Here I should clarify that I am not suggesting that a certain man, or even a panel of men, sit behind a curtain turning the gears of the great apparatus, engineering responses to certain predefined goals in a humanly calculated program of exploitation and mind control. That is far too simple-minded, although it makes for exciting conspiracy tales. No, this apparatus moves of its own accord, having divorced itself from conscious guidance long ago. If anything it might be described as something guided by man’s collective and unconscious will-to-death, and we could even go further and say that it is a result of modern man’s “collective possession,” but we are getting ahead of ourselves. For now, to return to our point, we should say that man does not simply live in the “age of information,” but rather than he lives in the “age of propaganda.” And let it not be said that propaganda ceases to be propaganda just because the individuals utilizing it are not fully aware of what they are doing.
Guénon said truly that,
“it is not easy to judge the degree of sincerity of those who become the propagators of such ideas, or to know to what extent they fall prey to their own lies and deceive themselves as they deceive others; in fact, in propaganda of this sort, those who play the part of the dupes are often the best instruments, as they bring to the work a conviction that others would have difficulty in simulating, and which is readily contagious.”