The Duterte troll ‘destabilization’ nonsense
By Joe America
The Duterte trolls are engaged in an institutionalized attack on our thinking.
They take advantage of the fact that objective truth is something all of us have a hard time getting to because of the filters we use that warp our knowledge.
- We tend to stick with our biases instead of welcoming new information that proves them wrong.
- What our friends think is more important to us than objective truth (defending the tribe; see ‘must read’ article on ‘why facts don’t change our minds’ in the right column)
- We argue with emotions rather than reason.
This applies to EVERYONE. You, me, the trolls . . . everyone. For example, my own objective truth is penalized because I don’t follow Mocha Uson. I rely on Twitter to pass along what she says, and that information comes through a Yellow filter because I mainly follow people on Twitter who believe in the principles of democracy and human rights. So if Mocha Uson were ever to say something important, it would not be in my knowledge bank.
I set up these filters to stay strong in my belief that democratic principles are better than tyrannical principles. For sure, a lot of people live well under tyranny. But my mindset for the most part has placed a block on that idea.
The Duterte trolls are using this kind of vulnerability by plying on people’s weaknesses (emotionalism) and biases (wrong ideas). They are re-defining Filipino values by promoting ‘like-speak’ and ‘like-think’ with the goal of capturing the loyalty of the ignorant masses. Ignorant means lacking knowledge, in this context, and is not pejorative. It does not mean dumb.
Case in point. The latest theme emerging from the trolls is that people who are opposed to President Duterte are engaged in a sinister “destabilization” effort. The trolls are painting opponents as unpatriotic, as rebels, as bad guys.
But let’s think about what stability means, in the context of the nation’s activities. The rules for stability are set forth in the Constitution. They are clear and plain and represent an agreement put in place after a great deal of debate by smart, knowledgeable people . . . and due process.
It was President Duterte who ran on a destabilization platform of “change”, proposing to tear down the established order. It is his government that has promoted abuses of human rights, killed people and stolen their right to judicial finding, and turned a blind eye to the Constitution. This does not represent a new national charter, something that we are obligated to sign on to. It is merely one person’s political agenda, and it will remain that until the Constitution is changed.
Those who oppose these violations of the Constitutional mandate are actually seeking to RE-STABILIZE the nation around the agreed principles of proper national behavior. They are not destabilizing anything.
So the whole “destabilization” argument is patently propaganda. It is nonsense. The values set forth in the Constitution represent a form of objective national anchor that was put in place to keep the Philippines strong and dignified.
The trolls work against the Constitution. They set Filipino against Filipino. They undermine Filipino dignity.
They are the destabilization experts as they ply on the ignorance and emotions of the masses.
The Philippines can be strong only if its citizens recognize that the Constitution is the best hope for all of us, and the REAL destabilizers are those who degrade the Constitution, and who do this by bullshitting citizens and playing them for fools.