Monday, May 27, 2013

The attempt to destroy the individual

Jon Rappoport
Activist Post

“What is finished is the idea that this great country is dedicated to the freedom and flourishing of every individual in it. It’s the individual that’s finished. It’s the single, solitary human being that’s finished. It’s every single one of you out there that’s finished. Because this is no longer a nation of independent individuals. It’s a nation of some two hundred odd million transistorized, deodorized, whiter-than-white, steel-belted bodies, totally unnecessary as human beings and as replaceable as piston rods.” — Howard Beale, in Paddy Chayefsky’s 1976 film, Network

But that was only a movie. Who cares about that? You go into a theater, sit there in the dark for a couple of hours, walk out, and think about something else.

For several years now, I’ve been writing about the decline of the individual. The wipeout.

Every time I write an article on this subject, I receive suggestions. I should go back and re-read Marx. I need to understand the difference between “communal, communitarian, community, communist.” I should research worker-owned businesses. What about trans-substantial transpersonal sub-brain algorithmic psychology? How about the pygmies? Ego? Superego? Id?

I appreciate these and other remarks, but I’m talking about the individual, about Self, beyond any construct, beyond citizenship, beyond membership, beyond sociology or anthropology or archeology.

The individual is enshrined in various political documents, but his rights don’t originate there. Neither does courage nor imagination.

I’ve laid out the enormous psyop designed to submerge the individual in unconscious goo. This psyop depends on the repetition of words like: unity, love, caring, community, family. And phrases like “we’re all in this together.”

The individual is characterized as: lone, outsider, selfish, greedy, inhumane, petty. Turn him into an exile, excommunicated from the great body of humanity.

Here, in the usual prose, is a familiar formulation of the grand psyop: “We can no longer afford the luxury of thinking of ourselves as individuals. The stakes are too high. Finally, we must all come together and realize our presence on this planet is a shared experience. The decimation of our resources, through hatred and divisive behavior, the denial of love and community, the cold greed and excessive profit-making, the whole range of social and political injustices—all this can ultimately be laid at the door of the individual who refuses to join the rest of humanity…”

Is this manifesto valid? It’s a deception, BECAUSE it’s aimed at making the individual extinct.

And once that happens, the collective, managed by Globalist princes, will have a clear path to the control of Earth, at the expense of the rest of us. And the cruelties we now witness will pale in comparison to what is in store for us.
When hopes and dreams are loose in the streets, it is well for the timid to lock doors, shutter windows and lie low until the wrath has passed. For there is often a monstrous incongruity between the hopes, however noble and tender, and the action which follows them. It is as if ivied maidens and garlanded youths were to herald the four horsemen of the apocalypse…The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race, or his holy cause…Collective unity is not the result of the brotherly love of the faithful for each other. The loyalty of the true believer [who surrenders Self] is to the whole — the church, party, nation — and not to his fellow true believer. True loyalty between individuals is possible only in a loose and relatively free society. — Eric Hoffer, The True Believer, 1951
Wait. Isn’t that a bit harsh? Isn’t that too “critical and negative?” Where is the cosmic share-and-care we need to spread like butter over the whole universe? I mean, Eric Hoffer was a wonderful writer, and he was a working man, a longshoreman for his whole life, so we should admire him, but today’s prophets are wired directly into the Unity that will save us all automatically—like a toaster popping up with toast every time…right?

On some mid-west college campus, a wide-eyed kid of 19, full of hope and optimism, is studying political science. His professor is running down the catalog of stunning injustices that populate far-off regions of the planet.

The boy wants to help. His professor gives him the name of a humanitarian group that runs operations in Africa. The boy, in some sort of “personal crisis,” drops out of school and signs on with the group.

Little does he know that the charity he is now working with in Africa has ties to USAID, which in turn is a solid CIA front. The real mission of the charity, unknown to most or all of its members, is gathering information that can be used as intelligence.

Under the banner of justice, help, hope, and unity of all peoples, the charity is providing actionable intell to CIA-backed “rebel forces” who are carrying out assassinations and bombings in advance of a political coup.

The coup will pave the way for new deals with multinational scum, organized as corporations, to enter the scene and plunder natural resources and labor at more formidable levels.

