Propaganda, Part I – Jacques Ellul


Dan 11:32 Podcast – Episode 2

Propaganda is inescapable in the 21st Century. It comes at us from all sides, and our 24/7 connection to the means by which propaganda is being spread has greatly increased its effectiveness. In order to truly work as it’s meant to, propaganda must be all-encompassing; voices of dissent must be drowned out by the united front presented by the purveyors of propaganda. And that is exactly what we are experiencing today.

Because of the ubiquity of propaganda, and because of the serious challenge that it poses to free thought and independent decision-making, Dan 11:32 will be focusing a great deal of attention on this issue. In this first episode about propaganda, Jacques Ellul’s book Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes will serve as our guide.

Jacques Ellul was born in Bordeaux, France in 1912, and died in 1994. In 1932, he converted to Christianity, and he became a prominent figure in the Reformed Church of France, although his understanding of Christianity was often unorthodox. Ellul taught law in Montpellier, Strasbourg, and Clermont-Ferrand before moving on to the Institute of Political Studies, where he served as a professor until his retirement in 1980. While he wrote books about a wide variety of topics, his best-known works are The Technological Society (published in English in 1964), and Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes, which was published in 1965.