MENTAL HEALTH, EDUCATION AND SOCIAL CONTROL
Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
In the previous Part of this series, I mentioned that one means of bringing the public under control was to convince them that they are in need of the benevolent assistance of certain authority figures such as health professionals. You would think that under the guiding hand of these professionals, we would have the healthiest children ever. However, Ann Dachel, a member of the National Autism Association, said a speech therapist and nutritionist who works with children in hospitals and schools "brought up the fact that today's children are the sickest in history." Why in California has there been a six-fold increase in autism cases between 1987 and 2002? Could it be because of the vaccines these health professionals have promoted for children? Why do they give infants the Hepatitis B vaccine when it's "a disease transmitted through high-risk adult behavior involving intravenous drug use and unprotected sex," according to Evelyn Pringle in "Get Mercury Out of Vaccines---NOW" (INDEPENDENT MEDIA TV, March 16, 2005)? She interviewed Dr. Jay Gordon, a pediatrician who has been a consultant for CBS on children's programming, and he said the Hep B vaccine as well as the Meningitis vaccine may have autoimmune complications for children.
In the previous Part of this series, I also mentioned that the mercury-based preservative thimerosal has been suspected as the source of some of the problems with vaccines. For several years, some drug companies have claimed they removed all mercury from their vaccines. But Health Advocacy in the Public Interest (HAPI) recently sent 4 vaccines to be tested and found all 4 had some mercury, despite claims to the contrary by 2 of the vaccine manufacturers. According to Pringle's article, Boyd Haley (Chemistry Department Chair at the University of Kentucky) told HAPI the claim of mercury-free vaccines "is false because mercury binds to the antigenic protein in the vaccine and cannot be completely filtered out 100%." In addition, Pringle writes that "drug companies admit that flu vaccines still contain an unsafe amount of thimerosal and the government still recommends flu vaccines for pregnant women and some children."
Another important aspect of social control I mentioned in the previous Part of this series was H.R. 418 (The Real ID Act), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on February 10, 2005 and would provide for a national ID via drivers' licenses and personal identification cards. It was hoped that the American public would be alarmed enough to prevent its passage by the U.S. Senate, but in a sneaky maneuver, H.R. 418 was incorporated in a rule for the Emerging Supplemental Wartime Appropriations Act (H.R. 1268) on March 16, 2005, which virtually guarantees its Senate passage due to all the "goodies" to be appropriated in the larger legislation. Welcome to the Brave New World !
Who has allowed the power elite to gain the social control over our lives they now enjoy? As a 1970 "Pogo" cartoon said, "We have met the enemy and he is us!" Many professing Christians and Jews for all practical purposes continue to allow abortion-on-demand, even though a simple Congressional majority can limit federal courts' jurisdiction. Many professing Christians and Jews also believe that withholding food from Terri Schiavo is all right because that's just "allowing her to die" and not murdering her. But wouldn't it be considered murder to withhold food from people who are paralyzed or infants or anyone else who cannot feed themselves? While we teach children Biblical morality at home, we continue to allow the public schools to indoctrinate our children with moral relativism. We allow chaplains in the military for the wiccan (witches) religion, while the Ten Commandments (but not pagan deities) are being removed from the public square. And we increasingly give huge amounts of money to the Chinese Communists by purchasing goods from China, even though we know they have slaughtered millions of innocent people, have forced women to have abortions, and have tortured Christians and other religious people. Would you fund the Nazis by buying their products? Then why do you buy products made in Communist China? Instead of saying "God bless America," we should be pleading for God to have mercy on America.
Just as the pagans of old worshipped the "sun god," today many Americans seem to worship the "fun god." They don't follow Philippians 4:8, which includes: "...whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Instead, many Americans spend hour upon hour seeking to be entertained by lurid soap operas; mindless sitcoms; occultic books, cartoon shows and films; while tolerating immorality in movies, violent and crime promoting videogames, depressing school literature requirements, sacrilegious art (some is government-funded), loud fractious music, and lewd dance. Unfortunately, many American Christians engage in or tolerate these activities because they believe they are "saved," having "accepted" Jesus as their Lord. Unfortunately, their pastors have not impressed upon them that this "acceptance" must be complete (ALL aspects of their lives). They ignore Matthew 25:44-46 where Jesus indicates that even those who call Him their "Lord" can "go away into everlasting punishment." And they also ignore William Penn's warning that "those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants."
