This article looks at the workings of mass media through the
theories of its major thinkers, its power structure and the techniques
it uses, in order to understand its true role in society.
of the articles on this site discuss occult symbolism found in objects
of popular culture. From these articles arise many legitimate questions
relating to the purpose of those symbols and the motivations of those
who place them there, but it is impossible for me to provide
satisfactory answers to these questions without mentioning many other
concepts and facts. I’ve therefore decided to write this article to
supply the theoretical and methodological background of the analyzes
presented on Vigilant Citizen as well as introducing the main scholars of the
field of mass communications. Some people read my articles and think I’m
saying “Lady Gaga wants to control our minds”. That is not the case.
She is simply a small part of the huge system that is the mass media.
media are media forms designed to reach the largest audience possible.
They include television, movies, radio, newspapers, magazines,
books, records, video games and the internet. Many studies have been
conducted in the past century to measure the effects of mass media on
the population in order to discover the best techniques to influence it.
From those studies emerged the science of Communications, which is used
in marketing, public relations and politics. Mass communication is a
necessary tool to insure the functionality of a large democracy; it is
also a necessary tool for a dictatorship. It all depends on its usage.
In the 1958 preface for A Brave New World,
Aldous Huxley paints a rather grim portrait of society. He believes it
is controlled by an “impersonal force”, a ruling elite, which
manipulates the population using various methods.
forces over which we have almost no control seem to be pushing us all
in the direction of the Brave New Worldian nightmare; and this
impersonal pushing is being consciously accelerated by representatives
of commercial and political organizations who have developed a number of
new techniques for manipulating, in the interest of some minority, the
thoughts and feelings of the masses." - Aldous Huxley, Preface to A Brave New World
bleak outlook is not a simple hypothesis or a paranoid delusion. It is a
documented fact, present in the world’s most important studies on mass
media. Here are some of them:
an American intellectual, writer and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
brought forth one of the first works concerning the usage of mass media
in America. In Public Opinion (1922), Lippmann compared the
masses to a “great beast” and a “bewildered herd” that needed to be
guided by a governing class. He described the ruling elite as “a specialized class whose interests reach beyond the locality.”
This class is composed of experts, specialists and bureaucrats.
According to Lippmann, the experts, who often are referred to as
“elites,” are to be a machinery of knowledge that circumvents the
primary defect of democracy, the impossible ideal of the “omnicompetent
citizen.” The trampling and roaring “bewildered herd” has its function:
to be “the interested spectators of action,” i.e. not participants. Participation is the duty of “the responsible man”, which is not the regular citizen.
media and propaganda are therefore tools that must be used by the elite
to rule the public without physical coercion. One important concept
presented by Lippmann is the “manufacture of consent”, which is, in
short, the manipulation of public opinion to accept the elite’s agenda.
It is Lippmann’s opinion that the general public is not qualified to
reason and to decide on important issues. It is therefore important for
the elite to decide ”for its own good” and then sell those decisions to
"That the manufacture of consent
is capable of great refinements no one, I think, denies. The process by
which public opinions arise is certainly no less intricate than it has
appeared in these pages, and the opportunities for manipulation open to
anyone who understands the process are plain enough. . . as a result of
psychological research, coupled with the modern means of communication,
the practice of democracy has turned a corner. A revolution is taking
place, infinitely more significant than any shifting of economic power. .
Under the impact of propaganda, not necessarily in the sinister
meaning of the word alone, the old constants of our thinking have become
variables. It is no longer possible, for example, to believe in the
original dogma of democracy; that the knowledge needed for the
management of human affairs comes up spontaneously from the human heart.
Where we act on that theory we expose ourselves to self-deception, and
to forms of persuasion that we cannot verify. It has been demonstrated
that we cannot rely upon intuition, conscience, or the accidents of
casual opinion if we are to deal with the world beyond our reach." –Walter Lippmann, Public Opinion
might be interesting to note that Lippmann is one of the founding
fathers of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the most influential
foreign policy think tank in the world. This fact should give you a
small hint of the mind state of the elite concerning the usage of media.
and economic power in the United States is concentrated in the hands of
a “ruling elite” that controls most of U.S.-based multinational
corporations, major communication media, the most influential
foundations, major private universities and most public utilities.
