Russia saw risk of digital information war to the nation state in 1999

Years before the invention of social media, Russia articulated the risk the internet posed to the nation-state, through psychological operations. Here is one line:

“Use of information with a view to undermining a State’s political and social system; psychological manipulation of a population for the purpose of destabilizing society.”

The observations were made in comments to the UN on “Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security.”

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Globalism: the Nazis were against it too

There is a lot talk about globalism in the past year. Globalism, often contrasted with nationalism, is a radical worldview that suggests a malign global conspiracy – primarily banks, lenders, elites and of course Jews – is working to exploit and victimize the virtuous ‘regular people.’

I ran across some Nazi propaganda translated into English – and the argument strikes me as similar to the ‘anti-globalism’ pitch. The Nazis put the Jews at the beginning of the list of enemies of course, but Jews also formed the link between the ‘evils’ of capitalists, on one side, and the Bolshevism, on the other.

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Hatred of globalism is expressed by many today, including Trump adviser Stephen Bannon, who criticized the “globalist media” at CPAC just this week.

When reading the Nazi propaganda below, it’s worth bearing in mind that Germans of the 1930s, like the Germans today, again face two opposing forces from opposing geographic points. In the 1930s, it was capitalism in the West and communism from the East. Today, it’s Western democracy with liberal economies and corrupting Russian authoritarian kleptocracy.

Anyway, here is the Nazi propaganda…

 

 

German Farmer You Belong to Hitler! Why?

The German farmer stands between two great dangers today:

The one danger is the American economic system – Big capitalism!

it means “world economic crisis”
it means “eternalinterestslavery”…
it means that the world is nothing more than a bag of booty for Jewish finance in Wall Street, New York, and Paris
it enslaves man under the slogans of progress, technology, rationalization, standardization, etc.
it knows only profit and dividends
it wants to make the world into a giant trust (monopoly)
it puts the machines over man
it annihilates the independent, earth-rooted farmer, and its final aim is the world dictatorship of Jewry […]
it achieves this in the political sphere through parliament and the swindle of democracy. In the economic sphere, through the control of credit, the mortgaging of land, the stock exchange and the market principle […]
The farmer’s leagues, the Landvolk and the Bavarian Farmers’ League all pay homage to this system.

The other danger is the Marxist economic system of bolshevism:

it knows only the state economy
it knows only one class, the proletariat
it brings in the controlled economy
it doesn’t just annihilate the self-sufficient farmer economically-it roots him out […]
it brings the rule of the tractor
it nationalizes the land and creates mammoth factory-farms
it uproots and destroys man’s soul, making him the powerless tool of the communist idea-or kills him
it destroys the family, belief, and customers […]
it is anti-Christ, it descerates the churches […]
its final aim is the world dictatorship of the proletariat, that means ultimately the world dictatorship of Jewry, for the Jew controls this powerless proletariat and uses it for his dark plans
Big capitalism and bolshevism work hand in hand; they are born of Jewish thought and serve the master plan of world Jewry.

Who alone can rescue the farmer from these dangers?

NATIONAL SOCIALISM!

(Source: The Weimar Republic Sourcebook, edited by Anton Kaes, Martin Jay, Edward Dimendberg, 1994, University of California Press)

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PewDiePie’s fall a win for alt-right?

After YouTube sensation Felix Kjellberg got dumped by both YouTube and Disney for making what appeared to be anti-Semitic* skits online, the Daily Stormer site has stepped into the fray to win new fans to its racist ideology.

Says a person knowledgeable in the meme subculture on February 15:

“It’s unknown how many new people will end up in the alt-right as a result of this, but this is undoubtedly going to result in many more people being exposed to their rhetoric and politics.

stormer“The alt-right figureheads want numbers.

“Unknown what getting Pewdiepie’s followers will do other than result in numerous additional online communities joining in their rhetoric.”

Daily Stormer’s website has featured PewDiePie, the web name for Felix Kjellberg, in its title banner since January 23, around the time he produced some Nazi and anti-Semitic themed videos.

Now the Daily Stormer stands to benefit.

At one point the site was offline, possibly as some of PewDiePie’s millions of followers looked for a new home.

PewDiePie’s travails with corporations and Daily Stormer’s apparent embrace of his fans is significant because it echoes GamerGate, a seminal online culture war that helped polarize social attitudes of message board users in the years before the 2016 election.

GamerGate helped set the stage for the rise of the alt-right, which was instrumental in “memeing” Trump into the White House.

Before being dumped by YouTube, PewDiePie had more than 53 million subscribers.

Time will tell if this event sees the ranks of the alt-right and Trump’s online supporters grow. Many of the people on these boards don’t take politics particularly seriously, even as the weight of the interactions online helps influence discussions on other media.

One telling sign will be how many can be wooed into political views that support anti-globalism (read pro-Moscowism), which to date is where a lot of alt-right politics tend to lead.

*Anti-semitism. I make no claim as to how anti-Semitic that gags were. At least one Jewish web user appeared much more offended at the hard line adopted by corporations and the media than the content of the joke. But clearly, joking about killing Jews is no joke. So I’ll leave it at that.

Said a knowledgeable source: “It’s always uncertain how online subcultural interactions translate to offline action.”

What we do know is that this event could have implications for politics online.

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Russo-Islamic pact: Russia’s long game with Donald Trump

This Bloomberg article on occultist ideologist Alexander Dugin is the first place I’ve seen mention of a “Russo-Islamic” pact. It seems an important concept, especially in a time when Donald Trump appears bent on increasing tensions with the broader Islamic world.

What is notable at this point, of course, is the language Trump is using in public, compared to the language the Russians are using.

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If Trump is going hard on Islam, why is Putin – his security partner – going easy?

After attacking Obama for not uttering the magic words, “radical Islamic terrorism”, Trump and his surrogates are using the term, equating Muslims with terrorism and taking actions that can be seen as discriminatory toward people from Muslim countries.

Islamic State partisans have already lauded the US travel ban from Muslim nations as a “blessed ban.”

One US expert said: “This was a win for jihadists and other anti-US forces.”

Russia, meanwhile, is pursuing something called a “Russo-Islamic” pact. Already Russia is a strategic ally of Iran. Russia is the patron of Syria’s government. Russia has deepened ties with Turkey over the past year.

If Russia can present itself as less of threat to the Muslim world, while the US is seen as more fundamentally hostile – Moscow can reap dividends for years. This is so much more effective than waging kinetic wars.

Strikingly, Vladimir Putin is careful with his language about Islam, so as not to incite Muslims. Putin calls Islamic State, the “so-called Islamic State” and he calls terrorism relating to the Muslim world, “international terrorism.” He is in photo ops with Muslim leaders.

While one country seeks to dial down tension with leaders and publics in the Muslim world (even as it commits acts of unspeakable brutality in Syria), Trump raises the American profile and encourages thinking that only drives a wedge between Muslims everywhere and the US.

And note, after September 11th, the US is a country that has had a comparatively small amount of radicalised violence related to Islam because many American Muslims felt close to America.

Now, Russia promotes “traditionalist” arguments for solidarity with the Muslim world, which is really just a 21st Century equivalent to the way the Soviet Union could get inside the decolonization movements of the Third World, to tilt them against Western power.

When people talk about the recklessness and danger of Trump, this would strike me as the main game.

This is the blind alley Trump, under the influence of Putin, is taking the US down.

And it’s beginning now.

Watch this space.

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