First broadcast in America 50 years ago, The Prisoner—a dystopian television series described as “James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka”—confronted societal themes that are still relevant today: the rise of a police state, the freedom of the individual, round-the-clock surveillance, the corruption of government, totalitarianism, weaponization, group think, mass marketing, and the tendency of humankind to meekly accept their lot in life as a prisoner in a prison of their own making.
Perhaps the best visual debate ever on individuality and freedom, The Prisoner (17 episodes in all) centers around a British secret agent who abruptly resigns only to find himself imprisoned and interrogated in a mysterious, self-contained, cosmopolitan, seemingly tranquil retirement community known only as the Village. The Village is an idyllic setting with parks and green fields, recreational activities and even a butler.
While luxurious and resort-like, the Village is a virtual prison disguised as a seaside paradise: its inhabitants have no true freedom, they cannot leave the Village, they are under constant surveillance, their movements are tracked by surveillance drones, and they are stripped of their individuality and identified only by numbers….
The Prisoner’s Village is also an apt allegory for the American Police State: it gives the illusion of freedom while functioning all the while like a prison: controlled, watchful, inflexible, punitive, deadly and inescapable.
The American Police State, much like The Prisoner’s Village, is a metaphorical panopticon, a circular prison in which the inmates are monitored by a single watchman situated in a central tower. Because the inmates cannot see the watchman, they are unable to tell whether or not they are being watched at any given time and must proceed under the assumption that they are always being watched.
Eighteenth century social theorist Jeremy Bentham envisioned the panopticon prison to be a cheaper and more effective means of “obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example.”
Bentham’s panopticon, in which the prisoners are used as a source of cheap, menial labor, has become a model for the modern surveillance state in which the populace is constantly being watched, controlled and managed by the powers-that-be and funding its existence….
This is the electronic concentration camp—the panopticon prison—the Village—in which we are now caged.
It is a prison from which there will be no escape if the government gets it way.
As Glenn Greenwald notes:
“The way things are supposed to work is that we’re supposed to know virtually everything about what [government officials] do: that’s why they’re called public servants. They’re supposed to know virtually nothing about what we do: that’s why we’re called private individuals. This dynamic – the hallmark of a healthy and free society – has been radically reversed. Now, they know everything about what we do, and are constantly building systems to know more. Meanwhile, we know less and less about what they do, as they build walls of secrecy behind which they function. That’s the imbalance that needs to come to an end. No democracy can be healthy and functional if the most consequential acts of those who wield political power are completely unknown to those to whom they are supposed to be accountable.”
Unfortunately, we seem to be trapped in the Village with no hope of escape.
That we are prisoners—and, in fact, never stopped being prisoners—should come as no surprise to those who haven’t been taking the escapist blue pill, who haven’t fallen for the Deep State’s phony rhetoric, and who haven’t been lured in by the promise of a political savior….
The internet has provided an interesting variation on the panopticon:
I suppose this video was produced for its shock/entertainment value, but I’m genuinely interested in this guy and how he saw his life in a larger sense. He seemingly found meaning and even a connection with the eternal in the barren poverty of his “work,” yet professed no understanding of why he did it. Here in the land of the psychopaths, this is not an idle academic exercise ( http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2017/04/usa-land-of-psychopaths/ ) . These people are everywhere, and they tend to gravitate towards positions of power, or put another way, the system tends to channel them into positions of power. Where do they come from and why does the system select them? Is the system really channeling them or are they in a sense channeling the system?
There’s a partitioning of empathy between the trusting clueless masses and the sociopathic “realpolitik” classes, with the presence or absence of humane motivations BOTH instrumental in the maintenance of the spontaneously self-perpetuating emergent system of social control. The task of the elites is to channel or blunt the natural empathic and intellectual potentials of the masses in accordance with elite objectives while themselves not falling prey to “empathic distractions.” This is the meaning of the “cremation of care” ceremony of bohemian grove fame. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isc8PLXbjzg http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2014/02/the-war-on-empathy-love-and-family/ ) But the elites are in the matrix as well. Their agenda is a product of their indoctrination and their specific domains of ignorance, just as the peasants’ are.
If you look at it from the viewpoint of the system as a flow of self-perpetuating and “collectively autocatalytic” intergenerational behavioral re-enactments, you can see some of the same collective network behaviors operating on both the social and biological scales, as well as among the elites and peasants.
