Beyond a State of Fear: Menticide and Schizogenesis

Around the 11th to 13th to the June, the world was exposed to the ugliest display of “one rule for us, another for the masses” when the G7 leaders met in Carbis Bay in Cornwall. You had the blatant “disregard” for the “climate crisis” with of all the leaders jetting in (including Boris Johnson from London) on planes, not requiring any form of quarantine like ordinary people. We were given the usual “social distanced” and masked photo opportunities to show off the delegates from the UK and the rest of the world, but you also had the pictures of care free delegates and guests (including the Queen and Prince Charles) at cocktail parties, ignoring distancing rules and of course with no need for masks. What was striking about these images was the smiling faces of Macron, Biden, Merkel (and wives/partners) et al, whilst at the same time the staff working the social events (e.g., waiters etc) were fully masked, like slaves waiting on their masters. The schism between the elites and ordinary people was laid bare for all the world to see.

I believe these images delivered to the world were no accident. Firstly, the event could have been done remotely (many ordinary people are expected to conduct their business remotely by computer). Secondly, forgiving the carbon footprint faux pas the G7 committed getting to Cornwall, which would make Greta Thunberg issue the greatest “How dare you!”, no doubt, wives and partners could have stayed home, all business could have been conducted indoors, no social events could have taken place/been shown and photo opportunities could have been reduced to just the masked/”social distanced” shots. But no. This obnoxious and arrogant display of the G7 leaders, their partners and guests, being tended by the masked “slaves” was a carefully orchestrated theatre to remind people what the state of play is, albeit, on a subliminal or unconscious basis (for some), that we are destined for a bare life, while they will be privileged and such a horrid existence is not for them or possible. Dominic Raab, being questioned by Trevor Philips on the obvious “rule” breaking by the G7 flustered a response and indicated that such cocktail parties were an important part of political business, essentially highlighting that the political class running world political business are more important than people who run actual businesses and people who work and pay taxes.

No, this G7 extravaganza was a reminder that we are destined for the “New normal”. But there is an even darker message to be taken; on the one hand the politicians put on their serious faces or even cry (like Matt Hancock) to tell how us how much they love us and are working so hard to save lives, they are keeping us safe from harm, whilst at the same time the psychological operators are deliberately making people fearful and angry at “anti-vaxxers” and “Covid deniers”. This is interlaced with constant contradictory messages, by simultaneously both the same and other people on the mainstream media; that “we will be unlocking on June 21st”, then “we should not unlock”, that “we will not have vaccine passports”, then “we should have vaccine passports”, that “children will not be vaccinated”, then “children should be vaccinated”. This narrative is, much more than getting us to adhere to a bare life (e.g., COVID-19 regulations) or a state of fear (e.g., psychological fear propaganda), it is a pernicious schizogenic tactic common to psychological abuse. In other words, this narrative places the victim in a state of confusion; they do not know whether their master (the Government), with their mixed and contradictory messages, really do love them or not. What this achieves is a psychic split in the victim; in other words, it destroys their humanity and their sanity. This is because it is an anti-human and psychotic narrative; a schizogenic and menticidal narrative; to drive us mad and destroy our reason, beliefs and values.

The Bare Life of Giorgio Agamben

The idea that the politics of COVID-19 is a vehicle to usher in political overreach and to make people accept the bare life, the human life as a bio hazard, a world ruled by bio-security of the COVID-19 restrictive dystopia or Brave New Normal, is something discussed by the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben in his book “Where are we now? The Epidemic as politics”. It should be noted Agamben is curious figure amongst critics of the COVID-19 Brave New Normal. Agamben is from the left politically, but one of those strange leftists who have actually dared to speak up about the totalitarian nature of the lockdown restrictions imposed by governments around the world, especially his own Italian government. This may be because Agamben knows well the danger of machinations of fascism that overshadowed his country’s past.  Predictably, he has been attacked by the mainstream media/intelligentsia for his outspokenness on the issue. Formerly a darling of the political left, much like the much-loved Slavoj Zizek (who as it happens, seems to have embraced Covid 1984 and lost his critical faculties), his own “tribe” have now decided to destroy him because of his views; he sees this reaction as nothing but fascistic and rightly so, as totalitarian.

Agamben highlights the medico-political overreach which has eroded our freedoms which he argues (like many) that this has been used to as an opportunity to implement fascistic political structures, which really have never gone away. He argues that a world based on social distancing, face masks, and medico-political surveillance is not humanly or politically viable in the long term. The most serious point he believes is in the way we have treated our dead:

“The first and most serious point pertains to the bodies of the dead. How did we accept, purely in the name of an indeterminable risk, that our dear ones-and human beings in general-should not only die alone, but that their bodies should be burned without a funeral-something that, from Antigone to the present day, has never happened?” Giorgio Agamben, Where are we now? The epidemic as politics 2021, p.35.

He argues we have reached this point as a result of the divided nature of our experience, which because of the dying away of God (in the Christianised West) which is both corporal and spiritual, and reduced experience and conceptualisation of life into a purely biological reality. This abstraction and schism in the modern world (or perhaps postmodern world) facilitated by science and medicine taking the place of God, leads us into inescapable existential contradictions.

In reiterating the point that we have been reduced to bare life, a life as a bio-hazard, Agamben highlights that this COVID-19 situation, which he calls a “state of exception”, is the mechanism whereby democracies can transform themselves into totalitarian states; the history of the 20th century, particularly the rise to power of Nazism and Communism shows clearly that this is the case. Agamben points out that never before, not even under fascism and during two world wars has the erosion of our freedoms and liberties been taken to such extremes; people being reduced to a condition of bare biological survival, confined to their houses, deprived of social relationships in ways never seen before. He asks:

“Is it really necessary to remind ourselves that the only other place where human beings were kept in a state of pure vegetative life was the Nazi camp?” Giorgio Agamben, Where are we now? The epidemic as politics, 2021, p.39.

One of course could add to this list the communist Gulag or the Soviet psychiatric hospital for political dissidents, and journalists like Julian Assange forced to exist in the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK for years on end, now languishing in Belmarsh prison, for the crime of telling the truth; facts that fall on the deaf ears of mainstream British journalists who are arrogant enough to think they hold the moral high ground when it comes to democracy and free speech. The mainstream media’s performance when it comes to the COVID-19 era shows quite clearly they have fallen from grace in a most spectacular way. Agamben argues that his country (Italy) is always on the verge of falling back into fascism and that there are many signs that this is becoming more than a risk, but an actual reality; e.g., the creation of government run “fact checkers” social media and tech giants controlling the flow of information and how peoples’ critical views on their respective government’s policies re COVID-19 have been censored. As Agamben has discovered, most major Italian newspapers refuse to publish his opinions.

Agamben, in attempting to highlight the seriousness of our situation, evokes the wisdom of the great Dutch scientist Louis Bolk. Bolk argues that the human beings are characterised by a progressive inhibition of their natural, vital processes with regards adaptation to the environment. These processes are superseded by what he calls, a hypertrophic growth, of technological apparatuses designed to adapt the environment to mankind. If this process goes beyond a certain limit, it becomes counterproductive and transforms itself into the self-destruction of the human species. Essentially, think of the harmful iatrogenic effects of medico-scientific interventions; psychiatric medication for ordinary human experience which denies a flourishing of a human life by pathologizing the existential and spiritual horizon of Being, or the hyper-vigilance regarding dirt, bacteria, or infections which negatively impact the human immune system (e.g., a weak immune system, anti-biotic resistance). This is why many scientists are describing the novel mRNA “vaccines” for COVID-19 as potentially hazardous by compromising the human immune system and its reactivity to new viruses that arise (e.g., see Professor Dolores Cahill, Dr Mike Yeadon). Whilst it is argued with some coherence that those who are at very high risk of death from COVID-19 (e.g., the elderly, those with underlying conditions) may derive life-saving properties from such an mRNA injection, humanity may in fact fare better if such an extreme mass intervention is avoided due to the iatrogenic effects of the immune system being compromised on a such a large scale. As some scientists have argued, the implications for large scale “vaccination” with such a technology is unprecedented and the long-term effects are unknown. As a result, we are literally playing Russian roulette with the human biological/immune system. Of course, some even argue this is a deliberate ploy and that this technology contained within the mRNA COVID-19 “vaccines” could be being used for nefarious purposes (e.g., population control/reduction). As the history of the 20th century shows quite clearly, a genocidal motive is not out with the bounds of possibility; anyone who says otherwise is not alert to the possibility of iniquity of human beings or to the lessons of history.

