I believe in Edward Bernays, creator of Consumerism
Dominus Dominus
I believe in his horrible father, Capitalismus
Born of the Lord Greed
Born of the Lady Nihilism
Born of the depths of Control
Dominus Dominus
Edward Bernays lives in his works
He lives in television on billboards on the radio
In every aspect of American lives
He lives most visibly in the shopping center
We bow down to him daily though we do not know his name
According to the BBC interview with Edward Bernays’ daughter Anne, Bernays believed that the public’s democratic judgment was “not to be relied upon” and feared that the American public “could very easily vote for the wrong man or want the wrong thing, so that they had to be guided from above.”
My dear Mr. Bernays,
Thank you for your marvelous book
We in the Third Reich regard it highly
despite (as your famous uncle once remarked)
certain “doctrinal considerations.”
is of course a Jewish abomination
and should be rendered completely kaput
but we are pragmatists at heart
and when it comes to crowd control…
I have it at my bedside
ready to consult in case
my dreams
get out of hand
Jack Foley
Illustration: Claire Palmer
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