Founded in 1921, the Council of Foreign Relations is the key link
between the large corporations and the federal government. It has been
called a “school for statesmen” and “comes close to being an organ of
what C. Wright Mills has called the Power Elite – a group of men,
similar in interest and outlook shaping events from invulnerable
positions behind the scenes. The creation of the United Nations was a
Council project, as well as the International Monetary Fund and the
World Bank." - Steve Jacobson, Mind Control in the United States
current members of the CFR include David Rockefeller, Dick Cheney,
Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, mega-church pastor Rick Warren and the
CEOs of major corporations such as CBS, Nike, Coca-Cola and Visa.
is the founder of analytical psychology (also known an Jungian
psychology), which emphasizes understanding the psyche by exploring
dreams, art, mythology, religion, symbols and philosophy. The Swiss
therapist is at the origin of many psychological concepts used today
such as the Archetype, the Complex, the Persona, the Introvert/Extrovert
and Synchronicity. He was highly influenced by the occult background of
his family. Carl Gustav, his grandfather, was an avid Freemason (he was
Grand Master) and Jung himself discovered that some of his ancestors
were Rosicrucians. This might explain his great interest in Eastern and
Western philosophy, alchemy, astrology and symbolism. One of his most
important (and misunderstood) concept was the Collective Unconscious.
thesis, then, is as follows: In addition to our immediate
consciousness, which is of a thoroughly personal nature and which we
believe to be the only empirical psyche (even if we tack on the personal
unconscious as an appendix), there exists a second psychic system of a
collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all
individuals. This collective unconscious does not develop individually
but is inherited. It consists of pre-existent forms, the archetypes,
which can only become conscious secondarily and which give definite form
to certain psychic contents." - Carl Jung, The Concept of the Collective Unconscious
collective unconscious transpires through the existence of similar
symbols and mythological figures in different civilizations. Archetypal symbols seem
to be embedded in our collective subconscious, and, when exposed to
them, we demonstrate natural attraction and fascination. Occult symbols
can therefore exert a great impact on people, even if many individuals
were never personally introduced to the symbol’s esoteric meaning. Mass
media thinkers, such as Edward D. Bernays, found in this concept a great
way to manipulate the public’s personal and collective unconscious.
is considered to be the “father of public relations” and used concepts
discovered by his uncle Sigmund Freud to manipulate the public using the
subconscious. He shared Walter Lippmann’s view of the general
population by considering it irrational and subject to the “herd
instinct”. In his opinion, the masses need to be manipulated by an
invisible government to insure the survival of democracy.
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.
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." - Edward Bernays, Propaganda
trailblazing marketing campaigns profoundly changed the functioning of
American society. He basically created “consumerism” by creating a
culture wherein Americans bought for pleasure instead of buying for
survival. For this reason, he was considered by Life Magazine to be in the Top 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century.
1939-1940, the University of Chicago was the host of a series of secret
seminars on communications. These think tanks were funded by the
Rockefeller foundation and involved the most prominent researchers in
the fields of communications and sociological studies. One of these
scholars was Harold Lasswell, a leading
American political scientist and communications theorist, specializing
in the analysis of propaganda. He was also of the opinion that a
democracy, a government ruled by the people, could not sustain itself
without a specialized elite shaping and molding public opinion through
In his Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, Lasswell explained that when elites lack the requisite force to compel obedience, social managers must turn to “a whole new technique of control, largely through propaganda.” He added the conventional justification: we must recognize the “ignorance
and stupidity [of] … the masses and not succumb to democratic
dogmatisms about men being the best judges of their own interests.”
extensively studied the field of content analysis in order to
understand the effectiveness of different types of propaganda. In his
essay Contents of Communication, Lasswell explained that, in
order to understand the meaning of a message (i.e. a movie, a speech, a
book, etc.), one should take into account the frequency with which
certain symbols appear in the message, the direction in which the
symbols try to persuade the audience’s opinion, and the intensity of the
Lasswell was famous for his media analysis model based on:
Who (says) What (to) Whom (in) What Channel (with) What Effect
By this model, Lasswell indicates that in order to properly analyze a media product, one must look at who produced the product (the people who ordered its creation), who was it aimed at (the target audience) and what were the desired effects of this product (to inform, to convince, to sell, etc.) on the audience.
a Rihanna video as an example, the analysis would be as follows: WHO
PRODUCED: Vivendi Universal; WHAT: pop artist Rihanna; TO WHOM:
consumers between the ages of 9 and 25; WHAT CHANNEL: music video; and
WHAT EFFECT: selling the artist, her song, her image and her message.
