By studying the methods of past movement leaders (such as the Zapatistas in Mexico), we can spot rhetorical devices such as doublespeak, red herring, cult of personality, abstraction, divisiveness, double standard, intimidation, false flag, false appeals, begging the question, poisoning the well, while creating useful counterarguments.
Your Vote and Actions Do Matter
Your vote and actions do matter because our needs continue to go unnoticed, and as progressive talk show host Thom Hartmann has amusingly asserted, "our economy right now is held together by rubber bands."
As revered dissident scholars and journalists ascend the pantheon, it will be critical for educated voters to learn how to shout until we "are heard."
"Those who care about war and peace, those who are concerned about the growing disparity between rich and poor, those who are concerned about the environment, about climate change, about the fate of the planet, are not a 'fringe minority'.
"Not even a 'silent majority' but a silenced majority. Silenced by the corporate media which is why we have to take it back."
In just a few months, there will be mid-term elections, and it's not too soon to learn about the issues.
Here's a start: Visit Votesmart.org to learn about the latest bills, and compare how your Congressional representatives voted.
Read previous installments of "Silence of the Liberal Lambs" (Parts 1 & 2) at Asian American Forum (blu-geese.org)