Facts, Lies and Propaganda

“the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.” – Alex Carey

Great quote. I found it at a very interesting website, talking recently about the elephant in the room. Cute cartoon.

But it made me think how lucky I am to have had a father who taught me very young how to tell the difference between propaganda and facts.

The first step is to not believe it just because you like it. That’s the whole point of propaganda — to make you like what they want you to believe. The key is to figure out, as I have said many times, the difference between a fact, a lie, and propaganda. It’s not always easy to find the facts, mostly because they want you to believe there aren’t any. But once you get past that and find the real facts. You don’t have to believe anything just because _______ says it is so. And more importantly ___________ can’t control you by making you believe that you want to do whatever they want you to do.

After that your personal power — your ability to accurately evaluate your own available choices and choose your own life for yourself — will skyrocket.

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