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  • Brian shared from Propaganda by Edward Bernays, Mark Crispin Miller
    "We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of." These "invisible governors" are a heroic elite, who coolly keep it all together, thereby "organizing chaos," as God did in the Beginning. "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."
  • Brian shared from Propaganda by Edward Bernays, Mark Crispin Miller
    Lippmann had arrived at the bleak view that "the democratic El Dorado" is impossible in modern mass society, whose members-by and large incapable of lucid thought or clear perception, driven by herd instincts and mere prejudice, and frequently disoriented by external stimuli-were not equipped to make decisions or engage in rational discourse. "Democracy" therefore requires a supra-governmental body of detached professionals to sift the data, think things through, and keep the national enterprise from blowing up or crashing to a halt.
  • Brian shared from Propaganda by Edward Bernays, Mark Crispin Miller
    their revolutionary "science" would do far more than make some people richer. Just as during the war, propaganda would at once exalt the nation and advance the civilizing process, teaching immigrants and other folks of modest means how to transform themselves, through smart consumption, into happy and presentable Americans.
  • Brian shared from Propaganda by Edward Bernays, Mark Crispin Miller
    The great Allied campaign to celebrate (or sell) Democracy, etc., was a venture so successful, and, it seemed, so noble, that it suddenly legitimized such propagandists, who, once the war had ended, went right to work massaging or exciting various publics on behalf of entities like General Motors, Procter & Gamble, John D. Rockefeller, General Electric.
  • Brian shared from Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Ala Notable Books for Adults) by Scott Anderson
    He is a very unusual type, and a man whom I feel quite sure you would approve of and like.… I may add that he is extremely indifferent to what he eats or how he lives.