Hard to Believe #047 – DISINFORMATION: Part 3 – Rule by Deception
In the wake of the 2020 election, one meme, which had originated in the spring of 2019, flooded the most ardently MAGA corners of the internet. It featured an image of Soviet Dictator Joseph Stalin and the following quote.
“The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”
To the MAGA world, Stalin’s words echoed eerily into the present. Like Stalin, the imposter president Joe Biden was, naturally, a Marxist bent on reconstituting America as a Communist hellscape in which Christianity was illegal and worship of the state was mandatory. But the problem with the meme is that the quote is fabricated. Stalin never said it.
In part three, our final episode of the first half of season 2, we look at how Stalin would use deception to take control of the Soviet Union and how his use of disinformation helped him tighten his group, reshape Russian foreign policy, and infect the American imagination for decades to come.
John is on Twitter @ProbablyRealJB
Mike on Twitter @the_mikestir
Jess on Twitter @jayarekay_
Sources for this episode include:
- Orlando Figes – “The Cult of Lenin”
- Georgiy Kent – “How fake news helped hide Soviet genocide in Ukraine”
- EJ Montini – “Arizona Republican lawmakers endorse Joseph Stalin’s disinformation strategy”
The outro music is a cover of Ruled by Secrecy by Muse, performed by Lena Hall.
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