Tavistock:THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN AMERICA
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I found this excerpted from Dr. Coleman's book CONSPIRATORS’ HIERARCHY:THE STORY OF THE COMMITTEE OF 300 here.
– TAVISTOCK INSTITUTE –
30 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4DD. —
Formed in 1947, the Tavistock
Institute is an independent not-for-profit organisation which seeks to
combine research in the social sciences with professional practice.
Problems of institution-building and organisational design and change
are being tackled in all sectors - government, industry and commerce,
health and welfare, education, etc. - nationally and internationally,
and clients range from multinationals to small community groups. A
growth area has been the use of a developmental approach to evaluation
of new and experimental programmes, particularly in health, education
and community development. This has also produced new training events
alongside the regular programme of group relations conferences. The
Institute owns and edits the monthly journal Human Relations (published
by Plenum Press) which is now in its 48th year, and has recently
launched (in conjunction with Sage Publications) a new journal
Three elements combine to make the
Institute unusual, if not unique: it has the independence of being
entirely self-financing, with no subsidies from the government or other
sources; the action research orientation places it between, but not in,
the worlds of academia and consultancy; and its range of disciplines
include anthropology, economics, organisational behaviour, political
science, psychoanalysis, psychology and sociology.
So reads the opening paragraphs of the Tavistock Institute home page at www.tavinstitute.org
The ideology of American
foundations was created by the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations
in London. In 1921, the Duke of Bedford, Marquess of Tavistock, the
11th Duke, gave a building to the Institute to study the effect of
shellshock on British soldiers who survived World War I. Its purpose
was to establish the “breaking point” of men under stress, under the
direction of the British Army Bureau of Psychological Warfare,
commanded by Sir John Rawlings-Reese.
Tavistock Institute is
headquartered in London. Its prophet, Sigmond Freud, settled in
Maresfield Gardens when he moved to England. He was given a mansion by
Princess Bonaparte. Tavistock’s pioneer work in behavioral science
along Freudian lines of “controlling” humans established it as the
world center of foundation ideology. Its network now extends from the
University of Sussex to the U.S. through the Stanford Research
Institute, Esalen, MIT, Hudson Institute, Heritage Foundation, Center
of Strategic and International Studies at Georgetown, where State Dept.
personal are trained, US Air Force Intelligence, and the Rand and Mitre
corporations. The personnel of the corporations are required to undergo
indoctrination at one or more of these Tavistock controlled
institutions. A network of secret groups, the Mont Pelerin Society,
Trilateral Commission, Ditchley Foundation, and the Club of Rome is
conduit for instructions to the Tavistock network.
Tavistock Institute developed the
mass brain-washing techniques which were first used experimentally on
American prisoners of war in Korea. Its experiments in crowd control
methods have been widely used on the American public, a surreptitious
but nevertheless outrageous assault on human freedom by modifying
individual behavior through topical psychology. A German refugee, Kurt
Lewin, became director of Tavistock in 1932. He came to the U.S. in
1933 as a “refugee”, the first of many infiltrators, and set up the
Harvard Psychology Clinic, which originated the propaganda campaign to
turn the American public against Germany and involve us in World War
II. In 1938, Roosevelt executed a secret agreement with Churchill which
in effect ceded U.S. sovereignty to England, because it agreed to let
Special Operations Executive control U.S. policies. To implement this
agreement, Roosevelt sent General Donovan to London for indoctrination
before setting up OSS (now the CIA) under the aegis of SOE-SIS. The
entire OSS program, as well as the CIA has always worked on guidelines
set up by the Tavistock Institute.
Tavistock Institute originated the
mass civilian bombing raids carried out by Roosevelt and Churchill
purely as a clinical experiment in mass terror, keeping records of the
results as they watched the “guinea pigs” reacting under “controlled
laboratory conditions”. All Tavistock and American foundation
techniques have a single goal—to break down the psychological strength
of the individual and render him helpless to oppose the dictators of
the World Order. Any technique which helps to break down the family
unit, and family inculcated principles of religion, honor, patriotism
and sexual behavior, is used by the Tavistock scientists as weapons of
crowd control. The methods of Freudian psychotherapy induce permanent
mental illness in those who undergo this treatment by destabilizing
their character. The victim is then advised to “establish new rituals
of personal interaction”, that is, to indulge in brief sexual
encounters which actually set the participants adrift with no stable
personal relationships in their lives, destroying their ability to
establish or maintain a family.
