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Democracy is a more fertile subject than you may think. One has only to look at the many types there are to see that. It's the system that runs our world and gives humanity freedom and self-determination, so it's continuously relevant. From election fraud to electoral reform, protest movements to pure theory, this is the home for people who believe in the power of democracy.

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-Human Freedom Index by The Cato Institute 2016

-Democracy Index by the Economist Intelligence Unit 2016

-Index of Economic Freedom by Heritage 2017

-Economic Freedom of the World by Frasier Institute 2016

-Freedom in the World by Freedom House 2017

-Freedom on the Net by Freedom House 2016

-Freedom of the Press by Freedom House 2017

-Nations in Transit by Freedom House 2017 (This report tracks democracy in countries that were formerly communist from Central Europe to Central Asia)

-Worldwide Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders 2017

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How Can Participatory Democracy Leverage Blockchain for Transparency and Anonymity in Modern Politics?

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Women of color seen as huge potential vote in November — here’s why they’re motivated

A first-of-its-kind national poll by Intersections Of Our Lives showed remarkable agreement between all women of color (Latina, Black & AAPI) on their priorities heading into this year’s election. 

https://localnewsmatters.org/2024/06/13/women-of-color-seen-as-huge-potential-vote-in-november-heres-why-theyre-motivated/

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The Man Who Would Be King

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In the grip of the upper class: Weltspiegel Doku: Im Griff der Upper Class

Im Griff der Upper Class (In the grip of the Upper Class)

German Journalist Annette Dittert looks at the role of the aristocracy and monarchy in the UK. I contacted her after the coronation and she replied saying she was researching the issues. She's finally released this video. It's all in German but if you can't find English subtitles, I'll give you an overview:

  • she used to think the monarchy was romantic but after 15 years in the UK and seeing the level of poverty, she's grown sceptical

-she calls out the monarchy's hidden influences e.g not paying tax, vetting laws

  • she questions the lifelong peerage in the House of Lords
  • for "balance" she speaks to people of different ethnic minorities who have access to Cambridge and Oxford uni
  • the Earl of Leicester arrogantly claims benefit seekers are lazy and deserve poverty while being interviewed in a giant state manor

-a vicar helps his poor community in Burnley but claims we need the monarchy as it's "above politics "

  • her conclusion: maybe if the aristocracy gave up some of it's unfair privileges and contributed more, then it could remain as a stabilising factor but as it stands, it's entitled and a symbol of how unequal the UK is.

I will write to her, firstly to congratulate her on the brutal honesty. Many British people don’t like such a sober analysis, so an outsider view is refreshing. Secondly, I'll ask if she would speak to Republic to get our view and show how we are fighting for change

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NOTHING BUT TRUTH – HOW LIARS CREATE THE ILLUSION OF TRUTH

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I want to risk to explain why so many normal and often good people fall for Donald Trumps rhetoric and propaganda – while it seems obviously unexplainable that it even could happen in 2024.

For this I will compare the rhetoric style used by Nazi Germany famously by Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels with what is Trump doing today.

This is not a direct comparison between Hitler and Trump in a form of Olympic competition - like:

1.      Who Killed more Jews? Hitler

2.      Who has the better Hairstyle? Trump

3.      Who was the better leader? Trump

The only question that matters is –

how did they use rhetoric, propaganda and lies to get the “blind” cult-like support of so many decent people?

 

So lets start at the beginning with some basic definitions and clarifications.

What is propaganda or a propagandist?

Propaganda refers to the deliberate and systematic effort to manipulate public opinion by means of symbols, arguments, or lies. It is a form of communication that aims to influence or persuade an audience, often with the intention of furthering a specific agenda.

Key points about propaganda:

Definition:

Propaganda involves the dissemination of information—whether factual, biased, or misleading—to shape people’s beliefs, attitudes, or actions. It is typically conveyed through mass media channels.

Purpose:

Propagandists have specific goals, such as promoting a political cause, advancing a particular viewpoint, or supporting someone’s agenda. They deliberately select facts, arguments, and symbols to achieve their objectives.

