The Left’s Rhetorical Technique Explained

In the first of what might become a long if irregular series of posts with the collective title, “Left Wing Authoritarianism for beginners,” your friend and mentor Little Nicky Nicky Machiavelli will expose the origins of the socialist left’s propaganda technique and its apparent dependence on slogans, dogma and mantras.

But first let’s play a little game, stop me when you think you know where this originates from, the Obama Administration Public Relations Office, the Labour Party Manifesto, Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules For Radicals’ or the writings of Karl Marx:

The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan. As soon as you sacrifice this slogan and try to be many-sided, the effect will piddle away, for the crowd can neither digest nor retain the material offered. In this way the result is weakened and in the end entirely cancelled out.

Well if you said “None of the above” you’d be right. The left’s substitution of slogans for reasoned argument was recommended by none other than Adolf Hitler in his 1926 side splitter “Mein Kampf”; Chapter 6, “War Propaganda” (h/t George Chen).

Does that explain why they want to reduce every debate to ‘good guys versus bad guys’ and never ever discuss the issues.

Rules For Radicals #12

Cited by Citizen Wells as an example of how Barack Obama continually gets away with breaking the law and violating the US constitution, but being reminded of it brought to mind the way in which the left in the UK tried to marginalize and demonise UKIP supporeters.

“RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)”…Saul Alinsky, “Rules for Radicals”

That it backfired and propelled UKIP to victory in the Eurpean Parliament elections says a lot for the good sense of British voters. The use of such tactics tells us all we need to know about the true nature of the left. Remember, Stalin’s communists were every bit as brutal as Hitler’s Nazi’s or Mussolini’s Fascists.

The only other lesson to learn here is that there really is no hope for the USA.