My son, who studied at the University of Indiana, was required to read Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler. I often heard that many modern statesmen use this book as a guide on how to govern.
After reading the chapter on WAR PROPAGANDA, I really felt that those who managed the Bush lies that led the US into Iraq knew this book by heart.
One portion on propaganda reads as follows:
"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 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.
If this principle be forgotten and if an attempt be made to be abstract and general, the propaganda will turn out ineffective; for the public will not be able to digest or retain what is offered to them in this way."
This reminds me of how Americans were constantly hammered by Bush Administration officials and the Corporate Media on Saddam's WMDs and possible nuclear ambitions and how Al-Qaeda seemed to be everywhere.
Simple lies, repeated constantly with the media drums rolling until Congress approved Bush's devastation of Iraq.