The rebel artist vs. the android
~a short story~
by Jon Rappoport
March 21, 2014
On January 12, 2061, President Winston Smith made a quick campaign stop in the Northeast corridor to address the Coexistence Group in Gates Town.
The Coexistence Group was a remnant of the old coalition formed between Monsanto and organic farmers in the state formerly known as New Hampshire.
The President, dressed in a silk rainbow robe, donated to him by the Cosmic Guilders of Carpentry at the Foot of the Most Pleasant Rockefeller Estate, lit a candle at the Memorial of the Drifting Gene, to commemorate the inevitable triumph of genetically modified agriculture in America.
He then gave a short speech, during which he pointed out that all food products in America were now labeled GMO because of the Gene Drift, and although such labeling was redundant, it was “ritualistically correct,” because it signified the right of the consumer to know what he/she was eating.
A supper followed at the Inn of the Bill Melinda. The meal consisted of ceremonial gluten-free organic genetically modified soy-peanut burgers and GM whey cola.
During the supper, a local artist stood up from his seat, toasted the President, and suddenly asked, “What phase of brain programming do you now enjoy, Mr. President?”
A hundred Secret Service agents deployed in the room and at other locations in the Inn immediately drew their weapons. But the President waved them off with a smile.
“It’s all right,” President Smith said. “This citizen has every right to address his Commander-in-Chief.”
The President then offered these off-the cuff remarks:
“Actually, sir, there is no ‘I’ anymore or ‘you.’ There is only ‘we’ because the programming is common to us all, if we volunteer for it. And 67 percent of us do. We are all connected to the same Google/Kurzweil/NSA Plasma Cloud Formation. That, as you probably know, is the artificial superbrain.
“We receive input from it every second of every day. In other words, we are all obtaining correct answers, the same answers, to problems we face.
“Phase Four, which improves connectivity and reception, and takes in expanded subjects of interest and vital concern, is the current application. I, which is to say, we, participate in Phase Four.
“In Four, stress levels are reduced to a nine, on a scale from one to a hundred, where one is the lowest possible stress-count.
“We no longer need to take vacations, except for pilgrimages to sites where monuments celebrate our Nature Is All and Technology Is All and All Is One Everything religious faith.
“And you, sir,” the President continued. “Are you with a Program Phase?”
The artist burst out laughing.
“No, Mr. President. I’m a holdout.”
“Ah,” the President said, “an outlier. We perceive you’re an artist, your name is Diego Jose Siqueiros. Yes, the information is coming through. You formerly lived in the small city of Ashland in the Northwest corridor, and you received a number of commissions to build structures there.
“After twelve years, you designed and erected so many unique buildings, the city fathers feared that, if left to your own devices, you would ‘take over’ Ashland. In the interest of fairness and sharing, they ceased funding your work. You drifted down to the Los Angeles Complex, where you created a website called Versus the Moron. Eventually, you settled here in the Northeast.”
“That’s right, sir,” the artist said. “A question. Do you remember a time when you weren’t connected to the superbrain in any way?”
The President nodded. “We used to remember such a time, but no longer. Those memories became unproductive. Now we are here with the Program. We operate in it and with it.”
“So you don’t miss being free?” the artist asked.
“Oh, we are free, Mr. Siqueiros. We are free to obtain the right answers through the Program. Having correct data and valid conclusions is quite liberating. The sense of struggle is gone. Struggle is an ancient appendage which technocratic evolution makes extinct.”
“Sir,” the artist said, “I would enjoy debating that point. The superbrain claims to have right answers, but why should I believe it? But I’d rather talk about imagination and the creative life. The invention of unprecedented and unpredictable realities.”
“Oh,” the President said. “Another fancy from the past. We’ve discovered that all art and in fact all so-called unique creations of the ‘I’ are delusions. The superbrain can ‘create’ anything. It merely arranges and rearranges data in various configurations. It produces closed systems. For example, it can design a thousand buildings in less than a second.”
The artist frowned.
“No,” he said. “The superbrain spits out random shapes on command. That’s machine-life.”
“Machine-life?” the President said. “I’m receiving mild warnings now. That phrase is an RRT.”
“Meaning what?” the artist said.
“It’s a playful sub-sub category in the Program. RRT stands for rebellious rat tail. It indicates we are in the presence of a stubborn defective ‘I’ who is scorning the Group.”
“Mr. President,” the artist said. “Were you born of a human mother and father, or are you an artifact of the superbrain?”
The Secret Service agents in the room took a step forward.
The President’s face turned red. He rose from his chair.
“How dare you say that to me!” he shouted.
“Why? Because I’m blowing your cover?”
The artist then enunciated a long series of sounds. The declaration came out, as one attendee later put it, like a “gray river.”
Apparently, it was a code-trigger that had been hacked from the Program. And the code ran.
A loud hum filled the room.
A few seconds later, the President collapsed back into his seat. He flopped around like a doll and then went still. His eyes stared at nothing.
“As I expected,” the artist said. “He’s a four-D printout from the superbrain. An agent.”
A voice came from somewhere inside the President.
“Allen Dulles thirteen A seven branched MKULTRA…”
Then a gentle man who manufactured a product called Organic Monsanto Cherry Vanilla With Roundup Cookies said:
“It’s all right, everybody. There’ll be another President along in a few minutes. I’m sure of it. He’ll appear. We’re all in this together. We’re in coexistence mode. Don’t worry. The superbrain says we’re all One. Unity. The Tao. Yin and Yang. Night and Day. Harmony.”
And the room burst into wild applause.
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 www.nomorefakenews.com