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The fact that Instant Pot is already being framed as a corporate cautionary tale — the company that went bankrupt because they made a product so durable and versatile that its customers had little need to buy another one — instead of as a critique of corporatism is deeply, deeply depressing.
4 months ago by Chipit to /s/OpinionPieces from caitlinjohnstone.com
Professional psychopath John Bolton has an article out with The Hill titled “America can’t permit Chinese military expansion in Cuba” which inadvertently spells out exactly what’s wrong with the way the US empire keeps amassing heavily armed proxy forces on the borders of its large Asiatic enemies.
5 months ago by Chipit to /s/WorldNews from caitlinjohnstone.com
In just a few years Democrats flipped from freaking out about Nazis, shrieking that Trump was going to start a nuclear war, and denying US election results to cheering for Nazis, demanding more nuclear brinkmanship, and accusing anyone who denies election results of treason.
5 months ago by Chipit to /s/politics from caitlinjohnstone.com
Voting in a “democracy” is like in The Simpsons when Marge is driving with the baby and the baby has a toy steering wheel. All the worst atrocities in human history have been perpetrated by governments. The law isn’t there to protect you from bad people, it’s there to protect bad people from you.
15 Reasons Why Mass Media Employees Act Like Propagandists. If you watch western news media with a critical eye you eventually notice how their reporting consistently aligns with the interests of the US-centralized empire, in almost the same way you’d expect if they were government-run propaganda.
6 months ago by Chipit to /s/propaganda from caitlinjohnstone.com
You Can’t Vote Your Way Out Of A Mess You Never Voted Yourself Into. No matter who you vote for, you get John McCain. Presidential elections the unplugged video game controller you give your baby brother so you can stop him from whining to play without actually letting him.
6 months ago by Chipit to /s/politics from caitlinjohnstone.com
Propaganda Restricts Speech More Than Censorship Does. The biggest impediment to free speech is people’s belief that they have it. Not censorship. It’s the fact that most people are propagandized into saying what the powerful want them to say, and don’t know it.
Are Americans okay with their government risking a very fast, very radioactive third world war to defend the freedom and democracy of a nation that imprisons US citizens for speech crimes? If governments need to keep ramping up censorship, is it really freedom and democracy? Is it worth defending?
6 months ago by Chipit to /s/censorship from caitlinjohnstone.com
Propaganda excludes voices that are critical of the established status quo from being heard and influencing people, it amplifies voices which support the status quo, and it creates the illusion that the range of political opinions presented are the only reasonable political opinions to have.
The Biden administration’s Department of Justice has just charged four members of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) for conspiring to act as agents of Russia by using speech and political action in ways the DOJ says “weaponized” the First Amendment rights of Americans.
7 months ago by Chipit to /s/censorship from caitlinjohnstone.com
It’s Good To Be Mean To War Propagandists. Sydney Morning Herald editor Bevan Shields has published an article titled “We are not above criticism but these attacks go too far“, tearfully rending his garments over criticisms his paper’s three-part war-with-China propaganda series.
8 months ago by Chipit to /s/propaganda from caitlinjohnstone.com
US Officials Really, REALLY Want You To Know The US Is The World’s “Leader”. White House National Security Council’s John Kirby made no fewer than seven assertions that the US is the “leader” of the world. This is from one single press conference.
8 months ago by Chipit to /s/WorldNews from caitlinjohnstone.com
The latest New York Times report on the Nord Stream pipeline bombing is something else. According to NYT’s anonymous US government sources, the pipelines were blown up by a “pro-Ukrainian group” It’s actually insulting how stupid it is. But Sy Hersh's and Matt Taibbi's anonymous sources are bad.
9 months ago by Chipit to /s/propaganda from caitlinjohnstone.com
It Is The Mass Media’s Job To Help Suppress Anti-War Movements. The mainstream western media exist first and foremost to administer propaganda on behalf of the US-centralized empire. And chief among their propaganda duties is to suppress the emergence of a genuine peace movement.
