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Post by editor » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:36 pm

This post is an offshoot from a thread regarding election fraud, which began here:
Firestarter wrote:

It's easy to predict that in a "real" democracy the difference in wealth between the "rich" and the "poor" decreases. While the official numbers show that this gap is increasing.
I agree the United States is not a "real" democracy, and has never been. It started out as a representative republic, and eventually became a plantation wholly owned by the international banking cartel; in other words, an oligarchy. Using their control of the media, the oligarchy maintains the illusion of democracy.

The media tells people how they should think, which is really how the oligarchy wants them to think.

The media tells people how the majority does think-- this is often a blatant lie designed to make people who don't agree with the oligarchy believe they are in the minority.

This extends beyond news programs, into a constant barrage that includes entertainment. For example, turn on Kimmel or Fallon, or almost any other program these days and you are treated to a constant harangue of anti-Trump comments.

Just yesterday I was watching Trump's press conference over Charlottesville (I thought Trump handled it very well) with a friend. My friend told me his mom "hates Trump". I asked him why, and he said he has asked her the same thing. He says she doesn't really know why.

I know why-- how could she not hate Trump? She spends hours every day watching television, and everyone on television tells her Trump is bad. How many people can stand up against such a well-organized propaganda machine?

Firestarter, you hate Trump for your own reasons. I don't love him, I didn't vote for him (or anyone), but I don't hate him. In fact I admire his ability to deflect constant attacks from the oligarchy-controlled media. I can't help but strongly suspect he somehow got elected against the wishes of the oligarchy. Sure, it could all be a ruse, but at this point I don't think so, if for no other evidence than the constant attacks on him by the oligarchy-controlled media. That leads me to believe he might not be all bad. The oligarchy is not my friend, but the enemy of my enemy might be. Anyone has to be better than Hillary, who was obviously the oligarchy's choice.

As I see it, most Trump haters, probably 99%, are the ignorant and uneducated who spend most of their time watching television. They are being led around by the nose, by the oligarchy-controlled media. Those same members of the media, by the way, don't really hate Trump-- they simply pretend to hate whoever the oligarchy wants them to hate. After all, the oligarchy signs their paychecks.

Firestarter, to your credit you have actually done some research, and posted more actual reasons to hate Trump than anyone else I've seen. However, your reasons are mostly in the nature of "guilt by association", i.e., Trump was photographed standing next to this bad person, therefore Trump is bad.

Study history back into the antiquities, and you'll see there has always been a "jet set" of people who associated with each other. Those associations are inevitable, due to similar wealth and political stations. The fact they associate does not necessarily mean they have the same beliefs, or participate in the same criminal enterprises.

I realize by opening this topic I'm giving Firestarter a place to compile all his anti-Trump research. So be it. However may I suggest that the mainstream media is already doing this job to the best of their ability, and that it might be more productive to instead work to compile the sins of the oligarchy-backed politicians? Hillary Clinton easily comes to mind.

Getting back to Firestarter's quote up-top, although I despise the oligarchy, I am thankful the United States is not a "real" democracy. I do not trust anyone else to cast votes which might infringe upon my own rights and personal property.

As a quick example--

Money raised from millages go to schools, or to fix sidewalks or build parks. Renters have children who go to schools, and use sidewalks and parks, but they don't (directly) pay property taxes. More people rent than own their own homes. Renters typically tend to vote in favor of millages, which raise property taxes.

Landlords typically don't vote for millages because they don't want to pay more property taxes. Since they are in the minority, they are outvoted. The expense of owning property goes up, forcing the landlord to raise rents.

Somehow, amazingly, most renters never saw this coming when they voted in favor of millages. Funny how that works, isn't it? But wait, all is not lost for the unfortunate renters--

Renters will vote in favor of rent control.

Now you begin to see the problem. The majority of voters (made up of renters) will vote to raise their landlord's expenses while at the same time voting to reduce his collections. Eventually the landlord can no longer afford to make repairs, so the tenants vote to force landlords to make repairs anyway. This doesn't help, since you can't squeeze blood from a stone, it merely accelerates the inevitable. The landlord's property becomes virtually worthless-- his property effectively taken from him by the vote of the majority. He can't sell it, because who else wants to own it under those circumstances?

