Manipulating Public Opinion

“The great fear of standing alone is the vise that draws the public conscience toward subversion while the seemingly few, loathing conformity, thinks and acts in ways that release them and often for reasons either may understand or may even be aware of. Such is the nature of freedom; one can choose to either release or confine oneself, either way the choice is made as there is no condition we might think of as kinetic stasis. ”

This observation appears in one of my books and while reading a commentary on Edwin Bernays, the so called Father of Public Relations (related to Sigmund Freud), who was considered a master of manipulating public opinion, I was struck by its similarities to a quote by Bernays;

“Men (people) are rarely aware of the real reasons which motivate their actions.”

One other, also attributed to Bernays I believe you will find of equal interest:

“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.”


Curtis C. Greco, Founder

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