The analyzes of videos and movies on The Vigilant Citizen
place a great importance on the “who is behind” the messages
communicated to the public. The term “Illuminati” is often used to
describe this small elite group covertly ruling the masses. Although the
term sounds quite caricatured and conspiratorial, it aptly describes
the elite’s affinities with secret societies and occult knowledge.
However, I personally detest using the term “conspiracy theory” to
describe what is happening in the mass media. If all the facts
concerning the elitist nature of the industry are readily available to
the public, can it still be considered a “conspiracy theory”?
used to be a variety of viewpoints, ideas and opinions in popular
culture. The consolidation of media corporations has, however, produced a
standardization of the cultural industry. Ever wondered why all recent
music sounds the same and all recent movies look the same? The following
is part of the answer:
depicted in the graph above, the number of corporations owning the
majority of U.S. media outlets went from 50 to 5 in less than 20 years.
Here are the top corporations evolving around the world and the assets
"A list of the properties controlled by
AOL Time Warner takes ten typed pages listing 292 separate companies and
subsidiaries. Of these, twenty-two are joint ventures with other major
corporations involved in varying degrees with media operations. These
partners include 3Com, eBay, Hewlett-Packard, Citigroup, Ticketmaster,
American Express, Homestore, Sony, Viva, Bertelsmann, Polygram, and
Amazon.com. Some of the more familiar fully owned properties of Time
Warner include Book-of-the-Month Club; Little, Brown publishers; HBO,
with its seven channels; CNN; seven specialized and foreign-language
channels; Road Runner; Warner Brothers Studios; Weight Watchers; Popular
Science; and fifty-two different record labels." - Ben Bagdikan, The New Media Monopoly
AOL Time Warner owns:
64 magazines, including Time, Life, People, MAD Magazine and DC Comics
Warner Bros, New Line and Fine Line Features in cinema
More than 40 music labels including Warner Bros, Atlantic and Elektra
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CBS, MTV, MTV2, UPN, VH1, Showtime, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, TNN, CMT and BET
Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies, MTV Films
1800 screens in theaters through Famous Players
ownership of a hockey team called The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim does not
begin to describe the vastness of the kingdom. Hollywood is still its
symbolic heart, with eight movie production studios and distributors:
Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Miramax, Buena Vista Home
Video, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Buena Vista International,
Hollywood Pictures, and Caravan Pictures.
The Walt Disney
Company controls eight book house imprints under Walt Disney Company
Book Publishing and ABC Publishing Group; seventeen magazines; the ABC
Television Network, with ten owned and operated stations of its own
including in the five top markets; thirty radio stations, including all
the major markets; eleven cable channels, including Disney, ESPN
(jointly), A&E, and the History Channel; thirteen international
broadcast channels stretching from Australia to Brazil; seven production
and sports units around the world; and seventeen Internet sites,
including the ABC group, ESPN.sportszone, NFL.com, NBAZ.com, and
Its five music groups include the Buena Vista, Lyric Street,
and Walt Disney labels, and live theater productions growing out of the
movies The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and King David." - Ibid
The Walt Disney Company owns:
ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN, A&E, History Channel
Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax Film Corp., Dimension and Buena Vista International
Miley Cyrus/ Hannah Montana, Selena Gomez, Jonas Brothers
Vivendi Universal owns:
27% of US music sales, labels include: Interscope, Geffen, A&M, Island, Def Jam, MCA, Mercury, Motown and Universal
Universal Studios, Studio Canal, Polygram Films, Canal +
Numerous internet and cell phone companies
Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z
Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Classics
15% of US Music sales, labels include Columbia, Epic, Sony, Arista, Jive and RCA Records
Beyonce, Shakira, Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera
limited number of actors in the cultural industry means a limited
amount of viewpoints and ideas making their way to the general public.
