Are Zimbabweans being manipulated – Two?


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Linguist and media critic Noam Chomsky has listed 10 strategies used by politicians to manipulate the people. Chomsky a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology might as well have been talking about the United States and how it manipulates the media. But could they also apply to Zimbabwe.

Here is the second strategy:

Create problems, then offer solutions

“This method is also called ‘problem -reaction- solution’.

“It creates a problem, a ‘situation’ referred to cause some reaction in the audience, so this is the principal of the steps that you want to accept.

“For example: let it unfold and intensify urban violence, or arrange for bloody attacks in order that the public is the applicant’s security laws and policies to the detriment of freedom.

“Or create an economic crisis to accept as a necessary evil retreat of social rights and the dismantling of public services.”

Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

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