Newsflash to psychiatry: a human being is not a thing

Newsflash to psychiatry: a human being is not a thing

by Jon Rappoport

January 31, 2013

The ability to separate components of a machine, to increase the efficiency and power of each component, to link up all the elements in smoother ways; this is one of the hallmarks of the technological society.

And when the current machine is superseded by a new one, the process of improving efficiency starts all over again.

But a human being is not a machine, because consciousness is not a machine.

The rise of what has been called industrial psychology, or scientific management, tries to overcome that “flaw.” This is described well in Scott Noble’s film, Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century (posted at YouTube).

For example, the modern factory assembly line, in which workers did multiple tasks and functioned as skilled artisans, was overthrown in favor of a system in which each worker performed the same severely restricted, specialized task over and over again. A machine making machines.

And not just in America. In Russia, in the early stages of the revolution, worker-owned companies were on the rise. But that development was too conscious, too participatory. Lenin imposed his top-down version of human machines making machines, all in the service of constructing a super-state.

In the same way, the rise of psychology and psychiatry reflect the impulse to treat the mind as a machine. The expanding concoction of so-called mental disorders are arbitrary attempts at categorizing human thought, desire, and behavior as diseases.

Have you ever tried to solve an arbitrarily cooked-up problem for millions of people? Of course not. Who in his right mind would? Yet this is exactly what the “mental sciences” have accepted as their mission.

Consciousness is not public business. Its dimensions and capabilities are there for every person to explore on his own terms. This is called freedom.

Psychiatry has sought to redefine consciousness solely in terms of brain function. This materialist obsession is also an attempt to gain control of the mind.

In the wake of Sandy Hook, we are seeing the escalation of a social and political bargain: the sacrifice of freedom in return for more invasive “mental health,” which would purportedly reduce the number of mass murders.

Of course, this is a false promise. There is no psychiatric prospect for reducing killings (especially since some of their medicines induce extreme violence.) There is only more diagnosis of mental disorders, followed by drugging with toxic and dangerous chemicals.

This is all based on an unspoken bias against freedom and consciousness, in favor of “evening out” the emotional range and experience of humans. Psychiatrist Peter Breggin rightly characterizes this as drug-induced emotional flatness and anesthesia.

Worse yet, this layer of flatness can disintegrate, leaving the patient in a synthetically created, out-of-control emotional state.

But psychiatry’s political allies, all too happy to delegate violent-crime prevention to mental-health professionals, are viewing society as a numbers game. For them, averaging out human emotions into an acceptable and harmless range is a preferred overall solution. It’s a system of control.

Therefore, this really isn’t about violent-crime prevention at all. It’s about rendering humans into a state where they react like predictable Things under chemical restraint.

No doubt we’ll soon see a new generation of devices for stimulating brain centers, aimed at inducing pleasure and satisfaction. And the covert agenda will be to render consciousness a servant to the status quo.

The people who own governments and countries look upon this model as a reasonable method for producing “the normal human” who accepts things as they are.

Let’s face it, wherever human beings feel the possibility of liberation, they begin to devise their own communities and workplaces. They innovate. Forms and structures are created so that each person can benefit from the whole.

But top-down, this is viewed as a dangerous development. Leaders, in the camp of monopolists, do everything they can to squelch such movements. Which means they reduce the human being and consciousness to a cipher within a system, thus defeating their nemesis: decentralization.

It has been so since the beginning of time. Somewhere in a cave, prehistoric men and women, striving to survive in a hostile environment, began to think about new social relationships in their extended families—and a few leaders, watching this unwelcome development, decided they had to invent the first false flags (creation of non-existent enemies), in order to declare DEFCON 1 and centralize their control over the group.

From its earliest experiments, forged by Palov, Wundt, and other like-minded researchers, psychology has sought to prove that the conditioned-reflex (machine) model of human behavior was a true reflection of life on planet Earth.

They were given entrance into the club of controllers for precisely that reason: humans as machines was a perfect pseudoscience to build on.

