"The public must be put in its place, so that we may live free of the trampling and the roar of a bewildered herd, whose "function" is to be interested spectators of action, not participants. And if the state lacks the force to coerce and the voice of the people can be heard, it is necessary to ensure that that voice says the right thing, as respected intellectuals have been advising for many years. (Quoted in Noam Chomsky Z Magazine 1991)
Greece goes to the polls today. The Socialist Syriza Party is dancing a happy jig of denial of it's debt, the 'bewildered herd' of the Greek Masses seem to be joining in that dance as V day draws near. Unfortunately, the economic conductor, the EU, is not impressed with the musical 'bridge' that discordantly declares Austerity must end and the debt must be eliminated and it looks like the music will stop as soon as they reach the chorus for the last time after the election.
In fact the impression I get is that the EU sees the thought of Syriza's declaration on debt somewhat like a person getting off a train at Auschwitz while the stench of death wafts through the air. Greece now owes not less, but more than they did when the bailout was established. They now owe 175% of their GDP. The Banker now has to tell the Mortgagee that it's time to foreclose and the 'eviction' notice will soon be delivered by the economic sheriff.
Greeks herd is utterly bewildered by this, and is now trying to stampede to the polls to elect anyone who can sing a different tune than that one.
We must remember that in time of war what is said on the enemy’s side of the front is always propaganda, and what is said on our side of the front is truth and righteousness, the cause of humanity and a crusade for peace. (Walter Lippman) Interestingly, Lippman was Jewish, and his thinking is clearly echoed in this quote of Hitler:
All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards 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.
But if thought is to become the possession of many, not the privilege of the few, we must have done with fear. It is fear that holds men back — fear lest their cherished beliefs should prove delusions, fear lest the institutions by which they live should prove harmful, fear lest they themselves should prove less worthy of respect than they have supposed themselves to be. (Bertrand Russell)
The links below are very worthwhile following and I think one of the key points is the first "Wanting to believe the best of ourselves". I think it is on this one that the incessant shrill cries of the political Left of "Racist" toward anyone disagreeing with their ideas, hangs on the foundation that people don't want to be thought of as a 'racist'.
- Why Does So Much Propaganda Work?
- Wanting to believe the best of ourselves
- Fear-mongering and distorting facts
- Media management and public relations is very professional
- Disseminating prepackaged, even fake news
- Smear tactics are increasing in sophistication
- Narrowing the Range of Debate
Jesus once said "Let your yes be yes and your no be no, anything more than this comes from evil"... it seems to me he was right.