The release of the Twitter Files revealed that defense agencies are censoring social media platforms to promote a certain agenda, making the war on so-called COVID misinformation look more like a national security issue than a public health one. But the use of propaganda and attempts to control the media narrative are nothing new. Matt Kibbe is joined by Brandan P. Buck, a writer, historian, and Ph.D. candidate at George Mason University, to discuss the rise of the information state under Woodrow Wilson, who covertly manipulated public opinion in order to get the United States involved in the First World War. It’s a particularly ironic, or perhaps Orwellian, historical fact, given that Wilson campaigned for his second term under the slogan “He kept us out of war.”
War Propaganda and the Information State | Guest: Brandan P. Buck | Ep 241
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Matt Kibbe is President at Free the People, an educational foundation using video storytelling to turn on the next generation to the values of personal liberty and peaceful cooperation. He is also co-founder and partner at Fight the Power Productions, a video and strategic communications company. Kibbe is the host of BlazeTV’s Kibbe on Liberty, a popular podcast that insists that you think for yourself.
Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is the author three books, most recently the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto.
He was senior advisor for a Rand Paul Presidential Super PAC in 2016, and later co-founded AlternativePAC to promote libertarian values.
In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, a national grassroots advocacy organization, and served as President until his departure in 2015. Steve Forbes said: “Kibbe has been to FreedomWorks what Steve Jobs was to Apple.”
An economist by training, Kibbe did graduate work at George Mason University and received his B.A. from Grove City College. He serves at the whim of his awesome wife Terry, and their three objectivist cats, Roark, Ragnar and Rearden. Kibbe is a fanatical DeadHead, drinker of craft beer and whisky, and collector of obscure books on Austrian economics.View Full Bio