Manipulation:

Unlike casual conversation or open exchange of ideas, propaganda involves deliberate selectivity and manipulation. Propagandists may omit relevant facts, distort information, or even lie to sway public opinion.

In other words – for propagandists “objective truth” doesn’t matter. And here is the clue – a propagandist will always demand “the truth” for himself. The propagandist is a “truthteller” and everyone who has a different view of what the propagandist is saying – must be a liar. This is important to understand and keep in mind in the further context. There cannot be “two different truths” existent at the same time. Which is most often true – a paradox, isn’t it?

What is rhetoric?

Rhetoric is the art of persuasion. It is one of the three ancient arts of discourse along with grammar and logic & dialectic. As an academic discipline within the humanities, rhetoric aims to study the techniques that speakers or writers use to inform, persuade, and motivate their audiences. Rhetoric appeals to a person’s logic and/or emotions in order to support the speaker’s intended purpose.

So as an introduction before we dive deeper – someone who read that must have understood that propaganda represents the specific kind of information => the “what” and rhetoric is a supportive “technique” to human persuasion => the “how” to transport the “what” (information). Both together make a toxic cocktail of LIES with the clear mission to mislead people, to make them believe what the propagandist is saying and in the propagandist himself.

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THE BIG LIE

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Maybe someone has already heard of the quote:

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This is quotation is actually false attributed to Goebbels.

The full version of the most popular forged quotation reads as follows:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

No one is able to cite the source of this quote. And just think about it one second. Goebbels wouldn’t have ever said that in public. He was a propaganda expert and always demanded TRUTH FOR HIMSELF and the German Reich. Wouldn’t he had been a pretty bad propagandist who publicly said to his audience that he was going to lie to them? Absolutely not!

The Nazis issued a weekly series of posters with inspiring quotations that were displayed throughout Germany. One from 1940 displays Goebbels’s alleged a “love of truth” in a quotation from his 1933 Nuremberg Rally speech on propaganda:

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In german it reads:

“Goebbels: Die Wahrheit ist immer härter als die Lüge”.

The english translation would be:

“The truth is always tougher than the lie” or

“The truth is always stone hardener than the lie”.

Which would be the correct interpretation is hard to say – I would suggest the second one.

Goebbels accused others of using the technique of constant lying (sounds familiar with Trump, doesn’t it?).

In a 1941 article titled “Churchill’s Lie Factory,” he wrote:

“One should not as a rule reveal one’s secrets, since one does not know if and when one may need them again. The essential British leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The Brits follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.

Goebbels accuses the Brits of using the technique of the “big lie”, projecting his own propaganda secret and while credibility was his most important valuta as the Reichs top propagandist, who would believe that the truthteller himself would publicly announce of lying to the public?

The original description of the “big lie” can be adopted from the book “Mein Kampf” by Adolf Hitler. He applied it to the behavior of Jews rather than as a tactic he advocated. Specifically, he accused Viennese Jews of trying to discredit the Germans’ activities during World War I. Hitler wrote of the Jews’

“unqualified capacity for falsehood”

and

“that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation…. From time immemorial, however, the Jews have known better than any others how falsehood and calumny can be exploited.

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What a staggering epiphany of Hitler – isnt it? So what does he really say here?

  1. Broad masses of a nation are more easily corrupted through their emotions (love, hate, passion, shame etc.)
  2. Simple minds fall more readily victims to the big lie because of their nature in lying themselves in small matters but being ashamed of telling themselves large-scale falsehoods KNOWINGLY (that’s a key point!)
  3. Because of their own projection to the actions of others - like: I wouldn’t lie about that so the other person wouldn’t do that either – the simple mind takes the big lie as a fact, as reality and the messenger as a truthteller. “Even though the facts which prove this to be so [a big lie] may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation” – I couldn’t say it any better. Once the big lie manifests in their minds as absolute undoubtful undeniable truth – NOTHING can change their minds about the big lie.
  4. Present an enemy to blame and accuse them of exploiting the simlpe minds.

