Disinfo: The US is a totalitarian state

Summary

The United States has always been and still is a totalitarian state. Unlike most countries in the world, it exercises double totalitarianism, that is vertical and horizontal. Suppression of certain behaviour occurs vertically at the level of government, and horizontally at the level of society, which has become an element defining the national culture. For example, you are obligated to trim the lawn in front of your house, and if you do not, your neighbour will be the first to report you to the police, or more precisely, all of your neighbours will do so.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, which seeks to discredit the United States and liberal democracies by claiming that liberal societies are totalitarian systems and that liberal democracies, like 20th-century totalitarian dictatorships, practice repression against the population.

Although the 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 is an obvious falsification of reality. According to the 2020 World Press Freedom Index, the US is in 45th place out of 180 countries.

Read similar cases claiming that contemporary liberalism is becoming totalitarian and that the United States and the entire West are sinking into tyranny and degeneration.

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  • Reported in: Issue 227
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic,
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US
  • Keywords: Totalitarianism, US Presidential Election 2020, Western values, Dictatorship
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The ”Deep State” lured the passionate protestors into storming the Capitol

It’s extremely suspicious that the US Capitol was so poorly defended despite there being an ongoing session of Congress on such an historic day and after weeks of preparation to ensure the site’s safety ahead of Trump’s long-planned Save America March. It’s even more baffling that some of the police officers removed the barricades and even opened the doors to some of the protesters, which in hindsight suggests that the “deep state” wanted to tempt the most “overly passionate” among them (to say nothing of suspected provocateurs) into storming the site as the pretext for what followed.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, forwarded without a hint of evidence. The protesters forced themselves into the Congress with violence, disregarding calls to stand down.

There is no evidence that Capitol Police granted rioters access to the building or that they were “in on” the breach, as some posts claim. Footage that appeared to show some officers allowing rioters past barricades was misrepresented online. The journalist who shot the video said the officers backed off the barricade because they were “completely outnumbered.”

NATO prepares to attack Russia

The Alliance prepares to attack Russia.

NATO’s aggressive actions near Russia’s borders may indicate the alliance’s preparation for an attack.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative about an alleged belligerent NATO, portraying the Alliance as a threat to peace.

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states. NATO is regularly updating the military requirements for civilian infrastructure, at a time when there are increased challenges to security.

The cybercracy, the Deep State and the Pentagon subdued Trump after the assault on the Capitol

The cybercracy, the Deep State and the Pentagon subdued Trump. The leaving US president made very powerful enemies, who ended up joining forces against him. It is remarkable the brave loneliness of Trump in face of the Deep State that at the end of the day, along with the cybercracy and Wall Street, hold the leaving president, who had no choice but to accept an orderly transition.

After the assault on the Capitol, the Deep State has the perfect justification to attack Donald Trump. He has been censored in the mainstream media as well as in social media. There had never been such a consensus among the left-leaning and right-leaning press of all over the world as in face of a phenomenon called Trump.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about global elites secretly ruling the world, and specifically a so-called ‘Deep State’ in the United States who rule above elected officials. This narrative aims to question the legitimacy of democracy and Western institutions and, in this case, to favour Donald Trump by framing him as the victim of a conspiracy and the Biden Administration as illegitimate. The claim is a conspiracy theory and no evidence is presented to back it.

See other examples of these disinformation narratives, such as claims that the result of the US 2020 election doesn’t matter because the real ruler is the Deep State, which will kill any US president that confronts it and is moving the country towards war with Iran and Russia; that Hillary Clinton published the Deep State strategy for the world; or that Covid-19 vaccines will lead to full spectrum dominance.