Tavistock Institute has developed
such power in the U.S. that no one achieves prominence in any field
unless he has been trained in behavioral science at Tavistock or one of
its subsidiaries. Henry Kissinger, whose meteoric rise to power is
otherwise inexplicable, was a German refugee and student of Sir John
Rawlings-Reese at SHAEF. Dr. Peter Bourne, a Tavistock Institute
psychologist, picked Jimmy Carter for President of the U.S. solely
because Carter had undergone an intensive brainwashing program
administered by Admiral Hyman Rickover at Annapolis.
The “experiment” in compulsory
racial integration in the U.S. was organized by Ronald Lippert, of the
OSS and the American Jewish Congress, and director of child training at
the Commission on Community Relations. The program was designed to
break down the individual’s sense of personal knowledge in his
identity, his racial heritage. Through the Stanford Research Institute,
Tavistock controls the National Education Association. The Institute of
Social Research at the National Training Lab brain washes the leading
executives of business and government. Such is the power of Tavistock
that our entire space program was scrapped for nine years so that the
Soviets could catch up. The hiatus was demanded in an article written
by Dr. Anatol Rapport, and was promptly granted by the government, to
the complete mystification of everyone connected with NASA. Another
prominent Tavistock operation is the Wharton School of Finance, at the
University of Pennsylvania.
A single common denominator
identifies the common Tavistock strategy—the use of drugs. The infamous
MK Ultra program of the CIA, in which unsuspecting CIA officials were
given LSD, and their reaction studied like “guinea pigs”, resulted in
several deaths. The U.S. Government had to pay millions in damages to
the families of the victims, but the culprits were never indicted. The
program originated when Sandoz AG, a Swiss drug firm, owned by S.G.
Warburg Co. of London, developed Lysergic Acid. Roosevelt’s advisor,
James Paul Warburg, son of Paul Warburg who wrote the Federal Reserve
Act, and nephew of Max Warburg who had financed Hitler, set up the
Institute fir Policy Studies to promote the drug. The result was the
LSD “counter-culture” of the 1960s, the “student revolution”, which was
financed by $25 million from the CIA.
One part of MK Ultra was the Human
Ecology Fund; the CIA also paid Dr. Herbert Kelman of Harvard to carry
out further experiments on mind control. In the 1950s, the CIA financed
extensive LSD experiments in Canada. Dr. D. Ewen Cameron, president of
the Canadian Psychological Association, and director of Royal Victorian
Hospital, Montreal, received large payments from the CIA to give 53
patients large doses of LSD and record their reactions; the patients
were drugged into weeks of sleep and then given electric shock
treatments. One victim, the wife of a member of the Canadian
Parliament, is now suing the U.S. companies who provided the drug for
the CIA. All the records of the CIA’s drug testing program were ordered
destroyed by the head of MK Ultra.
Because all efforts of the
Tavistock Institute are directed toward producing cyclical collapse,
the effect of the CIA programs are tragically apparent. R. Emmett
Tyrell Jr., writing in the Washington Post August 20, 1984, cites the
“squalid consequences of the 60s radicals in SDS” as resulting in “the
growing rate of illegitimacy, petty lawlessness, drug addiction,
welfare, VD, and mental illness”.
