“I see things too, although you judge I wink.” (Two Gentlemen from Verona act 1 sc. 2)
Tips for Use. Say it to anyone who acts as if you did not know what is going on. Applicable in general to our increasingly Orwellian world, when massive out-of-control propaganda hides reality behind a wall of lies. In the book “Your Daily Shakespeare” you will find this and many other quotations to defend yourself against the attacks of your political opponent.
On the subject of ‘propaganda’, you may know that the word was coined in 1622 when Pope Gregory XV, frightened by the spread of Protestantism founded the “Office for the Propagation of the Faith” (Congregation de Propaganda Fide). Today, in true Orwellian spirit, the complete Washington establishment is but a huge Office for the Propagation of Lies, an immense “Ministry of Truth”.
The father of modern propaganda was of course George Bernays. Thanks to Bernays millions of suckers believed at first that cigarettes were good for health and later for cancer. He is the spiritual father of McDonald, of the liberty fries, of the gas-guzzlers, of the shopping malls, of Hollywood mania, mass sports mania, celebrity worship and prurient interest in dirt.
Indirectly Bernays is also the father of American exceptionalism. Whereby sundry coprophagi politicians extol the virtue of destroying any people or state that does pay homage to the “exceptional” nation or pay tribute to the petrochemical-pharmaceutical-military-industrial-transnational-financial-corporate-fascist-elite-sons of bitches.
Bernays opens his book with the following statement, “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” It makes us want to repeat with Mcduff in Macbeth, “O my breast, thy hope ends here.”
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In the play. Lucetta sees through the pretense of Julia, who loves Proteus but does not want to admit it.
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