BRUCE LERRO—How effective is the socialist left at winning over people in public meetings who are not already socialists? I would think that being socialists would make the people practicing socialism very good at being social. How true is this? There are two purposes in this article. One is to identify the similarities and differences between six forms of information control. The second part is to assess how good leftists are in using the two forms of control called “rhetoric” and “dialectic” at making their points. My claim is that the socialist left knows or cares little for these argumentation forms. This is one of many reasons why it is difficult to persuade or convince the public to become socialists or support socialist programs. These attempts could be in public gatherings such as rallies, city council meetings or in the workplace.
PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIAL STUDIES
AMERICAN BRAINWASHAMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMLANGUAGE & LINGUISTICSPROPAGANDAPSYCHOLOGY / SOCIAL STUDIES
BOURGEOIS VALUESCAPITALISM & SOCIALISMCAPITALIST FRONTSCAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTSPOLLS & SURVEYSPROPAGANDAPSYCHOLOGY / SOCIAL STUDIES
BRUCE LERRO—Is all propaganda covert or is some of it out in the open? Is propaganda about facts, interpretations or evaluations? Can propaganda be truthful in fact or is it all lies? How do propagandists treat their audience? What is propaganda’s relationship to political ideology? In other worlds do liberals, conservatives, fascists and socialists all use propaganda or do some use it more than others? Are propagandists Machiavellian, cynical manipulators behind the scenes or do they really believe in their propaganda? How fast does propaganda work? Is it a gradual process or does it impact its audience suddenly, like a conversion experience? Typically, propaganda is thought to exist in “authoritarian” states. But what about bourgeois representational “democracies”.
AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMCAPITALISM & SOCIALISMCAPITALIST SICKNESSPSYCHOLOGY / SOCIAL STUDIES
BRUCE LERRO—As a young social revolutionary, I made my way through a fair amount of the anarchist and Marxist literature and one of the descriptions that intrigued me most was Marx and Engels’ description of social evolution. They depicted it as a spiral. Rather than a linear or cyclic way of showing social movement, they presented it in the form of thesis-antithesis and synthesis. The thesis phase was within primitive egalitarian societies. Then there was a long antithesis in which social classes formed – slave societies, feudal societies and then capitalism. Out of this came a crisis which could result in a synthesis – first socialism, then communism. What I liked about the synthesis was that it was not just a compromise between thesis and antithesis. Rather, it twisted its way up to another dimension, a qualitative leap in which there is a partial return to the thesis but on a higher level. Synthetic communism was a return to primitive communism but on a higher level, an egalitarian level, but with abundant material conditions informed by the surplus created by capitalism.
AMERICAN STUDIESCAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTSPSYCHOLOGY / SOCIAL STUDIES
POLITICAL AND SPIRITUAL CULTS: FROM RAPTURE TO COMPLICITY TO AFTERMATH IN THE SHADOW OF 20TH CENTURY YANKEEDOM
BRUCE LERRO—Usually when people hear the word “cult”, two silent assumptions come to mind: “those people are crazy” and “that could never happen to me”. Are the kind of people who join #cults lonely? Do they lack critical thinking skills? What are the ecological, economic and political conditions under which cults emerge? Are there certain ages of life when individuals are more vulnerable? How do people get lured in? Why do they stay, when to an outsider, it’s clear it is in their self-interest to leave.
AMERICAN STUDIESCAPITALIST SICKNESSCLASS ANALYSISCULTURE & CRITICISMPSYCHOLOGY / SOCIAL STUDIESVIRTUALUNIV
BRUCE LERRO—People interested in paranormal phenomenon or in developing parapsychological skills want answers to the big questions. If we believe in past lives and reincarnation the belief is that we will never have to face dying. Unsatisfied with the answers religion gives about life after death, those interested in parapsychology want to find out for themselves. Is there life on other planets? Not satisfied with science’s answer of “no, not yet”, they wonder if the state and the scientists would tell us if they had gotten an extraterrestrial signal? Maybe extraterrestrials have already come here?