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Totalprop: From Mass Culture to Popular Culture, the Old Propaganda and the New

The most radical of these old propagandas is willing to shut down the federal government, put an end to federal protections of the rights and welfare of the individual, impose religious beliefs and teachings on public education, desert the environment, ban abortion, assert Aryan supremacy, and permit the autonomy of armed militias. Marked by incidents such as the shoot-out at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, the firestorm at Waco, Texas, the bombing of Oklahoma City, and the armed resistance of "Freemen" in Montana, these old propagandas of the deed flow from a self-indulgent sense of anger and alienation. Foremost among the beliefs of the militia groups is that Blacks and Jews should be excluded from the popular culture, an old propaganda of exclusion once practiced by totalitarian governments.'