You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Reply #2: Propagandizing Americans is legal now. (Hard to believe it was ever illegal, isn't it? I've [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU
No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-31-13 05:01 AM
Response to Reply #1
2. Propagandizing Americans is legal now. (Hard to believe it was ever illegal, isn't it? I've
been propagandized my whole life.)

I remember being told, as a high school freshman that the ease with which the North Koreans were able to brainwash and undermine the morale of our troops who were taken prisoner was studied. Supposedly, it was learned that they were able to do so just by telling them things that they had never been taught in school, like slavery, what the US did to First Nations, etc. Supposedly, they had never heard about things like that before. So, when the Koreans proved to them that such things existed, they lost all trust.

I find that hard to believe that. I remember as a kid, before even hitting kindergarten "Lincoln freed the slaves" was a retort kids used amongst themselves when told to do something they did not feel they should be expected to do. And certainly movies depicted slavery. So, I don't know what to believe about POWs in Korea.

I do know, however, that I was propagandized. Pledge of Allegiance every morning. Patriotic assemblies, etc. Patriotic movies. Never, even in Sunday School, was I told specifically that God (or your own morals) must supersede nationalism. For that matter, I was never taught about nationalism (as opposed to patriotism).

"For God and country," as though the two were equivalents.

Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top

Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC