Although utilitarianism would argue otherwise, according to ethical rationalism, it is morally wrong to obligate a person to do or say something, even if it is done for a greater good. Ethical rationalism, a form of deontology, explains that the action is what matters and not the outcome. Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher explains that the will is the only thing that is unconditionally good. We cannot control outcomes, only actions, therefore the will trumps all. Utilitarianism and ethical rationalism have the same idea, each person is autonomous.
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Propaganda, according to Brittanica’s online search engine, has been defined as a “dissemination of information – facts, arguments, rumors, half-truths, lies – [meant] to influence public opinion” (Smith). Through propaganda, accepted (as well as unaccepted) virtues and values are conveyed through the use of symbols through artistic and non-artistic means (such as music, fashion, film, currency, etc.) to have them follow a particular set of actions, attitudes, or beliefs that a propagandist deems acceptable or “right” (Smith).
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