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“Controlled Insanity” – What an Amazing Goal


040519_911_commission_hmed8a-grid-6x2Christopher Brodeur disrupts Mayor Rudolph Giuliani testimony before the Sept. 11 Commission when security remove a woman (L).

Editor’s note: Following from yesterday’s comments about people being in denial, I am re-running Mary’s April 28, 2015 article:

By Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Although I have read Orwell’s 1984 a few times, I’ve only just noticed that he actually uses the term “controlled insanity” to tell us that the men in charge really do want us to be insane. It’s their goal. They engineer it. Wow.

Orwell died in 1950. I wonder if he foresaw that when society is deprived of its sanity, this will backfire on the elite.

Here are but 25 things that strike me as insane:

  1. We are changing life forms, à la God.
  2. We use depleted uranium, despite irreversible harm.
  3. We allow fraudulent vote-counting at election time.
  4. We reduce the English language to make it ‘simpler.’
  5. We are trashing the values of privacy and autonomy.
  6. We merge businesses into monopolies, at a global level.
  7. We’ve invented new diseases that can hurt everyone.
  8. We teach soldiers and prison guards how to torture.
  9. We let courts and bureaucracies break up families.
  10. We let population numbers increase unchecked.
  11. We teach males not to be strong protectors of society.
  12. We no longer try to care for everyone’s dignity.
  13. We create weapons that are unbelievably expensive.
  14. We practice transmigrasei to undo established cultures.
  15. We teach young people that their elders are stupid.
  16. We frighten everyone with the new police state.
  17. We are reducing the age of puberty for children.
  18. We adore everything big and new and technological.
  19. We’ve agreed that sex should no longer be intimate.
  20. We encourage distrust, instead of cultivating trust.
  21. We let our political ‘representatives’ sell us out.
  22. We make finance impossible for farmers so they quit.
  23. We genetically modify crops – with no discussion.
  24. We send mothers of infants to be soldiers in battle.
  25. We fail to publish science that contradicts the bosses.

How Did We Get Stupidized?

Of the 25 stupid things listed above, most or all could be turned around immediately. Yet people seem stuck. How is it that smart, good-hearted individuals feel unable even to debate these issues?

Allow me to proffer three explanations for our stupidization. The first has to do with the trait known as doublethink. The second has to with electronic mind control. The third is ‘Tavistockian’ repetition of stories, as is used by media.

Doublethink. The quote below, from 1984, lays out the fact that humans can always do doublethink if they have to. It is a naturally occurring trait. I would tie it to the more general biological capacity of self-deception. Even in the animal kingdom it helps an individual trying to fool another, if he believes the deceit himself.

It has fascinated me for the last decade or so to see how judges and law professors, who are very well positioned to understand law, have sort of gone into a doublethink trance. In the US, for instance, very few legal scholars today point up instances in which governmental decisions upset the separation of powers, which is the bedrock of the Constitution. I know they know this! They used to prattle about it all the time.

Orwell persuades me that their silence does indicate a blockage in their brain and that this blockage did not come from drugs (though it could, I suppose) or from a conscious fear of losing one’s job, but from ordinary doublethink.

‘Mind Control’ As Regards 9-11

I have also been fascinated by the public’s reluctance to investigate the mechanics of the attacks of 9-11. Why on earth wouldn’t the average Mom and Pop want to inquire into such interesting things as “How did 19 Arab hijackers board each of the four putative planes sans boarding passes?” or “Why would a US vice-president refuse to give sworn testimony to the 9-11 commission?” Believe me, Moms and Pops do refuse to ponder these things. I have tried gently to introduce the topic and watched them go into a perfectly smooth retreat to other subjects.

Here is Orwell’s quote on doublethink in which he introduces the concept of “controlled insanity.”

(Taken from 1984, abridged):

“The prevailing mental condition is controlled insanity.

In a Party member not even the smallest deviation of opinion can be tolerated. And if it is necessary to rearrange one’s memories or to tamper with written records, then it is necessary to forget that one has done so. The trick of doing this can be learned like any other mental technique.

The Party intellectual knows in which direction his memories must be altered; he therefore knows that he is playing tricks with reality; but by the exercise of doublethink he also satisfies himself that reality is not violated. The process has to be conscious, or it would not be carried out with sufficient precision, but it also has to be unconscious, or it would bring with it a feeling of falsity and hence of guilt.

[T]he essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty. By using the word doublethink one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on, indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.”

[Emphasis added]

Electronic Mind Control, e.g., from Satellites

Now to something more esoteric. As noted in my article about Melbourne citizen John Finch, thousands of people around the world report that they receive painful hits from electro-magnetic weapons. (They believe it comes from satellites, but the hits could just as well be coming from earth-based devices.)


