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FUNDAMENTALS: A Primer for the Propagandized by Margaret Anna Alice

Fear Is the Mind-Killer

“Totalitarianism, if not fought against, could triumph anywhere.” —George Orwell

The noose is dangling gently around our necks. Every day, they cinch it tighter. By the time we realize it’s strangling us, it will be too late.

Those who gradually and gleefully sacrifice their freedoms, their autonomy, their individuality, their livelihoods, and their relationships on the altar of the “common good” have forgotten this is the pattern followed by every totalitarian regime in history.

Everyone wonders how ordinary Germans could have been manipulated to participate or stand dumbstruck while their government was transformed into a genocidal juggernaut. This is how. Read Sebastian Haffner’s Defying Hitler memoir to see how this can happen anywhere—including here.

Everyone wonders how Russians could have permitted and even zealously reported fellow citizens for imprisonment and execution under Article 58, the penal code invented to incarcerate anyone who expressed the slightest whisper of noncompliance under Stalin’s homicidal state. This is how. Read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s meticulously documented The Gulag Archipelago to witness this progression of authoritarian lunacy.

Everyone wonders how Hutus could have suddenly started axing their Tutsi neighbors to death after being inundated with waves of anti-Tutsi propaganda from Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines. Read Philip Gourevitch’s We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda.

The list goes on. And on. And on. From Machiavelli’s The Prince to Étienne de La Boétie’s The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude to Edward Herman’s and Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent (and accompanying documentary) to BBC’s The Century of the Self, mechanisms of mass control have been chronicled for millennia.

George Orwell writes:

“As far as the mass of the people go, the extraordinary swings of opinion which occur nowadays, the emotions which can be turned on and off like a tap, are the result of newspaper and radio hypnosis.”

Can you imagine what master propagandist Edward Bernays would have done with access to today’s mainstream media conglomerate combined with the global surveillance infrastructure of Big Tech? And you really think that’s not happening now—with another century of psychological, neurological, and technological research under their belts?

The present ability to curate reality and coerce obedience is unprecedented, far beyond what Orwell envisioned in 1984, Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451, Huxley in Brave New World, and Burgess in A Clockwork Orange.

A textbook example of Problem Reaction Solution, the current tsunami of worldwide hysteria is the latest and potentially most threatening example of mass control in history.

The recipe is simple. Take a naturally occurring phenomenon, say a seasonal virus, and exaggerate its threat far beyond every imagining—despite exhaustive evidence to the contrary. Suppress, silence, ostracize, and demonize every individual who dares present facts that expose the false mono-narrative.

Whip up a witches’ brew of anger, envy, and, most importantly, fear, escalating emotions to a boil so as to short-circuit our faculties of reason and logic.

Isolate us from one another, supplant real-world interactions with virtual feuds, label nonconformists as a threat to the group, and pump the public with a disinformation campaign designed to confuse and atomize. In essence, foster a cultlike mentality that shuts down thought to guarantee assent.

Cultivate and wield our cognitive biases—especially ingroup bias, conformity bias, and authority bias—against us in a comprehensive divide-and-conquer policy that keeps us too busy squabbling amongst ourselves to recognize and unite against those corralling us into a Matrix-like collective delusion that enables the powerful to extract our resources for their own gain.

This ideological mass psychosis is religion—not science. If this were about science, the Media–Pharmaceutical–Big-Tech complex would not be memory-holing every dissenting voice, vilifying every thought criminal, and censoring every legitimate inquiry in quest of the truth.

This apocryphal Mark Twain quote applies:

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”

Twain also (actually) said:

“In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.”

The next time you’re watching the news, reading a social media post, listening to a friend repeat a scripted talking point, pay attention. Learn to identify the earmarks of propaganda, the clickbait used to trigger your emotions, the mechanisms employed to engineer your cognitive biases.

Don’t let your pride prevent you from seeing—and admitting—the Emperor is naked. We are losing our last sliver of opportunity to resist authoritarianism.

This is not a partisan issue. Those who wish to control us have made it such because disunited lemmings are easier to steer than independent, critical thinkers.

This is a human issue. This is about crushing the middle class—the backbone of a democratic republic—and transferring trillions from the middle and lower classes to the ruling plutocracy. This is about demolishing the foundations of a free society and building it back—not better, but better-controlled.

I will close by recommending a series of illuminating videos on menticide (“the systematic effort to undermine and destroy a person’s values and beliefs … to induce radically different ideas”) throughout history by Academy of Ideas. This analysis of mass psychosis is nonpartisan and of value to every thinking human being.

Dare to question. Dare to disbelieve. Dare to defy ideology in favor of science while you still can.


