The operation called “manufactured consensus”

This operation has various stages. It can be applied to issues like vaccination, GMO food, climate change, fake epidemics, elections, war—and it can be applied widely across the general subject of reality itself.

It begins with some “authoritative” voice proclaiming an idea is a fact. Well, someone has to start the ball rolling.

Very quickly, according to plan, others pick up the ball and echo the original idea. This includes both “respected” individuals and groups. Media join in.

What follows is a scramble to gain public acceptance. All sorts of approaches are used in this stage of the process:

the claim that a consensus has already been reached (which is a lie);

attacks on dissidents and critics;

warnings that refusal to accept the central idea will have dire consequences “for all of us”;

cooked and slanted scientific studies;

general reminders that the idea being promoted represents the greatest good for the greatest number;

expressions of shock that there are “still people who refuse to accept the obvious”;

new laws and regulations hammered into existence;

subsequent legalized coercion;

arguments so illogical and bizarre that people accept them, thinking they themselves must be missing the point;

relegation of dissent to the margins of “wild conspiracy theory”;

the conjoining of dissent with negative images and feelings;

the marginalizing of dissent into legal cases that wind through seemingly endless corridors of a maze;

and, of course, endless repetition of the original idea….

http://www.activistpost.com/2015/04/the-operation-called-manufactured.html

Sound familiar?

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