2014 November 17 Monday
Gruberism: Politics Is More About Manipulation Than Conversation

David Brooks coins a term in honor of Jonathan Gruber.

Gruberism: the belief that everybody else is slightly dumber and less well-motivated than oneself and, therefore, politics is more about manipulation than conversation.

People on the political Left who offer an opinion on the subject want universal suffrage, for all to have the vote. Yet they treat the lower classes as tools to manipulate to achieve elite goals. Maybe they like that the lower classes are easier to deceive?

If you haven't heard about Obamacare advocate Jonathan Gruber's take on the need to lie to the masses to implement the Left's goals then have a look at that video. It also includes Eric Hoffer on intellectuals:

:[The intellectual] doesn't just want obeying. He wants you to get down on your knees and praise the one who makes you love what you hate and hate what you love. In other words, wherever the intellectuals are in power, there is soul raping going on."

Have a look at Steven Pinker on the need for totalitarians to silence critics so that no mass uprising against them is possible. His speech is before a group (Fire) that fights against speech codes in academy. What does it say about academia that it is the arena in America where free speech is most systematically attacked and suppressed? That the academics want to rule us?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2014 November 17 09:54 PM 

Black Death said at November 19, 2014 5:47 AM:

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste (or intelligence) of the American public.

- H. L. Mencken

Black Death said at November 19, 2014 10:43 AM:

In addition to the millions he's made off the Obamacare scam which he helped to create, Gruber deserves an "A" for being honest. He accurately describes the view that the liberal elite hold of the average American voter - STUPID! And, of course, the lack of transparency is a feature, not a bug.

Well, Grubergate is entertainment enough, but I've also enjoyed the reaction of the MSM to these embarrassing revelations. Take the flagship of the lefty media, the NYT, for example. In this editorial, they provide their readership with the proper interpretation of these events (sort of like the way Tass and Pravda instructed loyal communists on the politically correct interpretion of unfortunate news). The NYT calls Gruber "impolitic" and "careless." I guess it's sort of like, when a lady asks you if her dress makes her look fat, you answer,"Why, yes, it does." How crass! How careless! How impolitic! Of course, the fact may be that she's a real tub of lard, but it's so rude to say so, even if everybody knows it's true.

The NYT adds:

Both comments are doubly offensive. First, they insult ordinary Americans. And they’re largely wrong.


Well, the "insult" issue isn't dealt with further, but the "wrong" one is. There was no lack of transparency because hearings were held in both houses of Congress, and the Republicans took part. That's true, except the Republicans vociferously pointed out the numerous flaws in the legislation, but to no avail. Not a single one voted for the bill, but, of course, that makes no difference to the NYT. The Republicans who voted against this dreadful program are just as guilty as the Democrats who voted for it. And the obfuscatory language is OK too, because, well, that's the way all bills are written. Plus, there is the unsurprising attempt to minimize the role that Gruber played in this fiasco. Why, he was just a peripheral player - it's just another unfortunate coincidence that he was paid millions of dollars for his work. Why, it happens every day!

Jonathan Gruber should receive the Joe Valachi Award for truth-telling - he's provided a rare insight into the thought processes and gangster-like behavior of this current wretched Administration.

Mark said at November 19, 2014 11:04 AM:

Hoffer was right, and Orwell saw it - "He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother."

James Bowery said at November 21, 2014 7:50 AM:

Civilization is more about manipulation than conversation. That this is the case has been known by religious leaders and their kings since the dawn of he neolithic. When you want to get a bunch of people to give up their lives in dysgenic war to protect your centralized wealth, telling them what you are actually doing isn't likely to work.

WJ said at December 14, 2014 8:29 PM:

"People on the political Left who offer an opinion on the subject want universal suffrage, for all to have the vote. Yet they treat the lower classes as tools to manipulate to achieve elite goals. Maybe they like that the lower classes are easier to deceive?"

Read the history of the 2012 presidential election. One of the Obama campaign's key strategies was to advertise on the television programs favored by dumbasses.

The Democrats rely heavily on the left tail of the bell curve. They like to gloat that Democrats are smarter than Republicans, but that is only possibly true when you compare white Democrats to Republicans. For the purposes of these comparisons, blacks, who commit half this country's murders, don't exist. Neither do Hispanics.

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