Sad Scenes From the 1950s ... If the Bomb Explodes, 'Duck and Cover'
Dominant Social Theme: Do what the turtle does ... Duck and cover.
Free-Market Analysis: This is a really sad little video that someone discovered and placed on YouTube. It is a series of propaganda scenes aimed at "informing" Americans what to do if the "atomic bomb explodes."
It is a classic example of fear-based dominant social themes. We have a hard time seeing these fear-based promotions in the modern day because we are so close to them. Sometimes it helps to look back.
"Duck and cover," the children sing. As if ducking and covering when you "see the flash" would do anything to increase longevity!
What's really sad is the narrator pointing out that prepared children and young people are always aware that the "bomb" could go off at any minute.
Whether going to 4-H or school or a picnic, one is admonished to constantly keep in mind that the flash could occur at any moment and that one needs to "duck and cover."
There are scenes of sad, sedentary children showing how to make a meal in a fallout shelter and the ingredients that are necessary to stock in advance.
The entire clip – a short one – is an exercise in the inculcation of official paranoia.
What is so interesting is that the threat of nuclear annihilation has not decreased much since the 1950s. But that's the nice thing about elite promotions. They are implemented and then withdrawn without rhyme or reason. After the fear subsides, people tend to be so grateful that they don't analyze the manipulation with any great scrutiny.
But they should. These fear-based promotions are with us today. Modern ones are mostly scarcity based, but like the nuclear Armageddon meme, they are meant always to increase the authority and necessity of government in the public mind.
And not just government, but big government. This is the way the modern elites work. They create phony scare tactics like global warming in order to create solutions that further contribute to global governance. Seeing these pathetic, clumsy attempts of 50 and 60 years ago makes us more aware of how easily manipulated we really are.
Was there really a time when we feared an all-out nuclear attack from the "evil empire"? Was there really a time when we didn't understand that the USSR was something of an elite creation, funded by the power elite and sustained by Wall Street money?
Thesis, antithesis ... synthesis. The Western middle classes are always the target.
Thank goodness the Internet has helped reveal these manipulations.
The 20th century was surely an impermeable Dark Age. Here's hoping the 21st century shall be considerably brighter ...
(Video from SenJunkieEinstein's YouTube user channel.)