"No one understood better than Stalin that the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance."
Leonard Schapiro
(1908-1983) British academic, London School of Economics, Professor of Political Science with Special Reference to Russian Studies
The Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 2nd ed (New York Random House, 1971), 477.
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And then Stalin sent you off to Siberia and you never came back.
 -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    You didn't build it, hope, change, tax the rich until there is no more, 21 - Stalin would have been so, so, so proud.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Excellent quote. Repeat the lies so often - not to convince or cajole - that the truth is a jarring dissonance. That is exactly how to get people to write off treason as conspiracy 'theory'.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Yes those tactics have worked well in America, Truth sounds as a dis-cord in the ignorant ear socialism provides. 
     -- Ronw13, OR     
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    Stalin was as bad as Hitler, maybe worse.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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