Propaganda is best served warm & fuzzy

BBC News – China to overhaul ‘threatening’ one-child slogans: It appears the Chinese ruling-elite are starting to get the hang of some aspects of this democracy business. You don’t need to threaten or abuse those you’re pointing a gun at, no, no no. That’s far too obvious, it makes it easy for them to hate you. It’s far more effective to repeatedly tell them that it’s for their own good, bribe them with stuff, let them make some decisions that fundamentally change nothing, and eventually they’ll convince themselves there’s no gun at all. Simples!

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