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Propaganda and the United States That awful power the public opinion of a nation is created in America by a horde of ignorant self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse - License of the Press speech Mark Twain Propaganda exists in every aspect of our lives It is used in any form of persuasion advertising debate etc And it is also one of the oldest and most popular methods of psychological warfare that governments have used to build a sense of nationalism and recieve positive opinions from the public Propaganda is a planned system that uses any form of public or massed-produced communication designed to affect the minds and emotions of a given group for a specific public purpose whether military economic or political Propaganda is based on public opinion which is a system of law emanating from the body of the people It is the only check to the pernicious exercise of the power of the government Propaganda induces emotions on every level It can make the victims of the propagandists feel simple emotions like fear or complex emotions like pride or adventure or other emotions such as self confidence ambition end even love All human emotions have always provided propagandists with means of influence Some particular emotions can even offer a stronger passage or channel for the propagandists to work with The history of governmental propaganda can be traced back to the great minds of the first philosophers For example in ancient Greece Plato and Aristotle practiced and taught propaganda Platos Republic uses simple methods of writing and discusses the directions to keep people loyal to the state He was an advocate of censorship and protection of security of the government Aristotles Rhetoric was a better example of a classic method of propaganda and unrelated to government He believed in speech and persuasion He
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