Propaganda that knows what strings of human nature to play is a powerful weapon. In fact, propaganda is more dangerous than the atomic bomb. Because it is propaganda that sooner or later will justify its use.
A Russian journalist asked his former classmates about the Ukraine war. The answers were disturbing.
[Propaganda of the anti-gun people is of this type.
Of course, if you look at the fundraising propaganda of any successful political organization it will play on the “strings of human nature”. Use cold reason and be especially wary of crowds cheering a charismatic leader.—Joe]
Timur is absolutely correct on this one. Propaganda, it’s uses, and how to spot it. Should be mandatory schooling for everyone.
Right along with critical thinking skills.
One might even require an anti-propaganda education certificate before being allowed to vote.
And the propagandists will, naturally, be the ones teaching your “anti-propaganda” course, setting the standards, making the rules, administering the program, collecting the fees, and handing out the certificates! For how could it be otherwise!? You think they’d just stand aside and let their whole world system be undermined?
But there is one standard, as there has always been, and always will be, and it isn’t difficult to learn. Why do you think they burned Bibles, and put a death sentence on anyone caught with one;
“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20
And the same message from the New Testament;
“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12
But we’d rather rely on our own smarts, in this enlightened age, right? And on the smarts and the righteousness of good men, and good organizations, right? Of course! Well then, we will get what we will get from that, and then we will have, in the strictest sense, asked for it. So don’t complain when the SHTF.
“Why do you think they burned Bibles, and put a death sentence on anyone caught with one.”
Sweet! I’m ready to go all “Book of Eli”, would tomorrow be to soon for the bitches?
No better a death, buddy! Than to die against fearful odds, defending my heavenly father’s words of truth, And those of my savior, his son Jesus Christ. And all that’s good and beautiful in world.
As for who is teaching the class? I always look forward to a time when the sort of morons your thinking of have already been composted. I know, I’m a dreamer.
The dude is Russian so he ought to know that the whole region has been chaotic for at least 2000 years. To portray the war as a simple case of one Westphalian state invading another is either very stupid or dishonest. Ukraine has been sovereign for the last 30 years and for a few years during the Russian Civil War. Other than that, it has been part of Russia, the Soviet Union, Poland, Austria, the Ottoman Empire, Cossack country, Byzantine Empire, Genoa, the Golden Horde, the Khazars, the Goths and who knows who else.
So what? The same can be said for any other country in Europe. That sort of ancient history can’t be a justification for conquest. For example, the same reasoning can be applied to Poland. Or Norway, or Finland. Going back to 1810 it can be applied to nearly all of Europe (which then was part of the French empire).
Interesting article by Kucher. I can’t help wondering how much like those Russians we are, here and now, in regard to what we believe being the result of propaganda and other forms of psychological manipulation. In fact, how could it be any different here? Are our state media and even our “conservative” journalists significantly more honest? Or are they all liars to some degree, even believing at times that they are dutifully reporting truth while parroting lies?
It is my sincere belief that, should we learn the truth about the world, the vast majority of people will be shocked and horrified.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12
And I say that that is something of an understatement, because without any detail we cannot imagine the degree of crafty, organized wickedness it refers to, which is always covered by deception. We might find those words rather bland, and disconnected from our own lives, until the full weight of them hits home, personally.