By Laura Knight-Jadczyk
Two days ago, following French president, Hollande’s announcement that France would not deliver the Mistral warship that was bought, paid for (and partially built) by Russia, I wrote on my Facebook page:
“Today, I am surfeited with the insanity on this planet. I left the US because of the madness there, Bush invading Iraq; now, the contagion seems to have spread everywhere.”
I wasn’t just saying that for effect, I was definitely plunged into a black hole of despair at the realization that there really isn’t a single leader of any so-called civilized Western country, who had two neurons firing and an ounce of conscience.
Back when we left the US, disgusted at the actions of the Bush cabal, we chose France as our new home for a number of reasons, not least of which was that it stood firm against that horrifying misadventure that is now exposed to all the world for what it was: a psychopathic, imperialistic war for profit and resources. I’ll never forget the warning given to me by the mechanic who prepared my van for shipping: “You gotta watch out for those Frenchies; they are yellow-bellied back stabbers.” I was incensed by this because it seemed pretty obvious to me that any country/people that could stand up against the USA and say “no” to an illegal war against a country that clearly was not doing any of the things the Bush gang were accusing them of doing, had courage of conviction not to mention the intellectual capacity to see through all the lies.
All I can say now is that, if Hollande and his cronies in power in France now do not see through the same lies about Russia, then the much vaunted education system in France has failed miserably; on the other hand, if he does see through the lies and is acting in this way regardless, then he is as psychopathic as the USA gang or he’s just a servile Authoritarian Follower who wants to be a member of “The Club”. (Cue Renfield here: “Yes, Master!”)
That, of course, leads to the point here: psychopathology. Again and again as I observe what is going on in the visible world of politics and foreign affairs, I am reminded of several things that Andrew Lobaczewski wrote in his seminal work about the operations of pathology in the halls of power. Now, Lobaczewski wrote his book based on experiences with both the Nazi regime and Soviet Russia, but he made it clear that ideologies with names such as “National Socialism” or “Communism” were not the issue: what was at issue was the network of pathological individuals who would insinuate themselves into these organizations, take them over on the inside, while keeping the front in place.
A simple example would be the Catholic monastic tradition infiltrated by perverts to use the advantages conferred on monks and priests to prey on children. That happens in political parties as well. I am reminded of a friend of mine whose father had been a staunch US Republican all his life, even attended the same school with George Bush Sr, and who said after 9-11:
“I just don’t recognize the Republican Party anymore. It isn’t anything like it used to be. They’ve changed everything.”
Lobaczewski titled his book “Political Ponerology“, reclaiming for the use of science, a word that means, in religious studies, “the study of evil, the nature of evil, the origin of evil, and evil in relation to the Divine Government.” It was this last subdivision of the definition that interested Lobaczewski though his focus was on the study of evil in relation to what could be called normal human government inspired and motivated by conscience. Lobaczewski writes:
“In the author’s opinion, Ponerology reveals itself to be a new branch of science born out of historical need and the most recent accomplishments of medicine and psychology. In light of objective naturalistic language, it studies the causal components and processes of the genesis of evil, regardless of the latter’s social scope. We may attempt to analyze these ponerogenic processes which have given rise to human injustice, armed with proper knowledge, particularly in the area of psychopathology. Again and again, as the reader will discover, in such a study, we meet with the effects of pathological factors whose carriers are people characterized by some degree of various psychological deviations or defects.
Ponerology describes the genesis, existence, and spread of the macrosocial disease called evil. Its causes are traceable and can be repeatedly observed and analyzed. When humanity manages to incorporate this knowledge into its natural worldview, it will have defensive potential as yet unrealized. ” (Lobaczewski)
It is only with the tools of ponerology that one can fully fathom what is going on in our world today so I suggest that the reader take a look at the Ponerology website and read some excerpts there to get a better idea of what I mean because I don’t want to belabor that point here.
Getting back to the main topic, I’ve had a Twitter account for some years though I seldom used it until a month or so ago when I decided to overcome some of my inherent Luddite tendencies and take the plunge. What I found there is exactly described by John Whitehead in his article published by the Rutherford Institute: The American Delusion: Distracted, diverted and insulated from the grim reality of the police state
One of the things he points out is that, it was just over a year ago that Edward Snowden exposed the police state that the USA has become (other countries following suit, of course), but for some peculiar reason, people don’t seem to be able to hold that thought long enough to utilize it to assess what is going on now. Think about it: you know that the US government lies to you ALL the time, and yet you allow yourself to be swayed by propaganda every day regardless?
This relates directly to an experience I had the other day on Twitter. Somebody posted a nasty comment about Obama and I just replied that it was obvious that Obama was just continuing the policies of the cabal behind the Bush administration – agreement to do so was the condition of his election. The guy came back with “Get a grip”, meaning, obviously, that there could be no comparison between Obama and Bush; Bush was the good guy and Obama was the bad guy.
Please! Stop and think! The NSA was doing all the stuff it is doing for a long, long time, and the earliest hints about it came out under Bush. It was Bush and the gang that started this whole mess in an overt way to begin with! The lies about Saddam’s WMDs, the necessity to start an endless War of/on Terror” and so forth. That was all the PNAC ideology in action. And now, Dan Froomkin of The Intercept writes:
“In a lot of ways, we’re worse off today than we were under George W. Bush.
Back then, Bush’s extremist assault on civil liberties, human rights and other core American values in the name of fighting terror felt like an aberration.
The expectation was that those policies would be quickly reversed, discredited — and explicitly outlawed — once he was no longer in power.
Instead, under President Barack Obama, they’ve become institutionalized.
There will be no snapping back to a pre-Bush-era respect for basic human dignity and civil rights. Thanks to Obama, it’s going to be a hard, long fight.
