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Part One: Edward Bernays: The Founding Father of Lies

Part One: Edward Bernays: The Founding Father of Lies

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:00

Part One: Edward Bernays: The Founding Father of Lies

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Now he's going to have to, you know, develop a personality. Yeah, he looks like, as you said, an incel, which is why I picked the opening for the show that I opened a perfect circle. Is now going to start really yammering on about bone structure. Yeah, he's going to rent a van and Ram a. That's probably not something worth joking about. Point is less it looks like **** now. Yeah, the dog looks like ****. But you know, Jamie, because of our our subject for this week, I've learned that if you want your dog to get compliments again, the answer is not to get him a better haircut. The answer is to just simply change all of America's standards towards dog beauty. And today we're going to talk about the man who can tell you how to do that. Our subject today is Edward Bernays. Yes. Do you know who Edward Bernays was? No. I'm coming in colder than usual on this one. I'm. I love it. Yeah. I love it. I'm ready. Well, let's let's talk about Eddie B Ed Byrne. Uh. Sophie, we'll pull up a picture of him and I'll I'll queue Sophie in on when to show it to you, and you can you can you can give me that judgment. I'm gonna, I'm gonna read my little intro first, though. OK. So in common parlance, the term founding fathers is applied to the men who literally founded this country, either at the end of a rifle or a pen. And from a literal standpoint, that does make sense. Whatever else you want to say about them, dudes like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin did start this thing we call the United States, but the country they founded only bears a passing resemblance to the one we live in today. So for my money, we should expand our ideas of the founders to include the people who are most responsible for making America into the place it is right now, at this moment in time for all of the people who live here. And by that measure of the term, it's possible that no single man deserves to be called a founding father of this nation more than Edward Bernays. Eddie liked to be known as the father of public relations, which is only part true. He and another guy named Ivy Lee both have a pretty solid claim on that title, but calling what Bernays did PR gives an incomplete picture of the man's accomplishment. Edward Bernays invented mass manipulation of the American populace to achieve specific ends. And in doing so, he invented modern America. So this is the guy we're talking about today. The first PR man, I mean, isn't just saying you're the father of PR even though you're not just good PR. It's ******* fantastic PR. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. That's just good spin. Bernais. That's just good. I don't have evidence otherwise. And I'm not going to look it up. I am. He lived to be 103 years old. Yeah, he he never died. Until he finally did. Like, he should have died so much earlier because he was a real ***** ** **** but he just kept being alive. Yeah, it really does. Yeah. Like, the like, the toxicity of a person can really preserve you well. And he's one of these terrible people who, like, made really good healthcare decisions for himself and was always a very healthy person. Would you like the worst? Terrible people, like the health nuts who are monsters? Yeah. Like when Steve Jobs is, like, sloshing his granges, you're like, get over yourself. Yeah, it's like, because I need to live forever. Yeah, but unlike jobs, Bernais picked health stuff that actually worked, apparently. Nick rose. Robert. Take that job. Steve Jobs. You mean your **** ***? Alright. Edward Louis Bernays was born in Vienna, Austria in 1891. His father Eli and mother Anna Freud Bernays came from a middle class Jewish background. On his mother's side. They were perhaps a little bit above middle class due to a very famous relative, her brother Sigmund. As in Sigmund Freud, the guy who thinks we all want to **** our moms. Sigmund Freud is his uncle, yeah. Well, are they close? Oh yeah, yeah. They they were ******* tight. Yeah, they hung out. *******. There was actually. He helped Freud, like, get along when he was like older and like, he was having trouble making money. Like Bernays helped sell Freud's books and stuff over in the US and get him speaking deals and ****. So, like, they were like, like ******* tight. I'm doing that. You can't see the gesture over the audio, but I'm doing that. That gesture. Everyone knows. The tight gesture with your fingers. Yeah, that is already deeply ******. OK, so your uncle is Freud. He's peddling all these, this weird stuff. That I sort of agree with, but mostly I think it's more of a him thing. Freud is always like, like the 1st, 20% of everything he says is right and then he just goes off the rails and then he starts talking about how he wants to **** his mom and you're like, yeah, OK, that's fine, but don't stop projecting on the rest of us. Yeah, he's like a guy who's really good at, like, building roads but doesn't know where to build the roads to. So he just, he just randomly starts making roads in the middle of nowhere and they lead to cliffs. And stuff that's that's that's Sigmund Freud, father of psychiatry. Also a coke addict. And I guess coke addicts, like, blazing random. Oh yeah. He was way into cocaine. Yeah. Super huge into cocaine. The first book he wrote was called on cocaine, which was about doing cocaine. That's where psychiatry comes from. This guy. That's ********. And I appreciate him more than I did. One minute. Yeah. Yeah. He's my favorite coke addict. That isn't a Hollywood producer. That's a cool. Like, that's if some, like a contemporary, like, thought leader wrote a book called. Jeweling for a long time like that man. Alright, I'm on board. Yeah, so he's he's the nephew of Mr the world's most famous coke addict. Yeah. Slash scientist. Now, Austria in the 1890s was not exactly the best place in time to be Jewish. When Eddie was one, his parents moved the family to New York City, where his father went on to become a moderately successful grain merchant. Growing up, Edward's family was not rich, and there were some moments of financial strain when times were tough. But for the most part, they managed an upper middle class existence. Now his father, Eli Bernays, was not abusive or violent to his children, but he was a very German father and that meant he was seen as more of a force of nature by his kids than like a loving and supportive parent. Years later, Edward would write quote the household during the day centered around mother in the evenings and on holidays and Sundays. My father dominated everything and everyone, intimidating all of us with his unpredictable temperament. My earliest recollection of him is that of a heavyset man leaving the house. Every weekday and Saturday morning, for a place called downtown to make money, my mother was constantly on the alert to prevent explosions of father's temper. Cooking odors were anathema. He would sniff the air like a lion when he stepped into the vestibule of the house each evening. If someone had forgotten to close the dumb waiter and odors sifted up from the kitchen through the house, he would call out and allowed stern voice open the windows. My mother would rush to the windows and throw them open, regardless of outside weather. I never knew why my father was so obsessed with details. So that's that's his dad. That's how he related. And it's worth noting he he capitalizes the M and mother but does not capitalize the F and Father another another sick burn from Mr. Burns there. I mean, yeah, it's his dad. Just sounds like God. Yeah. The force of nature thing. It's so weird. I cannot relate at all. Is someone with a very meek father. But it seems like OK, so so his dad needs attention and his mom is terrified of him. And I'm sure that bodes very well for their personal life. Yeah, yeah. And it's one of those things that boded, like, this is actually a very German thing. Like, the way his family worked was pretty normal for German families. A couple of years ago, I interviewed an old guy who had been in the Hitler Youth as a kid and was like, 14 when World War Two ended. And when he talked about his childhood, he made a point of noting that, like, you didn't speak to your father directly unless he asked you a question. Like on Sundays when the family had a single egg, his dad would eat the egg and they would all watch like you didn't. Start eating food until your dad started eating, like, dad was like the dictator of the family. And this guy was like, that was pretty normal in Germany at the time. It was like a way, like, especially turn of the century Germany. And like, I really hate that egg thing. That's ****** ** right? It's super ****** **. And it just like, it feels like weirdly symbolic, even if they don't want it to be. They're like, Oh yeah, no, we have to watch Daddy eat an egg. Well, and it's this guy who again, like, grew up in the Hitler. With connected the way that like families were structured in Germany to how fascism was able to get such a hold on the country. He was like we were already kind of used to this idea because of how we grew up with our fathers like that. Anyway, that's the connection this guy made, and when I read about Bernays it sounded the same. Never watch your father eat an egg. Why? You never do it? My dad and I used to do this weird egg thing, but it was I. It wasn't like that. It was like my sense. That