Rule from the Shadows: The Psychology of Power

Rule from the Shadows: The Psychology of Power

2014, Psychology  -   97 Comments
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The pursuit for dominance is the primary propellant of history, always has been, always will be. Those who don't identify this assumption are not excused in the grand chess game, but instead are displaced and exploited by forces they do not comprehend.

From the aspect of those who rule the board it is unmistakably desirable to have a populace of unaware pawns than it is to have a bunch of adversaries who can escalate an effective battle. To that end it has always been preferable for the rulers to build up illusions which conceal the true nature of the game.

Walter Lippmann explained the "manufacture of consent" as an innovation in the usage of democracy. Basically it's a method of domination, and he said this was beneficial and essential because the prevailing interests, the accepted concerns of the population elude the public. Lippmann wasn't theorizing, nor was he explaining anomaly that he had observed from far away, he was part of that particular class and he directly affected the evolution of this new method of control.

So what was this new method that Lippmann was alluding to? The answer to that inquiry takes us back to the dawn of World War I. In 1917 Woodrow Wilson assembled the Committee on Public Information, also known as the CPI. It was a disinformation bureau and its goal was to boost war approval among the American people. The CPI, controlled by a man named George Creel, was known for its vulgar approach, blatant overstatements and outright deceptions.

However one representative of the CPI, Edward Bernays, had a much more sophisticated approach. Instead of using nonintellectual tactics Bernays analyzed the psychology of the American people, then according to his scrutiny he conceived a campaign to advocate the idea that America's function in the war was to: "make the world safe for democracy."

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97 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Solatle

    This devil Bernays is responsible for deaths of millions of women from cigarette smoking.

  2. Philipi

    So why is part 2 neither here nor on YouTube?

    1. Cairn

      My exact sentiments

  3. Cyndy

    "Torches of Freedom" at the " Easter " parade. What better way for a Zionist Jew to give the middle finger to Christians .

  4. Hashmi

    Nice documentary very informatic just watched it if I watched it before I could understand the world politics and Military complex early those books they mentioned are worth a look at least we could understand what is actually going on I am in Dubai and open to discuss with any. God bless every human and this world.

    1. PinkCloud

      I will after I watch!

    2. Brandon Wells

      Dubai! what's up my brother? MR B.WELLS HERE !

  5. Lesya Miami

    I’m happy because I get the car without extra insurance or anything else.

    1. Focusina

      Being a user of others makes you happy? You don't sound all that far removed from the subject of this docu.

      It would seem wise for the mostly decent people of the world to recognize the users and the power hungry of the world. To stop enabling them. Keep them extra busy breaking rocks, sweeping the dust off of dirt roads, soaking up radiation at a blown reactor, or some such endeavor.

  6. Geo

    The only thing I didn't like about this documentary was their recommendation to use the propaganda techniques against the big bad boys causing us problems around the world for their benefit (money and power). Propaganda = Lies. Using their propaganda techniques would make you as rotten as them.

    The truth is the correct thing to use against your enemies. Identifying and Explaining it better than it typically has been, would be the way to go. Once you are caught in a lie, you will lose the support of the good people you hope to enlist to help fight the enslavers, the money and power grabbers.

    1. The Man Shouting in the Desert

      i hate to be the bearer of bad news but "we" are already as "rotten" as them. You see, perhaps it never happened to you to be discriminated and bullied because you are neurodiverse. If it had happened then you would know that "the innocent people" are not so innocent at all. As a matter of fact they are monsters and those whom they support in politics, economics, media are just the mirror of the people. i have seen the evil that lurks among the people and it is no less despicable because it is being made just for negative feelings and to vent anger and frustration. People have the habit of considering anything they singularly do as innocent and legit because it seems not to amount to much respect to what so-called "powers" do, but collectively it does much damage. And regarding power of influence, the masses are the real tyrants: no power in fact would ever do anything or say anything that their electorate does not want to do or hear, secretly, under the mask of innocence that the masses wear everyday. People do not buy because they are forced, they buy because that is more comfortable than farming or hunting and the best the product is, the more they can show off to other people how rich, and therefore sexually desirable, they are. Powerful people exploit this instinct to make money but it is not that they invented it. Same happens for racism etc: we want the world to be adapted to our needs rather than the opposite, we are afraid of change and therefore fight back whatever novelty doesn't fit our vision of the world, accepting it only if it tickles our curiosity but it is safe enough not to jeopardize our vision. And since no two people's vision is alike, conflict happens, which is again exploited by the "baddies" to obtain power, but again they did not invent it. And what do we do? the same thing all over again: kill the bad, everything will be magically good! except it won't cause the very root of all evil is US. until the day we start changing ourselves, until the day we are at least aware that we have to, there is no chance anything will ever change.

