27 October, 2009 — Atlantic Free Press
Edward L. Bernays began his seminal 1928 book, egregiously titled ‘PROPAGANDA’, with these revealing words in the very first chapter ‘ORGANIZING CHAOS’:
‘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.
‘We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. Our invisible governors are, in many cases, unaware of the identity of their fellow members in the inner cabinet. They govern us by their qualities of natural leadership, their ability to supply needed ideas and by their key position in the social structure. Whatever attitude one chooses to take toward this condition, 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—a trifling fraction of our hundred and twenty million—who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. 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.’
Those ‘new ways to bind and guide the world’ have come a long way since 1928, as was observed by the late behavioralist and essayist Aldous Huxley. He termed the zenith of such binding principle for organizing society the ‘Ultimate Revolution’ whereby, people could actually be made to love their own servitude. Novelist George Orwell too looked at the organizing principle for forcibly binding people to a tortuous conformant regimen, which we have nowadays, unfortunately, become all too familiar with as the ‘United We Stand’ in the most burlesque of modern absurdities: The War on Terrorism. The sophisticated fabrication of its ‘doctrinal motivation’ and ‘intellectual commitment’ to mobilize the democratic masses for ‘imperial mobilization’, was examined in considerable depth in the author’s 2003 book Prisoners of the Cave.
Modernity has become a complex and refined amalgam of all these age old techniques of social control to ‘bind and guide the world’ for the same organizing principle now pedantically, almost respectably, called SOCIAL ENGINEERING.
It spans the remarkable gamut from the 2500 years old military classic The Art of War applied to civilian populations, through Machiavelli, to the Hegelian Dialectics driven modern political statecraft. All have drawn upon – whether knowingly or unknowingly – the unfathomable Freudian techniques formalized by Freud’s nephew Edward Bernays, to tap into the irrational sub-conscious mind as a means of exercising subliminal behavior control. Playing on the hidden fears, desires, passions, and imagination of people is certainly an art as old as mankind. In the clever hands of latter day propagandists employing modern psychological methods, including those imagined by Huxley and Orwell to instrument behavior controls, mind manipulation has been taken to new heights of precision for mass behavior control.
We often refer to such controls as Psy-Ops – a military term to mean Psychological Operations upon the mind of anyone, or any group that might stand in the way of a predefined objective. Rallying the freedom-loving public around an unpopular political cause or war without their putting up an effective civil disobedience can be as much a predefined objective, as convincing the enemy troops to surrender without putting up significant armed resistance. An accurate nom de guerre is surely Mind-Warfare.
In Project Humanbeingsfirst’s 2008 Ebook-lite titled ‘The WMD 2008 Omnibus: Weapons of Mass Deception – The Master Social Science’, the manufacturing of both consent and dissent for social engineering was examined, with the primary focus being on fabricating dissent.
This new minimalist collection of some recently published essays of Project Humanbeingsfirst examines why the President of the United States of America was absurdly gifted the Nobel Peace Prize just this past Friday, October 09, 2009.
Why does the newly elected President of the United States representing the most fanatically militarized and barbaric sole-superpower as its Commander in Chief – a dysfunctional nation on perpetual aggressive war-footings which has decimated both Iraq and Afghanistan over the past eight years in the quest for its own ‘preeminence’, and which continues to threaten both Pakistan and Iran with covert and overt aggressive war couched in its propagandistically sugared ‘preemptive self-defense’ jargon – deserve the most prestigious of peace prizes? Has the world forgotten that the new President is presiding over America’s own initiated World War IV which, as is continually reminded to the public, is intended to last for a lifetime and possibly longer?
Is the Norwegian Nobel Committee imbecilic? Or is it under the influence of some bizarre psychotropically induced ‘hope’ that President Barack Obama might end World War IV sooner than expected? That American bombs, while bringing peace, might kill fewer innocent civilians and destroy fewer nations than thought earlier?
This Ebook-lite is a unique look at social engineering. We hope that one can use it to straightforwardly glean principles that are diabolically manipulating one in these cataclysmic times. Principles which vicariously employ both commission, as well as omission, in constructing narratives for mass consumption. Realizing that there are un-apparent forces at play here manipulating one’s irrational emotions and opinions, and consequently one’s decisions and actions, will surely enable the few concerned people among the vast multitude of masses to be better prepared for making wiser existential decisions.
Thus, in dealing with the myriad of global crises plaguing humankind today, from global pandemics to global warming, and to the imminent global financial collapse, one might find oneself less inclined to be fooled into ‘United We Stand’ with the rest of the masses who entirely bear the brunt of all Public Relations. I.e., PROPAGANDA.