by Judith H. Young, Ph.D.
04 October 2008
from Sott Website
Comment: The author's faith in the human spirit is
justified when speaking of normal people. And the normal people may
yet triumph after much suffering, which at this point looks
But even should the normal population eventually triumph,
they must be ever on guard against that psychopathic 6% of the
population perennially testing for society's weak spots.
Knowledge, such as contained in Dr. Lowbaczewski's book Ponerology, is the only
Judith H. Young, Ph.D., has a B.A. and an M.A. in
Philosophy and a doctorate in Political Science (Brandeis
University, 1973). In the 1960s she was a published think tank
researcher with a Top Secret security clearance in the areas of arms
control, strategic studies and international aerospace
In 1973-74 she taught International Politics at
Mount Holyoke University in Massachusetts.
In the 1990s Judy
became a practitioner and teacher in several venerable healing arts,
including animal-assisted therapy and traditional Reiki. She founded
a nonprofit animal and nature center dedicated to promoting the
healthy development of children and youth, which she directed from
1994-2004, and she published widely in the field of equine-assisted
activities and ecotherapy.
After the shocking events of 9/11/2001, Judy returned to her
earlier vocation as a writer and educator in the field of
International Politics, while also maintaining a professional
practice in complementary and alternative
Part I - Brute Force, The Power to Hurt, and
04 October 2008
the aftermath of Congressional approval of bailout legislation granting
sweeping powers to the financial elite, the body politic appears to be
helplessly mired in the relentless unfolding of classical fascism before
its very eyes.
Coming to terms with this terrifying predicament can
benefit from a primer that renders naked the forms of raw power used by
the global elite in advancing its agenda for full spectrum
This will enable us to determine if we are in fact helpless and to
use care and deliberation in finding the means to take our power
his seminal book Arms and Influence,
Thomas C. Schelling addresses the comparative efficacy of brute
force and the power to hurt in influencing or controlling
classic example is the application of American power to achieve the
unconditional surrender of Japan in World War II: continuing to use brute
force to overcome Japanese military forces and occupy Japan (as the Allied
Forces had done in Germany) was deemed far more cumbersome than
terrorizing the Japanese through the use of atomic bombs against two
civilian targets. This use of the power to hurt, with the implicit threat
of its further use on a wider basis, got virtually immediate
The application of these two sources of power by the power
elite is not hard to find.
With respect to brute force, it is no secret that the US
military has been training and arming state and local law enforcement
across the country, including supplying some of the same weaponry used in
a war zone against an external opponent. Even more alarming, the 3rd
Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team Unit, fresh from action in
Iraq and having access to both lethal and non-lethal weapons, including
tanks, has recently been assigned to a 12 month tour of duty for domestic
Regarding the power to
hurt, as the populace witnesses the official acceptance of torture, as
well as the increasing brutalization of ordinary citizens (e.g., the use
of taser guns to inflict massive electrical shock and even death), it
inevitably adopts a mode of self-protective retrenchment or
In a pervasive climate of fear, protest and
dissidence become less and less likely, and the march to a full-blown
police state is thereby facilitated. Among the most blatant applications
of the power to hurt, used as a form of terrorist manipulation, have been
the elite's obscene threats of a massive depression and nationwide martial law in the
service of its bailout legislation.
But in addition to brute force
and the power to hurt, the elite uses another form
of power that is chilling in its efficacy: sophisticated techniques for
controlling information and, more generally, for controlling the
perceptions and behavior of the populace through mental and emotional
manipulation of the very reality it experiences.
Elite control of the media
extends beyond manipulating the news that the public receives to molding
public opinion and behavior by means of media advertising and
entertainment. Examples range from sponsorship of the TV show 24, which
attempts to legitimize "enhanced interrogation techniques" (the sanitized
phrase for torture), to manipulative TV commercials showing stars
cheerfully accepting personal identification technology that smacks of Big Brother.
elite cabal exploits its control over media and entertainment to keep the
public misled, distracted and ultimately imprisoned in a matrix of
disinformation, rampant consumerism and the lowest common denominators of
human nature, including raw violence and mindless sexuality.
renowned speech given in Berkeley in 1962, British writer Aldous
Huxley contrasted his dystopic novel Brave New World with George Orwell's novel 1984, written just after the
collapse of the Hitlerian terror regime and while the Stalinist terror
regime was still in full swing.3
Huxley's view, 1984 was,
"a projection into the future of a society where control was
exercised wholly by terrorism and violent attacks upon the mind-body of
individuals," whereas his own novel addressed "other methods of
control... probably a good deal more efficient."
