Overflight, 23

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”
William James, as quoted in Vladimir Z. Nuri, Fractional Reserve Banking as Economic Parasitism

“None are more enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, as quoted in Vladimir Z. Nuri, Fractional Reserve Banking as Economic Parasitism

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are moulded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. … Whatever attitude one chooses to take toward this condition, it remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily 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 — a trifling fraction of our hundred and twenty million — who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. 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.”
Edward Bernays, Propaganda

“The creation of consent is not a new art. It is a very old one which was supposed to have died out with the appearance of democracy. But it has not died out. It has, in fact, improved enormously in technic, because it is now based on analysis rather than on rule of thumb. And so, as a result of psychological research, coupled with the modern means of communication, the practice of democracy has turned a corner. A revolution is taking place, infinitely more significant than any shifting economic power.”
Walter Lippmann, Public Opinion, as quoted in zhibit.org/diemythographer