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The Doors, Part One

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The Doors, Part One

Doo doo, doo doo.  Dee dee, dee dee.
Doo doo, doo doo.  Dee dee, dee dee.

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Like "Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits""
on black & white Sixties TV
the way we see things is being managed
"diplomatically".

THEY control the vertical
and the horizontal
of all we think we see.
THEYcan blur it
or focus it
to crystal clarity,
take it and spin it 'round
by three hundred sixty degrees.
The Doors of Perception
are closing

OFFICIALLY.

Ronald Reagan signed off on it
on one/fourteen/eighty-three
releasing psychological warfare experts
domestically.

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By the authority of
National Security Decision Directive #77
CIA spooks undertook the management
of the American People's perceptions.

*     *    *     *     *     *     *    *     *

Thomas Jefferson penned
a lesser known declaration-
The lifeblood of a democracy
is The People's education.

In the mid-nineteenth century
our public school system was in its infancy,
but Civil War soldiers could read very well
and wrote eloquent letters home to their families.

By 1902 our public schools had produced
the "dreaded" educated
Middle Class, the threat of which
was not underestimated.
They read MCLURE'S, knew too much
and wanted to know even more
about government/corporate connections
and the exploitation of the Poor.
For the rich and powerful
this was decidedly unpleasant.
Someone would have to start dumbing down
these annoying, uppity peasants.

In 1904 Rockefeller's General Education Board
issued OCCAISIONAL LETTER #1
meant to lower national intelligence by eliminating
effective learning and all of its traditions.

"...the people yield themselves with perfect docility
to our molding hands.
We shall not try to make these people..."
philosophers, scientists, artists or musicians.
No lawyers or preachers,
politicians, statesmen or doctors.
No men of letters, poets,
no editors or authors.

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*     *     *     *     *     *     *     *     *

Woodrow Wilson's Committee on Public Information
took just six months of propaganda intensity
to get hesitant World War One-era Americans
to go "over there" in a rabid anti-German frenzy.

Edward Bernays, CPI's principle architect,
proclaimed "The truth is liquid"
and invented Public Relations
when propaganda was equated with Communism.
The psychological tools developed by CPI
didn't disappear when World War One was through.
Former agents became lobbyists
when they joined PR firms on Madison Avenue
where they created "necessary illusions"
linking mass-produced goods to unconscious needs
inducing people to buy things they couldn't afford
by targeting insecurity and greed.They proudly called this mechanism
for exploiting anxiety and desires
the "engineering of consent"
and placed this powerful tool for control
in the hands of media, industry and government.

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Vi's works appear widely both in print and online. She conducts Poetry Workshops and gives readings in Central New York. Her latest chapbook is "Sine Qua Non Antiques (an Arcanum of History, Geography and Treachery).

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