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  •  I'm struck by how similar the Bernays quote is (5+ / 0-)

    to many of Goebbles about the same topic:  control of popular opinion by propaganda.   Every major religious-ethical tradition suggests that malignant means will corrupt even the most benign of ends.   As Chomsky, Stone, Vidal
    et al. have long noted, Wilson and Bernays initiated a form of soft totalitarianism* that the oligarchy sees as necessary for the expansion and maintenance of empire.  It's no co-incidence that PBO has reverted to Wilson's 1917 espionage law to suppress whistle-blowers who try to make his overseas campaign of terrorism  more transparent.  

            *Of course, it wasn't so soft for Debs et al., but the oligarchy learned quickly to titrate its overt repression more effectively, especially after McCarthy.  

    "If you don't read the newspapers, you're uninformed. If you do read the newspapers, you're misinformed." -- M. Twain

    by Oliver St John Gogarty on Sun May 12, 2013 at 07:48:23 AM PDT

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