The Scent of Propaganda

Propaganda is an effective tool.  It worked for Hitler.  And now with the advent of the Internet there is plenty of fertile ground to spread its seeds.  This is both good and bad.  Because it is always good to hear and read what people are thinking and saying.  But it also presents the capability to actually influence public opinion and enact change based on misinformation—because that is what propaganda is—a tool to propel other perceptions into the atmosphere, which are then used to the advantage of the source spreading its tentacles into the minds of other people and engage them in their cause.

And once that happens Truth becomes obscured and must fight its most formidable opponent—Ignorance.  Not an easy task.

Furthermore, people are more easily swayed than one might imagine.  Most don’t bother to actually think.  Rather they navigate through the customs and perceptions readily available for their consumption and become advocates of something they scarcely understand.  It wasn’t hard for Hitler to implement his program of purity and he was a leader of enormous influence until people realized what he was up to.  But in the meantime how many people suffered through the implementation of his program?  Too many.  For it is always too many when propaganda invites others to hate others to such length as to wish to eradicate them.

Mainstream media is also amenable to the spread of propaganda.  What mainstream media chooses to display as news and what it chooses to ignore—for a multitude of reasons—is equally important.  And when you consider that entities such as NBC, for example, are the mere thumb of the corporation that owns them you may also likely realize that freedom of speech is somewhat compromised and perspectives may be significantly altered to protect the mother that feeds them.

Other outlets such as the infamous Fox News make no attempt to conceal their support of extreme philosophies that target specific groups such as the rights of homosexuals and women and foment a hatred which reaches epic proportions—all the while covertly engaging in those activities they condemn.

Moving forward we have seen repeatedly that the legislative branches of government are filled with plenty of examples of contradictory messages and behaviors.  Extreme conservatives are exposed as closeted homosexuals while condemning the very acts they engage in as ungodly and work feverishly to limit the rights of those who are their brothers.  Where do such people come from?  Why do they do these things?  Do they behave merely to feed their ambitions for power?

I don’t understand these people.

Someone once explained his argument against the right of homosexuals to marry.  “My religion opposes the idea,” he said.  “But my religion does not,” I said.  So who is right?  Whose point of view is more valid?  Will one—or any—religion determine the rights of others?

I don’t know about you…  But I don’t have much faith in religion.  Historically religion has served as a tool of oppression and millions have died under its banner.  And strangely those who fought for the right to believe in what they believe and suffered because of it have over the centuries become the very oppressors they first challenged toward others.

Odd chemistry, to say the least.