Free thought in a land of Latter Day Saints

Richard MooreRichard K. Moore retired from Silicon Valley in 1994 and moved to Ireland, and since then has been trying to understand “how the world works.” That’s quite a task, not unlike trying to understand plate tectonics while standing in a corn field in Iowa. There is only so much the human mind can grasp. By definition all of our understandings of the complicated human affairs around us are reductionist. Still, we must try.

Moore’s piece from late last year, Mind Control: Orwell, Huxley, and Today’s Reality, has sat in my basket for quite a while, Post-It flags sticking out of it like quills on a porcupine. Here are a few insightful passages:

One of the first large-scale deployments of cult technology, informed by this [mind control, aka MKULTRA] research, was the creation of the Jihad movement by the CIA. The immediate purpose was to destabilize the Soviet regime, by tying it down in a quagmire in Afghanistan. This operation was quite successful. Since then, the Jihad cult movement – aka Taliban, Al Qaeda, Kosovo Liberation Army, ISIS, etc. – has proven to be an extremely useful tool for the purpose of destabilizing regimes, in pursuit of US geopolitical objectives. These destabilization operations in turn provide an excuse for direct US intervention, as we’ve seen recently in Libya and Iraq, and as we may soon see in Syria.

It is perhaps best not to hit you, dear reader, which such a far-reaching idea so early on. It would help to read the whole article, a mere 4,000 words or so. But indeed, the CIA after after World War II did embark on mind control experimentation, leading to psychiatric abuses rivaling anything credited to the Nazis, and experimentation with drugs, including introduction of LSD into the mainstream consciousness during the 1960’s.

That is more or less where I left off, and Moore now fills the picture for me. I knew that Jonestown was a cult experiment followed by a mass murder (not suicide). To what end I could not fathom. To begin to broaden my picture, and see the Jihad movements, color revolutions, and now ISIS, as the result of decades of research and experimentation by our spooks … is not comforting. But it does speak to the nature of people, the need to follow, trusting that someone has better and deeper knowledge. We are tribal beasts.

We see this same multi-cult dynamic operating in the US, in the divisiveness between liberals and conservatives. Liberals are kept in the fold by stories of conservative folly, and conservatives are kept in the fold by stories of liberal folly. In a propaganda-only system of control, there would be one party line for everyone. In this multi-cult system, there are two party lines, which we might characterize as CNN vs. FOX.

While the two party lines have many differences, in order to keep the two cults separated, they in fact share basic essentials in common. They both sustain the myth that state policy is a response to public sentiment, and they blame the other cult for providing support for the ‘bad’ policies. In fact US policy is made outside of government, by financial elites, and the state aims to control public sentiment, not respond to it. In this way we can see CNN and FOX as collaborators, sharing the common goal of hiding this fundamental truth from the people. The Democratic and Republican parties collaborate toward this same goal, using Congress as a stage, where they carry on a theater of divisiveness, providing the appearance of a democratic decision-making process.

This part I get. I used to watch the Daily Show religiously every evening, taking delight in the crisp, smart humor. But then I thought … who listens to this stuff but the choir? FOX followers, the object of much of the humor, don’t watch the Daily Show. They are busy talking about liberals, making fun of them in the same manner, though FOX people are not very funny. Still, it is inner-directed group reinforcing behavior, nothing more, solidifying group identification and that of the enemy.

The Barack Obama phenomenon provides an excellent example of cult tactics in action. Obama himself is obviously a natural cult leader, articulate and charismatic. He came onto the scene offering an inspiring core belief in deep reform, “The ground of politics has changed; Yes we Can!”. The dramatic effect was intense, as if we were witnessing the Second Coming. Campaign volunteers became the core of the budding Obama cult, and they were given lots of work to do, binding their identity to Obama and his professed mission. … The success of this mind-control operation was truly amazing. Obama in fact proceeded to carry on and expand everything Bush had been doing; the ground of politics hadn’t changed at all. But the cult binding was so strong that his support continued, by the very people who had hated Bush because of the same policies. Packaged arguments were put forward, to keep people in the cult, blaming Obama’s performance on Republican opposition – the standard divisiveness tactic. Even today there remain legions of Obama loyalists. Once bound to a cult, leaving becomes psychologically difficult.

