Collective consciousness: con job for the ages

Collective consciousness: the con job for the ages

by Jon Rappoport

October 25, 2017

“In the middle of all the brain-research going on, from one end of the planet to the other, there is the assumption that the individual doesn’t really exist. He’s a fiction. There is only the motion of particles in the brain. Therefore, nothing is inviolate, nothing is protected. Make the brain do A, make it do B; it doesn’t matter. What matters is harmonizing these tiny particles, in order to build a collective consensus, in order to force a science of behavior.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

Individual power. Your power.

It stands as the essence of what the founding documents of the American Republic are all about, once you scratch below the surface a millimeter or so.

Therefore, it stands to reason that colleges and universities would be teaching courses in INDIVIDUAL POWER.

As soon as I write that, though, we all fall down laughing, because we understand the absurdity of such a proposition. Can you imagine Harvard endowing a chair in Individual Power?

Students would tear down the building in which such courses were taught. They’ve been carefully instructed that the individual is the greatest living threat to the planet.

If you can’t see that as mind control, visit your local optometrist and get a prescription for glasses.

So we have this astonishing situation: the very basis of freedom has no reflection in the educational system.

You can say “individual” within certain limited contexts. You can say “power,” if you’re talking about nuclear plants, or if you’re accusing someone of a crime, but if you put “individual” and “power” together and attribute a positive quality to the combination, you’re way, way outside the consensus. You’re crazy. You’re committing some kind of treason.

In order to spot the deepest versions of educational brainwashing, YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOME STANDARD AGAINST WHICH YOU CAN COMPARE WHAT IS COMING DOWN THE PIPELINE INTO THE MINDS OF STUDENTS.

If you lack that standard, you miss most of the action.

If you lack that standard, you have already been worked over by the system.

And in this case, the standard is INDIVIDUAL POWER.

Clean it off, hose off the dirt, polish it, look at it, think about it, remember it.

Then you’ll see some Grade-A prime mind control. Everywhere. Because schools either don’t mention it, or they discredit it.

Back in the days when I was writing on assignment for newspapers and magazines, I pitched a story about individual power to an editor. I wanted to trace its history as an idea over the past ten years.

He looked at me for a few seconds. He looked at me as if I’d just dropped some cow flop on his desk. He knew I wasn’t kidding and I had something I could write and turn in to him, but that made it worse. He began to squirm in his chair.

He laughed nervously.

Then he stopped laughing.

He said, “This isn’t what we do.”

For him, I was suddenly radioactive.

I had a similar experience with a high-school history teacher in California. We were having lunch in a cafe in Santa Monica, and I said, “You should teach a course in individual power. The positive aspects. No group stuff. Just the individual.”

He frowned a deep intellectual frown, as if I’d just opened my jacket and exposed a few sticks of dynamite strapped to my chest. As if he was thinking about which agency of the government to report me to.

Now, for the schizoid part. The movies. Television. Video games. Comics. Graphic novels. They are filled to the brim, they are overflowing with individual heroes who have considerable power. These entertainment businesses bank billions of dollars, because people want to immerse themselves in that universe where the individual is supreme. They want it badly.

But when it comes to “real” life, power stops at the front door and no one answers the bell.

Suddenly, the hero, the person with power, is anathema. He’s left holding the bag. So he adjusts. He waits. He wonders. He settles for less, far less. He stifles his hopes. He shrinks. He forgets. He develops “problems” and tries to solve them within an impossibly narrow context. He redefines success and victory down to meet limited expectations. He strives for the normal and the average. For his efforts, he receives tidbits, like a dog looking up at his master.

If that isn’t mind control, nothing is.

Once we enter a world where the individual no longer has credibility, a world where “greatest good for the greatest number” is the overriding principle, and where that principle is defined by the elite few, the term “mind control” will have a positive connotation. It will be accepted as the obvious strategy for achieving “peace in our time.”