In some cases, Obama has set even darker precedents than his predecessor. Massively invasive bulk surveillance of Americans and others has been expanded, not constrained. This president secretly condemns people to death without any checks or balances, and shrugs as his errant drones massacre innocent civilians. Whistleblowers and journalists who expose national security wrongdoing face unprecedented criminal prosecution.
In a few cases, Obama publicly distanced himself from Bush/Cheney excesses, but to little effect. He forswore torture, and promised to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. But by actively covering up what happened in the U.S.’s torture chambers, and by refusing to hold the torturers and their political masters in any way accountable, he has done nothing to make sure that the next time a perceived emergency comes up, it won’t all happen again. And Gitmo, which he treated as a political rather than moral issue, is still very much open for business.”
That was my point on Twitter: Obama is just the next puppet in line. And, rather fiendishly, the cabal that runs things decided that the puppet selected should be a black man to catapult the racial issue for their own purposes. That doesn’t make Obama innocent, of course; certainly not; he knew his role when he was selected to run and win the ‘election’ and he agreed to it; that makes him a part of the network of evil.
Here the point is: you can bet that what is happening on the political stage is all part of the PNAC plan that goes along with total NSA surveillance, turning ordinary citizens into terrorists, and so much more.
So why are so many people buying into it? Why do so few people see through this nonsense about Russia that follows the exact same pattern? Well, there are a number of recent articles that give different angles on the problem.
First of all, take a look at this: Pathology of the overconfident: Self-deceived individuals more likely to be promoted over the more accomplished The take-home message there is that, in organizations, people are very easily swayed by others’ confidence even when that confidence is unjustified. Displays of confidence are given an inordinate amount of weight. Pathological individuals are ‘snake charmers’ who are well schooled in their ability to deceive people, thus are able to quickly rise to the top in organizations. This eventually leads to a situation where intelligence and competence are not rewarded, and thus organizations become ponerized. It works the same in governments.
The much vaunted Democracy has, apparently, an inherent, fatal weakness: the gullibility of the masses. This is highlighted in another item that came across my desk recently: Infected by psychopathy: Research finds crowd-sourcing is vulnerable to malicious behavior
…researchers from the University of Southampton and the National Information and Communications Technology Australia (NICTA) found that a significant feature of crowdsourcing – its openness of entry – makes it vulnerable to malicious behaviour. … Malicious behaviour can take many forms, ranging from sabotaging problem progress to submitting misinformation.
This takes us back to the above cited article by John Whitehead where he writes:
…when we’re being bombarded with wall-to-wall news coverage and news cycles that change every few days, it’s difficult to stay focused on one thing – namely, holding the government accountable to abiding by the rule of law – and the powers-that-be understand this.
In fact, Professor Jacques Ellul studied this phenomenon of overwhelming news, short memories and the use of propaganda to advance hidden agendas.
“One thought drives away another; old facts are chased by new ones,” wrote Ellul.
… these sleight-of-hand distractions and diversions are how you control a population, either inadvertently or intentionally, advancing your agenda without much opposition from the citizenry. But what exactly has the government been doing while we’ve been so cooperatively fixated on whatever current sensation happens to be monopolizing the mainstream “news” shows?
Do read Whitehead’s piece where he lays it on the line and concludes with the following:
Filmmaker John Carpenter delivers this same warning in his film They Live, in which a deluded, blinded, indoctrinated, enslaved populace finds that the only way to break free of their oppressors is by donning a pair of special Hoffman sunglasses. Only then are they able to see clearly and distinguish between what is real and what is a carefully fabricated and expansive lie designed to keep them sated, satisfied, distracted and in the dark.
If we do not awaken to the truth and open our eyes soon, then we may well find ourselves staring at a far different, far less pleasant picture before long, and by then, it will be too late to alter our reality.
But it’s not so simple, obviously. If it was, the myriad of voices calling out warnings over the past 13 years since the Cabal launched their overt take-over via 9-11 would have had an effect. Part of the problem seems to be that a large proportion of any population is what psychologist Bob Altemeyer calls “Authoritarian Followers.”
Let me quote from the Cambridge Dictionary of Psychology : “Authoritarian personality”, and “Authoritarian followers”. According to the dictionary:
“Authoritarian followers have the psychological characteristic known as right-wing authoritarianism. This personality trait consists of authoritarian submission, a high degree of submission to the established authorities in one’s society; authoritarian aggression, aggression directed against various persons in the name of those authorities; and conventionalism, a strong adherence to the social conventions endorsed by those authorities.
Right-wing authoritarianism (“right” comes from “lawful”) is measured on so called RWA scale.” The Dictionary tells us that:
…. persons who get high RWA scale scores quite readily submit to the established authorities in their lives and trust them far more than most people do.
They supported Richard Nixon to the bitter end during the Watergate crisis. High RWAs also believed George W. Bush when he said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and they supported the war in that country long after others had signed off. High RWAs also are relatively willing to let authorities run roughshod over civil liberties and constitutional guarantees of personal freedom. They seem to think that authorities are above the law.
Bob Altemeyer, one of the champions in the psychology of authoritarians, notices that authoritarians are characterized by a certain specific cognitive behavior:
Compared with others, authoritarians have not spent much time examining evidence, thinking critically, reaching independent conclusions and seeing whether their conclusions mesh with the other things they believe. (…) They carry a list of ‘false teachings’ and rejected ideologies in their heads. But they usually learned which ideas are bad in the same way they learned which are good – from the authorities in their lives. Highs are not prepared to think critically.
