Is Democracy Impossible?

In Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know’s inaugural podcast, Ben and Matt explored the strange career of Edward Bernays, the then-obscure Father of Public Relations responsible for selling the American public on everything from bacon as breakfast to corporate-driven wars in South and Central America. All for some greater good packaged as ‘democracy’. Today, many institutions, government and organizations remain publicly convinced that some form of democracy is the superior — or simply the least worst — way to run these large groups of peopel we call countries. However, not everyone agree. Join the guys as they delve into the story of Walter Lippmann, the Bernays-esque figure responsible for pushing the argument against democracy (and toward governance by an elite cabal) into the public sphere.

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Dunbar’s Number (Video)

Dunbar’s Number (Article)

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