Propaganda is not Just a Russian Problem

Edward Bernays and the Origin of Propaganda

The history of modern propaganda starts with Edward Bernays, who was an early twentieth-century American theorist. He wrote in his book, properly titled Propaganda:

In theory, everybody buys the best and cheapest commodities offered him on the market. In practice, if every one went around pricing, and chemically tasting before purchasing, the dozens of soaps or fabrics or brands of bread which are for sale, economic life would be hopelessly jammed. To avoid such…

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