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Disinformation: How It Works ^ | 08/09/2012 | Tyler Durden

Posted on 08/09/2012 9:51:21 AM PDT by bt_dooftlook

There was a time, not too long ago (relatively speaking), that governments and the groups of elites that controlled them did not find it necessary to conscript themselves into wars of disinformation.

Propaganda was relatively straightforward. The lies were much simpler. The control of information flow was easily directed. Rules were enforced with the threat of property confiscation and execution for anyone who strayed from the rigid socio-political structure. Those who had theological, metaphysical or scientific information outside of the conventional and scripted collective world view were tortured and slaughtered. The elites kept the information to themselves, and removed its remnants from mainstream recognition, sometimes for centuries before it was rediscovered.

With the advent of anti-feudalism, and most importantly the success of the American Revolution, elitists were no longer able to dominate information with the edge of a blade or the barrel of a gun. The establishment of Republics, with their philosophy of open government and rule by the people, compelled Aristocratic minorities to plot more subtle ways of obstructing the truth and thus maintaining their hold over the world without exposing themselves to retribution from the masses. Thus, the complex art of disinformation was born.

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TOPICS: History; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: alinsky; disinformation; propaganda; zerohedge
A concise summary of Alinskyite tactics and other deceptive practices.

Strongly suggest everyone read this and post examples of disinformation or observations in general.

1 posted on 08/09/2012 9:51:32 AM PDT by bt_dooftlook
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To: bt_dooftlook; Travis McGee

Well, not so much for the brilliance, but for the concise listing of the techniques.

2 posted on 08/09/2012 10:03:13 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I love the Universe, and it loves me.)
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To: bt_dooftlook

Interesting to realize that almost everything our government says to us is dishonest, misleading, disinformation, or an outright lie.

Only the most innocous details are truthful. If we are supposed to be their masters, and almost everything they do is filled with deceit, that implies some very bad things.

3 posted on 08/09/2012 10:14:10 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: bt_dooftlook
For example, projecting your own movement as mainstream, and your opponent's as fringe.

This is done in spades in catastrophic anthropogenic climate alarmism. The "97%" of scientists or whatever, came from a self-selected survey and even then misrepresented what they stood for. Most scientists agree with AGW, but there is little agreement on the extent so far (trivial) or in the future (not much) or effects (benign). But all alarmist articles with ridicuous speculation like "low sea ice causes blocking" are said to belong to the 97% consensus.

4 posted on 08/09/2012 10:16:49 AM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: bt_dooftlook

I got only partway through it when I read the following;
“The goal was not to destroy the truth, but to hide it in plain sight.”

Instantly, pictures of slums popped in my head.

The cities dominated by decades of democrat machine politics lie in ruins.

There it is.

5 posted on 08/09/2012 10:55:10 AM PDT by spankalib (The downside of liberty is the need to tolerate those who despise it.)
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To: bt_dooftlook

This is an excellent article. The author understands the propaganda and disinformation processes and how they work.


The weapons of lies can easily be disarmed through knowledge and intelligence.

6 posted on 08/09/2012 11:11:56 AM PDT by detective
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To: Lazamataz

The is an outstanding article from the standpoint of cateloguing the tactics concisely.

7 posted on 08/09/2012 11:34:47 AM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: bt_dooftlook

Thanks for posting. Great article!

8 posted on 08/09/2012 1:02:51 PM PDT by khelus
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To: khelus

when republicans take over, the homless will come back in the news.

9 posted on 08/10/2012 4:14:33 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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