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Sunday, August 8, 2004

The Malleable Reality: Propaganda, Deception And The Dupe

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This is an exercise in thinking.

This is an exercise in evaluating how conditioned you are.

How much the news and media which permeate much of your life, outlook, attitude and interests shape your ability to see reality beyond them?


If you can digest the excerpted article below without ever stopping your genuinely curious-wondering you are a true Robin Gooder. I mean someone open-minded enough to consciously want to challenge his assumptions and strong beliefs on reality.

If your social-moral brain will stop you early in the reading don't insist. This is an exercise many don't enjoy. They like to hold on tight to the safe reality-turf they have modelled themselves into.

As an innovator, a guiless minstrel of an emerging new culture of individual change-agents (reporters, investigators, publishers, news-makers, knowledge-sharers, bloggers, connectors, networkers, social nurses, etc.) I choose to honour some of these mind-bending exercises as I have learned that the pain coming from exploring with humbleness such radical and apparently paranoid ideas is ALWAYS a good stretching reef for my lazy mind.

I don't need to buy into them.

But I do want to explore them and understand the possible realities that these unexplored views may provide me with.

If they can help me better navigate my life, let me use them as tools.

If they can help illustrate ideas I have never conceived, let me use them as light.

If they are totally insane and appear to be designed to confuse and derail my path, let me use them to understand what to avoid.

It is through, not around, that the path to discovery can be reached.

(by Jon Rappoport)

"In the many power struggles of the last century to establish more and more control over the populations of planet Earth, certain principles have been developed.

There are at least two levels of this Plan.

The first level involves concealment of the whole operation by giving it other faces and other reasons and other justifications.

This first level could be called PR/propaganda/intelligence.

It involves painting a picture of the world and the forces of power that is completely conventional and acceptable to the masses. Namely, that there are nations and in some cases fanatically motivated groups (e.g., terrorists) who are trying to assert themselves against one another.

France versus England, England versus Germany, the US versus the USSR, and so on. Hot wars, cold wars, economic wars, treaties, agreements, the breaking of treaties, more war.

This is what people have come to expect as an explanation about why things are as they are.

People buy in.

They understand nations as entities who have distinct and different objectives and who come into conflict with one another.

This makes sense to people, because this is how history is written and taught and learned, this is how news is reported, this is how governments actually DO operate.

One might say that governments are under the delusion that they are the prime entities of power.

After all, a government can order its army to attack another nation. Isn't this an obvious sign of power at work?

It would be a mistake to completely discount the influence of governments. At the same time, one has to realize that the IDEA that governments are the main power entities is misleading and false and foreshortened in its perspective.

But when you have government heads and spokespeople who make all the public pronouncements and who make the wars and who make the peace, well, this is very persuasive.

If you don't think so, just try to convince your neighbor that the real power entities on the planet are operating at a level behind and above the governments. See how far you get.

However, imagine for a moment that newspapers and TV networks suddenly shifted their focus and began reporting most major events as emanating from, say, corporations and foundations and secret societies and religious organizations.

How long would a steady stream of this take before populations began to see reality in a different form?

Reality is malleable, is a big piece of putty or taffy, and it only becomes solidified when the STORY OF REALITY is always reported in the same fundamental way.

Who are the sources quoted by the media in order to present a portrait of what is going on? Mostly government people.

Government people, of course, talk about what government is doing, and the media pick that up and relay it to the people, who think in turn that power struggles are ultimately between governments and populations with different national agendas.

This is one of the major jobs of media, this deception.

Now, the second principle of the Plan is, establish and nail down a map of the world in which governments and nations and sovereign territories have less and less and less to do with the real nature of events.

In other words, behind the front established through PR/propaganda/intelligence, create the true state of affairs:

- The deterioration of all governments.

- The weakening of populations.

- The division of the planet into regions instead of nations.

- The promotion of supernational entities which will handle the management of the population of earth.

