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Truth Is The First Casualty In Cold War: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

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Governments make evidence-free claims which the mass media report uncritically, with ordinary citizens expected to either prove them wrong or shut up and believe. The burden of proof is fallaciously placed on members of the public and tiny indie media outlets with no resources to disprove the claims, instead of on massive news media outlets with abundant wealth and resources. It should be the exact opposite: with unproven government claims ignored until hard proof is provided, and with mass media reporters doing their goddamn jobs.

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No institutional changes were made to ensure that the evils of the Iraq invasion wouldn't be repeated. It's one of those big, glaring problems people just decided to pretend is resolved, like racism.

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Whenever someone says "I oppose Assange's extradition, but," everything before the "but" is a lie, and it's a safe bet that everything after it will be too.

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Truth is the first casualty in war. This adage is especially true of cold war, where the absence of hot firepower makes an emphasis on mass-scale psychological operations necessary.

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People who tell you that now is not the time for truthful criticisms of Joe Biden are telling you they only like the truth when it's politically convenient. Do you know what people who only like the truth when it's politically convenient are called? They're called liars.

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The main thing that will change if Biden wins the election is that when the president does something evil Democrats will shift from saying "I hope you Jill Stein voters are happy" to saying nothing at all.

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A Biden win will actually make my job easier. I see the Democratic Party as the main obstacle to real change in the world's most powerful and destructive government, so it will be much easier to cleanly attack once it's in a position of power and still advancing oligarchy and imperialism.

The mass delusion that America's major problems are caused by Trump is a huge propaganda win for the empire. Without that cover they'll be forced to expose themselves a lot more, and they'll be doing it with former Trumpers actually drawing attention to it instead of ignoring it.

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