I have been interested in political propaganda for many years. My focus has been on Nazi and Marxist-Leninist propaganda, but there are often similarities in the propagandas of today and those of yesterday. As comparisons occur to me, I shall post them here.
Note that the techniques of propaganda are common to a wide range of users. I may make comparisons, for example, between Donald Trump’s propaganda and that of the Nazis. That does not mean I think Trump is the current incarnation of Adolf Hitler, even if I find him egregious. First, Hitler had an ideology, whereas Trump has no discernible ideology that he has consistently followed. I compare him more to a Central American tinpot dictator wannabe willing to do anything and say anything to maintain influence with his supporters. And second, whatever his deficiencies, Trump has not instigated a world war that killed sixty million or so people.
I suspect most of my initial posts will discuss Trump and his supporters, but propaganda is a set of techniques used by many on the political spectrum and I will find examples at other places on the political spectrum as time goes on and the focus on Trump blurs.
I will welcome comments that meet reasonable standards of civilized discourse.