"We are in process of developing a whole series of techniques
which will enable the controlling oligarchy... to get people to love
their servitude.... There seems to be a general movement in the
direction of this kind of... a method of control by which a people can
be made to enjoy a state of affairs by which any decent standard they
ought not to enjoy."
Huxley's concerns about the newly available non-terrorist
"inducing people to love their servitude" were echoed by Nobel
Prize winner Bertrand Russell, who
predicted that as a result of the gradual and ruthless use of
technological advances, "a revolt of the plebs would be as unthinkable
as an organized insurrection of sheep against the practice of eating
powerful form of psychological control used by the global elite is to
induce widespread depression stemming from a feeling of futility or
This brings to mind the famous quote from Thoreau that most
"lives of quiet desperation," which he elaborated on by stating
that "what is called resignation is confirmed desperation."
also brings to mind the concept in clinical psychology known as 'learned
The phenomenon of learned helplessness was
discovered through psychological experiments in 1967 by Martin
Seligman and Steve Maier. A group of harnessed dogs was given
painful electric shocks, which they could end by pressing a lever. Another
group received shocks of identical intensity and duration without a means
to stop them.
dogs who could stop the pain recovered from the experience quickly, but
those who could not learned that they were helpless and exhibited symptoms
similar to chronic clinical depression: when they were put in a
shuttle-box apparatus in which they could escape electric shocks by
jumping over a low partition, most of the dogs just lay down passively and
whined rather than trying to escape the shocks.5
powerful from of elitist mind control is to create dependency on authority
figures through "shock and awe" techniques. In her brilliant work on the "shock doctrine" of Disaster
Capitalism, Naomi Klein argues that it is the knowledge
of human nature gained through the application of torture techniques by
intelligence agencies that has infused the broader mind control strategies
of the disaster capitalists.6
In the CIA's basic
interrogation manual declassified in 1963, for example, a window of
opportunity is highlighted in which torture reduces its victim to a state
of traumatized disorientation and childlike regression, creating an
opening for the interrogator to be transformed into a protective father
This is one of the classic tactics of tyrants across the planet.
the view of Klein and others, it was used after the shock of 9/11 to create a national
lens of perception within the overall control matrix, a kind of template
to be used by the mind to reflexively process all relevant concepts in
terms of the 'war on terror'.
sees the solution as contained in the problem: as we gain awareness of the
same pattern playing out again and again, we can become prepared for the
next shock and its exploitation by disaster Capitalists:
"If we understand how our states of shock are exploited, if we
can recognize the signs, then the next time there is a crisis (and it
can be an economic crisis)... then
when the next shock hits we can prepare."
"I have a quote... from
Milton Friedman, who says
that only a crisis, actual or perceived, produces real change,
and... when the crisis hits, the change depends on the ideas that are
lying around. So it's not just about recognizing a pattern; it's also
about having your [reformist] ideas lying around when the next shock
& KEITH OLBERMANN EXPLAIN "THE SHOCK DOCTRINE"
Despite the apparent setback of the new bailout legislation, I
share Klein's confidence in our ability to overturn the psychological
impairments resulting from shock and awe tactics. More generally, I am
optimistic about reversing the spectrum of impairments grouped here under
the rubric of psychological control. Even cases of severe mental disorders
induced by the horrific CIA mind control program known an
MK Ultra have been healed, in
a benevolent use of a technique known as reverse
As a practitioner in Complementary and
Alternative Medicine (CAM), I have become personally familiar
with extraordinary new techniques for healing previously intractable
syndromes such as learned helplessness and war-induced post-traumatic
As an educator who has worked with children and
adults with cognitive disabilities, I have seen next to miraculous results
from the innovative methods now available.
