Here is a very interesting interview with Gabor Maté in which he talks about the accuracy of the press in the Western World and how it compares to other, more openly repressive regimes. He makes a telling point that propaganda in the West is in many ways more pernicious and successful than propaganda in openly totalitarian regimes. This is because many Western citizens believe that the propaganda, that's pushed on them, is actually true. They believe it because they believe their country is respectable, open and tolerant. By comparison, many of the citizens of openly totalitarian regimes know that their propaganda is lies, and so they greet it with open scepticism. In some ways, this means that our liberal Western democracies are operating a more shrewd totalitarian system. They do monitor everybody, and manipulate the views and knowledge of the masses, and 'weed out' any citizens they deem a threat to their control, but they do it on the quiet, while publicly lauding how open and tolerant they are. This is therefore still Big Brother, but not the Big Brother where you can't turn the propaganda television off, it's the Big Brother where you don't want to turn the propaganda television off, because it's fun, exciting and saying such great things.
Returning to the video, during the short interview, Mate talks about such matters. He also touches upon the anti-semitism accusations in the British Labour Party and Russian interference in the U.S. election.
I've watched several video interviews with Dr Maté in recent weeks and I've found him to be intelligent, compassionate, perceptive and objective. His views on trauma, addiction and compassion are well worth reading/listening to. Enjoy!