Quotation

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Quotations are the record of speech of third parties. Direct quotes must be within double quote marks.


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Quotations are an excellent and direct way to report who said what when. The main caveats are to beware of counterfeits and always acknowledge your sources. This is most simply done through a reference tag (<ref>)[1], either manually or automatically, using a quotation template.

Direct or indirect?

Where language is particularly unusual or otherwise revealing, a direct (i.e. verbatim) quotation is recommended. Where the language is wordy in an uninteresting way, it may be preferable to use an indirect quotation to summarise it.

Direct

Direct quotes must be between double quotes (") and must acknowledge the source, i.e. by providing a link to it. If you use Template:SMWQ as recommended below, these are automatically created for you.

Indirect

Indirect quotations are inexact renderings of third party material. Do not use quote marks, except for any deceitful language, such as "terrorism". Always acknowledge that the material is from someone else and include a reference to the source.

Quotation templates

The best way to include quotations is to use a quotation template. The most up to date template for including quotations is Template:SMWQ, which is almost always preferable to the older Template:QB.

Template:SMWQ

Full article: Template:SMWQ
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[2] SMWQ is preferred since it allows semantic representation of the quotation — the practical upshot of which is that it can automatically appear on multiple pages.[3] Another feature of this template is that it allows easy selection from a range of styles, from inline (just put inside "..." marks, citing the source as a <ref>) up to a separate quotation box. The source for the quote left is as follows:

{{SMWQ
|align=right
|text=The problem with [[internet]] quotes is that you cant [sic.] always depend on their accuracy
|subjects=reliability, internet, accuracy
|image=internet quotation.jpg
|image_width=512px
|format=image
|source_name=Saidit
|source_URL=https://saidit.net/s/Memetics/comments/lxp/the_problem_with_internet_quotes_is_that_you_cant/
|authors=Abraham Lincoln
|date=1864
}}

Try to fill in as many of the parameters as possible as precisely as possible. Adding accurate date, location, authors, source_name etc. will help the quote appear on more pages.

Template:QB

Full article: Template:QB

The problem with internet quotes is that you cant [sic.] always depend on their accuracy.
Abraham Lincoln, 1864[4]

More lightweight is the older template:QB, which puts its contents in a quotation box, but which does none of the semantic markup or presentation. The only real advantage of this is that the source code is shorter, i.e.:


{{QB
|The problem with [[internet]] quotes is that you cant [sic.] always depend on their accuracy. <br/>''[[Abraham Lincoln]]'', [[1864]]<ref>https://saidit.net/s/Memetics/comments/lxp/the_problem_with_internet_quotes_is_that_you_cant/</ref>
}}

Length

Very long quotations are generally unhelpful and break up the narrative flow of an article. Consider an indirect quotation, i.e. a summary, in this case. If you consider the quotation of particular merit, consider posting it in its entirety to the Document namespace, although be aware that separate rules apply.

Accuracy

Do check quotes for accuracy before posting on this website, and cite a creditable source using the |source_URL parameter of Template:SMWQ. If one exists, use the generally agreed original source. If the authenticity of the quote is disputed, note this when citing it (for example, using the |note parameter.

 

