What is Propaganda?

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the
organized habits and opinions of the masses is an
important element in democratic society. Those who
manipulate this unseen mechanism of society consti-
tute an invisible government which is the true ruling
power of our country.” - Edward Bernays, Propaganda - 1928

The above is the opening paragraph from a small but very important book published in 1928 by Edward Bernays, the father of "public relations." We call him that because before he got involved, Americans wanted nothing to do with World War I. You see, in the late 1800’s as the industrial age got roaring, Americans were excited about the power of economy. We believed that prosperity brought peace, and we lived it out as best we could. We were non-interventionist. We did not want to meddle in other countries political affairs.

The powers that be at the time were not thinking this way. They know there is money to be made in war, and the privately owned, global central banks that run the money systems love war. They especially like to fund both sides of a war, so that who ever wins, they win. If you are really interested in understanding fiat currency, central banking and its role in all this, watch the 4 hour documentary about how the global bankers got control of the money system in America. It’s called The Money Masters, and it covers the rise of fractional reserve lending from the very beginning.

The point is, if you do a little research and you read about Edward, who he was and what he did, and you read his book which is the summary of how he moved millions of people to change their minds against their will, you will quickly realize that ALL NEWS IS FAKE NEWS. Our minds are constantly under attack and those who have money and power want to keep it that way.

For instance, did you know that before modern industrial farming, bees were not our only pollinator around the globe? They are maybe the most efficient, but they are definitely the easiest to keep as far as we know. Did you know that bee dominance was created by industrial farming and that we have hurt global populations of other pollinators by propagating only the bee? Did you know THAT is the real reason we have a pollinator problem? Not to mention the complications of that same system introducing chemicals... Yet, all over, there is a lot of talk about bees. Why aren’t we talking about how to propagate other pollinators so we aren’t reliant on one species? Why aren't we talking about the fact that we have a holistic problem that has many factors starting with our tradition of a failed system of farming and food delivery? The earth does not function in mono crop systems and yet we let industrial farming tell us it does and we buy and eat the bullshit they sell us…

Trust me, if the propagandists are doing it with bees, they are doing it with the climate, with politics, with social causes and yes even cannabis and entheogens. Everything we think and care about, the conversation is steered by “an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”

If you look around, all of the topics promoted by the big 6 global media companies are fear creating. People who are afraid are easy to manipulate and control. They are also easy to convince and brainwash.

From racism, sexism, war, religious views, sexuality and more, the conversation is controlled and we all feel divided and afraid of each other. It has been this way for a long time. Well over a hundred years. It’s time to turn off the talking heads and turn on our hearts and tune in to the Universe and its function. Listen to the wind and the trees and the rivers and the birds. Be still and know. Create your own propaganda and spread it.

Peace Love and Rock'n'Roll

Jesse Barney