Promulgating a Personality Manipulating System However One Regards Cries of Structural White Supremacy

The word ‘promulgate’ has several meanings per the always useful OED, but today I am using it in the sense of “to make widespread, as, promulgate learning and culture.” Lots of stories in recent days and weeks of the curricula planned beyond the links I have provided, including a Fox News story on Oregon’s Department of Education revising its learning standards, https://thefederalist.com/2021/02/08/how-socio-emotional-learning-became-another-vehicle-for-anti-white-racism-in-schools/ and https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/02/12/activists-outline-their-plan-to-push-black-lives-matter-in-classroom/ as recent examples. These are all rightfully outraged, but erroneously create the impression that there is a special place where these types of emotionally evocative curricula (to go back to the point of the previous post) can be avoided. No, not until the actual source of the contagion, and its true target, is understood.

That’s where ISC comes in as usual using my quite literally huge library of materials, which I mine to put things into perspective. The category White Supremacy is an example of an idea being used in the same twofold process first described in a Dutch book by Fred Polak from the 1950s called The Image of the Future. It won lots of European awards and fellowships for its author, including one at the inaugural program of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) in 1954-55. Polak became close friends with the same Kenneth Boulding (see tag) who would create the systems science vision of education and helped found the social science-oriented General Systems Research Group that same year with fellows at CASBS. Kenneth’s wife Elise taught herself Dutch in order to be able to translate and abridge Polak’s book into English.  That’s what I am quoting from:

Man’s attempts to push back the frontier of the unknown…can be seen as a twofold process: the development of ideas concerning the ideal future as it ought to be, and the unfolding of the real future in history, partly as a result of man’s purposeful intervention…The relationship between conceptions of the time-dimension, the future, and the idealistic ethical objectives of mankind for that future, has been a neglected one and offers a fruitful field for research.

Well, it’s no longer neglected and has been a major source for behavioral science research of the kind laid out in my book Credentialed to Destroy and now on ISC where we cover the twists and turns of a new vision of education and student learning. Neither actually seeks a return to the past or a ‘classical time.’ Rather, this new vision seeks concepts and images that:

picture a radically different world in an Other time, and they are imaginatively shaped in a way that they can be applied on behalf of mankind…The more general theory of images may be thought of as ‘eidetics’. This concept, derived from the Greek eidelon, ‘image,’ has a long history…[Not] enough emphasis [has been put] on the significance of the time-dimension in the dynamics of image formation and image propagation…attention must be given to the dynamics of image formation, both in the public and private mind, and the function of images in the economy of the individual personality and the social, national, or cultural group.

What do images mean, how are the meanings transmitted, and how do they affect individual and social behavior? Under what conditions do images change, and why? What can accelerate or retard these changes? How amenable are they to purposeful manipulation, in both the short and the long run?

The answer to the last question is quite amenable to purposeful manipulation, which is precisely how we should start seeing the New York Times’ 1619 Project or Howard Zinn’s work as well. It’s not about history as a body of knowledge, where someone is erroneously changing the facts of the past. This is actually about how education, as a social science, is a tool to where “social science is increasingly making use of these images to increase its analytic power.” That analysis is only the beginning though as this later quote recognizes. The point is to “control social processes” and redirect them to what john a. powell [see tag] described in his 2012 book Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society as the use of allegations of White Supremacy to change our categories of thinking to force “a renewed commitment by all of us to fulfill the promise of a truly democratic society.”

Before getting back to powell and his intention to use White Supremacy as a means to target and alter the unconscious mind to create his desired new kind of self and new kind of citizen, let’s quote again from Polak because powell’s techniques seem to be exploiting Polak’s insights.

The image of the future as such may be an important tool for interdisciplinary social science. The possibility that science may be able to predict and control social processes through analysis of existing images of the future, both private and public, and direct a change of these images, is a thought-provoking one… it is still not too soon to begin pondering the problems of controlled image-change. How could such a possibility be fitted into a democratic system of government?..If we pause to think what can be done with the minds of men…

And women. Boys, and girls. It has happened and is happening even more now. These aims of reconstruction are how we should view not just these White Supremacy curricula currently receiving so much attention, but also the Pandemic, the Holocaust, Reconstruction, the Charlottesville Hoax with the tiki torches, and, finally, the Insurrection at the Capitol. It’s about the Images of the Future  and their potential to incite and justify transformational change in the minds and hearts of students at all levels of society. To quote powell again from his Afterword:

Although our brains develop partly though categorizing and organizing in ways that can be challenging in a diverse society, our hearts orchestrate a system that is hardwired to care and to respond empathically to one another’s suffering and joy. We can’t allow structures–economic or political–to block or blunt these connections…To embrace our commonality in an increasingly diverse public space will require new selves, who are citizens in the truest sense of the term: individual, interconnected, and inclusive in ways that reflect the highest aspirations of our nation and our species. This is a heavy lift for all of us, and it is particularly heavy for those who continue to organize around the myth of the radically isolated individual. The alternative–a just society–requires major realignments with respect to corporations and a remaking of our institutions and ourselves. But it is a dream worth dreaming and a fight worth fighting for.

I think that Dream fits with the essence of what ‘public policy’ is always about, whatever the expressed goals of any think tank, is, which is why we keep getting cries for School Choice that actually enable the planned mechanism of change when examined closely. I think it’s why there has been so much deceit surrounding the Common Core, competency frameworks, and especially CtD’s coverage of what I nicknamed Tranzi OBE. There is a desire for this kind of change to a just society grounded in the minds and hearts of a new kind of citizen. Powell mentioned the unconscious target, but his footnote went to a 2002 book Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious . It is that adaptive unconscious, a term I had never encountered before, that I immediately recognized as the true realm of Tranzi OBE, the actual language in charters for schools and districts, mission statements for private schools now, the Catholic Curriculum Frameworks, state Portrait of a Graduate mandates, and other redirections with the same aim.

