“…inhabitants of a world whose assumptions are false, and self-descriptions fraudulent.”

Here’s a piece worth sharing on the subject of politics and truth (we might also through journalism in there too for good measure)….First of all, John Kay on Vaclav Havel:

Havel emphasised the mechanical nature of the process of effusion. “Part of the essence of the post-totalitarian system,” he said, “is that it draws everyone into its sphere of power, not so they may realise themselves as human beings, but so they may surrender their human identity in favour of the system.”

The empty exhortation of “workers of the world unite!” conceals the reality of the power structure that lies behind it. But the vacuous rhetoric traps the speaker as well as the hearer, the leaders as well as the led. “Both are objects in a system of control, but at the same time they are its subjects,” wrote Havel. They are inhabitants of a world whose assumptions are false, and self-descriptions fraudulent.

It put me in mind of this piece I blogged on Slugger about six years ago by Jerry Fodor:

It is a characteristic relativist claim that, in principle, we can always make up alternative versions of the stories that we tell about the world. But one finds, if one actually tries, that it is surprisingly hard to do so.

Indeed.

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  • Pete Baker

    Mick

    Via the Professor.

    Here’s the original quote from Vaclav Havel – “Ideology is a specious way of relating to the world.”

    The post-totalitarian system touches people at every step, but it does so with its ideological gloves on. This is why life in the system is so thoroughly permeated with hypocrisy and lies: government by bureaucracy is called popular government; the working class is enslaved in the name of the working class; the complete degradation of the individual is presented as his ultimate liberation; depriving people of information is called making it available; the use of power to manipulate is called the public control of power, and the arbitrary abuse of power is called observing the legal code; the repression of culture is called its development; the expansion of imperial influence is presented as support for the oppressed; the lack of free expression becomes the highest form of freedom; farcical elections become the highest form of democracy; banning independent thought becomes the most scientific of world views; military occupation becomes fraternal assistance. Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics. It pretends not to possess an omnipotent and unprincipled police apparatus. It pretends to respect human rights. It pretends to persecute no one. It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing. [added emphasis]

  • “It falsifies statistics. It pretends not to possess an omnipotent and unprincipled police apparatus.”

    I’ve not decided whether the PSNI approach to manpower statistics is an act of falsification or cock-up; certainly the Patten comparative figures disappeared from the statistics shortly after the deficit of constables was brought to the attention of the Chief Constable.

    Have similar ‘irregularities’ been spotted in other parts of public administration?

  • Henry94

    Nevin

    A late entry for the Dreary Steeples award 2011?

  • abucs

    I read recently the biography of a man whose family (except his father) escaped from the Soviet Socialist paradise and he made some similar comments.

    After the fall of the socialist paradise he went back and managed to obtain some police papers on his father (whom they subsequently murdered – i mean removed for the good of the state).

    When reading the papers the son was incredulous that on one page they were discussing how best to plant drugs in his premises so that they could arrest him and less than a handful of pages later they were speaking as if he was a drug dealer and how he had failed the vision of the state and his removal would protect the progress the state had fought so hard to acheive. ?????!!!!???

  • It put me in mind of this piece I blogged on Slugger about six years ago by Jerry Fodor:

    It is a characteristic relativist claim that, in principle, we can always make up alternative versions of the stories that we tell about the world. But one finds, if one actually tries, that it is surprisingly hard to do so.

    Indeed.

    Yes, well, how things have completely changed in the space of only a few short years, Mick.

    Nowadays for anyone to espouse that it is surprisingly hard to do if one really wants to try, would rightly be outed immediately as talking a load of old rowlocks, for the relative ease with which it can be done by some with IT and Internet Control of Media Tales with AI ProgramMING is the present problem which is systematically and systemically destroying the current corrupt and inept politically incorrect puppet circus shows and fiat currency and ponzi banking establishments, with nothing more toxic sometimes, than simple inconvenient questions that media puppets in the news and starring on zeroday-light TV are unable to answer, or would choose not to answer because the answer would be so quickly nowadays proven to be misleadingly false, and probably deliberately so because of what the truth would reveal in what is concealed …….. and cause the whole phoney edifice to crumble as the one nugget of raw truth exposes the root imposter source of the media pimped reality to be based upon a power which does not control intelligence at all, but would think it could purchase it with fool’s gold/folding greenbacks and the like, …… which as we are all realising, are printed from nothing 24/7/365 and distributed to fool tool centres to try and purchase power and control with nothing intelligent.

    The sad and pathetic irony is, that such a simple artificial wealth plan will work very well whenever currency is donated to those who know how to make it flow to and through everyone, so that its magical power can purchase and invent whatever would be good for the system and to provide for everyone’s future needs and feeds. Ergo is the problem with it being banked and stored with fools and their tools which think that wealth which is created and converted so easily and magically from nothing into paper monies, is theirs to share and distribute as debt for crippling repayment rather than as endless credit for free spending.

    The world and his dog see the scams and the damage which is being done with the wanton and perverse abuse of the monetary system, and man/boy oh boy, are they gonna have a field day sorting out those responsible for the mayhem and chaos if they don’t change their ways pdq, which might definitely probably maybe surely require that they buy in some of those special intelligence services which mentor one in how to Beta Manage Human Virtual Reality Machine Perception.

    That is what you are up against and this is what you are up against, for as global leadership has failed catastrophically to address and fix anything which was so eloquently and passionately identified as necessary ten years ago in this video of a young girl’s all powerful 6 minute speech at the UN, is there no effective leadership of the system as it is currently configured and administered…… http://youtu.be/xPx5r35Aymc

    Therefore there will be a fundamental change, which if not establishment initiated and funded, will be otherworldly and underground imposed and controlled?

    Mick, is that last quote in your piece not from Simon Blackburn, as reported by Jerry Fodor? It is easy to be confused and think it was said by Jerry, rather than just reported by him.

  • Good Morning, Mick and Sluggers,

    Do you realise the simple reality of your slave existence yet?

    We are in danger of being overwhelmed with irredeemable paper, mere paper, representing not gold nor silver; no sir, representing nothing but broken promises, bad faith, bankrupt corporations, cheated creditors and a ruined people.” – Daniel Webster

    So easily bought and sold, powered and controlled by those who hand you paper, which now they would wish to remove from circulation to continue the exercise with electronic digital manipulation and massive transfer of invented artificial wealth without even the need for money at all. But there is one titanic flaw being exploited ….. the system is hacked, it’s security keys are known.

    All of which makes for interesting and edutaining times ahead. Of that, there is no doubt, you can be assured.

    Are there any here who would dare care and disagree and paint a different picture of the reality that is?

  • antoinmaccomhain

    @Are there any here who would dare care and disagree and paint a different picture of the reality that is?

    Be sure my friend,that the Great God,never planned for Slumbering Slaves,A Home So Grand.

    Beware The Thing That’s Coming…..

    Beware The Risen People…..

  • Quite so, antoinmaccomhain, the enigma that creates a colossus has stirred itself awake and aware. And self-actuating in IT Control Enterprise Spaces ……. Real Spooky Virtual Terrain Type Territory…….. Prized Primed Holywood Domain.