To bring about these four conditions, many suboperations are mounted. Many.

For example, to drive a government deeper and deeper into debt forces that government to become, more and more, an all-embracing government-corporate being.

There are many names for the part of the Plan that involves bringing about the four conditions above. You can call it Communism or socialism or fascism or totalitarianism or state corporatism or parental government or bureaucracy or globalism or internationalism or even free trade. The names abound.

At the highest levels of this game, all those names are mere fronts.

They represent various bleeding-out operations designed to coalesce and meld the human race into one helpless aggregate managed by, in essence, a small number of people.

Those controllers are chess players.

A chess player does not attach himself to the meaning of any given piece on the board. He is not "a lover of the knight." He is not a devotee of the queen. He is a chess player.

And ideology in most forms is merely a temporary piece of propaganda designed to magnetize and polarize and divert populations.

Ideology is something that is invoked to explain certain moves on the board.

When the rook moves to a new square, that move is disguised under a variety of names and fronts and explanations, all of which are false.

In chess, there is only one thing that motivates the player. Winning the game.

However, if the people of Earth truly suspected that chess was the overriding operation, and all other news was a cover for THAT, the people would awaken to a degree that would alarm the controllers.

So instead of a naked chess game carried out under lights on a table, with all the pieces in full view, and with a record kept of all moves and counter-moves, we are being treated to (and victimized by) a gradually unfolding in which each move is disguised by STORIES and EXPLANATIONS that are, indeed, irrelevant to the actual strategy involved.

Now we come to the concept of the DUPE.

The dupe is a person or group that believes his actions are primary, when in fact those actions are submoves that fit into a much larger scheme.

The dupe thinks he is simply doing X, when in truth X is a fraction of what Y is all about. And Y is one aspect of RSTUVWXYZ.

An example: Dr. Jones, working out of a research lab in Ohio, believes he is doing experiments to find a better way of treating clinical depression. However, the small amount of new information (among much false information) he is contributing to the knowledge of how the brain works is being put together with many other pieces of such information---for the purpose of understanding the brain so that its responses can be controlled and predicted and artificially instigated.

As decades and centuries pass, the people bent on controlling the whole show called planet Earth learn how to play chess better. They find out how to play twelve-dimensional chess.

While this is going on, the people of Earth want to believe that they understand the basics of life on Earth and how power operates. For this, as I've said, are needed STORIES and EXPLANATIONS.

These stories and explanations are not simply one fine coat of lies spread thin like mayo on a ham sandwich. They are in layers, and these layers are designed to deflect and dead-end and divert investigators.

Meanwhile, even those investigators who begin to penetrate the obfuscations tend to stop too soon and think they have the whole exposure in hand.

Drug companies sell any old drug to the people so they can make profit. And that is truer than saying:

The drug companies sell drugs to cure disease.

But it is far more true to say the drug companies are very nasty dupes who are selling drugs so that, on balance, these chemicals can weaken people on a wide scale and make them easier to control.

In that sense, the drug companies are working on behalf of the real chess players who know that a world of weakened and confused and ill people are easier to make into slaves."

(excerpted from THE PLANETARY CHESS GAME AND REINCARNATION by Jon Rappoport - NomoreFakeNews - December 29th 2003 - Read full article here).

Sounds paranoid?

I know it does.

I also know that if when I start asking myself some of the questions I realize that my paranoid feelings are due to my long engrained prejudices about how things are and work.

But who provided me in the first place with those assumptions?

Can I challenge them and re-evaluate the true nature of things, or do I need to depend on a TV set and a newspaper to try to understand what is really going on with life on this planet?

Let me hear your thoughts on this.

Readers' Comments    
2005-05-25 03:02:00


All in the spirit of sharing and building upon ideas.

