Considered the father of modern day PR Edward Bernays in his book “Propaganda” once wrote; “But campaigning is only an incident in political life. The process of government is continuous. And the expert use of propaganda is more useful and fundamental, although less striking, as an aid to democratic administration, as am aid to vote getting.”
Most modern day politicians are expert Propagandist, maybe that is what he meant when he further wrote; “Good government can be sold to a community just as any other commodity can be sold. I often wonder if the politicians of the future, who are responsible for maintaining the prestige and effectiveness of their party, will not endeavor to train politicians who are at the same time propagandist.”
Who do the politicians really work for? What is their end goal? and why was Bernays so accurate?
A violent uprising against an authority, or a government. Or a government violently rising up and taking away all authority from the governed?
These are questions we must ask ourselves, that we must internalize as we witness the finalization of the destruction of a Nation.
A Democracy that never was, will no longer exist amongst any body, within society.
“I do not say that democracy has been more pernicious on the whole, and in the long run, than monarchy or aristocracy. Democracy has never been and never can be so durable as aristocracy or monarchy; but while it lasts, it is more bloody than either. … Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty. When clear prospects are opened before vanity, pride, avarice, or ambition, for their easy gratification, it is hard for the most considerate philosophers and the most conscientious moralists to resist the temptation. Individuals have conquered themselves. Nations and large bodies of men, never.”
– The Letters of John and Abigail Adams
We should be striving towards a Constitutional Republic, one founded on Democratic Ideologies. One as I was raised in, the opportunity that was there to create for yourself. No one ever got anywhere living off the work of others.
This is what I think is worth fighting for, a freedom of idea. Devoid of persecution, any self resolution. Absolute liberty.
One book I saw as insightful was Revolutionary Management: John Adams on Leadership John Adams was a great visionary, him along with the other founding fathers warned us. Many people are still trying to warn us, to prevent us from the proverbially march to our own self-destruction. Eradication of a Constitutional Republic.
The political leader must be a creator of circumstances, not only a creator of mechanical process of stereotyping and rubber stamping. – Edward Bernays