The Limits of Propaganda
By Dmitry Orlov
April 29, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - As Paul Craig Roberts
has recently reported, the US government is in the process of launching an
all-out war on truth. Those who express views contrary to the party line out of
Washington will be labeled a threat. Eventually they may find themselves carted
to one of the concentration camps which Halliberton (Dick Cheney's old company)
has constructed for $385 million. But that may take a while. In the meantime, we
can expect lots of other, less dramatic developments. Indeed, some of these are
already happening. Here they are, listed in order of severity.
1. Self-censorship. Those who have previously tried to get the truth out
no matter what become more reticent and prone to equivocation when reporting on
2. Topic-avoidance. They start avoiding certain “hot” issues that they
feel are most likely to get them into trouble.
3. Response to harassment. A few incidents of mild official harassment
cause certain blogs to start watering down their content, or pulling down
content in response to harassment.
4. Blacklisting. The officials start censoring content on a case-by-case
basis, blocking or shutting down certain internet sites that they consider
5. Blocking communications. The officials start dealing with the “hard
cases” of uncooperative individuals who remain, shutting down their
communications by disabling their cell phones, shutting down internet access,
and by imposing travel restrictions so that the “hard cases” are forced to
remain in places where they can be watched.
6. Detention. Those found to be truly uncooperative, who try to
circumvent the restrictions, are rounded up and shipped off to the
This may seem like a dire prognosis, but actually I just want to present a
relatively complete list of public measures for your consideration. Yes, there
will be a few “hard cases” who will insist on getting right in the face of
Washington officialdom in futile hopes of somehow affecting the political
process or winning over a few of their compatriots. But at some point such
individuals become indistinguishable from people with mental problems. That is
because if you live in the US, actually know how the political system there
operates, and still think that the US is a democracy, then you DO have a mental
problem. You can't have it both ways: either you buy into the official
propaganda, or you don't.
Also, it bears pointing out that the vast majority of people in the US are quite
happy listening to Washington's propaganda, be it from Fox or NPR, don't
consider it propaganda, and have been conditioned to consider anyone who
attempts to tell them the truth to be tin hat-wearing conspiracy theorist nut
case. And that means that tin hat-wearing conspiracy theorist nut cases have a
role to play. They are important to have, in the same way that a village idiot
is important to have, so that children can learn what idiocy looks and sounds
like. So, why bother sending them to a concentration camp?
And so it seems likely that the village idiots... ahem, truth-tellers will
remain free-range for the time being, unless they really lose it and start
tilting at windmills. But then that becomes a bona fide mental health issue.
Unless, of course, full-on war hysteria breaks out. In that case, while the
external goons are busy pretending to be “not winning, not losing” but somehow
“keeping America safe” in yet another wretched part of the world, the internal
goons have to be kept busy. Rounding up undesirables would give them something
That's the state of affairs in the United States and its subservient
territories: Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand and a few others. But
Washington's propaganda isn't working at all well in the rest of the world, be
it Russia or China or Latin America. In all of these places, Washington's
message control has more or less failed. This is why the people in Washington
are in a bit of a panic, and labeling internal dissidents as a “threat” is just
them flailing in search of an answer. They can't stop lying, and they can't even
pretend to rule the world if everyone knows that they are lying, so their only
option is to try to squelch every voice except their own. They may succeed at
this within the US (some would say they already have) but as far as the rest of
the world—good luck!
Dmitry Orlov is a
Russian-American engineer and a writer on subjects related to "potential
economic, ecological and political decline and collapse in the United States,"
something he has called “permanent crisis”.