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Capitalist Propaganda: “Spies”

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 3:00 pm

From 1943, one of a series of instructional cartoons made for the Army featuring Private SNAFU, “Spies”:

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This one isn’t so much about praising the virtues of capitalism as it is a cautionary tale about having loose lips when your country’s at war. And while watching it, I couldn’t help thinking about Obama.

That One had no problem releasing memos on our interrogation techniques, and the left supported him, as they pooh-poohed it all as being “harmless” and chattering about “the American public has a right to know”.

Problem is, these folks forget all too easily that “the American public” aren’t the only ones paying attention. And maybe one piece of information won’t kill our troops en masse, but bits and pieces get added up. Why make our enemy’s job easier?

And for folks like you & me, well… if you’re in a public waiting room and there’s a swarthy-looking man in his 20’s or 30’s of Middle-Eastern descent sitting nearby, maybe it wouldn’t hurt to restrict your topic of conversation with your companions to the weather for a while.

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Capitalist Propaganda: “Capitalism”

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 11:20 am

From 1948, another educational short from Coronet, “Capitalism“:

[YouTube direct link]

While addressing the question “what is Capitalism?, these kids never reach today’s “obvious” conclusion that it’s a system for cheating the poor, exploiting indigenous peoples, and oppressing minorities.

Which, if you read some of the reviews at the first link, is this production’s major flaw.

But the question isn’t “who is unhappy under Capitalism?”, it’s “what IS Capitalism?”. This film is a good example of using a simple, concrete situation to give meaning to more abstract terms. It’s how learning is done properly – leftist pap like “there are no rights or wrongs, just arguments for and against” notwithstanding.

Sure, these happy, healthy, well-groomed children argue over Captalism like they’re arguing over “what is Christmas?”.

“It’s presents!”
“It’s a tree!”
“It’s cookies!”
“It’s family!”
“It’s pretty colored lights!”
“It’s a month of Christmas specials on TV every night!”

But they should discuss it like that, because under Capitalism, EVERY day is Christmas.

Just ask anyone who’s come to America from a place that didn’t have it.

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Capitalist Propaganda: “Statement of Purpose”

Friday, June 5, 2009 1:00 pm

From 2009, Fox Nation comes out of the closet and lets everyone know exactly what they stand for, with “Statement of Purpose”:

[Fox Nation direct link]

It blows my mind that this video had to me made. There is nothing in here but the safest, most uncontroversial catch-phrases and buzz-words, like :

Constitution; Declaration of Independence; Emancipation Proclamation; community; American Dream Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; honor; responsibility; great adventure; our way of life; creativity; ingenuity; work ethic; civility; mutual respect; unity; tolerance; open debate; civil discourse; freedom of thought, expression, and worship; values

This should be a yawner. A no-brainer. Completely and utterly unremarkable.

But it’s not that kind of world.

To paraphrase Nathan Jessep, “Fox News uses these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. The rest of the news media uses them as a punch line.”

Ideally, ANY news organization – hell, any organization period – should be able to say EXACTLY what Fox Nation said without a second thought, a sense of embarrassment, or the need to use a tone of sneering irony.

But it’s not that kind of world.

We live in the kind of world where an unabashedly American statement like this makes Fox Nation look like some sort of ultra-triple-mythical beast from an alternate universe where the laws of physics and mathematics don’t apply. Fox Nation is a vamwericorn (half vampire, half werewolf, half unicorn), and it’s existence is grotesque and incomprehensible to the liberal media elite and their sycophantic toadies in government and academia.

To hell with them.

I want to live in a Fox Nation kind of world.

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Capitalist Propaganda: “Communism is Your Friend, Jimmy!”

Thursday, June 4, 2009 4:00 pm

I don’t know much about this one except that it was done by a student (probably college) for some class, somewhere around 2008. I offer “Communism is Your Friend, Jimmy!”:

[YouTube direct link]

It vaguely parodies the style of the 50’s Coronet Films, however, it doesn’t parody their message. The production values and acting are low-budget, film-school-awful, yet I found the dialogue reminiscent of something that I imagine a very young Frank J. might have attempted after one too many martinis persuaded him that it was a really cool idea.

If nothing else, I found it amusing, and I especially liked the line, “Well, Jimmy, after a long hard day of working for the good of the people, I’m very tired. Now the last thing I want to do when I come home is think for myself. If we had a totalitarian, communist government, I wouldn’t have to!”

Lower your expectations a bit & give it a shot. I hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Capitalist Propaganda: “Responsibilities of American Citizenship”

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 3:00 pm

In 1955, this was considered an almost laughably elementary lesson in civics. Today, it’s considered “a comically serious anti-communism diatribe masquerading as an educational film“. I give you “Responsibilities of American Citizenship”:

[Internet Archive direct link]

Notice how they talk about how America produces disproportionate wealth for it’s population instead of the lefty talking point of using a disproportionate share of “the world’s resources”.

