Background on Government Propaganda Machines
The danger of government lies and the implications of official deception of whole peoples and nations could not be more relevant than it is today when our God given natural rights and our Constitutional freedoms are systematically being ground into the dust under the guise of protecting the “public health” from Covid-19.
In his 1928 classic Propaganda, Sigmund Freud’s nephew, Edward L. Bernays explains approvingly of how governments, and powerful corporations and foundations, are capable of manipulating and regimenting the public mind in all areas of life including war, politics, business, education, and medical science.
According to Professor Mark Crispin Miller, who wrote a new introduction to the Bernays masterpiece in 2004:
The Existence of an Invisible Government
Writing in the 1920s, Bernays, an Austrian-American Jew, “the father of public relations,” gleefully acknowledges the reality of “invisible governors,” who rule the world and bring organization out of chaos to society:
Of course, the most important factor Bernays initially leaves out is MONEY. After all, today’s contenders for domination in the New World Order like Bill Gates or George Soros or Mark Zuckerberg would be just another Tom, Dick, or Harry without their billions.
Later, however, Bernays does admit that “the invisible government tends to be concentrated in the hands of the few because of the expense of manipulating the social machinery which controls the opinions and habits of the masses.”
WWI Created New Propaganda Techniques
Bernays claims that:
Interestingly, Bernays states that the new dictatorship is not limited to government matters, but embraces dictators in all fields of life including that of fashion. For example, he notes that Paris fashion leaders set the mode of the short skirt [worn by bob-haired flappers] for which, twenty years ago, any woman would simply be arrested and thrown into jail by the New York City police, and the entire women’s clothing industry, capitalized at hundreds of millions of dollars, must be reorganized to conform to their dictum.
In his chapter, “The Psychology of Public Relations,” Bernays asks, “If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing about it?”
Within certain limits and up to a certain point, Bernays answers in the affirmative.
Citing the earlier studies of Wilfred Trotter and Gustave Le Bon on group psychology which established that the “collective mind” differs from the “individual mind” or “consciousness,” Bernays affirms that “the group mind does not think in the strict sense of the word. In place of thoughts it has impulses, habits, and emotions. In making up its mind, its first impulse is usually to follow the example of a trusted leader.”
“But when the example of the leader is not at hand and the herd must think for itself, it does so by means of clichés, pat words, or images which stand for a whole group of ideas and experiences,” says Bernays. “By playing upon an old cliché, or manipulating a new one, the propagandist can sometimes swing a whole mass of group emotions,” he says, adding that, “Usually, the individual mind will succumb to the will of the crowd.”
Before Bernays moves on to explain how propaganda functions in specific departments of group activity including business, politics, education, social work, and the media, he states:
A Different View of Government Propaganda
In war, Truth is the first casualty
In 1928, the same year Bernays’ Propaganda was published, pacifist British MP, Arthur Ponsonby, issued his anti-propaganda classic Falsehood in War Time – Containing An Assortment of Lies Circulated Throughout The Nations During the Great War. The modest-size book, available as a free PDF online, highlights major lies that were inflicted upon the hapless wartime civilian populations of the Allied Forces (Russia, France, Britain, and the United States) against the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Bulgaria) during the First World War.
Ponsonby acknowledges in his introduction that falsehood is a recognized and extremely useful weapon in warfare, and every country uses it quite deliberately including the Allied Forces and the Central Powers 1) to deceive its own people, 2) to attract neutrals 3) and to mislead the enemy. 
According to Ponsonby:
Ponsonby, however, does take the trouble to enumerate a number of British, French, United States, and other Allied and Central Powers official wartime falsehoods including a number of atrocity fabrications like:
- The Belgian Baby Without Hands – That German soldiers were cutting off the hands of babies and children (and eating the parts), and impaling them on bayonets; and violating Belgium nuns, were popular themes of Allied propaganda. When the reports were questioned by British members of Parliament, (and in the case of the violation of Catholic nuns investigated by the Vatican), no evidence was ever produced to support the charges against “the Huns.”
- The Crucifixion of a Canadian (or an American or a young naked girl) sometimes on a barn door – These reports were backed up by fellow soldiers even though there were no eye-witnesses. In the case of the Canadian officer said to be crucified near the Belgium town of Ypres, U.S. Army Commander General Peyton C. March later denied the story. However, on April 12, 1919, the U.S. magazine, Nation. published a letter from Royal West Kent Private E. Loader, who declared he had witnessed the crucifixion of the Canadian soldier. The letter was subsequently repudiated by Captain E. N. Bennett who wrote the Nation, that there was no such private on the rolls of the Royal West Kents, and that the 2nd Battalion was in India during the whole war.
- The Corpse Factory – On April 16, 1917, the British Times reported that Germany was chemically treating the dead bodies of its soldiers (and enemy soldiers) to 1) distill glycerine for the manufacture of munitions, 2) to provide fat for lubricating oils 3) and was grinding human bones into powder for mixing with pigs’ food and making fertilizer.
To make sure the lie gained world-wide traction, the Crown and Parliament, both of whom were well aware that the propaganda reports were ludicrous and absolutely false, remained silent, even when informed that the “Corpse Factories” were, in fact, factories for the disposal of dead carcasses of horses and other animals found on the battlefield.
It was not until December of 1925 that the truth of the matter was finally admitted by Sir Austen Chamberlain KG, the half-brother of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who put the final nail in the propaganda coffin when he bluntly stated, “there was never any foundation for it [the rumour].”