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As you can see, there is another misplaced quote of Goebbels which originates from Hitlers “Mein Kampf”.

"In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility,"

Hitler wrote in "Mein Kampf," his 1925 autobiographical manifesto.

The inherent force of credibility coming from the big lie is like the radiation of uranium. It’s an unseen toxic force which infiltrates the minds and core beliefs of people. 

“This man is so eloquent and civil; no he wouldn’t lie to me.”

“What would be Hitler’s advantage in lying to me in such a blatant way? All lies will be exposed. No, he wouldn’t do that.”

“It’s morally unjustifiable to lie about such things.”

These are examples of possible ways of thinking if a decent and morally well-educated civilian is confronted with a man like Hitler and hears what he says. Their own moral compass and beliefs opens the door of exploitation to Hitler, if he [Hitler] would KNEW and assume that people would take him seriously.

"Repetition is important, because the Big Lie works through indoctrination,"

Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology who is noted as an expert on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse, told Salon by email.

"The Big Lie then becomes its own evidence base — if it is repeated enough, people believe it, and the very repetition almost tautologically becomes the support for the Lie."

Durvasula added that this is amplified by the numerous media platforms which exist in the modern era, as they trick people into thinking a certain falsehood has been reinforced even if all of their media platforms have the same political leanings.

"Hear something enough it becomes truth," Durvasula explained. "People assume there is an evidence base when the lie is big (it's like a blind spot)."

The successful using of rhetorical techniques helped Hitler to bring a well-educated whole German civilization in the 1930s into a hypnotic fascist trance to engage in the cruelest crimes normal people cannot even imagine, a war humankind never seen before and the most horrific genocide in known human history ever occurred. Dissent was squashed, fascism prevailed, and even so-called moderates began to think that there must be at least some truth in the accusations. After all, the lies were being repeated everywhere. This omnipresence, apparently, is a big part of what makes it so easy for people to be fooled by a Big Lie.

THAT IS INDEED THE POWER OF THE BIG LIE

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And I argue in this episode, writing this little essay, that Donald Trump is exactly utilizing Hitlers NAZI technique of the big lie – which was perfected in many forms through Goebbels – today in the US society.

First and foremost, what is "the big lie" Trump is using to deceive the people who listen to him? Is there only one big lie or more? These are my personal obeservations - there might be more.

  1. America is not great, but a nation in decline. The Deepstate and the WEF globalists are running everything.
  2. The democrats are radical leftists and the enemy of the people and the greatest threat to the country.
  3. The media is lying and misleading people for the benefit of the Deepstate and the globalists – aka fake news.
  4. The 2020 election was rigged and stolen from the people.

And “fake news” also isn’t a new concept. Hitler called it already “Lügenpresse = lying press”, but the origins of that are much older.

According to the OSS psychological profile, Hitler described his use of the big lie in a form of a rulebook - how to adopt and live it.

His primary rules were:

  1. never allow the public to cool off;
  2. never admit a fault or wrong;
  3. never concede that there may be some good in your enemy;
  4. never leave room for alternatives;
  5. never accept blame;
  6. concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong;
  7. people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one;
  8. and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.

Are you able to identify the parallels in Donald Trumps techniques?

Since he began his campaign before the 2016 presidential election he created the MAGA movement. “Make America Great Again”. Which implies, that in his and his supporters view, America is not great anymore. He sells his people the snake oil of “bringing back the good ol’ times”. Interestingly he never really specified which times he specifically means or relates to. Does he speak of the times of American slavery? The nifty fifties after WW2 and the rapid industrial uprise of the USA? Times where abortion was banned and women had no voice to vote? In his 2024 presidential campaign Trump is a bit more specific, because he can rely in his 4 years in office and claims – falsely – that during his term everything in the country was great, tremendous and much better than today. It is no coincidence that his supporters use national symbols, adopt them to identify themselves as part of the group/movement. We against them.

