Culture Wars/Current Controversies

The Propaganda Blitz and the Shaping of Your Mind

While the fighting in Palestine rages on, regular people around the world are being subjected to their own war: that of a propaganda onslaught. One day, we are told by Palestinian media that Israel just bombed a hospital and over 500 people are dead. The very next day the claim is made that the bomb actually landed near the hospital with minimal casualties. Immediately, Israel’s greatest defender, Ben Shapiro, takes to Twitter to condemn Palestinian lies and asks how they can ever be trusted if they’re willing to blatantly lie about something so horrific. Meanwhile, onlookers who are not so invested in Shapiro’s latest foray into his own brand of identity politics are still waiting for evidence of 40 beheaded babies. Apparently, only one side of this conflict is allowed to promote heinous lies.

As you dig deeper, a pattern of one side controlling the reins of the narrative emerges. By funneling the narrative through the control of most media outlets, whether through nepotism or even blackmail (think Jeffrey Epstein), Zionists like Ben Shapiro and the Israeli government get to shape your beliefs and opinions. The father of modern propaganda, Edward Bernays (yes, he shared something in common with Shapiro), wrote in his 1947 essay The Engineering of Consent:

FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND ITS DEMOCRATIC corollary, a free press, have tacitly expanded our Bill of Rights to include the right of persuasion. This development was an inevitable result of the expansion of the media of free speech and persuasion. All these media provide open doors to the public mind. Any one of us through these media may influence the attitudes and actions of our fellow citizens.

Bernays reveals that the propagandist is not at all hampered by the fact that free speech exists; to the contrary, it is he who is most adept at using it to control the masses’ thoughts and beliefs who uses this right in the best manner. If the press causes you to believe that 40 babies—not 39 or 41—have been beheaded by Israel’s enemy, whether it is true or not, they have used free speech and freedom of the press in a way that benefits them most.

When you examine the use of propaganda in such a way you begin to understand why 16 European countries, as well as Canada and Israel, have laws against Holocaust denial that include fines and even lengthy prison sentences. What is the definition of Holocaust denial according to these laws?

Holocaust denial is the denial of the systematic genocidal killing of approximately six million Jews in Europe by Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s.

So, you could potentially be imprisoned for saying six million people died, but it wasn’t systematic. Or, it was systematic, but it was only 5 million. Have you ever asked yourself why it isn’t illegal in these countries to deny the Armenian genocide? Or the Holodomor? Might it have something to do with the fact that Armenians and Ukrainian Christians are not controlling the press, therefore are unable to push their narrative through decades of propaganda?

When I mention here on Substack or on my podcast or social media that controlling the narrative is essential to moving culture in the way you wish, is there better proof of this than the existence of laws in multiple western nations that criminalize examining the evidence of an event which could then lead to holding a personal opinion that is contrary to the acceptable account? There have been times I reached out to friends and colleagues privately who I heard repeating the propaganda and encouraged them to publish retractions if what they’re promoting isn’t true. Unfortunately, we are all susceptible to it. And it is insidious. Heck, I jumped on the bombing story. I didn’t follow my rule of waiting 24 hours. But walking around with the belief in your mind that 40 babies have been decapitated or 500+ souls were lost in an instant wears on you. Life is hard enough without having those pictures and thoughts running through your mind.

Without a doubt, horrific things are happening in Palestine right now. The problem is that the propaganda on both sides is so rampant that it’s hard to know who to trust and what to believe. We may never know the whole truth of what’s happened. In my opinion, at this point in time people should make every attempt to accept that not knowing is perfectly fine. Most of us are curious by nature, so we want to be informed. But is that desire to be informed so important that your opinions from here on out are molded by propaganda? I encourage everyone reading this to ask themselves that question. I believe it will help relieve you from worry and tears.

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