“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.”
We are constantly being manipulated, coerced, cajoled and programmed both on subtle and obvious levels. The manipulators’ goal is to control our minds and ultimately our behavior. One such form of manipulation is called gaslighting. Gaslighting is a form of direct manipulation, obfuscation and lies designed to make the target (the person being manipulated) question their sanity, their reality or their competency.
Gaslighting gets its name from two American motion pictures an original and a remake in which the male character who is having an extramarital affair tries to make his wife think she’s crazy for suspecting he is being unfaithful to her.
Gaslighting is a power play, a way for one person or group to gain and maintain power over others. In the United States we are gaslighted on a daily basis by individuals and institutions such as: religions, our education systems, the mass media and politicians. There are numerous ways, means and techniques devious people use to control, disorient and disarm people they want to have power over.
One technique is to tell blatant lies and then make you think you are insane for questioning or disbelieving them. The ruling glass and their minions lie to us daily. When the ruling class decides (they are not a monolithic group but they do cooperate to accomplish their goals) they want to bum rush a country and steal their natural resources they demonize that nation’s leader to gain public acquiescence and consent for their actions.
Remember how the US demonized and lied about Saddam Hussein and his non-existent weapons of mass destruction? Weapons inspectors told the world Saddam did not have nuclear weapons nor the capability to manufacture them but the US government gaslighted the masses against United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter and Hans Blinx the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency who steadfastly stated Iraq had no WMDs; which in fact was the truth. Nevertheless Bu$h and Co.’s gaslighting set the stage for a blatant, immoral and illegal invasion of Iraq and a series of crimes against humanity that have thus far gone unpunished.
Gaslighting also occurs when a person, group or nation’s actions don’t match their creed or purported values. The United States purports to be the “exceptional and indispensible nation” but for most if not all of its history exploitation, oppression, systemic violence and trauma have been its real way of life and MO.
We are being gaslighted about the economy; Trump tells us the economy is strong and growing. Yes, for a select few. But for far too many of us, the economy is not rebounding and there are growing indications a major readjustment coming. This readjustment is being fueled by technological innovation, corporate and government mismanagement, greed and apathy on our part.
Major retail organizations are closing their stores because they cannot compete with Online commerce giants like Amazon and eBay and because people don’t have money to buy their goods. Last week it was announced GAP, JC Penny, Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Foot Locker, Payless Shoes are closing stores and some are filing for bankruptcy. Over four thousand stores will close in 2019! US auto sales fell in 2018 and remain slow in 2019 yet Trump and the cable news and business channels tell us the economy is fine!
Trump’s trade wars have negatively impacted the US economy but you won’t hear that in the corporate mind control apparatus. His trade war with China has severely hurt US farmers farm bankruptcies are on the rise but Trump says things are great. More gaslighting!
Don’t fall for the okey-doke think for yourself and have the courage of your convictions.