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The Five Rules of Propaganda

Posted by $ Susanne 6 years, 1 month ago to Politics
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I was doing some research on tomorrow's Scottish Independence vote... one of the "Yes" sites had this. Reminds me a LOT of what we see in the dotgov - especially in the complicity between them and the media:

• The rule of simplification: reducing all data to a simple confrontation between 'Good and Bad', 'Friend and Foe'.

• The rule of disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

• The rule of transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.

• The rule of unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: draining the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star-performers, by social pressure, and by 'psychological contagion'.

• The rule of orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.



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    Posted by freedomforall 6 years, 1 month ago
    Never tell the truth; good fabrication takes practice.
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    • Posted by Hiraghm 6 years, 1 month ago
      remember...propaganda CAN be true...
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      • Posted by sender47 6 years, 1 month ago
        Propaganda is not about true or false, is about point of views of the audience and influence them

        Propaganda is never impartial (Impartial is the information in a system definition, facts), therefore it can never be objectively true.
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        • Posted by Hiraghm 6 years, 1 month ago
          Propaganda, the noun, can be true. Period.
          If I point out that President Clinton was impeached, that's true. I'm not impartial, because I wanted him removed from office. I could have used that *fact* to promote my agenda of having him removed from office. It would have been propaganda, but still true.
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          • Posted by sender47 6 years, 1 month ago
            I think we are not talking about the same

            A fact is true. Propaganda is a process. A process of achieving what you want through the way you present to audience facts, is a matter of public opinion

            Clinton was impeached is a fact, not propaganda

            One of the ways of trying to make people support removing him or not of the office is propaganda not a fact.

            Clinton deserved or not get removed is an opinion not a fact. Stir the opinion towards what you want is achieved through propaganda.

            Propaganda can be based on facts, often loosely (generalization, reduction and other techniques). But is not the same as saying that propaganda is true under certain circumstance..

            Propaganda and facts are not the same, propaganda doesn't care facts it cares about opinions about the facts

            Note that I don't say that propaganda is necessarily bad (almost always it is). But that will get us to a discussion of what is good or bad.
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    Posted by $ Technocracy 6 years, 1 month ago
    Are you sure thats not the cover sheet for the daily talking points from the DNC?
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    • Posted by CircuitGuy 6 years, 1 month ago
      I don't know if the DNC/RNC orchestrate it or if there's a vast industry of people using propaganda to get readers/viewers, and politicians and their parties must draft behind that to get attention. Maybe the vectors go more the other way, with the politicians driving it. It's definitely symbiotic.
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  • Posted by sender47 6 years, 1 month ago
    Yeap... True story.. I would add the rule of the myth.

    Take something a lot of people like, be it good or bad but people has some kind of connection and affection. Use it as a symbol of your project.

    Say God is on your side... or Jesus was socialist, or Simon Bolivar was socialist, Chavez is the Christ of the poor, Maduro is the son of Chavez the eternal commander. Even make Chavez shrines. Make it religious.
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    • Posted by $ 6 years, 1 month ago
      They did that in Russia - ever go to Red Square? You can still, to this day, see the body of Lenin lying in state. The real corpse - not a dummy or mock-up, but the same dead dictator that started the whole looter theocracy of the USSR in the early part of the 1900's. He still draws a certain sense of awe and reverence to a lot of the people who visit it, and people still wait in line (in sometimes crummy weather) to walk past Ol' Vladimir and place flowers there.

      Interesting, how a society that eschewed religion, called it the Opiate of the masses, turned around and built their own form of religion around itself and it's founder. Germany tried to do the same thing in the 30's and early 40's with their shrine to the Alter Kampfers... Had they not crashed and burned so well, they probably would have succeeded - after all, look at the various religions that use that -ology as their mantra.
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      • Posted by $ Mimi 6 years, 1 month ago
        Not everyone is a hero worshipper. You can be singled out by the guards if you go for the purpose to gawk or mock the body of Lenin, so there is a certain amount of feigned adulation in the long lines of tourists.
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  • Posted by NealS 6 years, 1 month ago
    Wow, those are some really scary words. But then again, they seem to represent freedom, freedom of thought. Obama must be thinking, "Why can't everyone just be like me? It would just make it much easier to get along."
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  • Posted by CaptainWaters 6 years, 1 month ago
    I think your first rule is wrong: • The rule of simplification: reducing all data to a simple confrontation between 'Good and Bad', 'Friend and Foe'.

    Moral relativism is an essential part of the communist/liberal/Democrat agenda. Blurring the lines between right and wrong allows for anything to be acceptable. "Islam is the religion of peace." That slogan and it's current variations (Obama's statement that "no religion condones what ISIS does.") are intended to diffuse the boundaries between right and wrong so that we cannot have a clear line where it is appropriate to stop evil.

    It may seem simplistic, but it is necessary to make a decision about what is right and what is wrong. Without that distinction, everything is just 'someone else's opinion;' and therefore acceptable.
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  • Posted by jdg 6 years, 1 month ago
    Those certainly seem to be the rules the Democrats use to win.

    The question for us is, how do we reach a mass of voters, most of whom are so shallow that those rules work?
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  • Posted by anthonysd 6 years, 1 month ago
    Sounds like they used the same tactics on the topic of Global Warming... oopppsss I mean Climate Change... ;>)

    BTW I saw the movie and loved it!! :)
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    Posted by Boborobdos 6 years, 1 month ago
    Faux news: "Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi, Kenya, Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi, Kenya, Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi,Kenya, Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi, Kenya..."
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