Authorities never have “issues with authority”

Authorities never have “issues with authority”

by Jon Rappoport

May 21, 2013

It’s simple. Authorities invented the idea that other people have issues with authority.

Psychiatrists rank right up there among the elitists setting the standards. They, for example, have concocted a little fictional doodad called Oppositional Defiance Disorder. And magically, they never accuse their professional colleagues of having it. No.

Why should they? They amuse themselves by deciding when civilians are overly defiant and need pacification (drugs).

But we’re also talking about character structure here, because psychiatrists turn out to be exactly the people who want to slap labels like ODD on others. They like that. So they labor in universities and hospitals and earn their degrees and state-issued licenses, knowing that soon they will have that power.

Having gained it, there is nothing to be defiant about. They’re sitting on top of the heap, which they call science.

It’s quite a racket.

The Matrix Revealed

In response, how about this? The Challenge to Authority Syndrome (CAS). It would be diagnosed in people who hold positions of authority and react very badly when someone lower on the totem pole doubts them.

Symptoms include: facial flushes; body tremors; shouts excessively; deals out punishment; calls challenger a “terrorist”; obtains secret warrant to spy on challenger…

Treatment for CAS: sedatives; aspartame; fluoridated water.

There are literally millions of jobs and positions in this country that are entirely dependent on listening to instructions and following them, no questions asked. No suggestions permitted. No divergence tolerated.

Therefore, the potential pool of people who “have issues with authority” is huge. It seems only fair to do a reversal and start diagnosing authorities with CAS.

In 1957, at the age of 19, I found myself taking a train into New York, to see a psychologist who was going to give me a Rorschach (inkblot) Test.

We sat in his office and he ran down his credentials and background, and assured me he was a “specialist.” Right away, I had “issues.”

He said he would show me 10 cards with pictures, and he wanted me to tell him what I saw. His interpretation of my answers would enable him to assess my state of mind.

Really? Now I had serious issues.

He flashed the first card. The picture looked like a bat. Well, all ten pictures pretty much look like bats or butterflies or moths.

But I thought it would be too obvious to say “bat.” I was going for more arcane material to make it interesting.

So…a full hour later, I was still working on one section of the picture on card one. I was seeing clouds, branches, statues, ancient Rome, space travel, stoves, noses, Graham crackers, interplanetary musical notation, pregnant deer, Civil War soldiers, private detectives’ hats, freezers, sandstorms, X-rays, lint, faces in the moon, candy wrappers…

The authority figure was sweating. He was supposed to make notes on everything I said without comment. At the rate I was going, we’d be in his office all night and into the next day.

I observed him come to a boil.

Finally, he snapped. “Keep it simple!” Obvious symptom of CAS.

My, my.

Why should I keep it simple?” I calmly asked.

Because I have enough material!”

What about the other pictures?” I said. “And I’m not through with this one.”

We don’t need the other pictures!” he said, his face a fine flushing red.

We don’t? I thought the test was all ten.”

It doesn’t have to be!”

Oh,” I said. “But I’m really enjoying this. It’s an interesting picture. They’ve put so much in it…”

He sat there, pen in hand, notebook on the table, and glared at me, as if I’d just blown up his house. He was clearly having a full-blown CAS episode.

Are you doing this on purpose?” he said.

Doing what?”

He sputtered, “Finding so many things!”

Well,” I said, “there’s really nothing in the picture, is there, come to think of it. It’s all what I imagine.”

He shook his finger at me. “No it isn’t. I’m not asking you to imagine anything. I’m asking what you see.”

I don’t see anything,” I said.

That’s impossible,” he said.

I’m just telling you the way it seems to me. Maybe there are right and wrong answers. You’re in charge. You would know.”

The authority. The authority on perception and what it means. The authority on my state of mind.

No,” he said. “There is no right or wrong.”

Then I guess I should continue,” I said.

So I did, for another few minutes. On the same section of the picture on card one, I chirped right along.

Okay,” he said. “That’s enough.”

No,” I said. “I feel like I’m just getting started. I thinks it’s therapeutic.”

Listen,” he said. “This isn’t a test of your imagination. I want to know what you see in the picture.”

I see an inkblot. It’s symmetrical.”

Then he came out with it. “You have a problem with authority,” he said.

Really? You can tell that from my responses to the picture? Was it the hats? The Civil War soldiers?”

He took a deep breath and tried to calm himself down.

No,” he said. “You don’t want to be judged.”

Would you?” I said. “I could sit here and make notes on what you see in the pictures.”

I’m administering the test,” he said, “not you. I’m trained to interpret it.”

Okay,” I said. “I see male genitalia there at the top of the picture. They’re reading the New York Times and ordering coffee at a cafe.”

He stood up. He closed his notebook. He looked very tired.

He showed me out the door.

At the tender age of 19, I learned two lessons that day. One: they command, I subvert. And two: pretensions to science make a marvelous front for authorities.

There is something further. So-called mental-health authorities build a feedback loop to make a sale. They essentially ask you what you see, think, and feel, and then, when you tell them, they jam a label on your head. They just rearrange your own words and sell them back to you. In essence:

I feel sad.”

You have a condition called Sadness (depression).”

I feel up and down.”

You have condition called Up and Down (bipolar).”

No. They have a condition called Authority.

The Rorschach Test was one of those disastrous experiments where academics tried to make art into science. They presumed to carve pictures up into neat and revealing categories.

It didn’t work. It’s never worked. People looking at pictures see what they see, think what they think, and imagine what they imagine. This is why Hitler, Stalin, and the Chinese leadership destroyed so much art and set binding rules on what should be imagined.

Art is dangerous. People move out of standard-response channels and actually conceive of ideas they’ve never considered before. They surpass brainwashing.

