Duggan, pages 449-483

One thing that particularly stuck out to me in this chapter connects it to many of the other readings we have done so far. The influence of education under any dictatorship was crucial to the success of a leader. The manipulation of education and information being made available to the public was intended to send messages specific to the goals of the dictatorship in question. This was also a common trend within religion. Duggan describes on page 459 that fascism “followed Catholicism and other leading religions in regarding education as critical to the attainment of a morally unified community.” It is true that religious groups used similar techniques to adjust information being shared in order to encourage the public to engage in similar thoughts and beliefs. This is yet another reason why I do not believe such a movement like fascism could exist in today’s world. People now have unlimited information available to them at their fingertips. It is much more difficult in this world to manipulate information in a significant enough way to initiate an actual movement.