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First published in England in 1841, Extraordinary Popular Delusions by Charles Mackay became a prescient classic that explored and documented the “madness of crowds” It’s a book so topical and appropriate to our times it begs to be read, and fortunately, you can buy the e-book on Amazon for 49 cents.
“The Trump Era seems to be a fertile breeding ground for the illusion of knowledge.”
Writes Richard Wooley at CNN.com today as Facebook announces that they are essentially throwing Alex Jones off a cliff. It’s certainly about time unless you believe that 2000 children a year really are being shipped to Mars as sex slaves.
“What we do know is: there’s a coverup going on…”
…growls Jones talking about his assertion that the recent Florida school shooting was faked by actors. but there’s no evidence and a mountain of improbability, yet our hunger for the status of secret knowledge holder is insatiable. Everyone wants to be a prophet and everyone wants to be able to talk down to and denigrate others. People like Jones make it easy.
“What we do know…” says Alex, whose blog gets three million hits a month.
It’s a little gift to those who know nothing but want to hide it. Collecting and protecting these wildly delusional opinions is
“an easy way for people to feel like experts in in topics they know nothing about…”
…writes Wooley That’s a large and growing group because the world is changing fast. There are those who still lament the changes brought about since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and how comforting to the perplexed that Trump says he can bring back coal jobs as coal fades away and the remaining jobs are done by robots and the public is unwilling to live with the filth.
Steel jobs are coming back as US Steel builds 6 new mills tweets the President.
No they aren’t and those jobs he claims to have saved went away nor are they building cars in Racine, Wisconsin. But who would puncture their own life raft with pointed questions? It’s like the paleolithic man afraid of those noises in the night listening to the shaman telling him it’s all right as long as he sacrifices part of every hunt – to the shaman.
Comfortable solutions – a plausible story and an anecdote ( truth optional.) Balm to the suffering and the ignorant. It’s like religion: something to take the fear of change and the unknown away.
Why question and why risk having to change your mind by allowing others to question and point to the truth? Invent an enemy and associate critical thinking with that enemy – focus the fear and turn it to anger and “lock her up” becomes the war cry of the gleefully oppressed.
“We know Trump’s got our back,” says a recent Florida TV commercial. That’s just where he sticks the knife.
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