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Manipulation or Domination?

Manipulation or Domination?

“If we understand the mechanisms and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it.” They call this the “engineering of consent” and proposed that “those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. . . . 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 . . . who pull the wires which control the public mind.”
What do you think?

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6 comments on “Manipulation or Domination?

  1. Read a book called “Influence-The Psychology of Persuasion” by Robert Cialdini. Talks a lot about the ‘weapons of influence” and how “compliance professionals” use them to elicit desired behavior, and how these weapons trigger responses that are deep seated in our collective psyche.

  2. I think I couldn’t agree more. And the truly unfortunate thing about it is that those who decide what the rest of the folks need to know are usually stupid and/or driven by selfish motives.

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