Five years later, the boy leaves the charity and returns to the US. He is confused, looking for another group in which he can submerge himself. He’s hooked on groups…

The naïve have given up the ghost on their own independent existence. That is the key.

Think of some of the messages of recent pathetic presidents. Bush the Elder: “Kinder, gentler.” Clinton: “I feel your pain.” Bush 2: “No child left behind.” Obama: “We’re all in this together.”

Judging by these presidents’ murderous actions, it’s clear they were selling unity and caring and togetherness as cover stories for oppressive business as usual.

The op? Make the individual extinct, present him as a useless and dangerous and outmoded construct. Then, whatever real unity that might exist between individuals will vanish, because the population will take on the shape of a coagulated mass melted down into a cosmic glob of androidal harmony.

Artists have warned about all this. Their so-called supporters say, “Oh yes, he was a wonderful writer. Misunderstood, of course, but brave in the face of utter rejection.” The usual claptrap. Point is, these gushing advocates conveniently and easily forget what the artists actually wrote.

Here is another reminder from an Outsider who was glad to be outside. He was a hero to some. He was reviled by many.
A bureau operates on opposite principles of inventing needs to justify its existence. Bureaucracy is wrong as a cancer, a turning away from the human evolutionary direction of infinite potentials and differentiation and independent spontaneous action to the complete parasitism of a virus…Bureaus die when the structure of the state collapse. They are as helpless and unfit for independent existence as a displaced tapeworm, or a virus that has killed the host. 
After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military. 
There is simply no room left for ‘freedom from the tyranny of government’ since city dwellers depend on it for food, power, water, transportation, protection, and welfare. Your right to live where you want, with companions of your choosing, under laws to which you agree, died in the eighteenth century with Captain Mission. Only a miracle or a disaster could restore it.
The author? William S. Burroughs. But not to worry, he was crazy. Of course he was. He didn’t profess utter loyalty to the mass of humanity. He didn’t prostrate himself before “the greater good.” He didn’t preach unity and togetherness.

He was an individual. Therefore, he is obsolete. A cherished memory of a time now wiped from the mind. Now we are all dancing and marching in the psyop.

Here’s another psyop and cultural theme: the distortion of money and the free market.

The psyop goes this way: The making of $ is a religious event comparable to the arrival of Jesus or the appearance of the Great Buddha. Indeed, isn’t Christmas the season measured by consumer sales?

A life justified is a life of the bottom-line cash register, a poem to make Shakespeare turn pale with envy.

It doesn’t matter what a product is. If it sells, it must be good. It must mean something profound.

Nail polish, a new plastic toy, a little robot that sings songs—they’re Walt Whitman and Michangelo and Bach because they jumped off store shelves.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are geniuses because they and their companies amassed billions. It has to be so.

The team that put together Goofy Bird III, the summer blockbuster hit, are the Chaucers of our time. The box office proved it.

What product makes more money than any other? War. Therefore, Jesus wore a white leisure suit and played golf with generals and made deals for weapons systems.

"If a young man or woman today wants to express his true individuality and succeed with other like-minded individuals who have no fear of failure, the two businesses to go into are war and banking. My father told me that, and it’s stood me in good stead all these years. It’s the apotheosis of America…"

An artist named Paddy Chayefsky, in his film, Network, covered this waterfront pretty well:
You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multi-variate, multi-national dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rins, rubles, pounds, and shekels. It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic and sub-atomic and galactic structure of things today! And you have meddled with the primal forces of nature, and You Will Atone!
Hail to the collective, managed from the top. Ah, but as I said, Network was just a movie.

Who cares about American artists? They need monuments and grants here and there, if they’re still alive, but…taking them seriously? Who would want to do that? They’re just…INDIVIDUALS.

Who would want to keep the individual alive, especially the free, independent, and creative individual? We can learn all we need about that by listening to TED lectures!

