Chapter 8 “BRAINWASHING” (Coercive Persuasion) assignment: After reading the chapter, answer the following:
1. One of the principles of brainwashing deals with explaining (blaming) people’s problems on one simple excuse. This is sometimes called scapegoat. Based on this principle, think of a specific example of how a dictator like the former dictator of Cuba, Fidel Castro, would come up with a scapegoat to help him “brainwash” his subjects in Cuba.
2. Describe 3 ways that the U.S. military creates a new identity for each of its new recruits and how these new recruits are promised a type of “salvation” for serving their country.
Explain how ordinary young people become crime committing gang members in the U.S. through the entrapment process