How many of my readers feel like there is something amiss? A crack in the matrix, so to speak. For me, it feels like the world switched over to a different multiverse (With apologies to MARVEL) when the two planes hit the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. I have never been able to place one of my increasingly fat fingers on the cause of this dissonance. Why did the 1980s and 1990s feel so significantly different from the 2000s and 2010s when it came to political or economic discussions? Well, there are a few brave individuals who have been trying to figure this out themselves. In this short blog, I will provide three examples of journalists and researchers who have begun to focus on United States and global propaganda. When we think of propaganda, it is always easy to point it out when a dictator like Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, or Pol Pot embraces its usage. What is difficult is to recognize propaganda when it is “quiet” and subtle. Here are a couple of examples.
One of the leading professors in the world who teaches classes on propaganda, Dr. Mark Crispin Miller, had an incredible 40-minute speech on present-day propaganda at the AMERICAN FREEDOM ALLIANCE. Reflecting my own knowledge on this topic as a member of the media, television broadcast technician and engineer over a 13-year timeframe, and owner of a Master’s Degree in Film and Media Studies, I agree with 99% of the points he discusses in this video. The video can be watched here (Since it was banned on YouTube). During the second half of his speech, he informs his audience how propaganda has evolved over the past two years in three different ways:
1. Propaganda is global which is new to the human experience. The universal reaction of countries around the world during the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in using the same lockdown tactics and medical treatments is something that has never occurred. And this type of propaganda was overwhelming and persistent. Other than a few outlier nations (Like Sweden and portions of Africa), every nation engaged in similar propagandistic tactics that only differentiated based on cultural differences. Never have I been witness to such a huge wave of propaganda.
2.Propaganda has been endless since 2020. This is absolutely true. Propaganda has been around for a very long time. But propaganda was only noticeable during specific historical episodes like its usage by nation states in wars or by dictatorships to keep control of their populations. But since COVID-19, the government has not stopped for one day to give us a break. Unfortunately, this is likely to continue into the near future.
3.The “Left” as it defines itself now are the leading proponents and leaders behind our present-day propaganda. While you can find authoritarians of different political leanings practicing propaganda throughout history in many different nations, the modern-day experience of propaganda seen especially during the presidencies of Nixon, Reagan, and the Bushes always originated from the ‘right.’ This is no longer the case. This change has obliterated the old party alliances. Instead of being seen as a left-wing liberal or a right-wing conservative, new alignments are forming around people who believe in liberal and freedom-loving ideals and the rest of the population that seems comfortable living under governmental edicts, mandates or are engaged in contributing to this control mechanism through their own sociopathic tendencies. My libertarian leanings have found many allies on the left over the past two years including politicians like Tulsi Gabbard, professors like Dr. Mark Crispin Miller, and a whole host of journalists like Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, and Robert Kennedy Jr. The re-alignment will continue as long as the Democratic Party continues down its path of destruction and insanity.
The second article is written by a so-called “anarcho-communist” named Caitlin Johnstone. While I do not agree with her on many topics, her analysis on our culture and the media is unique and important to understand. Her article titled, “WESTERNERS THINK THEY ARE FREE THINKERS INDIVIDUALISTS AND ITS EFFING ADORABLE” is an important read. Most Americans when they make personal decisions involving politics, social issues, or which sandwich to buy have no consciousness to understand the manipulation that the government and corporations have engaged in to mold your opinion. So even though you may believe that posting a Ukrainian flag on your Twitter feed is rebellious and individualistic, you also are doing exactly what your government and social media companies want you to do. Or having your once anarchist and rebellious lyrics as the band RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE change to reflect what the political establishment wants you to support. Tom Morello is now “RAGING WITH THE MACHINE.” As she mentions so eloquently involving this idea,
“As a whole we are marching in perfect accordance with the will of our masters: voting how they like, thinking how they like, speaking how they like, working how they like, shopping how they like, and living how they like.”
Finally, there is a book that I recommend. Most famous for inventing the definition of the term MASS FORMATION PSYCHOSIS, the book is an update on Hannah Arendt’s classic THE ORIGINS OF TOTALITARIANISM. The book is THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TOTALITARIANISM by Mattias Desmet. This book analyzes the psychological conditions that lead to the rise of a totalitarian state inside a society. While Arendt’s book dived into this topic from a cultural and political angle, Desmet looks into the mind for the reason why people abandon their free will and accept totalitarianism. An in-depth review will be coming in a couple of months on this book. If you are concerned that most American people are in a psychological state ready and willing to accept a totalitarian nation, your fears will definitely be confirmed when reading this novel.
Until next week! I intend to finally release the long-awaited part 6 of my series on the destruction of the education system. Enjoy!
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