Something clever and something intelligentPosted: October 1, 2008
And from Ian Kershaw’s “The Hitler Myth“, which looks at the propaganda campaign that built up the Hitler personality cult:
Old myths are, however, replaced by new as the combination of modern technology and advanced marketing techniques produce ever more elaborate and sophisticated examples of political image-building around minor personalitiy cults, even in western democracies, aimed at obfuscating reality among the ignorant and gullible. The price for abdicating democratic responsibilities and placing uncritical trust in the ‘firm leadership’ of seemingly well intentioned political authority was paid dealy by Germans between 1933 and 1945. Even if a collapse into new forms of fascism is inherently unlikely in any western democracy, the massive extension of the power of the modern State over its citizens is in itself more than sufficient cause to develop the highest level possible of educated cynicism and critical awareness as the only protection against the marketed images of present-day and future claimants to political ‘leadership’.