  7. DustUp

    Excellent info for those unaware. Amazed at all the whiner comments more concerned about the style or "sound of his voice" (which was fine) than with content. @Potty nails them quite well.

    @D. Stehr: Did you actually watch? Nothing but references and clips from the horses mouth. The documentary's organization was listed at the end. Did you go to their website?

    @Peter Mullen: "Use the techniques , "absolutely" to fight (corporate right wing fascism ). Just be sure you correctly identify your enemies." Do you have some filter that screens out all the corporate Left Wing Fascism ...all the lies by left wing in the govt and media? Agreed, by all means make sure you "correctly identify your enemies". The Powers That Be (PTB) have corrupted and infected both sides, if not from the beginning, shortly thereafter. Years of media Propaganda and years of govt school indoctrination is when you think your side are the good guys, no matter which side you are on.

    Until people become independent of the major political parties and turn off the boob tube will the people regain rule over themselves.

    @XENO: Agreed on people seem to deserve what they get, especially when they refuse to lift a finger to help themselves; which causes them to get what they don't want, whether they deserve it or not.

    Che Guevara, MLK, MalcolmX, and anyone similar haven't realized that the Powers That Be don't like such types which publicly challenge them. Further, what is more effective in raising up the people or any group? Talk? I submit to anyone that Che would still be alive and well and have had a much greater impact than talking, had he been able to get his people and anyone else who agreed, to chip in to BUY LAND in a worker owned company which they could grow and sell their own products. That is putting your money where your mouth is. Yeah it would be more difficult than talking. Change yourself first. If you don't like how things are run, compete.

    Same for MLK and the rest. If you want better conditions for your group, MAKE them better by starting businesses which supply what your group needs, what everybody needs. That will hire people from your group. That is how you gain respect and power and better your situation.

    All of MLK's followers, what would happen if they chipped in to buy a few buses and cabs in a city to take people where they needed to go and not have to "sit at the back of the bus." You don't need to act like victims and demand things. You gain respect when you are an economic force. When you are helping yourself, you are less needy, you gain respect.

    On such a black owned bus, rather than being like those they disliked (prejudiced whitey) when an unknowing white person sees a bus going where they wanted to go, and steps on board, they are welcomed like any good customer and told to sit where ever they like but that seat right here means you won't have far to walk. When the service is good more will use it. When everyone understands that whiteys money will help you expand faster and hire more of your group, and to treat all how you want to be treated. You may have to add more buses, especially if the price is half that of the other guy. And when the money comes, so can the expansion to other cities. All of a sudden you have black run businesses hiring people and elevating their position and influence.

    Now of course if you eat into someone else's business they aren't going to like it and you will have all that may come with it to deal with. However, that is the real world which everyone else lives in.

    Same for unions; extortion is much easier than chipping in actual money to start a biz which competes with those who don't pay enough... or some other biz the union workers are good at.

    Impossible? How many waste a dollar or more on something they don't need? How many millions are in your victimized group that could pool all those dollars into a useful business? If you don't want to compete, move to some other country where their labor party is running it into the ground, much like the progressives (subservient to the Globalist PTB this docu was about, whether they know it or not) of both parties have done here.

    Until people quit crying to and depending on Govt, will people be rid of its tyranny. If you aren't watching the vote counters and making sure the electronic tallies aren't hacked, then they probably are.

    Expecting others to do YOUR job isn't getting it done. Who said everyone else but You are supposed to take care of everything that affects You?

  8. D. Stehr

    This video needs to come clean about who is producing it; what the sources for the statements are and basically research for the connections and arguments it makes. Cite your sources and stop doing anonymous videos; it makes it all seem specious even though I lean the same way the video does, but citation of sources and evidence for the statements is really needed here.

    1. D.B.

      Were you that concise when you voted?

  9. Peter M Mullen

    "Uh Oh" here comes the nasty man's critique. : (. These (concepts) have been explored many times, for good reason. They carry tremendous weight. These practices, and organizations have enormous power over us all. It is the height of naiveté however, for us to believe this condition hasn't existed in some form since the dawn of civilized social groups.
    Wether the councils of noble elders in Greece, or the Roman Senate, or the aristocratic societies of Europe. Power players have always used these techniques in a manner of speaking. It was there even if the actual process wasn't clearly defined until the 1920s.
    It's merely the theory of (cream rising to the top). Naturally the Harvard boys, and the Wellesley, Yale Girls, titans of industry, and the generationally wealthy will have overarching power, greater by orders of magnitude than the average clod. Certainly the content is great if a little "shall I say puerile". Use the techniques , "absolutely" to fight (corporate right wing fascism ). Just be sure you correctly identify your enemies, because in any battle the danger of (friendly fire) is always present. Americans just made a "HUGE" mistake in that regard jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. The (sound quality) and narration were very poor Like listening to a college geek on speed, in an echo Madeline. The black and white pictures seem contrived, and inappropriate. If Madeline Albright is sinister it will be shown in her countenance un aided by artifice. If we are to free ourselves from manipulation, the greatest weapon we have is our own self education. Read Read Read, and explore explore explore. Remind yourself that at "some level" you may be sure when a politician is lying, by looking to see if their lips are moving. It is the extent of the lie, and the nature of it's intent, that must be extracted.

