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We are living in an age of advanced propaganda.

Contrary to popular belief, propaganda was not an evil Nazi invention. In fact, it originated as a valid diplomatic doctrine in the 17th century (for example, Pope Gregory XV had a “College of Propaganda” as early as 1622 to support diplomatic missions). It is also a misconception that propaganda is an attempt to lie or deceive. Again, that misconception was borne mostly from Nazi Germany’s rudimentary use of propaganda during WWII. Advanced propaganda rarely engages in overt lying.

The goal of propaganda is manipulation. That is, to cause us to act in support of the propagandist’s objectives. It is not enough for propaganda to form an opinion in us, its ultimate aim is to cause us to take action. Left on our own, we may not intellectually support those actions, but successful propaganda changes that. Successful propaganda makes us a tool of the propagandist.

It is impossible to live through a single day without being continually bombarded by propaganda. Today’s propaganda comes mainly from the private sector. Advertising has always been a form of propaganda for products, but now we have private companies such as CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, Apple, Disney, and so many more using propaganda to manipulate America’s core values. Government propaganda has been largely supplanted by the private sector which acts as government’s surrogate.

To a certain extent this continuous barrage of propaganda always wins. It is impossible for us not to be exposed via phones, radio, TV, internet, billboards, magazines, et al, and that is the first win for propaganda. The remaining question is whether we allow it to sink beyond our consciousness and into our subconscious where it becomes a belief. That is the big win, when propaganda sinks into our subconscious where it becomes a belief and alters our values. That is where the danger lies.

Even colleges and universities are getting into the act. Higher education’s former commitment to critical thinking and dispassionate objectivity has been sacrificed on the altar of “wokeness.” Wokeness is one of the more blatant forms of propaganda today. Historically, educational institutions would not just disregard, but actually attack falsehoods. Historically, belief systems were the purview of religion and had no place in education. My how things have changed.

Propaganda is a back door tool. Our mind’s back door is our emotions, and that is how advanced propaganda easily slips in. Our back door is rarely (if ever) as well guarded as our front door, our intellect. We may think we are rational human beings, but in a contest between intellect and emotions, our emotions almost always win.

Here is an easy self-test. Have you ever watched a movie, a TV program, a newscast, a commercial, and felt a twinge of emotional reaction? If you did, then you were subject to successful propaganda. That emotional reaction is what changes your subconscious beliefs, in small but successive degrees.

Today’s advanced propaganda relies on “truth.” Truth in this context means it is not based on an overt lie. Recognize, however, that there is rarely such a thing as objective “truth.” The propagandist’s trick is to take a sliver of truth and make you emotionally committed to the idea that it represents the whole truth. It is not all that difficult because our personal exposure to the vastness of the world is relatively small, so we necessarily must rely on slivers of truth to form our opinions about larger realities. When a mere sliver of truth becomes embedded through our emotions it can transition into an unshakable belief, regardless how false that belief may actually be. We then act on that false belief.

Despite how powerful emotions are compared to our intellect, cultivating awareness, thought, and reason are the only way we may prevent ourselves from being subject to propaganda and manipulation. Unfortunately, my pessimistic side sees the great majority of Americans as too lazy to exercise and develop their intellect and reason, at least not enough to counter emotionalism and propaganda. My prediction about America’s future is that people who exercise advanced awareness, intellect, and reason will come to be regarded as outsiders, abnormal, and socially outcast.

Gun owners have an advantage in that regard. For one thing, it seems we don't care that much about being an outsider or outcast. For another, as gun owners we continually engage in refuting untruths about guns, and we know intuitively that those untruths are almost always borne of emotional propaganda. Consequently, by default gun owners are more aware, more intellectual, and more impervious to propaganda.

And so there is at least some hope. As a group, I have come to believe that gun owners are not just the protectors of our Constitution, but protectors of American ideals against the deteriorating impacts of propaganda.
 

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The best short paper I have seen on the subject. It should be required reading for every political science course as it points to how the world really operates. You have my highest complement. I once taught night classes at a university including a couple of courses that covered the US constitution as basis for the balance of the course. Your comment tells the story of how the entire public consciousness can be manipulated to destroy those core beliefs. The only thought I might add is the control of what a person can post on social media. Censorship is always the enemy of democracy and free thought. And of course, these trends intend to destroy that entire body of thought sometimes called religion and those bizarre beliefs that some higher being created everything.
 

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you know most large businesses also use propaganda to promote their image.
they might not exactly call it that but the underlying tones are there for sure.
how many times have you been to a car show or fireworks display and heard the name brought to you by so and so?
well that's them trying to put a friendly positively spun face out in the community, while simultaneously exploiting their work force, because their external image is of greater importance then their internal one since it brings in new employee's and gives them kind of a pass on other little things in the community.
 

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Ya this is correct.

The twinge I usually get from the propaganda is a twinge of being pizzed off because I see through the lies and manipulation. And am getting pretty [email protected] sick and tired of the communists.
 
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Pay close attention to the shows on TV now-a-days and see the shuttle (and sometimes not so shuttle) socialist agendas put into the story plots.
also notice the "Dumbing Down" of shows. They are now advertising a "competition" show between dog groomers. :rolleyes:
 

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Reality shows & competition shows seem to have taken over the networks, just browsing thru the menu. Guess it takes less imagination/talent to put those on, just change the ridiculous costumes & you have a new show!:rolleyes:
 

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Reality shows & competition shows seem to have taken over the networks, just browsing thru the menu. Guess it takes less imagination/talent to put those on, just change the ridiculous costumes & you have a new show!:rolleyes:
I find their "reality" shows hard to take as reality. competition shows are just MEH to me. The animation shows are just as bad. If watching tv by myself I prefer to watch the food network
 

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if you want to see propaganda promoting the leftist agenda, just watch any of the Netflix mini series shows. whether they take place in Medieval or modern times, all have the modern liberal policies injected into them.
 
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