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Tom Woods recently hosted Mark Crispin Miller, a NYU professor and expert on propaganda. He says the whole COVID campaign hits a lot of the basic traits of propaganda: stifling dissenting opinions, ignoring inconvenient facts.
The whole thing reminded me of the Father of Public Relations, Edward Bernays. He wasn't, ahem, the greatest guy.
Bernays took seriously the medical evidence he was gathering on the dangers of smoking, yet he was urging American Tobacco to do all it could to ensure that newspaper editors dismiss that evidence.