Cognitive Dissonance Part II: A Wrench in the Indoctrination Machine

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In the post on Cognitive Dissonance, I talked about the methods used by the left to indoctrinate youth, and then keep them indoctrinated by controlling the flow of information.  Now is the time to target one part of that apparatus, and throw a wrench into its works.  Education might be a great place to start.

I say this because to achieve their planned “utopia,” the left must indoctrinate everyone.  Socialism, Fascism, and “Progressivism,” while all somewhat different in scope and application, are closely related in that they are totalitarian in nature.  The State takes on the role as final arbiter of all human activities.  To maintain such a level of control, the population must be fed a constant stream of propaganda.  Schools must become the engines of indoctrination.  Crises must be created and sustained.  Scapegoats must be identified and punished.  The state’s miscues must be covered-up, and it’s accomplishments embellished (or even fabricated).

This propaganda must start at the earliest possible age, hence the government’s interest in universal preschool.    In that setting, songs, stories, games, rewards, and chastisement are all parts of the indoctrination process.  I remember hearing stories about Castro’s Cuba that goes along those lines.  For example, school children are instructed to close their eyes and pray to Jesus for candy.  Of course, there is no candy when the children open their eyes.  Then, the children are instructed to close their eyes and pray to Castro for candy.  While the children were “praying,” they teachers went through the room and put a piece of candy on each desk.  The message is obvious; there is no God other than the state, or “Dear Leader.”

These efforts continue throughout a child’s “educational” experience.  As children grow older, student clubs and after school programs are pushed, or even mandated.  Special observances and “days” are required.  Participation is either required, or dissents are punished and branded as being filled with “hate.”  Peer pressure, grades, and rewards are used to increase compliance and punish dissent.  At every step of the process, government or party sponsored ideas are pushed.  Children are required to regurgitate them, or even act in ways that “prove” their allegiance to the party or State.  Even at Universities, students end up being required to espouse the approved ideology of the state in order to advance or graduate, usually so they can become indoctrinators themselves.

All through the citizen’s life, the propaganda is tailored to obtain the maximum effect.  Motion pictures, television, radio, and print are all run by the state or by those that are ideologically allied with it.  Dissidents or outside entities are always “conspiring” to harm, or even kill the people.  “Evil” entities are trying to poison the water, sabotage the food supply, keep people poor, starve children, kill elderly, make them or keep them sick, and so on.  (Ironically, this is often what the State is doing to the people, but blaming an ideological enemy is very convenient as a cover-up.)   On the other hand, the State, or the leader, is held up as the heroic champion of the people, protecting them from the “evils” of the world.

And what of the purveyors of that freedom?  They are punished, or in some cases killed outright.  In this country, they are identified, labeled, and subjected to Alinsky style attacks on their families, jobs, reputations, and so on.  In the “progressive” utopia, “tolerance and diversity” only apply to the “progressives.”  All other ideas are classified as “hate.”

In the end, cut off from the rest of the world, or from any other sources of information, the people end up swallowing the state sponsored version of reality, and most become compliant “sheeple.”   Those that have a notion that something is wrong stay silent, as the punishments for dissent (or even questioning the state) are often not worth the risk.  Also, with the state controlling the flow of information, people that suspect that all is not well are isolated, never knowing facts that prove their mistrust, or even that there are others that believe as they do.  In total isolation, these people do not represent a significant threat to the state, and can easily be dealt with on a singular basis if they speak out.

If you are seeing some parallels to 21st century America, you are not alone.  Some of the efforts are slightly different, but the effect is the same.  From cradle to grave, we the people are being bombarded daily by the MSM with messages that run counter to not only the philosophy of the founders, but reality itself.  Kindly remember the words of John Dewey:

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Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone is interdependent.”

