By Caitlin Johnstone
January 26, 2019 "Information Clearing House" - Ever since the Trump administration announced that it was no longer recognizing the legitimacy of the elected government of Venezuela Iíve been arguing with people on social media about this presidentís brazen coup attempt in that country. The people arguing with me in favor of Trumpís interventionism are almost exclusively Trump supporters, with leftists and antiwar libertarians more or less on my side with this issue and rank-and-file centrists mostly preferring to sit this one out except to periodically mumble something about it being a distraction from the Mueller investigation.
I engage in these arguments not because I enjoy fighting with strangers on the internet, but because it helps me get an idea of what propaganda narratives have been seeded throughout various political sectors. Take a stand online and youíll quickly have people running up to you saying, in effect, ďMy media echo chamber told me Iím supposed to disagree with you about that,Ē and spelling out what theyíve been told to believe.
I have not received a single robust argument in favor of Trumpís Venezuela interventionism, but I have received a whole lot of really, really stupid ones. Here are the top five most common and most astonishingly idiotic of them:
1. ďSocialism is bad!Ē
Me: US interventionism is always disastrous and it always lies about its reasons for targeting South American and oil-rich nations.
Tsunami of Trump supporters: SOCIALISM IS BAD THO
ó Caitlin Johnstone ⏳ (@caitoz) January 25, 2019
This one is easily the most common and most stupid of all the arguments Iíve been receiving. Iím not familiar enough with pro-Trump punditry to be able to describe how the MAGA crowd got it into their heads that attacking Venezuela has something to do with fighting socialism, but itís clear from my interactions over the last couple of days that that is the dominant narrative theyíve got swirling around in their collective consciousness. Most of my arguments on this issue have either begun as or very quickly spun into an attempt to turn the debate about US interventionism in yet another South American nation into a debate about socialism vs capitalism.
Are You Tired Of The Lies And Non-Stop Propaganda?
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