Saturday, November 05, 2016

Jacque Ellul's Propaganda, looks to be over at

Now, obviously for longtime readers, we've discussed Jacques Ellul's book Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes here at Wenatchee The Hatchet a lot this year. 

Translated from the French by Konrad Kellen & Jean Lerner
Vintage Books Edition, February 1973
Copyright (c) 1965 by Alfred A Knopf Inc.
ISBN 0-394-71874-7

You may wish to forgive the mid-century conceptual limitations of language with the "Men's" part, as applicable.  The book is repetitive and dry in a few spots but ... given that this is an election year it may be worth it to trawl through the book.

As the history of what was once Mars Hill goes, and the history of Mark Driscoll's quest to become a public figure, Ellul's writing on propaganda and propagandists is commendable because the propagandist is not just the politician and the political/media class seeking to sway you to support a set of causes that have already been decided upon by the political and financial classes that run things; a propagandist can also be said to be what today's megachurch pastor functionally is.

So if you're a former member of Mars Hill and haven't read this book by Ellul already, it's ... strongly recommended by Wenatchee The Hatchet.


It also featured a few observations about the populist agitator in the American political tradition who has no coherent set of implementable policies as such but knows how to appeal to anxieties about the loss of a way of life, not that that necessarily has anything to do with what's been transpiring on November 8 ... .

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