Here is another quote from an American artist. This one is REALLY not in the politically correct mode. I mean, how dare he!:
Tomorrow you may bring about the destruction of your world. Tomorrow you may sing in Paradise above the smoking ruins of your world-cities. But tonight I would like to think of one man, a lone individual, a man without name or country, a man whom I respect because he has absolutely nothing in common with you—MYSELF. Tonight I shall meditate upon that which I am. — Henry Miller, Black Spring, 1936
And this! From the most celebrated American poet of all! Is this what he really wrote?
I CELEBRATE myself, and sing myself/And what I assume you shall assume/For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you/I loafe and invite my soul/I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass/…Creeds and schools in abeyance…I will go to the bank by the wood and become undisguised and naked…The smoke of my own breath/Echoes, ripples, buzz’d whispers, love-root, silk-thread, crotch and vine…The delight alone or in the rush of the streets, or along the fields and hill-sides/The feeling of health, the full-noon trill, the song of me rising from bed and meeting the sun.” — Walt Whitman, Song of Myself, I, II, VI & LII
A celebration of self, and self expanded out into limitless dimensions?

And this is is our real poet laureate?

Something must be wrong.

Yes, the individual, the self—these individual artists—far too messy, too uneven, too unpredictable, too complex to fit into a scheme of the future in which we’ll all be subsumed in a cosmic order.

No, the individual, the self, must be shaved and carved so we can all meld together in a simplified enlightenment.

Here, from the universally acclaimed author of Moby Dick, Herman Melville, another quote that sticks out from the great uniform mass of group-think:
There is the grand truth about Nathaniel Hawthorne. He says NO! in thunder; but the Devil himself cannot make him say yes. For all men who say yes, lie; and all men who say no,—why, they are in the happy condition of judicious, unincumbered travellers in Europe; they cross the frontiers into Eternity with nothing but a carpet-bag, — that is to say, the Ego. Whereas those yes-gentry, they travel with heaps of baggage, and, damn them! they will never get through the Custom House.
There is no doubt; these Individuals are too thorny, too different—and even different from each other. How can we build a world of unity and unified enlightenment if we let them in the door?

We must erase the memory that these people ever existed. We need to cut down space and time, leave them out, and outfit a new continuum so it will accept only the brainwashed and reduced and harmonized desires of the collective.

Yes. That’s it.

Let’s cause everyone to accept one of two things. We are either “all in this together forever,” or money is the supreme and final god of all time and space. Those are the two choices. They both flatten out the soul and prepare it for the endless gray day.

The Individual must be put into permanent exile. We can’t even say what he is. We can’t define him. We can’t hold him within borders. We can’t know what he’ll do.

Sometimes he’s up, sometimes he’s down, sometimes he’s sideways. Sometimes he embraces the whole cosmos, sometimes he’s alone in a room.

The new world can’t have him. For sake of the coming glory, he has to exit.

The Great Psyop hath spoken.

So, you see, when it comes to freedom, I’m not talking about columns and columns of people marching in one direction, most of them moving ahead together, and a few dropping out and scattering. I’m not talking about a billion androids, among whom a few thousand defect.

I’m not talking about androids or columns of marchers at all. I’m talking about Self. The individual apart from any coordinated picture, apart from any tedious idea about what a human being is.

I don’t care whether he chooses to live in a one-room apartment in New York or a commune in Georgia. I don’t care whether he votes Republican or Democrat or the Party of Golden Lucifer. I don’t care about any of those distinctions, because they all proceed from some horrendous and mutilated idea, some shrunken desiccated idea of what the Self IS in the first place.

“Well, we’re really all the same, so the choices a person has aren’t that important…”

We’re really all the same AFTER the great curtain has lowered on the individual and his psyche and his imagination and his daring. Yes, THEN we’re all the same. And then it doesn’t matter what the individual thinks or does, or whether he goes left or right or stays down the middle. THEN he begins to concoct systems and counter-systems and parochial visions he wants to impose on everyone else.

The truth is, we’re all different, astonishingly different. So different, in fact, that left to our own devices, over a long enough span of time, how each one of us would express his deepest thoughts and inventions would make the world into a completely different place.

The individual, the Self, isn’t just a little different or moderately different or quite different. The individual is a revolution all his own, a living breathing revolution.

He can become and identify with any other thing or creature in the universe—or not. He can think with seventeen brains and walk on eight legs if he wants to. He can be Self inventing more Self. He can destroy all forms and shapes of slavery—most importantly his own.

He can love and he can hate. He can experience and create emotions that have never been dreamed of. He can dance with the angels on the head of a pin or drift off past the stars.

