Folks say I am cynical and paranoid, and I say they just don’t know the truth about modern propaganda designed to control what they think. Today I share part one of an amazing work by Alex Carey, an Australian Professor who showed how big business used the insights of Sigmund Freud to manipulste public opinion. Including yours!
Noam Chomsky dedicated his book “Manufacturing Consent” to the memory of Alex Carey because Alex Carey wrote that the people of the US have been subjected to an unparalleled, expensive, 3/4 century long propaganda effort designed to expand corporate rights by undermining democracy and destroying the unions. The 20th century, he wrote, is marked by three historic developments: the growth of democracy via the expansion of the franchise, the growth of corporations, and the growth of propaganda to protect corporations from democracy. Carey’s unique view of US history goes back to World War I and ends with the Reagan era.
Chomsky says that the Australian sociologist would have written the definitive history of propaganda in the US, had he lived to complete his work. This is a fairly complex production with many voices, historic sound clips, and source material. The program has been used by writers and students of history and propaganda. Alex Carey: Taking the Risk out of Democracy, Corporate Propaganda VS Freedom and Liberty with a foreword by Noam Chomsky was published by the University of Illinois Press in 1995.