A new comprehensive report, which can be seen as the UN Education Agency launching a War On Truth, was released on the topic for educators this summer.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO as it is more often known, is intensifying its global campaign against concepts and knowledge it deems to be “misinformation” and “conspiracy theories.”
The U.N., headquartered in Paris, claims Conspiracy theories inflict “significant harm” and serve as “the backbone of many populist movements,” according to the education agency, which published a comprehensive report (pdf below) on the topic for educators this summer.
Conspiracy theories “foster and reinforce harmful thinking patterns and exclusive worldviews,” according to the paper, among other issues.
UN officials claimed in the letter that they also “reduce trust in public institutions” and “scientific institutions,” which can lead to violence or lessen people’s motivation to “reduce their carbon footprint.”
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The document states without further explanation that while “all conspiratorial thinking threatens human rights values,” some theories are more destructive than others.
In some instances, teachers are even urged to inform the police about their students.
The report lists a variety of “conspiracy theories,” from more improbable ideas like the “earth is flat” or “Michelle Obama is actually a lizard” to generally accepted and respectable views like “climate change denial” and “manipulation of federal elections” in the United States.
“There are plenty of crazy thoughts on the Internet, many of which are patently false,” explained Citizens for Free Speech Director Patrick Wood. “The only thoughts being ‘corrected’ are those contrary to the globalist narrative. This proves that the focus is on protecting their own narratives and nothing else.”
“UNESCO joins a censorship cartel that now includes the European Union, the U.S. government, the World Economic Forum, social media giants like Facebook and Twitter, and notably, Google,” said Wood. “Anyone who does not parrot the globalist narrative is by default considered to be a ‘conspiracy theorist.’”
According to the U.N. organisation, teachers and schools are at the core of the global initiative to challenge these concepts and ideologies. The conflict online and in the media is also crucial, according to UNESCO documents.
At UNESCO’s “International Symposium on Addressing Conspiracy Theories via Education,” the newest approach was introduced. The summit, which was held in Brussels in late June, brought together representatives from academics, government, civil society, and business to encourage “joint action” against conspiracy theories and those who support or disseminate them.
The strategy involves tactics for dealing with those who already have conspiracy theories in addition to measures to discourage people from adopting them in the first place.
However, a number of authorities on misinformation and free speech cautioned that the U.N. attempt represented a “dangerous” escalation in what they depicted as a global conflict over dissent, free speech, and other forms of expression.
“What they mean by ‘conspiracy theory’ is any claim or argument or evidence that differs from the propaganda pumped out by the government and media,” warned New York University Professor of Media Studies Mark Crispin Miller, who studies propaganda and government misinformation.
“I can’t think of anything more dangerous to free speech and free thought—and, therefore, democracy—than this effort by the U.N., which has no business telling us what’s true and what is not,” said Miller. “That distinction is not theirs to make, but ours, as free people capable of thinking for ourselves, and unafraid of civil argument.”
The Global War on Conspiracy Theories
There have long been attempts by the government to suppress “conspiracy theories” and “misinformation.” In fact, Western governments, notably the American government, have been spearheading the battle for years.
2010 saw the U.S. The State Department released “Conspiracy Theories and Misinformation” on America.gov with assistance from its “Counter Misinformation Team,” purporting to disprove numerous “conspiracy theories.”
The Biden administration has also recently shifted its attention to “conspiracy theories”; last year, the U.S. A substantial terrorism danger to the United States, according to the Department of Homeland Security, is posed by the belief in widespread voter fraud or different viewpoints on COVID-19 and public health initiatives.
The proposed “Disinformation Governance Board” of the Biden administration appears to have been put on hold for the time being in response to a public outcry, but the American government has been collaborating closely with technology giants to stifle speech regarding election fraud, Hunter Biden’s laptop, alternative viewpoints on COVID-19, and more.
The last month has seen a number of articles published by National Public Radio, a taxpayer-funded organisation, that have echoed UNESCO talking lines regarding the apparent frequency and danger of conspiracy theories in schools and elsewhere.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a departing senior health official, has also lately weighed in. “What we’re dealing with just now is just a distortion of reality, conspiracy theories pushing back on sound public health measures, making it look like trying to save lives is encroaching on people’s freedom,” he said on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Aug. 22.
The World Economic Forum, which has drawn criticism for its “Great Reset” agenda from all around the world, is now battling what it terms misinformation and conspiracy theories.
Charlotte Edmond, a senior writer for the WEF, stated in an essay for the organization’s website two years ago that “key to stopping the spread of conspiracy theories is educating people to be on the lookout for misleading information—and teaching them to be suspicious of certain sources.”
The U.N. has played a key role in the worldwide effort. In fact, the new project is a continuation of a 2020 campaign against conspiracy theories online called #ThinkBeforeSharing by UNESCO and the European Commission.
In that endeavour, people were urged to share links to fact-checking websites and even report journalists who might be peddling conspiracies to “your local/national press council or press ombudsperson” if they suspected they were.
In a World Economic Forum audio from October 2020 titled “Seeking a Cure for the Infodemic,” U.N. Melissa Fleming, the head of global communications, boast that she has recruited over 100,000 volunteers to reinforce the U.N.’s viewpoints and silence opposing narratives.
“So far, we’ve recruited 110,000 information volunteers, and we equip these information volunteers with the kind of knowledge about how misinformation spreads and ask them to serve as kind of ‘digital first-responders’ in those spaces where misinformation travels,” the U.N. communications chief said.
Years of U.N. efforts led to the disclosure. … government initiatives to combat what it deems to be online extremism, misinformation, and other issues. 2016 saw the U.N. On the heels of a programme from the previous year to combat “ideologies” that might incite violence, the Security Council created a “framework” to combat “extremism” online.
However, the renewed UNESCO educational initiatives foreshadow a major escalation in the conflict, particularly with regard to its targeting of schoolchildren.
Truth or Misinformation?
The U.S. is making a renewed effort to dispel “misinformation” and “conspiracy theories” online. Most of what was deemed untrue during the epidemic turned out to be true, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies, who are admitting this more and more frequently.
For instance, the CDC now acknowledges that the COVID-19 vaccines do not prevent infection or transmission, a claim that was deemed “misinformation” as recently as a few months ago by a number of social media companies that depended on the government.
The CCP virus may have actually been produced through “gain-of-function” research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in communist China, which is now widely acknowledged by government officials. This was also suppressed, censored, and classified as false information.
It’s not unusual for such conspiracy “theories” to turn out to be true in the end. Reader’s Digest recently released a list of “12 Conspiracy Theories That Actually Turned Out to Be True,” which covers everything from government snooping to tobacco firms attempting to conceal the harmful consequences of their products.
Conspiracy theories are allegedly spreading at an unprecedented rate, but new research from the University of Miami reveals that isn’t the case despite growing UN concern over them.
However, critics have frequently voiced their concerns about UNESCO’s direction and even those who are driving the new initiative, including a number of people from autocratic countries and with connections to despotic governments.
The agency’s senior leadership is heavily populated by Chinese communists, including Qu Xing, the deputy director-general.
The organisation has frequently been under fire from American authorities for extremism, especially during the Ronald Reagan administration’s withdrawal from UNESCO.
The Trump administration ended U.S. membership in the controversial U.N. organisation in 2018, citing anti-Semitism, “extreme politicisation,” hostility to fundamental American values, and other concerns.
The Biden administration is looking for ways to get around federal laws that prevent the United States from rejoining the international organisation.
Read the report given below: