7:39 PM - Lies the Deceived Believe
Edward Bernays, from his book Propaganda
The perfect organism is achieved when one can impute to you his philosophical thoughts and you adopt them as your own, believing that they are your own thoughts and that they originated in your own mind. This is not only the perfect organism, it is the perfect crime and it is the foundation of sagacious statecraft stagecraft under our present system of government.
I use the word propaganda often in my writing when I refer to the shaping of “public opinion” by government. “Public opinion” is nothing more than official mythology that manipulates the mass mind into self-sacrifice for the benefit of government.
Here are some examples of gross deception that most people believe:
That government will not lie or allow an economic depression.
We can change government policy through elections if we just “throw the bums out.”
That history as taught in schools or history books is truth.
What the mainstream media tell us is true.
That pharmaceuticals sell good drugs that aid cures.
That vaccinations bring immunity.
That the cure for cancer is just around the corner.
When a child is sick, he needs antibiotics.
When a child has fever, he needs acetaminophen.
Hospitals are safe and clean.
That prescription drugs are not poison.
That doctors and hospitals do not cause deaths.
Guns are dangerous.
The Civil War was about slavery and Abraham Lincoln was “The Great Emancipator.”
World War I “made the world safe for democracy.”
World War II was for democracy to prevail over tyranny.
The Korean and Vietnam wars were to “contain communism.”
Al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden pulled off 9/11.
The Iraq war was to find and destroy “weapons of mass destruction.”
We are fighting a “War on Terror.”
We are trying to destroy ISIS.
Paper money is wealth.
The perfect organism; the perfect crime