It's always a good day when a new book comes along from Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman. And today is a very good day! I've just finished reading their new book, Mind Wars, which does not disappoint in the slightest. It's fascinating, illuminating and - you'll soon come to see why - highly disturbing, in terms of the issues it covers.
Published by New Page Books, the full title of the Jones-Flaxman release is Mind Wars: A History of Mind Control, Surveillance, And Social Engineering By The Government, Media, And Secret Societies. I should first begin by saying that I have read a lot of books on the subject of mind control - some of them very good, but many of them filled with the most paranoid, deluded nonsense one could imagine. Fortunately, Mind Wars falls 100 percent into the first category.
What Marie and Larry have done is to write a clear, detailed, rationally argued, and precise study of mind control and manipulation, and in a way that demonstrates the serious and controversial nature of outrageous activity that has gone on in the past, that is taking place right now, and what might be just around the corner - unless something is done, and quickly, to change things.
One of the things that particularly impressed me was that our authors chose to begin with an issue that so many mind control-themed books do not, namely the ancient past. As they note:
"Take, for example, ancient Egyptian religion, which looked for all intents and purposes like a cult created around the desire to interact with the deities through specific rituals. This may not look like a typical form of mind control...but the use of ritual is definitely a form of behavior modification, as is religious doctrine, designed to get a certain group of people to think and behave a certain way."
Bravo. This is a fine chapter on mind-tampering in the early years of civilization and how it set the scene for what was to follow.
Of course, Mind Wars would be woefully incomplete without a mention of the MKUltra program. In fact, we are treated to far more than a mention of this highly controversial operation. Relocated Nazi scum, sophisticated cocktails designed to alter the human mind, secret files, a controversial death, and brain-scrambling psychedelics are just the start of things. On the matter of MKULtra, the authors also reveal the fascinating (and under-investigated) matter of its links to UFOs and fabricated, staged events of the flying saucer variety.
When it comes to the matter of mind control, the most important question is: how is it achieved? We get the answers in a chapter titled "Triggered: The Tools And Techniques of Control." With sections titled "Reinforcement," "Coercive Persuasion," "Rhetoric and Dogma," and "Capture Bonding/Stockholm Syndrome," this portion of the book makes it graphically clear how horrifyingly easy it is to enslave the individual.
Jones and Flaxman pull no punches when they focus their attention on the likes of Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple, David Koresh, Charles Manson, and the Heaven's Gate crowd, the latter who died tragically in March 1997, after being convinced by their lunatic overlord, Marshall Applewhite, that it would be a good idea if they all topped themselves - and all in the name of aliens, no less.
Then there is a part of the book titled "Cult Stories: 3 Survivors Speak." This is a particularly eyeopening and chilling section, which reveals the accounts of various cult-members who managed to pull themselves away from what was clearly almost-unstoppable control and manipulation by power-hungry figures.
Media manipulation - a big concern today - gets a great deal of coverage, and rightly so. And you might be very surprised and intrigued to learn what Jones and Flaxman have to say about Facebook, too. One area that I found fascinating - and which, I think, has rarely been touched on - is that concerning the positive side of mind control. Yes, there really is one! We're talking here not about enslavement or manipulation, but the individual altering their thought processes and attitudes for greater well-being, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Marie and Larry then leap into one of the most sinister aspects of mind control - the covert use of so-called non-lethal weaponry, and futuristic devices directed to affect (negatively, of course) the minds of targeted individuals. The reasons: to provoke depression, anxiety, a sense of losing your mind, hearing noises and voices in your head, and even suicide. This chapter makes for reading that is as eye-opening as it is grim, in terms of who is using this technology and why.
Bringing things right up to date is the final chapter, "Somebody's Watching You: The United States of Surveillance." As you might have already surmised, this section of the book tells us much about the Edward Snowden-NSA saga, widespread spying on the Internet and our social media activity, spy-cameras, drones, and much more.
There is probably no more relevant time in human history to read Mind Wars than right now. If he was alive today, George Orwell would be holding this book high, and for one and all to see. And rightly so.