Is sanity between Russia and the US possible? By Jon Rappoport There is an apparatus that supports war. It’s composed of intelligence agencies, propaganda departments, think-tanks, military contractors, legislators, presidents, armed forces leaders, lobbyists, media companies, foundations, religious organizations, banks, and so on. The myriad connections among these entities form a system. What happens when opposing countries, both giants, try to find a way toward sanity? What happens when each country has an enduring system dedicated to war? And what happens when many minds are addicted to systems? For the sake of argument, let’s eliminate the current personalities; let’s take Trump and Putin out of the equation and say two other nameless people are the heads of government in Russia and the US. And let us say that one of these leaders, the US president, asks this burning question of the Russian head of state: “What would I have to do…to convince you…that my government wants to…end every shred of opposition…to you and your people?” After a suitable period of shocked silence, the Russian leader, playing along, enumerates 40 or 50 items. After all, Cold War or no Cold War, US-Russian theatrical gamesmanship has been playing to packed houses for a long, long time. The actors have launched numerous antagonistic strategies. A discussion ensues. And the two leaders discover this: the undeclared war between their two countries has given birth to a support system—a stupefying gargantuan apparatus that weaves through numerous agencies and departments of government. Its size and scope are difficult to comprehend. Worse still, on each side, the special apparatus is intimately connected to the every-day functioning of myriad institutions of government. The prospect of untangling the special apparatus from business-as-usual swollen bureaucracies is daunting, to say the least. It appears, organizationally speaking, that dissolving the “undeclared-war apparatus” might collapse government in general. The Russian leader says, “Maybe we can’t get there from here.” The American president concurs. And they haven’t even begun talking about the ripple effects on mega-corporations on both sides of the Atlantic. Of course the solution is: the leaders would begin a sane journey with one step; and then another step. But still. One of the great invisible drivers of continued antagonism is the system that has been built to express it. The system is there. It functions. The system is a kind of technology. Once you have a highly complex system in place, minds cling to it, as the addict clings to his settled chemical of choice. I have written and spoken at length about systems and the addicted mind. This is a whole ignored branch of psychology; the real thing, not the fake garble. It doesn’t matter what a system is designed to do. Many minds will cling to it. A mind attached to a system and the system itself mirror each other. Beginning in the early 20th century, several art movements—cubism, surrealism, dada—recognized this highly strange and numbing state of affairs, and responded by taking apart familiar elements of reality and putting them back together in shocking disjunctive ways, with the intent of jolting public consciousness into recognizing the absurdity of the “system.” The so-called New Age movement of the 1960s was, in part, a program designed to nullify “waking-up” effects on consciousness, by instituting instead a vague, soft, all-embracing “cosmic whole”; a soft machine. A train route for the mind that would pretend to take it out to the far reaches of the cosmos. We see this same propaganda effort now in the promoted Singularity, in current high-tech myths about brain-computer merging. Here the mind and the system are frankly married, with no reservation. The mind is physically connected to a super-system of systems. And the absurd promise is cosmic consciousness, universal in scope, somehow leading to the visible emergence of God. Notice that the underlying premise of the New Age and the Singularity is the preservation of the mind that has been trained toward addiction. As long as the entrained mind can sniff out a system, it will move toward it and embrace it, no matter what the system is designed to do. Globalized economics and finance; the dissolving of national governments into expansive regional unions; departments of war; vast religious and corporate organizations; top-heavy federalized law; coordinated official science; collaborating major media; medical cartelization; international drug trafficking; any system at any level will do. Once upon a time, the day-to-day Roman Church held sway in the West. Its cosmological system offered the prime Welfare entitlement of eternal life in heaven, as long as the devotee’s acceptance of the Church was complete, as long as his adherence to doctrine was ironclad, as long as his communication with the prescribed ultimate deity was carried out through the good offices of a certified priest. Any system will do. Now the computer is the deity. Now the Cloud is King. To reach ultimate spiritual and material possibility, given the (perversely applied) canon of greatest good for the greatest number, the devotee must accept the operation of the Surveillance State (God is always watching), so that he can be profiled and thus, eventually, assigned a correct position in the overall scheme of things, as adjudicated by Central Casting (God’s plan), for the benefit of Earth. For the entrained mind, any system will do. Even a system designed to move to the brink of war, or perpetuate endless stalemate, or go to war, between two old enemies, Russia and America. CODA: The question of who benefits from this system requires, and has received, much analysis. Clearly, elite Globalists benefit, since the long-term opposition of Russia and the US poses the “problem that needs a solution”: a new world order. Beyond that, however, the mind’s magnetic attraction to systems is a different problem. I have been researching and writing about this subject for many years. My three collections, The Matrix Revealed, Exit From The Matrix, and Power Outside The Matrix explore the subject in great depth—with a host of exercises and techniques designed to free the mind and expand individual power. Let me be clear, I’m not writing a diatribe against all systems here. This is about the mind’s addiction to them that results in perceiving reality and life itself through filters and constructs. Far worse, the addict will protect his systems, no matter for what purpose they are designed. Purpose is irrelevant. The drama surrounding Edward Snowden’s escape from America with a trove of NSA documents inspired a torrent of outrage. More than just reacting to the exposure of secret programs, the NSA guardians felt the visceral threat of losing their systems. If a person’s psychology depends on having a system in the same way that he has a bank account, the threat of loss is great and profound. Underpinning all of this (and there is no way to avoid it), the addict’s existence is bound up in the belief that his system gives him his only access to reality. “I see reality it and know it through my system, and there is nothing else to do. If I gave up my system, I would give up reality.” Now we are talking about actual psychology, not the frivolous academic and professional brand. If the addict’s subconscious could speak, this is what it would say: “I have two pillars. My system and Reality. The system allows me to know reality. If I surrendered the system, reality would be lost to me.” That statement of dedication is worth contemplating. A person’s emotional life and energy are riding on it. Another analogy: a rock climber is poised in a precarious position under an overhang on a high cliff wall. He is strapped and buckled in, connected to a sturdy line. He has a pick in his hand. He is connected to his group by a two-way communication device. He has water and a few energy bars in his pack. And now you come along and suggest that he should shed this entire SYSTEM while standing under the overhang… This is how the addict’s subconscious sees the stability of his life and potential threats to it. This is not power. This is an elaborate avoidance of power, an avoidance of the center of an individual where his power resides.