Monday, February 22, 2016
"STATE OF MIND" SPELLBINDING
STATE OF MIND – THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CONTROL
Starring Lisa Arbercheski (narrator),
Richard Andrew Grove,
G. Edward Griffin,
Directed by James Lane
Written by Kevin L. Cole,
Richard Andrew Grove, Matthew Hart
Fascinating documentary about systems of psychologically controlling the masses.
According to investigative reporter Jon Rappoport, “Mind control has existed since the dawn of time. Only the methods have changed.”
Focusing on the struggle between the state and the individual, State of Mind discusses authority as a predator that sees the individual as a unit of energy. The state creates dependence by instilling fear of scarcity. By removing autonomy, creativity, and self-teaching, the void is filled by the will of the collective. The 2013 film posits that freedom requires withdrawing consent from this process.
Portions of the film revolve around experiments in conformity and obedience. The Asch conformity experiment reveals that most people will say things they know not to be true in order to fit in. Perhaps more alarming, the Milgram obedience experiment shows how average people will torture each other even when directed by only a flimsy semblance of authority.
Other portions of the film concentrate on wizards of mass control ranging from Niccolo Machiavelli to Edward Bernays. Nephew to Sigmund Freud, Bernays wrote Crystalizing Public Opinion, Propaganda and other favorites of Joseph Goebbels.
When a cigarette company asked Bernays to help them sell more cigarettes in the 1920s, Bernays decided is was time for women to smoke, too. He hired women to march up and down the street lighting “torches for freedom.” The demonstration made headlines the next day. Associating smoking cigarettes with a sense of freedom by violating the male-imposed taboo picked up flagging sales, and women have been getting cancer from cigarettes ever since.
Perception is a commodity. According to Bernays, those who control the opinions of the masses “constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”
One method the filmmakers discuss by which the ruling class minority manufactures public consent is to create a problem which will cause the public to request help from the ruling class. The help that the ruling class then gives is to instill further control.
Interestingly, former Senator Christopher Dodd, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is also the President of the Motion Picture Association of America.
In the words of former Department of Education Senior Policy Adviser Charlotte Iserbyt, “The education our children are going to get has nothing to do with education. It is training our children to be resources—human resources, that’s the way they refer to us—to spin off profits for the globalists.”
Freely available on YouTube.
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