Listen to a reading of this article: Being labeled a Russian propagandist all day every day for criticizing US foreign policy is really weird, but one advantage it comes with is a useful perspective on what people have really been talking about all these years when they warn of the dangers of "Russian propaganda".
As the US's proxy war against #Russia continues, it has to be recalled that the 2016 Russiagate propaganda campaign played a significant role in turning the American public's opinion against Russia.
By framing Russia as "a threat to democracy" the US lawmakers and officials played on the public's patriotic emotions and convinced them that they can either be patriotic or support Russia. Russia was no longer called a matter of foreign policy, but something far bigger - a domestic threat to the American public.
Russia was no longer a threat to American superpower status but the general public of the US. This kind of narrative was pushed into the public discourse. And today, we find ourselves at a position where the US empire is ramping up the games of nuclear chicken with the biggest nuclear power in the world and everybody, instead of opposing, is supporting this.
Because of propaganda that continued for years, the public is manipulated into supporting anything as long as it is framed as "tackling Russia."
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Once again, you are right on the money. Bravo.
Confident societies aren't worried about dissent. Nervous, paranoid types are always looking for wrongthink, searching frantically for reds under beds and quaking in fear over terrifying memes.
After reading the article, I realized that I am actually a Russian propagandist, I just didn't realize it until now ! It is true that my grandfather fought with a gun against the Russians in World War I, my father also fought with a gun against the Soviet Army in World War II. and then in 1956 against the Soviet tanks in Budapest, than the Soviet sympathizers wanted to kill him, but a Russian saved him and that's how he got to the Free World in 1957. As his son, I was subjected to the nightly house searches that the communist police conducted in our home for nearly a year. For a long time, I dreamed that one day I would be able to follow my father. But in the meantime, the Iron Curtain has fallen, I am now free to travel overseas and have to endure the piercing gaze of the immigration office officer, which reminds me of the former communist border guards. I follow the changes overseas, especially since 90% of my family are US or Canadian citizens. I see how the former Land of Freedom is becoming more and more like a police state, and that what I can say freely here in my country would already put me in prison over there in the US. So I realized that in the last fifty years since I became an adult, by telling the truth unchanged, I have turned from the loyal son of a freedom fighter into an ordinary Russian propagandist, well, I haven't changed ! Seems to me now , somebody whos telling the truth is suddenly become a Russians Propagandist ! :)
This is really brilliant ... thanks.
It seems like some people are trying to create a tornado of BS to keep people from being able to think, to gather information, to discuss, to argue or to cooperate.
We don'e have a word for this process that is happening, or any understanding or who or what is behind it, but my guess would have to be that it has something major to do with the mountains of money that have been funnelled away from workers and citizens and up to the plutocrats and corporations and out to foreign accouts.
The very idea feels like a virtual concentration camp that is design to milk whatever is or value from the public as the life is squeezed out of them. A very dehumanizing system.
What kind of people would dedicate their lives to this? Who are they? Where are they? How do we find, as you say, authentic Americans, who can ignore the maelstrom around us and focus on what needs to be done to make human life human again?
Your articles are psychologically sustaining for those of us who live the crushing frustration of moving in 'leftist' circles of friends and family who, like the 'left' as a whole, have lost any ability to spot bullshit in official establishment narratives. Thank you! The frustration lies in observing otherwise intelligent people fail to detect what is screamingly obvious, confirming that effective propaganda doesn't hide the truth, it conditions the public to not notice the obvious, to ignore the elephant in the room -- like the proverbial naked emperor. So that, what used to be considered political and corporate criminality is now done in plain view, but the western 'left' has been conditioned to not only not see it, but to aggressively deny what is obvious to those who haven't surrendered their critical thinking.
Beautiful point well written about how terrified they are of our dissent.
Makes one proud to realize they are losing their mind over what we think.
The fear fantasizing has hammered their minds into a oblivion they cant escape from.
Goodbye to those idiots coming soon to an alternate news article near you.
I love the smell of true dissent of a Sunday morning. Smells like collective consciousness. Put on Joey Beltram Energy Flash. PysWar Ops shall we dance.
By any measurement, the US has out-propagandized Russia by light years. Our media makes TASS of the 1950's-1970's look like a public service forum. Russia is not the problem. The leftists in the DC Swamp are...and that includes both parties.
Typical playbook of the Dems/Left/Swamp -- whatever you want to call them. Accuse the "other side" of what they are doing.