Let us take a look at the neural mechanisms of the Authoritarian Personality:
A recent imaging study by psychologist Drew Westen and his colleagues at Emory University provides firm support for the existence of emotional reasoning. Just prior to the 2004 Bush-Kerry presidential elections, two groups of subjects were recruited – fifteen ardent Democrats and fifteen ardent Republicans. Each was presented with conflicting and seemingly damaging statements about their candidate, as well as about more neutral targets such as actor Tom Hanks (who, it appears, is a likable guy for people of all political persuasions).
Unsurprisingly, when the participants were asked to draw a logical conclusion about a candidate from the other – ‘wrong’ – political party, the participants found a way to arrive at a conclusion that made the candidate look bad, even though logic should have mitigated the particular circumstances and allowed them to reach a different conclusion. Here’s where it gets interesting.
When this ’emote control’ began to occur, parts of the brain normally involved in reasoning were not activated. Instead, a constellation of activations occurred in the same areas of the brain where punishment, pain, and negative emotions are experienced (that is, in the left insula, lateral frontal cortex, and ventromedial prefrontal cortex). Once a way was found to ignore information that could not be rationally discounted, the neural punishment areas turned off, and the participant received a blast of activation in the circuits involving rewards – akin to the high an addict receives when getting his fix.
In essence, the participants were not about to let facts get in the way of their hot-button decision making and quick buzz of reward.
‘None of the circuits involved in conscious reasoning were particularly engaged,’ says Westen.
‘Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones’…
Ultimately, Westen and his colleagues believe that ’emotionally biased reasoning leads to the “stamping in” or reinforcement of a defensive belief, associating the participant’s “revisionist” account of the data with positive emotion or relief and elimination of distress. The result is that partisan beliefs are calcified, and the person can learn very little from new data,’ Westen says. Westen’s remarkable study showed that neural information processing related to what he terms ‘motivated reasoning’ … appears to be qualitatively different from reasoning when a person has no strong emotional stake in the conclusions to be reached.
The study is thus the first to describe the neural processes that underlie political judgment and decision making, as well as to describe processes involving emote control, psychological defense, confirmatory bias, and some forms of cognitive dissonance. The significance of these findings ranges beyond the study of politics:
‘Everyone from executives and judges to scientists and politicians may reason to emotionally biased judgments when they have a vested interest in how to interpret “the facts”‘.
Such a person “thinks with a forked brain, “. The Dictionary of Psychology tells us also that: “…the picture of authoritarian followers after all these years of research is far from flattering.”
No kidding. However, Andy Schmookler thinks he has figured it out: Moral Endo-skeletons and Exo-skeletons: A Perspective on America’s Cultural Divide and Current Crisis. He writes:
“In the months after the 2004 election, when the Red States were said to have voted on the basis of their “moral values,” it was noted by many observers that the sleazy TV and movies the traditionalist and Christian right denounce so energetically also tend to get their highest ratings in the same parts of the country most populated by such people. (It was noted, as well, that some of the family pathologies that traditionalists decry are found at high rates among these most vocal proponents of “family values.”)
Some took this as a clear indication of the hypocrisy of the conservatives: what they denounce, they also secretly enjoy. They are not as concerned about morality, this critique declared, as they pretend to be. A posture of devotion to righteousness, all the while indulging forbidden impulses in hidden ways.”
This is an example of people claiming to adhere to an ostensibly moral ideology, but the reality on the inside is quite different. Schmookler writes:
“From my discussions of morality with religious traditionalists, I’ve gleaned that many of them assume that people who do not believe in their firm moral structures – who do not believe in God, or in the Ten Commandments, or in inviolable and absolute rules of moral conduct – must be living lives of sin and debauchery. They cannot understand – and often seem unwilling even to believe – that people like Unitarians might be living the well-ordered lives – as hard-working and law-abiding citizens, as responsible and dedicated family people – that they themselves strive to do.
Their failure to understand how non-believing “liberals” can live moral lives is actually the reverse side of the same coin from the liberals’ imputation of hypocrisy to the red staters who watch “Desperate Housewives” and may also have disordered family lives.”
Schmookler suggests that the problem is that the two types of people have “different moral structures.”
“It was a student of mine (in an adult education class about “America’s Moral Crisis”) who came up with the apt image. It didn’t matter much to her, she said, whether her society has a lot of enforced rules. She’s got her moral beliefs firmly inside her – a kind of endo-skeleton, she said.
We had been talking about the distress American traditionalists have felt at the erosion of a social consensus about the straight-and-narrow path. Morality for them, she said, seemed to be a kind of exo-skeleton. This was her image to capture their reliance on external moral structures – laws, punishments, etc. – to keep them within the moral confines in which they believe. …
It becomes clear why such people – with intense moral concerns combined with a reliance on external moral structures to keep one’s own forbidden impulses in check – would support a state that enforces moral rules and a social culture that stigmatizes those who violate those rules. It really is a threat to them – a threat to their own inner moral order – when the society around them fails to be clear in its rules and strict in its enforcement. …
It is their dependence on the strength and integrity of the external moral order that drives many “exo-skeletons” to crusade to make the whole world around them conform to the moral system to which they themselves are striving to adhere. The unspoken – and generally unacknowledged – need is: please, society, be morally strict enough to keep me on the straight-and-narrow path.”
