This is slightly last minute documentation, but in true student fashion I only recently came up for the idea as to what I wanted to do for the manifesto. Sooner still that I actually sat down to write it, which happened in a single session. For a long time I brushed it off and focused on the other aspects of the assessment, but it eventually hit me; a sort of genesis, biblical account of what I consider important “virtues” of post-truth behavior and thought. I’ll admit not all of them fit perfectly (but I like to think I have a degree of artistic license in these things) but for the most part I find them to be a part of the problematic mindset that causes post-truth to even be a thing. In order of their use throughout the manifesto; ambition, cooperation, favor, resolve, ignorance, willfulness, audacity, contempt, privilege, and finally pride.
Though it was a slightly reluctant choice, the “story” was built to mirror the rise of Trump. Reluctant because I feel, in some ways, any attention whatsoever, good or bad, just makes things worse. He feeds on it and it helped him. So I will say no more on that subject.
The choices of the virtues came about mainly from further reading of Harry G. Frankfurt, an author I feel has a very strong grasp on the subject, its causes and problems. Ignorance, Willfulness, and Contempt I feel are the most fitting and those that require the least explanation. Privilege and Audacity on the other hand, I flopped back and forth on whether to include or try to think of something else. In the end, however, I feel they were appropriate thanks to my pal Frankfurt. In his followup to “On Bullshit,” the equally aptly named “On Truth,” he discusses and eventually concludes that the world and society cannot, ultimately, survive on a diet of lies, fake news, manipulation, etc. Unless, that is, one already has substantial power. Now, most people of the UK would likely not consider themselves in a position of power. Compared to some, they are not. Compared to millions of others however, they are. It is okay for them, at least in the short term, to leave the EU. It is okay, at least in the short term, for many in the States to vote for Trump. It is those that already suffer as minorities that will get shafted even harder by post-truth smearing and fear mongering.