can go a lot of ways. What if I just? What if I chose to just like not get more specifically anyways? And Edward Bernays, me and I used to do this weird egg thing. We used to do this, this. We used to eat and what we would each have an over easy egg and then we would time. We would both swallow the yolks whole, but at the same time and then we'd high five. That's horrible. Is that German? That's the worst story ever. I'm really fun. I'm making the the the rule right now that if anyone listening to this ever sees their father eat an egg, start pelting him with rocks. No more fathers are allowed to eat eggs. You're enabling fascism if you watch daddy eating eggs, stop your parents. You're just your dad from eating. I guess it's fine for your mom. Unless that gets creepy. Yeah. Anyway, I'm going to read another quote Bernays wrote about his dad. My sisters and I stood in awe of our father. We observed silence in his presence until we were addressed. When he left the house in the morning, he called goodbye to us from the hall. We then ran from wherever we were and pecked a farewell on his bearded cheek. After dark he returned. I saw him for a few moments after supper before I was sent to bed. He occasionally raised his voice to us and commanding tones, which had the shock effect of a New York traffic cop on a timid motorist. His awesome personality made corporal punishment unnecessary so he doesn't get hit at all by his dad. There's no no abuse, but it's like this is the strictness of the family. Grows up and and Edward hates it. Like he really doesn't like his parents relationship. He doesn't seem to like the way his dad does things and he grows up wanting to live a life is different from the life his parents lived as possible. That's like an early motivator for him. Yeah. They're old Sigmund's making of this marriage. Yeah, I don't. I don't know. I don't think I have. I didn't come across any evidence of Sigmund Psychoanalyzing, his own nephew. He seemed mostly worried about money. Yeah, probably just something about *******. Should have ****** your mom, kid. You spoke your mind. This wouldn't have happened. Classic Sigmund Freud. Always telling kids to **** their mom. So Eli wanted his son Eddie to get into agriculture and pick a career that was in line with the family business of selling grain. But Eddie had zero desire to do anything even vaguely related to agricultural work. He graduated from the Agricultural College at Cornell University in 1912, so he was he. This is something that everyone listening should be able to identify with. He was like yet another middle class kid with a degree in a field that he didn't want to work in, like half of my friends. He worked for a brief time decoding cables about the grain trade and living off of Dad's money in New York until one day in December 1912, when he wound up meeting his old friend Fred Robinson on the morning trolley. Now he and Fred had worked on the school paper back when they were in high school, and now Fred's dad had handed his son control of two academic journals he happened to own, the medical review of reviews and the Dietetic and Hygienic Gazette. Fred asked his old friend Eddie for help in running both papers next, according to the father of spin. By Larry Tye quote they use the medical review to argue against women wearing corsets with stays and to encourage shower baths. They published expert opinions on health controversies, irregular, relatively novel approach. And they tried something even newer to promote the journal and its advertisers, distributing free copies to most of the 137,000 licensed physicians in the United States. So Eddie gets like a chance to break into publishing and immediately is this guy with new fresh ideas that nobody had thought of before. Generally positive so far? Yeah. Nothing. Nothing bad. Putting women in cages and let them take a shower every once in a while? Yeah, he is Eddie. Eddie Bernays is a feminist icon, by the way. Wow. Interesting. Yeah, he is. He's a weird feminist icon and a problematic one. But. Credit where it's due. He was like an early guy being like these these these these chest prisons we put women in aren't are seem like a bad idea. Perhaps they'll get angry. Maybe they're uncomfortable. Well, that's. That's. I mean, I guess that's the least you can do with a with a medical journal. They're just like, hey, stop putting your wife in prison. Yeah, don't imprison her lungs in a cage. Now. I'm on. I'm on team Eddie. So far? Yeah, yeah. We're all on team Eddie. So far, so. About two months into his new job, Eddie Bernays came across a review written by a doctor about a play that was just now starting to take off in New York or that had just been written. It hadn't even performed yet and the play was called damaged goods. It was about a man with syphilis who gets married and spawns a syphilitic child. Now this is about the most risque subject you could imagine at the time. People in 1912 did not talk about STD's and like any context, like doctors didn't like talking about them. So the play both dealt with the subject frankly and dealt with the common remedies people attempted to use to deal with the illness. So it was like, like a groundbreaking thing that you would like to discuss STD's at all in a popular play. Time. Yeah. It was the rent of its time. Exactly. It really is like, kind of in line with that. Yeah. So Eddie and Fred published that review but decided that just like, publicizing the play itself wasn't enough. So Bernays reached out to a guy named Richard Bennett who was a popular actor who'd expressed an interest in taking part in damaged goods. And he told Bennett quote, the editors of the Medical review of her view. Support your praiseworthy intention to fight sex currency in the United States by producing Bruce play damaged goods. You can count on our help. So because of his really traditional upbringing and like how how kind of cloistered his family life had been, Eddie grew up wanting to like break as many taboos as humanly possible and damaged goods gave him a perfect opportunity to do this. So he attached himself in the medical review of reviews to the project as a sort of proto PR firm. His plan was to essentially gain funding to produce the play and to get people to go to it and make it a financial excess success by turning the play into a cause celeb. We're basically like he was. He was staging this. Like, if you go to this play, you're fighting the cause of purie incy. You're like fighting prudishness. Yeah. Yeah, it's literally rent. So yeah, where people are like, yeah, I helped. I've seen rent before. Yeah, yeah, I helped raise awareness of AIDS by watching this play. That's exactly the same thing Bernays is having people do, but in 19 freaking 12. Yeah, damaged goods. Unrelated is just a great name for anything. Oh, I see anything. Damage gets I would see anything called damaged goods. Yeah. Even if it was, it kind of sounds like a hair band. I would still see it, though. I would see it if it was a movie starring Jeremy Renner. And I'm. I'm not a runner, a Ritter fan. But you're not a Jeremy Renner fan. I'm not. I'm not a runner. Stan. Yeah. God, didn't he, like, try stand up or something? He's like, tried stand up and he hates women. Love that for him. I don't know, but he is. I saw one picture of him from the New Avengers movie and I thought. That guy looks like damaged goods when he when he had the giant samurai tattoo on his arm. That's some damaged goods right there. So that's the face of damaged goods. Jeremy Renner with a giant samurai tattoo. There is a brief amount of time where both Jeremy Renner and Anne Haisch were like hitting a bar. Shows that it was like, can you get out of here? Like, go get, get get especially? Cancelled cheer. I don't know, I I think Jeremy Renner was born cancelled and that's what gives him his great power. Born to be cancelled will be the name of my next play. That's his other arm tattoo. His second sleeve. So Edward Bernays for the medical review of reviews Sociological Fund committee at age 21 and like the Sociological Fund Committee, was essentially like the organization he made to fund the the play damaged goods. So he raised money from people like John Rockefeller and the Vanderbilts in order to put on the show. His plan was wildly successful, and the Sociological Fund committee raised huge amounts of money. Damaged goods was a hit, and it inspired Bernays to launch a series of other plays aimed at exposing. Other utre acts, aspects of society, drugs, white slavery, anything that stirred controversy. After tasting success for the first time in his life, Eddie took the opportunity to travel to Austria and visit his famous uncle, Sigmund. They talked and walked and traded ideas about the functioning of the human mind. When Eddie got back to New York in late 1913, he'd become obsessed with his uncle's idea about how unconscious drives from childhood impact the way people behave as adults. Bernays realized that if you could figure out what unconscious drives. Motivated people, he could manipulate those people on a massive scale. So he starts with, like, I'm going to get people to see this play about syphilis by convincing them that it's like an act of like a humanitarian act to watch this, this piece of entertainment that's successful. So he starts doing it with other things, drugs and white slavery and stuff, and he's really just titillating people. But he makes them feel like they're accomplishing something, and he realizes that, like he's tapped into some sort of drive, people have to do better. So then he goes to Austria. Looks to his favorite sneaky things. They're just like, you're