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Angels and Demons: Imperialism and War, ‘Chavs’ and Jeremy Kyle

Colin Todhunter

Photo by Kayle Kaupanger on Unsplash

The father of modern public relations and spin, Edward Bernays was a cynical manipulator of mass perception. He knew that by shaping people’s desires in a certain way, governments and corporations could sell just about any notion to the masses and manipulate them at will. Whether it was whipping up fear about the bogeyman of communism or selling the ‘American Dream’ of happiness through consuming goods, Bernays and the public relations/advertising industry, which took its cue from him, did exactly that.

Bernays was an expert in stage managing events to capture the popular imagination. Among his various ‘accomplishments’ was to get women hooked on cigarettes by associating feminism and fashion with smoking. Calling cigarettes ‘torches of freedom’, he was instrumental in convincing women that cigarettes were trendy and that smoking symbolised emancipation. From getting people to change their diets to putting fluoride in drinking water, corporations knew who to turn to when they wanted to sell their dubious products.

Thanks in large part to Bernays, politicians, the corporate media and opinion leaders learned to appeal to primitive impulses, such as fear, sex and narcissism, that have little bearing on issues beyond the narrow self-interests of a consumer society. The whole point of such a society is to distract people from the reality of the wider world and train them to desire and want new things that they don’t really need – or for that matter even really want – while stripping them of their ability to be self-reliant and independent.

The US government quickly learned that angels and demons could be manufactured from thin air and, from Guatemala and Congo to Vietnam, that wars and destabilisations could be built on packs of lies – lies about evil-doers ready to kick down the door, lies about the impending misery they would inflict and lies about the government delivering the world from impending doom.

The 2002 BBC documentary series The Century of the Self describes how Bernays’s propagandised on behalf of United Fruit Company (now Chiquita Brands International) and the US government to help overthrow the democratically elected president of Guatemala, Jacobo Arbenz Guzman.

Arbenz wanted to nationalise the company’s lands but Bernays successfully helped brand Arbenz as a communist with links to the USSR, which had no basis. This set the stage for public support for a US-backed violent overthrow of Arbenz.

Whether it has involved Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Ukraine or Libya – and now Venezuela – Bernay’s tactics of deception have been further developed to keep the masses docile in order to sell imperialism under the lie of a war on terror, humanitarian intervention or exporting freedom, while enriching corporate interests in the process.

Consumer capitalism and imperialism

Millions are now locked into the pursuit of the Bernays model of consumerism. They are locked into addiction. Addicted to the pursuit of acquisition, of hedonism, of self-gratification. Addicted to the belief that there is an actual point to it all.

In the US Declaration of Independence, there is the phrase “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. Freedom and happiness (or the pursuit of it) is central but was subverted by the likes of Bernays. With his knowledge of psychoanalysis (Sigmund Freud was his uncle), Bernays knew it was relatively easy to manipulate desires and get people hooked on consuming.

This great ‘American Dream’ of consumerism was built on craving and propaganda. It is maintained by stripping the environment bare and by the unsustainable raping of nature to fuel profits, underpinned by perpetual war to grab resources and exploit new markets, peoples and nations.

As a result of such war, the US military-industrial complex is now responsible for a body count of 20 million dead and counting since 1945, people killed by US-backed wars and death squads, covert ops and destabilisations. All glossed over by countless Hollywood icons, commentators and politicians under the banner of championing freedom and democracy.

Today’s globalised system of capitalism exists to facilitate the desires of around just 6,000 to 7,000 people: the extremely wealthy of the world who are setting the globalisation and war agendas via the G8, G20, NATO, the World Bank and the WTO. They are from the highest levels of finance capital and transnational corporations.

These billionaires (a transnational capitalist class) dictate global economic policies through their high-level think tanks and lobbying networks and decide on who lives and who dies and what wars are to be fought and inflicted on which people.

They are called ‘wealth creators’. ‘High flyers’ who have stolen ordinary people’s wealth, who have stashed it away in tax havens, who have bankrupted economies because of their reckless gambling and greed and who have imposed a form of globalisation that results in devastating destruction and war for those who attempt to remain independent from them or structurally adjusted violence via privatisation and economic neo-liberalism for millions in countries that have acquiesced.

