Propaganda – ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause (Merriam-Websters)
Propaganda, the term carries a huge amount of negative stigma. In fact, in current society this term applies almost exclusively to the expression of pro government ideas in a dictatorship or strong government society (i.e. Kim Jong Propaganda, Chinese Propaganda, Nazi Propaganda). But are we entering a new age of propaganda? A new age of irrational explanations of irrational ideas?
Why don’t we think about a couple more terms?
Fascism – a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascist) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition (Merriam-Websters)
This terms was used by the Children and Schools Secretary to describe a return of strong Republican ideal as seen in the 1930’s. However, did the Secretary really know what the words mean, or was he just trying to instill fear? Believe it or not, I am actually buying into the idea that the recent stimulus package is really a way to make the American public totally dependent on the government and consolidate a liberal government. Are the secretaries statements just part of this movement? The spread of terms to instill fear and irrational though?
In fact, come to think of it, most of the terms in politics are actually propaganda and are used EXCLUSIVELY to propagate fear and irrational action without thought.
How about these terms?
All of these have been used extensively recently and all have one purpose, to herd us like cattle into the respective pens of the parties regardless of the gray issues or inter-party issues that we citizens might want to see.