The Russians are flooding libertarian web sites with propaganda (again)I

I have drawn blood.  One of the posters of what certainly appears to me to be propaganda has disparaged this post as ridiculous, off target, etc. etc.  In other words, on target.

Since I composed this I have discovered that there is indeed a well-orchestrated, wide-front propaganda war in support of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.  I recommend that you google “Moscow Times opinion propaganda 2014” for several op-ed pieces, and read this especially insightful piece by a Polish think tank.  I invite that poster, who knows my real identity and follows this blog, to post a reply here.  As long as it is done in civil language I will be pleased to approve it.

The original article

The Soviets were notorious for their use of propaganda. Lenin co-opted a great many “useful idiots” such as the New York Times bureau Chief Walter Duranty to spread Soviet propaganda. American liberals sang the “Internationale” and demonstrated for Cuba when I was a kid. This time they are using the American right to spread their message. Can this be a surprise?

The relentless propaganda broadcast by all Ukrainian media in support of the Yanukovych regime up until February was ultimately unpersuasive: the Internet told the truth. The new government has had no time to put together a PR shop capable of countering the Russians. The propaganda war is totally one-sided. A few anti-Yanukovych publications such as the Kyiv Post survived. They are vilified as partisan, but they have established credibility over more than a decade in operation. And, they are all there is.

How can you identify Russian propaganda? It is professionally done, and the average reader cannot check the facts. There are some commonsense controls that anybody can apply.

1. Does it make historical sense? Ukraine was controlled by Putin ally Yanukovych until February. Yanukovych is a native Russian speaker whose Ukrainian is embarrassingly bad. If there had been any fascists, anti-Russian language activists, one would be sure that he would have rooted them out.

2. Does it make geographic sense? Look at a linguistic map of Ukraine, available online, and you will find that at least half the country speaks Russian natively. More than half the books published here are in Russian. Russian speakers are not persecuted. They are not even a minority.

3. Listen to the tone of the propaganda. Russians are arrogant, condescending to Ukrainians, treating them as uninformed bumpkins. This has been the Russians stance to toward Ukraine for centuries. Only by regarding them as sub-humans could they have justified starving millions to death. Russian bloggers condescend to us as well.

4. Examine the bloggers on the Internet. See if they have been in cyberspace for any length of time, and see if they post on other subjects.

5. Look for hypocrisy. Russia is busing in uneducated thugs from Russia and Transniestria to foment trouble. One has to look no further back than the demonstrations in Maidan to witness Yanukovych busing in thugs called titushki. Yet, Russia constantly blames the thuggery on the Ukrainians. The most blatant of paid shills accuse me of being a – paid shill. Russians, as they put the Nazi playbook for taking over Poland into practice once again, call Ukraine a nation of fascists.

6. Look for motives. Why would Ukrainians want to stir up trouble in their own southeast? They are attempting to put together a nation. It would be extremely stupid to offend the Russian speakers. Russia’s motive, on the other hand, is transparent: conquest.

7. Do they seem to have an endless supply of talking points? As if somebody in Moscow had done extensive research and broadcast it to them?

8. Do they show any sense of humor? Aside from their snide put-downs?

9. Do they ever have a negative word to say for their boy Putin? We free men certainly do for Obama, Bush, Cameron and every leader in the west. My opinion is that Moscow cannot allow even a single bit of deprecation, even to make the blogger appear human. Giving a blogger such freedom would be dangerous.

10. Do they change the subject? Do they respond with how awful the CIA is when you accuse them of spreading propaganda? The issue is the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It has nothing to do with the US.

We bloggers tend to express ourselves honestly and expect integrity from others on the Internet. We at least expect that they are speaking for themselves. Not so – Putin takes advantage of our sense of fair play. The strength of Russian propaganda, paid for and posted by useful idiots, is in its slick preparation, relentless repetition and emotional appeal. Subject it to analysis, and it falls apart.

 

Here are links to web sites about Russian propaganda

http://www.osw.waw.pl/sites/default/files/the_anatomy_of_russian_information_warfare.pdf

http://www.stopfake.org/en/how-to-identity-a-fake/

http://www.city-journal.org/html/10_2_urbanities-how_to_read.html

http://anton-shekhovtsov.blogspot.com/2014/02/pro-russian-network-behind-anti.html

http://aillarionov.livejournal.com/696630.html

http://www.buzzfeed.com/maxseddon/documents-show-how-russias-troll-army-hit-america

Google “moscow times opinion propaganda 2014”

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6 thoughts on “The Russians are flooding libertarian web sites with propaganda (again)I

  1. Glad to hear you’re drawing blood. Historically Russia has had buffer states between it and the western part of Europe. So its actual or attempted takeover of all or part of your country is almost to be expected. It appears that this county hardly has leadership to develop a plan of sorts to stop Putin’s Hitleresque move. Do you see Putin directing this propaganda to the managed voters of the USA? Or is Putin directing it towards Europe where there is more consciousness of Fascism? It would be interesting if Jay Leno were still a TV late night host. I can just see him wandering about Hollywood asking the local idiots to define fascism. But if Putin wants to waste resources via sniveling about fascism in Ukraine to folks in the US, I guess that just plays into something like Reagan when he caused the USSR to spend itself to death (sort of like the USA is doing to itself).

  2. putin does not just want Ukraine! This is a must read quote, from a must see NATO presentation, by a former top level putin aide.

    “The third level of this war is the whole world while its target is the Western Alliance. The Western Alliance must be broken into two camps. The first one is Anglo-Saxon World. It includes the US, the UK and the so-called ‘Front States’. The term is apparently borrowed from the war against the Apartheid in South Africa. The Front states include Poland and three Baltic States. This camp should be destroyed. Another part of the Western Alliance is the Continental Europe that should either become neutral to new Putin’s Russia or could even turn into Russian ally. ”
    video;
    http://aillarionov.livejournal.com/696630.html

  3. Loyd, today putin has visited austria (june 24) and it looks not only austria but the rest of western europe is throwing in the towel. This is 1939 all over again. You’ve mentioned in the past the “western civilization”. That term implies educated people,, culure,, technology, and most things modern. You also mentioned civilizations vannished without a trace. I ‘d like to hear your thoughts on why such a “high” civilization as the west or ancient for that matter collapse. I would suggest that partly the pursuit of good things is part of the problem. That is, pursue alittle good has alot of good effects, pursue alot of good and the results turn negative.

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