April 06, 2012
The Nasty, And The Stupid.
(Guest post from Gaius).
The public see the conservatives as being generally perceived as the nasty party, even by the party themselves with attempts to "detoxify" the brand by the party bigwigs. The Labour party are generally regarded as being well meaning but out of their depth and stupid, hence the loony left meme.
(The lib dims are simply the billy no mates party).
But how true is this? In other words is there any difference between the perception and reality?
Many Labour councillors and activists have not concealed their delight with the ill health of a former prime minister and their hopes for her speedy death so they can have a party. Many Labour ideologues are apologists for the most appalling behaviour from socialist govts overseas. Indeed Labour views Tories as bad irrespective of what their policy differences are. I was once on the panel (as a libertarian) of a public meeting organised by a trade union, I described all the bad things the welfare state was responsible for and how I wanted to totally abolish it, the Tory spoke in favour and support of the welfare state and the mainly Labour inclined audience had a right go at him, whereas several members of the audience whilst disagreeing with my views said I had raised several fair points.
Clearly, Labour are the nasty party.
Now lets turn to the Tories, why did they not win an overall majority against a clearly failing Labour govt when it was theirs for the taking? Why did they pick an out of touch toff as party leader instead of someone would clearly had the common touch and could connect with ordinary voters. Why do they want to maintain the Union instead of actively supporting a breakup that would give them a massive majority in an English parliament. I've never heard of any conservatives who will cheer when Gordon Brown dies, they simply see him as an out of his depth idiot with mental health issues. They only wanted him to go away.
Clearly, the Conservatives are the stupid party.
But why am I telling you this? It is because I want you to understand that there is a difference between perception and reality and I want to explain why this is and how we can use it to our benefit.
Perception and reality can be explained by the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis where language influences how we think about things.
So how can we use this to our advantage?
Mockery, derision, scorn, contempt, jeering, make fun of and laugh at. By pointing out how absurd, preposterous, ludicrous, irrational and insane our enemies are.
Let me explain, Gordon Brown had no chance of winning the general election when ordinary people held him in ridicule as started by Guido Fawkes calling him a snot-gobbling loony madman which was repeated in the press and television. Similarly Cameron has real problems with the accusation of him being an out of touch toff.
The reason why ridicule works is because it is impossible to counteract.
Let me give you a concrete example.
Deborah Arnott is the director of fake charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and as such this mean spirited piece of shit wants to completely ban all smoking.
Some commentators refer to her as the "Dreadful Arnott". However a synonym of "dreadful" is "terrifying".
Terrifying has connotations of being big and powerful and something to be afraid of.
But is there anything to be afraid of from 'a snivelling little schoolgirl who gets her knickers in a twist over a whiff of smoke'?
So next time you meet a statist, simply use mockery and take the piss out of them.
It works, there is no defence and it encourages other members of the general public to think likewise.
Openly laugh at them.