Why do many Americans succumb to these temptations? One reason is that the government schools for decades have been indoctrinating students in the moral relativism of secular humanism under the facade of social and mental hygiene (for a good early history of the humanist mental hygiene movement, see A MIND THAT FOUND ITSELF by Clifford Beers, who in 1909 formed the U.S. National Commitee for Mental Hygiene). In HUMANISM: A NEW RELIGION (1930), Charles Francis Potter proclaimed: "Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism. What can the theistic Sunday schools, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?" Potter signed the first HUMANIST MANIFESTO (1933), which was co-authored by John Dewey (Father of Progressive Education and honorary president of the National Education Association). The signers of the HUMANIST MANIFESTO said, "We consider the religious forms and ideas of our fathers no longer adequate," and they further stated, "We assume that humanism will take the path of social and mental hygiene." Their prognostication unfortunately was correct and their success regrettably great, especially via the government schools and as they undermined the family. On November 9, 1970 Ashley Montagu (1995 Humanist of the Year) told 1000 home economics teachers at Anaheim Convention Center: "The American family structure produces mentally ill children." Similarly, Montagu told 7000 school board members in San Diego that "every child who enters school at the age of six in the United States is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain values he inherits from the family unit."
Undermining parental influence, schools began to instruct students in values based upon the principle that "It's your decision." In fact, that is the exact title of a chapter in the widely used textbook, CONTEMPORARY LIVING, which was first published in the 1980s. And beginning that decade, H.J. Blackham (a founder of the 4-million-member International Humanist and Ethical Union) wrote in THE HUMANIST (September-October 1981) that if schools teach dependence (e.g., moral) on one's self, "they are more revolutionary than any conspiracy to overthrow the government." He was absolutely right, and we have been suffering the consequences ever since. Not long ago, the Josephson Institute of Ethics polled more than 20,000 middle and high school students and found that an amazing 47% acknowledged that they had stolen something from a store in the past 12 months. Do public school teachers and secular humanists tell students to steal? No, but they do say the student is an autonomous moral decisionmaker who should make up her or his own mind about what is right or wrong based upon the situation. This could lead some students to say, "Most of the time I don't steal, but that store owner ripped me off on the price of a sweater, so in this situation I didn't see anything wrong with shoplifting something from him."
Another way to undermine the traditional American family has been to promote homosexuality. In September 1967, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) director Dr. Stanley Yolles appointed a pro-homosexual Task Force on Homosexuality. NIMH then funded the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research to conduct "the most comprehensive study ever done on homosexuals in the United States," and Tom Maurer (director of field research for the NIMH-funded project) said: "It is our hope that the study will produce data to change attitudes, laws, and ideas about homosexuals."
NIMH also funded (grant K6-MH-21, 775-01) B. F. Skinner (1972 Humanist of the Year) resulting in his BEYOND FREEDOM AND DIGNITY (1971) advocating man's freedom and dignity be replaced by collectivism. Congressman Cornelius Gallagher questioned the grant, and columnist Paul Scott in "Big Brother Develops Thought Control" (February 9, 1972), reported: "To Representative Gallagher and a number of his colleagues in the House, all this adds up to the use of taxpayers' funds by the National Institutes of Health to promote Dr. Skinner's plan for having the government control our way of life. Gallagher also believes the grant indicates an emerging pattern of government-sponsored behavioral research the aim of which is to alter radically the values and the traditions of the nation, and with them our freedom. He contends that the logical conclusion of proposals like Skinner's must be a dictatorship under the control of those who believe in enforced population control and those who would pop pills into all of us to control our actions."
Returning to the subject of why many Americans succumb to the temptations listed earlier, Dr. Robert Assagioli, founder of psychosynthesis, believed it is possible to train the "will" (speaking on this at an Edgar Cayce Conference was Dr. James Windsor, vice-president of the Mental Health Association of Virginia). Assagioli was a disciple of Alice Bailey (perhaps the leading occultist for the first half of the 20th century), whose first works were published by Lucifer Publishing Company, and who emphasized the need for a "new world order" and "points of light" connected to "service."
A few years after Lucifer Publishing Company began publishing Bailey's works, Rockefeller Foundation president Max Mason on April 11, 1933 assured foundation trustees that in their program, "the Social Sciences will concern themselves with the rationalization of social control,...the control of human behavior." Then in the Fall of 1937, the foundation gave a grant to Princeton University to study the influence of radio on different groups of listeners in the U.S. An Office of Radio Research was established with Paul Lazarsfeld (who would become president of the American Sociological Association) as director, and Frank Stanton (who would become president of CBS and on the editorial board of J.L. Moreno's journal, SOCIOMETRY) and Hadley Cantril (who would be chairman of the board of the Institute for International Social Research, 1955-1969) as associate directors. In 1935, Cantril had co-authored PSYCHOLOGY OF RADIO with Gordon Allport, who would be a leading agent in the U.S. for the Tavistock Institute, which in its HUMAN RELATIONS (vol.II, no.3, 1949) published "Some Principles of Mass Persuasion." In the Foreword of Cantril's THE INVASION FROM MARS: A STUDY IN THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PANIC (Princeton University Press and Oxford University Press, 1940), one reads that the radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" provided "an unexpected 'experimental' situation. A special grant by the (Rockefeller) General Education Board made it possible to study the event which fitted so well into the whole frame of the Princeton Project."
