If we’re honest with ourselves, electoral politics has failed and we need a revolution.
If we’re really honest with ourselves, revolution will fail until propaganda is eliminated.
If we’re really really honest with ourselves, everything will fail without a mass-scale awakening.
The most revolutionary thing you can do is use your creativity to find ways of helping people see the insanity of the status quo with fresh eyes. Punching holes in the manufactured normality so that people can see beyond the bullshit they’ve all gotten used to and really grok just how ugly and disgusting things have gotten will do infinitely more damage to the empire than just listing facts and figures and talking about how things ought to be.
Heinlein said “Man is not a rational animal; he is a rationalizing animal.” This is true of media psyops; people think they hate an empire-targeted nation/person because of reasons X, Y and Z, but really it’s because the empire targeted them, and then propagandists rationalized it.
If people were really honest with themselves, they’d say “You know I think I hate that Official Bad Guy of the Day because of reasons X, Y and Z, but maybe it’s actually because he began inconveniencing the empire, and for that reason the media started telling me to hate him?” But generally they don’t, because it’s uncomfortable admitting to yourself that you have not been thinking rationally; that you have actually been rationalizing the entirely irrational behavior of a depraved empire without realizing it, just because the TV told you to.
“Who benefits from my beliefs?”
“Is anyone who could have benefitted from my beliefs responsible for putting them in my mind?”
If we want to live lucidly, we must maintain a standing examination of these two questions. They’ll turn up some very interesting and surprising answers. It will turn up answers relating to politics, imperialism and religion of course, and, unless you’ve been very lucky, it will also turn up answers relating to people in your life who put beliefs in your head in order to dominate and control you in various ways.
The problem is that people without functioning empathy centers are willing to do anything to get power and are able to use narrative manipulation to obtain it.
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