    1. Werner

      good points, not sure why the background music which makes it hard to hear and it was all a bit too fast... and why all the black and white? still, all in all, very well done presentation of some of the current sito and how it developed in the last 100 years, even though, s*** has been going on since the sumerians appeard :-)

  10. Mike

    this doc is a compilation of information taken from several other documentaries. The Edward Bernays stuff is a good example. Cheap copy at best.

    1. VirgoAtheist

      This is why it’s Creative Commons, and isn’t charging for any of it.. He has compiled it for mass sharing. The kore people see it, the quicker the message gets out. Maybe u missed that.

  11. Jeff

    Interesting information but poorly presented. Overly stylized and distracting visuals, unsatisfactory audio and amateurish narration. Could have been far better considering the subject matter.

    1. VirgoAtheist

      Again, he compiled it for the masses to get the information, not to win an Oscar… Maybe we are screwed as a species. U took the time to post this without understanding a thing about what you watched. It isn’t about the “cinematic” or “production” value… It’s about passing along useful history to those who have had it hidden from them for their entire lives with high cinematic & production value GARBAGE! Jesus Christ.

  12. Ana

    Regurgitated information from other documentaries with far less detail. ho hum.

    1. VirgoAtheist

      Maybe u can share the links to those documentaries in the YouTube comments for those who want to see the source footage? That would be excellent.

      This short doc was for those unfamiliar with these topics. Most don’t like being BURIED in information, so a doc like this is perfect to introduce them to these new ways of thinking and the history that’s been hidden from them.

      Frankly I’m amazed at all these comments complaining about this documentary, as if they have never seen a compilation before. Gotta think about the time some people are willing to give to learning this kind of stuff. Most people run away or are happy with the lies they already believe. This guy did a great job simplifying it and getting this much info into a documentary under 40

      Big Picture!!!!

  13. Ingslot Vonnesline

    The problem is that documentaries like this, and the solutions they peddle, which is basically grassroots promotion of their documentary, transition to the main site, donations, is a) a commercial model and b) has no effect other than as a commercial model.

  14. Zake

    First great documentary- however If you want to be a documentary filmmaker, you need to learn to speak clearly and precisely, articulate every word in full and complete sentences- with limpid tonal dialect.

    Proper narrator or radian voice to go with your documentary film. You sound like a preteen adolescent worse yet your sentences are not complete or well [Articulated].

    Nonetheless A- or B+

  15. Luca Ray

    Hideously annoying voiceover quality. Sounds like the guys recorded it with his head inside a toilet. Stopped watching after 5 minutes.

    1. skibee

      got further than i did.

  16. Megan

    I could probably take it more seriously if the narrator would remove the voice echo / underwater / let's pretend this is a super secret spy style documentary voice over.


    Yeah.... I wish there was more color .. and the resolution was a bit better.. maybe a female voice would be more pleasant...
    The viewers here are supposed to be those we can count on to change things. not the bunch of moaning spoiled brats. I am trying to imagine the rest - the ones that are not even interested in the state of the world and who rules us. It leads me to the conclusion that the vast majority of us deserve all that we get - the sense or entitlement is repulsive. Bernays was right when he claimed that the population is overwhelmingly stupid and easy to manipulate. Looking around I am reminded of "pearls before swine". It's a pity. Look what happened to Che Guevara when he went out on his "Don Quixote - like" mission to incite the world to take up arms against American imperialism... It all fell on deaf ears. He was killed like a dog and it took years for him be recognized as a hero. What has changed? Assange is locked away.. I admire those who get off their ass and do something whatever it is to make a change. It's so difficult when faced with the undeserving self-serving majority. As someone said "The real shame is not that bad people do pad things, but that the majority are silent" (or something similar) It's never been more true!
    Now that I've finished criticizing I'm getting off my ass ... to do what I can..

    1. skibee

      i got 720 HD. i had to put it in that resolution, it said 720- but it really wasn't.

  18. Zac Tolan

    The real battle is spiritual in that the devil wants to convince you to let your soul be compromised into becoming a wicked person. The only thing to do is to seek God so you can be a good person towards others and won't be ashamed when all of a sudden Jesus comes back to judge all that was going on here while He was away. : )

  19. Dave

    Everyone here does realize that fomenting(by those in power) a fruitless rebellion, is part of the psychological technics used to keep those who are naturally suspicious of power, in a feeling they are not a part of the controlled masses. In reality, those fighting against the powerful, are almost always still pawns in the game. Pawns used to manipulate changes in society already deemed good for the powerful.

