Thursday, November 8, 2018

Propaganda is the Art of Overwhelming Logic

Pretty sure this is a first for the blog- John Rappaport. A partial essay below.
Me, briefly thinking out loud. 
Glaring contradictions appear so often in our daily lives that I came to wonder if people had become sort of oblivious to the pernicious presence of these contradictions.  
The very idea of war for peace is contradictory, as an example. 
Only cognitive dissonance has people believing this is not contradictory. 

Like the very idea of "the good war"
Any war results in death, destruction, resource waste, disease and upswing in crime, ethnic cleansing etc., Are those things "good"? Obviously not. Therefore how can their be a "good war"?

John Rappaport

One type of mind control involves defeating logic as a method of thinking.
Modern formulations of basic logic begin with the statement: You can’t have A and not-A. Which is a way of saying contradictions are unacceptable.
So it’s no surprise that mind control attempts to introduce contradictions into rational processes.

You see this in propaganda.
For example: People who are vaccinated are in danger from those who are unvaccinated. (“Keep your unvaccinated child away from my vaccinated child.”)
There is a concealed contradiction here. You can see it by merely defining (according to conventional terms) the meaning of “vaccinated.”
It means “immune,” “protected from contracting the disease targeted by the vaccine.”
But if the vaccinated person is protected and immune, then coming into contact with an unvaccinated person will bring no danger.
Therefore, the notion that vaccinated people are A) protected but not-A) in danger is absurd, a contradiction.

Contradictions (A and not-A)

The easiest way to defeat logic is through deficient education. Never teach logic. Ignore it. Instead, teach specific values. Teach anything except logic. Don’t teach children how to spot contradictions.
Logic is a significant problem for people who want a closed and unfree society.
Teaching logic tends to produce sharp and independent minds.
Logic produces personal power.
 Just something to think about. That's all.


  1. Hi Penny: Thanks for the food for thought. Luckily, lapses in logic, though often incredibly annoying, can also be a source of humour. Especially oxymorons that we hear (and speak) every day, but give little thought to. There's a large selection of them at this website:

  2. Exactly. That's why I teach my son that stuff, also the rhetorical fallacies. I know that he won't learn that at school. It wasn't taught when I was there, no way it is being taught now.

    1. good for you gallier2
      you're a good dad :)
      not that I doubted it for a moment