At a job interview, a candidate will say, “Yes, I received my PhD in Mind Control at Yale, and then I did three years of post-doc work in Cooperative Learning Studies at MIT. My PhD thesis? It was titled, ‘Coordination Strategies in the Classroom for Eliminating the Concept of the Individual.’”

From Wikipedia, “Cooperative Learning”: “Students must work in groups to complete tasks collectively toward academic goals. Unlike individual learning, which can be competitive in nature, students learning cooperatively can capitalize on one another’s resources and skills…Furthermore, the teacher’s role changes from giving information to facilitating students’ learning. Everyone succeeds when the group succeeds.”

That is a towering assemblage of bullshit.

“Everyone succeeds when the group succeeds.” You could use that quote on the back cover of Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World. Everyone does not succeed—because the individual never finds out what he can do on his own. That avenue is cut off. He only knows what he can achieve in combination with others. He only knows what he can understand when he borrows from others.

He only knows the group and the team and the participation and the praise. He only knows the organizing of his life within a synthetically produced context.

He is taught that this is good and necessary.

So, one day, if a bolt comes out of the blue and he recognizes he is himself, what will he use to grasp that revelation and build on it?

I see no end of writing about this, because civilization has been turned upside down by treacherous people who have been fabricating a tradition that will sink the ship.

This is why I write for the individual.

The free, independent, powerful, creative individual—more than a symbol, more than an ideal.

A reality.

(Part 2: “Moving deeper into the universal con job”)


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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE 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 NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

26 comments on “Collective consciousness: con job for the ages

  1. will iam says:

    Long live the individual!
    Long live the individual!!
    WE can make that play as well!!!

  2. don wleklinski says:

    …….more than a comic book

  3. Dana Doran says:

    Universities are a towering assemblage of bullshit. I have personal knowledge, having graduated at the age of 61 just three years ago. Each course requires group work. Most do not participate, or with limited effort. Those that are going for a grade (me) do the work and the rest hang on….getting the same grade that only you worked for. Everyone gets a trophy, only a very few work for it….or know more than the key words: inclusion, diversity, white privilege, diaspora….. If group work was not a requirement most students would spend 8 years in college, or never graduate.

  4. Bob Clem says:

    Sometimes i think the human mind was designed to be easily manipulated, genetic slavery? Some have suggested that we were created as a slave race for the gods.
    We crave rules and regulation and obey them without question and we break our most sacred commandments if our leaders suggest that we do so and we have fallowed some of the most heinous leaders and systems of government and religion.
    If collective consciousness were meant to be, its better left to evolution not to the mob mentality that has left our history stained with the blood of individuals who would not conform to the collective.

  5. brusplace says:

    Be NORMAL AT ALL COSTS. ” The impossible NOOORRRMMM da, what me worry?

  6. kenshohomestead says:

    Oh how true it is! Between being a student and teacher I was at it for 40 years before the collectivist brainwashing tipped the scales and I could take it no more. It is very easy to see why some of the most diligent students eventually realize group work is never in their favor. How do they react to this realization? The only 2 options open to them: stop doing the work or become a tool of the system.

    • Sovereign Ag says:

      But this also is a great opportunity and challenge for those of us brighter, to guide the group and encourage them to participate and show them the reward of diligence self discipline and their own, individual gifts and talents to create something greater than themselves. It can be done, you just have to have great compassion, inner strength and understanding for their peasant upbringing and the ignorant care givers they had.

      I never believe in only this or that. A person of power always knows there is a c or d or e or f ……option, that anything is possible. We are only limited by our own beliefs if we dwell in the mind, which is finite, instead of our heart and soul, which is a part of All That Is, the place of all possibility. We all have a choice which world to be in.

      The time of the lowest common denominator never lasts, it always implodes and self destructs, for it is against Nature, Self and God.

    • truth1 says:

      A lot of wisdom in your post, Kensho.

