Is fear a form of propaganda? Did Stalin of Russia use propaganda?
Propaganda isn’t usually fear of the government. Instead, propaganda persuades that the government is right. Stalin certainly used propaganda–he touted the Bolshevik idea and persuaded many that only his leadership could keep the ideal pure. In the meantime, he murdered millions and kept fear ever-present in the Soviet Union. Interestingly enough, most of the people who died and went to the camps believed that if Stalin just knew what was going on, he’d save them. That is propaganda–the ability to make the manipulated population believe in you even as you are murdering them.