The borders between skillful PR, dull propaganda and lobbyism and corruption are generally flowing. The only possibility for protecting oneself against this is to be informed as extensively and independently as possible. This is easier said than done; information costs energy and time and assumes a basic education.
According to the neoliberal myth, higher profits would lead to more investments and more jobs. In truth, higher profits led to corporations buying back their stock and speculation on foreign currencies. In truth, higher investments lead to higher profits.