Let’s finish this Part 1 on Images of the Future, the ‘adaptive unconscious’ with its “distinctive characteristic ways of interpreting the social environment and stable motives that guide peoples behavior”, and how it can be manipulated by quoting the ‘personality mediating system’ it creates. Yes, I substituted the word ‘manipulating’ for the original term ‘mediating,, but it fits with what media actually means and does. Media, whether print, broadcast, or social platforms for dissemination, has now set itself up as the Lighthouse that gets human perception to notice and then the Interpreter that explains the to be accepted significance of what got noticed. It is no accident that the Oregon pamphlet on Equity in its new curricula intends to target the ‘lived experiences’ of the students as the area of change to supposedly end White Supremacy. It gets at what Walter Mischel in 1968 found in a review of personality research (my numbering to ease the categories):

people possess a unique set of cognitive and affective variables that determine how they react to the social world. They describe five components of this ‘personality mediating system’ that guide people’s behavior: [1] encodings (people’s construals of themselves, others, and situations); [2] expectancies about themselves and the social world; [3] affect and emotions; [4] goals and values; and [5] competencies and self-regulatory plans. In short, they argue, people have distinctive ‘if-then’ rules that determine how they respond in a particular situation; for example, ‘If I feel I’m being ignored, then I get angry and aggressive.’ [Remember] a fundamental property of the adaptive unconscious is that people have no access to the ways in which it selects, interprets, and evaluates information.

The student may not know that, but personalized learning, formative assessments, and holistic, evidence-based strategies can all ferret that out, call it personalized learning, and use curricula to instill the desired images, ethics, categories of thought, and interpretive tools to be changed. Feelings and emotions can be changed through role play. Digital learning is a particularly rich source for mining and manipulating this ‘personality mediating system.’ The system each and every student has so targeting it for change is equitable and coincidentally, conducive to the sought change to “ourselves and institutions”. The other part of the rallying cry and civil rights mandates of Equity and Excellence turns out to mean getting at students at the level of what they want, think, and feel. http://invisibleserfscollar.com/excellence-means-education-putting-what-we-feel-wish-for-and-think-in-harmony/

Sounds just like a bullseye of the Adaptive Unconscious to me.

47 thoughts on “Promulgating a Personality Manipulating System However One Regards Cries of Structural White Supremacy

  1. Brilliant post, thank you! Yeh, it is like they are playing a mighty Wurlitzer, and using images to evoke desired emotions. This goes back to the epigenetics thing we discussed way back, right?

    Sociopaths, one and all, IMHO.

    • Yes, it goes back to the epigenetics thing, which will become more apparent in Part 2. This was just the initial framing. As Wilson noted and powell intends to use.

      Rather than a collection of static traits that we can use to classify people, Mischel argued, personality is better conceived as a set of unique cognitive and affective variables that determine how people construe the situation. People have chronic ways of interpreting and evaluating different situations, and it is theseinterpretations that influence their behavior.

      Individual experiences in a student’s life make that uniqueness,but this template of the mind being exploited by learning standards and competency frameworks grounded in CHAT intends to standardize those cognitive and affective variables so that people begin to construe any given situation the SAME WAY. To be a system requires both common purpose or goals AND common tools for meaning making a/k/a construing situations. That’s where the perception/interpretation of daily experiences comes in and that definition of a system that education reconceived can be used to create comes from the same Kenneth Boulding mentioned in this post. Elise Boulding was a well-known peace educator.

      This is where powell, a law prof who works closely with Linda Darling-Hammond and the philanthropy Grantmakers in Education intends to go with assertions of White Privilege. My experience is many parents of any race are not comfortable with jettisoning the Axemaker Mind and the hallmarks of Western civilization as the remedy to current unsatisafactory academic performance. With this remedy we are back with what Paul Ehrlich and Robert Ornstein described in 1989 as NewMindedness. The well-read, rational mind is an impediment to these plans of transformation at the institutional levels so it needs to go.

      To strike at the core of white privilege, we must address the ontological question…It is a recognition of the fact that it is not only race that is socially constructed [another word for epigenetic]; so, too, is the self. We must better understand how the self is constructed and what maintains its attachment to whiteness. As noted earlier, this self, particularly the white self, has a history and is constantly being made and remade. This process generally goes unnoticed and hides behind a veil of naturalness, but it would be a serious error to see the study of the self as only an internal undertaking. This is part of the myth of the individual subject–that the self is internal and private. We must expose the social nature of the subject, a subject held together not only by other subjects, but also by our norms, practices, and institutions…We must begin work for a new set of arrangements that will support a new way of relating, a new way of being.

      Long time readers will read that last sentence especially and think of the Maslow/ Rogers Humanist Psychology Project with the NEA published in 1962 or Riane Eisler’s work on the new 3 R’s that also tied to Csik and the General Evolution Research Group from the 80s. They would be right on both. The interesting thing is that powell kept linking to Eisler’s husband, David Loye (also tied to GERG) in the book, except he kept misspelling it without the ‘e’. I have an old post on Loye that I will find. They were all working with Alexander Christakis, Nicholas’ dad who also wrote about the ability of MOOCs to create the needed ‘common consciousness’.

    • I mentioned Loye here and also tied it to the Humanist Psychology template. http://invisibleserfscollar.com/ballad-of-the-long-sought-shift-to-being-educable-not-educated-adaptation-via-dissolving-the-logical-mind/ I remember recognizing something recently as essentially that POWER problem-solving template.

      Here is an all the more relevant passage from the next post from Loye, but pertinent too to what powell intends as the ‘solution’ to ‘white supremacy’ assertions and that the causes are ‘structural’.

      To again get political theory into action without admitting it. Our Toronto planners in the “What Should It Look Like” chapter though gave us something else highly useful in their plans for cultural change without permission.