And, finally, as a human
being who reveres the human spirit and its perennial indomitability, I
refuse to believe that a small cabal of beings solely in service to self
will ever be able to take over the minds and souls of mankind.
our best minds address the hair raising elitist victory represented by the
bailout legislation, I encourage their deconstructing just how this
criminality managed to succeed by tracing its origins in history in terms
of the threefold model of power given in this article. In my own view, the
current crisis is a crisis in the Chinese sense of the term, i.e., an
opportunity in disguise.
Because the crisis is rightly perceived as a conflict between
Wall Street and Main Street, as an incongruence between the
actions of government and the political will and best interest of its
constituents, and more generally as a power grab by authoritarian
capitalism that is in full daylight for all to examine, it is an
opportunity like no other for educating the populace. It is an opportunity
like no other to awaken and educate the people so they are no longer
sitting ducks for the three forms of power delineated in this
Especially the third: history abounds with examples of how the
first two forms of power lose their hold, indeed in many cases back off,
when confronted with a people who value the quality of life over life on
any terms, a people who will go to any lengths to protect their basic
rights as human beings.
It is that spirit that infused the birth
and early life of our Republic.
am betting that it is still alive and well in
1. Thomas C. Schelling, Arms and Influence, Yale University
Press, New Haven and London, 1966
2. Gina Cavallaro, "Brigade homeland tours start Oct.
1," the Army Times, September 30, 2008.
Russell, The Impact of Science on Society, Simon and Schuster, New York,
1953, pp. 49-50
5. Christopher Peterson, Steven F. Maier, and Martin
E. P. Seligman, Learned Helplessness: A Theory for the Age of Personal
Control, Oxford University Press, USA, 1995
6. Naomi Klein, The Shock
Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Metropolitan Books, Henry
Holt & Company, New York 2007, passim.
Part II: States of Mental
Part I of "Deconstructing the Power of the Global Elite," I discussed a
threefold model of power:
Power to Hurt
Part II, I will address several forms of psychological control designed to
induce states of mind that are inherently disempowering, that eliminate or
severely diminish our will to take corrective action in the face of
As stated in a famous quote from Henry David Thoreau,
the mass of men live lives of quiet desperation, marked by a state of
resignation which is confirmed desperation.
This phenomenon, which is so antithetical to the joyful natural
instincts of newborns, has not come about by accident, but rather through
the careful crafting of a cold-blooded global oligarchy.
oligarchy whose insidiousness calls to mind an ancient story in which a
perfect murder is committed by Brak the ice man, who kills a woman with an
icicle dagger: both he and his weapon melt away in the next day's sun,
leaving nothing behind as a basis for prosecuting the crime.
addition to brute force and the power to hurt, the global
elite uses another form of power that is as stealth like and chilling as
Brak's perfect crime: sophisticated techniques for psychological control
stemming in large part from the ability to mold the perceptions and
behavior of the populace through mental and emotional manipulation of the
very reality it experiences.
observed by Aldous Huxley in 1962 in
explaining his novel Brave New World, these are methods of control
"probably a good deal more efficient" than control "exercised
wholly by terrorism and violent attacks upon the mind-body of
Although it would take volumes to do justice to deconstructing the
crimes against the human spirit perpetrated by the globalists, I will here
attempt to expose several of their common themes:
my view, if we explore the ways these states of mind disempower us,
they will be stripped of their disabling mystique and reveal the very ways
they can be neutralized.
This truth is stated well by Jungian Analyst and wise woman Clarissa Pinkola Estés in
discussing the core agenda of terrorists, that of casting a net of mental
poison over their victims by trying to deprive them of hope - by trying to
limit their living life as a completely free person focused on goodness,
love, peace, and happiness:
"How strongly that poisonous net holds when one is unaware of
what it is made of, and how easily it falls apart when one consciously
begins to contradict its malicious urgings."
Normalizing the Abnormal
Dr. Estés observes that the disorder of normalizing the abnormal is
rampant across cultures. When there are formidable punishments for
breaking silence, for pointing out wrongs, for demanding change, we cut
away our rightful rage and become used to not being able to intervene in
shocking events. Despair, fatigue and resignation
Normalization of the abnormal has been achieved
in large part through the power elite's control of the news
media and entertainment. This dominance has permitted not only
deciding the "information" the public is allowed to receive, but also the
molding of public opinion and behavior.
example is sponsorship of the TV show 24, carefully designed to
desensitize the viewers to the use of torture. Another is the use of TV
commercials showing stars cheerfully endorsing invasive personal
identification technology, as part of a carefully designed program for
grooming us to accept Big Brother surveillance and control, including the
eventual implantation of microchips under our skin.