Theodor Adorno was made chief of the music division of the Radio Project in February 1938, and in that year he wrote: "...It is contemporary (music) listening which has regressed, arrested at an infantile stage....Their primitivism is not that of the undeveloped, but (rather) that of the forcibly retarded." Adorno believed that repetition (e.g., in music) could create popularity, and that one could change the culture away from "the authoritarian personality" (belief in traditional authority) toward the "revolutionary," liberating individuals from traditional values. He also believed that the mass media could be used for "opinion management," and that life will become "indistinguishable from the movies." Relevant to this last statement, CBS's "60 Minutes" on March 6, 2005 broadcast a segment regarding a teenager who had shot 3 police officers and had stolen a police car after repeatedly watching the videogame "Grand Theft Auto." The teen was quoted as saying "Life is like a videogame."
A few years later in 1952, Aldous Huxley authored THE DEVILS OF LOUDON explaining how the masses could be conditioned, saying: "Assemble a mob of men and women previously conditioned by a daily reading of newspapers; treat them to amplified band music, bright lights...and in next to no time you can reduce them to a state of almost mindless subhumanity. Never before have so few been in a position to make fools, maniacs, or criminals of so many."
Five years later, William Sargant wrote BATTLE FOR THE MIND (British edition subtitle "The Mechanics of Indoctrination, Brainwashing and Thought Control"), in which he revealed that if certain "underlying physiological principles are once understood, it should be possible to get at the person, converting and maintaining him in his new belief by a whole variety of imposed stresses that end by altering his brain function." Sargant further claimed that the human brain "is particularly sensitive to rhythmic stimulation by percussion and bright lights....Belief can be implanted in people after brain function has been sufficiently disturbed by...induced fear, anger or excitement. Of the results caused by such disturbances, the most common one is temporarily impaired judgment and heightened suggestibility."
One means of implanting ideas in people who are subject to heightened suggestibility is via subliminal messages. Before you dismiss this as nonsensical, you need to consider a study by G.J.W. Smith, D.P. Spence, and G.S. Klein two years after Sargant's book was published. In "Subliminal Effects of Verbal Stimuli" (JOURNAL OF ABNORMAL AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 1959, pages 167-176), their study is described as follows: "A static, expressionless portrait of a man was flashed on a screen by Smith, Spence and Klein. They requested their subjects to note how the expression of the picture changed. They intermittently flashed the word 'angry' on the screen, at exposures so brief that the subjects were consciously completely unaware of having seen the word. They tended, however, to see the face as becoming more angry. When the word 'happy' was flashed on the screen in similar fashion, the viewers tended to see the face as becoming more happy. Thus they were clearly influenced by stimuli which registered at a subliminal level, stimuli of which the individual was not, and could not be, aware."
About twenty years later, the movie "Agency" in 1980 looked at the use of subliminal messages to influence public opinion regarding elections. In the movie, Mr. Quinn (played by Robert Mitchum) explains: "Let us enter the living room and we can enter the mind. It's power, our power. Public opinion is crucial. Someone must use a guiding hand. I've been hired, financed,...the names don't matter, though you might recognize some of them. Let's just call them an elite of power, or maybe an influential elite who understand the value of manipulating public opinion....The public wants to be led. It needs to be led. We have long term plans." Mitchum goes on to say how they will use this technique on children, too, because "It's the next generation. They spend six hours a day watching television. We can plant seeds....The concentration of power is healthy. It's like a vacuum cleaner that sucks up all the chaos and disorder and gets rid of it. It's as simple as getting a few messages across."
Before you dismiss the use of subliminal messages such as those in "Agency" to effect political campaigns, you need to remember that in the 2000 presidential campaign, the Republican National Committee ran a TV ad where in a fraction of a second, the word "RATS" was superimposed over the words, "The Gore Prescription Plan."
At about the same time as "Agency" was released, Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman in their book, SNAPPING: AMERICA'S EPIDEMIC OF SUDDEN PERSONALITY CHANGE (1978), explained that "snapping" depicts "the way in which intense experience may affect fundamental information-processing capacities of the brain....The experience itself may...render the individual extremely vulnerable to suggestion....TV stills the mind through repetition...in the...assault of momentary images upon vision....Television also may be a potent neutralizing force of human thought and feeling. Its incessant transmissions of information physically trains an individual to hear and observe without stopping to think....Our culture seems to be embarking on a destructive new course of manipulation and escapism, of human abdication."
