Taking Back America - A discussion

ePluribus Media Book Reviews editor, Carol White, brings us a review of What Orwell Didn’t Know: Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics -- edited by András Szántó, with an introduction by Orville Schell.

This is an important book considering the political and social future facing every American in the wake of the Bush presidency.

White writes:

Learning the lessons from the failure to defeat Bush in the 2004 election — a campaign that he supported with large donations—he focuses this time on exposing how totalitarian propaganda methods are gaining a foothold in our ostensibly open society.

Read the entire review on the ePluribus Media Journal and then come back here to discuss.

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Nothing new here. Application is excellent but principles are well known long before Orwell!

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.

"The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."

-- Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda, 1933-1945

the push to "dumb-down" US citizenry and take the "oomph!" out of education and media has resulted in a tendency to obscure relatively recent history as well as rewrite significant portions of the historical record.

The need for an occasional reminder to shock the electorate's collective synapse is important; this book appears to be well suited to the task of taking away the curtain.

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Orwell was of course well aware of the abuses of propaganda by the Germans, by the Soviets and by the US and Britain. He went after the credulity of left wingers and their uncritical belief in the Soviet Potemkin village--ie the successes of the Soviet system, etc. But he also clearly recognized and warned against those same tendencies appearing in Britain and the US. And this was right after WWII--before Vietnam etc.

I think that Soros is trying to shake up the brain lock that keeps the Democrats mouthing Bush's terminology, his "big lie." Every time anyone bleats about fighting the War on Terrorism or Supporting our Troops by not criticizing the Iraq deployment then they have fallen into Goebbels trap.

Soros wants to shift the political rhetoric and give the Dems more backbone.

carol

How appropriate a review this is to help christen eP 2.0. Great job doing it, thanks for bringing it to my attention :-)

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