It also means that a single message can easily saturate all forms of
media to generate consent (i.e. “there are weapons of mass destruction
The Standardization of Human Thought
merger of media companies in the last decades generated a small
oligarchy of media conglomerates. The TV shows we follow, the music we
listen to, the movies we watch and the newspapers we read are all
produced by FIVE corporations. The owners of those conglomerates have
close ties with the world’s elite and, in many ways, they ARE the elite.
By owning all of the possible outlets having the potential to reach the
masses, these conglomerates have the power to create in the minds of
the people a single and cohesive world view, engendering a
“standardization of human thought”.
Even movements or styles that
are considered marginal are, in fact, extensions of mainstream thinking.
Mass medias produce their own rebels who definitely look the part but
are still part of the establishment and do not question any of it.
Artists, creations and ideas that do not fit the mainstream way of
thinking are mercilessly rejected and forgotten by the conglomerates,
which in turn makes them virtually disappear from society itself.
However, ideas that are deemed to be valid and desirable to be accepted
by society are skillfully marketed to the masses in order to make them
become self-evident norm.
In 1928, Edward Bernays already saw the immense potential of motion pictures to standardize thought:
American motion picture is the greatest unconscious carrier of
propaganda in the world today. It is a great distributor for ideas and
opinions. The motion picture can standardize the ideas and habits of a
nation. Because pictures are made to meet market demands, they reflect,
emphasize and even exaggerate broad popular tendencies, rather than
stimulate new ideas and opinions. The motion picture avails itself only
of ideas and facts which are in vogue. As the newspaper seeks to purvey
news, it seeks to purvey entertainment." – Edward Bernays, Propaganda
facts were flagged as dangers to human freedom in the 1930′s by
thinkers of the school of Frankfurt such as Theodor Adorno and Herbert
Marcuse. They identified three main problems with the cultural industry.
The industry can:
reduce human beings to the state of mass
by hindering the development of emancipated individuals, who are capable
of making rational decisions;
replace the legitimate drive for autonomy and self-awareness by the safe laziness of conformism and passivity; and
the idea that men actually seek to escape the absurd and cruel world in
which they live by losing themselves in a hypnotic state
The notion of escapism is even
more relevant today with advent of online video games, 3D movies and
home theaters. The masses, constantly seeking state-of-the-art
entertainment, will resort to high-budget products that can only be
produced by the biggest media corporations of the world. These products
contain carefully calculated messages and symbols which are nothing more
and nothing less than entertaining propaganda. The public have been
trained to LOVE its propaganda to the extent that it spends its
hard-earned money to be exposed to it. Propaganda (used in both
political, cultural and commercial sense) is no longer the coercive or
authoritative communication form found in dictatorships: it has become
the synonym of entertainment and pleasure.
regard to propaganda the early advocates of universal literacy and a
free press envisaged only two possibilities: the propaganda might be
true, or it might be false. They did not foresee what in fact has
happened, above all in our Western capitalist democracies — the
development of a vast mass communications industry, concerned in the
main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more
or less totally irrelevant. In a word, they failed to take into account
man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” – Aldous Huxley, Preface to A Brave New World
single piece of media often does not have a lasting effect on the human
psyche. Mass media, however, by its omnipresent nature, creates a
living environment we evolve in on a daily basis. It defines the norm
and excludes the undesirable. The same way carriage horses wear blinders
so they can only see what is right in front of them, the masses can
only see where they are supposed to go.
“It is the
emergence of mass media which makes possible the use of propaganda
techniques on a societal scale. The orchestration of press, radio and
television to create a continuous, lasting and total environment renders
the influence of propaganda virtually unnoticed precisely because it
creates a constant environment. Mass media provides the essential link
between the individual and the demands of the technological society.” – Jacques Ellul
of the reasons mass media successfully influences society is due to the
extensive amount of research on cognitive sciences and human nature
that has been applied to it.
is the deliberate attempt to manage the public’s perception of a
subject. The subjects of publicity include people (for example,
politicians and performing artists), goods and services, organizations
of all kinds, and works of art or entertainment."
drive to sell products and ideas to the masses has lead to an
unprecedented amount of research on human behavior and on the human
psyche. Cognitive sciences, psychology, sociology, semiotics,
linguistics and other related fields were and still are extensively
researched through well-funded studies.
group of sociologists can approximate the ad teams in the gathering and
processing of exploitable social data. The ad teams have billions to
spend annually on research and testing of reactions, and their products
are magnificent accumulations of material about the shared experience
and feelings of the entire community.”
