Manipulation is based upon a truthful piece of information mixed up with some well calculated misinformation, deviously delivered by Know-all Power, at well chosen times, straight at the door step of the weak and ignorant Me or You.
The hidden message: "Do not change horses while riding uphill!"
Not all proverbs are wise. If the horse is incompetent, the only way to negotiate your way to the top of the hill would be to change that horse right away.
An universal challenge.
It used to be that everything American reached us ten years later: MacDonald, homeless, consumerism, you name it. Even New Age fads.
Now it's the other way: Same tactics were (and are) used here in Israel before election and/or any internal political crisis.
If the prophesy comes true, you won't be able to say you were not warned or that Goverment was idle.
If it doesn't, then it will show you just how great Goverment is.
It's a win-win tactic. As long as people choose to be gullible, Father Fear will eternally lead us.
So how do we discern?
Ask not how your goverment can lead you into submission, Ask how you can lead your goverment into admission (to unbiased Truth).
Easier done than said...