Old-thinker news | Feb. 27, 2007
By Daniel Taylor
Comment: The social engineering tactics mentioned in this article are but a few of many. Further independent research into each area will reveal many more details not mentioned here. I encourage you to reflect on this information and relate it to what you have already observed in your own life.
The history of humanity has been one long stream of free human beings fighting against despotic tyrants; the tribe, and the families within it defending themselves against oppression. Today, the western world is falling into the depths of tyranny mirroring Orwell’s 1984, and a predatory system is being erected. In the event that you, your friends, family, and the rest of the general population are successfully convinced that selfish needs outweigh those of others, are robbed of individuality, passion, empathy and principle, the fabric of society disintegrates. In this social climate, the perfect environment is created for predators from within our own species to misdirect and finally enslave the distracted, decadent population. Corrupt politicians are venerated, celebrity worshipped, and security outweighs the desire for liberty. Mindless worship of power, support of dictators and their atrocities, general degradation of society, loss of liberty; it all stems from you not respecting yourself, not retaining your sense of individuality, and in turn the fire that beats in your breast for FREEDOM.
Contrary to what many believe, there currently exists an elite on this planet, a ruthless, cunning elite that seeks to dominate free human beings the world over, and humanity as a whole, as a tribe, is threatened by them. They make no secret about their plans, and little attempt to hide their intentions. Honor is their enemy, courage their foe, and they dread the thought of free, informed human beings armed with the truth, – and a passion for it – standing in opposition to them and their programs of domination. In ancient times, the family, the tribe, and the protection of both from harm were priorities, that if ignored would lead to the destruction of both family and tribe. Fundamental drives, instincts, and other aspects of humanity are today manipulated, controlled, and redirected by social engineers.
I see too many of my peers emulating their favorite TV personalities, and dressing like rap stars, amounting to an amalgamation of different characters into one individual who hasn’t a clue who they are or what they stand for. Individuality is often cast aside in order to win the favor of the group, which sees the trinkets and symbols of popularity as keys to acceptance, in place of the true substance of the person. Electronic gadgets which seem to fill up every second of our free time distract us from doing any kind of introspection, which may result in the questioning of ourselves, and eventually our entire society.
Fulfillment, we are so often told, is found in superficial, material objects which bear no true significance to ourselves, others, or our eternal soul. Some wear the symbols of power, of success; status symbols which we’re sold on believing that they somehow elevate us to a higher level. The search for meaning and fulfillment must start with you examining your own heart, a recognition of your own imperfections, a development of respect for yourself, and in turn, others.
Your individuality, self respect, and strong character are powerful defenses against the many social engineering practices that will be detailed.
With this in mind, read on, and ask yourself these fundamental questions; Who are you? What do you stand for?
Manipulation of the public mind
“If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing about it?”
This was the question posed by the father of modern propaganda and public relations, Edward Bernays, who consulted with businesses, corporations, and even the U.S. military on multiple occasions. Bernays illustrates in his book “Propaganda” (1928) the technique of the manipulation of the public mind.
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country… We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”
One of the many successful propaganda campaigns that Bernays launched involved the dramatic changing of the perception of women towards smoking. In just a matter of days the once taboo and unhealthy act of women smoking – which was previously a strictly masculine habit – became a “liberating” experience, and was portrayed as being an “alternative” to sweets. The success of this campaign illustrates the relative ease which human beings can be manipulated.
In response to seeing drops in the tobacco market, George Washington Hill, the president of American Tobacco asked Ed Bernays to help him. In 1929, Bernays saw an opportunity that he could not pass. Women were in the crosshairs for the next marketing campaign. He hired young, beautiful models to pose as members of the women’s suffrage movement, and to be part of New York’s Easter parade. The models lit up cigarettes while wearing banners proudly displaying the words “torch of liberty.” The press took photos which appeared in newspapers and popular magazines across the country. Suddenly the perception of women, after seeing their peers who were elevated to celebrity status in taking the bold step in “liberating” themselves with a puff of smoke, changed forever.
In the past, as with the example of Ed Bernays, those who wished to deceive and manipulate large groups of people were limited by the technological constraints of their time. Today, the human mind itself is accessible and can be infiltrated through technological means in a manner which cannot not be achieved through letters in a newspaper, photographs, or commentators over the radio. Television is one such technology. In The Perfect Machine: TV and the Nuclear Age, Joyce Nelson cites a very important study regarding Television. In 1969, a researcher named Herbert Krugman conducted a study of the effects of TV viewing on the brain. What Krugman found was that the left hemisphere of the brain, the analytical, critically thinking side of the brain is tuned out while watching TV. The right hemisphere, which is the emotional, non critical side continues to function unaltered. Krugman concluded his study by saying that, “…the mode of response to television is more or less constant and very different from the response to print.” Krugman continues, “[Television is] a communication medium that effortlessly transmits huge quantities of information not thought about at the time of exposure.” (Nelson, p 69-70)
Social engineering is not a strategy that is restricted to extravagant marketing ploys aimed at consumers. Governments also seek control over target populations, and the maneuvering of the target towards a desired goal through various techniques and strategies. While not all negative social trends are directly instigated by individuals, organizations or governments plotting for greater control, these trends, in the end, serve the same goal.