  20. Frank Payne

    One of the intriguing things about reading the responses by people above who comment about the lack of proof, is the contention in the majority of cases, that it takes ones attention away from the "real issues". None of these respondents takes the trouble to define the "Real Issues", so their contribution to the discussion is nothing.

  21. Potty

    Ok, so the narrator did speak very quickly, but he sure managed to pack a lot of very useful information into the time he had, The trouble with sheep is that when you prod them, they can only go "baa", which is what so many of the comments here amount to. Thank goodness there are some thinkers and doers here as well. So many feel so powerless that they'll just roll over, and dismiss mostof this documentary outright. Thats fine, go back to sleep if you are more comfortable being ruled and oppressed. Feedom isn't for everyone. Some folk wouldn't know what to do with it. Its much easier to be given instructions than think for yourselves after all.

  22. Wisam

    Your voice is so annoying , the doc is very deep one ,,but the way you did it, just made it boring,,plz next time change ur method of performing ,,

  23. Sid

    This is about Bildaberg and the CFR, NOT of the Soviet Bear at all. The cold war was a war of propaganda. Many retired CIA analysts wrote later...the Russians weren't coming and never were.

    The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.
    But I do ask every publisher, every editor, and every newsman in the nation to reexamine his own standards, and to recognize the nature of our country's peril. In time of war, the government and the press have customarily joined in an effort based largely on self-discipline, to prevent unauthorized disclosures to the enemy. In time of "clear and present danger," the courts have held that even the privileged rights of the First Amendment must yield to the public's need for national security.
    Today no war has been declared--and however fierce the struggle may be, it may never be declared in the traditional fashion. Our way of life is under attack. Those who make themselves our enemy are advancing around the globe. The survival of our friends is in danger. And yet no war has been declared, no borders have been crossed by marching troops, no missiles have been fired.
    If the press is awaiting a declaration of war before it imposes the self-discipline of combat conditions, then I can only say that no war ever posed a greater threat to our security. If you are awaiting a finding of "clear and present danger," then I can only say that the danger has never been more clear and its presence has never been more imminent.
    It requires a change in outlook, a change in tactics, a change in missions--by the government, by the people, by every businessman or labor leader, and by every newspaper. For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence--on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.
    Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match.
    Nevertheless, every democracy recognizes the necessary restraints of national security--and the question remains whether those restraints need to be more strictly observed if we are to oppose this kind of attack as well as outright invasion.
    For the facts of the matter are that this nation's foes have openly boasted of acquiring through our newspapers information they would otherwise hire agents to acquire through theft, bribery or espionage; that details of this nation's covert preparations to counter the enemy's covert operations have been available to every newspaper reader, friend and foe alike; that the size, the strength, the location and the nature of our forces and weapons, and our plans and strategy for their use, have all been pinpointed in the press and other news media to a degree sufficient to satisfy any foreign power; and that, in at least in one case, the publication of details concerning a secret mechanism whereby satellites were followed required its alteration at the expense of considerable time and money.
    The newspapers which printed these stories were loyal, patriotic, responsible and well-meaning. Had we been engaged in open warfare, they undoubtedly would not have published such items. But in the absence of open warfare, they recognized only the tests of journalism and not the tests of national security. And my question tonight is whether additional tests should not now be adopted.
    The question is for you alone to answer. No public official should answer it for you. No governmental plan should impose its restraints against your will. But I would be failing in my duty to the nation, in considering all of the responsibilities that we now bear and all of the means at hand to meet those responsibilities, if I did not commend this problem to your attention, and urge its thoughtful consideration.
    On many earlier occasions, I have said--and your newspapers have constantly said--that these are times that appeal to every citizen's sense of sacrifice and self-discipline. They call out to every citizen to weigh his rights and comforts against his obligations to the common good. I cannot now believe that those citizens who serve in the newspaper business consider themselves exempt from that appeal.
    I have no intention of establishing a new Office of War Information to govern the flow of news. I am not suggesting any new forms of censorship or any new types of security classifications. I have no easy answer to the dilemma that I have posed, and would not seek to impose it if I had one. But I am asking the members of the newspaper profession and the industry in this country to reexamine their own responsibilities, to consider the degree and the nature of the present danger, and to heed the duty of self-restraint which that danger imposes upon us all.
    Every newspaper now asks itself, with respect to every story: "Is it news?" All I suggest is that you add the question: "Is it in the interest of the national security?" And I hope that every group in America--unions and businessmen and public officials at every level-- will ask the same question of their endeavors, and subject their actions to the same exacting tests.
    And should the press of America consider and recommend the voluntary assumption of specific new steps or machinery, I can assure you that we will cooperate whole-heartedly with those recommendations.
    Perhaps there will be no recommendations. Perhaps there is no answer to the dilemma faced by a free and open society in a cold and secret war. In times of peace, any discussion of this subject, and any action that results, are both painful and without precedent. But this is a time of peace and peril which knows no precedent in history.
    It is the unprecedented nature of this challenge that also gives rise to your second obligation--an obligation which I share. And that is our obligation to inform and alert the American people--to make certain that they possess all the facts that they need, and understand them as well--the perils, the prospects, the purposes of our program and the choices that we face.
    No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary. I am not asking your newspapers to support the Administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed.
    I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers--I welcome it. This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for as a wise man once said: "An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it." We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.
    Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed--and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment-- the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution- -not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply "give the public what it wants"--but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.
    This means greater coverage and analysis of international news--for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels, must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security--and we intend to do it.
    It was early in the Seventeenth Century that Francis Bacon remarked on three recent inventions already transforming the world: the compass, gunpowder and the printing press. Now the links between the nations first forged by the compass have made us all citizens of the world, the hopes and threats of one becoming the hopes and threats of us all. In that one world's efforts to live together, the evolution of gunpowder to its ultimate limit has warned mankind of the terrible consequences of failure.
    And so it is to the printing press--to the recorder of man's deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news--that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be: free and independent.

