Speaking Truth to Power

As the noose tightens around truth telling that brings to light incompetence, greed, cronyism, and arrogance: those who still have the chance to speak up should do so. Once the Fake News laws are passed there will be a change, the wrong kind of change. Make no mistake, there will be a negative effect on dissident voices and alternative/opposition parties, and this will leave its mark on the body politic in the next elections.

If you give false praise to someone, it is not fake news; if you criticise them and point out the truth in the best interests of all you are targeted. There can never be too much praise, there are no lies in fabricated praise: there is no fakery in engineering manufactured praise. There is no need for science fiction to tell us what living in a black hole is like for we have already moved into one.

Some excerpts:

“As our town evolved more sophisticated ways developed to limit criticism and truth told about the Higher-Ups: the Fake News laws implemented by the Bureau of Truth (BoT).

…. So I said it had partly to do with fakery of merit (officially known as Faketocracy) that was used to induct and promote Higher-Ups. There was also a penchant for references to animals: for instance, the initial name for Kafkaville was associated with a lion (no one used that name anymore); some of the politicians from the dominant party were associated with monkeys, and its detention centre, used for political dissidents as well, was known as the whale.

The law was passed just as the Minister for Integrity Resorts announced that the resorts he oversaw would be expanded upon with theme parks. He went on about the billions that would be brought into town (in terms of investment). That would add on to the billions spent in gambling at the Integrity Resorts (IRs) which are high-class gambling dens…The minister claimed that such resorts provided ample employment opportunities for locals in the gambling sector. Modules would also be available in schools to allow for the next generation to learn the skills that would allow them to man such resorts.

…I asked about the PM being awarded the International Joseph Goebbels Award for True Facts in recognition of the battle against Falsehood against Higher-Ups. She snorted, what about it? I asked: was it not odd that the award was in the form of a figurine that depicted a Potemkin Village?”

Sanjay Perera

*Writer, and founding editor of Philosophers for Change. The story first appeared at Facebook, and the full version: How Kafkaville Got Its Name.

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5 Responses to “Speaking Truth to Power”

  • NotMyProblem:

    The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has explicitly labelled Singapore’s Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill dubious and incompatible with worldwide legal principles as far as its present composition and structure is concerned. In its current form,“Its provisions present a real risk that it can be wielded in an arbitrary manner to curtail important discussion of matters of public interest in the public sphere, including content critical of the government.”

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    “The bill also does not provide for prompt access to an effective remedy – judicial or administrative – to those aggrieved in the event of allegedly abusive or otherwise unlawful application of the restrictions contained therein.

    I am wondering why Singapore’s Law Society cannot say something about this Fake News laws? Are they so busy going afte LHY’s wife.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    NotMyProblem:
    The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has explicitly labelled Singapore’s Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill dubious and incompatible with worldwide legal principles as far as its present composition and structure is concerned. In its current form,“Its provisions present a real risk that it can be wielded in an arbitrary manner to curtail important discussion of matters of public interest in the public sphere, including content critical of the government.”

    …..

    “The bill also does not provide for prompt access to an effective remedy – judicial or administrative – to those aggrieved in the event of allegedly abusive or otherwise unlawful application of the restrictions contained therein.

    I am wondering why Singapore’s Law Society cannot say something about this Fake News laws? Are they so busy going afte LHY’s wife.

    What Law Society??? you mean a Society of Sparrows flitting around the CourtHouse…or a Society where Legal Eagles Soar to the Skies…the Latter Society DIED when an Evil Bastard silence it and its Legally elected President Francis T Seow an ex-Solicitor General was hounded and had to Flee with WINGS that soar to a Land of The Free & Home of The Brave

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  • A dose of French Enlightenment:

    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd … Clever tyrants are never punished.
    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too … Don’t think money does everything, or you are going to end up doing everything for money.”
    [Voltaire]

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  • BK:

    Hello Sanjay, nice to see u back bro.

    PA wants babies, but view sex as unsanitary. Prostate cancer is on the rise, self mastery in sensible masturbation may help, but such acts are seen as unnecessary hedonism.

    Fa

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  • BK:

    Fake news is unsavory. But can it really be stopped?

    The problem with fake news is akin to cutting the arteries without blood letting.

    Sure, let’s minimize the blood lost. But they are trying to stop the blood flow altogether with such laws. Be a bit unsanitary, a little dash of hedonism, more babies, less cancer.

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