"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Identifying the enemy - recruiting the soldiers

Philip Zimbardo conducted the famous experiments with Stanford University students in 1971 where normal college students were randomly assigned to play the role of guard or inmate for two weeks in a simulated prison. The guards quickly became so brutal that the experiment had to be shut down after only six days. You can learn more about the deatils of the study in a slide show and commentary by Zimbardo at this "Stanford Prison Experiment" site.

He has now labelled this transformation which leads good people to engage in eveil actions the "Lucifer Effect." Not only the name of a literary magazine which Lord Patel was involved with in the early '60's at Leicester University, but also God's favourite angel who fell from grace and became Satan. Zimbardo has another website devoted to this idea.

Giving the enemy an identity

Zimbardo raises the question - What does it take for the citizens of one society to hate the citizens of another society to the degree that they want to segregate them, torment them, even to kill them?

It requires a ‘hostile imagination,’ a psychological construction embedded deeply in their minds by propaganda that transforms those others into “The Enemy.” That image is a soldier’s most powerful motive, one that loads his rifle with ammunition of hate and fear.

..and provides a list of ways with examples of how this is done.

The Enemy as Enemy of God
The Enemy as Barbarian
The Greedy Enemy
The Enemy as Criminal, Committer of Atrocities, Torturer
The Enemy as Rapist, Desecrator of Women and Children
Sex and War
The Enemy as Death
The Enemy as Beast, Reptile, Insect
The Enemy as Abstraction
Heroic Warfare: The Enemy as Worthy Opponent

He shows how this was used by Julius Streicher, the editor of a weekly newspaper, Das Sturmer, “The Storm Troope,” that spread anti-Semitic propaganda to the general public in Germany, which re-inforced .This was paralleled by texts shaping the beliefs of school children in which Jews are portrayed in a series of increasingly negative scenarios.

The use of stereotyped conceptions of Jews as lecherous old men seducing young Aryan women, of dirty Jewish butchers, unscrupulous Jewish lawyers, hard-hearted Jewish landlords, rich Jewish business men and their wives ignoring the poverty around them, all combined to create a hate-filled image of Jews.

Words and images. A continuing process that starts with stereotyped conceptions of the other as worthless, the other as all-powerful, the other as demonic, the other as an abstract monster, the other as a fundamental threat to our cherished values and beliefs.

Public fear is notched up and with an enemy threat imminent, reasonable people act irrationally.

People, proud of their "independence" act in mindless conformity.

Peaceful people act as foot soldiers - which ceaseless litigation provides them with the tools to make others conform.

Dramatic visual images of the enemy on posters, television, magazine covers, movies, and the internet imprint the readers and viewers , with the powerful emotions of fear and hate.

BBC video here - Strategic Director for Children's Services, Borough of Poole, the grey haired, grey suited, man in a grey background defends the use of RIPA powers - deeply unsettling. Full Council statement here "...an officer trained in RIPA procedures will attempt to establish if the family leave their stated address in the morning and return to it in the evening. " that wouldn't be training by Common Purpose would it ?

Those interested might like to consult the "Poole Partnership Terms of Reference" *** in which one of the things that must be done is to " Build common purpose and shared commitment." and "Poole Partnership will implement and monitor by:
1. Acting within the spirit and letter of the law."

*** or not if you have a low boredom threshold and can read these endless pages of worthy pap.

UPDATE "A view from Middle England" has interesting views on Mr Nash.


Anonymous said...

You're absolutely right. Geopolitically, Russia, Iran and many Muslim countries because of their resources and China because of its huge need for resources are 'our' enemies. The grotesque poisoning of Litvenko was for starters. Now the Tibet rising and demonstrations to demonise China. Little by little the fear of Muslims is being hyped up.
But then again overplay can have the opposite effect unless of course the government stages another 7/7. On the positive side there is better integration, which with more knowledge of ethnic groups and their religions there is more understanding and respect.
But I have to say that two of our 'friends', the USA and Israel, are stoking the seeds of hatred by their brutality in Iraq and Palestine. Our own government as well through its disgusting treatment of Iraqi prisoners and its own soldiers is shooting itself in the foot. No wonder the need for the oath of allegiance to beef up some national spirit.

Anonymous said...

i suggest 'anonymous' 6.02pm, read this, http://rachelnorthlondon.blogspot.com/2008/04/i-have-to-do-this-thing-for-our-future.html

(C) Very Seriously Disorganised Criminals 2002/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 - copy anything you wish