There are perhaps two main systems of political governance – dictatorship and democracy. Democracy insists on the principal that the governed govern themselves – in general through the election of representatives. In a dictatorship one group or person usurps political power and rules – without asking anyone’s permission. Continue reading “Democracy”
And so it goes on. This is Shaun Walker in the Guardian at it again.
And again – the basics of journalism require an objective detachment. A journalist takes a step back and makes sure that the whole picture emerges from his reporting. In wartime we understand and accept that journalists are going to produce a constant stream of propaganda – talking up our victories, demonizing the enemy, producing an entirely one-sided narrative. But when this happens in peacetime what it means is that ‘journalists’ are trying to create the conditions for war. This is the precise opposite of what journalism should do. Responsible and professional journalism should try to present both sides – even if the other side is a geopolitical opponent – and so inform people and hopefully contribute to balanced opinion-forming and decision making. Continue reading “One-side reporting in the Guardian”
The ‘progressive’ movement – the result of the left abandoning real politics in favour of a focus on rights, ‘sensitivity’ and ‘identities’ – has certain features. One of the main ones is a unique single-mindedness which cannot tolerate any kind of difference of opinions. There is a single truth and everyone must subscribe; or they are an an unspeakable bigot. Another feature is the absence of serious argument; ‘truths’ are bandied about as if incontrovertible, when, in reality they are a point of view in a discourse which is far from resolved. For adherents of this ideology their truth is the truth and everyone else is to be denounced and, ideally, eliminated from the social sphere altogether. This is very immature. People used to transition from being a student to being an adult. Now they don’t bother and public discourse takes place at the level one would expect from a meeting of the most facile of first-year undergraduates. Continue reading “Faked cries of ‘racism’”
The ‘gay rights’ movement initially seemed consistent with the values of tolerance and liberalism. However it (and the associated ideology which even extends to ‘transgenderism’ and some seemingly rather confused notions around gender) has mutated into an ideology which is far from the values of freedom and tolerance. Continue reading “When tolerance becomes totalitarianism”
My last few posts have concerned this topic. Readers of the Guardian in the UK may not be aware that the ‘journalists’ stationed in Moscow are telling them a fairy-tale about the recent demonstrations in Moscow. Continue reading “Guardian propaganda on demonstrations in Moscow”
Western ‘liberals’ are having a day out based on the illegal demonstration in Moscow last weekend – attended by a few thousand people and concerning candidates for the September Moscow Council elections. Continue reading “Propaganda becomes absurdist art in the Independent”
It is essential to blame Russia for the collapse in the global framework of arms control.
It is disappointing but perhaps not surprising to see even ‘senior’ journalists engaged in the work of propagandaising this message on behalf of NATO and the US. This is a piece in the Guardian attributed to the Guardian’s world affairs editor, Julian Borger, and another writer. Continue reading “Propaganda on the INF”