Enemy image

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Concept.png Enemy image
(prejudice,  illusion)
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A misleading view of a person or people, which hampers reconciliation and real communication

Enemy images are labels people apply to others to justify their own opposition to them. In conflicts between two groups, enemy influences are often mutual.

Early history

Worldwide, people have told stories about strangers with incredible and threatening powers, or about dragons or other such monsters, which can be seen as a projection of their fears. In Europe in the middle ages, the drive against witches was a forceful illustration of the power of enemy images to subvert clear thinking.[1]

Modern day

Protestors gathered outside the 2002 Bilderberg.[2]
In the same way that knowing a spider is harmless does not necessarily reduce fear of it, awareness of the facts about deep politics does not necessarily entail abandoning emotional attachment to the concept of the enemy image.

Many nations which a democratic process in practise have just two large political parties, which are often seen as opposites. These nations' political discourse is often dominated by enemy images, which represent an emotional barrier not only to people's reconciliation, but to more important realisations about the state of society - such as, for example, the role of the deep state in nurturing factionalism. Enemy images hide the fact that the party political system has little real cogency, but this realisation in itself does not necessarily entail rejecting enemy images.

Strategy of tension

Full article: Strategy of tension

Arguably, "terrorists", "paedophiles" or in some cases even "Muslims" could be understood as enemy images, in that people do not sympathise with them as fellow human beings. Less arguably, establishment organisations such as the commercially-controlled media nurture people's fear not only to sell copy but as a tool of social control. The complicity of intelligence agencies remains a matter of some conjecture in more modern cases, but it well established in Operation Gladio, where false flag attacks were carried out and falsely blamed on communists.

Non violent communication

Full article: Stub class article Non violent communication

Marshall Rosenberg created non-violent communication, a system of communication in which removal of enemy images is crucial to enabled dialogue and concensus.


Marshall Rosenberg encouraged people to overcome enemy images by avoiding judgmental language or labels, and by not seeking to punish people.[3]



     Page name     Description
Islamic terrorist
Non-violent extremismAn enemy image used to try to justify violent repression of those who advocate non-violent change.
Violent extremism


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