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The Washington Post: Useful-Idiot Shills for a Failed, Frantic Status Quo That Has Lost Control of the Narrative

By Charles Hugh Smith | 27 November 2016

OF TWO MINDS — Don’t you think it fair and reasonable that anyone accusing me of being a shill for Russian propaganda ought to read my ten books in their entirety and identify the sections that support their slanderous accusation?

I was amused to find my site listed on the now-infamous list of purportedly Russian-controlled propaganda sites cited by The Washington Post. I find it amusing because I invite anyone to search my 3,600-page archive of published material over the past decade (which includes some guest posts and poems) and identify a single pro-Russia or pro-Russian foreign policy entry.

If anything, my perspective is pro-US dollar, pro-liberty, pro-open markets, pro-local control, pro-free-press, pro-innovation, and pro-opportunities to rebuild America’s abandoned, decaying localized economies: in other words, the exact opposite of Russian propaganda.

My “crime” is a simple one: challenging the ruling elite’s narrative. Labeling all dissent “enemy propaganda” is of course the classic first phase of state-sponsored propaganda and the favorite tool of well-paid illiberal apologists for an illiberal regime.

Labeling everyone who dissents or questions the ruling elite’s narrative as tools of an enemy power is classic McCarthy-era witch-hunting, i.e. a broad-brush way of marginalizing and silencing critics with an accusation that is easy to fabricate but difficult to prove. […]

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  • Mudhole

    Charles Hugh Smith is a great guy, no doubt. He is, however, suffering from the ideological confusion that seems near universal among the residents of Berkeley.

    It was Joseph McCarthy that challenged the narrative of the ruling elite, and was demonized for it. McCarthy was right, and Americas corrupt ruling elite knew he was right, but admitting exactly how right he was would have turned the criminal System upside down.
    McCarthy ended up dead in Bethesda Naval Hospital, the same place where James Forrestal was murdered. He was 48 years old.

  • Rufus Peckham

    Interesting. Pizza gate must have been real as we now have another “lone nut” person shooting at it. MSM orifices already spewing out articles on it that anyone who believes pizza gate is just like the “lone nut”. More assassination of character, timely distraction, etc.