Exposed, it's harmless. When dead, academic scholars will dissect the carcass.(1) Lasswell and Casey 1935 bibliography lists 4500 titles. Nearly all on international propaganda were published after 1932.
" Propaganda For War", by H. C. Peterson, just published, ( U. of Okla. Press) explains vividly the technique of British propaganda which brought us into the last war 'to save democracy'.(2)
" Propaganda In The Next War", by Capt. Sidney Rogerson, ed. Capt. Liddell Hart, published last fall by Geoffrey Bles, Manchester Square, London, 5s., describes realistically the improved technique.(3) The cynical chapter on the methods now in use in America was inserted by Senator Nye in the Congressional Record. We quote:
"In the next war the result will probably depend upon the U.S.",-- "reaction of her public to propaganda properly applied",--"more susceptible than most peoples to mass suggestion." "Atrocity propaganda will be less effective in the next war",--Japan "more easily saddled with atrocities,--a cynical observation".
"For obvious reasons" Rogerson avoids mention of the official agencies "to coordinate propaganda, with Sir Robert Vansittart, chief diplomatic adviser to the Foreign Office, as chairman", disclosed by Chamberlain to the House of Commons, February 7, 1938.(4)
In England, Hitler is cultivated, strengthened, 'appeased'. Books and articles recently published present Germany favorably,--(5) Domville-Fife's "This Is Germany", 1939, etc.(6) Unfavorably reviewed in the London Times are books such as Erika Mann "School For Barbarians".(7) In America, England stimulates hatred of Germany so that Hitler values England's friendship and 'appeasement' is cheaper.
Headlines and lead paragraphs in our newspapers showed a change after Feb-Mar '39 visits to publishers by C. S. Kent, "business director" of London Times, just as after Northcliffe's visits in 1917.(8)
News censorship in London has been relaxed since Stalin, Mar. 11, threw the Tories into confusion and reversal of their 'appeasement' policy by ridiculing the Tory plot to embroil Germany and Russia.(9)
England sends her most skilful and diplomatic to persuade America in the subtlest and most flattering ways that our cooperation is needful for the preservation of 'democracy and civilization', i.e. the British