Examples

Page name DateAuthor
"9-11/Israel did it"“American security services overnight stopped a car bomb on the George Washington Bridge. The van, packed with explosives, was stopped on an approach ramp to the bridge. Authorities suspect the terrorists intended to blow up the main crossing between New Jersey and New York, Army Radio reported.”12 September 2001
"9-11/Israel did it"“If these Americans and those like them ever fully understand just how much of their suffering — and the suffering we have inflicted on others — is properly laid on the doorsteps of Israel and its advocates in America, they will sweep aside those in politics, the press and the pulpits alike whose lies and disloyalty brought this about and concealed it from them. They may well leave Israel looking like Carthage after the Romans finished with it. It will be Israel’s own great fault.”10 September 2009Alan Sabrosky
"9-11/Israel did it"“There were continuing moments of alarm. A panel truck with a painting of a plane flying into the World Trade Center was stopped near the temporary command post. It proved to be rented to a group of ethnic Middle Eastern people who did not speak English. Fearing that it might be a truck bomb, the NYPD immediately evacuated the area, called out the bomb squad, and detained the occupants until a thorough search was made. The vehicle was found to be an innocent delivery truck.””February 2006
"9-11/Israel did it"“We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq," Ma'ariv quoted the former prime minister as saying. He reportedly added that these events "swung American public opinion in our favor."”Benjamin Netanyahu
"9-11/Israel did it"“All democratic circles in America and of Europe, especially those of the Italian centre-left, now know that the disastrous attack was planned and realized by the American CIA and Mossad with the help of the Zionist world, to place the blame on Arab countries and to persuade the Western powers to intervene in Iraq and Afghanistan.”November 2007Francesco Cossiga
"9-11/Israel did it"“Finally, we need to take a hard look at why the mainstream media (MSM) have paid more attention to Sarah Palin’s wardrobe than they have to dissecting blatant falsehoods, discrepancies and inconsistencies in the US Government’s treatment of 9/11 and its aftermath.”10 September 2009Alan Sabrosky
"Anti-corruption"“In Slovakia in the 1990s I used UK companies wanting to do business to engage with local businesses. We set up the Klub 500 of companies with more than 500 employees. We got UK MPs via the NATO Parliamentary Assembly to teach them how business relates to, and can fund and lobby, political parties legitimately in a democracy, instead of their then model of cash in brown envelopes.”24 May 2018Chris Donnelly
"Anti-vaxxer"“It is wrong to call a person who declines a shot an "anti-vaxxer". Virtually no physicians are "anti-antibiotics" or "anti-surgery", whereas all are opposed to treatments that they think are unnecessary, more likely to harm than to benefit an individual patient, or inadequately tested.”July 2021Jane Orient
"Antisemitism"“The more Jewish bodies campaign against anti-Semitism the more opposition to Jewish politics is detected.”13 May 2019
"Biological weapon/Terrorism"“This is not about retribution,... This matter is going forward — we are in a live exercise here to get this right.” To which president Trump retorted “you should have told us2020Mike Pompeo
"COVID-19/Vaccine"“We need to be careful, as it's obvious pharmaceutical companies wish to make a profit and would like to keep always selling vaccines for everyone. But we need to prioritise; we need to know if they're needed or not. (We need to) not be subordinated to Big Pharma dictating us: "we need a third dose", "we need a fourth", "we need to vaccinate children".”July 2021Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
"COVID-19/Vaccine"“A vaccine is at least a year away, and success is uncertain. Treatments that hold promise need to be evaluated rigorously.”World Bank/Human Development Practice Group
"COVID-19/Vaccine"“Two months is not enough time to know that we won’t have that antibody enhancement problem,” Merritt said. “And I will make this military point: It’s the perfect binary weapon. There’s no way I know exactly what that mRNA is programmed to do and neither do you and neither do most doctors. The doctors can’t get that data. That rests with the guys at the very top of this project. They say it’s to the spiked protein but how do we prove it?

.

So if I were China and I wanted to take down our military, that’s easy,” she continued. “I could hook onto this coronavirus, like the spiked protein or another protein, I just design an mRNA to do that, but I know it doesn’t exist in nature so nobody is going to die from the vaccine, and then two years later I release whatever it is I made, the counterpart, and it causes this immunity enhancement death. So it’s a time-delayed death. That’s what binary poisons are: I give you point one, and then later on you accidentally come in contact with point two and you die.”
January 2021Lee Merritt
"Climate change"“I argue that by far the most destructive force on the planet is power-driven financiers and profit-driven corporations and their cartels backed by military might; and that the global warming myth is a red herring that contributes to hiding this truth. In my opinion, activists who, using any justification, feed the global warming myth have effectively been co-opted, or at best neutralized.”Denis Rancourt
"Climate change"“we came up with the idea that ... global warming ... and the like, would fit the bill.”1993Alexander King
Club of Rome
Bertrand Schneider
"Conspiracy mindset"“Conspiracy theories offer simple answers to complex problems by providing explanations for uncertain situations. Thus, they should be attractive to individuals who are intolerant of uncertainty and seek cognitive closure.”2017Aleksandra Cichocka
Marta Marchlewska
Małgorzata Kossowska
"Conspiracy mindset"“a small part in motivating the endorsement of such seemingly irrational beliefs is the desire to stick out from the crowd, the need for uniqueness”2016Roland Imhoff
Pia Karoline Lamberty
"Conspiracy theorist"German Business News: You dedicate a whole chapter to the Bilderbergers. What influence do the Bilderbergers really exert?