Perhaps we have to be aware to the reality of iniquity that is occurring by those who are pushing the COVID-19 restrictions and those celebrating and pushing the COVID-19 vaccine programs around the world. Agamben rightly points out that from an epistemological point of view, it is obvious that providing the number of deaths supposedly from COVID-19 without contrasting it with the annual mortality rate for comparable periods and without stipulating the real cause of death is meaningless. And this is precisely what is happening in every country by seemingly blind politicians and scientific advisors. Italian scientist Dr Gian Carlo Blangiardo, quoted by Agamben, highlighted the number of deaths caused by COVID-19 is lower than the number of deaths caused by respiratory diseases in the previous two years.  Yet meanwhile, cancer patients, patients with heart issues, and mental health issues are being side-lined. Agamben laments and asks why is there such cognitive dissonance of these facts, even though such facts are in plain sight if one does a minutia of research? He writes:

“Like the First World War, the war against the virus can only be linked to false and deceitful motives. Humanity is entering a phase of its history where truth is being reduced to a moment within the march of falsity. That false discourse which must be held as truth is true, even when its non-truth is revealed. In this way, it is language itself, as a space for the manifestation of truth, that is being confiscated from us.” Giorgio Agamben, Where are we now? The epidemic as politics, 2021, p.48.

This cultic practice of confiscating language and the abuse of language, which encapsulates the new religion COVID-19 science/medicine, is as Agamben points out, no longer free or voluntary to follow; it is “mandatory” in the mainstream media and via real regulations and legal sanctions. This religion of the bare life and biosecurity is resulting in the cessation of all authentic and effective political activity; e.g., the fact is that the UK parliament at present can hardly be called a functioning democratic institution, as a small number of people, some elected, some not (i.e., SAGE) some even unknown, are dictating policy. This is a similar situation in other nations. 

In another book by Agamben’s, “Homo Sacer: Sovereign power and bare life”, he points out that in every modern state there is a line that delimits the point in which the power of life transforms into the power of death and where biopolitics and biosecurity becomes what he entitles thanatopolitics. Medicine or science today in the COVID-19 era has the power or the illusion of sovereignty which affects both the ethical and political planes. The subordination of life to statistics (or SAGE’s computer modelling machine) leads to a life not worth living and the political body becomes a biological one. Equally, as echoed by Ivan Illich, such growing medicalisation of life accompanied by a spiritual or existential atrophied postmodern world, has a profound effect on how people experience their bodies and their lives. The vital experience of people, which is always inseparably and simultaneously corporal and spiritual has been reduced to a human life as a biological entity; biology being the dominant marker of experience. What has occurred in the COVID-19 era is that the body, artificially suspended between life and death has become the dominant political paradigm in which people must regulate their life; the conservation of a bare life and medicine/”the science” as the new religion.

Beyond a Bare Life and a State of Fear

Agamben highlights the democratic crisis from his particular (left leaning) perspective and how fear of something (e.g., an object, i.e., COVID-19/variants of concern that cannot really be seen, except through SAGE’s computer modelling output) and people’s reliance on science or medicine has become the new religion. However, as a leftist/atheist, Agamben stops short in highlighting the graver psychological/spiritual crisis at hand, especially in light of his observations that language has been confiscated from us. There are the more serious implications of not just an abuse of language, but the deconstruction and breakdown of human and spiritual experience as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions. The COVID-19 era is far more than a crisis of democracy and restriction of our liberties and freedom. The “reasonable” narrative of questioning the deliberate attempt by the psychological operators of the government to make us more fearful, to nudge us into protecting ourselves and others, hides a darker more sinister nature of what lies behind the psy-op.

Laura Dodsworth, whose book “A State of fear: How the UK Government weaponised fear during the COVID-19 pandemic”, exemplifies the “reasonable” questioning of the the fear mongering propaganda/tactics of SPI-B psychologists of SAGE and the UK government and the resultant crisis in our democracy. One the one hand Dodsworth praises the vaccine roll-out and vaccine program as being the “happy ending” to this COVID-19 saga, and on the other hand hopes for the occurrence of a public inquiry into the use of psychology in the future, for more transparency by government and a return to a more democratic and transparent government. However, there are also troubling contradictions within her book. On the one hand she highlights how the vaccines were developed at miraculous speed (page 3) and on the following page (4) how perhaps the fear in some way can be justified due to the threat of COVID-19 and that the changes to Human Medicine Regulations policy facilitated the faster than normal roll-out of the vaccines for COVID-19. Her essential argument couched in the language of reason appeals; that people are reasonable and that people don’t need to be frightened, that their liberties are being taken away, but we should be wary of the breakdown of democracy. Indeed, her book was feted on the mainstream media, endorsed by several prominent people (e.g., Steve Baker MP). However, the psychologists of SPI-B are still in post, and people like Professors Susan Michie and Stephen Reicher are still offering the doom-laden forecasts on mainstream television and radio. Any “inquiry” that ever takes place will no doubt offer a passing glance to “lessons have been learned”, £we can offer support to frightened/mentally damaged people”, and “the vaccine has been a great success of which we should be proud”. Reasonableness dressed up with an air of coherence. Being pragmatic, perhaps that is all we can hope for; government inquiries rarely satisfy the real issues at hand.

The tone of reason was present in the Dodsworth’s interviews with the psychologist members of SPI-B. Some pointed to the fact that their tactics may have been ethically dubious, some felt uncomfortable, and some felt the tactics necessary. Unfortunately, the interviews with the psychologists are just not credible. Knowing psychologists as I do, (I trained as one) they pride themselves to the point of arrogance on being able to decipher data and being able to conduct themselves in their actions to the highest possible ethical standards. The members of SPI-B interviewed by Dodsworth never seemed to query the actual risk of COVID-19, but take it (the hype around COVOD-19) as a given. More importantly, it is just not credible that the psychologists did not know that they were breaking the ethical and practice guidelines of the British Psychological Society (see my article “Psychological attack on the UK” on the UK column website-link below). Firstly, they would be well aware of the ethical duties contained within their code and how the tactics deliberately making people fearful were completely against the code of ethics. Secondly and more importantly, the Head of Policy and the British Psychological Society Kathryn Scott is a member of SPI-B of SAGE; it is just not possible that that the group of psychologists on SPI-B did not realise that they had torn up the ethical rule book of their very own profession. I do not think we should hold much hope in the British Psychological Society or their regulator, The Health and Care Professions Council, coming to rescue us from these unethical tactics. They have both been silent in response to the unethical work of psychologists of SPI-B of SAGE. Indeed, the British Psychological Society supported and praised the work of Professor Susan Michie after she was “attacked” on social media for her role in the fear mongering by SPI-B of SAGE. It is quite clear, that both these organisations are fallen organisations that offer no protection from the psychological attack and fear mongering which is, in my opinion, designed, not to make us and keep us in a state of fear and on the side of “reason”, but to drive us out of reason, into a collective psychosis. This is the modus operandi of menticide that flourishes under totalitarian regimes. [i]

Menticide and Schizogenesis

Hannah Arendt, described totalitarianism the attempted transformation of human nature itself. However, this attempted transformation only results turning sound minds into sick minds. This idea was discussed in great detail by the Dutch psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Joost Meerloo who studied the mental effects of living under totalitarianism wrote in his book, The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing published in 1956:

“… there is in fact much that is comparable between the strange reactions of the citizens of [totalitarianism] and their culture as a whole on the one hand and the reactions of the…sick schizophrenic on the other.” Joost Meerloo, The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, 1956/2015, Martino Publishing, p.117

The book describes how scientific brainwashing is conducted and he argued that most people find it difficult to resist such techniques. Putting people into a state of fear, only the first part of the processes of a longer-term goal, is known to create a menticidal hypnosis. This involves the conscious part of the personality no longer being fully alert or conscious to his or her actions and behaviours. The brainwashed person lives in a trance, repeating the “mantras” of the dictator.

Like totalitarian states, democratic states are also subject to the insidious influences of menticide on a political and a non-political level. This becomes, for supposedly democratic states, just as dangerous to freedoms and liberties of life as overtly totalitarian states themselves. Meerloo argued that peoples of supposed democratic countries like overtly totalitarian countries, must guard against the creeping intrusion into their minds by technology, bureaucracy, prejudice and mass delusion.

Priming a population for the crime of menticide begins with the sowing of fear. People then are very susceptible to progress to delusions of madness. Meerloo describes how threats real, imagined, or fabricated can be used to disseminate and create fear. Moreover, a particularly effective technique of menticide is to use waves of terror. This technique involves the sowing of fear interspersed with periods of calm, but each of these periods of calm is followed by the creation/invention of an even more intense dissemination of fear, which can be repeated indefinably, or as Meerloo writes:

“Each wave of terrorizing . . . creates its effects more easily – after a breathing spell – than the one that preceded it because people are still disturbed by their previous experience. Morality becomes lower and lower, and the psychological effects of each new propaganda campaign become stronger; it reaches a public already softened up.” Joost Meerloo, The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, 1956/2015, Martino Publishing, p.147.

