Globalism, Neo-Tribalism and False Reality
Graham L. Strachan has written an intriguing article on the subject of globalism, and has taken to task those who would advocate the “mass mental conditioning of human beings”, supposedly for the purpose of maintaining control at any cost. Strachan begins by quoting Brock Chisolm, former Director of the World Health Organization (United Nations):
“To achieve world government [One World Order?], it is necessary to remove from the minds of men, their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas.”
Strachan then goes on challenge B. F. Skinner’s attack on “independently thinking and acting” human beings in the latter’s book, Beyond Freedom and Dignity. Strachan’s concern was Skinner’s advocacy of mental conditioning the mass of human beings “by an elite group of behavioral scientists.” Considering the state of the art of social so-called science, and the fact that Beyond Freedom and Dignity has become “a standard text in teacher training colleges,” there is perhaps some justification for Strachan’s concern.
According to Strachan, “The fact is, the independent thinking individual has always posed, throughout history, the greatest obstacle to attempts to collectivize human beings and now, in the latest version of this oft-repeated human saga, the greatest obstacle to global collectivization at the hands of the social science elite is again the independent thinking individual with a sense of dignity and self-worth.”
Strachan goes on to provide an interesting scenario linking modern globalism to a return to tribalism and an wholly different mode of mental processing. A brief summary is:
Between 45,000 BC and 3,500 BC, prior to man developing language, man was operating not in a fully conscious state or acting as a self-aware, reasoning individual, but instead was capable only of performing the tasks necessary for survival in a tribe -- and than man “operated in this mode even into the fairly advanced stages of early civilization.”
As civilization advanced, a new way of thinking evolved which “used imagination to develop an internal map of the outside world, enabling an individual to reason through various alternative ideas or courses of action and to decide on the most appropriate.” It was this which brought about “the self-willed action and independent thought which is now described as Consciousness.”
“The transition to full consciousness was volitional, not automatic. The individual had to choose to adopt the new mode of thinking, and had to make a conscious effort to continue to think that way. Failing that, through mental laziness, by allowing others (authorities) to do their thinking for them, people could readily lapse back into [a tribal, non-reasoning] mode.”
The change in thinking caused the tribal society to give way “to an individualist social order in which people were free to pursue their own goals in their own way, bound only by common rules of conduct (morals).” “It was a society in which each individual was free to use their knowledge for their own, not tribal, purposes.”
But many people did not like the new social order, and preferred to avoid self-responsibility, “longing for a return to the warm fuzzy feeling of being protected or taken care of within the tribal environment. Others, particularly the parasitic ruling classes, saw advantages in the greater degree of social control afforded by the tribal organization.”
There have been “reactionary movements throughout history which have tried, and still do, to overthrow civilization and return to tribalism.” This includes totalitarianism of several sorts -- including Communism, Socialism, Fascism, and Nazism.
“Globalism is merely the latest version of these reactionary movements, this time striving to create one big global tribe, or global village, an attempt to recreate Paleolithic tribal society on a global scale.
There is a “parallel between the modern corporation and the tribe,” where a group of people “superstitiously believe that, together, they add up to more than the sum of their individual beings. From this superstition springs another notion found in almost all tribal societies: that the tribe itself is a living force in its own right, which exists independently of the people who make it up.” “This pagan belief is even recognized in corporate law as the fictional persona, the corporate personality.” [And it has unlimited life!]
Any recent revival in tribalist thinking can be linked to the fact “more and more people [are] obliged to work in larger and larger organizations, both public and private.”
Globalists are socialists and/or collectivists, or simply, tribalists. “They view society not as many individuals, but as various tribes, pressure groups, or human resources whose interests are necessarily in conflict. They readily accept concepts such as inherited tribal guilt, guilt for past wrongs allegedly committed by people of the same tribe or race.”
“The more disturbing aspect of global tribalism lies in the adoption of policies which are having the effect of causing the masses to revert to... a tribal mode of thinking.
“In a society supplied with an abundance of material goods, in which information is carefully controlled by the mass media, and in which independent thought is discouraged from an early age by an education system which rewards conformity, it is possible to achieve” mental conditioning and ultimately control.
“Masses of people, through the encouragement of mental laziness and reliance on authorities, can be lulled back into” a tribal mode of thinking. “Once there they can be induced to believe almost anything provided it comes from an accepted authority figure or source, such as political leaders, professors of this or that, newspapers with colored pictures, teachers in the classroom, the lyrics of pop music, or the TV.”
“People can be persuaded to reject their morality and to adopt values actually threatening to themselves and their society.” “Faced with ideas seemingly too difficult to grapple with,” the authority-believers will reject them out of hand as Conspiracies, “or just another person’s opinion, and move on to easier things, like sport or gossip.”
Even more incredible “is that the self-styled elitists who now monopolize the institutions of governance... are themselves exhibiting signs of [tribal thinking], increasingly inhabiting an imaginary world of their own making, and making statements which bear no relation to reality or to logical consistency.”
Such minds (politicians, bureaucrats and academics) can believe: “that increasing monopoly in economics is leading to increased competition, [and] that banning unpopular views is consistent with free speech.” (Not to mention that “self-defense is a crime against the attacker, [and] real assets can be bought with imaginary money.”)
Strachan’s complete essay <http://www.rense.com/politics4/globalism.htm> is worth the read, although a notable portion of his premise is based on a specific set of religious morals. That being said, however, the concepts elucidated above, along with other aspects which Strachan includes in his essay is part and parcel of the ideas that need to be addressed in the world that seems to be evolving before our very eyes.
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