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Britain's home-grown terrorists (letter)

Parties under siege from radical feminists (letter)

THE MARKETING OF EVIL: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom, by David Kupelian

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THE MARKETING OF EVIL:
How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom, by David Kupelian


by Bill Muehlenberg

News Weekly, August 5, 2006
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THE MARKETING OF EVIL: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom
by David Kupelian
(Medford, Oregon: WND Books)

Hardcover: 256 pages
Rec. price: AUD$48.95

Many books have chronicled the downward spiral of Western culture. This book explains the hows and whys of this decline. It is about how evil is "packaged and perfumed to look good - and good made to appear evil".

The decline, in other words, is not just happening by chance. It is being planned, orchestrated and coordinated by vested interests. There is money to be made in evil. And many groups are getting involved in the marketing of evil, in the attempt to get rich quick.

But it is not just about money. There is also ideology. There are many who simply hate the West, who hate morality, who hate God, who hate the family. And they are doing all they can to subvert the West and recreate it in their own image.

David Kupelian - managing editor of the American independent news web site, WorldNetDaily.com - documents these nefarious trends, and shows us why evil seems to be making advances throughout the Western world. He makes it clear that, with such activist marketing of evil taking place, a much stronger response is required than is presently being offered.

Now those who are familiar with the culture wars will not find too much new material here, as much of it has been presented elsewhere. But the angle which the author takes is well worth considering. That is, there is an agenda being pushed, and there are those actively working to foist their tarnished vision of society on the rest of us.

It is this emphasis that makes the book compelling reading. We need to know who is targeting us and why. And Kupelian does a good job of identifying and analysing the many assaults on faith and family.

Consider one chapter, on the youth culture. We do not just have millions of young people who seem to have all decided upon common clothing, entertainment and consumer culture. They have been carefully studied, marketed to and manipulated by vast entertainment conglomerations. These international corporations are making multi-millions by actively targeting our young people, creating in them a demand for their products.

Take just one small example. Are we really to believe that overnight millions of teens decided they wanted to mutilate their flesh with body piercing? Hardly. Kids are being sold the idea that such things are cool, and they need to have the "look". They are being programmed - duped into thinking - that they must go to such extremes to be with it. And big bucks are being made along the way.

Peer pressure has always had an enormous influence on young people, but when the pressure is effectively created and manipulated by multinational corporations lining their pockets, then the pressure becomes a form of brainwashing. Millions of our kids today are little more than walking, talking zombies, slavishly following the latest trends and fashions created by these big firms.

Other meaty chapters in this book deal with the media, the abortion industry, the sexualisation of our young people, the assault on marriage, and the secularist attempt to de-Christianise America.

While the topics discussed here are in the context of the U.S., they are of relevance to the West in general. There is a war going on, and the marketers of evil seems to be making big inroads. Being aware of their strategy and tactics is an important part of how we can resist these attacks. Thus this book provides valuable information on how we can turn things around.

As Kupelian reminds us, every transaction has two parties: a buyer and a seller. While this book mainly focuses on the sellers and advertisers of evil, he reminds us that too many of us have been willing buyers of these transactions, or have been complicit bystanders.

The marketing of evil has been a monumental con job, but too many of us have been too easily taken in by the lure and promise of the marketers. We have become bewitched by the spells and persuasion of the marketers, and have done too little to immunise our children from the lure of evil.

This book will go a long way to snapping us out of our trances, and getting us to think more seriously about how we are being manipulated, moulded and seduced by various vested interest groups.


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