How do elite groups use force and propaganda to force people to accept their orders and rules? Please explain in detail. Thank you!How do elite groups use force and propaganda to force people to...

How do elite groups use force and propaganda to force people to accept their orders and rules? Please explain in detail. Thank you!

How do elite groups use force and propaganda to force people to accept their orders and rules? Please explain in detail. Thank you!

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megan-bright eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Money is power. Elite groups have the resources to push their agenda aggressively and spread their ideas to millions of people quickly. As I type this I am thinking of the billionaires who are pushing education reform and a generally anti-public school sentiment. Everyone has heard of 'Waiting for Superman.'

The ads for this film where everywhere, even on sites that criticized the movie. There was no escaping this movie and its message. Many billionaires or those affiliated with billionaires supported this movie: Oprah, Bill Gates, mayors, NBC etc...And they thus had the time, money, and power to present their views to millions of people. Many people in turn began to adopt an anti-public school stance and believe that all schools are failing children, and that teachers don't care about their students etc.

The message was very damaging to the public's perception of schools and teachers. There were some films produced to counter 'Superman', such as 'The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman.' However, with no wealthy people to support it, the movie was virtually unheard of.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
It's unclear whether you are referring to the elite group forcing their followers or others. The main way elit groups control their members is through fear. Sometimes it is a fear of being expelled from the group, sometimes just a fear of disapproval and loss of privileges. These groups usually have their own propaganda, but mainly use it with their members. They get their power frm secrecy.
mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Many people believe that lobbyists virtually run the country because they are the messengers of wealth/power in America.  As Post #2 has exemplified, elite groups can push through their desires, their propaganda--whatever is on their agenda.  Likewise, they can squelch any opponents to this agenda.