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Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
Unperceived Ideol. Transship. and Dial.

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4. Unperceived Ideological Transshipment: A Summary


We call this phenomenon ‑ or rather, this subtle process of communist propagandaunperceived ideological transshipment. We propose to succinctly describe its essential aspects and, since it is used in different ways, to study especially its application in what we call the stratagem of the talismanic word. We will then illustrate the study of this stratagem with a concrete example or, more specifically, describe how the term dialogue is used to make innumerable noncommunists inadvertently evolve towards communism.


The phenomenon of unperceived ideological transshipment has various modalities. It can either develop in all its fullness and radicality by leading the patient all the way to accepting communism, or take on a less ample and radical mode, e.g. when its victim merely becomes socialist instead of communist. In both cases, the transshipment is ideological in the strict sense of the term.

The process also may be directed only at theories and methods of action, rather than at a whole philosophical conception of the universe, of life, of man, of culture, of economics, of sociology, and of politics, such as Marxism is. Thus, a fiery anticommunist can be "transshipped" into one who wants only to make accommodations, concessions, and retreat. This transshipment is "ideological" in the diminutae rationis sense of the word.

We thought it necessary to show, at the end of the study, how the action of the talismanic word and the process of unperceived ideological transshipment can be stopped or even prevented by a timely word of warning to the incautious.




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