RESEARCH AND COMMENTARY
by Steven Neill, ©2017, TPATH
Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Francesco Gramsci and Saul Alinsky were all malevolent masterminds of manipulating others into becoming willing puppets of the State. Lenin’s “What Is to Be Done?;”(2) Trotsky’s “In Defense of Marxism,”(3) Gramsci’s “Prison Notebooks”(4) and Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”(5) were all written to push strategy and propaganda onto the masses. All have succeeded in spreading malignant evil. But aside from Lenin, none lived to become absolute masters over every form of media and, arguably, none were as effective as Joseph Goebbels.
The Reich Minister for Propaganda and Popular Enlightenment, Goebbels, was the architect of Hitler’s rise to power in the Nazi Party and thereafter, his ascension to defacto dictator over the Third Reich, one of the most brutal empires in history. According to writer H.R. Trevor-Roper,(6)“Goebbels was an impresario of genius, the first man to
realize the full potentialities of mass media for political purposes in a dynamic totalitarian state.” He perceived early on how the masses could be easily led by skillful use of modern media(7) and he grasped the reins of that media(8) to propel Hitler into power and Nazi Germany into war.
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