Struggle sessions were a propaganda tool used by the Communist Party of China to shape public opinion while humiliating and silencing political rivals.
In 1958, Mao Zedong launched the Great Leap Forward, intending to move China's economy from agrarian centered to industrial.
The result of Mao's reign was an estimated 18-45 million deaths.
This is an example of Marxism, an ideology that many professors and brainwashed 20-somethings publicly support to this day.
Want to see other examples of the travesty that this political/economic theory has wrought on humanity?
- Russia: The Bolshevik revolution resulted in 100 million dead.
- Cuba: the masses live in poverty to this day.
- Italy: Mussolini was a socialist before becoming a fascist
- Many more countries around the world have struggled with bouts of socialism, communism, and fascism, all with countless lives lost and generations of citizens suffering at the hands of a select few men.
History is repeated by those that do not know it.
In the US today, we are already undergoing a fight between the left vs. the right.
Mao used "struggle sessions" to publicly humiliate anyone that questioned the state.
SJWs are doing this today with their cancel culture nonsense. Private individuals as well as public, institutions (STEM), and corporations are bowing down to the online mob and firing employees, changing brand and product names, banning movies, burning books, rewriting history, and canceling large swaths of our culture without a fight.
These spineless individuals issue PR-crafted apologies or are fired outright by even more spineless individuals at the board level.
These online mobs are seeking power, not justice. They don’t care about equality. They don’t want reform: they want power. That’s all. And the masses are letting them gobble it up.
If you look at any major conflict or revolution in history, you can see the building up to conflict from an increasing polarization between opposing sides—this side vs that, this idea vs that, this political theory vs that, this economic theory vs that.
The Internet has sped up this polarization to a speed humanity has never seen.
Kids are growing up with a propaganda machine in their pocket, one designed to polarize them. The algorithms are designed to monopolize user attention so the tech giants can sell this attention to advertisers. The machines lead individuals down dark one-sided ways of thought by serving them information that supports their beliefs while at the same time suppressing information that challenges their beliefs and/or offers a competing worldview.
Today we need a competing worldview… more than ever.
As if that wasn't enough, we see the same thing happening in the political realm in which you have adult babies—who are somehow in control of important things—going at each other on Twitter all day as if they have nothing else to do. This has further increased the polarization of our political system to the point that politicians can't work together because to do so would be admitting to some kind of weakness.
This is not what the party system was supposed to do: it is supposed to create a balance of opposing ideas by challenging the ideas on each side with the goal of bringing something productive to the middle since that is where progress is found. What Aristotle called "the golden mean."
Instead, we have this side vs. that and a line in the middle you aren't allowed to cross. Given enough time, this will lead us to some kind of civil war. And it will be the crumbling of the way of life as we know it.
If the "silent majority" don't speak up and fight back—like they haven't been—we are doomed.
There is an American hubris built into the American mind that thinks a civil war or a revolution could never happen here. But it has. It can. And it will.
The government, by default, can not not be corrupt. Humans, given power, will continue to seek power. We are beyond the point of “checks and balances.”
Corporations have become so intertwined into the political sphere that they basically control everything. Even still, more regulation is never the answer since, as we have seen, the government cannot do anything the way it needs to be done. It is literally impossible for the government to do things the way they should be done.
We need less government, not more. Yet more is what we get each year as some absurd number like 75,000 new regulations and laws are “passed.”
And the public keeps asking for it!
Each new "war on X" is an opportunity for the rich to get richer and the powerful to get more powerful.
What's crazy about this is none of this is a conspiracy theory... it is all out in the open.
The fed prints 2.5 trillion dollars in the name of "saving our economy," but what actually happens is the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.
(You do realize that each dollar printed makes your dollars that less valuable? This is a tax, though they don’t call it that.)
Yet no one is anyone talking about it because everyone is so afraid of some apparently deadly virus. Thank the media and the elite puppeteers for that.
If we keep letting the media and corporate-purchased politicians tell us what to think and how to live, we will continue down this path until we have no rights or freedoms left whatsoever.
I've never been political.
I don't like thinking about any of this and I like talking and writing about it even less. I prefer building things and helping people and focusing on a positive future.
I just can’t do only that anymore. The absurdities fo the past six months have forcibly removed my beloved rose-tinted glasses. And I’ve been forced, begrudgingly, into the fray.
I'm pro-human: I believe we can build an equitable and fair world, and that the US is our best chance at doing such.
The Free Market will create a better world. We will eventually solve our climate issues and learn how to interact with Mother Nature in a symbiotic way rather than a destructive way. We will learn how to make everything as fair as it can be. We can build a better future for the next generation.
