Glenn Beck on how cigarette became symbol for women’s freedom



An interesting monologue from this past week. Glenn Beck explains how Edward Bernays made the cigarette not only the symbol for women’s freedom during the suffrage movement, but how he made it cool for women to smoke in a day when that was a major faux pas:

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30 thoughts on “Glenn Beck on how cigarette became symbol for women’s freedom

  1. As a student of Psychology, I can say that even now in today’s universities, in the textbooks and looking at the psychological theories of many of the “fathers” of Psychology…this science doesn’t think much of human beings (except for Positive Psychology).

    That’s why I prefer to integrate Positive Psychology (which is still fairly new) and spirituality. I aim to either create a new field of psychology based on the merger of these or just use them to set myself apart from the others.

    1. Spirituality ?? Where do you start with that – at the origin of the universe or somewhere more recent??

      1. Anywhere that the patient is comfortable starting because mental and emotional problems all have a spiritual root and it’s not necessarily religious nor does such a style of reaching out to people have anything to do with the “big questions,” necessarily.

        1. The best psychology book I have ever read was the bible. If you break down the psychology of relational behavior and apply the biblical formula, you end up healed. You don’t have to be “religious” to take advantage of it. It starts out with personal accountability. Seek the truth and admit your faults. Don’t dwell on your inability to correct everything. Forgive others and seek forgiveness, in love always. Don’t worry about tomorrow, but focus on the day at hand. Pray, and meditate on things that are good and pure. Keep busy, because being idle breeds bad things. Take care of your body, because it is one with your mind, and soul. Owe no man debt, because it enslaves you. Love your neighbor as yourself. Have peace on earth, and good will toward men. Etc, etc.

        2. I forgot a big one. “deny yourself and serve others”. When you take the focus off of yourself, you forget about your problems, and serving others gives you purpose and satisfaction.

    2. We know he was a big believer and supporter of crowd psychology and the use of psychoanalysis.He said time and again that influencing the crowd and not single people would lead to a successful ad campaign with almost no effort on whatever product or idea was being pushed.Once again we see how science can be misused used by those that only want to enrich and control themselves.Few men in the 20th century did more to push self-interest and groupthink more then Bernays.

      But he was far from a Progressive (the true progressives,not today’s socialist wannabes).He wasn’t a success until after World War I,when the progressives had returned to the Republican Party.Further as a believer in groupthink and corporate interest over the liberty of the individual and free thought,Bernays was just another authoritarian.One who cheered on the corporations to do all they could do to find ways to fool the people into buying into ideas and products they had no use for.

      No true Progressive,from TR down would’ve helped or allied themselves with the corporate interest that Bernays worshiped.

      And what Bernays did with the women’s movement was evidence of this.He didn’t care about suffrage,which had been passed in 1920,all he cared about in this case was selling cigarettes.

      Oh and Glenn is wrong in this clip.What he is talking about was in 1929,long after the progressive movement had folded and suffrage was law.And it was at a Easter Day Parade in New York City,not a theater.

      1. The progressive movement didn’t fold, just like the communists they changed names and morphed but kept on chugging the same direction.

        1. The “Progressive” and “Communist” movement is one and the same. The communists renamed themselves to “progressives” in the 30’s I believe.

          1. Thanks for your reply – I see now that I left out a few important details. You are exactly right; in their most recent morph both groups are presently one and the same. When the Progressive movement first came to the US (from Europe, I Believe) that was not the case.

            What I meant was the US Progressive movement didn’t fold in the first half of the 1900’s – just like USSR/KGB, they changed their names/clothes but kept right on chugging in the same direction.

      2. I don’t count on Glenn to be the go-to guy for facts, though he does tend to bring up interest in certain things that I wanna check out for myself. To me, the core of the message with him and other pundits matter just a little bit more than the factual details UNLESS the factual details just completely contradict whatever they’re trying to sell.

        1. Good. Glenn suggests in virtually every show that we all check all of this out for ourselves and NOT take his word or position

          1. Probably for this exact reason and because when he says that, it makes it that much clear that those who criticize him without facts to back it up not only don’t have the facts, but don’t even bother listening to his side of the story.

