Obedience is learned through the reinforcement of reward.
Do the elites control society? At the very least, they have developed techniques to steer it, including incorporating the integrated Pavlovian/Skinnerian conditioned response technique that has been used in animal training and reinforced with an incentive (or scheduled reward). The same concept works on humans, too.
The values of compliance are taught to 20th and 21st Century populations through electronic stimulation, opiating foods, misinformation and the illusion of choice.
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An uncovered newsreel from the 1960s demonstrates a series of performing ducks and chickens who have been trained to turn on lights, play musical instruments and even dance via Pavlovian conditioning.
The basis of these same techniques are used to control the population through various inputs of consumer rewards, cable television, the pageantry of democracy, celebrity role models, gambling, etc. which all reinforce the expected behavior and desired attitudes.
Operant conditioning, outlined in the graphic above, illustrates the basic system of rewards and punishment that allows the controller to condition behavior in the subject, though more advanced influence over actions require a more sophisticated, and perhaps subtle, incentive schedule.
Author Aldous Huxley, who is tied to the core of the Eugenics philosophy of rule, has warned – along with others – that the scientific techniques, including Ivan Pavlov and B.F. Skinner, are leading us down the path of the “Ultimate Revolution” where people learn to love their servitude.
Aldous Huxley: The Ultimate Revolution (University of California, Berkeley – March 20, 1962)