Category Archives: propaganda

Unlikely Savior

  Trump came into office critical of the bi-partisan foreign policy establishment while promising to end America’s endless wars. Since then he’s been under relentless pressure, like Obama before him, to follow the “Washington Playbook.” Whether, North Korea or Syria … Continue reading

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The Blob

  Perhaps–The Blob–is a better description of America’s permanent national security bureaucracy than–Deep State. Former President Obama certainly thought so. The moniker comes from Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes who nicknamed the US foreign policy establishment as “The Blob” … Continue reading

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Manufacturing Representation

  The United States is nominally a democratic republic, where we have congressional members and senators who represent us, but I’ve come to understand that it’s more like a managed democracy. In Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, published … Continue reading

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The Opportunity Costs of Empire

  So far, the large and growing cohort of Democratic presidential candidates have been focused on domestic policies and largely avoided (with the sole exception of Tulsi Gabbard) examining America’s empire. Conventional wisdom has it that Americans vote their pocketbooks. It’s the … Continue reading

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Propaganda is Bipartisan

  “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell In the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, consevatives were whipped into a frenzy by propaganda. During Russia-gate, it’s been the liberals turn … Continue reading

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The Power of Narrative

  The reason that I always doubted Russia-gate is because I read. A lot. I started out with tons of fiction but then moved to non-fiction, with a heavy emphasis on the history of empires. Oswald Spengler’s, Decline of the … Continue reading

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Epistemic Enclosure

  Liberal intellectuals are going to have stop snickering at Fox News watching conservatives with the release of the Mueller Report. The term “epistemic closure” has been used to refer to the claim that political belief systems can be closed … Continue reading

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