10 stupid things we’re asked to believe

6 Oct

Caitlin today:

The Top Ten Dumbest Things Empire Propagandists Ask Us To Believe 

When you live under an empire that’s held together by lies, you’ll be asked to believe a lot of intensely stupid bullshit. Here are the top ten dumbest things the propagandists of the US-centralized empire try to get us to swallow.

    1. The US war machine has been surrounding its top two rivals China and Russia with war machinery as an act of defense, rather than extremely provocative aggression. 1
    2. The war in Ukraine (A) was completely unprovoked, and (B) just coincidentally happens to advance US strategic interests so should be funded as much as possible.
    3. OK, all those other wars were based on lies and resulted in disaster, but that couldn’t possibly be the case for this current war.
    4. Your country’s foreign policy is determined by an elected government, even though the foreign policy remains the same regardless of who is in office.
    5. It is pure coincidence that your nation’s population remains in a perpetual 50–50 deadlock which stops anyone’s votes changing the status quo, and the status quo just happens to be frozen along lines that hugely advantage the rich and powerful.
    6. The only reason anyone could possibly be critical of the most dangerous impulses of the world’s most powerful and destructive government is if they are a secret agent working for the enemies of that government.
    7. The western empire which spent two decades murdering Muslims in the Middle East suddenly cares deeply about the Muslims in China.
    8. Putin invaded Ukraine because he is evil and hates freedom, and the empire is pouring weapons into Ukraine because it loves Ukrainians and wants to protect their freedom and democracy. 2
    9. Foreign propaganda and influence operations are significantly manipulating the way westerners think and vote, but the plutocrats who fully control all the most influential platforms in the western world are not.
    10. We need to worry about tyrannical enemies in Beijing and Moscow, instead of tyrannical enemies a lot closer to home.

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  1. Tell me again what ‘provoked’ means.
  2. On Ukraine’s “freedom and democracy” see this short sit-rep by Al Mayadeen’s correspondent in Ukraine, Dmitri Kovalevich: Living conditions in Ukraine are resembling a new slavery, a triumph of Western ‘democracy’ in the 21st century.

3 Replies to “10 stupid things we’re asked to believe

    • One of Dave Hansell’s favourite quotes is this, from Alice in Wonderland:

      Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

      • ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’ are amazing works of genius. I recommend reading ‘The Annotated Alice’ (if you can get hold of a copy) which gives a mine of information about the hundreds of stunning phrases and ideas which Carroll minted.

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