Rule from the Shadows: The Psychology of Power

Rule from the Shadows: The Psychology of Power

2014, Psychology  -   99 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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2 months ago

According to this doc about a third always goes along with the crowd and about three quarters usually do, across all socioeconomic backgrounds. The doc conveniently skips investigating the remaining 25% to get to the root cause as to why this is so, which is simply intelligence.
The doc then implores the viewer to spread the word that the smart are farming the stupid.
That's like running into a field of grazing cows to warn them they are going to be turned into hamburgers.

8 months ago

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

2 years ago

So why is part 2 neither here nor on YouTube?

3 years ago

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

3 years ago

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.

Lesya Miami
4 years ago

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

5 years ago

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.

5 years ago

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?

D. Stehr
6 years ago

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.

Peter M Mullen
6 years ago

"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.

6 years ago

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

7 years ago

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

7 years ago

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

Ingslot Vonnesline
7 years ago

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.

7 years ago

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+

Luca Ray
7 years ago

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

7 years ago

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.

7 years ago

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..

Zac Tolan
7 years ago

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. : )

7 years ago

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.

Frank Payne
7 years ago

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.

7 years ago

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.

7 years ago

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 ,,

8 years ago

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.

8 years ago

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"

8 years ago

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.

8 years ago

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'.

8 years ago

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

8 years ago

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.

8 years ago

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.

8 years ago

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.

Charles Peden
8 years ago

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.'
8 years ago

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.

8 years ago

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?

8 years ago

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

8 years ago

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

9 years ago

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

Junior Sanchez Rivera
9 years ago

That voice sound filter has to go.

9 years ago

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 .

9 years ago

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.

9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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.......

r. d.
9 years ago


John Doherty
9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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.

9 years ago

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.

9 years ago

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.

9 years ago

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! ;)

9 years ago

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.