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"if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao..."
-- Beatles

"we scythed into their faith - as they outlawed ours"
-- Lemon Kittens

This propaganda war against the American people makes the Big Lie campaigns of Hitler and his media specialists look totally amateurish.
-- Jack D. Douglas (professor of sociology, UCSD, speaking about war propaganda in 2005)

Adolf Hitler, propagandist. Nazis also preached drug-free purity
"The same pack of wolves which has just fallen on its prey... The [Jewish person's] life... a parasite in the body of other nations..."
-- Hitler, 1925

Why is a depiction of Hitler used as a graphic to represent propaganda?

propaganda propaganda When we created this site, we wanted a small graphic that might symbolize drug war propaganda. For this, we use a small black and white image which depicts Hitler giving a speech. We did this for several reasons.

  • Hitler led his millions of followers with propaganda.
  • Hitler was a believer in the power of propaganda, and wrote at length on the subject. (see also: 1, 2 )
  • Ultimately, Hitler and his followers were unashamed to use force and coercion (violence, including killing people) to make others follow their ideas of purity.
  • John Walters, prohibition propagandist
    "It's much easier for law enforcement to stomp on cockroaches than to fight wolves..."
    -- US Drug Czar John Walters, 2007

  • Like Hitler, drug warriors are believers in the power of propaganda.
    "This is wartime propaganda." -- Mark DiMassimo, CEO of DiMassimo Advertising (creator of anti-MDMA ads for the Partnership for a Drug-Free America)
  • Adolf Hitler drinks no alcohol and does not smoke
    '...Adolf Hitler drinks no alcohol and does not smoke... His performance at work is incredible...(from Auf der Wacht, 1937)

  • Neither were the Nazis strangers to using propaganda in their quests for chemical purity. Nazis ran frequent anti-tobacco propaganda campaigns, for example. Also, Hitler "not only abstained from tobacco; he also never drank." (see 1, 2, 3 )
  • The Drug War/Nazi comparison is a well-established theme. (see: 1, 2, 3 etc.)
  • "Ironically, however, the anger and indignation felt by U.S. officials when someone compares [their] policies to those of Hitler does not stop U.S. officials from comparing foreign leaders to Hitler..." (Jacob Hornberger on Hitlers.)
  • see: In Defense of Referencing Hitler by B.K. Marcus
  • In Hypnosis and "Reefer Madness", Steven Jacobson writes about marijuana in connection with Hitler's "Big Lie" of propaganda.
    "The whole art consists in doing this so skillfully that everyone will be convinced that the fact is real," writes Adolf Hitler in "Mein Kampf." He describes the principles of effective propaganda: it must repeat those points over and over again until the public believes it. To be effective, propaganda must constantly short-circuit all thought and decision. It must operate on the individual subconsciously. (42) The principles behind "The Big Lie" of propaganda...
  • Ultimately, prohibitionists (drug warriors) are unashamed to use force and coercion (violence, including killing people) to make others follow their ideas of purity.

  • Government Propaganda

    "When it's time to launch a war or promote an unpopular policy, the government needs special help to sell the idea through the media. Opinion engineers are paid to "manage" public perception of inconvenient facts, and turn them around for better. Using the universal tools fear, patriotism, and phrase repetition, these high flying spin doctors can easily sway the population. The most successful public relations campaigns aim to change public perception without our awareness of the campaign. They are typically launched by governments, institutions and countries who need to change their public image, restore their reputation or manipulate public opinion. There are PR firms today who advise dictatorships, dishonest politicians and corrupt industries to cover up environmental catastrophes and human rights violations."

    Disturbing Trends in Subliminal Advertising, May 2007, Martin Howard, media researcher and author of "We Know What You Want: How They Change Your Mind".

    The Hitler Icon

    "It's not that this crowd resents those who take liberties with the Hitler analogy: you will recall that George Bush I compared Saddam Hussein to der Führer as a justification for his Gulf War. I suspect that members of the establishment get angry over such comparisons not because they are wrong, but because they know they are too close to the truth."
    The Hitler Icon, 2005, Butler Shaffer

    see also:

  • Guards at Concentration Camps Were Just Doing Their Jobs; Laurence M. Vance (Sept. 30, 2014)
  • Richard Webster (2003), "Of rats and men"
  • That was then. This is now.
  • google: "The same pack of wolves which has just fallen on its prey... "
  • google: "a parasite in the body of other nations"
  • THE RAPE OF THE MIND - The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing (1954)
  • Political Violence as the Destruction of Evil (Richard A. Koenigsberg, 2006)
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