In the first publication of the General Education Board, dated 1904, Fred Gates, one of the creators of the foundation boasts of an arrogant, elitist agenda. This agenda does not aim to aid in the progress of humanity, but to maintain the status quo in order to create a more easily controlled population. Gates says,
“In our dreams, we have limitless resources and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present educational conventions fade from our minds, and unhampered by traditions, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk!
“We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into Philosophers or men of learning, or men of science. We have not to raise up from among them authors, editors, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we have an ample supply.”
The family under attack
One of the main obstructions to negative social and political change, and the general march towards tyranny has been the strong family unit. Strong families pass down tradition, teach right from wrong, and provide a foundation upon which developing girls and boys grow. Warren Bennis and Philip Slater detail in their book, “The Temporary Society” (1968) the manner in which youth of any society can be misdirected, and influenced to rebel against their families, fall into the hands of the state, be indoctrinated with new ideas, and in turn become future enforcers or servants of a tyrannical system.
“One cannot permit submission to parental authority if one wishes to bring about profound social change….In order to effect rapid changes, any such centralized regime must mount a vigorous attack on the family lest the traditions of present generations be preserved. It is necessary, in other words, artificially to create an experiential chasm between parents and children to insulate the latter in order that they can more easily be indoctrinated with new ideas. The desire may be to cause an even more total submission to the state, but if one wishes to mold children in order to achieve some future goal, one must begin to view them as superior, inasmuch as they are closer to this future goal. One must also study their needs with care in order to achieve this difficult preparation for the future. One must teach them not to respect their tradition-bound elders, who are tied to the past and know only what is irrelevant.”
Brock Chisholm, the first Director-General of the World Health Organization, wrote in the February 1946 issue of PSYCHIATRY that, “To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family tradition, national patriotism, and religious dogmas…”
The feminist women’s liberation movement has been criticized by many as being a major factor in the weakening of the family unit. It is of interest that the CIA was indirectly involved with the funding and popularization of this movement. Whether or not it was the intention of the CIA to accomplish the goal of weakening the family cannot be proven. However, the fruits of the movement have led to this end. The movement’s goals seem noble. Aaron Russo, a famous Hollywood producer and documentary film maker recently spoke of conversations with his former friend Nick Rockefeller, who told him that the Rockefeller family funded women’s liberation. “What do you think women’s liberation was about?” Rockefeller asked Russo. “I said I think women ought to have the right to work, get equal pay with men, just like they won the right to vote. He said ‘you’re an idiot’ and I said why am I an idiot? He said… we the Rockefeller’s funded that, we funded women’s lib, we’re the one’s who got all of the newspapers and television – the Rockefeller Foundation.” Gloria Steinem, one of the most prominent voices in the early stages of the women’s liberation movement was recruited by the CIA in 1958. CIA colleague Clay Felker became an editor of the Esquire magazine in the 1960’s and published Steinem’s articles, which aided in the establishment of Steinem as a leading voice.
Decadent culture, conquered men
Culture is a vastly important influence in the shaping of any society. It too is vulnerable to manipulation and negative influence. Amongst the plethora of examples, one in particular can be found in the transformation of the hip-hop music genre into the form which we see it today. This phenomenon was highlighted recently by film maker Byron Hurt. In his film, “Beyond Beats and Rhymes”, Hurt criticizes the modern image and lyrics of hip hop and its negative influences on young black men and women, which portrays masculinity in a disproportionate and destructive way. “I sometimes feel bad for criticizing hip-hop, but I guess what I’m trying to do is to get us men to just take a hard look at ourselves,” says Hurt. Masculinity is a primary target of those who wish to dominate any society. The most desirable situation is one in which it can be destroyed outright, but it can also be misdirected. If the base desires of masculinity over-ride the drives to nurture, to lay down one’s life in protection of the tribe, the family and children, a society is malleable, submissive, and in the end conquered.
In the past, African American music promoted a positive message of love, and unity; spiritual songs which were meant to uplift and carry downtrodden slaves through the trying years of slavery. Hip hop carried on this tradition through the 70’s and into the 80’s for a time, until it began to change. Corporations took note of the growing potential market – and they know what sells. Turn on MTV today and you’ll most likely catch a glimpse of a rap video displaying a black man with beautiful women writhing around him caressing his body, singing of his immense material wealth while he throws money at the camera. Byron Hurt comments on this modern hip-hop culture; the cage in which certain social parameters are expected and self enforced. “You’re like in this box… in order to be in that box you have to be strong you have to be tough, you have to have a lot of girls, you gotta have money, you gotta to be a player, or a pimp… you know you gotta be in control… dominate other men, other people.. if you’re not any of those things people call you soft, or weak… or a chump… so everybody stays inside the box.”