super woke, but what you don't know is that I'm taking all of them money. Like, yeah, like, Gee, OK, well, that's exactly what losing me, babe, you're losing. Well, so his first project after getting back was a comedic play called Daddy Long Legs, which basically seems. You're back on now. It's gone for a second. The descriptions of of it make it seem like it's just like almost a shot for shot rip off of Little Orphan Annie. Like the plot is literally that poor girl comes up from the street and gets adopted into wealth and privilege. So obviously long legs, though, I don't know, probably for some weird aspect of 1912, like 13 vernacular. Now, you may notice that the idea of a rip off of Little Orphan Annie that's not at all risque. It's not like syphilis or white slavery or anything like that. So how is Eddie going to make people feel like going to the show is activism if if it's just about some some poor kid getting adopted by a rich guy, I don't know. All right, well, he found a way. Yeah, he found a way. Uh. A little bit. Basically he he he he uses as an excuse to launch like a a charity campaign aimed at encouraging adoption. So like, this is like he he he's like, OK, this play itself. There's nothing risque about it. So I can make people feel good by making them feel like buying tickets to this is supporting the cause of getting poor kids adopted by rich kids or rich parents and stuff. So he forms groups on college campuses and high schools to raise money that's aimed specifically at getting like. Private middle class and upper middle class families to take in orphans. One of the colleges he goes to is Vassar, and he arranges a meeting with some influential undergraduates and gets like a writing in the the front page of a couple of newspapers, but they only donate about $0.15 of money, which is fine. He's not actually trying to raise money for anything. There's no actual charity here. He just wants to be able to say Vassar supports this charity campaign, which they didn't. Yeah, yeah, exactly. And Vasser gets really ****** at him, but the the stories are already on the front page. There's no there's no turning it. Back so like this is the tactic this guy invents, which is you may recognize as familiar with the way things work today. Sort of. So, yeah, he's, he's, he's, he's, he's a trendsetter. He's, he's he's established like the way PR out of work where it's like, I want to make it seem like these fancy institutions support what I'm doing. So I'm just going to take a picture with a couple of people there and folks will read between the lines and assume the college supports what we're doing and assume there's a real charity, even though there's not at all a real charity and no kids are getting matched up with rich parents. So he's a he's a genius. Yeah, cool guy. At age 23, Edward took on his biggest client yet, the Russian ballet. Now, this was a particularly tough task, since Macho American men had little inclination to watch a bunch of Europeans and fancy tights bound around onstage like a bunch of fairies. Ballet was seen as effeminate. In order to fight that expression of toxic masculinity, Bernays used another expression of toxic masculinity and published articles in prominent newspapers with titles like our American Men ashamed to be graceful. Yeah, that again. He's really smart. Yeah, I like him. Yeah, **** that's that's good. I mean, it's just like, you just have to make. That's such a weird angle to come. Yeah, just like. Oh, sorry, bro. Are you, like, afraid to, like, enjoy a gorgeous ballet? I'm sorry. You can't enjoy the beautiful shape, like the beautiful expression of a man's glorious glute muscles bounding in perfect symmetry on the stage. You don't like watching his quads bounce? I like, just like the image of an angry bro outside of like a ballet theater. Just they're just being like, oh dude, like what? Oh, I can't just go out and see ******* Romeo and Juliet with my friends. What the **** are you talking about? You're saying it's not manly to enjoy a man's tightly wrapped package as it as it bounds up and down on the stage? Like, I can't watch that. Are you? Are you? Are you scared of grace? There are two I'm just like why won't my boyfriend go to the Phantom of the opera with me? Why? Why? Well, because the spoiled watch musicals that slap. That's the that's the update. Of the opera slap yes. Well, you know, you know what else slaps Jamie Loftus. What? 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I didn't expect it to be a Raytheon ad, but now that it's run, I've been thinking I really need some new missile guidance systems, because I have. I have a lot of Yemen to shoot at. Like suggestion is very strong. You don't realize how many ways there are to kill until you listen to the advertisements. Exactly. I'm going to bomb. So many school buses in foreign countries thanks to these beautiful Raytheon products and and their sponsorship money really keeps the shovel float. So thank you to Raytheon. Yeah. It's really cool to get to finally see pictures of your large mansion that you live in. Yes, yes. Built with Raytheon money. Shay. Raytheon. Yeah. Oddly enough, the main demographic for behind the ******** is the Saudi royal family. So they this is really a good place for Raytheon to advertise. Yeah. All right, let's get back to Edward Bernays, who is related to this because he invented advertising and moderate content. Yeah, he revolutionized ********. He revolutionized ********. So Bernays had realized with his his campaign for the Russian ballet that he could sort of change American opinions about things like European men wearing tights by pushing think pieces into popular publications like Vanity Fair and. Creating the illusion of a national discussion as long as it's done to this day, yeah. Yeah. It like, he he was, he's the first person to figure it out. And it's completely destroyed our our civil society. It's like when they remember that article that was like, why aren't millennials buying diamonds? Just like, starting a conversation that no one was in the middle of. Meanwhile, the question with all of my fellow millennials is more along the lines of, like, why can't I afford to buy my insulin? Why did I, why did I go to a dentist? To accept Groupon, that's. Why are people able to afford a dentist? How do I how do I clean my vanity bones without getting a new credit card? Yeah. Did you know that there are Groupon dentist? Robert? I am not surprised by that. It's a hard industry for dentists. I went to one. She sneezed in my mouth. But I think she did good dental work the last time I went to a dentist. That that's horrifying. It took me a second to catch up with that. She sneezed into my mouth. She wasn't wearing a mask. Is that what is that? Was she like those painless dentists? We're like what she brags about is I'm a maskless dentist. Anything could happen. Yeah. Mask off, *****. 8% cheaper than the other dentist, but I will get my fluids inside of you. Yeah. The crazy thing is I'm pretty sure that the gum procedure itself went just fine, but she she was, like, talking about Game of Thrones and she sneezed in my mouth. That's awesome. That's some solid dentistry. Yeah. I mean, hey, if I had, you know, had I gotten health insurance, had I had it been an option in my life, I wouldn't have this gorgeous anecdote to share with you on this, this podcast. So really, you know, what is dystopia? I don't know. The last time. I went to a dentist was when I had health insurance and it was to get my wisdom teeth removed and I understood then that that was the last dentist trip where I was likely to get hydrocodone. So I just have not been back because why would you, why would you go after that? I guess that's fair. I just my mouth kept bleeding, my mouth kept bleeding. Mouths are meant to bleed, Jamie. There was just I was starting to get nervous about how my mouth would bleed in any situation if I started to feel any feeling. My mouth would respond by bleeding. Now, if your mouth stops bleeding, that's when you have a health issue. You want your mouth to bleed all the time? Well, that's fair. But if you see enough pictures of yourself doing stand up with your mouth actively bleeding, people start to think it's a bit and not just how your mouth is. Well, play it is a bit either way. If you're if your mouth is bleeding, it means you're drinking plenty of blood, which means you have high iron levels, which is what you need if you can't afford to go to the doctor. I love this spin. You're going full bernaise. Thank you. I'm I I really have learned a lot from him. So as the 19 teens rolled on, Edward Bernays was making very good money on the cutting edge of a field. Hadn't really existed before he got into it. Public relations tragically, his success did not at all impress his father. Bernays later wrote. Quote my father's attitude toward my activities remained less than lukewarm. He was disappointed that his son had turned press agent. He enjoyed good theater and concerts. To occupy an orchestra seat at a performance was one thing. But for his only son to make a career of the theater in daily contact with actors and managers was something else. The influences the window. Open the window. Get this actor stink out of here. Yeah, he thought his dad thought actors were gross, and he thought it was gross that his son had become basically a press agent for the theater. I mean, wouldn't you feel the same way? Yes, I hate the theater and all people who were involved with it. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I think that's a reasonable way to feel, get, get getting TV. Like every self respecting actor. *******. Board trotting? Yeah. Where's your bag? I'm not ******* interested. Yeah, he's he is older than sag. I suspect now, when World War One kicked off in August of 1914, it was, you know, probably the greatest calamity in human history. Whole nations in the continent of Europe were utterly ruined by war on a scale never before imagined. Luckily for America, and for Edward Bernays, it also meant an opportunity to get into some new business. For America, that new business was mass arms sales. For Edward, that new business was convincing. Americans that getting involved in a European war was a good idea. Now, this is going to be hard to get your mind around Jamie, but there was a time when Americans thought going to war in foreign countries was a bad idea. That's not something I feel like we can relate with in our lifetimes. No, no, no. It was not so OK, daddy little legs. How's he going to do it? How is Daddy long legs going to do this? Well, his first big idea was to get out an article in the magazine Musical America urging musicians to help America get on board with the war by having singers perform songs about the US military whenever they performed at clubs. So that was is, you know, they can't all be great home runs, that is. That is one thing that seemed to used to work in this country. I truly can't understand like hearing even like post 911 and like this. This really, you know, it actually did work in 911. I grew up in a conservative household and I heard that *******. Well, I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free. I heard that ******* every week of my life in the run up to like the Iraq war. Oh good, yeah, that was that was like the theme song of we're going to. Support this horrible war? Yeah, yeah, that was. And my parents were very moved by it, especially after 911. Thought it was the most profound song they'd ever heard. It was a so yeah, I guess maybe that wasn't a dumb idea. It probably worked really ******* well back then, and it worked really ******* well in 2003. Yeah, yeah. He was a ******* trendsetter. Yeah. So eventually, Bernaise's work earned an interview with the Foreign Press Bureau, who were the United States's Proto Propaganda agency for the US military. At that point in history, they were worried about hiring brenets because he came from Austria and they thought that might make him not loyal to the United States. But eventually they they grew convinced that Bernays, you know, was really a company man. And they gave him a chance to serve the war effort directly. Relentless capitalist he yeah, he is. He's, he is on board with capitalism. We're good. We're good, yeah. I'm going to quote again from the father of Spin quote finally given his chance to serve, Eddie recruited Ford International Harvester and scores of other American firms to distribute literature on US war aims to foreign contacts and post US propaganda in the windows of 650 American offices overseas. He distributed postcards to Italian soldiers at the front so they could boost morale at home, and he planted propaganda behind the German lines to sow dissent. He organized rallies at Carnegie Hall featuring freedom fighters from Poland, Czechoslovakia, and other states that were anxious to break free of the Austro Hungarian. Empire. In short, he helped win America over to an unpopular war using precisely the techniques he'd used to promote Daddy long legs and the Russian ballet. Oh my God. Yeah, yeah. OK, so he's moved on from ballet to the First World War. Well, he's going to just quite a jump. Never overestimate like, the confidence of a random guy. Yeah, he's like, well, I successfully promoted daddy long legs better trying to, like, make **** the world up. Yeah, it's one of the I know the thought went through his head at some point. Like if I can put ***** in seats on Broadway, I can put dough boys in trenches in the Western Front. Ohh I well, there's there's no bouncing back from this. And it worked and it was it worked. Yeah. Yeah, yeah. He was he was an integral part of winning the American people over the World War One. Really appealing to the power of FOMO is is powerful for anyone. They're just like, are you serious? Like people are. They're **** happening over here. It's one kind of dumb to be a European in 1914 and think like, oh, this war is going to be awesome. We got to get into it like everybody wants a little bit. It's going to be over real quick, like, I want to have a partner. I want to have a chance to be a hero. That's one kind of dumb, and it's an understandable kind of dumb if you know European history up to that point. It's a whole other kind of dumb to watch. Three years of unspeakable. Slaughter in the trenches of Western Europe and be like, yeah, we we should really get in that like, this. This seems like it's going to be a great thing. Let's hop on board this train, guys. But it doesn't seem like it's it does work. It does work. Imperial Germany is defeated, thus ensuring peace in Europe forever more. Ever read in a European history? Past 1918? But I think, I think, I think it went pretty well. It's kind of a happily ever after kind of deal. Yeah. Seems like it seemed like it. So there's an extent to which, like, obviously American involvement in the First World War is one of those things that set off a chain of events that, you know, made the rise of Nazi Germany inevitable. And you can't blame Edward Bernays for that. He was he was doing what he thought was best. What you can blame him for is his work. In the tobacco industry, which ironically would go on to kill more people than his work selling America on world wars. But first, it's so wild that, you know, like his dad could have just been like, I love you. Yeah, his dad actually did say that a lot because we have some letters between them. It seemed like his dad could only communicate emotionally with his son through letters that they wrote each other. But his dad was also like really insistent that his son get into agriculture, which I guess maybe he was right about it because instead Edward Bernays thing to do. And I wish I picked that career. Yeah, I was like, I mean, I guess he the world might be better off if he had done that. I wish that fathers were still pushing their kids to do the same **** as them. That that's what a, what a fun, what a fun trend that was for most of human history. I mean, I say that like, I make fun of that idea of like dad's like, like, pushing their kids to the same thing they did. But I wound up completely accidentally in the same career field my dad was in without ever meeting to because he was a radio guy for 30 years. And now look at look at ******* me. Look at you. You're on your *** **** microphone and you're Raytheon mansion. And I'm also reporting on the Boston Bruins for local paper. You can't. Wow. You can't escape. Escape it. Yeah, genetics is destiny. Except for Edward Bernays, who instead of farming tobacco just sold it to millions of Americans. We're going to talk about that in a little bit, Jamie. But first, I feel like we should have a little detour and talk about this is this is my content. OK, great. You're ready. You're ready. I'll be the judge of that. Is a longstanding women's rights advocate and was well ahead of his time on just about every gender issue. He, you know, supported women's suffrage before women could actually vote. He and his wife, Doris Fleischman, got married in 1922 after a long, lingering courtship. When Edward had opened his first independent company, which he called a Publicity direction office in 1919, Doris was his first employee. They fell in love, but were so focused on avoiding what they saw as the mistakes of their parents that they kept their relationship hidden. For years, Eddie's sister actually had her husband. Adopt the Burnett's name when they married so that the family line could go on because she was that convinced that her brother would never marry. He was like kind of like a hippie sort of dude was like, we're not going to get married. We're going to do like, you know, the a different sort of relationship that that nobody else in America is, is on board, like doing yet. So he was like ahead, ahead of his time on that. Now, on paper, the union between Doris Fleischman and Ebbie Bernays seemed like it was like the Wokest one in history up to that point. They got married without a wedding ring. They did not inform their parents and you know, back before the wedding they both joined something called the Lucy Stone League, which was an advocacy group dedicated to fighting for women's right to maintain their maiden name and not change their maiden name after marriage. That is cool and true to their word. After their marriage, Doris kept her maiden name. When they signed into the hotel where they would spend their wedding night, she registered for the room instead of Eddie, and she registered under the name Doris Fleischman. This was the first time any woman had ever done this in American history. And like to give you an idea of where gender relations were at the time, multiple major national newspapers reported on the story of a woman signing in for a hotel under her maiden name. Wow. There were headlines like this bride registers under her maiden name and just independent with the exclamation point. Yeah, it's like, so that's where we are at this time. But you know, Eddie Bernays is is and he and his wife like our ******* trendsetters here. Oh, wow. I mean, talk about multitudes on Mr Burnett and his friends must have thought he was such a cook. That's funny. Yeah. Yeah. Good for him. That's something that's not nothing. That's not nothing. And he was, you know, in the 1920s was an advocate of the