Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
April 14, 2014
Confirming the existence of a power elite, President Richard Nixon in THE REAL WAR (1980) wrote: "The nation's immediate problem is that while the common man fights America's wars, the intellectual elite sets its agenda. Today, whether the West lives or dies is in the hands of its new power elite: those who set the terms of public debate, who manipulate the symbols, who decide whether nations or leaders will be depicted on 100 million television sets as 'good' or 'bad.' This power elite sets the limits of the possible for Presidents and Congress. It molds the impressions that move the nation, or that mire it." Further confirmation also comes from THE CONSERVATORS (1983) by President Franklin Roosevelt's son, Elliot Roosevelt, who wrote that "there are within our world perhaps only a dozen organizations which shape the courses of our various destinies as rigidly as the regularly constituted governments...this unofficial council of the elite, the crème de la crème of global planners."
When skeptic Jim heard this, the expression on his face became extremely serious. He was still reluctant to believe that there existed a power elite manipulating events, but he was at least willing to tolerate the belief that it was a possibility. In a very deliberate tone, he said, "All right, for this theory of yours to pan out, you still have to demonstrate that manipulation not only occurred at the highest levels and included the electorate, but that it also reached down to affect the masses of people beyond the electorate as well."
I knew that part of Cecil Rhodes' plan was to penetrate and control the areas of politics, economics, education and journalism. And I knew that in the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD (February 19, 1917) as well as other places, there was testimony regarding interests of J.P. Morgan buying control of newspapers so that they could be properly "edited." The revolutionary Antonio Gramsci had written that to control a society, one had to first capture the culture, and in 1928 when CFR member William Paley started CBS, Paley hired Sigmund Freud's nephew, Edward Bernays, as his chief adviser. In that same year, Bernays authored PROPAGANDA, in which he revealed: "Those who manipulate the organized habits and opinions of the masses constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of the country....It remains a fact that in almost every act of our lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons....It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world....As civilization has become more complex, and as the need for invisible government has been increasingly demonstrated, the technical means have been invented and developed by which opinion may be regimented."
I informed Jim of these things and also told him that similar to what Bernays had written, scholar Christopher Simpson in SCIENCE AND COERCION: COMMUNICATION RESEARCH AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE, 1945-1960 wrote that "Harold Lasswell and Walter Lippmann advocated...a particular social order in the United States and the world in which forceful elites necessarily ruled in the interest of their vision of the greater good. U.S-style consumer democracy was simply a relatively benign system for engineering mass consent for the elite's authority....Harold Lasswell had the ear of (Rockefeller) Foundation administrator John Marshall....The elite of U.S. society ('those who have money to support research,' as Lasswell bluntly put it) should systematically manipulate mass sentiment."
Supporting Lasswell's and Lippmann's view, author Aldous Huxley in THE DEVILS OF LOUDUN wrote of how the masses could be conditioned, explaining: "If exposed long enough to the tomtoms and singing, every one of our philosophers would end by capering and howling with the savages....Assemble a mob of men and women previously conditioned by a daily reading of newspapers; treat them to amplified band music, bright lights...and in next to no time you can reduce them to a state of almost mindless subhumanity. Never before have so few been in a position to make fools, maniacs, or criminals of so many."
I told Jim this and that in George Orwell's book, 1984, when the hero Winston tells Big Brother's agent, O'Brien, that people will never accept his planned, controlled future society, O'Brien knowingly responds, "Suppose that we quicken the tempo of human life," so that people have less time to analyze what is happening to them and resist it. Orwell died only a few months after writing this book, just as Prof. Carroll Quigley died not too long after an article was printed in THE WASHINGTON POST about him, titled "The Professor Who Knew Too Much."
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