an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
(in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.
derogatory information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view:“he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda”
the dissemination of propaganda as a political strategy:“the party’s leaders believed that a long period of education and propaganda would be necessary”
Now that we have the definitions out of the way, we can look at how fascism and propaganda work together and who has used it for personal gain while letting a nation suffer.
Since the race for president began, well over 2 years ago, we have been subjected to quite a bit of propaganda and jingoism designed to inflame and misinform the masses.
I can hear you yelling “No we haven’t!” from here.
Yes, you have.
You have listened while one man fed into people’s fears, insecurities and hate the same way Hitler fed fear to Germany after WWI and during WWII. Propaganda 101…you need a scapegoat to center people’s hate and fear on.
For months you heard trump demonize Muslims. You heard him spew his hate about them. He told you that you had to fear them because they were coming to destroy us. That they were already here raping, bombing and robbing.
He upped the ante when he brought Mexicans into the mix. We were told to hate them too. We had to fear them because they were going to kill people, rape women and children, steal everything from our jobs to the things we owned as well as bring in drugs and countless diseases. He called them “thieves and rapists”.
Now, we have two groups of people, both brown skinned, that trump is vilifying. Still, propaganda 101, the turning of one group of people into a collective group of Satans.
Next, we have the media asking questions and doing what the media generally does these days; reports opinion instead of facts.
This time, they took it a few steps further and covered trump to the virtual exclusion of every other candidate. In turn, he vilified them, too. Calling on his “people” to teach them a lesson. Reporters had to be walked to their cars by the Secret Service to keep them from getting killed at rallies.
Now, trump just screams “FAKE NEWS”.
Propaganda 101, lesson 2.
Denigrate the media.
Repeatedly tell people that everything the media tells you is a lie. Tell the public that YOU are the only one who has the truth and the facts they need. Deny every single truth the media puts out as fake news. Promote distrust in all news organizations but the ones you control.
Then…….silence the media or force them to turn into shills for the government, printing only what the government tells you can say or print or discuss.
As you can see by the chart above, ( borrowed from the National Holocaust Museum) the current administration, (and by administration I mean the GOP Congress and GOP president) is currently enacting every single thing on the list.
Lets do it in order…..
Nationalism…….”Make America Great Again”. This is a blatant form of nationalism designed to make people feel that theirs is the only country that matters and that other countries are inferior. This was a ploy Hitler used to unite the German people before he started WWII.
Disdain for human life….. The current attitude that all refugees are terrorists fits in the niche. Trumps recent, Constitutionally illegal ban on immigrants, proves that he has little regard for human lives or human rights. His order to ICE to pick up people who have lived here 20, 30 years or more, are not criminals, have never been arrested but MUST be deported disregards families, human rights, and empathy for the individuals.
And let’s not forget healthcare insurance. By wanting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the GOP is proving that they don’t care about people, only themselves. By repealing the ACA they are effectively killing people. They have no workable replacement, nothing viable. Nothing that will insure that people with pre-existing conditions will be able to have affordable healthcare.
We’ve already done the third one….scapegoats. Muslims, Mexicans, the press.
Military supremacy…..it was announced that the military wants to add 6-7,000 new recruits. This smacks of a prelude to war and what Hitler did with his conscription before he invaded Poland.
The president vilifies the military one moment and, the next, he praises them.
Now, he wants to have 100,000 National Guardsmen start rounding up “illegal immigrants”. Hitler’s brown shirts were there for the same purpose….rounding up Jews.
Rampant sexism….. blatantly obvious by trumps disrespect for women, his vulgarity about women and his overt misogyny. The GOP Congress is much the same with their misguided belief that women cannot be trusted to take care of their own health concerns. Which is absolute rubbish. That if women use birth control they must be sluts and whores. More rubbish.
Right now, there is a politician who thinks women are merely “hosts” for babies. In Oklahoma, women must now get PERMISSION from the father before having an abortion. While, in Arizona a politician calls for women on Medicaid to be sterilized.
This is blatant misogyny.
Obsession with national security…… the immigration ban is the prime example. Trumps own words condemn him. He believes that every single immigrant, even those who are legitimately here and have been vetted, is a terrorist out to destroy this country.
Religion in government…..One of the thinks the GOP is trying to insert into the American government is religion. They’re making laws to give churches the right to become political action committees which, under current Federal law, is illegal. It violates the concept of separation of church and state handed down by the Founding Fathers. It also violates churches being charities and being listed as 501(c)3, charitable organizations that don’t pay taxes.
Corporate Power is protected……Goldman Sachs and Wall Street are now represented on the Cabinet. Executive orders signed to take away the restrictions on banks and Wall Street that keep the consumer from getting robbed.
Labor power is suppressed…..Right to work is the first thing I think of. Right to work has been passed in half a dozen states, mostly Southern. So far, all it seems to do is cut people’s paychecks and have people work longer hours for less money.
Disdain for intellectuals and the arts…..This is one of the first things that seems to happen. Denigrating education and cutting funding for the arts. Putting a known education bigot in charge of the Education Dept. is tantamount to letting our children remain uneducated and, therefore making them easier to control as adults.
Also, cutting funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. These are the first things Hitler cut out as well. He denigrated intellectuals, burned books, and had professors and other educators arrested and many were killed.
Lying about facts goes hand in had with this. Disdain for facts and the truth, making up lies and trying to pass them off as truth. All of this is anti-intellectualism.
Obsession with crime & punishment….One word, Chicago. Trump wanting to send in Federal troops to quell the ‘bad guys” and to take over the job of the police whether the chief of the Chicago police department wants it or not. Trump has lied about the statistics in front of a whole cadre of policemen from across the country. When corrected, he flew into a rage and kept repeating the wrong statistics about crime in Chicago.
Cronyism and corruption….. Again, one word, Cabinet. His entire cabinet is full of people who bought their way in by donating to trumps and the GOP Congress’ coffers. These people are billionaires with no practical experience in any of the positions they’ve been put in.
Fraudulent Elections….. There is absolutely NO EVIDENCE of voter fraud but trump has been screaming about it for 18 months. He thinks if he says it enough it will become fact. It won’t.
No, the lies that are being promoted by the new administration are just that. Overt, outright lies.
Whenever one of 45’s people makes a statement, I double check it with sites that are verifiable and honest. I fact check it with reputable fact checking sites.
I suggest you do the same.