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Why All Anti-Interventionists Will Necessarily Be Smeared As Russian Assets

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When Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced her candidacy for the presidency on CNN last month, I had a feeling I’d be writing about her a fair bit. Not because I particularly want her to be president, but because I knew her candidacy would cause the narrative control mechanizations of the political/media class to overextend themselves, leaving them open to attack, exposure, and the weakening of their control of the narrative.

Mere hours before her campaign officially launched, NBC News published an astonishingly blatant smear piece titled “Russia’s propaganda machine discovers 2020 Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard,” subtitled “Experts who track websites and social media linked to Russia have seen stirrings of a possible campaign of support for Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard.” One of the article’s authors shared it on Twitter with the caption, “The Kremlin already has a crush on Tulsi Gabbard.”

The article reported that media outlets tied to the Russian government had been talking a lot about Gabbard’s candidacy, ironically citing as an example an RT article which documented the attempts by the US mainstream media to paint Gabbard as a Kremlin agent. The article’s authors cited the existence of such articles combined with the existence of “chatter” about Gabbard on the anonymous message board 8chan (relevant for God knows what reason) as evidence to substantiate its blaring headline. Even more hilariously, the source for its weird 8chan claim is named as none other than Renee DiResta of the narrative control firm New Knowledge, which was recently embroiled in a scandal for staging a “false flag operation” in an Alabama Senate race which gave one of the candidates the false appearance of being amplified by Russian bots.

This article is of course absurd. As we discussed recently, you will always see Russia on the same US foreign policy page as anti-interventionists like Tulsi Gabbard, because Russia, like so many other nations, opposes US interventionism. To treat this as some sort of shocking conspiracy instead of obvious and mundane is journalistic malpractice. There are many, many very good reasons to oppose the war agendas of the US-centralized empire, none of which have anything to do with having any loyalty to or sympathies for the Russian government.

But we will continue to see this tactic used again and again and again against any and all opposition to US-led interventionism for as long as the Russiagate psyop maintains its grip upon western consciousness. And make no mistake, these smears have everything to do with anti-interventionism and nothing to do with Russia. There will never, ever be an antiwar voice who the political/media class and their centrist followers espouse as good and valid; they’ll never say “Ahh, finally, someone who hates war and also isn’t aligned with Russia! We can get behind this one!” That will never, ever happen, because it is the opposition to war and interventionism itself which is being rejected, and in the McCarthyite environment of Russia hysteria, tarring it as “Russian” simply makes a practical excuse for that rejection.

All the biggest conflicts in the world can be described as unipolarism vs multipolarism: the unipolarists who support the global hegemony of the US-centralized empire at any cost, versus the multipolarists who oppose that dominance and support the existence of multiple power structures in the world. The governments of Russia, China, Iran and their allies are predominantly multipolarist in their geopolitical outlook, and they tend to be more in favor of non-interventionism, since unipolarity can only be held in place by brute force and aggression. Unipolarists, therefore, can always paint western anti-interventionists as Russian assets, since the Russian government is multipolarist and opposed to the interventionism of the unipolarists.

The nonstop propaganda campaign to keep the coals of Russia hysteria burning white hot at all times can therefore be looked at first and foremost as a psychological operation to kill support for multipolarism around the world. It can of course be used to manufacture consent for escalations against Russia, China, Syria, Venezuela, Iran etc as needed, but it can also be used to attack the ideology of anti-interventionism itself by smearing anyone who opposes unipolar oppression and aggression as an agent of a nefarious oppositional government.

The social engineers have succeeded in constructing a narrative control device which encapsulates the entire agenda of the unipolar world order in a single bumper sticker-sized talking point: “Russia opposes Big Brother, therefore anyone who opposes Big Brother is Russian.” This device didn’t take an amazing intellectual feat to create; all they had to do was recreate the paranoid insanity of the original cold war, and they already had a blueprint for that. It was simply a matter of shepherding us back there.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, there emerged a popular notion of a “peace dividend” in which defense spending could be reduced in the absence of America’s sole rival and the abundant excess funds used to take care of the American people instead. The only problem was that a lot of people had gotten very rich and powerful as a result of that cold war defense spending, and it wasn’t long before they started circulating the idea of using America’s newly uncontested might for a very expensive campaign to hammer down a liberal world order led by the beneficent guidance of the United States government. Soon the neoconservatives were pushing their unipolarist narratives in high levels of influence with great effect, and shortly thereafter they got their “new Pearl Harbor” in the form of the 9/11 attacks which justified an explosion in defense spending, interventionism and expansionism, just as the neoconservative Project for a New American Century had called for. And the rest is history.

And now our collective consciousness is planted right back in the center of that paranoid, hawkish political environment of the first cold war. The main difference now is of course that Russia is nothing remotely like a superpower today, and that the establishment Russia narrative is made entirely out of narrative, but the most important difference is that this time the establishment narratives are not taking place within the hermetically sealed bubbles of major news media corporations. People are able to communicate with each other and share information far more easily than they were prior to the fall of the Berlin wall, and westerners are able to easily access Russian media and anti-interventionist narratives if they want to.

