for the Next Terror
By Paul Rosenberg
2014 " ICH "
- " Freemans
If I had to bet, I think I’d put my money on some
type of “cyberwar” event coming in the
not-too-distant future. But whether it’s that or
something else, a new terror will be coming.
That much is more or less inevitable.
is easy: We have people with control-biased minds in
positions to create such events, or at least to make
the most of them when they do occur.
bluntly, our problem is that our current world
systems place people with dominator minds into power
over everyone else. We can call this the “alpha
gorilla” model. These people need power over others.
They get comfort and/or a thrill from dominance. And
they certainly get rewards from it.
illustrate, here’s an image I pulled from the
newsfeed just this morning:
and the slogans change, but the need to dominate
drives such people into positions of power, whether
it be in national governments, police enforcement,
or bureaucracies that control other people’s
movements. As Robert Heinlein wrote:
tags, such as royalist, communist, democrat,
populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so
forth, are never basic criteria. The human race
divides politically into those who want people to be
controlled and those who have no such desire.
desire to control others, however, have a problem:
In order to accomplish their “great ends,” they need
the peaceful people – those who have no desire to
dominate others – to obey them and to pay for their
with humans, however, is that they can think. Such
beings don’t follow orders from random people; they
must be convinced. And convincing free people to be
subservient is hard. In order to dominate them,
their ability to think must be overcome.
have them obeying you, they’ll keep it up, no matter
how silly, for a shockingly long period of time. But
to get them to give up autonomy in the first place,
or in some new way, is hard. Something that bypasses
reason is required.
as you may have guessed, is
We all saw
this very clearly in 2001: Terrified people let the
gorillas take away their rights in the name of
saving them from crazies. Some people objected, but
not enough to sway events. Fear was in the air, the
dominators promised safety, and most people either
agreed or were too confused to object.
structures of dominance became bigger and reached
farther than ever before. This would not have
happened without fear. Fear works.
The Great Enemy
above all the other tools of human domination, even
above legitimacy. That’s because fear overrides
reason. Fear focuses our thoughts only on the object
terror. Then the alpha gorillas step in and
promise to protect us, if only we will _____________
(fill-in the blank).
has been running for thousands of years, and it will
be used again soon enough. There’s always a need for
people to suspend thought and acquiesce to
domination. And so long as life on Earth features
structures of dominance, alpha-gorilla types will
daily life, the imposition of fear upon us is thick.
Robert Ringer, commenting on getting ahead
financially, correctly hit on this point when he
you produce in life are inversely proportional to
the degree to which you are intimidated.
tells us that people are “all their lifetimes
subject to bondage” because of fear.
enemy is fear, and, unfortunately, systems for
harnessing fear currently dominate life on this
know which terrifying event will take place next,
and whether this event will be staged or authentic
matters very little. All that matters is that people
are terrified, which gets their reasoning out of the
way and gives the dominator types what they crave.
antidote for this is for people to understand the
con and to overcome their fear. Then to act
be a good thing to discuss with your neighbors,
before the next terror hits… because it will.