Finally, the majority of voters (made up of renters) vote to tax the "rich" (it's really the middle class who pays most of the taxes) to subsidize housing for the poor, who are now the only tenants who will live in the once-affluent, but now rundown building which their votes helped destroy.

Democracy in action.

I seem to remember a post of Firestarter's, which criticized Trump's father, and by extension Trump himself, over an allegedly racist practice involving apartment buildings in which the owners were victims of pretty much the same scenario I've described above. Were the Trumps really racist, or were they simply trying to slow the inevitable decay of an investment?

Okay, rant over. I feel better now.
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Re: Trump Haters

Post by Firestarter » Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:00 pm

Firestarter wrote:I'm surely against Trump, but I'm also against the Democrats, Theresa May, Corbijn, or puppet Mark Rutte who studied history together with King Willem-Alexander when he was still called Prins Pils...
One of the most legendary folk singers, Woody Guthry, didn’t like “Old man Trump” (Fred Trump, Donald’s father) any more than I do:
I suppose
Old Man Trump knows
Just how much
Racial Hate
he stirred up
In the bloodpot of human hearts
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Re: Trump Haters

Post by notmartha » Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:53 am

I don't necessarily hate Trump, but I surely hate some of the things he has done (especially concerning his pro-police state decisions). More so, I hate the lies being told about him from the left and the right.

What do you guys think of this article by Chuck Baldwin?

The Truth About Donald Trump
Published: Thursday, August 10, 2017 ... Trump.aspx
This column is written primarily in response to the way a host of televangelists, pastors, self-professing Christian talk show hosts, and Christian leaders are promoting Donald Trump as being a man of “bold Christian faith,” a “Bible-believing Christian,” a “modern Moses,” a “modern John The Baptist,” a “man for the Body of Christ,” a “REAL Christian,” etc., ad infinitum.

Forgive me, but I’ve heard all of this before: back when G.W. Bush was President. One noticeable distinction between Bush II and Trump I is Bush truly did often publically express a personal faith in Jesus Christ--not that that made him a better President. If you ask me, G.W. Bush was one of America’s very WORST presidents--his Christian profession notwithstanding.

In August of last year, I posted a list of the men I believe are America’s ten worst presidents on my Facebook page. If you are interested, here is my list:

Chuck Baldwin Facebook Post - America's Ten Worst Presidents

But at no time has Donald Trump made a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ. A bunch of reverends have claimed Trump has made such a profession, but we have never heard it from Trump himself. And, again, I am not judging his presidency on his religious profession or lack thereof. I judge a civil magistrate--any civil magistrate--on his or her fidelity to the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and principles contained in the Declaration of Independence. That’s it. I really don’t care what the magistrate calls him or herself or what religious label he or she goes by or even what political party they say they represent. I’m merely pointing out the fact that all of the hype about Trump’s Christian profession by these sycophantic, pandering preachers is mere propaganda. And THAT bothers me. I am afraid that these Christian “leaders” are setting America up for another long, bloody war.

So, as a pastor with a national audience, it behooves me to say something.

Because G.W. Bush claimed to be a believer in Jesus Christ, he absolutely could do no wrong in the eyes of America’s evangelical pastors and Christians. When he took America into two unconstitutional, illegal, and immoral wars, Christians cheered; when he bombed innocent men, women, and children in the name of the “war on terror,” Christians cheered; when he created a brand new war doctrine--the preemptive war doctrine--Christians cheered; when he created a gigantic surveillance state and national police force, Christians cheered; when he filled his cabinet and administration with CFR globalists, Christians cheered; and when Bush partnered with Bill and Hillary Clinton in what can only be described as an international crime family, Christians, well, they looked the other way. Bush was a “born-again Christian,” so he could do no wrong.

Like I said, I’ve heard all of this before.

Christians (and conservatives) completely overlooked the Bush family connections to Saudi Arabia; the Bush family connections to international drug running; the Bush family connections to globalist war traders and profiteers; and the Bush family connections to German Nazism and Italian fascism. Bush was a “Christian” and could do no wrong.
And with Donald Trump in the White House, the televangelists, preachers, and Christian leaders are at it again. But here is what Christians are completely overlooking about Donald Trump.