If one wants complete power and control- not just politically, but over the very minds of the people, dissent simply cannot be allowed in any form.  Other ideas pollute the body politic and cause the system collapse under the weight of its own failure and deceit.  Once the Soviet Union finally started to allow their people to speak freely (to an extent) it collapsed within a few years.  Most of their satellite nations fell first.  Totalitarianism, no matter its “brand,” requires extensive force and control to work.  If people have open access to information, and the ability to speak out and share that information, the lies, corruption, and failures of the state become apparent.  To a great degree, totalitarianism, whether branded as communism, fascism, socialism, or “progressivism,” is a fairy tale based on a lie, and the citizens are forced to play a role.  Once exposed to reality, however, the fairy tale becomes just that, and enough people quit playing along to cause the system to fail.

That, my friends, is the fatal flaw of any totalitarian system, including “progressivism.”  Free information, free speech, the ability to broadcast and share that information all combine to make the totalitarian state fall like the house of cards that it is.  This is also why the “progressives”  have not been completely successful in subverting the Constitution.  They can indoctrinate in the schools all they want, and they can distort and selectively cover the news to their heart’s desire, but as long as people have access to information and can freely discuss their views, the indoctrination fails.  When people can see reality, and join together to discuss and act upon it, reality wins every time.

While we have been able to slow the progressives, they are still creeping ahead incrementally.  Each succeeding generation of children is more and more left leaning.  Conservatism is being watered down, and knowledge of the founding principles of this country is being lost.  More and more people haven’t the ability to recognize reality, even when they are personally affected by the negative consequences of “progressive” policies.  (That would seem to be the intent.)  We are seeing parents, who were indoctrinated, not knowing, or caring, that their children are being indoctrinated.  Sadly, we will eventually reach a tipping point at which there will be a critical mass of indoctrinated people that will finally give away our freedoms.  It may not happen soon, it might be decades from now, but we owe it to future generations to simply not be content to slow “progressivism,” but to stop it and reverse the damage done to our Republic.

So where do we go from here?  In my last post, I discussed some general recommendations on using cognitive dissonance.  For this post, I wanted to expand on some of the original ideas, and address the kids.  They are simply the most vulnerable, and are more easily indoctrinated.  That, and the indoctrination machine already has them.  So, here we go…

  1. There are some Conservative Children’s books out there.  These are easily found on line; here and here, for example.
  2. There are also Conservative Coloring books out there.  Google will help you find them.
  3. If there are any Conservative artists out there, if you would consider drawing some coloring sheets that could be released for free, that would be great. (Since my artistic ability ends at stick figures, I am of little help on this one).
  4. We also need some children’s books and coloring sheets about the AGW fraud. (For example, the left shows kids pictures of polar bears on a small piece of ice.  The ideas is that the bears will die. What if we were to tell them that the bears can swim for 100 miles?)
  5. If there are some folks out there with some professional video skills, some videos for the kids might be good.
  6. Board games might be made to reflect Conservative, free market ideas.
  7. As we locate more and more of these resources, share them.  If you are a Conservative parent, you are likely already teaching your children these things.  While that is great, we need to expand the audience.  So we need to get this out to other children, as many as possible.

Remember, the left has to indoctrinate everyone for “progressivism” to work.  We are not limited in that way.  Our beliefs are based on reality, so what people see and hear will prove us right.  The truth allows one to tolerate dissent – covering up for a lie does not.   If we make a greater effort to expose kids to the real world, many will be saved from indoctrination.  Others will not, but most the one’s that don’t wake up are likely to be less effective, as they will be conflicted and a bit more confused, as what they see will not match what they’ve been taught.   Still others will never see the truth, no matter the consequences or reality.  Let them go, there’s little that anyone can do for them.  Just don’t let them have power of any kind.

I think if we can do this, we can make billions in education (indoctrination) funding irrelevant.  Even those that do not recognize reality will be confused and disheartened, making them less effective “drones” in the progressive utopia.

