I’ve been watching with interest how David Stockman’s new book, “The Great Deformation,” is being received. So far so good. The NY Times article published Sunday helped to propel it to the #2 bestseller on Amazon. Stockman did three excellent interviews on Monday news programs, including this with Bloomberg’s Tom Keene. Keene, in my opinion, is a “real” financial journalist, a smart guy. Another good interview was on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Watching this battle unfold and reading comments in various forums like the NY Times, I’ve noticed different stooge bloggers and other commentators (mostly ad hominem critics like Paul Krugman) step up to criticize. It’s a perfect illustration of how psych-ops work. The sistema must be concerned, as the dirty ops are out in force to counter Stockman’s message. This is a blatant attempt to distract from and diminish the argument.
The message of the book is personalized and highly critical of the kleptocrats, banksters and apparatchiks responsible for the hijacking of the country. It was interesting today in the “Morning Joe” interview how Stockman did a survey of the good players in this story, such as Sheila Bair. Perhaps this is a strategy to get others to speak out. This is war and alliances will be needed.
I wrote about pysch-ops more than a year ago when I noticed an onslaught of strange comments related to the Occupy Wall Street movement. These tactics attempt to manipulate American discourse, particularly when anybody challenges the sistema, like Stockman is. We are not in Kansas anymore, Toto. I encourage you to post supportive comments in such articles to help offset the psych-ops’ noise.
The following article I previously wrote describes how to identify psych-ops:
All these schemes utilize black propaganda, aka “known lies.” I think there is a heavy emphasis on dirty tricks and psych-ops online. Much of it at this point may be coming from corporate and financial fascists.
I was going to post Mark Grant’s latest excellent piece on Greece in the comments section. But while scanning it, I noticed something that illustrates my point: The first two posters, “Gene Marchbanks” and “financial apoca.” The pysch-ops operation tip off is their out-of-place, intentionally toxic, illogically negative comments, their artificiality, and the fact that they were the first to post within mere minutes to ensure their comment is the first seen.
These operatives — not trolls, in the normal sense — often use words like “dude” in a disparaging way. Readers and writers have to be strong and independent to not be impacted by barrages. What difference does this make you ask? Nothing, in isolation, but an onslaught of it compounds to the point where readers will avoid sites and refuse to engage in healthy debate. I think the trick for them is mostly to demoralize people (Seligman theory) to make them feel helpless. Then they tune out and can be controlled.
To illustrate this concept, contrast it with the very challenging disagreements I get here sometimes on my Iran writings from “crimsonghost.” His comments are heartfelt and reflect his underlying anti-war belief system, and are clearly those of an actual engaged person. Pysch-operators are nothing like this. Their “comments” merely exhibit a very strange, Orwellian-like artificial intelligence. It’s like night and day.
The psychops’ method also divides and conquers. I saw that first hand at the Americans Elect delegate leader site, where the AE staff couldn’t seem to separate honest disagreements from the pysch-ops campaigns that were being waged against them elsewhere and would negatively and defensively react to anyone who offered challenging questions or constructive criticisms.
There was a huge amount of psych-ops activity online when OWS was getting underway. But the OWS sites seemed to adapt and counter it, which leads me to believe there is software out there to address this issue. And the psych-ops tend to show up frequently when online publications and newspapers publish something controversial, or anti-sistema. I’ve encountered some of this, but obviously someone like Mark Grant, who exposes the truth as well as anybody, is in the cross hairs and has at least two psych-operators working him over at any given time. I guess I need to graduate to a higher place to earn that honor. I’m working on it. Welcome to Orwell’s 2012.