If one recalls, the Nazi regime running Germany in the 1930s and 40s came up with the word Fatherland for their nation.
As many should know, words and phrases can have deepest meaning in the worlds of both advertising and propaganda. Actually, propaganda is advertising. It advertises what the masses should be feeling about actions by and upon their country. Remember this from Herman Goering:
“Naturally the common people don’t want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, IT IS THE LEADERS of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY.” – Goering at the Nuremberg Trials
That quote should be enshrined in some Hall of Fame for the truth about the masses. The sad reality is how it resonates so well nowadays in Amerika. Hitler knew that the ‘Big Lie’ was the best lie. Why? Well, if it was so out of bounds then it must be true!
The 9/11 Truth movement has done its best, through countless research and investigation, to dispel the Big Lie, or should I say lies, about the ‘Who’ and the ‘How’ of the Twin Towers (and Bldg. 7) going down. Then we have the other ‘Big Lie’ as to the (so called) connection between 9/11 and Iraq. You get my drift? Read the books by David Ray Griffin (# 1 is 9/11 The New Pearl Harbor) as a start to get educated on the hundreds of facts that make the case against the 9/11 Commission Report. Oh yes, and the Warren Commission Report was truthful in that the lone gunman did it because he was a Commie dog. Where is that bridge in Brooklyn I have for you to purchase?
Let’s just focus on my country, the one I dearly love. In the early 20th century, there were a myriad of small newspapers and newsletters that covered a whole spectrum of political thought. Socialists and even Communists ran and won elected office throughout our country. In 1920, after the socialist movement had been hammered down by the pro war/anti Bolshevik forces that controlled our nation, Eugene Debs ran once again for president from the Socialist Party…from prison… and received one million votes, or 3.5 % of the total… as Convict 9653! So what happened to our populace since then, so that nearly one hundred years later we are in a worse shape politically?
As Ralph Nader calls them, the Two Party/One Party system gives the public the choice between Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee. If someone dare mentions being a Socialist, not even a Marxist or Communist, they are looked at like one sites a leper. Of course, the embedded with empire mainstream media only allows discourse from writers and citizens who express within the spectrum of the Republican & Democratic parties. Occasionally they will put in front of the camera only totally almost near crazed people and ideas as the only offering to the status quo. This assault on the minds of my fellow citizens has been going on for generations.
The public schools are increasingly underfunded, and the curricula are set up in primary and middle schools to ‘teach for the testing’ and not for rational thinking. Overt and covert militarism has flooded our schools, our local governments and of course our media. All of these institutions make sure to drum home that ‘We are at war’ and to ‘follow the flag’. The Pentagon is so infused with our educational system that they use our schools and scholastic sporting events as recruitment material. How many times must we see soldiers in camouflage marching on the fields of play before or during games? They cover the football field or basketball courts with giant flags, right out of the Goebbels playbook.
Finally, every student in our nation’s high schools should be made to read Orwell’s 1984, and then discuss it in depth. The parallels to our current Amerikan empire are astounding! This writer thought it a bit obtuse when in 1984 each home and apartment had cameras that could see all that someone was doing. Well, the 21st Century surveillance state has arrived! Scary isn’t it? In Orwell’s book he shows how the nation Oceania was in a state of what the late author Gore Vidal called Permanent War. How fitting. Of course, what Goering revealed about the propaganda of war making also fits too well now. W.C. Fields said it best: “Never give a sucker an even break.”
Philip A Farruggio is a son and grandson of Brooklyn, NYC longshoremen. He has been a free lance columnist since 2001, with over 300 of his work posted on sites like Consortium News, Information Clearing House, Global Research, Nation of Change, World News Trust, Op Ed News, Dissident Voice, Counterpunch, Activist Post, Sleuth Journal, Truthout and many others. His blog can be read in full on World News Trust, whereupon he writes a great deal on the need to cut military spending drastically and send the savings back to save our cities. Philip has a internet interview show, ‘It’s the Empire… Stupid’ with producer Chuck Gregory, and can be reached at [email protected].