If It Feels Like You’re Being Manipulated, It’s Because You Are

by | Apr 12, 2022 | Headline News | 13 comments

This article was originally published by Caitlin Johnstone at Caitlin Johnstone.com. 

If you’ve got a gut feeling that your rulers are working to control your perception of the war in Ukraine, it is safe to trust that feeling.

If you feel like there’s been a concerted effort from the most powerful government and media institutions in the western world to manipulate your understanding of what’s going on with this war, it’s because that’s exactly what has been happening.

If you can’t recall ever seeing such intense mass media spin about a war before, it’s because you haven’t.

If you get the distinct impression that this may be the most aggressively perception-managed and psyop-intensive war in human history, it’s because it is.

If it looks like Silicon Valley platforms are controlling the content that people see to give them a perspective on this war that is wildly biased in favor of the US narrative, it’s because that is indeed the case.

If it seems like a suspicious coincidence that Russiagate manufactured mainstream consent for all the same shady agendas we’re seeing ramped up now like cold war brinkmanship against Moscow, internet censorship, and being constantly lied to by the mass media for the greater good, it’s because it is a mighty suspicious coincidence.

If it seems weird to you that so many self-styled leftists are responding to this war by fanatically supporting the extremely dangerous unipolarist geostrategic agendas of the most powerful empire that has ever existed, that’s because it is weird. Really, really, really weird.

If it seems a bit hypocritical to you that the empire is blasting us in the face all day with narratives alleging Russian war crimes while that same empire is imprisoning a journalist for exposing its war crimes, that’s because it absolutely is hypocritical.

If something looks wrong about the fact that we’re about to watch a judge sign off on Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States for practicing journalism while that same United States keeps pushing out narratives about the need to protect Ukraine’s freedom and democracy, that’s because it should.

If you’re beginning to get the nagging sense that the mainstream consensus worldview is a construct manufactured by the powerful, for the powerful, and everything you were taught about your nation, your government, and your world is a lie, that’s definitely a possibility worth considering.

If it’s starting to seem like we’re all being manipulated at a mass scale to think, act and vote in a way that benefits a vast power structure that rules over us while hiding its true nature, I’d say that’s a thread worth pulling.

If you’ve a sneaking suspicion that the lies might go even deeper than that, right down to deceptions about who you fundamentally are and what this life is actually about, that suspicion is probably worth exploring.

If you’re feeling a bit like Keanu Reeves at the beginning of The Matrix right before the veil gets ripped away, I’d recommend following the white bunny and seeing how deep that rabbit hole goes.

If it has occurred to you that humanity needs to wake up from the matrix of illusion before our sociopathic rulers drive us to extinction via environmental catastrophe or nuclear armageddon, then your notes match my own.

If you believe it’s possible that these existential crises we’re fast approaching may be the catalyst we need to collectively rip the blindfold from our eyes and begin moving in a truth-based way upon this earth and creating a healthy world, then we are on the same page.

If there’s something in you that whispers there’s a good chance we make it despite the long odds we appear to be facing, I will tell you a secret: I hear it too.

 

 

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    13 Comments

    1. Mary

      Sadly I Have lost ALL confidence in my government and the media. Seeing how they are these past two years has opened my eyes. And boy was I asleep before. Now, they could tell me the sky is blue and I’d be wondering what’s their angle. They’re totally full of crap. In fact, I will more likely believe whatever is the opposite of what they’re saying.

      • Mr. Darwin

        And herein lies the crux of the problem with America today. The citizenry is so fucking stupid and continually manipulated and lied to by the right-wing that they wouldn’t know the truth of it came to them during a pandemic, infected their lungs, forced them onto a ventilator, and killed them. Fortunately, another Covid variant is on the way to finish off these shitheads. Let’s Go Covid!

    2. Genius

      I divorced myself from the clown show known as humanity. Much better off now too. I have a low tolerance for stupidity. I get the plan, it has been around a long time. It’s what I would do if I were them. But I’m not nor do I want to be. One thing I have learned in all my years, people are fkn stupid! Stay away from them lol.

      • Mr. Darwin

        I agree. I hope I live nowhere near you and your stupidity.

    3. Truthbknown

      If you are still listening to the FAKE NEWS, then you have manure where your brain should be!

      • Michael

        We could use more manure.

    4. cougar

      not manipulated.

      they are pushing you around and where they want, distracting you, keeping you occupied while they take more of your money thru inflation, shortages, war and thousands of illegals coming in daily until they either own you or you die from starvation, by an illegal or by lacking medicine that is no longer produced. as long as they get more of your money or are easier to control, the road there for them doesnt matter.

      • Anonymous

        They’re doing it pretty openly too, some even directly stating their intentions as they do it.

        But people continue to hear only what they want to hear and ignore to the extreme what they don’t. They learn only what they want to learn to resolve conflicts between their state of mind and the reality of the world around them (it’s easier to believe false is true than to adjust your thinking to what is actually true).

        Excessive video information exacerbates this since it presents us with information in a manner that our unconscious accepts as our own experience when it reality we never actually experienced it ourselves.

        Taking the path of least resistance, the easy one, is is the part of human nature that is responsible for most of our action.

    5. JRS

      manipulated…yes.

      US DoD awarded a contract for “Covid-19 research” in Ukraine 3 months before Covid was known to exist.

      Link to follow…

    6. Marcy

      For centuries “they’ve ” been using fear of the unknown against the rest of us but people are very stupid to realize this. So the evil globalists keep doing it. And using carte blanche. You stupid people.

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