The Power of Propaganda

“Propaganda proceeds by psychological manipulations, character modifications, by creation of stereotypes useful when the time comes.The two great routes that this sub-propaganda takes are the conditioned reflex and the myth”
~ Jacques Ellul

“Propaganda replaces moral philosophy.”
~ Hans J. Morgenthau

“The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief.”
~ Jacques Ellul

“A propagandist is a specialist in selling attitudes and opinions.”
~ Hans Speier

“All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to.”
~ Adolf Hitler

“One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”
~ George Orwell

“Propaganda is persuading people to make up their minds while withholding some of the facts from them.”
~ Harold Evans

“Propaganda has a bad name, but its root meaning is simply to disseminate through a medium, and all writing therefore is propaganda for something. It’s a seeding of the self in the consciousness of others.”
~ Elizabeth Drew

“Propaganda begins when dialogue ends.”
~ Jacques Ellul

“Propaganda is the art of persuading others of what you don’t believe yourself.”
~ Decimius Magnus Ausonius

“The power of propaganda is to say something enough times that it becomes the big lie.”
~ Andrew Breitbart

“Propaganda is a topic of particular concern to peace associations. This is a matter of educating the population in general, and not least the voters.”
~ Fredrik Bajer

“Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.”
~ Edward Bernays

“Because propaganda is pragmatic, when the social climate changes so do the propagandas, but not necessarily the propagandists.”
~ Brian Anse Patrick

“Propaganda is amazing. People can be led to believe anything.”
~ Alice Walker

“Propaganda must not serve the truth, especially insofar as it might bring out something favorable for the opponent.”
~ Adolf Hitler

“The essence of propaganda consists in winning people over to an idea so sincerely, so vitally, that in the end they succumb to it utterly and can never escape from it.”
~ Joseph Goebbels

“Propaganda, to be effective, must be believed. To be believed, it must be credible. To be credible, it must be true.”
~ Hubert H. Humphrey

“Propaganda is the art of persuading others of what you don’t believe yourself.”
~ Decimius Magnus Ausonius

“Propaganda analysis can contribute to world peace by exposing those techniques that lead to armed conflict by creating misapprehension of reality.”
~ Randal Marlin

“Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.”
~ Eric Hoffer

“Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies.”
~ Francis Cornford

“Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way.”
~ Jean Anouilh

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
~ George Orwell

“Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own free will.”
~ Joseph Goebbels

“That propaganda is good which leads to success, and that is bad which fails to achieve the desired result. It is not propaganda’s task to be intelligent, its task is to lead to success.”
~ Joseph Goebbels

“Propaganda is as powerful as heroin; it surreptitiously dissolves all capacity to think.”
~ Gil Courtemanche

“Propaganda invariably serves the long-term interests of some elite.”
~ John Berger

“Propaganda must facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred.”
~ Joseph Goebbels

“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.”
~ Noam Chomsky

“Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship.”
~ William Blum

“All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.”
~ Adolf Hitler

“Propaganda in the ordinary sense of the term plays a less important part in a consumer society, where people greet all official pronouncements with suspicion.”
~ Christopher Lasch

“Propaganda is a sprinter, but truth is a long-distance runner.”
~ Ernest Partridge

“All propaganda is lies, even when one is telling the truth.” ~ George Orwell

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