So there was this:
We’ve seen similar things before. The claim that the 2nd Amendment was originally to allow government-run “militias” and did not, in any way, refer to an individual right to keep and bear arms (this latter I have dispensed with before).
And we get told a whole variety of things. The primordial “matriarchy” where women ruled in peace and goodness before those evil men took over. The “noble savage” of primitive societies living in harmony with nature and, again all peace and goodness. People of color living in universal benevolence until those evil White Men came and upset their applecarts.
It’s all crap. None of it has a lick of basis. Matriarchal societies may have existed but they were neither common nor particularly peaceful (or if they were they did not last long–the Gods of the Copybook Headings will not be denied).
There is a common tendency, however, to dismiss these various claims as “stupid.” They’re not. They’re far worse than that. They’re a deliberate attempt to paint a picture, to change history from what really happened to what suits the narrative of the ones seeking power over us. They’re the kind of thing expressed in 1984 with “The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.” (George Orwell, 1984)
It’s gaslighting. It’s the deliberate attempt to change our perception of the past so as to dictate the future the proponents of that change want. It’s “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past” (again George Orwell, 1984)
It’s not stupid. It’s deliberate evil.
Fortunately, gaslighting only works when there’s no challenge to it. It only worked in 1984 because there was no challenge to it and anyone who really questioned it (like Winston Smith) would be subject to “extreme measures” until they, too, accepted it.
For a long time, that was true in the US. The media were all in lockstep pushing a particular narrative while pretending to be simply impartially presenting the news. Education and entertainment had similarly been captured by the purveyors of that singular narrative (the mere fact that anyone would be willing to give Zinn and his “people’s history” the time of day demonstrated that). We were being fed a continuous stream that ranged from “spin” to outright lies all in the interest of furthering a Leftist political agenda.
And when people, through their personal knowledge of some issue or other–someone who actually fought in the “Tet Offensive” and knew that it was a decided American and South Vietnamese victory, someone who actually spoke with Soviet ex-pats and knew just how horrible the Soviet Union was, and so forth–well Gell-Mann Amnesia is a thing. Without other channels for widespread data dissemination, such individuals could easily think they’re alone (much like Paula Anton in Gaslight) and maybe it’s they who are wrong rather than everyone else.
More recently, however, with the rise of New Media (including, in its own humble way, things like this blog) the monopoly of the left on information dissemination has started to crack. The Left, too, can use New Media, as demonstrated in the captured image of Hogg’s tweet up top. However, what they cannot do, despite their best efforts, is shut down challenges to their fictitious narratives. People can point and laugh, publicly, at Hogg’s risible claim (and it is risible; the history of gun control has been to keep guns out of the hands of “those people”–blacks, American Indians, whoever the discriminated against of the day had been–and it’s the disadvantaged people who were trying to level things by seeking arms for themselves). Sure, Facebook can block posters who challenge the narrative too broadly, and being in “Facebook Jail” has become a badge of pride for many. Google can play tricks with search results to make challenges to Leftist dogma more difficult to find, or to be lost in a sea of nonsense, where the real criticisms are mixed in with a multitude of “tin foil hat” nonsense (which, I’m sure, some will claim this post to be).
But, the Internet treats censorship as damage and routes around it. More and more people are using alternate platforms like MeWe and alternate search engines like DuckDuckGo. The numbers may be small relative to the giants, but they’re growing.
And the narrative, the gaslighting, is crumbling.