Tag "politics"

Maybe the republicans can try this in 2016?


Recalling the days of the pioneer settlers, a monster parade of “prairie schooners” is being formed from all parts of the country by a farmers’ organization to spread its propaganda. The covered wagons and teams are to be furnished by those members and sympathizers living at ten-mile intervals from a central point.

Twenty Cents out of every Dollar of the income of the people is the cost of government in the United States (Oct, 1932)

I think this is an ad against government spending, but honestly it’s so mild and informative that it’s hard to tell. Whereas today we have crazy ass ads like this one (video) from Herman Cain, who at one point in this election season was the Republican front runner.

Twenty Cents out of every Dollar of the income of the people is the cost of government in the United States

THE United States, your State, your City or your County must depend on taxation to pay its current expenses, to carry on its undertakings, to pay off its bonds.

Every one—rich or poor—bears a share in the tax burden.

A Simple Error in Logic – Attack on Single Payer (Oct, 1961)

It’s pretty depressing to see that the same fallacies (or even worse) are being peddled by “free-market” health care promoters today as they were 50 years ago. Comparing free health care to free haircuts would only makes sense if failing to get a haircut killed you.

A Simple Error in Logic

by John and Sylvia Jewkes

The experience of Britons with their system of socialized medicine suggests that they were the victims of an illusion.

Professor and Mrs. Jewkes have been making a study, financed by Alfred P. Sloan Jr., of the British National Health Service. They have found that the N.H.S. grew out of three main arguments: first, the British medical system before 1939 was seriously defective and nothing short of a centrally controlled free system could provide appropriate remedies; second, increased expenditure on health services would be a sound economic investment because it would increase production; and third, social justice called for identical, and the best possible, medical services for each and every citizen.

What a way to run a “monopoly!” (Jul, 1976)

So, how many of these are left?

What a way to run a “monopoly!”

You’re looking at some of the brands and names of companies that sell gasoline. Some people say oil companies are a monopoly. If so, it’s the world’s most inept “monopoly.”

This “monopoly” is so inept that it offers the world’s richest country some of the world’s most inexpensive gasoline.

This “monopoly” is so inept that it lets everybody and his brother horn in on the action. Did you know that of the thousands of American oil companies, none has larger than an 8.5% share of the national gasoline market?

In fact, this “monopoly” is so inept that you probably wouldn’t recognize that it is a monopoly because it looks so much like a competitive marketing system.

People who call us a monopoly obviously don’t know what they’re talking about.

Union Oil Company of California
Los Angeles. California 90017

Mobil Political Ad: A platform in search of a candidate (Mar, 1988)

Huh, this sounds exactly like the platform of a certain political party, no?

A platform in search of a candidate

Many a political pundit has noted that people generally vote their pocketbooks. They tend to elect the candidates they believe capable of steering the nation toward better times—more jobs, a higher standard of living, and the achievement of both personal aspirations and national goals.

Now, in the midst of the presidential campaign, we’re listing some points that are often overlooked in all the speechmaking, but bear directly on America’s economic health—a platform in search of a candidate, so to speak. In a nonpartisan spirit, and with profound respect, we urge that the next President:

TV Goes to the CONVENTIONS (Jun, 1952)


ACCORDING to estimates, about 60 million people, or 40 percent of the nation’s population, will watch the political conventions this summer on more than 16 million TV sets. The largest concentration of television equipment ever assembled will beam the convention to the nation. These four pages of drawings show how it will be done. One entire wing of Chicago’s Amphitheatre will be given over to television and radio studios and equipment.

The NATION Sits in on National Conventions (Jul, 1936)

The NATION Sits in on National Conventions

Politics becomes mechanically minded in 1936, and both Republicans and Democrats are providing the machinery which will permit the nation to listen in to the proceedings.


THE political machinery for nominating the presidential candidates of the two major parties remains as old as the parties, but in June this year the entire nation will be given ringside seats at the National Conventions at Philadelphia and Cleveland, with both parties taking advantage of every latest scientific wrinkle to bring the conventions to your home or local movie.



The new medium played an important part in the recent presidential campaign. How did it compare with radio, newspapers and magazines as a source of information?

by Angus Campbell, Gerald Gurin and Warren E. Miller

THE PRESIDENTIAL campaign of 1952 was the first in which television played a major part. How much did this new medium influence the election? No one really knows, because no specific studies were made to measure the impact of TV on the thinking of the electorate. But we do know something about how television compared with the other media of information in bringing the campaign to the public, and what groups in the population were most exposed to, or affected by, the television campaign.

Postage Stamps as Propaganda (Oct, 1938)

Postage Stamps as Propaganda


THERE is no doubt that today postage stamps are being used for propaganda purposes. Because they serve governments in this way, new stamps are constantly being issued. Each year many new issues appear, and a vast majority of them suggest or preach, some political ideal.

Political Spellbinding by Radio (Dec, 1924)

“Perhaps its greatest contribution has been the elimination of empty phrases. A speaker with a vivid personality can say nothing, and say it attractively, but the man who tries to deliver the same speech to the radio, where only words count, is doomed to failure.”

I’m not sure that was ever really true, just look at Rush Limbaugh. Then TV came along and well…. you know the rest.

Political Spellbinding by Radio

ONE hundred and ten million Americans will have the opportunity next March of listening to the inauguration of the first ruler of any nation to be chosen after a radio campaign. While thousands heard the three presidential candidates in person, millions more at some time or other during the campaign heard their voices over the radio, and that same opportunity will be extended when the inaugural address is delivered. The old – fashioned spellbinder climbed down off the stump in this campaign of 1924 and settled himself in front of a microphone, and incidentally some of the political speakers had to fit themselves to an entirely new form of public speaking. Picturesque and vivid personalities are lost on the radio audience. The speaker’s individuality counts for nothing, and what he says for everything when the listener is sitting a hundred or a thousand miles away. Words have displaced gestures as vote getters.