To show how this repetitive assault of momentary images causing one not to think works, consider TV ads over the past 20 years. It used to be that such ads presented a message logically persuading consumers to purchase a particular product. However, over the past 2 decades, TV ads have increasingly used flashing lights and swirling images causing a subtle psychological effect researcher Bill Strittmatter has termed the "highlighted moment" principle. The principle works like a person's reaction to the sound of a gunshot. It's an unusual sound that most people do not commonly hear in their day-to-day experiences. When one hears or sees something unusual like this (e.g., a gunshot), something like a survival instinct begins to operate, and the hearer's or viewer's mind goes into an absorption-of- information mode rather than engaging in reflective analytical thought. Thus, if an ad on TV can fill 30 seconds with flashing and swirling images of a product, the viewer is almost constantly engaged in absorbing information about the product rather than thinking about the reasons he or she may or may not want to purchse it. Also, because the image is repeatedly flashed, it is registered in the brain more than once. The principle works like that described according to Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder with Nancy Ostrander in SUPERLEARNING (1979): "Yogis long ago developed special candles that give a faster flicker effect to change states of consciousness." The hyperactivity of the TV ads also has contributed to a feeling that the pace of life is faster now than several decades ago.
George Orwell in his book, 1984, tried to warn us about this happening. When the heroic Winston in the book asserts that people will never succumb to Big Brother, he is informed by the antagonist O'Brien: "Suppose that we quicken the tempo of human life." The point Big Brother's agent O'Brien was making was that if the tempo of human life is speeded up, people have less time to reflect upon what is happening to them. They can then be more easily manipulated, and actually believe Big Brother's slogans such as "Ignorance is Strength" and "War is Peace."
Today, it looks like we are going to have a lot of "Strength" (aka Ignorance) given the way students have been dumbed down in the government schools. And it looks like we're going to have a lot of "Peace" (aka War) given the Bush administration's varying rationales for going to war against Iraq. Was it because of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) ? Or was it to overthrow a dictator? There are quite a few nations with WMD and dictators unfriendly toward the U.S., but we haven't invaded them. In USA TODAY (August 14, 2003) is a column by James Bovard titled "By accident or design, Bush hyped case for war," in which one reads: "Shortly after his inauguration, Bush joked to a crowd of Washington insiders: 'You can fool all of the people some of the time, and those are the ones you need to concentrate on.'" I would encourage Americans, though, not to be misled but to follow the advice of founding father John Adams written in the BOSTON GAZETTE in 1763: "Let us believe no man infallible or impeccable in government, any more than in religion; take no man's word against evidence, nor implicitly adopt the sentiments of others who may be deceived themselves, or may be interested in deceiving us."
With the quickened tempo of human life today, people unfortunately can be more easily misled and programmed for constant change. For example, on June 7, 1969, leading psychologist Carl Rogers delivered a graduation address at Sonoma State College, in which he proclaimed that "the man of the future...will be living his transient life mostly in temporary relationships. He must be able to establish closeness quickly. He must be able to leave the close relationships behind without excessive conflict or mourning." And in a 1976 textbook, CORE CONCEPTS IN HEALTH, by Paul Insel and Walton Roth, students are informed that "mental health belongs to people who can...be free and autonomous....Healthy people know what their needs are and do whatever they must to satisfy them." Think of the profound implications and results of these statements by Rogers and the textbook authors (e.g., rise in divorce rate, sexual promiscuity, etc.). Nothing lasts (e.g., relationships, morality, truth, etc.)! This creates instability, so that people feel they can no longer cope, and therefore they become more willing to turn over authority to Big Brother and a one-world government. Psychiatrist and first director-general of the World Health Organization Brock Chisholm (1959 Humanist of the Year) said, "Universal mental health means one world." And to the power elite, only those who accept a one-world government will be considered to have proper mental health.
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Dennis Laurence Cuddy, historian and political analyst, received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (major in American History, minor in political science). Dr. Cuddy has taught at the university level, has been a political and economic risk analyst for an international consulting firm, and has been a Senior Associate with the U.S. Department of Education.
Cuddy has also testified before members of Congress on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Cuddy has authored or edited twenty books and booklets, and has written hundreds of articles appearing in newspapers around the nation, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows in various parts of the country, such as ABC Radio in New York City, and he has also been a guest on the national television programs USA Today and CBS's Nightwatch.
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has allowed the power elite to gain the social control over our lives
they now enjoy? As a 1970 "Pogo" cartoon said, "We have met the enemy
and he is us!" Many professing Christians and Jews for all practical purposes
continue to allow abortion-on-demand...