“In order to tame people into the desired pattern, victims must be brought to a point where they have lost their alert consciousness and mental awareness. Freedom of discussion and free intellectual exchange hinder conditioning. Feelings of terror, feelings of fear and hopelessness, of being alone, of standing with one’s back to the wall, must be instilled.”
November 10, 2015
How to Politically Condition a
Some insights from The Rape of the Mind.
With all of the intolerance of “offensive” speech and ideas, it’s worth
considering what could be happening. Is it all just to create a better
society or are we being coerced into a certain mindset?
Sure, what’s going on is not on the level of some of the tyrannies of the
20th century or fictions such as Clockwork Orange, nonetheless the
tactics seem eerily similar.
In The Rape of the Mind, Joost Meerloo points out that:
“…he who dictates and formulates the words and phrases we use, he who is
master of the press and radio, is master of the mind.”
And who today dictates and formulates the words and phrases we use?
Usually, those that matter originate in our universities and institutions
of higher learning. They then trickle down through society as those who
were embedded with the new words and phrases make their way through
society and eventually into positions of leadership. It is the long march
through institutions to bring about cultural and then political
As more and more individuals have been imprinted with the new way of
looking at the world, the more the new thinking permeates the culture and
pushes out dissenting views:
“Such is the Pavlovian device: repeat mechanically your assumptions and
suggestions, diminish the opportunity of communicating dissent and
opposition. This is the simple formula for conditioning the masses. This
is also the actual ideal of some of our public relation
And the goal of political conditioning?
“Political conditioning should not be confused with training or
persuasion or even indoctrination. It is more than that. It is taming. It
is taking possession of both the simplest and the most complicated
nervous patterns of man. It is the battle for the possession of the nerve
cells. It is coercion and enforced conversion. Instead of conditioning
man to an unbiased facing of reality, the seducer conditions him to
catchwords, verbal stereotypes, slogans, formulas, symbols. Pavlovian
strategy in the totalitarian sense means imprinting prescribed reflexes
on a mind that has been broken down.”
If political conditioning is the goal, how is it achieved?
“In order to tame people into the desired pattern, victims must be
brought to a point where they have lost their alert consciousness and
mental awareness. Freedom of discussion and free intellectual exchange
hinder conditioning. Feelings of terror, feelings of fear and
hopelessness, of being alone, of standing with one’s back to the wall,
must be instilled.”
That sounds a bit like speaking out against the cultural and intellectual
norms found in much of our society. Say the wrong thing in corporate
America, and you will find yourself alone and terrorized. Do you dare to
ask the tough questions in school, or do you keep quiet to protect your
grades? Who dares poke their heads up, prepared for the two-minutes of
hate that will descend upon them? And let’s not mention how and what the
Does it worry you? Are we being tamed?
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