Today you can take the first step to reforming America

Summary: Scores of posts on the FM website document the barrage of propaganda fired at us in the opening years of the 21st century by both Left and Right. Their success makes continuation inevitable and reform of America impossible. Yet a reality-based community is possible, and could be powerful. The first steps to its creation lie in your power.

Note:  Experts say the title is the most important part of the article, as it gains or loses an audience. This post’s title is One of the Worst. It offers work with no promise of personal benefit (e.g., money, security, hot dates).  “How to reform America” is the most-requested topic; posts about how you and I can reform America get the lowest traffic of any topic on the FM website.

Girl with a mirror

“… first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
— Matthew 7:5

“Yet in our world everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself.”
— Leo Tolstoy, “Three Methods Of Reform” (1900)

Scores of posts show the propaganda that has come to dominate writings of both the Left and Right in America (see some of these links below). Much of it is blatant, obvious. These barrages rain down on us because they usually work, and because we accept them (there is no cost, no blowback). This is easily seen the in the comments, the most interesting part of these posts. Comments usually taking two forms.

  • The other side does it, too. Quite so, but irrelevant. It’s targeted at you, not them. Why do you believe?
  • Complacency, even acceptance.

In this, as in so many things, the Bush Administration took traits preexisting in America and developed them to such an extent that they created a New America.

The aide {Karl Rove} said that guys like me were ”in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who ”believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism.

He cut me off. ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

— “Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush“, Ron Suskind, New York Times, 17 October 2004

Now both Left and Right are in the “create their own reality” business. The Right invented and perfected it (via engines of disinformation such as Fox News and the Washington Times) but the Left has adopted such thinking as the primary tactic for their climate change crusade — liberating themselves from dependence on the consensus of climate scientists (as expressed through the IPCC and major climate agencies). Unusual weather (no matter if historically common) is extreme weather is climate change is anthropogenic climate change — because they say so loudly and with conviction.

This acceptance of propaganda makes us a gift to our leaders. It makes us docile, weak, emotional, irrational, easily manipulated and led.

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Borg-Earth
Resistance is not futile

We see this clearly when it comes to the other side’s propaganda. That accomplishes nothing, and our disconnect with reality — the core break in our observation-orientation-decision-action loop — makes reform impossible. People can only fix this problem in their own community.

It’s not difficult to do. Be skeptical of what you read, and what you are told. Ask for evidence beyond the confident assertions of true believers. Study and understand the beliefs of your opponents, rather than relying on the demonology fed you by your leaders. Don’t believe that complaisance benefits your cause; it only helps your leaders. Be angry at lies, even from allies.

Above all, believe that a commitment to truth is a higher good.

The dream of a reality-based community can be realized, and such people can lead the reform of America. It starts with individual decisions. It starts with you, today.

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Clear vision
A clear vision is power

For More Information

(a) Reference pages about American politics:

  1. Posts about politics in America
  2. How can we stop the quiet coup now in progress?
  3. Posts about reforming America

(b)  The way to a better future

(c) Other posts about clear vision (neither Left or Right is “reality-based”):

  1. Does America have clear vision? Here’s an “eye chart” for our minds., 15 June 2009
  2. Facts are an obstacle to the reform of America, 20 October 2011
  3. Examples of America’s broken vision. Here’s why we cannot clearly see our world., 21 October 2012
  4. What does a “broken OODA loop” look like?, 23 October 2012
  5. Learning skepticism, an essential skill for citizenship in 21st century America, 1 December 2012
  6. Learning to see beyond the American Pravda, 24 May 2013
  7. Remembering is the first step to learning. Living in the now is ignorance., 29 October 2013
  8. The Achilles heel of both political parties, waiting to be exploited by reformers, 7 November 2013
  9. The secret, simple tool that persuades Americans. That molds our opinions., 24 July 2013

(d)  Bi-partisan propaganda

  1. Successful propaganda as a characteristic of 21st century America, 1 February 2010
  2. A note about practical propaganda, 22 March 2010
  3. Our leaders have made a discovery of the sort that changes the destiny of nations, 15 September 2010
  4. The easy way to rule: leading a weak people by feeding them disinformation, 13 April 2011
  5. Our minds are addled, the result of skillful and expensive propaganda, 28 December 2011
  6. Who lies to us the most? Left or Right?, 25 February 2013
  7. Tell noble lies for America’s salvation!, 31 July 2013
  8. Susan Rice’s speech tells us harsh truths about ourselves, 10 September 2013

(e)  Propaganda of the Right

  1. Forensic analysis of propaganda: “Michelle Obama Keeps Socialist Books in the White House”, 19 February 2010
  2. About the political significance of the conservatives’ health care propaganda, 23 March 2010
  3. Inciting fear of inflation in our minds for political gain (we are easily led), 28 February 2011
  4. More use of the big lie: shifting the blame for the housing crisis, 29 December 2011
  5. Danger, America! Wet your pants in fear of China!, 4 June 2013
  6. But Hitler confiscated guns, leaving Germans helpless!, 11 January 2013

(f)  Examples of the Left’s exaggerations and misinformation about climate change:

  1. Ignorance and propaganda about extreme climate change, 10 July 2012
  2. Mother Jones sounds the alarm about global warming! This time about the north pole., 10 December 2012
  3. Kevin Drum talks about global warming, illustrating the collapse of the Left’s credibility, 17 December 2012
  4. Lessons the Left can learn from the Right when writing about climate change, 12 December 2012 — More from Phil Plait
  5. Fierce words about those “wacky professional climate change deniers”, 20 January 2013
  6. A powerful story about global warming in Alaska that has set Twitter aflame, 23 June 2013
  7. The North Pole is now a lake! Are you afraid yet?, 3 August 2013
  8. Climate science deniers on the Left, captured for viewing, 29 September 2013
  9. A behind-the-scenes look at the making of propaganda, the kind that paints the world we see, 22 December 2013
  10. “Climate change is slowly but steadily cooking the world’s oceans”, 5 February 2014

(g) Steps to fixing America:

  1. Fixing American: taking responsibility is the first step
  2. Five steps to fixing America
  3. A third try: The First Step to reforming America — Organizing
  4. The second step to reforming America — Building a big organization
  5. The third step to reforming America, with music
  6. How to recruit people to the cause of reforming America

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