EVOLUTION : FROM PSYCHOLOGY TO PROPAGANDA TO PUBLIC RELATIONS

EVOLUTION : FROM PSYCHOLOGY TO PROPAGANDA TO PUBLIC RELATIONS

It’s a popular tool to associate Hitler with an opponent, and it’s often accompanied with lies and propaganda.  Hitler and Goebbels used propaganda effectively. We don’t have to argue about the origin of the process. It works.

If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it.

The effective part of propaganda is constantly repeating phrases.  Phrases can be truth, lies, or just rumors that people hope to be true. Democrats and their friends know how to make it work.  Talking points can affect the narrative, perhaps they are propaganda too?

Christopher Hahn, Democrat, is a Fox News contributor and is the man on the far right in the photo above. The two other men are Edward Bernays and Adolf Hitler. Bernays, on the far left, is an American who wrote a book titled “Propaganda” in 1928. Notice that the publication date precedes the rise of Nazi Germany. Do we need to wonder how the Germans learned about propaganda?  More on Bernays later.

Hahn is often on TV to evaluate political events, is biased, and ready to make Democrats look good. Does he work for a public relations company? Public relations is a fancy name for propaganda, as I’ll show later.

Hahn talked to the Washington Examiner recently:

Hahn, a lawyer who is one of the network’s most frequent liberal guests, told the Washington Examiner on Saturday that he believes the “most likely” outcome is that the Senate will advise Trump not to run for reelection based on accusations of quid pro quo. Hahn suggested that in Trump’s absence, the 2020 Republican ticket will be led by either Vice President Mike Pence or former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

[Classic propaganda operation. Trump is a fighter, not a quitter. There are probably two or three Republican senators that might vote against Trump at the last vote, not nearly enough. But if Hahn and other Democrats keep repeating that the Senate “most likely” will convince Trump to quit early – and he does – then they will have accomplished their goal.]

He predicted the current impeachment will lead to the president’s downfall  …

[False. It was wrong when he said it because impeachment was not in progress.  The proper expression would be to call it a current inquiry.  There was no vote so it was not funded;  “impeachment” activities should not have started when they did].

Hahn also said he hopes Trump doesn’t face criminal prosecution once he is removed from office, and added that in the event a Democrat wins in 2020, he or she “will have to pardon” the president   … “The amount of damage a trial of a president would be to the United States would be irreparable.”

[False. It’s speculation about  a pardon, and hypocrisy about harm.  He knows that Democrats are often vindictive.  They usually do what’s in their best interest, not necessarily what’s best for the country.  Look at the Democrats’ actions. There’s too much talk of impeachment, not enough evidence of crime.   Might that cause “irreparable” harm too?]

One can see in this example how the Democrats distort words and events with the help of media consultants. Sometimes they use “public relations” firms. Do you know the origin of the term public relations? It’s in Bernays’ book about propaganda. Did “propaganda” fail early, forcing him to rename it “public relations?”  Maybe the term “propaganda” failed because Hitler’s administrative man Joseph Goebbels had the title Minister of Propaganda?

Let’s dig deeper to see what Edward Bernays and “Propaganda” was about in the 1920s. Here’s a discussion about him:

Edward Bernays, … decided to attempt to eliminate the social taboo against women smoking in public. He gained advice from psychoanalyst A. A. Brill, who stated that it was normal for women to smoke because of oral fixation and said, ‘Today the emancipation of women has suppressed many of their feminine desires.  … Cigarettes, which are equated with men, become torches of freedom.’ In 1929 Bernays decided to pay women to smoke their ‘torches of freedom’ as they walked in the Easter Sunday Parade in New York. This was a shock because until that time, women were only permitted to smoke in certain places such as in the privacy of their own homes.

Another article:

He was also responsible for making bacon a staple of the American breakfast diet.  When the pork industry needed to find a way to expand the market for their product, they went to Bernays.  He fashioned the narrative that bacon and eggs for breakfast was the right way to provide for your loved ones in the morning in preparation for a full day of work.  Today bacon and eggs is a staple of breakfast menus throughout the United States.

What was in his book? Here’s is the text of the book’s summary from Wikipedia entry Propaganda (book)

Chapters one through six address the complex relationship between human psychologydemocracy, and corporations. Bernays’ thesis is that “invisible” people who create knowledge and propaganda rule over the masses, with a monopoly on the power to shape thoughts, values, and citizen response.[4] “Engineering consent” of the masses would be vital for the survival of democracy.[5] Bernays explains:

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.”[6]

Bernays expands this argument to the economic realm, appreciating the positive impact of propaganda in the service of capitalism.[7]

“A single factory, potentially capable of supplying a whole continent with its particular product, cannot afford to wait until the public asks for its product; it must maintain constant touch, through advertising and propaganda, with the vast public in order to assure itself the continuous demand which alone will make its costly plant profitable.”[8]

Bernays places great importance on the ability of a propaganda producer, as he views himself, to unlock the motives behind an individual’s desires, not simply the reason an individual might offer. He argues, “Man’s thoughts and actions are compensatory substitutes for desires which he has been obliged to suppress.”[9] Bernays suggests that propaganda may become increasingly effective and influential through the discovery of audiences’ hidden motives. He asserts that the emotional response inherently present in propaganda limits the audience’s choices by creating a binary mentality, which can result in quicker, more enthused responses.[10] The final five chapters largely reiterate the concepts voiced earlier in the book and provide case studies for how to use propaganda to effectively advance women’s rightseducation, and social services.[11]

Bernays’ book has a dark element to it. Propaganda uses psychology to form a weapon that can force people to act against their morals or best interests. It’s the use of psychology and psychiatry. Psychiatry? It was hardly a science then, but Bernays was exposed to the next best thing.  Bernays was Sigmund Freud’s nephew.

Mind control comes to us courtesy of Bernays and  Freud. To put his statement in simple terms, Bernays has pioneered a tool for the invisible government to control democracies. Scary.

Thank God we live in a Constitutional Republic with the Electoral College.  Let’s hope we can keep it.

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