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lone-wolf
08-19-2017, 12:32 PM
History is full of examples of Mass Hysterias. They happen fairly often. The cool thing about mass hysterias is that you donít know when you are in one. But sometimes the people who are not experiencing the mass hysteria can recognize when others are experiencing one, if they know what to look for.

Iíll teach you what to look for.

A mass hysteria happens when the public gets a wrong idea about something that has strong emotional content and it triggers cognitive dissonance that is often supported by confirmation bias. In other words, people spontaneously hallucinate a whole new (and usually crazy-sounding) reality and believe they see plenty of evidence for it. The Salem Witch Trials are the best-known example of mass hysteria. The McMartin Pre-School case and the Tulip Bulb hysteria are others. The dotcom bubble probably qualifies. We might soon learn that the Russian Collusion story was mass hysteria in hindsight. The curious lack of solid evidence for Russian collusion is a red flag. But weíll see how that plays out.

The most visible Mass Hysteria of the moment involves the idea that the United States intentionally elected a racist President. If that statement just triggered you, it might mean you are in the Mass Hysteria bubble. The cool part is that you canít fact-check my claim you are hallucinating if you are actually hallucinating. But you can read my description of the signs of mass hysteria and see if you check off the boxes.

If youíre in the mass hysteria, recognizing you have all the symptoms of hysteria wonít help you be aware you are in it. Thatís not how hallucinations work. Instead, your hallucination will automatically rewrite itself to expel any new data that conflicts with its illusions.

But if you are not experiencing mass hysteria, you might be totally confused by the actions of the people who are. They appear to be irrational, but in ways that are hard to define. You canít tell if they are stupid, unscrupulous, ignorant, mentally ill, emotionally unstable or what. It just looks frickiní crazy.

The reason you canít easily identify what-the-hell is going on in the country right now is that a powerful mass hysteria is in play. If you see the signs after I point them out, youíre probably not in the hysteria bubble. If you read this and do NOT see the signs, it probably means youíre trapped inside the mass hysteria bubble.

Here are some signs of mass hysteria. This is my own take on it, but I welcome you to fact-check it with experts on mass hysteria.

1. The trigger event for cognitive dissonance

On November 8th of 2016, half the country learned that everything they believed to be both true and obvious turned out to be wrong. The people who thought Trump had no chance of winning were under the impression they were smart people who understood their country, and politics, and how things work in general. When Trump won, they learned they were wrong. They were so very wrong that they reflexively (because this is how all brains work) rewrote the scripts they were seeing in their minds until it all made sense again. The wrong-about-everything crowd decided that the only way their world made sense, with their egos intact, is that either the Russians helped Trump win or there are far more racists in the country than they imagined, and he is their king. Those were the seeds of the two mass hysterias we witness today.

Trump supporters experienced no trigger event for cognitive dissonance when Trump won. Their worldview was confirmed by observed events.

2. The Ridiculousness of it

One sign of a good mass hysteria is that it sounds bonkers to anyone who is not experiencing it. Imagine your neighbor telling you he thinks the other neighbor is a witch. Or imagine someone saying the local daycare provider is a satanic temple in disguise. Or imagine someone telling you tulip bulbs are more valuable than gold. Crazy stuff.

Compare that to the idea that our president is a Russian puppet. Or that the country accidentally elected a racist who thinks the KKK and Nazis are ďfine people.Ē Crazy stuff.

If you think those examples donít sound crazy Ė regardless of the reality Ė you are probably inside the mass hysteria bubble.

3. The Confirmation Bias

If you are inside the mass hysteria bubble, you probably interpreted President Trumpís initial statement on Charlottesville Ė which was politically imperfect to say the least Ė as proof-positive he is a damned racist.

If you are outside the mass hysteria bubble you might have noticed that President Trump never campaigned to be our moral leader. He presented himself as Ė in his own words ďno angelĒ Ė with a set of skills he offered to use in the publicís interest. He was big on law and order, and equal justice under the law. But he never offered moral leadership. Voters elected him with that knowledge. Evidently, Republicans donít depend on politicians for moral leadership. Thatís probably a good call.

