Cover for CAREY: Taking the Risk Out of Democracy: Corporate Propaganda versus Freedom and Liberty

Taking the Risk Out of Democracy

Corporate Propaganda versus Freedom and Liberty

Undermining democracy one PR campaign at a time

In this lucid and compelling account, Alex Carey documents the twentieth-century history of corporate propaganda as practiced by U.S. businesses, and its export to and adoption by Western democracies like the United Kingdom and Australia. The collection, drawn from Carey's voluminous unpublished writings, examines how and why the business elite successfully sold its values and perspectives to the rest of society.

"A uniquely important work on the 'ideal of a propaganda-managed democracy'."--Noam Chomsky

"Illuminates how big business propaganda, waged by PR experts, subverts democracy and ensures corporate dominance."--John Stauber, coauthor of Toxic Sludge Is Good for You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry

"A unique study of the growth and development of corporate propaganda in western democracies. Timely, and useful for anyone concerned about the influence of methods of mass persuasion in undermining democracy."--Elaine Bernard, Harvard University Trade Union Program


Alex Carey lectured in psychology and industrial relations at the University of South Wales. He died in 1988.

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