By Rainer Shea
Source: Ghion Journal
Americans are being manipulated by a campaign to make us consent to what’s effectively a paradigm of constant war with China. It’s not a clearcut case of preparing the public for a direct military invasion against the targeted country, as was the case with the Iraq WMD hoax. It’s the same situation to that of the U.S. empire’s recent campaign against Russia: a series of media demonizations against the disfavored country, which manufacture support for economic warfare and military buildup.
It’s also part of the real motive behind the anti-Russian propaganda effort. In order to maintain its hegemony in an increasingly multipolar world, the United States needs to work to undermine both China and its allies. We’re witnessing a vast series of hostilities that the U.S. is directing against world powers to which it was formerly ambivalent, with the potential consequence being an eventual outbreak of world war.
But Americans won’t see this if they don’t question the motives behind the headlines they read about China. Modern anti-Chinese propaganda primarily works through the reliable psychological manipulation tactic of sympathy. If an American has been told that the people of China are being oppressed by an Orwellian tracking system, or that China is committing genocide against a religious group, they’ll be more likely to support the empire’s attacks against China—and see anyone who questions these narratives as a shameful apologist for an evil government.
Alleging spectacular Chinese atrocities without providing evidence
It’s easy to buy into these narratives when the news you’re exposed to repeats them so ubiquitously—and often so subtly. A big part of the reason we’re now supposed to hate the Chinese government, the social credit system, is based in wild distortions and hyperbole.
We’ve all encountered the language about the social credit system. We’ve heard that it’s something out of a sci-fi dystopia, that it makes the Chinese people live in fear of a totalitarian government. But I recently encountered a commentator who approaches the issue through a more objective lens: the China Daily contributor and socialist pundit Ian Goodrum. In March, Goodrum tweeted that when it comes to the social credit system, people outside of China should “stop using facile pop culture references to demonize countries you haven’t bothered to understand.” His arguments began as follows:
First, some background on why the system…