Forgetting as a form of Manipulation


The opposite of currency, is the misleading method of assuming that if things are current, they are not relevant. History does, indeed, have a lot to tell us about how things are manipulated. If we forget, then we can be manipulated again. Examples follow.


"The Bush Administration's strategy has been to promote a culture of denial, in which American abuses are first covered up then acknowledged with shock and horror, then absorbed and neutralized and finally forgotten--so that when new scandals surface, a new cycle can begin" ("Command of the Truth." The Nation, Oct. 4, 2004: 3).


"The Bush Administration's strategy has been to promote a culture of denial, in which American abuses are first covered up then acknowledged with shock and horror, then absorbed and neutralized and finally forgotten--so that when new scandals surface, a new cycle can begin" ("Command of the Truth." The Nation, Oct. 4, 2004: 3).


"...once again the forces of organized amnesia set in... the Vietnam lessons were renamed the "Vietnam syndrome" -- a mental illness...

"The purgation of memory and sense was successful. The United States, ignorance restored, was ready for the next debacle, this time in Iraq" (Jonathan Schell. "Organizing Amnesia." The Nation, Oct. 4, 2004: 8).


"...as soon as you suggest that it is important, to consider something other than violent retaliation, you are accused of sympathizing with the terrorists. It is a cheap way of ending a discussion without examining intelligent alternatives to present policy" (Howard Zinn. "Our War on Terrorism." The Progressive, Nov. 2004: 12-13).


Q: You've talked about this country having a national Alzheimer's disease.

A: "Gore Vidal calls this country the United States of Amnesia. Take Reagan. He's perhaps the worst President until now we've had, a man who knocked the hell out of the very thing, the New Deal, that saved his ass and that of his father... His father got a job on the WPA during the Depression. Ronald Reagan... was an acknowledged fink. He was president of the Screen Actors Guild at the same time he was informing regularly to the FBI on his own members he considered un-American..." (David Barsamian. "Studs Terkel." The Progressive, Nov. 2004: 36).


Colby Glass, MLIS