Please add your suggestions.  I am basically calling for a “Counter-Revolution” in terms of the indoctrination of our children.  We have to do better at counteracting it.  Not just for our own kids, but the children of our friends, neighbors, and relatives as well.   There are Conservative kids out there fighting the good fight. They fighting against overwhelming opposition, so anything that can help them would be a benefit.  So, if you know of other resources, or you are able to help in some way, leave a comment.  I will be making a resource page for this effort, so anything that you think is helpful would be most welcome.

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Cognitive Dissonance Revisited: The Key to Defeating the Progressives

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”The mental conflict that occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. The unease or tension that the conflict arouses in a person is relieved by one of several defensive maneuvers: the person rejects, explains away, or avoids the new information, persuades himself that no conflict really exists, reconciles the differences, or resorts to any other defensive means of preserving stability or order in his conception of the world and of himself.”

-Encyclopedia Britannica

My post last year about kids defying the ACLU brought me back to a point I have been making for several years.  Socialism collapses in the presence of doubt.  In the examples of the fallen Soviet Bloc dictatorships, we see that once the people no longer “believed in” the state, and that their doubt overcame the fear of the state, the state collapsed.  When rhetoric and propaganda of the state and party were so completely disconnected from what the people could observe, they lost faith in the system.  This is instructive because it shows us the path towards defeating the POTUS and his socialist policies.

By my estimation, socialist states rely on three methods to control their populations.  The first is indoctrination.  In the US, they took over the public schools some time ago.  At each stage, children are exposed to, tested on, and pressured to exhibit, liberal ideology.  As many examples have shown, via lawsuits, students have been ridiculed, threatened with failing grades, and otherwise degraded if they deviate from the liberal mantra. Eventually, the children themselves are turned into a self-monitoring mob that reports, belittles, or attacks dissenters.   Using the peer pressure that makes children so susceptible, the left is very effective in “brainwashing” our youth.   These minions then go to the university, where they are further inculcated into socialism, and are then sent out to convert more minions.  If you wish to explore this further, look into how public school teachers and social workers are educated.  I believe that the idea here is to create an environment of “no resort.”  Either the child/student accepts and regurgitates the liberal mantra at every turn, or punishment will be swift and sure.  Those that have different ideas, or can see through the liberal point of view, are effectively silenced and rendered ineffective.

Additionally, the liberals have sought to expand their educational efforts to children at increasingly younger ages.  Their goal seems to be the indoctrination of children. To illustrate, let’s look at some quotes by prominent educators and others…

“The schools cannot allow parents to influence the kind of values-education their children receive in school; that is what is wrong with those who say there is a universal system of values. Our (humanistic) goals are incompatible with theirs. We must change their values.

–Paul Haubner, specialist for the N.E.A.

“Among the elementary measures the American Soviet government will adopt to further the cultural revolution are…[a] National Department of Education…the studies will be revolutionized, being cleansed of religious, patriotic, and other features of the bourgeois ideology. The students will be taught the basis of Marxian dialectical materialism, internationalism and the general ethics of the new Socialist society.”

–William Z. Foster, Toward Soviet America, 1932 National Chairman of the American Communist Party (1933-44, 1945-57)

“Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”

–Joseph Stalin

John Dewey, called “the father of modern education,” was an avowed socialist, the co-author of the ‘Humanist Manifesto’ and cited as belonging to fifteen Marxist-front organizations by the Committee on Un-American Activities. Do the words (the father of modern education) now take on new meaning? Remember, Dewey taught the professors who would train America’s teachers. He was obsessed with “the group.” In his own words, “You can’t make socialists out of individualists. Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone is interdependent.”