What Meerloo describes is exactly what is happening with the psy-op under the psychologists of SPI-B and the UK government with regard the threat of COVID-19 and “variants of concern”. The use of fear mongering propaganda to spread misinformation and to promote confusion with respect to the threat of COVID-19, “cases”, “variants of concern” and the constantly moving goalposts regarding the nature of the crisis, helps to break down the minds of the masses. The use of contradictory reports both by and by others in the messaging is key and is also evident in the UK psy-op; e.g., “3 weeks to flatten the curve” to “the vaccine is our route to freedom”, “masks are not needed” to “masks are needed”, the “cancelling” of Christmas/Easter at the last minute and now the ever present “variants of concern” which may or may not, depending on the which scientific advisor, government official or day of the week it is, could signal an impending danger to the human race. In more recent weeks and months, we have had “Freedom Day”, then the off/on issue of vaccine passports, “no jab-no job” threats for care workers, the Marburg virus threat by the World Health Organisation, dire warnings of the miraculous return of deadly flu this winter, and now the idea that children should be vaccinated if they want to attend school. Of course, we cannot forget the “climate emergency”, “fuel shortages”, and “energy crises”. These “waves” and threats are designed to deliberately grind people down, to make them submit, to induce breakdown, to coerce them to give up, to induce madness and make people lose themselves.

What we are experiencing under the COVID-19 tyranny, is straight out of the “schizogenic” relationship as described by the radical Scottish psychiatrist and psychoanalyst R.D. Laing. Laing showed how contradictory messaging from a child’s mother can drive a child into psychosis/schizophrenic breakdown. An example of a schizogenic relationship is when a mother say’s to her child, “I love you, please come to your mother for a hug”. If the child goes in for the hug and the mother is cold and unresponsive and the child pulls away the mother asks, “What is wrong, don’t you love me?”. If the mother subsequently chastises the child for pulling away, e.g., “What a bad boy you are. Of course I love you?”, this confusing and contradictory messaging can produce a psychotic/schizophrenic break in the psychic world of the child if such a schizogenic pattern is repeated often enough. Logic, reason and language is destroyed. In this scenario, logic can be met with logic, while the illogic cannot—it confuses and misleads.

The reason I introduce the idea of menticide and schizogenesis in relation to the COVID-19 is because the narrative of the “pandemic” is often couched in reason (on both sides of the debate), with an appeal to logic, as though this will save us. We see this reason and logic in how Agamben describes the pandemic from his leftist/atheist perspective as an assault of democracy by fascists, or as elucidated by Laura Dodsworth in her “State of fear”, how the vaccine roll out is a “happy ending” to this saga, that we must have an inquiry to discuss how we want to be governed, and why we need to have a debate on how psychological/nudge tactics should/could be used in the future. Unfortunately, appealing to reason (e.g., we need our freedoms back because X, Y, Z) and logic (e.g., the facts show otherwise) will have no effect on the totalitarians pushing the COVID-19 menticide.  

We have to realise that we are not dealing with particularly rational or logical people; they speak with forked tongues. The psychologists in Laura Dodsworth’s book know very well how the menticide inducing propaganda works, as does the UK government-it is planned; any feigning towards partial innocence or ignorance is no better than the schizogenic mother in the example by R. D. Laing. Like Arendt argues, the totalitarians are attempting to transform our human nature; this horror exemplified by queer theory ideology (e.g., The destruction of the family, trans ideology, contra reproductive futurism), transhumanism (e.g., merging artificial intelligence with biology), medicine, technology and science as the new God (e.g., Zero carbon utopia, smart cities, digital world, mRNA “vaccines” with constant upgrades needed) are all part of this drive for this dark transformation.

It is no accident that our governments (and governments around the world) are using the tactics of isolating people with lockdowns etc and are constantly disrupting normal social interactions (e.g., face masks, social distancing). When people are made to isolate and their normal interactions with friends, family and co-workers are taken away, people become far more susceptible to menticide. In isolation or through the disruption of ordinary social interaction, people lose the corrective force of the positive example. The totalitarian knows that not everyone is seduced by the fear propaganda and that these people can help free others from the menticidal attack. If, however, isolation is enforced (i.e., lockdown, mixing/social distancing rules) the influence of these positive examples greatly diminishes. But far more worryingly, which the psychologists of SPI-B are well aware of, as are the UK government, isolation increases the efficacy of menticide because people are very easily conditioned into new patterns of thought and behaviour when isolated; as Meerloo describes with regards to the physiologist Ivan Pavlov’s work on behavioural conditioning:

“Pavlov made another significant discovery: the conditioned reflex could be developed most easily in a quiet laboratory with a minimum of disturbing stimuli. Every trainer of animals knows this from his own experience; isolation and the patient repetition of stimuli are required to tame wild animals. . . The totalitarians have followed this rule. They know that they can condition their political victims most quickly if they are kept in isolation.” Joost Meerloo, The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, 1956/2015, Martino Publishing, p.43.

State of Play

It cannot be said enough; we are being subjected to a menticidal assault and being forced to adapt to a schizogenic state. This is planned and it is firmly on the side of evil. An abuser very rarely ever admits to committing any wrong. One just has to look at the reactions from the “pandemic pushers” when people exercise their God given sovereignty (e.g., not wearing a mask, going to the beach, going on holiday) they throw the toys out of the pram and cry “lockdown!”, but are blatantly silent when the elites (e.g., MP’s, MSP’s, G7 leaders and revellers at Ascot) flaunt the rules. This is all part of the promotion of confusion, menticide and schizogenesis. Freedom and democracy depend on both mental and physical freedom. Both are under attack from menticide. Menticide is a crime against humanity. Those who are complicit in this menticide need to be held to account, not indulged with reason, appeals to logic, or let off the hook with “inquiries” to see how best to use nudges or unethical psychological tactics in the future. It has to be remembered, these people pushing the menticide are complacent in their celebration of the the roll out of an experimental mRNA “vaccine”, onto children, where the long-term effects are unknown. The narrative of reason and logic only serves the interests of those pushing the menticide and the formation of the state of menticide and schizogenesis.


[i] A recent webinar (Towards a New Normal) on the British Psychological Society website, which was recorded on the 7th May 2020, featured Susan Michie and Kathryn Scott, clearly showed that the public were being deceived and lied to by the UK government about what was taking place. The psychologists in the webinar discussed how immunity passports were being discussed prior to May 2020, that the public were being manipulated (unawares, without informed consent) for behaviour change, to a “New Normal” which indicated that there was no intention, even then, that old freedoms were going to be returned. This indicates that the psychologists in Dodsworth’s book were not being truthful about the extent of what they knew and the plans of the UK government. Link here: https://www.bps.org.uk/coronavirus-resources/public/towards-new-normal

My article on the UK Column, “Psychological attack on the UK” : https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/psychological-attack-uk

The killing of God: Identity politics, political correctness and so-called liberation.

Text of conference presentation (05/08/21) given at Natural and Artistic Beauty in Process Metaphysics: 6th European Summer School in Process Thought, Warsaw, Poland (August 2nd-6th 2021)

6th European Summer School in Process Thought

Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote In the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus he writes:

6.522: There are things that cannot be put into words. They make themselves manifest. They are what is mystical.” (Wittgenstein, 1961, p. 73)

Wittgenstein’s wisdom reflects the importance of human experience are beyond ideals of representation; it is a call to the ethical, to justice, to freedom away from the dominant Western psycho-scientistic research and philosophical basis of greedy desire for the understanding of beings or entities; of intelligibility.

Specifically, in relation to psychotherapy, perhaps we have to take heed from the likes of Wittgenstein.

We have had well over 100 years of psychotherapy and echoing James Hillman, the world is not getting any better. How many kinds of psychotherapy are there? 300, 400? Some might say that the rise of therapeutic culture, the cultural hegemony of mental health, the fetishization and fashion for mental health has made things a lot worse. As cultural theorists E. Michael Jones and Christian writers like Seraphim Rose have pointed out, the effects of the Renaissance and the enlightenment in the Western World, whilst undoubtably adding to Western Civilization, has added to the domination, especially in recent decades, the ideological creep of a humanistic modus operandi-that is a world where God is dead, or at least been killed or is less and less present. This leads the psychic geography towards a place where man is God, the Superman in the Nietzschean sense-but this situation comes with a price, whether one is religious or not.

Our present situation is very complicated. The sexual revolution, advocating for an “anything goes” approach towards the erotic and different permutations of sexual relationships and reproduction, e.g., sex as a risk-free hobby to pursue, has, surprisingly, instead of adding to increased contentment has ushered in a new age of discontent. This for me at least has realised itself in the consulting room; as a symptom, or an elusive symptom that hides or disguises itself, sometimes being addressed as a demand or plea, e.g., for more sex, better sex, or a demand for an answer why unlimited sex has not resulted in the utopia that was promised by society, TV, social media inherent in our hyper-sexualised culture.

