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Perfecting the Power of Political Propaganda (PART 2)
By | 09/27/2010 11:50AM | PROBLEMS

The Subtle, Insidious Manipulation of the American Mind


Propaganda is the menace to democracy of which the American people are least aware. This is true in part because it is intentionally surreptitious, but also because propaganda, by its very nature, is contrary to freedom and democracy. Thus, most Americans find it difficult to fathom the true extent to which we are influenced by political and corporate propaganda. It seems almost counter-intuitive; especially when we look and feel so free. Yet, to be sure, this is precisely what makes propaganda so powerful—the ideas seem to sprout up out of […]

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“Only the mob and the elite can be attracted
by the momentum of totalitarianism itself.
The masses have to be won by propaganda.”
-Hannah Arendt

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Perfecting the Power of Political Propaganda (PART 1)
By | 09/20/2010 11:00AM | PROBLEMS

Big Lies, Little Lies, Rumors and Propaganda


“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” This quote, which explains a propaganda technique known as the “Big Lie,” is traced back to Adolf Hitler and is discussed in more detail in Mein Kampf (1925). When Hitler and the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933 they immediately established the Reich Ministry of Propaganda. Its purpose was […]

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“Propaganda is to a democracy
what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.”
-Noam Chomsky

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