Big Lie, Little Lie – The Hitler Way?

I came across a very interesting thought along the way while I was browsing junk across the internet.  Did you know that there is a Big Lie Strategy attributed to Hitler?  In a nutshell, he says that if you tell a lie enough times and big enough that people will believe in it eventually.  And to focus on the one enemy at a time and tell a BIG lie and tell it enough times that the masses will eventually believe that the lie is true.  That’s Hitler’s propaganda strategy similar in the lines of Sun Tzu’s Art of War and others that come in the similar styles.

Are we seeing parallels in today’s world?  Your guess is as good as mine.

The text of Hitler’s BIG LIE view as follows:

In this they proceeded on the sound principle that the magnitude of a lie always contains a certain factor of credibility, since the great masses of the people in the very bottom of their hearts tend to be corrupted rather than consciously and purposely evil, and that, therefore, in view of the primitive simplicity of their minds they more easily fall a victim to a big lie than to a little one, since they themselves lie in little things, but would be ashamed of lies that were too big. Such a falsehood will never enter their heads and they will not be able to believe in the possibility of such monstrous effrontery and infamous misrepresentation in others; yes, even when enlightened on the subject, they will long doubt and waver, and continue to accept at least one of these causes as true. Therefore, something of even the most insolent lie will always remain and stick — a fact which all the great lie-virtuosi and lying-clubs in this world know only too well and also make the most treacherous use of.

From Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol 1 Chap 10

Now if you look at what he says very closely, he understands the psychology of the general masses very well.  This strategy has been used quite effectively by many leaders over time and many have been successful.

If Anwar was to be framed with a lie, then it had better be a BIG lie because nobody would believe in him doing a small offence.  So it has to be something out of the norm, even if treason can stick I’m sure something along those lines can be used.  In Malaysia, we make a big thing out of sodomy as it is classified as unnatural sex and is illegal under Civil Law although it is silent in Syariah Law.  And being a more conservative society, implying someone of a particular sexual orientation raises more than just eyebrows.  Certainly, there are many mature Malaysians who has publicly commented that what happens in Anwar’s private life, if that be true, is his business and none of ours.  However, by raising such an implication, especially if it’s a lie and this is a biggie, has already succeeded in seeding the doubts of stately integrity in the Opposition Leader and smear him sufficiently to raise public uncertainly over his character.  This will not break a sweat in other western societies, of course, but we are talking about Malaysia.

And if 10 years down the road the same charges are brought against Anwar again and at the precise time when he was about to announce his intent to stand for elections, well, the BIG lie just gotten bigger this time.  Remember, it’s about telling the lie enough times that if 10 years ago some people didn’t believe and after the charges were reversed in court, now by raising it again in as high a profile thus making it a BIG lie, more people per chance will be more inclined to believe it.*

Alas, the Malaysian public didn’t read Hitler’s Mein Kampf and didn’t know that if a Big Lie is told enough times that we can be swayed to believe it to be true.  The recent polls (read here) by various groups show that current public perception believes the sodomy charges are untrue and a political setup instead of believing it to be true.  The opposite effect happened instead.  If it’s a setup, then a lot of dust has been kicked up but people don’t quite believe it’s a sand storm.  Let’s wait for the dust to settle and the verdict awaits.

Now we can flush Mein Kampf down the toilet where it belongs.  Thank God it doesn’t work in Malaysia.

* This assumes that the sodomy charge is a lie after all.  I don’t know but it does make for interesting reading!

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2 Comments to “Big Lie, Little Lie – The Hitler Way?”

  1. Very well written.
    Its the same principle with advertising. Get your brand name in the eyes of the public enough times and tell them you are number 1 and you will lift up to be number 1.
    Malaysian government has told enough lies to the public, and they live up to their status of being a big fat liar.
    I for one will not take anymore of their crap. NO MORE!!
    They have cry wolf enough times…ooowwwwwww

  2. i like the title. can i borrow that?

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