Whoever controls the narrative controls the world, as I never tire of saying. This difficulty in replicating the hermetically sealed media environment of the original cold war poses a severe challenge for narrative control, and it is for this reason reason that there is now so much skepticism of the establishment Russia narrative. It is also the reason for the establishment’s aggressive maneuvers to censor the internet, to demonize Russian media, and to smear anti-interventionist perspectives.

But we can’t keep living this way. We all know this, deep down. The people at the helm of the unipolar world order are advancing an ecocidal world economy which is stripping the earth bare and filling the air with poison while at the same time pushing more and more aggressively against the multipolarist powers, one of which happens to have thousands of nuclear warheads at its disposal. The unipolarity so enthusiastically promoted by the neoconservatives and their fellow travelers has reached the end of the line after just a few short years, and now it’s time to dispense with it and try something else. They will necessarily smear us with everything but the kitchen sink for saying so, but we are right and they are wrong. The state of the world today proves this beyond a doubt.

Caitlin Johnstone

67 Comments on "Why All Anti-Interventionists Will Necessarily Be Smeared As Russian Assets"

  1. Cloggie on Wed, 6th Feb 2019 5:01 am 

    “When it comes to tech, art, science conservatives are marginal..All those things were created by left wingers..That is why silicon valley is headquartered in San Francisco..”

    This 1-dimensional US loon wants to reduce the entire European history of art and science to his liberal-conservative scheme, with Silicon Valley the “Center of the Universe”.lol

    There is no such thing as American art. You want to see American art? Do as I did and go to the Guggengheim and “admire” a turd in a pot and leave the museum, howling lauging.

    Silicon Valley, that’s a bunch of mostly Asian programmers, bought together thanks to the dollar reserve currency, building Facebook, Windows and a few platforms more, that can be distributed worldwide.

    San Fransisco will be Mexican again before 2030.

  2. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 6th Feb 2019 5:18 am 


    Your such an angry incel? Whats the matter, mommy didn’t love you enough?

    Only weak men look to control woman..

    Clogg you can’t get a woman because you are an economic and social loser..Don’t blame anyone else, its your fault.

  3. Davy on Wed, 6th Feb 2019 5:19 am 

    “All those things were created by left wingers..”

    BS, MOB, how many are all conservative and all liberal? Extremist, biased, and the unintelligent are. These extremist types make up a small portion of the total. That’s right MOB you are in the minority and so is clogged. Those who are a little eclectic and accepting are the most wise and intelligent. You are of the other type that think because you are liberal you are smart. Most extremist liberals are smart in the wrong narrow minded type way.

  4. Davy on Wed, 6th Feb 2019 5:23 am 

    “Clogg you can’t get a woman because you are an economic and social loser..Don’t blame anyone else, its your fault.”

    MOB, clogged has a wife and he protects her from the abuse of others here by not talking about her. You talk about lying to your girlfriend and screwing around on her??? Maybe you need to grow up and get married and learn how to care about somebody.

  5. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 6th Feb 2019 5:25 am 

    Woman don’t even want to have kids in Europe anymore because the economy is so horrible..

    And its about to get a whole lot worse..They are sleepwalking into a classic Malthusian trap..

    Peak Oil & Drastic Oil Shortages Imminent, Says IEA

  6. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 6th Feb 2019 5:32 am 


    I know you jealous of liberals..

    You jesus freaks are only good at one thing..Obeying your masters of money..


  7. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 6th Feb 2019 5:37 am 

    Attention Doomie preppers and Permies

    In nature, the over – extension of a population upon a resource which diminishes is well known, and the results tend to be disastrous..


  8. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 6th Feb 2019 6:14 am 

    Ex-White House aide says watching TV is part of Trump’s ‘workflow’

    Trump is just like his followers..Doesn’t read, watches TV all day, eats fast food, racist and fat…


  9. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 6th Feb 2019 6:24 am 

    French lawmakers approve controversial ‘anti-riot’ bill

  10. Theedrich on Thu, 7th Feb 2019 2:22 am 

    Now is the most dangerous period of world history.  The current state of nuclear weapons, especially in the arsenals of the U.S. and Russia, threaten the extinction of global civilization.

    There have already been five occasions when we came close to unleashing nuclear war by accident or miscalculation.  By sheer luck each time, we escaped catastrophe.  The fact is, the safety of the entire world depends on only two men:  the president of the United States and the president of Russia.  It also depends on the inerrant functioning of ever-vigilant, extremely complex technical systems on both sides.

    Hitherto the former Soviet Union and the U.S. played a perilous game known as “brinksmanship.”  This meant menacing the opposing side (usually the U.S. threatening the USSR) with equally great threats until one or the other side “blinked.”  That state of affairs was also known as “Mutually Assured Destruction” (with the appropriate acronym “MAD”).  That is, one side gave in and acceded to the demands of the other.  That period ended when the Soviet Union collapsed due to the exhaustion of its self-defeating Communist economy.

