Propagandists usually favor alternative paths, encouraging by exploiting emotions, exploiting instability, and warping logic. In history there are at least 10 of the most famous propagandist figures in the world. (Read also: 10 All-Time Influential World Leaders)
1. Joseph Goebbels
Perhaps no human in history has been able to use the power of propaganda as successfully as the head of Nazi propaganda, Joseph Goebbels. The minister of Nazi Propaganda from 1933 to 945 was a man of unmatched intelligence and oratory skills.
Goebbels was methodically successful in turning all of Germany into a militaristic anti-Semitic and anti-Communist regime. It can be argued that without Goebbels’ skills the Nazi Party might never have come to power in Germany as well as much of Europe. He has also succeeded in turning so many Germans into terrible anti-Jewish monsters. (Also read: Hugo Boss, the Fashion Label Behind the Nazi Uniform on the Battlefield)
2. Karl Marx
Not many figures were able to make a major impact on world history in the 20th century, and of these few the German philosopher and revolutionary Karl Marx joined them. His great work, Das Kapital, succeeded in becoming the foundation for a political system – Communism – a political system which at that time was said to be the antithesis of capitalism.
Although his ideas have repeatedly proven impractical and unworkable as both an ideology and an economic system, they affect the lives of more than a billion people in the world today. In fact, it is difficult to imagine what the world would be like today if Marx’s ideas of communism and socialism had not emerged.
In some cases, the devotees of capitalism have taken many criticisms of Marx to further perfect the capitalist system. (Also read: It turns out that Karl Marx admired the figure of the Prophet Muhammad)
3. Friedrich Nietzsche
Perhaps one of the most influential voices of the 19th century belonged to the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche’s writings, which mostly have the theme of religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science, are recognized or have little influence on the major political and social revolutions in the world in the 20th century.
He is also a passionate and amoralist atheist, whose ideas completely contradicted the Jewish / Christian ethics of his day and made many at that time and now consider him the father of secularism and even atheism. (Also read: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Nietzsche, and Ubermensch)
4. Joseph McCarthy
Joseph McCarthy was a US politician who served as Republican senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 until his death in 1957. Early in the 1950s, McCarthy became the most visible public face of a period in the US in which Cold War tensions sparked fears of widespread communist subversion.
He was known for claiming that many communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers had infiltrated the US federal government, universities, the film industry, and elsewhere. In the end, the dirty tactics he used got him censored by the US Senate. (Also read: This is the reason why people love to share memes)
The term “McCarthyism”, coined in 1950 in connection with McCarthy’s practice, was immediately applied to the same anti-communist activity. Today, the term is used more broadly to describe demagogical, reckless and baseless accusations and public attacks on the character or patriotism of political opponents.
5. Michael Moore
Michael Moore is an American documentary filmmaker, writer and activist. Moore produced the film Fahrenheit 9/11, a critical look at the George W. Bush presidency and War on Terror, a top grossing documentary at the US box office of all time. (See graphic: Viewing the Capability of 3 European Fighter Jets, Two Enter Indonesian Radar)
Moore’s written and cinematic work criticizes topics such as globalization, big corporations, the possession of assault weapons, Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, the Iraq War, the American health care system and capitalism as a whole. In 2005, Time Magazine named Moore as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
6. Al Gore
Al Gore was vice president under President Bill Clinton for eight years. After stepping down, Al Gore actively campaigned against global warming and was consistent in fighting for saving the earth.
As a “green democrat” and supporter of the Kyoto Accord (which limits the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by individual industrialized nations), Al Gore also made a documentary on global warming which earned him the An Inconvenient Truth award in 2006.
This documentary film is considered capable of educating the public about the dangers of global warming. (Also read: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Raising Climate Change Awareness)
7. Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh is a very multitalent American entertainer. Not only funny and entertaining, Limbaugh is also known as an artist who has a smart brain and high social sense.