Over the last one hundred years, the current capitalist cabal has destroyed the minds, bodies, and souls of millions of Americans. Capitalism has murdered--and is continuing to murder--American and world citizens in imperialist wars and economic crimes such as the prime mortgage assault, bank foreclosures, and the criminal theft of taxpayer money in the bailout of big banks and financial institutions.
This essay explains how capitalism has destroyed most Americans' minds, making it impossible for them to comprehend reality. This mind-destruction by the cabal constitutes a terrorist operation. 1 We'll examine how Plato was able to develop human thought from the oral, non-literate phase to the stage of critical thinking, self-awareness, and intelligent decision-making. We'll explore how the current cabal has destroyed the human mind to the point that most persons no longer possess these capabilities, resulting in a sub-human, illiterate, anti-rational culture. We'll conclude by reviewing how humankind can regain its capacity for reasoning and critical consciousness.
Within the devastated minds of most Americans, Enlightenment values have been replaced with counterfeit quackery and senseless gibberish.
Henry Steele Commager, in his book The Empire of Reason, points to "a common harvest of ideas, attitudes, and even of programs" within the Enlightenment: "recognition of a cosmic system governed by the laws of Nature and Nature's God; faith in Reason as competent to penetrate to the meaning of those laws and to induce conformity to them among society in many ways irrational; commitment to what Jefferson called 'the illimitable freedom of the human mind,' to the doctrine of progress, and--with some reservations--to the concept of the perfectibility of Man; an ardent humanitarianism that attacked torture, slavery, war, poverty, and disease; and confidence that Providence and Nature had decreed happiness for mankind."
The capitalist cabal is currently destroying workers' contact with reality: a deliberately annihilative operation we can identify as reality terrorism. Cabal propagandists try to make you believe that reality is only what they tell you it is:
The Iraq and Afghanistan wars are essential to our national security.
The capitalist economy remains exactly the same wonderful system of a free market with an invisible hand making certain that all persons, rich and poor alike, benefit.
If a person commits a crime, whether that person is rich or poor, he will unquestionably be convicted and receive punishment.
George W. Bush legally won the 2000 election and served as the legitimate U.S. president.
Barack Obama is a progressive leader who has the welfare of all U.S. citizens at heart.
All of these statements are lies!
The current capitalist cabal has, from its inception in the early decades of the twentieth century, tried to foist its own interpretation of reality on the working class, calling this interpretation REALITY. It created a highfalutin name for this process of twisting reality: Realism.
The practise of defining reality as whatever delusion or hallucination legitimises institutionalised power and privilege."
The New Devil's Dictionary
The primary difficulty facing us today is that most working class people have swallowed capitalist interpretations of reality. Through this process of deliberate gullibility and the loss of ability to think for themselves, most workers' mind have been destroyed--and the worst effect is that they don't know their minds have been destroyed and continue to assume that they're rational, intelligent and capable. So we now see mental imbeciles assuming they know what reality is and can formulate coherent discussions of profound questions and make intelligent decisions.
"Hans Morganthau, who is one of the founders of the modern field of international relations, and is a distinguished realist scholar . . . had a book called 'The Purpose of America', written back during the Kennedy years. He gave the familiar story. The United States, he said, has a transcendent purpose to pursue and bring about justice and freedom and all good things, but remember he's a realist, which means he pays attention to the historical record, and he observed that the historical record deviates rather sharply from this picture of [laughter] and again I want to stress that
it's to his credit to notice the distinction because it's rare. And he then goes on to say that if we look at the difference between the American transcendent purpose, justice, freedom and so on, on the one hand, and the historical record on the other, that might lead us to question whether, in fact, the United States is pursuing the transcendent purpose of achieving peace and justice and freedom. But he points out that to draw that conclusion would be a logical error. Now here you've got to think carefully so follow the reasoning closely. The reason why it could be a logical error is this, we have to distinguish, he says, between reality and the abuse of reality. Reality is the actual history as it's interpreted through our perceptions and our self image, that is reality is what we prefer to see and what we would like to believe. Abuse of reality is the actual history. [laughter] As I said it's a fairly subtle point so you want to make sure you master it. And we have to decide whether we're going to pay attention to the abuse of reality, that is in fact what actually happened in the world and what is described in the documentary record, or to reality itself, namely our preferences, our propaganda, our specifications, and so on. And again, I stress that it's a subtle point and one you must understand if you hope to get ahead in the world so bear it in mind."
Noam Chomsky, "The New World Order," 1991
Predictably, the very people who place American presidents, senators, and representatives in power, through the use of their multi-billion dollar fortunes, are the same moneyed interests that have deliberately destroyed American education. The Rockefellers, Fords, Morgans, Browns, Harrimans, Du Ponts, and other ruling families want obedient, efficient workers, not thinkers.
As early as 1913, cabal leaders made it clear that they wanted American schools to produce compliant, mind-destroyed laborers, not "authors," "poets," or "men of letters."
"In our dream, we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand.
The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or science. We are not to raise up from among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply."
Rockefeller Foundation Director of Charity, Frederick Gates, 1913
The current cabal destroyed the American educational system--as indicated above--and also took control of the U.S. money system when its lackeys passed the legislation creating the "Federal" Reserve System in 1913, a series of private banks. From that point on, the cabal was basically in charge of the entire American economy. Their onslaught against reality--and the American mind--now began in earnest.
Capitalism's devastation of the American mind accelerated during the Bush II reign, with a person of extremely limited intelligence at the helm. Workers at all levels--including investigative journalists--were told what reality was: what the cabal-controlled Bush II junta declared reality was. The cabal and its lackeys no longer even pretend that "actual reality" is reality:
The Afghan and Iraq wars are a necessary response to Muslim terrorism
Some banks are too big to fail--and even though their criminal behavior caused the economy to collapse--they must be given taxpayer money
Torture is legal if a corrupt Justice Department lawyer says it is
Unemployment and home foreclosures are unfortunate, but essential, parts of the capitalist economic system
"The [senior Bush] aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality-based community,' which he defined as people who 'believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. 'That's not the way the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'"
Ron Suskind, from a 2002 article in the New York Times
Meanwhile the capitalists continue to destroy human minds through such means as television. Capitalism destroys all values and operations except its own; a few thinkers are able to see this. Capitalism's destruction of the human means that persons are not capable of critical thinking.
As Barry Schwartz makes clear in his essay (linked above), capitalism destroys by cutting off concepts, capabilities, and values that do not conduce to its own advantage. Many humans have been subjected to the mind-devastation capitalism causes since as early as the sixteenth century. Because of this baleful influence on their minds, they delusively believe capitalism is the only viable economic system possible.
Capitalism Has Made Americans Stupid
Americans have become suicidally stupid. Their ignorance is leading to world devastation.
If the stupidity of Americans doesn't frighten you, you're either equally ignorant or you don't understand that, as Jefferson said, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
The powers of mind that we call "rational intelligence" were first developed by Plato and the thinkers who followed in his path. When it comes to critical thinking we find it hard to understand that at one time this capability of the human mind did not exist and had to be deliberately invented. It's also a challenge to understand that humankind's capability of critical thinking is a proficiency that can be LOST--AND IS NOW BEING LOST. That is, reason and reflection can become no longer available to a particular culture if the capability of critical thinking is destroyed or abandoned.
Review Plato's development of rational intelligence here.
Humankind's Evolution and Possible Devolution
Man's Achieve- ment of Language
The Oral Frame of Mind
Man's Achieve- ment of Reason
The Enlightenment The Use of Reason
Reversion to Oral, Non-Rational, Ignorant Frame of Mind
Back to the Stone Age
Current Americans believe they're highly intelligent and excel at sports
Capitalism destroys the human mind by brainwashing workers into beliefs and a mind-set that are insane.
Insane Ideas that Destroy the Mind
Capitalism engenders insane ideas in workers.
"The character traits engendered by our [capitalist] socioeconomic system, i.e., by our way of living, are pathogenic and eventually produce a sick person and, thus, a sick society." 2
The capitalist economic system is said to be the only viable one and capitalists claim that its negative results are inevitable and must be accepted as a part of "nature."
"...Economic behavior became separate from ethics and human values. Indeed, the economic machine was supposed to be an autonomous entity, independent of human needs and human will. It was a system that ran by itself and according to its own laws. The suffering of the workers as well as the destruction of an ever-increasing number of smaller enterprises for the sake of the growth of ever larger corporations was an economic necessity that one might regret, but that one had to accept as if it were the outcome of a natural law."
Capitalists claim that human nature requires that we adopt capitalism as our economic system.
"The very qualities that the system required of human beings--egotism, selfishness, and greed--[capitalism asserted] were innate in human nature; hence, not only the system but human nature itself fostered them."
Capitalism is said to be inevitable
[Insane ideas that destroy any mind that accepts them.]
"Free trade is the only way to order international commerce."
"Capitalists should pay little or no tax because they are the engine of the economy."
