Tagged: Samuel Adams

Our Samuel Adams

My friend Frank Gaffney very graciously credited me in his March 6 Washington Times op-ed celebrating the life of our mutual co-conspirator Andrew Breitbart. Andrew died last week at age 43. He was a masterful political provocateur, a one-man media operation who fearlessly took on the leviathan establishment. I was one of the founding contributing editors to Andrew’s BigPeace.com, and...

A re-enactment of Boston mob action against the crown

Pay close attention to this dramatization of the tarring and feathering of a tax official on the Boston waterfront in the early days of revolutionary ferment, in December 1773. The 3 1/2-minute scene is from Episode 1 of the excellent HBO series, John Adams. In this scene, Samuel Adams (the tall one at left, played by Danny Huston) is taking...

First ‘official’ report of the Boston Massacre

Domination of the narrative requires being the first to distribute a credible report. (Note that “credible” means “believable,” not “accurate” or “true.”) Reports are generally more credible if issued in the name of an organization or autoritative committee. Samuel Adams knew the propaganda value of committees, especially ones made up of elected officials, because they purported to represent the views of...

The American way of propaganda: Lessons from the Founding Fathers

Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare White Paper No. 1 The Institute of World Politics by J. Michael Waller This article is the first in a series of White Papers about the transformation of American public diplomacy and strategic communication. Introduction One of the most contentious debates in the war on terrorism centers on the “hearts and minds” aspect of the...