Nick Begich, Jr is the son of a US Congressman who was on a plane that disappeared in 1972. As Nick lives in Alaska, it’s not surprising that he keeps an eye on the High Frequency Active Aural Research Program. The relevant patent (go to see uspto.gov for all patents) shows HAARP is a heater of the ionosphere! The US proudly announced in 1958 that it had made nuclear explosions way up there — out of scientific curiosity!  The US military now says it will “own the weather” by 2025. HAARP can make earthquakes (Alaska is not the only source; there may be a HAARP thingie in Oz).

Please listen to Nick Begich speak, on Youtube, about mind control. He shows how easily HAARP can send out an electromagnetic pulse that slightly alters human brain waves, en masse. This can put people into a susceptible mood, and then they will believe whatever they are told to believe. Another type of pulse can make everyone anxious, the precondition for obedience. Begich now says that it is easy to mess up the mind merely by altering the frequencies in the flickering of the TV screen.

Fluoride, v2k, etc

It is also widely claimed that the use of fluoride in the water, supposedly to help kids’ teeth, is really meant to tranquilize the population. I tend to believe this, using the following reasoning (which I call ‘boomerang reasoning’): Doctors who try to get their critical studies of fluorine published hit a brick wall. My cancer research (2013) taught me that censorship of scientists mainly occurs when they are onto something.

As to V2K, meaning Voice-to-skull communications, the website of the Federation of American Scientists quotes a military definition. V2K is “a neuro-electromagnetic device which uses microwave transmission of sound into the skull of persons or animals by way of pulse-modulated microwave radiation” It mentions that V2K is used as “an electronic scarecrow to frighten birds in the vicinity of airports.” Messages thus trigger a motor response which is involuntary.

I won’t endeavor to list other advanced mind control techniques. It should simply go without saying that powerful people will try to ‘disarm’ the individual of his most useful weapon: his brain.

Mind Control Is a Natural Part of Power Relations

Mind control is perfectly ordinary. I engage in it all the time by trying to persuade readers to my point of view. Of course one can try to deceive one’s readers. Indeed there is the opportunity, if you have access to mass audience, to accomplish vast changes in thinking. As early as 1928, Edward Bernays – “the father of public relations” – wrote the following in his 1928 book, Propaganda:

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. … In the sphere of politics or business, in social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.   [87 years ago!] (Emphasis added)

A Great Insight into Media’s Control of ‘the Story’

It is well understood that there are ways to make an idea go deep into a person’s brain. Four such ways are: 1. Tell it to persons when they are very young. 2. Have an authority figure deliver it. 3. Associate the theme with a powerful emotion. 4 Repeat it often.

William Pepper is a lawyer who left no stone unturned in trying to find out who killed Martin Luther King. He proved in court, in the civil action King v Loyd Jowers, that the assassination was not done by James Earl Ray. Only one local reporter attended the court sessions. (Can you imagine!) Years on, the media are still routinely saying Ray did it. I call this JOURNALISTIC RECIDIVISM.


In his 2003 book, An Act of State, Pepper credits William Schapp, an expert on the government’s use of the media for disinformation and propaganda, with teaching him one simple trick: that it pays to repeat your story:

“The neurological impact upon human cognizance, and reasoned decision-making [is great] when the same story is told over and over again. That impact makes the story a knee-jerk part of the people who are exposed to it. Even if they are convinced on one occasion by powerful evidence to the contrary, the next day will usually find them reverting back to their long-held beliefs.”

That may sound outrageous but it’s actually good news. Children can easily be taught that we have this teeny-weeny brain deficit and can overcome it! At the very least one can repeat a competing phrase or idea the same number of times!

Similarly we can make a big dent in the doublethink problem, just by exposing it. As with our other evolved traits, the trick is to work with them. They are not going to go away but neither do they have to be our absolute undoing.

— Mary W Maxwell is the author of Consider the Lilies: A Review of 18 Cures for Cancer and Their Legal Status (Trine Day, 2013)


Photo credit: Mike Segar  /  Reuters


  1. Well thanks for the re-run, Dee, and for inserting a new photo. Of course you realize the photo contradicts my out-of-date essay.


    Makes me think of this bit from Boswell’s Johnson:

    (On being reminded that it is impossible to refute Bishop Berkeley‘s proof of the non-existence of matter) Johnson, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it, answered, ―I refute it THUS.

  2. Yes — I love this picture.

    Obviously the woman spoke out and is being escorted out by security.
    The guy stands and points his finger — calling out this action.

    But watch the guy — front right in a green shirt and glasses and looking back. He represents the masses. I can imagine what he is thinking “we better not disrupt the meeting — even if I agree with pointing finger man”. He has his arms folded.

    A classic picture representing society today. The masses listen to the leaders, and rarely speak out. Those who do are escorted away.

    We need more “pointing fingers” people that stand up to the BS authority nonsense.

  3. I love that last line.

    One simple thing that anyone can do is to refuse to take any form of gossip on board.When someone tries to steer a conversation towards anything that’s of no consequence to them or you its best not to engage. Unsubstantiated claims of any sort should also be given the cold shoulder; getting into an argument just adds fuel to the fire. “Insane” means “unclean” . Gutterspeak & distraction both fit the bill

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