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So which points can we objectively apply from Hitlers “Big Lie Rulebook” to the main four big lies of Donald Trump?

1. NEVER allow the public to cool off

In his speeches he often uses defamation of his enemies like “crooked Joe Biden” or “corrupt Judge Merchan/Engoron”. The level of defamation in this election is staggering. By using continually defamations in every two sentences of everything he is saying, he is “normalizing” this kind of communication. People get used to it and they begin just to parrot his words. But his defamation is often combined with exaggeration. For example he is accusing the NY Judge Juan Merchan to be “perfectly corrupt”  or “he is so corrupt nobody has ever seen such a corrupt judge”. All of this creates emotion in his audience which opens them up for further rhetorical and propagandist exploitation. His basic MAGA plot is to make America great as it was back in the days, he is fighting for every American, but the evil forces against him try to stop him with all means.

While this part of his rulebook vastly applies to his own audience, he drives it further to the other half of the nation. There is no Trump rally where he didn’t say something so bizarre or outrageous the media was silent on the rally itself.

2. NEVER admit a fault or wrong

This is a feature Trump, he has almost perfected. Has someone ever seen him to acknowledge to be wrong on something? He is such a good player of this rule that he nearly invented the inverted victimhood anew. He is absolutely blameless in his mind and thus not the one to blame for anything. And even if he had to blame his own supporters, he will do it without even thinking about it. For example, in the latest Fox News interview he claimed that he never said “Lock her [Hillary Clinton] up” as he publicly defamed her of being a criminal mastermind. In Addition to that, Trump’s behavior in the E Jean Carroll case has been a classic exhibit. The defamation case was brought after Trump said she was “totally lying”, explaining that “she’s not my type”, about her description of his sexual assault of her in a book and a New York magazine article. He issued a formal statement from the White House on 19 July 2019:

“If anyone has information that the Democratic Party is working with Ms Carroll or New York magazine, please notify us as soon as possible. The world should know what’s really going on. It is a disgrace, and people should pay dearly for such false accusations.”

Trump’s pattern is textbook manipulation. It has a precise name given to it after decades of academic research. Jennifer Freyd, now professor emerita of psychology at the University of Oregon, developed the theory over her career studying sexual assault, trauma and institutional betrayal. She named the process by which the perpetrator seeks to avoid accountability DARVO – a strategy with the elements of Denial, Attack, and Reversal of Victim and Offender. Give me any topic Trump is taking on and I can lay out the elements of DARVO he uses.

3. NEVER concede that there may be some good in your enemy

Trump is not a kind of person who is able to engage in civil form of dialogue or changing his mind based on objective presented facts. He only knows his truth and anyone who is not following his truths is automatically his enemy. It’s a 0 or 1 pattern, like a computer. Has he ever said anything about a person he himself saw as his enemy? Trump’s language in his Darvo screed about the documents he had secreted at Mar-a-Lago was a replica of his most historic speech. In his rant on 6 January 2021 to the assembled mob ready to march on the Capitol, he presented himself as the victim in almost exactly the same words.

“All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical-left Democrats, which is what they’re doing. And stolen by the fake news media … You don’t concede when there’s theft involved … We will stop the steal.”

He turned Mike Pence, his OWN vice-president, into an enemy, mentioning his name seven times. The gallows were already being constructed in front of the Capitol, yet Trump and his mob were the ones being intimidated and silenced.

“We will not let them silence your voices.”

And of course the media (not aligned with his personal narrative, like CNN or MSNBC) was “the enemy of the people”.

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Imagine if this mob would have grabbed Mike Pence on that day - imagine what would have happened to him. The "Lynchmob" was ready to do everything for their leader. Seriously - Who the fuck goes with prepared wood panels and rope to build a gallows to hang Mike Pence or some congress members and calls it a "peacful demonstration"?

So what is he saying about the “crime family Biden” and the “radical leftists”?

