The Regime Cracks Down
I posted this squib on FB in answer to a discussion of the origin of America's ongoing ideological crackdown via the media.
Every political regime (or tribal society) known to me imposes, whether consciously or not, its way of thinking on the populace. That is one of the reasons Ancient Rome had lictors with fasces, eagles, etc. But in traditional societies the means and materials of propaganda are assimilated slowly, consensually, unconsciously--the way my mother, if she spilled salt, always tossed a bit over her shoulder. No government or priest made her do it.
Even very hard pre-modern dictators and tyrants had to be careful about how much they tried to control the minds of the people. It is hard for us to understand the Spartans except, as V Ehrenburg did during WW II, a precursor of National Socialism, but it is very clear that Spartans did not feel oppressed and that Greek aristocrats admired them.
However, in revolutionary regimes, like Jacobin France, Nazi Germany, the USSR, and our own USSA, a political elite class, alienated from the religion and culture of the people, invent and imposes ideological substitutes for religion and custom, through education and various media of communication.
To take one small example, since the 1920's at least American public schools have carried out a mandate to transform traditional Anglo-American society and its people into the New Democratic Man. The media were mostly on board under FDR, though there was opposition, but today, most churches, most media, most even private schools and colleges are eager collaborators in the project, which has succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of Lenin and Stalin. Stalinist Russia harbored the authors of From Under the Rubble, while Deweyite America can offer nothing but endless whining on FB.