People who believe that propaganda is just a stream of lies are mistaken.
Someone might listen to someone who just said nothing but “1+1=190″, “the sky is made of rice pudding”, “the CIA made me kill my children” (and on and on), but they would not listen to such a person EVERY DAY and they would not be INFLUENCED by them.
To influence people propaganda should contain TRUTH (not just lies), ideally truth that is generally rarely spoken (because it offends powerful interests). Then the people who have the propaganda fired at them feel “special”, they are getting “hidden knowledge” that other people are too ignorant, or just too scared, either to know or to talk about. Of course whilst this propagandist is giving them this special knowledge he (or she) mixes in lies with it – which the targeted people accept (along with the truth) and are, thus, influenced.
Even highly intelligent people can be manipulated by this method. Indeed it has long been a standard method of the intelligence world. If one has a false source pumping out disinformation to an opposition intelligence service (or other target) one does NOT just pump out lies – in fact most of what the source tells one’s target is TRUE (indeed often of service to the target), one just puts in lies (or distortions) at key moments.
This method is so well established (and so effective) it even appears in the “The Lord of the Rings” – the character “Sauron” pretends that the character “Denethor” has gained control of a “seeing stone” – Denethor is convinced of this by a terrible mental struggle (which causes him physical harm over the years) by which he gains “control” over the stone and by the fact that he sees Sauron’s troop movements and can move his own forces to counter them (not just once, but several times) and gains other information that is of advantage to him. However, Sauron has never truly lost control of the stone at all – he sacrifices his forces to give Denethor the illusion that the source is under his control. At a key moment he shows Denethor a vast fleet seemingly comming to reinforce his attack upon Denethor’s (already terribly outnumbered) forces. The fleet, in fact, has already been overcome by enemies of Sauron – it is filled with soldiers comming to the AID of Denethor’s city, but Denethor is not shown this – and he has come to trust, as a full and complete record, anything the stone (the source) shows him. So he is thrown into despair and his mind (already undermined by years of attacks) breaks – and he kills himself, thus depriving his forces of their commander at what appears to be the key moment.
“Get on to Mr Keiser, Paul”.
Who is a hero of the international “Occupy” movement? The far left students (and other such) active in cities all over the West? For example, attacking ports on the West coast of the United States – on the grounds that some of the companies using the ports are connected to Goldman Sachs and so the ports are a “legitimate target” for the “people’s” “peaceful protest” or “people’s resistance” (or whatever form of words is used for the attacks at the moment).
Is George Soros a hero to them? No, he may fund a lot of their activites (just as he funds the Tides Foundation, the Centre for American Progress, the American based Institute for Policy Studies, Media Matters, and other such far left groups – many of them controlled by people with a Marxist background), but he is not a “hero” to these people, they just take his money.
Is Barack Obama a hero of what are now the Occupy movement people? Perhaps once – but these days, I doubt it. They (at least the American ones) would still vote for him – but he has let down their hopes (at least he has moved more slowly than they hoped), he is no longer a hero figure for them.
So who is a hero to them? For they do have some heros – they may all chant together (listening to “Occupyers” speak is rather like hearing “the Borg” from “Star Trek”), but they are actually human beings (not a collective enity space monster/space monsters) and they do have people they look up to – hero figures.
And one of these is “Max” Keiser who with Rosa Klebb (I mean Stacy Herbert) comes on Russian Television (RT) to tell them “the truth” about the world.
Stop laughing. There is good reason for someone who watches the “Keiser Report” to think that they have come upon a source of truth in a world of lies and fearful silence.
For example, who will mention that whilst MF Global has “mislaid” just over a billion Dollars of clients money, J.P. Morgan Chase (Jamie Dimon’s outfit) has (by some odd coincidence) just over a billion Dollars from MF Global.
It one is sitting in the Dark Tower in Moscow protected by the modern version of the KGB – threats of legal action from Jamie Dimon (for implying that he and his bank are crooks) are not very scary. Indeed, perhaps if one listens carefully, one can still hear the screams of former Russian “oligarchs” who were once more wealthy than Mr Dimon (till they fell out with Mr Putin).