Once you strip away the sophisticated complexities of modern psychiatry, you see the same proposition: the human brain, through chemical intervention, can be modified to produce “better behavior.”

Progressing from the sheer madness of researchers like Jose Delgado and Ewen Cameron, who believed no human had an inherent right to his own personality, but should be altered to fit the social needs of the State, psychiatry, hand-in-hand with Pharma, has developed kinder, gentler language to describe its mission:

Healing disease; ending suffering; bringing greater happiness.

This decades-long propaganda blitz has benefited psychiatry enormously. Smoothly fitting into programs of its government backers, promoted as the “official word” by major media, the profession has gained a primacy exceeding its most optimistic projections.

In America and many other countries, there now exists Official Mental Science. That most people don’t even notice this fact speaks to the overwhelming success of psychiatry.

Think about that. In what kind of political State do you need an official science of the mind? There is only one explanation for it. The State is a dictatorship.

In a free society, government would never dream of taking sides with one explanation of the human mind. It wouldn’t dare enable that explanation through its law-enforcement officers, court system, and publicly funded psych wards and research grants.

In the US, we have the federal NIMH, the National Institute of Mental Health, a sub-branch of the National Institutes of Health. It operates on an annual budget of $1.5 billion. Wikipedia names NIMH “the largest research organization in the world specializing in mental illness.”

In this obvious puff piece written for NIMH, Wikipedia goes on to state: “For the institution to continue fulfilling this vital public health mission it must further innovative thinking…in the evolving science of brain, behavior, and experience. In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses…NIMH is particularly known for studies of genetics, neuroscience, and clinical trials of psychiatric medication.”

Official mental science. Backed and enforced by the US government.

The Matrix Revealed

In previous articles, I’ve demonstrated that, for all 297 officially certified mental disorders, there are NO physical tests to confirm a diagnosis. None. And on that non-basis, millions of doses of toxic and dangerous drugs are prescribed to Americans every year.

So much for science. But for control? Ah, that’s quite a different story. The power to invade and interfere with people’s lives is on the upswing.

Government simply says, “We care about you,” and for most people, this is apparently enough to satisfy them that psychiatry is a good thing, an objective thing, a thing worthy of being official and enforced and funded.

In 1906, Ivan Pavlov, the celebrated innovator in what is now called “classical conditioning,” wrote: “Mankind will possess incalculable advantages and extraordinary control over human behavior, when the scientific investigator will be able to subject his fellow men to the same external analysis he would employ for any natural object…”

Nearly half a century later, one of the most celebrated psychologists of the 20th century, BF Skinner, offered this pithy assessment of humans: “The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do.”

Skinner’s answer to that question was no; instead, humans were driven entirely by a set of their past behaviors that were reinforced positively by others.

In both Pavlov’s and Skinner’s universe, free will was out of the question. It was only a matter of deciding how to condition people.

Modern psychiatry, 40 years ago, formed an overt alliance with pharmaceutical companies, to sell chemically-imposed conditioning as treatment for disease. At least the early behaviorists wore their agenda on their sleeves. These days, it’s all subterfuge and deception.

When all is said and done, brain researchers of the 21st century steadfastly believe that human thought, feeling, desire, and consciousness can be reduced to predetermined signals and chemicals and electronics taking place inside the skull. Therefore, for them, creating changes in those signals is entirely legitimate and ethical: they are merely making over the Unfree Human Thing into a Better Unfree Thing.

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

10 comments on “Newsflash to psychiatry: a human being is not a thing

  1. hammerbag says:

    one of professor lee ross’s students said to me at stanford: the goal of psychology is to predict and control behaviour.

    yes, at stanford it was.

    i will write about stanford soon.

    i know those scary guys better than they think I do 🙂

    caroline c.

  2. Spire says:

    in order to avoid the trickery of the questions — doesn’t matter what your answer is since there is a contingency response to any contingency; open your mouth, you will probably be busted —
    Why not claim the 5th Amendment? And never answer these freaks. Just do the 5th, or is that gone, too? And fuck the idea that a shrink’s office automatically nullifies that option.

  3. joanie says:


    To clarify, we’re not our bodies nor our brains. The body (hardware) is a vehicle providing the means for consciousness, pure energy. We’re innate, infinity energy, but our bodies we surely are not…

    Think of your favorite machine – it does not operation without a power source, be it a hand crank, battery, current received from a wall outlet or the sun. Solar = soul, the part separate from the body that is energy. How many times people admit to not “really” writing a book or being responsible for words stated or artwork in some form (where did that come from I don’t know, I’ve no “training”) – they were describing energy passing through, consciously expressed in physical form and utilizing their body.

    This is why human beings (not all) supersede machines, because we are the compassionate souls within the body. And, that is why the feeling less controllers desire people of the same, “empty shells” to be controlled. Persons unaware of this reality of consciousness are easily hijacked, manipulated in every which way, performing just like machines. The majority are more than just asleep, they’re lacking clarity in understanding within their body is the power, energy aka consciousness, and could be operating, expressing in a free manner, rather than “handled”. Though one must awaken to that detail on their own just like people have to grow into learning how to drive a car. The awakening process – after the desire (who am I) comes a responsibility…

    Though we souls must humbly accept we’re only co-creators because no “matter” how hard we try, we’re lacking the ability in providing true originality – we can only duplicate from what already exists, provided by the source. “If you can imagine it, you can create it” – true to the extend we’re only duplicators because you can’t get something from nothing…

    And finally, what the controllers can’t comprehend, the source is more powerful than they and in the end they’re still losers.

    Thank you for the opportunity…

  4. hybridrogue1 says:

    Yes..Social Engineering. Put it in a google search and you will see how it is misframed for the general viewing audience. It does not speak to it as you and I do Jon, it has an entirely bogus definition having to do with some incomprehensible topic…

    They even attempt to put the term itself down the memory hole.

    Did you ever read Art and Artist by Otto Rank? It was the inspiration for Ernest Becker’s THE FEAR OF DEATH. Both are worth reading.
    Rank was “exiled” for opposing his master Freud and dismissing his Oedipus Complex bullshit. He ended up in the US where he actually helped people through dialog – philosophy, rather than listening to a “patient” in silence and writing notes. He engaged them in their ideas. And extraordinary man.


  5. Greg says:

    “Club of Controllers” I like that.

    Money is NOT the root of all evil, the LUST FOR CONTROL is. Money is simply a means to that end. Thanks largely to the efforts of Sigmund Freud and his little weasel of a nephew, Edward Bernays, the so called “societal elite” have done what no army could ever do– make people beg for their own subjugation.

  6. Spire says:

    update to above entry, which is neutralized by something i just found out. there’s such a thing called “anti-authority disorder.” pleading the 5th doesn’t have a chance.

  7. MachtNichts says:

    It seems like that all those so-called experts, scientists, brain researchers are already working under Pavlovian conditions themselves. I give you money, you give me required results. Sure they would like to impose their findings on to the rest of us. The greed of small pharma and co. knows no bounds.

    Ernest Holmes said in “The Science of Mind” – A Philosophy, a Faith, a Way of Life – (not to be confused with todays mental sciences):

    “The next great bridge that psychology must cross is a recognition that what is called your subjective mind and my subjective mind is merely the place where Universal Subjectivity, the Creative Medium itself, reacts to our personal use of it.” (1938)

    Let ‘them’ try, they won’t prevail!

  8. babylovet says:

    Are these behaviorists so dense they are unable to see the inherent contradiction of their position? If everything is controlled (by the Machine God?), then so are they, and therefore their propositions have no independent validity whatsoever.

    The Mysterium Tremedum, which must deeply disturb their sleep, is that freedom is real, human creation is real, and that it takes a lot of consistent and cruel effort to rob humans of this inherent gift.

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