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Hidden Power by Charles Derber

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CHAPTER 5BLACK MAGIC

Do you believe in black magic? You should, because the regime survives through its own amazing form of it. 121

All regimes weave hegemonic myths and stories that help to win the allegiance of the people and keep the regime in power. These can be called regime ideologies or, more bluntly, propaganda. In democratic societies, the role of propaganda is partly to cloak what Teddy Roosevelt called the “invisible government” of the regime itself. In the third corporate regime, the mass media are not official organs of the state, but their relative freedom increases their power as propagandists. Along with the state itself and the broader education system, they are uniquely successful in helping the regime create its own myths ...

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