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Century of the Self: Part II: The Engineering of Consent

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Duration: 9 minutes and 40 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: BBC
Director: Adam Curtis
Views: 217
Posted by: xfrippiat on May 16, 2011

The programme explores how those in power in post-war America used Freud's ideas about the unconscious mind to try and control the masses.

Politicians and planners came to believe Freud's underlying premise - that deep within all human beings were dangerous and irrational desires and fears. They were convinced that it was the unleashing of these instincts that had led to the barbarism of Nazi Germany. To stop it ever happening again they set out to find ways to control this hidden enemy within the human mind.

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