When Truth Becomes Irrelevant, What Remains Is Power

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by David Mackenzie via The Rebel,

A society that cares less about policy cares more about police. Nothing could illustrate this better than the recent experience of The Rebel’s own David Menzies while reporting on the Conservative Riding Association of King-Vaughan, northwest of Toronto.

When the rule of law is no longer respected by an organization’s supposed elite, the force of law is all that’s left. Due process bows out; the little guy bows down. That’s how it works.

Put another way: a society that cares less about truth cares more about power. We see this inverse relationship everywhere. We live inside a culture prone to fraud but eager for accolades. We’ll gladly lie and cheat for fame— which is just one way of saying that we’ll gladly trade the truth for power.

Think of the myriad ways in which fantasy is peddled in the hope of celebrity. We barely blink anymore at those bottom-dwelling web-ads which tell us that some blonde local-yokel is now earning $8K/week. Pictures apparently don’t lie— she’s partying right now on her private jet. And, amazingly, she’s from everyone’s hometown!

Where truth becomes irrelevant, what remains is power. This trend has various facets. A society that no longer cares about impartial principle becomes increasingly interested in advocacy. And what, precisely, is advocacy if it is not the desire for greater influence and power?

Hence, in times when truth matters less, partisanship matters more. Tribes and tribalism matter more.

Sounds like us.

A society that cares less about truth cares more about political image. That’s us, for certain.

Recently, an Irish investigative team stated publicly that in the now infamous 2011 trial of American doctor, Kermit Gosnell (the Philadelphia abortionist convicted of multiple counts of infanticide), prosecutors only brought eight counts of murder against him out of concerns that the annual murder rate in Pennsylvania might be significantly skewed if the full count was considered.

Sometimes truth hurts. Yet, if you haven’t noticed, culture is now more dominated by subjective feelings than by objective thoughts. Hence, it hates when it hurts.

In a Myers-Briggs sense, it increasingly looks as though all the thinkers have retired, leaving nothing but the feelers to dominate the culture. Dr. Jordan Peterson, a notable exception, is an eminent Canadian example of what happens when thinkers think irrespective of how cultures feel. Peterson is routinely swarmed by visceral outrage— but never logically beaten in debate. His graduate students are deprived of research grants— not because of shoddy research but rather because of the coercive use of financial power. Someone is offended.

And when truth becomes fundamentally offensive, all that remains is power.

Ironically, a society that feels truth should never hurt usually lacks emotional maturity. It is an adolescent society. Moreover, a culture that doesn’t care about truth also cares less about principle. Its news broadcasts are more sentimental than substantive. At some point, such a society no longer even cares about definitions. It will claim that it matters less what Islamophobia is, and more that we’re outraged about it.

Such a culture will, likewise, believe it better that we can read into the law, rather than exegete the true, original meaning. Consequently, such a “liberal” culture will despise an Antonin Scalia, and seek to reject a Neil Gorsuch.

Additionally, a society that cares less about truth doesn’t bother to argue on truth’s behalf. It increasingly finds the justice system too adversarial, and the parliamentary system embarrassing and distasteful. Perhaps this is why Liberal Senate leader Peter Harder, when musing upon ideals, thinks a caucus of organized opposition is detrimental to Senate politics.

Actually, he’s only partly correct. In truth, organized opposition is in no way detrimental to the quest for truth. Predictably, however, organized opposition is detrimental to power.

And there is yet another oddity about these times in which we find ourselves. As universities have debated less about philosophy and theology, they have obsessed more about the issue of power. Moral authority has been disqualified, shouted-down and even beaten-down, by hostile theories and accusations of “privilege”. The Marxist-inspired rage is palpable, and even predictable, because the issue is one of power, not of truth.

Historically, envy and political rage once put a man on a cross. His purpose, he said to Pontius Pilate, was “to bear witness to the truth”. Pilate didn’t care about truth, and even said as much. Not long after, however, he did say this to Jesus: “Do you realize that I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”

Of course, Pontius. In a raw Roman world, what matters is Caesar and not Socrates.

Power will generally attempt to kill the truth— all the way up to the One who says, “I am the truth”.

It is a sobering political principle, well worth remembering.

And, to this day, well worth rejecting.


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Solio's picture

What power is delusion?

Kefeer's picture

"We’ll gladly lie and cheat for fame— which is just one way of saying that we’ll gladly trade the truth for power." - END

That is a primary reason so many, especially women, (as part of the war on women, where women assist is self-destruction) love Social Media.

The truth is always the first causality when it comes to the destruction of entire societies; it is why we call what is good - evil and what is evil - good.  

We are morally bankrupt and will pay dearly and we haven't begun to see its full fruition, but our children and grandchildren will live it!! 

DoctorFix's picture

Truth will come home, to the forefront, when people stare at empty bowls in cold unlit rooms.

MsCreant's picture

There is something called grounded theory. You have a theory based on observations. You get systematic and go test it in the real world. If it does not work, you reject it. That is how you get closer to and refine truth. You can't stay in your head. You need empirical evidence to back up your ideas. No observations? It's an opinion piece, supposition, and it should be presented as such. Frame claims as claims, not reality. Correlation is not always causation. There are so many of these things that simply get ignored. 

Kefeer's picture

How old is the earth?  Is man evolving via the zoo?

scatha's picture

In America power of argument was always much weaker than argument of power or nearly nonexistent.

That's America's foundation epitomized in the Wild Wild West. The rule of law was always set by biggest gun in the town not legal or even righteous claims.

The rampant American anti-intellectualism was a form of self-defense against rampant terror and intimidation by American land owners against those who questioned they absolute rule.

The divisions fueled by identity politics always reigned supreme while law became a political tool of suppression and dominance.

While claiming agnosticism of the power elite, religious divisions were at their heights, fear and loathing reigned supreme. What we had in America was prevalent cowardice and inherent inability to challenge status quo, inability or unwillingness to reject or boycott political/electoral system in which all social ills have their end and beginning, and instead we had hatred of everyone who dares to do challenge the status quo or even to talk about it.


All of that is anathema of revolution Tocqueville was talking about.

All the attributes of enslaved nation full of self-hatred.

Dragon HAwk's picture

In the End Days, they will kiss a thousand times anyone who will speak the Truth.

Old Hippie Patriot's picture

On Easter, it is appropriate to go over the reason why the West came to dominate the Earth and what is its greatest strength. The West's secret weapon is Christianity and why its destruction is the key to turning the societal clock back 600 years to Feudal tyranny, misnomered the NWO. The first teaching of Christianity, its foundation, is the idea that facts are something that no person, no matter how exalted, can change. Maybe even God can't change. That is anathema to any despot, because the legitimacy of tyrannical rule depends on its ability to control what is considered to be true. That is why despots have been persecuting Christians ever since the Rabbi was crucified. The Christian idea of truth is the basis of the scientific method which spawned the technological advances that allowed the West dominate the Earth. The love of truth strengthens a nation because it gives that nation the ability to reform itself from within and prevent its descent into chaos, collapse and conquest.

RightLineBacker's picture

Second shout-out of the day (1st was Roger Stone post).

Thank you Tylers for posting David Mackenzie's fine, thought provoking essay.

So far the commenters have been thoughtful and inspired.

And best of all, so far no trolls.

Common_Law's picture

A truth that has power to upend a lot of our corrupt system is the distinction between Federal citizenship and state citizenship. Some are aware that congress has authority to legislate for two different jurisdictions the 50 states/DC + federal territories. In the states it is bound by the Constitution, but in Federal jurisdictions they have unlimited authority. 

Do you know which jurisdiction you are subject to?

Explore here for more info: http://sedm.org/Forms/10-Emancipation/CitizenshipDiagrams.pdf

This is the best 25 page summary of a 1000+ page book I've been able to find yet. The law is a very complex topic. To our detriment.

