September 15, 2009

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Propaganda: “Foolproof Against A Reality Which The Movements Promised To Change…” Hannah Arendt

“The advantages of a propaganda that constantly “adds the power of organization” to the feeble and unreliable voice of argument, and thereby realizes, so to speak, on the spur of the moment, whatever it says, are obvious beyond demonstration. Foolproof against arguments based on a reality which the movements promised to change, against a counterpropaganda disqualified by the mere fact that it belongs to or defends a world which the shiftless masses cannot and will not accept, it can be disproved only by another, a stronger or better, reality.”

Arendt, Hannah. The Origins of Totalitarianism. 1948: Harcourt, Brace, New York (pub. 1979) Pp 363

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