Just as the greatest trick the devil ever pulled is to convince people he does not exist, the greatest trick that propagandists ever pulled was to convince you that you are able to recognize propaganda. You’re not. There is nothing that propagandists love more than to point out propaganda to you, because that leads you to think you recognize it.
What’s that you say? That account registered on Twitter a month ago with a profile picture of a good looking Asian woman who loves sex is an AI bot run by someone trying to make money? Well gee, color me surprised!
I’m sure happy that people only use AI to earn a buck! That allows me to make sure I’m just being targeted for money, instead of subtly being manipulated! AI is definitely not being used by China, Iran or Russia, to influence our geopolitical views, by trying to generate the impression of widespread consensus about diplomatic relations! AI is definitely not being used to demoralize Americans! AI is definitely not being used to make American youth hate their own country! No, American teenagers are praising bin Laden because that’s the cool thing to do!
No, the TikTok algorithms are not manipulated by China to favor their geopolitical interests! That’s a conspiracy theory! China would never do that. What’s that you say? An account on TikTok that posts 1,022 videos, that are all encouraging teenagers to feel depressed and commit suicide? All of these videos posted over the span of HALF A YEAR? Oh that’s perfectly normal behavior.
Look, TikTok is just bad at moderating content. That’s why American teenagers cut off their breasts, inject hormones of the opposite gender, want to have surgically crafted fake penises and fake vaginas, overdose on Benadryl, think bin Laden is a hero and commit suicide at record rates. A communist government would never use social media to wage psychological warfare against its main competitor! That’s ridiculous! They’re just really bad at moderating content!
I can recognize the propaganda from sixty years ago, it was so obvious! That means I can definitely recognize the propaganda of today! What’s that you say? We’re in an evolutionary arms race with propaganda, our brains get better at recognizing it while state actors also get better at producing it? That’s ridiculous!
I would never fall for propaganda, now let me finish eating my bacon and eggs, a very traditional American breakfast! What’s that you say? The whole thing has no organic history at all? People only began eating eggs and bacon as breakfast, after Edward Bernays invented the breakfast because the animal industry was struggling to sell its products? They had to teach us to eat this stuff?
Well color me shocked but I’ve had enough for today, I’m just going to sing some Christmas songs to my kids now, like Rudolph the Rednose reindeer, that’s my traditional American culture, my mom sang it to me and her grandmother sang it to her. What’s that you say? The whole song was invented to promote a department store? Is anything real? Is anything organic? You’re telling me that yesterday’s propaganda is today’s culture?
Well then I’m going to revolt against this disgusting modern world and become a Traditionalist Catholic, because propaganda did not exist before the industrial revolution! What’s that you say? Paul came up with the idea that we are saved through faith in Jesus? Wait, hell as a place of eternal torture doesn’t show up in the Bible? Wait a second, you’re telling me that Jews believe in reincarnation? But Hieronymus Bosch was definitely just painting hellscapes because he had a mental illness! What, his paintings were commissioned? We can’t distinguish between his paintings and those of his employees in his workshop? But the churches are so beautiful, with the creepy gargoyles on the outside and the paintings of the saints on the inside!
No, the cathedrals are not just medieval state of the art propaganda, they’re MY CULTURE! Wait, you’re saying that propaganda eventually becomes culture? Well fortunately I can just go onto the Internet and find a truthseeker’s blog that exposes all the propaganda I’m exposed to. Wait a second? You’re telling me that exposing other people’s propaganda, is in itself a form of propaganda? So Memri, those guys who always show the ridiculous cartoons Palestinian children are brainwashed with to make them hate Jews, is still propaganda, because it exposes propaganda? Wait, Memri was created by an Israeli ex-intelligence officer?
I knew those evil Zionists are good at propaganda! But their propaganda works by exposing bad Palestinian propaganda! Fortunately only the Jews are clever enough for that! What, random two month old accounts on Twitter constantly bringing up the USS Liberty? No that’s not propaganda. They’re just based antizionists exposing how we are all asleep and brainwashed!
Russia Today and Press TV are just really interested in exposing the truth, that’s why they have 9/11 Truth documentaries and point out other false flags. Wait, what are the Russian Apartment bombings? Wait you’re telling me the FSB was caught with explosives in an apartment, claimed it was an exercise and then apartment complexes in Russia stopped blowing up? But those were blown up by Chechen terrorists! Vladimir Putin is based and trad and anti-globalist and anti-WEF, he would never kill his own citizens!
