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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

The alleged dire food shortage in Venezuela is US propaganda rubbish. 

Western media scoundrels sell the deception, inventing mass hunger, starvation, extreme deprivation, even torture and other forms of repression that don’t exist – falsely portraying Bolivarian social democracy as a police state.

Hardships indeed affect millions of Venezuelans, largely because of US war by other means, notably harsh illegal sanctions. More on reality in the country below.

Wars, color revolutions, and old-fashioned coups are built on a foundation of bald-faced Big Lies – drowning out hard truths.

Major media cheerlead the deception, complicit in diabolical schemes, serving as imperial tools, suppressing what’s vital to report – abandoning journalistic ethics, acting as press agents for powerful interests.

Imperial wars of aggression and coup plots against sovereign states like Venezuela unfold in similar fashion – establishment media-supported propaganda key. Without it, plots would unravel before gaining traction.

Throughout its history, the US glorified wars, color revolutions, and old-fashioned coups in the name of peace and democracy Republicans and undemocratic Dems abhor – pacifism considered unpatriotic, governance of, by, and for everyone equitably prohibited.

Social psychologist Alex Carey helped pioneer the study of corporate propaganda. His seminal work titled “Taking the Risk Out of Democracy: Corporate Propaganda versus Freedom and Liberty” said the following:

“The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.” 

In 1917 during WW I, George Creel first used propaganda to manufacture public consent for US involvement. His campaign worked, turning pacifist Americans into raging German-haters. 

In 1916, Woodrow Wilson was reelected on a pledge of: “He Kept Us Out of War.” Straightaway, he began planning US involvement.  

My dad served as a soldier in the war to end all others, thankfully able to come home alive and well after service in France.

In his 1928 book titled “Propaganda,” Edward Bernays, a nephew of Sigmund Freud, became a PR/propaganda pioneer, inventing the technique he called “engineering of consent,” saying the following:

Mind manipulating propaganda can “regiment (public sentiment) every bit as much as an army regiments their bodies.” 

“If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing about it?” 

His techniques were drawn from Freudian psychoanalytic ideas. He believed mind manipulating techniques were needed to sell ideas to the masses – including war.

He and colleague Ivy Lee were described as “professional poisoners of the public mind, exploiters of foolishness, fanaticism and self-interest.” 

In his book title “The Engineering of Consent (1947), Bernays called the process “the very essence of the democratic process, the freedom to persuade and suggest” – used time and again for ill, not good, especially in selling wars and coups like what’s going on in Venezuela.

The process plays out the same or a similar way every time, punctuated by supportive media propaganda. It reared its ugly head ahead of the Trump regime’s attempt to force entry into Venezuela cross-border with Trojan horse “aid.”

The NYT, CIA house organ Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and other establishment media falsely claimed Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on (provocateur) protesters, killing two, wounding a dozen others.

Maduro categorically denied the reports, saying the nation’s military does not fire on its people. It protects Venezuelan sovereignty and responds to violence instigated by provocateurs.

A White House statement threatened Maduro and his officials, saying “those who are following his orders will not go unpunished.”

The establishment Financial Times reported that “Venezuela’s elite restaurants (are) thriving,” experiencing no shortage of food for patrons.

Journalist Max Blumenthal visited a Caracas supermarket, finding shelves well stocked with a wide variety of meats, fruits, vegetables, beverages, and most everything else found in the West.

Establishment media propaganda claiming otherwise was and continues to be bald-faced Big Lies, Blumenthal saying:

“There isn’t an issue here with food distribution or food scarcity. The issue is the buying power of Venezuelans that has been completely destroyed because their currency has been so badly weakened by hyperinflation, speculation, and the flood of dollars that the government can’t control here, as well as hoarding by private capitalist elements that support the opposition.”

Hardships in Venezuela are largely made in the USA, things likely to worsen as Trump regime hardliners intensify efforts to eliminate the hemisphere’s leading democracy.

They want the nation’s immense energy reserves handed to Big Oil for looting, tyranny replacing social democratic governance — Venezuela transformed into a black hole of dystopian harshness, mass impoverishment, and police state terror.

That’s why mass resistance is vital – supported by world community nations on the right side of history, opposing the Trump regime’s coup plot, backing their rhetoric with action.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.