For my ‘Propaganda and Persuasion’ class in college I have been asked to provide my perspective on propaganda. I trained during war in what is called COIN strategy, it is a systematic strategy to destabilize a radicle regime and replace it with something else.
I have a pretty good memory, Mefloquine Toxicity imprinted my training and memories of war into my memory with a more vivid view. I try to help bring that memory of war to a story on this blog site.
1. What was “McCarthyism,” and what aspects of propaganda does it present?
According to Britannica; “McCarthyism, name given to the period of time in American history that saw U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin produce a series of investigations and hearings during the 1950s in an effort to expose supposed communist infiltration of various areas of the U.S. government. The term has since become a byname for defamation of character or reputation by means of widely publicized indiscriminate allegations, especially on the basis of unsubstantiated charges.”
The biggest thing I think of; when I think of “McCarthyism” is Lavrentiy Beria and his role for getting innocent people convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. His famous quote; “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime” says it all.
It also shows you how power perception and media influence really is. Especially in a modern world, were instant information is at the tip of our fingers. I have watched the media lie to the world, specifically the American people and tell a false story. I have watched a nation back the media and fake politicians as they all defamed an innocent man.
No one ever provided any proof of anything, when it came to the whole ‘Russian Collusion’. Here you can even read the entire Mueller Report and draw your own conclusion. But there was nothing there but speculation and misrepresentation of government funds to charge a crime against a man, just because they did not like him.
2. What was the cold war, and in what ways could it be argued that it was an unnecessary product of propaganda?
The Cold War was a fake war between Russia and American interest were the elite used fear porn (propaganda) to make the American nation believe that Russia really wanted to nuke us. This was done to gain more control of the American people and slowly instill into us fascism so we can become a socialist communist nation. All in order to serve corporate interest and keep the few in power, so they can continue to use people for further profit.
3. Was the Vietnam War purely a product of propaganda, or was it in fact fought for democratic purposes?
It was propaganda to push a fascist agenda. Like all wars, Vietnam was similar to my experiences in the battle for Marjah, Afghanistan. The thing that is interesting about the term democracy or democratic state is the fact that we are a constitutional republic, founded on ‘democratic ideologies’. The mob cannot rule or we will become a fascist state. All wars seem to spread corporate influence, greed and hate.
John Adams once said in a letter to his “Beloved Abigail“; “I do not say that democracy has been more pernicious on the whole, and in the long run, than monarchy or aristocracy. Democracy has never been and never can be so durable as aristocracy or monarchy; but while it lasts, it is more bloody than either. … Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty. When clear prospects are opened before vanity, pride, avarice, or ambition, for their easy gratification, it is hard for the most considerate philosophers and the most conscientious moralists to resist the temptation. Individuals have conquered themselves. Nations and large bodies of men, never.”
History will only repeat it, if everyone learns to forget it.