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Letter: Propaganda and bribery in St Vincent
Published on May 24, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Propaganda emanating from the Unity Labour Party [ULP] shares many techniques, which include advertising and public relations; in fact, as is commonly understood, some believe the term only refers to political or nationalist messages. But it can take the form of internet, leaflets, posters, TV broadcasts or radio broadcasts.

In a narrower and more common use of the term, ULP propaganda refers to deliberately false or misleading information that supports the political cause or the interests of those currently in power. The propagandist seeks to change the way people understand an issue or situation, for the purpose of changing their actions and expectations in ways that are desirable to the interest group. In this sense, propaganda serves as a corollary to censorship, in which the same purpose is achieved, by filling people's heads with false information, therefore preventing people from knowing true information.

What sets propaganda apart from other forms of advocacy is the willingness of the propagandist to change people's understanding through deception, confusion and downright lies, rather than persuasion and understanding. The leaders of the ULP organization know the information to be one sided or untrue but this may not be true for all the rank and file members who help to disseminate the propaganda. Besides those who are ignorant and misled into believing what they are expected to believe, there are paid propagandists, even some that are paid from government treasury funds [perhaps illegally] but they work broadcasting propaganda solely for the ULP owned radio station. Paid for from government funds, yet employed for and on behalf of the ULP to churn out propaganda.

Propaganda is a mighty weapon in war. In this case its aim is usually to dehumanize the enemy and to create hatred against a special group. In the ULP’s case it is anyone who they determine is not a ULP supporter, so therefore must be an enemy, they are waging war on half the population. The technique is to create a false image in the mind of the ULP followers, and hopefully in those minds of others. This can be done by using special words, special avoidance of words or by saying that the enemy is responsible for certain things they never did.

In every propaganda war two things are needed to instill and install in the minds of the perceived enemy: The injustice may be fictitious or may be based on facts, the aim is always to create hate. Most of us know about the hate, spite and sheer evil that the ULP churns out day after day. Calling decent people nasty and spiteful names, in the hope of damaging their image, damaging their good standing in public life. Remember how people like Arnhim Eustace and all the NDP politicians have been lied about, how they have been called nasty, false and some say, sometimes racist names, how they have been subjected to hateful and spiteful behaviour.

Propaganda is also one of the methods used in the ULP’s psychological warfare against those they perceive as being against them. More in line with the religious roots of the term, cult activists, the leaders of cults in using propaganda extensively to recruit followers and keep them under their totalitarian control. The ULP has been described as a cult on many occasions. A group of people following blindly a ruler, who can never be wrong, can never do any wrong. Even when they are knowingly blatantly lied to and knowingly fed a whole bunch of rubbish, they will accept that as true because the leader said it. That is cult culture.

Do you know the story of how, prior to called elections, in many Vincentian villages, villagers were bribed with building materials that they didn‘t really need, roofing, lumber, cement, etc. They were told to make sure they vote ULP, because if NDP win they will take back the materials. That is what you can call double bubble propaganda. It’s bribery followed by the threat of the people losing their ill gotten building materials, they felt they had no other choice than to vote ULP. I am sure some ULP politicians may describe this as a ‘masterstroke’, but regardless of that it was an illegal act for which people should have been locked up, no not the recipients, the politicians and dealers in dishonesty, bribery and general political filth.

Time is longer than twine; we must see that politicians are punished. I for one will continue to expose if it is ULP or NDP. Expect from me the same treatment applied to whoever deals in filth.

Peter Binose
 
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