Jürgen Roth: Compared to the "round tables" I described, their influence is rather small. What stands out among the Bilderbergers is not so much the secrecy or the strict isolation in luxury enclaves, but who the initiators are. They are US banks and US corporations, as well as the Deutsche Bank. At its core, it is a kind of neoliberal think tank, whose members sometimes have a rather obscure biography. And they try, with more or less great success, to win over politicians who are well-disposed towards them and their goals. These in turn feel flattered when they are invited. And it is particularly revealing that only representatives of neo-liberalism are invited. Critics of capitalism will not be found there.

German Business News: Where is the line between real power and conspiracy theory? You criticize the network of the "Round Tables". What is behind it?

Jürgen Roth: There is no conspiracy theory, only the conspiracy of a small, exclusive, European, economic and political elite against the social and democratic state. Their goal is clearly an ideological revolution, the widespread implementation of a free, untamed market economy. Ulisses Garrido, the former Portuguese trade union leader and current director of the Education Department of the European Trade Union Confederation, is far from any conspiracy theory. He explained it to me like this: "What is to be achieved is a complete change in society, without the population having any say in the matter. It is undoubtedly a silent coup."

[...]

Jürgen Roth: The purpose of this silent coup is also the privatization of all state enterprises, or state or municipal real estate. The Deutsche Bank demands this particularly strongly. Companies are sold off at a ridiculous price, often to the favoured of the ruling political system. Vital areas such as education, health and social services are privatized, as in Portugal or Greece. What is practiced here is the expropriation of national property. I don't even want to know how much criminally gained capital has been invested in Greece, Spain or Portugal.”
24 May 2014Jürgen Roth
Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten
"Conspiracy theorist"“[...] I never say conspiracy theorist, but I'm incredulous and I check stuff out, and I think if people didn't have that phrase to fall back on, they could be incredulous and check stuff out [...]”17 January 2022Richard Grove
"Conspiracy theorist"“Here's the thing. There's about 150 people that run the world. Anybody who wants to go into politics, they're all fucking puppets, okay? There are 150 and they're all men that run the world - period, full stop. They control most of the important assets, they control the money flows. And these are not the tech entrepreneurs. Now they are going to get rolled over the next five to ten years by the people that are really underneath pulling the strings. And when you get behind the curtain and see how that world works, what you realize is, it is unfairly set up for them and their progeny. Now, I'm not going to say that that's something that we can rip apart. But first order of business is, I want to break through and be at that table. That's the first order of business.”2017Chamath Palihapitiya
"Conspiracy theorist"“individuals who commit elite deviance face limited effective deterrents, due to lenient penalties for such actions. The narrow presentation of elite criminality in the news enables the continued perpetration of elite deviance, allowing for the power elite to maintain a hold on the presentation of deviance in society. While the accountability structures seem to be shifting, the ingrained systems of power remain, thus enabling elite deviance to continue, regardless of the potential consequences. Looking to the future, however, a change in public perception of elite deviance appears to be occurring. With unprecedented frequency, high-power individuals are facing public allegations of crimes, as well as, incarceration, rather than benefiting from the traditional veil of secrecy and protection that previously surrounded their actions.”
"Conspiracy theory"“There is in Italy a power which we seldom mention in this House ... I mean the secret societies... It is useless to deny, because it is impossible to conceal, that a great part of Europe — the whole of Italy and France and a great portion of Germany, to say nothing of other countries — is covered with a network of these secret societies, just as the superficies of the earth is now being covered with railroads. And what are their objects? They do not attempt to conceal them. They do not want constitutional government; they do not want ameliorated institutions ... they want to change the tenure of land, to drive out the present owners of the soil and to put an end to ecclesiastical establishments. Some of them may go further...”
"Conspiracy theory/Academic research"“Work in online misinformation details how alternative media intentionally fabricate conspiracy theories, spreading false allegations ranging from reptilian presidents to staged terrorist attacks”June 2017Robbie Sutton
Aleksandra Cichocka
Karen Douglas
"Conspiracy theory/Academic research"“[Conspiracy beliefs] are — almost by definition — not shared by the majority of people.”2016Roland Imhoff
Pia Karoline Lamberty
"Conspiracy theory/Academic research"“history has repeatedly shown that corporate and political elites do conspire against public interests. Conspiracy theories play an important role in bringing their misdeeds into the light.”June 2017Robbie Sutton
Aleksandra Cichocka
Karen Douglas
"Conspiracy theory/Academic research"“they are emotional given that negative emotions and not rational deliberations cause conspiracy beliefs... One limitation... is that the field is lacking a solid theoretical framework that contextualizes previous findings, that enables novel predictions, and that suggests interventions to reduce the prevalence of conspiracy theories in society.”2018Jan-Willem van Prooijen
Karen Douglas
"Conspiracy theory/Academic research"“a small part in motivating the endorsement of such seemingly irrational beliefs is the desire to stick out from the crowd, the need for uniqueness.”2016Roland Imhoff
Pia Karoline Lamberty
"Continuity of Government"“It's important that the UN and WHO remain very clear, but when they challenge governments directly, they often get into this issue of sovereignty. (...) I think it's really critical to think about soft power influence, which is other influentials, who can call up the head of state, or powerful constituencies within those countries. We've seen this in the context of mobilizing religious leaders in the context of polio, or specific business leaders where you can soften perhaps a very hard line from government through less more stealthy entry points, rather than trying to punish them (...)”18 October 2019
