Ir occurred to me today as we were out and about that what is going on around us is classic “agitation propaganda,” or “agitprop.” How could I not see this? It is a classic fear campaign. Amazingly, if you put the word “agitprop” in a search engine, you will find that it is something that they used to do in the Soviet Union. No mention is given to its existence here even as right now, this moment, we are in an intensive and psychologically aggressive agitprop campaign.
What is the purpose of agitprop? For that I consulted Jacques Ellul – I took many notes years ago from his 1965 book Propaganda. His statement of purpose is somewhat sobering (covered in pages 70-74):
“Propaganda of agitation addresses itself … to … internal elements in each of us, but it is always translated into reality by physical involvement in a tense and overexcited activity. By making the individual participate in this activity, the propagandist releases the internal breaks, the psychological barriers of habit, belief, and judgment.
“In all cases, propaganda of agitation tries to stretch energies to the upmost, obtain substantial sacrifices, and induce the individual to bear heavier deals. It takes him out of his everyday life, his normal framework …
“The individual cannot be made to live in a state of perpetual enthusiasm and insecurity. After a certain amount of combat he needs a respite in a familiar universe to which he is accustomed.”
As I read it, the purpose of agitprop is to destroy the individual, make him part of the collective. Did they not cover this in Star Trek – the Borg?
Maybe I recalled this as I wrote that they cannot keep up this high level of intensity without destroying psyches. People need a relief from the constant tension, anxiety and fear. In other parts of the book, he said that people literally need propaganda to survive, as the world is incomprehensible without it, but that agitprop (as opposed to integration propaganda) does permanent damage to the brain. I see this all about, the fake mass shootings, especially those staged in schools, leave people in a permanent state of fugue. Their attitude becomes “what next?”, or as Dorothy Parker (is said to have) said, “What fresh hell is this?” No one can relax, something bad is always in store for us.
So we are in the midst of a planned and intense campaign of agitation. Our best refuge is our inner selves, meditation if you meditate and prayer if you pray, and continued contact with other sober people you know (I have my wife) and the people here, at Fakeologist, and even CTTF and Mathis. They know what is up as well as anyone. The goal is inner peace in a tumultuous and psychically violent environment.
Also, please list other useful sites you go to for our benefit.
I clipped a few more snippets from the Ellul book – I at one time had extensive notes from the entire book, but lost them in a computer crash. I started over, but only got to page 188. Then I quit. He’s a tough read first time through. Second time was too much. These are just some of his random thoughts I thought to be repeatable.
However, confronted by a necessity, man must become aware of [propaganda], if he is to master it. As long as man denies the inevitability of a phenomenon, as long as he avoids facing up to it, he will go astray. He will delude himself, by submitting in fact to “necessity” while pretending he is free “in spite of it,” and simply because he claims to be free. Only when he realizes his delusions will he experience the beginning of genuine freedom – in the act of realization itself – be it only from the effort to stand back and look squarely at the phenomenon and reduce it to raw fact. Pxvi (Introduction by Conrad Kellen)
Moreover, … public opinion, when produced by propaganda, is artificial. It corresponds to nothing authentic; yet it is precisely this artificial opinion that the individual absorbs. He is filled with it; he no longer expresses his ideas, but those of his group, and with great fervor at that – it is a propaganda prerequisite that he should assert them with firmness and conviction. He absorbs the collective judgments, and creatures of propaganda; he absorbs them like nourishment which they have, in fact, become. He expounds them as his own. He takes a vigorous stand, begins to oppose others. He asserts himself at the very moment that he denies his own self without realizing it. When he recites his propaganda lesson and says that he is thinking for himself, when his eyes sees nothing and his mouth only produces sounds previously stenciled onto his brain, when he says that he is indeed expressing his judgment – the he really demonstrates that he no longer thinks at all, ever, and that he does not exist as a person. P171
Philippe de Felice [Foules en delire, extases collectives (Paris: A Michel; 1947), Ch 4] has said that propaganda creates a tendency to manic-depressive (cyclothymic) neurosis. This is obviously an exaggeration, but it is true that propaganda puts the individual through successive periods of exaltation and depression, caused by exposing him to alternate propaganda themes. We have already analyzed the necessity for alternating themes, for example, alternating those of terror and self-assertion. The result is a continuous emotional contrast, which can become very dangerous for individuals exposed to it. Like the shock of contradictory propaganda, this can be one of the causes if psychic dissociation, though it does not have to lead to mental illness, and Felice suggests. P178-179
Remember that propaganda seeks to induce action, adherence, and participation – with as little thought as possible. According to propaganda, it is useless, even harmful for a man to think; thinking prevents him from acting with the required righteousness and simplicity. Action must come from the depths of subconscious; it must release tension, become a reflex. P180
Particularly after propaganda of fear and terror, the listener is left in a state of emotional tensions which cannot be relieved by kind words or suggestions. Only action can resolve the conflict in which he was thrown. In the same way, purely critical and negative propaganda seeks to stiffen the individual against his environment; it plays on and stimulates the instinctive feelings of aggression and frustration. But even here the effect can only be one of two: either the individual will become more aggressive towards the symbols of authority in his group or culture, or he will be crushed by anxiety and reduced to passivity because he cannot stand discord and opposition. P188