In my last post I discussed the ridiculous Guardian article that tried to claim that Cultural Marxism is nothing more than an insane conspiracy theory used by far right lunatics as an excuse to complain about every single thing that they hate. In that article, the author laid out genuine historical facts that anyone could confirm as being true just from 2 minutes on Google. Instead, the author tried to pass them off as being false. The question is, why would anyone be stupid enough to lie so blatantly and unashamedly? The reality is, it’s not stupid at all. It’s actually a very effective propaganda technique, one that Hitler himself was quite familiar with.
Extract taken from Mein Kampf
All this was inspired by the principle – which is quite true in itself – that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying. These people know only too well how to use falsehood for the basest purposes.
Essentially what he was saying is that telling a lie that is so completely ridiculous and unbelievable is much more effective than telling small lies, because of the way the mind of the average person works. We all lie once in a while and are used to being lied to, but generally speaking, these lies are small. However, small as they are, we still fear the consequences of being found out, either because we’ll be punished in some way, or we’ll lose face in front of others. Shame is a powerful deterrent.
The idea that anyone would have the audacity to distort reality so blatantly and unashamedly is a concept that most of us are unable to get our heads around because we project our own values onto others. So when people read The Guardian article and (assuming they bother to actually research the concepts it was discussing) and see that the information, so readily available contradicts what the article says, it becomes difficult for them to process. How could someone blatantly lie in a public forum like that? The only possible explanation that is acceptable is that perhaps he isn’t lying at all, and that all the contradictory information is wrong in some way. He must be better informed on the topic than all of us, hence why he’s so confident to say these things in the face of overwhelming amounts of information to the contrary. Therefore, we should agree with what he’s saying and ignore all the information that contradicts him, or else we’ll look stupid and be ridiculed as well.
And so, that’s how The Big Lie works. There’s plenty of other examples of it happening as we speak. If I can, I’d like to refer back to the Michael Brown protests as an obvious example. Despite the fact that all evidence suggests that the cop, Darren Wilson’s version of events is true (meaning, he shot Michael Brown in self defence), we still have people in the media claiming that it was a cold blooded racially motivated murder of a defenceless innocent black “child” by a white man, because their agenda is to stir shit up. People buy into it because it’s shoved down their throats constantly and they can’t comprehend the idea that such blatant lies are being told. As far as they’re concerned, surely, Darren Wilson wasn’t charged with murder because of his white privilege (another example of The Big Lie) and a system that favours whites over blacks. It couldn’t possibly be because he was innocent. No, that couldn’t be it.
Trust your instincts folks. If it feels like a big lie and all visible evidence suggests that it is a big lie, then don’t assume that it’s the truth, just because they’re confident enough to put it out there without feeling any shame.