“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.”
Quote from the book: “Propaganda” by Edward Bernays | 1928
What we witness and experience in life seems to be based on a natural course of events, the result of a spontaneous human evolution. But much of it isn’t accidental, they are engineered.
What we’ve been taught, the information we were given, forms the basis for our beliefs and our perception of reality. But much of that knowledge was designed to influence and condition our beliefs.
There are unseen forces at work, those who Bernays describes in his book. They are the “hidden hand”, that shapes our reality, without most of us realizing it.
The definition of propaganda is:
-“information, especially of biased, or misleading nature, used to promote, or publicize a particular political cause, or point of view”
In other words, it is misinformation, given with the intention of deceiving and controlling the beliefs and the behaviour of the public.
The main instrument of propaganda is the media. The dominant media in 1928 were the newspapers. Already a hundred years earlier, misinformation in newspapers had been abound, hence Thomas Jefferson once exclaimed:
The man who reads nothing at all is better informed, than the one, who reads the newspaper”
Radio broadcasts were becoming popular during the 1930’s. In October of 1938, H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” was broadcast across the country. It was played as actual news and much of the public believed that an alien invasion was taking place. Nationwide panic ensued and many people ran for the hills.
The reaction of the public was observed by social scientists, who began studying mass behaviour under fear and panic. Research was also conducted at the Frankfurt School in Germany. This organization was dedicated to bringing cultural Marxism to America.
The school was closed in 1933 and brought to the United States under operation paperclip. Their research on Nazi radio propaganda was continued at Princeton University, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
The study of “Psycho-Politics”, mass mind control by the media, was born. By the time the television was invented, human nature and the methods of influencing public opinion were well understood.
In 1963, the television surpassed newspapers, as the main source of information. By the 1990’s, 98% of Americans owned at least one television set. Although varies by age, the average adult spends 3 hours and 30 minutes a day watching television. That’s slightly less, than mobile device use (3 hours 45 minutes / 2019 stats).
Even a short time spent watching television causes the mind to become passive, similar to being under hypnosis, in which state the subconscious is easily influenced by the images on the screen.
Furthermore, brain activity switches from the left, the logical side, to he right lobe. This way there is an emotional response to the information presented, without analytical thinking.
An acute sense of fear can further enhance this state of suggestibility. That’s why news reports on network television are always a collection of negative, scary stories, to keep the public in a constant state of panic.
“In order to induce a high state of hypnology in an individual, a group, or a population, an element of terror must always be present on the part of those, who would govern.”
Laventia Beria | Manual of Psychopolitics
Additionally, physiological effects in the viewer can be observed, when electromagnetic fields, emitted by the screen are pulsed. The image pulsing may be achieved by a computer program and can be done with subliminal resonances, when it can not be seen with a naked eye. This excites the nervous system, increasing the emotional response in the viewer .
The television is such a perfect device for reaching and influencing the populace, that it is debatable whether it was actually invented for this purpose. The word television reads tell-a-vision. Television “program” means to program people’s minds. It’s truth hidden in plain sight.
Operation Mockingbird was a covert CIA program, that started in the 1950’s. The CIA hired journalists from all major networks, in order to control the media narrative.
The scope of the infiltration was vast, encompassing newspapers, periodicals, press services, news agencies, radio and television stations, book publishers and foreign media outlets.
These propaganda relationships are still ongoing, the Mainstream Media is little more, than the propaganda arm of the US Deep State, the “invisible government”. A lot of Americans still believe that we have a free and independent press, but that is not the case.
Observing how journalists operate gives plenty of clues to this. Real journalists report the news by presenting both sides of a story and let the viewers draw their own conclusions. Nowadays, jounalists function, as commentators, they express their own biases, or spin every news story according to a narrative they are instructed to follow.
But what makes propaganda so effective is that its all-pervasive and all-consuming.
The public is exposed to it day and in day out. The same narrative is repeated on all the networks and all other media. People have listened to it all their lives and everyone they know echoes the same opinions and beliefs.
When a certain number of people believe something, it becomes “public knowledge”. It becomes an “agreed upon”, or consensus reality. “Group think” will prevail in which everyone agrees and conform and independent thought, “thinking outside the box” is discouraged.
When confronted with a differing viewpoint, that doesn’t fit their belief system, the natural tendency will be to reject the information. When everything, people know is misinformation, the truth will appear as falsehood.
” It’s much easier to fool people, than to tell them that they have been fooled.”
Or, an opposing view will be written off as a conspiracy theory, which discourages free thinkers from speaking up, for fear of being shamed and marginalized. The CIA invented the term conspiracy theorist for this exact reason, to discredit and ridicule those, who understand the deception and attempts to inform the public.
This way those, who are deceived, actually help sustain this mechanism of control and protect the very system that exploits them.
“It becomes vitally important for the state to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie.”
Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Propaganda Minister