      “In bringing the ‘active agent’ into the picture…we come to what used to be billed as the dialectical perspective. During the twentieth century the words ‘praxis’ and ‘dialectical’ became taboo within much of science and Western society because of their historical association with the ‘dialectical’ materialism’ of Marxist theory, communism, and the grim years of the Cold War…[but] “because of its enduring intellectual power…and reached its philosophical high point with Hegel, Marx, and Engels [that’s continued open admiration and reverence, folks!] has been resurrected under other names in cybernetics, chaos and complexity theory, as well as in new ways in the works of most of the authors of these chapters, as we’ll next see.”

      I am going to pause here for a second. David Loye is saying that virtually all the theories guiding K-12 and higher ed ‘reforms’ are grounded in some of history’s most notorious collectivists. To mask that fact, various labels likely to be difficult to understand are being used. I guess to stop any opportunity for a blow up or contamination during the process of fundamental transformations. Now what Loye said next takes us to the very heart of the new envisioned K-12 classroom as well as what the 4 Cs of 21st Century Learning are really getting at. Here goes, with the italics as usual in the original.

      “The basic dynamic for dialectics is the idea of two or more ‘forces’ and their interaction, either in conflict or working together, which shape our lives into what becomes known as history or human evolution. (Thanks to Marxism, the dialectical model is misrepresented as being solely restricted to conflict…to remedy this problem, the idea of dialogue, or the dialogical model is used to describe the alternative of two forces that complement or otherwise peacefully work together.)”

      http://invisibleserfscollar.com/anesthetizing-any-ability-to-blow-up-or-contaminate-a-chosen-politically-useful-narrative/

      Both are from August 2014.

      • Lot’s to think about. I revisited the bio of Carl Ransom Rogers, which reminded me that he was headed for a life in the ministry until he took a trip to Peking, and saw the light. He then becomes an ‘atheist’ who, as one would, enters the Union Theological Seminar.

        I was also thinking about this:

        est: The Steersman Handbook, by L. Clark Stevens. Est, for Stevens, meant “electronic social transformation,” and his book predicted the rise of the “est people,” a post-literate generation of individuals “who are willing to give the love and care” that would make a transformed society possible.

        • This will give you more to think about and it came out on the 19th, after this post,. Notice it was originally scheduled for release in June, but I believe the George Floyd video created the salience that the report says it needs to create mindset shifts that force policy change in a progressive direction–a/k/a steering.

          Mindsets—fundamental, assumed patterns of thinking that shape how we make sense of the world and act in it—are highly durable with deep historical roots. They emerge from and are tied to social practices and institutions that are woven into the very fabric of society. As such, they tend to change slowly. But with the events of 2020 and 2021 redefining how we think about fundamental aspects of our society like health and race, is change being sped up? Will it last? Are the upheavals of recent months shifting fundamental American cultural mindsets? If so, which mindsets are moving? And in what ways are they shifting?

          https://www.frameworksinstitute.org/publication/mindset-shifts-what-are-they-why-do-they-matter-how-do-they-happen/

          The way learning standards actually work globally and the sought role of Images of the Future fits right in with asking, as the report recommends:

          1. What ultimate social outcome are they looking to promote?

          2. How could a mindset shift enable or lead to that outcome?

          That’s also why we are being gaslighted as the previous post noted. The timing of the Insurrection more and more makes it looked like a staged, highly organized, Antifa event that functioned to Seal the Steal of the election. Now the White House is occupied by someone who certainly functions like a puppet with no interest in American interests. What would you do differently if you wanted to destroy this country’s future and enable China or Iran’s hegemonic aspirations? No wonder our very thoughts are to be circumscribed.

          I used to wonder why a relative would get a PhD in psych from Penn AND go to Union. I don’t wonder about that nexus anymore.

          • On a related note, I just listened through a series of interviews with Michael Murphy…war stories about the formation of Esalen and CIIS. In one he mentions who he selected for the Board of Trustees of Esalen. Werner Erhard was on that list. Also, Laurence Rockefeller was not the only member of that family to finance these operations.

      • I’d like to run something by our readers.

        I have lived in Tokyo for 28 years, give or take, with some time off for good behavior. There are 12 million residents in this city, and that population swelled. to 22 million during working hours — pre-Covid-19. I am trying to roughly estimate how many human encounters — meaning made visual contact with during my tenure, here. Could be over a billion, I figure.

        That said, I cannot recall two strangers speaking to each other on any occasion, in any location, other than owing to, say, a fender bender, a medical emergency, or possibly in a state of extreme inebriation. Yes, they conduct transactions, but I am talking about people sharing a train ride, people sitting on park benches, people in cafes, people walking their dogs or out strolling with their children, people in amusement parks, people at festivals…people at baseball games. NO HUMAN CONTACT.

        Additionally, there is NO CONTACT with neighbors, or among shopkeepers who operate their stores next to each other for decades and NEVER SPEAK.

        Some assess this behavior as a form of courtesy, or how people in a crowded environment manage to get along. That is NOT what it is. There are many denser cities in Asia…and, residents of these do not behave this way.

        How do you engineer something like that?

        Imagine, too, talking to ‘friends’, and work associates who never generate ideas, questions, never initiate topics. Imagine sharing a film together and nobody has anything to say.

        All thoughts welcome.

          • “Excrutiating” would be a word, yes. Still think this is a ‘communitarian’ society?

            Thanks for the Project Zero directives, which look to be very ‘coach’y’. Have any idea why they named it, “Project Zero”?

          • Nelson Goodman was the founder and it is where Howard Gardner works. It is somewhere in one of my books but the explanation is not currently accessible to my memory.

            Will check.

            Bingo. https://www.gse.harvard.edu/hgse100/story/home-base-human-potential

            At its inception, there was so little research-backed knowledge about the field of arts education that Goodman decided to call the new center “Project Zero” to reflect how he and his small team of researchers were literally starting from scratch.

