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Do governments try to indoctrinate us?

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Such claims are often made - I would be interested in some specifics and details as to whether governments do this and if so, how do they go about doing this.
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Do governments try to indoctrinate us?

Governments attempt to brainwash us much of the time and more often than not they succeed.

Guiding behavior is central to many organizations within and around government. To attain power, political parties must control large segments of the population. This is done by controlling the information they receive. Psychological testing is done prior to releasing information on television to ascertain the effect on behavior.

There is a good documentary produced by the BBC, called the Century of the Self, which details some of the behavioral "programming". It focuses on the work of psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud and PR consultant Edward Bernays at the start of the twentieth century. In the first episode, the filmmaker Adam Curtis summarises the project, "This series is about how those in power have used Freud's theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy." You can find it here:

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