It’s been more than a year since David DeGraw posted an in-depth piece. But last week he announced his latest and notified those who had signed up for his releases. David has made the piece available online but it will be released in a pamphlet-style book on July 4, 2013. “Transcend Conditioned Consciousness” explains to us how our ideas and beliefs are not really our own but those implanted in us by corporate America, the political machines and the news media (Excerpts below).
David’s latest report is part of a new front that he and his associates are launching: “Manhattan Project for the Evolution of Society”. With their new location and funding, David is back to leading a new assault on the root cause of this great country’s inevitable demise.
If you do not know who David DeGraw is, then you most likely do not know what the root problem is with today’s America. Therefore if you really care about the future of our country, as most claim, you should make it your number one priority to become familiar with David and his efforts. And the best place to start is with this latest addition to his reports.
“Conditioned Consciousness” is the key phrase in David’s latest title, and the entire piece tells us all about it. It describes exactly something I wrote about myself many years ago, before starting this blog: “How I Was Manipulated”. Later I went a bit further in my first blog with “Politics & Politicians”, The News Media” and “Corporations”. Little did I know at the time just how wide-spread and ingrained conditioned consciousness was.
Those of you who think our country’s problems lie with either the Democrats or Republicans or tea party are grossly misguided. It is so much deeper than that; the current attitudes of our political parties are simply a product of the bigger problem. Therefore if you think our problems can be resolved by kicking one of those parties’s out and replacing them with the other, then your thinking is too shallow. So if you are one of those, I desperately urge you to not just read David’s latest but actually study it and be completely honest with yourself as you do. But before you do, this one point must be made.
Three friends were engaged in a civil and impromptu conversation about the cost of government social programs. Throughout the conversation, each was given an opportunity to express their thoughts while the other two listened with sincerity, placing real value on what was being said. At one point one friend said he had heard that the high cost of the social programs was due to a certain minority group in America. Immediately the other two reacted, calling the first a racist. From that point on, anything the first had said before was dismissed and anything he attempted to say afterwards was immediately shut down as unworthy of being heard.
In his report, David warns against this line of thinking:
“Conspiracy theory” is the ultimate label to trigger dismissal without causing people to think about the content and substance of the message.
“Transcend Conditioned Consciousness” is written with eight major headings:
I: Unprecedented Wealth
II: Debt Slavery
III: Mental Slavery – Conditioned Consciousness
IV: The Spectrum of Thinkable Thought
V: Behaviorism & Assembly Line Intelligentsia
VI: Totalitarian Minds Inside the All-Consuming Cult
VII: Free Your Mind
VIII: Cyberspace Underground Railroad
David is quick to make a very important point concerning wealth which carries the same message I have often tried to convey:
“Before continuing, let me defuse the reactionary propagandized mind’s instinctive response. This is not about demonizing people just because they have money. There are many people who are using their wealth and resources to improve the human condition. It’s important to understand that the focus here is not on the people who have a mere $10 million or so in wealth. When discussing the modern day aristocracy, the main focus is on the pathological, shortsighted and greed-addicted forces that are doing much more to limit human potential than enhance it.”
In my words: I don’t care how much money someone makes or has — I only care about two things: Don’t get your money by taking from me or use that money, along with its power, to take away my freedom and Democracy.
Throughout his piece, David quotes a number of other writers. The oldest is by Sun Tzu from 246 BC: “To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill”; which he expounds upon with “The mainstream media is the most effective weapon of mass oppression humanity has ever known. It’s hard to break free, when you are always told you are free.” David explains, occasionally quoting others as he does. The following are excerpts.
“Propaganda is to democracy what violence is to dictatorships.” If television was around in the 1770s, we would still be living under British rule – quoting William Blum. [Bold added]
[T]he mainstream mass media is the software on which our minds run; it’s our operating system. It’s an extension of our nervous system. Repetitive mainstream propaganda creates a belief system, popular reference points, symbols, archetypes, mental patterns, a mindset and groupthink, all based on repetition – and groupthink is a highly contagious infectious disease.
‘The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.’ – quoting Malcolm X
People are born and raised inside mass media created illusions. As Eduardo Galeano put it, “The majority must resign itself to the consumption of fantasy. Illusions of wealth are sold to the poor, illusions of freedom to the oppressed, dreams of victory to the defeated and of power to the weak.” [Bold added]
The mainstream press does not cover the most vital social, economic and political issues. The more important something is, the less they report on it. If mentioned at all, it’s mentioned in passing, with little, if any, in-depth reporting, discussion and debate on it.
‘The debate is never about the curtailment of the manipulative power of entrenched global corporations’ – paraphrasing Alex Carey.
David speaks further about behaviorism and totalitarian minds, quoting others along the way:
[I]f you propagate the message of tyrants, and if you are good at it, you can become rich and famous. That’s what primitive self-obsessed ego-driven careerists do. They are the ultimate pawns of empire. They enrich themselves by riding the coattails of conquerors.
Jacques Ellul, from his 1965 analysis of the social mind, Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes:
“Propaganda is today a greater danger to mankind than any of the other more grandly advertised threats hanging over the human race…. Propaganda ruins not only democratic ideas but also democratic behavior – the foundation of democracy, the very quality without which it cannot exist…. Propaganda destroys its very foundations. It creates a man who is suited to a totalitarian society….”
Maybe the most fundamental quote in David’s entire piece is from Bertrand Russell:
‘If people are offered a fact which goes against their instincts or their cultural programming, they will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, they are offered something which falls in accordance to their cultural programming, in accordance to their conditioning, they will accept it, even on the slightest evidence.’ [Bold / underline added]
(You should read that quote over and over until you have committed it to memory forever.)
I recall speaking recently with a person who for years had been conditioned by a particular source of information, and refused to even think about the alternatives. I suggested that they simply consider expanding their knowledge by including several other sources of information in their daily info collection. I made it quite clear that they shouldn’t abandon their one-and-only current source, but listen to all of them and then draw their own conclusions. In a later conversation with that person I was told that they tried my suggestion, but couldn’t even stand it for a whole day. Using that person’s exact word in a paraphrase, they couldn’t stand the “lies” they were hearing therefore they abandoned any and all sources except the one they had “relied upon” for years — in other words, the source that had successfully “conditioned” them.
Like the Jedi in the Star Wars movies, infuse into the mind what you want one to think and say, you’ve conquered them and gain an ally.