A scapegoat is a person or thing that is used to take the blame off of someone else or an entity. The tradition of the scapegoat goes back to the Bible. Remember when Isaac was about to sacrifice his son? God said, “Whoa, wait a minute, I don’t really want you to kill him. Use this goat over here instead.” That was one instance of the idea of a scapegoat in the Bible, but there are a couple of other sayings in there.
These days, we don’t associate the word scapegoat primarily with the Bible. We associate it with anyone trying to blame something on somebody else. Marie Antoinette is a famous scapegoat that I like to use when I talk about the idea of scapegoats. The poor woman was murdered simply because she was the queen. I feel bad for her family and what happened to them. Things had been at a boiling point for a while. The people of France wanted someone to blame, so they blamed her. It wasn’t her fault. It wasn’t any one person’s fault, but they felt better when they had someone to blame, and murder.
I recently read Animal Farm by George Orwell. It’s a satirical work all about a would-be communist society. It doesn’t turn out exactly how anyone thought it would turn out. Any time some misfortune befalls Animal Farm, Snowball is blamed. This is odd because Snowball isn’t even there at this point. Snowball was run off by a pack of nine trained dogs. Nobody saw him or heard from him since. He even becomes something of a legend. It’s all Snowball’s fault. The refrain is repeated over and over and over again. If it rained too much and drowned your garden, it was Snowball’s fault. Surely, he plotted somehow to make it rain too much. Nobody wants to point the finger at sheer misfortune or their beloved leader Napoleon, who can do no wrong. He’s always right, after all.
Snowball becomes this number one enemy and a legend all at once. He’s the ultimate scapegoat. In time, the farm would have seen rebels worshiping the idea of Snowball, because all scapegoats eventually become cool at some point in time. That’s not my point though. Snowball was probably dead. Some random farmer probably found Snowball after he was chased off the farm and turned him into a Christmas ham. Snowball wasn’t causing any of this mischief. It was caused by misfortune, political sabotage amongst the commune members, or it was a false flag.
Let me explain the idea of a false flag attack. Imagine there is a teacher whom does not like you at school. You never do anything to this teacher. You never give he or she reason to send you to the principal’s office, but still, this teacher really doesn’t like you. This teacher tries to complain about you to others, but nobody listens because this teacher doesn’t have any evidence. You’ve done nothing. Now imagine, one day, you come into glass and all of your teacher’s favorite desk decorations(apples and such) are smashed all over the floor, then there is a note, signed with your name, confessing that you did all of this. You even took your teacher’s teaching certificate off of the wall, and spit on it, like really nasty spit, you probably had a cold, supposedly, anyway. This is what it looks like. It looks like you did it. Unfortunately, there is really no way to prove that you were framed, but the results of this supposed attack are quite far-reaching. The teachers who did not support the idea that you were a nasty student, now are firmly behind the idea. They sympathize with your poor-old teacher. How dare a student treat he/she that way? They also believe that you are a no-good, rotten, terrible, brat who will flunk out of college. Your reputation has suffered, but the reputation of your teacher has been magnified.
So what happened? Your teacher did this to himself/herself as a move to garner attention and promote an agenda. That’s what a false flag attack is. It reeks of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, but in real life, with a real false flag, most of the time, nobody finds out that you cried “wolf.”
No doubt, Napoleon the pig arranged a few false flags on Animal Farm. False flags are an attempt to unite a people against something else. There are even those who conspire that 9/11 was a big false flag. It’s all over the internet; you can look it up, if you want. Treading on the edge of that conspiracy theory, who are we united against as citizens of the United States? If you said terrorists you would be correct. What terrorists? Does it matter? Any terrorist, just as long as they’re a terrorist. These days we tend to blame a lot of things on terrorism. Some of it may actually be terrorism, while some of it could be misfortune, government plots, karma, or any other number of things, probably also global warming.
Riddle me this Batman, if you’re old enough to remember, after the 9/11 attacks, did you not feel more American and feel like you belonged more to your country? If you remember how you felt back then, the answer is probably, “yes.” There was this phase of patriotism that swept the United States after that event, after that, everything was the terrorists’ fault. If you’re not with me, you’re against me, but if we both don’t like each other, but we both don’t like another person even more, we can be united in our hatred for that person. We may put aside our hatred towards one another and hate on the third-party.
That’s what was happening in Animal Farm. By blaming everything on this enemy, who probably wasn’t even real, the animals of the farm were united together against this foe. They were less likely to criticize each other or criticize their most benevolent and loving ruler, Napoleon. Don’t pay any attention to your corrupt leaders, we must fight Snowball! It’s not important if you get into a fight with your neighbor, we must fight Snowball! Don’t think for yourself, Napoleon is always right, any other deviance in thought is caused by Snowball. Snowball got your wife pregnant; it was all his fault.
George pointed out a very real practice in our society. We do tend to find scapegoats in our lives for various reasons. Snowball was a political scapegoat to blame when the system failed.