*Donald Trump spent his entire adult life scamming people out of billions of dollars.

Trump's companies have filed for bankruptcy seven times, taking billions of dollars out of people’s pockets in the process. When Trump filed bankruptcy over the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1991, he was $3 billion in debt. Other Trump bankruptcies involving the loss (for other people) of multiple billions of dollars include The Trump Castle in Atlantic City, Trump Plaza and Casino in Atlantic City, the Plaza Hotel in New York City, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts in Atlantic City, and Trump Entertainment Resorts in Atlantic City (once in 2009 and again in 2014). Trump actually brags about these bankruptcies as being “good business.” Speaking of his multiple bankruptcies, Trump gloated, “I don’t think it’s a failure; it’s a success.”

Doug Heller, the executive director of Consumer Watchdog, said Trump is the "most egregious, almost comical example" of the disparity between what the average American faces when going through bankruptcy and the "ease with which the very rich can move in and out of bankruptcy."

Read this article to get the truth about the Trump bankruptcies:

The Truth About The Rise And Fall Of Donald Trump’s Atlantic City Empire

To this day, Trump brags about how “smart” he is as a businessman and shows absolutely no remorse over the billions and billions of dollars that he has bilked out of investors and partners. Shrewd, unscrupulous charlatans might view all of this as “good business,” but it is hardly the mark of a Christian--or even an honorable man.

*Donald Trump spent his entire adult life as a philandering playboy.

Most everyone knows that Donald Trump has been married three times and has had innumerable sexual affairs. When Trump was deposed in the divorce with his first wife, Ivana, he invoked the 5th Amendment right to keep silent about his relationship with “other women” 97 times. He had an affair with his second wife Marla Maples while he was still married to Ivana.

Regarding his current wife, Melania: “In 1999, shortly after they began dating, she participated in an on-air phone call with Trump and Howard Stern, as they discussed her chest, and whether she stole money from Donald’s wallet. When Stern asked to talk to ‘that broad in your bed,’ Trump put her on the line, and she spoke about how they had sex more than daily, and revealed that she was nearly nude. Stern replied, ‘I have my pants off already.’ Thanks to her relationship with Trump, she finally got her glossy-magazine spread--nearly naked in British GQ, handcuffed to a briefcase on a private jet, which Trump supplied. Managing the career moves of his companions was part of a pattern. While he was still married to Ivana, Trump pushed his girlfriend Marla Maples to pose nude in Playboy and reportedly negotiated the fee himself. (The deal fell through.)”

“As Donald’s celebrity ballooned with The Apprentice, Melania was asked to tolerate even more [humiliation]. His public interchanges with Howard Stern, which provided a kind of Greek chorus to their relationship, went from lewdly objectifying to grotesque. He agreed with Stern that his daughter Ivanka was ‘a piece of a##.’ He joked that if Melania were in a horrible, mangling car crash he’d still love her as long as the breasts remained intact. When asked by Stern whether he’d be up for ‘banging 24-year-olds,’ Trump eagerly assented. Subsequent accusations suggest similar improprieties.” (Source: Vanity Fair magazine, April, 2017)

Trump’s lifelong immoralities, infidelities, and sexcapades cannot even be discussed in polite company.
This is the cold, hard truth about who and what Donald Trump has been all of his life. The sleazy statement Trump was caught saying with Billy Bush during the presidential campaign last year was a revelation--not an aberration--of Trump’s personal life.

There is absolutely NOTHING to suggest that Donald Trump even comprehends what honesty, integrity, fidelity, or wholesomeness even looks like.

Oh, yes, and there is this:

*Donald Trump spent his entire business life consorting with international crime syndicates and the Jewish mafia.
One does not become an international casino tycoon without getting in bed with gangsters. The stories revealing Trump’s connections to global criminal enterprises are just now beginning to surface on the Internet. It’s not a pretty picture. If anything, the mainstream media has given Trump a pass so far on the real truth about Trump’s shady shenanigans. If Trump is removed from office, it will be because his past will have finally caught up with him--and because the globalists knew that they could use Trump and, due to his sordid past, take him down at any time. That’s how they work, folks.

