VIDEO The Century of the Self: Happiness Machines By Ahni Jul 12, 2008 6 Comments
Happiness Machines is the first of four episodes from "The Century of the Self," a 2002 Documentary
that examines "the rise of the all-consuming self against the backdrop of the Freud dynasty," or as Director Adam
Curtis puts it, "how those in power have used Freud's theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass
In "Happiness Machines,"
Curtis focuses on Sigmund Freud's American nephew, Edward Bernays, "the father of the public relations industry."
Bernays was the first to use Freud's theories to manipulate the masses.
In fact, Bernays argued that such manipulation was necessary in a democratic society. Wikipedia quotes from
his book, Propaganda (1928):
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.
course it's nonsense --- however, Bernays had no difficulty making his theory a working part of American life; most importantly,
the film notes, through "showing American corporations how they could make people want things they didn't need by systematically
linking mass-produced goods to their unconscious desires."
to Wikipedia, some of his 'feats' included:
In the 1920s,
working for the American Tobacco Company, he sent a group of young models to march in the New York City parade. He then told
the press that a group of women's rights marchers would light "Torches of Freedom." Bernays once engineered
a "pancake breakfast" with vaudevillians for Calvin Coolidge in what is widely considered one of the first overt
media acts for a president. Bernays used his uncle Sigmund Freud's ideas to help convince the public, among other things,
that bacon and eggs was the true all-American breakfast. In October 1929, Bernays was involved in promoting "Light's
Golden Jubilee." The event, which spanned across several major cities in the U.S., was designed to celebrate the 50th
anniversary of Thomas Edison's invention of the light-bulb (note: the light-bulb was in fact invented by Joseph Swan). Bernays helped the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) and other special interest groups to convince the American public
that water fluoridation was safe and beneficial to human health. This was achieved by using the American Dental Association
in a highly successful media campaign. In the 1930s, his Dixie Cup campaign was designed to convince consumers that only
disposable cups were sanitary. Wikipedia also points out that Bernays acted on behalf of "the multinational corporation
United Fruit Company (today's Chiquita Brands International) and the U.S. government to facilitate the successful overthrow
(see Operation PBSUCCESS) of the democratically elected president of Guatemala, Jacobo Arbenz Guzman." They labeled Arbenz
a communist, as you can see here.
Alex Jones looks at some
American Propaganda Commercials
What are Sheeple? Sheeple (a portmanteau of "sheep" and "people")
is a term of disparagement, in which people are likened to sheep. It is often used to denote persons who voluntarily
acquiesce to a perceived authority or suggestion without sufficient research to understand fully the ramifications involved
in that decision, and thus undermine their own human individuality or in other cases give up certain rights. The implication
of sheeple is that as a collective, people believe or do whatever they are told, especially if told so by a perceived authority
figure believed to be trustworthy, without critically thinking about it or doing adequate research to be sure that it is an
accurate representation of the real world around them. The term is generally used in a political and sometimes in a spiritual
label seems to have originated in the United States and refers to people who tend to accept and follow everything at face
value, especially if it is cited in mainstream media. ABC,NBC,CBS,CNN,PBS all PROPAGANDA, STOP buying the B.S.. Are you
a sheeple? More on Sheeple see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheeple
The Age of Manipulation
Michael Tsarion lectures on psychic dictatorship, the mind control techniques used
by those in positions of power to deceive and enslave their populations. Although the world today has many of the militaristic
elements of Orwell's "1984", you can also see Huxley's predictions in "Brave New World" coming true, especially
in the areas of mass distraction and psychotropic drugging, so that people either have no inkling they are trapped or no desire
to break free. "Our minds are molded and our ideas suggested by men we have never heard of ... who constitute an invisible
government, the true ruling power in our country." 655-min. 3 DVD Set, Buy the DVD at toolsforfreedom.com
How Secure is Your Home? Securing your
home and protecting your family requires more than simply installing solid door locks and a security system. As people in
the Northeast discovered during the 1998 winter ice storms, crime is only one type of misfortune that can strike a family.
Jordan Maxwell honors Jason Whitney with a special twenty-minute introduction
into the esoteric foundation of words and terms frequently used in present-day society.
Jason Whitney presents a brief, yet elaborate Power Point production which offers key insight as
to how our legal system is predicated upon one thing, "commerce", and the regulation thereof, or better said, the
extraction of money "energy" from society.
of the concepts presented by both Maxwell and Whitney are essential for anyone who desires a greater understanding as to how
our out of control judicial/legal/banking systems are designed and operate in America.
Are the First Family clones?
President Barack Obama looks amazingly like Akhenaten the father of monotheism.
Michelle Obama looks amazingly like Akhenaten's mother, Queen Tiye. Akhenaten had two daughters by Nefertiti
They look amazingly like Malia and Sasha. The code names of Renegade, Renaissance, Radiance and Rosebud
correlate well with the ancient depiction of the Royal Family.
We Are Change is a peaceful organization that does not discriminate in any way. We
are tolerant of all regardless of racial, religious, ethnic or sexual orientation (even though the SPLC still groups us with
neo-nazis). We denounce any individual or group that would speak in our name and that would not adhere to these precepts.
Anyone violating these principles will be asked by the group to leave permanently as a destructive individual working against
the goals that We Are Change is striving to achieve. As a nation and world in crisis and a realization that time is not on
our side, there will be no tolerance for anything other than an effort to preserve national sovereignty and to seek truth
and justice for all through non-violent policies based on open government, public awareness, compassion, kindness and a commitment
to Constitutional law.
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sincerely believe that banking institutions are more dangerous than standing armies..." Thomas Jefferson
society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security
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