In a post on Truth Social, written in capital letters, Trump said:

"CROOKED JOE BIDEN IS THE WEAKEST, MOST INCOMPETENT, AND MOST DISHONEST PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES BUT, MOST IMPORTANTLY, HE IS THE WORST PRESIDENT OUR COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN OR KNOWN. HOPEFULLY, THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER ONE LIKE HIM. HE IS A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY!"

During a 90-minute speech at the far-right Evangelical “Faith and Freedom Conference” in Washington, speaking to a crowd of Christian fundamentalists, Trump claimed that the Democratic Party was

“trying to impose their woke communism on every man, woman, and child.”

Urging the audience of religious zealots to stand by his side in 2024, Trump declared, in near-apocalyptic terms,

“Together, we’re warriors in a righteous crusade to stop the arsonists, the atheists, the globalists, and the Marxists!”

The word “globalists” has long been used by the right as a code word for Jews, similar to how “cosmopolitan” was deployed in the past. Trump raged about the supposed persecution of Christians under President Joe Biden and implied that investigations of his own crimes were punishment for standing up for Christianity.

“They want to take away my freedom because I won’t let them take your freedom,”

he said, reminding listeners about how his Supreme Court appointments cemented the majority that repealed Roe v. Wade.

“No president has ever fought for Christians as hard as I have,”

Trump told his rapt adorers.

“I got it done,”

he said, referring to stripping women of their constitutional right to an abortion.

Describing his supposed sacrifices in almost Christ-like terms, Trump portrayed himself as a modern-day martyr for the cause.

“Every time the radical left Democrats, Marxists, communists, and fascists indict me, I consider it a great badge of courage—I’m being indicted for you,”

he said. The irony of a fascist posing a false equivalence between Marxism with fascism was lost on those attending the Christian conference.

4. NEVER leave room for alternatives

As previously described Trump thinks in a way where there is no in between – for him only 0 and 1 exists. This is ultimately underscored by the fact that he uses absolute words like “never, always, all etc.” which leaves no room for alternatives and/or misinterpretations. 

"It's totally unconstitutional. I'm not allowed to talk but people are allowed to talk about me,"

Trump said outside the courtroom on April 23, one of the many times he has inveighed against the order. Hereby he is not mentioning that the only thing he is not allowed to do is attacking the court and the jury.

"But this was a rigged decision right from day one with a conflicted judge who should have never been allowed to try this case, never. And we will fight for our Constitution. This is long from over. Thank you very much."

Why should this judge never been allowed to trial his case? Because he is a conflicted and corrupt judge in Trumps worldview. He does not present and provable facts to support his claim but in Trumps world – the world of a propagandist, it doesn’t matter, the BIG LIE(S) are his sword.

5. NEVER accept blame

Trump never accepts blame - and never did. He is blameless. If he loses anything its either rigged or a hoax against him. And as outlined in rule 2 Trump has the special ability (DARVO) to portrait himself as victim to justify the blaming of others. He didn't accept any blame or wrongdoing handling COVID. He didn't accept any blame in forcing the USA to leave Afghanistan. He actually didn't even accept the fact that he lost the popular vote in 2016. And the current Republican Party treats him exactly this way - blameless. It doesn't matter if he is a convicted felon, because in their world it has no worth being convicted in a political witchhunt and a corrupt rigged court - right?

6. Concentrate on ONE enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong

For years, Trump has wielded accusations of left-wing radicalism against anyone who challenged him, but after his verdict, he slid further into fascist-like language. Speaking to supporters at a series of campaign rallies, he alleged that a supposed coalition of “communists,” “socialists,” and “Marxists” had combined as “a powerful force” targeting him and plotting the downfall of the United States.

Or he is going against immigrants

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That these statements are so similar is indeed no coincidence, because Trump is using Hitler's & Goebbels' Playbook of THE BIG LIE. This has purpose, it has structure it fullfills its goal.

