Ever heard the phrase, “If you repeat a lie often enough, it will be believed”?
Of course this doesn’t mean that a lie actually becomes the “truth”, but rather that the lie is believed to be “true” by brainwashed people who then turn it into an operational component of their worldview. When there are enough delusional people believing the same lie, a tipping point is reached that can transform (or destroy) an entire society.
Those living in relatively free western democracies have largely convinced themselves that they are somehow immune from the ravages of propaganda, yet these same folks have spent a lifetime being manipulated by commercial television or a broken down educational system, in other words- believing lies. For too many of our fellow citizens, the fact that deception is rampant among western cultures is a difficult concept to grasp, perhaps impossible. But those with eyes to see will appreciate the fact that this statement perfectly describes the tactics we see employed by a cadre of pretentious wolf “experts” and arm-chair environmentalists who walk in lock step promoting their own warped version of reality.
This little rant of mine will attempt to explain why these folks hate people who think differently from themselves. It may also explain why these people continue to promote the patently unscientific theory that a voracious predator such as the Gray Wolf causes beneficial ripple effects on a given habitat. It will explain why only “good” outcomes of wolf re-colonization are emphasized while ”bad” outcomes are completely ignored or redefined. Wolf proponents constantly feed us “facts” about how the “beneficial” effects of wolves are “trophically cascading” down through the ecosystem. Yes, wolves do have a major impact on the ecosystem, but making value judgments about “good” or “bad” depend solely on one’s concept of reality.
We have to remember that the pro-wolf lobby is a community of like-minded individuals who have repeated their own lies so many times that they can no longer distinguish the truth. In fact, they no longer care about the truth. All they care about is winning the argument and imposing their views on the rest of society. These folks go round and round in circles quoting each other as if doing so provides evidence that their beliefs are true, when in fact all they are doing is providing proof of conformity. This illusion of unanimity provides them with the needed emotional support on which to base their false opinions.
This closed-minded community of self-deluded folks hang their hat on how many people they can fool into joining their cause. These folks excel at intimidating the opposition, a tactic meant to bolster themselves by capturing the adulation of their minions. Any lie is permitted, as long as everyone faithfully believes and continually repeats the same lie. Attacking “non-believers”, influence peddling, crafting policies and/or passing legislation that promotes their worldview provides them with all the proof they need of the “rightness” of their positions.
Now of course, everything I just said can be turned around by the eco-fanatics and applied as a weapon against those who oppose their warped worldview. They can say the exact same things about us, regardless of the lack of evidence to support their accusations. True, some of us react in anger and say things we shouldn’t when we are confronted by the lies of the enemy. This is why it is critical that we stick to the facts, stick to reality, and try to remain the adults in the room. We also have to understand that arguing with eco-fanatics is a futile endeavor because common sense reasoning and scientific evidence simply doesn’t matter to them. Many of them are simply too fearful of hearing the truth because doing so would undermine the shaky foundation their entire lives have been built upon.
In 1899, Gustave Le Bon provided keen insight into the role of propaganda on society. In The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind (c. 1899), Le Bon explained how masses of people could be manipulated by forming a consensus of opinion. Le Bon proved that it simply did not matter if the opinion be true or false as long as people believed it. Mussolini, Hitler, and Stalin all built a collectivist mindset among millions of followers by using Le Bon’s methods.
Many of us are alarmed that America appears to be edging towards the brink of self-destruction. We are angered that America’s demise is being helped along by the pseudo-scientific elitism of the radical environmentalists. We would do well to understand what Le Bon wrote over 200 years ago. Lies about global warming, fascist claims about the benefits of wolves, or the pressing need for global governance by an elite cadre of “superior” human beings, are no different than the lies told by the NAZI’s concerning Aryan racial superiority. To Hitler, “trophic cascade” made perfect sense and he intended to use it to dominate the world.
Here’s a few excerpts from Le Bon’s masterpiece on mass manipulation and collectivist thinking:
“Communal reinforcement is a social phenomenon in which a concept or idea is repeatedly asserted in a community, regardless of whether sufficient empirical evidence has been presented to support it. Over time, the concept or idea is reinforced to become a strong belief in many people’s minds, and may be regarded by the members of the community as fact.”
“The phrase ‘millions of people can’t all be wrong’ is indicative of the common tendency to accept a communally reinforced idea without question….”
“Affirmation pure and simple, kept free of all reasoning and all proof, is one of the surest means of making an idea enter the mind of crowds. The conciser an affirmation is, the more destitute of every appearance of proof and demonstration, the more weight it carries…. Statesmen called upon to defend a political cause, and commercial men pushing the sale of their products by means of advertising are acquainted with the value of affirmation. Affirmation, however, has no real influence unless it be constantly repeated, and so far as possible in the same terms.”
“The influence of repetition on crowds… This power is due to the fact that the repeated statement is embedded in the long run in those profound regions of our unconscious selves in which the motives of our actions are forged. At the end of a certain time we have forgotten who is the author of the repeated assertion, and we finish by believing it.”
“When an affirmation has been sufficiently repeated and there is unanimity in this repetition — as has occurred in the case of certain famous financial undertakings rich enough to purchase every assistance — what is called a current of opinion is formed and the powerful mechanism of contagion intervenes. Ideas, sentiments, emotions, and beliefs possess in crowds a contagious power as intense as that of microbes.” (Page 127)
Speaking of microbes, let’s take a look at one of the myths being promoted by the pro-wolf lobby. The life cycle of Echinococcus granulosus (hydatid disease) is well documented in the literature, including methods of transmission from one animal to another. It is a scientifically verifiable fact that wolves are spreading billions of e. granulosus eggs in their feces as they re-colonize large portions of our western landscapes. Eminent biologists from around the world who are intimately acquainted with the life cycle of wolves and ungulates have warned us that this disease poses a serious risk to our wild game herds, other canids, livestock, and humans.
Yet what does the “pro-wolf” lobby do? They lobby against legislation such as H.B. 1107 that would have expanded our knowledge of the risk of this and other wolf borne diseases on the grounds that it would have led to “less tolerance for wolf re-introduction.” Not only that, but the eco-fanatics then go out of their way to promote the idea that fear of hydatid disease is overblown and that echinococcus granulosus eggs deposited in wolf scat poses little or no risk to humans. They point out that some “veterinarian” did a study which determined that e. granulosus eggs do not survive heat, desiccation (extreme drying), or harsh chemical applications.
So lets see, wolf scat deposited on forested land in Idaho in late November is subjected to intense heat, extreme desiccation, and/or harsh chemicals when? How about in December after the first snow fall? Would wolf scat be safe to kick around then? Not much heat during the winter is there? How about extreme dryness? Exactly how long does it take for these highly contaminated scat piles to dry out? Will it dry out faster buried in the snow or on top of the snow? Will it dry out in April as the snow melts and the new wolf pups come out to play? No? How about in July? Yes, perhaps there’s a two or three week window where wolf scat could conceivably dry out sufficiently enough to kill the hydatid eggs, but again, maybe not. Maybe we just need to rely on a series of pro-longed droughts and/or catastrophic forest fires. We simply can’t have summer thunderstorms re-hydrating contaminated wolf scat now can we? Oh, but surely wolf scat will dry out after a year or two of exposure to the elements, won’t it? And of course all the while more and more fresh wolf scat is being deposited spreading the contamination across millions of acres. But not to worry, say the wolf lovers, there is little risk of infection.
The wolf advocates have taken a page right out of Le Bon, as did Adolf Hitler:
“But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.” Adolf Hitler – Mein Kempf
According to the wolf advocates, an eminently qualified expert such as Val Geist is a liar, and anyone concerned about the spread of hydatid disease is engaged in fear mongering. Ironically, or perhaps typically, the pro-wolf lobby has conveniently promoted incomplete and inaccurate information that if analyzed in greater detail actually supports what their nemesis, Professor Geist, has determined to be true, which is that once wolves are removed from the landscape we may have to intentionally burn millions of acres in order to effectively destroy hydatid eggs.
But facts don’t stop the pro-wolf lobby from trying to pull the wolf skin over the eyes of the public. The reason these people hate us so much is because we point out the fictions upon which their theoretical house of cards is built. We do this because God has given us the ability, the moral conscience, and the understanding to realize that even if you repeat a lie often enough….it is still a lie.
Sources and additional reading:
Gustave Le Bon- In The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind (c. 1899), as quoted from an article entitled “Group Thinking and Collective Behavior” http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/brainwashing/crowd.htm
Dr. Valerius Geist – Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary. Dr. Geist is a specialist on the biology, behavior, and social dynamics of large North American mammals.