At the onset of World War II, the United States Department of War recruited several Hollywood producers to help them with an issue they perceived would be a major problem upon entering the looming global war. The idea of isolationism permeated a large percentage of the population at the time, and the United States risked sending a demoralized, reluctant force into the European theater if the threat to American interests escalated, which it did. Director Frank Capra, after reviewing a private screening of Nazi propaganda film "Triumph of the Will," wrote: “I could see where kids of Germany would go any place, die for this guy. How do we counter that?”
Yet counter it he did. In a series of American military-financed propaganda films called “Why We Fight,” Capra, using footage from Germany’s propaganda films to illustrate ideological differences between the Axis and American values, helped sway the opinion of Americans to support the war effort.
Flash forward seventy years, and we find the Hollywood propaganda machine still churning out thought-changing narratives. Somewhere along the way, however, the message has changed drastically. Long gone are the pro-American messages of “rugged individualism, capitalism, mom, apple pie, and Chevrolets.” These messages have transformed into the Marxist rhetoric of socialism, communism, and strange apocalyptic warnings of an environment that will surely turn on us soon if the ‘little people’ keep refusing to live even smaller.
Propaganda is biased or misleading information used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view. Merriam-Webster defines it as “The spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person.” In essence, it is a form of marketing, which is promoting and selling of a good or service… and in this age, a person. Governments sometimes use propaganda to encourage positive change, alter public perception on a health benefit, or simply to try to get people to stop throwing trash on the streets. However, people throughout the ages have routinely been susceptible to accepting the most egregious doctrines presented to them by cunning leaders using propaganda mixed with fear tactics.
Enter the Hollywood elites and the mainstream media.
It is nearly impossible to go into a theater, watch a television show, or catch the evening news without exposing oneself to blatant, spoon-fed propaganda painting American values as antiquated, racist, sexist, ignorant, and destructive. Social media, internet news sources, and even our education system are all rife with Marxist dogma and overblown isolated examples that would make Upton Sinclair proud. The formula the hard left is using right now is as old as communism itself: ‘Propaganda for the susceptible masses, violence and force to quell the free thinking.’ The leftists who run Hollywood are the purveyors of propaganda. Antifa, if left unchecked, will be the violent force to mop up the stubborn freedom lovers.
The recent influx of YouTube ‘commercials’ starring washed-up Hollywood activists are almost comical in nature, yet they serve to feed the intellectually indolent their daily dose of confirmation that the Orange Man is Bad, and the world will end soon unless he is replaced. Likewise, a pinhead actress-turned-pinhead activist is seen crying ‘pretty tears’ on social media, trying to convince Mr. and Mrs. America to fling open the borders and disregard laws ‘for the sake of the children.’ Her message only serves to prick the hearts of the unaware, who fail to realize the end game of mass undocumented migration into this nation is to displace the current population and usher in a form of government with a historically dismal failure rate.
This writer’s daughter, when asked why she chose a career in marketing, summed it up best: “Because I don’t have to like people, I just have to manipulate them.'' A cynical outlook for sure, but one that makes sense when observing the current climate of Hollywood, the media, and socialists who have gained a foothold in Washington D.C. These people are not friends or allies. They are the tools used by power mongers to usher in a political system that will enslave everyone except the politically elite and their lap dogs. The fight is up to the freedom-loving individual to expose propaganda wherever found, especially in social media, entertainment, education, and media sources. Knowledge truly is power when fighting the battle of ideas.
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