The power elite
goes to any lengths to keep the public misled, distracted, fearful, and
ultimately imprisoned in a matrix of disinformation, rampant consumerism
and the lowest common denominators of human nature, including raw violence
and mindless sexuality.
Huxley observed in 1962, the controlling oligarchy has long been at work
developing scientific methods of control to,
"induce people to love their servitude" - to make them "enjoy a
state of affairs which by any decent standard they ought not to enjoy."
This dystopic scenario was echoed by Bertrand Russell, who
predicted that as a result of the gradual and ruthless use of
"a revolt of the plebs would be as unthinkable as an organized
insurrection of sheep against the practice of eating mutton."
would contend that the disorder of normalizing the abnormal consists in
large measure of reshaping our very construct of human nature in terms of
its basest parameters, especially in the areas of acquisitiveness,
violence, and sexuality.
Massive effort has gone into studying and modifying human behavior
to serve the global elite's greed for money and power. The modern consumer
is not reflective of genuine human nature, but rather a phenomenon created
in great part by the psychoanalytic studies, experiments and
recommendations of the brilliant capitalist asset Edward Bernays.
widespread aberration of a dumbed down populace, unaware and
largely uncaring regarding its destiny, has taken years of careful elitist
effort to orchestrate. And the disgusting extremes of human sexual
behaviors that are fast approaching the excesses of the infamous last days
of the Roman Empire are similarly a product of diligently researched
scientific techniques of psychological and social control.
terrifying but essential to come into awareness that it is in great part
the knowledge of human nature gained through the application of torture
techniques by intelligence agencies that has infused the broader mind
control strategies of the ruling class. More generally, its control
techniques have evolved in large measure from "black" psychological
operations (psyops) that are carefully compartmentalized and hidden
from our bone fide representatives in all three branches of government.
Many of the current mind control techniques have been derived from
barbaric projects secretly conducted by governments, private laboratories
and universities. In his 2000 book titled The Mind Controllers, Dr.
Armen Victorian used the Freedom of Information Act to
document experiments by the CIA and other agencies exploring new
forms of "non-lethal" weapons which exploited hospital patients, pregnant
women, school children, prisoners and military veterans without their
Other extremely dangerous experiments, including nuclear radiation
experiments, have been conducted on an unsuspecting public at
large, and even on our troops in Iraq and
The phenomenon of normalizing the abnormal was given
experimental validation in the 1970s through controlled studies with
groups of dogs. The experiments revealed a great deal about the innate
flight or fight reactions to danger and indicated that self-protective
instincts can be overridden by inducing "learned helplessness."
one experiment the bottoms of cages were wired to produce a shock on one
side only, resulting in the expected avoidance behaviors; then the entire
floors of the cages were wired to give random shocks, resulting in
confusion, then panic, and then just lying down in resignation, taking the
shocks as they came and no longer trying to avoid or outsmart them.
Next the cage doors were opened, but the dogs did not move to
escape as expected, leading to the hypothesis that they had adapted to or
"normalized" their pain and were consequently exhibiting symptoms similar
to chronic clinical depression.7
manifests in everyday situations or environments in which people perceive,
rightly or wrongly, that they have no control over what happens to them,
e.g., war, famine, or detention (those who refused to care or fend for
themselves in the Nazi concentration camps were called Muselmänner).
