For better part of year now I have had exchanges with bloggers that are always going on about the dangers of Islam and Muslims….they see evil intentions behind everything they do……they believe that Sharia Law will become the law of the land or that Muslims all go around chanting “death to America”…..I am sure that they get their info from sites that find one incident that is un-American and extrapolate it into a movement within the Muslim community…..all that seems somehow familiar……
Makes me think of the chaotic and violent days of the 1920-30’s……
You see back in those days times were tough and there was this group that decided all the upheaval was the makings of another ethnic group…..the evil ones compared this other group to a pack of rats and other vermin….they were demonized for….basically being different…..
The evil mastermind, whose name is known by all and will remain anonymous, put his thoughts down in a book on how to treat these other people……and better yet…….. control them……
“Propaganda must not investigate the truth objectively and, in so far as it is favourable to the other side, present it according to the theoretical rules of justice; yet it must present only that aspect of the truth which is favourable to its own side. (…) The receptive powers of the masses are very restricted, and their understanding is feeble. On the other hand, they quickly forget. Such being the case, all effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare essentials and those must be expressed as far as possible in stereotyped formulas. These slogans should be persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward. (…) Every change made in the subject of a propagandist message must always emphasize the same conclusion. The leading slogan must of course be illustrated in many ways and from several angles, but in the end one must always return to the assertion of the same formula.”
Some tactics never go out of favor….now do they? When I hear words like “pack”and “horde” to describe a people then the thoughts of yesteryear return…..
The discourse over Muslims today resembles the way Jews were vilified around a century ago.
The way this discourse is structured reminds me of that same evil fellow from the past…..he postulated the proper way of dealing with the ethnic group in question…..
“Propaganda must always address itself to the broad masses of the people. (…) All propaganda must be presented in a popular form and must fix its intellectual level so as not to be above the heads of the least intellectual of those to whom it is directed. (…) The art of propaganda consists precisely in being able to awaken the imagination of the public through an appeal to their feelings, in finding the appropriate psychological form that will arrest the attention and appeal to the hearts of the national masses. The broad masses of the people are not made up of diplomats or professors of public jurisprudence nor simply of persons who are able to form reasoned judgment in given cases, but a vacillating crowd of human children who are constantly wavering between one idea and another. (…) The great majority of a nation is so feminine in its character and outlook that its thought and conduct are ruled by sentiment rather than by sober reasoning. This sentiment, however, is not complex, but simple and consistent. It is not highly differentiated, but has only the negative and positive notions of love and hatred, right and wrong, truth and falsehood.”
All this fear-mongering is nothing new…….
This issue will be debated for years to come…..with no consensus because no matter how cogent an argument is….haters are going to always find someone to hate.
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