12 Decisive Battles of the Mind: The Story of Propaganda during the Christian Era, with Abridged Versions of Texts That Have Shaped History

12 Decisive Battles of the Mind: The Story of Propaganda during the Christian Era, with Abridged Versions of Texts That Have Shaped History

12 Decisive Battles of the Mind: The Story of Propaganda during the Christian Era, with Abridged Versions of Texts That Have Shaped History

12 Decisive Battles of the Mind: The Story of Propaganda during the Christian Era, with Abridged Versions of Texts That Have Shaped History

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This anthology of decisive propaganda masterpieces aims to be representative of the story of Propaganda from St. Paul to Paul Goebbels--an evolution in technique but a devolution in purpose--rather than complete or even comprehensive. Friends have suggested many texts they thought should be included. Some were indeed literary or philosophic landmarks, but did not conform to the working definition of propaganda adopted in Chapter I. Others were undeniably examples of the art of propaganda and had exercised a strong influence upon history. Yet I excluded them because it seemed indubitable that their influence had never been decisive upon the course of events. But I freely admit that the number of "decisive battles of the mind" I have chosen is arbitrary. More could have been included, but enough have been selected, I think, to convey a fair sense of the great school of Christian-classical-democratic propaganda and of the two modern developments: Marxist-socialist- Bolshevik propaganda and neo-pagan, national socialist, anti- West propaganda.

In including, slightly abbreviated, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, vicious in intent and corrupt in style and punctuation, I have overcome a strong personal distaste. This forgery is not simply a curiosity of literature. It has produced results so terrible that we must reckon with it, and it contributes something essential to the understanding of Nazi- Fascist propaganda.

I wish to give thanks to the following for gracious permission to reprint extracts from works published by them: G. P. Put nam . . .

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