            Today, the “zero” has taken on a new meaning. “We like to think of Project Zero in which ‘zero’ means zeroing in and focusing on human potential,” says Daniel Wilson, director of Project Zero. “Learning, creativity — these are what make us human, and our goal is to investigate the nature of how they develop in everyone and how we can create the conditions to reach our best potential.”

            Under Goodman in the 1960’s, Project Zero laid the conceptual groundwork for better understanding the nature of learning in and through the arts. In the 1970’s, co-directors David Perkins and Howard Gardner shifted focus to cognitive and developmental psychology. That pioneering research would break with decades of psychological tradition and give birth to the idea that not only are intelligences multiple, they are also learnable.

            “If we all had exactly the same kind of mind and there was only one kind of intelligence, then we could teach everybody the same thing in the same way and assess them in the same way and that would be fair,” Gardner has said. “But once we realize that people have very different kinds of minds, different kinds of strengths … then education, which treats everybody the same way, is actually the most unfair education.”

            David Perkins, like Sal Kahn, has an MIT degree in AI, but works in ed. I wrote years ago about his NSF-funded CORE work in ed–Cognitive Reorganization. I have a feeling it works well with Images of the Future’s aspirations too.

          • I know “Project Zero” through its Good Work Project, which among other things tried to create standards of excellence for the practice of various fields; journalism comes to mind.

            I liked their model at the time, and sat down with a Stanford-trained psychologist to consider these standards against what I was seeing in the field of coaching. My take-away was that Stanford-trained psychologists, or at least those who wind up practicing in Japan, have developed a rare ability to rationalize almost anything as being ‘cultural’ in origin. Cultural is that catch-all term for bad behavior in any number of fields, here. It sort of like discussing the activities of Al Capone, as having been ‘cultural’.

          • You should also take a look at this recent paper from Cambridge U Press. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/global-sustainability/article/collective-foresight-and-intelligence-for-sustainability/0D52E35EB2AD041E853C26A68A0C78DC

            It ties to the Belmont Challenge Obama created and then the Global Earth System Alliance I wrote about in the early days of the blog. FEA was one of the reasons I started the blog, while waiting a year to publish CtD. This quote is a reminder of why it always comes back to Tranzi OBE aspirations, whatever its current euphemistic nom du jour.

            Rapid foresight and collective intelligence approaches can help to provide information in contexts where decisions must be taken quickly and decision-makers require frequent insights into constantly shifting dynamics. They are also better suited to elicit diverse perspectives and explore how worldviews – the set of values, beliefs, and ethics held by different communities – can enhance and deepen reflection on our response to global challenges such as climate change or sustainable development goals (de Vries, 2019).

          • Maybe it’s “Project Zero” like “Year Zero” which I’ve heard is what Pol Pot called his new program in Cambodia.

        • “My take-away was that Stanford-trained psychologists, …ability to rationalize almost anything…”

          Leslie, when I read Stanford in your post immediately remembered Christine Blasey Ford taught psychology at Stanford 🙂

          • Indeed, and this guy was trained by Zimbardo.

            He/I talked a lot about ‘flip out’s’, the emotional melt-downs I was seeing in people who participated in “coach training programs”, and may I say, even the on-line versions of these.

            When I told him a story of two little Asian girls who experienced seizures during such a program — note, they had been ordered to stand on a stage and ‘confess’ their darkest secrets to a room full of strangers — his response was, “they just don’t know how to do ‘it’ right”…

        • WOWOWOWOWOW.

          Mind Blown Leslie. What are your thoughts about how this kind of behavior has been engineered in Japanese ( Tokyo) culture over time??

          • And I will add that it seems obvious to me anyway that in the West, the Rona psy op, masking and social distancing is an ideal way to engineer behavior change so that people see ‘The Other’ as an ‘object’ to be feared and mistrusted.
            ( They really are embedding and ‘steering’ the decades long social engineering of insecure attachement styles aren’t they? No accidents as they say. ) Just as people are being conditioned to mistrust themselves. ( But but…you COULD be sick even if you dont FEEL sick or the UK’s admonishment to ‘Act Like You Have It.’

            I read what you explained about Tokyo to my husband asking him to bear in mind masks etc… here.

            He said, ” Well, hopefully it won’t last much longer .” I replied, ” Don’t hold your breath.” 😉

  2. From an interview in the Telegraph – a British conservative-leaning newspaper -with someone called Jack Monroe on 18-02-2021:

    “She said the pair had become “closer” because of the time Jonny has spent at home due to schools being closed.

    To help avoid monosyllabic answers as Jonny nears his teenage years, Monroe has introduced a new game at meal times; they use a pack of cards to ask each other interesting questions to promote discussion, including thinking of words that a friend might use to describe them, or explaining what they are grateful for on that day.

    “Initially it was like pulling teeth,” she said. “But we persevered with it and it has generated some great little conversations. It has now become our thing.”

    From a telegraph article by Davina McCall on 21-02-2021:

    “I enjoy the variety of my career and find it stimulating but I’ve also loved spending more time at home with the children during the pandemic. We’ve been keeping ourselves entertained with The Family Game, where cards prompt various topics of conversation – it has triggered several philosophical debates, so it’s been a hit.”

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/parenting/son-totally-cool-mum-gay-jack-monroe-life-non-binary-parent/

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/davina-mccall-tried-stay-focused-homeschooling-third-lockdown/

    And in neither case does the biological father of the child(ren) live in that household.

    This is definitely a signal for something that the Globalists want to promote.

  3. On your last post, this seems to reinforce the oft stated wisdom that ‘diverse’ groups make better decisions. To the best of my knowledge, the jury is out on this thesis. And, even if this were true, can we imagine that the current decision-makers will consult anyone other than each other? Don’t think so.

    This reminds of when the African American female Head of Global Talent Management for Apple was fired because she maintained that a group of ‘white’ males could be ‘thought’ diverse. They eat their own.

    • This proves it isn’t all about diversity but about control. Diversity makes conflicts more likely, and upper management likes the staff to be fighting among themselves rather than organizing against them and covering for each other.

      It seems these ideological things are enforced most severely on the “diverse” people. What they’ll say is expected but wrong behavior from a white, demand reeducation and maybe an apology, will get a fierce hostile reaction if it’s coming from a black or hispanic person, or someone “marginalized” in whatever way they’re highlighting.

      The Apple HR person probably thought that such groups had built the company successfully so it wasn’t so bad. When do shareholders fight back? It seems all the money is pushing this stuff rather than pushing back against it.

      • If I recall, the Apple HR person said that the ‘research’ regarding the superior decision making of “diverse” groups referenced ‘thought diversity’, rather than gender and melanin diversity, ergo, a group of white males could be thought diverse…and, that got her canned.

        This canning was very prominent in time to the James Damore matter and may have been related.

        Conversely, I can that Japanese firms are living proof of the importance of ‘thought diversity’ and that very bad decisions, indeed are made by males of the same age, who hail from the same university, etc.

        As usual, there is a kernel of truth in all of this, but it gets twisted to support an agenda.

      • When powell sees the answer to race equity as laying with an aim where

        we must develop a more sophisticated understanding of the human mind, building on the new research on neurolinguistics and implicit bias. Perceptions of unfairness and resentment are present in many spheres of life, but our racial history and ongoing racial segregation can make these biases even more difficult to access or reform, even through active cross-cultural experiences and engagement. Moreover, mental associations formed at unconscious levels may operate even in individuals whose self-concept is organized around racial fairness, and these biases are difficult to change at the level of individual consciousness

        we really should listen. Reforming the mind at an unconsciouslevel goes well beyond authoritarian aspirations or trying to censor what someone can print. powell also knows this is about power and points out later in a section of “The Anti-Racist Agenda” that “we need to examine the political and power implications of any recategorizations. Because politics and power operate in different spheres, it may be appropriate to use different approaches, depending on the site. We may constitute and define race differently at the family level and at the public or group level.” Consistent with our continued encountering of a fixation with controlling the abstract categories that will become the lenses of perception and interpretation of everyday experience, powell too insists

        If we are to take the social construction of race seriously, we must be willing to examine the processes involved. In this examination, we will find an ideation and sets of material practices that must be understood.

        I worry that programs like this later this week https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/02/virtual-event-how-critical-race-training-is-harming-k-12/ do not sufficiently appreciate the kind of unconscious psychological change being sought in K-12 or higher ed.

  4. The flip side of that coin…

    Back in the days of the Dutch East Indies Company there was thing, okay, the company built these great ships. On the day the new ship wa s launched… one of the slaves was offered freedom in this way. The new ship stood on a launching ramp. The only thing preventing the vessels from sliding into its berth, was a block. Now, if the slave could manage to whack the block hard enough to launch the ship, ( and run fast enough to get out of the way ) the slave would be set free. Otherwise he would be crushed to death during the birthing process.
    This story illustrates the trials and tribulations of colored folk. This attitude permeates the thinking of the High Lords Admiralty that governs our world down to this day.
    My purpose here is not to pick a fight with you but rather to give some context to the debate. Beyond that and more importantly, the simple fact is that just the mere mention of the subject of racism can only bring up division and strife and argument.
    So I prefer to NOT play the ” r ” card. Instead I want to point out that every time a major media event is promoted to us, and the event has a racial bent or twist, then the whole reason it is being systematically banged into our ears is to divide and conquer. To wit, the recent ‘ d.c.capitol siege’ was roundly exposed as fake trump supporters that were also actors in other fake events by BLM.
    One more thing , in putting you wise, my intent is not to cause a revolution but simply inform the few that are intellectual enough to come here.

    • Are you attempting not to ‘pick a fight’ with me, or Robin?
      I figure it is moi.
      I haven’t lived in the U.S. for a long while, but remember the under-current of ‘r’, and I don’t deny it is deeply embedded in various institutions, and in certain people’s heads.

      I deal daily and for year’s with a slightly different phenomenon, which I might call species’ism. I will tell you a gruesome story to illustrate this. Decades ago, and shortly after I had arrived for my second tour of duty, here, I was riding along on a PACKED train on my way to work. I found myself wedged between two individuals and in an awkward position. The menstrual cramps that had been mild when I boarded that train escalated to an unbearable level, and there was no air. I spied out a window, a hospital with a RED CROSS on its face…and, my thought was…if I can get myself to that hospital, get some Tylenol, sit in a chair for a little while, I can recover and go to work. The best laid plans…

      So, I do hobble to the hospital and tell the clerk in my bad Japanese what is going on. INSTANTLY, a medical team rushes to ACTION. I assured the doctors that this was a monthly malady for me…and, I just needed pain killers, a cup of tea and a little rest. OUT OF THE QUESTION…I might be having a miscarriage. I assured them this was not possible, and begged for an aspirin. Undaunted, TESTS WERE PERFORMED, and the results would take time. During that time, I was placed spread eagle on an ice cold gurney and wheeled into a public ward of what was a teaching hospital. For hours, I, and I am mean ALL of me, was on public display for teams of interns who filed through the ward. I know this sounds insane, and why did I put up with it, but the answer is, I did not want to offend my hosts.

      After hours of this, it was announced that no pregnancy had been discovered. A doctor shot me up with Demerol, and I was thrown in a cab. I was SO HIGH by the time I reached my home, I fell out of the cab.

      What were the interns doing? They were studying the private parts of what they considered to be an alien life form. (BTW, I had a similar experience in another teaching hospital many years later, and when a cosmetic surgeon invited his students in to observe the removal of stitches in my shoulder. His comment to his team, in Japanese was, “See how fast ‘they’ heal!!!”

      I would like to say this stuff is ancient history in this country, but I think either of these events could occur tomorrow.

      “R” implies discrimination against a group that is, at least, perceived as sharing HUMAN DNA. What I am describing is on a whole other level.

      All thoughts welcome…

      • Whew… definitely too much information…. my point is simply that the media works in lockstep with the war powers. Anytime a big “r” event is staged you can bet dollars to donuts the taxpayers are being taken to the cleaners in a shady backroom deal.
        I forgot that donuts cost a dollar nowadays, by the way. Nevertheless the whole ” r” thing is a gimmick to ripoff everyone.

        • For sure, and don’t doubt a ‘word’ of what you are saying, but, the ‘r’ thing is quite relative, MY POINT.

          I remember TRYING to engage in this ridiculous discussion of the ‘enlightened’ on a Global Diversity blog, sponsored by, L.M. Rothschild. I made some offensive comment, no doubt, in attempting to describe my familiarity with ‘r’, and was bombarded with videos about ‘blue-eyed, and brown-eyed’ people. When I explained that I was a green-eyed person (probably one of ‘five’) living in a brown-eyed world, nobody GOT this…see how it works?

          You are certainly right as rain in what you observe. Just had to share a little anecdote from the real world.

          • This article shows me, once again, how important it is to the World Transformationalists over the next decade to control the meme. https://behavioralscientist.org/a-new-way-to-inoculate-people-against-misinformation/

            ‘Prebunking’ and ‘psychological inoculation’ really are like something from 1984, but nothing must deflect from the potency of the dictated Images I suppose. Perhaps Georgians need to play Harmony to forget what happened here in the last election and the runoff. Notice how many languages Bad News has been translated into–19! That’s a lot of planned inoculation.

            Following inoculation theory, exposing people to a “weakened dose” of misinformation in a safe (gaming) environment induces a sense of threat and an awareness of how vulnerable one’s attitudes might be. The subsequent opportunity to learn by doing lets players engage in a simulated exercise that helps cultivate psychological resistance against manipulation techniques. So instead of telling people what to believe, we created these games to equip players with the skills necessary to identify, argue against, and prevent harmful misinformation from going viral.

          • Oh Dear Lord.

            Pre Bunking.

            Innoculation Theory

            Medical Tyranny of all aspects of existence through manipulated language. Mental Hygiene on Steroids.

      • I won’t go along with your description of an undercurrent of racism in the USA. Mostly people just have learned to be colorblind, and that was working too well and people were avoiding guilt, so now they have no choice but to wheel out this crazy anti-racism stuff to keep us churning. Amid that, who knows if there’s racism anyway, there’s so many accusations amid neutral behavior.

        I’m shocked by your description of what happened to you in the hospital, but when I was briefly in Japan I was (and still am) a man, and in that strongly gendered society I suppose the experiences are different. Still … you do stay there.

    • I think it is utterly clear that the race card is intended to serve as the justification for the long-planned MH shift to what Uncle Karl called the Human Development Society. I think it was the usefulness of the dreadful George Floyd video to make ‘racism’ as salient to a US election year as the Pandemic lockdowns had on the idea that we all need ‘governmental protection’ against lethal pathogens that seem to actually come from govt labs the US helps fund. I think it is why Mindset Shifts got held until February, even though it must have been preprinted with the original June release date.

      What makes powell so useful to this discussion is he owns up that ‘racing’ as a verb is about the social transformation beginning at the level of the self. That racism is really an excuse for the long-sought transformation. We are back to Dewey’s deliberative democracy, which his vision of education was created for. On a side note, this https://scholarship.claremont.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1237&context=hmnj from 1997 says that learning standards are all about Dewey’s vision. Bingo! Bacl to powell and Racing to Justice

      Solutions require engagement across and within groups as well as with society more broadly. This work places a high priority on participation and looks with skepticism on practices, structures, and norms that exclude identifiable groups. [Racism cry forces the targeting of those practices, structures, and norms in the way of the desired transformation]. The dilemma can only be addressed by defining and challenging not only the white gaze but also the material conditions that support it. [Subjective and Objective get challenged for change. Internal and External]. This is neither a simple rejection nor an embrace or whiteness or otherness; it is a transformation that disturbs both. For it is not enough for marginalized groups to claim their voices for their communities or their worlds. They must participate in the making of the whole society and the selves that inhabit it.

      I am not picking on the articles I linked to, but CRT is NOT something that can simply be expunged from the curricula so we can get back to the transmission of knowledge since the remedies that a Barney Charter Initiative via its Classical Ed Vision or what Heritage pushes under its School Choice vision or what the think tank AEI pushes in its holistic visions or spiritual focus ALL are examples of wanting to get at the subjective and the internal every bit as much as CRT. The language is different but the ultimate target is not. I think that is why there has been so much organized deceit around Tranzi OBE. EVERYBODY seems to want the internalized transformation in worldview and value orientation, but only CRT owns up to it explicitly (unless like me you know where to look and have read the cited links in the original yourself).

      I can remember the first time I ever came across a Heritage employee or a representative of the home schoolers association at a European based education conference sponsored by UNESCO. “So you want a cultural transformation every bit as much as a Julian Huxley, but use subtler euphemisms to obscure that reality?” Pretending that the shift away from the transmission of knowledge is not occurring and why the shift simply enables Tranzi OBE. I may not be able to prevent any of what is unquestionably occurring, but I can explain what is shifting and why, using the words of the designers of the paradigm shift. Lots of webinars this week as I continue to listen to the plans because I am aware of how this all fits.

      It’s why there’s not really a dispute about what I am saying and writing. There’s just a lack of awareness and an understandable desire to avert the gaze from the painful implications.

      • Thanks for all of this, Robin.

        Was riding on a bus, yesterday, to the dreaded immigration office. In total chaos, that place, which is a GOOD thing because EVERYBODY gets a visa extension, no questions asked. Anyway, back to the bus. These vehicles are now propaganda wagons with large digital screens at front that explain our future to us. The Japan Times had sponsored a before/after video which featured screens like: conflict>>>collaboration, exclusion>>>inclusion….ad infinitum.

        Also, watched the Singaporean Governments 2021 budget presentation this AM. Heng, introduced the same themes with numbers attached, and with ‘climate change’ measures thrown in.

        Looks like ‘resistance’ is futile.

          • Probably a good idea to look at infection curves in countries that cannot engage in this level of lunacy, e.g. India, where herd immunity would seem to account for a sharp decline in Covid-19 cases. NPR reported on this with a big “?”…like, how could this be???, what are the Indians ‘doing’ that we are not??? They are doing nothing.

          • Oooof. I saw that pic . Brutal.

            I’m rooting for the maskless kids too.

            A woman I “follow” on Twitter lives in Chicago environs and organized an outing of 20 odd people to enter Ikea maskless.

            I applaud them as well.

            One of my oldest friends, maid of honor at my wedding is a True Branch Covidien Believer .

            She unleashed a tirade of vitriol upon me for recently taking a vacation to Fl. ( How Dare I? and did I even Quarantine and get tested when I got HOME!?)

            Its bad out there.

          • Yes it is bad out there. In fact, I was recently telling a family member to stop calling it a pandemic and to understand it as now endemic at a certain level, which is where it is likely to remain indefinitely. I have found this blog from Scandinavia to be helpful insights. https://sebastianrushworth.com/2021/03/01/lockdowns-have-killed-millions/

            Look at what Frameworks and some of the major philanthropies are now up to. As a fellow history major it’s not hard to see the real purpose of all the mind arson.

            As we head into the third month of the year, it’s become clear that 2021 is continuing the precedent set by 2020.

            Already in 2021 we have experienced an insurrection, an impeachment, and an inauguration. As Congress and the Biden administration remain locked in negotiations around a stimulus package, we’ve seen devastating winter storms wreaking havoc on Mississippi, Texas, and states throughout the Midwest. There’s a common thread that runs through all of this. And it’s not just crisis. All of these events show the importance of government and its role in serving the public good.

            Through the years, our research has found that the public does not typically hold favorable views of government, instead assuming it is inefficient, inept, and corrupt. This brews a powerful sense of fatalism. If government is inefficient and incapable, what can we realistically expect it to accomplish? It’s this type of thinking that makes privatizing public goods like education and utilities seem like such a good option.

            However, recent research is giving us pause. We are seeing results that suggest a renewed belief (or perhaps a greater understanding) that government can—and should—be a force for good in our lives.

            Conducted in partnership with the Ford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, and Square One Foundation, FrameWorks is mapping and tracking shifts in public thinking around issues raised by COVID-19 and the movement for racial justice. The project started in April 2020 and will continue until at least September 2021. Results from May and June of 2020 suggest that more productive thinking about government seems to be on the rise. Data from surveys and focus groups show that people are seeing that government can and should be expected to be responsive to people’s needs and concerns, like providing financial assistance, helping with health care, and keeping insurance costs down.

            While we can’t definitively say what brought about this shift, one explanation is that witnessing the breakdowns in government functioning over the past year has forced people to see and better understand government’s role in and responsibility for supporting our collective wellbeing.

            What we can say is that now is the time for advocates working across social issues to tell a new story about government as an essential part of providing and protecting the common good. Advocates and other communicators should use our current moment to catalyze changes in our government that will lead to greater wellbeing for all of us.

            Conducted in partnership with the Ford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, and Square One Foundation, FrameWorks is mapping and tracking shifts in public thinking around issues raised by COVID-19 and the movement for racial justice. The project started in April 2020 and will continue until at least September 2021. Results from May and June of 2020 suggest that more productive thinking about government seems to be on the rise. Data from surveys and focus groups show that people are seeing that government can and should be expected to be responsive to people’s needs and concerns, like providing financial assistance, helping with health care, and keeping insurance costs down.

            While we can’t definitively say what brought about this shift, one explanation is that witnessing the breakdowns in government functioning over the past year has forced people to see and better understand government’s role in and responsibility for supporting our collective wellbeing.

            What we can say is that now is the time for advocates working across social issues to tell a new story about government as an essential part of providing and protecting the common good. Advocates and other communicators should use our current moment to catalyze changes in our government that will lead to greater wellbeing for all of us.

            The events of January 6, 2020, made clear that government is not simply a building but a set of fundamental ideas that make up the backbone of our country. The rolling blackouts and power outages in Texas have highlighted that while public infrastructures need investment and redress, only the government can meet our public needs.

            Here is a set of framing strategies that can build public faith in government and keep the momentum going:
            1. Explain what government is and what it does by naming the public structures it creates and supports, such as highways, schools, libraries, and public health agencies.

            2. Make it clear that these are roles that only government can fill.

            3. Avoid falling into the trap of conveying the sense that our public systems are broken beyond repair.

            4. Focus attention on how we can repair the public systems that we need to respond effectively to our collective challenges and support shared progress and prosperity.

            And suddenly we have the connection between the psychological abuse due to covid and hyping the overly sensitive pcr, the lockdowns, and the need for governments to once again control citizens in every aspect of their lives.

            You know who government is? Newsome, DeBlasio, Biden, Pelosi, and others who simply want power while pretending it is about wellbeing. I could come up with a crew on the ‘Right’ too, but breakfast is ready and we all know by now it ties to the False Narrative deliberately created in advance to surround the Common Core and act as the other side of the sluice to Ilyenkov’s Dialectical Materialism. I had that insight last night after an article on creating new ‘conservative’ institutions, like K-12, to ‘mold’ children as desired for their own good mentioned that the Catholic Church in the US had a Human Eology Initiative. Suddenly it all clicked.

        • Take a look at this. https://bsahely.com/2018/12/02/lessons-from-neuroscience-and-experimental-psychology-for-a-partnership-society-emotion-and-reason-partners-not-opposites-general-structure-of-the-decision-making-network-daniel-levine/

          Riane Eisler’s name just came up in a webinar and it turns out she has moved into neuroplasticity. So now we can definitively connect GERG and its desire for global social evolution to a neuroplasticity focus.

          Just found it–Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future . Came out August 2019.

          Fits too with what the SoLD Alliance has in mind.

          I also found an abstract for a 2014 paper that fits with what I have been documenting and it’s relevant to powell quoting her husband and colleague–David Loye.

          This article briefly describes the two main strands of a new unified theory about human nature and human possibilities:cultural transformation theory and bio-culturalism. Bio-culturalism combines findings from neuroscience about how our brains develop in interaction with our environments with findings from the study of relational dynamics, a new method of social analysis focusing on what kinds of relations—from intimate to international—a particular culture or subculture supports. Bio-culturalism recognizes that our species has a vast spectrum of genetic capacities, ranging from consciousness, caring, empathy, cooperation, and creativity to insensitivity, cruelty, exploitation, and destructiveness, and proposes that which of these capacities are expressed or inhibited largely hinges on the nature of our cultural environments. Cultural transformation theory looks at the whole span of human cultural evolution from the perspective of the tension between the contrasting configurations of the partnership system and the domination system as two underlying possibilities for structuring beliefs, institutions, and relationships. The article describes the core components of partnership-and domination-oriented societies, provides examples of each, and proposes that our future hinges on accelerating the cultural transformation from domination to partnership in our time of nuclear and biological weapons and the ever more efficient despoliation of nature, when high technology guided by an ethos of domination and conquest could take us to an evolutionary dead end.

          It’s called “HUMAN POSSIBILITIES: THE INTERACTION OF BIOLOGY AND CULTURE”.

          • Maybe we have gone over this before, but can you explain whatever connection exists between Eisler, Marshall Rosenberg and NVC, AND Carl Rogers who was Rosenberg’s mentor. THX

          • Not sure I remember Rosenberg discussion, but in the mean time this program is this coming Monday and ties to the Dalai Lama https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/128784/cultivating-resilience-and-compassion-in-k-12-education

            Notice the reference to cognitively-based compassion training.

            Also this challenge is coming up. https://compassionshift.emory.edu/the-shift

            Like a drop in a pool of water, compassion and understanding ripple outward, creating a shift in perspective.

            It brings to life His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s famous quote: “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”
            This ripple effect sets a change in motion by creating a wave of personal transformation. It also continues to journey outward, creating interpersonal transformation.

            Ultimately, the ripple of compassion can shift the world around us into a more compassionate place.

    • Yep. But no one can discern state scripted theater from reality anymore.

      They have been too engaged with Reality TV and Real World Learning and Role Playing in the classroom. Humans are constantly being assaulted with images, still and moving, which they conflate with ‘truth’.

      If someone can speak or shout ” I can’t breathe!” ? They can breathe. Someone who cannot breathe cannot articulate sound.

      We are being mocked as we are being herded .

    • OMG. So the tested, non-sick, vaccinated are still to wear masks? Altruistic MS, right? How about this from the World Happiness Week coming up in a few weeks from IPEN.

      The Role of Transformative Technology in Human Suffering

      We live at the beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where virtual and physical systems are intertwined in services, manufacturing, and the human body itself. Over the past couple of years, we could see an exponential growth of technology’s role in improving well-being, decreasing stress and anxiety, and addressing the fundamental causes of human physical and psychological suffering. These benefits are supported by a growing understanding of science, psychology, neuroscience, and the mechanisms underlying peace, compassion, love, and the fundamental sense of who we are.

      And though we are slowly improving as a society and are now operating at a better place and with more advantages than any other period in human history, many people are still suffering deeply. That is why transformative technologies are here to support not only our thinking, functioning, and relationships but also to transform our hearts and minds. The goal is to support physical and mental health, emotional well-being, and human thriving.

      To embrace these technologies in a way that supports a happier and healthier future, we must understand what these technologies are and how we can best utilize them. On Day 5 of World Happiness Week, we will connect participants with experts, researchers, developers, and engineers working on the latest and greatest transformative technology.

      Now doesn’t that align with what MS is really up to and aligns with the global Achievement Standards Network Gates funded that CC is a part of? Those in turn align to the core education data learning technologies are harvesting via supplied experiences and formative assessments.

      I think it’s time for a walk. Adding one more quote. Riane Eisler and David Loye were involved in these agoras referenced.

      Take AwaySuffering is indeed part of life. No one is exempt from it. But this doesn’t mean we can’t do something about it together. The state of ‘dukkha’ is maybe unavoidable, but it’s not permanent, and when united, humankind can do so much to raise the levels of global happiness. Choosing to be guided by wisdom instead of desire means having freedom from suffering. It means choosing to wake up from the unreal, temporary illusions and be on a path towards authentic happiness and genuine well-being. If we go through life’s ordeals with a mindful and conscious approach, we can alleviate the suffering and experience fundamental peace.So much is happening in the world that needs to be addressed, and the World Happiness Week provides the perfect opportunity for it. From March 18th to March 23rd, attendees from all over the world will be able to participate in finding solutions for global problems and enjoy the company of like-minded people while listening to insightful lectures on diverse topics. Participants can choose to attend in person (if you are at any of the +80 Agoras around the world and if COVID-19 measures permit), or they can choose to join from the comfort of their homes. The Digital Summit is free to attend, regardless of where you are. Join us in realizing the future of happiness. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

      • ARGH!

        We used to call various activities “methods” or “approaches”, and now these are “technologies”. Credit Erhard and Flores for this, and throw in Scientology, too.

        Ms. Eisler, et al. are creating “a context for a world that works for everyone (TM)”.

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