Propaganda is manipulative persuasion in the service of an agenda and is used by the right and the left. Even the smartest people sometimes forget simple truths when confronted with repetitive reassuring lies.
Until the blog is further developed, the page is dedicated to providing excerpts from sources which counter prevailing reassuring lies like low taxes and austerity are the holy grail of economic growth (neoliberalism: socialism for the wealthy, austerity for the masses), privatization benefits the consumer, deregulation helps businesses be competitive, unions are passé, and much more.
(1) The Economics of Soaking the Rich by Paul Krugman: What does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez know about tax policy? A lot.
The Truth About Propaganda
“Propaganda traffics mostly in emotions, and not just negative ones. Propagandists appeal to our fears but also to our courage, our hatred and our love. The fact that propaganda is at heart an emotional manipulation also does not mean that our emotions and ‘emotionality’ are bad. It means that our emotional system can be manipulated to destructive ends.”
12 Inconvenient Truths That Smart People Easily Forget
Sometimes even the smartest people forget some very simple truths.
“Never confuse education with intelligence. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Frank Lloyd Wright were all college dropouts. You can have all the education in the world and do nothing with it–or you can teach yourself from scratch and, with passion and dedication, become massively successful. Use your intelligence to take you where you want to go, by whatever route is best for you.