Propaganda Machines: Dictator 101

Nazi Book burning graphic

By Lynda Bryant-Work “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny…” Thomas Jefferson Propaganda machines are dangerous to freedom. Nearly every dictatorship or failing democracy in the world has one and generates what is conducive to attaining blind loyalty and obedience. Consider Nazi Germany Once Adolf Hitler and the Nazis succeeded in ending democracy and turning Germany into a one-party dictatorship, they organized a massive propaganda campaign to win the loyalty and cooperation of Germans…

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A Violent Circle: Where Socialism Meets Nationalism and the Two Become One

By Janice Barlow  It’s well established that Hitler’s Germany was a socialist Germany. For those who did not study that era, the term socialism means to: surrender ownership and control of private capitalism (such as factories and industry, enterprise and commercial ventures), and land, as well as some personal privacy and wealth, in order to benefit the common good. This is mostly done through taxation and redistribution of wealth. The difference between socialism and communism is that communism reverts control of ALL ownership of all properties to the State. The citizens have no rights, including no right to religious…

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The First Amendment Is In The Crosshairs Of Trump Worshipping Tea Partiers

by Richard Cameron There exists in our society, a sentiment that desires strongly that dissent be outlawed and the First Amendment be infringed.  It formerly existed mainly on the extreme political fringes of the left and right, but recently has captured some degree of legitimacy among the regulars of both mainstream political parties. Although I suspected that censorship and abridgment of free speech was attractive to the more ardent among Donald Trump’s following – a recent post on Facebook convinced me that this inclination was not only becoming tolerated in…

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Enemy at the Gates – A Second Look At A Movie That Has Current Resonance

by Oletta Branstiter You may have missed this 2001 war movie, as I had until last night. I admit I chose this movie based on the cast of characters. Could Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins and Ron Perlman be associated with a failure? Enemy at the Gates, written and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, was not a big hit at the box office. For a British movie produced at a cost of about $68 million, it grossed under $100 million worldwide. But timing is everything. Audiences…

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