Tag Archives: propaganda

Talking Points

“Carthago delenda est!” The Roman statesman, Cato the Elder ended his political speeches with this phrase, even if his speech had nothing to do with Carthage. Politicians say anything they hope will sway public opinion. Here are some current examples from … Continue reading

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Rep. Claudia Tenney explains her votes

Rep. Claudia Tenney explains her votes. That’s good, but the explanations come with a big dose of partisan rancor. Here are some examples: Despite being branded as legislation to compete with a rising China, the bill (H.R. 4521, The America … Continue reading

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Putin’s Propaganda

Putin’s propaganda has roused what he doubtless sees as “useful idiots.” This term was used by Lenin to describe a person propagandizing for a cause without fully comprehending the cause’s goals. Some Americans see Putin as reflecting their anti-democratic political … Continue reading

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Automated Propaganda, Weaponized Bots

Sociologist Philip N. Howard, writing in “IEEE Spectrum,” discusses automated political propaganda.  His article “How political campaigns have weaponize social media bots” is readable and important to an understanding of political propaganda. Looking at Tom Reed’s facebook page, I often … Continue reading

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A strange coincidence

Every day, it looks like Hillary Clinton is getting closer to securing the Democratic nomination. That is one step closer to a Clinton presidency. Hillary Clinton, like my opponent John Plumb, worked for President Obama helping him create foreign policy … Continue reading

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Can we recognize foreign propaganda?

We have met the enemy and he is us.–Pogo (Walt Kelly) Can we recognize foreign propaganda? Often not, because the ideas are our own. In the 1956 movie, Forbidden Planet, Dr. Edward Morbius has discovered and mastered powerful machinery that magnifies his … Continue reading

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We have learned more about propaganda

The special counsel detailed how a Russian effort to widen divisions in American society launched in 2014 morphed into active support for the candidacy of Donald Trump.–David A. Graham, The Atlantic The indictment filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller details … Continue reading

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Russia has realized that the internet is a marvelous means for spreading propaganda. Releasing fake news is all that is needed. Without having to recruit and pay many agents, an army of helpful trolls sends and resends the message. This … Continue reading

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How to turn the economy around according to Charles Koch

Yeah, we want hope and change, but we want people to have the hope that they can advance on their own merits, rather than the hope that somebody gives them something.–Charles Koch   A guest editorial by Charles Koch which … Continue reading

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