Wait you’re telling me Russian politicians who looked into it died mysteriously? And the FSB agent Litvinenko who was poisoned in the UK called the apartment bombings out as a false flag? IMPOSSIBLE, ONLY EVIL AMERICANS AND ZIONISTS COMMIT FALSE FLAG ATTACKS!
What I want you to consider may sound like a radical idea to some of you. But I want you to consider the distinct possibility, that if you’re an American who somehow always finds himself taking the exact opposite position on every issue that his government takes, it might not be because you’re such a clever critical thinker who sees through all his government’s propaganda. It might be because you feel disenfranchised from your society due to your own low socioeconomic status and as a result become susceptible to propaganda from other countries.
Well, alright, so everything is propaganda and everything is fake and after enough time we treat it as real and grow attached to it. And propaganda just became cheaper to mass produce thanks to artificial intelligence and social media now gives governments the opportunity to expose us to propaganda that seems like it originates from our own friends, because governments control the algorithms.
So what are we supposed to believe? What do “THEY” want us to believe? Well there’s the thing. Everyone wants you to believe something else. American fossil fuel moguls in the 80’s and 90’s were really eager to have you believe there is no such thing as man-made climate change. They were so succesful that it became a low status white male dogma in the United States.
Believing in climate change is enough to make a Republican unelectable. But Russians on the other hand, are quite eager to remind Europeans there is such a thing as man-made climate change. If you’re a European environmentalist and don’t want natural gas from fracking, Russia will gladly help your protest out.
But racism is really bad, right? At least that’s real, right? Well, Russia agrees. In America that is. In America it’s the worst thing in the world, so they quite happily fund Black Lives Matter. Even Nazi Germany agreed that American racism is the worst thing ever. Here you have Nazi propaganda, depicting the Americans as guilty of lynching negroes:
And here we have Nazi Germany depicting Americans as members of the Ku Klux Klan:
If you are an ethnic minority in your country, you can be quite sure that your country’s enemies are convinced you are a victim of racism and they will help convince you of that too. Even if those enemies are literal nazis. In fact, Nazi Germany was more eager to ally itself with Native Americans than with German Americans and promised them an independent state. Japan too promoted itself as engaged in an anti-colonial struggle to unite Asians.
So how do you know that YOU are on the right side of history, if even the “bad guys” will accuse the “good guys” of racism? Well, if the bad guys are openly planning a genocide, then at least you know you’re on the good side. And if someone tells you country X is planning a genocide, opposing country X makes you one of the good guys, right?
Well that’s probably what many Germans thought during the second world war, because Goebbels got on the radio and told them that Jews in the United States were planning to exterminate the Germans through mass sterilization, after which the country would be divided between Poland, France, the Netherlands and Denmark.
Alright, but Goebbels was clearly lying, right? So if your government is telling you you’re at risk of suffering genocide, but you can figure out they’re lying, you’re still going to be one of the good guys, right?
Except Goebbels wasn’t lying. Theodore N. Kaufman in the United States really published a book in 1941 called Germany Must Perish!, arguing for the genocidal eradication of Germans through mass sterilization. Kaufman was an obscure figure who had an obsession with mass sterilization, he originally wanted the American population sterilized too. I know that, because I have Internet.
But tell me, when you’re a German in 1941 and Goebbels and Hitler tell you there’s a book by an American Jew that’s proposing mass sterilization of the entire German population, what do you believe? When you’re told that Jews in Germany have to wear a yellow star because they’re complicit in this plot, what do you believe? Are you going to go on the barricades to stop them?
And when you’re told they have to be deported to concentration camps because of this plot, what do you believe? Remember, you don’t have Wikipedia to look up who Theodore Kaufman is exactly. You have a little radio that you listen to in the dark, perhaps with the sounds of explosions in the background.
In fact, what your government tells you is that the Jews have to go to concentration camps, to protect them from the righteous fury of the German people. The Jews have to be protected for their own safety, you are told, from angry German people who were told there’s a Jewish plot to sterilize every German woman and man.
