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From The Ramparts
Junious Ricardo Stanton
"Avoiding brainwashing techniques often involves avoiding the brainwashers themselves, but this is next to impossible. Taking advertising as an example, you can't avoid them all and attempting to do so can be rather expensive if you still want to watch television and movies. Your best bet is to cut out what you can and, when you can't, seek balance. Finding balance is often easiest by simply providing yourself with the information you need." Adam Dachis https://lifehacker.com/5886571/brainwashing-techniques-you-encounte...
In today's world we are all subjected to constant mind control, perception management and brainwashing techniques. Would be leaders have always employed a myriad of means to control the tribe, family, clan and nation. Humans have always had hierarchical leadership whether it was informal or formal, recognized or implied. But in our modern world we are targets of constant manipulation, prompting, coercion, intimidation and fear designed to make us acquiesce comply and conform. Advanced technology and psychological manipulation are used by the ruling class and the institutions they create own and control like organized religion, commerce, government and "education" to brainwash us into going along with their agendas.
This is not necessarily a bad thing, there have been beneficent righteous leaders who adhered to and practiced the notion of Summum Bonum the greatest good for the greatest number which George G.M. James proved in his book Stolen Legacy was a concept originated by Africans in the Nile Valley which later Greek "philosophers" plagiarized.
Western elites have fashioned a social order whereby they exploit, ravage and manipulate the masses for their personal benefit, wealth and wellbeing. Their form of governance from ancient tribal times to the present nation state is "might makes right", they utilize fear, intimidation and violence to maintain both a domestic and imperialist "order" designed to benefit themselves.
"Although business interests eventually replaced the church as the dominant force behind imperial expansion, the techniques of population analysis and coercion -pacing and leading the target audience remained the same. The British East India Company for example was formed in 1600 and given a 'perpetual charter' from the British monarchy for trade in the East Indies and later, China. In a series of well funded wars spanning centuries, the company used a private army to effectively annex India for the British Monarchy and Queen Victoria eventually became empress of India in 1876. Instead of using pure might the imperialists exploited researched tensions between the Indian Moghul emperors and their constituencies. After successfully breaking down the Moghul rule, the smaller factions were easily conquered" Douglas Rushkoff from Coercion Why We Listen to What They Say pages 153-154.
Modern technology allows the ruling class to beam messages directly into our psyches to manipulate our perceptions of reality and on a more insidious level program us for what I call "the three B's": what to believe, what to buy and how to behave.
The ruling class likes to tell us we live in a "democracy" that there is upward mobility, opportunity and freedom, and to a limited degree for a limited number of people there is; as long as you adhere to their criteria. It is not about ethics or morality because this system is unethical and immoral, it is about not rocking their perch and threatening their status quo!
For example I was reading a story about Colin Kaepernick in the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/sports/colin-kaepernick-nfl-prot..., in which the writer used adjectives such as "traitor", "divisive", "second string" "has been" to cite a few to describe Kaepernick. While the article mentions the money he has contributed to non profit grass roots organizations and Kaepernick's quest as a bi-racial man to discover his African roots, the article in my view did not do him full justice because he is not the usual unconscious shufflin', shuckin' professional athlete divorced from his people, who shuns community interaction and the crucial issues impacting us.
Kaepernick has been white-balled by the NFL just like Muhammad Ali and Paul Robeson were shunned and persecuted by the ruling class and their minions. Kaepernick was kicked to the curb just like Craig Hodges of the NBA was. But I believe that like all our great advocates and heroes Kaepernick will be vindicated for his stance, not by the ruling class and their acolytes but by the people.
Don't allow the words and cunning of others to determine how and what you think. Think for yourself, make up your own mind, act and live your life based upon your own dictates not the whims or manipulation of others.