"The stated goals aren't achievable in this lifetime." Are you sure? What might have taken several lifetimes a couple of centuries ago, may well be accomplished in one lifetime today. And the game of Empire is as old as civilization itself. Technology is clearly a great boon in these pursuits. It's both a terrible and wonderful thing, it has no preference for masters, it simply serves. But then it doesn't really matter if it's not achievable in this lifetime—although I strongly disagree with this statement.

Some would say that the desire for power and control comes about naturally as a function of base human nature. And this I would generally agree with, as the works of the ancients (Greek tragedy for example) support and expound this idea repeatedly, of the fall of great individuals through an inability to control or understand their base passions. However, this is only the beginning. As we know, Empire is a game as old as civilization itself. What of the Roman Empire (31 BC - 476 AD), the Byzantine Empire (395 - 1453 AD), The Holy Roman Empire (800 - 1806 AD), the Ottoman Empire (1299 - 1923 AD), the Khmer Empire (802 - 1462 AD), the Chinese Empire (221 BC - 1912 AD) and the myriad lesser empires? How can such empires exist and span lifetimes upon lifetimes if individuals inevitably come into contact with the truth of their own mortality? And yet history tells. There is something beyond one's own mortality that is obviously the driving force. We can speculate on what that might be, perhaps the desire for an exalted title or place in history, a vision, or an ideal. But the question remains, did the awareness of their mortality stop any of history's kings, emperors, and leaders, from working to achieve their goals?

Without ever having been in a position of real power, I'm sure I could empathize, at least partly, that the effect of power, the feeling of control, of domination, would act upon the person not unlike a drug, requiring an increase in dosage to maintain a level of security, a level of "fix." What may have begun with a relatively well-intentioned desire for security and justice for kinsfolk and countrymen, very quickly snowballs into quite a different creature (see Orwell's classic "Animal Farm"). And what is the nature of power sought? Could it be that it is a sensation inside the human being, the desire to feel, experience, know what it is to be "great," to be "important," to be both admired and feared? These lessons are riddled throughout our history and mythology, and drawing from current events, the recent Star Wars film (Revenge of the Sith) is an excellent example. (Incidentally, George Lucas consulted with the great mythologist Joseph Campbell in the making of the original Star Wars Trilogy.)

What I think we're seeing today are patterns of human behavior that have always been. The main difference is that today, there is so much more in the way of technology and the ability for this information to be communicated to the masses, that we have a real chance of changing things for the better. The advent of the printing press of the 14th century, the cross-fertizliation of ideas of the "Enlightenment" period of the 18th century. All of this helped catalyze the various socio-economic and politcal upheavals of Europe and the America's in these times. Today I believe we are at another portentous crossroads of perilous but profound opportunity—one that makes "Gutenberg" or even the "Enlightenment" period look like a walk in the park.

Sepp's email really brings the idea home. The idea of connecting people together, and even more, groups of change/communication agents, creating incredible leverage to counter the power of organizations, lobby's, foundations, and governments. However, I think it is extremely important to maintain a degree of decentralization. Centralization is quite probably one of the roots of all evil. It's considerably easier to infiltrate a single organization, or buy off a few individuals in that organization, than it is to do the same for dozens of organizations working in tandem with similar objectives.

There is a book for anyone that is interested in the chess game of world politics in the modern era, "The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives" by Zbigniew Brzezinski. Mr. Brzezinski served as United States National Security Advisor to President Carter from 1977-1981. A great deal is discussed, that appears to look like a blueprint for present U.S. policy. Incidentally, I was introduced to this book by the work of famed linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky, and Michael Ruppert's "Crossing the Rubicon." Highly related to the chess game is a book entitled "Tragedy and Hope" by Carroll Quigley, a University professor of former President Bill Clinton, who honored him in his presidential inauguration speech. And finally, "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins, a very interesting and unique insider's perspective into the global chess game (appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers List).

Excellent original article by the way.

