by Johnny McNeill – unpublished author of ‘Gaslighting Gilligan‘ (© 2017 – free download – released via Berlin on 25th June 2017).
“All rulers in all ages have tried to impose a false view of the world upon their followers“. Orwell.
Like a narcissistic domestic abuse partner concealing from the world who they really are behind closed doors, so too the truth and authentic character of a fascist State claiming to be a ‘democracy’, is hidden from display in State-schools text books.
And with the exception of a select State agitator few, like Robinson, Hopkins, Morgan and Farage et al – all of whom are Bannon’s #ToryAnalytica ideological decoys driving our emotions and behaviours on behalf of Gove, Johnson, May, Rees-Mogg, Leadsome & Francois et al – had rarely been on display for all to see, hear and feel on mainstream news media – until the fascist-lite, anti-EU propaganda campaign was made to migrate from the decades long press propaganda campaign, to seamlessly dovetail with the TV broadcast, drip-fed fascism campaign which began in earnest in 2010, to appeal to our conditioned confirmation-bias prejudices;
You see, as I set out in ‘Gaslighting Gilligan’s’ #NarcissistFascist Characteristics, whether an individual narcissist or fascist State, what we see on the outside is a manufactured construct. Its true character, by its very nature is hidden in the historical indoctrination of what it wants you to see – and feel. It does this by ‘love-bombing’ and massaging your ego, with your benevolence and greatness, before it begins to psychologically and physiologically #Isolate you from your self-esteem and sense of belonging, by attacking your belief-systems which slowly manipulate your reality and erase your identity, whilst simultaneously deflecting your attention to blame and dehumanise the ‘other’.
I call ‘It‘ The #DarkTriad (my model for fascism below) which makes you the perfect match for ‘It‘ and is quite the achievement, given that compared to you, compared to everyone, ‘It‘ is so unbelievably brilliant – too good for you; ‘too good to be true’ one might say…
But look carefully and you’ll see in this ‘State’, in this narcissist-Machiavellian mirror, that you yourself, are nothing but a fawned-over reflection of a superficial-seeded feeling commonly called ‘patriotism‘ feeding into a ‘Dark Triad Model for Global Fascism’ through six principle, predictable response, emotional-behavioural ‘push and pull‘ drivers…
#Invalidate (by identity-demographics)
#Isolate (within individual & mass hive-mind)
#Agitate (attack ‘Britishness’/belief-systems to seed suspicion & division)
#Segregate (signposting minorities)
#Amalgamate (via ‘patriotic’ victimhood trigger & ‘#CommunityNation’ propaganda).
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’.
Because scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find ‘It’ only seemed so ‘perfect’ for you, because whilst it proffered to love you endlessly since your programming in preadolescence, you couldn’t possibly live up to ‘It‘, because it’s so, well, ‘Great’.
Which made you want to be a part of It and in doing so, made you even more needy and grateful for Its approval, as It set its own insecurity-steeped, capricious and unstated rules; changing them beneath the board to shift their lethal snakes and ladders game in their favour – forever…
So yes, as the saying goes ‘if something seems too good to be true, it probably is’ – and that goes for a ‘country’ too, which just like a typical narcissistic domestic abuser will discard the husk of what’s left and pre-plan pivot to another host, once the narcissistic-supply has ran out…Which is why the historic-legacy – particularly Ireland, India, Africa & Bengal – and contemporary Iraqi & Yemeni genocide atrocities of a continuing British aristocratic-dynastic Empire, have and continue to be indoctrination-omitted from State school text books and media. Moreover, conversely and indeed perversely, an annual act of very British ‘doubling-down’ bedecked in a sea of red, white and blue bunting sees these genocides celebrated by Union Jack waving ‘Rule Britannia’ and proudly sanitised by ‘Last Night at the Proms‘.
All, by a sort of widespread ‘fashionable-narcissism’, by fascism, are ‘wiped out’ as if none of it ever happened so that they – or rather we on their behalf – can keep doing it over and over again because when we really process ‘It‘ we can see the parallels in which Imperialism is the ideological corporate-political ‘cousin’ of fascism, is the militarised extension of capitalism, is the group-characteristic extension of narcissism.
