The propagandist will not accuse the enemy of just any misdeed, he will accuse him of the very intention that he himself has and of trying to commit the very crime that he himself is about to commit. -- Jacques Ellul, Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes
And you know something is happening, but you don't know what it is. Do you, Mister Jones? -- Bob Dylan, Ballad of a Thin ManCandace Owens testified today at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on hate crime. Shorter Owens: the real victims of hate crime are conservatives and the perpetrators are Democrats. The stunt hijacked the hearing.
Ted Lieu playing Owens's homage to Hitler probably made an impression on people who already know that Owens is a grifter and that the Republican members of the committee are sleazebags for inviting her but it didn't cancel out the sabotage. The Guardian posted a tweet from journalist Christopher Mathias which nicely summed up the outcome:
Owens's shtick should be no mystery. It's essentially the propaganda game plan laid out by William S. Lind that I have documented in a four part series here. Eventually, I intend to revise and edit into a single piece but in the meanwhile here are links to the four parts:
Nazi executioner judge: "Political correctness is worse than Nazi tyranny."
Copycat Crime and the Conscience of a "Cultural Conservative" part one
Copycat Crime and the Conscience of a "Cultural Conservative" part two
Unreading Marcuse's "Repressive Tolerance"