Post Truth – Jim Scott – 04-01-2017
‘Post Truth’ is nothing new; all that’s changed is the fact they want us to know we can’t trust them! That’s how brazen they have become!
Framing is everything in this so-called new so-called post truth era, but what really is ‘post truth’ if not simply a license for the media and those in power to lie to us ‘en-mass’.
Doesn’t it seem somewhat convenient too that our global societies are being conditioned and normalised to the viewpoint that they cannot trust their politicians –the very people who decide the terms and conditions of our lives, rents, public services, wages & environment?
Can it not also be argued that we have been living in a very well constructed ‘post truth’ world for many years now, where a complicit corporate media has managed the comfortable consensus while nurturing and propagating a very dangerous neoliberal world view?
Sure, 2 million of us marched against Blair and his illegal
Iraq war back
in 2003. We knew that 100’s of thousands on innocent people would die, and they
did. We knew that Bush and Blair were lying to us, but they still went ahead with
the war anyway, Blair drip fed the UK with token socialism and cheap credit to
keep the majority of us quiet while his government got into bed with big
business and started the process weakening and marketising our public services
with the introduction of PFI’s for our hospitals and at the same time the
gradual erosion of our civil rights & freedoms. You could say that Blair’s
‘New Labour’, famously Thatcher’s greatest achievement created the perfect setting
for the Tories and their coalition partners-in-crime to take us by storm in
2010, thus launching what has become an all-out assault upon almost every
aspect of our social infrastructure.
But who’s to blame? It must be the immigrants right? I mean it’s surely immigrants who set government policy and dictate our wages and rents, immigrants who let corporations off paying 100’s of billions in tax each year which could be used to improve all of our qualities’ of life. Immigrants who are set to make millions from private NHS contracts, G4S rape centres and lucrative contracts in academies and free schools…..?
No of course it isn’t immigrants, the evidence overwhelmingly shows that immigration is good for our economy, in fact we rely on it and our hospitals would collapse without it. But we can …say …feel …think …blame… whoever we like can we not? In this post-truth world, it doesn’t matter who is really to blame, the politicians lie to us, the media serves us up it’s own carefully tailored view of the world around us, with Bullingdon boys like Dimbleby setting the political narrative on Question time and other programs. So why should we base our opinions in truth. There is no need, and it is far easier to blame the ‘scrounging sick’, the ‘feckless unemployed’ and those pesky immigrants, coming over here fleeing our bombs, taking all our jobs while simultaneously creaming off our benefits system, living like kings on as much as £35 per week!! Oh the lives we could have if we had that kind of money to live on!
Jim Scott is an anti-austerity activist, writer & Green campaigner
No…. Truth is irrelevant, it has been for a long time and that is just the way they like it. When big money men -self confessed tax dodgers like Trump and Farage, who have proudly leached from rigged financial systems, making millions for themselves for years are held up by our media as ‘anti-establishment figures’ then you surely know something very fishy is going on! These people are about as anti establishment as Iain Duncan Smith with his savage welfare cuts, was a champion for ‘social justice’. But this ‘Alt-right’ smokescreen gives the real architects, the true right wingers like May and her G4S husband the perfect cover to continue the ‘everything must go sale’ currently being conducted on our public services, our rights, our liberties, and our natural environment.
Ask yourself why Global media corporations give so much air time, hype and fanfare to these far right political caricatures such as Trump and Farrage. It is because they are selling a simple message of blame, hate and division, they are furthering the agenda of the powerful elite –The very people they claim to decry. And all the while as the world watches this crazed pantomime go by, our NHS is being parcelled off and sold to the likes of G4S, Serco, Capita, Virgin. Our human rights are being chopped away at little by little, one by one. Our environment is being Fracked, polluted and destroyed, and our friends, family and colleagues are finding them selves descending into poverty & homelessness or in many cases much worse, no matter how many hours they work. -Heaven forbid you should find yourself disabled and unable to work in this free market utopia of Tory Britain, because socialism is not for you, socialism is for the rich. Socialism is for the Banks. Socialism is for the corporations. It’s them that need the money, not us or our most vulnerable in society, our sick, disabled or disenfranchised …. Why blame them when we can blame those pesky immigrants and scroungers;
No …That’s just what is constantly spewed out by our news outlets and they don’t even care if we know it’s not true, they don’t need to care as long as there is enough chaos going on to distract us from the political land-grab that is really taking place.
‘Post truth’ is a distraction, just another facet to their agenda and demonstrates how carefully they frame the narrative, we need to shine a light on it right now and highlight how subtly and craftily they employ these tools in order to infect our daily psyches with this diversionary and divisive rot. We need to tug away at this fine veil which they have constructed and call this out for what it really is; it’s mass manipulation, it’s controlling the narrative and it’s fine-tuning the mainstream consensus.
While people are watching and for this short moment in history while people actually realize that we are being lied to, let’s use this opportunity to hold up the mirror to those who seek to exploit us, let’s tear away that veil from around them. Let’s create a new narrative, only this time one that is very much based on justice, equality, peace and most importantly on truth itself! After-all politics isn’t a game, and shouldn’t be treated as such. Politics means people’s actual lives and with financial interests controlling Governments & global economies, sadly it means their deaths too. For us to accept the Post-Truth era is to trivialise our own reality and trivialise people’s real suffering. Let’s not allow them to do that.