A Brief History of Propaganda
and the Rise of Neoconservatism

The techniques of propaganda were developed in America during WW I through a campaign to convince Americans that Germany, and its people, derided as 'Huns', were evil incarnate. After the war, corporations recognized propaganda was a useful tool; and by 1939 Harold Lasswell, for 50 years the leading U.S. scholar on propaganda, said that it had become the principle method of social control.

Industrial Psychology' induced workers to support their corporate leaders. This worked too, and for many years worker loyalty swung towards management. Union membership declined.

"Think tanks" a more sophisitcaed phase of propaganda, were developed to reach the middle and upper-class; and "Treetops" propaganda was also developed, to focus on influential decision makers in politics and the media.

NEXT: The 'Blending'...

"Always remember the weak, meek and ignorant
are always good targets."

--Charles Keating (charged with criminal
and civil fraud)

In 1946, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce published "Communism in the U.S.", prefacing McCarthyism in 1950-54. (A communist was basically anyone who was not "for" corporations- including, by the way, those speaking about 'free' health care, education, social programs, and union power.)