The distortion of masculinity is not limited to boundaries of race. All are vulnerable. “Little men” as Wilhelm Reich calls them, are found everywhere in a society which undermines the true characteristics of manhood and replaces them with a mere facade. They don’t respect themselves, in fact many hate themselves. For this reason they attack everything that is good and pure in others. They hide behind masks of power and strength, behind which lays a coward. Wilhelm Reich describes these little men in his book “Listen Little Man!“,
“You differ from a great man in only one respect: the great man was once a very little man, but he developed one important quality: he recognized the smallness and narrowness of his thoughts and actions. Under the pressure of some task which meant a great deal to him, he learned to see how his smallness, his pettiness, endangered his happiness. In other words, a great man knows when and in what way he is a little man. A little man does not know he is little and is afraid to know. He hides his pettiness and narrowness behinds illusions of strength and greatness, someone else’s strength and greatness. He’s proud of his great generals but not of himself. He admires an idea he has not had, not one he has had. The less he understands something, the more firmly he believes in it. And the better he understands an idea, the less he believes in it.”
Divide and rule
Divide et impera (Divide and rule). These words are attributed to Philip II, king of Macedon (382-336 BC), who employed this strategy to rule the Greek city-states. Thought it may be an old tactic, its effectiveness has not worn over the ages. military strategists in ancient Rome used it to cause chaos and confusion amongst tribes and in turn conquer them with little or no force. Governments today use it to distract people from prescient issues by focusing on ones of lesser or petty significance. The strategy is quite simple; by dividing large groups of individuals into smaller ones, a potentially threatening force is broken. Morale is stifled, unity non-existent, and instead of the people focusing their anger and resentment toward their true oppressors, they fight amongst themselves.
In America, the two party system is divided into two main camps; Republicans and Democrats. Today, many naturally assume that both parties strive to achieve separate goals and often oppose each other on important issues. However, an observation of the actions of the two parties in the past several years reveals that, while on the surface we see quarrels between them, when it comes to the foundational issues of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, they find common ground in their often outright attacks on liberty. The result: a gradual and incremental degradation of liberty, with both political parties — believing they are furthering the cause of their side — cheering on the destruction of their freedom.
Carroll Quigley, mentor to Bill Clinton and professor at both Princeton and Harvard, wrote in his book “Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time” that,
“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy…”
Destruction of history
The disconnect between a people and their history is a vital step in the domination of any society. If a people loses its ancestral memory of the choking tyranny that it fought in times past, what is left to encourage them to oppose it in the future? As George Orwell stated so succinctly, “He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.”
This principle has not been lost on China’s government, which has recently moved to completely remove any reference to the brutal dictator, Mao Tse-tung from its history books. Newsmax reported on the development:
“Mao Tse-tung, one of history’s greatest mass murderers, and the tyrant who ruled China with an iron fist for 27 years, has all but vanished from China’s newest history books. According to Friday’s New York Times, China’s new standard world history text eliminates mentions of “wars, dynasties and Communist revolutions in favor of colorful tutorials on economics, technology, social customs and globalization.”
The history book’s authors, who were brutally honest as to their intentions, told the New York Times that the new book is intended to promote “a more stable, less violent view of Chinese history that serves today’s economic and political goals.”
Today, the Chinese government is exercising horrendous tyranny over its people. Massive land grabbing is happening all across the land, as organs are being harvested from prisoners, who are often innocent. Public executions and “mobile death vans” are the norm. This Sky news video shows broken individuals who have lost their homes and are living on the streets. One Chinese man, Xue Xiangbiao, recently threatened to set himself on fire in defense of his home, which has been passed down through his family for around 50 years. A video obtained by the Washington post in 2005 shows a brutal attack on Chinese farmers in Shengyou, China who are defending their land from a state land grab with axes and shovels against men with guns and other ordinances.
“…they will tear you to pieces”
George Orwell penned a vivid scene in his book “1984” in which the main character, Winston, has been captured, and is being tortured into compliance. Winston and his torturer, O’Brien exchange these words:
“As usual, the voice had battered Winston into helplessness. Moreover he was in dread that if he persisted in his disagreement O’Brien would twist the dial again. And yet he could not keep silent. Feebly, without arguments, with nothing to support him except his inarticulate horror of what O’Brien had said, he returned to the attack.
‘I don’t know — I don’t care. Somehow you will fail. Something will defeat you. Life will defeat you.’
‘We control life, Winston, at all its levels. You are imagining that there is something called human nature which will be outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable. Or perhaps you have returned to your old idea that the proletarians or the slaves will arise and overthrow us. Put it out of your mind. They are helpless, like the animals. Humanity is the Party. The others are outside — irrelevant.’
‘I don’t care. In the end they will beat you. Sooner or later they will see you for what you are, and then they will tear you to pieces.’
‘Do you see any evidence that that is happening? Or any reason why it should?’
‘No. I believe it. I know that you will fail. There is something in the universe — I don’t know, some spirit, some principle — that you will never overcome.'”
Individuality, the free human spirit, its un-wavering stance in the face of overwhelming odds, its defense of everything that is good and just is the thorn in the side of every would be dictator that has ever lived and ever will live.