Friday, August 31, 2012

Can you pass this short quiz?

So with all the political stuff that’s going on, I’m going to ask you to name two people.

But first,  I’m going to redact some place names so as not to give away the answers. That said, please read the following quote.
“I speak differently in _________ than I do in ______, and when I speak in _______, I say different things than I say in the ____________ Hall. That is a matter of practice, not of theory. We do not want to be a movement of a few straw brains, but rather a movement that can conquer the broad masses.”  
In other words, the person who said this was talking about Etch-A-Sketch politics and the technique of making flip-flopping statements. The theory is, say whatever it takes, lie if necessary, tell one audience one thing and another audience another, so long as you manage to fool lots of people into following you.  
So who was it? It was….
Well, let me give you a hint that may give it away. The speaker delighted his boss, who himself said, 
But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success
I guess you’ve guessed by now. But in case you haven’t:

The first guy was Joseph Goebbels, the propaganda minister of Nazi Germany. And the one who urged repeating a the few points over and over again, the guy who praised persistence, was Adolph Hitler.

Hey, I’m not accusing anyone presently living of anything. I’m only pointing out what Goebbel and Hitler said. You’re grown up enough to draw your own conclusions.


Buce said...

Damn, and here I thought it was Mother Teresa.

Patricia said...

Crank, it is really scary to see the similarities. With the Fox propaganda machine, we may be halfway there.