These problems of our present era, is a view of human Being (or being human) on a technological level-For example, the psyche as an entity to be manipulated like any object; ones emotions, cognitions, moods, life project etc are now the focus of medico-technological therapies, where the self is idolised, and where we think we can be master of our own house and have complete mastery over our world and domain. This is in fact demanded via the guise of medicalised evidence-based practice informed psychology or psychotherapy. In effect like Nietzsche argued in This Spake Zarathustra, this cultural development has killed God. Is this a good or bad thing? According to the great Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a survivor of the Soviet Gulag, the answer is no.

From his Templeton Prize Lecture in London in 1983, “Godlessness: The First Step to the Gulag”. He says:

“Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our Revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”

And from his address to Harvard in 1973, a veritable warning to the West Solzhenitsyn said:

“However, in early democracies, as in the American democracy at the time of its birth, all individual human rights were granted because man is God’s creature. That is, freedom was given to the individual conditionally, in the assumption of his constant religious responsibility. Such was the heritage of the preceding thousand years. Two hundred or even fifty years ago, it would have seemed quite impossible, in America, that an individual could be granted boundless freedom simply for the satisfaction of his instincts or whims. Subsequently, however, all such limitations were discarded everywhere in the West; a total liberation occurred from the moral heritage of Christian centuries with their great reserves of mercy and sacrifice. State systems were becoming increasingly and totally materialistic. The West ended up by truly enforcing human rights, sometimes even excessively, but man’s sense of responsibility to God and society grew dimmer and dimmer. In the past decades, the legalistically selfish aspect of Western approach and thinking has reached its final dimension and the world wound up in a harsh spiritual crisis and a political impasse. All the glorified technological achievements of Progress, including the conquest of outer space, do not redeem the 20th century’s moral poverty which no one could imagine even as late as in the 19th Century.

As humanism in its development became more and more materialistic, it made itself increasingly accessible to speculation and manipulation by socialism and then by communism. So that Karl Marx was able to say that “communism is naturalized humanism.”

This statement turned out not to be entirely senseless. One does see the same stones in the foundations of a despiritualized humanism and of any type of socialism: endless materialism; freedom from religion and religious responsibility, which under communist regimes reach the stage of anti-religious dictatorships; concentration on social structures with a seemingly scientific approach.”

Essentially, Solzhenitsyn wrote in his warnings to the west that it had forgotten God and all the goodness which faith endowed; the importance of family, tradition, community, and also the hermeneutics of how we conceive of our human lives, a sense of the transcendent, a sense of soul, a sense of God; this had been replaced by a technocratic approach to human life. To a large extent, psychotherapy in the West has now become a soulless and Godless spectre which tinkers with peoples’ personal problems in a technical and calculative manner; it treats appetites of a person as something to be indulged, thoughtlessly, like offering no resistance to a small child wanting sugary sweets; the therapist just gives in and feeds the passions, not realising the harm that occurs. One has to remember, and it crucial to understanding the importance of our present predicament, that Solzhenitsyn, experienced the horrors of Nazism and the horrors of totalitarian communism. Lest we forget the horrors of such regimes and their effects on people, because as Solzhenitsyn indicates, if we do forget, we will repeat the mistakes of the past. It seems under COVID19 totalitarianism, many people are in a state of forgetfulness.

 Therefore, Solzhenitsyn’s warnings were prophetic. Frightening and sinister things are occurring in the West today. The United Kingdom and Scottish Governments are intruding into the lives and families via “mental health” and inappropriate (especially for 5-year-old children) psycho-social and sexual/” gender” education instruction programs inspired by the dubious academic discipline of “queer theory”. Demands are being put forward by lobbyists to be able to abort viable children in the third trimester, right up until the moment of birth. Campaigners are suggesting that people of 70 years or over should not receive expensive life-saving medical procedures. Freedom of speech is being suppressed by Governments and the police; social media accounts are being monitored for people writing politically incorrect sentiments and the same people are subsequently arrested. Christian preachers are arrested for speaking the words from the Bible. The state (in the UK) are continually making attempts to regulate psychotherapy out of existence-or rather reduce it to a series of techniques, processes and “outcomes” where psychotherapy is hollowed out and purged of any authenticity, intensity, risk, spontaneity and soul. And now under the COVID-19 totalitarianism, we have the UK and Scottish Governments are using applied behavioural psychology, breaking the ethical guidelines for psychologists, to deliberately ramp up fear in the population.

In many respects, not just with the lockstep multi-Governmental response to Covid19, but with education, healthcare, and mental health care, specifically psychotherapy, totalitarian medical-technocracy is now very prominent in many aspects of out lives.

Bearing in mind our historical antecedents, e.g., totalitarian communist and fascist regimes, and our increasing technocratic era (technology, which aforementioned totalitarian communist and fascist regimes used), my argument is that it is important to keep in mind the Docta Ignorantia or the spirit of wise unknowing, especially in relation to psychotherapy.

As French Psychoanalyst Clotilde Leguil-Badal (2006, p241-256 ) describes, one of the major paradoxes of our times concerns the status of the subject. A result of the progress of science and how it currently stands today is that a new definition of the subject and subjectivity has been imposed; this is a subject that is composed of a material, organic substrate, or cognitive machine which is observable; i.e., the brain’s neurochemicals or the results of cognitions expressed in a psychometric questionnaire. Leguil-Badal describes how from a political standpoint how subjectivity is being wiped out, paradoxically because we supposedly live in an age where freedom, democracy, and the rights of the individual are held up as values. On the one hand we have “freedom” and the “human rights to freedom and be what we want when we want” or in other words subjectivity, yet on the other hand we have the neurosciences, computer-like/information processing discourse of Cognitive behavioural therapy. These discourses of power banish subjectivity as the brain and the science of mental health rules and guides subjectivity. This creates a landscape or symbolic with no landmarks; science is the big authority of how we feel, think, experience; subjectivity is written out of the picture as we are pre-determined, yet we are supposed to be free. If people get unhappy they blame it on their neurons or cognitions. In turn they demand happiness assuming it is a human right and that such a thing from an imaginary ideal of mental healthiness is possible; this is a big double-bind, a vicious circle. The human spirit (or holy spirit) is never seen in an MRI scan or in the results of a cognitive psychology laboratory experiment measuring reactions time to depressive or negative stimuli (i.e., negative words paired with self-referent words). What gets missed in these discourses in that the subject exists by his speech, his silence, and his actions, not by scientific knowledge or discourse. The subject existing in the here and nowis being forgotten about; science comes first and we are increasingly defining ourselves by an abstract fictitious scientistic posturing to become free, but by defining ourselves by science we paradoxically give up our liberty and subjectivity.

The rise of brain science and cognitive science is in many ways actively denouncing the creativity of the subject. The subject (or psyche) is being drawn into the working of the brain and cognitive theories of inner schematic representations with the result that activities such as psychoanalysis and psychotherapy which adopt the approach of the Docta Ignorantia (wise unknowing or recognising the limits to reason), are being made out to be redundant and useless. Cognitivism and the neurosciences have taken away the unity of the individual or the possibility to know oneself as an impossible unity; in other words, to know that we cannot know everything about how to live a human life; i.e., that the self is an illusory construction). In other words, one is invited to conceive of oneself as a machine, as a processor of information and receiver of stimuli and a network of neuronal interactions.

The technological stance in our contemporary society is fraught with misleading psychologisms, and this brings us to what Heidegger described beautifully in the introduction of his book ‘Being and Time’ referring to the necessity of restating the question of being:

“This question has today been forgotten…..Not only that. On the basis of the Greeks’ initial contributions towards and Interpretation of Being, a dogma has been developed which not only declares the question about the meaning of Being to be superfluous, but sanctions its complete neglect. It is said that ‘Being’ is the most universal and the easiest of concepts. As such it resists every attempt at definition…….In this way, that which the ancient philosophers found continually disturbing and self-evident such that if anyone continues to ask about it he is charged with an error of method……the ‘universality’ of ‘Being’ is not that of a class or genus….Thus we cannot apply to being the concept of ‘definition’ as presented in traditional logic, which itself has its foundations in ancient ontology and which, within certain limits, provides a quite justifiable way of defining ‘entities’. The indefinability of Being does not eliminate the question of its meaning; it demands that we look that question in the face.” (Heidegger, 1962, p2-4). 

