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Unlocking the Political Mind: with a patriot's manual for saving our constitutional republic from itself

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Unlocking the Political Mind: with a patriot's manual for saving our constitutional republic from itself

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275 pagine
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Pubblicato:
Jun 12, 2020
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9781640968530
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Can psychology’s fundamental ideas be organized into a scientific study? That’s a question only readers of this book can answer. It will supply sufficient evidence for pondering the issues and wondering what will come next from this author’s quest to make sense of the whys and hows of unnecessary, mental, and emotional suffering.

This first volume in a series gets the ball rolling, as it were, by uncovering and carefully examining political minds driven to control minds willing to be controlled and minds that will exploit every sinister strategy hoping to build an impossibly perfect world on the backs of struggling, helpless masses. When the human mind makes a mockery of good people who wish to build societies upon humanity’s best traits, as America’s founders have done, only psychology is prepared for the challenge.

This volume’s introduction into a scientific psychology not only opens the door to public examination of undiscovered realities in psychology’s therapy, diagnosis, management, and prevention, it permits us, the people of America, to more carefully examine the worlds of education, the criminal justice system, and parenting, for example, and guide them in their efforts to make sense of who we are as individuals struggling on our social environment.

This series doesn’t have all the answers; nonetheless, it may be a significant first step toward eventually awakening all people to their unlimited psychological potential and the dangers inherent in losing it to misunderstanding or external manipulation.
Pubblicato:
Jun 12, 2020
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9781640968530
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Chapter 1

A Question of Significance

It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.

—Edmund Burke

You may not be thinking about politics. Make no mistake: politics is thinking about you. How it is thinking about you, and how you in turn should be thinking about politics, may hold the key to finally understanding the underlying dynamics that make up the political world we humans have created, and are destined to live in.

Theoretically, politics is supposed to answer collective needs to organize people into orderly societies so everyone benefits. But how politics organizes people is often captive to personal idiosyncrasies that may benefit the politician more than the people.

Taking a step deeper into political theory, and stripping down politics to its basic elements, we find that politics is a potential powerhouse of control by the few over the many. It is this reality that should concern us. However, it may not if we see politics as merely something other people do, or ignore the fact that politics forms the very social environment within which we humans struggle to survive. In other words, politics is directly tied to raw, human self-preservation.

But who sees it this way? However, when we do, we realize that politics cannot be held solely in the hands of other people. It must be held in our hands for we are the ones lessened in value and harmed when politics turns against us.

But what does politics turning against us really mean? What does it look like?

What can we do about it?

We can do little if we the people do not become active, informed participants. In other words, we can’t leave politics to politicians.

Politics can do wonderful things in the name of everything good, but can do terrible things—also in the name of everything good.

When politics rises to create a better life for its people, or sinks to exploit the very people it swears to help, looking to political theory, politicians, or political explanations is a dead end. If we want answers that make sense, and answers we the people of America can work with, we have to examine realities of the human mind like, for example, the impulse to control other people.

Politics is more than an ideal scenario for controlling people; it is the only scenario for the overcontrolling mind whereby one can grab the four perks of political control: unlimited power, unlimited riches, influence, and the chance to be adored by an admiring public—and hold them for a lifetime. Where else can you get that? Having one or more of these perks, e.g., if you are wealthy, is no guarantee that you will have all four—for as long as you live.

Then there is this: The human need to control people can be a very serious psychological problem. Not only is it overlooked by mental health professionals and the public, its pathological side is underrated, if not ignored. We can’t look to politics for explaining this. We need a hand’s-on, practical, no-nonsense study of the political mind that clears out academic clutter to give we the people of America a solid foundation of understanding that will make significant differences in how we see politicians and the politics they create.

There’s a caveat: If we focus on the mind of the politician, politics has to make room for a study of the mind: psychology.

That may strike you as good or bad, depending on how you view either one. But including them together? That may take a bit of getting used to. Nonetheless, if we want clear answers to what is actually happening to American politics today, like it or not, we’ll have to examine politics via the political mind with a psychology. That’s where this book comes in.

Let me explain.

America, as a constitutional or representative republic, is collapsing under the weight of a political juggernaut relentless in its quest to control you and me and transform the values America once stood for. Sadly, too many Americans are unaware, or don’t care. Even if they are aware, they may not appreciate the serious nature of this threat assuming that its machinations are just reflections of politics as usual that Americans will correct with the next election.

Political improvements of any kind, of course, will help, but they can’t stop this threat from pulling America into chaos. The deepest subterranean forces driving today’s political conflicts are not political; they are psychological (in the mind). Personalities of politicians, and the people who support them, play far more significant roles in America’s destiny than the bad laws, capricious judicial decisions, or harmful regulations political personalities create. If we Americans care enough to save our republic from itself, we’ll have to rethink our political world in a new context of psychological realities to clearly understand how and why today’s America is collapsing.

