“If you are not with us, you are with the terrorists”, George W. Bush after the attacks on 9/11 2001.
I have linked several times to a quote attributed to Goebbels who was Hitler’s PR guy.
The quote goes 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.”
It appears that Goebbels never said this in so many words. In fact it seems that he accused the English of using that technique:
“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 English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English 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.”
Obviously he was very fond of secrets as he does not advocate giving them up and the Nazi regime used lies and false flags to get their population to go to war with abandon. So while he may not have verbalized his thoughts like the first quote suggests he certainly used the technique himself.
What is interesting is that in the second quote he accuses the English of being well aware of the Big lie technique.
Over the last 6 years we have been subjected to a leader who has shown to have absolutely no respect for the truth and his serial lying has numbed the NZ populace into not only acceptance of government lying on a grand scale as the new normal but at least 30% is actually behaving as if they are suffering from Stockholm syndrome. People who suffer syndrome from this act as if their captors and abusers are actually their benefactors and they will go through great length to help their abusers to be able to continue their abuse of them. Hence the re-election of John Key and the National party.
But…. there comes a time when the little lies and the big lies start to crumble and people whether they like it or not are forced to face reality. It is an ugly transition and it usually ends bad for the people who did the lying and abusing. It gets even uglier for the people who supported, enforced and enabled the lying and abusing.
People in power who have used the big lie technique to stay in power know this and the only way they can keep their regimes going is by kicking the can down the road with bigger lies and the brutal suppression of the truth. It is what was called Fascism but as Mussolini said: Fascism should really be called Corporatism because it is the merging of Corporations with Governments in order to
If you want to know where we are on the slide to fascism timeline you only have to look at the secrecy surrounding the negotiations with regards to the TPPA and the new TISA and the increase in the size of the lies we are being told with regards to the illegal wars in the middle East. You also only have to look at the measures our governments are willing to take in order to criminalize dissent and truth telling.
I think our situation is dire and that the net is closing in on us. If you don’t use your rights you lose them. Use them wisely and realize democracy is not a spectator sport!