Sunday, July 31, 2005

Paradise as hell, or vice versa

"All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level,
that even the most stupid of those toward whom it is directed will
understand it... Through clever and constant application of propaganda,
people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way
around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise."
-- Adolf Hitler
(1889-1945) German Nazi Dictator
Source: Mein Kampf, p. 197. 14th Edition.

This propaganda tactic was used effectively by the Republican Party in their anti-liberal branding campaign throughout the 90s, and continues today in the form of right-wing talk radio, supplying "listeners" with a stream of sound bites they can unleash on their unwitting families and co-workers.

As a result, we see the mindlessly-repeated "liberals ruining the country" (despite the fact that liberals control very little of the government, there are evidently still rats' nests of liberalism so powerful that they must be exterminated before they spread). We also hear the mantras of the "trickle-down" theory (aka "supply-side economics"): if only all corporate regulations were abolished, the wealthy would unleash a neocapitalist paradise on us unwashed masses.

This sounds exactly like the ultimately fatal Bolshevik party line of 100 years ago, turned on its ear. Some of the nouns have been exchanged ("The Party" is now "The Market", "Enemies of the People" are now "Liberals", etc.), but the basic pattern of villainization, and the brainwashing of the public through repetition in the large corporate media, are alarmingly similar.

Sieg heil, komrades.

A parting thought, just to show how disturbingly eloquent psychotics can be:

"The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it."
-- Dr. Joseph Mengele
Infamous Nazi doctor


  1. Anonymous2:08 PM

    i actually AGREE with erk on this one.

    "...we see the mindlessly-repeated "liberals ruining the country"...if only all corporate regulations were abolished, the wealthy would unleash a neocapitalist paradise...brainwashing of the public through repetition in the large corporate media..."

    however, i believe it works both ways! but i believe people are more easily exposed to the republican-sympathetic media than they are to liberal-leaning opinions.

  2. Yes, brainwashing is a sorry state in either direction. As I'm sure I've repeated, the fact that every election boils down to 2 parties who don't differ nearly as much as other nations' parties tells us something about the unwillingness to really choose.

    I read an article in Harper's about right-wing talk radio; the keyword was "stimulation." Doesn't matter what's being said, as long as it's "stimulating." Keeping people in a persistent state of anger is an effective tool, harnessed currently by the right wing.