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Showing posts with label slogans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label slogans. Show all posts

Nov 14, 2008

A few words from Chomsky and Zinn

"If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves."

Howard Zinn, historian and author


"The point of public relations slogans like "Support our troops" is that they don't mean anything...That's the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody's going to be against, and everybody's going to be for. Nobody knows what it means, because it doesn't mean anything. Its crucial value is that it diverts your attention from a question that does mean something: Do you support our policy? That's the one you're not allowed to talk about."

Noam Chomsky

Sep 3, 2008

RNC's Romney calls on Big Brother

In his speech at the RNC this evening, Mitt Romney confused social programs for the needy with Orwell's concept of Big Brother which is the totalitarian dictator character in George Orwell's ground-breaking and prophetic book, Nineteen-Eighty-Four.

Romney, in an attempt to critique the Democrats' populist view of being one's brother's keeper (which in my Bible and an integral part of its teachings and which includes not letting Americans starve on our streets), said,

"It's time for the party of big ideas, not the party of big brother."

We know the 'party of big ideas' is the Jupiterian GOP. And the party of Big Brother-NSA/Bush~Cheney spying on American citizens a la Orwell is...the GOP. Didn't you think George Bush looked like an Orwell character on that gi-huge screen at the Convention?

Well, sometimes political slogans don't quite work as intended - they simply say too much.