Saturday, August 28, 2010

Contemplating Psyops as Mercury Retrogrades

Planet Mercury will appear to be in what astrologers call "retrograde motion" until 12 September. The current episode of backward-seeming movement began on on 20 August. As has oft been repeated, these regular periods of Mercury Retrograde connect to an extra helping of difficulties in all areas of communication. These periods also provide a time when fruitful reflection of things past can be achieved.

With the latter in mind, I started re-reading George Orwell's 1984 and watched, again, the tape of the movie adaptation of his book - the one starring John Hurt and Richard Burton. 1984 struck a chord:

"Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?... Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?... The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact, there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness."
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 5

1984 was written long ago. As a view of how Orwell's words relate to the state of things today, I offer a link to a film I stumbled upon while drafting this post yesterday: Psywar - "The real battlefield is the mind". The full film (around 1 hour 40 mins, ends abruptly, it's possibly to be continued) and is available to view in full, or as a brief 4 and a half minute trailer either at 911 or at Exposure Room. If a passing reader is pressed for time, the trailer is highly recommended, though the full film is far more enlightening.

UPDATE: If the video film has been removed from the above links try THIS LINK .

Its creator said, at the 911 site:
I'm pleased to present the first feature in my documentary series, entitled Psywar ("The real battlefield is the mind"). It premiered on Global Research and should be appearing on some other alternative news websites in the coming days.

The film explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations in the United States, with an emphasis on the “elitist theory of democracy” and the relationship between war, propaganda and class.

This is not a high budget affair, but was financed via a blue collar job, and is being released online for free. The interviews contained within are original and were conducted by proxy.
The film takes us back, with the guidance of some highly regarded historians and philosophers, over past centuries to illustrate the use of propaganda and manipulation of public feeling....mind it what you will.

Psyops (Psychological Operations), under one label or another, has been a part of warfare, and used by all countries, for centuries. It has included simple operations such as circulation of propaganda leaflets (as below), posters, radio broadcasts, as well as many more sophisticated and sinister operations. As well as being a part of warfare psyops are used to influence populations that war is necessary - remember those "weapons of mass destruction"? War, of course, is one of the most profitable of all events, but only for the power-wielders. Others lose their lives, their health or their sanity. Families are left devastated, on both sides of that divide of manufactured hatred.

Not always realised, though, is the continual use of a form of psyops on the population at large by those in power (and I don't necessarily mean a country's government).

One theory put forward in the film is that we are being manipulated because "the power-wielders" consider that "the people" (The Great Unwashed) are not fit to have a say in how countries are run in this advanced technological age. All power, and consequently all wealth, must be restricted to "the elite leaders". The power-wielders choose/designate individuals - candidates - for "election". This gives the appearance that these individuals are being "chosen" by the people. In reality the "candidates" are there only by permission of "the elite", and are there to do their bidding. This process is aided by a coordinated psychological operation using elite-controlled media as its front-line to push forward "candidate du jour" and denigrate others.

"The people" are, from time to time, given tid-bits of help (eg: the tidbit contained in new healthcare legislation. This could quite easily have been a much bigger portion of assistance, of benefit to more of "the people", but that would have resulted in a reduced share of goodies for the pharmaceutical corporations. Can't have that, can we?! "The people" receive just enough to avoid outright rebellion by the masses. Outright rebellion - revolution - is something "the elite" fear and always plan to avoid.

Quote from a respected philosopher:

Noam Chomsky, Thought Control in a Democratic Society
“If in some Orwellian future there were One Big Owner, he might be benevolent, in his own opinion, as indeed, Orwell’s Big Brother was – in his own opinion. Big Brother let the public see and hear a variety of things he deemed useful – where there is centralized control, it is the One Big Owner who makes the choices…Each year is more likely that the American citizen who turns to any medium – newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, books, movies, cable, recordings, video cassettes – will receive information, ideas, or entertainment controlled by the same handful of corporations, whether it is daily news, a cable entertainment program, or a textbook…Media giants have become so powerful that government no longer has the will to restrain them…Now that media owners are so large that they are part of the highest levels of the world economy, the news and other public information become heavily weighted in favor of all corporate values. The new corporate ethic is so single-minded about extreme fast profits and expanded control over the media business that it is willing to convert American news into a service for the affluent customers wanted by the media’s advertisers instead of a source of information significant for the whole of society.”

