Edward Bernays, American PR Terrorist

Edward Bernays and the Assassination of Democracy

In 2002, Adam Curtis and the BBC released a four-part series called "The Century of the Self."

The series tracks how American elites have aggressively used the modern behavioral sciences to persuade, coerce and manipulate the American public into accepting the corporate-government world's version of events as their own.

This seven-minute video which I call "The Assassin of Democracy" focuses on one of the most skillful and amoral expert of all the experts in mass manipulation, Edward Bernays. Bernays got his first taste of the power of propaganda during World War I. He advised US presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Einsehower and served numerous corporations and business associations. One of his biggest fans was Hitler's propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, a fact about which Bernays bragged proudly.

In this clip, we see a pattern that Bernays used over and over again: turn a harmless entity into a fearsome enemy through lies and manufactured news items. Then use the "threat" to justify attack. The subject of this video is Bernays campaign against the democratically elected government of Guatemala in 1953, but you'll have no trouble seeing that this very same method is being used today.

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I highly recommend watching "The Century of Self" because it sheds light on the birth of mass propaganda methods.

Bernays' (nephew of Sigmund Freud) first mass public marketing "experiment" was in collusion with a cigarette company to get more women to smoke. Up until that time, female's smoking was taboo from the male establishment. An event was staged where debutantes were attacked (or arrested I can't recall at the moment) for lighting up, which was framed as a rebel independent against authority, lighting up their 'Torches of Freedom'.

This movie helps me to understand the psychological roots of my mother's lifelong cigarette addiction. Now dying from lung cancer, my mother is but one victim of an amoral marketing campaign hatched by Freud's nephew. Apparently Freud did not install ethics in his budding nephew.

Jan Hoyer

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Bernays, at the behest of the US Public Health Service, sold fluoridation to the US public. The following links are touting THE FLOURIDE DECEPTION by investigative reporter Christopher Bryson. The Government learned its lesson: propaganda works. And they use "trusted" emissaries for their message. Think of that in the context of pediatricians giving kids vaccines that are causing autism, the MDs at CDC disclaiming a link and the manipulated science that says it is all genetic. Think of it in the context of 911.


"But it's hard to dismiss Bryson's meticulously footnoted facts, verbatim excerpts from once-secret documents, and direct quotes from EDWARD L. BERNAYS, the nephew of Sigmund Freud and the most influential public relations master of the twentieth century, who admitted to his role in engineering the push for nationwide fluoridation. Bryson visited Bernays at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1993, just one year before he died at the age of 103. Selling fluoride was nothing -- mere child's play, Bernays told Bryson. " 'You can get practically any idea accepted,' Bernays told me.... 'If doctors are in favor, the public is willing to accept it, because a doctor is an authority to most people, regardless of how much he knows, or doesn't know.' "

The book [THE FLUORIDE DECEPTION by Christopher Bryson] is filled with examples of collusion among government officials, industry bigwigs, and the dentistry establishment to suppress information on fluoride's toxic effects while bolstering scientific support for its use as a cavity cure-all.


7. In "The Fluoride Deception" you mention that no proponents of fluoride would attend the major fluoridation debates in 2001. Can you give a brief explanation as to why you think this is?

BRYSON: Fear. The emperor has no clothes. As the 2000 Nobel Prize winning scientist Arvid Carlsson states in my book:

"Fluoridation violates modern pharmacological principles."

Fluoride defenders know that they will be exposed in public discussion. Thus, the American Dental Association has long told fluoride supporters not to encourage debate. My book also reveals how the legendary public relations wizard Edward L. Bernays suggested in 1960 that the New York City Health Commissioner could suppress public debate by writing to William Paley of CBS and David Sarnoff of NBC, suggesting that debating water fluoridation is like "presenting two sides for Anti-Catholicism or Anti Semitism and therefore not in the public interest."

In his 1928 book "Propaganda," Bernays also noted "the psychological relationship of dependence of men on their physicians" and other such "opinion leaders" in society. "Those who manipulated this unseen mechanism of society," he wrote, "constitute an invisible government, which is the true ruling power of our country ... Our minds are made up, our takes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of."


"CHRISTOPHER BRYSON: Yeah. Edward Bernays is a legendary figure in the 20th century. He was Sigmund Freud’s nephew and Bernays, he was married to a feminist and he was very attune to the liberal currents in the 20th century and he was a Machiavellian genius. He is the father of public relations. He understood that you could harness that liberal sentiment for commercial gain and he had women march in 1916, he had Suffragettes march in The 1916 Easter Parade In New York City holding cigarettes as torches of liberty. He was working for the American Tobacco Company and George Hill. He was—so, my book “The Fluoride Deception,” uncovers for the first time correspondence between Bernays and the New York City Health Commissioner, Dr. Leona Baumgartner in which he says that helping out on the fluoride campaign in New York in the early 1960’s interested him because it related to problems of engineering consent. So he was the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain."

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DefCon 15 - T534 - The Science of Social Engineering

DefCon 15 at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 3-5, 2007 DefCon 15 - T534 - The Science of Social Engineering: NLP, Hypnosis and the Science of Persuasion presented by Mike Murray & Anton Chuvakin.

Watch this, understand this and you will understand yourself, and the control machine much much better.

Definetly a subject everyone should educate themselves in, if you want your mind to be free that is.

Adam Curtis Video

All these have several parts. Here is part 1

The Trap

The Power of Nightmares

The Century of the Self