Propaganda, Propaganda And Propaganda

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Adolf Hitler once wrote, “Propaganda tries to force a doctrine on the whole people… Propaganda works on the general public from the standpoint of an idea and makes them ripe for the victory of this idea” Propaganda is often used by nations when looking to make their populations believe a particular political agenda. During the Second World War, propaganda was used by both the Allied and Axis powers. The ethics of propaganda was hotly contested in the United States during this time. While the administration understood it was necessary to sell its citizens on the war, the US government also acknowledged that its citizens were extremely weary of big government and propaganda machines, like they saw out of its wartime enemies Germany, as seen above, and Japan. In order to justify the use of propaganda in a free society and distance itself from its wartime enemies, the United States government portrayed wartime roles and sacrifices for its domestic citizens as private choices rather than state mandated obligations, relied partly on lighthearted media such as cartoons, and argued that American efforts were based on a “strategy of truth”. During the war, the United States was in a conundrum as they were deciding on how to get citizens to contribute to the war effort. This decision was difficult because, on one hand, the United States needed a massive amount of money and materials to fund the war and the only way to accumulate the funds and materials was through its citizens. On the other hand, the US had an understanding that its citizens were weary of a big government coming and demanding these things from them. In order to work on both sides, United States propaganda effort to raise funds was delivered to its citizens as their ... ... middle of paper ... ...e Allied and the Axis Powers. Members of the access powers saw propaganda as a simple and necessary tool to use in order attain their goals, other free societies, such as the United States, saw obvious issues with the use of propaganda. The central issue was that propaganda was used to impose ideas upon a population and a free society was based on the premise of individuals making decisions on their own. In order to combat those issues and attain their goals, the United States sought to display propaganda that offered choices rather than state mandated obligations, relied partly on lighthearted media such as cartoons, and argued that American efforts were based on a “strategy of truth”. After examining how propaganda was portrayed by the United States government during this period of time, individuals can now effectively calculate how modern propaganda is framed.

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