When the horror in Charlottesville shocked the country, citizens instinctively looked to their president for moral leadership. The president instead provided a generic law and order statement. Under pressure, he later named specific groups and disavowed the racists. He was clearly uncomfortable being our moral lighthouse. Thatís probably why he never described his moral leadership as an asset when running for office. We observe that he has never been shy about any other skill he brings to the job, so it probably isnít an accident when he avoids mentioning any ambitions for moral leadership. If he wanted us to know he would provide that service, I think he would have mentioned it by now.

If you already believed President Trump is a racist, his weak statement about Charlottesville seems like confirmation. But if you believe he never offered moral leadership, only equal treatment under the law, thatís what you saw instead. And you made up your own mind about the morality.

The tricky part here is that any interpretation of what happened could be confirmation bias. But ask yourself which one of these versions sounds less crazy:

1. A sitting president, who is a branding expert, thought it would be a good idea to go easy on murderous Nazis as a way to improve his popularity.

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2. The country elected a racist leader who is winking to the KKK and White Supremacists that they have a free pass to start a race war now.

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3. A mentally unstable racist clown with conman skills (mostly just lying) eviscerated the Republican primary field and won the presidency. He keeps doing crazy, impulsive racist stuff. But for some reason, the economy is going well, jobs are looking good, North Korea blinked, ISIS is on the ropes, and the Supreme Court got a qualified judge. It was mostly luck.

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4. The guy who didnít offer to be your moral leader didnít offer any moral leadership, just law and order, applied equally. His critics cleverly and predictably framed it as being soft on Nazis.

One of those narratives is less crazy-sounding than the others. That doesnít mean the less-crazy one has to be true. But normal stuff happens far more often than crazy stuff. And critics will frame normal stuff as crazy whenever they get a chance.

4. The Oversized Reaction

It would be hard to overreact to a Nazi murder, or to racists marching in the streets with torches. That stuff demands a strong reaction. But if a Republican agrees with you that Nazis are the worst, and you threaten to punch that Republican for not agreeing with you exactly the right way, that might be an oversized reaction.

5. The Insult without supporting argument

When people have actual reasons for disagreeing with you, they offer those reasons without hesitation. Strangers on social media will cheerfully check your facts, your logic, and your assumptions. But when you start seeing ad hominem attacks that offer no reasons at all, that might be a sign that people in the mass hysteria bubble donít understand what is wrong with your point of view except that it sounds more sensible than their own.

For the past two days I have been disavowing Nazis on Twitter. The most common response from the people who agree with me is that my comic strip sucks and I am ugly.

The mass hysteria signals I described here are not settled science, or anything like it. This is only my take on the topic, based on personal observation and years of experience with hypnosis and other forms of persuasion. I present this filter on the situation as the first step in dissolving the mass hysteria. It isnít enough, but more persuasion is coming. If you are outside the mass hysteria bubble, you might see what I am doing in this blog as a valuable public service. If you are inside the mass hysteria bubble, I look like a Nazi collaborator.

How do I look to you?

I enjoy his take on things

Doug_M
08-19-2017, 12:51 PM
Nailed it. Er, I mean Nazi collaborator!

Swampdonkey
08-19-2017, 01:51 PM
I know real racists, and they're quite pleased about this semantic progression. They hope that soon it's no big deal to be a racist and they can talk freely about other races and how inferior they are.

lone-wolf
08-19-2017, 02:10 PM
I know real racists, and they're quite pleased about this semantic progression. They hope that soon it's no big deal to be a racist and they can talk freely about other races and how inferior they are.

I doubt they'll like how the market responds.

Waterloomike
08-19-2017, 02:19 PM
Articulate and a good read.

Effin nazi lover!

Rory McCanuck
08-19-2017, 03:25 PM
This should be required reading.

RangeBob
08-19-2017, 04:10 PM
This should be required reading.

So, to support GoC group think, I must
a) not google Emily Rose Nauert Porn
b) read this thread's original post.

I'll have to think on that. What would Rosie O'Donnell do?