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  • One COV-LARP To Rule Them All July 11, 2022, 8:18 PM

    Get in the pod and eat the bugs with some Gill Bates mystery synthetic meat.
    The global soviet by any means necessary AKA Great Reset Leap Forward.
    Vee vill keep you safe in ze camps, JA! (right arm extends in salute)
    Where is your vax tattoo code comrade? (Alarm klaxons sound, guns cock)

  • Francis W. Porretto July 12, 2022, 2:50 AM

    Advances in crowd psychology have led to a consensus that the easiest thing to get large masses of men to fear is the human body itself: i.e., their own bodies and the bodies of those around them. The medicalization of our existences as a primary governing tactic follows so naturally from that notion that it’s a miracle the fear-mongers took this long to get to it. The socialization of medicine as a tool of social control is another consequence of that fear.

  • ghostsniper July 12, 2022, 4:55 AM

    “Learn to identify the earmarks of propaganda…”
    This is so common now, in the media, as to be mandatory.
    There is no direct connection between the speaker-writer and the subject matter.
    It is all suggestion, but the media person, and ASSumption for the reader-viewer.
    On websites it is done with links that, initially, seem to provide proof of the assertion, but if you check out the links you will quickly find they do no such thing. I have checked the links hundreds of times and there is never any proof, just more links. I have had 20+ tabs open leading down that rabit hole and no proof is ever found. Just endless links.

    As far as I’m concerned the media is worthless for useable information but even worse, it is a dangerous tool that is used to guide gullible idiots meant to be slaughtered. The more idiots that are slaughtered means more freedom for the thinkers. Thinning the herd of the parasites.

  • Tom Hyland July 12, 2022, 7:48 AM

    Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag book is one very hefty tome. If you want to read which is essentially a condensed version read “One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich.” https://tinyurl.com/3v46fv59

    Margaret Alice is producing incredible work. I’ve been so impressed I wrote her and invited her to stay at my place if she ever comes to town. And it could happen! She sounded receptive. She deserves a Pulitzer Prize but her subject matter is something that is never rewarded in the Orwellian times we live. Another Pulitzer should go to Tucker Carlson. What he’s been telling lately is yanking down the britches of the world wide cabal whose mission is to kill us all. Watch Tucker from Monday evening. This is jaw dropping reportage… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35hSxOYABu4

  • james wilson July 12, 2022, 1:09 PM

    From 1835-
    It is, above all, in the details that we risk enslaving men. Freedom in the big things of life is less important than in the slightest. Princes had turned violence into a physical thing but our democratic republics have made it into something as intellectual as the human will it intends to restrict……reducing daily the value and frequency of the exercise of free choice; it restricts the activity of free will within a narrower range and gradually removes autonomy itself from each citizen. Equality has prepared men for all this, inclining them to tolerate all these things and often even to see them as a blessing.
    They derive consolation from being supervised by thinking that they have chosen their supervisors.

  • Casey Klahn July 12, 2022, 2:35 PM

    I wonder, really, what’s in the minds of these libs we live among? I have tons of liberal friends, and, except for hearing endless words of hate for things I believe in, and for America, and Trump, I haven’t got any idea what actually happens in their skulls.

    I mean, they do believe the COVIDz was a pandemic, and the surplus deaths were real, don’t they? This feeling of bewilderment that I have, and the monolithic nature of their mania, makes me feel like a conspiracy theorist.

    Which is why I sound off as loudly, and with as much certainty, as I can muster. There is a unity in the trend of things, now. We aren’t represented in our government, and the sound of reason sounds like an outlier in the public square.

    Yes > she’s an agent. But, hoo boy! She could make a gay man go straight. > Nicely posted, and I always go over to Ka-Ching and look around after I see a good one in the sidebar. Thanks for posting my self portrait. I did 100 of them (which means I did something like 130 to get what I liked), and, while my artist friends call me a dead ringer for Monet (his looks), this one happens to be in response to a Boltraffio.

  • iggy July 12, 2022, 5:50 PM

    Ironic, and sad that the author herself is victim of propaganda.

    Taking the holohoax industry koolaid without question, without independent examination; unwilling perhaps to even consider why merely questioning the narrative is taboo in many EU countries. No examination as to why Germans worked to remove a hostile alien population hellbent on the destruction of Germans.

    Probably doesn’t even know that the world jewish congress declared war on Germany in 1933 thus beginning WW2.

    And, BTW, they did not call themselves “nazis”, nor was it an acronym for National Socialist Party.
    The appellation was applied by an Austrian jew, as a derogatory term for country bumpkins.

    Likely unaware that the “diary of Anne Frank” was a fraud, perpetrated by her own father.

    “David Cole, a Jew, explores Auschwitz and debunks the claims that it was an industrial death camp”
    On bitchute.

    Havara agreement