How Establishment Propaganda Gaslights Us into Submission

By Asif Aziz

The dynamics of the establishment Syria narrative are hilarious if you take a step back and think about them. I mean, the Western empire is now openly admitting to having funded actual, literal terrorist groups in that country, and yet they’re still cranking out propaganda pieces about what is happening there and sincerely expecting us to believe them. It’s adorable, really; like a little kid covered in chocolate telling his mom he doesn’t know what happened to all the cake frosting.

Or least it would be adorable if it weren’t directly facilitating the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of people.

I recently had a pleasant and professional exchange with the Atlantic Council’s neoconservative propagandist Eliot Higgins, in which he referred to independent investigative journalist Vanessa Beeley as “bonkers” and myself as “crazy,” and I called him a despicable bloodsucking ghoul. I am not especially fond of Mr. Higgins.

You see this theme repeated again and again and again in Higgins’ work; the U.S.-centralized power establishment which facilitated terrorist factions in Syria is the infallible heroic Good Guy on the scene, and anyone who doesn’t agree is a mentally deranged lunatic.

This is also the model for the greater imperialist propaganda construct, not just with regard to Syria but with Russia, North Korea, Iran, and any other insolent government which refuses to bow to American supremacist agendas.

It works like this: first, the oligarch-owned establishment media, which itself is chock full of Council on Foreign Relations members, uses other warmongering think tanks and its own massive funding to force deep state psy-ops like Russiagate and Iraqi WMDs into becoming the mainstream narrative. Second, they use the mainstream, widely accepted status of this manufactured narrative to paint anyone who questions it as a mentally defective tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy theorist. . .


via How Establishment Propaganda Gaslights Us Into Submission

6 thoughts on “How Establishment Propaganda Gaslights Us into Submission

  1. Well, they haven’t managed to ‘gaslight me into submission’. I am well aware of their lies and in my own little obscure corner of the net, I try and ‘out’ them for the liars they are. If, with all the information there is out there, people are still getting their news from Fox and other right-leaning news media, then they are just begging for this type of propaganda because they really don’t want to know the truth. It would shatter their illusions of what America has, is and always will be all about; coverups, corruption, deposing democratically elected leaders of other countries, meddling in the affairs of other countries via the CIA, training terrorists and funding them, drug trafficking, money laundering and the list is endless and yet, some of us just don’t want to know or are extremely delusional or just outright, bat shit crazy.


  2. Shelby, I’m quite confident that you are susceptible to being gaslighted. What I really liked about this article is that it points out that the narrative the corporate media is peddling over Syria is pretty hilarious – especially now that the US government has been forced to admit that they have been arming the terrorist bogeymen they’ve been using to terrorize the US population for the last 20 years. The lies are so ridiculously transparent at this point – yet they seem incapable of changing the narrative.


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