Check out Truthstream Media's 13-minute report concerning mass manipulation using tactics such as trigger words (aka, 'dog whistles' or 'code words') and mass hypnosis which is revealed in part by political 'echo chamber' campaigns as pundits and politicians tout the exact same wording in every broadcast on every channel ad nauseum. For me this tactic is a heads-up that fibs and/or half-truths are being told repeatedly in order to force people to accept them without question. It can also be a clue that we should look in the opposite direction at what 'fib promoters' wish to hide by distraction and misdirection!
Also see a few examples of Sneaky Subliminal Messages.
And from NPR in 2005, public relations pioneer Edward Bernays Freud's Nephew and the Origins of Public Relations (public persuasion and manipulation).
America's Mercury-Pluto, plus, Our Pilgrim Fathers
And if we look to America's natal planets concerning such sneaky topics we instantly find our national Mercury (the mental plane; thought processes; communication; commerce and sales) @25Cancer ("A Man Wrapped in an invisible Mantle of Power") opposed by powerful puppet master Pluto in the governmental, legal, and business sign of *Capricorn with Pluto the planet of Psychology, manipulation, surveillance, control, transformation, and obsession. Pluto's out-of-bounds condition on July 4, 1776 only suggests a more hidden and sinister flavor lurking within our society and hints at secret societies, invisible control, and subversion of government into the picture.
With our retrograde Mercury in Moon-ruled Cancer, the sign of self-protection (security), nurturing, family, and business, the influence of the changeable Moon (emotions) upon our thinking (Mercury) denotes a tendency to harbor unconscious desires which can cause us to consider some facts but ignore others (rationalizing for reasons we don't consciously understand), bias and prejudice that interfere with decision making, an unconscious acceptance of lies and falsehoods--and advertising which sometimes deserves the label 'false'.
A must-watch video: Eye of the Phoenix: Secrets of the Dollar Bill (plus, 1935 Eclipses).
A related don't-miss: Self, Society, Secrets, Freud, Bernays, Reich.
Last but not least: Donald Trump Is Using the 'Big Lie' Tactic Invented by Goebbels (video) and of course you know of Trump's Mercury-Neptune square with its distorted perceptions, indiscretion, and warped truths--an undermining aspect that master astrologer Alan Oken has labeled, The Sneaky Mind.
*US Pluto Rx @27Cap33 with the rounded-up Sabian Symbol: "A Large Aviary" but yours truly prefers the degree itself because its word picture seems more applicable to America's obsession (Pluto) with expansion and conquest to the point of collapse, and to the Illuminati symbol, the pyramid of power placed on our paper money by Freemason President Franklin Roosevelt: "27Cap": "Pilgrims Climbing the Steep Steps Leading to a Mountain Shrine...UPREACHING" (Rudyar; the 'mountain' symbol = the pyramid--and this degree appears at Midheaven, the Goal Point, in every US Inauguration horoscope along with US natal Pluto since FDR's 1937 swearing in).
And of course, this reminds us of America's intrepid Pilgrim Fathers who settled colonial America. On a personal note, it was with great surprise during recent genealogical research that yours truly, a southerner, discovered that there are a few New England Pilgrim ancestors hiding in my family woodpile whose descendants eventually headed South!
So naturally I looked up the horoscope given in The Book of World Horoscopes (N. Campion) for the Pilgrim Fathers (chart #362): December 21, 1620 6:00 am LMT Plymouth Massachusetts with Winter Solstice Sun @00Cap09 and Moon @2Sag11. There are two conjunctions in force and combining their strengths: Mars-Neptune in mid-Libra and Jupiter-Pluto both @11Taurus+ Rx. My guess is that the Mars-Neptune pair shows their deep motivation and the energy to cross the sea and actions inspired by spiritual beliefs while Jupiter-Pluto suggests religious fervor but also an enormous determination toward success, the financing of the adventure, a desire to exploit resources and expand their wealth and possessions (plutocrats), and an obsession to control everyone around them...lest someone be caught having fun while avoiding work.
July 10, 2017 Update: note that the year 2009 timed the congressionally mandated switch from analog to digital which was thus cosmically imprinted by the Great Conjunction/s of Jupiter and Neptune. Since then, subliminal symbols and images can be more easily slipped in on us. This, from a Jude's Threshold post:
Due to retrogradation, all of 2009 will be flavored with this visionary, fortune-hunting combo of planetary energies which may also signify spiritual things, rumors and scandals, and tricky legalisms--quite a catalyst if the pair aspects a person’s or a nation’s planets. The dates of exact conjunction are:
1. May 27 @26AQ29;
2. July 18 @26AQ02;
3. Dec 21 @23AQ18, all of which positions conjoin US natal Moon (the public) depending on which US natal chart you prefer – all for July 4, 1776 have the Moon in the 24-to-28-degree range of Aquarius.
And so the US Moon formed a midpoint picture with Jupiter-Neptune, and, vice versa:
Jupiter/Neptune = Moon: an emotional swoon; going with the wind; dreaminess; little sense of reality; losing oneself in plans; instability; wastefulness; becoming involved in speculation (Ebertin).