There is a Leonard Cohen song that came out in the nineties. I want to say early nineties, but for much of that decade I had small children, so it all runs together. Also, I’m uncaffeinated and late and too lazy to look.
Anyway, the song is called “Everybody knows” and it’s a marvel of double-meaning.
What the song says explicitly is a bunch of stuff people like my brother — look, European, left — believed at the time. Stuff like “Everybody knows the war is over/everybody knows the good guys lost.”
Bizarrely, before they went into hysterical denial of communism being the regime in the USSR and starting to call those seeking to re-establish it “right wingers” the left kept insisting the good guys had lost the cold war. Apparently we just look richer and more concerned for the right of the individual, but the evil Kapitalism of Amerika (it’s much more scary written with a K) kills more people than the Gullag and destroys everyone’s soul in the process. We’re just sneaky about it. So sneaky, in fact, that we don’t need to prevent people from leaving, we need to prevent people from coming here. That’s how sneaky we are.
Stop laughing. There’s a good chance your college student believes this. There’s also a good chance your college student is stupid enough to buy Bernie’s line that bread lines are preferable to our over abundance of food, because at least “everyone is equal.” Someone should ask comrade Bernie about the State stores for very important functionaries that crop up everywhere that has tried the communist slimming diet (It is to die for) and which has goods comparable with what the low middle class in America can afford, sprinkled with a few gold geegaws which is the communists idea of classy.
Yes, I know, some pigs are more important than others. And some pigs work so hard for
their money the state.
However, intertwined, in the song, alongside this litany of “everybody knows” is a very personal story of a faithless lover that “everybody knows” is faithful.
I can read print (though a lot of the reviewers couldn’t.) It of course means that what everybody knows is mostly …. well… rumor.
And while in this glorious year 3 of the dropping of all masks, we’ve found that hearsay evidence is better than direct knowledge (if only the founding fathers had known! No more more confronting your accuser, when everybody knows.) it turns out rumor is often wrong.
Which btw should be obvious to anyone who has played a game of telephone as a kid. Or, you know, lived in a small village and learned everything possible about evil. An experience that shaped both myself and the fictional Miss Marple. But which has apparently left not only most democrats in the house, but most democrats, untouched.
On the serious side: this is why we can’t get through people, even with facts and reason. They reset for a minute, and then go back.
See, humans are setup to believe whatever the tribe believes. Therein lies safety.
The problem came in with mass media, which like mass production was useful and good for its technology, but was also possible to be captured by a small number of partisans.
Which means the reality disseminated from mass media might have bloody nothing to do with reality, and it didn’t matter, because most people never heard it. The media established the consensus.
Given they were a target of the long march, that will tell you how we got so far (left) so fast. Particularly when they also had mass education and mass entertainment at their disposal, all blaring the same, coordinated nonsense.
It’s started to shatter. The story of the faithless lover is now woven in. But ….
Look, I’ve just given you a shovel and asked you to clean the Augean stables. There’s a lot of sh*t in the way.
For instance, this week someone found out something like 80% of college freshmen believe the US INVENTED slavery and did it for racist reasons. The report had a shocked tone. Bah, I could have told them this was already true in the eighties amid my black friends then. This is what they were TAUGHT and they were shocked and offended when I showed them slavery is the oldest sin of mankind and people of every color have been enslaved and slavers. Some stopped talking to me, because I was somehow trying to take away the specialness they’d held onto for years. (Why being a victim is special, I don’t know. Unless because our society is so rich, so immensely wealthy that people experience very little actual hardship and therefore claiming some is a treasure.)
The rot goes deep. It started well before we were born. And by we, I mean those of us tottering over the mid century already.
The fight back hasn’t started but maybe ten years ago. Okay, longer for some of us, but the voice crying in the desert did not have a wide audience.
If you want to know how much impact we’re having talk to an European. Even those of them who are fed up still know a litany of “everybody knows” which is insanely counterfactual.
Among other things, ALL of them know we live worse than they do; that we lack basic necessities and people die on the street for lack of health care; and that … well, once in a comment thread argument with a bunch of Europeans, we realized that we got up every morning, drank a cup of cold poison…. And it took them a while to catch on what we were doing. Yeah. They also know we all shoot each other on the street over a cross look.
It’s important for them to know this. At least from their governments pov. Or they might start thinking that socialism isn’t the solution for all that hails them, and that giving more power to corruptocrats is a bad idea.
The fact it’s not true is… a mere inconvenience. And the sheep need never know.
Here… Here we’re starting to make inroads.
Is it still in time to pierce through “everybody knows” and save the Republic?
I don’t know. And neither do you. But you should regard everything you hear from a lot of places at once as suspect.
Yes, there is Russian interference. Oh, NOT FOR TRUMP. If anything, they preferred Hillary, the successor of Mr. “more flexibility.” But mostly, they wish to cause chaos. Russia, China, and various Arab potentates ALL wish we will either leap at each other’s throats and engage in a lengthy civil war, while they do what they want to the world.
For Russia and other oil producing countries, it is ESSENTIAL that we stop fracking, or else their entire economy implodes (as it SHOULD have years ago.)
They don’t have much time, and they’re desperate. They’re pouring large amounts of money into disinformation campaigns.
The good thing about this is that most of them don’t understand us. (That includes the democrats, thank heavens.) They are bound in their own “everybody knows” and most of their attempts at splitting us are “wait, what?”
But they’re testing stuff over at the chans and they’re getting BETTER. Or worse for us.
Anything that appears everywhere at once with no precipitating incident, no matter which side it purports to be from should be suspect. The question should be “Why is everyone suddenly so obsessed with this, granted important, but not exactly something the government should meddle in, issue? What has happened to make it news of the day and the cause of contention everywhere?”
If nothing has happened, and this is suddenly all over (one example from the left is the whole trans madness) …. consider it’s a campaign.
Most of these are attempts to herd you. And most of the people herding want the US to vanish over a cliff.
Don’t be a sheep. Think before you leap.
And keep hoping we can avoid electric boogaloo until “what everybody knows” shifts enough that we can live together.