2004-11-05 19:25:57


I think Mike Trainor's comment is more correct than not. Unless a person or a group of persons has found a way to achieve immortality, it is highly unlikely that they would or could have a longer term goal than achieving some flawed, impermanent human-life-span-framed goal.

Anyone who hasn't achieved some sort of god-like status simply cannot play chessmaster without bumping into the limitations of his own human life. Given that kind of problem, anyone who does attempt to play god with other people's lives is going to run into their own mortality and (hopefully) realize that they have wasted all of that effort to achieve nothing.

"Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 2:11)

How long will it take for humans to come to realize their limited intelligence, wisdom, and ability, as well as their intrinisic frailty and cease being arrogant towards one another?

2004-09-28 22:29:58

Mike Trainor

While I agree that things aren't as they seem, I think the article is a vest over-simplification.

I think that the chess analogy is apt, but that just begs the question as to who the chess masters are and what does it mean to them to "win".

The stated goals aren't achievable in this lifetime so is the life of the chess master geared towards making the people of the world subject to his great-grandchild? I don't think so.

The thing to remember is that people serve their own selfish needs and if you want to understand how people are being manipulated, it pays to determine what the manipulator wants. There are more direct ways to achieve something than by making people weaker so that you can achieve it later.

2004-08-10 10:52:24


oops, sorry for my typos:
dudes should read dupes. The others don't alter the meaning.

2004-08-10 10:49:07


Where we bifurcate is about the shape of the whole issue. From this paper, there seem to be those "evil, manipulative" guys at the top, who know it all , secondary ones (example: the brain researchser of the pharmaceutical industry as a whole), then there are those like you and me who a know a little bit and see through some of the delusions (but maybe dont ahve power), and then there are the dudes.
Way too "classically" hierarchical gnostic layout,imho. I don't belive that. I don't belivee that the big shots have much more specific plans and strategies. More power, yes. But I think that the ideas and memes and stories and viewpoints emerge. That's life. And there's plenty of it.
And I don't believe in conspirations (yes, they exist, but I don't BELIEVE in them. Like: I think that chairs and computers exist, but I don't BELIEVE in them.)

2004-08-09 17:38:37


in the words of gil scott heron
the revolution will not be televised
all the answers to the truth already exist
but to hear the truth from the powers that
be we will never see
through there secrets and lies
a society that is based on honesty and truth
but then nobody would be able to take advantage
and have the upper hand
the power and the glory that is invested in self
is it blindness
or just being lost in a place where it is to dark to see
where their civilisation in so called financial freedom
only leaves a burden for others to carry
forceably being made to feel guilty for wanting to escape and let themselves feel free
the seeds will forever be planted and spread far by the wind
but harder and harder it becomes for them to grow in this indreasingly damaged, mistreated, polluted, abused and rapidly changing environment
its time we tended to our garden

2004-08-09 16:18:44

Yvonne DiVita

Interesting...not paranoid, at all. There is a lot of in your face truth to what you have here... but it's not new. There is a small faction of citizens (of Earth) who know this is happening, and who are either not brave enough or strong enough to report it. Not to mention, the vast majority of human beings just want to be left alone. By accepting the status quo, as put forth here, they absolve themselves from any responsibility for the way life is...those are the TV junkies, the newspaper critics, the citizens who consider themselves informed and alert, when they are merely being manipulated by the media, which, in turn, is manipulated by government, which, in turn, is controlled by big business. All comes down to the almight dollar, doesn't it? So, what's to be done? Where are the other comments on your post? Who else is reading and agreeing or disagreeing? Where are the voices to be heard?????

2004-08-09 13:53:58

Sepp Hasslberger

Dear Robin,

thanks for putting this interesting article by Jon Rappoport on your site.

I believe Rappoport is right when he says that we need to look at the players behind the scenes if we really want to understand the world, but I would like to go a bit further. Once we understand what's happening, is there anything we can we do about it?

At first sight it would appear that things are so complicated, that the corporations and other groups that determine our lives are so powerful that little, if anything, can be done to "escape", to permit us to lead a life of freedom.

