This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Exploitation of hate

Everyone feels hatred, resentment, and anger. This means that there is also in each person a need for an outlet or a means of expressing these emotions that will not result in guilt or negative social consequences. Normally a man has to find a way, usually by religious practice and self-discipline, to restrain and diffuse this hatred, or else he will suffer consequences. Not so in the age of propaganda. Propaganda excels in providing men with official enemies, at the same time ensuring that even the most puerile and shameful resentments against “the opposition” are socially sanctioned. Anyone familiar with party systems has seen the disgust one party member is apt to show toward another whom he may really know nothing about other than that he is part of the opposition. He cannot afford to know much about the person, for then he risks finding some redeeming feature in his enemy, and this is unacceptable and would rob the whole project of its advantages. Any redemption for the enemy is a failure for propaganda which seeks separation between individuals; human communion, that is to say mutual respect and empathy, is the defeat of propaganda. For such reasons, it matters little what scapegoat is chosen. They need not be powerful or of a different color. The Jews were made easily to serve this purpose by Hitler, so badly does man need someone whom he can hate with impunity.

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