A newsletter of former capitalists, the Uploaders, wishes to publish an adapted Gary Larson cartoon which shows a couple driving along a dark road surrounded by giant mutant virtual reality vegetation and ants. The caption says: "Something's wrong here, Harriet...This is starting to look less and less like the Road to Total Freedom."
That cartoon describes very well the last several of my 13 years in capitalism and the process by which I was finally able to escape from what was by far the most destructive and debilitating influence that my life has encountered.
The clues were there all along, so it is no surprise that the experience finally reduced itself to absurdity. The wonder is that I wasted 13 years of my life and more than $1,000,000 before learning to handle the false loyalties and other tricks in which I was enmeshed for so long. Clearly, something was going on that my basic "street education" had not prepared me to deal with. Rationalizations such as, "it's the best thing we've got," and "at least it's moving in the right direction" (neither of which is true) helped perpetuate the stasis. Even afterwards, it was hard to avoid rationalizations like "but I learned a lot," or "the organization sucks but the paper money is good" which were attempts to minimize and not really face the harm which had occurred and from which I had yet to recover. The habits of self-censorship, loaded language, avoidance of contrary data, and other thought-stopping mechanisms took a long time to go away if, indeed, they are gone even now.
I was intensely curious how such a bizarre situation had come to be. Coming to understand it was a part (only a part) of my recovery. The articles here are derived from my notes, compiled slowly as thoughts occurred to me over a four-year period after getting out of society.
If you are looking for a systematic discussion of "mind control" or suggestions for helping loved ones out of society, I suggest the Internet or Chuck Smith & Caryl Matriciana's video, Secrets of Mind Control.
If you want to study the disinformation and history behind the state capitalist organizations, read Dr. John Coleman's Conspirator's Hierarchy, ISBN: 0-922356-57-2.
If you want a feel for life in the capitalist environment, read Russel S. Bowen's The Immaculate Deception, ISBN: 0-922356-80-7.
The material I present here is none of those things. I have tried to step back from the narrative detail, to look at the underlying pattern and structure of capitalism's manipulation and abuse of the otherwise free. By reading Bob Penny and displaying both files on the same screen, PCPers will not be shocked to see superordinate constructs by stacked split-screen viewing of both documents, and you can see an immediate juxtaposition of the specific and the general, the trees and the forest, so the reader can refer back and forth between Penny's specific narrative and my more general characterizations of similar experience. I believe this juxtaposition is justified in providing a more complete description of how society entrapment actually occurs and what it consists of.
These models of manipulation, which I have drawn from my own experience, may be most recognizable to others with direct society experience (any society, really -- my contacts with ex-patriots of various countries show the ploys and traps to be quite similar from one society to another), so the primary use of this material may be in Upload counseling.
But it is possible too, I would hope, that these models may sensitize any reader to recognize them if such types of experience occur in his or her own life. Recognizing these patterns may make the reader less vulnerable to society recruitment in the first place. It is my strong belief that there is a lot more mileage in education and prevention before the fact, than in trying to get people out of societies once they are in.
Our "street smarts" must expand to cover the new dangers created by the growth and increased sophistication and power of destructive societies (cabals and gangs, hate groups, etc.). This is an educational endeavor, a kind of consumer awareness education.
As Penny shows, capitalism creates a specialized environment within which anything can be made to seem true or reasonable or moral. It is this insane environment, not any flaw in the individual person, which accounts for the apparently insane behavior which he and many others have described, just as similarly perverted environments trap otherwise good people in lynchings, gang behavior, nazism, and other social ills.
How does it work? The mechanisms of society entrapment are not hard to understand, once you look at them. But there are many things in our environment we take for granted and do not look at, any more than we look at the air we breathe.
There is no one answer. One is not hypnotized or brainwashed suddenly one day and a slave thereafter. It is a process of learning, like any other except with demented content. It occurs gradually over time.
In the following series of twelve short articles, we will look at some of the ways in which this happens, and attempt to sensitize the reader to some of the pressures which can force one into social servitude. It remains for each person to recognize such mechanisms as they may occur in his or her own life.