We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, September 10, 2016

A Father’s Search for Truth Reveals Clues to a Controlled Demolition

Click here to access article by Craig McKee from Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.
McIlvaine says he doesn’t tell his son’s story that often anymore because most people just don’t want to hear it. Even the 9/11 families don’t want anything to do with the idea that the event was, as he claims, perpetrated by their own government.

“People look at the United States as a father figure, and they just can’t believe their father could do something that evil.”
This statement supports my theory of why the Big Lie works so effectively. The lengthy period of childhood, that is needed to fully develop the marvelous human brain, creates dependency on parental authority, and many people find transitioning into adulthood a challenge in today's society. I think that ruling classes intentionally take advantage of this potentially human weakness in order to sustain their rule.

Ruling classes do so by indoctrinating subordinate classes into believing that authority figures who serve the ruling class have superior knowledge (historically they used religious authorities, nowadays they are more often "experts") to maintain control over their subordinate populations. In today's societies capitalist control over institutions of indoctrination--education, media, religion, entertainment, etc--strongly reinforces authoritarian mindsets. The capitalist ruling classes use these instruments of socialization very effectively by transferring childish notions about the infallibility of parental authority onto ruling class authorities to prevent the transition from the dependency of childhood into responsible adulthood. 

This is especially effective if people are taught in their childhood to always respect authority, that there are right answers to everything and the authorities can provide them with these answers. Most ordinary people are conditioned to trust authorities of the ruling class much like they did their parents. They can't conceive of the fact that authorities often lie to them; and when presented with evidence of lying, especially major lies, they feel very psychologically threatened. If successfully indoctrinated, such people entering adulthood tend to look to powerful persons (bosses) for their material well-being, other authorities on how to live, what to believe, and for their understanding of political and economic issues which, they are taught, are much too complicated for them.

4 comments:

  1. Ron,
    Excellent comments! But, don't you think it goes much further than what people are taught in childhood? When, exactly, do Americans ever reach adulthood? What percentage of those chronologically adult can feed, clothe and house themselves?

    Domestication is a word that needs much more discussion because Americans are a completely domesticated populace and domestication neotenizes. Domesticated animals - including human animals - retain characteristics of juveniles. After all, domestication equals dependence. Knowing they cannot fend for themselves, they instinctively DARE NOT go too far in opposing the hand that feeds them. Domesticated dependent humans will carry (purchased) signs and wear (purchased) tee shirts and check the approved protest march route on their (purchased and monthly-billed) portable electronic surveillance leash apps. In other words, they will throw a tantrum and run away, but they'll be home in time for dinner.

    Americans are domesticated, dependent sheeple taught not so much respect for authority as the expectation of boredom and the "necessity" of buying and consuming things to alleviate said boredom.

    Leave the system, grow your own food, learn to live within your own means? Be truly independent and free? Right. Only if there's an app for that.

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  2. Yes, indeed, it goes much further than childhood conditioning to produce mindless, distracted,uncritical thinking adults. But the childhood experience in capitalist society prepares people for adult roles as merely consumers both of products and, most importantly, beliefs that support capitalist ruling class policies and actions.

    I disagree with your statement that begins "Americans are domesticated...." I don't think that the "sheeple" expect boredom, but it is a consequence of mindless consumption of things which capitalists promise will bring happiness, sexiness, popularity, etc.

    It's great if one is able to leave the system by growing your own food and to live within your means, but it takes land and financial resources to do this--much beyond the means of many. So, I don't think that leaving the system is for most people a matter of choice.

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    1. During years in the public school system, I observed first-hand the lack of respect for authority and the expectation of boredom. So, I'll stand by my statement. Ultimately, it matters not whether the boredom or the lifestyle came first; the result is the same.

      As for leaving the system, the belief that it takes lots of money is the ubiquitous excuse for not getting out of the box, and I'm sorry, with all due respect, I can't let you perpetuate this out for people. Far more than money, it takes creativity and the willingness to live completely differently.

      You can grow your own food by investing in a local farm, supporting someone who's raising poultry, joining/starting a community garden, using containers, growing vertically, wildcrafting, taking down fences between neighbors and turning over the grass to grow food not lawns, starting an apartment house garden commons, co-investing in a well, trading apple sauce for newly knit socks and carpentry skills for home canned goods...getting out of the I-have-to-do-it-all-by-myself capitalist individualism and thinking like a socialist. Take back the commons! Wherever you find it. (RIP, Aaron Swartz.)

      It’s not about money at all. It’s about willingness to leave one’s “comfort zone” and do what needs to be done, rather than remain in the familiar and continue participating in what’s wrong. It’s about Eldridge Cleaver’s famous choice, or Derrick Jensen’s “picket pin”. We can choose now, or be forced later under much worse circumstances.

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    2. Clearly your experience as a teacher in the public schools gave you many opportunities to witness a lack of respect for your and other teachers' authority. And, of course there are many other such examples that could be given such as incidents of hooliganism, the high crime rate among all sectors of the population, police murdering Black people, and the ruling class's refusal to play by the rules laid out in the Constitution.

      Obviously the theory I posed was only a skeletal framework that must be fleshed out to explain incidents that you encountered as a teacher and many other examples in which people's lack of respect for authority is illustrated in their behaviors. I think that the lack of respect for authority is reaching epidemic proportions in our capitalist society.

      Of course, in my commentary I was targeting ideology or fundamental beliefs and ideas that justify or legitimize the existing order. I think the result of many years of brainwashing, the ubiquitous teaching of capitalist ideology, has had very pernicious effects on people. They witness in everyday reality that the rules and the supporting beliefs that are taught really don't matter, and that life in the United States is really an individualistic dog-eat-dog affair which goes against a basic human sense of fairness. As a consequence the ruling class's ideological attempts to cover over the actual barbarity (Rosa Luxembourg was right about the choice we had back in the late 1900s: socialism or barbarism) of life in the US is no longer believable by wide sections of the population, and their reactions to this experience takes many asocial and antisocial forms including, but not limited to, disrespect for legitimate authority.

      But there is also another type of reaction that especially middle class people experience which I focused on in my commentary: the visceral fear that the beliefs which form the ideological foundations of our society and which they have believed in all their lives are really false. These people avoid anything that challenges such beliefs and condemn people who don't believe in them anymore.

      I don't think it is helpful to judgmentally blame the victims of capitalist rule; hence I have sought some other explanation and find the one I briefly described as making more sense.

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