Beware Newspeak! My advice: be forever wary of what you read and hear, especially when what you read and hear will aid or profit "the elite". As a recent example, take the speeches and articles telling us that most of the millions of gallons of oil leaked from BP's exploded well, have already disappeared from the Gulf of Mexico. Mustn't upset the oil industry, they still want to drill...drill...drill, to further enrich their corporation - and to hell with the environment. And pause to wonder why more stringent (or any siginficant) measures are not in place to try to slow climate change. Again - it would not profit the corporations and "the elite" power-wielders. Outpourings of manipulative garbage come regularly from what are laughingly called "both sides of the aisle". There is only one side, the corporate side, and no aisle to speak of.

In the USA we need to question, too, all that will be fed to us during upcoming 2010 mid-term elections, and the big one in 2012. But, having questioned these things, what then? That is the ultimate question. I haven't yet found an answer.

"It was curious to think that the sky was the same for everybody, in Eurasia or Eastasia as well as here.
And the people under the sky were also very much the same--everywhere, all over the world, hundreds or thousands of millions of people just like this, people ignorant of one another's existence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yet almost exactly the same--people who had never learned to think but were storing up in their hearts and bellies and muscles the power that would one day overturn the world."

- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 10


Wisewebwoman said...

Incredibly powerful post, T. glad to be back here, Mercury trashed my new laptop so had to get another as it was my own stupidity - so uninsurable and warranty voided.
1984 has been with us for a while and how many of us are aware of it?
Not even 1% i'd say.

anthonynorth said...

An excellent post, and well inside my own territory. As I see it, power will always out in any society, and psyops is essential to it - not necessarily an active process, but unconscious. To me, we are our knowledge, and society always reflects our present 'story'. the people who control that story rule.

Twilight said...

WWW ~~~ Dang! Sorry about your laptop - that was a stroke of bad luck, Mercury Retro or not!

It's hard to say how many are awake and aware of what's really going on. Certainly only a tiny minority. Some are aware that SOMETHING is wrong but attribute different cause.

I read a thought the other day that might explain it. The writer pondered "if one asked a fish what is the most important thing in its life, the answer wouldn't be "water" - its environment is taken for granted - left unquestioned. Same for most people in life - they don't stop to deeply question what is going on all around them. Perhaps it strikes us more, being from a slightly different environment/'s not "our water".

Twilight said...

anthonynorth ~~~ Thanks. Yes, an hierarchy of power and wealth will appear eventually in any group, nation or planet. It seems to be the way of human nature.

How those at the top of "the tree" conduct themselves is the problem.
Those lower down have an option, and a duty, to keep those higher up in line and acting with at least a degree of fairness and justice for all - by force if necessary; in the best way, by democratic means. When those lower down become lazy, complacent or simply unaware.....well, you only have to watch what's happening here.

Gian Paul said...

Needed to reflect on this idea of the elite "psyopsing" the masses: And Rasputin gives the answer, indirectly, but nevertheless (read in a book by Anna Butkovsky-Hewitt, With Gurdjieff in St. Petersburg and Paris):

In a conversation R. replied to A. Butkovsky: "I am not clever, look at all these people" (he nodded at the crowd gathered around his big dining-table), "it's them who are stupid". Butkovsky also says that R. was not mad. Oh no she says, he was very sane!

I have my doubts in believing that the elite "consciously" manages the rest (including the next "political leader to be").

From an astrological perspective, manipulation has it's limits, en masse as well as individually, as was the case with the Russian Tsar and Rasputin. Most conspiration theories may be more exciting to the mind than politically effective.

Twilight said...

Gian Paul ~~ Thank you - I'm glad to have your take on this.

I'm not a conspiracy theorist myself - especially regarding things such as the 9/11 tragedy, Moon Landings etc. Too many people would need to be involved, and many would simply not be able to keep the secret over time. Conspiracy theories can be dreamed up about almost any event or circumstance.

This psyops thing, though, is a wider, "looser" theory, and one I can go along with, at least most of the way.

It might be clearer to see in the USA than elsewhere. In fact, it may not go on at all in many countries. I didn't ever see evidence of it in Britain - apart from the usual advertising gimmicks, and I guess, wartime propaganda that went on everywhere.

I appreciate your point that manipulation has its limits, GP.
I agree. When it reaches these limits, "the peasants revolt"!
Not much manipulation is needed to gain the results required. Subtle but continuous hints by pundits and journalists are often more than enough.

Perhaps I'm becoming jaded and cynical here, but I do believe something of this kind IS going on.

Astrology Unboxed said...

An excellent post. I watched the documentary and passed along to some friends. They were so enthusiastic that they RT and are even planning a chat on the implications of the film.

Twilight said...

Astrology Unboxed - Hi Fabienee!

Oh good! Many thanks for helping to spread the word. I think that the film on video is of equal worth (or better than) Michael Moore's film on capitalism, and deserves a wide audience.

Twilight said...

Sorry... butter fingers, it's early --should have typed Hi Fabienne!