"Counter-terrorism"“The current threat from Islamist terrorism is serious and sustained. It is genuinely international in scope, involving a variety of groups, networks and individuals who are driven by particular violent and extremist beliefs. It is indiscriminate – aiming to cause mass casualties, regardless of the age, nationality, or religion of their victims; and the terrorists are often prepared to commit suicide to kill others. Overall, we judge that the scale of the threat is potentially still increasing and is not likely to diminish significantly for some years.
July 2006
"Countering disinformation"“the counter-disinformation space as a whole [in Georgia] is slightly less evolved than in other regions, still being largely though not exclusively focused on fact-checking, which might be termed counter-disinformation 1.0.”June 2018
"Countering disinformation"“Another barrier to combating disinformation is the fact that certain Kremlin-backed narratives are factually true. For example, the Serbian organisation European Western Balkans noted that one of the country's most prominent pro-Kremlin narratives relates to Russia's ongoing support for Belgrade in the Kosovo dispute which is true. Responding to inconvenient truths, as opposed to pure propaganda, is naturally more problematic.”June 2018
"Cyberterrorism"“A massive and well-coordinated cyber attack on the electric grid could devastate the economy and cause a large-scale loss of life.”Richard Andres
"Cyberterrorism"“The United States and Britain on Monday issued a first-of-its-kind joint warning about Russian cyberattacks against government and private organizations as well as individual homes and offices in both countries, a milestone in the escalating use of cyberweaponry between major powers.”16 April 2018David D. Kirkpatrick
Ron Nixon
"Disaster"“The process of transformation is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event”September 2000Project for the New American Century
"Extremism"“Should these extremist views be allow [sic.] in society with the risk they could incite some to violence?”9 April 2011Admin
"Extremism"“the distinction between “non-violent extremism” and “violent extremism” is not a valid one.”May 2014Alex Schmid
"Extremism"“Despite widespread evidence to the contrary, including a PREVENT training presentation from the police describing anti-fracking protesters as extremists, the police argued in court that anti-fracking protesters were not viewed in this way.”
"Fake News"“In the article, the [Washington] Post blurred the lines between “fake news” – stories that are simply made up – and what was deemed “propaganda,” in effect, information that didn’t jibe with what the U.S. State Department was saying.”28 February 2017Robert Parry
"Fake News"“CNN is the ultimate "fake news" network. There isn't a day that goes by where CNN doesn't deliberately fake a news story, distort a significant event for political purposes, or censor an important piece of news they don't want their viewers to discover.”19 November 2016Mike Adams
"Fake news website"“The mainstream corporate media is desperate. They want to suppress independent and alternative online media, which it categorizes as “fake news”. Readers on social media are warned not to go onto certain sites. The intent of this initiative is to smear honest reporting and Truth in Media. Our analysis confirms that the mainstream media are routinely involved in distorting the facts and turning realities upside down. They are the unspoken architects of “Fake News”.”24 November 2016Michel Chossudovsky
"Fake news website"“long before “fake news” became a major media topic, the US government was already planning its legally-backed crackdown on anything it would eventually label “fake news".”25 December 2016
"Financial services"“Using the simple privileges of banks, the "financial services industry" has become a gigantic predatory parasite draining the human and natural worlds of life.”2013Ivo Mosley
"Free market"“I don't think a free market has existed in the United States since I was born in 1935. The market is rigged by enormous subsidies that go to favoured businesses. It's rigged in a half dozen other ways but that way alone would tip the scales. We have so many businesses that actually are bankrupt. They can't compete but they seem to be able to compete because your tax money and mine get poured into them in quiet, unnoticable ways.”John Taylor Gatto
"Hate group"“I attempted to criticize the “hate group” concept on Wikipedia, by adding a section doing just that to its “hate group” article. The top editors over there would have none of it. Wikipedia’s editors are so left-wing, they think the SPLC is a neutral, apolitical organization, if you can believe it. Wikipedia, a supposedly unbiased and independent online encyclopedia and information source, has unfortunately become a mouthpiece for the Cultural Marxist US power class.”17 June 2019Amalric de Droevig
"Hate speech"“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.”George Orwell
"Hate speech"“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”George Orwell
"Humanitarian intervention"“Suddenly, children in Syria matter a lot to the West, while Yemen's child victims are rarely ever mentioned. Suddenly there’s an urgent moral issue being rushed through the court of public opinion. This has all the hallmarks of the prior propaganda campaigns we’ve seen before. Scant evidence, immediate assignment of blame, and a quick rush to military action before anybody can really properly question the train of events.”14 April 2018'Tyler Durden'
"Humanitarian intervention"“Humanitarian justification of intervention does not benignly shape hegemonic foreign policy or reduce inter-state bellicosity; rather, it inflames both.”2015Amy Baker Benjamin
"Iran-Contra"“One of the most complicated and intrigue-filled scandals in recent decades, the Iran-contra affair dominated the news for many months. It consisted of three interconnected parts: The Reagan administration sold arms to Iran, a country desperate for materiel during its lengthy war with Iraq; in exchange for the arms, Iran was to use its influence to help gain the release of Americans held hostage in Lebanon; and the arms were purchased at high prices, with the excess profits diverted to fund the Reagan-favored "contras" fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua.”1998Larry J. Sabato
"Iraq/WMD"“Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.”George Orwell
... further results