In other words, such individuals must rely on the external environment for that structure. To take that structure away is to threaten their own perceived security and mental well-being. Without it, there is chaos with no clear “way out”. Anyway, read Schmookler’s article on the topic for more details; it is certainly an interesting way to look at the problem and gives us a good general idea of what kind of person we are dealing with when we come across these people who cling to a failing or failed ideology for dear life. More than that, we must consider the internal emptiness of those who create such orders, and that’s where we come back to psychopathology and its effect on our world. Here, you might want to take a look at this item: Is humanity a failed experiment? 10 shocking facts about society that we accept as normal
“Just look at us. Everything is backwards, everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, psychiatrists destroy minds, scientists destroy truth, major media destroys information, religions destroy spirituality and governments destroy freedom.” Michael Ellner
All of this is due to that small (but growing) percentage of pathological individuals who can snake-charm the weak exoskeleton Authoritarian Followers into raising them to power and giving them devoted, unwavering support. It is via this process that a Pathocracy comes into being. All aspects of our lives on Earth are infected when we allow psychopaths to take positions of leadership. From Political Ponerology:
“Pathocracy is a disease of great social movements followed by entire societies, nations, and empires. In the course of human history, it has affected social, political, and religious movements as well as the accompanying ideologies and turned them into caricatures of themselves. This occurred as a result of the participation of pathological agents in a pathodynamically similar process. That explains why all the pathocracies of the world are, and have been, so similar in their essential properties.
Identifying these phenomena through history and properly qualifying them according to their true nature and contents – not according to the ideology in question, which succumbed to the process of caricaturization – is a job for historians.
The actions of [pathocracy] affect an entire society, starting with the leaders and infiltrating every town, business, and institution. The pathological social structure gradually covers the entire country creating a “new class” within that nation. This privileged class [of pathocrats] feels permanently threatened by the “others”, i.e. by the majority of normal people. Neither do the pathocrats entertain any illusions about their personal fate should there be a return to the system of normal man.”
Now, if you are a thinking person and have a few firing neurons, you have probably figured out that what we call “democracy” is probably not such a good idea in a world where psychopaths lurk. In fact, it might surprise you to know that the American system was never set up to be a democracy at all – it was set up to be a republic modeled on the Roman system where only rich, well-born oligarchs had any say in what was done. A lot of care was taken in formulating the election system so as to preserve this rule of the wealthy elite. The one thing that terrified the founders of America was “Caesarism”.
A lot of disinformation and misinformation, and interpretations by Authoritarian Followers has been propagated about Caesar. I’m not going to go into it in detail here as it takes a careful exposition with many citations, but I will say that the Roman Empire was an empire long before Caesar came along; it started when the Roman oligarchs decided they wanted to steal other people’s land and resources and enslave entire populations.
They started with Italy, expanded to Carthage and Greece, and eventually had rapacious Roman governors almost everywhere around the so-called “civilized world” of the time. Caesar came along and tried for 19 years to try to change the system within the system itself. When he realized that this was impossible, he set himself the task of utilizing the model that Sulla had created: get an army and enforce changes. The only difference was, Caesar intended changes that were for the benefit of ALL, not just the enrichment of a few oligarchs. When the oligarchs assassinated Julius Caesar, they killed the last hope of anything resembling a fair and equitable system with the masses having legal rights equal to the wealthy. Augustus came along and, using the “ideology” of Caesar’s name to induce the loyalty of the army, created a new oligarchy that was to last for a very long time and has been used as a model by Western governments ever since.
In any event, today, we are living through times that are very similar to the last days of the Roman Oligarchic Republic. Michael Hudson has written an article about debt slavery where he doesn’t even mention Caesar and his effort to solve the problem equitably, but still manages to distill the point:
“Creditor power and stable growth rarely have gone together. Most personal debts in this classical period were the product of small amounts of money lent to individuals living on the edge of subsistence and who could not make ends meet. Forfeiture of land and assets – and personal liberty – forced debtors into bondage that became irreversible. By the 7th century BC, “tyrants” (popular leaders) emerged to overthrow the aristocracies in Corinth and other wealthy Greek cities, gaining support by cancelling the debts. In a less tyrannical manner, Solon founded the Athenian democracy in 594 BC by banning debt bondage.
But oligarchies re-emerged and called in Rome when Sparta’s kings Agis, Cleomenes and their successor Nabis sought to cancel debts late in the third century BC. They were killed and their supporters driven out. It has been a political constant of history since antiquity that creditor interests opposed both popular democracy and royal power able to limit the financial conquest of society – a conquest aimed at attaching interest-bearing debt claims for payment on as much of the economic surplus as possible.
When the Gracchi brothers and their followers tried to reform the credit laws in 133 BC, the dominant Senatorial class acted with violence, killing them and inaugurating a century of Social War, resolved by the ascension of Augustus as emperor in 29 BC. …
…foreign conquest always has been a major factor in imposing debts, and war debts have been the major cause of public debt in modern times. Antiquity’s harshest debt levy was by Rome, whose creditors spread out to plague Asia Minor, its most prosperous province. The rule of law all but disappeared when publican creditor “knights” arrived. Mithridates of Pontus led three popular revolts, and local populations in Ephesus and other cities rose up and killed a reported 80,000 Romans in 88 BC. The Roman army retaliated, and Sulla imposed war tribute of 20,000 talents in 84 BC. Charges for back interest multiplied this sum six-fold by 70 BC.
Among Rome’s leading historians, Livy, Plutarch and Diodorus blamed the fall of the Republic on creditor intransigence in waging the century-long Social War marked by political murder from 133 to 29 BC. Populist leaders sought to gain a following by advocating debt cancellations (e.g., the Catiline conspiracy in 63-62 BC). They were killed. By the second century AD about a quarter of the population was reduced to bondage. By the fifth century Rome’s economy collapsed, stripped of money. Subsistence life reverted to the countryside.”
He also doesn’t mention the catastrophic destruction of the Roman civilization that is now widely acknowledged in many scientific circles to have been due to pestilence, cometary bombardment, earthquakes, climate change, etc. We are seeing signs of the same cosmic reactions in our own time, so it seems that such collapses and environmental effects sort of go together.
