Although often an unacknowledged process both throughout history and incontemporary times, social manipulation / engineering is a heated subject for discussion, and due to its inherent secret nature, is cause for both extensivespeculation and more on-topic research.Being one subject I have dedicated most of my reading time to during the lastyear, it was only normal to choose it as topic for this particular paper. Through thisstudy, I aim primarily at consolidating my already acquired knowledge, and secondarilyat categorizing what I otherwise identify as ways of mass controlling the generalpopulace by a number of factions with the power to do so. As my main interest lies notstrictly with the instances when or where such techniques were employed, I will onlysupport my examination of the methods used with what I consider to be tellingexamples, both historical and contemporary, from which the reader may gain acomprehensive understanding of how social manipulation is actually put into practice.My viewpoint is that the great majority of people are all too concerned with dailylife that they tend to overlook the “little things”, such as their own free will. Another goalof this paper is to serve as a sort of guidebook outlining the direction in which theworld, as related to social manipulation, is going, and to synthesize as many issues aspossible in what I hope will be an easy-to-follow tour of the subject. I wish to thus sparethe reader of the trouble of going over a myriad of papers covering a wide range of notalways apparently connected topics, only to form a general idea on the methods of goading the public, as well as what one might gain from applying them, while at thesame time presenting what I perceive to be a moderate perspective.
The claim that humans are inclined to lie and manipulate one another, should itfurther their personal interests, stands up to close psychological scrutiny. Peoplebelonging to all layers of society adopt such tactics constantly, whether we are talkingabout someone who influences his peers to become hostile towards somebody else,having an ulterior motive, or, more evidently, if we consider how politicians conducttheir electoral campaigns before an election. If we take this type of behavior one stepfurther, we can see how natural it is for groups of individuals with legal, political or economic power to attempt to sway public opinion in their favor, when their goalsrequire it.Because the masses are not composed uniformly of mindless robot-puppets,the means of controlling them are elaborate and well consolidated in a structuredsystem that is able to operate through apparently harmless means. Each faction has itssystem, developed as much as the faction’s resources permit, and generallycustomized according to its own agenda to control a well-defined range of the entirespectrum of society.Integral to this system are propaganda, in the multitude of forms it appears,whether overt or not, disinformation and surveillance through not always concealedinvasion of privacy.Propaganda feeds the masses with biased data, which when taken for granted,influences, positively or negatively, one selected group towards another individual,group, state, doctrine, or even religion. The messages included in propaganda areconceived in such a way as to be appealing to the target audience and usually presenteither the propagandist in a favorable light, or a chosen target in whatever manner suitsthe propagandist. It should be noted that every faction with something to promote