9 months ago by Chipit to /s/Antiwar from caitlinjohnstone.com
My research has led me to conclude that there’s an elite conspiracy to enslave us all and turn us all into brainwashed automatons mindlessly enacting the wishes of our rulers in a cruel dystopia built by the powerful, for the powerful. Haha, just kidding. That already happened.
Top 20 Most Cringeworthy Zelensky PR Moments. Here are 20 of the cringiest moments of establishment PR using Zelensky to market the McProxy War to the western world, in no particular order. Are people not tired of having their intelligence insulted yet?
10 months ago by Chipit to /s/propaganda from caitlinjohnstone.com
Western Journalists Are Cowardly, Approval-Seeking Losers. All the years of hysterical shrieking about Russian trolls interfering in US democracy — a narrative that has been used to drum up support for censorship and increasing US government involvement in the regulation of online speech — was false
11 months ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from caitlinjohnstone.com
Military Groomers Are Increasingly Infiltrating US High Schools
12 months ago by Drewski to /s/Antiwar from caitlinjohnstone.com
NATO Exists To Solve The Problems Created By NATO’s Existence
1 year ago by Drewski to /s/Antiwar from caitlinjohnstone.com
The Guardian Could Help Assange By Retracting All The Lies It Published About Him. They signed a letter calling for the Biden administration to drop all charges against Julian Assange. This is after all the same Guardian which published the fake news that Manafort had met secretly with Assange.
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from caitlinjohnstone.com
Musk’s Free Speech Moves On Twitter Have So Far Been Unimpressive
1 year ago by Drewski to /s/SocialMedia from caitlinjohnstone.com
Zelensky And Bush To Give Joint Pro-War Presentation
“Maybe my government is actually in the wrong here and is just lying and manipulating to advance its own interests?” should be a much more common thought. It’s a line of inquiry that should be taught to schoolchildren. It is by design that it doesn’t occur to people more often.
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/propaganda from caitlinjohnstone.com
The Profoundly Stupid Narrative That Nuclear Brinkmanship Is Safety And De-Escalation Is Danger. “An understandable desire to avoid a nuclear war could actually make the world more dangerous if it means rushing to implement a ‘peace’ in Ukraine that serves Russian interests.”
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/OpinionPieces from caitlinjohnstone.com
Don’t let anyone tell you your criticisms of US warmongering make no difference; if they didn’t, the empire wouldn’t work so hard to dissuade you from making them. They work so hard to manufacture public consent for their agendas because they absolutely require that consent.
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/Antiwar from caitlinjohnstone.com
Normal person: I think it would be good if everyone didn’t die in a nuclear holocaust. Crazy person: That means you love Vladimir Putin. NP: No I just think it would be a good idea to try to prevent the horrific death of literally everyone. CP: How much is the Kremlin paying you to say that?
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/NotTheOnion from caitlinjohnstone.com
Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix: "The best western journalists are overwhelmingly despised while the worst are acclaimed millionaires. Western civilization is built on lies, dependent on lies, powered by lies. Don’t seek widespread approval. It’s worthless."
1 year ago by EndlessSunflowers to /s/conspiracy from caitlinjohnstone.com
Watch Stella Assange Slap The Mustache Off John Bolton’s War Criminal Face. For someone to say on mainstream television that he’s a war criminal who just doesn’t want people holding him accountable or shining a light on his crimes is a rare treat for anyone who’s been watching this monster operate.
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/news from caitlinjohnstone.com
The western political/media class has been dismissing as “conspiracy theories” all claims that the US is likely responsible for last month’s sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines, even while leveling the exact same accusations against Russia without ever using that term.
I’m Sorry, Biden’s *WHAT* Foreign Policy?
