CHAPTER XVI
SOME SUGGESTIONS AS TO REMEDIES

We have described propaganda; we have tried to make as complete a sketch as possible within reasonable limits; we have tried to clarify its meaning for social life, and to state our case against it. The question now arises: What can be done about it -- if anything? It must be clear to the reader that there are three steps here -- the diagnosis, the devising of the remedy, and its actual application. It must be evident also that these three processes are very different in character and call for different types of training. Those who are competent to take one of these steps are not necessarily competent to make the others. To have a fair idea as to the nature of the disease is not necessarily to have infallible notions as to how to cure it; to understand how it may be cured is not necessarily to have the requisite skill to apply the remedy effectually.

In this book we have played the rôle of diagnostician, and we take up the rôle of suggesting remedies with a good deal of hesitation and misgiving. We would never think of trying to apply the remedy were it not for the fact that, in university teaching, we are actually doing it almost every day; there is no way for a teacher of the social sciences to escape working at a cure. Therefore, while the main business of this book is descriptive and interpretational, the author may have some background which can be used by those whose work is technological. An effort will be made, however, to remain sufficiently general in suggestion so that each individual worker may make his own individual applications.

It must be noted carefully that we are talking always about propaganda as defined and as understood in this book and not at all about what many people call propaganda. We believe ardently in as much free speech as the people can stand, and

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