Little wonder then that attempts to redress the balance have been brutally suppressed over the decades. Whether it has involved democratic leftist organisations pursuing a socialist alternative or governments displaying independent tendencies, this class has used intelligence agencies, front groups, threats, co-opted leaders or military might to attempt to subvert or annihilate any threat to its global hegemony.

From El Salvador and Chile to Egypt and India’s tribal belt, ordinary folk across the world have been subjected to policies that have resulted in oppression, poverty and conflict. But this is all passed off by politicians and the corrupt mainstream media as the way things must be. And anyone who stands up to this lie is ridiculed or much worse to prevent the truth from emerging.

And that truth is that many of us know what ‘happiness’ really is and the type of society necessary to achieve it – based on common ownership of natural assets (the commons), localisation, living within the limits imposed by the natural environment, economic democracy and equality – and that the immensely wealthy people who stand in its way will do all things necessary to prevent us from having it.

Yet it is ordinary men (and women) who sign up to join the military and support this system on behalf of these people. In part thanks to Bernays, such people have however been adept in manipulating the masses to rally around flag and nation, evoking an emotive misplaced sense of patriotism to pursue their militarism or justify their exploitation.

Such a travesty that today ordinary people in richer countries are denied decent livelihoods because jobs have been sold to the lowest bidder in places such as China, a de facto colonial outpost for the US empire with its ready supply of cheap labour. With workers’ wages having been depressed, consumer demand thus propped up by debt, how convenient that the lie of ‘austerity’ is being used as a battering ram to finish off what the likes of Reagan and Thatcher did in the 80s with their pro-big business, pro-privatisation, anti-union, anti-welfare policies.

Meanwhile, just about every aspect of society encourages the individual to indulge in an acquisitive materialism whose message is relentless. It is implicit in every bourgeois judgement, innuendo, condemnation and insinuation directed towards a person who does not have a job or does not display the appropriate trappings of conspicuous consumption. To be called a ‘chav’ in Britain, for ample, is to bear the brunt of such a tirade of negative evaluation. Chav represents a media-fuelled demonisation of sections of the working class who were three decades ago sacrificed on the altar of Margaret Thatcher’s treachery.

The ‘undeserving poor’ that since Victorian times have hurt the unscrupulous, hypocritical sensibilities of England’s ruling class who have led and supported more unimaginable butchery on the global battlefields of Empire than any number of working class people who have fallen foul of ‘Middle England’s’ or Jeremy Kyle’s sanctimonious bleatings about decency and morality.

And people are supposed to thank ‘them’ for this and vote for ‘their’ politicians and support their wars. Ordinary young men (and women) are encouraged to sign up – the grandchildren of the cannon-fodder ‘heroes’ sacrificed en masse on the blood-soaked battlefields of countless other wars that have gone before can now join up to fight again. For what, a land fit for heroes or a land fit for austerity, food banks, child poverty, powerlessness, more imperialism and propping up the US dollar? For whom? Occidental Petroleum, BP, JP Morgan, Boeing and the rest.

The US economy has been hollowed out. Much of manufacturing has been shipped abroad. For those who benefited, US workers can go to hell in a handbasket as long as profits keep rolling in. It’s the ability to maximise profit by shifting capital around the world that matters to them, whether on the back of distorted free trade agreements which open the gates for plunder or through coercion and militarism which merely tear them down.

Bernay’s was a sophisticated operator. But in terms of being able to manipulate the public and keep them onside, docile, hooked and oblivious to what is really happening, things have certainly moved on.

Today, there are no doubt hundreds of firms like Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL), which has conducted ‘behavioural change’ programmes in over 60 countries with clients having included the British Military of Defence, the US State Department and NATO. The use of the media to fool the public appears to be one of SCL’s key selling points.

And then there is APCO Worldwide, also politically well-connected and, as geopolitical analyst Shelley Kasli puts it, well-versed in “beating the war drum” and other fine pursuits such as facilitating the plunder of Iraqi wealth.

Whether it concerns the Council on Foreign Relations, Brookings or the rest of the high-level think tanks – which determine policies for their politicians to sell to the public – or the various powerful corporate lobby groups, what they all have in common is that they are all involved in orchestrating our future for their benefit.

