Look at what politicians & powerful people ACTUALLY DO. Don’t be fooled by their glib platitudes.

Politicians, businesses, and other powerful sources keep doing bad things but try to fool people by saying glib platitudes.  Do NOT believe at face value what they say.  Look at what they ACTUALLY DO.

For four years the U.S. was ruled by someone who said he would “Make America Great.”  His actual policies did the opposite.

Politicians and businesses keep saying things that the people want to hear, but their actual policies violate the public’s interests.

Platitudes and hypocrisies have been around for a very long time.  Jesus kept denouncing people who kept trying to impress people with their religiosity, by pointing out that they were violating the core values of their faith.  He said not to believe their pious platitudes and said, “By their fruits you will know them.”

This is true nowadays when official sources say glib platitudes but whose actual policies violate them.

For many years the Port of Olympia (owned by the public, financed largely by taxpayers, but managed to serve private business interests in ways that actually hurt the environment) has been trying to fool the voters while actually hurting the public interest.  A friend of mine recently noticed that on the Port’s website there’s a single page where some form of the word sustainable occurs seven times, even though many of the Port’s actual activities are NOT sustainable.

For most of the U.S.’s history we had a Department of War, but that sounded bad, so in 1947 it was changed to the Department of Defense.  During most of the U.S.’s history we had very few wars, but since 1947 we have had many — but the government kept trying to fool us by saying that those wars were necessary for our “defense.”

Businesses keep using public relations campaigns in attempts to fool us into thinking that they are helping us, even while they are hurting us.  Oil companies spend huge amounts of money to fool us into thinking they are “green,” when actually they keep hurting the environment and the climate.

Many more examples exist.










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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org