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Since the Great Patriotic War, the world has seen a parade of individuals and nations who have been subject to the inane and sordid process utilized by the empire’s propaganda war machine of dehumanization and demonization: Sadaam Hussein, Manuel Noriega, Slobodan Milosevic and now Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Of course, these tactics were utilized prior to the war, but this writing is basically addressing more recent events. Dehumanization and demonization employ the use of distorted images (e.g. Hitler) and loaded words…words that have extremely strong negative meanings.
Dehumanization advances the belief that a person or a particular group of people are inferior and threatening. A person or group of people are negatively labeled so they are perceived more as objects rather than real flesh and blood people. The next and final step is demonization, as the person or group is seen as malevolent, dangerous and totally evil.
Stereotyping, chauvinism, scapegoating, prejudice and even violence are employed against those who are objects of dehumanization and demonization campaigns as they are transformed into easy and suitable targets. This serves to greatly promote the profit-making goals of the corporate elitists in their plunder and exploitation of these “inferior“ people who need to be “taught“ the proper way of life.