But all this unwelcome detail has always been erased by a #Gleichschaltung-precursor in order our core-belief indoctrination-identity, rote-taught by preadolescent & adolescent #PatrioticProgramming, would be largely housed in WWII; in our ‘righteous’ Shrodinger-‘State’ dual ‘superiority-persecution complex‘, that snake-oil salesmen sells a single-handed ‘stoical’ narrative in a war against another genocidal tyrant, Adolf Hitler.
“Power is the pivot on which everything hinges. He who has the power is always right; the weaker is always wrong”. Machiavelli.
But to question the Empire-legacy indoctrination; to question this quasi–religious corporate-political propaganda construct and the veracity of its British ‘benevolence’ claims, to take issue with their unspoken, untaught massacres, their invisible genocide, will be met by howls of industrial-scale (pathological!) hypocrisy to ‘get over it’, to ‘move on’ – even when we can see that the UK (&US) State continues with same cyclical, ‘normalised brutality’ global-resources conquest behaviours today.
And this Vergangenheitsbewaltigung dismissive approach to truth is especially found in the post-WWII ‘societal-reset’ Baby Boomers and subsequent (my) Generation X, whose parent & teenager paths began to merge with their shared film & music cultural-identity interests in the 1980’s; much of which has found its way back into an ongoing nostalgic trip down memory lane, as if to transport us back to better British times...
If you think about it, I mean really think about it, Orwell was spot on with his timing titled ‘1984’.
“Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth”. Khaled Hosseini
And where he called Britain (& Ireland) ‘Airstrip One’, in ‘Gaslighting Gilligan’ I called us ‘Narcisstate’ – my rationale for the behavioural-characteristic parallels being exhibited by the British State collective elite and which will in time, I suspect be explored in schools by ‘the proles’, as they’ve already been exploited by the tiny 1% global-elite.
In time too, whether I get to see it or not (I’m hopeful!) I’d like to think that ‘Gaslighting Gilligan’ and specifically ‘#OpFukuglaschu‘ – will be recognised and seen to have been The Party’s or ‘The Corpolitique’s ‘Atlantic Bridge’ to ‘1984’ – had some ‘lunatic’ not walked into a Berlin Bundes (Government level) Polizie building and demanded with the Irish Embassy to alert them (& three other agencies) on 25th June 2017.
“The trouble with fiction is that it makes too much sense… Reality never makes sense”. Aldous Huxley.
And as if to typify the timing of our predicted, programmed naivety, of placing our absolute unconditional trust in Government, in Crown-led, self-reverential aristocratic-authority; what was the year the Tory UK Government (are said to have) secretly put military personnel in police uniforms and the BBC chronologically-reverse ‘news’ events, to convince the population that miners had first attacked police at Orgreave? 1984.
And we all fell for it. Most still do.
Don’t you find it odd too, that without foreign wars and domestic conflict and always ‘the other’, the British ‘identity’ struggles to have a sense of itself without referring to these ‘others’; portraying its identity as ‘victim’, despite already having attempted to wipe out their cultures and colonised their resources?
Here’s where the real conflict lies, the cognitive disconnect between the gaslighting programming and the reality of what it means to be ‘British’; an illusion; a programmed identity housed in an ideological, corporate-political construct; a fiction – written by propaganda omission and commission.
‘Britain’s logic was brutal and perfidious: Prime Minister Winston Churchill considered the influence of the Communist Party within the resistance movement he had backed throughout the war – the National Liberation Front, EAM – to have grown stronger than he had calculated, sufficient to jeopardise his plan to return the Greek king to power and keep Communism at bay. So he switched allegiances to back the supporters of Hitler against his own erstwhile allies.’ The Guardian.
Yet the ‘Britons‘ programming has always conditioned a ‘State’ of mind to perceive themselves as being so diverse, so united at home and so ‘benevolent’ abroad – despite the abundance of evidence to the contrary…
This is partly because these two generations, Baby Boomers & GenX (principally) were ‘morally’-elevated by a never ending diet of State school and film indoctrination (spooky right?) which was psychosocial (con)script-conditioned to identify ‘Britishness’ as being the irrepressible, stand-alone stoical force for good. And to raise a brave wry grin in the face of inveterate victimhood-dripping adversity, to steep their entitled identity in a Schrodinger slave-‘State’; via that perennial, schizophrenic, dual-hypocrisy ‘superiority-persecution complex‘.
Which is really odd as that’s very same Zulu-scripted stoic-victimhood ‘Dunkirk spirit’, ‘community nation’ propaganda narrative being sold in the so-called news media today in the wake of ‘terror’ attacks.
