An attempt at controlling the populace is documented in history during the 13th century when the inquisitions were used to bring the masses under control. Those who did not submit to the beliefs of the leaders were eliminated. They were branded heretics, witches or other socially-accepted “criminal” labels of the time and persecuted, with or without justification. Once again history shows us an attempt to control the minds of the people.
Their choices were to convert, conform or die.
More specific types of mind-control techniques used by one group or another, are efforts to control people through the use of institutions. This practice has continued throughout the centuries and evolved to a point where today’s institutions play a key role in shaping personal belief systems as well as influencing how their time and money are spent.