The Best Journalists Are Persecuted And Despised
1 year ago by Drewski to /s/Journalism from caitlinjohnstone.com
It’s Not Okay For Grown Adults To Say The Ukraine Invasion Was “Unprovoked”. Chomsky repeated his argument that the only reason we hear the word “unprovoked” every time anyone mentions Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the mainstream news media is because it absolutely was provoked, and they know it.
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/WorldNews from caitlinjohnstone.com
The Trouble With ‘Western Values’ Is That Westerners Don’t Value Them. Have you ever noticed how those who shriek the loudest about tyranny in foreign countries are always the same people calling for the censorship and deplatforming of anyone who criticizes the western empire?
We’re Being Trained To Worry About ‘Russian Propaganda’ While Drowning In US Propaganda. The way news media cite corrupt warmongering think tanks to discuss foreign policy without ever mentioning their immense conflicts of interests is plainly journalistic malpractice.
Make no mistake, the US is being pragmatic in its Ukraine proxy war. It gets to shore up control over its European vassals, preoccupy Russia and bleed its coffers, and all it costs is a little pretend empire money. So of course the empire provoked this war and sabotaged peace at every opportunity.
When Billionaires And The Government Work Together To Control Information. Facebook decreased the visibility of the factual Hunter Biden laptop story because the FBI said it was Russian disinformation. Censorship by algorithm is becoming the preferred censorship method on Silicon Valley platforms.
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/censorship from caitlinjohnstone.com
The reason it’s good and important to celebrate the deaths of war sluts who facilitated mass military slaughter is because it helps bring clarity and proportionality to the horrors of war. You’re making it clear that John McCain’s victims matter more than his daughter’s feelings.
If I provoke someone into doing something bad, then they’re guilty of doing the bad thing, but I am also guilty of provoking them. It’s the subject of entire Shakespearean plays. But in 2022 everyone’s pretending that this extremely basic concept is some kind of bizarre alien gibberish.
New Media Are As Intertwined With Imperial Power As Old Media. Silicon Valley is filled with spooks and liars for the same reason the mainstream news media support every US war and continually normalize the freakish injustices of our society: because whoever controls the narrative controls the world
The Anti-China Brainwashing Is Working. If someone criticizing the most dangerous agendas of the most powerful and destructive government on earth looks like “Russian propaganda” or “Chinese propaganda” to you, it’s because you yourself have been brainwashed by propaganda.
Tucker Carlson Is As Much A Propagandist As Anyone Else In MSM
1 year ago by Drewski to /s/propaganda from caitlinjohnstone.com
Empire To Expand NATO In Response To War Caused By NATO Expansion. Finland’s addition will more than double the size of NATO’s direct border with Russia, a major national security concern for Moscow. These revelations emerge in the wake of admissions that Ukraine is crawling with CIA officers.
Western Officials Admit Ukraine Is Crawling With CIA Personnel. The admission that NATO powers are so involved in operations against a nuclear superpower means we are closer to seeing a nuclear exchange than anyone should be comfortable with.
People Don’t Think Hard Enough About What Nuclear War Is And What It Would Mean. Especially when we’ve got a steadily escalating proxy war which the standoff in Lithuania could easily see spin out into a direct hot war between Russia and NATO powers.
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/WarWatch from caitlinjohnstone.com
Imperial Narrative Control Has Five Distinct Elements. All of our world’s worst problems are created by the powerful. The powerful will keep creating those problems until ordinary people use their superior numbers to make them stop.
The Guardian Churns Out Embarrassingly Awful Empire Propaganda. The Guardian has put out a smear piece on critics of the imperial Syria narrative that reads like propaganda made by seven year-olds without adult supervision.
The Mainstream Worldview Is Self-Evidently Bullshit. If our media and education systems were telling us the truth about the world and our “democratic” systems actually worked, our society would be arranged to serve the interests of the many rather than an elite few.
Our Real Enemies Are Not In Beijing Or Moscow: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. My enemies are not in Moscow or Beijing. My enemies are in Washington, Arlington, Langley, Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood. And so are yours. The only question is whether or not you realize it yet.