What the wisdom of Heidegger teaches us, especially in relation to this present study, is that ‘inventing’ psychologisms, psyche entities, conceptual ideas of being, and the trustworthiness of our signs (language) is quite phantomic and that these strategies do not lend themselves toward a truly ‘scientific’ theory of Being. This presents problems for process and product-orientated teleological psycho-scientific-researchers. The most obvious one is, if one cannot define an ‘entity’ of the psyche for example, one cannot measure it, account for it, or trace its development from one time point to another. Further, one cannot make meaningful comparisons of such entities from one person to another, yet alone at the end of the research process formulate a theory for replication based upon such ‘entities. Such entities are not static in time or lend themselves to scientific or mathematical conceptual nature; there will always be ‘slippage’ or something will be missed when applying scientific and mathematical criteria to people. If this is the case, we are left in a very precarious position, or are we?

It should be quite clear at this point that the standard psycho-scientific methodological approaches which most psycho-technicians take for granted, whether they are quantitative or qualitative, are not value free, objective, and might well be applying unnecessary and misleading totalisations to people under the guise of scientific research. Of course, I am not saying that all scientific research is negative,[i] but when it comes to the issue of mental distress, psychotherapy, and how people live their lives, such methodological tools are not as sharp as one might like to think. This is where philosophical reflection plays it part or to put it more succinctly as Heidegger (2001) advocates, we should look at this question in the face. This does not imply that we cannot attain meaning or insight by not adopting such scientific methodology. It also does not mean that we should think more; we should perhaps again take Heidegger at his word and actually think less, or at least only think in the methodological sense when we actually need to, instead of blindly going down a research path without really considering what we are doing.

On a similar note, Montaigne from his essay, ‘The Art of Conversation’, describes how conversation is a dialectic, an art (much like psychoanalysis and psychotherapy) where thoughtless reasoning and cogitation, slavishness to doctrine and dogma, and deferring to the wisdom of the other, or as Lacan (2006) would say, to the one supposed to know, leading to universal judgements, is a lax and dangerous path to take. Montaigne appeals to the ordinary in living a good life; an ordinariness that is beyond truisms of the academy dictated to the masses or a force-fed dogma of how we should live and which leads us into absurdity. Montaigne describes:

          “Take an arts don; converse with him. Why is he incapable of making us feel the excellence of his “arts” and of throwing the women, and us ignoramuses, into ecstasies of admiration at the solidity of his arguments and the beauty of his ordained rhetoric! Why cannot he overmaster us and sway us at his will? Why does a man with his superior mastery of matter and style intermingle his sharp thrusts with insults, indiscriminate arguments and rage? Let him remove his academic hood, his gown and his Latin; let him stop battering our ears with raw chunks of pure Aristotle; why, you would take him for one of us –or worse. The involved linguistic convolutions with which they confound us remind me of conjuring tricks; their sleight-of-hand has compelling force over our senses but in no wise shakes our convictions. Apart from such jugglery they achieve nothing but what is base and ordinary. They may be more learned but they are no less absurd…..In my part of the country and during my own lifetime school learning has brought amendment of purse but rarely amendment of soul.” (Montaigne, 1991, p1050).

Later on in the chapter ‘On the Art of Conversation’ Montaigne outlines why Socrates debates not for the sake of debating, but for the sake of the debater; to show the debater that ultimate truisms are ungraspable in how to go about living a good life. Montaigne, like Socrates (Plato, 1997), Ibn ‘Arabi (Chittick, 1989), and Lacan (2007), espouse the Docta Ignorantia; the doctrine of wise or learned ignorance. These thinkers’ ideas relating to Docta Ignorantia are very important in relation to psychotherapy and psychoanalysis; the position of an effective analyst or therapist is to be in the position, not of the one who knows, but of the one who can be formative for the subject; for the analyst to accept that he does not know any anything about the analysand except for what the latter’s own words, or signifiers reveal. This position of wise ignorance is important to hold because, as Montaigne points out in his essay on experience, being dictated to in how to live one’s life (i.e., to gain happiness or health) furthers one from oneself, or replaces one set or schemata of information or dogma to live slavishly by, for another.

This state of affairs according to Montaigne is foolish and he describes why this is in his lengthy essay, ‘An apology for Raymond Sebond’ (Montaigne, 1991), an essay in honour of the Docta Ignorantia. He describes how a person who abides by learned ignorance is somebody who is content to realise that all human knowledge is as nothing, compared to that of infinity who is God; learned ignorance never claims to know, or aspire to know beyond what one can know. In essence, learned ignorance is a way or a path away from cogitation or reasoning to gain health; reasoning and cogitation towards unrealistic goals, i.e., certainty. I am certainly not saying that reasoning and cogitation are bad per se; reasoning and cogitation performed used to find out what we do not know is essential to reach or practice the Docta Ignorantia. This position is unlike cognitive behavioural therapy or a medico-technical psychotherapy whose techniques focus on cogitation and reasoning about things (e.g., happiness) that cannot ever be truly known; reasoning about happiness cannot ever lead one to know happiness like one knows the length of a table top (Wittgenstein, 1980; Heaton, 2010). One can say ‘I am happy’ and explain why one is happy, but such reasoning ultimately fails to translate into a technical procedure where one can re-produce happiness by such a reasoning procedure. Ultimately happiness is not an object that can be manipulated via calculative or technological thought (Heidegger, 1977).

So, we are coming to the end now. We are back to what Solzhenitsyn said, “We have forgotten God”, or perhaps the cultural sensibility which provided a grounded groundlessness to the existence of being alive, as an answer to suffering, as route away from the narcissism of the self, of humans as the “Superman”.  

I will end with a little discussion of one of my favourite psychologist/philosopher/therapists who espoused brilliantly the Docta Ignorantia, who we can all learn from, not only the practice of psychotherapy, but in the art of living: Soren Kierkegaard

For Kierkegaard, in agreement with Pascal, “that only rarely and for few does God step forth from his concealment in nature’s secrecy”. And in his book “The lily of the field and the bird of the air”, the naïve reader might hope that that their difficulties are answered in some kind of formulaic way. They will be sadly disappointed-similarly to how patients might feel after encountering psychoanalysis or psychotherapy. But like the analyst, Kierkegaard is not giving in to such a demand. For Kierkegaard, Christianity is a moral and spiritual exercise that has the ultimate purpose of teaching human beings their imperfection, their weakness and selfishness, in the face of the transcendent; Kierkegaard’s therapeutic theology is a refusal of the demand from, God as man, the master of technology, leading to Docta Ignorantia, just like in psychoanalysis, as Jacques Lacan argued.

Kierkegaard writes:

“From the lily and the bird as teachers, let us learn silence, or learn to keep silent. For surely it is speech that places the human being above the animal, and if you like, far above the lily. But because the ability to speak is an advantage, it does not follow that there is no art in the ability to keep silent, or that it would be an inferior art. On the contrary, precisely because a human being has the ability to speak, for this very reason the ability to keep silent is an art; and precisely because this advantage tempts him so easily, the ability to keep silent is a great art. But this he can learn from the silent teachers, the lily and the bird.”

And he goes on, highlighting beautifully the praxis (or paradox) of analysis or psychotherapy, the pass from the discourses of knowledge as Lacan discussed, the discourses of the University, the master, the hysteric, to the discourse of the analyst, where one’s own truth at the seat of the Docta Ignorantia is reached.

He writes:

True enough, it is a marvellous feat, but that why you must pay attention all the more closely to the lily and the bird. It is a marvellous feat and, like “the feat of meekness, it contains a contradiction, or is it a feat that resolves a contradiction?”

And on that note of a paradox and contradiction, like a true psychotherapy, I will end there.


[i] Medical research into curing certain degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis is invaluable.

Escape from Menticide: Possible futures/Parallel social structures.

Speech delivered outside the Scottish Parliament 17th July 2021, Holyrood, Edinburgh. Text of speech.

I am on the bill to speak about health. This is a difficult challenge as we are living through one of the unhealthiest times (psychologically speaking) through no fault of out own, but by the deliberate hand of government. I have spoken at several of these anti-lockdown events over the past 12 months. At these events I have discussed the unethical and illegal psychological operations by the UK and Scottish Governments. The testimony from the SPI-B psychologists of SAGE in Laura Dodsworth’s recent book, “A State of Fear”, are unfortunately not credible. Some of the psychologists of SPI-B of SAGE supposedly slowly came to the realisation that what they were doing was maybe unethical or totalitarian. This is not possible. They knew from day 1 that the tactics of inducing the population into fear and drowning us in chaotic, confusing and contradictory propaganda is nothing more than menticide and schizogenesis; in other words, brainwashing and via waves of alternate hope and fear, to break us down mentally, into psychosis and madness. This is beyond putting us into a state of fear; it is far more pernicious than many people give these issues credit. The narrative on both sides of the fence is conciliatory to the narrative, i.e., both the pro vaccine, pro lockdown folk and the people who are cautious and against the lockdown and political over reach. Crying for an “inquiry into the use of psychological methods by the government” and “what lessons need to be learned for the future” is frankly, depending on how you look at it, crisis management, capitulation, or just plain naivety. It is also insulting to peoples’ intelligence. Knowing psychologists as I do very well, and the ethical structures that govern research and practice of psychologists, it is blatantly clear that the psychologists know the ethical red lines which not to cross. The current narrative of “lessons need to be learned” is just an excuse to get them off the hook. Those who help to perpetrate this narrative are helping them get off the hook.

