Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

March 18, 2013

Who in our society is going to be the next Leon Trotsky?

Leon Trotsky was born Lev Davidovich Bronshtein on Nov. 7, 1879. He was a Russian Marxist revolutionary and theorist. He was a master propagandist.

He knew that to acquire, hold power and effectively use it, leaders must constantly strengthen themselves by bureaucratic expansion and reward, and continually divide the ruled.

Division and chaos must be maintained. The means of communication must be monopolized. Only masters of media can be leaders. He knew that division and propaganda were the key to success as a politician.

Trotsky was a master. At first he was the masterly propagandist, the great and never tiring orator, establishing his leading position in the Russian revolution. Then he became the creator and master of the Red Army, fighting against the Right and the left. He was always against the forces of oppression and obstruction.

Today, great men are no longer necessary. Modern propaganda instruments can transform any fraud into a hero, any mediocre personality into an all-comprehending genius.

 Propaganda actually transforms through its collective efforts any average, if not stupid, leader, like Hitler and Stalin, into a great men.

Trotsky was exploited, exiled and eventually assassinated. After Trotsy’s use as a master propagandist and political divisionist was no longer needed he was a burden.

In fact Trotsky was so efficient he was considered a threat to the new regime. Most new regimes are aware of how they rose to power and ultimately distrust those who were instrumental in installing them.

Trotsky may wish to serve as example to today’s enabling media. They may be next. Let’s look at Bob Woodward as a start. Maybe Jay Carney is next.

Harry Swain

Cumberland

 

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