Americans may be the freest people on the planet, but they are one of the most conditioned. In this fascinating, 14 minute documentary, the effects of Edward Bernays' life work are explored. Bernays was the nephew of Sigmund Freud and the founder of modern public relations (a euphemism for propaganda). Some of his many "accomplishments" included: 1. Selling Americans on fighting in World War I in 1917; 2. Getting women to smoke; 3. Conducting a propaganda war against a democratically elected leader in Guatemala; 4. Persuading Americans to accept the addition of a toxic waste, bi-product, sodium fluoride to their water supplies; 5. And yes, even getting Americans to eat more bacon. Our thanks to Ben and Matt at Stuff They Don't Want You to Know
for this history lesson.