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/politics from caitlinjohnstone.com
Biden’s New Press Secretary Almost Calls Saudis A ‘Regime’. Which is hilarious, because for imperial spinmeisters the word “regime” is traditionally reserved for governments which are not aligned with the US empire, because it suggests that they are undemocratic and authoritarian.
MBS Sullies Saudi Arabia’s Good Name. Biden will indeed be visiting Saudi Arabia in contradiction of his campaign vows to make the nation a “pariah” for its human rights violations, and everyone’s acting like visiting a murderous tyrant is somehow beneath the dignity of a US president.
They Plan On Repeating “Putin’s Price Hike” Until People Believe It. President Biden used the phrase “Putin’s price hike” again in a reaction to Friday’s Consumer Price Index report revealing continued high inflation, showing once again that the US government believes Americans are idiots.
The US Empire Acts Like A Textbook Manipulative Sociopath. Because their lives revolve around manipulation, anything which poses an obstacle to their ability to manipulate is seen as a threat. Worst of all, everyone they know starting to talk to each other about what a dishonest manipulator they are
I defy you to find me anything more American than Washington decoupling relief for its own citizens from its proxy war funding because it wants to make sure the proxy war funding actually passes. You couldn’t come up with a better summation of the US empire in a nutshell if you tried.
The US Could’ve Prevented This War Just By Protecting Kyiv From Nazis. This entire war could have been avoided if the US had simply pledged military protection for Zelensky against the Nazis who were threatening to lynch him if he enacted the peacemaking policies he was elected to enact.
Ukraine Alone Makes Biden The Worst US President In A Long Time. Antiwar libertarian hero Scott Horton has a viral tweet going around which reads simply, “Biden’s refusal to attempt to negotiate an end to the war in Ukraine is the greatest scandal in American political history.”
A hostile military alliance expanding to Russia’s borders isn’t a provocation, sending weapons to be used by CIA-trained fighters backed by US intelligence isn’t a proxy war, those Nazis aren’t Nazis, you’re being censored for your own good, trust the media, the government is your friend.
You didn’t know that you were granting government and tech institutions authority to decide what’s true and false on your behalf when you agreed that it’s fine for them to work together to censor and sanctify Official Narratives about Covid, but it turns out that’s what was happening.
It’s nuts that there are still grown adults who think Putin invaded Ukraine for no other reason than because he is evil and hates freedom. Focus less on the Azov Battalion and more on the fact that the US deliberately provoked this war with the goal of toppling Moscow.
No government entity has any business appointing itself the authority to sort information from disinformation on behalf of the public, because government entities are not impartial and omniscient deities who can be entrusted to serve the public as objective arbiters of absolute reality.
Everyone’s Anti-War Until The War Propaganda Starts
How Much Are We Prepared To Sacrifice To Help The US Win A Propaganda War Against Putin? One severely under-discussed aspect of the latest round of escalations in Silicon Valley censorship which began with the Ukraine war is the fact that it’s an entirely unprecedented order of censorship protocol.
This War Is A Propaganda Campaign Wrapped In A Psyop. The country with the worst elections in the western world, whose government intervenes in foreign elections more than any other government on earth, is waging a dangerous proxy war to save democracy in Ukraine, a nation which is not a democracy.
The US Cries About War Crimes While Imprisoning A Journalist For Exposing Its War Crimes. At the same time loudly demanding accountability for war crimes in Ukraine, which is interesting because attempting to bring accountability for war crimes is precisely why Julian Assange is in prison.
Hard To Swallow Pills. You were born in the middle of the most sophisticated and expansive mass-scale perception management operation that has ever taken place. The news media is propaganda and schooling is designed to condition us to accept that propaganda.
Shitlibs Are Foam-Brained Human Livestock. The hyperbolic language westerners use to describe fairly normal modern warfare in Ukraine suggests they’ve invested exactly zero thought in what their own governments have been doing in the middle east for the last two decades.
