Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Freud-Bernays Effect: Rockefeller and Bernays were the social engineers of America.

Sigmund Freud is the Austrian neurologist who came up with "Psychoanalysis." In the late 1800's and into the early 1900's, he developed theories about the unconscious mind and the mechanism of repression. Repression is defined as "the psychological attempt by an individual to repel one's own desires and impulses towards pleasurable instincts by excluding the desire from one's consciousness and holding or subduing it in the unconscious." Freud thought humans were irrational and out-out-control, naturally. Freud believed that all human beings are driven by primitive, animal instincts and the job of society was to repress and control these claimed dangerous unconscious forces. Freud's daughter Anna, continued her father's pursuit of explaining to the mass, that our minds have been compromised and we are not to trust these irrational and immoral thoughts. Freud was depressed, had a cocaine addiction for awhile during the creation of most of his theories, smoked cigarettes and cigars, and fantasized about his mother?! So he clearly was a victim of his culture/environment while implementing key ideas of psychology. In the 1900's mainstream society bought into the idea of "dangerous and vulnerable" unconscious mind and waited for the guiding hand to steer them in the right direction......
Then, in 1919 Edward Bernays began his unfortunate legacy of Public Relations. Bernays was a Jewish, Austrian-American and was the father of PR and Propaganda. He worked with President Woodrow Wilson and started his War Propaganda campaigns early in his career. He then began to strategically implement his uncle's psychoanalysis sentiments as he felt manipulation was necessary in society, which he regarded as irrational and dangerous as a result of a 'herd instinct.' Adam Curtis's award-winning 2002 documentary from BBC, The Century of the Self, pinpoints Bernays as the originator of modern public relations, and Bernays was named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine. At one point in history, suppliers of goods were worried they were manufacturing too many things for people to buy. The mentality towards consumerism and the economy in the early 1900's was that of necessity, and not wants and desires. Bernays worked rigorously to establish a new way consumerism which revolved around desires and self-image. He manipulated Freud's psychoanalytical theory and turned it into the engine for people to express a new form of "happiness."
This quote kind of wraps it all up for Bernays:
"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. ...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind." -From Edward Bernay's book, Propaganda

In my opinion it is quite obvious why this culture in decline is occurring. This foundation of a consumer-based society where the products you buy express who you are as an individual is the death of us all. Advertising, PR, Consumerism and the Corporatocracy are the only reason the monetary system has not collapsed yet. We need these institutions to stop manipulating the people into a make-believe fantasy life that caters to ONLY the elitists, politicians and the like. This viscous, self-predicated approach to life is literally fueling competition, pollution, unemployment, profit, power and A KID EXECUTING 20 6 YEAR OLDS AND HIS OWN MOTHER.
The other day I was telling some friends and family about how our media and policy-makers never focus on the real issue at heart regarding these school shootings. I felt that all the Government would do about this Connecticut tragedy is add more metal detectors in schools and beef up the police presence. And then BOOM! look what I stumbled across when  flipping through the channels:

More military presence, at schools. Perfect. We really need to wake up. It's way past due to transition to a smarter way of life. The degenerate psychopaths in charge don't want us to escape this constraint and thrive, but our evolution demands freedom.
Here is the 3-part series of The Century of the Self  This documentary will blow your socks off ....
The Century Of Self: Happiness Machines (Episode1) from Roses of Time on Vimeo.

Solution: "Time For Change"

Meet the new revolutionaries of the Do-It-Yourself cultures in Barcelona, Tallin and Jakarta. They are modern day heroes. They do not wait for political parties or institutions to change their world; they simply do it themselves, by creating new local currencies, by working in social networks or by simply robbing the banks and redistributing their money.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Prophets of Doom

6 futurists in a circle. Wow.
The 3 best documentaries I have seen thus far are Zeitgeist, Surviving Progress and Prophets of Doom.