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30/11/03 Propaganda Vs Persuasion By Laura Dawn Lewis
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 18:57:59 +0200

Subject: [shamireaders] Laura Dawn Lewis on Propaganda


Dear friends,
Here is an interesting essay by Laura Dawn Lewis, a friend of Palestine, available on

It begins:

Propaganda Vs Persuasion

Part I of III

By Laura Dawn Lewis

This will not be an easy essay to read; many will be infuriated by it. Can you recognize propaganda when you see it

Or are you an unknowing victim of it? Propaganda currently is entrenched in US policy and public opinion, accepted as fact and evident through nearly every area of social concern from foreign policy, health care and conservation to the Gay Rights movement.

One spends hours sifting through messages to distinguish propaganda from reality. Once one element uncovers, three more challenges pile atop. Superior propaganda entrenches itself within society's minds, self-perpetuating through acceptance and shared Argument as those succumbing defend it even when they may suspect it. It is an art form and science based on agendas that rely on viral and repetitive perpetuation by the masses.

Through its very nature, it supplies its own defense often built on illogical exceptions; those whom buy in, passionately defend it. To control a population's opinion, those driving any agenda need only control directly or through influence 25% of the media, education, cultural sources like film, books and music and other sources of accredited information. The complexity of its entrenchment unfolds as those whom normally wouldn't support the agenda, become its advocates and defenders based upon the information they receive. A conspiracy is not necessary; the majority become the unknowing administrators. Propaganda becomes self-fulfilling.

The Motivation for this Series
Since 9-11, like many I received a wake-up call. At that time I started paying close attention to the media.

One thing that continues to nag is the fact we've had very little investigation into 9-11. Think about that. Normally in a plane crash we reconstruct the whole thing, even if the evidence is at the bottom of a lake. It's been two years. Where are the follow-up reports? A docu-movie was presented that was hailed as

Improbable by engineering experts, yet no further investigation?

The questions were buried and never addressed. The largest attack on American soil occurred and we promptly destroyed the evidence by melting it down and

Shipping it overseas? And why the gag orders on the crews working at ground zero? This lack of protocol and many, many strange occurrences since, including inconsistencies in our reporting and several disturbing social trends, raised the red flags in my mind. The hatred of Americans turning on each other further alarmed me; a phenomenon played throughout international history where the common thread inevitably is propaganda.

"How does one take an educated population of basically good people and turn them against their principles, while at the same time motivating them to actively participate, promote and defend atrocities?"


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