The “new nukes” part of Putin’s state-of-the-nation speech was aimed at Europe

Not being a professional expert myself, I respectfully disagree with most of the expert community that says that Putin's announcement of new nuclear weapons (an underwater drone, a "nuclear-powered nuclear missile" and a hypersonic missile) is aimed primarily at Russia being taken seriously. https://twitter.com/meduza_en/status/969375084375937025 And I also disagree with the great Mark Galeotti, who says… Continue reading The “new nukes” part of Putin’s state-of-the-nation speech was aimed at Europe

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Molly McKew’s right: the only effective way to counter propaganda is with propaganda

This isn't a defense of propaganda. But it's an empirical fact: the only effective way to counter propaganda is with propaganda. Let's replace "propaganda" with a less loaded word: "narrative." The only way to counter a narrative effectively in a world where "facts" are freely available and uncontrolled is to come up with another narrative… Continue reading Molly McKew’s right: the only effective way to counter propaganda is with propaganda

Who’s behind PropOrNot? I have a theory (with forensic linguistics!)

NOTE - if you only want to see the "forensic linguistics" part, skip to the end! It's the best part! CAVEATS AND DISCLAIMERS. This is not an accusation, "doxxing" or "outing" of any of the people to whom the circumstances, coincidences and parallels in this post relate. They may well be, in fact, mere coincidences.… Continue reading Who’s behind PropOrNot? I have a theory (with forensic linguistics!)

The corporate tax cuts are structurally permanent

I usually write about Russia. This has nothing to do with Russia. But I had a brainwave, as the Brits say, and I haven't seen this analysis elsewhere, and, with no false humility, it's correct. If there's one main takeaway, it's that the corporate tax rate is an exceptionally powerful tool to drive corporate behavior.… Continue reading The corporate tax cuts are structurally permanent

What if Russia lets go of the psyops rope? (Part 1 of 2)

I wanted to make this post as straightforward and brief as I can, since I think the point is very logical, simple, important and yet so-far unreported in the many, many media outlets covering Russiagate. I wasn't able to keep it brief, and therefore I'm forced to make my first two-part post. There are just… Continue reading What if Russia lets go of the psyops rope? (Part 1 of 2)