- Marshal McLuhan, The Extensions of Man
results of those studies are applied to advertisements, movies, music
videos and other media in order to make them as influential as possible.
The art of marketing is highly calculated and scientific because it
must reach both the individual and the collective consciousness. In
high-budget cultural products, a video is never “just a video,” Images,
symbols and meanings are strategically placed in order to generate a
“It is with knowledge of the
human being, his tendencies, his desires, his needs, his psychic
mechanisms, his automatisms as well as knowledge of social psychology
and analytical psychology that propaganda refines its techniques.” – Propagandes, Jacques Ellul (free translation)
propaganda almost never uses rational or logical arguments. It directly
taps into a human’s most primal needs and instincts in order to
generate an emotional and irrational response. If we always thought
rationally, we probably wouldn’t buy 50% of what we own. Babies and
children are constantly found in advertisements targeting women for a
specific reason: studies have shown that images of children trigger in
women an instinctual need to nurture, to care and to protect, ultimately
leading to a sympathetic bias towards the advertisement.
ubiquitous in mass media, as it draws and keeps the viewer’s attention.
It directly connects to our animal need to breed and to reproduce, and,
when triggered, this instinct can instantly overshadow any other
rational thoughts in our brain.
if the messages described above were able to reach directly the
viewers’ subconscious mind, without the viewers even realizing what is
happening? That is the goal of subliminal perception. The phrase
subliminal advertising was coined in 1957 by the US market researcher
James Vicary, who said he could get moviegoers to “drink Coca-Cola” and
“eat popcorn” by flashing those messages onscreen for such a short time
that viewers were unaware.
perception is a deliberate process created by communications
technicians, by which you receive and respond to information and
instructions without being consciously aware of the instructions” – Steve Jacobson, Mind Control in the United States
This technique is often used in marketing and we all know that sex sells.
some sources claim that subliminal advertising is ineffective or even
an urban myth, the documented usage of this technique in mass media
proves that creators believe in its powers. Recent studies have also
proven its effectiveness, especially when the message is negative.
team from University College London, funded by the Wellcome Trust,
found that it [subliminal perception] was particularly good at
instilling negative thoughts. There has been much speculation about
whether people can process emotional information unconsciously, for
example pictures, faces and words,” said Professor Nilli Lavie, who led
the research. We have shown that people can perceive the emotional value
of subliminal messages and have demonstrated conclusively that people
are much more attuned to negative words." - Source
A famous example of subliminal messaging in political communications is in George Bush’s advertisement against Al Gore in 2000.
Right after the name of Gore is mentioned, the ending of the word “bureaucrats” –
“rats” – flashes on the screen for a split second.
discovery of this trickery caused quite a stir and, even if there are
no laws against subliminal messaging in the U.S., the advertisement was
taken off the air.
As seen in many articles on The Vigilant Citizen,
subliminal and semi-subliminal messages are often used in movies and
music videos to communicate messages and ideas to the viewers.
the past, when changes were imposed on populations, they would take to
the streets, protest and even riot. The main reason for this clash was
due to the fact that the change was clearly announced by the rulers and
understood by the population. It was sudden and its effects could
clearly be analyzed and evaluated.
Today, when the elite needs a
part of its agenda to be accepted by the public, it is done through
desensitization. The agenda, which might go against the public best
interests, is slowly, gradually and repetitively introduced to the
world through movies (by involving it within the plot), music videos
(who make it cool and sexy) or the news (who present it as a solution to
After several years of exposing the masses to a
particular agenda, the elite openly presents the concept the world and,
due to mental programming, it is greeted with general indifference and
is passively accepted. This technique originates from psychotherapy.
techniques of psychotherapy, widely practiced and accepted as a means
of curing psychological disorders, are also methods of controlling
people. They can be used systematically to influence attitudes and
behavior. Systematic desensitization is a method used to dissolve
anxiety so the the patient (public) is no longer troubled by a specific
fear, a fear of violence for example. [...] People adapt to frightening
situations if they are exposed to them enough”. – Steven Jacobson, Mind Control in the United States
programming is often found in the science fiction genre. It presents a
specific image of the future – the one that is desired by the elite –
and ultimately becomes in the minds of men an inevitability. A decade
ago, the public was being desensitized to war against the Arab world.
