by Tony Cartalucci, Activist Post:
“All of Germany hears the Führer with the People’s Receiver,” reads a World War II propaganda poster. It was advertising the Volksempfänger – or, the People’s Receiver – described by the US Holocaust Museum which contains one of the radios in its collection in Washington D.C. as:
Goebbels’s ministry recognized the tremendous promise of radio for propaganda. It heavily subsidized the production of the inexpensive “People’s Receiver” (Volksempfänger) to facilitate sales. By early 1938, the number of radios in German homes surpassed more than 9 million, roughly one for every two German households. Three years later, this figure rose to almost 15 million, providing 50 million Germans with regular radio reception.
The radio lacked the capability to receive foreign radio stations, and on its dial, only German and Austrian stations were marked. This – in conjunction with radio jamming efforts – was a deliberate attempt to confine the German public’s access to information to only that emanating from Berlin.
According to archives maintained by Yale University, during the Nuremberg trials after the war, Nazi Germany’s Minister of Armaments and War Production, Albert Speer, would remark (emphasis added):
Hitler’s dictatorship differed in one fundamental point from all its predecessors in history. His was the first dictatorship in the present period of modern technical development, a dictatorship which made complete use of all technical means in a perfect manner for the domination of its own nation. Through technical devices such as radio and loudspeaker 80 million people were deprived of independent thought. It was thereby possible to subject them to the will of one man.
Should a similar dictatorship rise today, seeking to make complete use of all technical means in a perfect manner for the domination of global populations, it is very likely they would pursue similar methods – not over radio waves – but by dominating the 21st century’s primary means of communication – the Internet.
Facebook Zero – the Modern-Day “People’s Receiver”
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