian of the 1950s and ’60s. Here’s a clip from the Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_6yWi6YBYY

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Indigo Red:  Of course I did.  And I knew better too.  I had Goebbels’ name on the screen before me, and I still had a 1940s comedy flashback when I typed.  I’ll correct it.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Book, his propaganda skills work even after the grave to mislead and befuddle ; )

  • http://furtheradventuresofindigored.blogspot.com/ Indigo Red

    My conversion was years in the making with finalisation coming on a beuatiful spring day at noon while eating lunch in my car under a big elm tree while listening to Dennis Preger on the radio. The big controversies at the time in the mid-80’s were the California death penalty and abortion. In Orange County California, a little girl was kidnapped from her home by a neighbor – an electrical engineer, an educated man, a successful man with a home and all the toys one would assume with such station.

    This nice man, this good neighbor took the child into his big RV, travelled to San Diego County, raped her, killed her, dumped her little body in a ditch along a country road, and set her body afire. He returned home and cleaned his RV with Clorox bleach and the police found nothing in the first search. A more thorough search turned up a single fingerprint on the bedroom nightstand that came from the little girl he had killed.

    The Leftist protested the guilty verdict and the capital sentence. Elsewhere, Leftists were advocating in public demonstrations women’s right to abortion without restriction. Save the life of the child killer was all I could hear and I could no longer justify and rationalize my support for such dissonance. From there, it was easier to discard the stupidities of the Left. How could nuclear power be so unhealthy like if Carl Sagan was telling us, that a city destroyed by an A-bomb would be uninhabitable for 50-500 years, when Hiroshima and Nagasaki had been the targets of very dirty nuclear bomb attacks were still occupied by healthy human beings? A long term study of the H & N survivors from 1947-1996 showed 4000 people died from various cancers, far lower than the average American death toll from smoking or beach play. It just didn’t make sense. Leftist arguments just don’t make sense.

    It’s like the AT&T vs. Verizon commercial with ATT saying it costs more for slow service; it makes sense if you don’t think about it.

  • SADIE

    Can’t see the forest for the trees isn’t it. Whether it’s cognitive distance or actual real distance, my turning point came in the early 90’s. I left America a liberal and was forced into watching CNN International for evening news. The fake facts vs my ‘seeing it with my own eyes’ was the turning point for me. I realized that they were living on Planet CNN and I was on Planet Earth. Each time they beamed down to get the ‘scoop’ they were wearing an ‘I am better than thou space suit’ which avoided contamination with reality, facts and humanity.
     
    There are aliens among us, they’re not little green men – they’re just green behind their ears.
     
     
     
     

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    I notice that a high percentage of people who read and comment at Book, are converts rather than those brought up and raised in conservative households and social circles.

    Coincidence?

  • Charles Martel

    Ymar, I was reared in a fairly conservative Catholic household. Later, when I needed to justify my desire to justify my desires and not think too hard, I strayed from that upbringing. But even when I was living in Berkeley in the 60s and traveling amidst a cohort of freelovers and thinkers, I could see the stupidity and self-destructiveness of the bohemian (leftist) lifestyle. Over the years, even at my worst, I could never bring myself to countenance abortion, and I remember secretly thrilling anytime a president donned a set of balls and did something like whup Khmer Rouge ass during the Mayaguez Incident or liberate Grenada from Marxist thugs.

    So, what I’ve done is traveled back to my origins. It’s the case of coming home again and seeing the place for the first time.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEVYbUBtNrc

    This visual and audio novel was released in 2009 and it features an alien accident which demolished and killed all the politicians at the White House and the Kremlin (hey, it’s starting to sound good already). In order to keep the “Prime Directive”, they brainwashed the world and replaced the respective leaders with two girls. For the free world, it was a cute white girl with green eyes. As her VP, she chose her childhood friend and perhaps future lover. And she gives speeches about hope and change and Yes We Can.

    Subarashi is all I can say.

    It couldn’t be worse than our reality track, you know.

  • Oldflyer

    Just a tiny nit-pick Book.  In at least some, if not all, situations there are three persons affected by an abortion  decision.  The father is the forgotten entity.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    A nit worth picking, Oldflyer.  Thank you.

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