Pitchman's picture

In a world of cultural relativism, a war on logic and reason; truth will be judged as an act of terror. - Inflection Point




DOGGONE's picture

Look at this massive deception by omission!

Megaton Jim's picture

The end result of WAY too much Jew influence in the media, Wall St and in DC!

GooseShtepping Moron's picture

I’ve come to the conclusion that it is the probable consensus among America’s Deep State elites, as exemplified by the truly evil Hillary Clinton, that an all-out war with Russia which totally devastates Russia but leaves America just barely standing, would, notwithstanding the rivers of blood and the chaos unleashed, be an acceptable outcome as long as the blasted rump of America, namely the Deep State itself, gets to subsequently enthrone itself as the unchallenged world hegemon. The Deep State views the entirety of America’s economic and military might, as well as the lives of its citizens, as merely a means to this end.

I also believe that Russia’s strategists and state-level actors have come to the same conclusion regarding America’s designs. This is the strategic situation that Russia is up against, and this is why Russia has wisely prepared itself to fight a defensive war of astonishing proportions. And for the sake of the human race, for the peace of men of good will everywhere, I would advise Russia that when dealing with a cranky, feeble, delusional, and senile Uncle Sam, it is not possible to be too paranoid. You will not be up against a rational actor if and when this war breaks out. Whatever zany, desperate, and counterproductive gambits you can imagine the USA making, they will not be worse than what these people are capable of.

As an American myself, I would have liked to have been a patriot. If my country must go to war, I would have liked to be on my country’s side. But the bitter truth is that my government is something the world would be better off without. Russia has the moral high ground in this conflict. Hopefully that, and the strength of its arms, will be enough.

The great tragedy of the 20th century was that all the wrong people won the major wars. Whether it was Chiang Kai-shek in China or Hitler and Mussolini in Europe, or the Kaiser and the House of Hapsburg before them, the real heroes, the ones who were however ineffectively and confusedly on the side of Right, suffered defeat at the hands of the evil imperialists. We cannot allow that to happen again. I know who I will be supporting if it comes to war.

Long live king and country. God bless the patriots, wherever they be. Hail victory.

Victor999's picture

If American is left barely standing, they will most certainly no linger be global hegemon.


Whilst Russia is preparing itself defensively as you suggest, the Russian idea of warfare is strictly offensive in nature - unmercifully and totally destroy your enemy on his own land.  Add to this the Russian vow that never again would they fight a war on their own land, and think about the immense implications of that.

The Harlequin's picture

Excellent article, which helps to articulate the feelings of those of us who are TOTALLY FED UP WITH THE CULTURE OF OUTRAGE! May the adolescent liberal loonies with their teenage tantrums, and all the media morons who take up the space where truth has been murdered kindly GO TO HELL IN A HANDCART!

Ohne Deckung's picture

Power makes and shapes what we admire to be true. 

This is the overall picture. Be it at the decision what to buy, be it at any conference table where negotiations are put forward by: look what happens in case you do not agree.

Power equals truth. But there is more. We have a most watched, running competition about that thing that stamps each of our hours with a new invention of the use of coercive power.

It does not only look like a power pyramid. It is one, alive and the most wanted game in town to play in.

Security - above beneath your being under my shoe it is advising as a general rule in order to search for personal comfort in the all over fightings. 

Do not signal victory before that has happened and you are able to come up with persuasively trodden faces of your competitors at the making true hour.

To the rescue: it is the patriarchic way to deal with all the stuff in live that comes across your meaning of it, initiating and maintaining a sphere toxic  of to resolve all problems as handled on a battlefield.

That this is not an advantage to put things forward but a punishment we will have to learn.

Truth among humans not generated by coercive power must be, anyway - or what do you think.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

NEXT COOL TV SERIES: American Bootlicker

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Truth is given in measured doses dail on the MSM. Pay attention you don't miss your daily pill. And Paul Ryan did all he could to save us from Obamacare. LOL

bshirley1968's picture

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."  II Tim 3:1-7