Think of it this way: the human body is a totalitarian dictatorship. Every citizen reads from the same set of instructions and acts according to the role assigned to it by its copy of the DNA “bible,” in the context of its epigenetic learning ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjj0xVM4x1I ) and its micro-environment. At a genetic level, there is no difference between a bone cell and a neuron. They’re both taking cues from their neighbors, applying them to their own copy of the “bible” and “knowledge” of their individual history and acting accordingly. And somehow magically from this huge collection of individual behaviors you get a coherent mutually self-reinforcing, self-referential, self-healing and self-reproducing whole. This is what emergence is all about. Consciousness, whatever it is, seems to be embedded in complexity itself. Maybe a time-evolving self-deriving dynamical godelian system in search of completeness, bounded by the “adjacent possible” https://www.edge.org/conversation/stuart_a_kauffman-the-adjacent-possible
At one time this guy was a child, a baby, with all the emotional and intellectual potential that babies have. The rage and alienation and loneliness he acted out as an adult was largely shaped by the lessons he learned at that pivotal time in his life. He was embedded in a network of relationships within which he interpreted his physical and emotional needs and individual history and acted accordingly. My guess is that his early history was one of pleasure/emotional sensory deprivation ( http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2018/03/how-the-empires-child-abusers-censored-revolutionary-research-into-causes-of-violence/ ) combined with episodes of trauma, ( http://members.tranquility.net/~rwinkel/MGM/pshano/ http://members.tranquility.net/~rwinkel/MGM/primer.html http://members.tranquility.net/~rwinkel/MGM/birthUSA3.html http://members.tranquility.net/~rwinkel/janel/BirthComplicRejection.html ) without a larger social context in which to interpret his experience, such as a loving older brother. ( http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2018/04/censored-the-science-of-human-nature-and-early-childhood-experience/ ). A recipe for an enraged psychopath.
People reach out or stay socially isolated based on their expectations about the consequences of such actions. http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2014/07/empathy-as-a-choice-and-pleasure-vs-pain-or-neglect-in-infancy/ This guy had no expectation of reward from human interactions, except the interaction of predator and prey, conquest and annihilation. In a slightly different context or with a slightly different history, he might well have been rewarded as a corporate CEO or a military general instead of imprisoned as a criminal. The question of whether the system considers his mindset to be pathological is strictly determined by his utility to the maintenance and expansion of the system within its own larger context. In that sense, his biggest personal obstacle to success is his inability to function in at least a superficially normal social context, such is the level of his own devastation. More polished psychopaths like kissinger at least have the formalities down. Needless to say, the latter type of psychopath is far more dangerous. It’s interesting to speculate on the different psychological impacts of genital mutilation at birth vs one week after birth, when the mother-child relationship has already had a chance to be established. There would still be a profound sense of betrayal, but perhaps not an internalization of it. http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2017/04/the-secret-rage-of-bill-clinton-american-medical-genital-mutilation/
Molecular/genetic/biological/neurological/psychological/social/economic systems are fractal in nature, similar in structure but on vastly different scales. Each individual and each system interprets, stores and articulates information on a mass scale (N->infinity) and with similar “intent”: that being “self” preservation in the context of its own open micro-environment.
You might call this collective behavior “spirit” if you’re so inclined. Appeals to theology will have to suffice when logic and deduction are useless. “Self” and “consciousness” aren’t even well defined concepts. And maybe that’s ok. Even the human body is utterly dependent on the “alien” ecosystem which lives in its intestines, a set of entities with their own bibles and contexts which, like bone cells and neurons, have their own agendas, know nothing whatsoever about their role in the larger system and yet play important roles in it. Kinda like people in orwellian societies. God has a sense of humor.
