CHAPTER V
THE METHODS OF PROPAGANDISTS

We have tried to distinguish propagandists among promoters by means of certain traits of character. We now turn to discriminate them by means of certain ways of acting -- methods. What are the peculiarities of method -- if any -- by which we may spot these propagandists amidst the vast throng of promoters? Very often, as we have shown, we cannot detect them by character traits because they are out of view -- concealed in some manner. But, can people who are out in the open -- as individuals and organizations -- be propagandists? That question we are to consider in this chapter.

In one way our difficulties as we take up this phase of the matter are not so great; people and organizations that are visible, and easily sensed, are more easily studied than those that are not. In another sense, however, our difficulties are just as great; people and organizations can work behind veils as well as hide there. Many of us have seen Houdini on the stage, but very few of us can say just exactly what he did on the stage. He was plain enough, but his work was very obscure. It is a good deal, we must grant, to know who the promoter is and what he represents; it is an entirely different thing to follow his work in detail. But we have some evidence available and we shall try to present it.

To gain their ends promoters have to communicate with their publics or constituents and motivate them. Since they cannot use mental telepathy they are obliged to employ the usual physical means and materials. Thus they bring themselves within the visual, oral, gustatory, or other sense range of those they would influence; their activities have to emerge somewhat from behind the screen. They have to motivate others for they

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