Philip A. Farruggio
Peter Longerich’s 2015 biography Goebbels instructs well how history can and does repeat itself. Like many of the NeoCon ex “Lefties” who loaded up the Bush Sr. and Jr. administrations, Goebbels was at first a true socialist, perhaps even a Marxist sympathizer. [He had also seriously considered the Catholic priesthood.]
As a young novelist and later journalist, he had a real dislike for the Fat Cat capitalists who he and others from both the political left and right blamed for Germany’s fall from grace. When he “found” Adolf Hitler, despite his many disappointments about Hitler from his diary entries ( including the fact that he fervently believed that Hitler was in love with Goebbels’ fiancé Magda … and perhaps vice versa), Goebbels joined the new Fuehrer Cult.
As with many others in economically and culturally depressed Germany, Goebbels was enamored with the man he referred to as ‘The boss’. The need for a messianic leader, actually a dictator, was very prevalent among many in the NASDAP (Nazi party). So much so that nothing else mattered as to actual policy vs. actual power. As Long as Hitler hammered home pride in the “Fatherland”, Volk family values and rejection of the Versailles Diktat, Goebbels forgave Hitler’s indecision on other issues.
Of course, Goebbels’s bitter hatred toward all things Jewish kept him on a course that Hitler himself had steered for so long. Matter of fact, in the biography we learn how even Hitler had to slow Goebbels down at times, and show more patience… and wait for the opportune moments to strike hard against the Jews.
Joseph Goebbels was a master in the use of propaganda. He knew what Edward Bernays accomplished in our nation through his introduction of propaganda into commercial and then political advertising.
Without Bernays’s skills, the United States may never have even entered into WW1. Goebbels could have gotten lots of his ideas right out of Bernays’ 1928 book aptly entitled Propaganda. Jingoistically, one cannot view any films showing the Nazi regime at work without noticing the abundance of flags and banners everywhere. Additionally, Goebbels’ use of pomp and circumstance with the trumpets and horns and of course the drum beats combined with the marches and uniforms was very effective.
Well, during troubled times all that is needed to indoctrinate the populace are repetitive sound bites and slogans used over and over and over again. Did not Mr. Trump use such populist propaganda on a great segment of the populace fed up with their economic plight and the absence of good jobs? Of course all successful propaganda must have scapegoats ready in the wings to blame most of this on…with a savior standing by to lead them out of the abyss. Nazi Germany had the Jews and European banking system, and Trump’s Amerika has the Muslims and illegal Latino aliens as they are referred to.
Another interesting fact mentioned in the biography is that the Nazis did not need to play the “God card” in order to get the masses to follow. Hitler and his cronies, Goebbels included, had a deep revulsion towards any form of Christianity. They despised it because their goal was to make the Fuehrer the new ‘Christ’ , or messiah, for Germany’s resurrection as a European power once again.
Christianity also was a faith (that at least formally) preached peace and forgiveness, seen as “weak” values by the militarist Nazis. This anomaly was not what we here in this Amerikan empire have ever experienced. The great and insightful American author Sinclair Lewis said it best 79 years ago with:
When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.”
Sadly, we are on our way to seeing it happen here soon.
The Neocon propaganda has worked so well for the ‘ The Right Wing’. They have hijacked our wonderful flag and made it into a symbol of their perversions. They have hijacked the great avatar, Jesus of Nazareth, and made him the symbol of this ‘ born again empire’, as if he would ever bless our illegal and immoral invasions and occupations… along with our merciless drone missiles. Their (so called) adversaries, the Democratic Party, which great propaganda has labeled as ‘ Left wing ‘ or “Liberal” or even “Socialist/ Marxist”, are just more “kinder and gentler” servants of that same empire. They too kneel at the altars of Big Business and the Pentagon.
Yes, dear friends, fascism, with its corporate police state, has arrived and most of us do NOT even realize it! Of course, our newest “Emperor with no clothes”, Mr. Trump, overtly does the bidding of the Deep State that he claims is “Out to get me!”
He, along with his predecessors, will assure the Super Rich that the rest of us, the 99+ % , will become the drones that they need to service their beehive. Goebbels, if he is looking UP from his lowest point in the cosmos, must be so proud of what his profession has accomplished here in Amerika.
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Bang on the nail Philip. Most in the West are completely, hopelessly oblivious to what is going on, or some; who do know, or been told of the great crimes of the Anglo Zionist Empire have wilfully looked the other way. They have buried their heads in the sand and chosen to enjoy their BMW’s and overseas holidays and nice houses full of expensive furniture. Most tho have been fully indoctrinated to believe the West, led by that great beacon, the United States is civilised and noble and believes in democracy and human rights. As Harold Pinter said, such has been the success of the propaganda, most believe the United States ‘is a force for good’. We know the real truth. We know the death and destruction and immense suffering caused by this Empire. Three words: Yemen, Iraq, Syria. Thats just three. There’s a long list of other countries. Venezuela looks set to be added to that list. Reading your article Philip, am reminded of the frog placed in a pot of cold water, and the heat is slowly turned up so the frog dosn’t even notice. It dosn’t even recognise the danger. Until its too late. We are almost at the boiling point now.
Its incredible, isn’t it – a horrible form of cryptofascism that the public are unable to recognise (because in their mind fascism is indelibly linked to Hollywood actors in jackboots talking in a cod German accent).
As it stands power in the US is concentrated in the hands of a of a few greedy gansgters who control the banks, corporations, intelligence agenices, military and of course the media.
The public have no influence – influence can only be bought by powerful lobby groups.
The writing was on the wall ever since senior figures in US collaborated with fleeing Nazis at the end of WWII – Russia was the new enemy and the west needed Nazi know-how to rebulit Germany and fuel western financial, and geopolitical interests.
“When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.”, what a great insight! But it must be added: it´s wrapped into two flags: US and Israel flag!
Your article Awesome Thanks for this information, very informative as well as Modern.
And where are all the previous ‘invincible’ empires?
And in Engeland. Let’s hope that BBC high-ups end like the cosy little family group in that picture above:
BBC allows its producer to announce that the 2018 “chemical attack” in Ghouta was an elaborate hoax. Here’s Vanessa’s Patreon post: