If you control the lexicon; the language, you control the debate and the culture. Every term in this article should be being actively rejected in use or opposed by those who, indeed, recognize brainwashing.
There is no “new normal” except the current insanity foisted on us by a bunch of discredited “experts,” self-serving politicians interested in only covering their own butts, and a bunch of mindless lemmings cowering in fear furtively demanding an arbitrary “safety” that is never coming.
If you’ve been watching any type of media coverage or reading articles, you’ve probably seen or heard a plethora of words and phrases which are currently being perverted due to the coronavirus pandemic. I don’t know about you, but if I never heard “safe” or “new normal” again, I’d be a much happier person.
If you feel like people are being brainwashed through repetition, that’s because they are. Quite simply, these buzzwords and several others we’ll discuss are being used to indoctrinate the public. As Joseph Goebbels, the Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany, wrote:
Quoting Captain Ahab’s men:
“All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick.” – Ahab’s men struggle to understand his hatred of Moby Dick.
…Trump inverts that policy relationship. In Trump’s post cold war world, US foreign policy will be dominated by trade policy. Even national security policy will be subservient to trade policy. If trade policy is dominant, we’ll see China, Mexico and the EU (Germany) become competitors. Russia, in contrast will become an ally since it doesn’t pose a trade threat.
Which reveals a lot into the public positions and cordial statements Trump has made about the Russians and Putin over the months during the 2016 campaign, and the focus on China in the debates and Trump’s foreign policy priorities. China – an economic behemoth and burgeoning naval power – is the main challenger to an American president scope-locked in on economic revival in our times.