They’ve changed the rules but they don’t want to tell you: Phatic Communication in Meaningless Legal and Political Processes and Community Meetings: reading recommendations, reading between the lines, and seeing what’s really behind the Green Mask


In my last post after attending the “Homeowner Bill of Rights Townhall” at Whittier Community Center on Wednesday night, I suggested that there was no real purpose to this meeting other than “social reinforcement of the status quo”-making the people of Los Angeles County feel that their needs and feelings are being heeded when they are not.  I have been reflecting on this and remembering back to my early days as an anthropology undergraduate at Tulane University, and my wonderful Harvard Professor Victoria Reifler Bricker introducing me to the concept of “phatic communication” and “phatic expressions.”  As defined by a much older anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski, as a matter of “socio-linguistics”: a phatic expression is one whose only function is to perform a social task, as opposed to conveying information.  The Social Task Wednesday night was to make people accept the situation with the banks and their mortgages as hopeless.  The Beetles’ song “Good Morning” or “I’ve got nothing to say, and that’s OK” is a fairly perfect example of phatic communication.

And now let me say this: the conventional wisdom in the press and media is that you have to be crazy to believe in conspiracy theories.  I am going to categorically deny that now and say that anyone suffers from insane delusions (of the overly optimistic, Polyanna-ish, rather than pessimistic, paranoid variety) if he or she does NOT believe that most of the meaningful change in the world today results from secret agreements, illegal or unconstitutional formulations of policy and purpose, formed behind closed doors and with only the most manipulated public knowledge, much less genuinely informed democratic assent.  Unfortunately, these secret agreements are being implemented by and through popular ignorance, insouciance, and appalling lack of vision, and Rosa Koire and the author of several other books I shall mention here have shown us how this is happening.  Now, really and truly:

One of the best (but shortest) and truly brilliant books I have read in a very long time is Rosa Koire’s Behind the Green Mask: U.N. Agenda 21. Koire’s book (published in 2011 by the “Post Sustainability Institute Press, P.O. Box 15192 in Santa Rosa, California 95402) explores one of the aspects of the modern world reality of which I am becoming increasingly aware:

The powers that be have set their minds to changing the way we live and they plan on radically altering our home life and “settlement pattern” of communities every bit as autocratically as dictators from the Famous or Infamous Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten at the end of the 18th Dynasty, as Stalin did when he removed the Kulaks from their farms and the Germans from Prussia, Pomerania, Posen, Danzig & Silesia (all what is now modern Poland, whose western boundary is the infamously artificial Oder-Neisse line).

Forced resettlement resembling the westward expulsion of all the aforementioned Germans from those traditional provinces of Germany (and let’s not forget the simultaneous westward removal of the Poles from what was traditionally Poland in what are now the largest portions of Belarus and the northwest corner of Ukraine) is a threat that Americans need to deal with.  Mao ordered and enforced  massive resettlement programs of the Chinese Population during the  Cultural Revolution, during which literally millions died.  Of course, we go around constantly reminded of and so remembering World War II and the Holocaust of six million Jews who (without any good censuses or any other reliable lists or directories) appear to have died or disappeared under Nazi rule in Germany.  But absolutely nobody cares about the 38-67 (some say 49-78) million (that upper figure would be 78,000,000, with a possible error, obviously, of at least 10,000,000 either way) Chinese who died under Mao, because, well, after all, they were peasants and that’s just the price of progress, right?  China is now the second most powerful nation in the world, and it is not in “second” rank….by very much of a gap…

Rosa Koire’s book details how, in the name of environmental conservation—our own United States Government wants to radically alter the settlement pattern of the United States to a continuous high-density series of corridors—a cross-between suburbs and cities without end, and without private property.

One of Ms. Koire’s most interesting points in her book concerns the Delphi Technique—a kind of hyper-sophisticated “Uber-Phatic” strategy or technique of communication which she says was invented by the RAND Corporation as a “Cold War mind control” procedure.

According to (totally sanitize dnad whitewashed, pro-establishment, pro-New World Order, unreflective, unchallenging, unthinking) Wikipedia: “The Delphi method (del-fy) is a structured communication technique, originally developed as a systematic, interactive forecasting method which relies on a panel of experts.  In the standard version, the experts answer questionnaires in two or more rounds. After each round, a facilitator provides an anonymous summary of the experts’ forecasts from the previous round as well as the reasons they provided for their judgments. Thus, experts are encouraged to revise their earlier answers in light of the replies of other members of their panel. It is believed that during this process the range of the answers will decrease and the group will converge towards the “correct” answer. Finally, the process is stopped after a pre-defined stop criterion (e.g. number of rounds, achievement of consensus, stability of results) and the mean or median scores of the final rounds determine the results. Other versions, such as the Policy Delphi, have been designed for normative and explorative use, particularly in the area of social policy and public health.  In Europe, more recent web-based experiments have used the Delphi method as a communication technique for interactive decision-making and e-democracy.  Delphi is based on the principle that forecasts (or decisions) from a structured group of individuals are more accurate than those from unstructured groups.  This has been indicated with the term “collective intelligence”.  The technique can also be adapted for use in face-to-face meetings, and is then called mini-Delphi or Estimate-Talk-Estimate (ETE). Delphi has been widely used for business forecasting and has certain advantages over another structured forecasting approach, prediction markets.”

I will not summarize Ms. Koire’s entire book here because I INSIST everyone needs to read the real thing—it’s only 168 pages and is very well-written, easy to digest (conceptually, not emotionally—the message is nothing short of horrific: One World Government and the Abolition of all Individual Rights through mind control and manipulation—with Hillary Clinton being at the forefront of it all).

