Symbolic Seduction: Women’s Rights, Partisan Politics, Ethnocentrism and “American Narcissism”
Opinion

Symbolic Seduction: Women’s Rights, Partisan Politics, Ethnocentrism and “American Narcissism”

In 1929, Edward Bernays, Sigmund Freud’s nephew, U.S./CIA war and coup propagandist, and the founder of public relations, conducted a successful mind-manipulation experiment for the tobacco industry.  In those days there was a taboo against women smoking in public, and Bernays was hired to change that.  He consulted a psychiatrist, A. A. Brill, who told…