Friday, August 18, 2006

Truth vs. The Big Lie

"The Big Lie, first coined by Adolf Hitler in his 1925 autobiography Mein Kampf,was made famous by Joseph Goebbels, propaganda minister for the Third Reich. The idea was simple enough: Tell a whopper (the larger the better) often enough and most people will come to accept it as the truth. During World War II, the predecessor of the CIA, the Office of Strategic Services, described how the Germans used the Big Lie: "[They] never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."

Nice to read outsiders finally connecting the dots between 'then and now'. J


Anonymous Tololy said...

I find this particularly interesting because it relates to psychological warfare, thank you very much for the useful information. Keep up the good work, JoLadies!

Friday, August 18, 2006  
Blogger Abu Shreek said...

Terrific link
I kept thinking of Goebbles listening to the latest Lebanese war coverage and commentary.

Friday, August 18, 2006  

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