Are Zimbabweans being manipulated – Five?



The 10 Strategies

1-The strategy of distraction:

“The primary element of social control is the strategy of distraction which is to divert public attention from important issues and changes determined by the political and economic elites, by the technique of flood or flooding continuous distractions and insignificant information.

“Distraction strategy is also essential to prevent the public interest in the essential knowledge in the area of the science, economics, psychology, neurobiology and cybernetics.

“Maintaining public attention diverted away from the real social problems, captivated by matters of no real importance. Keep the public busy, busy, busy, no time to think, back to farm and other animals”….


2-Create problems, then offer solutions

“This method is also called ‘problem -reaction- solution’.

“It creates a problem, a ‘situation’ referred to cause some reaction in the audience, so this is the principal of the steps that you want to accept.

“For example: let it unfold and intensify urban violence, or arrange for bloody attacks in order that the public is the applicant’s security laws and policies to the detriment of freedom.

“Or create an economic crisis to accept as a necessary evil retreat of social rights and the dismantling of public services.”


3.The gradual strategy

“Acceptance to an unacceptable degree, just apply it gradually, dropper, for consecutive years.

“That is how the radically new socioeconomic conditions (neoliberalism) were imposed during the 1980s and 1990s:


• the minimal state

• privatization

• precariousness

• flexibility

• massive unemployment

• wages

• do not guarantee a decent income,

…so many changes that have brought about a revolution if they had been applied once.”


 4.The strategy of deferring

“Another way to accept an unpopular decision is to present it as ‘painful and necessary’, gaining public acceptance, at the time for future application.

“It is easier to accept that a future sacrifice of immediate slaughter.

• First, because the effort is not used immediately

• Then, because the public, masses, is always the tendency to expect naively that ‘everything will be better tomorrow’ and that the sacrifice required may be avoided.

“This gives the public more time to get used to the idea of change and accept it with resignation when the time comes”.



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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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