Tag Archives: Propaganda

Iran, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix, by Caitlin Johnstone

Pithy but perceptive comments from Caitlin Johnstone at medium.com:

The greatest asset of the propagandists is your belief that you haven’t been propagandized.

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Hi my name’s Maga McBootlick. I fight the establishment by cheerleading for the US President, I oppose war by supporting the same Middle East agendas as Dick Cheney, John Bolton and Bill Kristol, and I love the Iranian people so much I want to kill them with starvation sanctions.

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I can’t believe I’ve spent a week and a half arguing with Republicans who insist that assassinating a nation’s top general is perfectly sane and normal and fine. No, idiots. No.

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Trump supporters keep telling me how upset they are that I’m dedicating so much time and energy to criticizing his Iran warmongering. The mental irritation you experience when I criticize your president is called cognitive dissonance. It’s what being wrong feels like.

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The UN’s ‘woke’ climate change propaganda is an insult to science, by Sherelle Jacobs

Whatever many of the so-called scientists involved with climate change and catastrophic predictions are doing, it’s not science. From Sherelle Jacobs at The Daily Telegraph via zerohedge.com:

Authored by Sherelle Jacobs, Daily Telegraph columnist

I was always a ‘middle-grounder’, rather than a ‘denier’ – until I discovered the extent of the dishonesty

The climate change “emergency” is fake news. Many will roll their eyes in exasperation at the conspiratorial bombastry of yet another “denier”. But for years I have been a plastic recycling, polar bear cooing middle-grounder. In fact, Aristotle would probably turn in his grave at the logical fallaciousness of my long-held presumption that the truth must lie somewhere between those two mutually loathing opposites – Scepticism and Armageddon.

But as the doom-mongering acquires the rubber-stamped smell of instutionalised illness, it is impossible to ignore that the “woke” are the new “slept” – too deep in their sugar coma of confected hysteria to realise they are being duped by disinformation.

Before I explain why the climate “emergency” is the most electrifyingly effective propaganda exercise of the 21st century, two clarifications. I have no fight to pick with glaring evidential realities: surface records clearly show the planet is getting warmer. Nor do I have a culture war-bloodied axe to grind with the fundamental chemistry: carbon dioxide indisputably contributes to the greenhouse effect. But I do take issue with how the mainstream debate has become an insult to both the public’s intelligence and basic science.

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The Art of Doublespeak: Bellingcat and Mind Control, by Edward Curtin

Propaganda is often quite subtle. From Edward Curtin at lewrockwell.com:

In the 1920s, the influential American intellectual Walter Lippman argued that the average person was incapable of seeing or understanding the world clearly and needed to be guided by experts behind the social curtain.  In a number of books he laid out the theoretical foundations for the practical work of Edward Bernays, who developed “public relations” (aka propaganda) to carry out this task for the ruling elites.  Bernays had honed his skills while working as a propagandist for the United States during World War I, and after the war he set himself up as a public relations counselor in New York City.

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The Woke Media: Apologists for the State, by William L. Anderson

The mainstream media is one of the government’s most fervent propagandists. From William L. Anderson at mises.org:

In an earlier article, I looked at the rise of “Woke Capitalism” and the challenges that this development presents for a free society (or, to be accurate, a somewhat free society). For the time being we probably do not need to worry about the establishment of the People’s Republic of Google, but a much greater problem than left-wing business corporations has invaded our body politic: The Woke Mainstream Media.

It is one thing for Nike to discontinue a line of sneakers because the Betsy Ross flag offended someone or for PayPal to refuse to serve as a pay conduit for a conservative organization. One may decry the narrow-minded thinking from company executives, but they are private outfits that have — and should have — the privilege of refusing to do business with certain people — and if they make a bad economic choice, the company will pay financially. And, as I pointed out in the article, corporations are not governments, which really can kill and cage people who are helpless against state-sponsored predations.

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Pro Tip: Mentally Replace All Uses Of “Conspiracy Theorist” With “Iraq Rememberer”, by Caitlin Johnstone

Once upon a time skeptics of the Official Iraq Story were labeled “conspiracy theorists.” Now they’re labeled “correct.” From Caitlin Johnstone at caitlinjohnstone.com:

I watched the film Official Secrets the other day, which I highly recommend doing if you want to rekindle your rage about the unforgivable evil that was the Iraq invasion.

Which is a good thing to do, in my opinion. Absolutely nothing was ever done to address the fact that a million people were murdered with the assistance of government lies just a few short years ago; no new laws were passed mandating more government transparency or accountability with its military operations, no war crimes tribunals took place, no new policies were put into place. No one even got fired. In fact we’ve seen the exact opposite: the people responsible for unleashing that horror upon our species have been given prestigious jobs in government and media and the US government is currently collaborating with the UK to set the legal precedent for charging under the Espionage Act any journalist in the world who exposes US war crimes.

The corrupt mechanisms which gave rise to the Iraq invasion still exist currently, stronger than ever, and its consequences continue to ravage the region to this very day. The Iraq war isn’t some event that happened in the past; everything about it is still here with us, right now. So we should still be enraged. You don’t forgive and forget something that hasn’t even stopped, let alone been rectified.

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Truth Be Told, by Bill Sardi

The truth in America is in extremis, barely kept alive on life support from primarily from the alternative media. From Bill Sardi at lewrockwell.com:

How do Americans discern truth from fiction in this era of fake news?

By now, any American who doesn’t have their head in the sand should have lost any faith they ever had in the news media as the 4th estate of government, the de facto examiner and investigator of government.

One survey reveals 95% of those Americans polled are “troubled by fake news.”  How can Americans find the truth when, according to a Pew Research Centerstudy:

  • 69% say the federal government withholds important information from the public
  • 61% say the news media ignores important stories
  • 58% of adults are not confident people can hold civil conversations with those who have different views
  • 57% are not confident people will cast informed votes in elections

More troubling, a Northeastern University survey reveals 45% of students are not confident that they could readily distinguish between real and fake news.

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How Socialized Medicine Kills The Patient & Robs The Taxpayer, by Thomas DiLorenzo

Socialized medicine and the efforts to sell it in the US are both built on lies. Excerpted from Thomas DiLorenzo’s book The Problem with Socialism… via zerohedge.com:

When it comes to something as important as healthcare, the last thing anyone should want is for the entire system to become a government-run monopoly…

In fact, socialist healthcare is based almost entirely on deception.

It works this way:

  • …patients usually pay nothing (or a minuscule fee) at the point of service, thereby forming the false impression that healthcare is “free.”
  • Because it is “free,” consumer demand for healthcare skyrockets…
  • …doctors prescribe hordes of often unnecessary tests, because they are “free” to the patient…
  • …The costs of providing healthcare, including everything from nursing to ambulance services, inevitably go through the roof.

…As any freshman economics student should know, declaring anything to be a “free” good or service will cause an explosion of demand, which in turn will ratchet up the costs of providing the good or service.

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