 

Examples

Page name DateAuthor
"9-11/Israel did it"“American security services overnight stopped a car bomb on the George Washington Bridge. The van, packed with explosives, was stopped on an approach ramp to the bridge. Authorities suspect the terrorists intended to blow up the main crossing between New Jersey and New York, Army Radio reported.”12 September 2001
"9-11/Israel did it"“If these Americans and those like them ever fully understand just how much of their suffering — and the suffering we have inflicted on others — is properly laid on the doorsteps of Israel and its advocates in America, they will sweep aside those in politics, the press and the pulpits alike whose lies and disloyalty brought this about and concealed it from them. They may well leave Israel looking like Carthage after the Romans finished with it. It will be Israel’s own great fault.”10 September 2009Alan Sabrosky
"9-11/Israel did it"“There were continuing moments of alarm. A panel truck with a painting of a plane flying into the World Trade Center was stopped near the temporary command post. It proved to be rented to a group of ethnic Middle Eastern people who did not speak English. Fearing that it might be a truck bomb, the NYPD immediately evacuated the area, called out the bomb squad, and detained the occupants until a thorough search was made. The vehicle was found to be an innocent delivery truck.””February 2006
"9-11/Israel did it"“We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq," Ma'ariv quoted the former prime minister as saying. He reportedly added that these events "swung American public opinion in our favor."”Benjamin Netanyahu
"9-11/Israel did it"“All democratic circles in America and of Europe, especially those of the Italian centre-left, now know that the disastrous attack was planned and realized by the American CIA and Mossad with the help of the Zionist world, to place the blame on Arab countries and to persuade the Western powers to intervene in Iraq and Afghanistan.”November 2007Francesco Cossiga
"9-11/Israel did it"“Finally, we need to take a hard look at why the mainstream media (MSM) have paid more attention to Sarah Palin’s wardrobe than they have to dissecting blatant falsehoods, discrepancies and inconsistencies in the US Government’s treatment of 9/11 and its aftermath.”10 September 2009Alan Sabrosky
"Anti-corruption"“In Slovakia in the 1990s I used UK companies wanting to do business to engage with local businesses. We set up the Klub 500 of companies with more than 500 employees. We got UK MPs via the NATO Parliamentary Assembly to teach them how business relates to, and can fund and lobby, political parties legitimately in a democracy, instead of their then model of cash in brown envelopes.”24 May 2018Chris Donnelly
"Anti-vaxxer"“It is wrong to call a person who declines a shot an "anti-vaxxer". Virtually no physicians are "anti-antibiotics" or "anti-surgery", whereas all are opposed to treatments that they think are unnecessary, more likely to harm than to benefit an individual patient, or inadequately tested.”July 2021Jane Orient
"Antisemitism"“The more Jewish bodies campaign against anti-Semitism the more opposition to Jewish politics is detected.”13 May 2019
"Biological weapon/Terrorism"“This is not about retribution,... This matter is going forward — we are in a live exercise here to get this right.” To which president Trump retorted “you should have told us2020Mike Pompeo
"COVID-19/Vaccine"“We need to be careful, as it's obvious pharmaceutical companies wish to make a profit and would like to keep always selling vaccines for everyone. But we need to prioritise; we need to know if they're needed or not. (We need to) not be subordinated to Big Pharma dictating us: "we need a third dose", "we need a fourth", "we need to vaccinate children".”July 2021Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
"COVID-19/Vaccine"“A vaccine is at least a year away, and success is uncertain. Treatments that hold promise need to be evaluated rigorously.”World Bank/Human Development Practice Group
"COVID-19/Vaccine"“Two months is not enough time to know that we won’t have that antibody enhancement problem,” Merritt said. “And I will make this military point: It’s the perfect binary weapon. There’s no way I know exactly what that mRNA is programmed to do and neither do you and neither do most doctors. The doctors can’t get that data. That rests with the guys at the very top of this project. They say it’s to the spiked protein but how do we prove it?

