Normal is not created from any reliable source. It is instead the result of the absence of creativity. If the truth is declared without recognizing and then regulating the unfair acquisition and abuses of power from which the declaration came, it is more dangerous than a lie. If people are thinking instead of accepting royal declarations, royalty will of course feel antagonized and react to what is a threat to their false platform.
"The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them." -- Thomas Jefferson
One important step in giving people in the US the power that Jefferson was encouraging was the invention of the television. This was encouraged even more when it was made affordable to so many people.
In the middle of the 20th century, people who had never participated in military operations could see a glimpse at the horrors of war because they were televised.However, within the latter half of the 20th century the financial profits of war led to the elite who were profiting most to purchase the right to declare how war was described. They now have a great deal of control over what gets aired on television, and they abuse that power by promoting propaganda.
Not only has what is declared the truth typically been based on assumptions that lead to deception but the declaration from a source who doesn't encourage others to challenge and question them are instead encouraging falsehoods. If people believe that what they are telling others is true they won't be motivated to force those people to believe them.
1 Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
This acts as a deterrent for people asking questions about their own government. Instead the focus is on what is considered evil from another nation.
She goes on to describe in this article how the United States is following these 10 steps which were also used by other dictators from history.
Another point of interest (in keeping with the purpose of this blog post) is number eight:
8 Control the press
In the United States controlling the press is done under the disguise of capitalism and free competition. The laws that protect the most powerful media sources are instead preventing competition and moving the nation closer to being ruled by fascism.9 Dissent equals treason
This may present itself with the interactions of government leaders and politicians, but it also influences a particular trend in how the public views and therefore, treats everyone with whom they interact.Since royalty (which includes our government leaders) is not fairly acquired we have unrealistic expectations of them as the idols we create. We also view ourselves and those around us based on how this idolatry has influenced the way we see the world.
10 Suspend the rule of lawIn the final paragraph, she quotes James Madison as saying:
"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands ... is the definition of tyranny,"
Capitalism in the United States has become synonymous with ego. Ego is the behavior that prevents introspection and prevents us from recognizing a danger. The habit of being in an ego driven state encourages pride in the most foolish notions.
Note: The native Americans were driven off land from people who then claimed ownership of it, and the natives didn't believe that people could possess land.What concerns me most about what I see in the online autism community is the lack of critical thinking. When people associate too closely with what they learn, they are afraid to accept unpopular ideas due to fear that by expressing such ideas will affect their own popularity. The claim that knowledge can be owned prevents people from thinking. In the United States, our ego centered and idol chasing nature deters us from examining what's behind the bright lights of stardom.
Thinking is a verb and yet too often knowledge is described as a noun due to immobile power structures that cannot be questioned.
Advocacy for autistic people cannot afford to follow the mainstream commercial and political views of autism which are burdened with bigoted traditions.
To preserve the existence of people who think in different ways as well as the creative ideas that come from differently thinking people our advocacy needs to be discussed and continually altered accordingly.
I'm not suggesting thinking outside the box. Instead I'm suggesting that what happens from inside what is considered "the box"is a deterrent to thinking.
It seems people online would do better as advocates if instead of looking at everything that is written as whether or not we agree with it, or whether it comes from what our prejudices have taught us to believe is a reliable source we focused on questioning the mainstream.Like-minded people will naturally disagree, and they won't stay like-minded about anything if they don't acknowledge the nuances which the mainstream tries to hide.
Statistics about autism include very few people, almost no one complains about abuse of autistic people, and there is almost nowhere to voice such complaints.
The mainstream view of autism is the number one threat to our safety. Awareness focused on this mainstream view is the promotion of the same corrupt political ideology that autistics and our families have always had to contend with.
Of course anyone at this point who challenges a mainstream view will antagonize people in corrupt immobile positions of power but what is an advocate if not someone who challenges the current system? When we pose as advocates and yet no one feels threatened by what we say we are posing as false guards and enabling an already bad situation to get worse.