How Propaganda Works by Jason Stanley

Review :

Well it came late in life. The realization that I was duped into believing I was living and growing up in a democracy. The fact that it calls itself the greatest democracy is in fact propaganda. It is clearly an undemocratic system and it was decidedly designed so. The secondary system I was a part of was specifically designed to brainwash its participants to believe that merit was what brought about the conditions in the communities where diverse people lived under very starkly different circumstances. Suffice it to say I feel partially cleansed of the violation of intellect imposed upon me by the flawed ideology that led to my education. I only feel fortunate that I retained enough of myself to be able to now learn and keep learning about what was done.

This book is a must read for anyone who wishes to be an independent thinker. In recent years I have read the following books that I think bear some mention here (you will see why in a few moments). Angela Y. Davis' Women, Race and Class, bell hooks, Race and Representation, John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, Family of Secrets by Russ Baker, False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Liza Featherstone, Beyond Banksters by Joyce Nelson, anything by James Baldwin I could find.

This book, How Propaganda Works, demonstrates clearly how propaganda is the One Ring that in the Darkness Binds all of the evils exposed in the reading list above. I have seen the One Ring for what it is, and although preventing exposure to propaganda is difficult at best, I now will know it for what it is. I walk into the later years in my life with my eyes opened. I am grateful for that. While the books above help with that, this book in particular opened my eyes to the One Ring.


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