(Bill’s note: This is an old article of mine but with the fallout of this past week’s elections and the inevitable hysteria that has ensued beyond the left and right, I felt it needed to be re-posted to remind everyone how we got to where we are today and what you can expect in the very near future. I’ve edited it for content and to recognize how things can change in a very short time.)
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses 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. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This 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.” Edward Bernays
Have you ever wondered how we got to this point, where most people just want to go to their pointless jobs, afterwards go home, drink and how a show like “American Idol” and football became the entertainment of choice for the majority of Americans? Have you wondered how the hell Barack Obama got re-elected after four years of abject failure that’s so obvious that you couldn’t imagine him being re-elected? Are you a thinking individual that looks at all the insanity going on around you and wonder how the fuck did we get to this point? It’s really very simple, it’s been planned for more years than anyone alive can imagine and it started with one man who figured out the power of propaganda and public relations and sold it to the elites of the time. This past week’s elections have proven his theories more than any other example that I can think of in recent years.
Have you ever heard of Edward Bernays in a history class? I didn’t think so. His history and what he accomplished has been suppressed way beyond what he was able to do to fundamentally transform America and by his example Western culture. He was the first individual to figure out that a population could be manipulated to support almost anything that his clients could imagine for their own benefit. Which, as his largest clients, included governments.
Here’s a bit of biography from Wikipedia:
“Edward Louis Bernays (November 22, 1891 – March 9, 1995), was an Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, referred to in his obituary as “the father of public relations”. He combined the ideas of Gustave Le Bon and Wilfred Trotter on crowd psychology with the psychoanalytical ideas of his uncle, Sigmund Freud.
He felt this manipulation was necessary in society, which he regarded as irrational and dangerous as a result of the ‘herd instinct‘ that Trotter had described. Adam Curtis‘s award-winning 2002 documentary for the BBC, The Century of the Self, pinpoints Bernays as the originator of modern public relations, and Bernays was named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine.
He was a double nephew of Sigmund Freud and he used his uncle’s conclusions in the fledgling field of psychology extensively in his pursuits. Unfortunately, Freud’s observations about normal people were for the most part true which Bernays parleyed into a public relations empire. It became an easy thing for them to sell their services to anyone who would pay their fees to manipulate any population that might be targeted including governments. His stated goals, however, were more nefarious than his business pursuits indicate. He definitely thought of himself as one of the “intelligent few” who in the end should be running things regardless of what the people wanted or voted for. Here’s a quote from an interview given shortly before his death:
“As a member of the intellectual elite who guides the destiny of society, the PR “professional,” Bernays explained, aims his craft at a general public which is essentially, and unreflectively, reactive. Working behind the scenes, out of public view, the public relations expert is “an applied social scientist,” one educated to employ an understanding of “sociology, psychology, social psychology and economics” in order to influence and direct public attitudes. Bernays conveyed his hallucination of democracy: a highly educated class of opinion-molding tacticians is continuously at work, analyzing the social terrain and adjusting the mental scenery from which the public mind, with its limited intellect, derives its opinions.”
Now you know how the elites view you and me. We have “limited intellect”. This guy was born in 1891 so now hopefully you now realize how far back this goes. We’ve been exposed to more than a century of subjugation and mind control and have given our consent by the mechanism of propaganda and public relations determining where you spend your money, that you put your kids through the education-prison complex and in the end who you vote for (if you are silly enough to vote). Government intrusions in your everyday life, government schooling, untenable taxes, militarized police, minority priority, everything has been planned for over a hundred years if not far longer than that. Bernays just gave them the tools to make it more efficient. And over 110,000,000 voters gave them that consent in this past election just in this country.
And behind the scenes, an invisible government pulls the strings. Barack Obama means nothing in the long range nature of their plans and if you think otherwise here’s my quote for you, “you are an infinite degree of idiot”. Here are a few more quotes from Edward:
“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, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.”
“Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.”
“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.”
There’s one thing you need to realize behind this little lesson in history. What Bernays and his colleagues were attempting (and largely succeeding) at was geared towards the white people of the western world that at the time was a pretty much unapposable voting bloc. With the increased minoritization of all western countries an unavoidable fact, propaganda and public relations are going to become much easier for those that have the finances and incentives to use them.
It surrounds us and it’s nearly inescapable. Turn on a TV, listen to talk radio on an AM channel, watch a football game, even surf the sites you trust on the web, every part of it has some public relations mixed into it.
And public relations equals lies.
Who knows what truth is anymore? I don’t.