To understand the concept of propaganda, you have to have some rudimentary understanding of psychology. To grasp the fact that you are now and have always been a victim of United States psychological warfare campaigns directed at the American public and intended to steer popular opinion, you have to know history. In this case, you can trace the origins of propaganda and rumor to the O.S.S. Our first non-military intelligence organization is often credited to the O.S.S. but you can go back even further to the Office of the Coordinator of Information. Founded in 1941, this preliminary grouping of early-era spooks would grow exponentially until the summer of 1942, when the Office of Strategic Services became the OCI’s new monicker.
In May of 1942, the O.S.S. began to organize its collected data on how to shape the minds of large-scale populations by use of propaganda, suggestion, and rumor. They had recruited well known psychologist R.H. Knapp into their ranks. During the war, Knapp was an expert in the field of psychological manipulation. He could be said to be the father of American propaganda, if there is such a thing. Along with the assistance of the British Political Warfare Executive, men like Knapp built a global system of information isolation and suppression that functions to this very day.
This document, the Doctrine Re: Rumors, is a necessary read if you care to understand the methods by which your government steers your belief systems. When you understand the techniques used to make you believe something, it becomes much easier to spot new propaganda, thus grasping a broader more accurate picture of the world. Keep in mind, while the term enemy is used throughout the document and was most certainly directed toward Hitler and the Nazis, make no mistake about it, the techniques once used against our enemies have been used here in the U.S., directed at we the people, since our boys came back from the great war.
As we have entered the era of COVID-19, the panic first and think about it later scenario is in play once again. As usual, Americans have distanced themselves from any form of critical thinking when it comes to COVID-19, at a time when the atmosphere fostered by the media over the last several decades, made embracing propaganda and rumor the thing to do in hip crowds. Standing up for logic and reason in the COVID era translates to “you want to kill grandma.” The crumbling of societal norms over the decades has undoubtedly affected the individual, and the individual’s ability to integrate critical thinking with adaptation within a group. Putting that aside, the fundamental underlying moral to this story is that your government and the intelligence apparatus, along with a vast number of public/private entities, have made a science out of compartmentalizing the truth, then processing it for consumption, and finally distributing it through a number of proxies which today include Facebook, Twitter and the like. If it comes from MSNBC or FOX, the information you receive has already been sliced and diced, and served on a bed of lies. It is the only thing they know, and they haven’t updated the script since they wrote it back in ’42.
Read the Doctrine Re: Rumors here: