Post-WWII fallout, and a realization that beneath the surface we are all “irrational and violent drones” – How this emerging Freudian view shaped American public policy (along with corporate strategy) regarding a neccessity to sheppard the masses into desired compliant, orderly and consumptive behavior,… and the birth of public relations.
My own toughts:
I could see where in the heady post-WWII era that top-down and unified schemes for managing the public psyche were hatched, and elites of the time rationalized this as for the good. All they had to do was point to the Nazis as examples of what we needed to help people avoid falling into. Of course it wasn’t so much about stamping out the evils of fear and desire but instead redirecting these emotions into something more useful. These grand schemes would have seemed to have broken down early, but the monster had been created, and the practice of managing fears and desires to institute control and predictable and profitable results had grown more sophisticated (and proven) than ever.
As disciples learn and perfect the tactics and techniques of tweaking the masses (to want what the elites want them to want) this begins to play out on increasingly diverse and competing fronts as many individuals and groups learn the game and seek to benefit. Now, there is a multitude of programs for getting into the heads of the masses. Despite what goes on at Davos, there appears to be no unified attempt to control what the masses think. Though there is much in common amongst many of the constant jabs of the thousand-prong mind attack.
Each individual mind-control practitioner, taught in the constantly perfected and statistically valid techniques of steering the emotions of irrational monkey brains, does so for short term personal gain, whereas wave after wave of eager next-generation opportunists pick up the ball and carry it forward again for their own gain. Political and corporate elites hit us hard with the most sophisticated mindfuck techniques in competition with each other. Cheap imitations also abound and some even work on the biggest suckers.
Our minds have been assaulted so well, by so many well-funded pros, that we may have in effect become entirely malleable super-irrational retard beings.
This too will pass one day and people can go back to being our normal irrational selves with a touch of practical insight and know-how regarding the more earthy necessities of day-to-day life. When grampa can do more than cry, but actually give you some good life-lesson advice about what’s really important.
Well thats me really going out on a limb with a gut reaction after watching 20 minutes of a four-hour documentary. Full of holes no doubt. Perhaps I’ll watch more of it to see how the story really goes. If I can just surpress my emotions long enough to sit through it.