They realize, for starters, that any system, when it becomes large enough, can only continue to exist by turning rotten at the core.

Exit From the Matrix

Here is a piece from an interview I did with hypnotherapist Jack True in 1990:

Q (Rappoport): “There seems to be a growing interest, from psychiatrists, in ‘problems around authority.’”

A (Jack): “It’s self-reflexive. The psychiatrists are the authorities. So they want to protect their own turf. Anyone who questions their supremacy can get a diagnosis of mental illness.

This society is being shaped into tighter systems. It means people in charge have to exert more control. They want to be immune from serious attacks.

Everything leads back to freedom. When you press down hard on people, they think about their freedom. They want to break out. There are a lot of strategies employed to keep that from occurring.

Code words are dropped into the culture. ‘Family,’ ‘groups,’ ‘love,’ ‘humanity,’ ‘care,’ concern.’”

Q: “Those are real words.”

A: “Yes, but they’re put there to bring about a kind of trance. They induce certain frequencies that are calming. As vague general terms, in basically trivial contexts, they flatten out emotional responses. They reduce emotional energy.”

Q: “And then what happens?”

A: “A number of things. The idea of freedom becomes less forceful. It become associated with less power. People opt for gentle behavior. But it’s not genuine. It’s the outcome of hypnotic suggestion.”

Q: “And the people who resist, who don’t buy in?”

A: “Their numbers decline. Ways are found to characterize them as mentally ill.”

Q: “If a person doesn’t react well to overweening authority…”

A: “He’s said to have a problem. You see? It’s his problem. That’s turning it around on the rebel. He’s not exposing authority. He’s got a problem.”

Q: And the psychiatrist ‘cares.’”

A: “Sure. He ‘wants to help.’ It’s a load of hypnotic suggestion, all the way up and down the line. I wouldn’t refer a person to a psychiatrist for all the tea in China.”

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JACK TRUE, the most creative hypnotherapist on the face of the planet, is featured in THE MATRIX REVEALED. Jack’s anti-Matrix understanding of the mind and how to liberate it is unparalleled. His insights are unique, staggering. 43 interviews, 320 pages. That is just a faction of what THE MATRIX REVEALED has to offer.

On August 18, 1988, George Bush the Elder gave a speech in which he said, “I want a kinder, gentler nation.” It was perfectly in line with the ongoing pysop Jack True referred to above.

Bush’s words seemed to be positive, but they were really trying to “soften the frequencies” generated by the mind. Bush was basically saying, “We’re the authorities, we’re in charge. Be nice and everything will be all right…”

Jon Rappoport

The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at

20 comments on “Authorities never have “issues with authority”

  1. joanie says:

    LOL – I love the inkblot test story! Reminds me of me.

    We the awake and aware are independent thinkers and do not like the system (matrix) of authority, needing permission to do this or that, be this or that! We thinkers are the ones that are changing the present system, whereas the followers, those that love being told what to do, are comfortable not having to think. That is why the sheeple get upset when you tell them something different. It rocks their comfortable paradigm.

  2. Nicole says:

    Challenge to Authority Syndrome – love it!

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  4. Hillarie Goldstein says:

    I love this guy. John Rappaport is a f***ing genius.

  5. stu says:

    Great piece Jon. Even better, it’s true!

    I was lucky. As a young man I was sent by my well-meaning parents to a child psychologist due to my hatred of school and anti-social tendencies.

    The psych, after spending time with me and my parents told me, in so many words:

    “The problem’s with them, not you.”

  6. ok says:

    Finding it a little hard to believe a therapist would let someone sit there engaging one inkblot for an hour.

  7. anonymous says:

    I love you Jon.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant. Here’s to all of us with “issues”.

  9. jbw says:

    Spot on. Reminds me of ‘Slaughterhouse 5’ and ‘Catch-22’…

  10. diane says:

    I enjoyed this article so much, good shrinks are thin on the ground for sure. The shrink in this little story reminded me of Dr Scratchnsniff from Animaniacs, Whacko, Yakko and Dot used to wind him up something rotten and we all know who had the ‘issues’ in that dynamic, it wasn’t Whacko, Yakko and Dot.

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  12. RT says:

    Love your critical thinking Jon. The only way for a nation to rise from it’s slumber is through tapping critical thinking, the very attribute authorities have tried to glean away.

  13. RT says:

    Might I add I have two clients that are psychologist’s and honestly neither are emotionally stable.

  14. C. Burkey says:

    Shrinks are where parents send kids when they don’t want to listen to or deal the kids’ problems. “Let an ‘expert’ handle it”

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  16. B-dover says:

    When I was in college, like many, I drank alcohol here and there. My college was quasi military and very strict on any kind of pleasure. After my alleged third alcohol related offense, which included being in a room with an empty container in the trash, another, drinking in a country where I was of age, and last, studying for finals with a 40 oz nearby, I was ordered to to rehab center or I would be expelled. Well, I show up at this place for the preliminary interview, on my dime of course, and explain to them why I am there. They see. Well I clearly have a problem with authority and a severe drinking problem. The only way for me to “get better” will be a two week retreat, a cool $3k no less. I was cooperative, I told them I would be in touch to schedule the retreat. Payed for my prelim, got a receipt, turned it into the school and nobody every said another word. It didn’t hurt that I was maintaining a 3.5 during all this.

    Moral of the story. Yes, it is about power and authority, filling their insatiable need to push others around. But driving that need for power and authority is the carrot at the end of the stick – an honest man’s money. Fucking simple minded thieves is all they are. They can’t even understand themselves, let alone analyze and diagnose others.

  17. Jerry Weaver says:

    The authorities carry the seeds of their own destruction. The more they assert control the rebellion in the abused grows. We are at a terminal phase of Authoritarianism. Great writing Mr. Rappoport.

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