7. People will believe a BIG LIE sooner than a little one

When Trump is lying he uses the big lie. After he was convicted on the NY Hush money/election interference trial "the Biden Crime Family weaponized the judicial system to persecute unwanted political rivals". Which are blatant big lies. It wasn’t a federal trial but a state trial. Neither the DOJ nor the office of the President Joe Biden had anything to do with it. While a jury of his peers convicted Trump beyond a reasonable doubt he cannot and will not stop to lie about it. After the DOJ convicted Joe Bidens son Hunter Biden, a new lie emerged to explain the obvious flaws in the underlying big lie about Trump NY prosecution.

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His propaganda arms are spreading these disinformation all along.

8. If you REPEAT THE BIG LIE frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.

 

"This was a disgrace. This was a rigged trial by a conflicted judge who was corrupt as a rigged trial, a disgrace. They wouldn't give us a venue change. We were at 5 percent or 6 percent in this district, in this area. This was a rigged, disgraceful trial."

Its just one good example how Trump is utilizing this rule. He repeats himself and his keypoints as often as he can in a short period of time. The 4 BIG lies I have observed are always part of his Rally speeches - in one way or another. He repeats them also in his softball interviews in the national media.

 

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“But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.”

― Adolf Hitler

 

"And it's OK, I'm fighting for our country, I'm fighting for our Constitution. Our whole country is being rigged right now. This was done by the Biden administration in order to vote to wound or hurt an opponent, a political opponent. And I think it's just a disgrace."

 

"And we'll keep fighting. We'll fight till the end and we'll win. Because our country's gone to hell. We don't have the same country anymore. We have a divided mess. We're a nation in decline, serious decline."

 

"But this was a rigged decision right from day one with a conflicted judge who should have never been allowed to try this case, never. And we will fight for our Constitution. This is long from over. Thank you very much."

 

So how many times he used “disgrace” “rigged” “fight” in his 30 seconds rant?

Recently, a team led by Lisa Fazio of Vanderbilt University set out to test how the illusion of truth effect interacts with our prior knowledge. Would it affect our existing knowledge? They used paired true and un-true statements, but also split their items according to how likely participants were to know the truth (so "The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean on Earth" is an example of a "known" items, which also happens to be true, and "The Atlantic Ocean is the largest ocean on Earth" is an un-true item, for which people are likely to know the actual truth). The results show that the illusion of truth effect worked just as strongly for known as for unknown items, suggesting that prior knowledge won’t prevent repetition from swaying our judgements of plausibility. To cover all bases, the researchers performed one study in which the participants were asked to rate how true each statement seemed on a six-point scale, and one where they just categorized each fact as "true" or "false". Repetition pushed the average item up the six-point scale, and increased the odds that a statement would be categorized as true. For statements that were actually fact or fiction, known or unknown, repetition made them all seem more believable.

What Fazio and colleagues actually found, is that the biggest influence on whether a statement was judged to be true was... whether it actually was true. The repetition effect couldn’t mask the KNOWN truth. With or without repetition, people were still more likely to believe the actual facts as opposed to the lies.

If there are no facts presented to the audience or even worse, the presented facts are fabricated, people will believe the repeated [BIG] lie more likely.

Does anyone remember Trump COVID interview where he tried to convince the journalist that the US COVID death numbers are the "best" in the world? It showed clearly and live on TV that Trump doesn't care about objective facts. He just keeps on lying and repeating his narrative - even when he looks ridiculous. Unfortunately it seems that just a small portion of US citizens are actually fact checking Trumps claims for themselves.

In addition to that Trump has learned to utilize social media platforms in a perfect way to spread his BIG LIE(S) out to the masses. He uses all the big platforms like Facebook, X (former Twitter), Truth Social (his own media platform) as well as the chinese spy platform TikTok. All in addition to existent newspapers, radio and national TV platforms he has the biggest megafone in his hands the world can actually provide. This is serously concerning.

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And at this point I close my argument. I hope that this was an interesting excurse to the comparison of Donald Trump and Hitler in terms of the utilization of propaganda and rhetoric.

