“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” – Joseph Goebbels
Many of us falsely assume that, when people like Roger Ver, Jihan Wu, and Craig Wright create blatant, bold, outrageous lies, they are spontaneous and poorly designed. But I assure you that these proclamations are not spontaneous.
Roger, Jihan, and Craig have spent many hours – with many public relations and marketing experts – determining precisely where and how to allocate resources to the maximize the effects of the lies they tell. There is method to the madness; these men are not interested in morality, justice, or the benefit of mankind. They are pursuing fame and wealth, and they spare no cost (or expertise) in order to achieve what they want.
Here's some good news: if you're reading this and understand it to be true, you are undoubtedly immune to these tactics. You can count yourself among the more intelligent (less gullible) of the human race.
The bad news is, men like Joseph Goebbels, Roger Ver, Jihan Wu, and Craig Wright aren't interested in you. They don't care what you think. They don't want to persuade you (per se), because you are too smart to fall for their campaigns. They know this. So they ignore you (and all your protests). They are targeting stupidity and vulnerability. That's what they need. And it works.
If you visit r/btc and read many of the comments and responses, you will find that they contain an abundance of profanity, trite aphorisms, ascribed stereotypes, and catch phrases. These are the voices of cattle. They are the grinding mouthpieces that people like Roger, Jihan, and Craig need in order to expand the ranks of faithful. They need slogans. They need loyalty. They need unquestioning fools who respond eagerly, passionately, and predictably to even the slightest suggestion of surface-level malfeasance. And because ignorance is the fertilizer for the movements, the more outlandish and horrifying the lies, the more likely the idiots are to adopt them and repeat them – ad nauseam.
So what is the cure? Unfortunately, there is no magic button we can push to make this stop. History shows us that, by and large, the only solution to this problem is to let the disease run its course. But that doesn't mean we're powerless. The best response to this type of propaganda is calm, rational reason. Try not to use catch phrases. Try not to condescend. Try be patient. Always be polite. And if none of that works, silence is always your friend.
And there is more good news. In the end, the truth always wins. It may take a while, but propaganda, fear campaigns, and lies are unsustainable. Roger and Craig (and probably Jihan) are predictable sociopaths; they fear exposure and failure above all else. They delude themselves into believing they can sustain the campaigns as long as they follow Goebbel's advice: just keep repeating the lies.
But the truth caught up to Goebbels, just as it catches up to all liars. Roger, Jihan, and Craig will be no different. We just need to be patient. Bitcoin is fine. It's working as designed. It's working as promised. We mustn't get caught up in the mania created by morons, because then we fall into the trap.