idea that housewives deserve to be paid by their husbands because he believed they were doing. Yeah, yeah. Real work and that they ought to be compensated for it. And because he and his wife were business partners, he split the revenue from his. Agency with his wife evenly so they were equal partners on paper at least, so. His wife? Yeah, his. Is she hot? Sophie there? Is she hot? Wait, we got to look him up. Yeah, we got to look him up. We got to we got to reduce Doris Fleischman, women's rights pioneer, to is she hot? I should have said earlier. I don't think Edward Bernays is hot. His head looks like a cube. I would not call him hot. His cube. His wife is beautiful. Wow. OK, lady. Yeah. You do what she says, Cube head. So, well, actually, see, this is where it gets kind of ****** **. So, Jamie, nice friends. Yeah, it's a this is a complicated story, because everything I've just told you is true, but it leaves out. Leaves out an important aspect of the story, which is what Doris herself actually wanted. So what I'm going to quote again from the book the Father of Spin quote Doris also was a pioneer for women's rights, but winning the right to use her maiden name wasn't one of her proudest achievements. Eddie admitted it was he who'd insisted on their joining the Lucy Stone League, bringing a reluctant Doris with me. And it was he who pushed her to use her maiden name on their wedding night. Because I had an interfere that marriage, though I wanted it fiercely with Doris, would take away some of my liberties. As an individual, if there were a misses added to my name. So, years later, Doris actually would adopt her husband's last name, as she'd apparently wanted to do all along. She never it. It was it was played as this big gesture of an independent woman making a strike for women's rights, but she actually really wanted to take Bernaise's name, and he wouldn't let her. So, yeah, it's kind of, it's it's it's ******* complicated, right? Like, that's some extremely weird. Yeah, that's some ****. Yeah. Just does sort of ring us like, yeah, whatever. His fears are compounded with the fact that this all got them pressed every time they would do something that was a #feminist win. Yeah, that is so. That's like, so many levels of emotional ******* where, I don't know, I'm like, I'm just picturing these gaslighting sessions of, like, are you telling me I'm doing something bad? It's like, no. No, but like no one ever. Doris? God, it's so complicated. Yeah, the only woke man is also a ******* ****. Yeah, it's it is the 20s. Yes. So imagine that cube head telling you what to do. Yeah, for 58 years, yeah. I mean, she's she. She expressed happiness in their relationship. Doris Fleischman was a legitimate pioneer of women's rights. She worked in journalism long before that was common, and she was a huge part of her husband's groundbreaking PR work. But in spite of his insistences that there was an equal partnership, Burnett is always focused on the Bernaise name and their work, and downplayed his wife's involvement in it. During the decades where that was a hindrance rather than an asset, Doris was expected to maintain their home as well, like any housewife of that era. But because Eddie was so woke and uncomfortable with the idea of having his wife do housework for him, she spent most of her life rushing to and from their home ahead of him to ensure that the house was in order and to also ensure that Eddie didn't see her putting the house in order. Anne Bernays, their daughter, later said he wanted her to be a feminist outside the house, but inside he wanted her to be a Victorian wife. That's yeah, that's. That still happens. That's like, yeah, I would say a solid 25% of men who own like, the future is female. Shirts are like still pieces of **** and, like, expect to too much from well, good to know, good to know. Yeah, he's the original. Beware the woke man sort of stereotype. Yeah, like the guy who brags about being woke is usually quite dangerous. Yeah, like, yeah. Who's that guy from? Who's that guy from Orange is the new black? Who, like, wouldn't shut up about how woke he was for three years and then everyone just stopped casting him so he'd shut the **** **. He's like that guy. Someone I don't. I don't know who that guy is. His name was Matt, and I'll tell you shirtless. I mean, I'll say, for my own part, the only thing I'll brag about is accidentally, drunkenly vomiting on people that that I'm, I'm close to. Because because I, I, Jamie, am a true hero. You are. You are the true Workman. Thank you. Thank you. And and being us is the true Wakeman, the person who has a problem moderating his intake of intoxicants and has ruined many a shirt from his friends. Matt Mcgorry, that was. That was Mr Woke I was thinking of. Is that the guy? Yeah, the shirtless woke man. God so gross. Well, shirt full woke man. Eddie Bernays. Yeah. Ocube had when Doris died in 1980, a professor named Susan Henry was inspired by the obituary Edward Bernays wrote about his wife and, you know, inspired her to write a book about Doris Fleischman and several other female pioneers. The book is titled Anonymous in their own names, which is a solid ******* title. Professor Susan Henry reached out to Edward Bernays because he was still alive about writing this book that would feature his wife heavily, and he was enthusiastic in his desire to help Susan and to talk up the accomplishments of his deceased. Life as Susan dug more and more, though, and talked to the Brunette's daughters, she came to very critical conclusions about Eddie and I'm going to quote from her book now. After visiting him in March, I finished writing a paper about Fleischman that was accepted for presentation at a national conference. I sent him a copy nervously, though, since the paper's theme was his dominance of her at home and in the office and her lack of professional recognition. Once again, he surprised me. I have no criticisms whatsoever, he wrote to me after reading it, except possibly one slight point I had overplayed. Their invisibility, he thought, and not been sufficiently mindful of how their business would have suffered. Quote if we had publicized a woman giving advice to men, this was not a slight point at all, but he was willing to treat it as if it were and to invite me back. So again, that's Eddie's justification for why he didn't give his wife the credit and she deserved while they were actually doing the work and waited until decades later when women's rights was in vogue. That's certainly been yeah, he's the dad of spin, big Papa spins Jesus now. Edward continued to work with Susan on her book, in spite of the fact that her work both revealed the great role Doris had played in his innovations, which meant less credit for him. This might seem to be somewhat to Eddie's credit as a human being and evidence that he was a man capable of seeing his own past flaws and acknowledging them in the harsh light of the historical record. But it's worth noting that Edward's own daughter Anne did not take this charitable view of her father's quote when I asked Anne Bernays why she thought her father was so helpful, even though by telling Fleischman story I was undermining the sole credit he had received for their work. She reminded me that one of his favorite phrases was reflected glory. I was showing his good sense in choosing her mother as his partner, she explained. You're flattering him. I later realized that the timing of my research added to the flattery, in contrast to the anti feminism of the 1950s. That made it a problematic time for Fleishman to disclose much about her career in a wife as many women, so she barely mentioned it. The feminism of the 1980s and 1990s made this an excellent time for Bennetts to call attention to her career. He was willing to take less credit for their public relations. Accomplishments. If you could take full credit for having been smart enough to marry and form a professional relationship with this remarkable woman. So that's how Eddie Bernays's daughter analyzes everything that went on with it. Very interesting. I realized she's an author, isn't she? His daughter? Because I recognize her. One of her books at some point. Well that I mean that sounds that sounds accurate in terms of just like I mean those men are still out there just like you know the the Fairweather supporter of like when it's I mean this guy just sounds like yeah when it's when he when the world will give you positive attention for being a feminist. He's a feminist and then when feminism is out. Then. Cool. Well, I hate. Yeah, and I hate him. He's kind of. I would describe him as like a. Yeah, I mean, he wasn't entirely a fair weather feminist. I got to give him that. Like, there were things that he was very outspoken about before it was popular. Like him insisting that housewives get paid was never a popular. Like that's still not a popular thing to be on. Yeah. And he was the just, I mean just the general like, yeah, even if it's we don't know how genuine it is. But I like the fact that he said like, you know, women shouldn't be forced to wear corsets. Like that's that's good. I like it. But then the fact that his he wasn't actually listening to his wife. Kind of really puts a puts a bad taste in your mouth. Yeah, that old cube. Yeah, it's ******* complicated and weird and you know? Why isn't it leaves a bad taste in my mouth? Intentions, Robert, why? That's one of those things. Like when we talk about like his his reputation or his, his record with feminism, there's a lot to criticize. There's a lot to praise. I wouldn't call him a ******* on that because I am a big believer and you have to judge people by the standards of the time. And even with all of the warts on his story, he's still better than the average man for that time on that issue. Well, that's yeah, I agree with like, and there is something to be. Said for just being an influential person, saying something that's not like popular, but no matter if it's done, even if it's done for PR, like it can still be helpful to the world. Well, I mean, yeah, he just kind of sounds like a like a kind of flip floppy, but sort of progress, I don't know. You know, at the end of the day, it's complicated. Sold a lot of cigarettes and I guess I just don't like it. Yeah. And we are going to talk about the cigarettes next because that's where we really get into Edward Bernays's definitely a *******. 