Edward Bernays, fully Edward Louis Bernays

Edward
Bernays, fully Edward Louis Bernays
1891
1995

Austrian-American Pioneer in Public Relations and Propoganda

Author Quotes

If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it.

A single factory, potentially capable of supplying a whole continent with its particular product, cannot afford to wait until the public asks for its product; it must maintain constant touch, through advertising and propaganda, with the vast public in order to assure itself the continuous demand which alone will make its costly plant profitable.

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 [...] who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.

The best defense against propaganda: more propaganda.

The engineering of consent is the very essence of the democratic process, the freedom to persuade and suggest.

It is sometimes possible to change the attitudes of millions but impossible to change the attitude of one man.

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in a democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government, which is the true ruling power of the country.

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First Name
Edward
Last Name
Bernays, fully Edward Louis Bernays
Birth Date
1891
Death Date
1995
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Austrian-American Pioneer in Public Relations and Propoganda