Rory McCanuck
08-19-2017, 04:16 PM
...What would Rosie O'Donnell do?
Eat all of the bacon.

Swampdonkey
08-19-2017, 04:21 PM
I doubt they'll like how the market responds.

Racism, particularly established, institutionalized racism, protects the ignorant and lazy. I bet that on some level they know open racism would make life so much simpler and easier for them. Not economically, but socially. People like absolute divisions of us versus them, and race is something that's clear-cut, immutable, and can also be amplified by religion and culture. In an existential time when so many lack identity, belonging, and community, racism provides easy answers to hard questions for those willing to settle for such a solution.

In a backhanded way, Whites (however broadly that term is defined) have managed to become successful because they've largely rejected race (heredity, not culture) as particularly meaningful. It's one less stumbling block on the way to greater understanding.

In short, I'm confident they'll like how the market responds. Some folks sleep so much better at night knowing that everything wrong with the world is the fault of the Whitey, as we can already see manifest. They just want to avoid having their beliefs challenged.

blacksmithden
08-19-2017, 07:20 PM
Meh....Im going out in the bush with my son tomorrow to cut firewood. We'll probably go out a couple more times before the snow flies just because its fun. We'll do a little shooting too no doubt. Somebody let me know when the hysteria is over so I dont miss the end. :p The best thing Ive done in a long time was to get busy and spend more time with my kid....getting more stuff done....spending a LOT less time on the internet. If all out civil war breaks out, somebody call me. That I DONT want to miss.

Zinilin
08-19-2017, 07:41 PM
I wonder if it is intentional, to keep the loonies in the bubble so: they don't notice the decimation of the EPA, or the migration of ATF to just AT, or The Wall construction starting (some contracts signed and construction in a month or so), or the ending of the Green Plans, or the opening of a nuclear storage facility, or INS roundups, or all of the other actual policies that are shutting down the globalist enviro-socialist groundwork.

RangeBob
08-19-2017, 08:14 PM
the bubble .. they don't notice the decimation of the EPA

Report From The Bubble:

This week I saw the EPA is restarting it's help group meetings for those staff who are psychologically uncomfortable with the election of Trump.

I haven't heard anything else about the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency)

Zinilin
08-19-2017, 08:30 PM
Report From The Bubble:

This week I saw the EPA is restarting it's help group meetings for those staff who are psychologically uncomfortable with the election of Trump.

I haven't heard anything else about the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency)

4 days ago Link: EPA to scrap Obama-era rule limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants (http://www.mining.com/epa-to-scrap-obama-era-rule-limiting-water-pollution-from-coal-fired-power-plants/)

1 day ago Link: EPA fines collected against polluters dropped 60% under Trump, report says (http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/10/politics/epa-lawsuits-dip/index.html)

1 day ago Link: EPA Welcomed Industry Feedback Before Reversing Pesticide Ban, Ignoring Health Concerns (https://theintercept.com/2017/08/18/epa-welcomed-industry-feedback-before-reversing-chlorpyrifos-pesticide-ban-ignoring-health-concerns/)

.. and it's not just the EPA. The loonies, MSM included can't see beyond the bubble. They don't see the wrecking ball.

Game On.

Joshua13
08-20-2017, 10:40 AM
Do we have a link to original?

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FallisCowboy
08-20-2017, 10:49 AM
4 days ago Link: EPA to scrap Obama-era rule limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants (http://www.mining.com/epa-to-scrap-obama-era-rule-limiting-water-pollution-from-coal-fired-power-plants/)

1 day ago Link: EPA fines collected against polluters dropped 60% under Trump, report says (http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/10/politics/epa-lawsuits-dip/index.html)

1 day ago Link: EPA Welcomed Industry Feedback Before Reversing Pesticide Ban, Ignoring Health Concerns (https://theintercept.com/2017/08/18/epa-welcomed-industry-feedback-before-reversing-chlorpyrifos-pesticide-ban-ignoring-health-concerns/)

.. and it's not just the EPA. The loonies, MSM included can't see beyond the bubble. They don't see the wrecking ball.

Game On.

That's good, that way they won't we us coming when the time is right.