He knows freedom is real, and he doesn’t have the slightest interest in interfering with another’s freedom.

This is what political and social movements are FOR: to establish enough freedom for the individual, any individual, so that he can then, if he wants to, become what he is, which is to say, invent his existence entirely according to his own fecund imagination. It will not be a copy of anyone else’s existence. It will not even be close.

After enough time has elapsed, it will be astonishing.

I know many people who believe they are already free and are already living life exactly the way they want to. This is preposterous. At a superficial level, yes. But beyond that, there are oceans of potential expression and invention they haven’t begun to fathom. If by “free” they mean relatively unencumbered by outside forces, but locked down tight as a drum from the inside, then yes, they are free, and good luck to them.

I’ve quoted artists in this essay because I want to impart at least some sense of how different we are from each other. This doesn’t mean we can’t bridge the gulf; of course we can. In fact, it becomes far easier when each of us is speaking with a Voice uncoupled from the “wisdom” of this joke of a society in which we currently live.

The ultimate and permanent fusion of all things is a myth and fairy tale. It’s a fairy tale bought by people who have never ventured off the reservation to discover and invent their own Voice.

If all this is true, then why do I write about the crimes of the medical cartel, the crimes of Monsanto, the corrosive destruction wrought by television? Why bother with any of this? Because I’m for authentic movements to end these crimes. The mafias of this world are out to gain as much control as possible…and finally and ultimately, this means a war against the freedom of every individual. It means writing the individual and his enormous untapped potential out of existence.

When the android-uniformity of all individuals is being sold as marvelous unity, that needs to be pointed out. When millions of people believe uniqueness = uniformity = unity, that’s more Orwellian than Orwell, and it needs to be pointed out.

Jon Rappoport is the author of two explosive collections, The Matrix Revealed and Exit From the Matrix, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at


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Dube said...

No comments? Apparently no one waded through the long piece.

Kerry said...

I am an individual and furthermore, I like who I am.

Awesome article Jon

Anonymous said...

Very eloquent piece, Mr. Rappoport. Would the logical extension of your premise be that the "war on terror" is merely an existential assault on the potential for individual action against the collective?

Lucy said...

I read thru all of JR's writings for they are some of the most honest writings and rantings I have ever read! He is one of the greatest teachers this country has at this time in history~

Anonymous said...

You wake up the sleeping part of me.Love the way you write.


Mike said...

The individual is nothing more than an illusion. An illusion that leads to people thinking they are better than everybody else, thinking that for some reason they are entitled to privileged positions in society which makes them immune to certain things that are enforced upon citizens that they deem as lesser people on the hill that shit rolls down! The individual feels special and unique. They aren't. They are just like every other human being at birth. Helpless and dependent of care, without which they would die. Just like every single one of us. Individualism is what allows racism, intolerance and any form of hate that divides us. We are all the same, not a single one of us better than the other. Look in the mirror, there is nothing special waiting anywhere in some future to boost your grandeur. The only great things in your destiny are the ones you control and do so without stepping on your brethren to attain them. For if you step upon him for selfish reason, you would then be proving your individualist bias showing you feel separate from the people in your way and that it is ok to crush those "below" you. So you may reach the glorious stars of your destiny! The people who suffered because YOU decided that YOUR destiny was more important than your fellow human beings'. Ego is a biochemical fantasy that is wholly self serving. It is also where the persona of the individual is manifested. If we understood this on a global level we would be living our lives in the way we wanted to. There would be nobody we felt obligated to other than our family and their needs. No one would act as if they owned us and felt we are required to kill and die in duty to them! Doing your own thing and promoting individualism are two different things. We have the right to do whatever it is we feel like doing as long as we allow our fellow human beings to do the same. There is no individualism in that.

Bryan Hoover said...

Mike: Jeeze. Much of your post is right out of 1984 (have you read it?) -- the supposed negative side of individualism. While some of what you wrote makes sense.

I conclude you are a mix of confusion, and cynicism. A bit of a cry away from the wise (and perhaps even, dare I say it, individual) you think you are.

Anonymous said...

Balance is the key, individuals thrive in small organizations where everyone knows and works with others. A maximum of 300 is optimum. Sharing is important too, look at archaic tribal communities, the chief and sagamore are the highest peoples yet still have about the same material wealth as all the others. In our modern world, CEO's are paid an incredible amount, most probably hush money for the murderous and evil doings going on behind the scene.