And the entitled, hypocritical superiority-persecution theatre can most noticeably – if you care to process it – be seen and felt as the central-theme in the failing Brexit coup d’etat ‘negotiations‘.
But what we don’t understand, what was never spelt out to us and therefore can’t cognitively process, was that WWII was ‘taught’ to all of us by British Whig history; not necessarily in State schools but largely by heroic-stoic entertainment in young boys comic-strip stories that were matched in celluloid in Dunkirk, in The Dambusters, in A Bridge Too Far, in The Great Escape, in Bridge Over the River Kwai, in Guns of Naverone and by a rocky-scripted football-hero laden Escape to Victory, that would no doubt appeal to impressionable youngsters.
We were all schooled – literally – sold a pup by film-then-TV patriotic programme-conditioning to associate ourselves with being the time-immemorial good-guys because that’s what being British was in WWII right?
And many still cling to it.
But what ‘It’ was actually doing, was sewing the seeds of our own self-righteous, ‘morally-superior’ destruction; so convinced were we that we couldn’t possibly be anything but the global ‘good-guys’, our ‘trusted’ Establishment elite gave us – gave themselves – a free inter-generational hall pass, with ‘our’ numbed serf-permission to bomb the hell out of anyone they deemed, on our behalf, as ‘bad-guys’.We still do. We do simply because we never really knew who or what it was that was ‘leading’ us. Because if we knew, they’d be finished for what they’ve done to us but hidden from us all. And they know it.
That’s why the British State didn’t spell out the direct and indirect oil-laden roots of WWII that were germinated in the poppy seeds of WWI from Flanders Fields to Gallipoli.
You see, all the while our forefathers fought working-class fascists across western Europe and North Africa in the second-half and before that, fought working-class Hun in Flanders Fields in the first-half, they could have saved themselves a lot of bloodshed bother by rooting out the ‘Imperial fascists’ within their own corporate-industrial owned governments.
The British State has managed to hide from us what it really is by camouflaged omission – an unacknowledged rogue nation-State built upon one single amoral principle; cyclical-conquest. First domestically then abroad. It’s a corporate-government intelligence and profit-making war-machine posing as ‘country’.
It still doesn’t State-school spell out the two year period from 1912 to the 1914 ‘July Crisis’; when it waged a propaganda war against the largely, socialist-pacifist British working classes, targeted mainly at men and underpinned by the dehumanisation and public-poster and ‘White Feather Women’ guilt-shaming, to psychologically and physiologically guilt-shame humiliate men into ‘volunteering’ to serve King and Country.
“Suddenly producing a large white feather, she jabbed it into his waistcoat. And in another tone, fierce and scornful she added:…”You coward! Why don’t you enlist?”
But it wasn’t all negative push and pull channelling, some of it was positive – they could serve with their operant conditioning pals, as a brave, local hero.
The campaign ran concurrently to demonise Germany and dehumanise Germans, all of which was the propaganda pretext to gain control of Middle East oil before their Saxe-Corburg-Gotha German Imperialist cousins could do so themselves by completing the Berlin-Baghdad Railway.
It doesn’t spell out that the British elite had no Entente Cordiale obligation to provide troops for the war. It was only treaty obliged to provide Naval defence of the Low Countries and northern French sea-ports. But the British aristocracy went ahead anyway and took out their Imperialist insurance policy to land the BEF, wound up ready to fight a ‘quick war’ that would “be over by Christmas”; a ploy perhaps, that could feasibly have seen a rush of young men to conscript themselves – some to actually get to see some action through a prism of patriotic naivety. Others however might have thought it would indeed be over by the time they got there, but if they joined up, would get to tell tales of their uniformed-bravado and impress pretty girls with war-stories regardless; having never left Pirbright.
But the war went on for four long murderous years before the second half of the same oil-war got underway, guaranteed by the Versailles Treaty, The Ruhr Annexation and arguably the rather ‘timely’ potential US (and beyond) military-recruitment stock, housed in the US stock market ‘crash’…
It doesn’t spell out the nurturing, resourcing and funding of the fascist Nazi war machine by US corporates and European elites, most notably maintaining the airworthiness of the Luftwaffe; a Luftwaffe it somehow beforehand, had managed to build ‘in secret’ whilst its ‘invisible propaganda’ machine put an entire population under the hateful spell of fascism to produce a mass-murderous machine of manipulated ‘decent, dutiful patriots’ as described by Nuremberg Prosecutor Ben Ferencz.
