Updated: the stimulus-response Empire

Updated: the stimulus-response Empire

by Jon Rappoport

October 19, 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 include my original article below. I want to provide a new introduction, based on the notion of “expanding thought-forms.”

A thought-form is a picture in the mind that tends to guide behavior. Its presence is usually unknown to the user.

If the behavior results in objective successes in the world, the thought-form expands, takes on more force, and even can pretend to a sense of inevitability.

Sometimes, for example, in war, an Alexander, operating from his thought-form of conquest, and piling up victories, begins to see himself destined to be the “ruler of the whole world.”

The dominant thought-form in Earth civilization today is: universal rule through gigantic, highly organized structures; e.g., mega-corporations that owe no allegiance to any nation.

Imagine a few thousand such corporations with interlocking boards and directorates; colluding with super-regional governments and their honeycombed bureaucracies; combined with regional armies, intelligence agencies and technological elites; hooked to a global surveillance operation; in control of media; cooperating with the largest organized religions on Earth.

Imagine all this as essentially one organization—and you see the thought-form in its wide-screen version.

Top-down as top-down has never been before.

Functions and compartments defined and specialized at every level, and coordinated in order to carry out policy decisions.

As to why such a thought-form should come to dominate human affairs, the simplest explanation is: because it works.

But beneath that answer, for those who can see, there is much, much more.

Individuals come to think that “effective” and “instrumental” and “efficient” are more important than anything else.

Keep building, keep expanding, keep consolidating gains—and above all else, keep organizing.

Such notions and thought-forms replace life itself.

At that point, the civilization is doomed. It may take a thousand years to fall, or it may happen all at once. But it’s finished.

The individual creative-force has gone into hibernation. It’s over.

The Machine has come to the fore. All questions are now about how the individual sees himself fitting into the structure and function of The Machine.

Which cog does he want to be part of? At which level?

Which piece of the latest technology does he want to adhere to, like a barnacle?

—end of introduction—

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 NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

12 comments on “Updated: the stimulus-response Empire

  1. Rob says:

    Best article I’ve read in a long time. Thanks Jon !

  2. fat elvis says:

    Thought-provoking piece, Jon.

  3. Jennifer Peyton says:

    Thank you Jon. Now this is teaching “critical thinking” that goes way beyond teaching “critical thinking” through the hubris of “algebra” in public school/college. Two sides to a thought or an equation do not necessarily have to equal each other when you insert the human common denominator of “freewill”. I like it! Free will also shuts out and shuts down the “need” for third party intervention on any and All levels of real life. Score another for the individual rather than the herd. “If you’re Happy and you know it “clap your hands” … If I’m happy and I know it, I’ll make up my own song!

  4. Stephen Persaud says:

    “Recipe for disaster”

    First….get your corporate ruling elite (be they French…British…German…Dutch…Italian…Russian… Chinese….Saudi…Israeli or American etc) to use their “state muscle” and intermediaries to fight “proxy wars” in another country in order to secure ownership of natural resources…..commodities…..or strategic geographical location…

    This will then eventually lead to a failed state and in turn large numbers of displaced people.. ie: refugees….

    Then from the ensuing chaos encourage mafias to take advantage of the tidal wave of humanity and traffick large numbers of desperate people into Europe.. thereby solving Europe’s ageing population demographic nightmare in a stroke by stealth…..



    The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been ongoing for decades……so too have the conflicts in East Africa (Somalia/Eritrea/Sudan) as well as the other wars in the central African republics (all conflicts over resources driven by local rivalries … encouraged and backed by outside “players”) ….and during all this period of time there has only been a trickle of refugees seeking asylum in the “West”…

    It is only with the recent collapses of Syria and Libya (although the Syrian war is now in its 5th year and Libya its 4th) that we have all of a sudden seen a mass migration of people……

    If you ask me …someone has “thrown a switch” and is playing Joe Public for the easily led “sheeple” they are








  5. laurabruno says:

    Reblogged this on Laura Bruno's Blog and commented:
    Another great piece by Jon! This one makes me so grateful (again) for the superb English teachers I had at Liberty High School. Not only did we read philosophers and classics, but we discussed — in depth — concepts of freedom, liberty, responsibility, creation, and the individual. I knew those teachers were offering us gifts, but until graduate school, I did not realize how unusual and precious those gifts really were. Thank you, Jon, for continuing to insist on what’s possible beyond what’s typically projected within the carefully controlled screen of “reality.”