Months ago, I posted on my Facebook page that I expected Mike Pence would assume the presidency at some point. I still think that Pence is the one the globalists really want in the White House right now but knew he could not get there without Trump. The only question in my mind is whether Donald Trump is a witting or unwitting participant in the globalists’ scheme.

Here was my Facebook post back on June 20:

Chuck Baldwin Facebook Post - Mike Pence

But I digress.

“Last week, the United States’ Ninth Circuit Court addressed an ongoing case involving the city of Almaty, one of Kazakhstan’s most outspoken critics, and millions of dollars in American real estate--some of which is tied directly to the U.S. president.

“As Courthouse News reported, the Ninth Circuit ‘revived a $300 million civil racketeering lawsuit’ from the city of Almaty against Viktor Khrapunov, the erstwhile Almaty mayor who, city representatives claim, invested millions in real estate abroad. The ruling reversed an earlier decision moving the lawsuit out of California, and allowed the suit to proceed in the state.”

“However, the relationship between Trump and Khrapunov may present the most serious, and certainly the strangest, wrinkle in relations between Astana and Washington moving forward. After all, despite the fact that Central Asian regimes have proven increasingly adept at pursuing governmental opponents abroad, they’ve never dealt with one who is a tenant of a building named after the sitting president.

“It remains unclear how Kazakhstani officials will approach their case against Khrapunov, especially now that it’s been re-opened in the United States. But the case suddenly presents not simply a fascinating development in post-Soviet autocracies’ pursuit of critics abroad, but one with the additional obstacle of linking directly to the American president. Trump may have recently described Kazakhstan’s economic progress as a ‘miracle,’ and he may be completely unaware of his role in the ongoing Kazakhstan-Khrapunov saga, but Astana--along with U.S.-Central Asian relations--is stepping into unknown territory. The president, as of early April, may have little interest in the region but, as we’ve seen, things can change swiftly when it involves Trump’s properties.”

See the report:

How Trump Is Connected To A Kazakh Corruption Scandal

And Trump’s association with Jewish mafia billionaires--among whom Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner (Ivanka’s husband) and his family belong--is easily documented. I’m talking about men such as Alexander Mashkevich, Tevfik Arif (not Jewish by birth but a strong Zionist), Felix Henry Sater, and Lev Avnerovich Leviev. Look them up for yourself. Jewish Zionist Wilbur Ross (Bilderberg), whom Trump appointed as Secretary of Commerce, was one of the Jewish billionaire Rothschild bankers who bailed Trump out of one of his bankruptcies.

This is the character of the man who sits in the White House. This is the character of the man who has his finger on the nuclear suitcase. This is the character of the man that our televangelists and Christian leaders are hailing as a “modern John the Baptist.” This is the character of the man that Christians are expecting to “save” America.

And now Trump has endorsed the establishment toady Luther Strange over Judge Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama. There is no finer Christian and no braver patriot than Roy Moore. I cannot think of another man in public office who more courageously took on the establishment than Judge Roy Moore. If Donald Trump truly wanted to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C., there is no man in the country who could better help him do it than Judge Moore. But Trump endorsed the establishment lackey Luther Strange. Regardless, Christian leaders, talk show hosts, and televangelists will still try to tell us what a wonderful Christian Donald Trump is. It is truly incredible!

Does all of this mean that Donald Trump cannot and will not make some good decisions as our President? No! Not at all. If it’s true that Trump ordered the CIA to stop supporting the Syrian rebels, that was a very good decision. And I applaud Trump’s decision to ban transgenders from the U.S. military. My only question is why he didn’t ban all homosexuals from military service at the same time. Since the days of George Washington, the U.S. military has always deemed that homosexuality was “incompatible” with military service. And indeed it is. So, why did Trump stop with transgenders? Why did Trump leave that Barack Obama order allowing homosexuals to serve in the military intact? And for that matter, why doesn’t Trump undo Obama’s order putting women in combat units and on submarines?