  24. Daniel

    The part about the Milgrim Experiement is misleading. There is a great podcast called "radiolab" .. the episode is called " The Bad Show" ... they dive in to the real results of the experiment. One of the most fascinating finds , to me, was that once the test subject was told " you have no choice but to continue" they almost always said "screw you, you can't tell me what to do"

  25. Kay

    I like the content of this documentary, but the quality and delivery takes a lot away from it. For one, the narrator speaks too quickly. Instead of trying to squeeze all that content in half an hour, either present a deeper analysis, or take more time. Secondly, in the end, the narrator mentions a list of books and authors, without writing these on the screen. The average human mind cannot remember all that info, presented at that is better to list the titles and authors so that the viewers can read them.
    I watched Century of The Self before this, and I found the delivery much better and more memorable. I actually learnt something. Here, there is a lot to learn, but it needs to be condensed a bit more, and the agenda of the producers need not be too obvious.
    All in all, great content, but delivery can improve a lot.

    1. Eros

      Agreed. Didn't catch the list of books. Magnetic documentary nonetheless.

  26. metanoic

    The echo voice was definitely a bad call but it's not that bad. I thought the first 20-30 minutes of the film were good but much too similar to 'Century of the Self' by Adam Curtis. After that I thought the film lost direction. While it presented some interesting information it struggled to connect this information to the main theme. You won't regret watching this but if you only watch one film on psychological control make it 'Century of the Self'.

  27. deed

    Watched the first 5 minutes before the echoing voice got to me. Sounds like another tin foil hat film anyways.

  28. ProudinUS

    All life form, humans included, have survived on one universal trait, 'survival of the fittest'. Whether it's from a physical, emotional, or mental way of doing it.

    1. Hodd

      You do realize this phrase was coined to describe economic theory? Not to mention that if you're going to try and reduce "survival" down to a simple phrase while ignoring the almost infinite number of variables one should consider in the always evolving process of survival, you will be wrong every time.

      Contrary to your claim, many species rely on cooperation in order to survive. Humans and their social nature included.

    2. ProudinUS

      It's still revolves around the same concept of survival at any cost/ survival of the fittest. Economics, health, mental state, these all are/ can be manipulated. Mental state being the number 1 tool. A 'weeding out' for what the powers may be' consider a threat to society, or unfit to socialize in their version of what normal folks should be.

    3. ProudinUS

      Name one organism, that doesn't in one shape or form, rely on survival of the fittest as to it's survival? All life revolves around it.

    4. Hodd

      This strikes me as incoherent actually. Humans organize themselves in a cooperative manner in societies so I don't see how "survival of the fittest" has anything to do with it other than the reference to the neurotic greed game. It's an overly simplistic way to try and analyze these things imo.

      So what's your point anyway? You've reduced all understanding to survival of the fittest, so what does that mean to how you behave in life? Is everyone a threat? Trust no one? What does this ultimately say in your mind?

  29. Bender

    Lot's of people with really judgmental comments. I would love to see some of your work...oh wait, you don't produce documentaries. You are quite the expert in something that you have never taken part in creating. I thought it was a very interesting film, I did not care much for the "old timey" overlay, but, then again it's not a big deal. I am just happy that I don't have to watch something about dolphins or vagina's. Side note, I love the word "conspiracy" people toss it around like they actually know what the hell is going on. They rave about evidence and have none themselves. If you want to get to the brass tax of things, scientifically speaking you cannot even prove anything exists beyond your own mind. (phaneron) So go suck eggs figments of my imagination.

