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Normal People in Today’s Russia

Anna Ochknia Russian Dissent
Modern Russian propaganda, much like the modern Russian state, continues to parasitize off of the Soviet Union. Today, it is difficult for political convictions to be born: there is no habit of conscious resistance to the authorities.

A Lesson From the Past for Ron DeSantis

Joshua Zeitz Politico
In the 1960s, Southern organizations tried sending African Americans to Northern states in a “cheap” PR stunt designed to embarrass and expose Northern liberals. It didn’t work.

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Comic Books as Propaganda

Hank Kennedy New Politics
The author is strongest when he deals with the government’s direct attempts to influence public opinion through comics either through the Writers’ War Board (WWB) of World War II or the creation of propaganda comics during the early Cold War.

Police Departments Spend Vast Sums of Money Creating ‘Copaganda’

Alec Karakatsanis Jacobin
U.S. police departments spend tens of millions of dollars every year to manipulate the news, flooding the discourse with “copaganda.” These aggressive tactics give the public a distorted view of what public safety means, what threatens it, and how to solve it.

White Replacement Theory Is Fascism’s New Name

Jason Stanley and Federico Finchelstein LA Times
White Replacement Theory is a relatively recent label for old fascism. It is a rebranding of the long-standing fascist paranoias and lies about invasion and racial and political replacement.

Friday Nite Videos | February 4, 2022

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Ukraine War Exposes Racial Disparities in Refugee Treatment. Roger Stone Bolts 'Insurrection Headquarters.' The Drug for Conservatives Who Want to Forget They Praised Putin. How Russian State Media Portray the War. Bernie on Putin and the Oligarchs.
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