Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Follow the herd.
There's something wrong with me (yes, yes, I know, but apart from that). Apparently, it is human nature to fit in with the crowd. I've never felt the need. Rather than agree with a concensus, I'd stick by my beliefs unless proven wrong. Browbeating and saying 'well everyone else agrees' has no effect. Never has.
Humans, in general, will go along with any majority decision and actually adjust their attitude to fit with that majority. According to the last paragraph of this article, our brains generate an error signal when we do something that isn't considered 'the norm' and we readjust our behaviour to be like everyone else. This was useful when living in isolated villages but when applied countrywide or continent-wide, it's a dangerous thing.
Whether everyone else is acting sensibly doesn't matter. We are forced to fit in by our biology. Before anyone decides to crow about what a great and wonderful thing that is, consider that the same system is at play in other animals, and reflect for a moment on a scene of lemmings and cliffs. Humans are designed to stick with their immediate crowd and few will question whether the crowd is right. Humans are happy that way, just look at football crowds and marches and parties. Get the history books out and look up 'pub'. It's part of the way the brain works and it's linked to dopamine production. Hence the ban on smoking which interferes with those pathways. Health? No, psychology and control.
It's easy, once you know this, to herd and control a group of people of any size. They don't need to be indoctrinated from the outset. All you need is to get them all doing the same thing. It doesn't matter, in the early stages, what that thing is. In the modern world, a TV show will do it.
Hitler knew all this, hence the Hitler youth with the uniforms and marching, and the smoking ban. Reinforcing that solidarity within a group sets up a group loyalty. Then you can use that group loyalty to gradually get them to do more and more outrageous things and they will not object because they're all doing it. They believe it's normal.
The Righteous have lost their way with this method. They started out well, with reality TV shows and easy-way-to-fame contestant rubbish. Many people were mesmerised and once the group is formed, they can be knee-jerked into pretty much anything. Shop a smoker. Report a litterbug. Denounce your parents. Cry 'racist' to silence those who are not part of the Collective and who resist assimilation. It worked, but it's falling apart now.
One reason it's breaking down is because the Righteous unintentionally set up another group. By continual use of 'racist-Nazi-bigot' and now 'xenophobe' to punish the slightest deviation from their Collective Norm, they have created a group who oppose them. By tightening the rules around every little detail, excluding at each stage those who fail to conform, they enlarge that opposition group and give them common ground. They have all been bullied and victimised for trivia. They all know who to blame. They form their group-loyalty around their hatred of the Righteous, whether they are smokers, photographers, bloggers, grandparents, and many more - they have all been insulted and belittled and in some cases, arrested for non-crimes.
When Hitler applied this psychology he was in sole charge. The Brown Gorgon appears not to be in charge of very much. He has fragmented power among quangos, he lets his ministers and various hangers-on do as they please while he 'gets on' with some unspecified 'job'. The Righteous don't operate under a single leader any more and while their methods are simple and invariant, their aims conflict.
Each one of them wants to be The One. Witness the Draperman's insistence that his was going to be the Greatest of Blogs, by ordering people to think and do as they are told and by picking fights over trivia. Carol Thatcher is excommunicated from the Church of Righteousness for one word, uttered in a booze-fuelled private conversation with two people she thought were friends, and anyone who points out the triviality of the 'crime' is automatically branded 'racist'. Another batch for the opposition group. The BBC edit the speech of striking workers to make them sound racist and will be astounded when they later vote BNP. Why wouldn't they? The BBC have already branded them racist. Count Mandelson considers all the strikers and their supporters xenophobes and insists there's no problem, we can sell our homes (hah!) and move to Europe to find work, because in his fluffy-bunny world, no other country discriminates in favour of its own people. Droves move across to oppose the Righteous. Mandelson thinks he's going to be Prime Monster or failing that, he'll install a new glove puppet. The BBC want multiculturalism despite the fact that it obviously can't work. Draperman wants to be King of Blogs.
Each of them is setting up their own empire based on their own agendas. The Collective is fragmenting. There is panic among the Righteous now, and the denouncements and witch-hunts increase in frequency while they all strive for top position in the news.
Meanwhile, those they have driven away are forming into a new group. This group has no formal structure and no leader, but are bound by the commonality of having been victims of Righteousness. The Tories should have seized on this but they have not, preferring to add their voices to the political-correctness and control-freakery of Labour and the EU. The Lib Dems... well the Lib Dems probably haven't realised anything is happening.
This group is an army waiting for a general. The Righteous will scoff and say 'Minority of whingers' but they are not a minority. They are a very large group of people indeed.
Taking leadership will not be easy. Since the group are composed of evil smokers and drinkers and fat people and those who have been denounced as 'racist-Nazi-bigot', the leader will naturally be seen as someone detestable and vile. That leader will have to bear the vitriol of the Righteous. They will have to be able to withstand constant accusations of racism and intolerance. They will need to be accustomed to being reviled.
The Righteous have already set up such a leader. They have a group who they gleefully target with suggestions of sending 'poo through the post' and with hints like 'wouldn't it be just awful if a black power group got hold of that list'. They have immunised a small but growing party against their accusations and their hatred.
We all know who I'm talking about here and really, we can't blame them for taking full advantage of this situation. The situation was made for them, and they for it. By the Righteous.
I would, however, like to see an alternative or two.
UKIP could make some mileage here. The root problem facing the strikers is EU law and the EU will not change that. The only way to escape it is to leave. I know many UKIP members detest the BNP but did you know that labourites now refer to UKIP and BNP in the same breath? There's also the Libertarian party, too small to put up many candidates so far but increasing. Libertarians naturally detest the authoritarian BNP and in some cases, UKIP too, but haven't you noticed the 'right-wing' and 'xenophobe' tags have now been applied by Labour? The Righteous are scared of all of you.
The BNP are making their bid for leadership of a large group of disenfranchised people and whatever your or my feelings for that party, they are doing exactly what any small party should be doing right now. There are votes in that group for UKIP and Libertarian parties too. Don't let the BNP hog the show.
The worst thing that could happen now is fighting between the small parties. All three main parties have a vested interest in seeing that happen and will do their best to make it happen. I know the small parties are diametrically opposed on many issues but there is one really big issue that should be dealt with first. Once that's done, fight all you want, but do this first.
Get us out of the EU. There are enough loose voters out there to do it. There might be enough to bring down the three big parties. That group of anti-Righteous is huge now.
Worried about a BNP government? So am I, but then we have no government at all at the moment. We have an administration under EU laws. There's no point worrying about who governs this country until we take our country back. Voting Conservative will never achieve that. Voting Labour or Lib Dem will make it worse.
You need to get all those people working on the same thing. They now know what the EU laws on free movement really mean. That is enough to bring them together and show them what the rest of the laws really mean. You don't need protests. You don't need a war.
You just need to form a new herd. Or three.