In a letter to the Marquis of Montrose long, long ago, Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun wrote:
“I knew a very wise man that believed that if a man were permitted to make all the ballads he need not care who should make the laws of a nation.”
That “very wise man,” understood the uses of propaganda, although he had never heard the word.
For songs ARE used for propaganda — and so are books!
Communist books are used very much that way, some of them as “supplementary reading” in some of our very best schools and colleges.
And in Hawaii and on the Pacific Coast, it has been revealed, Japan is using a textbook in our public schools to further Japanese propaganda among our children.
Nations like Russia and Japan do not care who builds our schoolhouses and endows our colleges and universities, if they — Russia and Japan — can only furnish the propaganda.
Rochester Evening Journal (Rochester, New York) Jun 18, 1935