In his book by that title, Bernays argued that "the mind of the people…is made up for it by…those persons who understand the manipulation of public opinion" and know how to skillfully supply the public with "inherited prejudices" and "verbal formulas."
Bernays' comments come to mind in the current climate of hostility and intolerance being directed against individuals pejoratively dubbed by the vaccine lobby as "anti-vaxxers." The dumbed-down propaganda being plastered across the mainstream media on an almost daily basis would have the public believe that anyone who questions any aspect of vaccination is ignorant, selfish or both. However, there is a glaring flaw with this logic. The incontrovertible fact—which the legislators, regulators, reporters and citizens who are participating in mass tarring and feathering are not honest enough to admit—is that many of the people classified as "anti-vaxxers" are actually "ex-vaxxers" whose dutiful adherence to current vaccine policies led to serious vaccine injury in themselves or a loved one.
Parental compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) heavy-duty vaccine requirements for infants is often the catalyst for the injuries that start families down the path of becoming ex-vaxxers.