In a couple of recent threads, I’ve encountered people saying things along the lines of “as the whole world knows,” “as anyone can see,” etc. Invariably they are invoking these claims in support of theses which are in fact rather tortuous and unlikely, and which a large number of people would find quite far-fetched. And this put me in mind of something I read some months ago in a communique by the People’s Republic of China regarding religious freedom issues; I can no longer find the exact quote, but I believe it asserted that international human rights law cannot trump issues of national security, “as everyone in the world agrees”.
Totalitarian governments, vanguard political parties, and extremist cranks of all stripes are quite fond of such phrases. I’m not entirely sure why. I think it reflects a combination of intellectual laziness and authoritarian fury at the presumption of anyone who might question one’s assertions. In any case, here a sampling of examples of what I am announcing as Dezinformatsiya Technique 1: the assertion that one’s claim is universally agreed with and impervious to contention by anyone, anywhere, on any grounds, ever.
“And yet the ROC is a functioning sovereign state, a reality that cannot be denied by anyone.” – ROC (Taiwan) press communique
“How can you connect with it? With the love circle. The concept we are talking about cannot be denied by anyone.” – Rev. Sun Yung Moon, “Let Us Inherit the Realm of Victory of Our True Parents”
“In our country, 80 percent of the land already is included in state farms that have their own self-supporting collectives. Cooperatives also produce enough for their own consumption… Our revolution cannot be denied by anyone. It has maintained itself with a tremendous ideological strength, because here who can defend us? If imperialism attacks us, who is going to defend the island?” – Speech by President Fidel Castro at rally to mark the 35th anniversary of the assault on the Moncada Barracks held in Antonio Maceo Revolution Square, Santiago de Cuba, July 25 1988
“DURING the last twenty-five years the Fabian Society has made it its professed object to preach Socialism in England, yet we have very little Socialism in England to-day. This cannot be denied by anyone who has his finger on the pulse of the public.” – J.M. Kennedy, in “The New Age” magazine, 1911
“The New Flag has broken the isolation and censorship that sought the RCP with regard the Party materials. This fact cannot be denied by anyone including charlatan Olaechea. As all those know who have followed the recent debate on the open capitulationism of the “CoRIM” and on the important call for a World Wide Mobilisation Commission to defend the revolution in Peru, this mendacious attack tries to put everything upside-down.” – some incoherent ranting by someone named Quisp from the Communist Party of Peru which I have been unable to decipher