Hide Behind said...

In the US today there. is an undercurrent of fear by the established almost solely caucasian population toward those of Latino Culture.
I have found far greater individualistic traits within every Latino peoples; Those of Spanish Portugese and native Americans cultural groupings, and even between differing communities within those nations.
When I studied China I was amazed that within what US Political/Military/Financial propagandist called an economic and political mono culture that the Chinese economic structuring allowed far greater latitude among those of n entrrepenurial spirit than within US.
Not only that but outside of a national economy thre existed a worldwide mindset by those from any number of differing mini cultural groupings in that vast nation.
IT is "Being White" that is killing the individual, it has almost eliminated it from every euro centric nation and no matter if the skin color is 4 or more generations within those nations.
There is no such cultural trait as diversity by white nations, conversionby submersion is the norm.
Being white is not just color of skin note the black caucus that does nothing for the black people except to pay them to act just as they the Senators do. be Black ina white mans suit and play the white induced economic games.
We can note Ms.Cynthia Mc Kinny as an individual thinker that is largely ignored by all americans they are too white to allow her ideas to emerge.

Anonymous said...

Some of the comments, like appropriately named Hide Behind's, prove the point. The experiment in individualism is threatened with extinction. Information, whether online or off, is warfare, and more people have surrendered to various projects than resist.

Partly I blame the GOP for giving individualism a bad name. Corporatism and mafia markets have zip to do with liberation, having long been known to be some of the more serious threats to it.

Post 9-11 has been the culmination of a long campaign. Picture GWB pronouncing his job was to "keep us safe," even if he had to wrap us all individually in plastic and stack us like cordwood. No, that was never his job as leader of the free world. His job was to defend the constitution that was designed to keep us from tyranny, safely or not.

Hide, good luck with your NWO racism. It won't turn out remotely like you imagine.

Anonymous said...

"We have the right to do whatever we feel like.."
how is this not individualism? Individualism isn't "screw the world all I care about is me!" It's about protecting the rights of the individual and in this way ensuring it for others. and what goals are there in which you'd have to step on someone to get ahead? Its up to the person whether or not he steps on someone. And how would individualism lead to racism? doesn't a KKK member care more about his race and cause than himself therefore more collective minded as pointed out in the article? but then again we're all individuals and have our own beliefs and paths to follow. good luck to you bro I wish you the best.

Anonymous said...

"Homo homini lupus!"

NWO, vafanculo!

Mike said...

The purest aspect of humanity is living free. That, my friend, is doing whatever it is that brings you happiness. This would only fall into the realm of individualism when a person interferes with another's freedom. It is like the old saying, give it all away and you shall have everything. When one truly understands the essence of that saying and abandons the ego's self serving nature then they will know that when they thought selfishly they were nothing more than in a growing phase part of their life. Doing what you wish to do in life is not selfish, it is purely natural. Our egos are what perverts what we find to be pleasurable and can and does lead to acts of vileness and imposition. Having a personality and character are also part of our humanity. Individualism uses these aspects and twists them to promote the ideology that the individual is unique and special. As I said in my first comment, no one is unique or special. It is a self destructive thought process to say to oneself that they are. This is my personal opinion of course. Sometimes I find it very difficult to express this idea and other times it seems very easy. This is the duality of life, and the duality of human beings manifesting itself in the real world.

Anonymous said...

"The purest aspect of humanity is living free. That, my friend, is doing whatever it is that brings you happiness. This would only fall into the realm of individualism when a person interferes with another's freedom."

MIKE, Why do you assume one must interfere with another's personal freedom to have individual happiness? This is completely false. If people are operating from the sphere of ego, and are driven by narcissistic desires (I think many people confuse narcissism with individuality) then yes, it does impede on another's personal boundaries.

But a TRUE individual, operating from selfhood, where the ego is now subservient to the self, would never harm or impose his will on another. For a person in selfhood feels empowered from within, and has no desire or need to push others down.

The so-called "individuals" you refer to that give individualism a bad name are NOT true individuals, they are narcissistic egotists. It's very important to make that distinction.

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