.

So if I were China and I wanted to take down our military, that’s easy,” she continued. “I could hook onto this coronavirus, like the spiked protein or another protein, I just design an mRNA to do that, but I know it doesn’t exist in nature so nobody is going to die from the vaccine, and then two years later I release whatever it is I made, the counterpart, and it causes this immunity enhancement death. So it’s a time-delayed death. That’s what binary poisons are: I give you point one, and then later on you accidentally come in contact with point two and you die.”
January 2021Lee Merritt
"Climate change"“I argue that by far the most destructive force on the planet is power-driven financiers and profit-driven corporations and their cartels backed by military might; and that the global warming myth is a red herring that contributes to hiding this truth. In my opinion, activists who, using any justification, feed the global warming myth have effectively been co-opted, or at best neutralized.”Denis Rancourt
"Climate change"“we came up with the idea that ... global warming ... and the like, would fit the bill.”1993Alexander King
Club of Rome
Bertrand Schneider
"Conspiracy mindset"“Conspiracy theories offer simple answers to complex problems by providing explanations for uncertain situations. Thus, they should be attractive to individuals who are intolerant of uncertainty and seek cognitive closure.”2017Aleksandra Cichocka
Marta Marchlewska
Małgorzata Kossowska
"Conspiracy mindset"“a small part in motivating the endorsement of such seemingly irrational beliefs is the desire to stick out from the crowd, the need for uniqueness”2016Roland Imhoff
Pia Karoline Lamberty
"Conspiracy theorist"German Business News: You dedicate a whole chapter to the Bilderbergers. What influence do the Bilderbergers really exert?

Jürgen Roth: Compared to the "round tables" I described, their influence is rather small. What stands out among the Bilderbergers is not so much the secrecy or the strict isolation in luxury enclaves, but who the initiators are. They are US banks and US corporations, as well as the Deutsche Bank. At its core, it is a kind of neoliberal think tank, whose members sometimes have a rather obscure biography. And they try, with more or less great success, to win over politicians who are well-disposed towards them and their goals. These in turn feel flattered when they are invited. And it is particularly revealing that only representatives of neo-liberalism are invited. Critics of capitalism will not be found there.

German Business News: Where is the line between real power and conspiracy theory? You criticize the network of the "Round Tables". What is behind it?

Jürgen Roth: There is no conspiracy theory, only the conspiracy of a small, exclusive, European, economic and political elite against the social and democratic state. Their goal is clearly an ideological revolution, the widespread implementation of a free, untamed market economy. Ulisses Garrido, the former Portuguese trade union leader and current director of the Education Department of the European Trade Union Confederation, is far from any conspiracy theory. He explained it to me like this: "What is to be achieved is a complete change in society, without the population having any say in the matter. It is undoubtedly a silent coup."

[...]