But none of this must be exposed. If the propaganda is to remain effective, the public must remain comatose, emotionally malleable, strung out on consumerism and endlessly subjected to an echo chamber of empty slogans about patriotism, the bogeyman at the door and freedom and democracy.

Colin Todhunter is an independent journalist who writes on development, environmental issues, politics, food and agriculture. He was named in August 2018 by Transcend Media Services as one of 400 Living Peace and Justice Leaders and Models in recognition of his journalism.

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Colin Todhunter is an independent journalist who writes on development, environmental issues, politics, food and agriculture. He was named in August 2018 by Transcend Media Services as one of 400 Living Peace and Justice Leaders and Models in recognition of his journalism.

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binra

‘Post truth politics’ is the application of systemic controls in place of relational awareness.
The sacrifice of relational awareness to such SEEMING control or power is the ‘devil’s pact’ by which a dissociated sense of independent self-possession (mind) usurps the relational awareness.

There are many ways to notice this ate different levels but not while it operates AS a sense of power and protection or possession and control. It may not SEEM powerful and protective to the fearful – but the fear of losing even ‘the little that ye hath’ operates a ‘survival’ drive set against the nature of recognition of relationship and communication.

Mind capture is operated by the mind-blinded to effect a loss of true awareness for a fantasy gratification given power. But all dream turns to nightmare. The defence of a fantasy or self-illusion, is by definition set against true relation (of ‘what Is’) and passes off as a substitute-life seeking power of reinforcement in self validation. Mind capture is fear, born of division or conflicted self. The attempt to escape or overcome it IS its ‘power struggle’ in conflict asserted over communication.

The mind of fear invokes power from OUTSIDE to hide, deny or displace (outsource) conflict WITHIN.
Noticing and owning inner relational conflicts through a willingness to bring them to Awareness and Communication is the UNDOING of mind-capture or mind-control.

To the self-invested ‘control-mind’ undoing means death and so is defended against by every means of deceit and sown confusion by which to protect war and sickness from a true peace of healing. Running on borrowed time is the nature of using time to hide in denial. But now is where a grace of noticing rises from a different perspective than fragmentation of hate and fear. A perspective from which to recognise that what seemed real is not and never was but a ‘take’ or mistaken identity running for it’s life in its own framing.

The mind of the judgement of good and evil (angels and demons) is the personal claim, wish or assertion of power to a PRIVATE AGENDA. Once ‘invested’ one protects one’s investments as ‘self’. This applies to all form, image and symbol manipulations; what we give self to, get a self from or make identity with, is invited in like a trojan horse.

Phishing is the nature of taking the FORM of anything as its reality. This denies or blind-sides relational or contextual awareness. Without or apart from such a present awareness we KNOW NOTHING and ARE nothing but given to noise at cost of signal, and with “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men”
struggling to make and maintain sense out of nonsense or ‘put Humpty together again’.

When I write to the issue, those who seek returns on an investment in hate do not find it – and so can only NOT understand or project their fears into a misinterpretation by design.

Humankind CAN uncover its own devices of self-deceit, but only from willingness NOT to use them.
Even a moment of release from a hate and fear division can shift the quality of our day to a connected appreciation in place of a self-vindicating assertion of grievance, dressed in complex instruments by which to package and hide toxic debt or in raw hatred of war and pain of loss.

axisofoil
axisofoil

axisofoil
axisofoil

This 2016 Adam Curtis film is also worth watching. A different perspective on Trump, algorithms and the MSM. https://youtu.be/-fny99f8amM

Gezzah Potts

Just profound Colin, thank you. Under the demented dogma of Neoliberalism, ‘society’ is being transformed into atomised, alienated, Hungry Ghosts; narcissism run rampant, grasping for more and more ‘bling’ while being wilfully blind to what is happening in places like Yemen or Venezuela, or more sadly, no longer being capable of formulating their own thoughts, and merely regurgitating maggot media soundbites. And societies ‘losers’ are scapegoated and treated with utter contempt by the bourgeoisie. I know this first hand as the factory job I had is now in China, and I sell The Big Issue mag as my only source of income. The people that regard me with the most contempt are those who then get into BMW’s or Porsches or are obviously well off. None of them ever come up and ask why I sell the mag. This is what Neoliberalism has done. Ever growing poverty and inequality, austerity for the poor, socialism for the rich. Ideals such as compassion, empathy and solidarity are anathema to the functioning of this system. Its called Class Warfare. Warren Buffet and Marx were both right. Much much appreciated this Colin.