CIA Torture Queen Now A Beauty And Life Coach
The Assange Case Invalidates US Criticisms Of Russia: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. “Russia must be held accountable for its war crimes,” said the empire while imprisoning a journalist for trying to hold it accountable for war crimes.
The New York Times is naming and shaming Ukrainian men who’ve fled the country rather than stay and kill Russians for Washington, because it was illegal for men of military age to leave, and because their countrymen are angry at them, and because it’s the New York Times.
Russell Brand Reads and Comments on a Caitlin Johnson Article and Censorship— Russia vs Ukraine
1 year ago by chottohen to /s/censorship from caitlinjohnstone.com
Let’s be clear: you’re not paying more for necessities to punish Putin and save Ukraine, you’re paying more for necessities to fund an economic war of unprecedented scale geared toward collapsing Russia to help secure US unipolar domination of this planet.
‘Russian Propaganda’ Is The Latest Excuse To Expand Censorship
1 year ago by Drewski to /s/censorship from caitlinjohnstone.com
No Actually The US Empire Is Still The Power To Criticize. I believe that the situation in Ukraine is a crisis created solely by Moscow and that the US power alliance is just an innocent little flower who is being unfairly blamed. I also believe Santa is real, because I will believe anything.
I’m declassifying evidence that Nigeria is planning a false flag operation in Switzerland. Are you ready? Here it is: Nigeria is planning a false flag operation in Switzerland. You want proof? I just gave you the proof. I gave you my declassified intelligence assessment.
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/collapse from caitlinjohnstone.com
They Don’t Just Lie To Us About Wars. They Lie To Us About Everything. Day in and day out we are presented with media which train us what to value and how a normal human behaves on this planet. And it always aligns perfectly with the interests of the rich and powerful.
Sleazy Edit By Canadian State Media Frames Video Blogger As An Agent Of Beijing. Daniel Dumbrill has posted a series of videos on Twitter which proves the CBC deceitfully edited part of an interview with him to make it appear as though he was saying the exact opposite of what he’d actually said.
What Has Been Asserted Without Evidence May Be Dismissed Without Evidence. We’re being bashed in the face with western propaganda about the Ukraine situation with increasing forcefulness.
MSM Pundits Push Idea That Criticizing US Policy On Russia Makes You A Russian Agent. I’ve never gotten used to the insane McCarthyite accusations which US liberals will hurl without a second thought at anyone who disagrees with them.
It takes a touch of madness to take seriously the possibility that your entire society is insane. That’s why devoted critics of the oligarchic empire are often a bit odd; something in them was driven to wade into waters that most people aren’t psychologically prepared to enter.
Let’s Back Up A Sec And Ask Why Free Speech Actually Matters. This censorship behavior is in fact happening in increasingly close coordination with the US government whose officials openly threaten Silicon Valley platforms with repercussions if they don’t regulate speech.
Speech Is Only Free If Dissenting Voices Get Heard. How many journalists are capable of doing what Julian Assange did to expose the criminality of the powerful? Not many. How many of those are now willing after seeing what’s being done to him? Even fewer. And that’s what his persecution is all about
Censorship By Algorithm Does Far More Damage Than Conventional Censorship. Arguably the most significant political moment in the United States was when Democrats concluded that Donald Trump’s election was a failure not of establishment politics but of establishment narrative control.
Lunatic Pundit Says It’s “All But Certain” We’re On The Cusp Of A Massive War With Russia. This massive claim should be treated very seriously. If his claims are true then we should all be demanding our governments move heaven and earth to prevent this horror from being unleashed upon our world.
Anonymous Officials Claim There’s An Evil Russian Plot Again But The Evidence Is Secret Again. Apparently journalists are just passing on unverified government assertions made by unknown spies to their readers because they were told to, which I guess is something journalists can do now?
