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HISTORY OF BRANDING IN AMERICA

Brand America wants you to buy everything they are selling: "Buy In" to ideology.  "Buy In" to products.
The definition of "brand" before the twentieth century used to refer to something you put on your cattle, or your slaves!

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noun
1  a piece of burning wood
2  a mark burned on the skin with a hot iron: brands are put on      cattle to show who owns them
3  the iron so used
4  a mark of shame
5  a mark or name put on the goods of a particular company:
    a trademark
6  a particular kind or make
verb
1  to mark with a brand
2  to set apart as something shameful
3  to make a lasting impression

Webster's New World Basic Dictionary of American English
[We Define Your World™] 1998

Advertising is more than a sign. It is a powerful tool.

Advertising and marketing specialists carefully craft deliberate attempts to control a population's thinking and spending habits so that major chunks of our money directly funnel into special-interest pockets. And don't think these special interests want to sell you their products because they necessarily care about you or your freedom to choose!

It is not being cynical to simply point out:
They just want your money.

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