Seamus Padraig
Seamus Padraig

In part thanks to Bernays, such people have however been adept in manipulating the masses to rally around flag and nation, evoking an emotive misplaced sense of patriotism to pursue their militarism or justify their exploitation.

All of which makes me wonder if the system is now in real trouble. Apparently, the Royal Army officers are now being warned that “soldiers calling themselves ‘patriots’ or who make ‘inaccurate generalisations about the Left’ could be right-wing extremists in their ranks.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7082855/British-army-officers-told-soldiers-calling-patriots-extremists.html

Are they afraid that some sort of mutiny might occur? And if they someday decide to exclude ‘patriots’ from the armed forces, who else will serve unless there’s a draft?

mark
mark

There are about 2,300 billionaires in the world. I have seen credible estimates of a 6.000 strong ruling elite in the US, and a similar ruling elite of 5,000 in the UK, who own the lion’s share of the wealth and control the political system and the media. The Deep State, basically.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins

What’s the capacity of Belmarsh ?

Logistically, I see no problem, mark . . .

USAma Bin Laden
USAma Bin Laden

According to Doug Valentine, author of the famous book The Phoenix Program, the American CIA has developed a benign-sounding “Digital Innovations Division” to effect regime change operations in other countries.

In other words, social media is being weaponized to overthrow sovereign governments around the world–by the same United States that hysterically claimed that the Russians intervened in the 2016 election through social media!

The United States of Hypocrisy strikes again.

Regime Change Through Social Media
https://www.blackagendareport.com/regime-change-through-social-media

GMB

“Today, there are no doubt hundreds of firms like Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL), which has conducted ‘behavioural change’ programmes in over 60 countries . . . ”

– in our neoliberal neocolonial capitalist paradise literally “everything” that can become monetized and sold to the highest bidder is now so commodified and marketed for profit. This is true whether it be the marketable – kidney – of a war captive apprehended by one of our jihadist buddies engaged in one of the West’s endless “regime-change” wars, a prize that can fetch money on capitalism’s black market, or the completely fabricated propaganda designed for the purpose of manipulating the public mind to support the next bit of Western “regime-change” war mongering and mayhem.

Just as Mother Church once replaced actual “physical reality” across Europe with it’s own completely fabricated mythology, tormenting and torturing any who resisted this indoctrination in absurdity – the interlocking neoliberal neocolonial capitalist power structures of today have installed their own “mythology” in the minds of we the ever faithful populations of the West. Events in the actual physical world have become irrelevant. In fact they don’t even exist as actual “events in the physical world” unless Western MSM designate them as such. Meanwhile complete fabrications of events in the form of CIA & MI6 war and regime-change propaganda, take on mystical qualities of “truth” – reminiscent of the mystery of the “trinity” – evidence free – simply because the NYT’s or the Guardian say so.

Perhaps so few instinctively hesitate to openly express concern regarding the ongoing martyrdom of Julian Assange, because his eventual death will act as a psychic confirmation of the most important underlying propaganda message in all “propagandizing,” which is that we are all simply helpless in the face of State power, just as our ancestors once felt they were in the face of Mother Church and her torturers acting in the name of the Holy Inquisition – “look, Assange tried to challenge the system, and see what they have done to him.” It is up to us to insure that we turn that message on it’s head – rather than continue our long trajectory in the West of simply yet again internalizing our abject fear of those who rule us and silently accepting the sense of powerlessness that accompanies that fear.

TheThinker
TheThinker

Thats why I laughed when Zukkerbergs satellite launch last year failed and blew up a few seconds in. He said he wanted to connect the African continent to FacePalm, in a new digital era of global inter-connectedness. My first thoughts were, no you don’t, you want your satellite there, so you can control the narrative and effect regime change..