I am told by trusted, Christian attorney friends that Trump’s justice department is advocating against cases that provide legal preferences on the basis of aberrant sexual behavior. I applaud Trump for this. Trump has taken a public stand in support of the Second Amendment. I applaud Trump for this. I applaud Trump for making it difficult for manufacturing companies to relocate overseas and for keeping jobs in and bringing jobs back to the United States. I applaud Trump for drawing attention to our illegal immigration problem--albeit I strongly object to the way Trump inserted religion into the debate. And I don’t like walls. The Berlin Wall was not built to keep people out; it was built to keep people IN.

It is way too early to applaud Trump for his Supreme Court appointment Neil Gorsuch. Like so many of Trump’s appointees, Gorsuch is CFR. That makes it very doubtful that Gorsuch will be faithful to constitutional government. And, as I have said before, for the most part, Gorsuch is untested on the issues that really matter. So, we’ll see.

There are several other decisions Trump has made that I could likewise applaud. G.W. Bush made some good decisions too. But that doesn’t change who Bush was or who Trump is.

For Christian leaders, televangelists, and “Christian” talk show hosts to make Trump into a “modern John the Baptist” and refuse to deal with the true nature of this man we call President is the height of gullibility and irresponsibility.

Was Hillary Clinton any better? Of course not. Are people to be blamed for voting for Donald Trump? Not at all. Although I will say that if Christian leaders, pastors, conservative pundits, talk show hosts, etc., would be more honest and objective during the primary elections--and if they had a better understanding of constitutional government, liberty principles, sound money principles, Natural Law, etc.--we would not always be forced to choose between the “lesser of two evils” every general election. But, again, I digress.

Believe it or not, this column is not intended as an anti-Trump rant. Instead, it is an honest, truthful analysis of the man we elected President of the United States. It IS intended to be a wake-up call for my Christian brethren across the country to GET REAL.

The only way to truly gauge the character of a person is by their track record. The track record of Donald Trump is not pretty. But he is the President. Accordingly, we should support him when his decisions are constitutional, and we should oppose him when his decisions are not constitutional--and we should pray that he doesn’t take us into World War III. But the last thing in the world we should be doing--at least the last thing Christians should be doing--is making him out to be a “modern John the Baptist” and the like.

No wonder so many people think Christians are stupid.

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How to Know You're in a Mass Hysteria Bubble

Post by editor » Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:38 am

Thanks, notmartha. I've been reading Chuck Baldwin for years. He usually does a pretty good job of cutting through the B.S., as in this case.

I also enjoyed this article from Scott Adams, who has a similarly sharp razor.
Original article: ... ria-bubble
Dilbert's Scott Adams Explains "How To Know You're In A Mass Hysteria Bubble"
Aug 18, 2017 9:10 PM

Authored by Scott Adams via Dilbert blog,

History is full of examples of Mass Hysterias. They happen fairly often. The cool thing about mass hysterias is that you don’t 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.

I’ll 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 we’ll 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 can’t 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 you’re in the mass hysteria, recognizing you have all the symptoms of hysteria won’t help you be aware you are in it. That’s 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 can’t tell if they are stupid, unscrupulous, ignorant, mentally ill, emotionally unstable or what. It just looks frickin’ crazy.

The reason you can’t 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, you’re probably not in the hysteria bubble.

If you read this and do NOT see the signs, it probably means you’re 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 “fine people.” Crazy stuff.

If you think those examples don’t sound crazy – regardless of the reality – you are probably inside the mass hysteria bubble.

3. The Confirmation Bias

If you are inside the mass hysteria bubble, you probably interpreted President Trump’s initial statement on Charlottesville – which was politically imperfect to say the least – 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 – in his own words “no angel” – with a set of skills he offered to use in the public’s 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 don’t depend on politicians for moral leadership. That’s 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. That’s 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 isn’t 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, that’s 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.
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.
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.
4. The guy who didn’t offer to be your moral leader didn’t 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 doesn’t 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 don’t 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 isn’t 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?

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Adams wrote a book about how to persuade yourself to success. Based on reader comments, it is working. His upcoming book, Win Bigly, tells you how to persuade others. (For good.) That comes out October 31st.
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