Posted by: quiscus | November 22, 2010

November 22, 2010

1.  “Discussing with friends and family

The kids and adult grandkids know how I feel and have DVDs, but they have a spectrum of different views. Most ‘feel’ that 9/11 was an inside job, but there seems to be a lack of urgency / relevance / connectiveness. …kind of a shallowness, kind of a ‘no interest’ in disseminating or learning more about what is really going on in the world. …it is as if the concept of 9/11 being an inside job is believed, but taken with a yawn..

I get the impression that there are many different psychological defense mechanisms at play here. One is apathy, but I think apathy is often overstated. For instance, we’re often told that people don’t vote because they’re apathetic ie they don’t give a shit who is elected to office; yet there is also the perfectly logical belief, held by many, that it doesn’t much matter which schmuck is elected to office. The game itself is rigged.


I think the dominant reaction to the realization of 911 truth is dissociation. Like the trauma victim who buries the truth in his or her subconscious in order to go on functioning in daily life, many people react to 911 truth by rejecting/downplaying/marginalizing/burying it. The truth is too painful to bear — and would require immediate action which might expose one to social isolation, ridicule or worse. The easiest and seemingly most rational thing to do is ride out the storm by hiding in the bunker.


Another extremely important mechanism, in my view, is diffusion of responsibility. We see this in the old lynching photographs, where you had hundreds of people standing around while some poor black man was castrated and burned alive; or in the Kitty Genovese case, where a young Italian immigrant was raped and stabbed to death in front of a crowded apartment complex in Queens. Paradoxically, the larger the crowd, the less likely someone will take responsibility and intervene. This also helps to explain why there isn’t much difference between crime rates in rural and urban environments — but why there is significantly less crime in communities where everyone knows each other.


In the immortal words of Homer Simpson, “Can’t somebody else do it?”


Finally, I think the single most important defense mechanism is denial. Not necessarily denial that 911 was an inside job, but denial that we’re on a road which will inexorably lead to fascism.”

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