This is not an isolated case. Time and time again Max Keiser will attack the crimes (real or otherwise) of the most important bankers and other such – giving names, the amounts of money, and the details of how various scams work. And his years working in the financial markets mean that Mr Keiser is very familar with financial industry language – he is fluent in this weird lingo, and can explain it to those who watch his show. So the standard defence of those who seek to defend corrupt bankers (throw in lots of technical language about “broad money” and so on, and toss out lots of numbers, and involved stories “proving” that fraud is not really fraud, and ….) is disposed of with ease by Mr Keiser.
Nor is he weak on economic principles. Mr Keiser understanda, and explains, how Central Banks produce extra money (to back up bank credit expansion – and for other purposes) and how this produces a false “boom” that MUST lead to a bust. So he can predict such things as the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But nor does Mr Keiser claim to have invented economic principles – on the contrary, he both states the names of Austrian School economists, and he cites practical investors (such as Peter Schiff and Jim Rogers), who are influenced by sound economic principles.
Mr Keiser stands as a defender of physical money (of gold and of silver – silver being a special favourate of his) and against the corrupt tricks of both governments and bankers (with their magic ledgers that can turn one Dollar into a hundred Dollars – under the pretense that lending out, say, one horse one hundred times is the same as lending out one hundred horses). He seems both wise and well meaning and is very good at speaking – he uses the traditional method of deception (see above) more in the manner of the character “Saruman” than Sauron (although Sauron also seemed wise and good – in the times before the Lord of the Rings book is set).
“But Paul you have not stated anything that is wrong with Mr Keiser”.
Very well I will give an example from a show I watched yesterday.
Mr Keiser started (as he so often does) by attacking the “counterfeiting” of Central Banks (their production of yet more fiat money) – but then (as he also so often does) he slipped in the words “austerity meauses” implying that the counterfeiting of Central Banks (and the credit expansion antics of commerscial banks) are the cause of the “austerity measures”.
And, in a way, they (partly) are – as the “boom” these practices create, leads to the “bust”. But that is not what Mr Keiser means – he means (as is obvious from the gradual impression his shows build up in the minds of his targets) that if only Central Banks and commercial banks would stop their monetary expansion then there would be no need for austerity measures – no need to cut back the WELFARE STATE.
Indeed Mr Keiser does not attack the Welfare State (even extreme examples of the “entitlement state” as with Greece) – on the contrary, all these things are fine. It would all work perfectly – if only it were not for greedy bankers and their servants the Central Banks and the politicians. Bank credit expansion is not USED by politicians (such as Mr Brown the former of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) to fund their wild government spending (both via creating a false “boom” and by the tax revenue earned from bank antics), no, no, no, – the wild government spending is not the problem, just the greedy “1%” or “0.1%” of greedy bankers and other rich capitalists……
See where it is going?
Everything gets blamed on the likes of J.P. Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs – and the Welfare State (wild government spending) and Keynesian ideology (the real reason that Central Banks have been expanding the money supply for so many years) get a pass. The real corruption (and real political influence) of, say, Goldman Sachs is transformed into such an enity controlling the world – which is a vast lie (but can be made to look like the truth).
Under the cover of free market talk, and of exposing real crimes, the real agenda is simply – death to the rich, and down with the United States.
For it is no accident that the banks that Mr Keiser attacks by name tend to be AMERICAN banks. Indeed he attacks the United States (by name) in every show – never as an open attack on the American people (of course), but as an attack on the evil rich bankers who control their government and rob both them and PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD.
For that is the other point. Max Keiser (like Hobson and Lenin before him) is concerned with the “Third World” – the “exploited masses” all over the world, but especially in the MIDDLE EAST.
Of course Mr Keiser works for Russian Television, and he also used to have shows on parts of the BBC (no shock there) and wrote for the Huffington Post (ditto), but he also used to have shows Al Jazerra and on Press TV.
Al Jazerra – the best known television station of the Sunni Arab Islamic world, and Press TV – the television station of the Shia Iranian government.
