Cultural Para-Stimuli and why we fight

[HT: Flopping Aces]

Andrew Klavan writes an interesting column about how the media’s narrative of the recent elections and current political trends is outright distortion.  He introduced me to the concept of para-stimuli where experiments showed that being surrounded by crazies makes you a little crazy.  Klavan writes:

I’ve been hearing and reading prominent conservatives and Republicans say nearly as much on television, in print and in private conversation ever since the election.  They say Sarah Palin can never make a comeback.  They say the fight for small government has been lost.  They say we can’t have immigration reform that protects our borders.  They say we have to distance ourselves from “embarrassing” commentators like Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter.

No, no, no, no.  What the right is experiencing at the moment is a phenomenon called “cultural para-stimuli.”  You can read all about it in Tom Wolfe’s wonderful novel I Am Charlotte Simmons. It’s sort of like peer pressure on steroids.  It was discovered by Nobel Laureate Victor Ransome Starling, who found that when he surrounded normal cats with cats whose behavior had been bizarrely altered by brain surgery, the normal cats began acting like the crazy cats all around them.


That’s us–surrounded by the mainstream media.  So steeped are we now in their lies about our representatives, their ridicule of our commentators, their demonizing dismissal of the causes we know are just, that we’ve begun to adopt their attitudes toward ourselves! And perhaps chief among the lies they’ve sold us is the lie that they’ve won, that the media are theirs for good and all, and that Americans are going to be hoodwinked and brainwashed by their constant barrage of misinformation forever.

I know what he is saying and I saw it before the election, people had given up to the reality that the media had picked Obama and he was going to be the next President.  Klavan closes with:

They’re lying.  The left has to lie for the simple reason that they’re wrong and we’re right, their policies don’t work and ours do.  Look at the cities that liberal politicians and programs have devoured like locusts.  Look at the liberal states that can’t rein in their spending even as they go broke.  Look at how environmentalists have made us energy-slaves to monsters overseas.  And look at how leftist, anti-patriotic and anti-religious policies in Europe have turned a once-great culture into a corpse that is being consumed by Islamo-fascist bacteria as we watch.

I am not sure that I agree with the blanket statement that the Right is right but conservatives govern a heck of a lot better than liberals.  I certainly do not hate the GOP, but I feel a little bit like the Southpark guy (cannot remember if it was Stone or Parker) who said something to the effect of:  ‘Sure, I hate the Republicans but I really f***ing hate the Democrats.’  It is always about the lesser of two evils.

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