The moral of this classic piece of American literature is quite apparent. One example from American politics where this lesson can be applied is when the media in 2016 warned everybody against the bad boy Donald Trump knowing full well, I believe, that it would drive more people into his arms. – PC
So Br’er Fox had caught Br’er Rabbit and this time Br’er Fox said he was going to cook Br’er Rabbit and eat him up for good! Br’er Rabbit was mighty scared. He begged, “Oh, Br’er Fox, I don’t care what you do with me, so long as you just don’t throw me in that briar patch over there. Go on and barbecue me up, Br’er Fox, but please don’t throw me in that briar patch.”
Br’er Fox said he was going to roast him anyhow, but when he went to hang Br’er Rabbit up over the fire, he found he didn’t have any string to tie him up with. “Well, I guess I can’t roast you,” Br’er Fox said. “I guess I’ll have to drown you instead.” Br’er Rabbit pleaded, “Oh, Br’er Fox, go ahead and drown me then, just so long as you don’t throw me into that briar patch!”
“Well,” said Br’er Fox, “it looks like there’s no water around here to drown you in. I guess I’ll skin you instead.” “Okay, Br’er Fox, no problem,” chattered Br’er Rabbit, “Go ahead and skin me, cut out my eyes, cut off my legs, just don’t throw me into that briar patch!”
By this time, Br’er Fox had gotten the idea that Br’er Rabbit really, really didn’t want to get anywhere near that briar patch. Br’er Fox wanted to hurt Br’er Rabbit as bad as he could, so he took Br’er Rabbit by the legs and threw him right smack into the middle of that briar patch. He heard a lot of rustling and crackling when Br’er Rabbit landed, and he waited around to see what terrible thing was going to happen.
But a few minutes later, he hears somebody calling, “Oh, yoo-hoo, Br’er Fox! Over here!” and he looks – and he sees Br’er Rabbit, sitting on a rock, combing the tar out of his fur with a stick. “Didn’t you know, Br’er Fox,” called Br’er Rabbit. “I was bred and born in the briar patch! Bred and born!” And he hopped away.
As you read this brief article see if any of this sounds familiar, and not just with your personal relationships. The American ruling class tries to gaslight us all. – PC
by Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D.
Gaslighting is a manipulation tactic used to gain power. And it works too well.
Gaslighting is a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. It works much better than you may think. Anyone is susceptible to gaslighting, and it is a common technique of abusers, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders. It is done slowly, so the victim doesn’t realize how much they’ve been brainwashed. For example, in the movie Gaslight (1944), a man manipulates his wife to the point where she thinks she is losing her mind.
In my book Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People – and Break Free I detail how gaslighters typically use the following techniques:
1. They tell blatant lies.
You know it’s an outright lie. Yet they are telling you this lie with a straight face. Why are they so blatant? Because they’re setting up a precedent. Once they tell you a huge lie, you’re not sure if anything they say is true. Keeping you unsteady and off-kilter is the goal.
2. They deny they ever said something, even though you have proof.
You know they said they would do something; you know you heard it. But they out and out deny it. It makes you start questioning your reality—maybe they never said that thing. And the more they do this, the more you question your reality and start accepting theirs.
3. They use what is near and dear to you as ammunition.
They know how important your kids are to you, and they know how important your identity is to you. So those may be one of the first things they attack. If you have kids, they tell you that you should not have had those children. They will tell you’d be a worthy person if only you didn’t have a long list of negative traits. They attack the foundation of your being.
4. They wear you down over time.
This is one of the insidious things about gaslighting—it is done gradually, over time. A lie here, a lie there, a snide comment every so often…and then it starts ramping up. Even the brightest, most self-aware people can be sucked into gaslighting—it is that effective. It’s the “frog in the frying pan” analogy: The heat is turned up slowly, so the frog never realizes what’s happening to it.
5. Their actions do not match their words.
When dealing with a person or entity that gaslights, look at what they are doing rather than what they are saying. What they are saying means nothing; it is just talk. What they are doing is the issue.
6. They throw in positive reinforcement to confuse you.
This person or entity that is cutting you down, telling you that you don’t have value, is now praising you for something you did. This adds an additional sense of uneasiness. You think, “Well maybe they aren’t so bad.” Yes, they are. This is a calculated attempt to keep you off-kilter—and again, to question your reality. Also look at what you were praised for; it is probably something that served the gaslighter.