This is the legacy of the Warburgs
and the CIA. Their principal agency, the Institute for Policy Studies,
was funded by James Paul Warburg; its co-founder was Marcus Raskin,
protege of McGeorge Bundy, president of the Ford Foundation. Bundy had
Raskin appointed to the post of President Kennedy’s personal
representative on the National Security Council, and in 1963 funded
Students for Democratic Society, through which the CIA operated the
Today the Tavistock Institute
operates a $6 Billion a year network of Foundations in the U.S., all of
it funded by U.S. taxpayers’ money. Ten major institutions are under
its direct control, with 400 subsidiaries, and 3000 other study groups
and think tanks which originate many types of programs to increase the
control of the World Order over the American people. The Stanford
Research Institute, adjoining the Hoover Institution, is a $150 million
a year operation with 3300 employees. It carries on program
surveillance for Bechtel, Kaiser, and 400 other companies, and
extensive intelligence operations for the CIA. It is the largest
institution on the West Coast promoting mind control and the behavioral
One of the key agencies as a
conduit for secret instructions from Tavistock is the Ditchley
Foundation, founded in 1957. The American branch of the Ditchley
Foundation is run by Cyrus Vance, former Secretary of State, and
director of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Winston Lord, president of
the Council on Foreign Relations.
One of the principal but little
known operations of the Rockefeller Foundation has been its techniques
for controlling world agriculture. Its director, Kenneth Wernimont, set
up Rockefeller controlled agricultural programs throughout Mexico and
Latin America. The independent farmer is a great threat to the World
Order, because he produces for himself, and because his produce can be
converted into capital, which gives him independence. In Soviet Russia,
the Bolsheviks believed they had attained total control over the
people; they were dismayed to find their plans threatened by the
stubborn independence of the small farmers, the Kulaks. Stalin ordered
the OGPU to seize all food and animals of the Kulaks, and to starve
them out. The Chicago American, February 25, 1935 carried a front page
headline, SIX MILLION PERISH IN SOVIET FAMINE; Peasants’ Crops Seized,
They and their Animals Starve. To draw attention from this atrocity, it
was later alleged that the Germans, not the Soviets, had killed six
million people, the number taken from the Chicago American headline by
a Chicago publicist.
The Communist Party, the Party of
the Peasants and Workers, exterminated the peasants and enslaved the
workers. Many totalitarian regimes have found the small farmer to be
their biggest stumbling block. The French Reign of Terror was directed,
not against the aristocrats, many of whom were sympathetic to it, but
against the small farmers who refused to turn over their grain to the
revolutionary tribunals in exchange for the worthless assignats. In the
United States, the foundations are presently engaged in the same type
of war of extermination against the American farmer. The traditional
formula of land plus labor for the farmer has been altered due to the
farmer’s need for purchasing power, to buy industrial goods needed in
his farming operations. Because of this need for capital, the farmer is
especially vulnerable to the World Order’s manipulation of interest
rates, which is bankrupting him. Just as in the Soviet Union, in the
early 1930s, when Stalin ordered the Kulaks to give up their small
plots of land to live and work on the collective farms, the American
small farmer faces the same type of extermination, being forced to give
up his small plot of land to become a hired hand for the big
agricultural trusts. The Brookings Institution and other foundations
originated the monetary programs implemented by the Federal Reserve
System to destroy the American farmer, a replay of the Soviet tragedy
in Russia, with one proviso that the farmer will be allowed to survive
if he becomes a slave worker of the giant trusts.
Once the citizen becomes aware of
the true role of the foundations, he can understand the high interest
rates, high taxes, the destruction of the family, the degradation of
the churches into forums for revolution, the subversion of the
universities into CIA cesspools of drug addiction, and the halls of
government into sewers of international espionage and intrigue. The
American citizen can now understand why every agent of the federal
government is against him; the alphabet agencies, the FBI, IRS, CIA and
BATF must make war on the citizen in order to carry out the programs of
The foundations are in direct
violation of their charters, which commit them to do “charitable” work,
because they make no grants which are not part of a political goal. The
charge has been made, and never denied, that the Heritage-AEI network
has at least two KGB moles on its staff. The employment of professional
intelligence operatives as “charitable” workers, as was done in the Red
Cross Mission to Russia in 1917, exposes the sinister political
economic and social goals which the World Order requires the
foundations to achieve through their ” bequests “.
