#Resist In Ways That Make Sense
Hi, guys. I just put a new T-shirt design up on Cotton Bureau:
The design is only up for a limited time, so grab one now while you can! The main intent is to have these shirts be on the backs of those who will be attending the Scientist March in cities and towns across America come April 22. But this shirt is also for anyone who just wishes to stand up for the truth.
Also, any profit I make on these shirts will go directly to charity: https://www.nrdc.org/
So, what’s the meaning behind this design?
Our president is trying to capitalize on this “post-truth” political climate we’re currently living in (and, in many ways, the climate that he has helped create). If he can get us to distrust government officials who speak out against him, distrust the free press — distrust facts themselves — then that will give him the power to control the narrative.
That, along with repeatedly telling lies, is the strategy used by dictators throughout history. Make the lies big, make them simple, keep saying them, and eventually people will believe them.
And many of them have, unfortunately. One obvious example of this is climate change.
97% of the global scientific community have found that climate change is not only happening, but that it is caused by human activity and that it poses grave threats to our environment, our economies, our food production, and our health. Harsher droughts, disease, the extinction of species, sea level rise, stronger storms, …
We’re already seeing the adverse effects of climate change and that’s why world governments have begun taking serious actions to curb CO2 emissions, alongside placing more emphasis on renewable technologies over fossil fuels.
In contrast, Trump has said (er, tweeted) that climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese.
This is what we would call a “big lie” or, in their words, an “alternative fact.”
Subsequently, he’s gathered climate change deniers for his administration Specifically, Scott Pruit, who is now head of the EPA.
So, this new government is not only denying factual evidence of climate change, but they’re also muzzling scientists who are trying to speak out and even, according to one EPA staffer, taking away computers to possibly destroy climate change research.
So, to recap:
2 + 2 = 4
This is a fact. Facts are truth.
2 + 2 = 5
This is an “alternative fact”. Alternative facts are lies.
These are not normal times we’re living in. For the sake of our democracy — for the sake of truth itself — we need to stay informed, hold our politicians accountable, and stand up to this kind of behavior coming from the head of our government.
This is one of the reasons why “#resist” is a thing.
It should go without saying, but this has nothing to do with being Democrat or Republican. This is about putting our country first. This is about democracy.
I’ll leave you with this:
George Orwell was moved to write the book 1984 after studying fascist propaganda. He explains:
“Nazi theory indeed specifically denies that such a thing as “the truth” exists. … The implied objective of this line of thought is a nightmare world in which the Leader, or some ruling clique, controls not only the future but the past. If the Leader says of such and such an event, “It never happened” — well, it never happened. If he says that 2 + 2 = 5 , well, 2 + 2 = 5. This prospect frightens me much more than bombs.”
For me, standing up for the facts makes sense. If you agree, please help me spread the word and #resist in a way that makes sense to you.
What does “post-truth” politics mean?
What is the book 1984 about? And 2 + 2 = 5?
Who is Scott Pruitt and why are people concerned?
Who’s to say that I’m not just being alarmist about all of this? Who’s to say that I’m not just being “political”?
Well, look at what seasoned Republicans like John McCain are saying:
Along with our scientists:
And even the Pope: