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Tavistock Institute: Social Engineering the Masses Paperback – September 22, 2015
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- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 163424043X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1634240437
- Publisher : Trine Day (September 22, 2015)
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #56,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First, most people have never heard of the Tavistock Institute. So the author should have had an initial chapter where he explains the “public” history of this entity, before getting into their dirty laundry. Second, the book is actually not about the Tavistock Institute per se, but rather about the whole 20th century history of efforts at brainwashing, mind control, and related efforts to create zombies or sleepers. This is a worthwhile topic for an in-depth investigation, but, as readers find out throughout the book, the Tavistock Institute may have been an A-list player here, but certainly there were many other equally dedicated black-hats, Stanford Research Institute being another notorious example.
Along with unfortunately a number of other authors, Estulin is ready to slander the Theosophical Society without having done more than totally superficial investigation. Yes, Blavatsky and the other founders were controversial even in their day. But unlike the black-hat social engineers that Estulin focuses on, they were all truly lightworkers who were striving to make the world a better place. And their legacy remains, even though often unrecognized. In America, the single largest segment of the population nowadays identifies themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” They can thank Blavatsky and the TS for this, even if they do not recognize the roots. Aleister Crowley of course became notorious for his teachings, but Estulin in horribly wrong in suggesting that he was somehow in a leadership position in the TS. Crowley was a Satanist black magician who borrowed some concepts from the TS, but no society can prevent some outside parties from borrowing from their teachings and perverting them to nefarious purposes.
In a similar vein, he endeavors to tar the IONS society by noting that the founder, Edgar Mitchell was friends with the Bush family. The early history of IONS is complex and I have not researched it. But what is important is that today, and for quite a few decades, IONS have been one of the few organizations anywhere in the world which endeavor to bring together science and metaphysics. Their conferences and events tend to draw some preeminent authors and speakers (e.g., Bruce Lipton, Rupert Sheldrake) which most of us consider to be of tremendous value to humanity. Mitchell himself stopped being actively involved with management of IONS many decades earlier. But, as emerges later in the book, Estulin’s attitude is not surprising since he simply loathes anything metaphysical.
Another horribly wrong interpretation of Estulin’s is that the hippie movement and the New Age movement were simply products of CIA mind control. While CIA undoubtedly enjoyed putting their finger into the pie there, both these movements were full of honest, decent, positive persons in no way affiliated or mind-controlled by the CIA. Who do you think had a more positive influence on humanity, hippies, or the greed-driven Wall Street banksters who subsequently became dominant on the social landscape?
A long chapter near the very start of the book is devoted to an interpretation of the Kennedy assassination in Masonic symbolism terms. This is an interpretation of another author’s, James Downard’s, valuable book on the topic. Estulin does a good job of making a summary and acknowledges the source. But what the heck does this have to do with the Tavistock Institute?? All black-hats are not simply interchangeable entities, sorry folks. The JFK assassination, according to Nomenclature of an Assassination Cabal, was orchestrated by the horrific J. Edgar Hoover, with support from Lyndon Johnson and a very long list of sociopaths of various stripes. Tavistock Institute is certainly rotten to the core, but it was not a player in that sordid tragedy. So why is this story in this book??
Also narrow-minded is Estulin’s take on World War II. Basically, he echoes here a simplistic civics class lesson that the Germans were all black-hats, while Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin were white-hats. Certainly the victors in any war like to put such notions into textbooks, but Estulin (who is undeniably smart) ought to see beyond such jingoism of the victors. He might start by asking, for both WW I and WW II, was it Germany who declared war on Britain, or Britain who declared war on Germany? (hint: correct answer is #2, not #1).
Most distressingly, Estulin reveals himself to be a hardcore “Skeptic” in the modern, pejorative sense of the term. To him, anything beyond the 5 senses is misguided gibberish. As he explains, “the world of mysticism” is simply “irrationalism.” To each his own, but in my view, this is not the way to elevate mankind. Instead, it is a way to keep mankind shackled, which is the opposite of what he ostensibly claims should be done. Since some of the better-known metaphysical teachings have their origin in Hinduism, he then proceeds to slam Hinduism as it being “time that someone unmasked the idiocy.” Very harsh and no perceptible loving kindness here. Of course not, science does not have anything to say about loving kindness, therefore it has to be a misguided foolishness. For good measure, remote viewing is lumped in with “witchcraft,” which you should stay away from, lest you be accused of being “unscientific.”
Hippies and similar sensitive folks of the 60s are described “the Aquarian conspiracy, undermining of society through antiwar, environmentalist…movements.” Yes, Mr. Estulin, antiwar ideas and environmental concerns are certainly undermining society, if you view proper society as being government slaves. For good measure, he castigates those who are opposed to “nuclear energy.” Well then, Mr. Estulin, why don’t you move to the Fukushima Prefecture and start practicing what you preach!
Estulin documents that, these days, a large fraction of the population considers that extraterrestrials are indeed real, then proceeds to belittle those who have this viewpoint. In his view, the operative phrase is “UFO hoax.” One gets the clear idea that if an extraterrestrial vehicle crashed and landed on Mr. Estulin’s foot, he would proclaim that this is not real, since there is no scientific paper attesting to its truth.
The conclusion has to be that I do not recommend the book. Yes, there are interesting, not well-known facts compiled about the Tavistock Institute and other brainwashing programs. But there is so much negativity towards targets that are actually decent people that the effort should not be supported. Do not buy the book and thereby support spreading of such negativity. Put your dollars towards more worthy authors.
For writing, editing, and formatting, it is a two-star effort. For instance, Estulin dutifully indexed numerous references to Tavistock; but in contrast, he often mentioned the Frankfurt school in the text, but failed to include it in the index. That is one of many oversights in the book. Some of his sentences lack grammatical fundamentals. Such omissions can sometimes be an effective writing strategy, making a statement more conversational. Like this. But sometimes, the reader must re-read what he wrote in order to make sense of the content. To be fair, English is not Mr Estulin's first language, so perhaps it was translated and that is part of the issue. But overlook the numerous editing errors, and what's left is a valuable resource that connects many of the dots that certain people would just as soon you never discover.
Mention brainwashing techniques in any group of people, and usually someone will be dismissive of such a silly idea. But it won't seem so silly after reading Estulin, and perhaps you know somebody who could benefit from hearing that. It is a serious topic, and Estulin has given the conspiracy historian (notice I did not say conspiracy theorist) another bullet in the knowledge-gun. This book is definitely worth getting.
As we watch the highly choreographed procession of Middle Eastern refugees - distressed and exhausted from NATO's bombing campaigns- enter Europe; spare a thought for the Tavistock grin and those who made it possible.
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In the introduction Estulin starts by describing the Institute as the "The Juggernaut of evil" which is a lovely turn of phrase as is "jackboot of terror" and "painless concentration camp". So you might have (a little) fun finding the 'death metal lyrics' in the text.
You will read LOTS of unsubstantiated statements "Every aspect of the mental and psychological life of people on the planet was recorded". Really? Ok,but how? What does 'mental' even mean in this context? Already, in the introduction, a lack of rigour becomes apparent. This continues apace, arguments are poorly explained and hard to follow, moving from Hitler to Huxley's homosexual lover in almost the same breath! It really is so bad that the Tavistock Institute GAINS credibility.
The book meanders on in a shouty angry lad stylee. It is complicated, but not complex. It sometimes feels like a parody with its references to "The Eye of Horus" and "the children of the sun". It spends a lot of time dissecting minutae Eg of lyrics and videos of pop artists like Eminem and Rihanna but again arguments are weak and poorly constructed and as such have no credibility. Essentially it's a collection of incoherent (internet?) conspiracies that presumably in Estulin's head hang together powerfully. Unfortunately, arguments don't back up the fire and brimstone language so ultimately the writing comes across as teenage.
Needless to say I couldn't finish it.