Diary

Blasts from the Past

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Many times I find myself starting a blog post, and as I get further into it, it takes on a life of its own and becomes something quite different from what I had originally planned….

….This is one of those posts.
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The thing I love about the Internet is that you can just start digging and you never know what you may find. It’s kind of like going to the Public Library and getting lost in the stacks on a rainy afternoon – one thing leads to another, which leads to another, which leads to another, and pretty soon you’re in a completely different part of the building, reading about something that you never realized you were interested in.

For an information junkie like me, the Internet is my “drug” of choice – I can’t get enough of it. Anyway, I thought I’d share some of what I found while I was out spelunking among the pixels and the terrabytes this weekend….
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Someone dug up a whole bunch of old Propaganda films that were produced in the Soviet Union – some of them are truly fascinating. This one is called “Mr. Wolf”. I’m not sure what point the filmmakers were trying to make, because there are several contradictory messages within it.

It’s got all of the chestnuts that appear to be a universal theme – money is bad, oil is evil, guns are bad, everybody’s greedy, blah, blah, blah. There IS an interesting twist at the end….
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Apparently Hitler was a bad guy on both sides of Germany. In this film, the Soviet Superhero looks like a really beefy Lennox Air Conditioning guy, jazz music is eeeeeeevil, and the commune is everything:
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I dunno – I kind of like being an evil, capitalist pig-dog….

I found this one fascinating as well – it was put out by Walt Disney and RKO Pictures, and is called “The Education of Death”; it’s an interesting look into what can happen when the State becomes so powerful that it gets to dictate your life:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8bCuNiJ-NI&feature=player_detailpage
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The final video was the “starting point” for this post – I wasn’t planning to do a post about propaganda per se; I found this video to be a good way to illustrate the danger of giving up our freedoms for free stuff.

Harding College made “Make Mine Fredom” way back in 1948 – their message is that there is no “ism” that can take care of you as well as you can take care of yourself:

“When anybody preaches disunity, tries to pit one of us against the other through class warfare, race hatred, or religious intolerance, you know that person seeks to rob us of our freedom and destroy our very lives….”


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I’d say that message still holds true over 60 years later, wouldn’t you?

(I love finding stuff from way back when, because it’s a glimpse into what people were thinking and doing before we “came along”. And sure enough, “The more things change, the more they stay the same”….)
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[Cross-posted at Koch’s Tour]