Also notice how the movie visually demonstrates that a fundamental belief in God is the ultimate foundation of our nation’s greatness. If you show this to a liberal, wear a raincoat in case his head explodes.

Funny thing is, as an atheist, you’d think I’d be offended by that part, but I’d have to be an amazing sort of fool to ignore the historical fact that the vast majority of people who founded this country (and the ones who continue to keep it functioning to this very day) believed in God. Regardless of my personal choices, that’s a tough one to chalk up to mere coincidence.

There’s no denying that a belief in God provides the high-octane spiritual fuel needed to keep good Americans running smooth day after hard-working day.

Freedom ain’t for sissies.

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Capitalist Propaganda: “Elbow Room”

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 3:00 pm

Proving that the decade wasn’t a total disaster, a little something that older Gen X’ers & younger Boomers might remember from Saturday mornings in the 70’s – an episode of the Schoolhouse Rock series from 1976 called “Elbow Room”:

[YouTube direct link]

Yeah, you won’t be getting THIS song out of your head anytime soon.

Anyway, I can’t decide if this clip actually approves of the American expansion across the continent, or if it just SEEMS like it because it’s been so long since I’ve heard the process discussed without the use of the phrase “smallpox infected blankets”.

Bonus points to the Schoolhouse Rock folks for not sneering contemptuously after using the phrase “Manifest Destiny”. I can’t imagine that happening today.

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Capitalist Propaganda: “Propaganda Techniques”

Monday, June 1, 2009 3:00 pm

This is the piece I probably should’ve started the whole Capitalist Propaganda category out with. Coronet Film’s 1949 production of “Propaganda Techniques”:

[YouTube direct link]

You might’ve thought I was being tongue-in-cheek when I referred to the previous videos as “propaganda”, but I was quite serious. Propaganda is, after all “the systematic propagation of a doctrine or cause or of information reflecting the views and interests of those advocating such a doctrine or cause”.

Although the word picked up heavily negative connotations due to its effective and pervasive use by the Nazis and Communists, propaganda is not necessarily wrong or evil. It can also be used in support of the right and the good. It’s up to the recipient of a propaganda message to determine the worth and accuracy of the content of any particular message.

The first step in doing so is to become aware of the techniques of propaganda, so that you can analyze whether a message is accurate, or merely persuasive. This film is an excellent start.

As an exercise for the viewer, feel free to discuss Obama’s use of propaganda in the comments.

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Capitalist Propaganda: “The Philosophy of Liberty”

Sunday, May 31, 2009 7:01 am

Another modern piece (2002), this is a flash animation based on the epilogue of Ken Schoolland’s book, “The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible.” I present Kerry Pearson’s “The Philosophy of Liberty”:

[YouTube direct link]

Be sure to show it to your kids before their school makes them watch “The Story of Stuff“.

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Capitalist Propaganda: “Me Is Mine, You Is Yours”

Friday, May 29, 2009 10:42 pm

Something from the modern era (2007) from Nick Silby, a jingle-writer from Missouri, “Me Is Mine, You Is Yours”:

[YouTube direct link]

Sort of a 4 minute whirlwind tour of the history of civilization which reaches its pinnacle in the free nation of America.

Be warned, this guy writes catchy tunes for a living, and chances are this thing will be stuck in your head for a while.

Might be a good earworm to infect Obama with, though.

For more about Nick, check his website, or this interview in 417 Magazine. You can also check out his band’s MySpace page, where you should be able to find his song “It’s An Obama Nation”.

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Capitalist Propaganda: “Your Safety First”

Thursday, May 28, 2009 3:01 pm

From 1956, a short from the Automobile Manufacturers of America called “Your Safety First“:

[Internet Archive direct link]

The setting is the “futuristic” year 2000, and there’s plenty of cute Jetson-esque predictions that aren’t even close, but eventually [at 4:31, if you want to skip ahead] it gets to the heart of the matter – a documentary on the historical development of the automobile.

I like this bit because it makes you really appreciate how hard the auto industry works to keep improving their product, year after year.

It also makes you wonder what cars would be like if serving the customer were their only goal, and they didn’t have to keep meeting insane & arbitrary government standards and regulations which only serve to add cost without providing benefits to the consumer.

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Capitalist Propaganda: “Why Play Leapfrog?”