Like totalitarian states, democratic states are also subject to the insidious influences of menticide on a political and a non-political level. This becomes, for supposedly democratic states, just as dangerous to freedoms and liberties of life as overtly totalitarian states themselves. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Joost Meerloo in 1956 argued that peoples of supposed democratic countries like overtly totalitarian countries, must guard against the creeping intrusion into their minds by technology, bureaucracy, prejudice, and mass delusion.

Priming a population for the crime of menticide or brain washing begins with the sowing of fear. People then are very susceptible to progress to delusions of madness. Meerloo describes how threats real, imagined, or fabricated can be used to disseminate and create fear. Moreover, a particularly effective technique of menticide is to use waves of terror. This technique involves the sowing of fear interspersed with periods of calm, but each of these periods of calm is followed by the creation or invention of an even more intense dissemination of fear, which can be repeated indefinably. Does this sound familiar? E.g., 3 weeks to flatten the curve, the vaccine is the route to freedom, freedom day is cancelled, cases rising we need another lockdown.

Joost Meerloo writes:

“Each wave of terrorizing . . . creates its effects more easily – after a breathing spell – than the one that preceded it because people are still disturbed by their previous experience. Morality becomes lower and lower, and the psychological effects of each new propaganda campaign become stronger; it reaches a public already softened up.” Joost Meerloo, The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, 1956, p.110.

Anyhow, words, words, words. I often feel I am shouting into the wind and just preaching to the converted. Let us get down to brass tacks, slow things down and get down to the future and how we deal with this. Because fighting this in relation to questioning government dictates with words, theories, logic and reasons, is falling on deaf ears. We need to prepare ourselves and really feel what we are in. Recognition is key.

Think of our own experience. Of going to the shops, on the bus or train, going to the doctors, of being the only unmasked person in a supermarket, seeing everyone else masked, of having to follow anti-social distancing markers on the floor. Of hearing the constant drone of public announcements warning us of danger, of hand sanitizer on every corner, of having to sign in to a pub or restaurant. Our heart beat is raised, our cortisol levels are raised, we are scared of breaking the rules and of being approached for not following the rules. Every minutia of daily living is turned into a psychological torture session. Drip, drip, drip, for months, now going into years. It is meant to break us down. It is deliberate. We know the rules have no rhyme or reason and know the alternate waves of hope and fear are not based in reality or real science. But yet we have to exist in this insanity of a world.

Our task now.

  1. Reject the therapeutic totalitarianism, or the monopoly on the science which Nicola Sturgeon proclaims she has; she has no authority over our health. As John Knox said to Mary Queen of Scots just a few yards from here, over 500 years ago, there is only one authority….God….and a Queen or a First Minister has no authority over a people with regards their health or bodily autonomy.
  2. Our Covid totalitarianism is an ideology which seeks to displace all traditions and institutions with the goal of bringing all aspects of society under control of that ideology. Its aim is to destroy the essence of man and our history. Therefore, like the Czech dissidents Vaclav Havel and Vaclav Benda, we must set up a parallel polis-an alternative set of social structures within which social, cultural and intellectual life can be lived outside the “New Normal”.
  3. Be prepared to live a life apart from the crowd. Living in truth means we will have to limit ourselves in some ways; progress of our careers, give up on foreign travel, reject the COVID safe cafés, bars, restaurants, theatres, concerts and nightclubs….there will be other opportunities for socialising and entertainment. This is going to be difficult, but finding meaning with living in truth will be far more rewarding than giving up on our very essence and truth.
  4. Do not get overly seduced by reason or logic as a tool to be used as an appeal to our oppressors. There is no reason to the government’s rules. We feed the beast when we appeal with reason and in any case, they can change the rules of reason or truth at the drop of a hat. Whatever they suggest, it will be couched via an abuse of language, science and reason, to confuse us and lead us further into menticide and breakdown.
  5. Inhumane language can lull us to sleep, but humane language can awaken us. It can help us recognise that the “New normal” is constructed and fragile. A case in point, putting face masks on children. Only three kinds of people put a face mask on a child. A child abuser, a coward or somebody who is deluded or asleep.
  6. Live not by lies. Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his wonderful essay by the same title outlined how peaceful rejection of the narrative can be achieved by various means,, e.g., refusing to use the language of the oppressor, not participating in meetings or conversations where the “covid safe” ideology is taken for truth, and refusing to subscribe to any media which spouts the narrative of the science or entertains it.
  7. Humour: Psychopathic dictators tend not to possess a sense a humour and are very unsettled when people direct humour at their expense. Use humour and make fun of their pseudo-science and incompetence when it comes to their incomprehensible dictates. They don’t want us to laugh. Laugh loud, laugh proud.

These are just some suggestions of how we move to the future-to our old-new normal in a parallel society. But let me end with some final thoughts. The face mask is the most visible pernicious symbol and device of this whole sad affair. The psycho-social ramifications of the mask, especially on children and how they observe adults in society wearing them is truly a crime against humanity. Not only that, it is a most effective way to harm people’s physical health over a long period of time and it is a most effective way to break us psychologically and spiritually. It is no mistake that our governments are attacking our breathing-it is deliberate; to break our spirit and the connection with our essence and the source of our existence. It is nothing but evil.

In Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament, breath and spirit is the same word; Ruach. In ancient Greek, the language of the New Testament the word for spirt and breath is Pneuma.

This is from the Bible, Psalms Chapter 104, verses 29-30

(open quotes) “29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.

30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.” (close quotes)

Let us breath, let us have spirit. Let us renew this earth for our future.

Thank you.

May Day Gathering, Holyrood, Edinburgh, 2021 (Text of speech)

Six months ago, I stood here talking about the disgusting and unethical use of applied psychology by psychologists of the UK government. The government psychologists have shown no remorse about their applied psychological abuse. 

This psychological abuse has been normalised. We are being conditioned to think it is normal to accept such psychological abuse, just like Ivan Pavlov’s dogs. The infamous Ivan Pavlov whose ideas informed the psychological operations under totalitarian communism and now inform those of SPI-B and the UK government.  But I am not going to talk in detail about the psychological operations as such today-you can read my articles on these topics on the UK Column website-you certainly won’t read about the deliberate psychological abuse we are being subjected to in the mainstream media from the likes of Edinburgh Live, the Scotsman, The Herald, or the Daily record.

This is because what we are going through is a period of normalisation-a reminder: a domestic abuser normalises psychological abuse.

But we can learn from history. This has not come out of nowhere. To reiterate, these methods of normalisation are tried and tested tactics.

Vaclav Havel, and his wonderful book, The Power of the Powerless has a lot to teach us in our totalitarian COVID19 times. Havel as some may know was as Czech statesman, writer and former dissident contra totalitarian communism, who served as the last President of Czechoslovakia then as the first President of the Czech Republic.

He believed that the wrong words and acts could normalise abnormal things. Think of the inhumane language and compelled acts in our time: (social distancing, self-isolating, test, track and trace, face masks, especially on children, coercion to get the jab etc…. all these inhumane words and acts lull us to sleep. But humane language and humane acts can awaken us and help us recognise that what we have accepted as normal (e.g., COVID19 rules), is constructed, pseudo-scientific, fragile, and actually an abuse of human beings and their God given sovereignty. The dissidents of Havel’s time in his group Charter 77 were mocked as addicted to drugs, mentally ill, and excluded from society.

 Havel exposed the abnormality of the normalisation by changing the semantics of the political drama so that the normalisation of the abnormal seemed absurd and that the dissidents were justified. In Havel’s analysis of a totalitarian system, the dissident, the villain is not a real person, but an artistic creation; forged through the lines of text and print from mainstream media and pseudo-scientific dogma from Government dictates and its advisors. Just like the vilification of people who question the dominant narrative of COVIID-19- we are called covidiots, science deniers, or anti-vaxxers; THIS IS FAKE NEWS.

This present period of Normalisation, of the idea of constantly living with Covid19, the New Normal and all the pseudo-scientific and illogical rules, has dubious credibility behind it, especially when it comes to legislating or controlling our lives. This normalization as Havel pointed out, speaks to sensibilities that feel personal (i.e., safety, the threat of death, infection, & disease), but it has a general aim: to supress all individuality and control huge masses of people. This is the communist totalitarian psy-op play book. Being played in Scotland, the UK and world today.

