The Problem with Conspiracy Theories – Global Research

07-03-21 02:22:00,

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This article was first published on Global Research in February 2018.

People today spend a lot of time talking about conspiracy theories.

These theories often do harm because they divert attention away from the facts and thereby allow real crimes and other harmful effects to continue.

Such conspiracy theories can be spotted based on three basic characteristics.

  1. They lack evidence.
  2. They spread widely before the facts are examined.
  3. Much simpler alternatives are not considered.

For example, take the most popular conspiracy theory of recent times—the official account for the crimes of 9/11.

  1. This theory was produced by mythologist Philip Zelikow, who, before the investigation began, created an outline that was kept secret from his own Commission staff. Zelikow’s outline determined the outcome of the investigation before any facts were examined. Moreover, the 9/11 Commission claimed sixty-three times in its report that it could find “no evidence” related to important aspects of the crimes. Evidence that the Commission did rely on, as a basis for its report, was later found to be false. Similarly, the evidence collected and held secret by World Trade Center investigating agency NIST was later found to contradict the agency’s conclusions. Much of that evidence is still being held secret including the computer model data that NIST was forced to substitute for physical testing that contradicted its conclusions.
  2. The conspiracy theory reports provided by the 9/11 Commission and NIST spread quickly before anyone could examine them. Getting government representatives to commit to any explanation for what had happened on 9/11 took years but, once ready, news media sources were prepped in advance to allow rapid parroting of the official line. The timing of NIST’s reports coincided with political events, like each anniversary of the 9/11 crimes, so that media could quickly present the official story while public interest was high but critical review was not possible. With the report on WTC 7, the public was given just three weeks to comment on a report that was nearly seven years in the making.

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It’s Not A Political Problem, It’s A Propaganda Problem: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

18-02-21 09:03:00,

While we all fixate on electoral political solutions, the powerful focus on narrative control, because that’s where real power is at. The people who pose an actual threat to the machine are those who disrupt its narratives and narrative control agendas. Everyone else is harmless.

If the majority of a troubled population believes their political system is operating in a way that is demonstrably very different from the way it actually operates, then that population doesn’t have a political problem, it has a propaganda problem.

Berners watched the mass media actively sabotage the Sanders campaign day after day in two consecutive elections, and went “The problem is not enough progressives in government!” No, the problem is the billionaire media are constantly lying to everyone. Create a truth-based information ecosystem and politics will move toward health by itself.

As long as the ruling class is successfully using mass-scale narrative manipulation, it won’t matter what political strategies you employ because they’ll just manipulate that too. Everything we try will be neutered by propaganda until fighting propaganda becomes our number one priority. The narratives around your insurgent third party will be manipulated to the advantage of the powerful. Your progressive takeover of the Democrats will be narrative managed into impotence.

You can’t politics your way around narrative manipulation. You’ve got to make it the issue. You don’t measure how effective someone is against the machine by what their campaign platform says or what their strategies are, but by how disruptive they are to the narratives and narrative control of the powerful. If they’re not disruptive on that front they’re not effective.

The good news is that manipulation only works if you don’t realize you’re being manipulated. Bringing mass media propaganda front and center will accomplish this. Right now it’s very far from the spotlight; it’s treated like a marginal issue when it needs to be the central issue.

The mass media do not exist to tell you the truth about the world, they exist to manufacture consent for the agendas of the ruling class. Any time you’re clapping along with their Most Important Story of the Day you are helping your rulers and overlooking more important stories.

Liberals for four years: Russia is sowing division in America!

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Problem, Reaction, Solution: Does the Gates Foundation “Own the Coronavirus Patent”? – Global Research

14-05-20 07:01:00,

Problem, Reaction, Solution: Does the Gates Foundation “Own the Coronavirus Patent”?

The patent, pictured below, was acquired on November 20, 2018.

Coronavirus patent owned by Pirbright Institute

Not only do they own the “problem”, but they also have vested interests in the “solution”. The proposed “solution” is the vaccine.

Watch the video below by Dr. Rashid Buttar.

