This is a ‘shorter read version’ of a core article which can be found here
How I (too) was fooled by western propaganda: ‘The milking of human kindness‘: Western propaganda and the ‘demonising’ of China..
See also: Barrie on YouTube on WHY there is a relentless torrent of anti China propaganda from western msm and governments
From the hugely respected Andre Vltchek, Jul 08, 2020:
“Western, particularly British and the US demagogy, have managed to reach ‘heights’ of deadly perfection. Already they’ve conditioned billions of brains, in all corners of the world into a servile way of thinking. All this is not just propaganda anymore; it is the true art of indoctrination. It hardly ever misses its target. And even if it fails to convince some strong individuals completely, it always leaves a mark on the psyche. In short: Western propaganda is perfect. Deadly. Until now, it’s been bulletproof.“
‘The milk of human kindness’
The phrase was coined, like so many, by ‘Shakespeare‘*, in Macbeth (1:5), Lady Macbeth complains that her husband “is too full of the milk of human kindness” to kill his rivals. But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? * Or at least, by the group of writers and thinkers who wrote under the borrowed ‘Nom de Plume’ of ‘Shakespeare..
So what does propaganda feed on? Fear, Avarice. Greed, Insecurity, Human compassion: ‘the milk of human kindness‘ – it works at a deep emotional level, at a primal level.. and when used for manipulation of people, to serve vested, corporate interest, it is milking these emotions and the responses elicited – milking human kindness, and ‘milking’ humankind indeed..— ChinaBazzar
Nobody’s perfect, sometimes, we make mistakes. A recent ‘exchange’ between a ‘researcher’ at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and myself brought what I feel is an utterly crucial issue into stark contrast, not least in light of the constant ‘drip-feed, barrage, tirade even, of anti- China propaganda being spewed from the dribbling collective stenographer mouthpiece of the western msm.
‘At first, I was taken aback that this mouse jockey ‘AppBoy‘ * known by some as ‘satellite boy’.. – and, therefore, the ASPI Raytheon et al had taken the time to trawl through more than twelve years of my twitter timeline, until they found something that they felt was ‘incriminating’ enough to publicly ‘throw back’ at me. But after pondering, I then realised this had, in fact, revealed something rather precious.. ‘
* (Ruser came to be placed in the position he is in because his teeny brain figured out that a phone app can reveal the locations of people.. much like EVERYONE in China knows you can gauge locations of people on We Chat.. This paltry fact, however, was enough for the other clowns at the ASPI to give him a job as an anal-yst / researcher..
Go figure.. this is the level.. we’re talking.. slithering beneath the pond slime.. single-celled amoeba level..
But after MUSE-ing.., I then realised this had, in fact, revealed something rather precious.. ‘
‘At first, I was taken aback, astonished in fact that ASPI had taken the time to trawl through twelve years of my Twitter timeline, (dang! they don’t seem to have much to do eh?) – until they found something that they felt was ‘incriminating’ enough to publicly ‘throw back’ at me. But after pondering, I then realised this had, in fact, revealed something rather precious...’— Barrie VVeiss
I have little doubt that the finer points of this exchange, this issue, will be indiscernible to the likes of Ruser or his paymasters at ASPI, or theirs at Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, Thales, Raytheon etc, but over and above this, the ‘point’, really is of the essence of the times we are currently living in.— Barrie VVeiss
Booyah? White whale? Really? Twit. So, you found a post I regurgitated years ago, before I’d researched and understood this properly and fully. Amazing. And? Now I HAVE researched, and my understanding is far more complete about the actual Facts of the past and present in places like Tibet and Xinjiang— ChinaBazzar
@Nrg8000 #Twit. Not your buddy. A ‘complete backflip’? Simple. Because, years after forming an opinion based on western propaganda, I researched, properly, about Tibet, Xinjiang, and many other ‘victimised places’ ; something you fail to do because that’s NOT what you’re paid to do by arms corporations who fund ASPI.
Replying to @Nrg8000 ‘Yes I too fell prey to ‘cognitive dissonance’.. not ashamed to admit it. And not too proud to admit I was wrong. I wouldn’t call it ‘manic insanity’ any more than a large swathes of western populations are still ‘manic’ and ‘insane’ Nor am I ‘aggressive’. ‘
‘So happy you finally found your ‘white whale’ sweetie! ‘
When I was far less-informed perhaps, yes, as many people do, I regurgitated some western ‘agitprop’. Now my opinion is quite the reverse; the CIA were hooking Tibet to subvert + plot against China; Mr Lama and his cronies were cruel corrupt feudal overlords anyway.‘— Barrie VVeiss
So. What the MIC funded ASPI found, was that 8 years ago I once retweeted something, in support of what I thought at the time to be a ‘just cause’. How misguided I was..
But here’s the thing: the ASPI provided impetus for me to reflect, understand, and thence highlight just how easy it is to get completely taken in and fooled by western propaganda and agitprop when your human compassion is prodded.
Yes, 8 years ago, I quoted, verbatim, something I’d picked up from western mainstream media, (msm) some ‘agitprop‘, propaganda, blarney about human rights violations against etc, without actually knowing the facts.
After my initial horror that I had, (quite obviously to me now), been well and truly duped by the western msm, came the realisation, that if I could be so easily duped, so could, and can, millions of other people who, in other circumstances, one could call, logical, conscientious, decent people with no ‘axe to grind’, no vengeful agenda to take out on some innocent ‘bystander’.
Here’s the thing: @Nrg8000 & AsSwiPe (ASPI) unwittingly provided an opportunity to understand and thence highlight just how easy it is to get completely taken in and fooled by western agitprop when your human compassion is prodded.— ChinaBazzar
Yes. It happened to me too. And I thought I knew enough. Clearly I did not. I know enough now to know I was wrong, mistaken, misled.
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society.— Edward Bernays
Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are moulded, our tastes formed, and our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of…. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind.”
Further, I wouldn’t go as far as to call myself ‘aggressive’. Nor do I support any ‘massive crackdown’, as you put it, because there isn’t.— Barrie VVeiss
China is doing what any nation would do to defend itself against externally instigated terrorism against China in Xinjiang and previously, Tibet – In point of fact, the way China is dealing with this terrible problem is admirable, especially when compared to western methods, which usually involve bombing and invading other countries.
Background: I, and other kindred spirits have and will continue, to take certain ‘entities’ to task on misrepresentation of facts, downright make-believe, and outright dirty lies on Xinjiang, the ‘Uyghur issue, and other matters in China, from the BBC to theGuardian and TheEconomist. One of these was Nathan Ruser – @Nrg8000 on twitter who works for something called the AsSwIPe – Australian Strategic Policy Institute – who are funded by some very big ‘players’ in armament sales and weapons manufacture: Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, Thales, Raytheon etc – i.e. the ‘MIC – the Military Industrial Complex that Eisenhower warned the world about in his farewell address:
A quote from ASPI: ” ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) is a leading voice.. blah.. The centre has a growing mixture of expertise and skills with teams of researchers who concentrate on policy, technical analysis, information operations and disinformation… satellite analysis.. surveillance and China-related issues.”—ASPI
Notes from ‘down under’.. All things are connected:
‘Bad things happen when good people do nothing.’ My bro’ in Australia oft uses this maxim and it’s a good one. Australia.. was there way back in ’87.. zoom forward.. China!
‘Bad things happen when good people do nothing.’
I will be extending this post as and when – feel free to repost, retweet, add comment or take issue with me on @Chinabazzar