Capitalism uses force but it also educates the people to its system. Direct propaganda is carried out by those entrusted with explaining the inevitability of class society, either through some theory of divine origin or through a mechanical theory of natural selection. This lulls the masses since they see themselves as being oppressed by an evil against which it is impossible to struggle. Immediately following comes the hope of improvement — and in this, capitalism differed from the preceding caste systems, which offered no possibilities for advancement.
Man and Socialism in Cuba
That's the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody's going to be against, and everybody's going to be for. Nobody knows what it means, because it doesn't mean anything.
Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
George Bernard Shaw
Otto von Bismarck
John F. Kennedy
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The Art of War
Pale Blue Dot
Out of My Later Years
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