  30. anthony

    All is required is a small jump to freedom and real democracy, people in
    power as the peoples representatives listening and willing to stand
    with us the people. I am 40 i have a lovely wife and three children that
    are heading into slavery as i was sold the idea that you get a job work
    hard and retire then live a few more years then die. Happy with that
    are you bloke NO way. I will stand by you in any real democracy
    will you stand by me? Would we work for the betterment of the people
    that place their trust in us or will we full our pockets with dirty
    money and look after only our mates ?? that are also fulling their

    I have read all of the comments and this is exactly the divide, and rule that we have today confusion rains and the few rule and enslave. thank you edward snowden and fellow fight backers of the real people.

  31. Charles Peden

    No. Another attempt at selling you a conspiracy theory. It jumps around and instead of continuing with Bernays and public starts going off on a tangent that left me shaking my head. Irrational and severely over-rated.


    the simple fact of this/y.our control matrix is the legal name fraud/slaves. we want to/feel so smart that its got to be more complex than this. show me your papers is ubiquitous with 99% of beings on earth. just ask yourself one simple question - are you a living conscience being or a dead legull.ible fictional 'person' (another zombie). this Truth will set you free again... lose the name . com and have a nice day.

  33. gefafwisp

    Bernays is quoted as the father of public relations. Perhaps the creators of this doco could learn a thing or two from that particular school of thought. Despite the fact that the creators appeared to back up their opinions with credible evidence (I don't have the time or enthusiasm to examine their sources in depth) the fact is that this whole video has the vibe of a conspiracy theory program and that instantly turned me off. If you want to reach people who aren't convinced Obama is trying to steal their sperm, turn the voice modulator off and tone it down a little bit. Also the whole thing is so sped up that I don't have time to really process what I'm hearing. Possibly its own form of propaganda?

    1. skibee

      control the speed urself in the controls,eh? lol

  34. veverk

    It sounds like the guy recorded himself talking in a toilet cubicle...amateurish and annoying

  35. steve whetstone

    It might be noted that assuming this is all true. it might also be a necessary and viable solution to the malthusian trap.

  36. joseph

    the best documentary I have ever seen, amazing truths, short simple and for the intelligent and the s*upid.

  37. Junior Sanchez Rivera

    That voice sound filter has to go.

    1. KillCaliber

      He has to because of the revealing information he and his team put out for the public. I don't think he would last long if the governments and corporations knew who he and his team are

  38. photonblaster

    The best part was in the beginning with the part about the power of the mob mentality to the point where the drive to conform actually changed peoples perception of reality. It really explains this whole 0bama phenomenon .

  39. GeorgeW

    Man, reading some of the comments leave me thinking; there is no "highly organized group using Beranys “Propaganda”, or Alinskys “Rules for Radicals” it ONLY seems that way, by gum…" so I will go back into denial.

    Go pull up a 6 pack for every Saturday sports, and another for Sunday Sports, and wait for the winners in the world to emerge, then wear their colors like a good sheep.

    Be weak my friend, you can always change back when the wind changes direction again… follow the public opinion as you are told it is, and emerge a victor regardless the powers that be.

    Yes, sit on the fence. Just be ready to jump.

    Bernays writings; there is no political power that would use such methods on their electorate, oh no, Bernays was merely theorizing what propaganda could be used for.

    Coryn Below speaks for me when he says "I've listened to all these
    'leaders' and their lies for 60 years now"

    Nothing haschanged in that regard, nothing.

    1. Michael

      Or you could be an absolute sucker and believe every apparent intriguing conspiracy theory that comes your way. In doing so you can play a part in distracting the public from issues that truly matter and leading them into fantasy land concerning asinine conspiracy theories without a shred of actual empirical evidence simply because they are intriguing. Then you can call every person who detracts from your whirlwind obsession with everything that sounds intriguing to you as sheeple. When in reality you are no better than a person who never questions their government. You are simply a person who accepts without critical thought every assertion of negativity towards the government. Believing in a secret cabal makes you a sucker. A secret cabal without a shred of evidence to support its existence. In doing so you fail to realize the actual issues and problems of this world simply because these conspiracies are more intriguing and interesting to your simple mind than actual reality. People like you would make a wonderful case study for a psychologist, but then again he would be working for the NWO, wouldn't he? You are an example of the biggest group of suckers on the planet.

    2. GeorgeW

      Timely reply Michael.
      I just watched an entire weekend of "Ancient Aliens", back to back to back, and it has changed the way I see the world, and who REALLY is in control.
      The NWO is, like you say, just an illusion. It is actually the OWO.
      What we are actually facing is the same group of aliens who were here to build the Pyramids, amongst other inexplicable ancient structures. Their real purpose here was to mine gold, which was shipped back home.
      Once they got the low hanging fruit, they left us, their slaves, to grow wild. They did leave the "Shadow Rulers", the offspring of them mating with humans.
      Their incredible intelligence is passed on to the males, females carry only human females genetics.
      The reason their numbers remain small is that 99% of their offspring are unable to reproduce.
      They remain unseen, and no one dares to question them or they face very severe consequences. (its only in the mind, not physical)
      We have reached a crossroads though. Some of their genes have made it into the human Genome and the resulting increase in human intelligence has us waking up.
      That is why there is so much turmoil on Earth right now.
      So, if you got this far Michael, I would like you to make up another story for me, but this time based on this reply to you.
      I was totally intrigued by your reply today, and look forward to further analysis.

