We are in dire straits with an all-out assault on science, evidence and reason coming out of the White House all day long, every day now. The direct attack on science is part of a much-wider trend.
Science is imperfect and the truth has no billionaire backer fighting for it. The deck is stacked in the other direction.
Fear Uncertainty Doubt:
Fear, uncertainty and doubt (often shortened to FUD) is a disinformation strategy used in sales, marketing, public relations, talk radio, politics, religious organizations, and propaganda. FUD is generally a strategy to influence perception by disseminating negative and dubious or false information and a manifestation of the appeal to fear.
…By spreading questionable information about the drawbacks of less well known products, an established company can discourage decision-makers from choosing those products over its own, regardless of the relative technical merits.
President FUD is the living embodiment of these strategies. He muddies the water on every topic he comments on, with a record of lying–at least a little bit–about 96% of the time.
Trump doesn’t believe in global warming, right? That’s now his official position. Or does he?
Science is vulnerable to FUD, specifically in the form of industry-funded fake “studies.” It is simply a matter of writing a check to some unscrupulous researcher to concoct some dubious “facts” in your favor. Bogus science is rampant, with the editor of the Lancet lamenting:
“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue.”
My doctor smokes Camels, don’t you know? This is not by any means new, but it is still not taught to children either. There is no media literacy course, no section on propaganda, strategic lying, ideologies and such taught in the nation’s K-12 schools.
You have been assaulted, inundated with FUD for your entire lifespan, and yet it is not formally talked about or even acknowledged. The media, as a prolific perpetrator, is not going to explain this to you. It is not a formal area of study in classrooms. You are on your own to come to the realization that yes, they are lying to you. Constantly. It’s not a matter of a lie here or there: it’s all lies, all the time, entire paradigms–or perhaps it’s just half the time, if we believe the man from The Lancet. But then you’re on your own to assess which half?
FUD is the cornerstone of the “Public Relations” industry, where the billionaires go to manufacture plausible lies. These people sell wars and toxins as food. They sell dirty energy to squeeze out the clean ones. The enemies of mankind wear suits, not suicide vests, and they are paid obscenely well for their Fear Uncertainty and Doubt.