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Stupidity as a Political Tool

August 26, 2019

It used to be ideology that could be used to motivate and persuade people. Now, in its many different dimensions and aspects, it’s stupidity. No need to construct arguments, just feel, vote and bask in the reflected glory of victory. Regardless of the consequences, even to the point of self-harm, the sudden improvement in status is reward enough.

This isn’t meant as an insult. The term stupidity usually implies low IQ, but that’s not only an injustice, but a grave mistake. People with low IQ are not stupid, just slower than average with abstract thought. It should not be seen as an insult any more than needing to walk slowly because of a crook knee is seen as a personal failure.

Moreover, people with a high IQ can be stupid. But they’re protected in large part from such accusations because of the erroneous association of low IQ with stupidity. But at its core stupidity involves overestimating one’s capabilities or knowledge. Initially, it’s a single act that is stupid, but if it’s carried out repeatedly with the same result, the person is said to be stupid.

Usually the consequences of a stupid act make the actor wake up, but if they attain a position of power where they are insulated from the consequences, then their stupidity can persist without them necessarily even knowing how stupid they are being.

This opens the door to a new possibility: they can pretend to be stupid, in order to make others stupidly accept actions which are detrimental to themselves.

A few weeks ago I went to a small circus act and saw an clown with his hair all messed up and waving his arms about and bellowing rhetorically, “Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Doctor Spazulini’s Imaginarium. Enter here pass through this door and you will see your dreams come true!” then I went home and looked in the internet and saw a clip of Boris Johnson with his hair all messed up and waving his arms about, holding a kipper and bellowing rhetorically, “Ladies and gentlemen, I promise you the future is ours if we…”

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The real reason why that F–ing Moron is staying loyal to Mike Flynn

December 19, 2018

I don’t usually write about current events here, and I might delete this post at some point, but I do want to comment on something that should really be obvious but no one in the US media has suggested.

I assume everyone is aware of the news today that Trump wished his former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn good luck before his sentencing hearing. Many in the media are baffled as to why Trump hasn’t disowned Flynn in the way he has others. After all, Flynn flipped extremely quickly to try and save his own skin by betraying his boss.

Before that, Trump refused to sack Flynn, despite the urgent warnings from the Justice Department that Flynn was severely compromised. Trump must have known that Flynn’s goose was cooked and he’d be under close surveillance and therefore both a danger to the entirely corrupt administration and useless for any further corrupt activities. Yet Trump refused to fire him for 18 days and then tried to corrupt the FBI in an effort to protect him.

Clearly Trump easily stupid enough not to know there was any danger in any of these actions, but that wouldn’t explain why he’s still defending Flynn. Is Trump so compromised that if Flynn falls, he falls? Is Flynn holding back some information from the FBI?

Maybe, but there is another extremely simple explanation.

Obama advised Trump not to hire Flynn. Disowning Flynn would mean admitting Obama was right.

I haven’t seen any journalist speculating about that possibility yet, and I think it might be because the even Trump’s sternest critics have difficulty perceiving just how stupid this person is.

I’ve dealt with many Law of Attraction/Power of Positive Thinking scammers here: James Ray, Bob Proctor, Esther Hicks, Rhonda Byrne, Bruce Lipton, and (as I’ve previously shown), Donald Trump. And Trump is by a considerable margin the stupidest of all of them. The media keeps calling him a businessman or a real estate developer, but they don’t realise that more than any of these things, he’s a failed law of attraction scammer.

Law of attraction scams fail in only two ways: the fraud squad catches up with you, or you are so freaking stupid that you really believe that you have the power to create your own reality and take on too much without any planning. Trump is guilty of both of these things.

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Donald Trump and the Law of Attraction

September 7, 2017

Norman Vincent Peale, get-rich-quick scammer and author of The Power of Positive Thinking, was pastor to Donald Trump when Trump was a young man. Trump held the connection until Peale’s death in 1993 and often spoke warmly of him.

Peale & Trump in 1993. (Sorry for blanking the face, but this is my blog. You can still tell it’s him.) Source

Peale’s philosophy is part of a wider tradition that started in mid 1800s in the US, and perhaps best known today from the 2006 feature-length advertisement, The Secret, and known as the Law of Attraction. It is a form of Christianity obsessed with miracle-working. (It is also at the heart of much alternative medicine — Louise Hay’s cancer quackery lies squarely in this tradition too.)