Now note what I’m not arguing: I’m not arguing the Holocaust didn’t happen, or was somehow justified. I’m not even arguing Germans did not know that Jews were subjected to terrible things. What I’m arguing is that most Germans had little reason to understand that Jews were subjected to terrible things that are terrible even under circumstances of a world war.
When Jews were sent to concentration camps, did Germans have any reason to think this was fundamentally different from the mass internment of Germans, Italians and Japanese in the United States and Canada? Did the Dutch have any reason to think it was fundamentally different from the concentration camps for the Boers in South Africa?
Initially, most of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust did not die in gas chambers. Many were shot in mass executions in the Soviet Union. Even in the concentration camps themselves, many were not actively murdered. Was Anne Frank murdered? Not actively. She most likely died of a Typhus outbreak. Diseases like Typhus spread easily, when people are malnourished.
When your country is engaged in a world war, when you don’t know if your son or husband at the front is still alive, do you worry about what goes on in the concentration camps, where insufficient food leads to outbreaks of disease that kill people? When family members receive post cards from these camps, when these camps have hospitals and swimming pools, how are people supposed to comprehend what happened?
What I’m arguing here, is that the general German civilian population, did not actively endorse what happened, nor understood the full extent of what happened, nor could be expected to fully recognize the propaganda in regards to, the Jewish population of occupied Europe.
I think this is important to acknowledge, for normal relations between Jews and Europeans. The German-Israeli alliance should be based on something more than an eternal guilt feeling. It should be an authentic friendship, between two people who have more in common than a sordid episode.
Again, note what I’m not arguing: That the genocide against Jews did not happen. Anyone who shows up here trying to argue that point won’t get his comment approved. But what we know today, that Jewish children were murdered in gas chambers, is something the general German population, could not have known.
And I think this is important to contrast with the recent atrocity. Do leftist American college students have the ability to know, that Hamas goes out to intentionally kill Jewish children? Do the residents of Gaza have the ability to know, that Hamas goes out to intentionally kill Jewish children?
The answer is yes. The video footage is available to any college students who want to see it. The Dutch media can attend conferences by the Israeli government to see footage, but our state owned media refuses to. The posters of kidnapped children are hanging in college campuses. The Palestinians themselves can see the civilians who were brought into Gaza. They received phone calls from family members, who proudly boast of killing ten Jews.
Hamas also organizes public showings of the footage of the killings. The killings of Jews in Germany were hidden, but Hamas recorded its killings, because those murders can serve as propaganda for their civilian population. People do not want to hear this, but that says something about the Palestinian civilian population. Atrocities are not about numbers. They are about cruelty.
Everyone is now extremely eager to understand the Palestinians. To provide rationalizations, for the murder, torture and kidnapping of children, women and elderly civilians. Peace activists, who brought Palestinians to Israeli hospitals. But for whatever reason, Germans don’t get that treatment, even after eighty years. No, the Holocaust is the ultimate expression of a collectively perpetrated objective evil, to which all other crimes pale in comparison.
What I’m arguing here, is that American leftists and Palestinians, are collectively guilty of something that German civilians in World War II could not have been guilty of. Nazi Germany had to go out of its way, to hide the Holocaust from German civilians and civilians of occupied countries. People received post cards from family members in concentration camps, describing how the camps were alright. But by the time they received those cards, those family members had already died.
And if you’re wondering why it looks like I’m going insane and losing my mind. This is why.
I have spent years of my life, reading about the Holocaust. As a teenager I was skeptical such a thing could have really happened. But the evidence is just there. We have the testimonies, of people who were responsible for sending people into the gas chambers. The reason Holocaust denial still exists today, is because the German government went through sufficient effort to allow people to not know.
When you hold German civilians morally responsible for the Holocaust, what you are saying is that they should have done a better job looking through the propaganda their government was exposing them to during wartime, in an era without free press and without Internet. That’s a claim you can make about Germans. But you can make it about almost every ethnic group.
But the Palestinian Hamas movement, goes out of its way, to record its murder, rape and torture against innocent Israeli civilians.
And they are rewarded, with a sudden influx of support for the Palestinian cause from the entire world. Climate demonstrations, are turned into protests against the existence of the Israeli nation. After the largest massacre against Jews since the second world war. A massacre that serves as propaganda, for the political movement that organized it.
This is what I can not cope with.