Why Ridiculous Official Propaganda Still Works

For students of official propaganda, manipulation of public opinion, psychological conditioning, and emotional coercion, it doesn’t get much better than this. As Trump and his army of Goldman Sachs guys, corporate CEOs, and Christian zealots slouch toward inauguration day, we are being treated to a master class in coordinated media manipulation that is making Goebbels… Read More Why Ridiculous Official Propaganda Still Works

The Party

Being an expatriate American in Berlin, I am occasionally asked by my German friends to explain what the hell is wrong with America. “CJ,” they ask me, in their scary German accents, “was zum Teufel ist los mit Amerika?” In the past, this question normally referred to the latest mass shooting at some school or… Read More The Party

Coming this Summer … Revenge of the Bride of Sophie’s Choice

All right, much as we hate to do it, we’re going to interrupt our series on Herding your Critics into Fake Communities and Wasting their Time to repost another sarcastic little piece our disobedient and disrespectful employee, CJ Hopkins, slipped into CounterPunch back on May 4. We weren’t going to run this one here at… Read More Coming this Summer … Revenge of the Bride of Sophie’s Choice

The Mainstream Media and Its Discontents

EDITOR’S NOTE: So, it appears our best efforts to locate and therapeutically restrain our itinerant employee, CJ Hopkins, have thus far been in vain. Because yesterday he published the following piece in CounterPunch, a widely-read left-wing magazine covering politics in a manner its editors describe as “muckraking with a radical attitude.” As our operatives were… Read More The Mainstream Media and Its Discontents