The Sinking of the Lusitania
Ponsonby’s report on the tragic sinking of the RMS Lusitania, a British ocean liner on route from New York City to Liverpool, England on May7, 1915, is especially instructive since the event provided “the necessary lever at last to bring America into the war.” Americans were told that a German U-boat had torpedoed a defenseless passenger ship flying the American flag and bearing only civilian passengers and an ordinary cargo. Unfortunately, the “ordinary cargo,” consisted of thousands of cases of small arms ammunition, shrapnel shells, and brass percussion fuses weighing about 173 tons. The ship, which had been secretly financed by the British Admiralty and fitted for military service including gun mounts installed on her decks, sank in a record 18 minutes killing 1,198 passengers and crew including 124 Americans. Had the Lusitania only carried “ordinary cargo,” it is estimated that time and circumstances would have permitted many of these victims to have survived and reach the Irish shore at Kinsale, instead of being blown to bits by the second ammunition explosion.
However, the British and American propaganda Lusitania campaign that followed ensured that all the blame fell upon Germany, and on April 6, 1917, the United.States declared war on Germany.
The reader will note that when Progressivist U.S. Senator Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette (1906-1925) stated that the Lusitania carried munitions, he was threatened with expulsion from the U.S. Senate. But the threat was withdrawn when Mr. Dudley Field Malone, collector at the port of NYC, confirmed that the ship carried a large munition cargo consigned to the British Government, and said he would testify in favor of Senator La Follette. However, the Wilson administration refused to permit the publication of the facts.”
U.S. Government Opens Propaganda Office
As noted earlier, the U.S. Committee on Public Information (CPI) patterned itself after the British Crewe House propaganda machine headed by Alfred C.W. Harmsworth, later Alfred Lord Northcliffe, a British journalist and legendary newspaper magnate.
The CPI, also known as the Creel Committee, named after its Chairman, journalist George Creel, was the United States Government’s first official Office of Wartime Propaganda Machine.
“The frenzy with which the whole propaganda was conducted in America surpassed anything we experienced here [Britain],” Ponsonby says.
Some atrocity fabrications like the Germans giving poisoned candy to children to eat and live hand-grenades to play, with were so outrageous that General John Pershing, General of the Armies, who served as Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces on the Western Front during the Great War, issued a cablegram that instructed the U.S. War Department to publicly disavow these stories which had no basis in fact.
Similarly, Admiral William S. Sims, Commander of all U.S. Naval Forces in Europe, repudiated hideous U.S. news stories and movies promoted by the CPI against German submarine commanders. In a statement published by the New York Tribune in April 1923, Sims stated that “There exists no authentic report of cruelties ever having been committed by the commander or the crew of a German submarine. The Press reports about cruelties were only meant for propaganda purposes.”
WWI War Ends, But Government Propaganda Machine Continues
Unfortunately, as Bernays points out, why should Government kill a good thing for itself?
And Ponsonby prophetically states, “… of course, we know that such clever propagandists are equally clever in dealing with us after the event as in dealing with the enemy at the time.”
The CPI’s successor in WWII was the Office of War Information (OWI) promulgated by Executive Order 9182 under the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration on June 13, 1942. The various propaganda departments of the OWI included the Foreign Information Service, Bureau of Intelligence, Psychological Warfare Branch, Book and Magazine Bureau, Extensive Surveys Division, Bureau of Public Inquiries, Bureau of Motion Pictures, and the Propaganda Intelligence Section, etc.
The OWI was officially terminated on September 15, 1945, but was succeeded through the years till the present day by a litany of federal propaganda departments including the United States Information Service, the Office of Strategic Services, and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Ponsonby’s final observations that:
The Current Battle for Our Humanity
I don’t think the reader can find a better description of the current Government debacle surrounding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) “pandemic” than Ponsonby’s warning made almost 100 years ago.
The nature of the current war in America and the world, being orchestrated by the reigning Technological and Pharmaceutical Oligarchies of the so-called New World Order is much different than previous wars we have fought. And the implications of failing to defeat the enemy are much greater because we are fighting the ultimate battle for God, family, and nation.
Indeed, what is at stake is what it means to be HUMAN!
 Edward Bernays, Propaganda, Horace Liveright Publishing, NY., 1928. Original copy available online at https://archive.org/details/BernaysPropaganda/mode/2up.
 Mark Crispin Miller is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. See https://markcrispinmiller.com. The 2004 edition of Propaganda with Miller’s introduction, which this writer used, is available at Amazon.com. As Miller notes, “Propaganda mainly tells us that Bernays’ true métier [job or occupation] was to help giant players with their various sales and image problems.”
 Bernays, Propaganda, commentary by Miller on back cover
 Ibid., p. 17.
 Ibid., p. 37.
 Ibid., p. 63.
 Ibid., p. 54-55.
 Ibid., p..61.
 Ibid., p. 71.
 Ibid., p. 73.
 Ibid., p. 74.
 PDF available at Falsehood In Wartime (World War 1) : Arthur Ponsonby : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive. This article uses the 1928 E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York edition.
 Ibid., p.13
 Ibid., pp. 78-82
 Ibid., pp. 91-93.
 Ibid., pp. 102-113.
 Ibid., p. 105.
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 Ibid., pp.111-112.
 Ibid., pp. 121-125.
 Ponsonby, pp. 102-113.
 Ibid., pp. 122-123.
 Ibid., p. 122.
 Ponsonby, p. 183
 Ibid., p.183
 Ibid., p. 185
 Ibid., p.17.
 Ponsonby, p.25-26.
 Ibid., p.27.
 Ibid., pp. 27-28.
 Ibid., p. 29.© Randy Engel
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