Lies, propaganda and fake news: A challenge for our age

The 2016 election cycle has changed me. I now believe that I have lived my life in a propaganda state. Capitalism is not compatible with environmentalism, and possibly not even compatible with democracy, which explains what just happened from a large scale. Trump is proof that the rethuglican party has fallen apart, while the Clinton campaign just demolished the despoticrats. The fallout is still being processed and will be maybe even in a hundred years. This happened on Obama’s watch and I believe that he worked the CIA/media system so hard so that we would see more clearly. The system is suiciding itself, but it is amazing what humans will adapt into. Well, the Abrahamic religions already expose that…

Obama wasn’t anywhere near as bad as Trump or Bush before him, but he still sold out Americans on the promises he made to get elected in 2008. "Yes we can’ became a kind of sick joke as the super-wealthy got even more wealthy.
I have also come to see the state I’m living in as a totally rigged system that sells the idea of freedom of choice and opportunity, but in the end just a few people make almost all the decisions and they are almost exclusively in their interest.
I’m a dual US/Canadian citizen living in Canada now and our government sells us out daily to the private sector. Over the last 30 years almost $700 billion has been given to corporations who then turn around and hide it overseas.
http://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/canadians-pay-hefty-684b-bill-in-business-subsidies-over-20-years-study-shows

OTTAWA — Doling out hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ money to help protect and nurture the private sector has been a costly practice — some would call it fiscal folly — for Canadian governments. Over a period of nearly 30 years, federal, provincial and local authorities together spent almost $684-billion on subsidies.
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/04/04/how-offshore-tax-havens-are-costing-canada-billions-of-dollars-a-year.html
Currently, Canadians have declared $199 billion in offshore tax haven investments around the world, according to Statistics Canada.But experts say that figure is a small fraction of the Canadian offshore wealth that goes undeclared. The precise annual cost to Canadian tax coffers is unknowable. But credible estimates peg Canada’s tax losses to offshore havens at between $6 billion and $7.8 billion each year.
The US is even worse, we live with this fantasy that the private sector is looking out for us all so we let governments give huge tax breaks to the wealthy and they control policy through massive donations that decide who gets into office and what kind of laws will be passed. Just look at what happened with the subprime meltdown. The big investment banks wanted access to more profit and changed the laws to remove the walls between commercial and investment banks that had protected individuals for years. Then they began aggressively loaning money to people with poor credit and set up the whole market to fail as it did in 2008. And they still got even richer because the public in the US bailed them out with $700 billion. They can't lose because they control all aspects of life in America, from money policy to laws to what jobs will be made available there. That's something else that Chomsky talks about, in the last 40 years the wealthy have been intentionally offshoring US jobs to create job insecurity in America then reaping the benefits of keeping most Americans too scared to ask for higher wages, benefits or even organizing at all. Trump is just the endpoint of a process that is decades long, if it goes any further there will be no real freedom or future left in the US or the world. Trump is so dishonest he won't even acknowledge something as important as climate change. There will be no future for anyone if we don't deal with that and right now.

In casting about this morning came across this tidbit that seems to me to fit into this discussion.