Not only is this tax fraud, because
the foundations are granted tax exemption solely to do charitable work,
but it is criminal syndicalism, conspiracy to commit offenses against
the United States of America, Constitutional Law 213, Corpus Juris
Secundum 16. For the first time, the close interlocking of the
foundation “syndicate” has been revealed by the names of its principle
incorporators—Daniel Coit Gilman, who incorporated the Peabody Fund and
the John Slater Fund, and became an incorporator of the General
Education Board (now the Rockefeller Foundation); Gilman, who also
incorporated the Russell Trust in 1856, later became an incorporator of
the Carnegie Institution with Andrew Dickson White (Russell Trust) and
Frederic A. Delano. Delano also was an original incorporator of the
Brookings Institution and the Carnegie Endowment for International
Peace. Daniel Coit Gilman incorporated the Russell Sage Foundation with
Cleveland H. Dodge of the National City Bank. These foundations
incorporators have been closely linked with the Federal Reserve System,
the War Industries Board of World War I, the OSS of World War II and
the CIA. They have also been closely linked with the American
International Corporation, which was formed to instigate the Bolshevik
Revolution in Russia. Delano, an uncle of Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
was on the original Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in
1914. His brother-in-law founded the influential Washington law firm of
Covington and Burling. The Delanos and other ruling families of the
World Order trace their lineage directly back to William of Orange and
the regime which granted the charter of the Bank of England.
Tavistock Institutions In The United States
Gets contracts from the National Institutes of Health.
Merle Thomas Corporation
Gets contracts from the U.S. Navy, analyzes data from satellites.
Does work in the field of pollution control.
Planning Research Corporation, Arthur D. Little, G.E. “TEMPO”, Operations Research Inc.
Part of approximately 350 firms who conduct research and conduct
surveys, make recommendations to government. They are part of what
President Eisenhower called “a possible danger to public policy that
could itself become captive of a scientific-technological elite.”
Dedicates its work to what it calls a “national agenda.” Wrote
President Hoover’s program, President Roosevelt’s “New Deal”, the
Kennedy Administration’s “New Frontiers” program (deviation from it may
have cost John F. Kennedy his life), and President Johnson’s “Great
Society.” Brookings has been telling the United States Government how
to conduct its affairs for the past 70 years and is still doing so.
This institution has done more to shape the way Americans react to
political and social events, think, vote and generally conduct
themselves than perhaps any except the BIG FIVE. Hudson specializes in
defense policy research and relations with the USSR. Most of its
military work is classified as SECRET. (One idea during the Vietnam War
was to build a moat around Saigon.) Hudson may be properly classified
as one of the Committee of 300’s BRAINWASHING establishments. One of
its largest clients is the U.S. Department of Defense which includes
matters of civil defense, national security, military policy and arms
National Training Laboratories
One of the key institutions established for this purpose in the United
States was the National Training Laboratories (NTL). Founded in 1947 by
members of the Tavistock network in the United States and located
originally on an estate in Bethel, Maine, NTL had as its explicit
purpose the brainwashing of leaders of the government, educational
institutions, and corporate bureaucracies in the Tavistock method, and
then using these “leaders” to either themselves run Tavistock group
sessions in their organizations or to hire other similarly trained
group leaders to do the job. The “nuts and bolts” of the NTL operation
revolves around the particular form of Tavistock degenerate psychology
known as “group dynamics,” developed by German Tavistock operative Kurt
Lewin, who emigrated to the United States in the 1930s and whose
students founded NTL. In a Lewinite brainwashing group, a number of
individuals from varying backgrounds and personalities, are manipulated
by a “group leader” to form a “consensus” of opinion, achieving a new
“group identity.” The key to the process is the creation of a
controlled environment, in which stress is introduced (somtimes called
dissonance) to crack an individual’s belief structure. Using the peer
pressure of other group members, the individual is “cracked,” and a new
personality emerges with new values. The degrading experience causes
the person to deny that any change has taken place. In that way, an
individual is brainwashed without the victim knowing what has taken
This method is the same, with some
minor modification, used in all so-called “sensitivity groups” or
“T-groups,” or in the more extreme rock-drug-sex count-erculture form,
“touchy-feely groups,” such as the kind popularized from the 1960s
onward by the Esalen Institute, which was set up with the help of NTL.
