Conscious and Intelligent Manipulation

Edward Bernays

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. In almost every act of our lives whether in the sphere of politics or business in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind . . . If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it.”

– Edward Bernays, ‘The Father of Public Relations,’ in his influential book Propaganda (1928), explaining that the ability of democratic societies to control minds and regiment masses is what gives Islamic terrorists such a terminal case of the old green eyed monster.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Bernays
http://www.prwatch.org/prwissues/1999Q2/bernays.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcYBSXgtmKQ

Predatory Money Power

Abraham Lincoln

‘The money power preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy.’

– Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, explaining that the interests of the 20 percent of the world’s population that controls 85 percent of its wealth are identical with the collective interests of the planet as a whole and that anyone who says otherwise is a dirty commie who should fuck off back to Cuba.

Democratic Dogmatisms

Harold Lasswell

‘We must put aside democratic dogmatism about men being the best judges of their own interest since men are often very poor judges of their own interest.’

– Harold Lasswell, one of the most respected US social scientists and communication theorists of the 20th century, explaining that democracy means people in high places determining what our best interests are.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Lasswell
http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Chomsky/Necessary_Illusions.html

The Roar of a Bewildered Herd

Walter Lippmann

‘The public must be put in its place…so that each of us may live free of the trampling and the roar of a bewildered herd.’

– Walter Lippmann, influential US intellectual, writer and coiner of the term ‘Cold War,’ explaining in his book ‘Public Opinion’ that controlling the minds of the masses is essential to the proper functioning of a modern democracy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Lippmann

http://www.chomsky.info/articles/199107–.htm

A Trial of Strength

Thomas Jefferson

‘I hope we shall… crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.’

– Thomas Jefferson to George Logan, 1816, revealing that dirty rotten commies were already trying to undermine American values before communism was even invented.

http://www.corporations.org/
http://www.ecobooks.com/books/unequalprotection.htm