Maybe it helps you to REALLY GRASP AND UNDERSTAND how dangerous THE BIG LIE really is and what kind of a threat Donald Trump represents, not only to the US but to all people all over the world. In his second term he will dismantle all checks and balances and become a supreme ruler who will not leave again – voluntarily. After his first presidency he tried and failed. A second time he will not fail again, because he has learned. Implementing "Project 2025" will lay the grounds for his supreme leadership and power consolidation in the presidency.

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Sources I’ve used:

How liars create the ‘illusion of truth’ (bbc.com)

Who said it: Donald Trump or Adolf Hitler? (telegraph.co.uk)

Editorial: Don’t credit Goebbels for what Trump has made his own - The Gila Herald

Fabricated Nazi Quotations (bytwerk.com)

Joseph Goebbels On the “Big Lie” (jewishvirtuallibrary.org)

Museum Exhibits Nazi Propaganda and Texas Media During WWII | Texas Standard

The psychological reason that so many fall for the "Big Lie" | Salon.com

Deny, attack, reverse – Trump has perfected the art of inverted victimhood | Sidney Blumenthal | The Guardian

Trump hints at deportation of Communists if he’s re-elected – People's World (peoplesworld.org)

Trump goes all in on Nazi rhetoric, and the media gives him another free pass  (thehill.com)

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Is Democracy dead?

I started believing that democracy itself is dead or dying. We may want to have faith in it and believe we live in a great democracy, but let’s be honest: our politics has become a sport. It’s all about which party wins and who loses. Washington, D.C. has become the Roman Colosseum. Whether people benefit or not does not matter anymore; it’s all about the party’s victory. Lying, bluffing, and demagoguery are the names of the game. Look carefully at what’s happening in Congress—it’s almost painful to watch. Do those elected members of Congress have any interest in the people who voted them in? It seems they are conning their constituents. Morality, honesty, and sincerity no longer matter. What matters is how good you are at demagoguery and how effectively you lead the herd. Our collective moral compass is broken.

But the big question is, why and how did this happen? The short answer is that capitalism has overtaken the naivete of democracy. More specifically, predatory capitalism is the problem. Money corrupts politicians. In short, the most effective remedy would be to take money out of politics. If we can’t do that (and maybe it’s already too late), democracy is history.

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Democratic Mods

Has this sub ever held an election for moderators?

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2024/06/13
17:25 UTC

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When the government creates a bill to be voted on, for what ever issue, should it be for just the 1 item?

So let's say it's for abortion. That's a hot button issue. The house has to vote weather it's legal to get one anywhere in the USA. We'll call it bill96. Bill 96 gets passed around and other officials and branches add more issues to be voted on. Child care assistance. Education fund for at risk children. Blah blah blah. By the time Bill 96 rolls to the speaker Bill 96 is a roll longer than toilet paper. And now there's a bunch of issues that people hate. So they kill the bill. Abortions remain illegal for everyone including children under the age of 16 and rape victims. But what if you changed that policy. What if you can only have 1 bill with only 1 issue. And everyone has to vote on it. Yay or nay. That way a bill gets visited and debated properly and you'll see which senator is working in your best interests with the voting. What do you think?

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2024/06/13
07:22 UTC

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Why Macron Called a Snap Election

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2024/06/12
11:10 UTC

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I Latin America's MOST DANGEROUS CITY to better understand the immigration movement to the US. How do you think your country should handle current immigration policy? Will it affect how you vote in the next election?

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2024/06/09
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Keep on grinding

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2024/06/07
21:40 UTC

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No, Trump’s Felonies Won’t Help Him Win

In the hours and now days since Trump’s guilty verdict, his supporters have circled the wagons and convinced themselves that his 34 felony convictions will actually help him win. This article examines how well that claim holds up to the available data, and offers observations and analysis about the 2024 election, criminally prosecuting heads of state, partisan hypocrisy, and Trump’s other legal troubles.

https://americandreaming.substack.com/p/no-trumps-felonies-wont-help-him

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