The effort here is to control, from the earliest possible age, the beliefs and thoughts of the child.  Education is a secondary concern, if it is even a concern at all.  Knowledge and facts are secondary to that of the intended ideology.  If knowledge is indeed the currency of freedom, socialists must therefore carefully control what is taught, and competing opinions should be banished, and their proponents marginalized and punished.  Therefore, in any socialist or fascist state, education was among the first institutions to receive a complete conversion.  Curriculum was changed to reflect the new order, home schooling was banned, and private schools were either co-opted, or closed.  This is meant to achieve a “monopoly of ideology,” nothing more, nothing less.  Control the child and carefully monitor what they see and hear, and the end result (the “progressives” hope) is a complaint and brainwashed minion who will not question the state, as they will know nothing more than what they learned from the state.

To prevent their newly minted minions from hearing anything contrary to state approved messages, the elimination of dissent becomes necessary.  This is the second method to control populations.  Outlets and individuals that discuss “competing ideologies” are to be silenced.  In socialist and fascist states, strong-arm tactics usually accomplished this.  In the current age, regulation, ridicule, and punishment are used.  A bit softer to be sure, but the results are much the same.  One needs to look no further than Hugo Chavez to see this in operation in the 21st century, or, for that matter, the actions of the left in this country.

The fairness doctrine, the effort to implement it and call it something else is a case in point.  As covered here, a board was appointed and given the task of making recommendation for broadcast regulations.  The board is stacked with leftist organizations.  Administration officials have been quoted as stating that the goal is…

It also was reported when a think tank headed by John Podesta, co-chairman of Obama’s transition team, mapped out a strategy in 2007 for clamping down on conservative talk radio by requiring stations to be operated by female and minority owners, which the report showed were statistically more likely to carry liberal political talk shows.

That report found the best strategy for getting equal time for “progressives” on radio lies in mandating “diversity of ownership” without ever needing to mention the former FCC policy of requiring airtime for liberal viewpoints, known as the “Fairness Doctrine,” a plan thrown out in the 1980s.

Knowing that the ‘Fairness Doctrine” is a loaded term, the liberals resort to “slight of hand” by calling it something else.  The desired result, however, is the same.

Going along with banning dissent is the control of the media.   The most convenient way to manage the people is to control the flow of information available to the public.  In totalitarian states, movies, music, print, radio, television, and even the Internet (with varying levels of success) are tightly controlled.  Everything that is read, heard, and seen is carefully presented to not only convey what the government wants the public to believe, but to also ridicule the opposition, and discredit any other ideas.  Information that might “confuse” or “discourage” (ie, the truth) the public is not permitted.

In the more openly totalitarian states, this is accomplished by direct ownership and control.  In the US, it has been achieved ideologically, by the same educational indoctrination scheme I described earlier.  As so many of us have observed, the MSM often ignores gaffes, crimes, inconsistent statements, lies, and failures of the left.  If the story is reported, it will often be minimized or misrepresented.   Many times, a person exposing a story or whistle blowing will be attacked, causing their character or motivations to be called into question.  Other times, individuals on the right will be openly ridiculed.  The entertainment industry is also involved, with TV shows, movies, and music echoing “progressive” political and cultural messages, all with the intent of providing the citizen with their regularly scheduled does of indoctrination.  The idea, of course, is to promote the agenda, as well as to marginalize dissenters, and at the same time, their messages.

A significant effect of banning dissent is to cause the individual to become discouraged, and eventually “give up,” reluctantly joining the “new order.”  The validation that one receives from knowing that they are not alone in their beliefs cannot be underestimated.  A group with shared beliefs is more powerful than an isolated individual.  Fear not friends, I am not talking about collectivism here.  This is simple psychology.   Besides the obvious benefits of “strength in numbers,” groups validate and empower their individual members.  If one knows that others will stand with him, he is more likely to make a stand.

This is, in my opinion, one of the primary reasons for the left’s attempts to silence the right.  If they can stop people from receiving the validation of the larger group, the right can be reduced into smaller groups that are easily ostracized, or into isolated individuals that will be no “threat” to the “progressive” state.  They want you to give up and become silent.   They know that if they can indoctrinate the next generation in the absence of dissenting opinions that have more worth, they will win.  They therefore want us to be silent and discouraged.

