Adam Serwer (author, “The Cruelty Is The Point”)
I keep saying I’m going to do a series on how to do our best to guard against propaganda, because our education system woefully underprepared us for it (and for anybody who doubts that was a deliberate & preparatory part of the mis- and disinformation stratagem as a tool of the combined Russians & Republicans as they look to seize our elections and hence our free choices, I give you Michael Harriott writing about the Koch Brothers’ propaganda that they’re poised to flood the school systems their GOP henchsoldiers in office deliberately starved of real curriculae and resources).
I’m always grateful for the public scholars ^^ whose synapses move faster, to introduce ideas and clarify them
Oh, you didn’t know that the Orange Puppet was actively promoting on his feed a “farther right” alternative to Faux Noise State TV that is literally State TV as its coverage of U.S. politics is done by a correspondent paid by the Kremlin?
You didn’t know that the ICE Brownshirt arm of the Malevolent Maladministration had moved from caging immigrant children to caging U.S. citizens because they don’t happen to like the way they look (deem them the “wrong race” or don’t like the fact that their names end in vowels or with an “es” or “ez”, and thus they’re being detained without cause, denied their freedom, for literally whatever period of time they feel like)?
Do you think they won’t hesitate to use that “technique” as another cudgel of voter suppression?? In order to keep themselves in power and continue to keep for themselves – and steal more of – everything they can??
(Narrator: “They will not hesitate to so do unless prevented.”)
Is this a good time to remind everybody of Counselor Ifill’s piece that she wrote last year but got so much pushback from white self-identified progressives in active denial even though she’s the Lead Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (who has also been trying to warn people about that bench full of know-nothing Federalist “judges” who’ve been ramrodded through by McConnell with no demonstrated purpose other than safeguarding the stolen means of rich white people and depriving everybody else of their rights)??
And do we see how they keep mixing the misinformation and the racism together in order to weaponize the combination?
What was that poem again that Dr. Niemöller wrote that so many people were sick of me quoting before the 2016 election …?
So, apparently, did President Carter, approximately three Republicans ago
Let’s remember it was Reagan who quietly let Rupert Murdoch in the country (nope, he wasn’t from here) as he and Lee Atwater fed the “welfare queens” line – on repeat - to the ostensibly receptive masses.
(The white ones.)
Rosselló is, at this writing, preparing to resign in Puerto Rico. From what I understand, part of his decisionmaking process was the specter of facing impeachment from his legislature. At the same time, that legislature was united – not divided – and I would ask anybody thinking of chiding “mainlanders” to organize the way the people of Puerto Rico did to review Professor Brittany’s history lesson first
This is a world wide fight
as those who are sick of me reminding everyone the same Russian billionaires are behind BREXIT and TRUMPXIT would probably be able to share.
Now isn’t the time to fall for the bread (stale) and circuses. Not from Panem, and not from some source part of the brain already sees is malevolent but that would rather bribe with the poison of presumed “superiority”, which “strategy” has proven “successful” for aspiring kleptocrats in the past, while simultaneously trying to steal everything out from under you instead of distributing it according to the rights of the people as they were supposed to be sworn to do?
(Why do you think semi-righteous networks keep showing the Hunger Games Quadralogy on television right now? At least, the network affiliates who aren’t showing Justice League because they believe in preparation and they’re anticipating Executive Producer Stephen Mnuchin, now masquerading as U.S. Treasury Secretary, might have some larger than usual legal bills to pay? Both of those teams of executives are trying to send a message.)
But keeping the mind clear of deliberate confusion can be a hard and fatiguing task. Part of the trick is anticipating that propaganda is designed to fatigue, confuse, and depress those who would resist into inaction, and build up our cognitive antibodies to the attempted assault by, among other things, checking not only our information sources but THEIR information sources (as well as their motives, which can be sussed out) and, as President Obama reminds us to do, working from a base of common facts.
I’ll do my best to bring more tools. In the meantime, please do remember on repeat