The stimulus-response Empire

The stimulus-response Empire

by Jon Rappoport

June 25, 2015

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix, click here.)

“From the moment the first leader of the first clan in human history took charge, he busied himself with this question: ‘What can I say and do that will make my people react the way I want them to.’ He was the first Pavlov. He was the first psychologist, the first propagandist, the first mind-control boss. His was the first little empire. Since then, only the means and methods have changed.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

I’ve spent the past 30 years analyzing, taking apart, and exposing highly centralized structures:

Government, supra-government, corporate, energy, intelligence, education, medical, mind-control, media, organized-religion structures; those are some of the targets.

They all operate on the basis of stimulus-response.

The elite future is stimulus-response. It’s based on the premise that humans are inherently (biologically) programmed to be dangerous and the programming must change. In other words, a better Pavlovian dog must be created.

Stimulus-response has been the guiding principle of elite rule since the dawn of history. The priest-class searches for the most effective inputs it can find, which in turn will produce the desired responses from the population.

Mainstream media, which are actually disseminated propaganda, aim to produce three overall responses to stimuli: a) “conflicts and major problems are never resolved”; b) “I should be afraid”; and c) “this is all too confusing,” which results in viewers and readers sinking into passivity.

For the most part, political leaders have paid no attention to the idea of freedom, regardless of which documents they’ve signed and given lip-service to. Why? Because freedom implies something beyond stimulus-response. Freedom implies action by choice. And politicians know their power depends on managing conditioned response in populations.

In that light, the 20th century was the century of PR, advertising, propaganda, and it was also the launching pad for a number of drugs targeting the brain and its responses.

But now, further technological paths are being followed. The alteration of the human genetic structure. The probing of brains with electronic interventions, so that, for example, it will be possible to insert images directly into the visual cortex, bypassing what humans would ordinarily perceive.

This is called the transhumanist agenda, and it is. But it is also stimulus-response at a more sophisticated level. And it is another way of attempting to eliminate freedom, while never admitting that freedom exists in the first place.

What are the requirements of a future society in which conditioned responses are locked down and pervasive, on chemical, biological, and electronic levels? Well, there is one basic requirement:

The population must believe they are happy.

That’s the end game. That’s the triumph of Brave New World over 1984.

“Happiness” is an elusive word. It can refer to a number of feelings and thoughts.

If you recall, from your childhood, a peak experience, a few moments of sheer ecstasy, you are certainly remembering happiness. But you are also remembering freedom.

That’s not what the elite controllers are aiming to produce as a mass societal effect. No; for them to succeed, they must create, in people, an article of faith:

People must believe that happiness is shallow, tepid, “average.” If they accept that premise, the game is over.

Because, through genetic manipulation, through chemicals, through electronics, that happiness-target stands a chance of being reached.

Then you would have a population ruled by stimulus-response, by conditioned reflex—a population that nevertheless interprets that state of affairs as acceptable, because it carries “happiness” with it.

This is how you drastically reduce the possibility of unending rebellion, revolution, and war between the people and the leaders.

This is the goal of elite empire.

Counter to that, as I mentioned above, is freedom.

In its fullness, freedom implies a personal and individual knowing that one is free. No doubts, no conditions.

Travel anywhere is the world, visit every college and university from Tierra del Fuego to the North Pole, and count how many courses are called Freedom. Count how many courses are taught with the explicit intent of exploring, deeply, what individual freedom means and is.

If, reading this far, you are beginning to suspect that the discredited and ugly word “philosophy” is creeping in, you’re right. Yes, that old saw, that ridiculous subject.

Back in the Stone Age, when I went to college, I majored in it. I have a good memory, and I can tell you that nowhere in the department’s curriculum was there a serious and extensive treatment of individual freedom.

Philosophy is supposed to take up and illuminate fundamental questions of existence and fundamental conflicts embedded in opposing views.

Such as the conflict I’m discussing here: stimulus-response vs. freedom.

Exit From the Matrix

Let me boil this titanic issue down to something I’ve introduced before: my analysis of two concepts: understanding and meaning.

