Conducting interviews on this topic is DAVID KUPELIAN Author of the New
Book HOW EVIL WORKS: Understanding and Overcoming the Destructive Forces
That Are Transforming America
By DAVID KUPELIAN
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The Obama administration's primary mode of governance is literally to
create crises where none actually exist. As I have explained previously,
"Big Lies" transform people and entire societies, and the most powerful
form of "Big Lie," at least when it comes to government, is the
Before we turn our 10,000-watt spotlight on the outrageous turmoil Obama
and company have promoted in America, let's take a few moments to
understand what a manufactured crisis really amounts to.
As I explain in my new book "How Evil Works," anyone even superficially
familiar with the history of the political left has heard references to
the strategy of creating crises as a means of transforming society.
You've probably heard of the "Hegelian dialectic," a key Marxist
technique whereby an idea ("We need more gun control laws!") generates
its opposite ("No, we don't need more gun laws, we just need tougher
sentencing of criminals!") which leads to a reconciliation of opposites,
or synthesis ("OK, we'll compromise by passing new gun-control laws, but
watering them down somewhat").
Likewise, maybe you've heard of the "Cloward-Piven Strategy" inspired by
leftwing radical organizer Saul Alinsky, whose methods Barack Obama
adopted which openly advocates the creation of crises to destroy
capitalist society. This is how socialist progress is achieved
"peacefully" through conflict or crisis and always in the direction of
The problem is, this "crisis-creation" talk just sounds so crazy, so
foreign to us, that it's hard to believe our fellow human beings, no
matter how confused or deluded, could actually engage in such a
practice. But it's not only true, it's actually a common part of
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Consider this non-political example and note how it illustrates the
power of a crisis to mold people to the deceiver's will: In one
child-abduction case, a little girl was approached after school by a man
she didn't know. He claimed her house was burning down, that her parents
were busy putting out the fire, and that he was a friend of the parents
who had asked him to pick up their daughter and take her to them. The
crisis and the emotional upset the girl experienced over the thought of
her house being on fire and her parents in danger drowned out her normal
caution about getting into a car with a stranger. You guessed it: The
stranger was a predator who had concocted the lie for the sole purpose
of upsetting and thereby tricking the girl into going with him so he
could brutalize and murder her. (This "classic" child-predator technique
was recounted in the film "Changling" starring Angelina Jolie, a true
story in which the serial child murderer enticed youngsters into his car
using this exact "your-house-is-on-fire" ruse.)
Tragic as this scenario is, it makes an important point: A crisis throws
us off our guard, upsets us and inclines us to make decisions and accept
"solutions" we normally would reject.
Politically, the strategy is to create a crisis, or exploit a real one,
by throwing people into a mode where they can be redirected toward a
predetermined "solution" whether it's imposing "carbon penalties" on
businesses in response to fears of global warming or draconian
gun-control laws in response to a rash of school shootings. We're
talking about solutions that people would normally reject, but now in a
crisis accept, and as a result establish a new baseline of what is
normal which becomes the starting point for pushing the nation still
further leftward in response to the next "crisis."
Before we get into the current, specific crop of manufactured crises
Team Obama is using to transform America, let's survey a few old
chestnuts, just to demonstrate how ubiquitous fake crises are. They're
everywhere around us:
* Small towns and cities across America pull a certain stunt with
depressing regularity around election time. They claim that if taxpayers
don't vote in favor of a new tax levy, they'll be forced to eliminate or
drastically cut back police and fire protection two of the few services
the people actually want from their government. I once lived in a town
where the city council and city manager decided the way to force voters
to approve their new tax levy would be to threaten to completely
eliminate police protection within the city limits between midnight and
8 a.m. No joke. This was a crisis of their own creation and for their
own obvious purposes. After all, the city council members and their
budget committee could have re-prioritized their budget to cut back on
street sweeping, park maintenance, library hours, raises and benefits
for city employees, or other things less crucial to the public safety
and welfare, and gotten by on the existing tax base without leaving the
citizens vulnerable to criminals every night. As I said, this is a
common tactic in cities and towns up and down the turnpike.
* The radical environmental movement's primary modus operandi from top
to bottom is the creation of crises where none exist. The "spotted owl"
crisis in my home state of Oregon is a great example. Environmentalists
claimed the northern spotted owl was dying out because of commercial
logging of old-growth forests where the birds nested. So in 1991 a
compliant judge halted logging in Oregon's national forests, causing the
loss of about 30,000 jobs, an 80 percent reduction in timber harvesting,
a consequent decrease in the supply of lumber and sky-high prices. I
remember I was there. However, it wasn't owls that environmentalists
were in love with; they were in love with stopping loggers from
harvesting any trees in Oregon's old-growth forests. The owls just
provided the needed "crisis."
Oh, here's the rest of the story. Long after Oregon's timber-based
economy was decimated by the court-ordered logging ban, the northern
spotted owl population inexplicably continued to decline. Surprise! New
research showed logging in old-growth forests wasn't the problem at all.
The real problem, it turned out, was competition from another larger and
more aggressive species of owl that liked the same habitat and food as
the spotted owl.
The truth is, ever since "socialism" lost its luster as the salvation of
mankind (because it has never actually worked as promised anywhere), the
environmental movement has become one of the most powerful, modern
battering rams of the left for advancing the same socialist agenda.
* Another legacy of phony environmental crises is our fear of nuclear
power. In truth, nuclear energy is clean, homegrown and abundant, and
its safety record is extremely good. Many other nations including
France, Russia and Japan have long taken advantage of this amazing power
source. But irrational fear, in response to an environmentalist-created
"crisis" mentality, has gripped the American consciousness for decades
and contributed greatly to our dangerous national dependence on foreign
* The "Fairness Doctrine" is a freedom-destroying solution to a crisis
that doesn't exist. With the exception of talk radio and certain online
and cable TV news offerings, virtually the entire news media
establishment is overwhelmingly left-of-center. Yet some congressmen and
senators claim there's an unfair conservative bias in the media (talk
radio) that demands "balance" by legally forcing radio stations to
provide air time to "opposing views" that is, to the left-leaning views
that utterly dominate the rest of the information media.
* Charges of rampant anti-Muslim bigotry and hate-crimes in the U.S.,
leveled by groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the
ACLU, constitute a totally fake crisis. Actually, Americans have
demonstrated extraordinary restraint and magnanimity toward Muslims
since the September 11 terror attacks and the subsequent revelations of
widespread Islamist antipathy toward America. In fact, according to the
FBI's own statistics, in the five years following 9/11, anti-Islamic
hate crimes in the U.S. decreased by 68 percent!
We could go on and on fake crises are everywhere. As I said, crisis is
the central operating principle of the Obama presidency, which is always
telling us, in effect, "your house is on fire, so come with me."
Everything is a crisis, an emergency, and has to be fixed right now all
for the purpose of vastly increasing government power and control over
citizens' wealth, behavior, their very lives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Kupelian is an award-winning journalist and
author, and serves as managing editor of online news giant WorldNetDaily
as well as its monthly newsmagazine Whistleblower. His 2005 book The
Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us
Corruption Disguised as Freedom, currently in its 10th printing, remains
one of the most popular books on America's raging culture war. He lives
in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.
HOW EVIL WORKS: Understanding and Overcoming the Destructive Forces that
are Transforming America
By David Kupelian
Publisher: Threshold Editions
Publication Date: February 16, 2010