    3. We know he was a big believer and supporter of crowd psychology and the use of psychoanalysis.He said time and again that influencing the crowd and not single people would lead to a successful ad campaign with almost no effort on whatever product or idea was being pushed.Once again we see how science can be misused used by those that only want to enrich and control themselves.Few men in the 20th century did more to push self-interest and groupthink more then Bernays.

      But he was far from a Progressive (the true progressives,not today’s socialist wannabes).He wasn’t a success until after World War I,when the progressives had returned to the Republican Party.Further as a believer in groupthink and corporate interest over the liberty of the individual and free thought,Bernays was just another authoritarian.One who cheered on the corporations to do all they could do to find ways to fool the people into buying into ideas and products they had no use for.

      No true Progressive,from TR down would’ve helped or allied themselves with the corporate interest that Bernays worshiped.

      And what Bernays did with the women’s movement was evidence of this.He didn’t care about suffrage,which had been passed in 1920,all he cared about in this case was selling cigarettes.

      Oh and Glenn is wrong in this clip.What he is talking about was in 1929,long after the progressive movement had folded and suffrage was law.And it was at a Easter Day Parade in New York City,not a theater.

    4. We know he was a big believer and supporter of crowd psychology and the use of psychoanalysis.He said time and again that influencing the crowd and not single people would lead to a successful ad campaign with almost no effort on whatever product or idea was being pushed.Once again we see how science can be misused used by those that only want to enrich and control themselves.Few men in the 20th century did more to push self-interest and groupthink more then Bernays.

      But he was far from a Progressive (the true progressives,not today’s socialist wannabes).He wasn’t a success until after World War I,when the progressives had returned to the Republican Party.Further as a believer in groupthink and corporate interest over the liberty of the individual and free thought,Bernays was just another authoritarian.One who cheered on the corporations to do all they could do to find ways to fool the people into buying into ideas and products they had no use for.

      No true Progressive,from TR down would’ve helped or allied themselves with the corporate interest that Bernays worshiped.

      And what Bernays did with the women’s movement was evidence of this.He didn’t care about suffrage,which had been passed in 1920,all he cared about in this case was selling cigarettes.

      Oh and Glenn is wrong in this clip.What he is talking about was in 1929,long after the progressive movement had folded and suffrage was law.And it was at a Easter Day Parade in New York City,not a theater.

  2. I wonder how many here are old enough to remember the old Virginia Slims’ ads? The one with the jingle “You’ve come a long way baby” and making full use of the women’s rights movement in those same ads?

    1. I wasn’t actually alive during that time, but I’ve looked into the works of Bernays and have seen those ads though.

    1. It’s a good policy but you should still watch the monologue. It is very instructive, especially if you have the opportunity to affect the upbringing of someone. People need to learn to live life with their eyes open as opposed to thinking that whatever the “judges” on American Idol or the “Housewives” of Wherever speak is somehow useful.

      TRS, thanks for posting this segment. It is classic GB greatness. It’s why I became a follower…

    2. The only reason I won’t date a woman who smokes, is that she apparently doesn’t take good care of herself, and physically doesn’t respect herself. I guess using smoking to liberate women helped. It helped degrade society in such a way as to make all things moral.

      I suppose Glenn will be telling us that government has used phychoanalysis to determine what the masses will accept, and that false flag events came from decades of phychoanalysis which determined that government could engage in wars by creating a national emergency, then use that to get people to come together for the “homeland”, which led to the Gulf of Tonkin and 9/11.

      He probably won’t, but I would.

      1. I’m absolutely sure that ALL WOMEN IN THE WORLD are now heartbroken because Mr. Paulchri will not date them.

        Peace be to all women out there today and forever and may this not ruin your Christmas celebrations.

        Merry Christmas.

    3. This really brings out the more immoral side of me, but I would “hook up” with a gal who smokes, but I refuse to kiss one. I’ve kissed a smoker before and it tastes like an ashtray. Just nasty.

      1. LOL, the thoughts you have going through my head. I could probably make some dirty jokes, but that’s best left unsaid. Sometimes bad girls can be “good”.

      2. LOL, the thoughts you have going through my head. I could probably make some dirty jokes, but that’s best left unsaid. Sometimes bad girls can be “good”.

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