Well, I have no doubt lost all readers by this point, so I’ll write the rest of this to myself. No worries about offending anyone.

Mormons are a cult. Any religion is, but Mormons are the best example because they openly practice what others do only subtly, indoctrinating their youth, expelling any bad-thinkers, and making sure that the authority of the Elders is never, ever questioned. We all know about that. The thing that strikes me about the Mormons that I know is that they are so goddamned happy. They don’t have to think.

There’s another word that Moore uses that struck me as useful: Immunization. I know about this, having been brought up Catholic. Not only was I indoctrinated, I was immunized. Anyone who spoke against Catholics was doing the work of the devil, and I knew to avoid them.

There is another form of immunization going on in our society, and it is aimed at the likes of me and Moore and any others who have freed their minds, escaped, so to speak. It is the “conspiracy theory meme.” Moore writes quite a few paragraphs about it. Here is his close:

Thus for the majority of the population we have a tightly controlled, two-tier, mind-control regime. The thoughtcrime dynamic governs what the media says, and the conspiracy-theory dynamic immunizes people against other views. For the majority, the party line (either CNN or FOX) is ‘truth’, as in Orwell’s world, but without the need for Big Brother’s extreme methods.

Thus do I marvel at the mountains of important writing and research done by smart people with inquiring minds and scholarly habits, and how people who imagine themselves smart instantly reject and avoid it as a “conspiracy theory.” Thus is our most important information hidden in broad daylight. That is an amazing thought control accomplishment.

It is sheer genius. There’s no winning in our greater Latter Day Saint world. We’re mostly Mormons in the spirit. Consequently, I don’t worry about convincing people, converting people, or doing anything to advance the cause of free thought.

You either get it, or you don’t. If you do, then you understand what I am about to say: Life is beautiful, interesting, and intriguing. It is fun. And we cannot be fixed.

12 thoughts on “Free thought in a land of Latter Day Saints

      1. People used to debate the newspaper over coffee or a meal at home, work, or at an establishment. A decent local paper provided a common frame for debate. That pretty much has disappeared. If you think that commenting on blogs (faceless and impersonal) replaces the human interaction of the last century, I’d have to disagree. While blog commenting has some good features, it lacks much of what a good old fashioned cup of coffee with friends debating the newspaper over breakfast at a local cafe.

        Next time I’m in Billings, or you in Missoula, you and I should sit down for a cup of coffee. My treat.


        1. Face to face is indeed different, no spell checking and quick thinking responses.

          I appreciate your offer JC. A conversation with you would be interesting and civil. But I enjoy my anonymity even tho some have an idea of who I am and where I ranch.


      2. The illusion of debate is important in a fake democracy, and yes, we do have outlets now we did not have before, and no “got his mind right” editor to keep subversive thought out of print. And what is going on over at 4&20 right now, with the idea of “trusted sources” coming under attack is excellent in that it is undermining certainty about the truthfulness of American news.

        But framed debates on public forums, like FOX versus MSNBC or CNN, where they are required to stay inside two-party boundaries, are an illusion of debate rather than the real thing. All of the D vs R stuff only fosters the illusion that public opinion matters.

        I do hope you read the Moore article attached Swede, if only to upset your equilibrium.


    1. It’s an open question as to whether democracy is even possible. Typical guy on the street offers strong evidence that it is not. Typical American election, where people vote on manipulative and stupid 30-second ads – further evidence.

      But there have been a lot of experiments (communes and such) and utopian novels, to go along with the dystopian ones. My own frame of mind at this time: The US. is beyond hope. Only some cataclysm will bring us down to earth again, and I do not wish for that. I will settle for the place as it is, sucks though it does.


      1. During Occupy, one of the main assertions was that democracy and capitalism were not capable of coexisting. At least not as they both currently were framed.


        1. I don’t think there is a “capitalism” so it is hard to say how a thing that is only imagined can coexist with anything that might be real. I know there is a “capitalist” regime, but it is more akin to fascism and Nazism, and the underlying real economic driver is corporate socialism, or state support of favored industries.


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