“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses (i.e. Propaganda) is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”—Edward Bernays, Propaganda
A seminal and controversial figure in the history of political thought and public relations, Edward Bernays (1891–1995), pioneered the scientific technique of shaping and manipulating public opinion, which he famously dubbed “engineering of consent.” During World War I, he was an integral part of the U.S. Committee on Public Information (CPI), a powerful propaganda apparatus that was mobilized to package, advertise and sell the war to the American people as one that would “Make the World Safe for Democracy.” The CPI would become the blueprint in which marketing strategies for future wars would be based upon.
Bernays applied the techniques he had learned in the CPI and, incorporating some of the ideas of Walter Lipmann, became an outspoken proponent of propaganda as a tool for democratic and corporate manipulation of the population. His 1928 bombshell Propaganda lays out his eerily prescient vision for using propaganda to regiment the collective mind in a variety of areas, including government, politics, art, science and education.
To read this book today is to comprehend what our contemporary institutions of government and business have become with regard to organized manipulation of the masses.
This is the first reprint of Propaganda in over 30 years.
Jon Rappoport – Making Your Work Known In The World
by Jon Rappoport
October 27, 2015
What I’m talking about here are your most profound desires and goals. And often you have to search for what those are, because they don’t just pop up.
That’s the kind of work I’m referring to—the work that comes when you launch projects and enterprises that directly reflect those […]
Peter Schiff – Crash Proof: How to Profit From the Coming Economic Collapse
Created on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 18:53
Schiff's foresight is so staggeringly accurate it's hard to believe he wrote this book in 2006. However, he sees things exactly as they are and explains things exactly as they are. The reason finance has often been viewed as complex, is because the American public is being lied to every minute nationwide by self-serving […]
10 Signs Of A False Flag Operation
Created on Friday, 18 July 2014 18:07
Throughout history, versions of the false flag attack have been used successfully by governments in order to direct the force of the people toward whatever end the so called "powers that be" may be seeking. At times, that end may be war, or it may be the curtailing of domestic civil liberties and basic human […]
How to Turn the Tables on Authority Like a Genius
“In the act of provoking people to think differently, philosophers make it clear that we are not fated to live within the often-stifling systems of thought that we inherit. We can change the subject.” ~Raymond Geuss
Are you sick and tired of television talking-heads babbling their way through political propaganda and scapegoating each other through underhanded claptrap that does […]
How Algorithms Are Shaping The World
We live in a world that is increasingly being designed for and run by algorithms. Algorithms are highly complex computer programs that can solve problems and even determine espionage tactics, stock prices or what script will be a successful movie. An obvious, but key distinction, needs to be made here between automation and AI. Automation is just a machine performing a rote, […]
Luke Ringland – Greed and Fear, It Should Taste The Same
Created on Thursday, 23 April 2009 16:55
About 12 months ago, when 'sub-prime' and 'short selling' were terms taking inches only in 'The Economist', I made a decision. I wasn't buying anymore stocks for the foreseeable future.
A combination of years of learning about derivatives trading, short […]