Now, having said all of the above, let me bring this back to brass tacks. We all know by now (or should know if we’ve been paying attention) that the USA has a rather shadier history than it has ever openly acknowledge; and here I’m just talking about its beginnings on a foundation of genocide and political manipulation. We all know by now, thanks to the work of many historians – even mainstream – that the USA has followed the path of the ancient Roman Republic as an oligarchical empire seeking to exert domination and steal other peoples’ land and stuff for a very long time; just read Fletcher Prouty’s book The Secret Team for insight into how this has been done for a very long time, accelerating and intensifying since WW II.
We all know that this activity has been controlled for a long time from behind the scenes by a cabal of wealthy groups which may or may not include family dynasties that may or may not be Jewish; the main characteristic being a strong genetic taint of psychopathy that runs throughout and which means they can replenish their numbers with new recruits from time to time (Bill Gates and the Clintons for example). For any of you who cry “conspiracy theory”, just calm down and read some of the wildest conspiracy theories that actually turned out to be true, and, Don’t be fooled by ‘conspiracy theory’ smears against conspiracies that turn out to be true. Also, hold firmly in mind all the rumors and leaks about NSA spying that were coming out during the Bush regime and then hurriedly suppressed only to explode on the global stage under Obama via Edward Snowden.
Now, considering all the above, do you actually think that the USA and its allies are going to follow a policy that is for the benefit of the people? Any people? If you do, then you have no firing neurons and you are an Exo-skeleton Authoritarian Follower who will end up in slavery exactly as happened in Ancient Rome. If, on the other hand, you have some brain power and can hold your focus long enough to put 2 + 2 together and get 4, then bear with me here.
Think, really think, about Michael Ellner’s words, quoted above:
“Just look at us. Everything is backwards, everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, psychiatrists destroy minds, scientists destroy truth, major media destroys information, religions destroy spirituality and governments destroy freedom.”
Hold firmly to that concept that everything is backward and upside down and consider what is happening on the global stage today especially in respect of Russia.
Today, much of the world views Russia and the brilliant leadership of Vladimir Putin as the only hope of stopping the malignant and deadly spread of the Totalitarianism of psychopathic imperialism. Naturally, the propaganda is slanted in the other direction, attempting to paint Mr. Putin as a new Hitler while the propagandists hide behind their established “democratic, greatest nation-on-earth” ideology that has long been corrupted by pathology. But when that sort of nonsense starts being spouted, we need to hold fast to our thinking apparatus and see it for what it is because based on what we know for certain, the USA is a terrorist state of oligarchs who just want to dominate the planet and steal other peoples’ stuff. It’s a story as old as time and it is playing out in real time before our eyes and we need to pay close attention to the shell-game of political realities.
Vladimir Putin and Russia are standing in the way of the cabal of Western Oligarchs (defined above, the main characteristic being psychopathology) from taking total control of the World. The Western Oligarchs (often in cahoots with Eastern oligarchs such as those Putin deposed in Russia) have been monopolizing public attention with scandal after scandal in their effort to conceal the fact that they are behind most of the sufferings on this planet.
John Whitehead gives a good running list of what has been going on:
“In late August / early September, we were treated to Justin Bieber’s run-in with police after a bout of reckless driving, the FBI’s investigation into the leaking of celebrities’ nude photos, Brad and Angelina’s wedding, James Foley’s carefully staged beheading, Robin Williams’ unfortunate suicide, the riots in Ferguson over the police shooting of an unarmed black man, growing threats from ISIS, and the ALS ice bucket challenge sensation.
That was preceded by reports of immigrant children flooding over the border, Israel and Hamas’ on-again, off-again fighting, Germany’s victory in the World Cup, Ebola breakouts in West Africa, the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crash in Ukraine, the exchange by the U.S. of five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the growing legalization of same-sex marriage by the states, and the kidnapping of 280 Nigerian girls for use as sex slaves.
Before that, there was the shooting rampage by an Iraq war veteran at the Fort Hood Army base, the uproar over LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks, the Veterans Administration’s failure to provide timely care to vets, Russia and the U.S. in a tug of war over control of Crimea, the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines flight – this one en route to China, the 2014 Winter Olympics hosted by Russia, the Seattle Seahawks’ first ever win at the Super Bowl, Gov. Chris Christie’s role in the George Washington Bridge lane closings scandal, and the outpouring of tributes over the death of Nelson Mandela.
No less traumatic and distracting were the preceding months’ newsworthy events, which included a devastating typhoon in the Philippines, France and Germany’s displeasure over the NSA spying on its people and leaders, the U.S. government’s 16-day shutdown over Obamacare, public opposition to President Obama’s plans to take military action against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons, another shooting rampage – this time at the Washington Navy Yard, Russia’s granting of asylum to Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning’s announcement that he is in fact Chelsea Manning, which came a day after he was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents, the birth of a new prince to British royals William and Kate, George Zimmerman’s acquittal of murdering Trayvon Martin, the Supreme Court’s striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, and Edward Snowden’s leaking the first of what would turn into a more-than-yearlong series of revelations about the government’s illegal surveillance programs.”
Now, in addition to the nonsense and trivia we are subjected to almost daily anti-Russian propaganda because, of course, there must be an enemy “over there” somewhere! The USA/NATO oligarchs accuse Putin of what they themselves have done or plan to do.
The timing of this Russian invasion media campaign was not only a response to the military disaster suffered by Ukraine; it was also meant to derail the Minsk peace talks which took place the same week and build hype for the NATO Wales summit scheduled for this week. Putin had been working on a diplomatic solution with Angela Merkel. Europe, already in economic trouble thanks to its austerity policies, is now suffering from the economic war with Russia the US pushed them into.