None of this will be done by the government. The free market will do it, and entrepreneurs will be at the front.
Eventually, we will colonize the solar system and reach the point where there is no such thing as "sustainable" or "scarce" because we will have the Universe and its limitless resources at our disposal.
I still believe this.
The difference is this: I'm no longer net optimistic about the future for this country. Too much has boiled to the top to the point that I don’t believe we can come out of this without conflict, major conflict.
Maybe it will be a political revolution and won't come to bloodshed. I hope so. For my sons and the millions of great people living in this country, I so dearly hope so.
Finally, I used to think the Internet was man's greatest invention. I guess I still do in a way.
The problem is the current iteration of the internet. That is the real danger.
The current internet is monopolized by a few unregulated tech monopolies. These tech giants control what we see, think, and feel, and are barreling us down the path of self-destruction.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think these companies or the humans that run them are doing any of this on purpose. Just like I don’t think most people wake up each day and try to enslave mankind.
Instead what we have are a what I call “accidental conspiracies” in which certain factors come into play that create really really really bad situations when human dogma and greed is added to the mix.
One example is Bill Gates.
I don’t know enough about him, but this is what I think: I believe he lives much of his life in books, inside his head, and thus he is a product of the scientific research we have UP TO THIS POINT.
If you know anything about science or research, you know that it is supposed to be wrong MOST of the time. People think the opposite, which is why we get so much fanaticism around certain ideas.
Science is in the business of trying to disprove itself. Humans are in the business of trying to prove themselves. We don’t like changing our minds. Here’s a telling example fro the scientific field, a field in which you’d think scientist are trained to constantly level up their thinking:
“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. . . . An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: it rarely happens that Saul becomes Paul. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out, and that the growing generation is familiarized with the ideas from the beginning: another instance of the fact that the future lies with the youth.”— Max Planck, Scientific autobiography, 1950, p. 33,
Planck's principle is the view that scientific change does not occur because individual scientists change their minds, but rather that successive generations of scientists have different views.
Informally, this is often paraphrased as "Science progresses one funeral at a time".
What this means is our current understanding of anything today is not likely to be the same current understanding we will use in 5 years or 10 years, and most definitely won’t be what we think in 100 years.
This is something everyone must keep in mind about research. I see too much citing of research or lack of research, both of which are dangerous because they are just snapshots in time and do not represent actual truth. And if you look at the history of science, scientists are wrong most of the time.
Today, there is a lot of really bad research. I bet there is more bad research than good. That is ok because good research has to have some bad research to compare itself to. And good research needs to evolve on top of bad research, so it comes with the territory.
The problem with bad research manifests when individuals use it to write books and form worldviews. That is how you get dangerous dogma. (The Nazis cited research in their propaganda campaign against the Jews. It was very bad research, but it was research nonetheless.)
So what we get is a bunch of scientists believing whatever the rest believe, a kind of professional groupthink, and those biases seep into future research and entire Academic departments and branches of science.
Just look at the current state of nutrition research that recommends a way of eating that kills millions a year while ignoring large swaths of basic human biology and common sense.
Back to Bill.
As one example, I believe Bil is pro-vaccine as a general rule because he’s focused on learning about vaccines in certain areas of Africa in which other factors come into play like sanitation and the problem of extreme poverty. His worldview has become shaped by this deep research, which is why he now walks around with the belief that vaccines are the answer to everything (they aren’t).
Most people are the hero in their story.
Most people wake up each day thinking they are doing good. I would bet very few humans alive wake up convinced that their mission in life is a net negative for the world. It’s just not how humans are built.
We are built to do what we think is right even if that means sacrificing millions to do so, which is what you get when you bring a small group of globalist billionaires that believe their money and power has made it their responsibility to save mankind from itself regardless of the cost.
The obvious problem with this is, if a person or small powerful group is off even a little bit in their assumptions about what is “best,” millions or billions might end up suffering as a result.
If we can't solve the broken information flow and democratize information in a way that REDUCES polarization, we are doomed.
If we don't stop the tech giants censorship and the crazy SJWs crusade to rewrite history, we are doomed.
If we don’t start thinking for ourselves, we are doomed.
If we don’t study history, we are going to repeat it. (We already are, unfortunately.)
Make no mistake about it: there will be a revolution.
We just don't know what kind of revolution it will be and who will win.
I don't like fear-mongering or sensationalizing the future like this. I wish I was doing that. I truly believe we are in trouble.
I'm still hoping the silent majority will wake up in time to protect our constitution and the American way of life before the crazy brainwashed radicals destroy it any further.