Carousel propaganda – a new spin on the oldest game
A great post from Heresiarch tonight, ripping into the fantasy world of clots like Julie Bindel and Harriet Harman where evidence-based policy turns out to mean made-up-evidence based policy, and few seem to care
This time it’s the obscene fakery involved in manufacturing an epidemic of “trafficked” women, to sustain Harman’s feminist assault on prostitution, but as I mention in my comments to H’s article, the round-robin generation and regurgitation of statistical lies is not unique to this sphere. Nor is it trivial – this shit took us to war.
The best example in this current whirlwind of bullshit is Denis MacShane’s admission that the figure he came up with and fed to the press as a Home Office estimate, 25,000 women trafficked, was “something he read in the Daily Mirror”. Oh, and where had the Mirror got it? The Home Office. Denis MacShane’s Home Office….
Round and round – in the IT world the equivalent is bootstrapping, which is nowhere near as interesting as it sounds. But in the political/meeja/NGO world there doesn’t appear to be a term for it – so I have invented one and I’m inordinately proud of it. Carousel propaganda© is a plague on democracy. But so long as I get my cut from this point on, I’ll be slightly happier about it…
Tags: adding to the sum of human knowledge, dennis macshane, fake charities, hubris, lies, ngo