I have focused up these two sites because, first heartland.org is the sponsor of stoppingsocialism.com
, thus one is parent and the other offspring. These sites, in particular, represent the state of the art in the use of political disinformation through the use of conspiracy and false information.
Both sites demonstrate extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency and/or is fake news. The Heartland Institute
, which has vested interests in the American fossil fuel industry and acts as a generator of policy positions and disinformation (Think Tank
). See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartland_Institute
Founded in 1984, The Heartland Institute is an American conservative and libertarian public policy think tank that worked with the tobacco company Philip Morris to attempt to discredit the health risks of secondhand smoke and to lobby against smoking bans.
The Heartland Institute has also run afoul of science-driven policy in American governance:
Since the 2000s, the Heartland Institute has been a leading promoter of climate change denial. It rejects the scientific consensus on climate change and makes unsubstantiated claims that policies to alieveate climate change would be damaging to the economy. . . The Heartland Foundation has been criticized by some scientific organizations such as the Union of Concerned Scientists who said “Heartland has a long history of intentionally trying to confuse the public on behalf of corporate sponsors.” though Heartland disputes this statement.
The Heartland Institute
is a nonprofit that has received funding in the past from notable right-leaning institutions such as Exxon-Mobil
, Charles G. Koch Foundation
, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
. the Heartland Institute
listed their donors in the past, however, they have since stopped listing where their money comes from.
The Heartland Institute’s primary mission is to advocate for corporations and minimal regulations, for example, they have advocated on behalf of the tobacco industry claiming that “We argue that the (smoking) risks are exaggerated by the public health community to justify their calls for more regulations on businesses and higher taxes on smokers and that the risk of adverse health effects from second-hand smoke is dramatically less than for active smoking, with many studies finding no adverse health effects at all. These positions are supported by many prominent scientists and virtually all free-market think tanks.”
While Heartland may be able to find a few scientists and virtually all free-market think tanks (who aren’t scientists) to claim that second-hand smoke is not very harmful, that goes completely against the consensus of the science
Currently this institution promotes the interests of corporations through the use of political disinformation
and conspiracy theory
as promoted by talk radio personalities such as Glenn Beck
The Heartland Institute
is also a leading supporter in human-influenced climate change denial
and when it comes to climate change information, they have made numerous false or misleading claims
Work requirements “have been proven to help impoverished families move from dependency to self-sufficiency.” – MOSTLY FALSE
“Model outputs published in successive IPCC reports since 1990 project a doubling of CO2 could cause warming of up to 6°C by 2100. Instead, global warming ceased around the end of the twentieth century and was followed (since 1997) by 19 years of stable temperature. Earth has not warmed significantly for the past 18 years despite an 8 percent increase in atmospheric CO2.” – INACCURATE
“[climate models] systematically over-estimate the sensitivity of climate to carbon dioxide … and modelers exclude forcings and feedbacks that run counter to their mission.” – INCORRECT
“Solar forcings are not too small to explain twentieth century warming. In fact, their effect could be equal to or greater than the effect of CO2 in the atmosphere.” – INCORRECT
“Forward projections of solar cyclicity imply the next few decades may be marked by global cooling rather than warming, despite continuing CO2emissions.” – INCORRECT
The Heartland Institute attempts to promote fictional narratives, which use the natural biases we have as humans, to their political advantage. A part of these fictional narratives is the category called Conspiracy Theory
For some background on this phenomena, throughout the twentieth century, right-wing extremist groups in the U.S. like the John Birch Society
(JBS) spread conspiracy theories about the threat posed by international cooperation. Among these was the idea that the United Nations was a front for a communist takeover of the world
, or for instituting one world religion
. During the mid-twentieth century, these conspiracy theories remained on the margins of political discourse as the mainstream Republican party rejected their views. However, today, conspiracies propagated by JBS and other similar groups are increasingly embraced by elected Republican officeholders as a means to drive certain sectors of voters
. (cite: https://drexel.edu/coas/faculty-research/fellowships/coas-undergraduate-fellowships/06-graham-19/
This movement towards embracing and using conspiracy theory is especially apparent in the embrace of conspiracy theories surrounding Agenda 21
, a non-binding, aspirational statement signed at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 by Republican President George H.W. Bush. As the Southern Poverty Law Center states: "The Birch Society and an array of other radical-right groups see Agenda 21 and virtually all other global efforts as part of a nefarious plan on the part of global elites to form a socialistic one-world government, or 'New World Order.'"
Rather than distancing themselves from these inaccurate claims, in January of 2012, the Republican National Committee embraced them by denouncing the non-legally binding document as a "destructive and insidious scheme to impose a socialist/communist redistribution of wealth."
We have before us the opportunity to forge for ourselves and for future generations a new world order – a world where the rule of law, not the law of the jungle, governs the conduct of nations. When we are successful – and we will be – we have a real chance at this new world order, an order in which a credible United Nations can use its peacekeeping role to fulfill the promise and vision of the U.N.'s founders.
United States President George H.W. Bush on September 11, 1991, in a speech given shortly after the commencement of Operation Desert Storm.
Conspiracy theorists often claim that Bush was implying the creation of a one-world government in this speech.