TheThinker
TheThinker

Apologies, that was in response to USAma Bin Laden above you RE: social media being weaponised

wardropper
wardropper

Watched “The Century of the Self” when it first came out.
Just shows the appalling self-confidence of our owners that they didn’t even care that most of the truth leaked out there…
It’s still that old, “Sure we do, and what are you gonna do about it?” thing.
Without wishing to belittle the power of prayer, there are often times when I wish I could do more than pray…
Perhaps we should get down to basic logistics and consider:
1. Exactly how many useless corporate owners do we have who control pretty much everything in our lives, and what are their names and addresses?
2. How many of us would it take to enter their homes and ceremoniously carry them out onto the street, where they belong?
Sheer numbers are obviously on our side, and some of us are even shrewd people, so let’s make sure they remember that.

Mucho
Mucho

Last American Vagabond here with a tragically hilarious look at Turkey’s latest invasion of Northern Iraq, where the only excuse for the invasion is that there are “terrorists” there, so invasion is justified…….the US method! Also someone mentioned the “Stolen Heights” in the comments, which just about sums up the actions of these criminals!

wardropper
wardropper

Isn’t it simply that Turkey, despite a superficial impression of thumbing its nose at the US, is nevertheless doing, like the rest of NATO, only what the US wants?
Tough-guy Erdogan is not so tough when Washington whistles.
Just another poodle-criminal playing his part in keeping us all in permanent war.

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum

The education system teaches us what to think, rather than how to think.
If curiosity and scepticism is encouraged in children they learn how to think.

wardropper
wardropper

Even Buddha, one of mankind’s great teachers, urged people “Don’t believe anything just because somebody says it.”

Andy
Andy

It amazes me that the BBC actually made and broadcast documentaries like ‘century of the self’. Also disheartening that so many of the millions that must have seen it, let its implications slide back into non awareness :-/ https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-century-of-the-self/

milosevic
milosevic

Ash
Ash

“The Trap” is perhaps even better (same themes, also Adam Curtis/BBC).

wardropper
wardropper

If you look at the sheer quantity of enlightening material available on YouTube alone, it’s easier to understand that the human brain simply gets indigestion and forgets…
That documentary is long, and needs to be watched several times for essential facts to stick in our minds. I’m watching it again after 15 years, and I can hardly remember any of what impressed me the first time…
Perhaps the important thing is that much of it tallies with other information we are gathering, and the general picture will stick after all.

Jeff Lever
Jeff Lever

“China, a de facto colonial outpost for the US empire with its ready supply of cheap labour.” Is this accurate or ambiguous? The author implies that the US leaders are treating China as such a vassal state. However, if so, they appear to be having some difficulty in maintaining this stance, hence their economic sanctions and military threats. Given the weight of China in the world, I’d ask the author to be more specific about his characterization of the Chinese state. Is it a vassal, or a rival of the US? And if a rival, is it a rival of the same type or a different type of state and society? Thanks for the clarification.

BigB
BigB

China and Americas economic relationship cannot possibly fit any easy labeling or characterisation. Neither is completely inferior or superior. If not synergistic: their economies are highly integrated. China is both a rival and a vassal …but China chooses to be a vassal because the relationship is mutually beneficial. China does quite well out of its trade with the US.

So much so: China pegs the yuan (CNY) to the dollar (USD): officially to 2010 – unoficially after. They say they do not manipulate their currency: which fools absolutely no one. They have never let the CNY deflate below 7:1 – which you might see referred to as “staying in band”. They do this – by buying and selling dollars primarily – to maintain the viability of their export trade. The downward pressure they exert on the CNY supports the USD: the CNY is deliberately undervalued and the USD overvalued by this manipulation.

This means China indirectly supports American Imperialism: which, clearly, they rather would not do. Hence, the rivalry. But support they must: because the USD is the worlds reserve currency – which the intermediary currency of world trade. China, in fact, supports the world economic market economy: which is mediated in USD.

Except it is not: and here international trade and finance gets rather murky …deliberately murky. China supports the ‘eurodollar’ (euro$). How this works is a bit beyond a comment: but the basis is in ‘Treasure Islands’ by Nick Shaxson.

