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Wesley R. Elsberry

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(Permalink) Posted: July 23 2004,11:37   

Johnson Invokes Goebbels

Dr. Goebbels would have been impressed to see what propaganda can accomplish even in a democracy, where citizens are legally free to protest. If a cultural elite has sufficient control of the news media and the textbooks, it can marginalize disfavored opinions by confining them in categories that effectively label them as unworthy of serious consideration.

I see that one salubrious effect of the essay that Mark Perakh and I wrote on invidious comparisons of biologists to Soviets and Nazis is that ID advocates seem to have figured out which of the Nazis actually was in charge of propaganda. (Jonathan Wells wrote that it was Himmler; we pointed out the error.) While we might wish certain other of our points to be taken, we can be hopeful that we have alleviated some trivial amount of ignorance in the ID advocate ranks.

"You can't teach an old dogma new tricks." - Dorothy Parker

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