the tendency is to develop an Administration
which closes the door of opportunity;
becomes narrow and selfish in its outlook and results in oligarchy
[but on the other hand] when government enters the field of business
with its great resources,
it has a tendency to extravagance and inefficiency,
but having power to crush all competitors,
likewise closed the door of opportunity and results in monopoly.”
US President. Calvin Coolidge, November 1925
“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
constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power...
…We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed,
our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.
...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 understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses.
It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”
Edward Bernays – Propaganda – 1928