    3. Adele

      Hi I know you posted this ages ago but I'd like to comment :) The thing about critical thinking is, to get to the zero point, you must strip away your bias (which could be your tendency to be drawn to this type of stimuli) and view the idea as something neutral - being cautious of what you are viewing which is good. Everything is propaganda in the sense that everybody has an agenda, which can be either non-harmful or harmful and that has been programmed since the beginning of our conscious mind by experience determined by the outcomes of the pathways we have chosen to take and the results of that pathway, more inclined to repeat what we define as a positive outcome. Then you must try to strip away the remaining bias - the part that is still having an opinion, which is the hardest part of all. It's dehumanizing yourself in an attempt to understand the world around you in a dissociated state. I don't agree with either of you in a broad sense, but you seem easier to talk to about not believing everything you see/hear. It's just that last step you might be missing to get a real perspective of the world. As always, I could be the wrong one. There is no way of knowing for sure. It's a weird way to go about it, but you'll find with the act of questioning the thoughts you have, you are in a better mind to question the thoughts and theories that other people have and in trying to disprove them without bias, you can find out some pretty cool things. That's the problem though, you can never tell if you have bias because it's who we are and we can't know how to understand what it is to be without it. Yeah. And if you reply I don't have an account so I'm sorry I have to just leave it.

      That's pretty much it, as always, I could be wrong :) -Adele

  40. gwhosubex

    It just rattles off lists and names. no analysis, no depth, no insight.

  41. coryn

    Awesome, I've listened to all these 'leaders' and their lies for 60 years now. How many innocent people have to be killed around the world to satisfy them? They know what they've done, however they cover it up and 'sanitize' it, and I hope it haunts them to the grave. 'The Greatest Nation On Earth'???? How bizarre.... real life is so, so much stranger than fiction.......

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  43. John Doherty

    Propaganda=Public Relations - brilliant.
    Most people WILL follow the line of least resistance until sufficiently moved by an innate sense of right and wrong. "Obedience" experiments are no longer deemed ethical. Good documentary despite Antithesist666 minor faults. Couldnt read the bullet points AND listen to the voice-over simultaneously - something about my brain function

  44. veverk

    What's with the shoddy microphone? The narrator sounds like Bubble Boy from Seinfeld.

    1. KillCaliber

      He has to because of the revealing information he and his team put out for the public. I don't think he would last long if the governments and corporations knew who he and his team are.

    2. skibee

      not ! killcal

  45. AntiTheist666

    I sort of like and dislike this doc, my spidey senses tell me
    something is out of step here. And that’s not including the deadly dull soundtrack or the poor production (outrageous Zeitgeist rip off), or the irritating graphics, or the wild claims - 11 mins. “Social conformity causes the brain to rewrite our reality” that’s quite a leap from observing brain activity in a contrived test. It might be that I was expecting Nietzsche to feature. I found it a little saccharine sweet, a little too twee. It tasted very empty at the end and had a hollow ring about it.

    It does have some good points. It features Chomsky’s
    “Manufacturing Consent” which is here on this site and well worth a watch. Anything that highlights how easily the masses have tyrannized themselves is good by me. Propaganda is so effective these days that consent is hardly needed, it’s assumed, cajoled or ignored. The really powerful (insert favourite/ most hated power group) don’t give a toss.

  46. clernfimmel891

    Man's a herd animal. Socrates said that was what was going to kill him: their hemlock. He took it. Cognitive dissonance is the same thing; why people believe what is not in their self interest. Think about the kind of world you want to leave behind, and think about the end of corporate feudalism and warmongering.

  47. Epicurus

    this video is the problem with people who have just enough information but paint it with their biases.

    Sad really because there is lots of accurate info in here but it is then twisted as some malicious evil plot against everyone.

  48. dewflirt

    Boy with an echo mic sits in a bucket and tells you things you've heard before. Need better armour than that to defend yourself from the NWO. The trouble I see with films like this is that they get people angry at the wrong things and in the wrong way. It's just not possible to dismantle and rebuild an engine with a lump hammer, you need a plan and a spanner. And probably some other tools too, I'm no engineer so best just to ignore me actually. In the meantime, hopefully we can topple parliament by grumbling at the TV and sighing loudly.... could be that the winds of change might blow from the mouths of seven billion people. Ok Bucket Boy, rant away and I'll sigh along as i scrub pub toilets for minimum wage Grrrr! Hufffff! ;)

    1. jaberwokky

      Haha. Nicely said :)

    2. Justin Lesniewski

      "hopefully we can topple parliament by grumbling at the TV and sighing loudly.... could be that the winds of change might blow from the mouths of seven billion people."