This raises an interesting question: Does today’s psychology have the wherewithal to expose bad politics, and the personalities driving it? It does not; therefore, we need a psychology that does—precisely what this book is offering.

To co-opt a popular political slogan, I believe this is our best shot to truly make America great again and keep it great for generations. What do we have to lose? Politics is failing us because it is ignoring the very political personalities that are making sure America will transform itself into something it never was.

The forked tongue of politics (saying one thing while intending something else) is this threat’s political weapon of choice. However, there is more that should concern us. We have to fully understand how this threat’s supercharged propaganda machine, organized around its own invented, illegitimate psychology, carefully shapes, and then controls, how we think until all Americans will, someday, be too helpless to resist.

I’m speaking here of the early signs of political tyranny. Unfortunately, such signs are easily overlooked, especially if the tyranny sets the stage, as it were, by penetrating the public mind to sensitize it to tyrannical lies and false promises while rendering it insensitive to fact and common sense.

Today, signs of tyranny are all around us. There is the politician who is driven to do anything by any means necessary to scratch his way to the top of the political heap.

We hear promises that are, on their face, ridiculous. Facts are twisted into sophisticated lies that make sense only to the apathetic or incurious mind. We find people speaking in emotional tirades rejecting reason, and reacting defensively to anyone who disagrees. Comedians have abandoned humor to become political shock and entertainment shills. Political or economic programs to solve problems only create more problems (e.g., welfare or government health care). Resources are taken from vital institutions (e.g., the military) so unnecessary, but politically favored institutions can proliferate. More people are dependent on government. Then there is the most destructive sign of tyranny: government targeting its most needy and disadvantaged citizens for exploitation.

Suffering people are psychologically at risk for believing any political lie that empathizes with their suffering. They will ignore what they are told to ignore, believe what they are told to believe, and vote as they are told to vote—if government perks keep coming. Yet with so many signs of political trickery swirling about us, some Americans are convinced that this threat is the only possible answer to America’s personal, economic, social, and political problems.

On the other hand, none of this should surprise us. History tells us that the tyrant’s goal is never to improve the people’s quality of life; it is always to improve the tyrant’s quality of life and lives of his closest, obedient, followers.

Societies that have collapsed (e.g., Ancient Athens or Rome) decayed over time from within without its citizens realizing what was actually happening. Historians cite many causes, politics being one. Is America next?

This is not an idle question. Our thinking patterns are under siege. Many Americans no longer sense America as exceptional. Even well-intentioned Americans are surrendering their liberties and freedoms so a powerful few can enjoy their personal liberties and freedoms in protected opulence.

We see this political phenomenon festering in today’s Cuba, Venezuela, China, North Korea, Russia, most Middle Eastern countries, countries run by warlords of various configurations of political tyranny, and it is spreading in some European countries.

The tyrannical mind has an advantage over us: compulsive drives to control anyone who can be controlled. This has nothing to do with politics unless this psychological drive is operating within politics—which it so often is because controlling people with political power is the most intoxicating form of pathological control. Since politics is the ideal, and most sought after social institution for luring the overcontrolling personality, there is no question that a psychology has a role to play in politics.

Looking to a psychology for answers within our political world is a new wrinkle in how we think of politics. Nonetheless, failing to understand the psychological dynamics of political personalities driving political decisions is precisely what has brought America to where it is today. With this in mind, one of the goals of this book is to empower patriotic Americans by enlightening them with a new, hand’s-on psychology to better understand themselves so they, in turn, can better understand the founding principles that motivated the first Americans who freed their country from England’s tyrannical rule.

However, unlike England’s openly tyrannical methods during the eighteenth century, today’s political threat is working quietly under public radar. Stirring masses of clueless followers to despise America is Phase I in its quest to dominate America. That phase is, for the most part, complete. The goal of Phase II is to keep Americans confused and bewildered by creating division and discord, moral decay, cultural rot, and unresolved, political conflicts; that’s where we are today. Phase III is on the near political horizon, i.e., when this threat shows itself for what it is, and we’re helpless to resist.

Public disinterest is fertile ground for a tyranny to spring up and eventually blanket America with its political venom. At first it may present as just another political movement with the best of intentions. When cracks in noble causes begin to appear, we dismiss them as political errors, changing times, pains of progress, effects of normal, cultural shifts, or blame it on the other political party. Maybe we feel it’s none of our concern; personal priorities come first. Then there are political scandals and conflicts that leave us confused. Let’s not forget fellow citizens overwhelmed with child care, personal, or financial issues that demand all of their attention. No wonder most of us live our lives as if politics is on autopilot, i.e., our interest is not required.

America has always tolerated a measure of public disinterest, and still maintain its original, founding purpose. Now, however, growing disinterest has serious consequences when so much misunderstanding and public apathy lie between those who love America and those who hate everything it stands for.

