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Opinion | Opinião

NEGATIONISTS

There are people refusing vaccines, medicines, planet Earth as a sphere, the Sun in the center of the Solar System, Evolution, Relativity, coincidences, chance, in short, advances in science and knowledge which have been proved to be facts. They are called negationists because the term stupid is offensive. These people refuse documented history, like the Holocaust and moon landing. They embrace conspiracy theories and present themselves as the heralds of truth.

It is safe to say they are the religion of today, since some of them create their own churches and cults. Negationism and religion share the same methods: blind faith, circular rhetorics based on false assumptions, the use of authority instead of rationality, the stimulation of intuition instead of analysis, constant propaganda and mass mobilization. Like cancer, they are fastly spread and powerful.

The main feature of these people is the combination of fear and laziness. They have the fear of losing their ground and the laziness to build a well studied and founded new ground by themselves. Instead, their option is to make castles in the air.

Keeping or gaining power with minimum effort is the sole motivation of negationists. The not so dumb are perfectly aware of their lies and roles in an industry of influence and control of individuals. They’re redneck mobsters.

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Feeling American

The first time I felt to be an American was in September 11, 2001. Wednesday was the second. I am not one but in both days I was injured as (decent) Americans were. Extremism is also rising in my country and the events in the Capitol mirror what is latent in all Western world. We are receding one hundred years and once more opening the path to fascists, thugs and propaganda.

Democracy and its institutions are fragile by nature, but leaders and citizens lost that perception and take those human achievements as granted. Due to corruption and abuse from politicians, there is a climate of total disbelief of the institutions which are supposed to defend the values of freedom and human rights. Disbelieved institutions are the fuel thugs search for to exercise their propaganda, manipulation, violence and abuse.

Once more I pledge our leaders to get serious. Do your work. Be professional.

As for America, in spite of being a young nation, you are the mother of modern democracy. We, much older nations, are still learning from you, the prodigy child. Please, set the example of how to halt this worldwide insurrection of fascism and give muscle to democratic institutions. Don’t let us down.

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Personal | Pessoal

The Most Stupid Question

“WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK WITH US?”

Because I’m unemployed, for Christ’s sake! I applied for this job and dozens of others! I need the money! I am capable of managing the bloody tasks you’re offering! I have the God damn hard and soft skills! I am clean and look good! I have the freaking initiative and the all sunshine smile on my face! I’m a badass! I am fast, competent, rigorous, eclectic and whatever the trending skills are! I am sincere and don’t kiss ass! I am the king of both competition and cooperation, choose the one that suits you best for each occasion! I am a moderately radical traditional innovative modern conservative liberal!

I did not choose. Behind propaganda, the choice is all yours.

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Propaganda

Take the man seriously! See what happens? History repeats itself. No matter the winner of the American election, there is a huge mass of fascists among us. Stupidity is extremely dangerous and time has come to stop laughing about it.

I am afraid. Human rights and decency are taken from granted by most intellectuals to the point of neglecting their teaching to the less fortunate. Politicians, as I mentioned in this article, are fond of herds and encourage fanaticism towards their party, like the one of sport fans. Their rhetoric is still demagogical, revealing a mindset in which voters are nothing but a mob. Unfortunately, as this election shows us, they still are.

Dividing to rule continues to be the credo of both intellectual snobbery and politics. Non-educated voters search for identity in their leaders, vulnerable to the feeling of being related to them as close as possible. Dictators and thugs are instinctively aware of this, embracing the theatrical part as people’s souls while climbing to the top. All they have to do is naming an enemy to blame for the mob’s disgrace.

The farming of fanatics must have an end. Genuine democracy leaders must invest in ethical education, defending the values of human rights and empathy. Intellectuals must become humble and conduct their energies to efficient communication of the pragmatics to basic human respect.

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Election Night

In case you don’t understand Portuguese, the outdoor on the drawing above is about elections. Tonight is the night. American votes will be counted to determine whether an assassin brat will continue to rule the most powerful country in the world or a career politician will mend the havoc of the last four years. Strangely enough, no one knows what will happen.

When George Bush Junior was elected I thought nothing could be worse than that. Four years later the man was reelected. When choosing between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, it was absolutely clear that Donald had no chance. He won. And he is a thousand times worse than George.

The deciding voters came from rural and industrial America. Extremely poor or extremely rich, predominately white supremacists raised on prejudice and irrationality, valuing blind loyalty to their own in a tribal manner, these individuals move on herds of passion and demagogy, never questioning the decisions of their idols. They are the always forgotten red-necked heart of America.

Forgetting the uneducated classes of the inland is a historical mistake common to all countries. Leaders believe in keeping cattle like crowds vulnerable to propaganda as a widget for power. Both conservative right wing leaders as left extremists master such technique, with the complicity of moderate ones to keep them running. It is this complicity that ruins nations.

It will be a long night.