Date: November 08, 2018 02:04AM
The fact that they intentionally associated this syrupy song about abstract love, harmony and world peace with a toxic substance having no redeeming nutritional value is emblematic of a technique that is widely deployed to manipulate mass perceptions.
Take a toxic policy and constantly associate it with sweet music, slogans, sayings and sentimentality that nobody can disagree with and you put people into a confused state of mind where they emotionally feel like they cannot reject the toxic policy without also rejecting the sweet sentiments and slogans that it is perpetually associated with.
It's an old technique. In substance, the French Revolution was mindless bloodthirsty violence, with the rebels being 100 times more tyrannical than the rulers they displaced. But the movement constantly associated itself with lofty slogans and sentiments based on "fraternity, liberty and equality" (totally ignoring the fact that,as objectives, perfect equality and perfect liberty are constantly in conflict. ("To demonstrate their commitment to perfect equality, all NBA players have agreed to undergo bone-shortening operations, so that none will have an undeserved height advantage over anyone else.")