PROPAGANDA QUOTES

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Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.

HANNAH ARENDT, The Origins of Totalitarianism

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In regard to propaganda the early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the propaganda might be true, or the propaganda might be false. They did not foresee what in fact has happened, above all in our Western capitalist democracies -- the development of a vast mass communications industry, concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant. In a word, they failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions.

ALDOUS HUXLEY, Brave New World Revisited

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It is a truism, of course, that in "democratic" states the populace must be encouraged to imagine that it makes important decisions by voting, and must therefore be controlled by suitable propaganda, which implants ideas to which the voters respond as automatically as trained animals respond to words of command in a circus, thus leaving to the masses only a factitious choice between Tweedledum and Tweedledee on the basis of their preference for a certain kind of oratory, a hair-style, or a particular facial expression.

REVILO P. OLIVER, Liberty Bell, April 1980

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It can be considered a rule that the probable duration of an Empire may be prognosticated by the degree to which its rulers believe in their own propaganda.

DORIS LESSING, The Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire

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Without some form of censorship, propaganda in the strict sense of the word is impossible. In order to conduct a propaganda there must be some barrier between the public and the event. Access to the real environment must be limited, before anyone can create a pseudo-environment that he thinks wise or desirable.

WALTER LIPPMANN, Public Opinion

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Photography is a powerful medium of persuasion and propaganda. It has that ring of truth when all the time, in artful hands, it can make any statement the manipulator chooses.

MICHAEL LANGFORD, Basic Photography

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Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.

EDWARD BERNAYS, Propaganda

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Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.

NOAM CHOMSKY, Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda

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The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

EDWARD BERNAYS, Propaganda

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It is a mistake to organize the direct propaganda as if it were a manifold system of scientific instruction. The receptive powers of the masses are very restricted, and their understanding is feeble. On the other hand, they quickly forget. Such being the case, all effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare essentials and those must be expressed as far as possible in stereotyped formulas. These slogans should be persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward. If this principle be forgotten and if an attempt be made to be abstract and general, the propaganda will turn out ineffective; for the public will not be able to digest or retain what is offered them in this way.

ADOLF HITLER, Mein Kampf

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Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it.

LYSANDER SPOONER, An Essay on the Trial by Jury

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[In] Democratic societies ... the state can't control behavior by force. It can to some extent, but it's much more limited in its capacity to control by force. Therefore, it has to control what you think.... One of the ways you control what people think is by creating the illusion that there's a debate going on, but making sure that that debate stays within very narrow margins. Namely, you have to make sure that both sides in the debate accept certain assumptions, and those assumptions turn out to be the propaganda system. As long as everyone accepts the propaganda system, then you can have a debate.

NOAM CHOMSKY, Chronicles of Dissent: Propaganda in the U.S. vs. the U.S.S.R.

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The term propaganda rings melodramatic and exaggerated, but a press that -- whether from fear, careerism, or conviction -- uncritically recites false government claims and reports them as fact, or treats elected officials with a reverence reserved for royalty, cannot be accurately described as engaged in any other function.

GLENN GREENWALD, A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency

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It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.

JOSEPH GOEBBELS, attributed, Propaganda and the Public Mind

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Propaganda is not usually a lie (because a lie is not instrumental to its ends), but persuasion, and not the seeking of truth, it the objective. In fact there is no 'unvarnished truth' anywhere, and even the success of ideas is inseparable from the fact and process of their propagation.

NICHOLAS J. O'SHAUGHNESSY, Politics and Propaganda: Weapons of Mass Seduction

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Because propaganda is pragmatic, when the social climate changes so do the propagandas, but not necessarily the propagandists.

BRIAN ANSE PATRICK, The Ten Commandments of Propaganda

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All propaganda must be presented in a popular form and must fix its intellectual level so as not to be above the heads of the least intellectual of those to whom it is directed. Thus its purely intellectual level will have to be that of the lowest mental common denominator among the public it is desired to reach.... The more modest the scientific tenor of this propaganda and the more it is addressed exclusively to public sentiment, the more decisive will be its success.

ADOLF HITLER, Mein Kampf

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You may imagine yourself unaffected by propaganda, but the person who thinks himself above propaganda is quite possibly its creature.

BRIAN ANSE PATRICK, The Ten Commandments of Propaganda

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Language becomes propaganda not so much by its inherent structures and devices as by the ideology it champions. Propaganda is shameless advocacy.

NICHOLAS J. O'SHAUGHNESSY, Politics and Propaganda: Weapons of Mass Seduction

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We become slaves the moment we hand the keys to the definition of reality entirely over to someone else, whether it is a business, an economic theory, a political party, the White House, Newsworld or CNN.

B. W. POWE, Towards a Canada of Light

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