Reading WW2 Propaganda Posters: Silence
December 17, 2009
So, I seem to have pissed off some militant WW2 buff-wads (like Fred) with my queries in the post below. Let’s see if I can piss off some more of them!
This next set of American WW2 proraganda posters focuses on SILENCE as patriotic, which I think is veeeeery interesting!
I’m interested here in how quiet conformity is always preferred during wartime. Let me first assure you that I get the literal message of these posters that civilians and soldiers should not publicize strategic military information, and this message is even more clearly outlined in this historical document. It makes sense because there were and still are consequences to information-sharing. That’s why it’s a crime. That’s why there are spies. That’s why there are entire information-gathering organizations on all sides of every war.
But I’m not interested in the literal message, eh hem, Fred. I’m interested in how it is still seen as patriotic to not question, not dissent. I’m concerned about this trend even and especially when it comes from the left. However, not all lefties are staying quiet about what is now the Obama Administration’s war in Afghanistan. Here’s a great article that questions the “justice” of said war. Writing about the war in Afghanistan, the author states, “the use of arms already has produced evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated, and will almost certainly continue to do so.” I agree.
I’m also interested in looking at history and thinking critically about history in an attempt to not repeat mistakes. So, here’s my question: how does the message of historical wartime propaganda urging civilians and soldiers alike to “be quiet” or “not dissent” still resonate today?