It’s been over 70 years since Germans lived under a dictator; but they don’t seem to have lost their knack for it.
See, it’s just not possible that the German people might be just a tad disenchanted with Kaiser Angela Merkel’s totally insane policy of flooding the country with Muslim “asylum seekers” who then proceed to raise cain everywhere. Nope, they can’t possibly not like that. No, says Angie: it’s just “the public being manipulated by fake news and propaganda.” ( http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/german-lawmakers-want-ban-fake-news-1596488 )
And you know, you just know, a certain lame-duck president is banging his head against the wall for not thinking of doing up an executive order banning “fake news”–six months before the election, say.
What is “fake news”? It’s whatever The Government says it is. Angie’s CDU Party is pushing legislation right now to outlaw “fake news” on the social media. She has an election coming soon, and she doesn’t want the voters to read unflattering things about her.
So far all the fuhrer–er, furor!–has been about “fake news on the social media.” Like you never see fake news on the big fat “mainstream” nooze media? What, never? Twelve-minute break for belly laughs.
And what if a conscientious journalist–hey, stop laughing!–in spite of his best efforts, gets a story wrong? Is it fake news? And if exactly the same story is published by Alex Jones on Infowars, and on the front page of The New York Times, why is it fake on Infowars and legit on the Times?
The beauty of authoritarian government is, you just don’t have to bother with a lot of pesky questions. You just go ahead and do it, whatever it is. You want to bring in a million more Muslims, all of them lawless men of military age, just just do it. And if it kills your country, so what? You’re much more interested in a one-world government, anyhow.
But first you have to control the flow of information.
If you can control what people know, you can control what people think.