You are reading this article, these words on the page. If you are nothing more than responses to stimuli, if you are merely atoms in motion, none of which are conscious in and of themselves, then how can you possibly understand the meaning of what you are reading?

Yet you do understand the meaning of the words.

So do I.

We are not merely atoms in motion. We are not merely matter. We are not merely pre-programmed responses to stimuli.

Which is a way of saying: we can choose, we can decide, we are free, each one of us.

The princes of Pavlov would have us accept that there is no “you” or “I.” Instead, there is the just the unceasing flow of particles in the universe. That’s all.

But again, you are here, right now. You, beyond particles, are reading these words and you understand them.

This is what has happened to the human race, through unceasing tons of propaganda and false science: people have come to believe that the arena of stimulus-response is gigantic. But the opposite is true:

It is individual freedom that is gigantic.

Which leads to the question every individual must ask himself: what is my freedom for?

For what action?

Is it for bowing down to the Reality that has been artificially constructed for me and everyone else?

Or is it for imagining and creating and inventing the reality and the future I most profoundly desire?

Now we are getting to the pivot of this civilization. Which way will it ultimately swing? Toward the stimulus-response empire, or toward individual power?

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. 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 or OutsideTheRealityMachine.

17 comments on “The stimulus-response Empire

  1. From Québec says:

    “What are the requirements of a future society in which conditioned responses are locked down and pervasive, on chemical, biological, and electronic levels? Well, there is one basic requirement:
    The population must believe they are happy.”


    The old “Bread and Circus” philosophy that they have used for so long is still working quite well. But I guess now they want to perfect it. Eating at McDonald on food stamps and going to a football game will not be enough.
    Now they want you to be happy 24/7. They cannot afford a world revolution.
    They would lose it. They are outnumbered and they know it. So let’s keep these idiots permanently happy. That should solve the problem.

  2. ozziethinker says:

    Great article, Jon. This is a stand out!

    I have drafted rough notes for a new blog post with the “provisional” title “Why Atheism?”

    The atheist model might assume “conservation” is pointless and this would [morally] permit the industrialists to pollute in any way they wish. Maybe a far cry from what you have written, but not so when considering ever present atoms and “expendable”, “evolving” life as per Darwin’s implied “survival of the fittest”. Chemical change, mutants, GMO’s, “man is God” – all part of the picture.


  3. Seldom, have such powerful words, of truth, been spoken, you just spoke deep deep revelation. And i heard you, loud and clear, such respect I have for intellect, and truth, In these days, of lies.
    hey brother, bless you, blessings wise one. I can only hope, people listen. i thank you, for the mass of humanity, who have, no clue. You are, a sheep dog, and a dam smart one. there are sheep, there are wolfs, and there are sheep herders, and sheep dogs, so I spoke premature, you are a sheep leader sir. R.C.

  4. johnmarkmcguire says:

    Great article. Tragically, it sums up the big picture most accurately and intuitively. Slavery has never been more “en vogue.”

  5. paschnn says:

    The trouble (for us) begins when “the chosen” begin to bleed us too far, (as psychopaths will), the dead-from-the-neck-up begin to take offense, (because now it’s happening in their own back yard). That’s when they “sic” our own military, (heroes all…right?), mostly former military, cops and more fools than you can shake a stick at, on us. Ever wonder why, (in a nation just full to overflowing with patriots, defenders of the constitution etc.), there’s never a shortage of Pavlovian dogs to beat/tazer/shoot/slaughter their fellow citizens? A “moral, Christian culture? Hardly. The majority couldn’t look you in the eyes and spell moral without busting out laughing… or kicking you in the balls. Since the false-flag of 9/11 I have become truly amazed at what a “patriotic” yank will do to his own for a paycheck, pat on the head, kick-ass “bennies” and a promotion. Pretty much all self aggrandizing assholes.