Working for the Sunni and for the Shia? How is that possible?
Because he played the same card for both – anti Americanism (which is always a cover for anti West doctrine). Of course not hated of the American people – but hatred of the rich bankers (of course even honest money lending for interest is forbidden under Islamic law) and-the-government-they-control…….
“But Mr Keiser is American” – and Harry St John Philby (the father of Kim Philby) was British – but he worked to undermine Western (specificlly British – as Britain was the main power of the West in his time) influence in the Middle East, for although a socialist Philby allied with the most radical forms of Islam (indeed he converted – and got slave girls as a present) in order to undermine Western “capitalist” ideas in the Middle East (even whilst working for the British government – the power he hated more than any other on Earth). Before anyone mentions it – I know that Philby (senior) later fell out with the House of Saud, and that the (Wahabbi) House of Saud decided to ally with the West. However, they have funded the most extreme and intolerant (and anti Western) forms of Sunni Islam (not just in the Middle East – but all over the world). So it is Philby who has got the last laugh (in whatever part of Hell he is presently in) – not the “clever” Western “realists” (President Franklin Roosevelt and others) who decided to make deals with the House of Saud.
Just recently Max Keiser and Rosa K.. (I mean Stacy Herbert) were off to the Middle East to celebrate the “Arab Spring” (unlike the fools in the Western media – they have a better understanding that the uprisings are not fluffy at all). Of course they had to rush back home when the uprising in Syria (an ally of Putin and co) started – but these things happen. And a new Muslim Brotherhood Sunni government in Syria might not be any more pro Western than the existing Shia (actually heretic sect) government. So Max and co will not be too upset whatever way the conflict in Syria goes.
The Muslim Brotherhood among the Sunni, the “hasteners” among the 12er Shia of Iran, Max K. does not share any of their theology (he most likely regards all religion as just silly bedtime stories), but they are useful allies against the West – so the grand alliance between the left (such as the Occupy movement) and Islam (in spite of their differnces on the role of women in society and whether homosexuals should be killed – and other such “little details”) can continue and grow. The Frankfurt School of Marxism (know in the America as the New School of Social Research – and in the West generally as the “P.C.” movement) would be pleased to know that their “cultural” approach (adopted after the workers “failed” them by not supporting Marxist revolution in Germany after World War One) of allying with such things as cultural groups against the Western “capitalists”, is still being developed and with strong results.
See how far we have come. From attacking both private corruption (often real cases of corruption) and attacking both government and private credit bubble finance – we have gone to attacking the rich as the source of all problems (everyone could have their unlimited welfare states and comfortable lives – if only…….) to attacking the West on the world stage.
And in each show the joins are seemless – we go from truth to lies without a break (sometimes in the same sentence) so the target auidence is carried along and…..
Now Max Keiser is, doubtless, only one among many – the endless propaganda taught against “the rich” and against the “imperialist” policy of the West in almost every school and university is more important than the efforts of one man and his team. Most likely even many of the Occupy movement would not be able to state who “Max Keiser” even was (although many others of the movement, especially the leaders, do know of his work).
Nor am I even saying that “Max Keiser is a Marxist” – why should he be? For people like him (as with George Soros) the conflict (the conflict against the West – especially against the United States) has become an end-in-itself, they do not really think about what happens “After America” (to steal the title of Mark Stein’s latest book). Some form of World Government “cooperation”, for the benefit of “the poor”….. after that it all gets rather vague. They are razer sharp in their planning to destroy the West (especially the United States – now that it, not the United Kingdom, is the main power of the West), but they are blunt as a butter knife about the details of what they want to put in its place – in this (in their vagueness about the final objective) they are rather like Karl Marx himself.
However, Mr Keiser is a good example of how the modern left mixes truth with lies – and how the modern left has allied itself with the forces of Islam (both Sunni and Shia) in the conflict against the West, the conflict against “world imperialism” against the “exploiters of the poor” and “enemies of social justice” (not that Max is often guilty of using language this crude – he just leads people to those conclusions).
And Mr Keiser is very good at his job. He is a first rate propagandist – and should be noted as such.