[Paleopsych] Global Gulag: Steven Hassan: Political Propaganda is Cult Brainwashing
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Steven Hassan: Political Propaganda is Cult Brainwashing
[Thanks to Laird for this. There are hundreds of theories about persuasion.
Apparently this is just one man's theory. I don't know how his theories compare
with other theories, how compatible they are with each other, and so on.]
A successful induction by a destructive cult displaces a person's former
identity and replaces it with a new one. That new identity may not be one that
the person would have freely chosen under her own volition.
Nothing is unusual about office holders, political parties and agency
bureaucracies taking liberties with facts, when they frame their case and sell
their policies and programs. But how many people look upon this process as one
designed, not to persuade you; but to indoctrinate you into accepting causes
that are not in your own self interest. The techniques of agenda shaping and
peer pressure guiding is sophisticated and Sub-Rosa in intent. According to
Margaret Thaler Singer, â_Thought Reform_
(http://www.factnet.org/Thought_Reform_Exists.htm?FACTNet) is not a mysterious
process. It is the systematic application of psychological and social influence
techniques in an organized programmatic way within a constructed and managed
environments. The goal is to produce specific attitudinal and behavioral
changes. The changes occur incrementally without its being patently visible to
those undergoing the process that their attitudes and behavior are being
changed a step at a time according to the plan of those directing the
The _Six Conditions_
for Thought Reform are:
1) Keep the person unaware of what is going on and how she or he is being
changed a step at a time.
2) Control the personâs social and/or physical environment; especially
control the personâs time.
3) Systematically create a sense of powerlessness in the person.
4) Manipulate a system of rewards, punishments and experiences in such a way as
to inhibit behavior that reflects the personâs former social identity.
5) Manipulate a system of rewards, punishments, and experiences in order to
promote learning the groupâs ideology or belief system and group-approved
6) Put forth a closed system of logic and an authoritarian structure that
permits no feedback and refuses to be modified except by leadership approval or
Since _Singer_ (http://www.caic.org.au/general/singer.htm) claims that
techniques to achieve power through mind control are readily comprehended, the
key inquiry is to understand the reason why the general public is so unaware of
the assault upon their thought process? The factual historic record leads one
to conclude that the limited and select group of participants that seek and
attain positions of influence, share one crucial trait. Namely, a desire to
preach their adherence to the âWill of the Peopleâ; while they exhort
democratic rule, their actions conform to governance by the privileged few.
Citing the significance of 1984 we find the answer: âOrwell reasoned that if
a government could control all media and communication, meanwhile forcing
citizens to speak in a politically- controlled jargon, this would blunt
independent thinking. If thought could be controlled, then rebellious actions
against a regime could be prevented.â Because of the nature of lust for
power, moral means to achieve political objectives becomes irrelevant; thus,
the motive to conceal real intentions from the citizens. The Sub-Rosa character
of the elites is not who they are, but the actual hidden goals they achieve
with their policies and control of the State.
Singer concludes: âOrwellâs genius centered on seeing how language, not
physical force would be used to manipulate minds. In fact the growing evidence
in the behavioral sciences is that a smiling Big Brother has greater power to
influence thought and decision-making that a visibly threatening person.â Now
review the following Chart that identifies the progression from individual
education to mass control:
Focus of body of knowledge
Many bodies of knowledge, based on scientific findings in various fields.
Body of knowledge concerns product, competitors; how to sell and influence via
Body of knowledge centers on political persuasion of masses of people.
Body of knowledge is explicitly designed to inculcate organizational values.
Direction & degree of exchange
Two way pupil-teacher exchange encouraged.
Exchange can occur but communication generally one-sided.
Some exchange occurs but communication generally one-sided.
Limited exchange occurs, communication is one-sided.
No exchange occurs, communication is one-sided.
Ability to change
Change occurs as science advances; as students and other scholars offer
criticisms; as students & citizens evaluate programs.