From the mid-1950s onward, NTL put
the majority of the nation’s corporate leaderships through such
branwashing programs, while running similar programs for the State
Department, the Navy, the Department of Education, and other sections
of the federal bureaucracy. There is no firm estimate of the number of
Americans who have been put through this process in last 40 years at
either NTL, or as it is now known the NTL Institute for Applied
Behavioral Sciences, which is based in Rosslyn, Virginia, or its West
Coast base of operations, the Western Training Laboratories in Group
Development, or in various satellite institions. The most reliable
estimate is in the several millions.
One of the goups that went through
the NTL mill in the 1950s was the leadership of the National Education
Association, the largest organization of teachers in the United States.
Thus, the NEA’s outlook has been “shaped” by Tavistock, through the
NTL. In 1964, the NTL Institute became a direct part of the NEA, with
the NTL setting up “group sessions” for all its affiliates. With
funding from the Departnent of Education, the NTL Institute drafted the
programs for the training of the nation’s primary and secondary school
teachers, and has a hand as well in developing the content of
educational “reforms,” including OBE.
Also known as the International
Institute for Applied Behavioral Sciences. This institute is a
brainwashing center in artificial stress training whereby participants
suddenly find themselves immersed in defending themselves against
vicious accusations. NTL takes in the •National
Education Association, the largest teacher group in the United States.
While officially decrying “racism”, it is interesting to note that NTL,
working with NEA, produced a paper proposing education vouchers which
would separate the hard-to-teach children from the brighter ones, and
funding would be allocated according to the number of difficult
children who would be separated from those who progressed at a normal
rate. The proposal was not taken up.
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance & Commerce Founded by Eric Trist
One of the “brain trusts” of Tavistock, Wharton has become one of the
more important Tavistock in so far as “Behavioral Research” is
concerned. Wharton attracts clients such as the U.S. Department of
Labor—which teaches how to produce “cooked” statistics at the Wharton
Econometric Forecasting Associates Incorporated. This method was very
much in demand as we came to the close of 1991 with millions more out
of work than was reflected in USDL statistics. Wharton’s ECONOMETRIC
MODELING is used by every major Committee of 300 company in the United
States, Western Europe, the International Monetary Fund, the United
Nations, and the World Bank.
Institute for Social Research
Among its clients are The Ford Foundation, U.S.Department of Defense,
U.S.Postal Service and the U.S. Department of Justice. Among its
studies are “The Human Meaning Of Social Change”, “Youth in Transition”
and “How Americans View Their Mental Health”.
Institute For The Future
This is not a typical Tavistock institution in that it is funded by the
Ford Foundation, yet it draws its long-range forecasting from the
mother of all think tanks. Institute for the Future projects what it
believes to be changes that will be taking place in time frames of
fifty years. So called “DELPHI PANELS” decide what is normal and what
is not, and prepare position papers to “steer” government in the right
direction to head off such groups as “people creating civil disorder.”
(This could be patriotic groups demanding abolition of graduated taxes,
or demanding that their right to bear arms is not infringed.) This
institute recommends action such as liberalizing abortion laws, drug
usage and that cars entering an urban area pay tolls, teaching birth
control in public schools, requiring registration of firearms, making
use of drugs a non-criminal offense, legalizing homosexuality, paying
students for scholastic achievements, making zoning controls a preserve
of the state, offering bonuses for family planning and last, but most
frightening, a Pol Pot Cambodia-style proposal that new communities be
established in rural areas, (concentration camp compounds). As can be
observed, many of their goals have already been more than fully
INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES (IPS)
One of the “Big Three”, IFS has shaped and reshaped United States
policies, foreign and domestic, since it was founded by James P.
Warburg and the Rothschild entities in the United States. Its networks
in America include the League for Industrial Democracy. Lead players in
the League for Industrial Democracy have included Jeane Kirkpatrick,
former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Irwin Suall of the ADL,
Eugene Rostow, Arms control negotiator, Lane Kirkland, Labor Leader,
and Albert Shanker. IFS was incorporated in 1963 by Marcus Raskin and
Richard Barnett, both highly trained Tavistock Institute graduates. The
objectives of IFS came from an agenda laid down for it by the Tavistock
Institute, one of the most notable being to create the “New Left” as a
grass roots movement in the U.S. Its been said that Barnett and Raskin
controlled such diverse elements as the Black Panthers, Daniel
Ellsberg, National Security Council staff member Halprin, The
Weathermen Underground, the Venceramos and the campaign staff of
candidate George McGovern. No scheme was too big for IFS and its
controllers to take on and manage.