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The Problem With Pragmatism… And Inflation

20-03-20 07:45:00,

Authored by Michael Lebowitz via RealInvestmentAdvice.com,

Pragmatism is seeking immediate solutions with little to no consideration for the longer-term benefits and consequences. An excellent example of this is the Social Security system in the United States. In the Depression-era, a government-sponsored savings plan was established to “solve” for lack of retirement savings by requiring contributions to a government-sponsored savings plan.  At the time, the idea made sense as the population was greatly skewed towards younger people.  No one seriously considered whether there would always be enough workers to support benefits for retired people in the future. Now, long after those policies were enacted and those that pushed the legislation are long gone, the time is fast approaching when Social Security will be unable to pay out what the government has promised.

Pragmatism is the common path of governments, led by politicians seeking re-election and the retention of power. Instead of considering the long-term implications of their policies, they focus on satisfying an immediate desire of their constituents.

In his book Economics in One Lesson, Henry Hazlitt made this point very clear by elaborating on the problems that eventually transpire from imprudent monetary and fiscal policy.

“The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.

Nine-tenths of the economic fallacies that are working such dreadful harm in the world today are the result of ignoring this lesson.”

Inflation

One of the most pernicious of these issues in our “modern and sophisticated” intellectual age is that of inflation. When asked to define inflation, most people say “rising prices,” with no appreciation for the fact that price movements are an effect, not a cause. They are a symptom of monetary circumstances. Inflation is a disequilibrium between the amounts of currency entering an economic system relative to the productive output of that same system.

In today’s world, there is only fiat (“by decree”) currencies. In other words, the value of currencies are not backed by some physical commodity such as gold, silver, or oil. Currencies are only backed by the perceived productive capacity of the nation and the stability of the issuing government.

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Tagesdosis 19.2.2020 – Wenn die Lösung das Problem ist | KenFM.de

19-02-20 07:07:00,

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Ein Kommentar von Rüdiger Lenz.

„In den besseren Stunden aber wachen wir so weit auf, dass wir erkennen, dass wir träumen.“
Ludwig Wittgenstein an Paul Engelmann

Der erste Teil dieses Textes ist zunächst purer Sarkasmus, vereinzelt auch Satire. Nehmt daher diesen ersten Teil bitte nicht all zu ernst. Danke.

Thüringens Landtagswahl im Februar 2020 ist zu einem echten Lehrstück deutscher Demokratie geworden. Demokratie wurde den Deutschen nach ihrem offiziellen Sündenfall von 1933 bis 1945 verordnet. Daher ist sie auch so anfällig, weil sie nicht errungen wurde. 

Demokratie. Die Einen sagen, es handle sich bei dessen Bedeutung um die Herrschaft einer Dorfgemeinschaft, in der Wahlen, wie wir sie kennen, gar nie vorgesehen waren. Die Anderen sagen, es handle sich bei ihr um eine Volksherrschaft, in der die Bürger die Souveräne darstellen und die Politiker den Willen dieser Souveräne zu verwirklichen hätten. Ohne eine von den Volkssouveränen gewählte, benannte und verifizierte Verfassung ist eine Staatsform keine von den Souveränen legitimierte Demokratie, und daher überhaupt gar keine Demokratie. Demokratie, wessen Schoß du dich hinwendest, dessen Freier dich verzehrt. 

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Die ehrwürdige Vorsitzende Frau Dr. Angela Merkel

Befreiungsschlag, Respekt und Überraschung nun, da Bodo Ramelow den kühnen Vorschlag unterbreitet hat, die frühere CDU-Ministerpräsidentin Christine Lieberknecht als Übergangs-Regierungschefin für das Bundesland Thüringen vorzuschlagen (1). 

Wir erinnern uns. Zuvor wurde Anfang Februar ein FDP-Kandidat zum Minister des Landes gewählt. Da er mit den Stimmen der AfD dorthin gewählt wurde, entschlossen sich spontan fast alle anderen Parteien dazu, sogar bundesweit, dass man diese Wahl als undemokratisch zu verstehen habe und der nun als FDP-Ministerpräsident ernannte Mann, ein ganz böser Lump sei. Denn niemand darf sich bei einer demokratischen Wahl zum Ministerpräsidenten ernennen lassen, wenn AfD-Abgeordnete mit demokratischer List eine Frau oder einen Mann für dieses Amt wählen, der den etablierten alten Parteien angehört. Das nennt man dann eine Schande der Demokratie, auch dann, wenn eine solche Wahl demokratischer Natur sei. Die Hüter der Demokratie, die Antifaschisten, erkannten sofort ihre zahlreichen Aufträge darin und sandten kühn und ritterlich hunderte von Faustschlägern,

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