RTE Roundtable Talk #9: Propaganda and Mass Formation
Featuring Jessica Rose, PhD and Mattias Desmet in Absentia
"The best books, he perceived, are those that tell you what you know already." -George Orwell
I could have led with a Mattias Desmet quote, but I don't think he'll mind. Desmet's The Psychology of Totalitarianism was one of those books for me.
While we planned on speaking with Desmet about his book and theory of mass formation, a scheduling conflict got in the way, and we are working to reschedule the discussion.
Thankfully, Jessica Rose was with us, and as always, she makes for a great conversation partner with respect to complex human topics. We covered the basics of Desmet's book, plus several angles and threads with respect to totalitarianism. I saved questions that I have specific for Desmet in case we get the chance to do this again, soon.
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I appreciate Mathew's, Jessica's and Liam's insight to "be aware of what we think we know and how we came by that knowledge.
When I/we find ourselves not open to others sincere critiques of our world views or position on issues, we should pause within and consider are we part of our own mass formation. Everything we think we know should be subject for review. If I/we are locked up and block dissenting voices out, then perhaps we have become blind to reality.
I would like to suggest a book to read by William Irwin Thompson. Actually it is collection of presentations to the Lindisfarne Association. The title is "Gaia 2 - Emergence - The New Science of Becoming, © 1991. It is The Road Not Taken. If there is a mass formation that I am caught up in then this book represents it. However the book really examines and presents alternatives to the "mass formation" of the 60s, 70s and 80s that was undertaken in genetic engineering, computer technology, artificial intelligence and more including va*cines. One example of the current mass formation regarding agriculture was the pronouncement by Nixon's Ag Secretary Earl Butz "Get Big or Get Out" issued to the small farmer as the USDA change course and backed big AG. The shadow casts to the present moment.
Rockefeller Foundation Funds Continued Propaganda
Wilhelm Reich - The Mass Psychology of Fascism