Through its many powerful lobbing
groups on Capitol Hill,IFS relentlessly used its “Big Stick” to beat
Congress. IFS has a network of lobbyists, all supposedly operating
independently but in actual fact acting cohesively, so that Congressmen
are pummeled from all sides by seemingly different and varied
lobbyists, In this way, IFS was, and is still, able to successfully
sway individual Representatives and Senators to vote for “the trend,
the way things are going.” By using key pointmen on Capitol Hill, IFS
was able to break into the very infrastructure of our legislative
system and the way it works.
IFS became, and remains to this
day, one of the most prestigious “think tanks” controlling foreign
policy decisions, which we, the people, foolishly believe are those of
our law makers.
By sponsoring militant activism at
home and with links to revolutionaries abroad, by engineering such
victories as “The Pentagon Papers,” besieging the corporate structure,
bridging the credibility gap between underground movements and
acceptable political activism, by penetrating religious organizations
and using them to sow discord in America, such as radical racial
policies under the guise of religion, using establishment media to
spread IFS ideas, and then supporting them, IFS has lived up to the
role which it was founded to play.
STANFORD RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Jesse Hobson, the first president of Stanford Research Institute, in a
1952 speech made it clear what lines the institute was to follow.
Stanford can be described as one of the “jewels” in Tavistock’s Crown
in its rule over the United States. Founded in 1946 immediately after
the close of WWII, it was presided over by Charles A. Anderson, with
emphasis on mind control research and “future sciences.” Included under
the Stanford umbrella was Charles F. Kettering Foundation which
developed the “Changing Images of Man” upon which the Aquarian
Some of Stanford’s major clients
and contracts were at first centered around the defense establishment
but, as Stanford grew, so, did the diversity of its services:
Applications of Behavioral Sciences to Research Management
Office of Science and Technology
SRI Business Intelligence Program
U.S. Department of Defense Directorate of Defense Research and Engineering
U.S. Department of Defense Office of Aerospace Research
Among corporations seeking
Stanford’s services were Wells Fargo Bank, Bechtel Corporation, Hewlett
Packard, Bank of America, McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Blyth, Eastman
Dillon and TRW Company. One of Stanford’s more secret projects was
extensive work on chemical and bacteriological warfare (CAB) weapons.
Stanford Research is plugged into
at least 200 smaller “think tanks” doing research into every facet of
life in America. This is ARPA networking and represents the emergence
of probably the most far reaching effort to control the environment of
every individual in the country. At present Stanford’s computers are
linked with 2500 “sister” research consoles which include the CIA, Bell
Telephone Laboratories, U.S. Army Intelligence, The Office of Naval
Intelligence (ONI), Rand, MIT, Harvard and UCLA. Stanford plays a key
role in that it is the “library”, cataloging all ARPA documentation.
“Other agencies”…..one can use
one’s imagination here, are allowed to search through SRI’s “library”
for key words, phrases, look through sources and update their own
master files with those of Stanford Research Center. The Pentagon uses
SRI’s master files extensively, and there is little doubt that other
U.S. Government agencies do the same. Pentagon “command and control”
problems are worked out by Stanford.
While ostensibly these apply only
to weapons and soldiers, there is absolutely no guarantee that the same
research could not , and will not be turned to civilian applications.
Stanford is known to be willing to do anything for anyone.