US is really into branding people Russia supporters. I noticed it being used against me as far back as 2011/2012. I got active online during Occupy Wallstreet. At that time masks were made into a big bad scary thing that only evil people wear. (just amusing)
Yes yes yes. Thank you 🙏
When I was a kid, one political party (maybe one and a half) was very much against the Soviet Union until it collapsed, after which both parties were against it. Then, in the 1990s, Clinton met with Yeltsin, Bush met with Putin and claimed to look into Putin's soul, and everything was great--Americans had peace and prosperity. But in the 1990s, Russia got looted and the people starved--the average lifespan literally shortened.
Then we had 9/11, and Putin offered to help Bush. Bush declined.
For the next twenty years, we had to be at war with someone. Bush, of course, got us involved in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to Scott Horton, he had plans for seven Middle Eastern Countries.
Obama ran on a peace platform, and then was at war for literally every day of his eight years.
Trump, for all of his hues, at least signed five peace treaties with five Middle Eastern nations, and he endlessly bitched about NATO, and questioned their existence.
Now, we have Biden, a lifelong financial crook and a serial sexual assaulter, provoking the Ukrainian-Russian War. He could end this thing with a phone call.
I am a little less in touch with what the left is saying about this, but I miss those 1980s liberal politicians who might have flinched if the discussion turned to communism, but they were reflexively worried about nuclear war, and they wanted Nixon back in the sense that Nixon gave us detente with both the Soviet Union and China.
In 2023, if you want anti-war commentary, you listen to Tucker Carlson, Jack Posobiec, and many others. On the left, I guess it is Jimmy Dore and others...
But where the $%#@ did the old-fashioned, nervous-about-war liberals go? I never thought I would miss you.
I miss you.
The true owners of the US are laughing in their nuclear proof bunkers:
The Federal Reserve Cartel – Eight Families own the USA, BIS, IMF, World Bank
Kuhn Loebs of New York;
the Rothschilds of Paris and London;
the Warburgs of Hamburg;
the Lazards of Paris;
and the Israel Moses Seifs of Rome.
No matter what you think of Trump he was a perfect propaganda tool for the military industrial complex, for the democrats, the neocons, the CIA, and all those who were, and are pushing this war with Russia. Trump's a xenophobe, a racist, a sexist and a homophobe, a dumb ass narcissist, so Russia loved him. So much did they love him they got him elected by weaponizing the social media with their bots. Bots that were here and there and everywhere. The democrats, the CIA, etc, used Trump as a instrument to push Russia hate. The coup in Ukraine we supported in 2014 was intended to bring us to where we are now, but it would have happened earlier if there had been the predicted Clinton win. Finished with the Middle East, Russia was our next target for regime change, and if you doubt that just think of the coup we supported in Ukraine in 2014 where we backed neo-nazis who committed many acts of violence. Worse the media, and many on the left helped push this propaganda with their own hateful rhetoric, not just by attacking and going after Trump's policies which needed to be done, but often the attacks were personal as well. Nothing like hateful rhetoric to draw a crowd, or indoctrinate them. Russia-gate's intended purpose was not only to turn people against Trump, but Russia as well. When I think of the insurrection narrative, it's like a symbol of our vulnerability and how we have to protect ourselves from the Russian puppet Trump is. He directed the old and the young to take over the reins of government on January 6, and we were so naive and innocent we let hundreds in through the front door, and so lucky he forgot to tell them to bring weapons. We needed that January 6 comm, to determine his guilt even though it's made of democrats, and 2 republicans that hate his guts. How democratic.
All our lives, 'Murikans believed & SPEWED whatever silly ass imbecilic horseshit we were told we believed, or Tinkerbell would die, HORRIBLY. Because if we'd only buy in to the intentionally blatant, obvious and whacky lies, cherry-picked obfuscatory pleonasm & made up shit, on every TV, radio, speech, newspaper, blog aggregator or social network feed it would magically BE true, because Li:l Baby Jeebiz wouldn't LIE to President Joe Biden™ and only evil commie quir traders don't do just what we're told, cause... well, just LOOKIT how swell OUR party treats us as we're bayoneted onto cattle cars to abattoirs in Walmart basements once Joe bayonets the RR workers to fetch up some power units, tracks or ties? If it's more than 2 million dead, now, they probably deserved it for being old, fat from Dollar General food & being ground into catfood for yuppies is lots better than we deserve, anyway...right?