May 26 2011

How to Brainwash a Nation, Sigmund Freuds Nephew, Helps to Control the American Public

 

How to Brainwash a Nation, Style.

From Episode Two of the film series “The Century of the Self” by . The nephew of Sigmund Freud, started his business life as a publicist. While still in his twenties, he was part of the propaganda effort that drove the into in World War I (WW I.)

He personally advised several US presidents starting with and counseled numerous and business associations. ’s propaganda chief and henchman Joseph Goebbels was a reader and fan of Bernay’s writing in particular Bernay’s book “Crystalizing Public Opinion.”

In this short excerpt from Curtis’s film we see one example of Bernays at work.

Bernays was one of the engineers of the Cold War. He perfected the technique of manufacturing a distant but ever-threatening enemy and then creating a constant state of fear by generating false news reports that endlessly re-stated and exagerated the threat. Sounds like todays “War” on Terror.

The stated purpose of Bernay’s methods was to give those in power greater over what he called “the mass mind.” It worked well in the 1950s and sadly, it appears to be working quite well today… but maybe not forever.

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