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, ALFRED P. SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
This major institute is not generally recognized as being a part of
Tavistock U.S.A. Most people look upon it as being a purely American
institution, but that is far from the truth. MIT- Alfred Sloan can be
roughly divided into the following groups:
NASA-ERC Computer Research Labatories
Office of Naval Research Group, Psychology
Some of MIT’s clients are:
<blockquote>American Management Association
•Committee for Economic Development
Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA)
National Academy of Sciences
National Council of Churches
U.S. Department of State
RAND RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Without a doubt, RAND is THE think tank most beholden to Tavistock
Institute and certainly the RIIA’s most prestigious vehicle for control
of United States policies at every level. Specific RAND policies that
became operative include our ICBM program, prime analyses for U.S.
foreign policy making, instigator of space programs, U.S. nuclear
policies, corporate analyses, hundreds of projects for the military,
the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in relation to the use of mind
altering drugs like peyote, LSD (the covert MK-ULTRA operation which
lasted for 20 years).
Some of RAND’s clients include:
<blockquote> American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T)
Chase Manhattan Bank
International Business Machines (IBM)
National Science Foundation
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Department of Health
U.S. Department of Energy </blockquote>
There are literally THOUSANDS of
highly important companies, government institutions and organizations
that make use of RANDS’s services. To list them all would be
impossible. Among RAND’s specialities is a study group that predicts
the timing and the direction of a thermonuclear war, plus working out
the many scenarios based upon its findings. RAND was once accused of
being commisioned by the USSR to work out terms of surrender of the
United States Government, an accusation that went all the way to the
United States Senate, where it was taken up by Senator Symington and
subsquently fell victim to scorn poured out by the establishment press.
BRAINWASHING remains the primary function of RAND.
These institutions are among those that fund The UNIFORM LAW
FOUNDATION, whose function is to ensure that the Uniform Commercial
Code remains the instrument for conducting business in the United
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The Tavistock Model
The Tavistock method originated with the work of the
British psychoanalyst Wilfred R. Bion. Convinced of the importance of
considering not only the individual but also the group of which the individual
is a member, in the late 1940s Bion conducted a series of small study groups at
London's Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. He reported his experiences in a series of articles for the journal Human Relations and later, as the book Experiences in Groups (Bion, 1961).
Gradually, Bion's novel approach of viewing a group as a collective entity evolved into a method. In a series of conferences from 1957 on -- under the guidance of A. Kenneth Rice, chairman of Tavistock's Centre for the Applied Social Research and a member of one of Bion's early study groups --the design shifted from the roles that individuals assume in work groups to the dynamics of leadership and authority relations in groups. Rice's views that individuals cannot be understood, or changed, outside the context of the groups in which they live, shaped the contours of the group relations conference as a teaching modality. Under his influence, group work in the 1960s in Great Britain focused on group relations; in
contrast, groups in the United States moved toward personal growth and the
study of interpersonal dynamics.
In 1965, Rice led a conference in the United States, and the Tavistock method began to be developed here by Margaret Rioch and others. The A.K. Rice Institute is now the U.S. equivalent of the Tavistock Institute.Basic Premise
An aggregate cluster of persons becomes a group when interaction between members occurs, when members' awareness of their common relationship develops and when a common group task emerges. Various forces can
operate to produce a group: an external threat, collective threat, and
collective regressive behavior, or attempts to satisfy needs for security,
safety, dependency, and affection. A more deliberate force is the conscious
choice of individuals to band together to perform a task.
When the aggregate becomes a group, the group behaves as
a system-an entity that in some respects is greater than the sum of its parts
-and the primary task of the group is survival. Although this task is
frequently disguised, group survival becomes a latent motivating force for all
group members. It provides the framework for the exploration of group
Appreciating the group-as-a-whole requires a perceptual shift on the part of the observer a blurring of individual separateness, and a readiness to see the collective interactions generated by group members. In Gestalt terms, the group is focal and individuals are background.
The group-as-a-whole approach can be summarized as follows:
- The primary task of any group is what it must do to
- The group has a life of its own only as a consequence of
the fantasies and projections of its members.
- The group uses its members in the service of its primary
- The behavior of any group member at any moment is the
expression of his or her own needs, history, and behavioral patterns and the needs, history, and behavioral patterns of the group.
- Whatever the group is doing or talking about, the group
is always talking about itself, reflecting itself.
- Understanding the process of the group provides group members with heightened awareness and the ability to make previously unavailable choices about their identities and functions in a group setting.
