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1:00 am, November 13th, 2015 - 18 comments
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John Key is working directly from the Dueling Loop Playbook. He has to, because being who he really is won’t keep him as Prime Minister of New Zealand.
It’s clever, and it is destructive.
John Key is this week using the False Enemy Play
When it comes to creating false internal enemies, the winning strategy is to attack early and attack often. This becomes doubly successful when those attacked are politicians in the opposing party: (1) The fight or flight instinct is evoked, which clouds the judgment and causes people to want a strong militaristic leader to lead them out of harms way. The attacker proves his militaristic capability by the viciousness of his attack, causing those witnessing the attack to frequently swing their support to him. (2) Attacks cause the attacker’s own supporters to fervently support him even more, because he has just pointed out why the opposition is so bad. This form of deception works so well that attack politics has become the central strategy for many degenerate parties. Look around. Are there any political parties whose most outstanding trait is they are essentially one gigantic, ruthless, insidiously effective attack machine?
Of course to win the Game you need more than 1 play, so cue – Pushing the fear hot button
When a politician talks about almost everything in terms of terrorism, or communism, or crime, or threats to “national security” or “our way of life,” and so on, that politician is pushing the fear hot button. It’s very easy to push. Just use a few of the right trigger words, throw in a dash of plausibility, and the subconsciousness is automatically hoodwinked into a state of fear, or at least into wondering if there is something out there to fear. Whether or not an enemy actually is out there doesn’t matter—what matters is that we think there might be one. Fear clouds the judgment, making it all the harder to discern whether there really is an enemy out there. Because we cannot be sure, we play it safe and assume there is at least some risk. Since people are risk averse, the ploy works and we become believers. We have been influenced by statements of what might be lurking out there. Our fear hot button has been pushed and it worked.
The most important thing is not let your supporters know that you are pulling their strings like puppets to achieve your goals, not theirs. They are unwittingly helping you achieve what you and your backers want, and will even disseminate your plays for you.
That leads us to the Wrong Priority
A wrong priority is a goal that’s promoted as high priority, when if fact is should be a medium or low priority, due to presence of other goals with legitimate high priorities. Wrong priorities stem from hidden agendas.
A hidden agenda is a plan or goal a politician must conceal from the public, due to an ulterior motive. There are many ways a hidden agenda can come about. A politician may support a certain ideology, and so bends everything to support the goals of that ideology. He may have accepted donations and/or voter support from special interests, such as corporations, and therefore must promote their agenda. Perhaps he had to cut a deal.
A politician with a hidden agenda must make the wrong priorities seem like the right ones in order to achieve what’s on the hidden agenda. How can he do this? For a corrupt politician such matters are child’s play—manipulate the public through false promises, create a false enemy, push the fear hot button hard and often, repeat the same lie over and over until it becomes “the truth,” and so forth.
Finally, you need the Secrecy Play. This holds everything else together
Secrecy is so important to the success of the first four types of deception that without it they would crumble into ineffective mumblings. But with secrecy they work most of the time, because there is no way for the population to tell if a politician is telling the truth or not. When you see a politician, administration, or party using much more secrecy than normal and there is no reasonable justification, you can be certain its purpose is deception
Mostly, once you understand the strategies are from a playbook, you might feel stupid or foolish for supporting and defending the person using it, and you.
No one likes to feel foolish
It takes fortitude to admit you are wrong. That’s right, not weakness but, strength, courage, resilience, grit, determination, endurance, guts, and staying power. When you won’t admit you are wrong you end up having to justify wrong decisions. John Key won’t admit he’s wrong. Because of this he has to keep going down several paths of “wrongness”, and because he is Prime Minister, he is taking us all with him. His almost pathalogical resistence to admitting he is wrong suggests he is totally consumed by what is best for him. The opposite of what makes a good leader. Some people think he does admit he has made mistakes. But when you examine the few instances closer (if you can find them), it looks like something else (read the article).
This appies to those equally rabidly blinded when Labour is in Government.