Now why, you might ask, am I advocating for Vladimir Putin when I am something like a 20th generation American on all lines of my family tree with my ancestors’ blood spilled in the Revolution and the Civil War, WWI, WWII and more? Isn’t that un-American? No, it isn’t. I love that America of the common man and woman who believed the propaganda of their lying government and gave their lives working hard and sacrificing to make that dream a reality. I love the America that I thought was real when I was growing up and I am angry beyond anything you can understand to come to the full realization that it was all a psychopathic lie; that my family members died for a bunch of damn oligarchs who couldn’t have cared less about their sacrifice and suffering. I’ve made it my business to discover the truth, what the sickness is that can make something like that possible and the conclusion is always and ever: psychopathology in power. I’ve written reams about it and it still shocks me to fully grok that there are human looking beings who have nothing human at all inside them.
So, when I advocate for Vladimir Putin it is because I have studied the matter deeply on both sides. Just as the USA wallowing in its wealth and power morphed into something dark and evil, Russia, suffering under harsh totalitarian rule since WWI has been tried and tempered by the fire, under Vladimir Putin, an uncommon individual from the ranks of the common people, has changed too: to the Hope of the World.
Lobaczewski makes an interesting remark in Political Ponerology:
“Any war waged by a pathocratic nation has two fronts, the internal and the external. The internal front is more important for the leaders and the governing elite, and the internal threat is the deciding factor where unleashing war is concerned. …”
That is to say: the propaganda is aimed more at convincing we, the people, than anyone else. And sadly, based on what I see on Twitter and elsewhere, it is working quite well in spite of all the facts and data I have cited above that anyone who can read at a third-grade level can suss out.
“Under these conditions [overwhelming news, use of propaganda to advance hidden agendas] there can be no thought. And, in fact, modern man does not think about current problems; he feels them. He reacts, but he does not understand them any more than he takes responsibility for them. He is even less capable of spotting any inconsistency between successive facts; man’s capacity to forget is unlimited. This is one of the most important and useful points for the propagandists, who can always be sure that a particular propaganda theme, statement, or event will be forgotten within a few weeks.” (Professor Jacques Ellul)
“Pathocracy has other internal reasons for pursuing expansionism through the use of all means possible. As long as that “other” world governed by the systems of normal man exists, it inducts into and within the strivings of the non-pathological majority, thereby creating a certain sense of direction. The non-pathological majority of the country’s population will never stop dreaming of the reinstallment of the normal man’s system in any possible form. This majority will never stop watching other countries, waiting for the opportune moment; its attention and power must therefore be distracted from this purpose, and the masses must be educated and channeled in the direction of imperialist strivings. This goal must be pursued doggedly so that everyone knows what is being fought for and in whose name harsh discipline and poverty must be endured. The latter factor effectively limits the possibility of “subversive” activities on the part of the society of normal people.” (Lobaczewski)
This last bit makes clear why economic destruction has been a stage in the march toward USA dominated global totalitarianism: if people are poor and hungry, they can’t put up much resistance; and we notice that this is mainly focused within the US at the moment, though the EU is rapidly falling into line with the plans. Also, if the only jobs available are in the military, one doesn’t need to impose an unpopular draft – there will be endless lines of young men who might otherwise be protesting the policies of the government, waiting to be accepted to serve that same government that has destroyed their future.
“The biological, psychological, moral, and economic destruction of this majority is thus a “biological” necessity. Many means serve this end, starting with concentration camps and including warfare with an obstinate, well-armed foe who will devastate and debilitate the human power thrown at him, namely the very power jeopardizing pathocrats rule. Once safely dead, the soldiers will then be decreed heroes to be revered in paeans, useful for raising a new generation faithful to the pathocracy.” (Lobaczewski)
Perhaps, in the above cited materials, you will have picked up the cues that inform my thinking about Putin vs USA/NATO. If not, please read Political Ponerology in its entirety because the clue systems are all laid out there. Yes, as noted, the studies that went into understanding pathological individuals in power were based on Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, but as Lobaczewski notes, when a country has been long under a totalitarian system, something new and unusual begins to grow within the ranks of normal people: a particular knowledge and understanding of how pathocrats think and how such a system of rule operates. It is obvious that Vladimir Putin is such a man of talent, perceptiveness and knowledge. Read Hugo Turner’s run-down on the Psychological operation: The myth of a “Russian invasion” and the truth about the war in Ukraine as well as Harrison Koehli’s Western propaganda exposed as Russian convoy ‘invades’ Ukraine with humanitarian aid and Joe Quinn’s MH17 Who Dunnit? Western Media Silent on the Evidence.
Now, let me bring all this home. As I mentioned above, I have had a Twitter account for a few years but never really used it because I like to deal with things in-depth and “drive by commenting” really isn’t my style. However, a group of us here at SOTT recently decided that since the whole rest of the world (it seems) has gone to the birds (as opposed to “gone to the dogs”), we might as well express ourselves there also and add to the general hum of human busyness just to see if our collective voices might make a difference. You could say that what we did was form a “Truth Brigade”.
At the same time that we were getting busy on social media, our SOTT editorial policy was making clear where we stood on the USA/NATO vs Russia/Putin issue. Now, we don’t have any illusions about Russia being perfect, but we see what Putin is trying to accomplish and he is a great statesman and we hope his country appreciates fully what he is doing.
Anyway, within about ten days, SOTT was brought down. This was not as the result of a DDOS attack because we’ve experienced enough of those that we handle them easily with technical tweaks. The attackers have also not been able to find their way in by hacking because we run a very tight ship. No, indeed, this was something quite different. It seems that some, still unidentified, entity had to resort to opening an account with the same company that served SOTT and then, from inside the server, stole our IP number and redirected all traffic to a control panel sign-in page that could very well have be designed to spoof SOTT editors into giving their user names and passwords. Good thing we don’t fall for that nonsense. And curiously, the server managers were stubbornly recalcitrant for a couple of days about dealing with what was clearly their problem. That was finally sorted out and we decided that the customer service that we were paying over $300 a month for was less than satisfactory, so we’ve moved servers and added another back-up server just in case.
