Political Propaganda is the management of collective attitudes by the manipulation of the masses toward a certain cause, position or political agenda. Or as Adolf Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf, “the art of propaganda consists in putting a matter so clearly and forcibly before the minds of the people as to create a general conviction regarding the reality of a certain fact….it must appeal to the feelings of the public rather than to their reasoning power.” Hitler continued, “ propaganda must not investigate the truth objectively” especially when its favorable to the other side, but must “present only that aspect of the truth is favorable” to the agenda they are pushing.
The left is adept as using political propaganda to shape the minds of the uninformed, the mildly informed and the “if it doesn’t affect me, I don’t really care” masses without it being patently visible. In fact, numerous propagandized ideas have taken America by storm in just the past decade. Same-sex marriage is but one of the many. Transgenderism is the new delusion, wrapped in the language of civil rights, an agenda to get Americans to erase all sex distinctions from the law, including their own. Following close is the Singles’ Rights Movement that promises to end the legal recognition of all marriages. And let’s not forget transhumanism that is pushing the end to “fleshism” through laws that protect non-biological entities from discrimination. It’s as though Americans are buying into a fast-talking sales pitch without being allowed to read the fine print.
Delusion is an important element in the destruction of our nation because tyrants cannot stand up to logic or the free exercise of expression and association. So it’s important to the left that they organize, isolate and manipulate, with talking points, with the media, with fear and pseudo-enthusiasm to instill mass delusion.
Unfortunately conservatives and Christians are by and large clueless about it works and it shows. They set around scratching their heads wondering how life got to be so surreal, so fast? When it comes to understanding the inner workings of social psychology and political correctness, we seem to be at a loss. While the power elites that control the media, academia and Hollywood, that exceed in “collective belief formation” exploit it on a massive scale.
One of the best books that cracks the code on what we are living through was written by Dutch psychiatrist Joost A.M. Meerloo about 60 years ago. The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing, written in 1956, explores the methods by which systematic mental pressure brings people to abject submission, and by which totalitarians imprint their subjective “truth” on their victims’ minds.
The emotional stew in which we are oiling doesn’t allow logic or reason to prevail. We can never fight back as long as we are in the dark about how our minds can be manipulated. And, as more people succumb to PC conditioning and cede freedom of thought, it becomes more difficult for the rest of us to maintain integrity of mind.
Tyrants always pretend to promote the very thing they seek to destroy. Freedom depends on breaking down the walls of separation that tyranny builds. It means cultivating the art of friendship, exercising our rights to free association and to communicate our thoughts to others. It means cultivating knowledge instead of ignorance.