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That's not true, but let's let's let's see if we can just get that light at take off. Edward Bernays would approve of me telling that cooler would he be perceived as cooler or less cool. Does your profile raise if you're related to Mr 305, Mr Worldwide himself? Pitbull. Yes, I like Pitbull. And that's my feminism. Pitbull is there anything more feminist than liking Pitbull? Mr 305, Mr worldwide? I don't know. I don't know. Yeah, no, not at all. Not at all. It's that is the most feminist one can be. Exactly. When we go to war with Iran, we're going to AirDrop Pitbull into into the country in order to to lead a women's uprising against the the regime. That's that's how that's going to work. Mission will be scored to Pitbull and the revolution will of course be sponsored and supported by the good people at Raytheon. Pitbull X Raytheon is, I mean, after forever 21 X flame it's a it's a match made in heaven. We don't know. Yeah. Forever 21 would do everything online. I believe it. Yeah, I believe so. Because that's. ******* Pitbull branded Hellfire drones. That's that's a great. That's a great branding opportunity right there. So we're going to talk about Edward Bernays and the ****** ******* tobacco industry and Jamie spoilers. When I say ************* I mean because his work in tobacco ****** over a lot of mothers. Like, I thought it was another fraud thing. If you know an older woman who died from tobacco, it's probably Edward Bernays faults. Like, that's not fair because he had a grandma who dropped from lung cancer. Yeah, yeah. I mean, I didn't like my great aunt, so I guess shout out to everybody. Really can thank Edward Bernays packets and Edward Bernays ensured that there would be more sweet and low packets by taking her out of the game early. So you're welcome Jamie, thank you so much. So World War One was of course a huge boon for the concept of smoking cigarettes. Prior to the war real men tended to prefer cigars or pipes or if they were baseball players chewing tobacco. Cigarettes excelled in wartime due to how easily you could smoke them in a trench. They became a standard part of military rations. And hundreds of thousands of American men returned from Europe with a fun new addiction. In 1928, Edward and Doris's PR firm was contracted by George Washington Hill, the head of the American Tobacco Company. Hill's goal was to get women to start smoking the company's biggest brand, lucky strikes. Check that market that worked out. Yeah, it did. It did, yes. Spoilers. This plan works like ******* gangbusters. Now, at that point, only about 12% of cigarettes were consumed by women, which represented a huge surge in lady smoking from like the way things had been in the 1890s but wasn't nearly enough to make big tobacco happy. Hill hit upon a brilliant theory, since being skinny had just come into vogue. If he could convince women that cigarettes would help them lose weight, he could get them super ******* addicted to tobacco. So he'll came up with the slogan on his own. Oh yeah, yeah, it really does. And he'll came up with the slogan reach for a lucky instead of a suite, which is a solid slogan. But he's a feminist, though, yeah, he's a feminist. Intersectional. Hill knew that he was going to need the talents of the world's greatest ad man to make the slogan work from the father of spin. Yeah, I mean, that's kind of who John Draper is kind of based on. Edward Bernays. Without the whole square head thing? Yeah, except for much better looking. Although they both do have giant heads. They does John have a big old head? Yeah, John, I've seen Jon Hamm, and he has a very large head, very good looking guy, but huge head? Isn't that, like there's something about humans that are like, they find big heads cute, and that's why The Powerpuff Girls look that way. I'm not. I'm not crazy here. I there's it's the same reason we find babies cute, because their heads are big for their bodies. It's like kittens and puppies, too. Yeah. All right, well, yeah, I like a big head. I don't like cubed. So yeah, Hill had this idea for like an ad campaign, reach for lucky instead of a sweet, and he contracted with Edward Bernays to make the idea work. So I'm going to quote again from the father of spin. Bernays launched the campaign against Sweets with his tried and true tactic of enlisting experts, in this case convincing Nicholas Murray, a photographer friend, to ask other photographers and artists to sing the praises of the thin. I have come to the conclusion Murray wrote that the slender woman who combining suppleness with grace and grace with slenderness who instead of overeating sweets and desserts. Lights a cigarette, as the advertisement say, has created a new standard of female loveliness. I'm interested in knowing if my own judgment concurs with that of others, and should be most happy to have your opinion on the subject. Magazines and newspapers were also furnished with the latest findings on the get thin trend. For fashion editors, that meant photo after photo of slender Parisian models and haute couture dresses for news editors and mint testimonials like the one from the former chief of the British Association of Medical Officers of Health warning that sweets cause tooth decay and advising the correct way to finish a meal is with fruit. Coffee and a cigarette, the fruit doctor, George F Buken continued, hardens the gums and cleans the teeth. The coffee stimulates the flow of saliva in the mouth and acts as a mouthwash, while finally the cigarette disinfects the mouth and soothes the nerves. Jesus, cigarettes are dental there, that's. You learn a lot from the 20s by knowing people. We're told Coffee is a mouthwash in cigarettes, cleaning your teeth. And we're like, all right, there is a part of me that's like, I would like to live in that world for like a day. It would be nice. It's like everyone was living in a Kesha song. Yeah. It's so, yeah, that's psychotic that. I mean it is crazy how I mean, making cigarettes look feminine is it's such like an advertising hack job that was so effective. But it was like that was still my mom smoked cigarettes for chicks, basically, and my dad smoked boys cigarettes like my dad did, like Winstons and my mom does misty menthol one 20s because they're thin and sexy. And there's a rainbow on the carton and that, like, it's it works. I hate it. It works. It super works. It's the same reason why there's all these like, like where they have male patterned baby wipes now. Like, yeah, like it's and it's God. I mean it's like becoming a little bit like more controversial to still be like arbitrarily gendering stuff like that. But it is crazy how like, how recently it was so egregious of just like. This one's for you should. And this is how, you know, if you ever want a really fun trip down in advertising rabbit hole, look at all of the different handguns that are aimed like marketed towards women like car and stuff like their lady gun ads are. It's ******* great. Guns for like anything for for the gals is just guns for gals, guns for gals. We got to protect ourselves 2 ladies. But look at like this pink trigger. Like it's well it's it's it's less. I mean you do see some of that. Mostly it's like, let gals, we know you all want to carry the biggest gun available, but you don't want to ruin the lining of your yoga pants. So, like, here's yoga pants that are built to carry a gun. Or here's like, a gun that's designed to, like, go with the contours of feminine, like, like, fashion. It's really. Can I pack a piece and still look hot, still look demure? Half yeah, it's ******* great. There are these new things. I actually like these, but they're they sell them at, like, Walmart, Walmart and Target and Wargate, but they're these panic alarms to carry around in case someone tries to attack you in the night. But they just look like, like heart key chains. And they're advertised with like, if you ever need to make a big scene, girls, this is the accessory to have, and it is basically a very small Taser. Ah, that's amazing. Yeah, make a big scene. It's beautiful. And it all comes descended from the mind of Eddie Bernays. So in his quest to get more women smoking, he went directly to hotels and restaurants and encouraged them to add cigarettes to their dessert offerings. He oversaw print ads like this beautiful piece of propaganda. I'm going to have Sophie show you. It it says on the top. Well, actually, Jamie, why don't you, why don't you describe that ad for our listeners? OK, so in a nice little serif font at the top says to keep a slender figure no one can deny. And then it's a ***** looking woman. And then it says reach for a lucky instead of a sweet and and then it says the thing that we all know from the Mad Men episode, which is it's toasted. It's no throat irritation, no cough. Yeah. Oh my God, they're. I mean, and they were right and they were right. This is such