But Ms. Koire shows how insidious the Delphi technique really is “Delphi is used to channel a group of people to accept a point of view that is imposed on them while convincing them it was their own idea.”  (page 25) In other words, Delphi Forums work hand-in-hand with “predictive programming” in Television and Cinema to make people accept in advance what is already being planned for them—show it to the ignorant masses in fiction and they won’t mind it so much in reality—they’ll just think how smart were the producers who predicted it all.  “A New Consensus does not allow for actual dissent” (page 24).

It seems that Continuing Legal Education programs are also being used “Delphi-like” to impose norms on lawyers and judges.  The extraordinarily radical transformation of Bankruptcy Courts from relatively safe-havens for homeowners in foreclosure to radically hostile environments for foreclosure victims (in the Central District of California in particular) has been startling over just the past two years, but has accelerated in 2012.  Every bit of judicial discretion which used to be employed for the Debtors’ benefit is now channelled in the opposite direction against the Debtors.  I had never EVER before this very day (Friday September 14, 2012) seen a debtor’s first Motion for two week Extension of Deadlines to file schedules denied in Bankruptcy Court—but it happened today.  Earlier in the summer I heard of an Orange County Bankruptcy Court telling a debtor that she was tired of people coming into Bankruptcy Court trying to save their homes.  Judges don’t make this stuff up—not lowly Article I Bankruptcy Judges with less mere Congressional statutory authority rather than constitutional and than life-time Article III tenure, in any event.

ALL the Rules have either already been changed or are being changed.  Some of this change is happening more-or-less openly: for example the five or six years have seen radical reshaping of the the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the requirements for stating a claim  under those rules as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts and his supremely elitist brother and sister justices.  In cases such as Bell Atlantic v. Twombly 550_US_544 and Ashcroft v. Iqbal, the Supreme Court has made the process of framing a complaint, initiating a viable lawsuit deemed “worthy” of going to trial or final judgment on the merits), ten times more difficult, and given judges ten times more unbridled and unguided discretion, in dismissing plaintiffs’ claims based on entirely subjective evaluations.  This is nothing short of a disaster for due process of law.  I personally believe that Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure should abolished by congressional action entirely—but that would be much too open a change—out of the spirit of our times.  

But the point is: the rules that we can see being changed, by Judicial Fiat, at least we can argue and ask Congress to overrule.  

The idea that U.N. Agenda 21 being imposed by meetings no more important in democratic substance than the “Homeowner Bill of Rights Town Hall” at the Whittier Community Center on Wednesday, is such a cynical perversion of the concept of the Old New England Town Hall Meeting—sometimes called the Greatest Institution of Pure Democracy since the Athenian Agora—is, well, almost analogous to the cynical use of the name of Apollo’s Oracle of Sunlit Truth at “Delphi” to describe the process of mind-bending and  manipulation by disinformation.

Together with Rosa Koire’s book, I have been reading a rather longer and more academic text entitled, The Case AGAINST the Global Economy, edited by (I swear I’m not making this name up!) Jerry Mander and Edward Goldsmith, published by the Sierra Club and the University of California Press in 1996 (don’t know how I’ve missed it all these years).  This wonderful collection of articles attacking GATT, NAFTA and the WTO should be read by anyone and everyone who has the patience to delve into the details a little more deeply.  But the conclusion and the counsel against World Government and World Homogenization is, in this Bright Red Jacketed volume, if anything, even stronger than Rosa Koire’s much shorter and much less academic book. The Case Against the Global Economy is 550 pages, fully three times the sheer paper volume, and in much smaller print fonts, than Behind the Green Mask. 

But what I want to close by pointing out is how astounding it is that while both Rosa Koire and most of the authors of the articles inside “Jerry Mander’s” book (for example Ralph Nader [author of Chapter 8: “GATT, NAFTA and the Subversion of the Democratic Process”] and members of the “Harvard Working Group” anonymous authors of Chapter 13: “Globalization, Development, and the Spread of Disease”) either expressly or implicitly claim to be liberals or Democrats or “Greens”—their conclusions mirror to a striking degree those found in William Cooper’s ultra-conservative “textbook conspiracy kook” [remember what I wrote above: you are demented and blind if you DON’T believe the world is constantly being reshaped and manipulated through secret, illegal, immoral, and in the USA Unconstitutional conspiracies and agreements] entitled Behold a Pale Horse based on a practical, step-by-step deconstruction of what’s going on in the US and UN so far as implementing communism and totalitarian government.  

Even more ironically, from a historical standpoint, the views, perspectives, and conclusions of (self-described liberal Democrat) Rose Koire, Ralph Nader, and the Harvard Study Group (along with most of the contributors to The Case AGAINST the Global Economy) line up perfectly with those of John Stormer in his now classic None Dare Call it Treason of which the Liberty Bell Press in Florissant, Missouri sold over 1,000,000 copies in 1964, the first year of the book’s release—and not coincidentally the year after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the last year silver coins were minted and legally circulated in the United States, and the year in which Lyndon Baines Johnson buried Senator Barry Goldwater in an anti-conservative avalanche precipitated by sympathy over Kennedy’s death…..

Milton William Cooper’s 1991 book Behold a Pale Horse was published by Light Technology Publishing P.O. Box, Flagstaff, Arizona 86003.  It is filled with detailed documentation but is usually described as the craziest of all right-wing conservative tracts—who knew Ralph Nader and the Harvard Working Group were radical right-wing conspiracy theorists?  Hurray for them, I guess….. I confess I voted for Ralph Nader in 2000…..and generally find him and his work much more compatible with free market and libertarian philosophies than he would probably like to admit….

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