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The Big Lie and the propaganda war

The modern mass psychology technique used by the homosexual movement to turn America on its head.

by Brian Camenker

POSTED: Aug. 17, 2005

America today

Have you ever wondered how America, which mere decades ago was rock-solid in its universal distaste (and, in fact, revulsion) for homosexual behavior, could have changed so radically?

Until recently, the idea of government-sanctioned homosexuality -- much less gay "marriage" -- was not only not seriously discussed, it was literally beyond the imagination of anyone. Homosexuality was universally considered (even in "liberal" circles) unnatural and fairly disgusting, brought on by serious emotional dysfunction in an individual.

And now, the accepted common belief is that people hold exactly those same values as before are "hateful and bigoted." Dissenters now find themselves constantly on the defensive -- trying to "prove" to everyone that they are not out to harm homosexuals, and that they don't hate them as human beings. Any suggestion that homosexual behavior is an unnatural or chosen behavior rather than "genetic" is looked upon in polite company as equivalent to advocating the lynching of blacks.

Children in schools and adults in workplace "diversity sessions" are taught that so-called "homophobia" is a mental disorder, and that "homophobes" are extremely dangerous to society.

Roots in Germany

What has happened? A huge part of the explanation is fifteen years of "The Big Lie".

The Big Lie technique (like other remnants of Nazism and the Nazi movement) has been a focus of the homosexual movement since it coalesced in the late 1980s and began to use the media on a large scale.

The Big Lie was first described by Adolph Hitler in his writings, and later refined and put to use on a large scale by Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda.

Hitler was a master of manipulating large numbers of people. He intuitively understood that if you simply tell a lie, people who know (or find out) the truth will easily reject it. But if you tell a huge, enormous lie that is blatantly false, and repeat it over and over, people eventually will question their own ability to properly process the information, and they will come to believe it. In fact, as the lie continues to be repeated and reinforced they will believe it with great force -- even when subsequently confronted with indisputable facts to the contrary. And as more people around them believe it, it becomes even more entrenched inside them (and also more difficult to resist the urge to conform).

As Hitler wrote in his 1925 autobiography Mein Kampf (James Murphy translation, page 134):

"[I]n the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying. These people know only too well how to use falsehood for the basest purposes."

The Big Lie technique was made possible by the onset of modern mass media in the early 20th century, particularly radio and motion pictures, but also billboards, and high-speed printing and distribution for magazines and newspapers. With modern mass media, the psychological effect of the Big Lie on large numbers of people was tremendous.

Thus, Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Propaganda Minister, greatly refined the technique using mass media in the 1930s. Goebbels wrote:

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."

The most effective Nazi use of the Big Lie was against the Jews. It's well known that the 1920s Germany was considered the most Jew- friendly place in the world -- much more so than the United States was at that time. Jews had broader social and economic freedoms in Germany than almost anywhere else. the late 1930s, people were hunting Jews in the streets and fields so they could kill them. And ordinary people watched and participated in a massive, violent mass murder.

At that time Jews in fact made up about 1% of the population of Germany and did not have any serious power in government. But the Nazi propaganda machine began to tell people constantly, over and over, in every possible way, that the Jews were taking over the government, destroying the economy, literally and figuratively poisoning the population, and were responsible for every imaginable evil. They said that the only way the people could be saved was if society was completely "cleaned" of all Jews. Looking back, it was an absurd idea that went against all common sense. But it eventually became the standard, accepted belief in Germany and neighboring countries.

The message today that's continuously repeated: Homosexual behavior is normal and natural and all around us -- and people who criticize homosexual behavior are abnormal, ignorant, isolated, and dangerous.  It's a position that even two decades ago would have been impossible to be taken seriously.  But it's becoming standard, accepted belief in the United States.

The other factor

Note in Goebbels' quote above that he also understood then, as the modern homosexual movement does today, that for the Big Lie to be effective the truth must be forcefully crushed. As we see in schools, newspapers, and in the public forum in general, the gays seem to meet any attempt to present a counter argument with a force that seems completely out of context in its viciousness and cruelty. We see punishments in school, letters to the editor, and the crown jewel: hate crime legislation. (And that's why attempts by parents to get ideological alternatives to "gay awareness days" in the public schools are always thwarted, often in a very hostile manner.)

Remember when Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the radio personality, began to describe homosexuality as a disordered behavior on her show? The homosexual movement came out in full fury. They forced her TV show to be almost immediately canceled and nearly destroyed her career. In Boston, radio talk-show host Jeanine Graf had a popular evening radio show back in 2000. After several shows which exposed a lurid homosexual sex conference with kids, the gay activists in the company's corporate structure made sure she was abruptly fired -- and she hasn't worked in Boston radio since. It's not just the media industry. People have been forced out of work, reprimanded, and threatened, and boycotted in all walks of life for speaking out on this issue.

In other words, Goebbels and the modern homosexual movement understood that a necessary component of The Big Lie is fear. The fear of telling the truth.

Thus, the Big Lie, to be most effective, includes three elements:
   1. An huge, colossal lie - not a believable lie.
   2. Constant repetition to a mass audience.
   3. Suppression of the truth through a climate of fear.

Today - more momentum than ever.

The Big Lie in America's media institutions continues today more than ever, fueled by a movement that has become extremely powerful, with a momentum that's not slowing down a bit. How many movies and TV shows now feature both subtle and overt homosexuality -- always presented as normal, innocent, natural, and morally neutral -- while detractors are always portrayed as horrible, backwards, repulsive people? There's a constant, repeated image and message of homosexuality being "normal, just part of society" while anyone who criticizes it is portrayed as backwards, mentally unstable, socially destructive, and even dangerous.

The more in your face, the better: in TV shows, movies, newspaper feature articles, magazines, advertisements, and on billboards. In the workplace employees are subjected to sensitivity training and required recognition of domestic partnerships. In the universities  "gay studies", the endless normalizing of homosexuality, and draconian speech codes pursue the student (and teacher) everywhere.

People must stand up

If nothing else, their success is a testament to the fact that a democracy can be subverted -- probably more easily, in fact, than any other form of government.  It's what happens when people stop participating, lose their moral compass, let others make decisions for them, and collectively lose control of their social and political institutions. It will always end in tyranny. Or worse.

How do you change this? In the world of modern mass media the Big Lie is a powerful propaganda technique. But fundamentally it has two deadly enemies: the truth, and the courage to tell it. When harnessed and used properly those two things are the worst nightmare for all totalitarian movements.

Keeping up the momentum: Propaganda campaign in Georgia:
The signs below appeared across metropolitan Atlanta, paid for by
"Georgia Equality", a wealthy and aggressive homosexual group.

What is the message here?

(What effect would these billboards have had 30 years ago?)