From the concrete example of the drug companies mentioned by Rappoport and of the attacks on natural healing methods inspired by them, we can try to find a way ahead.

I have written a message to a friend in Spain the other day, and would like to post a copy here as an idea for discussion and to show that perhaps something CAN be done about the deplorable state of affairs this planet is in.

Here is the e-mail I sent to Carlos in Spain:

Hi Carlos,

as I see things, we have one important job.

It is related to our countries, each one of us individually is doing this [campaigning for health freedom] because they believe that in their area (and by implication in Europe and the World) people should be free to choose natural means for health, including supplements of vitamins, minerals, other nutrients, herbs and so on, which we believe have shown great effectiveness.

The legal action before the EU Court of Justice and any other actions of ANH fit into that job we are all doing, because it is an effective way to stop or delay regulations that are being passed by the EU or have already been passed, notably the food supplements directive. It is part of that big picture of freedom to choose natural therapies and products for health.

Yes, we need to support the court challenge, but also and perhaps more importantly we are responsible in a certain way for the developments in each one of our own countries, just as well as we are responsible for the overall picture, the world wide development of this interesting game. I say game, because I want to invite you to look at it as if you were a player, someone who can influence things, but who is not necessarily influenced in his very personal substance by the game he plays.

The game has been forced on us by the pharmaceutical companies, first by wrecking people's health for reasons of greed or worse, and second by attacking natural health as if it was some kind of competition that has to be eliminated.

What would be the best way to win that game?

In my view, the best way to win is to have a force that is mightier than the one of your opponent. This may seem almost impossible, given the huge amounts of money and influence on lawmakers, health officials and the press at the disposition of the pharma cartel.

I believe however that even big cartels have a weak point. They are forceful, and they have resources, but in the end their power is only what we accept it to be. "We" meaning the people on the street, the people living their lives and choosing to support or not to support the cartel. Each one of us has chosen not to support this particular (pharma) cartel, and perhaps the other related ones that are destroying our food (with GMO and chemical farming methods), our environment (with chemical poisons), our energy independence (with reliance on oil as a source of energy and suppression of alternatives) and our financial independence (economy controlled by greedy banking and international financial circles).

Knowing who are our opponents, we can now conceive of an effective strategy to beat them, but we must be willing to look at all of them as one big machine that is doing its best to ruin our possibilities of independent survival. The strategy that becomes visible is that of uniting the opposition to the cartels, which exists but is normally disconnected and of little effectiveness.

There are existing but separate campaigns on health freedom (ours), on alternative medicine, on pharmaceutical crimes, on organic agriculture, on alternative energy, on vaccination, on poisons in our food, on poisons in the environment, on alternative ways to handle the economy and there is also a resistance to the general concept of globalization. I am sure I forgot to list some of the existing counter campaigns, but you get the idea.

I think it must be a priority for us to link up all of these various campaigns. Each one of them is emphasising an important part, but most people are only engaged on one of these campaigns. So normally there is little or no co-operation. Our only chance to win is to look beyond "our" campaign to all the others that are out there and provide a link between all of them. This is the only way I can see to get large enough numbers of people calling for and actually working for serious reforms that will eventually either eliminate the cartels or change their actions into a more acceptable direction.

Paradoxically, our problem, that of health freedom, can only be effectively resolved if we take a moment to step back and look at the other problems being worked on. This is because the cartels are global. Only a global network of people can beat them IF THEY (WE) ALL DECIDE TO CO-OPERATE.

As a practical piece of advice that I would like to give, I can only say: Branch out into other areas of interest. Always look how groups might be brought together on points of common interest, and how this might best tie in with the health freedom campaign. Make friends, make contacts, introduce people to each other, while you continue what you are doing now for ANH.

Does that sound like a possible way to go?

posted by Robin Good on Sunday, August 8 2004, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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