Debunking & Dissent
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What are we discussing here?

Debunking--revealing what someone doesn't want revealed--is a key ingredient in critical thinking. It is essential to the first step of rational thinking: clearly defining the problem. If someone is concealing the truth about the problem, the existence of the problem, or information relevant to the problem, it is important both to attain the truth AND to take into account the fact that the truth was concealed.


Debunking, when applied to others (as opposed to your own self-deception), often leads to dissent in some form. A study of the history of dissent reveals a great deal about how people lie and about how to debunk those lies.

Below are several pages covering elements relevant to debunking and dissent.

Why This Page?
What is debunking?
What is a dissenter or dissident?
What is civil disobedience?
What is propaganda?
What is censorship?
What is a social myth?
Why Study History?
Reactions to dissent and debunking
Human Rights
Women's Issues
Media Control
Alternate News Sources
In The News, weekly reading
Movements of Dissent
Social Myths
Saul Alinsky
Randolph Bourne
John Brown
Noam Chomsky
Ernesto Cortes, founder of COPS in S.A.
Voltairine DeCleyre
Abraham Flexner
Allen Ginsburg
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
Mahatma Gandhi
William Godwin
Emma Goldman
Woody Guthrie
Vaclav Havel
Duong Thu Huong
Helen Keller
Jack Kerouac
Timothy Leary
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Maury Maverick
Jeannette Rankin
Will Rogers
Margaret Sanger
Henry David Thoreau
Willie Velasquez in S.A.
Emiliano Zapata
The 1960s in the U.S.
The American Revolution
Liberation Theology
The Native American Movement
Tianenmen Square
Social Stratification Theory
The Populist movement (1880s & 1890s)
The Feminist movement
The civil rights movement
The massive strikes in the Garment District of NY: the "uprising of the 20,000" in 1909 and "the uprising of the 50,000" in 1910.
-Columbus discovered America and proved that the earth was not flat.

-The U.S. is the best place in the world to live.

-The rich have worked harder than others and the poor are just lazy.

-The mad cow disease is limited to England. We're perfectly safe in the U.S.

-The U.S. intent in foreign relations is always to facilitate democracy and freedom.

-Ownership of land by individuals has always been a grounding principle of American freedom.

-Slavery was abolished a long time ago; we don't have "those kinds of problems" anymore.

-Elections are a critical part of the U.S. political system.

-The primary purpose of the American Revolution was to create a democracy where everyone is free.

-The battle at the Alamo was for freedom and democracy.

-The war on drugs is critically important; a major problem for U.S. society.

ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) --focus is on "organizing and building power for low and moderate-income Americans"
Act Up --a civil disobedience index
Alliance for Justice --co/motion--"to empower a new generation of activists to initiate significant social change today and tomorrow"
Alphabetical List of 12,000 World Problems --note the following:

Acceptance of violence
Blind belief in a homogeneous reality
Commercialization of knowledge
Conflicting roles of women
Habitual overemphasis on national self-determination
Misuse of nonprofit associations as front organizations by governments
Political aggression
Unquestioning attitudes

Argentina, Repression of Dissidents in
Australian Journal of Academic Dissent (not full text)
Can't Jail the Spirit, Political Prisoners and POW's in the U.S.
Chomsky Interview
Common Courage Press, Books for an Informed Democracy
Corporate Watch --"the Watchdog on the Web" (see the headlines)
CultureWatch --monitors the religious right
Democracy NOW! --news
FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting)
Freedom of Expression!
Green Anarchist: The End of Dissent?
Vaclav Havel--Challenges of Our Time: Selected Speeches and Writings, 1990-1998--Provided by Prague Castle, the seat of the head of state of the Czech Republic, this site contains selected writings and speeches by Vaclav Havel, the playwright turned president. Havel, an unflinching critic of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia from the late 1960s into the 1980s, has been internationally recognized for his stance on the defense of freedom and human rights.
lip --as in give someone lip
The Nation magazine--"make[s] an earnest effort to bring to the discussion of political and social questions a really critical spirit, and to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation"
Pacifica Radio site --"When I began volunteering for a humanitarian organization (the Albert Schweitzer Institute for the Humanities) at the age of 18, I began to learn that the news being fed to me by major newspapers and networks was massively ideologically biased. A co-worker at the Institute told me about Pacifica, and Iíve been listening online nightly since. I have not found a finer, more comprehensive half hour of news anywhere"
PeaceNet --"for positive social change in the areas of peace, social and economic justice, human rights and the struggle against racism"
PeaceWorks --New Jersey nonprofit tax-exempt organization which works to aid the peoples of the Americas and seeks progressive change in our nation
PRwatch--Center for Media and Democracy --"seeking to recognize and combat manipulative and misleading PR practices"
Refuse and Resist! --revolutionary site
Skeptics Dictionary: A Guide for the New Millennium
Suppression of Dissent, Misconduct and Whistleblowing --great list of links
TechnoSurrealism --interesting essay
U.S. and Police Terrorism
Znet --a community of people concerned about social change

by Colby Glass, MLIS.

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