How do certain elite groups use force and propaganda to convince people to accept their orders and rules? How do certain elite groups use force and propaganda to convince people to accept their...

How do certain elite groups use force and propaganda to convince people to accept their orders and rules?

How do certain elite groups use force and propaganda to convince people to accept their orders and rules?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Propaganda plays on people's emotions. The most common use of propaganda is to incite fear. If you get people scared, they will do almost anything. Elite groups resent the common people, but they need them to stay in power. They find them easy to manipulate.
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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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When elites can, they use propaganda that feeds on things that the people already believe.  It is very difficult to make propaganda work if the people are not already disposed to believe it.  The trick is to take beliefs that people already hold and figure out how to use them to support the goals of the elites.  (For example, taking anti-American feelings in Iran and converting that into support for a nuclear program.)

It is only if this fails that elites typically use force.  Force is a less efficient way to get a population to do what you want.  It is much "cheaper" and more effective to use propaganda to make the people believe that your orders and rules are right than it is to force them to obey.

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