Monthly Archives: July 2022
Four years ago I was developing the idea – later than some but sooner than many – that in the West we are now living in a propaganda state. The following year I refined my research, in the light of the deceptive messaging impacting my own church, into the Samizdat e-book Seeing through Smoke, and not long afterwards the floodgates of delusion were opened in the form of the COVID lockdown disaster and all that has followed it.
I recently criticised Mattias Desmet for recycling – or actually elaborating for himself – a myth that Jesuits burned Native Americans at the stake in order to convert them. He did this through careless scholarship, but in a popular work that is likely to ensure the myth gets repeated until it becomes established fact.
To my surprise, my pharmacist friend missed the news last week that depression has (if we believe the latest research!) been shown not to be caused by abnormalities in serotonin. So maybe you missed it too. The general press picked up on the implication that SSRIs (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) like the famous Prozac have instantly lost their therapeutic rationale. Given how widely they’re prescribed now, that’s big news.
I may have criticised one paragraph of Mattias Desmet’s Psychology of Totalitarianism in my last post, but his overall thesis is compelling and powerful. I find myself wondering if it might help cast light on what, humanly speaking, led to the trial and crucifixion of the Lord Jesus.
Mattias Desmet’s The Psychology of Totalitarianism is arguably essential reading in understanding how it is that not only is the narrative running in the “Collective West” a pack of lies, but that a big majority of ordinary people believe the lies so fanatically that they marginalise any objectors.
I read another article yesterday from someone a little younger than me, lamenting the loss of a childhood hero, David Attenborough, to globalist technocracy. This sense of betrayal is not uncommon, and is something I’ve both felt and written about myself, having followed his nature programmes and books from as far back as 1959.
It is not surprising if the prevailing cult of identity Marxism, with “offence” as, perhaps, its ultimate sin, should rub off on the Church. Partly as cause, and partly as a result, the prevalence of women as church leaders guarantees this, because confrontation is not a predominantly female trait, whereas it is a male one. Many male traits, though, the qualities of physicality, aggression, and everything else one sees when small boys are are in unsupervised play, have been demonised as “toxic masculity” in our recent anti-culture.
Well, I’m not talking about the fall of Boris Johnson, though clearly the general principle applies, on the small scale, to habitual liars ant their parties and lies about one’s poor memory, and on the large scale to the West’s repeatedly claimed humiliation of the madman Putin by mighty victories in a proxy war, quickly turning to a rout for its own economies as well as for the Ukrainian regime. No, I’m thinking of identity politics.
Here’s a quote from an Unherd essay by Jacob Howland: Ideology is a highly communicable social contagion that infects people who are morally immunocompromised.