Ahhh, the good old days of government propaganda

During the 20th Century’s two World Wars, the Federal government pumped out an impressive body of propaganda, much of it on film. For WWII, the Feds turned to the pros and a lot of the product came from Hollywood.  Besides video shorts, there were also  full length feature films (some pretty good actually). That propaganda was an essential part of keeping the country committed to the war effort and supportive of it. And it worked.

Then came the early days of the Cold War and the Feds thought if it had worked before, it would work again. It didn’t really; these films were too blatant and very clumsy.

I just came across this. Really?

6 responses to “Ahhh, the good old days of government propaganda

  1. Strange, the views of some of those rallies in the first part of the clip reminded me of Tea Party rallies and their placards. What’s old is new again but the Communists may have morphed into . . . (gasp) . . . Liberals!


  2. Awwww, you make me nostalgic… I remember these kinds of movies… “He May Be A Capitalist”!


  3. Those rallies were more OWS than TP. Now the guys at the end. Good thing Dad didn’t apply for a 501c.


    • Right, because having to wait for IRS approval would have been so much worse (they all got approved).

      Don’t read this as any defense of the IRS Alan. For me, that’s very serious and very worrying. Not so much what they did (which I’d classify as stupid and maybe partisan but low level) as that it was done by an agency with such vast power.


  4. Ms. Holland,

    You’re right. Time has no value in life or in a Presidential election.

    There sure are a lot of low level IRS who all got stupid at the same time. I wonder if they will continue to be stupid when they get called under oath and not roll over on the smart ones

    I wonder whether we will ever know who wrote the Tea Party questionnaires. Like the old Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody joke. Everybody knows that Somebody wrote what Anybody could have, but Nobody did.


    • I think – hope – we learn a great deal. Unlike Benghazi, as made up a ‘scandal’ as ever there was, this one calls for a full examinaton. If it goes up higher, so be it. We need to find out.


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