by Jon Rappoport

May 26, 2012


“I am what is mine. Personality is the original private property.” — Norman O Brown


“Man does not have the right to develop his own mind…” — Dr. Jose Delgado


School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.” — Ivan Illich


“The cooking vessel of the soul takes in everything, everything can become soul; and by taking into its imagination any and all events, psychic space grows.” — James Hillman


First, a mention of my new collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED. It’s my firm belief that the material in it will stand you in good stead, will provide you with insights you won’t find anywhere else. The collection is the result of ten years of original research.


Okay. The biggest intelligence operation inside The Matrix is the development of: A CULTURE OF THE INTELLIGENTSIA. THE EDUCATED CLASS.


Why? Because once indoctrinated, once given privilege, the intelligentsia, in institutions of learning, in government, in think-tanks, in media, will defend to the death the civilization they represent. The intelligentsia will do this on their own, without prodding, without meetings, without explicit agendas. They will also become attack dogs who go after “outsiders” who poke gaping holes in the substance of The Prevailing Culture.


And what is that Culture? On one level, it is the promotion of endless conflicts among opposing forces, exactly as portrayed so shallowly and expertly, by television network news. “Tonight in Syria…” “Today in Washington…” “The president met today with leaders from…”


On a deeper level, the Culture is an enhanced psychological preference for groups over individuals, for the collective mass over the individually unique.


The Culture carries many definitions of limits on what the individual can achieve. This is purposeful. The intelligentsia play an important role in this operation, by floating images and suggestions about the “restricted nature” of the individual, about his problems, his “dangerous tendencies,” his inability to see the larger picture.


In the West, the intelligentsia have been at work since the time of Plato. If you examine the “highlights” of philosophy since Plato’s ascension (as they are taught), you will see emphasized the works of men who, in one way or another, preached on behalf of collective solutions. This held until John Locke and a few others broke the mold.


Several minutes after the signing of the US Constitution, frantic repair efforts were underway to bring the population back to the notion that collectivism was the prime reality.


We are now at a point where one “respected news commentator,” looking down his nose, arrogantly and offhandedly dismissing the idea of individual power, can deliver more negative effect than the totality of trauma-based mind control achieved by the CIA in its early MKULTRA phase.


This is the strength of Culture and its intelligentsia.


And nowhere is that strength exerted to greater effect than in propaganda that individual Will Power is a myth. A hundred years ago, the Will was seen as the motor that drives achievement. There was no need to talk about commitment or decision-making or “underlying negative beliefs” or “existential doubt” or “meeting needs” or “prior conditioning.” The Cult of Victimhood had not yet formed. Disability had not yet taken precedence over Ability. We had not yet experienced the onslaught of cultural analysis that made a case for a Hitler (or a Lee Oswald) as the illustration of what happens when “the individual is left to his own devices,” outside the pale of “social restraints.”


However, with the intelligentsia’s gradual acceptance, first, of Freudian analysis and, then, various branches of psychology, and finally, the proliferation of “mental disorders,” the cultural landscape underwent a radical change.


Problems, neuroses, maladjustment, compensatory behavior, “acting out,” “denial,” “chemical imbalances”—these became the flags waved by the educated classes.


Those who didn’t go along with the tide were exiled beyond the walls of the establishment.


It finally became clear that all this manipulation was aimed at building a new version of Collectivism.


The citizen and the private person are looked at as feral dogs who need to be brought into the fold and tranquilized.


The intelligentsia are the buffer and the agent between elite controllers and the masses. They are the Kissingers and Brzezinskis and far lesser lights who “interpret meaning” for our time.


The intelligentsia urge a generalized support for more Science. More research. As if that were an automatic magic wand waved over the future. Never mind what parades for climate science, for pharmaceutical drug science, for genetically modified food science. Never mind the devastating effects of these researches, or the fact that the resultant technologies are funneled directly into giant corporations that roam the Earth and criminally gobble up more land, resources, and people.


The intelligentsia are dimly aware that those individuals who can deploy great imagination and great creative power are jokers in the deck, trump cards, rule-breakers, whose very existence can initiate the destruction of outmoded institutions and outmoded ways of perceiving reality itself.


Individuals of this nature make the Matrix look like Swiss cheese. Suddenly, all bets are off. The rock of common consensus and perception starts to disintegrate and there is no predicting what might take its place. Old certainties dissolve.


There is no “cure” for the tiger of imagination.


What happens if many people, looking at an individual of such power, wake up to the fact that their own self-image is a foolish and diminished cartoon?


Brilliant philosopher and social critic Ivan Illich once wrote, “School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need society as it is.” Education, the offspring of the intelligentsia, is there to define what normal society and a normal life are. Education is there to induce the conviction that every sane person will live his life within the parameters of normal society—and if some people slip through that net, their schooling will have ill-prepared them to discover how life can be lived beyond those boundaries.


In the Matrix, you pick your life role from a canned list, and you walk out on stage and act the part.


A real school would explore, uncover, and explain the Matrix in the deepest way possible, so that students would have an opportunity to liberate themselves from a mechanical future.


James Hillman, a profound critic of traditional psychology, wrote: “The cooking vessel of the soul takes in everything, everything can become soul; and by taking into its imagination any and all events, psychic space grows.”


This is a vision of realities beyond Matrix, beyond consensus, beyond materialistic philosophy. Even though the individual has buried his own creative power, he can recover it. He can alchemically transform the raw material of experience and use it to create new spaces, times, energies, futures. This is imagination at work. This is power. This is magic come home to where it belongs.


For the past ten years, I’ve been writing about imagination, and doing seminars about imagination. Some people get it and some people don’t. Some people get it but don’t go on to live through and by imagination. Some people fall back into “life as consensus reality.” So be it. Some people think I’m writing about my imagination, not theirs. I fully understand this isn’t an easy subject. But rest assured, I’m not writing about my imagination, I’m writing about yours. About every individual’s. And what you do with that is up to you.


In my audio seminars, I offer exercises and techniques you can use to liberate, access, and employ your imagination and your power in your life.


It’s all based on a platform of individual freedom. That’s the launching pad.


No one ever got very far by only thinking they SHOULD live through imagination. They also have to WANT TO.


I call this the great adventure. It marks a great shift from Matrix to individual power.


Individual power means, among other things, that you, making your own way, inventing your own path—actually DOING IT—become responsible for your own actions. Because you want to be responsible for them.


Jon Rappoport

The author of an explosive new collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, 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.