Disinfo: The United States and the entire West are sinking into tyranny and degeneration

Summary

Millions of people were exterminated in the 20th century by tyrannical regimes that were unconstrained by moral and religious scruples. This tendency has continued in the 21st century: Washington’s drive for hegemony over US citizens and the rest of the world is based entirely on the exercise of force and is resurrecting unaccountable power. As we enter into 2021, Western civilisation, the product of thousands of years of effort, is in decline. Degeneracy is everywhere.

The United States and the entire West are sinking into tyranny and degeneration.

Disproof

This article combines two recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives. The first narrative seeks to discredit the United States and other Western liberal democracies by claiming that liberal societies are totalitarian systems ruled by “globalist elites” and “shadow governments”, and even that liberal democracies, like 20th century totalitarian dictatorships, practice mass terror and repression against the population.

The article is also consistent with another broad pro-Kremlin narrative portraying the West as a decadent and immoral society.

Although US and other Western democracies today face multiple and serious domestic and foreign threats, it is not true that liberal democracies are obsolete, have collapsed or are being replaced with dictatorships. Reports of the death of liberal democracy have been greatly exaggerated. Moreover, the article’s attempt to equate the West’s liberal societies to totalitarian regimes based on terror and repression of dissent, such as Nazism and Communism, is an obvious falsification of reality.

The article also provides no evidence to support its sweeping claim that Western civilisation is “sinking into degeneration”. In reality, the central values and achievements of the modern West, liberal democracy, the rule of law, human rights, equality before the law, freedom of conscience and expression, rationalism, self-criticism, the disinterested search for truth, the separation of church and state, are still very much alive and continue to be a source of inspiration for people around the world.

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  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Italian, English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US
  • Keywords: Western values, West, Dictatorship, Secret elites / global elites
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about NATO, allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile anti-Russian agenda.

NATO is in no way directed against Russia or any other state. NATO’s objectives are set out in the 1949 Washington Treaty which forms the legal basis of the alliance. The treaty states that parties “are resolved to unite their efforts for collective defence and for the preservation of peace and security”, for the purpose of guaranteeing the freedom and security of its members through political and military means, not to be at enmity with Russia.

Sputnik V is the first COVID-19 vaccine worldwide

“Sputnik V”, which was developed by the Russian Gamaleya Center for Microbiology, was officially registered in the country in August and has become the world’s first vaccine against the coronavirus.

Disproof

The claim advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V; casting Russia as the spearhead of the global race to develop an effective treatment for COVID-19.

The Russian government's approval of Sputnik V in August 2020 hardly makes it the world's first coronavirus vaccine.

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Part of the monetary support, provided by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany to the “White Helmets” organisation in Syria, could be used to support terrorist groups in the country

The German funding of the organisation remains unclear, as it is difficult to differentiate between spending on humanitarian missions and helping terrorists.

Disproof

Baseless accusations and recurrent disinformation narrative targeting the humanitarian White Helmets organisation.

No evidence is given to prove that the groups have any terrorism link, and this pro-Kremlin narrative is mostly used in order to obfuscate the responsibility of the Assad regime for chemical attacks perpetrated during the Syrian civil war.