Saturday, 4 August 2018

the more they attack him the stronger he becomes

The sheer ridiculousness of some of this week's anti-Corbyn smears have driven hundreds more people to actually join the Labour Party out of disgust at the way he is being treated, further boosting a Labour Party membership that has already added hundreds of thousands of new members since Corbyn became leader in 2015.

One of the most absurd attempted smears this week involved a truly pathetic attempt to associate him with the KKK by digging out an old quote from the former KKK grand wizard David Duke who accidentally praised Corbyn in 2015 because the racist idiot was too stupid to realise that Corbyn was actually a left-wing lifelong anti-racist.

The ludicrous KKK-Corbyn smear relied heavily on the total omission of the fact that Duke later reversed his opinion on Corbyn calling him "Marxist filth" and "anti-white", spread anti-Corbyn memes on social media, and warned British neo-Nazis not to vote for him.

Another attempted smear was perhaps the most extraordinary yet (which takes some doing after the defamatory Czech spy rubbish the Tories were spreading in February). This one actually involved a load of non-Jewish Corbyn-haters attacking a deceased Jewish Holocaust survivor as an anti-Semite solely in order to have a dig at Jeremy Corbyn!

Once again this smear relied heavily on deception by omission. In order to make the smear that Corbyn had shared a platform with someone who compared Israel to the Nazis stick, his critics colluded to omit to mentioning that the person who made the remarks was the Jewish peace activist and Auschwitz survivor Hajo Meyer who compared Israel's brutal treatment of the Palestinians with his own lived experience of the Holocaust!

If you've got to the point of smearing a Jewish Holocaust survivor as an anti-Semite (goysplaining the Holocaust) because you hate Jeremy Corbyn so much, surely it's time to accept that you've let your ideological hatred run so badly out of control that you're spewing indefensible nonsense?

But no. A lot of the most rabid Corbyn-haters actually doubled down on their ridiculous "wrong kind of Holocaust survivor" idiocy when called out on it!

It's absolutely amazing that Corbyn-haters still haven't grasped that hyperbolic and profoundly dishonest smear-mongering tactics generally only work on the venal and the gullible.

Neither have they figured out that the more ridiculous and transparently dishonest their smear-mongering gets, the more sympathetic decent, rational, fair-minded people become towards the target of such obvious abuse.

It's also remarkable that they haven't cottoned onto the concept that if they're endlessly resorting to hyperbolic personal attacks, it creates the very strong impression that they haven't actually got any coherent criticisms of Corbyn's policies.

Right-wingers should be particularly familiar with the concept of the political vacuity of smear-mongering given that their idol Margaret Thatcher once said "I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left".

It's amazing that Corbyn-haters still remain oblivious to the fact that every time a discredited Labour right-winger like Blair, Mandelson, Campbell, McTernan, or Blunkett attacked him in the press during the two Labour leadership elections it actually rang out as a positive endorsement in the minds of millions because of the "if those bastards hate him he must be alright!" logic.

Corbyn-haters still don't even seem to have clocked that the mainstream media's unprecedented anti-Corbyn smear-mongering campaign during the 2017 General Election coincided with an unprecedented Labour Party surge from way behind in the polls to end up actually snatching Theresa May's majority away from her and leaving her in such a desperate situation that she had to bribe a disgusting bunch of bigoted, homophobic, misogynistic DUP sectarians into propping up her shambles of a government.

Just think about it.

It might well be possible to trick the ordinary person into believing one smear about Corbyn, but the more new smears you pile on top of it, the harder it is to believe them all (especially if several of your smears are mutually contradictory).

Once the individual has clocked that there's a smear-mongering campaign going on, there's no putting that particular cat back in the bag.

Every new smear is going to be met with suspicion, and every new smear will add to the impression that Corbyn's opponents believe that the only way they can beat his politics is by using deceptions, distractions, omissions, misdirections, and outright lies.

The anti-Corbyn mob just don't seem to get it: The more they smear him, the stronger he becomes.

Einstein famously defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results".

So long may the Corbyn-haters continue fulfilling Einstein's definition of insanity with their feeble self-defeating smears, because every ridiculously dishonest new smear they come up with actually ends up driving ever more reasonably-minded people towards Jeremy Corbyn and his democratic socialist cause.

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