When the instincts for self-determination are injured, as observed
by Dr. Estés, humans will 'normalize' assault after assault, acts of
injustice and destruction toward themselves, their offspring, their loved
ones, their land, and even their moral and spiritual
The electroshock of the dogs in the learned
helplessness experiments has, as Naomi Klein documents, been copied
on a societal level by the financial oligarchy. The capitalist elite
shocks a nation with an event like 9/11, and in the ensuing
stage of confusion and panic rushes in with salvation in the form of
protective father figures who provide a narrative on the shocking events
that allows the profoundly disoriented victims to make sense of the
Hence the extraordinary power of the mind control matrix known as
the War on Terror.
what is learned can be unlearned; what has been forgotten can be
relearned. Especially in the case of our inherent instincts of
preservation, we can engage in forensic analysis with a view to restoring
the natural skills that give us power:
[The] normalizing of the shocking and abusive is refused by
repairing injured instinct.... To re-learn the deep... instincts, it is
vital to see how they were decommissioned to begin with.... [We compose]
a map of the woods in which we live, and where the predators live, and
what their modus operandi is.... [Then] if our wild nature has been
injured by something, we refuse to lie down to die. We refuse to
normalize this harm. We call up our instincts and do what we have to
Klein demonstrates a similar optimism:
"Once the mechanics of the shock doctrine are deeply and
collectively understood, whole communities become harder to take by
surprise, more difficult to confuse - shock
The Betwixt and Between
The relentless march toward
tyranny in the United States and other nations with a heritage of freedom,
underscored by the blatant criminality of the recent bailout package
implemented against the political will and interest of the populace, seems
to portend a terrifying future for humanity. It leaves us in a no man's
land between the familiarity of our previous reality and the uncharted
dangers lying ahead.
This loss of bearings should be seen as a form
of psychological control by the globalists over the populace for two
First, it is a situation they have engineered, and engineered
in such a way as to serve their self-interest.
Second, our fear of a destiny they have designed for us keeps
us from exercising our full potential of actively opposing its
a time of the implementation of what can only be perceived as their
endgame, we find ourselves floundering and cut off from our inner
Humans have an instinctive fear of the unknown, which is
exacerbated if trends indicate an unknown that is negative rather than
positive. In the present case the unknown seems to be characterized by the
probability of enormous global destabilization, with massive suffering in
store for the populace. Although the world as we have known it is far from
acceptable, the horizon appears quite possibly unbearable - hence the
phrase "looking into the abyss" used recently by a number of
This makes the betwixt and between predicament more
difficult to navigate than it would be in less extreme situations, such as
adolescence as a normal and predictable transition from childhood to
Another exacerbation is the endless onslaught of crises that the
oligarchy orchestrates in order to keep us in a state of continual
disorientation, seemingly unable to process one trauma before the next one
But as in the case of normalizing the abnormal and learned
helplessness, the solution lies in keen understanding of the problem. Once
we dissect the betwixt and between predicament, a predicament that all of
us have experienced and navigated in our personal lives but may well not
have recognized and named as such, our fear will lose its hold and we can
reclaim our power.
The betwixt and between predicament occurs
whenever we are forced to revise our previous sense of self and reality,
and are required to remain in a zone of unfamiliarity, disorientation and
loss of control until a new set of truths emerges and is integrated.
of us have faced this predicament again and again in our lives, e.g.,
during the teen years, after a major loss, and in our daily lives when our
personal growth process entails the death of old aspects of the self and
the birth of new ones. Even transitions that one welcomes gladly, such as
marriage, a better job, or moving, are in fact highly stressful because of
Anthropological insights on initiations and rites
of passage have much to teach us regarding the betwixt and between
Rites of transition are marked by distinct (although often
Separation: a detachment or departure from a previous state,
whose familiarity provided a sense of security
Marginality/Ambiguity: entering the margin between the former
and the new state of being, not quite here but not quite there, having
lost the security of familiar boundaries and facing
Consummation: a culmination in which one integrates a new state
of being and sense of
a classic essay on the betwixt and between predicament, Victor Turner observes that the transition
from separation to ambiguity is marked by temporary invisibility: one
cannot be classified either in the old or the new way and is therefore
structurally invisible.13 This goes a long way in explaining
the fear that marks major transitions and initiations.
news is that, as with the process of grieving, there is a well-charted
process by which we can move from the frightening state of ambiguity and
achieve a new equilibrium: a new equilibrium that is in fact healthier and
more resilient because it is based on full awareness of the truth of
things. It is less painful to accept the need for change than to stay in
Indeed, as the renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell stresses, there is great
dignity in answering the call to heroism, a call that is now sounding to
all of humanity.
