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Propaganda

Are you a Victim?

The propagandist will try to make certain that his message appears to be the right and moral position and will try to give you a sense of importance and belonging if you follow it. He will tell you that you are one of the smart ones, that you are not alone, and he will try to make you feel comfortable and secure.

The propagandist will continuously try to force you to hear their view and more importantly, discourage discussion in an effort to hide their real motives.

The propagandist will separate facts making the most Don't be afraid to disagree or challenge the propagandists so-called facts. of some while concealing others. Their distortion of the truth and twisting of the facts is an attack on your emotions, not your logical thinking abilities.
Once you become acclimated to their tactics, you are better able to test information and make your own decision. Make your decisions based on what you feel to be correct, true, and accurate, not on what the propagandist tells you is right.

Propaganda - Are You A Victim?

The big difference between education and propaganda is that  education shows you how to think where propaganda tells you what to think.

Be Yourself:
Often times the propagandist will extol the virtues of  being positive... positive though to their cause. Don't be afraid to disagree or challenge the so-called facts. If you are the target of a propagandist, there is a reason. You are needed! Consider all of the information given and remember the old saying that "There are three sides to every story... his, hers, and the truth."
If the propagandist appeals to your emotions, ask yourself "If viewed dispassionately, what are the benefits of the message?" Most importantly, the propagandist  will use pseudo-friendship, confidentiality, and/or their position to entice you into following him or her in their quest.



Tips:

  • Don't just follow the crowd:
    -Popular opinions is not a reliable means of accepting truth.
    -Over the centuries all sorts of claims have been widely accepted, only to be disproved later.
    - Realize that what everyone else thinks is not necessarily right.

  • Test it:
    -Test what you read and hear to decide if it is truthful.
    -Put the information to the test by asking yourself...'does this sound like propaganda?'
    -Ask questions.

  • Use Discernment:
    -Discard irrelevant information or misleading facts.
    -Recognize when someone is trying to sell you on an idea using complimentary chatter in order to seduce you into their scheme.
    -Make your own decisions based on what you think is the truth.


"A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes"  Mark Twain

Winston Churchill once noted that when told what to do, most people respond unthinkingly. Is it because too many people think that the powers-that-be always know what is best for the masses?

Tips and TricksTips & Tricks: How to Identify and Avoid Propaganda.
Discernment helps you to avoid misleading half-truths and get a balanced viewpoint


"The sly art of propaganda can paralyze thought and prevent clear thinking."

Propagandists will use tools such as:

  • Generalization:
    -to obscure the facts about the real issues at hand.
    -demean entire groups.
    -innuendos to discredit any opposition.

  • Negativity:
    -attacking opposition as being negative and uncooperative.
    -labeling the opposition as being uninformed, misleading, and/or misguided.

  • Emotions:
    -may use fear as a tool  of persuasion.
    -envy, as a tool to garner support.
    -pride, as a means of convincing you.


A good salesman will not tell you what is wrong with the product.


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