"The logic is clear — propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state and that’s wise and good because again the common interests elude the bewildered herd, they cant figure them out. […]And the point of public relations slogans like ‘Support Our Troops’ is that they don’t mean anything
[…] that’s the whole point of good propaganda, you want to create a slogan that nobody is gonna be against and I suppose everybody will be for because nobody knows what it means because it doesn’t mean anything, but it’s crucial value is it diverts your attention from a question that does mean something. Do you support our policy and that’s the one you’re not allowed to talk about."
Noam Chomsky, “On propaganda”
I think this can apply to the numerous groups that devote themselves to slogans like “Support Hong Kong government” or “Support Hong Kong police ” (in opposition of the Umbrella Movement/Revolution). Democracy is always too complicated an issue for people to wrap their minds around.
(Source: inbunden, via fuckyeahnoamchomsky)
#at the very least
#hk has chosen to speak out
Is it wrong to be young and have ideals? Society merely chuckles at the teen when he or she “falls in love”; while frowning on the same individual who joins a protest for basic democratic liberties.
The CCP and HK officials may put their hopes in waiting until HKers grow tired of the protests, but is that how a government responsible for protection of HK’s liberties and freedoms should act? If the state has such little faith in its people’s quest for political decision-making, then it should not expect the same from its people.
No matter how the corporate-backed media frames the protests as illegal activity, I still find the right to assembly and to voice opinions a measure of good governance. As such, the demands for CY Leung’s dismissal is reasonable (even if it will not change the CCP’s plans for undemocratic political reforms).