‘Fascism, steeped in its pathological hypocrisy, superiority entitlement and inveterate victimhood, is the group characteristic extension of individual narcissism and is the Machiavellian-patriotic, militarised business-profit model extension of joint Government and corporate psychosocial-engineered crisis-capitalism’. – Gaslighting Gilligan
And it most certainly does not spell out how in the very heart of Europe, the geopolitical site and source of the world’s only two global wars (so far); the intricacies of the ‘hypnotic, imperceptible cuts’ of Goebbels Nazi propaganda is not taught – as standard – in UK State schools and across Europe, particularly the role of ‘Rampant Sexism‘, a #GenderAgenda propaganda playbook for recruiting a #MeTooMatrix mass male guilt-shaming military machine;
“Invading Iran, taking it over and then coercing it into becoming a different sort of country would take a MILLION MEN”. Fmr Royal Navy First Sea Lord, Admiral West – 20th May 2019.
Why? Why are British secondary school youths not taught this – as standard?
I’ll tell you. Because;
“The consequences of every act are included in the act itself”. Orwell.
The time-immemorial Imperialist, white-supremacist global elite of the US/UK led Anglo-Commonwealth or ‘Five Eyes’ Anglosphere, always knew they would use the Paperclip and ‘coincidental’ Bank crash ‘intricacies’ against us – again, in order they can maintain their ‘patriotic’ spell over us; in order they can manipulate us to turn on each other; in order they can send more of our sons to their perpetual oil-wealth wars; in order they can maintain their personal grip on domestic and global power.
But then we’d also understand that Empire and fascism are but two sides of the same military industrial, corporate-government genocidal coin. And we’d also understand that there was never even a trademark cigar-paper between the genocide-atrocity actions of Churchill and Hitler because the latter regime was modelled on the ideological lessons of the former.
And this is how they hope to launch – and get away with starting their next war both domestic and foreign by writing our history in the present, by Hansard, by State-school and by news media-mask and omission of their murderous monster; steeped in manipulated, manufactured victimhood, its vile, envious, contorted-covetous face presented with the facade of welcoming, trusting, even beguiling smiles on rolling conveyor belt of visible and invisible, conscious and subconscious subliminal propaganda.
A new-old military-intelligence media front has been opened up; a psychological war is being waged on working class men today in the form of a fake ‘gender-war’ in order to manipulate a new generation of mass-emasculated ‘Pavlov’s Patriots’ who are currently being subliminally-bombarded into submission by shame, by powerful male driven media-messaging who in true narcissist-fascist style are projecting their world of misogyny and male sexual-aggression to gaslight us in our living rooms, fronted by a new generation ‘White Feather Women’ in our ‘news’.
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting”. Sun Tzu.
These young men who themselves will become just another set of rolling-stock on a conveyor belt of cannon-fodder in the current 100 year-long UK and US corporate-government oil-war; the powerbroker forebears of which, their hidden history lays in the foundations of a murky Company and Saxe-Corburg-Gotha Crown origins who have always known how to weaponise emotions and to manipulate and to evolve to stay ahead of the ‘real’ enemy – us – the working classes – and are doing so now through State and corporate TV charity and nostalgic film propaganda that will rewrite a refreshed ‘history’ in order to recruit for a hundred years more.
Compared to them, we’re like five year olds who still believe in Santa. Only ‘Santa‘ is a State-sized Jimmy Savile helping itself to our children, hidden in a patriotic, red, white and blue #PrisonMilitaryIndustrialComplex…
The flag of the East India Company (circa 1801)
“The trouble with fiction is that it makes too much sense. Reality never makes sense sense”. Aldous Huxley.
‘Gaslighting Gilligan’ – by Johnny McNeill, a contemporary, dystopian ‘fiction’ about the intrinsic, interconnectedness of personal & political domestic abuse, is free to download from here. It is copyright © but is free to share as a public service.
Absolutely superb piece of work, one encapsulating the mythological life journeys of the British working class and the agonising frustrations of those of us – who as members of that class – who can see right through it all. One of the finest pieces i have read in a number of years.
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Many thanks. Very much appreciated.
Great Piece echo’s a lot of my beliefs.