For America’s haters, viewing our republic’s collapse is a welcome event because of America’s perceived illegitimacy, arrogance, racism, and global exploitation. America must be taken down to join the global union as just another country that does not offend other countries with ridiculous claims that it is somehow exceptional.

Underlying all of the above is a curious shift in America’s collective thinking that has traded respect for the power of the individual for the power of government, as if we the people of America are no longer participants in determining our political futures, and are nothing more than annoying political roadblocks in the way of an ever-expanding government.

How did this shift in thinking happen? What exactly is its underlying nature? How does this political threat turn our thinking against us? Why didn’t Americans identify it before it became a threat? But the most telling question is this: What we can do about it?

What can we do if merely talking about this threat as a threat labels us as politically incorrect, or worse? What options are there when so many of us view it as a final solution to all of America’s problems? What can we do if turning against America’s heritage and values is looked upon as patriotic, responsible, or moral?

More to the point, what can we do when the real danger to our future quality of life lies in how and why this threat’s highly refined, group-think psychology is presently contaminating the very cognitive processes we depend on for selecting political candidates, or how we interpret political events? I ask you: Are your political views really your own or someone else’s views that have been figuratively pounded into your head with each daily, well-orchestrated serving of political propaganda?

It’s all about changing perceptions, but perceptions are formed around the quality of cognitive patterns we live by. Once well established after birth, we’re stuck with them for life. We can’t choose or change these patterns. Some are not good for us, or for the people we affect with them. Here’s the problem: Cognitive patterns that are not good for us are embedded in psychological dysfunction—the very fertile, psychological ground this tyranny is drawn to, has chosen to operate in, and build its strategies upon.

Our psychological problems, no matter how seemingly insignificant they may be to us, or appear to others, are cues for a tyranny to move in to re-interpret our psychological liabilities as potential opportunities to exploit so we eventually believe everything the tyranny wants us to believe. Once that is accomplished, we become part of an ever-expanding political power base that marches to one tune to smother all opposition so our mind-shaping masterminds can establish a one-party government with unlimited power forever shielded against the values that once made America great.

Without a psychology, we’ll never explain the above, much less do anything significant to stop it. On the other hand, guided by a psychology, we can explain the above and answer questions we couldn’t ask before. For example:

How is the mind so easily drawn to nonsense and repelled by fact? Why would anyone work so hard to control how I think?

What kinds of people impose their personal beliefs, values, and attitudes upon other people’s personal beliefs, values, and attitudes with little regard for their welfare?

How is quality of our life being diminished without our having a say?

Why is the natural act of thinking for ourselves so threatening to some politicians?

These questions, and others like them, will be answered in this book to your satisfaction. But first we have to think differently about psychology. While reading this book, you will think differently because its contents reflect a true science of the mind designed for you and around you.

Here’s a question that might make you think differently: Is today’s psychology art or science? Most mental health professionals reluctantly admit that it’s art. What’s the difference? The art of psychology is built upon a soft, conceptual foundation of political and cultural trends, opinions, educated guesses, theories, isolated/stand-alone facts, and changing public values. The science of psychology, on the other hand, is built upon a solid, conceptual rock of practical conclusions formed around psychobiological realities that never change.

However, thinking about the human mind like we think of today’s art, i.e., open to any interpretation, is not a new phenomenon. Down through the ages, educated guesses, government decrees, kings, tyrants, corrupt politicians, ideologies, theologies, philosophies, orthodoxies have treated issues of the mind as if the opinion rules—as long as the opinion came from a perceived authority.

Sugarcoating humanity’s most destructive political ideologies is a power-hungry politician’s privately sworn duty. How then do we the people penetrate insulated minds of tyrants living out unsatisfied obsessions on the hunt for power and riches without a psychology guiding us? How else do we address the human suffering bad politics causes, and what this suffering represents? Without a psychology, how do we interpret seductive messages from the tyrannical mind painting glorious pictures of a perfect world that will somehow magically appear in the future to satisfy everyone’s yearnings? Politics, by itself, will never explain why this perfect world, so artfully rendered, is always spoken of as somewhere in the future, never in the present. Bottom line: Politics, even if it could, would never expose its failures, hidden corruptions and compromised personalities. So, it’s up to us.

Lacking information, we’ve settled on a position that only creates more political conflict: Good politics is what we agree with; bad politics is what we disagree with.

We’re not doing much better trying to figure out which politician is good or bad for America, especially when we’re told that all possess a superior intellect, unquestioned integrity, high moral standing, vast knowledge, enlightened expertise in every field of study, and are beyond reproach. We’re expected to believe that politicians put us first. Their lives are guided by every honest trait imaginable while holding to every positive ideal. Collective misperceptions like these permit the tyrannical personality to meld into politics unnoticed. And America is the worse for it.

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