The good news goes further: Turner and others in
fact see potential gifts in the betwixt and between ambiguity that
is so emotionally difficult. The inability to classify oneself, while one
is in the stage of uncertainty and not-knowing, is also freedom to explore
new ways of constructing reality and identity. The stage of ambiguity can
become one of enormous creativity and fertility as we move to a new
reality that we ourselves construct.
It is vital to keep this
awareness as we face and oppose the unfolding of the financial elite's
endgame of cementing its global control through the current economic crises
and so-called solutions it has itself engineered.
an advancing power nears its goal of full spectrum dominance, its crimes
break the surface for all to witness, as evidenced by the audacity of the
corporatocracy in forcing the passage of the bailout package and in its
brazenly self-serving implementation.
Our Republic was not always
ignorant and apathetic in the face of such criminality. In reaction to an
offer in 1905 of a $100,000 donation by John D. Rockefeller for
the missionary work of the U.S. Congregationalist Church, its most eminent
"Is this clean money? Can any man, can any institution, knowing
its origins, touch it without being defiled?"
Reverend Washington Gladdington, echoing the prevalent outlook of
the era, berated the accumulation of wealth on every side,
"by methods as heartless, as cynically iniquitous as any that
were employed by the Roman plunderers or robber barons of the Dark Ages.
In the cool brutality with which properties are wrecked, securities
destroyed, and people by the hundreds robbed of their little, all to
build up the fortunes of the multi-millionaires, we have an appalling
revelation of the kind of monster a human being may
longer can the oligarchs use the insidiousness of the iceman Brak to
further their agenda. And longer do we need to allow them to
disempower us through technocratic techniques of psychological
control. The efficacy of these techniques has stemmed in great measure
from our internalization of oppression, a process we can work to reverse
once we understand it.
The technocrats would have us believe we are
helpless to join battle. We are not.
support this optimistic claim with a comment on Part I of my
deconstruction of the power of the global elite, which serves as a
powerful ending to end Part ll:
"I for one have been subjected to much of this torture as being
part of a marginalized class of society. The criminal global elites like
to practice their abuse experiments on the less fortunate that cannot
defend themselves and offer any resistance, but as the author so rightly
observed the human spirit is indomitable and will not go quietly into
Excellent job in exposing these psychological crimes for what
they are. When people start realizing they were once human beings and
hate what the behavioral criminals are doing, we can stop this learned
helplessness and say with Patrick Henry, 'Give me Liberty or give
2. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, "An Open letter: Healing
from Terrorism Sickness," September 15, 2001, p.3.
3. Estés, Women
Who Run With the Wolves, Ballantine Books, New York, 1992, p. 244.
5. Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society, Simon
and Schuster, New York, 1953, pp. 49-50.
6. Naomi Klein, The Shock
Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Metropolitan Books, Henry
Holt & Company, New York 2007, passim.; Dr. Armen Victorian, The
Mind Controllers, Lewis International, Inc., Miami, 2000; Colin A. Ross,
The CIA Doctors: Human Rights Violations by American Psychiatrists,
This phenomenon brings to mind another form of disempowerment
that afflicts freedom fighters and others who see all too clearly the
abnormal and grotesque nature of the oligarchy's evil: the evil is so
horrific to those with an open eye that they recoil utterly. There is a
powerful Latin phrase for phenomena (such as incest) that are so far
outside the archetypal realm of acceptability that they fall under a
special category: "contra naturum."
The power elite's audacity is indeed opposed to the very laws of
nature. Rather than allowing our disbelief and horror to disable us,
including our horror over dehumanization efforts that attempt to degrade
the majesty of the human species, we must find the outrage needed to
confront and eradicate it as an evil that is so aberrational as to be
7. Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves,
8. Ibid., p. 246.
9. Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of
Disaster Capitalism, p. 458; Keith Olbermann interview with Naomi Klein:
"Iraq Is the Classic Example of The Shock Doctrine" [Video] December 2,
10. Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves, p. 252-53.
Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, p.
12. Victor Turner, in Stanislov Grof, ed., Spiritual Emergency,
Jeremy P. Tarcher, New York, 1989.
14. Peter Collier and
David Horowitz, The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty, Holt, Reinhart
and Winston, New York, 1976, p. 3.
15. See Keepers of the Trust
community on the author's website