I think the subject which will be of most importance politically is mass psychology....Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated.
Bertrand Russell in The Impact of Science on Society
...we have delivered our freedoms to a new master, the corporate and governmental conglomerate, ...'the New King.'
...we have achieved the Orwellian prediction - enslaved, the people have been programed to love their bondage and are left to clutch only miragelike images of freedom, its fables and fictions.
The new slaves are linked together by vast electronic chains of television that imprison not their bodies but their minds. Their desires are programed, their tastes manipulated, their values set for them. Whereas the Black slave was chained to a living master, the new slave has become a digit, a mere item of production that is expended by an invisible master without heart or soul.
From the forward to the book From Freedom to Slavery, by Gerry Spence
In the technetronic society the trend seems to be toward aggregating the individual support of millions of unorganized citizens, who are easily within the reach of magnetic and attractive personalities, and effectively exploiting the latest communication techniques to manipulate emotions and control reason....Power will gravitate into the hands of those who control information....Human beings become increasingly manipulable and malleable.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, CFR member, first director of the Trilateral Commission, and President Carter's National Security Advisor in his 1970 book, Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era
Those who manipulate the organized habits and opinions of the masses constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of the country....It remains a fact that 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....It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world....As civilization has become more complex, and as the need for invisible government has been increasingly demonstrated, the technical means have been invented and developed by which opinion may be regimented.
Edward Bernays in his book Propaganda (1928). Bernays was Sigmund Freud's nephew and chief advisor to William Paley, who started CBS in 1928
Assemble a mob of men and women previously conditioned by a daily reading of the newspapers; treat them to amplified band music, bright lights...and in next to no time you can reduce them to a state of almost mindless subhumanity. Never before have so few been in a position to make fools, maniacs, or criminals of so many.
Aldous Huxley in The Devils of Loudon
The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them insomuch as he who knows nothing is nearer the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
There is no such thing as an independent Press in America, if we except that of little country towns. You know this and I know it. Not a man among you dares to utter his honest opinion. Were you to utter it, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid...so that I may keep my honest opinion out of the paper for which I write. You, too, are paid similar salaries for similar services. Were I to permit that a single edition of my newspaper contained an honest opinion, my occupation, like Othello's, would be gone in less than twenty-four hours. The man who would be so foolish as to write his honest opinion would soon be on the streets in search for another job. It is the duty of a New York journalist to lie, to distort, to revile, to toady at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread, or what amounts to the same thing, his salary. We are marionettes. These men pull the strings, and we dance. Our time, our talents, our lives, our capacities are all the property of these men; we are intellectual prostitutes.
A statement by a New York editor, John Swinton, during an annual dinner of the New York Press Association, as related by Dr. James W. Wardner in his book, Unholy Alliances. Wardner is quoting here from Rebuilding a Lost Faith.
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