The above situation was just sort of the icing on the cake after four years of covert and no-so-covert harassment by various French bureaucracies probably at the behest of their USA Master (cue Renfield again). We’ve been through a year long police investigation based on ridiculous accusations, and when that fell flat, the police sent the FISC after us. Another year of time and energy wasting. When that was done, just in the last few months, we were notified by our French bank that we have done business with for over 11 years that they were closing our account which basically would leave us dead in the water. They gave no reason whatsoever. And then, oddly enough, we have been refused by 6 banks, one after the other; they agree to open the account, we fill out the forms, then a few days later they let us know “oops, sorry, we can’t give you an account…” with basically no reason given. Obviously, there are powers behind the scenes that want to shut us down completely and the economic approach is the current mode.
So all that is going on in the background. Meanwhile, our Truth Brigade decided on another little project: Dearputin.com. However, we decided to keep it separate from SOTT.NET more or less as a means of protecting it from any collateral damage that such association might attract. Well, we should have known better. It seems that ANY activity that supports Putin must be squashed immediately, especially if it comes from Westerners. The letter apparently struck a real cord of resonance in the hearts of many people and the site was being rapidly spread via Twitter and FB and then, boom! Down it came. Five or six of our Truth Brigade members were up most of last night sorting out the problems and working on getting it back up.
It is clear that, today, normal human beings with conscience – and I must exclude the Exoskeleton/Authoritarian Follower types who prefer psychopathic leadership even to their own destruction – view Vladimir Putin the same way the downtrodden masses of Rome viewed the Gracchi brothers and Julius Caesar; the same way the masses of poor and disenfranchised Americans viewed John and Bobby Kennedy: as the only hope of stopping the totalitarian march of the USA/NATO led New World Order AKA Pathocracy. What is fascinating about this is that this exact situation was predicted over 75 years ago by the great American prophet, Edgar Cayce.
In 1939, Cayce predicted the deaths of two presidents in office:
“Ye are to have turmoils…ye are to have strife between capital and labor. Ye are to have a division in thy own land, before ye have the second of the Presidents that next will not live through his office…a mob rule!”
President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office in April 1945. In November 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
In 1944, he prophesied that China would one day be “the cradle of Christianity as applied in the lives of men.”
Q. What should be the attitude of so-called capitalist nations toward Russia?
A. The greater hope of the world will come through Russia’s religious development. The one nation or group which is closed in relationship with Russia may fare best during the gradual changes and the final settlement of conditions, as to rule of the world (February 8, 1932) 3976-10
Q. About the Russian situation?
A. As we have indicated before, a new understanding has come and will come to a troubled people. Here, because of the yoke of oppression, because of self-indulgences, another extreme has arisen. Only when there is freedom of speech, and the right to worship according to the dictates of conscience – until these come about, turmoils will still be within. (June 24, 1938) 3976 – 19
… For changes are coming, this may be sure – an evolution, or revolution in the ideas of religious thought. The basis of it for the world will eventually come out of Russia; not communism, no! But rather that which is the basis of the same, as the Christ taught – His kind of communism! (1930) No. 452-6
In Russia there comes the hope of the world, not as that sometimes termed of the communistic, or Bolshevik, no; but freedom, freedom! That each man will live for his fellow man! The principle has been born. It will take years for it to be crystallised, but out of Russia comes again the hope of the world. (1944) No. 3976-29
The possibility of a third world war was also predicted. He spoke of strife arising “near the Davis Straits,” (a northern arm of the Labrador Sea between mid-western Greenland and Nunavut) and “in Libya, and in Egypt, in Ankara, and in Syria; through the straits around those areas above Australia, in the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf.”
He gave another clue about a potential third world war when asked in June of 1943 whether it would be feasible to work towards an international currency or a stabilization of international exchange levels when WWII had ended, Cayce replied that it would be a long, long time before this would happen. Indeed, he said, “there may be another war over just such conditions.”
The following from Cayce seems to accurately describe the US led NATO coalition of psychopaths at the present time:
“When many of the isles of the sea and many of the land have come under the subjugation of those who fear neither man not the devil; who rather join themselves with that force by which they may proclaim might and power as right – as of a superman who is to be an ideal for generations to be established; then shall thy own land see the blood flow, as in those periods when brother fought against brother.” (June,1940) 3976 – 25
Notice that he said that blood would flow in the USA.
What we have today is the Chaos produced by pathological individuals that induces Consent from the Authoritarian Followers. The really sad thing is that the authoritarian followers who ‘believe in authority’ could as easily follow an authority that has their best interests at heart and the example of such a person is that set by Vladimir Putin. As it is, the authoritarian sheep follow and support the very worst of humanity; pathological individuals who gain power by deception and manipulation. And in the end, as psychologist, Andrew Lobaczewski wrote:
“Germs are not aware that they will be burned alive or buried deep in the ground along with the human body whose death they are causing.”
Humanity is a Cosmic body and each individual is a cell in that body. But the humanity we see today is a disease-ridden idiot – a shambling, ragged, beast covered with oozing pustules of corruption representing science, religions and government – stumbling from one self-inflicted disaster to another. There can be only one outcome and this is documented in ancient literature describing how other ‘mighty’ cultures have ended.
