Leaders lead with truth. Of course truth is passé in our culture and therefore governance has become a function of technocrats managing, massaging and manipulating public opinion, which is of course, the very definition of propaganda; herding the rudderless masses wherever the enlightened elite want them to go.
There is no getting around the fact that without a revival of truth there can be no leadership. There can be no enlightening of the mind and setting fire to the spirit, only calculated appeals to base motivations of security, fear, class envy, race envy; worn admonishments to tow the line of science, progressivism and trampling upon traditional ideology in the name of fairness, tolerance and non-offensiveness.
Today Propaganda Infographic 2.0 is being released for general use and distribution.
Let’s Be Done With The Seven Propaganda Techniques
Banish from your mind once and for all that identifying propaganda consists in simply recognizing 7 rhetorical techniques. This is a severely outdated (1938) way of conceptualizing what has become a multi-billion dollar industry using multiple highly sophisticated schemes for creating alternative realities; so called narratives that control opinions, attitudes and behaviors of United States Citizens.
The purpose of this infographic is to help dispel current muddled concepts of propaganda and to reclaim its use by citizens young and old to see clearly through the fog of battle for the minds of men.
Of course there will be those who object to the idea of truth as presented in the infographic, but this ideal is a foundation of western civilization and persisted unchallenged in this country until after the First World War. The rise of mass media and the unprecedented success of WWI propaganda forever changed politicians relationship to truth and therefore changed the balance of democratic power.
The Decade of Propaganda
Volumes were written in what I call the decade of propaganda awareness (1920’s) warning that the manufacture of consent (deciding policy first and then creating public opinion to align with pre-determined paths) and democratic ideals were utterly incompatible, which of course is true.
Unfortunately for us, this battle over propaganda and its use in America was lost and with it went the dignity of man. The genie is now out of the bottle; the power of some men to control and manipulate other men’s minds and attitudes can now be unleashed at will.
Here, almost 100 years later, the clandestine shift from leadership to technocratic tyranny is almost complete. The American propagandist is alive and well in the 21st Century.
Please feel free to share this infographic on facebook, twitter, a blog or in a local community. Students, take this to school, throw a wrench in the indoctrination process and talk about the characteristics of propaganda in a new way.