Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thanking Our Leaders

Reader Lenin had an interesting comment the other day:

"I don't know about Alwaleed bin Talal, but I was driving in the UAE recently. The citizens there voluntarily erect billboards celebrating the achievements of their benign leaders."
Excellent idea. For a PhD dissertation.

My students will be told to create posters thanking our leaders.

First thing, Monday.

I am writing this like ad copy. Because it is effective. Very effective.


Zionist Lapdog said...

What, no tribute to Mahmoud Abbas or Khaled Meshal? I thought you were a Palestinian!

Lenin said...

I don't think your examples capture the contradictory juxtaposition of my original.

Consider instead (1) "Congratulate Al Gore for liberating us from evil Energy Barons like Exxon", followed by (2) "Congratulate Al Gore for demonstrating that we can make money from alternate energy schemes".

The key is the contradictory narratives. As Comrade Dalrymple states:

Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to. source

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