During the first cold war, the CIA poured money into funding and
cultivating a pro-imperialist, anti-communist "compatible left." Today,
the US government uses social media to censor anti-war news outlets and
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US national security state censoring anti-imperialists to control ‘compatible left’
The oligarchic rulers of the United States use many tools to disrupt and disorganize the anti-war and anti-imperialist left.
This article addresses three tactics:
- corporate control of the news media, which gives the ruling class free reign to spread disinformation and fake news against foreign and domestic targets;
- foundations, which are financed by governments and corporations in order to fund and promote a “compatible left” to counter the anti-imperialist left;
- domination of social media and the internet to censor dissident voices.
Since 2016, US government-backed censorship of websites, YouTube channels, Facebook pages, Twitter profiles, and PayPal accounts has escalated alarmingly.
Washington targets those who counter the narratives that the government and big business media feed us, whether it be about US intervention and attempted overthrow of other governments, Covid, or stories of Russian interference.
With the war in Ukraine, the immense propaganda power of the US government and corporate media has been directed against Russia and intensified on an overwhelming scale.
Soon after the end of World War Two, the US empire kicked off the First Cold War with McCarthyism – which predated Joe McCarthy himself. A campaign of news manipulation and suppression then was organized by the CIA in , a key liberal feminist leader; , whose intellectuals Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, former director of New School of Social Research, are still revered as god-like figures in academia today, thanks in no small part to generous subsidies by the revealed that widely covered claims of Russian hacking of DNC computers in 2016 was US national security state disinformation.
An example of this kind of neo-McCarthyite campaign that smears anti-imperialists as “useful idiots” of Russia appeared in ,” which was produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone.
Any journalists who have collaborated with a Russian media outlet can now be dubbed “affiliated with the Russian government.”
The FBI directly shut down American Herald Tribune
and Iran’s PressTV. RT and Sputnik are already shut down in Europe and censored on YouTube everywhere on Earth.
PropOrNot’s blacklist of 200 media websites catalogs for us what the US national security state doesn’t want us to read, listen to, know, or think.
Since the First Cold War began, there has been a continuous operation by the national security state to neutralize, marginalize, and create disunity among its opponents, often with the collaboration of the left that consider the Democratic Party a lesser evil. This strategy includes extensive foundation financing of left-wing media outlets and NGOs in order to tame them.
Given this situation, it is mistaken to fault the US left for its weakness. The CIA and its foundations have been key players in covertly manipulating opposition to US imperial rule, in part by strengthening the left that is soft on the Democrats in order to undermine any working class or anti-US empire challenge.
To date, this national security state mission has also shown considerable success.
The extreme difficulties in building a working-class, left-wing is partly results of the US rulers’ decades-long campaign to disrupt the movement.
This repression has involved not just imprisoning and killing activists, such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, or the Black Panthers, but also big business media marketing disinformation as news, spy agencies and their cutouts funding a “compatible left,” and the ever-worsening social media and internet censorship of anti-imperialist voices.
Rebuilding an anti-war and working-class movement requires us to directly address and navigate this circuitous maze, which was created by the ruling class to sabotage the left.
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