"Unemployment and poverty are natural, inevitable afflictions in any economic system."
"The United States has the right to attack any nation which threatens the economic interests of its rulers."
"Economic efficiency is only possible under capitalism."
"All manufacturing, public utilities, and commodities should be privately owned."
"Capitalists ought to be able to make as much money as they can, no matter what the plight of the workers."
"It's perfectly legitimate for capitalists to receive 800 times what the average worker receives."
"All things are working together for the best in this best of all capitalist worlds."
Capitalists claim that the "free market system" has only undergone a minor hiccup; that it's essentially the same reliable system that accrues to the benefit of all.
"The Crash was not accidental. It was a carefully contrived occurrence. The international bankers sought to bring about a
condition of despair here so that they might emerge as rulers of us
Republican Congressman, Louis T. McFadden, Chairman of the House
Banking & Currency Committee from 1920 to 1931
Even though there are enough goods and services in the world to provide for all people if we produce for human use, under capitalism, the wealthy few benefit while the worker class suffers death (from imperialist wars, starvation, and homelessness), unemployment, destitution, and poverty.
Obscenely wealthy capitalist fat-cats
A Better, Human Alternative Economic System
There are enough goods and services in the world to provide for all people in the world if we produce for human use instead of for the profit of the capitalist class.
Production for human use instead of production for profit
All people can be provided for.
"Capitalism is admittedly an incredibly productive system that has created a flood of goods unlike anything the world has ever seen. It also is a system that is fundamentally (1) inhuman, (2) anti-democratic, and (3) unsustainable. Capitalism has given those of us in the First World lots of stuff (most of it of marginal or questionable value) in exchange for our souls, our hope for progressive politics, and the possibility of a decent future for children."
We Must Overcome Capitalist Destruction of the Human Mind
Even though most Americans' minds have been destroyed by capitalist ideology, propaganda, and brainwashing, the few intelligent persons remaining can and must expose capitalism and begin developing new societal concepts and structures.
This is not only a desirable goal, it is actually essential if humankind is to survive capitalist annihilation. Humans, with the assistance of persons such as Plato, were able to recover from the mind-destruction of the oral phase in fifth century Greece.
The Perennialist stream of thought was re-introduced into the West beginning about 1000 C. E., and all the depraved offenses against human nature the Church and capitalist dictators could muster were not enough to impede the onward flow of human illumination and development. The Perennialist tidal flow carried forward, eventuating in the Renaissance, the cultural movement beginning in central Italy in the late 14th century. It initiated a rebirth of science, philosophy, art and poetry. Renaissance humanism was characterized by an attitude and way of life centered on human interests or values, stressing an individual's dignity and worth and capacity for self-realization through reason and other human skills. Among the Renaissance humanists, Platonic and neo-Platonic thought once more assumed central importance. The writings of antiquity were translated by Renaissance scholars such as Ficino, making it possible to regain the insights and wisdom of earlier cultures.
"A new society is possible only if, in the process of developing it, a new human being also develops, or in more modest terms, if a fundamental change occurs in contemporary Man's character structure. . .
"The need for profound human change emerges not only as an ethical or religious demand, not only as a psychological demand arising from the pathogenic nature of our present social character, but also as a condition for the sheer survival of the human race. Right living is no longer only the fulfillment of an ethical or religious demand. For the first time in history the physical survival of the human race depends on a radical change of the human heart. However, a change of the human heart is possible only to the extent that drastic economic and social changes occur that give the human heart the chance for change and the courage and vision to achieve it."
"Since 9/11, itself engineered by the Evil Empire and Israel, there have been more than a hundred 9/11s in the Middle East. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people have been murdered. Children are massacred from the air. Women are raped by drugged out occupying soldiers who view war as a video game. And entire villages are burned down.
"Inside the dark belly of the Evil Empire, the evil wars are defended as wars of liberation and wars for national defense. But America the country is not being defended because it was consumed by a private central banking system, fascist multinational corporations, and a military-industrial complex that knows no limits to its power and greed.
"The Evil Empire's sorcerers can make its large mass of brainwashed victims believe any absurdity. They have put America and the entire world under a dark spell. Reality is turned upside down. History is suppressed. Memories are manufactured. Demons are invented. Reformers are vilified. Truth-telling is advertised as lunacy. Chaos is created to increase government power and shutdown dissent. Lies are told as a matter of state policy.
"What is being created is pure and absolute hell. The Evil Empire's policies are leading to social and economic disaster." (4/10/2012 entry)