Words have power. Many ancient cultures have even ascribed magical properties to certain words and phrases, e.g., names of deities or incantations. The capitalists also realized this and have used their destructive power to dupe and befuddle the masses. The bourgeoisie probably didn’t invent propaganda, but they damn sure perfected it – especially the Anglos. In fact, Joseph Goebbels, no slouch in the propaganda department himself, said this about the British ruling class in particular:
The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, it should be a big lie, and one should stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.
Even the Nazi chief of propaganda was in awe of the relentlessly stubborn Anglo-Saxon brand of propaganda; he would be even more impressed by the American rendition of the modern day.
And so we come to that hateful term – the “Iron Curtain.” It has been in steady usage since Winston Churchill’s speech at Westminster College in 1946. This speech, officially entitled the “Sinews of Peace,” according to Soviet historians marks the real beginning of the Cold War. It was in this speech that Churchill officially announced that the WWII Allies were breaking up. He said that “an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.”He then proclaimed that “totalitarian systems” or communist “police governments” were in control behind this curtain and that they threatened “Christian civilization.” Oh, how scary. But what is really scary is the continued use of this hateful propaganda term 70 years later! I have even witnessed its use by those who attempt to speak, if not favorably, then at least somewhat objectively about the socialist countries during the Cold War (another dubious phrase that should probably be reexamined come to think of it).
So, to use a capitalist expression, the bottom line is this: When you put the word “iron” in front of the word “curtain” a powerful psychological effect is created – a very negative one. DO NOT EVER use this propaganda term and challenge anyone who does.