Anyway, the point is that we are all oppressed by systems that we largely inherited from our ancestors’ voluntary collective behavior, which we help to perpetuate by our own voluntary actions. If we are to survive as a species, it would behoove us to be conscious of how those systems “self” perpetuate via the impact they have on babies, who never forget an imprint. How to beak the cycle of abuse that gives rise to mafia hitmen? We could start by ditching the steam-engine model of birth and respecting and protecting the neurological/hormonal/psychological support matrix that our open-bounded and unknowable human inheritance has provided babies as a birthright: hormonally energized mothers and fathers who can and are conscious enough to want to act out their own natural impulses by devoting their full attention to their kids and provide them with everything they need without worry or distraction by profit-driven medical institutions and doctors (often well-meaning but who nevertheless were put in positions of authority not by nature, but by the psychopathic system). The highest authority in any birth must be the mother. Only then might the full potential of nature’s template for an optimal birth imprint be realized. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXsm1xAVaZA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfC4d9fooiM )
It comes down to the question of whether we believe that we exist for the benefit of the system or vice versa. From a systems perspective, it’s clear which entity is more evolved. Compared to a human being, socioeconomic systems are brutes with the intelligence of an amoeba. Empire builders and collectivists believe “bigger is better”, that there’s strength in numbers etc. And the brutality displayed by such ideologues through history reflects that. Whatever their individual merits, if they identify with the larger system they become tools of that system. But the larger the system is, the more limiting and taxing and beyond control it becomes to its members. “Democratic empire” is an oxymoron. The dynamics of such systems oppress citizens and foreigners alike.
To take the most obvious example of a system which perpetuates itself by oppressing its own participants, here’s the way I see satanism : it is an entity which is every bit as real as any self-perpetuating process/construct living on a complex substrate. Like a mind on a neural substrate. It is a set of nested (layers of an onion) emergent systems of self-perpetuating social, economic and psychological predation living on a substrate of intergenerational and institutionalized trauma re-enactment giving rise to a pattern of intergenerational child abuse, which feeds on “outsiders” (insiders being already digested), although like biological systems, the boundary is fuzzy and layered. ( http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2017/04/former-high-financier-at-the-top-theyre-all-luciferians/ ) The vast majority of its participants are not conscious of their roles in the system, they are simply acting out their own natures in the context of their satanically influenced history and micro-environments. Individuals at higher levels of the structure see larger contexts but still act out their intents based on their own histories and beliefs, which usually reflect higher levels of emotional isolation, personal trauma and mind control. But the entire entity is based on the structured compartmentalization and channeling of custom-tailored information (or misinformation) to specific target audiences. This information system is what is preserved through the generations. Like the human body, it persists like a wave in the flux of the cells and molecules that pass through it. It is the ghost in the machine. Not surprisingly, the “neurons” of the system have theologized it and called it “satan”. And it has heavily influenced the obstetrical industry in such a way as to create masses of new recruits, which is how it continues to feed and grow.
And then came the internet. Bone cell, meet neuron, meet skin cell. https://www.amazon.com/At-Home-Universe-Self-Organization-Complexity/dp/0195111303/
I’m not going to embed the video here. If you think you have the stomach for it, you can find it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psoq8qYvx18 Needless to say, he is both a product of and an unconscious contributor to the perpetuation of the satanic system which destroyed his life. And he hates himself with an unfathomable passion.
What is done to children, they will do to society. –Karl Menninger, MD
The New York Times and Washington Post this week published reports of a private meeting last month between eight major technology and social media corporations and the US intelligence agencies, to discuss their censorship operations in the lead-up to the November 2018 mid-term elections.
The meeting was convened at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters on May 23, and was attended by representatives from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Snap, Twitter and Oath, owner of Yahoo! and a subsidiary of the telecommunications giant Verizon, along with agents from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.
The Post described the meeting, organized at the request of Facebook, as a “new overture by the technology industry to develop closer ties to law enforcement.” Both articles were based on anonymous statements by individuals who attended. One attendee told the Post that the conversation was a “back-and-forth, with both sides talking about how they were thinking about the problem and how we were looking for opportunities to work together.”…
Amazon, Microsoft and Google are competing to secure control over a $10 billion project to host the Pentagon’s Cloud infrastructure, a position that will literally mean hosting the communications between military units engaged in battle. Employees at the three companies have also written letters in recent months denouncing their provision of artificial intelligence technology to improve drone targeting (Google), facial recognition of civilians by police agencies (Amazon), and assisting in the operations of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Microsoft)….
One can foresee the day when such employees will be on the receiving end of these oppressive technologies.
This is pre-nazi germany. Ask an iraqi and he’ll probably leave off the “pre-“.
And still it’s considered impolite or paranoid to point out that 9/11 was a false flag.