    However, nowadays the sides are more evenly matched in terms of weaponry.  Russia, the successor to the USSR, has new, very advanced missiles and other weapons which, according to reports, surpass in lethality the American tools of deadly conflict.  In addition, China is also developing new missiles, autonomous machines, methods and strategies which outstrip or imperil American hegemony (“interests”) in many parts of the world.  In short, the strategic power balance is becoming more complex and uncertain.

    In addition, asymmetric warfare is beginning to make inroads into American imperialism.  One of its most successful forms is the exploitation of the American mentality and egocentrism.  Narcotics-smuggling operations have exploded in recent years, with deadly neurotoxins made in China (without official approval, we are told to believe) slipped through anti-gringo Mexico and even Canada into the United States, killing hundreds of thousands who seek to self-medicate their boredom.  Foreign countries like Saudi Arabia simply purchase access to American universities where they spread their propaganda, weakening the White racial cohesion which once formed the psychic backbone of the country.  Today, however, White genosuicidism is all the rage, egged on by such instruments as the New York Times in which the Lebanese-Mexican superbillionaire, Carlos Slim, holds a considerable share.  Never mind the White-hating George Sörös and his “Open Society” (i.e., no-borders for White nations) foundation.  His advice:  Let the masses of “asylum-seeking” parasites from Central America overwhelm evil Whiteland.  Then there is the silent disaster of the disintegration of the American family.  But not to worry:  Americans are told to inflate their egos by recalling that their forebears killed their evil twins, those nasty Nazis, in World War II — and never mind the suicide which is confronting them.

    The policy of brinksmanship and threatening others with nuclear annihilation is becoming much too dangerous and counterproductive to use.  Yet our leaders seem not to grasp this simple fact.  The self-congratulatory U.S. continues to act as though by using overt or covert threats of military force, or by economic sanctions, it can bend other nations to its will (or rather, to the will of the economic and financial interests which control Yankeeland).

    This approach is outmoded and increasingly dangerous, as the American exploits in the Middle East have shown.  In short, America’s power is being reduced by events beyond its control.  If it tries to use military force to prevent others from rising in strength, it runs the risk of the “Thucydides trap” — using war to prevent any other nation from getting stronger than what the Washington snake pit wants.  If reason were to reign, the political masters would stop, e.g, moving nuclear-capable missiles up to the Russian border and claiming that the rockets are there only to protect Europe from Iran, etc.

    Some kind of new restriction should be put on the power of the U.S.  Otherwise we may one day all wake up dead.

  11. makati1 on Thu, 7th Feb 2019 3:08 am 

    Theedrich, that is why I hope for a huge collapse of the US economy and the end of its ability to wage wars of choice. One so drastic that they have to empty those 800+ foreign bases and bring the troops home to police the 50 states in a civil war.

    The arrogant delusional psychopaths in DC think they can win if they move missiles to Russia’s border. Not so. I just read several articles mentioning Russian leaders stating that, if that happens, they will post their nuclear subs off the US’ coasts with 100 megaton tsunami torpedoes. They are going to have reprisal weapons stationed outside their country and will be able destroy the US in minutes after the US launches against Russia.

    I never thought that I would be living in another “Duck and Cover” world.

  12. Cloggie on Thu, 7th Feb 2019 3:33 am 

    This says it all:

    The economy will not be the decisive black swan event. The Dems want to destroy white America through sustained mass third world immigration, the Reps want to prevent that.

    THAT will be the source of potentially devastating consequences (CW2).

  13. Davy on Thu, 7th Feb 2019 5:14 am 

    “How A U.S. Nuclear Strike Works”

    “Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes that, according to an analysis undertaken by Bloomberg, the U.S. president’s power is absolute in this situation – he or she gives the order and the Pentagon is obliged to go along with it.”

  14. Theedrich on Thu, 7th Feb 2019 5:18 am 

    Makati1, you’re right. Russia matches or surpasses U.S. war toys in all the most important strategic aspects. U.S. bullying and braggadocio are no longer effective and have become extremely dangerous moves. They can easily be mistaken for lethal threats and unleash ragnarök. The whole concept of American “interests” abroad is suicidal.

  15. Davy on Thu, 7th Feb 2019 5:20 am 

    “Makati1, you’re right. Russia matches or surpasses U.S. war toys in all the most important strategic aspects.”

    nothing new there

  16. TurningPoint on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 9:21 pm 

    I’m an Anti-Interventionist. If people want to call this American a “Russian,” despite having no Slavic blood, I do not consider that a slur.

    Unipolarity is essentially hegemony. If you’re not American, that could be viewed as tyranny. Especially if you’re an ally, like Germany, constantly dealing with threats of third-party sanctions of their companies over Nord Stream II. We may be a Republic at home, but to the rest of the world, we’re becoming a tyrant.

    Russia may not win in a conventional war with us but they have other means of defending themselves and I’m sure most people are not stupid enough to take them on.

  17. TurningPoint on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 9:29 pm 

    It’s like reading the thread of a White Nationalist website. I wonder if this site is on someone’s watch-list like the Southern Poverty Law Center. I been staying lclear of this site for a while, I don’t know why I decided to check it out today.

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