This has been given some coverage in the media, as affecting his positive thinking, his egotism, and his lying,  but I argue here that Peale’s influence is profound, and may be at least one key to understanding a great deal of Trump’s behavior; especially behavior that is often otherwise inexplicable.

According to some of Peale’s (and Trump’s) Christian critics, Peale

reduced Christianity to a checklist of behaviors that, if followed, would guarantee pragmatic benefits. As he proudly stated, “We have made the mistake of thinking that Christianity is a creed to be recited. On the contrary, it is a power to be tapped”. It was a faith in the effects of faith.

It is indeed as much a program for behavior as it is a philosophy: habits of thought that are to be internalized and acted out until they become second nature to the practitioner. It is unclear whether or not Trump has indeed internalized this program and is acting out a kind of atrophied version of it. But his behavior — including those aspects that commentators find most baffling — is exactly what would be expected from a practitioner.

Trump’s declaration that John McCain is not a war hero “because he got caught” not only shocked but above all baffled nearly everyone. But it would be entirely unsurprising for a practitioner of positive thinking or the law of attraction. (They might not put it as harshly as Trump, but it follows logically that McCain, no doubt by indulging in fearful thoughts, manifested getting captured — there is nothing admirable in that. They would also think he manifested his cancer now too.)

This is what Esther Hicks, an initial creator of The Secret, said recently of Trump, seemingly unaware that Trump was already in this game when she was still selling Amway to her fellow Mormons:

Have you ever listened to Donald Trump talk? Do you ever hear him say “I hope it works out”? What do you hear him say? This is a juggernaut. This is a massively wonderful idea…. This is the best building that’s ever been built… I hire the best people and I get the best results and things always go well for me.” In other words he does not allow himself to talk about what went wrong or may not go right. He’s trained his vibration, and because he’s trained his vibration, things work out well for him, relative to the vibrations that he’s trained… Anybody who has succeeded at anything came to a place of expecting success. So the question is, how do I expect success in a venue where I have never had any experience? …Or how do I expect success when I haven’t been trained in that particular arena? And we say, You train yourself into expecting it… And you only intent is to take an emotional journey that feels really good. And before you know it… you start getting ideas; you start feeling inspiration that’s such perfect timing that when you make those phone calls things line right up. The universe organizes circumstances and events to accommodate you, but you’ve got to line up the energy first, or nothing happens in action that will please you.

Positive thinking is not merely an attitude that leads to success; it is believed to be an actual force that is set in motion by thought. Thought itself is a power that forces certain events to occur.

A central idea to this is the notion that “we create our own reality“: that by setting ourselves inside a bubble of our own positivity, we create a reality for ourselves that consists exclusively of success and happiness.

As one Law of Attraction teacher (apparently a “former high school psychology teacher”) says in an article titled Donald Trump: Law of Attraction Master:

we each get to create our own realities regardless of what anyone else is doing

This teacher, however, says she is not interested in politics, because:

I don’t see my government or my politicians as having any control over me anymore, so how they choose to conduct themselves doesn’t really matter to me.

The teacher continues:

I think we can all learn a thing or two about deliberate creation from Donald Trump.

This bubble must be maintained, however by the positive power of affirmations. Again, Trump’s demand that his staff provide him twice daily with a folder of ‘positive’ media coverage, including shots of him looking powerful, is exactly in accordance with Peale’s teachings. (These days they would call it a vision board.)

As one critic of Peale writes,

The mastery Peale speaks of is not the mastery of skills or tasks, but the mastery of fleeing and avoiding one’s own “negative” thoughts.

Trump’s relations to policy advisors often appears bizarre, yet is also exactly what one would expect from a practitioner of Peale’s teachings. If you believe you can create your own reality, then why bother with experts? You can manifest everything you want just as you visualize it. Don’t listen to doubters and critics with their complicated thoughts and weighty fears. Just do it. You know more about ISIS than the generals, believe me.

