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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Uniformity and control

After all of what has been said about American government and its conduct at home and abroad, one might ask how these things play out in the minds of the people, as opposed to the minds of the leaders. If we acknowledge as ‘the leaders’ those who sit behind the politicians but are not politicians themselves, then it is not difficult to understand their motivations. But what of the man on the street? How does he come to accept these conditions? It is no stretch, after all, to say that it is the lower classes who provide the manpower that makes all of this possible. The upper classes have not, since the Middle Ages, joined in the mayhem as fodder for their wars. How can those in power exert such an influence and control such a mass? First and foremost, by building up a psychological uniformity the likes of which the world has never seen.

In spite of all the conflict and the rhetoric about ‘melting pots’, te American people tend toward uniformity. They use the same ideas, wear the same clothes, watch the same television shows. In this sense the American people has, perhaps more than any other, been reduced to the condition of ‘herd’. They are schooled in herds, and all schooled according to an identical syllabus. Then, once graduated, they go off to work in herds. When war comes, they are drafted in herds, and they die that way. The success of this push toward uniformity has been astounding, and it owes its success mostly to the fact that America (and not Nazi Germany, as is supposed) was the pioneering nation when it came to propaganda. Propaganda was born of advertising and found a place for itself in society by inventing the profession called ‘public relations.’ That is why I have devoted a separate section to the psychology of the propagandized, in order to discuss that subject in depth.

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