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Use PsyWar Principles to Stop Clinton and Biden

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By William A. Levinson

“Intelligence in 21st Century America” by Joseph Cotto explains how Americans can elect an empty suit like Barack Obama, and come close to electing ones like Al Gore and John Kerry.  “It was found that most people rank below average.”  Intelligence apparently follows not a bell curve, but rather a skewed distribution in which the median (50th percentile of the population) is well below the mean or average.

Adolf Hitler was therefore right (as in “accurate” rather than “ethical,” “decent,” or “honorable”) when he said, “All propaganda has to be popular and has to adapt its spiritual level to the perception of the least intelligent of those towards whom it intends to direct itself.”  Joseph Goebbels added, “Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect. … Hatred and contempt must be directed at particular individuals.”

This kind of propaganda persuaded Germans to elect the Nazis to power, but it was not a Nazi invention.  Hitler’s Mein Kampf cited Triple Entente propaganda that demonized Germans as monsters who brutalized women, put infants on their bayonets, drowned children on the Lusitania, and so on.  It was sufficiently effective to draw credulous Americans into a war in which we lost more than 110,000 men.  The Yellow Press, meanwhile, used images of savage apes in Spanish uniforms to draw the United States into a war with Spain.  Henry Ford defined this kind of manipulation as “psychological crime,” but then he fell victim to it himself when he believed and acted on Boris Brasol’s anti-Semitic propaganda.

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Written by Leatherneck Blogger

October 13, 2015 at 05:00

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  1. Reblogged this on Brittius.

    Brittius

    October 13, 2015 at 08:18


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