During the Cold War, a battle raged for control of people’s minds. U.S. military, intelligence and propaganda agencies saw mass communication as an instrument of persuasion and domination. To achieve their goals, they enlisted top professors and universities. The legacy of that relationship between the government and the academy was profound, and it continues today. The academic studies provided an important part of U.S. psychological warfare not just internationally but domestically as well.
Interview by David Barsamian. Christopher Simpson, professor at the American University, is the author of Blowback, Science of Coercion, and The Splendid Blond Beast.
An incomplete list of the topics and personalities discussed: Sociology Rockefeller Foundation Edward Bernays Walter Lippmann Bureau of Applied Social Research (Columbia Univ.) Center For International Studies (MIT) Department of Defense Hadley Cantril Institute for International Social Research (Princeton) Central Intelligence Agency Lloyd Free Social Psychology Communications Research Public Opinion Wilbur Schramm Paul Lazarsfeld Huk Rebellion (see the work of Alfred W. McCoy on this subject as well) Urban Dynamics Research Operation Barbarossa and the German Occupation of the Soviet Union LSD Experimentation on Humans US Government Radiation Experiments United States Information Agency Plausible Deniability Office of Policy Coordination (OPC) Black Propaganda / White Propaganda Harold Lasswell
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