Change made by those who pay for it, based upon the success of ad programs by
consumers law, & in response to consumer complaints.
Change based on changing tides in world politics and on political need to
promote the group, nation, or international organization.
Change made through formal channels, via written suggestions to higher-ups.
Change occurs rarely; organization remains fairly rigid; change occurs
primarily to improve thought-reform effectiveness.
Structure of persuasion
Uses teacher-pupil structure; logical thinking encouraged.
Uses an instructional mode to persuade consumer/buyer.
Takes authoritarian stance to persuade masses.
Takes authoritarian & hierarchical stance.
Takes authoritarian & hierarchical stance; No full awareness on part of
Type of relationship
Instruction is time-limited: consensual.
Consumer/buyer can accept or ignore communication.
Learner support & engrossment expected.
Instruction is contractual: consensual
Group attempts to retain people forever.
Is not deceptive.
Can be deceptive, selecting only positive views.
Can be deceptive, often exaggerated.
Is not deceptive.
Breadth of learning
Focuses on learning to learn & learning about reality; broad goal is rounded
knowledge for development of the individual.
Has a narrow goal of swaying opinion to promote and sell an idea, object, or
program; another goal is to enhance seller & possibly buyer.
Targets large political masses to make them believe a specific view or
circumstance is good.
Stresses narrow learning for a specific goal; to become something or to train
for performance of duties.
Individualized target; hidden agenda (you will be changed one step at a time to
become deployable to serve leaders).
Puts down competition.
Wants to lessen opposition.
Aware of differences.
No respect for differences.
Mild to heavy persuasion.
Overt persuasion sometimes unethical.
Improper and unethical techniques.
Propaganda leading to Indoctrination has the ultimate objective of Thought
Reform. While many citizens would contest overt indoctrination, most accept
that propaganda is a fact of life. But how many are even aware of the final
stage - _Thought Reform_ (http://www.xjw.com/whatcult.html) ? And even more
important, how many are willing to admit to themselves that this conclusive
level effectively eliminates all individuality - subjugating each person to
endless servitude to the cult regime run by approved elites. Yes, the State is
a Cult. The World Book Encyclopedia explains that "traditionally, the term cult
referred to any form of worship or ritual observance." We have been conditioned
to propaganda - under ability to change - to promote the group nation. Then we
have been subjected to indoctrination - under focus of body of knowledge -
explicitly designed to inculcate organizational values. And finally we have
been manipulated into Thought Reform - type of relationship - to accept group
attempts to retain control over people forever. These techniques are all
designed to create and maintain worship to a strong authority figure. We are
told to accept that the State is the absolute embodiment of authority. The
âSupreme Beingâ has been replaced with the coercive totalitarian temporal
cult, that requires homage, tribute and obedience. The ritual of prearranged
elections orchestrates an opera of musical chairs that has the fat lady singing
before the first candidate enters the race. The franchise has become a fallacy,
the group mission protects the government sect and the existence of independent
conduct turns into an illusion. That is the purpose of Thought Reform. âThere
are three forces, the only three forces capable of conquering and enslaving
forever the conscience of these weak rebels in the interests of their own
happiness. They are: the miracle, the mystery and authority.â - F.
Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Cults want wealth and power for the
leadership, to be supplied by members. Government conforms to this model. Both
employ the following:
* Miracle - ideology imputing miraculous power to leaders and/or
* Mystery - secrecy obscuring actual beliefs and practices.
* Authority - claims on members' time, talents, bodies, or property to
meet group needs.
_Robert Lifton and Mikhael Heller_
studies on Thought Reform. Today we see those applications in our society. The
miracle becomes the utopia that politicians promise from their policies
administered by an all persuasive government. The mystery incorporates an
obsession with secrecy, limited access of forged accounts, with significant
news going unreported. And authority being centralized with state power
supreme, with the destruction of competing political ideologies.
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