Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I've had a half-finished diary about this sitting on my Mac for around three months now.

Ignore Sven (sorry Sven :) ) - it's an exceptionally important issue. The first part of the problem is that the ruling class has become adept at using deliberate misdirections to confuse meanings.

The second part is that this works even on intellectuals, so you can see a lot of time on here and on Kos we devote a lot of effort to being outraged when the US, the WSJ, FT, the Economist and the rest, are clearly lying about (e.g.) 'democracy' and being sniffy about 'populism' - instead of focussing on the underlying dynamics of militaristic empire building and systematic financial and social pillage.

It's a lot to take on, because when you're brought up in a nominal democracy it's difficult to accept that in reality you're living in something that's becoming an economic and political war zone, but which is being covered up with a propaganda sugar-frosting of nice words that mean the opposite of what they seem to.

Debunking the propaganda is probably the most useful thing anyone can do at the moment. But really debunking it without looking whiny or being too intellectual to be easily understood is fantastically difficult. It works in a salon like ET, but creating narratives that have traction in the wider world is (as the understatement goes...) an interesting challenge.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Nov 22nd, 2006 at 11:02:43 AM EST

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