One of the most confounding and malicious weapon human beings have is not the whole array of military hardware used to kill thousands of people every day. While the people killed with them may not agree the killing is not the worst people can do to each other. The killing, believe it or not is just a useful byproduct of the people wielding the most devastating of all weapons. The name of the weapon?
Ostracism. Also known as the Smear Campaign or the Silent Treatment. And here is why:
According to several studies the effects of social isolation are often long term and pervasive. The victim is made powerless and unable to assert themselves and looses self confidence and the ability to function healthily in a group. The effects can be devastating and if you have ever been on the receiving end of a smear campaign in your private life and as a result have had to rebuild your life elsewhere you know how long it take,s if ever, to regain any sense of safety and normalcy.
The Smear Campaign can be used for many things and if the level of malignancy is high enough it can lead to wars, genocide and destruction on a truly apocalyptic scale but today I want to limit it to the political Smear Campaign.
Over the last couple of weeks a rumor originating from a disgraced National financier and millionaire who is in court for domestic abuse and whose case brought down a long term National politician who crossed the line when lobbying on behalf of this person with the chief of police has been used and promoted to slander and accuse the leadership of the opposition of being involved in similar behavior.
While I applaud keeping politicians honest and abuse of power and corruption should be dealt with harshly and swiftly here is why it seems to me we are dealing with a narcissistic smear campaign of epic proportions:
Through a controlled “flying monkey” network of extremely controlled and limited free press we have been bombarded with unproven and unsubstantiated “rumors” of behavior unbecoming (but not illegal) behavior by named persons such as David Cunliffe and others in the top of the party.
When requesting proof of these accusations this is not given. When the party shows that it’s records do not show any of these accusations to be true (+ they play out over a long period in the past and may or may not really be connected to the people involved) the media is not equally fore coming in their publications of that information.
The damage done to the party has nothing to do with their politics or policies but everything with an extremely nasty dysfunctional kind of behavior which should be rejected by everybody who thinks that politics should be about facts, policies that serve or don’t serve the greater good and the parties engaging in this should be shunned and rejected because they promote a dysfunctionality and dishonesty which serves nobody other than a few extremely personality disordered and malignant individuals.