  49. NX2

    There will be manipulation.
    But if there are a group of people ruling from behind a veil, i don't know, there might be an attempt, but i don't find it very likely.
    However, if there is a ruling from within a shadow, it's probably our own.
    An Interesting documentary non the less.

  50. jaberwokky

    Hmmm, interesting I suppose, although the Adam Curtis series he references near the start is much better. I'd like to know the full context of that clip where Hillary Clinton is talking to a CFR crowd.

  51. Michael Jay Burns

    If, as Edward Bernays says,:

    "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society."

    how can such a society be called "democratic" at all?

    1. Fabien L

      It's a representative democracy. In such a system, politicians will try any trick in the book to convince you to give them their vote and have you act in a way that will support their agenda.

  52. Alan

    The Kennedy speech was not about secret societies; it was about the Soviet Union, which even the most basic research would reveal. The director chose to toe the party line of conspiracy theorists. When things like this crop up in "truth-revealing" documentaries, I get skeptical. Some good elements though; worth watching, especially if you never heard of the CFR. Richard Perle goes unmentioned?

    1. Jeremy

      I agree. It's a shame that the creator of this doc failed to mention this.

      There's always the possibility Kennedy could've been talking about this secret group, but the fact is he spoke that quote in a speech about the Soviet Union. Why not leave that decision to be made by the viewers, rather than cram it down their throats?

      Besides that, this did have some very intriguing information, and I plan on reading some of Bernay's books in the future

    2. steve whetstone

      the NYtimes is often mentioned by noted linguist and world famous scholar Noam Chomsky for stories that communicate on two levels. One level for the political class and another level for the public. phrases like "new world order" for example are for the public merely a catchy phrase, but for the political class who know the history and meaning of the phrase "new world order" there's a very specific meaning.

    3. jaberwokky

      Shhhhhh, you are ruining the atmosphere. First rule of JFK was talking about the soviets club is you don't mention JFK was talking about the soviets.

    4. Fabien L

      It's just an example of what the documentary is about : manipulation of the opinion of the masses...

    5. DeckHazen

      ...and was Woodrow Wilson also talking about the Soviet Union in the first quote of this movie? I hear De Nile is nice this time of year. Does anyone have proof of Kennedy's intent?

    6. Epicurus

      One of the first and most well-known Western uses of the term was in Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points, and in a call for a League of Nations following the devastation of World War I. The phrase was used sparingly at the end of World War II when describing the plans for the United Nations and the Bretton Woods system, and partly because of its negative associations with the failed League of Nations. However, many commentators have applied the term retroactively to the order put in place by the World War II victors as a "new world order."

    7. DeckHazen

      Let's cut to the chase. The question is whether or not there exists an organized group of people that control the major decisions that affect our lives. For the moment, all we can do is speculate since as far as I know no solid evidence has been produced. I believe such a group exists and I believe they are connected to such groups as Bilderberg, the CFR, and a host of others. I believe this is true because the world has turned into such an evil brutish place far from what I hoped it would be as a child and because I don't know anybody that feels much different. Yet somebody has determined our current condition - I don't believe things get this bad by accident.

    8. steve whetstone

      Well, of course such a group exists. there's a religion call "The church of Bob" (google it) with thousands of members and it's deliberately mostly nonesense. so a more reasonable group for world control would obviously be imagined and tried by somoene. Whether they actually are in charge and to what extent is debatable. The absence of a public group dedicated to world domination is evidence that the group must be secret.

    9. ollie_fin

      It was about the CIA, not Russia.

  53. bringmeredwine

    Well, it's only my second cup of coffee this morning and I'm all riled up about the CFR and it's cast of characters.
    Some very disturbing images too, so be warned.

  54. Rodney Bresch

    Keep up the good work to the makers of this doc "series", and to the uploaders.

    I think it's been safe to say. I love this website.

    1. ~Oliver B Koslik Esq

      TDF is front and center on my bookmarks tab!

      In fact I've even concidered an "I love TDF(with logo)" tee shirt... seriously!

    2. jaberwokky

      I'll buy one! As long as it's not pink I'll buy one!

    3. a_no_n

      just fling it in the wash with a blue shirt and you'll be fine.

    4. ~Oliver B Koslik Esq

      blue + pink = purple?

      I'd rather pink than purple...

    5. a_no_n

      The imperial purple makes the best shroud - Empress Theodora. ;)

  55. ~Oliver B Koslik Esq

    Great doc!

    The Milgram experiment really illustrates
    our general level of complacency.

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