excerpts from
Necessary Illusions

Thought Control in Democratic Societies

Noam Chomsky

I'm not a huge fan of Chomsky anymore because although he explains the problems well, half the time HIS solution is more globalist UN [Rockefeller helped create the UN] institutions run by the same elites he criticizes.  However, here's public quotes he covers by top policy makers about US policy in his book Necessary Illusions

Listen to their ugly, self-serving opinions on "the stupidity of the average man" and the need for "emotionally potent oversimplifications".

A 1975 study on "governability of democracies" by the Trilateral Commission [Rockefeller institution] concluded that the media have become a "notable new source of national power," [not anymore, now the media is all corp controlled and centralized, but "the world wide web" has become a new source of "problems" of too much democracy] one aspect of an "excess of democracy" that contributes to "the reduction of governmental authority" at home and a consequent "decline in the influence of democracy [i.e. global crony capitalism] abroad." 

[Big problem, elites don't have enough power to do what they want]

This general "crisis of democracy," the commission held, resulted from the efforts of previously marginalized sectors of the population to organize and press their demands, thereby creating an overload that prevents the [controlled] democratic process from functioning properly.

In earlier times, "Truman had been able to govern the country with the cooperation of a relatively small number of Wall Street lawyers and bankers," so the American rapporteur, Samuel Huntington [proponent of "Clash of Civilizations" theory for waging war on the Middle East] of Harvard University, reflected.

In that period there was no crisis of democracy [since people were more passive], but in the 1960s, the crisis developed and reached serious proportions. The study therefore urged more "moderation [reduction] in democracy" to mitigate the excess of democracy and overcome the crisis.

...   Similar ideas are standard across the political spectrum. The dean of U.S. journalists, Walter Lippmann, described a "revolution" in "the practice of democracy" as "the manufacture of consent" has become "a self-conscious art and a regular organ of popular government." This is a natural development when "the common interests very largely elude public opinion entirely, and can be managed only by a specialized class [Lippman and his colleagues] whose personal interests reach beyond the locality."

Harold Lasswell explained in the Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences that we should not succumb to "democratic dogmatisms about men being the best judges of their own interests." They are not; the best judges are the elites, who must, therefore, be ensured the means to impose their will, for the common good.

When social arrangements deny them the requisite force to compel obedience because of the , it is necessary to turn to "a whole new technique of control, largely through propaganda""ignorance and superstition [of]...the masses." In the same years, Reinhold Niebuhr argued that "rationality belongs to the cool observers," while "the proletarian" follows not reason but faith, based upon a crucial element of "necessary illusion." Without such illusion, the ordinary person will descend to "inertia."

Then in his Marxist phase, Niebuhr urged that those he addressed -- presumably, the cool observers -- recognize "the stupidity of the average man" and provide the "emotionally potent oversimplifications" required to keep the proletarian on course to create a new society; the basic conceptions underwent little change as Niebuhr became "the official establishment theologian" (Richard Rovere), offering counsel to those who "face the responsibilities of power."


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