7. They know confusion weakens people.
Gaslighters know that people like having a sense of stability and normalcy. Their goal is to uproot this and make you constantly question everything. And humans’ natural tendency is to look to the person or entity that will help you feel more stable—and that happens to be the gaslighter.
8. They project.
They are a drug user or a cheater, yet they are constantly accusing you of that. This is done so often that you start trying to defend yourself, and are distracted from the gaslighter’s own behavior.
9. They try to align people against you.
Gaslighters are masters at manipulating and finding the people they know will stand by them no matter what—and they use these people against you. They will make comments such as, “This person knows that you’re not right,” or “This person knows you’re useless too.” Keep in mind it does not mean that these people actually said these things. A gaslighter is a constant liar. When the gaslighter uses this tactic it makes you feel like you don’t know who to trust or turn to—and that leads you right back to the gaslighter. And that’s exactly what they want: Isolation gives them more control.
10. They tell you or others that you are crazy.
This is one of the most effective tools of the gaslighter, because it’s dismissive. The gaslighter knows if they question your sanity, people will not believe you when you tell them the gaslighter is abusive or out-of-control. It’s a master technique.
11. They tell you everyone else is a liar.
By telling you that everyone else (your family, the media) is a liar, it again makes you question your reality. You’ve never known someone with the audacity to do this, so they must be telling the truth, right? No. It’s a manipulation technique. It makes people turn to the gaslighter for the “correct” information—which isn’t correct information at all.
The more you are aware of these techniques, the quicker you can identify them and avoid falling into the gaslighter’s trap.
Source: Psychology Today
Here is a new drop of documents from the Soviet Union detailing the Soviet response to the American imperialists’ Able Archer “war game” military exercises of 1983 that risked nuclear war. – PC
Washington, D.C., November 5, 2018 – Beginning in 1981, the KGB’s “main objective” became “not to miss the military preparations of the enemy, its preparations for a nuclear strike, and not to miss the real risk of the outbreak of war,” according to the text of a previously secret speech by then-KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov found in the Ukrainian KGB archives and published today by the National Security Archive.
(Continued at National Security Archive of The George Washington University)
Nailed it! – PC
If you vote in a rigged, evil, bought-out election you are an asshole! – PC
During the Halloween season I like to watch some old horror favorites. While watching Psycho 2, the plot reminded me of how the U.S. ruling class gaslights the American public, which serves to drive people (particularly already conservative-types) quite insane over time.
In Psycho 2, Norman Bates, the maniac killer who had a split personality* where he at times thought he was his dead mother (who he had murdered years ago), has returned from an insane asylum. He has been supposedly rehabilitated and cured of his “confusion,” but the sister of his victim (from the famous shower scene) doesn’t believe he has changed, or at any rate she wants revenge for her sister’s death by having him recommitted and locked up for good. She enlists her daughter’s help in gaslighting him, by trying to convince him in various ways, that his mother is actually still alive.
Eventually, however, the daughter begins to feel guilty as she comes to believe that Norman really has changed. The problem is that when she confesses the plot to Norman, he has trouble believing her because the damage has already been done. When Norman begins to act on his delusions and behaves in an increasingly irrational and threatening manner, as a last-ditch effort the daughter tries one more gaslighting tactic in a futile attempt to undo the gaslighting already done. Needless to say, it doesn’t work.
This is a great analogy for how the American ruling class has, through all media sources (including entertainment), gaslighted the American people over the years into being the deluded, conservative, superstitious, ignorant, arrogant, anti-communist maniacs that they are. Now, as the capitalist system comes under increasing stress and crisis there is a danger that the American public will devolve into open fascism that, while employed to come to capitalism’s rescue in the mid-20th century, also threatened to wreck the entire system with the madness that spun out of their control. As with the madness that consumed Norman Bates, it could prove difficult, if not impossible, to put that genie back in the bottle.
* Also called Multiple Personality Disorder or Dissociative Identity Disorder. This is a highly controversial diagnosis that may be iatrogenic – caused by mental health practitioners who actually put this twisted idea into their patient’s heads!
Announcement: Be sure to take a look at the Lenin School page of this website from time to time. I have recently added a “Fascism & Right-Wing Populism” subsection to Political Theory & Praxis and there is a new Political Strategy & Tactics section. Keep learning! – PC
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