According to The Art of the Deal, Trump doesn’t plan or prepare at all. He simply walks into a meeting and ad libs. (Note that this book was not written by Trump, but is rather his ghostwriter’s interpretation of Trump’s behavior.) This might seem like a recipe for disaster — as indeed it is, as shown by Trump’s catastrophic business failures. But in the short-term, it is effectively identical to a very confident bluff. This is especially so if others in the room are not expecting anyone to be bluffing, and assume that everyone knows what stakes are and cares about the outcome.

This would leave a practitioner free to focus on simply maintaining dominance on an interpersonal level, without regard for strategy or what gets destroyed in the process. Such a practitioner is also free to come back tomorrow and assume he has a clean slate and nothing that he said yesterday is valid.

Such behavior is also likely to cause great chaos, and chaos suits this kind of actor perfectly. While everyone else is trying to stop everything from going up flames, our protagonist, with his assured belief in his ability to create his own reality can appear like he is the only with any control — unburdened as he is by concerns about long-term consequences. (Needless to say, trusting such an actor with access to and power over the vast resources of the most powerful state on earth is not likely to end well for anyone.)

Such behavior would have political commentators scratching their heads and trying to discern which political strategy the practitioner is using. They may, after eight or ten months throw up their hands and declare there is no strategy. But there is. He is trying to create his own reality.

If Trump did indeed internalize this philosophy, there is every chance it has so much become second nature to him, that he has forgotten the ideas behind it and it has devolved into a set of habitual behaviors.

They might deem the practitioner mentally unstable, but he isn’t. They may ascribe a narcissistic disorder or psychopathy to the practitioner, and they may well be right, as such a psychology is well suited to success in business. But the power of positive thinking very effectively simulates a psychopathic mentality, where empathy is obliterated by the idea that victims have themselves have caused all their own suffering, and shows of sympathy are merely a sop to lame social conventions.

Words are seen as creative powers in themselves. For Peale, this is the power of God, the power of the Word. Put to service in this manner, words become more like blank checks than indicators of a common reality. Lies cease being lies and turn into affirmations of creative intent. To the outside world — to non-believers — this looks very much like lying. Yet it isn’t quite, and the subtle non-verbal clues that usually accompany a lie are confusingly absent. For a comparison, compare Trump’s calm, assertive demeanor while lying, to his son’s quite terrified performance on Fox News. (For a clip of Trump lying, google “Donald Trump”.)

Believing your own myth is not just a danger with this stuff; it becomes an attraction in itself. If you feel like you’re an expert, then you’re an expert. This is especially easy if you don’t really know what expertise looks like, and would have no way of processing expert advice even if you did hear it.

This is perfectly summed up a law of attraction teacher, and star of The Secret, James Arthur Ray. (Ray, convicted of three counts of negligent homicide for cooking his victims to death by confining them in a fake sweat lodge under false pretenses, is also a compulsive and semi-literate twitterer.)

James Arthur Ray: “If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it.”

With this mentality, a practitioner could easily wind up explaining that the person he consults with most on foreign policy is himself. “I have a very good brain.” Such an expert can be eminently qualified to simply open his mouth and see what comes out, declaring in assertive tones that, yes, he would have a deportation force to round up 11 million people; he would punish women who have an abortion; he would allow Saudi Arabia to have nuclear weapons; and yes, indeed he did fire the head of the FBI to stop the Russia investigation…. and so on.

Anyone who has ever met a dedicated fan of The Secret or the law of attraction, will have noticed this person does seem to live in a fantasy world or alternative reality. It is indeed a kind of cult, with believers avoiding the company of those who indulge in “negative” thoughts and emotions. Similarly, critics of Positive Thinking find these teachings instantly repellent and exclude themselves. Interaction gets swiftly polarized.

A similar dynamic appears with Trump’s followers. For them, what comes across from Trump is not a policy agenda or explicit promise of a better life. Rather, they get the feeling of winning. And they have indeed won, and will be getting drunk off it for the rest of their lives. The media keep waiting for “his base to crack”, but they won’t. Nor are they a “base” — which implies something will be built on top of it. What they are is followers, and though they would not perceive it so, they inhabit Trump’s alternative reality with him, and they love it in there. They are still winning, exactly as Trump promised, only much better. And they won’t be getting sick of all that winning any time soon.

Posted by Yakaru