Unwrapping the Conspiracy Theory at the Heart of the Alt-Right https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/unwrapping-the-conspiracy-theory-that-drives-the-alt-right ... The "cultural Marxist" conspiracy has a slippery genealogy through the American Right, beginning with its coinage by Lyndon Larouche in the early 1990s (although Hitler had warned of "cultural Bolshevism" during the 1920s). It passed through various esoteric journals and hard-right think tanks, and was picked up by paleoconservatives such as Pat Buchanan (author of The Death of the West), William S Lind and Paul Weyrich, and over the last decade has spread feverishly through the murkier, more hyper-masculinist and libidinally challenged corners of the web. ... Arguably the biggest boost for the conspiracy came from its liberal use at Tea Party rallies, where it was fastened on to by Andrew Breitbart, soon to be making cultural waves with his eponymous news aggregation website, focused initially on the ills of Big Government, Big Hollywood and Big Journalism: the dark troika of American society's takeover by cultural Marxism. In his autobiography Righteous Indignation, Breitbart describes the discovery of cultural Marxism as his "awakening" – redolent of the "red pill" that all conspiracy cranks feel when the vast, anxiety-inducing complexity of the universe becomes pacified in the paranoiac, pattern-seeking mind, reduced to the imaginary order of some joined-up plot ... ... The self-righteous zeal animating Breitbart's subsequent kulturkampf drips through almost every interview, illustrating the propensity for the internet to enable a single person's prejudices, ignorance and resentments to seize the cultural narrative – to resonate in echo chambers, free of intellectual checks and balances. ... Plenty more there to read. Enlightening and disturbing.
Watch Noam Chonsky's Requiem for the American Dream, what's happening now is the direct result of decades of what Adam Smith called the Masters of Mankind attacking democracy and the truth itself because they don't want to lose their wealth, power and status.
More from Chomsky on how completely detached from reality the entire republican movement has become in the US. It's almost entirely based on lies, there's a reason that serial liar Trump found such support from the republicans, they already live in a fantasy land.
Will check it out, thanks!
In casting about this morning came across this tidbit that seems to me to fit into this discussion.
Unwrapping the Conspiracy Theory at the Heart of the Alt-Right https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/unwrapping-the-conspiracy-theory-that-drives-the-alt-right ... The "cultural Marxist" conspiracy has a slippery genealogy through the American Right, beginning with its coinage by Lyndon Larouche in the early 1990s (although Hitler had warned of "cultural Bolshevism" during the 1920s). It passed through various esoteric journals and hard-right think tanks, and was picked up by paleoconservatives such as Pat Buchanan (author of The Death of the West), William S Lind and Paul Weyrich, and over the last decade has spread feverishly through the murkier, more hyper-masculinist and libidinally challenged corners of the web. ... Arguably the biggest boost for the conspiracy came from its liberal use at Tea Party rallies, where it was fastened on to by Andrew Breitbart, soon to be making cultural waves with his eponymous news aggregation website, focused initially on the ills of Big Government, Big Hollywood and Big Journalism: the dark troika of American society's takeover by cultural Marxism. In his autobiography Righteous Indignation, Breitbart describes the discovery of cultural Marxism as his "awakening" – redolent of the "red pill" that all conspiracy cranks feel when the vast, anxiety-inducing complexity of the universe becomes pacified in the paranoiac, pattern-seeking mind, reduced to the imaginary order of some joined-up plot ... ... The self-righteous zeal animating Breitbart's subsequent kulturkampf drips through almost every interview, illustrating the propensity for the internet to enable a single person's prejudices, ignorance and resentments to seize the cultural narrative – to resonate in echo chambers, free of intellectual checks and balances. ... Plenty more there to read. Enlightening and disturbing.
Just a heads up: "Vice" is not serious at all. It's a hipster-based entertainment media company that dabbles in investigative journalism sometimes as a form of clickbait. Take anything from there with a truckload of salt.

Information has been manipulated for various purposes long before the time of anyone of us currently living.
Is it just that the scale and scope is incredibly magnified in our instant communication age?
Or, is there something fundamentally different about the current situation in the US with trumpism?
My gut tells me that it’s more than just the volume and platforms involved. It’s now not just about waffling, hedging, parsing words so that you can later deny the ideas behind them. It’s “advanced” to saying, writing, or tweeting a blatant lie that is readily proven a lie within minutes. And, rather admitting it was wrong, they defend the lie even more strongly.
Is my gut right, or misleading me?

So why are most of us being lied to in such a systematic fashion? The same reason this has been going on for millenia, to sell us garbage we don't need to live. Like religion... Like war... Like fossil fuels... Like drugs that never do what is claimed, cost far more than it takes to produce them and often kill... Like tobacco... Like electronic devices that are then turned around to enslave us... You name it, we're being lied to constantly by the 21st. Century equivalent of snake oil salesmen and billions are buying it...
And now we have-so-called president who is a bigger snake oil salesman than anyone has ever seen before. And he surrounds himself with additional snake oil salesmen. Yes, certainly the biggest liar that has ever sat in the Oval Office, anything that comes out of the Trump White House is almost guaranteed to be a lie. Donald Trump tells the truth less than 5% of the time, only 1 out of 20 things he says is the unvarnished truth. http://www.politifact.com/personalities/donald-trump/ That much?