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“His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_lie
See quote about Hitler in its original context toward the bottom of the page 51:
Read the original document here: https://ia801304.us.archive.org/33/items/APsychologicalAnalysisofAdolfHitler/A%20Psychological%20Analysis%20of%20Adolf%20Hitler.pdf
While this is about Hitler, Russia has been using these tactics for over 100 years. And, by now, multiple generations have been poisoned by Russian propaganda-brainwashing, and continue to be poisoned and brainwashed. Those who have the resources to fight back against Russian propaganda appear to lack either the talent, or the will, to effectively combat Russian propaganda. Those of us who have an idea of how to effectively fight back lack the time and human resources to do so. For instance, sites which are supposed to combat Russian lies-disinformation put the lies-disinformation first, rather than what’s wrong with the lies-disinformation. Thus, they actually support Russian lies-disinformation to the point that it’s often difficult to tell if it’s a Russian government site or an anti-Russian government site. Furthermore, it’s probably better to indirectly respond to Russian lies and disinformation without contributing to their spread.
“…fascism, in Italy and Germany alike, has been subsidized above all by the magnates of heavy industry (iron and steel, mining) and by bankers with a stake in heavy industry“. (Daniel Guerin, “Fascism and Big Business“, 1936, p. 24)
Rights and democracy matter. Putin has had to destroy freedom of the press and freedom of assembly in order to stay in power. His dirty war is a subsidy to the mining companies-oligarchs (“magnates”), a resource grab, and a diversion.
“The state, furthermore, rescues business enterprises on the brink of bankruptcy, forcing the masses to foot the bill. Such enterprises are kept alive with subsidies, tax exemptions, orders for public works and armaments. In short, the state thrusts itself into the breach left by the vanishing private customers.
But, such maneuvers are difficult under a democratic regime. As long as democracy survives, the masses, though thoroughly deceived and plundered, have some means of defense against the “great penance”: freedom of the press, universal suffrage, the right to organize into unions and to strike, etc. Feeble defenses, it is true, but still capable of setting some limit to the insatiable demands of the money power.” (Guerin, 1936,p. 23)
Guerin, Daniel, “Fascism and Big Business”, 1939 first published in French in 1936, 318 pp. https://archive.org/details/daniel-guerin-fascism-and-big-business-pathfinder-press-2000
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