Post-Truth: The New Order

5 Dec

post-truth-bannerThe Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has named Post-Truth  as the word of the year for 2016. Post-Truth is defined as:

Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief: in this era of post-truth politics, it’s easy to cherry-pick data and come to whatever conclusion you desire. (OED)

The New Order: I do wonder if anyone else has thought to use that framework. I suspect one would have to be familiar with facts and not just feelings to know the answer to that. Yes, one would have to know history. Sadly, we in the United States have demonstrated we cannot be bothered with facts or history. We seem to pride our selves in ignorance, as we show great disdain of science and facts; we steep ourselves in jingoism, racism, misogyny, and homophobia.

Given the recent election for President in the United States, it seems abundantly clear that post-truth is in fact the word of the year. What do we do now? My question for those who voted for Trump is when will you take action to put his administration in check? Will you take action when he deports members of the Latino community? Will you take action when he creates a registry for Muslims? Will you create resistance when he tries to criminalize what is protected under the first amendment?  Will you protest when police, health care workers, and all service providers can deny LGBT people necessary services based on Pence’s perverted idea of “Religious Freedom”? When will you take action? How will you explain to our youth that actually it is categorically unacceptable to sexually or physically assault women, when the leader of the free world has tried to normalize it? Will you step up to the plate and help to STOP normalizing racism?

This denial of science and facts in favor of feelings not only seems absurd, but shows great hubris in our collective disregard for history. I’m waiting for climate change deniers to tell me the earth is flat. I fear that if Galileo were alive today, we would once again imprison him. If the Trump administration shapes up the way it looks like it will, he won’t be lonely.

Now is the time for us all to keep vigilant and engage in honest reflection. We need to pay close attention to Trump’s cabinet and the civil rights of all targeted people that are now in peril. I would maintain that all the white people who supported Trump because they are feeling disenfranchised, this is the time for you to keep vigilant; this is not a president who cares about you or your family. Here is evidence to support my claim. Trump has appointed Steven Mnuchin Secretary of the Treasury. You remember Mnuchin: he headed the foreclosure machine in California, profiting from the loss of homes by millions of Americans. Can someone tell me how this is Trump “draining the swamp?”

Call To Action: all of us need to be accountable in demanding facts and not feelings. Your belief in something does not make it true, even if Faux news repeats it every 17 minutes. As the post-truth administration takes power, let us  insist on policy based on facts and established rights, not the whims of the angry, manipulated minority.

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9 Responses to “Post-Truth: The New Order”

  1. Dr. Rex December 5, 2016 at 7:15 am #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ‘As the post-truth administration takes power, let us insist on policy based on facts and established rights, not the whims of the angry, manipulated minority.’
    Very well written post … ‘We need to pay close attention to Trump’s cabinet and the civil rights of all targeted people that are now in peril.’
    Many of the reasons for my personal concerns are included here … this wasn’t a NORMAL election cycle, as some have already accepted. There are major differences on how this candidate in particular or prior elected presidents acted to address their ‘voting bases’ … If this is the “new Order’ then this country is in deeper trouble than I thought!!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 5, 2016 at 7:20 am #

      Dr. Rex, thank you for reblogging this! Much love and peace, Michael.

      • Dr. Rex December 5, 2016 at 7:21 am #

        Love and peace .. ❤

  2. Central Oregon Coast NOW December 5, 2016 at 8:06 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

  3. bevanyardleigh December 5, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

    What fascinates — and infuriates — me is the hypocrisy of the Rightist Post-Truthers. Climate change? A lie, because they think so. Secretary Clinton? A crook and liar because that’s how they feel. Racism, on the other hand? Well that’s just how a bunch of liberals feel. Objective facts SHOULD ALWAYS matter. Thank you for your thoughtful analysis and wonderful call to action.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 5, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

      Bevan, thank you for weighing in here. We can only hope that facts and science will gain traction and reveal that the Emperor Trump has no clothes. Peace, Michael.

  4. Kathleen Saadat December 6, 2016 at 9:57 am #

    The idea of “post truth” is terrifying. It means anyone’s fantasy no matter how outrageous, how unreal, can be considered reality and justifiably acted upon because it is what they “felt”. The recent happening in DC with the man going to rescue children from a nonexistent ring of child traffickers is a great example of how disfunctional we can be when we operate solely on the basis of ours fears. I believe it is the same emotionally laden headset that leads some police offices to shoot black and other people. “They are afraid”. Whether or not there is really something of which to be afraid seems in many cases not to matter which is why “fear” becomes evidence for acquittal. Given our post-truth society, we need to understand that our success in changing minds and hearts has to appeal to something more than just the rational. I believe we have to talk with people about their values and work to find places where we can connect at that level. We must begin to talk from the heart, expecting that our hearts probably have more in common than our heads.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 6, 2016 at 10:11 am #

      Kathleen, your voice is always so powerful and so needed. I am so grateful that you have been one of my greatest mentors in life. Yes, we need to hear people’s stories–we need to create a space where we honor people’s narratives. With great love and admiration, Michael.

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