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Edward L. Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud, knew a thing or two about mass persuasion. He is the father of manipulative propaganda in America. In his book “Propaganda,” Bernays writes:
Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of.
In almost every act of our lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business or 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 that control the public mind.
Edward L. Bernays (more quotes by Edward L. Bernays or books by/about Edward L. Bernays)
(1891-1995) Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, "the father of public relations," nephew of Sigmund Freud
in his book “Propaganda” (1928)
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