And so, having said all of the above, let me close by restating something I wrote back in February: Xenophobic Self-Destruction Or, How the Odyssey and the Old and New Testaments Can Predict Our Future
“One of the dominant themes of the Odyssey, which also appears in the Old and New Testaments, is hospitality and knowing how to treat a stranger if you are the host, and knowing how, as a guest, you ought to respond to good or bad hospitality.
The principles of life governing the action portrayed in the Odyssey would have been well and widely understood at the time the story was being recited in social groupings of the ancient world, and no doubt, the listeners would nod in agreement as each episode unfolded and then concluded in justice being served.
So, basically, there was a time when the universal law of reciprocity was more widely and clearly understood. Unfortunately, the people of today have lost sight of this cause-and-effect relationship, but are still doomed to suffer the consequences. The law is inescapable and ignorance is no excuse. It doesn’t matter how solitary or non-materialistic a person is, they will always be a part of some kind of exchange as long as they exist. From impressions and breathing to social interactions and material exchange, only the scale differs. At the moment we are both hosts and guests, to other individuals, groups, the earth and the universe. …
The ancients were quite certain that human behavior could attract or repel the wrath of the gods. Most often, it was the behavior of the priest-king that was the crucial element. It was his job to figure out what the gods wanted in respect of human behavior and to ensure that this was how things were done so that the kingdom would be safe. There were a few good examples of this principle, where the king was “righteous” and took care of his people like a tender parent, conducted his own life so as to set a positive example for all, and things were fine … until … a pathological type would get into power in one way or another and begin to pervert the entire system. When that happened, scape-goating became the rule of the day and “sacrifice” was declared to be what the gods wanted: witch-hunts began. Such times always and ever preceded large-scale destruction of the society.
The entire cosmos seems to be made of information and mirrors. The living system and the cosmos interact constantly, receiving and transmitting. As above, so below. But there are also choices.
We all receive impressions from our environment and react to them in different ways: rebelling, ignoring or just copying what we perceive. Whatever the reaction, we react based on our personal understanding, our past experiences, our feelings and our sense of morality. We are influenced, but we also have the ability to influence. Our capacity to contemplate the past, present and future in a connected way, to feel deeply about others and to judge and choose either ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ is what makes us human.
It really is down to us collectively. We are the power source and the authors, whether we allow a leader to represent and direct us or not, we are ultimately responsible for our world. If that’s really the case, seeing that we have a choice in how things turn out and learning how to direct our course seems rather important.
It appears that in earlier history, man understood that he had some control over his own destiny and the fate of society through his righteous behavior. Theoxeny was a moral standard. Every person was seen as having the potential to either help or hinder prosperity and health for all. Even if some could give more than others, everyone had the privilege and the duty to contribute their best. Every person’s actions counted and their actions were responded to with justice through other people and the universe.
But a pathology took hold, and though it could not completely change the nature of man or take away his ability to choose, it influenced society and altered humanity’s course because of our acceptance of it. As awareness declined, good intentions were subverted and our integrity as a species diminished. Humans have become a species tuned in to entropy, and what we choose and express will become our fate. We have given up our personal responsibility to each other as hosts and guests and therefore will end up being our own destruction.
When reading history, over and over again the same cycle can be seen. The point that I would like to emphasize is that human beings do have some control over their destiny as individuals and groups, nations and civilizations. But that “control” is rather more like putting oneself into alignment with universal principles and activating them in practice. But obviously, one has to be careful and find out what those principles actually are! Obviously, those ancient civilizations that believed the lies of the evil masters who declared that sacrifice of their enemies, or war against this group or that group, was what the gods wanted, didn’t do that. …
The ancient literature on these topics can be mined for knowledge and wisdom. Indeed, it appears to be the case that taking assertive action against violators of Cosmic Hospitality oneself can prevent the gods from having to do it. And one can notice that when the gods do it, the action falls not only on the corrupt elite, but also on those who would choose to do nothing, those who permit the evils and corruptions to continue and perpetuate. …
Ignorance of these laws is no protection. In fact, ignorance of them might be seen as a deliberate flouting. The Cosmos exists to be loved and you cannot love what you do not know. Thus, it is the duty of every self-conscious creature to exert all their efforts, within their inherent capacities, to know and thus to be able to love the Cosmos. Those creatures that cannot or will not do this are considered by Nature to be failed experiments and they or their lines will be extinguished.
The point is made near the end of the Odyssey, that silence is assent. Eurymachus attempts to plead with Odysseus, saying, “He who was most to blame is already dead. It was Antinous who was behind all these doings … Now he has received his just punishment, give up your anger against us! Spare your equals in rank! Every one of us shall bring you twenty bullocks in recompense for what we have eaten, and you shall have all the bronze and gold it will take to win back your favor.”
“No, Eurymachus,” said Odysseus, scowling at him. “Even if you offered me everything you have inherited from your fathers, I should not rest until all of you have atoned for your misdeeds with death. Do what you will, fight or flee – not one of you shall escape me!”
Nor did they.”
“Then I saw a single angel stationed in the sun’s light, and with a mighty voice he shouted to all the birds that fly across the sky, Come, gather yourselves together for the great supper of God, That you may feast on the flesh of rulers, the flesh of generals and captains, the flesh of powerful and mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all humanity, both free and slave, both small and great!
Then I saw the beast and the rulers and leaders of the earth with their troops mustered to go into battle and make war against Him Who is mounted on the horse and against His troops. And the beast was seized and overpowered, and with him the false prophet who in his presence had worked wonders and performed miracles by which he led astray those who had accepted or permitted to be placed upon them the stamp (mark) of the beast and those who paid homage and gave divine honors to his statue. Both of them were hurled alive into the fiery lake that burns and blazes with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword that issues from the mouth of Him Who is mounted on the horse, and all the birds fed ravenously and glutted themselves with their flesh”. Revelation 19:17-21