Denial vs. Denialism
Updated Mar 1, 2011
Libyan dictator Moamar Gaddafi insisted “all my people love me” as unrest continued across the country … “They love me. All my people with me. They love me all. They would die to protect me,” the veteran Libyan leader said speaking in halting English in an interview with Western media shown on the BBC’s world news website.
The UN says more than 1,000 people have been killed and more than 100,000 people have fled the strife into Egypt and Tunisia over the past week as Mr Gaddafi attempts to put down an uprising.”
Denial is saying something isn’t so. Denialism is a pattern of saying something isn’t so, despite overwhelming and reasonable evidence to the contrary.
Population denialism seems to be a phenom not unlike climate change denialism, or holocaust denialism, or evolution denialism. It seems some people will say population growth isn’t a problem, no matter what. They have convoluted ways of discussing what isn’t happening, which I will expand upon soon.
for more on Quadafii, see Gaddafi in denial amid Libyan rebellion; Jane Cowan, Craig McMurtrie and staff; ABC News, Australia