Control: Mass Deception

“I think the subject which will be of most importance politically is mass psychology… Its importance has been enormously increased by the growth of modern methods of propaganda. Of these the most influential is what is called ‘education.’ Religion plays a part, though a diminishing one; the press, the cinema, and the radio play an increasing part… It may be hoped that in time anybody will be able to persuade anybody of anything if he can catch the patient young and is provided by the State with money and equipment. … Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for a generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen.” —Bertrand Russell

[T]he broad masses of a nation…more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying. These people know only too well how to use falsehood for the basest purposes.” —Adolf Hitler

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 molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. … If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it? The recent practice of propaganda has proved that it is possible.” —Edward Bernays

“Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. …the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.” —Hermann Göring

When you try to look honestly at your own society—its history, its actions, and so on—you are facing a massive deluge of propaganda and indoctrination that is trying to create a delusionary picture. … As the first principle of the foundation of government, [David Hume] pointed out that power is actually—in any society, he said—power is in the hands of those who are governed. They don’t know it, but power is actually in their hands. And therefore, to maintain authority, it is necessary to impose consent: it is necessary to compel the general population to consent to the authority of the masters.” —Noam Chomsky


Establishment education and media have become tools that sociopaths use to mentally control us.[1]+ Through their engineered, sophisticated, yet subtle system, our knowledge, psychology, and values are not only manipulated, but managed.

The federal government unconstitutionally interferes with mass education: not for the unrestrained betterment of each student during his or her formative years—but for his or her subjugation.[2]+ Rewarded as success are obedience, informational regurgitation, and procedural replication. At the same time, discouraged as irrelevant are independence, penetrating insights, and critical thinking.[3]+ History is altered to fit the sociopaths’ agenda.[4]+ And to further instill subservience, many subjects are almost never covered in any honest and substantive way: the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, civics, money creation, and governmental and corporate corruption.[5]+

Furthermore, the government has given a cartel of sociopathic corporations control over the vast majority of mass media.[6]+ Establishment media, accordingly, portrays sociopathically approved views; other views are ignored, misrepresented, and attacked.[7]+ To mold and distract us, it constantly reverberates with messages of misinformation, superficiality, triviality, competition, sex, and violence.[8]+ The government even covertly infiltrates establishment media with its own agents, money, and propaganda—violating the very premise of our democratic processes.[9]+ Although there are bastions of a free press—most notably, Infowars (mass truth), Webster Tarpley (top analyst), Rock Creek Free Press (independent newspaper), CRYPTOME (prohibited documents), and the International Forecaster (financial newsletter)—they are simply overwhelmed by establishment media.[10]+

Set up by establishment education and lied to through establishment media,[11]+ the vast majority of us falsely believed (and many still believe)—to illustrate in one area—that Saddam Hussein had “bulletproof” links to Al-Qaeda;[12]+ that he “sought significant quantities of uranium”;[13]+ that he had “weapons of mass destruction”;[14]+ and that “the smoking gun…could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.[15]+ We have become suckers.[16]+ By deciding who and what is and isn’t presented, the sociopaths have socialized us to a misrepresentation not only of our history and our situation—but, more importantly, of ourselves.[17]+ We have been misled, for example, to be deferent to the establishment yet skeptical of ourselves: an almost hopeless psychological trap of mass-brainwashing proportions.[18]+

To control us psychologically, standard techniques are employed.[19]+ Extremely effective when confidence is gained—when people do not verify evidence, research, or reasoning—is, quite simply, deception: such as misrepresentation, rationalization, and equivocation.[20]+ The exposure of distressing truths can also be minimized using distraction, delay, and derision. To sophisticate deception, disinformation is strategically combined with truth.[21]+ Consider, for example, the Left-Right (or the Liberal-Conservative or the Democrat-Republican) paradigm. With divisive combinations of half-truths and hot-button issues, each side idealizes itself while demonizing the other. The people caught in these paradigms are thus divided—and easily conquered.

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[1] Note: When a person first realizes that the establishment systematically deceives the people, it is considered to be his or her wake-up moment.
[2] Report: James Osborne, “Tenth Amendment Movement Aims to Give Power Back to the States,” Fox News Network, May 26, 2009,
Note: Using taxpayer money to subvert states’ rights is a fraudulent circumvention of the Tenth Amendment and, hence, unconstitutional: George Washington et al., The Constitution of the United States, Constitutional Convention, September 17, 1787,
Report: “No Bush Left Behind: When You’re Barred From Banking, Why Not Bank on Education?,” Democracy Now!, March 12, 2004,
Book: John Taylor Gatto, The Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher’s Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling (New York: Oxford Village Press, 2000) [free online version].
Book: Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America: A Chronological Paper Trail (Ravenna: Conscience Press, 1999) [free online version].
Lecture: Peg Luksik, “Who Controls Our Children?,” The Pennsylvania Parents Commission, August 3, 1992,
Lecture: Norman Dodd, “The Hidden Agenda”, 1982,
[3] Book: John Taylor Gatto, Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling (Gabriola Island: New Society Publishers, 2008).
Book: Neil Postman, The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School (New York: Vintage Books, 1996).
[4] Book: James W. Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (New York: New Press, 2008).
Book: Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present (New York: HarperCollins, 2005).
Lecture: Noam Chomsky, “Forgotten History,” March 29, 2005,
Lecture: Ward Churchill, “On Perpetual War, State Sponsored Terrorism, and the Limits of Academic Dissent,” 2005,
Note: As George Orwell wrote in his book Nineteen Eighty-Four, “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
[5] Book: John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling (Gabriola Island: New Society Publishers, 2002).
Lecture: Dennis Kucinich, “Impeaching Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors,” 110th Congress, April 24, 2007,
[6] Report: “Broadcast Legend Bill Moyers on Media Reform: ‘Democracy Only Works When Ordinary People Claim It as Their Own,’” Democracy Now!, June 9, 2008,
Book: Ben H. Bagdikian, The New Media Monopoly (Boston: Beacon Press, 2004).
Documentary: “Mobilizing Media Reform,” Free Press, 2004,
Note: A free press is so vital to our country that it is specifically guaranteed by the Constitution in the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…”
Note: As Thomas Jefferson said, “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”
[7] Book: Norman Solomon, War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death (Hoboken: Wiley, 2006).
Book: John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney, Tragedy & Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy (New York: New Press, 2006).
Book: Elliot D. Cohen and Bruce W. Fraser, The Last Days of Democracy: How Big Media and Power-hungry Government Are Turning America into a Dictatorship (Amherst: Prometheus Books, 2007).
Lecture: Amy Goodman, “Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan,” Iraq Veterans Against the War, 2008,
Documentary: Sut Jhally and Bathsheba Ratzkoff, “Peace, Propaganda, & the Promised Land: U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” Media Education Foundation, 2004,
Documentary: Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick, “Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media,” Necessary Illusions, 1992,
[8] Book: Neil Postman and Andrew Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (London: Penguin, 2005).
Report: “Smearcasting: How Islamophobes Spread Fear, Bigotry and Misinformation,” Democracy Now!, October 17, 2008,
Documentary: Robert Kane Pappas, “Orwell Rolls In His Grave,” Sag Harbor and Basement Pictures, 2003,
[9] Report: “Pentagon Pundits: New York Times Reporter David Barstow Wins Pulitzer Prize for Exposing Military’s Pro-War Propaganda Media Campaign,” Democracy Now!, May 8, 2009,
Report: Chris Tomlinson, “AP Impact: Pentagon Ups Public Relations Spending,” San Francisco Chronicle, February 5, 2009,
Report: Tim Arango, “World Falls for American Media, Even as It Sours on America,” New York Times, November 30, 2008,
Report: David Barstow, “One Man’s Military-Industrial-Media Complex,” New York Times, November 29, 2008,
Report: “Pentagon’s Pundits: A Look at the Defense Department’s Propaganda Program,” Democracy Now!, April 22, 2008,
Report: David Barstow, “Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand,” New York Times, April 20, 2008,
Note: As Bill Moyers said, “Democracy without honest information creates the illusion of popular consent while enhancing the power of the state and the privileged interests protected by it.”
