by Gary D. Barnett | garybarnett.com
“Gaslighting is implanted narratives cloaked in secrecy.” meaning that: “Gaslighting are lies with a purpose to confuse and control.” – Tracy Malone
The term “gaslighting” is a relatively modern term, although it was the title of a 1944 movie of the same name, but has actually only been in vogue for a short period of time. The current purposeful use of the word gaslighting in all circles of the mainstream and many alternative sources, is in fact a form of gaslighting itself. If this is confusing, it is because it was put into the general everyday language intentionally, a smoke and mirrors technique, so as to cause a particular reaction. A little known term has now become mainstream, and this happened almost overnight. In the context of this essay, I am using the term in the sense of large scale political manipulation, not personal relationship matters. Obviously, lies are constantly used to achieve nefarious ends, and in many different manners, but when used as a control measure for the masses, it has especially largescale and devious intent.
In order to gaslight (fool and confuse) the many at once, a combination of truth and lies are necessary, as gaslighting is dependent on clouding reality to imitate fiction, by using believable lies to create doubt in the minds of otherwise seemingly sane people. This tactic is especially effective with those who are weak, self-conscious, dependent, committed to collectivism, or consumed by fear. That is why it is so useful to the narcissistic monsters who make up the ruling and political classes, whose only mission is to plant false narratives in the minds of their flock, so as to gain total control over them.
This is the major objective of all those who are actually attempting to take both sides of an issue in order to gain the confidence of their victims, so as to sway their opinions; those who might be referred to as ‘controlled opposition.’ This group would include those who are involved with the mainstream media, the political parties and political system, and much of the alternative media as well. Those who attempt only to spread truth, and are not pursuing the acceptance of any agenda, and not trying to fool others into taking their side, are not guilty of gaslighting, but those pushing state narratives while at the same time denouncing those same narratives, are practicing trickery through hypocrisy. These are mostly people who possess no soul, and who would be hard-pressed to show any honest or legitimate empathy toward others; although fake or pretended empathy is certainly used as a tool, and pursued by these deceiving con artists.
I could name the names of many of these obvious gaslighting individuals, but that would only upset so many readers here and elsewhere who have been fooled into believing the claptrap presented by all these pretenders who excel in doublespeak propaganda. A mix of partial truths and partial lies are strong brews for those who fail to do their own research, and for those who only want to know that which does not upset their false perception of reality. Since the fake ‘covid’ scam, mainstream talking heads, new bloggers, reporters, podcasters, and others, many who came directly from the dragon’s mouth, are now considered to be new heroes, ‘credible’ whistleblowers, and truthtellers, all without any real verifiable evidence, and who are often accepted by alternative and ‘libertarian’ types without question. In many cases, but certainly not all, these politicians and so-called presenters of ‘news,’ are simply wolves in sheep’s clothing, gaslighting the gullible subjects of not only the common class, but of a broad range of political types. This is obvious when regardless of whether one claims to be Republican, Democrat, Independent, or Libertarian, many continue to be fooled by the same propaganda, as has happened en masse, especially these past three years.
All this constant gaslighting is of course based in narcissism, with most of the perpetrators being psychopaths, liars, cheats, thieves, politicians (but I repeat myself), and power-brokers. A good analogy for this behavior is that of a ‘good cop’ and bad cop simultaneously playing one side against the other; all the while expecting to gain from the deception. Of course, those who use the system without directly participating in the gaslighting, are in effect attempting to accomplish similar nefarious goals; all while claiming to be outside the corruption. This could and does apply to many in the general population, as so long as they can gain something for themselves, and not be subject to harsh scrutiny, they will practice deception in their own way, by using the state to benefit themselves at the expense of others.
This is a real problem, because the norm in a society of this nature, is one of complicity with the state system by the general population, where collusion and proxy power due to government involvement, employment, and the evil voting booth; without regard for friends, neighbors, or strangers who are secretly abused, indicates a type of hidden local fascism. This would be an informal and unstructured partnership voluntarily pursued simply for personal gain.
There are many examples of this atrocious behavior. Consider some obvious instances, such as the medical establishment, doctors, and hospitals accepting large sums of money to record certain types of diagnoses, certain causes of death, and to administer very suspect treatments, and in many cases fatal protocols, in order to continue to receive payoffs for their compliance with government. Do no harm was thrown off the cliff in a hurry in order to gain from this fraud during the ‘covid’ hoax. Consider all the state and local businesses nationwide, who gain their sustenance from government and military contracts, which support every aspect of maiming, torturing, and murdering innocents around the world. The number is staggering, as virtually every city and town has companies who receive government contracts, whether military or domestic. In addition, there are according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, well over 22 million government employees, this excluding the military, CIA, NSA, Imagery and Mapping Agencies, and the Defense Intelligence agencies. All of these people, and many more are fully dependent on government and contract employment. This number is certainly considerably understated, because much is considered classified information or secret, and trusting government figures is only a fool’s game.
How many in this country either work directly for the government, survive due to government largesse, (stolen money) are dependent on government welfare, or are making their living due to government laws, regulations, and warmongering? How many ‘private’ companies and corporations hold monopolies protected and funded by government; thereby causing all employees to be dependent on the state. How many in this country are dependent on this so-called ‘healthcare system; a system fully controlled, subsidized, managed, and funded by government? This would obviously be an extremely high percentage of this population.
Mass gaslighting of a controlled and dependent society is an easy task to achieve, because personal responsibility has virtually disappeared. As always, nothing the state does is natural, organic, coincidental, or accidental; all is planned in advance and is part of one agenda or another. The state has nothing, produces nothing, creates nothing, and only steals and murders in order to survive. So long as the common man remains a part of this heinous system, voluntarily allowing rulers to exist and lord over him, lives in constant fear of non-existent threats and emergencies, and continues to depend on the state for most every aspect of his life, prepare to be lied to at every turn, and understand that serfdom will be the only result possible, unless and until sanity awakens.
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”
~ Edward Bernays, Propaganda