Unlearning

The process of critical thinking, in many respects, is less a process of learning than unlearning. Daily Pickings is full of issues and events which we need to re-examine in the light of new information. In the words attributed to John Maynard Keynes "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?" A simple statement which seems logical and obvious. However, when the "facts" contradict or undermine our world view, changing our minds is a big ask. That is why the accepted narrative of two world wars, demonising Gerrmany and Japan, is so difficult to dislodge.

The same "unlearning" is required in respect of the fabricated narrative of the Syrian "civil war" which is nothing of the sort but a deliberate strategy to undermine the stability of the country, to conduct regime change and is a repetition of so many wars/"revolutions" to remove regimes hostile to the will and wiles of the banksters.

The Revolutionary Distemper in Syria That Wasn’t by Stephen Gowans
Apparently, the US Left has yet to figure out that Washington doesn’t try to overthrow neoliberals. If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were a devotee of the Washington Consensus–as Counterpunch’s Eric Draitser seems to believe–the United States government wouldn’t have been calling since 2003 for Assad to step down. Nor would it be overseeing the Islamist guerilla war against his government; it would be protecting him.

This process of "unlearning" is far harder than one would imagine, not least because the contrived narrative, absorbed in the immediate aftermath of events and then repeated ad nauseum, is almost impossible to dislodge. That, combined with our reluctance to consider alternative narratives which undermine our world view, is why "progressives" are so conflated and so easily manipulated by those controlling the message.

The Rebranding of the Anti-Syria Left, part 2: The Gatekeepers by Barbara McKenzie
This article is a continuation of The Rebranding of the Anti-Syria Left and endeavours to consider the perceived shift in stance by some of those who have campaigned most vehemently against the Syrian government and in favour of the ‘revolution’, and the implications of this shift.

It is this controlled opposition which perpetuates myths in the face of overwhelming contradictory evidence and why those orchestrating conflict and division, remain immune to criticism or even examination. Most people are unaware of their existence, let alone their power.

The only antidote to the evil in the world is "unlearning", ie. re-examining issues in the light of information which emerges after the event, rather than stubbornly sticking to the initial, invariably false, narrative.

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