The artist against the system

The artist against the system down through time

By Jon Rappoport

December 24, 2012

Whatever his medium, the artist stands outside the group and group’s slogans.

If the group is living in Tuesday, he is living in Friday.

He sees invention everywhere, even in the faces that float by on the street. He sees their theatrical roles and the messages that are written on their lips before they speak.

He sees the preposterous crises that are concocted to lead to revelations that never come. Populations walk through one gate after another, deeper into an internal slavery that knows no limit.

The artist sees one genuine emotion after another parlayed into flashes of cheap sentiment.

In midst of all this, the artist doesn’t surrender. Nor does he only observe. Nor does he only point out the lies.


He always has.

The artist opposes the most popular trends of the moment.

The trend now, under various guises, is the Collective.

We need to realize that the Collective, no matter how it is defined or shaped or covertly hidden, is seeking to marginalize the person who imagines and creates new realities.

The artist is able to spot the Collective. He opposes it.

This opposition can’t be settled and resolved with some absurd “rainbow philosophy” that pretends to include everybody. It can’t be dismissed or merged in a melting lump of happy-happy cosmic cheese.

Those pseudo-philosophers who speak about consciousness as if it were one all-embracing ocean, within which we are merely tiny and ineffectual drops of water, have already developed a convenient amnesia about the artist.

Down through time, in the face of every spiritual system devised by the priest-class, the artist has said no. Instead, he has built his own worlds. He has lived the life of imagination, immune to the latest and greatest “New Age.”

He has asserted his power.

This is the natural mantle worn by the person who invents, imagines, improvises, creates: power.

Power that is apart from the group.

The artist not only sees, with great clarity, the mindless brain-dead gatherings of Collectives; he not only sees how they are built; he not only sees how they import “the highest ideals” to flesh out their slave-programs and objectives; he not only rejects all this; he creates something entirely different.

He invents worlds of his own. Many worlds.

The artist proliferates. He doesn’t reduce.

The artist isn’t looking for the “one thing” that will unite us all under a banner of harmony. He knows all such harmonies wear out and are eventually co-opted to produce mass hypnosis.

The artist rebels. In rebelling, he reveals the uniqueness of the individual. He doesn’t pay lip service to this uniqueness. He demonstrates it.

The artist destroys the Matrix, over and over.

Whether in art, science, philosophy, healing, or any other field of human endeavor, the person who lives by and through imagination creates new realities. As the artist, he challenges the status quo on every level.

This isn’t a superficial undertaking. It isn’t an attempt to “do something pretty and nice.” It isn’t part of “being a good citizen.”

The Collective is a fungus that seeks to swallow up people and nations. It enlists the highest-flying ideals as a cover. It sweeps away resistance with what seems like the most honorable of intentions.

Humanity on this planet has been undergoing a transformation into one ten-billion-member cult. You can find its leaders just by listening to their voices and their sentiments. They all come from the same manual.

This is really war by other means.

The Matrix Revealed

In the dying days of the engorged Roman Empire, which had squandered its capital through wars of conquest, it was decided that these other means were necessary. And so the Roman Church was invented. It would employ all the idealisms of past ages.

It would actually produce an unprecedented version of mind control as the weapon of conquest.

And today, we have “the Global outlook.” This is the silky cover for drawing in populations to a perverse dream of unity for all.

We will harmonize the world.”

This is exactly the kind of program the artist has always rejected.

The artist says: there are an infinity of worlds, and they can exist side by side; artists create them.

When that message is lost, we lose what we are and enter into amnesia.


There are some people who hear the word CREATE and wake up, as if a new flashing music has begun.

This lone word makes them see something majestic and untamed and astonishing.

They feel the sound of a Niagara approaching.

They suddenly know why they are alive.

The creative life is about diving in. It’s about a kind of transformation that shreds programming and gets down to the energy of the Fire.

Most people don’t want to travel to that grand arena because they have been trained like pets by some sector of this society to be good girls and boys.

The creative life isn’t about little changes done in little penguin steps. It’s about putting your arms and your mind around Deep, Big, and Wide Desire. It’s about making that Desire come to life.

99% of the world has been trained like rats to adore systems. Give them a system and they’re ready to cuddle up and take it all in. If they have questions, or if they want to argue, it’s about how to tweak the system to make it a little better. And with every move they make, they put another blanket over the Fire Within.

They sleepwalk through life and say yes to everything.

Maybe you once saw something truly free that didn’t care about consequences, and it blew you into tomorrow and turned on your soul’s electricity for an hour.

Maybe you’re sick and tired of bowing and scraping before a pedestal of nonsense.

CREATE is a word that should be oceanic. It should shake and blow apart the pillars of the smug boredom of the soul.

CREATE is about what the individual does when he is on fire and doesn’t care about concealing it. It’s about what the individual invents when he has thrown off the false front that is slowly strangling him.

CREATE is about the end of mindless postponement. It’s about what happens when you burn up the pretty and petty little obsessions. It’s about emerging from the empty suit and empty machine of society that goes around and around and sucks away the vital bloodstream.