The system is totalitarian not because some individual has power, but because power is shared in conditions of total irresponsibility…. Conformity is implemented through fear and through the instinct of self-preservation. That is why the Mainstream media have been so lamestream, why there is such reticence in speaking out, and much cognitive dissonance. This situation, our current situation, was described by Czeslaw Milosz (Cheslav Meewash) in his book, The Captive Mind. He described the allure of blind conformity of Stalinism, especially by intellectuals. He described the deadening effect of totalitarianism upon the population and how humanity under these conditions leads to a dual personality or cognitive dissonance. And I would say as a psychoanalyst, this encapsulates the dangerous death instinct or destructive psyche driving the COVID19 narrative which is hell bent on destroying anything good, nurturing, beautiful, and wonderful. It truly is an evil force.

Think of the politicians and Government advisors like Professor Devi Shridhar or Professor Linda Bauld, advocating for putting face masks on children. People, the media, politicians, and even parents have accepted this destructive inhumane practice, which is based in pseudo-science and illogicality. The COVID19 science fiction of Sturgeon, Shridhar, or Bauld would not get near a PhD examination room, never mind an undergraduate thesis standard of work. The COVID19 rules certainly don’t meet the mark of scientific credibility to be mandated to the entire population. How embarrassing for Edinburgh University, who is the employer of Devi Shridhar and Linda Bauld. And the mainstream media have not challenged them. Shame on them. Meanwhile children have to wear masks in schools. We will remember this evil betrayal of youth, this blatant child abuse. There is such a thing as the Nuremberg code.

Freedom is not doing the things you are inclined to do. It is reflecting upon what you ought to do, of facing the risk…..as all our speakers here are doing today.  

Echoing what Vaclav Havel said of eastern Europe during totalitarian communism, a spectre is haunting Scotland, the UK, the world. It is called dissent. It has not appeared out of thin air, out of conspiracy theories, from anti-vaxxer sentiment, or the desire to ignore the safety of humanity. It has been born at a time when this system of COVID 19 regulations can no longer sustain itself on unadulterated, brutal and arbitrary application of power, based upon science fiction whilst ignoring the data, with the aim of eliminating all expressions of non-conformity and changing human living beyond all recognition.

This system, has become so ossified politically that at present there is no room for dissidents or non-conformity. But they cannot keep the light out forever. The death instinct or evil always trips up. Evil always leaves a trail, of bodies, of paper…..the evidence of malfeasance is getting to the point now where it is difficult to be denied.

Scotland, the UK, and the world is a beautiful place with many beautiful peoples. It can be beautiful again, on the side of good and love where this evil of normalisation, the Brave New COVID19 normal is banished.

Let me end with a poem. This is for the politicians, their advisors, the media, the police, for everybody here, and dissidents everywhere, because the message of the poem is applicable to everybody. The poem is called:

The wind one brilliant day by Antonio Machado.

The wind, one brilliant day, called

to my soul with an odour of jasmine.

(the wind said) ‘In return for the odour of my jasmine,

I’d like all the odour of your roses.’

(Machado said) ‘I have no roses; all the flowers

in my garden are dead.’

(The wind replied) ‘Well then, I’ll take the withered petals

and the yellow leaves and the waters of the fountain.’

the wind left. And I wept. And I said to myself:

‘What have you done with the garden that was entrusted to you?’

Thank you.

Querying the Queering of Scottish Schools.

It was announced with great fanfare on the 12th of August by the Scottish government and welcomed by the Scottish Education Secretary, Shirley Anne Sommerville, new guidance regarding transgender issues in schools. Sommerville stated on the Scottish government website: 

New guidance to help schools better support transgender children and young people has been published. The guidance contains real-life examples, best practice and advice on a wide range of issues that are known to affect transgender pupils including bullying, safety and privacy.[i]

In the actual guidance document entitled, “Supporting transgender pupils in schools: guidance for Scottish schools”, Sommerville wrote:

“The health and wellbeing of every child and young person must be at the heart of our decision making. I am confident that this guidance, combined with our forthcoming work on gender equality, will help schools deliver a learning environment where privacy, safety, dignity and respect is afforded to every pupil so they can each achieve their full potential.”[ii]

This new guidance was also welcomed by several organisations who contributed to its development. These were listed at the end of the guidance document and included: Association of Directors of Education Scotland, Children in Scotland, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), Education Scotland, Engender, LGBT Youth Scotland, National Parent Forum of Scotland, Rape Crisis Scotland, Sportscotland, Stonewall Scotland and the Scottish Transgender Alliance. Indeed, on social media many of these organisations openly welcomed and celebrated this new guidance.

However, the guidance has caused much furore amongst many people and this was picked up by several newspapers in the UK, including The Telegraph and Daily Express. To give a flavour, The Daily Express reported:

“Children as young as four will be allowed to change their name and gender at school without their parents’ consent…..Scottish government guidance says transgender people “may come out at any age” and calls on teachers not to tell them it is “just a phase”.”[iii]

As one can imagine, this new guidance, which has arrived just before the start of the new Scottish school term, seems to have been created “out of sight, out of mind” without much consultation with actual parents. How many parents in Scotland knew about this consultation? Marion Calder, a campaigner of a group called “For Women Scotland” said the new guidance showed “a removal of parental rights”.

The actual document reads like a Kafka-esque scenario. It is opaque and vague on the issue of involving parents in issues that arise with their own children. Below is from page 35 of the document:

 “-If a young person wishes to ‘come out’ in a school setting, information may need to be shared. Teachers should consider who to tell and how; taking into account the young person’s view and legal requirements on this.

-A transgender young person may not have told their family about their gender identity. Inadvertent disclosure could cause needless stress for the young person or could put them at risk and breach legal requirements. Therefore, it is best to not share information with parents or carers without considering and respecting the young person’s views and rights.”

On page 56 the guidance document presents guidance from the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, Article 16) to bolster its policy of dealing with transgender children; this inclusion undoubtedly has added to the concerned voices over this new document:

“Article 16 ensures a child’s right to privacy. If a young person comes out as transgender there is no immediate need to inform their parents or others. See more on confidentiality and information sharing on page 35.”

Putting aside the polarised reactions to this new document (i.e., alarm at the school excluding parents from their children’s well-being versus the visible celebration of the guidance from many tax-payer funded organisations), I think it is fair to say that certain sentiments within the document are seriously misguided. As written on page 35 of the document:

“National Child protection guidelines require agencies and professionals, including teachers to follow particular procedures for confidentiality and information sharing. But, being transgender is not a child protection issue in itself. If there is a child protection issue, this should be specified and the school’s child protection guidelines followed.

Good practice

• It is important to respect a young person’s right to privacy.

• Being transgender is not a child protection issue or wellbeing concern in itself.”

The grey areas of disclosing to parents and/or carers if a child is sharing to the school desire/distress re transgender issues is one thing, but alarm bells begin to ring when the Scottish government does not consider the issue of transgenderism a “child protection issue or a wellbeing concern in itself”. This last point is seriously misguided and the Scottish government have ventured into fantasy land by ignoring the vast research and literature on the issue of transgenderism in children. Suffice to say, psychologically speaking, there are a plethora of issues to be concerned about if a child arrives at a point where they feel they need to change their name and/or feel they are in the wrong body. For the Scottish government to advocate otherwise is irresponsible. Often there is a great need for a psychological exploration as to why a child has arrived at the position of feeling they need to change their name (e.g., from a boy’s name to a girl’s name) and/or come to see their body (e.g., being a male or female) as being an issue of some kind. To think otherwise is ignorance. But it is here where the cracks in the Scottish government’s narrative around this issue are exposed; their adoration of the explicitly politically motivated queer theory which influences much of their educational policies, reveal itself in plain sight. I will write more about the idea of queer theory below. But first, and it is related to the Scottish government’s love of queer theory, there is an elephant in the room that has gone unnoticed amongst all mainstream and alternative commentators/commentary on both sides of the debate around the announcement of this new guidance.

The day after the Scottish government announced its new guidance, the 13th August, I downloaded the guidance document so as I could read it in full. I was shocked to find on page 64, on the list for additional resources for primary schools, the name of a book called “Beyond Magenta: transgender teens speak out”, by Susan Kulkin. In this book, one of the stories depicts a six-year-old boy engaged in sex acts with older men.

Below are two screenshots of page 64 from the downloaded document. One from on the 13th August 2021 (at exactly10:43 a.m.) with Beyond Magenta listed. The other screenshot is from approximately 7 hours later on Friday the 13th where the reference to “Beyond Magenta” had been mysteriously removed.

Before (with Beyond Magenta):

After (Beyond Magenta deleted):

To appreciate the seriousness of this inappropriate book, here is an excerpt from the book in question and why it is not appropriate for schools, never mind primary school aged children.