The salient point being the offshore euro$ market supports a “transnational capitalist class” – as Colin refers to it. Elsewhere, it is usually referred to as the Trans-National State (TNS). The elites are neither US or Chinese: but trans-national. The TNS is made up of such international elites (‘the billionaires’); the TNCs; plus the international financial institutions (banks and shadow banks) that are funded by their own private, unregulated financial system – the oddshore euro$ markets. Confusion is caused by the overly Westphalian state-structuralist models even governments use. The euro$ markets are not included in any analytical framework.

China has its own longterm plans to replace the USD/euro$ with the UN’s Special Drawing Rights (SDR) – a basket of currencies that includes the CNY. Probably not while the US is a major trading partner. The acid test of this is the ongoing ‘trade war’: which has generated millions of column inches …but has been largely cosmetic so far. Both sides are in a position to deeply hurt the other: but the pain would be internecine. China could destroy the USD: but not without destroying the CNY and the fully integrated global economy. Which is fragile enough without them devaluing the CNY – letting it ‘float’ by not intervening – and entering a ‘MAD’ currency war.

So, expect to see China support the USD/euro$ whilst posturing about rare earth minerals. If they actually start actioning anything serious: expect the shortest trade war in history …as tensions between the world’s two largest economies risks precipitating global economic collapse. So much so: I strongly suspect them of bidding up prices and creating artificial artificial scarcity. Rare earths trading at 5 year highs today. Cui bono? Follow the money offshore.

Helen
Helen

The Truth hurts because we are being conned because the best part of Human Nature is the Trust we have between us!
The beautiful essence of Humanity is being destroyed by the self serving degenerates who exploit our Trusting Gullibility for their exploitative selfish need for supremacy!
Their unfair advantage is maintained by:
1) Their defamation of those with “Trusting Human Nature being gullible and deserve to be exploited!”
2) They slander as “pretend to be better do-gooders” as well as, hypocrites anyone who tries to live up to basic Human standards of “helping” not “exploiting”
3) They control the media Publicity generated perception that convinces us that deep down we all want to be “Winners”! In other words: Perverted human nature is seeking to be the top stone of the pyramid. The rest have to be “losers”
4) They disseminate outrage if we stand up for decency

We unfortunately must find a way of resisting within the boundaries of decency and tolerance

Signed:
Someone who would aspire to being Trusting of Humanity .

Ramdan
Ramdan

Buddhism (and all other major spiritual teachings) claim that manipulation of “primitive impulses, such as fear, sex and narcissism”
are the weapons used by Mara (the Buddhist devil).
This are exactly the tools used by the self-proclaimed ‘rulers’ of this world…we could almost say that in fact the world we live in is ruled by Devil’s acolytes….and they are just crucifying our present day truth-teller: Julian Assange.

DunGroanin
DunGroanin

From Rhodes to Murdoch to the tech kid billionaires … they serve and worship the same god Mamon and its high priests.

DiggerUK
DiggerUK

Leon Goldensohn, was a psychiatrist who had the job of keeping an eye on the defendants in the Nuremberg trials following WW2. He published a book on the interviews he had the chance to conduct with the defendants.
It isn’t made clear if Hermann Göring read Edward Bernays books, but he seems to fully comprehend what he was saying.

Leon Goldensohn quotes Göring as follows.
“Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”

Wonderful people our leaders, wonderful people…_

Jen
Jen

Jospeh Goebbels was known to be a fan of Edward Bernays’ 1928 publication “Propaganda” which he used as a text and guide to create propaganda campaigns and to build up a cult around Hitler.

Shardlake
Shardlake

… and from that same publication Bernays seemed to be on the button when wrote : the conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organised 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 moulded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of.

In almost every act of our daily 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 which control the public mind.

Barovsky

If you’re familar with Bernays then you must surely read (or have read) ‘Programming the President’ by Roland Perry (Aurum Press, 1984), about the role of Richard Wirthlin and Pat Caddell is engineering Reagan’s presidency, with the help of the Mormons. A must read book. Can be found on Abe Books.

Seamus Padraig
Seamus Padraig

I don’t know if Göring had access to Bernay’s books, but apparently Goebels was a big fan: https://theconversation.com/the-manipulation-of-the-american-mind-edward-bernays-and-the-birth-of-public-relations-44393