EU Referendum hits two nails on the head

First, Richard North writes of the effects of “calculated and incessant propaganda”. His starting point is a paragraph or two in William Shirer’s Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. And whilst the UK may not be totalitarian, government there as here in South Australia (and Australia generally) puts forth a constant stream of “calculated and incessant propaganda”, happily presented by a largely uncritical media, not least the ABC and SBS, latterly providing an hour of Al Jazeera on Sunday afternoon (when might we expect an Israeli programme?). Australian commercial media often seem to endeavour to outdo their governmental relatives.

And speaking of uncritical media, how many have noticed the expense and impracticality of wind power, “The fantasy of wind”. Dr. North noted, in short:

Robert Bryce, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, writes on the “wind myth“. Texas, he says, has 10GW of installed wind-generation capacity – nearly three times as much as any other state. But during three sweltering days last week, when the state set new records for electricity demand, this “vast herd of turbines” proved incapable of producing any serious amount of power.

As with so much else we notice here the delusional stupidity and overweening arrogance of contemporary government, whether it has to do with climate change (apd), economic conditions and money or local government or . . . name your own source of poison.

It’s difficult to distinguish between lying and expressions of delusion but presumably the lie tends to depend upon a delusion, some divorce from reality and builds on that small or large point all the while manipulating language to serve. Hence that constant stream of “calculated and incessant propaganda”.

A week ago Melanie Phillips told of “How the liberals ruined Britain”:

The married two-parent family, educational meritocracy, punishment of criminals, national identity, enforcement of the drugs laws and many more fundamental conventions were all smashed by a liberal intelligentsia hell-bent on a revolutionary transformation of society. . . .

The result is fatherless boys who are consumed by an existential rage and desperate emotional need, and who take out the damage done to them by lashing out from infancy at everyone around them.

There is a sense in which this “existential rage” and perhaps similar “desperate emotional need” extends way beyond the children and young people who engaged in looting and wanton destruction of property and livelihoods in London and elsewhere last week.

Elections, today, have one primary characteristic: bribery based upon delusion. An election is now but one expression of the great cargo cult of the West in its decline. All we have now is underpinned by a sinking sand of debt, $55trillion in the US alone. The linkages between economic fantasy, “existential rage” and intellectual and moral lassitude, and in some peculiar manner secularization are extremely difficult to define let alone construct historically.

People have sometime known in the past, that they have behaved foolishly, usually by engaging in some form of speculation thus bringing ruin to their households. Guilty men sought to rebuild personal morale. Notwithstanding that it was not the author’s intention, this became evident in the course of reading The Revival of 1857–58: Interpreting an American Religious Awakening,by Kathryn Teresa Long (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998). It may be that we no longer have that capacity. That, too, may represent some part of the “existential rage” and “calculated and incessant propaganda” defining so much of our world today.




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