[10] Book: Amy Goodman and David Goodman, Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back (New York: Hyperion, 2007).
Book: Kristina Borjesson, Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press (Amherst: Prometheus Books: 2004).
Note: As of 2008, the United States had a free-press ranking no better than that of Ghana, South Africa, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
[11] Book: Andras Szanto, What Orwell Didn’t Know: Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics (New York: PublicAffairs, 2007).
Book: Larry Beinhart, Fog Facts: Searching for Truth in the Land of Spin (New York: Nation Books, 2006).
Documentary: Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp, “War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death,” Media Education Foundation,, 2007.
Documentary: Sut Jhally and Jeremy Earp, “Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People,” Media Education Foundation, 2006,
Note: As Daniel Ellsberg said, “The public is lied to every day by the President, by his spokespeople, by his officers.”
[12] Report: Eric Schmitt, “Threats and Responses: Intelligence; Rumsfeld Says U.S. Has ‘Bulletproof’ Evidence of Iraq’s Links to Al Qaeda,” New York Times, September 28, 2002,
Lecture: George W. Bush, “Press Conference by the President,” Office of the Press Secretary, August 21, 2006,, “What did Iraq have to do with what? [The attack on the World Trade Center.] Nothing, except for it’s part of—and nobody has ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack.”, a video excerpt can be viewed at
Note: See
[13] Lecture: Condoleeza Rice, “Press Gaggle with Ari Fleischer and Dr. Condoleeza Rice,” Office of the Press Secretary, July 11, 2003,, “What we’ve said subsequently is, knowing what we now know, that some of the Niger documents were apparently forged…”.
Lecture: George W. Bush, “President Delivers ‘State of the Union,’” Office of the Press Secretary, January 28, 2003,
Note: See
[14] Lecture: George W. Bush, “President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom Participate in Joint Press Availability,” Office of the Press Secretary, May 25, 2006,, George W. Bush: “We did not find the weapons of mass destruction…”.
Lecture: George W. Bush, “President George Bush Discusses Iraq in National Press Conference,” Office of the Press Secretary, March 6, 2003,
Note: See
[15] Lecture: George W. Bush, “President Bush Outlines Iraqi Threat,” Office of the Press Secretary, October 7, 2002,
[16] Book: John W. Dean, Conservatives Without Conscience (New York: Viking Press, 2006).
Book: Edward Bernays, Propaganda (New York: Horace Liveright, 1928) [free online version].
Note: As Bertrand Russell wrote, “Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.”
[17] Book: Project Censored et al. (eds.), Censored 2009: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007-08 (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2008).
Book: Peter Phillips (ed.) and Project Censored, Censored 2008: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2006-07 (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2007).
Note: As Dan Rather said, “You are entitled to news media as diverse and varied as the American people and that you deserve a press that provides the raw material of democracy, the good information that Americans need to be full participants in our government of, by, and for the people.”
Report: “So Wrong for So Long: Greg Mitchell on How the Press, the Pundits—and the President—Failed on Iraq,” Democracy Now!, March 24, 2008,
Lecture: Gore Vidal, “The State of Television News and Democracy,” Real News Network, 2007,
Lecture: Amy Goodman, “Fomenting Democracy: Independent Media In a Time of War and Elections,” University of California Television, November 20, 2003,
[18] Book: Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (New York: Pantheon Books, 2002).
Documentary: “The Big Idea: Noam Chomsky,” BBC, 1996,
Note: For an intriguing example, consider the concept of a conspiracy (which is just an agreement between people to do something wrong or illegal) theory (which should be judged on its evidence). Most Americans, if exposed to a “conspiracy theory,” will instantaneously or categorically deny or deride it, rather than seriously consider it. Given that conspiracy is an everyday fact of life (ask any police investigator or prosecutor)—as illustrated by bribery, common-law conspiracy (to rob a bank or to murder, for example), obstruction of justice, and anti-trust—this is a telling statement about the effects of brainwashing. (The next question to ask, of course, is why people have such psychological bulwarks: whose interest would it be in.)
[19] Note: In the military, such techniques are called psyops—that is, psychological operations.
[20] Documentary: Alex Jones, “The Obama Deception,” Alex Jones Productions, 2009,
[21] Note: Intelligence agencies call this technique limited hangout.

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Updated on December 6th, 2013