Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Why Propaganda Trumps Truth

In Mein Kampf, Hitler explained the believability of the Big Lie as compared to the small lie: “In the simplicity of their minds, people more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have such impudence. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and continue to think that there may be some other explanation.”

What the sociologists and Hitler are telling us is that by the time facts become clear, people are emotionally wedded to the beliefs planted by the propaganda and find it a wrenching experience to free themselves. It is more comfortable, instead, to denounce the truth-tellers than the liars whom the truth-tellers expose.
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The problem faced by truth is the emotional needs of people. With 9/11 many Americans feel that they must believe their government so that they don’t feel like they are being unsupportive or unpatriotic, and they are very fearful of being called “terrorist sympathizers.” Others on the left-wing have emotional needs to believe that peoples oppressed by the US have delivered “blowbacks.” Some leftists think that America deserves these blowbacks and thus believe the government’s propaganda that Muslims attacked the US.

Naive people think that if the US government’s explanation of 9/11 was wrong, physicists and engineers would all speak up. Some have (see above). However, for most physicists and engineers this would be an act of suicide. Physicists owe their careers to government grants, and their departments are critically dependent on government funding. A physicist who speaks up essentially ends his university career. If he is a tenured professor, to appease Washington the university would buy out his tenure as BYU did in the case of the outspoken Steven Jones.

An engineering firm that spoke out would never again be awarded a government contract. In addition, its patriotic, flag-waving customers would regard the firm as a terrorist apologist and cease to do business with it.

http://atheonews.blogspot.com/2009/09/why-propaganda-trumps-truth.html?showComment=1253103588776#c4075164592286074344

The one thing that sets the 911 attacks apart from anything else we have seen before is the physical evidence. It is so overwhelming that slowly but surely we are building a massive base of people who understand and can articulate the truth. Furthermore, the internet is a new tool that has helped to spread the word here.

Although we face the psychological and practical challenge of countering the "Big Lie" we have many weapons and allies at our disposal in the fight. The mainstream media institutions can be circumvented and people's thoughts can be altered given time and correct strategy.

People can be brainwashed with the truth.

With our own propaganda AND the physical evidence, the facts will trump the big lie. The cover-up wall is cracked and already the village of official lies is awash with water.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 16th, 2009.]

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