Today, the population is gradually being exposed to the existence of
mind control, of transhumanism and of an Illuminati elite. Emerging from
the shadows, those concepts are now everywhere in popular culture. This
is what Alice Bailey describes as the “externalization of the
hierarchy”: the hidden rulers slowly revealing themselves.
Occult Symbolism in Pop Culture
Metropolis – a movie by the elite, for the elite?
to the information presented above, documentation on occult symbolism
is rather hard to find. This should not come as a surprise as the term
“occult”, literally means “hidden”. It also means “reserved to those in
the know” as it is only communicated to those who are deemed worthy of
the knowledge. It is not taught in schools nor is it discussed in the
media. It is thus considered marginal or even ridiculous by the general
Occult knowledge is NOT, however, considered
ridiculous in occult circles. It is considered timeless and sacred.
There is a long tradition of hermetic and occult knowledge being taught
through secret societies originating from ancient Egyptians, to Eastern
Mystics, to the Knights Templar to modern day Freemasons. Even if the
nature and the depth of this knowledge was most probably modified and
altered throughout the centuries, mystery schools kept their main
features, which are highly symbolic, ritualistic and metaphysical.
characteristics, which were an intricate part of
ancient civilizations, have totally been evacuated from modern society
to be replaced by pragmatic materialism. For this reason, there lies an
important gap of understanding between the pragmatic average person and
the ritualistic establishment.
“If this inner
doctrine were always concealed from the masses, for whom a simpler code
had been devised, is it not highly probable that the exponents of every
aspect of modern civilization – philosophic, ethical, religious, and
scientific-are ignorant of the true meaning of the very theories and
tenets on which their beliefs are founded? Do the arts and sciences that
the race has inherited from older nations conceal beneath their fair
exterior a mystery so great that only the most illumined intellect can
grasp its import? Such is undoubtedly the case.” - Manly P. Hall, Secret Teachings of All Ages
“simpler code” devised for the masses used to be organized religions.
It is now becoming the Temple of the Mass Media and it preaches on a
daily basis extreme materialism, spiritual vacuosity and a
self-centered, individualistic existence. This is exactly the opposite
of the attributes required to become a truly free individual, as taught
by all great philosophical schools of thought. Is a dumbed-down
population easier to deceive and to manipulate?
blind slaves are told they are “free” and “highly educated” even as
they march behind signs that would cause any medieval peasant to run
screaming away from them in panic-stricken terror. The symbols that
modern man embraces with the naive trust of an infant would be
tantamount to billboards reading, ‘This way to your death and
enslavement,’ to the understanding of the traditional peasant of
antiquity” - Michael A. Hoffman II, Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare
article examined the major thinkers in the field of mass media, the
media power structure and the techniques used to manipulate the masses. I
believe this information is vital to the understanding of the “why” in
the topics discussed on The Vigilant Citizen. The “mass
population” versus “ruling class” dichotomy described in many articles
is not a “conspiracy theory” (again, I hate that term), but a reality
that has been clearly stated in the works of some of the 20th century’s
most influential men.
Lippmann, Bernays and Lasswell have all
declared that the public are not fit to decide their own fate, which is
the inherent goal of democracy. Instead, they called for a cryptocracy, a
hidden government, a ruling class in charge of the “bewildered herd.”
As their ideas continue to be applied to society, it is increasingly
apparent that an ignorant population is not an obstacle that the rulers
must deal with: It is something that is DESIRABLE and, indeed,
necessary, to insure total leadership.
An ignorant population does not know its rights,
does not seek a greater understanding of issues and does not question
authorities. It simply follows trends. Popular culture caters to and
nurtures ignorance by continually serving up brain-numbing entertainment
and spotlighting degenerate celebrities to be idolized. Many people ask
me: “Is there a way to stop this?” Yes, there is. STOP BUYING THEIR
CRAP AND READ A BOOK.
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.” - Thomas Jefferson
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