a weird yeah, this and and were these the first advertisements of their kind? Yeah. This is really the first guy to start pushing this in a big way. Like, obviously they're in product advertised for women before, but not like this. No one had thought of taking something that was a mass product and then specifically gendering it in order to sell more of them to a specific gender. Yeah, like Bernays is the ******* king of that. He he's he's the the real trailblazer there. He's using his feminism for evil, yes. Exactly. The Brunette's office sent out a series of suggested menus to restaurants arranged to save you from the dangers of overeating. Inevitably, the after dinner menus advised reach for a cigarette instead of dessert. Bernays pushed articles that advised wives to hire cabinet makers to add in special cigarette holders next to the flour and sugar holders. He sat down with Homec textbook writers to stress the importance of cigarettes and homemaking. Just as the young and inexperienced housewife is cautioned not to let her supplies of sugar or salt or tea or coffee run low, so should she be advised that? The same holds true of cigarettes. No, I I desperately want a house with a cigarette holder built into the cabinets. I will start smoking just to be able to use that. That sounds ******* awesome. I mean the way it's crazy to think of, but it's like they're. Yeah, like cigarette use used to be like kind of a given and like built into. It's still kind of like built into cars and just like became. It's if you want to know what it was like. If you want to know what it was like to grow up in the 20s in America, go take a vacation to Serbia because they all still like you'll. You'll have waiters walk to your table with a plate full of food with a cigarette in their mouths. Like it's it's so ******* crazy. They still smoke that way over there and it's it's amazing. Like, why it really. Yeah, it really takes you back. Yeah, it's retro, Robert. It's retro. And they have a nightmarish rates of cancer. But. I don't think anyone gives a ****. It's Serbia, man. Like they've been through worse. What's the national slogan? Yeah, yeah, yeah. You notice that the places where, like, **** has gotten real most recently are the places where no one cares that cigarettes are bad for you. Like, everybody smokes in Iraq and it's like, why am I going to give a **** about lung cancer if you seen what's going on here? Now, Jamie, have you ever heard the phrase a moment on the lips and in a lifetime on the hips? No. What, you've never heard that, I guess. OK, so for a couple of articles I wrote years ago, I spent several weeks in pro anorexia chat rooms. Just like listening to the conversations pro anorexia people would have with each other about how to be anorexic better, and you run into that quote all of the ******* time. It is very common. Off offline, which is that's good. Yeah, that's good. Yeah, yeah, it exists. I did the same with in journals. Yeah, I I'm glad that I did the same with my eating disorder. Otherwise it would have been a real problem or more of a real problem than it was. Yeah, but that phrase a moment on the lips, the lifetime of the hips, that anthem of anorexia originates from a quote cooked up by Edward Bernays. His version, of course, was a moment in the mouth and 10 years on the hips, which I guess is less extreme than the way the quote. Yeah, a moment in the mouth and 10 years on the hips. It's a good line. That's a good line. He got that line published in pieces in The New Yorker Life and other magazines, right next to cigarette ads. Now, at this moment in the late 1920s, most of the resistance to bernays's tactics came from the fact that he was hurting the candy industry, not that he was, you know, encouraging horrible rates of cancer. Representatives of the sugar industry in particular were livid, which prompted Bernaise to respond in a letter. That quote, a battle carried on fairly in this manner, can serve the public in presenting both sides of a discussable. Question. And in bringing the underlying democratic principle of free competition fairly to the front, which really that says a lot about capitalism right there. There's like, no, we need a fair discussion. Should you eat a **** load of sugar or should you smoke cigarettes every 10 seconds? That's the question. Not like, are both of these things bad? Should we be doing either? It's just like, which is the more profitable right now? Yeah, which poison will sell better is the is the question we need to have a free and open discussion about. That he was able to convince people that cigarettes are more fun than eating garbage because I just patently disagree. Yeah, it's incredible. Like, that is an achievement right there. Like, they're like, Oh no, this is how you make friends. Like, oh, OK, yeah, this is how you get men to like, you. Ladies smoke a lucky strike. But December of 1928, the first year of Eddie's Pro cigarette campaign, American Tobacco's revenue grew by $32 million, which $32 million in 1928 money is equivalent to roughly every dollar in 2019 money. Most of that additional sales. Came, of course, from the increase in sales for lucky strikes, so this is almost all attributable to bernaise's ad campaign. And of course, Edward Bernays had no issue in capitalizing off of the women's liberation movement to sell cigarettes, since cigarette smoking came into vogue right around the same time women got the right to vote. Bernaise tied the two together, running ads suggesting that emancipated women ought to smoke cigarettes. He took advantage of his famous uncle, hiring the psychoanalyst Dr A Brill, who had studied under Sigmund Freud, and paying him. Consult on his ad campaign, Brill wrote. Quote it's perfectly normal for women to want to smoke cigarettes. The emancipation of women has suppressed many of their feminine desires. More women now do the same work as men do. Many women bear no children. Those who do bear children have fewer children. Feminine traits are masked. Cigarettes, which are equated with men, become torches of freedom. This I it makes total sense that this works. It makes total sense that this works. It's because wildly successful women can do anything that men do. Include accidentally killing themselves, include include poisoning themselves with tobacco. I get it. That's well I. You know you got me. That's why you gave our great aunts are dead. Wow. That line from Doctor Brill torches of freedom inspired Edward Bernays to create what some people call the first modern PR campaign in history. That might be over selling a little bit. A little bit. But it was very influential. Bernays decided that American Tobacco should pick out a handful of stylish young ladies with social cachet. You might call them influencers. Wow. Yeah, yeah, he's that ******* guy. So he hires these ladies to show up at the 1929 Easter Sunday parade in New York and walk around smoking their cigarettes flagrantly in public as a protest against women's inequality. He's like office over here. We're smoking cigarettes. Yeah, we're smoking cigarettes out on the street. So his office put out a press release which they disguised as a message from one of the lady activists organizing the event, but was of course actually written by Edward Bernays and his his colleagues in the interest. In the interest of equality of the sexes and to fight another sex taboo, I and other young women will light another torch of freedom by smoking cigarettes while strolling on 5th Ave Easter Sunday. We are doing this to combat the silly prejudice that the cigarette is suitable for the home, the restaurant, the taxicab, the theater lobby, but never, no never for the sidewalk. Women smokers and their escorts will stroll from 48th St to 54th St on 5th Ave between 11:30 and 1:00 o'clock so they did. A ************. This. It really is juuling for like, pro-choice justice psycho that says OK, yeah, yeah, I I'm, I'm, I'm with you. I understand why this yeah, yeah. Now, the event received massive newspaper coverage and was one of the biggest stories in the country for days, even though only ten women actually showed up to March. Here's an example of how a local New York paper covered the event quote. I'm going to try to do my best New York old timey journalist accent here, so go for it. Just as Miss Frederica Frayling, who housing conspicuous in a tailored outfit of dark Gray, pushed her way through the jam in front of Saint Patrick Smith, Miss Bertha Hunt, in six colleagues, struck another blow on behalf of the liberty of women down 5th Ave. They strolled, puffing at cigarettes. Miss Hunt issued the following communique from the smoke clouded battlefield. I hope that we have started something and that these torches of freedom, with no particular brand favored, will smash the discriminatory taboo on cigarettes for women, and that our sex will go on breaking down all discriminations. Wow, was that good? Yes, it was beautiful. I'm also imagining all the women that are advertising this being forced to act like sexy babies in the way that women in advertising were at this time and still are, but in a different way where they're just like who me smoke a cigarette. Like they're like the sexy, the the freaky sexy baby trope that I love and wish I could do myself. I think this was more like the boundary breaking, provocative flapper girl sort of thing. Babies well, like on the day that you can have sex with me, that's the twist. I get the. I get the idea that they were more. Acting like, you know, like the stereotype of like the feminist college student in that earliest episode of The Simpsons where where Homer grabs the candy off that Lady. I