Saturday, May 23, 2009 9:57 am

From 1950, a little lesson on why minimum wage hikes don’t help workers, “Why Play Leapfrog?“:

[YouTube direct link]

(Caution: contains quaintly dated racial stereotyping at 6:37)

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Capitalist Propaganda: “What Makes Us Tick”

Friday, May 22, 2009 9:41 am

From 1952, a short from The New York Stock Exchange called “What Makes Us Tick“:

[YouTube direct link]

When they go through the segment on what it takes to issue stock, I almost busted out laughing, because I kept thinking about all those liberal yahoos in Washington yammering on and on about our “unregulated” markets.

The important thing to take from this video is that it requires a lot of people making a lot of agreements and taking a lot of risks to keep the financial markets working. However, it’s all voluntary, and everyone is free to pull out when they decide their interests are best served by putting their money elsewhere.

The unimportant thing to take from this is that once you marry a woman, she’ll turn into a chubby, bon-bon-gobbling layabout who’ll make you scrub the kitchen floor, so you should seek retribution by squirreling away part of your paycheck to invest in the stock market.

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Capitalist Propaganda: “Destination Earth”

Thursday, May 21, 2009 2:00 pm

From 1956, a little something from the American Petroleum Institute called “Destination Earth“:

[Google Video direct link]

Can’t help wondering when our Beloved Leader Obb the Exalted will start “inviting” us to attend special giant joy rallies.

Towards the middle, this short gets into something that got overlooked the last time people cared about oil (circa 2008) – the fact that gasoline is NOT the only reason we need the stuff.

Now, I warn you ahead of time that the dialogue is mostly so lame and stilted that it makes Scooby Doo look like Family Guy, but there’s a decent payoff at the end.

Drill here. Drill now.

And up yours, Beloved Leader.

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Capitalist Propaganda: “It’s Everybody’s Business”

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 8:02 pm

From 1954, a two-parter called “It’s Everybody’s Business”. The first half does a nice job of showing how constitutional principles are the basis of a free market:

[YouTube direct link]

The second half explains how free markets are supposed to work in a free society:

[YouTube direct link]

Two things I especially liked in part 2 are the fist-and-dagger representation of what America’s “hero” FDR actually did to this country during WWII (segment starts at 4:57), and an almost Nostrodamical prediction of Obama’s rise to power (segment starts at 7:47).

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Capitalist Propaganda: “The Road to Serfdom”

Monday, May 18, 2009 10:00 am

From 1945, the slideshow version of pamphlet version of Friedrich Hayek’s classic 1944 book, “The Road to Serfdom” (caution – gawdawful background music; turn down your speakers to avoid headaches):

[YouTube direct link]

Gotta love the irony of fact that the pamphlet from which these pictures are taken was published & distributed by General Motors.

Scary thing is, I think we’re about 4 minutes into this scenario: “Early step of all dictators is to inflame the majority in common cause against some scapegoat minority”.

AIG bonuses, anyone?

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Capitalist Propaganda: “Meet King Joe”

Sunday, May 17, 2009 12:17 pm

From 1951, “Meet King Joe”:

[YouTube direct link]

Hypersensitive liberals shouldn’t watch this, since it contains stereotypes about bucktoothed Chinese, red-headed Irish, and nagging wives.

Pay careful attention at around the 5 minute point and the line “With constant improvement in expensive tools and the skill to use them, the value of any man’s labor can be multiplied many times.”

Eerily prescient, that. Who’d have believed back then that those pig-tailed paddy-waders would have the skull-sauce to run a railroad?

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Capitalist Propaganda: “Going Places”

Friday, May 15, 2009 9:24 am

From 1948, “Going Places”:

[YouTube direct link]

Notice how when they say the word “profit”, they don’t use tones of disgust.

Wish we had a President that considered profit a virtue instead of a necessary evil that’s more evil than necessary.

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Capitalist Propaganda: “By Word of Mouse”

Thursday, May 14, 2009 10:49 am

To help wash that awful hippie taste out of your mouth from that last video, here’s a little something that Warner Brothers did in 1954, “By Word of Mouse”:

[YouTube direct link]

Funny how mice that can barely speak English can comprehend the basics of capitalism, yet Obama is still utterly befuddled by it.

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Joe Biden IS Lyle Lanley

Thursday, May 7, 2009 4:28 pm

Joe Biden went to the University of Delaware and touted the virtues of high speed rail, not unlike this guy:

Comparative quotes:

Joe Biden: “It’s about jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs… mostly union jobs, a job you can live a middle class life on.”


Barney: “What about us brain-dead slobs?
Lyle Lanley: “You’ll be given cushy jobs”

Joe Biden: “Ladies and gentlemen this is the single best investment for my children and grandchildren in transportation that I could possibly make.”


Lyle Lanley: “I swear it’s Springfield’s only choice, throw up your hands and raise your voice.”

I tell ya, it’s just CREEPY when life imitates cartoons.

[“Make Mine Freedom”, YouTube direct link]

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