Jürgen Roth: The purpose of this silent coup is also the privatization of all state enterprises, or state or municipal real estate. The Deutsche Bank demands this particularly strongly. Companies are sold off at a ridiculous price, often to the favoured of the ruling political system. Vital areas such as education, health and social services are privatized, as in Portugal or Greece. What is practiced here is the expropriation of national property. I don't even want to know how much criminally gained capital has been invested in Greece, Spain or Portugal.”
24 May 2014Jürgen Roth
Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten
"Conspiracy theorist"“[...] I never say conspiracy theorist, but I'm incredulous and I check stuff out, and I think if people didn't have that phrase to fall back on, they could be incredulous and check stuff out [...]”17 January 2022Richard Grove
"Conspiracy theorist"“Here's the thing. There's about 150 people that run the world. Anybody who wants to go into politics, they're all fucking puppets, okay? There are 150 and they're all men that run the world - period, full stop. They control most of the important assets, they control the money flows. And these are not the tech entrepreneurs. Now they are going to get rolled over the next five to ten years by the people that are really underneath pulling the strings. And when you get behind the curtain and see how that world works, what you realize is, it is unfairly set up for them and their progeny. Now, I'm not going to say that that's something that we can rip apart. But first order of business is, I want to break through and be at that table. That's the first order of business.”2017Chamath Palihapitiya
"Conspiracy theorist"“individuals who commit elite deviance face limited effective deterrents, due to lenient penalties for such actions. The narrow presentation of elite criminality in the news enables the continued perpetration of elite deviance, allowing for the power elite to maintain a hold on the presentation of deviance in society. While the accountability structures seem to be shifting, the ingrained systems of power remain, thus enabling elite deviance to continue, regardless of the potential consequences. Looking to the future, however, a change in public perception of elite deviance appears to be occurring. With unprecedented frequency, high-power individuals are facing public allegations of crimes, as well as, incarceration, rather than benefiting from the traditional veil of secrecy and protection that previously surrounded their actions.”
"Conspiracy theory"“There is in Italy a power which we seldom mention in this House ... I mean the secret societies... It is useless to deny, because it is impossible to conceal, that a great part of Europe — the whole of Italy and France and a great portion of Germany, to say nothing of other countries — is covered with a network of these secret societies, just as the superficies of the earth is now being covered with railroads. And what are their objects? They do not attempt to conceal them. They do not want constitutional government; they do not want ameliorated institutions ... they want to change the tenure of land, to drive out the present owners of the soil and to put an end to ecclesiastical establishments. Some of them may go further...”
"Conspiracy theory/Academic research"“Work in online misinformation details how alternative media intentionally fabricate conspiracy theories, spreading false allegations ranging from reptilian presidents to staged terrorist attacks”June 2017Robbie Sutton
Aleksandra Cichocka
Karen Douglas
"Conspiracy theory/Academic research"“[Conspiracy beliefs] are — almost by definition — not shared by the majority of people.”2016Roland Imhoff
Pia Karoline Lamberty
"Conspiracy theory/Academic research"“history has repeatedly shown that corporate and political elites do conspire against public interests. Conspiracy theories play an important role in bringing their misdeeds into the light.”June 2017Robbie Sutton
Aleksandra Cichocka
Karen Douglas
"Conspiracy theory/Academic research"“they are emotional given that negative emotions and not rational deliberations cause conspiracy beliefs... One limitation... is that the field is lacking a solid theoretical framework that contextualizes previous findings, that enables novel predictions, and that suggests interventions to reduce the prevalence of conspiracy theories in society.”2018Jan-Willem van Prooijen
Karen Douglas
"Conspiracy theory/Academic research"“a small part in motivating the endorsement of such seemingly irrational beliefs is the desire to stick out from the crowd, the need for uniqueness.”2016Roland Imhoff
Pia Karoline Lamberty
"Continuity of Government"“It's important that the UN and WHO remain very clear, but when they challenge governments directly, they often get into this issue of sovereignty. (...) I think it's really critical to think about soft power influence, which is other influentials, who can call up the head of state, or powerful constituencies within those countries. We've seen this in the context of mobilizing religious leaders in the context of polio, or specific business leaders where you can soften perhaps a very hard line from government through less more stealthy entry points, rather than trying to punish them (...)”18 October 2019
"Counter-terrorism"“The current threat from Islamist terrorism is serious and sustained. It is genuinely international in scope, involving a variety of groups, networks and individuals who are driven by particular violent and extremist beliefs. It is indiscriminate – aiming to cause mass casualties, regardless of the age, nationality, or religion of their victims; and the terrorists are often prepared to commit suicide to kill others. Overall, we judge that the scale of the threat is potentially still increasing and is not likely to diminish significantly for some years.
July 2006
