Who is gaslighting whom?

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In the past, we would talk about confusing, deluding, brainwashing, or messing with someone’s mind. Polish speakers would talk about making water out of someone’s brain. Today, the word for the same is “gaslighting.” In his essay: Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting*, Julio Vincent Gambuto warns us that it is coming. He believes that before the COVID-19 pandemic, we were gaslighted by “the multibillion-dollar advertising business,” which kept us under the delusion that whatever problem we might have, it could be resolved by buying whatever they offer. Now, during the shutdown, when all nonessential businesses are closed, Mr. Gambuto realized…...

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Henryk A. Kowalczyk An engineer by training, an argumentative writer by calling, and an entrepreneur by necessity. In my youth, I was among those Polish political writers who paved the road to the peaceful system transformation that took place in 1989. Since 1985, I have lived in the Chicago area. Working in the service business, I have experienced an America not known to most politicians and political writers. I have built from zero a few successful businesses, both in Poland and in the United States. I write whenever I see that the prevailing voices in the political arena are misleading or erroneous. I write to tell it like it is.