Last week we discussed how Cultural Marxists promoted drug use in the West, starting in the 1950s and … well, you know how the ’60s turned out. But here’s more ‘back-story’ as to how we GOT there.
After WWII had ended, the newly formed CIA began ultra secret programs that studied the effects and possibilities of mind control (and “truth” drugs) through the use of LSD, primarily. This culminated in a program named operation MK-Ultra, which ran from the mid-’50s to the end of the 1960s. Through MK-Ultra, the drug was manufactured in large quantities and disseminated throughout the country by agents in order to evaluate their effects. In this way, and through willing accomplices like the jackass (and Harvard professor) Timothy Leary, the influence and popularity of the new drugs grew. Leary would use LSD to promote the neo-Marxist destructionist doctrine, by anesthetizing enough young people to hopefully follow their lead. And, of course, where this led was to the ultimate destruction of family and society – or, at least that was the goal.
Speaking of goals, I don’t believe that the CIA’s was to control Americans, but instead to find out as much about the potentialities of these drugs and their possible uses as they could – any way they could. They also wanted to know as much as possible about how to use these drugs against U.S. adversaries. But, whatever the motivations, these programs were certainly unconstitutional in their design and sloppy, un-scientific, and dangerous in their execution.
On the other hand, boneheads like Timothy Leary and his pal and author, the eternally depressed Aldous Huxley, were doing everything they could to forge ahead and anesthetize as much of the American populous as they could. Huxley, speaking before the California Medical School in San Francisco (1961) said:
There will be in the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude and producing dictatorship without tears – producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but will enjoy it because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel – by propaganda, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.
Although he was referring in these comments to a “dictator” getting hold of these drugs and doing unpleasant things with them, the fact remains that he also believed in the widespread use of pharmacological methods (like LSD) for what he thought of as their “positive” uses, such as inner exploration. Of course, we all know the true outcome of the 60’s which, besides the creation of some really “baffo” music, found an awful lot of people losing their way and destroying themselves with various drug cocktails. There’s no free lunch, I guess.
At the same time, other Frankfurters like Theodor Adorno were writing: “We should consider psychological techniques for changing personality … Techniques for overcoming resistance that were developed in the field of individual psychotherapy can be improved and adapted for use with groups and even on a mass scale.”
Hey, that sure sounds like fun!
Concurrent to all of this, followers of the “authoritarian personality” (see ‘Here Come the 1960s, Baby,’) prepared the way for just such psychological warfare. Part of their aim, promoted under the guise of “women’s liberation”, was to emasculate the American male. Theorists like Abraham Maslow (creator of the theory, “hierarchy of human needs”) was also a promoter of psychotherapeutic techniques in public school classrooms. He wrote that “the next step in personal evolution is a transcendence of both masculinity and femininity to general humanness.”
The problem get’s even deeper when you consider the fact that so many children are now taking so many psychotropic drugs in an attempt to deal with any number of issues, such as autism and learning disabilities. And autism, in and of itself, is a mystery as to why it has become so prevalent in the U.S. in the last 20 years. Is there something in the water? Why don’t other countries see the same increase in autism rates as the U.S. does?
In a 2005 paper, a researcher at St. John’s University wrote the following:
With the decline of psychoanalytic thinking since the 50s and the 60s, mental disorders have been attributed to organic factors … The implication of such a philosophy is that social intervention is not the appropriate approach for the treatment of mental aberrations. The source of the problem lies within the individual …To this day, in spite of the research efforts in that direction, the pursuit of these findings were proven to be elusive. Nevertheless, the search continues with a complete neglect of social factors … It is unfortunate that a number of influential clinical psychologists have adopted [this] medical model and are trying to obtain by legislation prescription privileges for psychologists.
This last line (above) is the scariest of all. What he’s saying is that a psychologist would be able to legally put someone on a drug without the person’s permission – or the family’s!
The mind reels at the thought of combining mass-psychotherapy techniques with mind-controlling drugs in some future one-party-state: A state which would, of course, be in control of health care! If that were to come to pass, you’d have the definition of the ultimate government controlled society. Every time the government gains more power over our lives, even in the name of some group of citizens who have been marginalized for some reason, power is taken away from everyone, including, and especially – that marginalized group! And once that happens, it’s nearly impossible for them to gain back their own personal autonomy.
This is the beginning of one of those slippery slopes that we DON’T want to go anywhere near!
Next week we’ll visit with some of the “heroes” of “progressivism” and see just what “made them tick.”