"Countering disinformation"“the counter-disinformation space as a whole [in Georgia] is slightly less evolved than in other regions, still being largely though not exclusively focused on fact-checking, which might be termed counter-disinformation 1.0.”June 2018
"Countering disinformation"“Another barrier to combating disinformation is the fact that certain Kremlin-backed narratives are factually true. For example, the Serbian organisation European Western Balkans noted that one of the country's most prominent pro-Kremlin narratives relates to Russia's ongoing support for Belgrade in the Kosovo dispute which is true. Responding to inconvenient truths, as opposed to pure propaganda, is naturally more problematic.”June 2018
"Cyberterrorism"“A massive and well-coordinated cyber attack on the electric grid could devastate the economy and cause a large-scale loss of life.”Richard Andres
"Cyberterrorism"“The United States and Britain on Monday issued a first-of-its-kind joint warning about Russian cyberattacks against government and private organizations as well as individual homes and offices in both countries, a milestone in the escalating use of cyberweaponry between major powers.”16 April 2018David D. Kirkpatrick
Ron Nixon
"Disaster"“The process of transformation is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event”September 2000Project for the New American Century
"Extremism"“Should these extremist views be allow [sic.] in society with the risk they could incite some to violence?”9 April 2011Admin
"Extremism"“the distinction between “non-violent extremism” and “violent extremism” is not a valid one.”May 2014Alex Schmid
"Extremism"“Despite widespread evidence to the contrary, including a PREVENT training presentation from the police describing anti-fracking protesters as extremists, the police argued in court that anti-fracking protesters were not viewed in this way.”
"Fake News"“In the article, the [Washington] Post blurred the lines between “fake news” – stories that are simply made up – and what was deemed “propaganda,” in effect, information that didn’t jibe with what the U.S. State Department was saying.”28 February 2017Robert Parry
"Fake News"“CNN is the ultimate "fake news" network. There isn't a day that goes by where CNN doesn't deliberately fake a news story, distort a significant event for political purposes, or censor an important piece of news they don't want their viewers to discover.”19 November 2016Mike Adams
"Fake news website"“The mainstream corporate media is desperate. They want to suppress independent and alternative online media, which it categorizes as “fake news”. Readers on social media are warned not to go onto certain sites. The intent of this initiative is to smear honest reporting and Truth in Media. Our analysis confirms that the mainstream media are routinely involved in distorting the facts and turning realities upside down. They are the unspoken architects of “Fake News”.”24 November 2016Michel Chossudovsky
"Fake news website"“long before “fake news” became a major media topic, the US government was already planning its legally-backed crackdown on anything it would eventually label “fake news".”25 December 2016
"Financial services"“Using the simple privileges of banks, the "financial services industry" has become a gigantic predatory parasite draining the human and natural worlds of life.”2013Ivo Mosley
"Free market"“I don't think a free market has existed in the United States since I was born in 1935. The market is rigged by enormous subsidies that go to favoured businesses. It's rigged in a half dozen other ways but that way alone would tip the scales. We have so many businesses that actually are bankrupt. They can't compete but they seem to be able to compete because your tax money and mine get poured into them in quiet, unnoticable ways.”John Taylor Gatto
"Hate group"“I attempted to criticize the “hate group” concept on Wikipedia, by adding a section doing just that to its “hate group” article. The top editors over there would have none of it. Wikipedia’s editors are so left-wing, they think the SPLC is a neutral, apolitical organization, if you can believe it. Wikipedia, a supposedly unbiased and independent online encyclopedia and information source, has unfortunately become a mouthpiece for the Cultural Marxist US power class.”17 June 2019Amalric de Droevig
"Hate speech"“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.”George Orwell
"Hate speech"“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”George Orwell
"Humanitarian intervention"“Suddenly, children in Syria matter a lot to the West, while Yemen's child victims are rarely ever mentioned. Suddenly there’s an urgent moral issue being rushed through the court of public opinion. This has all the hallmarks of the prior propaganda campaigns we’ve seen before. Scant evidence, immediate assignment of blame, and a quick rush to military action before anybody can really properly question the train of events.”14 April 2018'Tyler Durden'
"Humanitarian intervention"“Humanitarian justification of intervention does not benignly shape hegemonic foreign policy or reduce inter-state bellicosity; rather, it inflames both.”2015Amy Baker Benjamin
"Iran-Contra"“One of the most complicated and intrigue-filled scandals in recent decades, the Iran-contra affair dominated the news for many months. It consisted of three interconnected parts: The Reagan administration sold arms to Iran, a country desperate for materiel during its lengthy war with Iraq; in exchange for the arms, Iran was to use its influence to help gain the release of Americans held hostage in Lebanon; and the arms were purchased at high prices, with the excess profits diverted to fund the Reagan-favored "contras" fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua.”1998Larry J. Sabato
"Iraq/WMD"“Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.”George Orwell
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