Useful political ideas
A guide to the ideas we can use to defend ourselves against the stories told by unscrupulous politicians.
Well-meaning politicians use stories to persuade people.
Unscrupulous politicians use stories to manipulate people into harming themselves.
Currently, we’re being flooded with stories that harm the majority of us.
The harmful stories that fuel corrupt populism have already led to higher inequality, and unnecessary mass death in the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the longer term, populist politicians that reject science are leading us to climate disruption and mass extinction.
But: How do you defend yourself, and your friends and family from these stories?
One way is to be aware of, and to be able to articulate, ideas that allow you to examine and challenge these stories.
If so, an accessible and non-academic guide to these useful ideas might be helpful… which is the subject of this web page.
A list of useful ideas that can be used to understand, examine and challenge the popular stories told by unscrupulous politicians:
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Accuracy of public opinion
Borders and walls
Capitalism and new-ness
Quantity of Trump lies
Putin media strategy
Far right doesn’t have principles, it has a media strategy
Critical evaluation of fake news
Overview effect & ego
Social media streams
There is no alternative
Thought terminating cliches