Consider the possibility that the Orwellian dystopia you fear is already here and has been in place for many years, you just haven’t noticed because you’re still allowed to watch Netflix or buy a gun or say whatever you want to say within a small impotent online echo chamber.
False Flags Suddenly No Longer A Crazy Conspiracy Theory. In a drastic pivot from typical denunciations of false flag operations, the US political/media class is proclaiming with one voice that Russia is currently orchestrating just such an operation to justify an invasion of Ukraine.
Don’t Underestimate How Badly The Powerful Need Control Of Online Speech. Controlling the thoughts we think about our nation and our world are of paramount importance to our rulers. There is nothing that these people would not do to maintain this control. Their very survival depends on it.
Those Who Support Internet Censorship Lack Psychological Maturity. I no longer had to share social media spaces with people I despised, and, if I were an immature person, I would see this as an inherently good thing.
Meta Censors Anti-Imperialist Speech In Obedience To The US Government. We don’t talk enough about how completely insane it is that a social media company with billions of users is censoring worldwide political speech about a major historical figure in alignment with US government decrees.
"Reverse Batman: A working class ninja spends his nights beating up kleptocratic billionaires whose thievery has created the socioeconomic injustice that’s destroying his city." -- Caitlyn Johnstone
1 year ago by Chipit to /s/quotes from caitlinjohnstone.com
Twitter has banned the account of virologist Dr Robert Malone. Everyone should oppose the removal of Malone , because only a fool would support government-tied monopolistic billionaire corporations regulating public discourse about Covid responses which affect us all.
Refusing To Oppose US Tyranny Is Siding With It. The US and its allies are pushing the world toward nuclear armageddon. The US and its allies armed Al Qaeda in Syria. The US and its allies are deliberately starving children by the thousands. Shut up about Russia and China.
You can understand why the US political system refuses to bring Americans out of debt and impoverishment by imagining what would happen if it didn’t. Ordinary people would use their new financial influence to create a system that serves them rather than serving a globe-spanning empire.
The Assange Case Explained Simply. The US government is trying to extradite a journalist and prosecute him under the Espionage Act for exposing its war crimes, with the long-term goal of normalizing this practice.
If You Haven’t Researched Arguments Disputing A Western Narrative, You Don’t Understand The Issue. They’ll come right out and express incredulity at the very idea that any such counter-arguments could even exist, skipping right past any pretense that they may have made any effort to find them.
"FYI it’s not okay to be a grown adult at the end of the year 2021 and still believe Joe Biden is a good president." -- Caitlyn Johnstone
2 years ago by Chipit to /s/quotes from caitlinjohnstone.com
Efforts To Groom Us For War With China Are Getting More Forceful. If you thought western mass media have been brazenly pushy with their anti-China propaganda, wait til you see The Hill’s appalling new opinion piece titled “America must prepare for war with China over Taiwan“.
2 years ago by Chipit to /s/WarWatch from caitlinjohnstone.com
2 years ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from caitlinjohnstone.com
Would you like to know what a big brave warrior looks like? Would you like to see a picture of this mighty hero who has no fear of leading us all into a third world war? A retired CIA agent employed by the mainstream media, urging us into war...this is him.
2 years ago by Chipit to /s/pics from caitlinjohnstone.com
Things are fucked because powerful people are making them fucked, and they won’t stop making things fucked unless ordinary people use their superior numbers to make them stop, but ordinary people are being psychologically manipulated away from making them stop by propaganda.
2 years ago by Chipit to /s/OpinionPieces from caitlinjohnstone.com
Erm I Know You’re Busy But Nuclear War Is Getting Increasingly Likely. These drastic spikes in pro-war opinion are not an accident; the consent has been forcefully manufactured by an aggressive propaganda campaign. They are not manufacturing that consent for fun; they are doing it for a reason.
2 years ago by Chipit to /s/propaganda from caitlinjohnstone.com