  6. Laurence Long says:

    There IS a Truth that is written in our hearts. The “news” is accepted readily by the majority without proof; without evidence; and accepted as reality. No one need prove that Kansas City beat Chicago in baseball but the masses willingly accept, in the same manner, that vaccinations are good. Online or in the controlled press we don’t seem to expect evidence. On the contrary, and this should be “the norm”, what you write is always proof of Truth and the standard for what we ought to expect from our “news”. We might be much better off to say things like “Who says Hillary and Jeb are the front-runners?” “What polls? Where’s the evidence?”

  7. Reblogged this on TruthShock and commented:
    Well said. Control vs Freedom, the struggle that predates written history.

  8. Gökmen says:

    ..that ugly word “philosophy” is the key. Understanding the illusory nature of things, the polarities, IF more people understood the nature of their own, you don’t have to show any scam or falsehood in the reality sold to them. They would immediately realize the fakery.

    Civilization seems so ahead now, people defend this false-fake-made reality like their own, because they can’t admit to themselves “I am fake, dammit..all those things I did In school, my great achievements, In fact my whole life Is a joke”.. Instead they want to run on the mill, whole lifetime. Fear. Fear of knowing your self.

    All this thing is fake, well what good come from realizing that right? Maybe you may actually become yourself now? If you admit yourself that you are not genuine,no? This is all a show. Maybe you can now start to make it your own..nature opposes vaccume and you can’t keep putting stuff on it to remake It. You simply remove all that first. Sadly, there Is nothing to make people understand this.

    It is a 2d reality of constant stimulation with facebooks, twitters etc.It looks so real. And now headed to non-dimensional reality fed into the brain. I mean, It’s hard to even believe but guy called obama comes up with stuff like “brain initiative” ..

    About change, as soon as that horror starts in ones life, they start to hold on to everything. It Is a clever move on fake reality creators’ part: a slave that always come back to you in need of help. Without even being able to realize anything about this situation: why expecting help from anyone, you are creating reality already. It’s you. They come so far they wanna put a chip in your head to make you stop crying all the time and you can’t see this?

    I like to share a quote for everyone to read. I heard this on a podcast few days ago.Here is the quote:

    “So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.

    Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

    When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.

    Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

    When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

    — Chief Tecumseh (Crouching Tiger)1768-1813

    I disagree on one part with Chief-religion since there are all kinds of cults and religions like medical church, who wants to drug everyone out of their existence…or al gore church. But how would he know.

    Comes to your question Jon: Civilization is definitely never happened or It’s not ahead or anything, whole thing is an illusion. It Is now almost turned into an ant hill or bee hive. Which nothing new takes place, everyday is the same, everything Is the same. Everyone is the same. No need for keeping history as Spinoza said. No imagination. Ant hill is an ant hill for billion years nothing ever changes. And If there ever be a civilization, this can only happen with power of the individual which these crazy people seek to control and ultimately destroy. But as you wrote..

    “It is individual freedom that is gigantic.”

    That is the truth which they fear and the cause of all this nonsense going on on the planet.

    • From Québec says:

      Great post, Gökmen.

    • And THAT is a great way of expressing it!

      This also very-clearly answers the question about “cognitive dissonance” and how it works the way it does. When people have grown up believing the lies, and accepting them as “personal truths”, they have vested their lives and their life pursuits on behalf of, and because of those lies. When another begins to attack those lies, the one takes personal offense as if he (or she) is the one being personally attacked!


      To the average “follower”, once they hear and see the truth that collapses their held “world-view”, they feel defenseless.

      Good going.

      I would also like to use some of what you wrote as part of my upcoming temple-curriculum. My belief system is based very heavily on helping the individual to master himself and his own life. Unfortunately, there are very few of the Pagan Spirituality beliefs and their associated groups that pay so close attention to the importance of individuality. So, let mine be one of the “trail-blazers” in this effort.

      Very good comment!