Here is a link to an article about the above material:

https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/news/antitransgender-activist-slams-library-book-describing-sex-act-by-sixyearold/news-story/081170749739074579c3a31261719592

What is most incredible about this whole issue, is that the Scottish government and the education secretary Shirley Anne Sommerville approved this document (with the inclusion of the book Beyond Magenta) as did the other organisations listed above, including LGBT Youth Scotland and the National Parent Forum of Scotland. Not only that, on Thursday the 12th of August, many of the organisations listed above including Stonewall Scotland and the National Parent Forum of Scotland openly celebrated and “welcomed” the Scottish government’s new guidance document. The question is, did Shirley Anne Sommerville, Stonewall Scotland, and the National Parent Forum of Scotland actually read the document properly before publication, before they welcomed it and celebrated it? Or did they not read it? If they had read it, as it seems that they are indicating that they did, as they welcomed it, were they aware of the material being recommended within the document before the deletion of the listing of “Beyond Magenta”? Surely they would have objected to such material if they had actually read the document? The controversy around “Beyond Magenta” is well known, especially within LGBT organisations. However, if they had not read the document, it calls into question the legitimacy of these people, organisations and their endorsement of the document.

However, the plot thickens even more. LGBT Youth Scotland who contributed to this new Scottish government guidance still have the book “Beyond Magenta” on their website as a resource.[iv] LGBT Youth Scotland play a major role in Scottish education and have much input in relation to the curriculum (e.g., LGBT inclusive education) and related LGBT related consultations with the Scottish government.

This new transgender guidance and the furore that has erupted around it and the “Beyond Magenta” issue, is not the first time the Scottish government and education issues have been tainted with inappropriateness. As I have written elsewhere[v], there was the anger by the parents of primary one children of Glencoats primary school in Paisley, Glasgow after Mhairi Black MP and an adult drag queen called “Flojob” visited the school; the parents were not informed about the drag queen visit. John Swinney, the then education secretary had to apologise.  There was also issue of an “educational” pornographic polari video (code language used by gay men)[vi] that appeared on Jedburgh Grammar school website, the infamous Dunbar Grammar drag fest[vii] and the issue of pornographic sex-education material used in Scottish schools[viii]. All these issues, including the new transgender guidance come under what is called queer theory.

To remind the reader, queer theory and gender ideology and its application in schools can be summed up in an influential book published in 2009 called “Interrogating heteronormativity in primary schools: the work of the no outsiders project”, edited by Renée DePalma and Elizabeth Atkinson. The first clue is in the title of the book: “Interrogating heteronormativity in primary schools”. Yes, primary schools; schools with children in them, not adults. Bear this in mind.  A quick look at the objectives of the project, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council grant, takes us down the rabbit hole of queer theory. Its stated objectives were to understand the operation of “heteronormativity (heterosexual behaviour, lifestyle), its normalisation, and to develop means to challenge its normativity, in primary schools. It wanted to develop teaching practices within the classroom so it could carry these objectives out.

Another more sinister aim of the project was, as the authors lamented, to address the omission in primary schools of sexuality, pleasure, bodies and desire which ordinarily, within educational settings with children are omitted (quite rightly in my opinion) to protect children. The reasoning given to “correct” this omission was that it denies children engagement with vital information about sexualities, silences the sexual voice of children and erases their sexual agency.

These aims and concerns of the No Outsiders project are reiterated and re-emphasised with the authors’ objective of exploring how to make “safe spaces” in primary schools in which children can talk about sexualities; their parents’ sexualities, their parents’ friends’ sexualities and indeed the children’s’ own sexualities. Incredibly, it is argued that teachers also should discuss their own sexualities. The authors argue that by denying children and the teachers discussions about queer sexualities, it omits the inclusion of queer bodies, pleasures and desires, which if these queer sexualities were discussed, it would confound or confuse heterosexuality or heteronormativity.

An even darker aspect of No Outsiders lurks hidden in their manifesto for queering the classroom; the overt disdain for heteronormativity is revealed in discussions of a need for the rejection of heterosexuality and reproduction. The authors of “No Outsiders” argue that there is a need to challenge reproductive futurism (human reproduction of children and its heterosexual nature) and that queering the classroom and human reproduction are at odds with each other. Indeed, the rational for teaching children at all is questioned, as queer existences or lifestyles are antagonistic to a reproductive future; i.e., as in heteronormativity, where the future, child and family are valued.

In other words, the notion of the family, a biological Mum and Dad, heterosexuality, commitment to heterosexual monogamy, for one’s children and the future all need to be sacrificed on the altar of queer theory; the present, alternative sexualities (LGBT/Queer sexualities), alternative lifestyles (e.g., open relationships/polyamory), sex as only for pleasure or immediate gratification is the ideal of a queer utopia.

These ideas are perhaps appropriate for the realms of adult behaviour and lifestyle, but they are certainly not appropriate in a child’s classroom. The Scottish government has pushed this agenda. And who has pushed this agenda with them? A group called the TIE campaign (Time for inclusive education), LGBT Youth Scotland, Stonewall Scotland, and others as listed above. These groups, many of them tax-payer funded, seem to have the ear of Scottish Government and an inordinate amount of influence on its policies, and they also have untroubled access to Scottish schools, disseminating queer theory and gender ideology.

The driving force of queer theory from queer theory ideologues, in queering the primary school (including transgender ideology), is the pushing and transgressing of sexual boundaries. This includes transgressing the boundaries of age and sexualities (i.e., LGBT) and the boundary of the natural human body (i.e., transgender/alternative gender). Queer theory wants to target children to push and transgress ordinary boundaries of childhood and the child body, and to invite and stimulate children with sexual ideas (i.e., of themselves) and others (i.e., their teachers’ sexualities). In the good old days this might be called grooming, or sexual abuse.  But targeting children and their sexualities and attempting to deconstruct sexualities is nothing new. 

I think it would do us well to meditate on the words of the cultural-Marxist psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, who was for the destruction of the family and the deconstruction of the norms regarding sexual behaviour and practices, for purely political ends; a so-called liberated society, but whereby the sexual liberation becomes a form of political control:

“In contrast, a child whose motor activity is completely free, and whose natural sexuality has been liberated in sexual play, will oppose strictly authoritarian, ascetic influences. Political reaction can always compete with revolutionary education in the authoritarian, superficial influencing of children. But it can never do so in the realm of sexual education. No reactionary ideology or political orientation can ever accomplish for children what a social revolution can with respect to their sexual life. In terms of processions, marches, songs, banners, and uniforms, however, reaction undoubtedly has more to offer. We thus see the revolutionary structuring of the child must involve the freeing of his biological motility. This is indisputable.” (W. Reich, 1936, The Sexual Revolution)

It seems to be quite clear that to target children with “educational” programmes focussed on LGBT (with a heavy focus on the T) sex education (with a focus on blatantly pornographic content/ideas/ideology/queer theory) is an attempt at “freeing the sexual motility” of children, which will have damaging knock-on effects: a questioning and confusion regarding gender, sexuality and sexual behaviour, and an inappropriate exposure to sexual ideas before the relevant developmental milestones have been reached. The reality of biological sex and the importance of biological families (e.g., mum, dad) are all being undermined by current Scottish education policies, and are being defended by those who advocate drag-queen story time and queer theory in schools. It must be noted, this drive for queering the classroom and a queer utopia is not solely a Scottish issue. It comes straight out of the ideology of Agenda 2021/2030, the “Great Reset”, and the dystopian vision of living in a pod, alone, without a family, owning nothing and being happy; the globalist’s totalitarian dream.

In conclusion, serious questions need asked regarding the seeming endorsement (and subsequent mysterious deletion) of paedophilic materials included in the new guidance for transgenderism published by the Scottish Government. Furthermore, questions need asked about the organisations who contributed to this guidance, who welcomed it and celebrated it (with the inclusion of the book “Beyond Magenta), and there needs to be inquiries why tax-payer-funded organisations like LGBT Youth Scotland, who have an influence on the Scottish education system, still endorse a book like “Beyond Magenta”.  This is a child welfare issue, and it is the organisations and government who need to be scrutinised by an independent body before any new guidance is implemented in Scottish schools. 


[i] https://www.gov.scot/news/supporting-transgender-young-people/

[ii] file:///C:/Users/PC/Desktop/supporting-transgender-pupils-schools-guidance-scottish-schools.pdf

[iii] https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1476898/transgender-school-Scotland-pupils-pick-gender-age-four

[iv] https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/media/1344/supporting-transgender-young-people.pdf

[v] https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/drag-queen-story-time-tale-dark-defence

[vi] https://youtu.be/2dnxU7HnSLE

[vii] https://youtu.be/OcDnWvT4YEo

[viii] https://youtu.be/ujePAmm5uK4