think they're acting more like that. But that's just the impression I get from, like the quotes in the newspapers and stuff. I don't know what voice they said them in. They were all dressed. Yeah. So the night they're the flapper, I mean, yeah, the flapper in the cigarette are, makes sense, very entwined. Yeah. So Eddie is secretary of Bertha, was one of the marchers in the torches of Freedom Rally. She gave quotes to numerous newspapers and told the New York Evening World that she first got the idea for this campaign when a man with her in the street asked her to extinguish her cigarette as it embarrassed him. I talked it over with my friends and we decided it was high time something was done about the situation. Bertha denied being associated with any ad firm or agency in interviews. Which was of course patently false because she worked her directly for Edward Bernays. The torches of Freedom Campaign was an influential moment in PR history. Bernays would in true fashion we work directly directly for Edward Bernays. The torches of Freedom Campaign was an influential moment in PR history. Bernays would, in true fashion, go on to massively oversell the impact it had on national smoking habits. Later academic work suggests that it alone was not responsible for making women feel OK with smoking cigarettes. But it's pretty much beyond debate to say that. Thomas is overall impact on the tobacco industry was enormous and groundbreaking before Edward Bernays. Women who smoked were seen as horrors, ******** and criminals. After Edward ******* everybody smoked, observing the change he had wrought. Later in life, Edward wrote age-old customs, I learned, could be broken down by a dramatic appeal disseminated by a network of the media. Which is true, yeah, it's hard to quantify the exact cost in public health of bernays's tobacco marketing innovation. I found a 1999 article in the British Medical Journal that. Credited Bernaise with a formative role in marketing tobacco with two women and noted quote the World Health Organization estimates that the number of women smoking will trip almost triple over the next generation to more than 500 million World Health Organization 1999. Of these, more than 200,000,000 will die prematurely from smoking related diseases. So sizable body count that he's a part of here. How are you feeling about the feminist icon label at this point? Definitely a feminist icon, but I think we can agree that icon is not an inherently. Positive term. Definitely had an impact on the lives of women. That's my spin. Very impactful in women's history. I gotta say, to be fair, contributing to 200,000,000 smoking deaths via marketing would not necessarily make Bernays a ******* because you have to consider someone's actions based on what they and the medical community knew about cigarettes at the time. Like if I sell my listeners belts and then 20 years later scientists realize that belts cause aggressive waste cancer, I can't be blamed for that. But if Sophie had handed me right before reading that ad? Pieces of a study that suggested that belts might cause aggressive waste cancer and then I covered that study up. Then I would be a *******. So this leads me to the question, what precisely did Eddie Bernays know about the health consequences of smoking in the 20s and 30s? Well, for one thing it's worth noting noting that unlike Don Draper, Edward Bernays did not smoke tobacco himself. He hated the taste and ironically preferred chocolates. Now. First off, this guy's yeah, not comfortable smoking himself. For another thing, Edward Bernays had to bribe medical experts to brag about the supposed health benefits of smoking. It was obvious even to people in the 20s that cigarettes were bad for your throat. People got smokers coughs then, as they do now. To combat this obvious fact of reality, Bernays created the Tobacco Society for Voice culture, whose goal was to improve the chords of the throat through cigarette smoking that the public will be able to express itself in songs of praise or more easily to swallow. Anything society's ultimate goal was to provide what they called a smoking teacher for every singer now. You could argue that Bernaise didn't have much data on the health effect of cigarettes, but again, it was obvious to people that, you know, cigarettes had harmful effects on your throat. And Bernaise spent a lot of his career finding ways to get people to deny this evidence of their senses. One way he did this was by finding ways he could market specific products in a way that seemed to encourage public health. When he was hired by Cremo cigars to improve their image, he suggested they launch an anti spitting campaign and basically focus on improving hygiene through stopping people from spitting to kind of. Cover up the fact that cigarettes are obviously bad for your health. Yeah, yeah, yeah. By the early 1930s a scientific study revealed that a rabbit exposed to tobacco for three years had developed a carcinoma. The study stated for the first time that tobacco had cancer producing properties. Now this is in the 1930s, about 60 years before this information is common knowledge. And then how few people, how long has he been pushing cigarettes or is this pre him pushing cigarettes? Ohh, this is well. He's pushing cigarettes in the middle of it. He starts pushing cigarettes in the late 20s. But this isn't like he becomes aware of this data in the middle of his time in the tobacco industry, and in May of 1933 he attached an abstract of the study to a letter he sent to one of American tobacco's executives. He wrote. As you will see, certain of the material in these articles is unfavorable to tobacco. However, I do not feel that there is anything immediate to be done. I do feel that serious attention should be given to the problem of having ready a strong offensive in case the press should give prominence to the recurring. Criticals, which I note from time to time on the relationship of smoking and carcinoma. I believe that the American Tobacco Company and the tobacco interests generally should be fully prepared with authentic information if as when the need for such information occurs. So Edward Bernays knows that cigarettes are associated with cancer and his first step when he becomes aware of that is to send warning to the company hiring him that they should have a counter offensive ready in case newspapers pick up the story. OK, so he's fully about to me, yeah. He's he's fully a ******* and further evidence of that is that he was deeply concerned about the health impact smoking would have on his wife, Doris. She was a pack a day smoker, and Eddie needled her about her habit until she quit. Their oldest daughter, Doris, later recalled to author Larry Tye. He used to hide my mother's cigarettes and make us hide the cigarettes. He didn't think they were good for mother, his daughter Anne added. He'd pull them all out and just snap them like bones, just snapped them in half and throw them in the toilet. He hated her smoking. So Edward Bernays, while he is getting America hooked on cigarettes, is committed to stopping his wife from smoking because he knows they're going to kill her and he loves his wife. OK, so yeah, this. I mean, this is like basic Game of Thrones logic of just like, if the person is not willing to drink their own wine, do not purchase that wine. You goofus. It's poison. Alright, well, he's bad. Just started watching Game of Thrones, didn't you, Jamie? I started watching the throne game. You did. You did watch the throne games. And now I'm smart. Yep, Yep, Yep. It's a good show. It's fine. What I like. I like the guy who says the things. Yeah. Anyway, so, yeah, that's that's part one of our story. Oh yeah, the guy with the hair is ******* hot as hell. I mean, Jamie lannister. Whoo boy. I would. Let's let's just say I would light that torture freedom. Wow. That doesn't really actually tie in to the context of how that was used. But no, you had set them on fire. It's set them on fire. That's what I do. That's how I flirt is fire. Yeah. Yep. Yep, Yep, Yep. So that's part one. I think we should all be clear on. Eddie Bernays is a ******* now. He got America hooked on cigarettes after he knew that they were killing people. So there we go. And how do you feel after this? After this episode about our unheralded founding Father, Edward Bernays. He seems more complicated than your average *******. I he is. He is. I hate when the ******** do something good every once in a while. It makes my life. Harder. Yeah, rationalize. He's really complicated. He's not your Hitler or your Saddam. Because he does do some good stuff he has. He clearly has some good impulses behind him too, but also. He also gets people hooked on cigarettes when he know it's going to cause give him cancer. Classically cartoon villain. Yeah, this is he. He's a challenging one. I'm I'm stressed out by this. Well, you're going to be even more stressed out in Part 2, because in Part 2 we're going to talk about how Edward Bernays popularized bacon, inspired the Nazis, and helped launch a brutal 40 year civil war in Guatemala. So, OK, great, quite a career this fellow had. Why did he live so long? Why he lived for ******* ever? Yeah, he really would not die. It's like your wife dies in 1980. Take the hint, Eddie. Yeah, like, but no. Hints are not something Edward Bernays takes. I wish he had smoked. Yeah, so do I. Well, Jamie, do you have any plegables to plug? Yeah. Let me plug you. Let's see. You can listen to the Bechdel cast my podcast with Caitlin Durante every Thursday. I can you can follow me on Twitter at Jamie Loftus help. 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