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The Distinction between Analysis and Propaganda

I am reading this piece by Marian L. Tupy, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He’s talking about the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon with some vigor:

“(…)the shameful browbeating of the Irish electorate into reversing its previous rejection of the Treaty will steel the resolve of those who oppose additional centralization of power in Brussels (…)

(…) the EU itself has entered a post-democratic age (…)

(…) Mr. Klaus knows that the EU subsidies that Brussels periodically uses to extract political concessions from Europe’s poorer and smaller countries have no effect on economic growth (…)”.

Whatever that article in the Wall Street Journal Europe is intended to be, it is NOT an analysis by a political scientist. It may be wishful thinking; or a statement of personal beliefs; a propaganda pitch even. But it has no substantiation of claims, and very well reminds me of the language of Libertas and the British National Party.

I am not impressed, Mr. Tupy.

Report: EU Colonizes Civil Society

A report by the Swedish pro-free markets think-tank Timbro makers some stark claims about the EU communication policy. The report says that:

  • EU makes attempts to colonize civil society and each year substantial financial support to think tanks and organizations who share the vision of closer European cooperation;
  • Actively advocating more European integration prevents the EU on free public debate on the future of Europe and extends at the same time the limits of what we normally regard as communication, and turns into pure propaganda.

Margot Wallstrom has called the report “incomplete, simplistic and biased.”