Freud, Propaganda, and the Total State

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Most
people live in a fantasy world of their own creation. As first described
by Sigmund Freud in his study of psychoanalysis, each person fights
an internal emotional battle with his childhood caretakers, siblings,
perceived enemies, and society. The building blocks of this fantasy
world are powerful tools for control of a civilian population, if
you have a government that knows how to use them.

Edward
L. Bernays, nicknamed the Father of Spin, was the creator of modern
propaganda. Bernays was Sigmund Freud’s nephew, and applied Freud’s
work to the art of mass persuasion by blending advertising techniques
with an understanding of human psychology. Bernays worked for the
Committee on Public Information, otherwise known as the CPI. This
government agency was created by President Woodrow Wilson in 1917
for the purpose of mustering public support for World War One.

The
original propaganda campaign had three rules:

  1. Stress
    emotion over logic,
  2. Demonize
    the enemy, and
  3. Promise
    a war that will make the world safe for democracy.

The
U.S. invasion of Afghanistan has followed Bernays’ playbook to the
letter. We waved our flags, while the evil wife-enslaving Taliban
were destroyed by the freedom loving Northern Alliance. The CPI
is clearly still hard at work today. It has been given new life
in the War on Terror (emotion over logic), which is intended to
destroy the Evil Axis (demonize the enemy), in order to create a
safe world for our children (promise democracy). One can only guess
at the breadth and scope of the overall propaganda effort, but it
would be no stretch to assume that it employs thousands, and costs
billions.

The
February issue of Vanity Fair carries a fifteen page spread
of the President’s cabinet. Foremost in this group are The Spin
Team, who are in charge of what they call the Image Offensive. This
is a new euphamism for Propaganda. The Spin Team claims that the
offensive is an attempt to explain the conflict to the American
people in terms of economics, diplomacy, and law. In practice, they
use classic Freudian imagery of fear, hope, danger, and reward.

Employing
domestic propaganda to win wars seems to be only part of a larger
agenda. The Total State continually seeks to expand its power, and
does so by encouraging citizens to view the government as a benevolent
parent. Elected officials are presented as authority figures, rather
than public servants. Through the influence of state-controlled
media, we begin to view politicians as our own internalized caretakers.
In other words, we grant them parental authority.

As
further evidence, witness the rise of personality journalism. When
reporting on government affairs, the media now excludes substantive
debate. Instead, journalists depend on human interest. We watch
the President give a speech, and then listen as the commentators
note how strong he looked, and determined, and handsome. There is
no reason to discuss the merits of his plan. Note also that the
President has much more gray hair since the events of September
11. During his State of the Union, the President was strategically
placed in front of a group of admiring young men. He is being groomed
to serve as a patriarch, or should democracy fail completely, a
Monarch.

Even
the titles of our so-called leaders have changed to reflect the
new order. We now have a Commander of Homeland Security, a Commander
in Chief, and a Drug Czar. Authority figures, all of them.

In
his 1982 book The
Ominous Parallels
, Leonard Peikoff, protégé
of the famous Objectivist Ayn Rand, describes the evolution of the
Total State and the doctrine of Statism. He says modern Western
culture is in a state of philosophical bankruptcy. The Total State
uses this bankruptcy to pursue three goals: the worship of unreason,
the demand for self-sacrifice, and the elevation of society or the
state above the individual. These are the same goals that were pursued
by Germany during World War Two. They called it National Socialism.

National
Socialism is a blend of Marxism and Imperialism, which together
form the basis of the Total State. Following are a description of
each, by Darren Perkins:

Marxism
is the basis of the governmental system of Socialism. Socialism
applies the moral code of humanism, where science is man’s ultimate
source of wisdom and knowledge. Man is held in restraint by The
State that compels and restricts the individual to work for the
common good of society.

Imperialism
is the basis of the governmental system of Corpratism: Corpratism
applies the moral code of materialism, with an opportunity to conquer
and subjugate, to feed ones indulgence in a system of privilege
and class rank. What makes sense gives way to what is possible.
Based on the governing principle of supreme dominion, license to
participate in the system comes from the Imperial Head and his ruling
elite.

The
objectives of the Total State are twofold. The first is to formalize
the rank and privilege of this ruling elite. The second is to eliminate
dissent. National Socialism allows the Total State to achieve both
objectives. Under the ruse of civic engagement, the wealthy elite
dominate the political process through soft-money campaign contributions.
This ensures complete political power, and freedom from tax or disclosure
obligations. By some estimates, this group has moved trillions of
US dollars into hidden offshore bank accounts. This money will never
be taxed or acknowledged, yet it controls our government.

The
second objective, to eliminate dissent, is even easier. Our Marxist
university system, which is government subsidized, has defined a
narrow set of parameters that qualify as acceptable speech. To engage
in dialogue outside those parameters is to risk be charged as a
racist, sexist, homophobe, xenophobe, or anti-Semite. Such charges
often carry with them the status of hate crime, which is punishable
by imprisonment. Citizens who challenge government policy directly
may also face the charge of sedition. To quote the President: Either
you are with us, or you are with the Terrorists.

There
are many examples of how the state elevates itself above the individual.
A recent Executive Branch proposal calls for two years of compulsory
civil service for all youth. Claims upon personal income now reflect
an appalling tax burden of 50%, which is actually closer to 60%,
if you factor inflation. An 85% tax rate by the year 2015 is entirely
possible. Property taxes continue to rise and outright land confiscation
takes place under the thin pretense of environmental concern. This
is happening now in Klamath Basin, and happened under Clinton when
he signed an executive order that made a federal monument out of
1.7 million acres of Utah, an area the size of Delaware.

The
greatest danger of Statism lies in the fact that it usurps parental
authority in order to train young minds in obedience to the state,
which it falsely champions as patriotism. Statism demands unthinking
loyalty, which is sold by the media and taught by the public schools.
Ultimately it robs each citizen of his most important asset: the
ability to reason.

Evidence
abounds that our youth are in fact losing this faculty. There has
been a steady recorded downward trend in the basic skills, knowledge,
and analytical powers of our nation’s students. Critical thinking
skills that used to foster debate within the classroom have been
replaced with dogma, every student is keenly aware of the taboo
subjects that must be avoided. The Scholastic Aptitude Test has
been made easier to keep scores from dropping, and 75% of California
high school students cannot pass their exit exams, a reflection
of a growing nationwide trend.

Thus,
the victory of the Total State is complete. The true beneficiaries,
the Elite and its attendant classes, will continue to employ Edward
Bernays’ methods. The American people will be propagandized and
taxed until they are reduced to virtual slavery.

It
is a myth that Einstein created the most dangerous technology of
the twentieth century when he helped split the atom. The technology
created by Freud is much more dangerous. Einstein’s bombs can frighten
and occasionally kill, but Bernays’ propaganda, combined with the
rigid controls of National Socialism, allows the Total State to
hold hundreds of millions of people hostage in an invisible prison.

February
8, 2002

Ron
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