The third technique consists of the simple thug tactics used by the left.  As I, and others, have discussed, the left uses intimidation to silence dissent, attack other ideologies, and to punish those that speak out.   People are threatened, their employers are threatened (unless they terminate the target), and “protesters” show up at the schools of the children of those that have “sinned” against the left.  As Alinski put it, the plan is to identify, isolate, freeze and escalate activities towards the target.  Frivolous lawsuits will be filed; false allegations made, private documents will be made public, all in an attempt to punish the target. This is harassment and intimidation, as well as an attempt to ruin the lives and reputations of the targeted individuals.

This intimidation is also meant to send a message to anyone else that might speak out or otherwise resist.  “Unless you want this to happen to you and your family, you best keep your mouth shut!”

So, where does Cognitive Dissonance come into this?  It goes back to my first paragraph.  Many of the people in the middle – those that perhaps pay little attention to the news or current political situation – are about to experience more of the “progressivism” from the POTUS.  They will see more lies and deceit.  They will see more and more if their fellow citizens ridiculed.  If either Cap and Trade or the ObamaCare passes, the economy will be devastated.  Individuals that voted for the POTUS without examining his actual motivations, or people on the left that still have the ability to think (there are some), will experience a great deal of Cognitive Dissonance.  Also, kids and college students that have been spoon-fed the liberal mantra will experience discomfort when the plans that they have supported cascade the economy into failure.  This is the time that we, as Conservatives or Libertarians, will need to capitalize on this “theory colliding headlong into reality.”

How do we do this?

  • Continue blogging, and share your blog with others.
  • Contact friends and family that may have voted for the POTUS.  Show them the evidence.
  • Collect evidence by download to show others.  I recently showed a liberal co-worker the video montage made by Verum Serum on ObamaCare.  I thought the person’s jaw would hit the floor.  Then, I showed her Margaret Sanger and Ruth Bader Ginsberg quotes.  She became upset.  If this continues, she will eventually question her beliefs.  All it takes is enough evidence.
  • Download and store videos and articles that make our points.  If the POTUS ever does manage to control Internet content, a lot of the evidence against him will disappear.  Unless, that is, we save it!

This is starting to work.  Majorities now stand against ObamaCare.  The amount of people that think the Porkulus is helping is within the margin of error in the poll!  The discussion of ClimateGate is causing more and more people to question the AGW fraud.

It’s working because to promote their agenda, the “progressives” must lie at every turn.  They must create crises.  They have to fudge numbers, bribe officials, and contradict themselves on a regular basis.  To defeat the agenda, we simply must point out observable facts.  They may have the House, Senate, the White House, film, TV, music, the newspapers, the broadcast news, and millions of useful idiots; but we have the truth.  That, my friends, is the nuclear weapon in our arsenal.

I wrote this because I became a Conservative in this fashion.  I came out of grad school with a brain full of liberal ideology.  When I started working, I noticed that much of what I was taught simply didn’t match reality.  As time wore on, I became discouraged.  When some friends started introducing me to Conservatism, I initially resisted.  After all, Conservatives are all fascists, right?  I started to read, and listened to talk radio.  As time wore on, I educated myself.  No coercion, threats, intimidation, or indoctrination were required.  I simply saw that Conservatism matches reality.  If we can help others when Cognitive Dissonance hits, and it WILL, we can help defeat the left.  I find it ironic, and encouraging, that the billions that the left spends on public and college education can be undone by simple truths.

There are many people on the left that will never see reality.  While that is unfortunate, there is nothing that will convince them.  Either that, or they are “higher – ups” in the left that know that the policies are meant to cause a crisis.  I humbly suggest that they be left alone.  Their shrill and increasingly irrational reactions to the truth will serve our purpose well.

I have more on this topic, I’ll post it in a day or two.

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