People want a certain level of defined comfort, and they want to BELONG TO SOMETHING.

I want to belong. It’s my reason for being. It’s my hole card. Therefore, I’ll sit on my imagination, so it won’t take me out beyond this thing I want to attach myself to.”

The propaganda machines of society relentlessly turn out images and messages that ultimately say: YOU MUST BELONG TO THE GROUP.

Day after day after day, year after year, the media celebrate heroes. They inevitably interview these people to drag out of them the same old familiar stories. Have you EVER, even once, seen a hero who told an interviewer in no uncertain terms: “I got to where I am by denying the power of the group, by denying the propaganda that says we all have to BELONG.”

Have you ever heard that kind of uncompromising statement?

I didn’t think so.

Why not?

Because it’s not part of the BELONGING PROGRAM, the program that society runs on to stay away from the transforming power of IMAGINATION.

Jon Rappoport

The author of an explosive 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. You can sign up for his free emails at

17 comments on “The artist against the system

  1. rollsthepaul says:

    An artist told me recently that all humans are creative but it is only artists that are original. Do you agree?

  2. waldbaer says:

    Dear John,
    thank you for debunking these modern Wizards Of Oz, aka politicians.

    “Magic is the only honest profession. A magician promises to deceive you, and he does.”
    I thought you might like this video:

    Merry Xmas and a happy satanarchäolügenialkohöllischen wunschpunsch* for the new year (or better not )

    All regards from germany, taunus (many trees here, few else, just to imagine)
    waldbaer ;o)

    *Michael Ende ISBN-13: 978-3522179485

  3. It feels so good to know that my desire to be my imaginative self is my gift to the world. Throwing out my tv satellite 12 years ago sure did help to reclaim my artist. I will create my own news daily in my life. The kind of news that inspires me to be more of who I really am. Thanks Jon for another reminder.

  4. hammer says:

    wow! don’t hold back. beautiful! reminds me of reading william blake or being in the groove myself. great gift.

  5. Sam Sewell says:

    Having just read your “artist” piece I was vividly reminded of Abraham Maslow’s “Traits of a Self-Actualized Person”. Maslow is quoted in APPENDIX One of this research paper:

  6. joanie says:

    About your writing Jon, it has me thinking, applying and evaluating my life. And I must say, I cherish thinking, because without it, I would be a robot.

    Although working for a large corporation in exercising creativity…as an employee, one must pay attention and figure out if their job, partaking in the “ploy” of the company, benefits humanity or contributes to depopulation. I would label some creations as dangerous.

    I feel empty when I’m not creating. The joy could be found in crafting a meal from scratch or walking into the workshop and pondering as eyes scan the shelves of wood, what shall I make today for… Although with creativity one immediately reaps what they sow (related to soul/sol/sun/energy), what is the point in creating if it is not shared. This sharing is how one can “belong” without joining a group. The craft of belonging with creativity is as easy as sharing a pie.

    There are numerous ways to belong without joining anything, besides the fact, when most pay “dues” they wait to be served – “I paid my dues” LOL
    I feel a part of the greater whole, society, when smiling, aiding, doing something for someone that didn’t ask. If my neighborhood had an association, I’d not join, yet I am a part of the neighborhood – not by living in my house on the block, no, that doesn’t cut it. I clean up the street as needed, say hi to my neighbors and come winter, clear snow from 5 driveways, for free, because I can – the creative part, where to put the snow all the while not damaging surrounding obstacles and one must not forget those smiles I created just by moving snow from point A to B.

    HaPpy New Year ~!

  7. Reblogged this on More Cheap Photography Tricks and commented:
    Great read, I’m glad I found it, I am the Artist Peace Out.

  8. Food for the artist to create a new world

  9. hybridrogue1 says:

    On this theme:

    ART AND ARTIST by Otto Rank…important book, the inspiration for Beckers DENIAL OF DEATH.

    I thank my grandfather for recognizing me as an artist at around five years old, and encouraging that in me as long as he was here on Earth.

    Art is not a ‘business’ it is a way of life.

    This article is a real beauty Jon, thank you.

    Willy Whitten

  10. earthheal says:

    Hi Jon

    I’d like to repost this great piece of writing in full on my site (, with your permission, please….. ?

    Edna Spennato


    email Jon:

  11. hybridrogue1 says:

    I think it in the nature of politics; the process itself – one that sees to “Organization,” that produces “Leaders” – those ‘active men’ who by their activities gain POWER.

    And we know the corrosive nature of political power, we have seen these cycles turn throughout the centuries if we have paid attention to the lessons of history.

    It is the organization of “government” itself that is the mistake. It is in the individual giving his power away to any collective idea that is the mistake.
    Any collective activity must be viewed as exceedingly temporary, for the “consensus” achieved to put it into motion is certainly temporary. And many will be to the point of thinking, “this is not what I was counting on…” before any long term idea is fulfilled.

    I will repeat that I think “government” is a juvenile concept, one that the human race needs to find the maturity to grow out of.


  12. infinitecontactee says:

    Jon, being an artist is one of the reasons I love reading your blogs. It’s time everyone was connecting with his or her own Inner Creator – that’s where it all begins. Everyone is in some respect and artist, a creator – whether through art, performing art, or any field requiring the infusion of something new. Time we all woke up to that idea and embrace our greatest strength: imagination. Einstein had a lot to say about that, and maybe it’s time to hear it. Thanks.

  13. James With says:

    Reblogged this on jameswith and commented:

    Jon Rappoport Bio

    Jon Rappoport has worked as a free-lance investigative reporter for over 30 years.

    He has written articles on politics, health, media, culture and art for LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, Village Voice, Nexus, CBS Healthwatch, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe.

    In 1982, the LA Weekly submitted his name for a Pulitzer prize, for his interview with the president of El Salvador University, where the military had taken over the campus.

    Jon has hosted, produced, and written radio programs and segments in Los Angeles and Las Vegas (KPFK, KLAV). He has appeared as a guest on over 200 radio and television programs, including ABC’s Nightline, Tony Brown’s Journal (PBS), and Hard Copy.

    In 1994, Jon ran for a seat in the US Congress from the 29th district in Los Angeles. After six months of campaigning, on a very small budget, he garnered 20 percent of the vote running against an incumbent who had occupied his seat for 20 years.

    In 1996, Jon started The Great Boycott, against eight corporate chemical giants: Monsanto, Dow, Du Pont, Bayer, Hoechst, Rhone-Poulenc, Imperial Chemical Industries, and Ciba-Geigy. The Boycott continues to operate today.

    Jon has lectured extensively all over the US on the question: Who runs the world and what can we do about it?

    For the last ten years, Jon has operated largely away from the mainstream because, as he puts it, “My research was not friendly to the conventional media.”

    Over the last 30 years, Jon’s independent research has encompassed such areas as: deep politics, conspiracies, alternative health, the potential of the human imagination, mind control, the medical cartel, symbology, and solutions to the takeover of the planet by hidden elites.

    A painter, Jon’s work has been shown in galleries in Los Angeles and New York. His poetry has been published by The Massachusetts Review.

    He is a graduate of Amherst College (BA, Philosophy), and lives with his wife, Dr. Laura Thompson, in San Diego.

  14. […] “The artist proliferates. He doesn’t reduce. The artist isn’t looking for the “one thing” that will unite us all under a banner of harmony. He knows all such harmonies wear out and are eventually co-opted to produce mass hypnosis.” ~The artist against the system down through time […]

  15. Michael says:

    “Every young man’s heart, is a graveyard in which are inscribed the names of a thousand dead artists, but whose only actual denizens are a few mighty, often antagonistic, ghosts.” -Malraux

    Bravo Jon, well said… are not alone.
    I say your reason to be here is to imagine and create your own….if that is not happening, then I am afraid you are already dead….you just haven’t step into your grave.

  16. […] as poetry and art is. Booth seems to suggest that being too artistic is a problem, but I think that Jon Rappoport has brilliantly shown that art, imagination and autonomy are all inextricably […]

  17. Pedro says:

    A curious mixture of things. The thing is, it’s not either/or. Either/or is the problem; it’s reductive, oversimplified. It is not either individualism or collectivism. Can we define “individual”? What is that exactly? Someone who doesn’t exist in the world, who has invented his or her own language from scratch? Take away the world, and the people in it, and the “individual” ceases to exist. The danger is in the extremes — extreme individualism and extreme collectivism. Collaborating is something far different than the generalized term “collectivism,” which are distinctions I have not heard Jon Rappoport speak of (though I haven’t seen or heard all of his stuff). People are generally far more creative when collaborating, cooperating. If we collaborate or cooperate, does that mean we go must necessarily then fall into the pit of a collectivist zombie crowd? Of course not. There can be good individualism (MLK, Rosa Parks, Chomsky, Zinn, etc) and bad individualism (Ayn Rand, Hitler, etc), as well as good collectivism (cooperation, etc) and bad collectivism (armies marching off to war). It all comes down to the tone, the vibration, of everything. Capitalism encourages a very intense form of individualism (atomize people and you can get them to buy more than they need, and control them more easily), yet an individual who acts with a good energy (for good principles, to help others, to make his or her life better, etc) is a great thing. And that individual acting together with other individuals who have the same good energy — that is the best of all. We are individuals (despite how difficult it is to define what that means, we feel it) and that is important, and we are social creatures, as well. We are not one or the other, we are both. And probably a lot more. We are not either/or, we are both/and. An artist who simple rebels to rebel probably isn’t a very good artist; but an artist who rebels for the right reasons, for good principles, for compassionate and loving motives… now there’s something worth creating. It’s not just create to create, it’s envisioning and creating what is truly worthwhile for both the individual and the common good.

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