  7. IMNAHA says:

    Coming soon to your neighborhood: “Total Spectrum Dominance” and “The Singularity” just preview this in your local cinema which features magical predictive programming. What will YOU do when you have to choose between joining the club or financial oblivion? If you are a high level whistleblower, you already face this choice. Gotcha by the cajones…

  8. JB says:

    Jon, that prescription would have to be for the third eye, and boy, if a person could do that they’d be right up there with Soros in wealth. Kind of a non-sequitur…

  9. Stankenfreiner says:

    “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!”

    Samuel Adams

    • truth1 says:

      Well, you know, we traded one tyrant for another in the Revolutionary war. They always make war sound good. But nothing good ever come from war. We end up as we have always been. Nothing changes no matter how much blood you spill. I refuse to spill any blood.

  10. truth1 says:

    You know, the funny thing is, that one can learn a lot just on their own, once they realize that they don’t need to be led. they can search on their own. Most want someone to hold their hand and make it easy for them. To me, knowledge is obtained by assuming and searching for everything. One does need a strong curiosity, that comes natural to babies until parents and schools kill it. The subconscious with do you anything you ask it too. Al you have to do is really want an answer to something and the sub-conscious goes to work. But if its just a mild passing curiosity, the Sub-conscious might not bother. And if you are scared of something, the sub-conscious will hide anything that might scare you. It takes its cues from the conscious mind. Use it well.

  11. truth1 says:

    If you want to sabotage something, just form a committee to work on it. It will come to a grading halt.

  12. Fritzelsnick says:

    Think for yourself, question authority, think for yourself, question authority.
    Throughout human history as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are or where we’re going in this ocean of chaos has been the authorities the political, the religious, the educational authorities who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rule, regulations. Informing forming in our minds their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn to how put yourself in a state of
    vulnerable open mindedness chaotic confused vulnerability to inform yourself. Think for yourself question authority, think for yourself question authority.

    Timothy Leary

  13. justanthropology says:

    These last two articles are the most chilling. Although, tomorrow’s articles will elicit the same response.

  14. From Quebec says:

    “The individual has always had to struggle
    to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.
    To be your own man is hard business.
    If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened.
    But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” (Rudyard Kipling)

  15. craig r says:

    I’ve been reading your post for some time, Jon, and this is one of the best!!!

  16. D3F1ANT says:

    I don’t always agree with you, but this one is spot on…

  17. Afshin Nejat says:

    The individual is the first and foremost column supporting society as a whole, indeed the pre-eminent power supporting the whole world, and the 5th column is his arch enemy.

    • truth1 says:

      Like you Afshin N. I have deep respect for the individual and his importance in our species. But really, unless all in the species appreciate their responsibility to the whole, as well as themselves and their own families. The individual is helpless in the face of being far out numbered, unless perhaps there was a God who was over all that species and overcome the many against the one or few. If not God, then I am afraid the individual’s days are numbered.

      As far as individual’s growth and progress, growth and progress can really only be made by individuals for if a mentor were to come along, he could not a person unless that person was willing and open to helping themselves and giving consideration to what a mentor might suggest.

  18. Chiclette says:

    I agree and appreciate that Ayn Rand foresaw this sentiment back in the 40s and 50s to write great novels covering this exact subject.

  19. prof605 says:

    Please go to part 2 of this post (link at foot of jons post) at a guess only 1 out of 6 readers have done this based on 18 likes for this post, 3 likes for part 2?

    Completely agree, we learned better as infants, compared to the learning hampered by peer prssure & a skewed education system geared to making us compliant cogs for industry & top down government. You can bet the blue chip schools ain’t teaching common core!

  20. Tim says:

    “Can you imagine Harvard endowing a chair in Individual Power?” Unfortunately, yes I can, if it be tagged with additional qualifiers having to do with identity politics.

    And, while collective consciousness does not seem to exist (I believe), collective delusions seem to exist, in a big way. Collective delusions? vaccination, global warming, etc. Collective but not universal.

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