The common theme in conspiracy theories about a New World Order
is that a powerful and secretive elite with a globalist agenda
is conspiring to eventually control the world through an autonomous world government, which would replace sovereign nation-states and put an end to international power struggles. See: https://evil.fandom.com/wiki/New_World_Order
Though many are aware of the Qanon conspiracy movement
or simply Q
— a disproven and discredited far-right conspiracy theory alleging that a secret cabal of Satan-worshipping, cannibalistic pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring and plotted against former U.S. president Donald Trump while he was in office — newer conspiracy theories, based upon this notion of a one-world government
have cropped up since then. (cite: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QAnon
Since July 2020, one new conspiracy theory emerged which claims that "Over 20 goals comprise a "new world order"
the United Nations will focus on as part of its "Agenda 21/2030 Mission Goals
". For a complete debunking of this theory, see: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/07/23/fact-check-uns-agenda-21-2030-agenda-wont-create-new-world-order/5474884002/
Especially since the advent of the Trump administration, there has been an attempt to harness such conspiracy theories for political gain since many believers are either evangelicals or have a firm mistrust of government or simply want change. Donald Trump deliberately used this to harness and increase his voting block through this, augmented by social media. (cite: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_conspiracy_theories_promoted_by_Donald_Trump
Towards this end, we now see more political operations attempting to harness this same energy, thus we now come to one of the Heartland Institute's
newest projects, stoppingsocialism.com
Launched in 2019 by the Heartland Institute and The Henry Dearborn Institute for Liberty, Stopping Socialism is a website focused on the "moral dangers" associated with socialism and communism. The primary focus is the fight against the Great Reset conspiracy (promoted by Glen Beck) which is about a manufactured story about "global elitists" and their attempt to redistribute wealth on an international level, eradicate freedom and to promote a one-world government.
This is basically a revised version of your New World Order conspiracy theory, only this time its promoted by The Heartland Institute and Glenn Beck.
Mainstream media outlets such as The New York Times, the BBC, and The Guardian have traced the spread of the Great Reset Conspiracy Theory,
which had integrated the anti-lockdown conspiracies, to far-right internet personalities and groups – some also supporting the QAnon conspiracy theory
– including Candace Owens, Glenn Beck, Fox News' Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson, and Paul Joseph Watson, the UK-based editor of Alex Jones' far-right conspiracy website Infowars where he advocated for the New World Order among others. (cite: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Reset#Conspiracy_theory_by_the_same_name
Prime Minister Trudeau's use of the term "reset
", during the September 29, 2020 6-minute virtual address to the UN General Assembly, was interpreted by conspiracy theorists as evidence of a great reset conspiracy that they had been predicting for months. Pierre Poilievre (Canadian politician) was merely repeating the messaging of conspiracy theorists that, included the controversial petition, written by Archbishop, Carlo Maria Viganò and spread in the conservative Catholic community—including "CatholicVote
", an organization that supported Trump's re-election—which alleged that "disproportionate and unjustifiable" Covid-19 restrictions were part of plot in which "foreign powers" and "shady business interests" were planning on using "subtle forms of dictatorship" with the ultimate goal of forming "a world government."
Stoppingsocialism articles are opinion only, using fact as a means to create an alternative reality which "could"
plays a major role in their arguments. (see: Joe Biden Just Moved America Closer than Ever to the Radical ‘Great Reset’
. . . However, that does not mean that President Biden is a Marxist socialist. Rather than support policies designed to usher in absolute wealth equality and common property ownership, Biden aims to control the economy using the strategies outlined by supporters of the “Great Reset,” a far-left movement supported by countless leaders at many of the world’s most influential international institutions and multinational corporations and banks, including the World Economic Forum, United Nations, International Monetary Fund, Bank of America, and Microsoft. . . The second strategy is to completely transform the way businesses—especially large multinational corporations—operate by coercing them into promoting leftist ideas in exchange for government funding, tax breaks and other special treatment, and by using taxes and regulations to punish businesses that do not support left-wing causes. (false)
Stopsocialism.com and its affiliates falsely claim that Biden’s “Build Back Better” slogan is really a cover for nefarious plotting of a global cabal from Davos, Switzerland, intent on abolishing private property and building prison camps for the dissenters who refuse to accept microchips that will read their thoughts.
As Will Sommer writes in The Blaze:
The Great Reset is a hodgepodge of one-world-government fears that has gained steam in the wake of Biden’s win. It’s been fed by right-wing media personalities who have told their audiences that Biden is bent on launching said reset by using the coronavirus pandemic to ban religion, crush small businesses, and turn humans into something like robots—or replace them with actual robots.
Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon has declared that the Great Reset is “up in your grill,” while talk radio host Glenn Beck said the Great Reset is a plot to institute Nazi-style restrictions on American citizens. WorldNetDaily has called it a scheme from our “globalist overlords.” Pro-Trump personalities “Diamond and Silk” have warned their audience on Newsmax TV that Biden is behind the Great Reset plot.
Thus, The Great Reset
has become grist for massive QAnon-like conspiracy theories
, used by various groups to promote their own self-interests. For example, Justin Haskins
(writer/editor at stoppingsocialism.com
) is often referred to as “a leading authority on the Great Reset” in right-wing media. He not only writes for publications like Breitbart
, he is the editorial director and a research fellow at the Heartland Institute
, a libertarian public policy think tank founded in 1984 to deny the science of climate change. That is the backdrop on which Haskins distorts the message of the Great Reset
, transforming it into a socialist plot to implement the Green New Deal
, when in fact it is anything but socialist. See: https://washingtonmonthly.com/2020/12/30/inside-the-many-conspiracy-theories-about-the-great-reset/
Please feel free to rate both heartland Institute and their offspring "stoppingsocialism" accordingly: