New World citizen on trial

New World citizen on trial

~a short story~

by Jon Rappoport

January 11, 2014

On May 17th, 2036, in US Federal Court, David Palmer, a software engineer, appeared before Judge Rex Regis, on a charge of violating Section 249 of the Federal Workplace Code.

If found guilty, Palmer faced a sentence of six years in a US re-education facility.

Palmer was an employee of the National Trust, a corporation chartered and funded by the federal government’s Department of Citizen Employment.

In 2025, when a Congressional report was issued confirming that 67% of the American population was unemployed, the Department of Citizen Employment was established to create and mandate jobs across the nation.

Palmer was then assigned to work at the National Trust, a company tasked with improving surveillance standards in the transportation sector.

Eleven years later, an internal committee of his peers accused him of violating cooperative work rules and reported him to the FBI. Palmer was arrested at his home and placed on trial.

A portion of the trial transcript follows:

Judge Regis: Mr. Palmer, I understand you and seven colleagues were assigned a group project. Without disclosing the classified nature of this operation, describe it to me.

Palmer: Well, Your Honor, in general terms, we were to develop a sub-program to facilitate X-type of federal surveillance at Y-type transportation outlets.

Judge Regis: And you were to accomplish this as a group. The eight of you.

Palmer: Yes, sir.

Judge Regis: But you violated the federal standard of cooperation.

Palmer: I did.

Judge: And this is not the first time.

Palmer: No, sir.

Judge Regis: What happened, Mr. Palmer?

Palmer: Well, sir, one afternoon, I was walking home from work and the solution to the problem just popped into my mind. I saw the whole thing—how the sub-program we were tasked to design would work.

Judge Regis: And the next morning, you met with your seven co-workers and laid it out for them. Just like that.

Palmer: Yes, sir. That was my mistake.

Judge Regis: You overrode the mandate that this was supposed to be a group effort. You undermined the whole process. And how did your colleagues on the project feel?

Palmer: Deflated, sir. They were angry as well. They invoked the Minimization of Value complaint.

Judge Regis: In other words, you minimized their value as workers.

Palmer: Yes, sir.

Judge Regis: Which can be psychologically devastating.

Palmer: Correct.

Judge Regis: Two of your co-workers on the project are now on leave and are receiving intensive counseling in a government residential facility.

Palmer: So I understand.

Judge Regis: This case is clear-cut, Mr. Palmer. You caused injury to your colleagues. Now, I have some leeway in my sentencing options. Here is my offer. After lunch, when I render my decision, I’ll assign you to a re-education camp for one year instead of six. And I’ll rule out the most extreme treatment—electronic reprogramming. If you do something for me.

Palmer: Whatever it is, sir, I’ll do it. I don’t want the brain-repatterning.

Judge Regis: Right now, it’s just you and I in this room. But after lunch, there will be a crowd there in the gallery to hear my verdict. A few hundred government-paid bloggers, documentary film people, and other media support staff. I want them to hear you make an extended and passionate confession of your offense. I want it to be a model of self-criticism and humility. Your story will go out across the country and the world. I want the population to learn from your error.

Palmer: You have my word, Your Honor. I’ll explain in great detail how I violated the Group Standard and caused grievous psychological harm to my colleagues. I promise.

Judge Regis: Good, Mr. Palmer. We understand each other?

Palmer: Yes, sir. We do. And I’ll make a few references to recent studies that conclude group efforts far exceed individual initiative in terms of tangible results, in the workplace.

Judge Regis: That would be appropriate.

Palmer: I’ll also state that my crime was a subversion of the whole government program to grant useful employment to workers in America, since that program is based on groups and committees, without which full employment would never be achieved.

Judge Regis: In your confession, there is one more point I want you to cover.

Palmer: Yes, sir?

Judge Regis: State clearly that the “insight” you experienced, which was the solution to the problem your group had been tasked with, was an aberration that stemmed from you clinging to an outmoded idea that the individual is a vital element of society.

Palmer: Of course. I’ll say I gladly accept your verdict, because it will allow me to rid myself of this selfish delusion.

Judge Regis: You see, Mr. Palmer, it’s not solutions we seek, it’s a process by which solutions are found. And that process always refers to group collaboration and cooperative learning. This is a very, very important distinction.

Palmer: I’m not sure I understand, Your Honor.

Judge Regis: Excuse me?

Palmer: I’m trying, sir. I really am. I want to understand.

Exit From the Matrix

Judge Regis: Mr. Palmer, pay close attention. Anyone can come up with a solution to a problem. But society exists to facilitate the group-sharing that collectively gives birth to a solution. That’s the whole point.

Palmer: Whereas I keep reverting to the older discredited standard.

Judge Regis: Which is exactly why you are here before me today.

Palmer: It’s not the outcome we care about, it’s how the outcome is achieved.

Judge Regis: Correct. Are we on the same page?

Palmer: Yes, sir. If I come up with a solution to a problem, I demean the entire process. I stand outside the group. I injure others. I’m not employed by the State to prove how smart I am, I’m employed to work with others. This is what having a job means.

Judge Regis: Remember that.

Palmer: If I and other violators simply spewed out our solutions at work, we would seem to make the group unnecessary.

Judge Regis: And that must never happen.

Palmer: “We” is advanced form of “I.”

Judge Regis: Very good. Use that statement in your confession.

Palmer: I will, sir. And I’ll say it was suggested to me by my colleagues at work.

Judge Regis: Now you’re getting the idea.

Palmer: Solutions are a dime a dozen. Learning how to interact with others is the task before us.

Judge Regis: That task leads us to the next step in evolution.

Palmer: “Group, honor, and full employment.”

Judge Regis: Are you beginning to understand what that slogan means?

Palmer: Yes, sir, I am.

Jon Rappoport

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. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. 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

11 comments on “New World citizen on trial

  1. Greg O. says:

    2036, when the Hegilian Dialectic finally becomes the official mode of all public discourse. Bet it happens sooner than that.

  2. Orion says:

    The assimilation into the Borg Collective… (cliche but appropriate)

  3. OzzieThinker says:

    Jon, please forgive my shameful self-promotion but I felt my latest short story is better placed under this post.

    It is set in 2042. No dialogue and very different or perhaps not-so-different scenarios.

  4. Lee says:


    “If I and other violators simply spewed out our solutions at work, we would seem to make the group unnecessary.” ……. “And that must never happen!”

    My David and Goliath situation currently sees me as the little fish that has broken out of the net and even though I am now able to factually break down into pieces the “argument for a situation” and how its only power is because everyone is coerced into ignorant subjectivity resulting in their belief that the “situation” is designed for their own best interests, (when in fact it is cleverly designed to extort), it takes enormous dedication and patience, not to mention enormous amounts of objective data to be fed through, before people are able to at least take off the blinkers to look at the “situation” for what it truly is; let alone choose to reject it so that they can at least begin to open up to exploring multitudes of alternative “situations” that are available from outside the net of “group, honor and employment”, because at this point they cannot creatively imagine alternative transparent “situations” for themselves.

    The isolation because of this dilemma is profound Now – the “New World Citizen” is a reality Now – for it is not only the Money Funded Intellectual Goliath that menacingly looms over the individual fish, it sadly includes support for Goliath coming from family, friends and the community because of indoctrinated subjective coercion created from indoctrinated biased ignorance; but thankfully this is changing by persevering in revealing the obvious, which is creating space for the chips of rebuttal to slowly but surely dissolve into oblivion.

    Do I believe I can win my personal defense case against a corporate giant that uses the State to manifest fictional criminals in order to extort through blackmail? Personally I have to admit that I don’t concern myself with predictions by going past today because I am now familiar with not minimizing my creative space by focusing on potential tomorrows when my creative space demands my full attention today; and has proven many times that what may appear to be a given tomorrow can be “miraculously” transformed if one holds open their creative power today. What is important to me though, whether I am incarcerated or not, is that I will not renounce the truth of who I am, what I am capable of, and what I see, just so I can be accepted back into the flow of ignorance. For me denying me carries a far greater sentence!

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  6. Stacey says:

    Excellent! That gives me a better understanding of how Common Core works in the classroom.

  7. Michael says:

    Come on…this is the only possible reality we could have Jon…I mean history proves it. Look how many great empires tried and failed. Look how many petty dictatorships we have had to put down. The New World Order is the only way.

    The problem is I identify with this story way too much, and that, scares the crap out of me.
    I am not sure if I would have walked the path we walk…it gets so God dam lonely with all these iPeople around.
    In my version of the story, they drag me kicking and screaming up in front of that Judge, babbling and absolutely insane.
    It is happening so quickly, at a mind boggling rate.
    How are you enjoying this first Industrially produced winter.

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