Monthly Archives: December 2016

American Totalitarianism 2017

Photo of Hannah Arendt in 1975In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. … Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie … The totalitarian … leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that … one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism. Instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.”
~ Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism Continue reading American Totalitarianism 2017

American Authoritarianism, Coming 2017

A photo showing the head and shoulders of a middle-aged man with black hair and a slim moustache.

Orwell’s press card portrait, 1943

The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. Power is not a means; it is an end … The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power…
~ George Orwell Continue reading American Authoritarianism, Coming 2017

Jason Stanley’s: “Beyond Lying: Donald Trump’s Authoritarian Reality”

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they’ve been fooled.” — Unknown

Beyond Lying: Donald Trump’s Authoritarian Reality,” The New York Times, Nov. 4, 2016, by Jason Stanley, Professor of philosophy at Yale, author of  How Propaganda Works offers some of the most perceptive commentary on our current, frightening political situation. Continue reading Jason Stanley’s: “Beyond Lying: Donald Trump’s Authoritarian Reality”