From Psycho-Linguistics to the Politics of Psychopathy. Part 1: Propaganda.

We are living in an Orwellian society. Here’s a long but important article about the way language has been used to promote psychopathy in society and politics, and target the most vulnerable members of society. It’s a form of societal scapegoating, not much different than the way dysfunctional families target their most sensitive member (the “truthteller”) for abuse and ostracization.

Although this post is told from the perspective of modern British society, it definitely applies to America too (probably even more so), and most of the western world. Psychopathy–and its attendant lack of empathy and ruthlessness–is glorified, even though it’s not called by that name. The real victims of this compassionless agenda–the poor, disabled, minority races, immigrants, and people who otherwise don’t fit the stereotypical “ideal”–are blamed for all the ills of society even though they have never had any power. Think about how similar this is to what goes on in dysfunctional families headed by narcissists. It’s society-wide gaslighting and blame-shifting.

Language is a powerful weapon, and is being successfully used to promote this evil agenda of selfishness and callous disregard. It’s the real world Newspeak.

Politics and Insights

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1. Propaganda Techniques

Metacognition: We need to be mindful of how we think as well as what we think.

While the term propaganda has acquired a strongly negative connotation by association with its most manipulative and jingoistic examples (e.g. Nazi propaganda used to justify the Holocaust), propaganda in its original sense was neutral, and could refer to uses that were generally benign or innocuous, such as public health recommendations, signs encouraging citizens to participate in a census or election, or messages encouraging people to report crimes to law agencies, amongst others.

So the exact definition of propaganda is constantly debated, and no specific definition is completely agreed. Some argue that any persuasive communication is propaganda, whilst others hold that propaganda specifically alters political opinions. However, it is doubtless that propaganda is material which is meant to manipulate or change public opinion, and though it may vary in form and technique, it always…

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4 Responses to From Psycho-Linguistics to the Politics of Psychopathy. Part 1: Propaganda.

  1. S says:

    Good point. How can people who never really had power be blamed? Certainly they can’t be at fault. I’m speaking society-wide here.

    However, in a family, which is much scaled down from a group of society, the scapegoat often had the power and didn’t even know it. Sometimes the scapegoat is the real heir in the family. So their mind is messed with so they cant see it going on. They disable the wealth and take it for themselves.

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    • luckyotter says:

      I’m not sure what you mean by this. Can you dumb that down for me? Also, I’m not sure why your comment went into moderation, but it’s approved so no worries.

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  2. S says:

    You know why it went into moderation? I realized after I hit the “post comment” button that I slightly misspelled my email address. But by then it was posting and too late for me to do anything about it.

    I take it you’re talking about blaming the scapegoat in a family-setting.

    In my case, I only recently deciphered that I am the second-born daughter to a wealthy father and poverty-stricken mother. Basically she married him for the money. My only other sib is older, and I think he came from a different father, so it was paternity-fraud. Really only narc mother would know that.

    As family died over the years, I never got any lump sums or inheritance. I think my Dad didn’t know the first-born wasn’t his. So that leaves me the real heir who pretty much got nothing and as the fog lifted from my mind I became very physically ill out of nowhere but I got away. And then I was disowned probably because Narc mother knew my truth was right around the corner for me.

    I wasn’t wanted. I was made to further her. Maybe my Dads mother knew and insisted I be made/born. His mother(my grandmother), is where the wealth came from originally. And I look so much like her, more than anybody does, because she had the strongest gene pool, she was more evolved. Which doesn’t make us better or anything, but, I still say some of the narcs view it as an advantage.

    A therapist from years and years ago did say to me, “Second born girls have it the worst.”
    Probably because we have the same gender as our mothers as well as the reasons I stated above. Narc mo is angry and jealous. Delusional of the daughter.

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