  6. BDBinc says:

    Conditioned response vs non conditioned.
    Desire for pleasure and fear of pain vs freedom.

  7. From Québec says:

    “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?”

    Well I can tell you that in Canada, it is the stimulous-response empire.
    Yesterday, Justin Trudeau (Liberal, in fact more (ommunist) won a majority government and became our new Canadian Prime Minister.
    Heaven help us!

    This “ti-coune”, I think in English you could say, this ” dimwit ” will be the downfall of Canada.

    He wants 25,000 so-called migrant refugees immediately, he wants Carbon tases, he want to be the best friend of Obama…etc.

    If you Americans think that Obama is bad, wait till you see our “ti-coune” in action, Much worse than Obama if that is possible. In fact, Trudeau is to the left to Obama.he copied the 2008 election… hope and change… hahahaha!

    See: Left-wing zealot Justin Trudeau elected as Canada’s next prime minister


    “The news goes from bad to worse. In a tragic upset, Justin Trudeau, the leader of Canada’s Liberal Party, has unseated the peerless Stephen Harper. Harper was the last man standing — the last true leader of the free world.”

    “UPDATE: A gloating CBC credited the Obama Ground Team sent to Canada last year to ensure election victory for the Liberals in tonight’s outcome. Members of Obama’s election team—who revolutionized data mining for political campaigns—shared it with Trudeau, and the rest is now history”.

  8. From Québec says:

    Another interesting article about last night Canadian election:

    Liberal victory bad news for economy


    “Canada’s economy isn’t in idle. It isn’t about to slip into recession, although the year-long drop in world oil prices has slowed growth noticeably.

    Since the global financial crisis in 2008, Canada has performed better economically than any other G7 country, with the possible exception of the U.K.

    But let’s assume Trudeau is right. That’s a big ask given how limited the Liberal boss’s economic knowledge is.

    He’s a trust fund baby. At age 43, his only regular job has been a couple years of substitute teaching in B.C.

    For the sake of argument, let’s accept Trudeau’s argument our economy is in idle. If it is, Trudeau proposes to jump behind the wheel, throw it into gear and slam it into a tree.

    That’s what his pals in Ontario have done. McGuinty and Wynne have crashed and burned their economy – and Ontario’s finances.”

  9. The real Pavlov’s dog is “money”.

    Therefore you must remove the “belief in” money to dissemble the globalists reign of terror. Until that happens, “happiness” is just another commodity [amply exploited by the “Buddhists”].


  10. Amy Helm says:

    This Empire is imploding like all the ones before it. Insanity of this magnitude is finite and unsustainable in ANY civilization. We have learned nothing.

    In addition- whether you believe it or not, we live in a Universe filled with life far older than us. Who believe humans belong to them. Who have interfered with humans from the beginning. Who have imposed their way of being on our entire race from genetic manipulation to the forms of government currently in place.

    Our problem is far greater than any government and it’s imposed controls and atrocities. We are multi-dimensional beings in a cosmic game. We are children with a child’s understanding of such things in this Universe and are constantly prevented from evolving. Our problem is ignorance. We are cosmic, multi-dimensional beings and hardly any of us KNOW this. Corrupt humans are being run by other entities, in order to create the atrocity, chaos and fear that these beings feed off of. Again- most do not know this.

    Until humans realize they have been played by other off-planet beings for food/slaves, every civilization will just be a repetitive imploding Empire. That is what these beings do. And they have been doing this to planet after planet for aeons. That is their nature. We are food. That’s it.

    Unless humans come to this realization- our race will become extinct. Tragic.

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