Mind Fuck America
Here is the first verse of Green Day’s American Idiot:
Don’t want to be an American idiot
Don’t want a nation under the new mania
Can you hear the sound of hysteria?
The subliminal mind fuck America
I wrote a monograph entitled Mindfucking over a decade ago, and it seems more prescient every day. What else is the Big Lie? But don’t think it’s confined to the political right: the left is prone to it too. The point I missed is that the mind fuck can proceed on the basis of an obvious lie, so long as the audience is primed to accept it. Indeed, the bigger the lie the better, so long as it has the right psychological shape. I notice that Green Day associates the phenomenon specifically with America–a point worth pondering.