NakedCapitalism.com is the antidote to all of the shit that flows into your conscious through the corporate media. It’s not just the Big Lie that we need to guard against. It’s the cumulative effect of little lies, evasions, distortions and misdirections.
And propaganda. Americans are marinated in propaganda from the day they’re born to the day they die. And most are completely oblivious to it. Or they believe that it’s only something that’s done by foreign nations who have governments that are so totalitarian they won’t even let people know what’s true or think for themselves. We are trained to believe we are free while behaving exactly how our feral elite want us to behave. Meanwhile, we look down on other nations and lament how unfree their people are.
Others Americans understand that propaganda is something that happens here too, but think it only happens to other people in different political parties. I’m sure you know exactly who they are. If they think of themselves as liberal they see those to their right as propagandized by right wing media. But as we’ve witnessed with Russia-gate, liberals are just as susceptible to propaganda as that uncle who watches Fox News 24/7. Meanwhile, conservatives believe that CNN stands for Communist News Network.
It’s like shooting fish in a barrel at this point for the psychological warriors who comprise the propaganda leviathan. Remember kids–the our corporate media are propagandists first and news reporters second. And the Internet, for all its promise, has become dominated by powerful corporate media entities who want to sell you a bunch of crap, including the so-called news you consume.
What makes our dilemma so historically unique is that we live under an empire which makes extensive use of the science of mass-scale psychological manipulation that began with the Creel Commission during WWI and has only become exponentially more sophisticated since.
Maybe the most consequential of all the mundane, routine ways we are propagandized is the way the corporate media manufacture the illusion of normality so that we go about our lives without seeing the dystopia around us. The way American cities are full of homeless people and it’s just treated as a normal and acceptable thing to simply let them stay homeless and push them out of wherever they try to be. The way pundits, politicians and reporters will talk about the Biden administration cranking up a new Cold War with Russia and China without also talking about how truly crazy it is that we’re looking at rapidly escalating brinkmanship between nuclear-armed countries. The way nothing ever changes no matter who we vote for but we’re still herded into the voting booths and told to vote better.
I’ve talked about this many times before but one of the most effective ways our feral elite maintain control is through tribal conflict with liberals herded into the Democratic Party while conservatives are kept pulling the lever for Republicans. Those few politically engaged people who can’t be herded toward any of these groups are so small in number that they can simply be marginalized and denied any sizeable platform from which to spread their ideas.
So that’s what we’re up against. There’s a failure to appreciate just how pervasive and powerful the empire’s propaganda machine is, even among those who are very critical of empire, because propaganda in our society is like water for fish — we’re swimming in it constantly, so we don’t see it. You have to step way, way back and begin examining our situation from its most basic foundations to get any perspective on how all-encompassing it really is.
George Orwell was correct when he stated: “In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
That’s where Naked Capitalism comes in. Yves, Lambert and the other fearless writers provide high-quality information and opinions together with relentless accountability of the people and institutions in power. In the process, they have created a community of apostates, who draw strength from like minded folks. One of the coolest things about NC is the commentariat, a disparate group of doctors, professionals and intellectuals, who interact with Yves Smith and her strict rules of honesty and courtesy, to prove that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Naked Capitalism should be your first read in the morning.