Disinfo: The West’s open societies are “liberal” concentration camps


The West’s open societies are totalitarian dictatorships masked as democracies and they are “modern” and “liberal” concentration camps. Throughout the world today a total ideological war is raging between forces which defend the people and traditional values, on the one hand, and globalist elites that uphold a totally opposite vision.


Conspiracy theory portraying liberal societies of the West as totalitarian systems ruled by “globalist elites” and masked as democracies. No evidence provided. This message also includes a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying Western liberal societies as decadent, destructive of traditional values. The narrative about “threatened values” is adapted to a wide range of topics and typically used to challenge progressive Western attitudes about the rights of women, ethnic and religious minorities, and LGBTI groups, among others. This narrative is also aimed at discrediting liberal values, such as respect of minority groups' rights. See a similar case claiming that EU and NATO globalist elites are building a totalitarian regime.


  • Reported in: Issue 173
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Keywords: West, Western values, Secret elites / global elites, Conspiracy theory


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