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Bernays and Propaganda – The Marketing of War

By Larry Romanoff for the Saker Blog   In the revelation of propaganda as a tool of public mind control and its use for war marketing, it is worthwhile to examine the historical background of Bernays’ war effort. At the time, the European Zionist Jews had made an agreement with England to bring the US into the war against Germany, on the side of England, a favor for which England

Critics of President Joe Biden’s first foreign policy speech

from Zamir Awan for the Saker Blog The only optimistic part of President Joe Biden’s first foreign policy speech is, “We’re also stepping up our diplomacy to finish the war in Yemen — a war which has produced a humanitarian and strategic catastrophe. I’ve asked my Middle East squad to ensure our support for the United Nations-led initiative to enforce a truce, open humanitarian channels, and restore long-dormant peace talks.

Once upon a time, in the Lunar New Year…

By Pepe Escobar posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times Have an auspicious Year of the Ox, everybody. And to celebrate it in style, fleetingly alleviating our burden in these times of trouble, let’s plunge into a dream within a dream, going back to the future for a game-changing moment in Chinese history. Chinese New Year’s Day, 1272. At the time, that fell on January 18. Kublai Khan,

EU/Germany parting of the ways?

By Francis Lee for the Saker Blog From its inception the European Union was an ambitious strategy to build an economic bloc which would serve as a counter-weight to the US’s global economic dominance. (1) One of the primary conditions of this overall construction involved the creation of a single strong currency, the euro, that could become the rival to the US$. This was not just a political question, it

Does the US Still Have an Economy?

By Paul Craig Roberts and cross posted with permission People want to know where the economy is headed.  What they should be asking is does the US still have an economy?  My answer is no, it doesn’t.  I will explain why. For a quarter century I have pointed out the destructive effect of moving American investment and jobs to China and other points abroad.  Offshoring served the interests of corporate executives and shareholders. The

Why Russia is driving the West crazy

by Pepe Escobar with permission and first posted on Asia Times Future historians may register it as the day when usually unflappable Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov decided he had had enough: We are getting used to the fact that the European Union are trying to impose unilateral restrictions, illegitimate restrictions and we proceed from the assumption at this stage that the European Union is an unreliable partner. Josep Borrell,

Erewhon or the Crime of Illness

By Jimmie Moglia for the Saker Blog Samuel Butler published his novel Erewhon in 1872. The title is the (almost) reverse spelling of ‘Nowhere’ and it applies to a country the author discovered. He probably had in mind the Southern island of New Zealand where he minded sheep for a while. The protagonist, Higgs, tending sheep in a prairie, looks at a mountain in the distance and wonders what lies

Democrats wage ‘World Anti-Fascist War I’, don’t know it’d be ‘WAFW II’

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV For four years American Democrats have taken hugely brave stances on places like Facebook, Reddit and Twitter. What enormous personal risks they took. What fortitude they showed when they sat on couches and cheered the marches on the other side of town. Galvanised by these victories in solitary living rooms across the country, Democrats were absolutely certain of a “Blue Wave” from the

Mass Manipulation – How it Works

by Robert Cialdini and Peter Koenig for the Saker Blog Have you ever wondered how a herd of sheep is driven to their slaughterhouse? Manipulation of minds is a well-studied science, has been applied already for centuries, but is getting ever more sophisticated. For example, the many poignant assertions, Joseph Goebbels, Hitlers Minister of Propaganda (1933 to 1945), included, “if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth”;

Bernays and Propaganda

By Larry Romanoff for the Saker Blog Many years ago, the Jewish-American political commentator Walter Lippmann realised that political ideology could be completely fabricated, using the media to control both presentation and conceptualisation, not only to create deeply-ingrained false beliefs in a population, but also to entirely erase undesirable political ideas from the public mind. This was the beginning of not only the American hysteria for freedom, democracy and patriotism,

Burmese Days, Revisited

By Pepe Escobar with permission and cross posted with Strategic Culture Foundation It will be fascinating to watch how the (Dis)United States will deal with post-coup Myanmar as part of their 24/7 “containment of China” frenzy. The (jade) elephant in the elaborate room housing the military coup in Myanmar had to be – what else – China. And the Tatmadaw – the Myanmar Armed Forces – knows it better than

Is Trump a Hologram?

By Sushi for the Saker Blog In his comments to American Prospect, the prior essay in this series, Mr. Disaffected states: When you stop to think about it for a moment, you’ll realize that your (sic) absolutely powerless to do anything whatsoever about any of it anyway. Once you come to that realization, you’ll realize that you’ve been absolutely powerless to do anything at all about anything this corrupt, utterly

The Digital Police State Is Being Institutionalized Throughout the Western World

By Paul Craig Roberts and cross posted with permission This report sounds like science fiction, but it comes from a credentialed source and is posted on a respected website.  If correct, the only possible conclusion is that a police state is being institutionalized throughout the Western world and perhaps all of the world.  If correct, the report certainly validates my conclusion that the digital revolution is the worst disaster ever

Iran at 42: Keeper of mankind’s anti-imperialist flame amid the ‘end of history’

by Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with PressTV At 42 years the Iranian Islamic Revolution has endured so long that it has seen the reactionary force which rose to counter it – Reaganism – partially defeated by a new faction: Trumpism. With the return to power – via Joe Biden – of the three decade-long Clintonista ideology Iran hasn’t lasted so very long as to witness a total sea change in

Martyrdom of Imam Ali (Allayhu-Salaam) and the Muslims’ March into a Long and Dark Winter Solstice

By Mansoureh Tajik for the Saker Blog Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim, “In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. If we were to understand Imam Ali (Allayhu-Salaam) merely as an individual by examining slices of his life in isolation and dimensions of his socio-political praxis in bits and pieces, we could advance our understanding of his wilayat no more than we would if we tried to make sense of how

Xi and Putin make the case for win-win vs. zero-sum

By Pepe Escobar, posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times So the Davos Agenda has come and gone. That was the virtual Great Reset preview, hosted by Kissinger acolyte cum World Economic Forum (WEF) oracle Herr Klaus Schwab. Still, corporate/political so-called “leaders” will continue to wax lyrical about the Fourth Industrial Revolution – or its mild spin-offs such as Build Back Better, the favorite slogan of the new

The Great Interregnum

by Francis Lee for The Saker Blog The road to the future, to a new expansion as is always close to the heart of capital, led outwards, to the still pleasantly unregulated world of a borderless global economy in which markets would no longer be locked into nation-states, but nation-states locked into markets. (1) The golden age of post-war capitalism which lasted from the Bretton Woods arrangements of 1944 ended

The Biden doctrine, the return of empires and the European paradox

By Fabio Reis Vianna for the Saker Blog At the end of the tragic year 2020, Jake Sullivan launched a tweet urging Europeans to act together in the face of “China’s worrying economic behavior.” Today’s National Security Advisor to the newly sworn-in Democratic administration thus gave the first signs of what the Joe Biden administration would look like to the traditional allies of the United States. Sullivan’s words not only

If America Dissolves

By Larry Romanoff for the Saker Blog This essay is an introduction to the topic of Mass Propaganda and, perhaps more importantly, to a brief series of articles detailing how the US has been for more than 100 years the most propagandised and brainwashed nation in the world. The history of this has been buried for generations, but the facts are indisputable. One of the most important elements in this