What is an international arguement if we don't include everyone?, especially , if the newest participant gets dragged into the quarrel unwittingly
and amidst its own degradation......Yes, I'm bringing the soviets into the mix....But before I begin, I must stress the reason for the inclusion -
This Link - The Soviet Art of Brainwashing
- is an example of a concise
description of what it takes to brainwash not only an individual, but a nation. It is concise in that inclusive of its arguement is concessions for
the inclination of a biological organism stressed from many different points. It of course, does not contain a full "recipe" for a brainwashed
nation, but nonetheless(and this is the most important inference you can make), illustrates how much time and effort went into this particular
. If the russians did it in an ultimately stagnant environment(stagnant in that the environment of its citizens would provide hardships
that would undermine efforts to progress in a socio-economic fashion), then other nations most certainly have. That should not even be a point of
arguement for the extra-polating mind.
I recommend that you read the link, but I suggest that you keep in mind the political overtones, in this case communism. If you replace the political
values with that of Capitalism, Despotism, or Anarchy for that matter, you will have the same expression. I will reproduce here a sort-of play by
play of what I think are the highlights.
"Although punishment for its own sake may not be entirely without recompense, it is, nevertheless, true that the end and goal of all punishment is
the indoctrination of the person being punished with an idea, whether that idea be one of restraint or obedience.
"In that any ruler has, from time beyond memory, needed the obedience of his subject in order to accomplish his ends, he has thus resorted to
punishment. This is true of every tribe and state in the history of Man. Today, Russian culture has evolved more certain and definite methods of
aligning and securing the loyalties of persons and populace, and of enforcing obedience upon them. This modern outgrowth of old practice is called
This is inherent in a basic understanding of the individual and its motivating factors. Think pavlov and you get a picture of a dog being conditioned
by a reward system. What many people don't know, is that a flood caused by heavy rains around the lab caused days of starvation and neglect to the
same animals being experimented on - Pavlov and Co. couldn't access the location during the bad weather. The result of this "punishment", albeit
not intentional, resulted in the negation of all heretofor conditionings, i.e. the dog know longer salivated at the sound of a bell. The power of
punishment and, more importantly, the threat of punishment cannot be understated. Thus, a reward system can be more adequetely utilized.
"Another reason for the alignment of psychopolitical activities with the mis-alignment of insanity in that insanity, itself, is a despised and
disgraced state, and anything connected with it is lightly viewed. Thus, a psychopolitical operator, working in the vicinity of an insane person, can
refute and disprove any accusations made against him by demonstrating that the family itself is tainted with mental imbalance. This is surprisingly
effective in Capitalistic countries where insanity is so thoroughly feared that no one would dream of investigating any circumstances in its vicinity.
Psychopolitical propaganda works constantly and must work constantly to increase and build up this aura of mystery surrounding insanity, and must
emphasize the horribleness of insanity in order to excuse non-therapeutic actions taken against the insane. Particularly in Capitalistic countries, an
insane person has no rights under law. No person who is insane may hold property. No person who is insane may testify. Thus, we have an excellent road
along which we can travel toward our certain goal and destiny."
The emphasis on mental instability indicates a popular conception of normal - which can be played upon to garner trust from a population to its ruling
party. The threat of insanity essentially allows individuals who have valid complaints and insights to be rendered discredited and invalid. It
should be noted, that insanity is the result of a deprivation of individual need or over-stimulation. Genetic cases of pyschosis exist but are by no
means the rule - the human animal could not evolve an inclination towards mental illness. Thus the fear of insanity is instilled by phamaceutical
companies and self-help medias that direct your attention to an undesirable mood or attitude, defines it as bad and offers the solution when the
reality is the occurence of a healthy fluctuating behaviour - Noone can be on cloud nine all the time.
"If we could effectively kill the national pride and patriotism of just one generation, we will have won that country. Therefore, there must be
continual propaganda abroad to undermine the loyalty of the citizens in general and the teen-ager in particular."
This illustrates an understanding on a clinical and applicable level the impressions of youth - very important. The opinions made in late adolescence
usually lasts the lifetime as belief structures are important in the psychological make-up. The quote is directed towards a teenage manipulation via
militaristic involvment, but it should be stated that our present day popular culture can accomplish a lasting influence on the youth by means of
percieved social pressure, suggestion and presence of biological desire and the absence of any substanial information, i.e. irrelevant info such as
the the love-life of a particular celebrity.
"Thus the subject of loyalties and their re-alignment is in fact the subject of non-armed conquest of an enemy."
This quote should be very self explanatory.
"The earliest Russian psychiatrists, pioneering this science of psychiatry, understood thoroughly that hypnosis is induced by acute fear. They
discovered it could also be induced by shock of an emotional nature, and also by extreme privation, as well as by blows and drugs."
Believe it or not, this quote represents the secret of the world. Hypnosis is a phenomona that biologically puts all the bodies energy into autonamy
- the heart, lungs, etc. - instilling a memory that has evolved into our DNA of submission because of dire threat. Think of a trauma victim and the
effects of shock. The "nurture" version of this as opposed to the "nature" version of hypnosis. The emotional shock referenced in the above
quote is the strategem most condusive to the imposition of a populace. We as humans underestimate our subconscious' abilities to direct our bodies
into comfortable situations.
"On the subject of obedience itself, the most optimum obedience is unthinking obedience. The command given must be obeyed without any rationalizing
on the part of the subject. The command must, therefore, be implanted below the thinking process of the subject to be influenced, and must react upon
him in such a way as to bring no mental alertness on his part."
Another quote that illustrates how
those in the know think. The above quote is an inherent truth and many ways to accomplish "unthinking
obedience" have undoubtedly been researched, and in my opinion, implemented.
I would like to point out that a consistent theme throughout the piece is division. Division of thought, of consensus, of population. The unyeilding
point is that an authority structure must be set into place, that any dissentian is dealt with inclusively; social pressure is very
powerful and percieved social pressure is the propagation of our medias.
Now, it's not just America, it's the world.