    • will i am says:

      Namaste! (Bowing to the divine in you)
      Thank you Gokmen!
      Post full of wonder. Wonderful!
      Individual freedom? In divide you all free dom?
      Language? Languish?
      Perceive, deceive, receive, believe?
      Understand? stand under whom?
      Meaning? Accept their mean? Evil treatment?
      Atoms have no awareness? Why cannot meself contol my aware atoms to bodily health to infinity?
      Back to time again! Einstein time? “…a stubbornly persistent illusion.” Sure is ill.
      When we realize we are infinite immortal electrical souls we will be free from their domination!
      Azimuth equidistant plane, not plane(t)?
      Marcus Aurelius, emperor or Rome 161 to 180:
      The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
      In sane, not unsane? or in sanity not unsanity like mentally unsanitary!
      Language governs perception, simulated, stimulated perceptions govern truly unknowingly unperceived responses.
      Reality IS a moving target!
      Thank you!

  9. Reblogged this on Through The Eyes of A Dragon and commented:

    Please pardon me while I “reblog” this fine article! I could not think of any better a way to express what you have so eloquently stated here.

    That aspect of “freedom” (and “liberty”) is becoming more and more a mystery to most. Being that it is so intangible (for lack of a better description), it is necessarily difficult for “science” to properly and conclusively define it in terms of “measurability” and even quantify it, in terms of its mathematical expressions and theories. This limited view and thinking is where we get such theories like Dr. Stephan Hawking’s own ruling out the existence of genuine “Free Will”, and instead, subscribing to the view that it is all dictated by chemical reactions in the brain. Such a minimalist view belies the very essence and complexity of Nature, and all things therein. Freedom is necessarily complex and unquatifiable precisely because it is about exploring and expanding our concepts of “reality”, as We perceive it.

    It is also precisely this brand of thinking that refuses to acknowledge that we have our own realities, and then the shared reality. I know of just one specific individual, personally, who believes there is only ONE reality, and we are all in IT.

    Thank you for a very well-written article, Jon. This will make a fine reference for my teaching library, as it is very succinct and to the point, without belaboring the obvious to death!

    – Rev. Dragon’s Eye,
    Founder and Editor,
    “Through The Eyes of A Dragon”

  10. Avi says:

    “From the moment the first leader of the first clan in human history took charge”: Nimrood

  11. Secretariat says:

    Breathren & Good Neighbors,

    For nearly forty years our humble alliance has withdrawn honorably from the bands that once united one to another for voluminous Causes laid before a Candid World out of a decent Respect for the Opinions of Man & Woman after Man’s own kind.

    Once any people of our Grand E’State of Creation becomes capable of peering beyond any Matrix (Looking Glass) Construct of Illusions socially engineered by a natural 4% of all walks of life (that arise conscienceless), Wisdom of Divine Law sets in motion via Nature’s Law & Nature’s (Creator/Creative) Science of Right Reason why eternal vigilance becomes empirically sacrosanct upon all walks of life sharing our naturally presupposed empathy towards each Crowning Nativity. For every Crowning Nativity is a re-cord of a Neonate divinely endowed & entitled with certain unalienable natural Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness.

    Our breathren Jon has clearly shown the possible vistas for those suited for self-determination, rather than subjugation.

    But let a people of Creation exhort our breathren onward. Reach for that Impossible Star, dream that impossible dream and you will know what Life means to be Living…!

    If you do, you will find us standing honorably as Mountains witnessing the Miracle of Life worth Living eternally as steppingstone for every immortal generation seeking in good will Honor forevermore…:)

    Arise from each sealing Crowning Nativity in sovereignty equally endowed thereby, and, seek in good will all walks of life similarly situated and live in divine Unanimity via variation by agreement in good will eternally thereby.

    Divine Unanimity provides equal solution for all walks of life seeking good will via Wisdom of Divine Law.

    Remember in time what our Mother of Wisdom teaches each willing to live in good will that honorably finds recourse via Nature’s Law & Nature’s (Creator/Creative) Science of Right Reason as is espoused out from the auspices of our divine S.E.A. of Life & all will be given unto you from the infinite cornucopia of our Grand E’State of Creation equally.

    All our most precious regards to our breathren & all walks of life seeking honor.

    Until then, I AM…
    Your Sovereign Witness & friend In law!

    Most graciously….’In Honor We Trust’
    Magnus Regnant of Sovereign Earth Alliance

    Notice: U.P.C. Applicable.

    P.S.: Please forgive any incorrect scripture, syntax or grammatical errors.

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