The Propaganda War that Took Us Down, and the Bankers Up, Up and AwaySubmitted by bobbyw24 on Fri, 07/30/2010 - 09:56
The Most Damaging Propaganda Campaign in History. And its Aimed at You and Me
When I think of the most insidious propagandists in history, Joseph Goebbels certainly comes to mind.
Goebbles became Adolph Hitler’s propaganda minister in 1933, and from then until his death by suicide in 1945, he had absolute power over all German radio, press, cinema, and theater. Goebbels used the media to instill the idea that Germany’s leader was a veritable god, and that Germany’s destiny was to rule the world. His most virulent propaganda, it should go without saying, was used against the Jews… so, I guess one could say, very well done there.
Goebbels had rules that he followed... precepts that had to be adhered to in order to create an effective propaganda campaign. Some of those rules included:
* Propaganda must be carefully timed, reaching its audience ahead of competing propaganda.
* Propaganda must have a theme that must be repeated over and over.
* Propaganda must label events and people with distinctive phrases or slogans.
* Propaganda must evoke the interest of the audience.
* Propaganda must diminish anxiety.
* Propaganda must be transmitted through an attention-getting communications medium.
Look, this guy may have been a murdering, genocidal lunatic, but no one ever accused him of incompetence; Joseph Goebbels was very good at his job.
As Americans we like to think that this country doesn’t tolerate such propagandists. We like to think that they only exist in history books, or perhaps in less sophisticated countries. Oh sure, we’ve got them in the advertising agencies of Madison Avenue, but if they get out of line, our government steps in and says no.
Well, as it turns out we’re wrong about the use of propaganda in this country, dead wrong. In fact, we the people of this country have been the target of the most insidious and pervasive form of propaganda, non-stop, and for the last 30 years. And, perhaps the worst part is that our government has been complicit in allowing it to continue because, at least in part, our government has been a beneficiary of what it has accomplished.
The propaganda campaign might be referred to in any or all of the following ways:
Debt is a status symbol… debt is a sign of success… debt is cool… you should want as much debt as you can get… being approved for more debt means you’ve made it.
Look at that handsome man getting out of that expensive car with that beautiful girl by his side... look... he’s paying for dinner with his striking sign of success… his GOLD Visa Card. Oh, he’s getting some tonight, for sure.
And how about... Rescue a Puppy... $22. Puppy’s bowl... $8. Pictures of your baby with the puppy... Priceless. Some things money can’t buy. For everything else there’s MasterCard. Look at the puppies and the baby... awwwww... how cute!
The fact is that you can’t get through an hour of your day without being exposed to very sophisticated advertising that is designed to position debt as s status symbol... something to be desired... to aspire to.
I want to be a gold debtor... I want to be a platinum debtor... how about a silver card? Can I be a titanium debtor? I’d like to see something in a palladium card. Why not become an emerald debtor, or perhaps a sapphire debtor? I want the Purple Card... can I have the purple card, please? Wait… I love to Discover! I want to be a “Member”. I want privileges.
Want to know what those ads should say? How about the following: