Patriotic Programming: Toddler to Teenager to ‘Tabloidhood’ (The Rubber Hand Illusion)

by Johnny McNeill – unpublished author of ‘Gaslighting Gilligan’ (released via Berlin on 25th June 2017).

“How can wealth persuade poverty to use its political power to keep wealth in power? Here lies the whole art of Conservative politics in the twentieth century.” – Aneurin Bevan

I’m going to attempt to answer that question, “the whole art”, by asking and answering another question;

“If computers were sentient, would they know they were programmed if they weren’t told?”.

The video in Anil Seth’s quotation in the link below is fascinating. In it he talks about sensory information coming into the brain not making sense but when a new conscious perception stimulus is added – such as my PTSD episode when the word “pathetic” was uttered in earshot by a complete stranger* (see below) that froze and transported me back to my past abusive relationship – the same information makes a new perception and predictable, interpretational sense.

In fact, we are all hallucinating all the time including right now. It’s just that when we agree about our hallucinations, we call that ‘reality’.” ~ Anil Seth.

It got me thinking….

The ‘Rubber Hand Illusion’ test subject truly believed, through very short-term physiological stimulus association-conditioning of the physical feeling of the brushing, that the fake-representational hand was his own hand being attacked.

And so with a very brief stimulus he instinctively and defensively reacted to that ‘reality‘ as if it were actually ‘real‘.

This being the case; is it not entirely ‘fake-representation’ feasible that through long-term psychological-emotional stimulus and association-conditioning, beginning in preadolescence childhood to combine a flag, anthem and/or a living-deity with the emotional feeling of belonging, externally ‘top-down’ projected (as per the Good Morning Britain link below) to become normalised and this collective-identity ‘confirmed’ through psychosocial programming sources; via schools, celebrity-led broadcast media and sports teams & personalities etc, to instil within each individual – each test subject – the internalised-sense of social-compliance conformity, of basic survival, of security and safety-assuredness housed in programmed ‘moral-superiority’ and occasionally in amoral-superiority in order to nurture a false but felt sense of emotionalised-empowerment?

In short, quite literally – a fabricated, manipulated emotional ‘State’ of engineered exceptionalism; an ‘indoctriNation’ in which servility is ‘civility’ and vice-versa.

Children across UK schools sing ‘The’ National Anthem Live on Good Morning Britain: broadcast 9th Sept 2015; “If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it”. Edward Bernays, 1928

Which is then externalised in adolescence and adulthood to be cyclically-reinforced and projected by each individual, slave to their previous innate social-conformity primordial programming to then assimilate and collectively mass-manifest as an existential, experiential, pseudo-religious physiologically felt ‘belief system‘ – within the thoughts, feelings and behavioural actions of the ‘hive-mind’?

But which conversely, also results in an ideologically unacknowledged toxic, individual insecurity steeped Schrodinger-state ‘superiority-persecution complex‘ permission, to self-righteous indignation – proactively promoted by media – to result in the ridicule of perceived ‘lesser, inferior’, non-compliant groups who are ‘justifiably’ to be held in the ‘superior’ powers’ contempt, even anger, of anyone and anything not of ‘Its’ belief system.

Think about It; have you never noticed how this emotional Stateis always the Imperial-patriotic entitled deserving ‘victors’ over everyone, yet somehow always makes itself out to be the bemused, undeserving ‘victims’ of someone?

“One of the great secrets of the day is to know how to take possession of popular prejudices and passions, in such a way as to introduce a confusion of principles which makes impossible all understanding between those who speak the same language and have the same interests”. – Machiavelli.

And which like the ‘Rubber Hand Illusion‘ can result in a similar ‘instinctive-defensive reaction’, which when a perceived attack takes place on this manufactured, manipulated belief-system then manifests as if it were ‘direct‘ assault upon the individual person him or herself; so that by preadolescent #PatrioticProgramming inseparable-association, of Monarchy, military & flag with Conservative Government – not ‘Commie’, socialist red-flag Labour Governmenta slight against any single string in the Union Flag fronted piece, is an affront to the entire orchestra playing to the gallery and by psychosocial engineered association – an attack on oneself.

There’s certainly enough evidence in the world to support the ‘Britification’ Rubber Hand Illusion analogy; an ideological reality that is so ‘normal’ because it’s been inter-generationally recycled and reinforced as an invisible quintessentially British #EmotionalisedEmpowerment psychosocial vehicle, to be made, well, a religion.

A religion that sings the praises not of a nation but to an individual; to a living-deity so exalted by its acquiescent acolytes, they inter-generationally instruct their ultimate conditioned deity – God – to ‘save’ her/him. Yet hypocritically we can we observe our own ‘normality‘ reflected in similar servile, slavish unquestioning idolatry of a family dynastic Head of State – in North Korea.

“The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everyone has decided not to see”. Ayn Rand

Nowhere is this ‘religion‘ more stark than in colonial-remnant Northern Ireland (& The Falklands) – amplified in no small part by being the ‘victims’ of outside‘ aggression and as such, where Unionism is even more vehemently, ideologically British, even to the point of opposing their own native tongue, than the average Englishman who sees his Britishness as a patriotic-pedestal extension of his Englishness.

And certainly more so than the Westminster aristocracy who themselves are well-versed in the manufactured perpetual-conflict roots of this ‘superiority-persecution complex’ emotional State and who through 300 years of ‘Gaslighting Gilligan’, have psychosocial engineered malleable minds to work for and in its perennial favour.

“Few people have the imagination for reality”. Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

This is how the plutocratic, ‘Great’ British corporate-government oil-war oligarch-politique, ‘The Corpolitique’, have locked and enveloped all the working masses of this island – and beyond – within a cyclical intergenerational ‘Matrix’-like pseudo-reality.

And has done so particularly since the advent of the masses access to post-WWII literacy-numeracy education, to result in a self-perpetuating, self-harming society that is easily emotionalised, distracted and misdirected to target one other with yellow-jacketed heroism. All of which is housed in a plastic ‘veracity’ by manipulating our innate, human survival-instinct need for safety and social-conformity, which in itself through ‘greater numbers conditioning’ actually compels the conscious-self to rewrite reality in order to stay ‘safe’ within the herd – even when they know that faux ‘reality’ has the foreseeable potential to do them great, irreversible harm i.e. Brexit.

“Shall I tell you a terrible truth about politics and human nature and the way we live our lives? You can probably make a good case for almost any course of action.” Boris Johnson (2013)

Because having become peer-pressure compelled to believe through limbic preadolescent-hardwired interpretation; that to challenge the aristocratic-entitled structures and their elitist institutions, is to without distinction simultaneously attack, to sever, the symbiotic-symbolic limbs of our own individual working-class selves. But which also in a rather cowardly fashion also permits us to stay safely housed within the compliance-conditioned pyrrhic comfort-zone confines of the herd.

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting”. Sun Tzu

Sure, individuals can speak out against the elitist structures but often these ‘anti-establishment’ voices; themselves the hypocritical-products components and sponge-like sentient recordings of their propaganda past and perceived perpetual future, only do so to hear their ‘conscious self’ and to be marginally heard by other ‘conscious selves’, which is enough to feel and therefore be both valid and validated.

Just so long as what is marginally stated – with or without informed conviction – suits whatever it is the greater numbers of the herd already wanted to hear and thereby affording themselves the hollow ‘echo-chamber’ authority ability, to progress upwardly within the framework of a structure they have no intention of changing; or trying something that hasn’t already been tried before.

This innate confirmation bias survival instinct coupled with direct consequence of long-term, inter-generational mass-media, psychological and physiological manipulation to result in the ‘Great’ British States’ own ‘Rubber Hand Illusion‘ achieved through indoctrination and compliance-conditioning – impossible to detect as it was first delivered and crucially, normalised in childhood – would go some way to explaining how we allow such cyclical bouts of human misery in the form of UK wars waged on the poor domestically through induced poverty, imprisonment and inter-generational homelessness; and abroad having become the economically-conscripted cannon-fodder, sent to fight an endless stream of perpetuated conveyor-belt wars.

But yet is cyclically repeated and accepted acquiescently as it has been since The ‘Great War’ (see how easy it is to make us forget and rebrand anything?) with a blind reverence and deference to the established order of things; lest we inadvertently harm ourselves (or are harmed) for mounting a serious challenge.

It’s brilliant. Devious but brilliant. From cradle to grave the ‘belief system’ messaging is; harm the established order, harm yourself.

But just like UK ‘democracy‘ it isn’t real. It never was. It’s a controlled, manufactured mass-hallucination felt by sentient-computer hard-drives that can never know – they were preprogrammed for a perennial cannon-fodder conveyor-belt by factory settings…

“He alone who owns the youth, gains the the future”. Adolf Hitler

The British identity is a phenomenological prosthetic; an aristocrat-plutocrat propaganda design housed in a post WWII-centric dummy-load democracy;

“A media system wants ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity”. Joseph Goebbels.

You see ‘The Party‘ (Orwell) knowing it would need to change its colour from blue to red – or face EU & global accusations of the UK being a One Party State since Thatcher – did so by expectation management. Through the ‘respected’ media ‘exposing’ Conservatives corruption at the time, The Party psychologically softened-up the public to “GIVE CHANGE A CHANCE” – which is essentially the same coup propaganda playbook as the Trump Presidency “Drain the swamp” & ‘Farage’s’ [Cummings] “Take back control” Brexit, and who are themselves like Blair before them – ideological decoys driving fictitious ‘anti-Establishment‘ change.

From my piece ‘Tedious Twitter Twaddle‘.

Whereas they are in fact political-actors playing their part a Perfect Dictatorship pseudo-reality sealed in State-school indoctrination sold as ‘education’, to manifest as the ‘experienced’ Great British ‘agreed reality’; a nation of ‘Pavlov’s Patriots’ bred to serve as Schrödinger’s soldier-slaves in limbic-brain ‘love’ with the very people who are killing them for ‘The Corpolitique’soil, for power, for another 100 years…

But that’s not the end of ‘It’. You see in order to breed the British State (& beyond) into a military machine, it must set society up to fail with the normalisation of induced depression in ever increasing concentrations over the course of decades, in particular (but not exclusively) through the destruction of the family unit; psychologically, emotionally & financially.

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in shapes of your own choosing”. Orwell.

For which the State, the power, ‘The Corpolitique’ – reap the cyclical, self-perpetuating benefits – to re-feed the State with financial privatised prison profit & military power in the form of industrial scale cannon-fodder (with the ‘bonus’ for powerful paedophiles to siphon-off their darkest desires).

Gaslighting Gilligan’s #PatrioticPoverty ‘Prison-Military Industrial Complex (© 2017)

The result? Whether prisoners of the mind in a military uniform or of physical walls; patriotic, pre/adolescent condition-trained by the disciplinarian ‘fatherly’ Government and empathetic ‘motherly’ Monarch; military and flag-worshipping men – who are the key to dictatorship, to owning the streets domestically and securing oil globally cease to present a threat to the Established hierarchical-order in any significant, cohesive and organised numbers. It’s time to wake up…

Lastly, that word “pathetic” uttered in earshot by a complete stranger which transported me back to my abusive relationship past on the 12th September 2016? It was by a female household-name BBC ‘news‘ & ‘current affairs‘ presenter – yes on TV. And she enjoys nothing more than pumping out #GenderAgenda divide, rule and recruitment #RampantSexism propaganda; as does the entire western-‘democratic’ mainstream media…

Edit-insert: Video recorded on 25th June 2018, on the first anniversary of going to Berlin and warning the German Bundes Polizei & Irish Embassy on 250617, of the inevitable #ToryAnalytica coup d’etat militarisation of Brexit and the arrival of a US/UK-led global fascism; “Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad”. Orwell, ‘1984’.


#NarcissistFascist Characteristics

The trouble with fiction is that it makes too much sense… Reality never makes sense”. Aldous Huxley.

‘Gaslighting Gilligan’ by Johnny McNeill; a contemporary dystopian ‘fiction‘ about the intrinsic, interconnectedness of both personal & State-political domestic abuse, was released from Berlin on 25th June 2017. It is copyright © but is a *free*-to-share public-service PDF download from here. 🇬🇧🇺🇸🇨🇦🇦🇺🇳🇿

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4 thoughts on “Patriotic Programming: Toddler to Teenager to ‘Tabloidhood’ (The Rubber Hand Illusion)”

  1. […] It’s also based in the things ‘they’, the UK (&US) Anglo-Imperial corporate-government politique, I’ve called these #TheCorpolitique – the elite-estate, through inter-generational ‘cradle-to-grave’ indoctrination-conditioning, patriotic-programming teach us… […]


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