Fall In Line

“We’re all in this together,” all the flacks are touting, meaning, “Fall in line or else.”

“Ma’am, ma’am! Next time you come in will you please go all the way around instead of ducking under the yellow rope barricade?”

“NO! I’m not playing this stupid game,” the disobeying shopper screamed back at the door marshal who was flaunting her newly appointed executive authority.

Would the she-marshal have been able to understand these words if the shopper had given her a paper to read with them on it?

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. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.

“Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.”

~ Edward Bernays, 1928

It’s highly unlikely.

Propaganda is communication that is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, which may not be objective and may be presenting facts selectively to encourage a particular synthesis or perception, or using loaded language to produce an emotional rather than a rational response to the information that is presented. ~ Wikipedia

Wickedepedia is part and parcel with and of the propaganda machinery. You can never know which parts are real or very nearly, if at all, true.

You must be higher minded if there is a hope to suss it out — but propaganda has a history that’s clear as a bell except, perhaps where it’s been relabeled the “counsel on public relations.” Another of Bernays’ ways of tricking every one who isn’t above all the rest.

The marshals at the grocery stores are not exposing higher minds. Isn’t it a pity?

“History teaches, but has no pupils,” the Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci wrote.

It seems enough of us will never learn — but, if we could what would we do?

Perhaps we’d disobey — at least where propaganda plays. Someone needs to topple this latest rendition of the tower of Babel.

“NO, I’m not playing this stupid game.”

 

image credit: Peggy_Marco

 

 

 

 

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