Friday, July 22, 2016

Propaganda Is Subtle

The freer the society, the subtler the propaganda must be, in order to get citizens to think 'correctly'. Take this story in The Washington Post today. Note the non-sequitur of the second paragraph.
A video clip posted on Twitter showed a gunman opening fire outside the McDonald’s as people dashed for cover. The man appeared to fire on passersby with a handgun, seemingly at random. 
A U.S. investment adviser and blogger, Eddy Elfenbein, tweeted Friday that his brother was in Munich. “He was helped to safety by a young Syrian immigrant. The young man’s family called from Aleppo to see if he was OK,” Elfenbein wrote. 
In Washington, President Obama told a group of law enforcement officers at the White House that the United States is offering German authorities “all the support that they may need in dealing with these circumstances.” 
He said the Munich attacks serve as a reminder that “our freedoms, our ability to go about our business every day, raising our kids, seeing them grow up .... that depends on law enforcement. It depends on the men and women in uniform every single day who are, under some of the most adverse circumstances imaginable at times, making sure to keep us safe.”
Secondly, note that the president must equate freedom with a state of law enforcement. By this logic, why not just have a police state to get even more freedom out of it? How does Trump differ here? I'll leave you to think.