Once you understand how powerful propaganda is, it becomes immensely tempting to use it yourself

One of the reasons we've built an anti-reality machine is that journalism selects for people who are able to mindkill themselves to what they're doing
The flip side of this is that it's impossible (and idiotic to expect) you can transmit the full understanding of what leads to a good, virtuous, and productive society to every member of it

So some definition of "propaganda" is absolutely vital to keeping society functional
This means that "propaganda" itself isn't an evil function, it's a neutral one. Its virtue depends on the truth it's derived from

This might take the form of tradition, religion, Party doctrine, journalism, etc
Most if not all other forms of "propaganda" will admit that they're doctrine. They believe—rightly—there's nothing *wrong* with doctrine. It's necessary

Journalism is the unique outlier. It requires people built to lie to themselves about the very nature of what they're doing
The thing that World War SSC vs NYT has revealed nakedly bare is that journalists consider themselves *anti*-doctrinists. They purely believe that they have no special motives, malice, or ideological drive

They consider themselves pure truth-seekers. From three different pieces:
So the doctrine of the journalist isn't fixed: it's whatever we've decided is "truth," today. There is *one* comparison to the propaganda of modern journalists, but it's so on the nose that it's been made embarrassing to say

Here's the kicker: journalism believes itself the product of "objective, disinterested truth," but if you forced every single NYT writer to read this study Clockwork Orange-style, *not a single one* would dare to write a piece exploring it "objectively"

The response, instead, would be a feverish effort to dox, expose, and destroy the author for writing truth

All in the name of "objectivity"

Our cultural guardians—science-trusters, all of them!—cloak themselves in our highest "virtue," while viciously opposing it at every turn.

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All of the Approved Science has only ever been social controls, and a vaccine
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This prog doesn't hate free markets. She loves them, this is a tweet in favor of them. Why? Because they serve progressivism
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I.e. it means globalism. And what is globalism but the erasure of distinct nations? Is that a *conservative* project?
Globalization means centralization, which means erasing all local cultural norms and replacing them with the values of the hegemon

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But never lose sight that you *were* talked into it: and it took more milquetoast types to get you there
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In the current age, the center is the least stable point (what even is the "center" now, when everything is realigning?), because this is an age of extremes, and so people walk up to the brink, and then fracture towards the extremes—usually, but not always, to our side
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This is very similar, dramatically, to how Tolkien treats Gollum

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21st century schizophrenic mindset arises from the triple realization that

1) the "guardians of the truth" are lying to you

2) there's no alternate authority out there who can tell you what the truth really is, and

3) there is no way to figure out the truth on your own
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That's the role of kings and chiefs and inquisitor-priests. And even they only had to decide now and then, not every single fucking day
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