Indoctrination and Propaganda, they are words. Words just about everyone has heard. But almost no one actually understands what they really mean or how they really work. They are like Einsteins famous E=MC2 equation. Everyone has heard of it, nearly everyone accepts that it is 100 percent real and has genuine real world implications. But ask the average person to explain the mathematics that underlie that famous equation ad you will receive little more than blank and confused stares.
Well, indoctrination and propaganda are in the same league as Einstein’s equation in that regard. Ask the average person to explain the process of indoctrination or what the purpose and procedures behind propaganda are and you will receive those same blank and confused stares. Most people now little more about indoctrination and propaganda other than they hear those words being used as bludgeons against one group or another. They now little more than that the Fifth Column Treasonous Media mocks and ridicules the very concept that either indoctrination and propaganda exist as a significant issue in America.
But what exactly are the concepts of indoctrination and propaganda?
Merriam-Websters defines indoctrinate as
transitive verb \in-ˈdäk-trə-ˌnāt\
Definition of INDOCTRINATE
: to instruct especially in fundamentals or rudiments : teach
: to imbue with a usually partisan or sectarian opinion, point of view, or principle
— in·doc·tri·na·tion noun
— in·doc·tri·na·tor noun
Examples of INDOCTRINATE
The goal should be to teach politics, rather than to indoctrinate students in a narrow set of political beliefs.
and propaganda as
noun \ˌprä-pə-ˈgan-də, ˌprō-\
Definition of PROPAGANDA
capitalized : a congregation of the Roman curia having jurisdiction over missionary territories and related institutions
: the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
: ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause; also : a public action having such an effect
— pro·pa·gan·dist noun or adjective
— pro·pa·gan·dis·tic adjective
— pro·pa·gan·dis·ti·cal·ly adverb
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Examples of PROPAGANDA
He was accused of spreading propaganda.
The report was nothing but lies and propaganda.
She didn’t buy into the propaganda of her day that women had to be soft and submissive. —Maria Shriver, Time, 26 Oct. 2009
But what does this really tell us about indoctrination and propaganda? In reality, not a whole lot. Let’s start with the process of indoctrinating someone.
The process of indoctrination always begins with the identification of which idea’s and concepts the subject hold which are contrary to those the indoctrinator desires the subject to hold. Let’s take for example the United States Constitution’s 2nd Amendment. And let’s say that the the indoctrinator desires the subject to hold a negative opinion of the 2nd Amendment.
First the indoctrinator must identify the subjects opinions on the 2d Amendment. Having identified the subjects positive opinion of the 2d Amendment the indoctrinator must begin to erode that positive opinion. To do that, he must introduce new and contrary information. He must cast doubt in the mind of the subject on the validity of the positive opinion. At the same time that he is casting that doubt, he must also engage in a ruthless propaganda campaign to demonize the 2d Amendment as something that threatens the safety, well-being and happiness of the subject.
Contrary to what the majority may think, the most powerful tactics of indoctrination are not the direct attacks. They are not the propaganda lies, distortions, and haft-truths. The most powerful tactics of indoctrination are the fine tiny little mental splinters of agreement. A frontal assault is just that, a frontal assault, and 99 percent of the time it is nothing less than a tactical diversion. Frontal assaults are impossible to miss, hence the unlikely probability of their success as a indoctrination tactic.
Instead, the tactic is, frontal assault, frontal assault, frontal assault, until the subject feels besieged and becomes angry, defensive and combative. At which point the indoctrinator switches up and begins to agree with the subject. Offering incredibly small but seemingly reasonable, rational, and logical compromises. In this manner an absolute position is transformed into a relative position.
Example: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
This is an absolute position, it leaves no wiggle room what-so-ever in it’s interpretation. The phrases, “the right of the people” “keep and bear” and “shall not be infringed” all have incontrovertible and indisputably defined legal meanings.
The first step in breaking the absolute nature of the preceding absolute position is to transform it into a relative position. This as I said above is done by introducing small reasonable, seemingly rational and logical compromises into the absolute position.
In this case, the regulation of certain undesirable elements to exercise that constitutional protected right. Obviously we don’t want criminals to own or posses firearms, they might use them to commit violent crimes. Well, how do we keep firearms out of the hands of criminals if the 2nd amendment forbids the state or federal government from restricting the rights of free citizens from keeping or bearing arms?
We do so by employing the reasonable argument that criminals are individuals who have proven that they have no respect for the rule of law and that because they have no respect for the rule of law present a life threatening danger to those who do abide by the rule of law, therefore in the interests of public safety they must be striped of certain of those inalienable natural rights as codified in the United States Constitutions Bill of Rights.
This is how Free American citizens ended up surrendering their natural constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms for a government grant of privilege to own and sometimes under certain circumstances bear those arms.
Unlike a natural constitutionally protected right, in order to exercise a government granted privilege one must first meet the criteria for and then obtain the permission of the body granting that privilege. You must pass a background test and receive authorization to purchase any firearm in the United States of America in direct violation to the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitutions Bill of Rights.
The constant hammering certain concepts is part of the process of indoctrination. Like small cracks in a large boulder that fill with water, the water freezes forcing the small cracks a little at a time to become large cracks. The small reasonable compromises slowly become the reversal of the original absolute position.
In stripping small undesirable classes of citizens of their constitutionally protected rights the flood doors were opened to striping all citizens of their constitutionally protected rights. Background Checks became Universal Background Checks in direct violation of the Due Process Clause. Universal Background Checks become Universal Firearms Registration.
To achieve this end, the process was to engage the subjects of indoctrination in an endless barrage of controversy, beating n them day in and day out until the subject feels besieged and becomes angry, defensive and combative and finally becomes fed up with arguing what seems to be an endless argument, then comes the fine tiny little mental splinters of agreement. Well, a Universal Background Check isn’t as bad as a full on ban of firearms. After-all, it really only serves to ensure that those of the specially designated undesirable classes are prevented from owning firearms, right?
The whole point of designating criminals as ineligible to own a firearm is that they don’t obey the rule of law, right? They are the ones most likely to use a firearm in the commission of a crime or to murder someone right? So banning criminals from exercising their 2nd Amendment Constitutionally protected right is a reasonable and rational thing to do, right? Except, that it has transformed an absolute inalienable right into a relative right, or more properly, a grant of privilege.
As the old joke goes, “Would you sleep with me for a million dollars? Yes. How about a hundred dollars? No, what do you think I am a prostitute? My dear, we have already established that you are a prostitute, now we are just haggling over the price.”
Al across the so called Conservative Blogsphere there are so called “Professional Conservative Bloggers” who have been engaging in just such propaganda and indoctrination, under the guise of keeping their readers and commentator informed of the news of the day or hour. Beating them relentlessly with carefully written articles whose sole purpose is to open that door for those little tiny splinters of the mind.
Ed Morrissey of HotAir is just one such propaganda and indoctrination merchant. Carefully attempting to cultivate the air of reasonable creditable objective conservative blogger. Yes, if you understand ow the process of indoctrination and propaganda work the indisputable evidence is all right there splashed across the front page of HotAir every single day. Same Sex Marriage is inevitable, Amnesty is inevitable, the abolishment of the 2nd Amendment is inevitable. Slowly beating down the resistance of his audience softening them up, preparing them for those little tiny splinters of the mind that will eventually transform absolute position into relative positions.
Before jumping head first into the shallow end of the pool of denial, think long and hard. Would you recognize the process of indoctrination if you saw it in action? Would you recognize the application of propaganda in the indoctrination process? When was the last time you were indoctrinated?