Groups, like dreams, have a manifest, overt aspect and a latent, covert aspect. The manifest aspect is the work group, a level of functioning at which members consciously pursue agreed-on objectives and work toward the completion of a task. Although group members have hidden agendas, they rely on internal and external controls to prevent these hidden agendas from emerging and interfering with the announced group task. They pool their irrational thinking and combine their skills to solve problems and make decisions.
In truth, groups do not always function rationally or productively, nor are individual members necessarily aware of the internal and external controls they rely on to maintain the boundary between their announced intentions and their hidden agendas. The combined hidden agendas of group members constitute the latent aspect of group life, the basic assumption group. In contrast to the rational group, this group consists of unconscious wishes, fears, defenses, fantasies, impulses, and projections. The work group is focused away from itself, toward the task; the basic assumption group is focused inward, toward fantasy and a more primitive reality. Tension always exists between the two; it is balanced by various behavioral and psychological structures, including individual defense systems, ground rules, expectations, and group norms. Basic Assumptions
On the basic assumption level of functioning, the group behaves as if certain assumptions are true and valid and as if certain behaviors are vital to the group's survival. "Basic" refers to the survival motivation of the group; "assumption" underscores the fact that the survival motivation is based, not on fact or reality, but on the collective projections of the group members.
Bion identifies three distinct types of basic assumptions: dependency, fight/flight, and pairing. Turquet (1974) adds a fourth: oneness.
Basic Assumption Dependency. The essential aim of this level of group functioning is to attain security and protection from one individual, either the designated leader or a member who assumes that role. The group behaves as if it is stupid, incompetent, or psychotic in the hope that it will be rescued from its impotency by a powerful, God-like leader who will instruct and direct it toward task completion. When the leader fails to meet these impossible demands, the group members express their disappointment and hostility in a variety of ways. The dependency function often serves as a lure for a charismatic leader who exerts authority through personal characteristics.
Basic Assumption Fight/Flight. In this mode of functioning, the group perceives its survival as dependent on either fighting (active aggression, scapegoating, physical attack) or fleeing from the task (withdrawal, passivity, avoidance, ruminating on past history). Anyone who mobilizes the aggressive forces of the group is granted leadership but the persistent bickering, in-fighting, and competititon make most leadership efforts short lived. In flight functioning, leadership is usually bestowed on an individual who minimizes the importance of the task and facilitates the group movement away from the here-and-now.
Basic Assumption Pairing. Pairing phenomena including bonding between two individuals who express warmth and affection lead to intimacy and closeness. The pair need not be a man and woman. Such a pair or pairs often provide mutual intellectual support to the extent that other members become inactive. When the group assumes this mode of functioning, it perceives that its survival is contingent on reproduction; that is, in some magic way, a "Messiah" will be born to save the group and help it complete its task.
Basic Assumption Oneness. Described by Turquet (1974).This level of functioning occurs "when members seek to join in a powerful
union with an omnipotent force, unobtainably high, to surrender self for
passive participation, and thereby to feel existence, well-being, and
(p. 357). The group commits itself to a "movement" - a cause outside itself- as a way of survival. Leaders who offer philosophy of life or methods to achieve higher levels of consciousness become attractive to the group in this type of basic assumption function.
The basic assumption life of any group is never exhausted, not is it imperative for a group to rid itself of its basic-assumption strivings and provide structures and vehicles to channel these strong, primitive feelings. Hence the church attempts to satisfy dependency needs; the military and industry employ fight/flight motivation; and the aristocracy and the political system - with their emphasis on breeding and succession - build on basic assumption pairing. The interest in mysticism and cosmic consciousness seems to be an expression of basic assumption oneness. The Group Relations Conference
The Tavistock method can be applied in many different group situations. Primarily intended to teach group dynamics and increase the awareness of group phenomenon, the method is formally applied in group relations conference. Events are characterized by a clear statement of objectives, special staff roles, and a pervasive, all-encompassing application of the group as a whole theoretical approach.
The aims of such conferences tend to be to study the ways in which authority is vested in leaders by others, to study the factors involved as they happen, to study the covert processes that operate in and among groups, and to study the problems encountered in the exercise of authority. There is no attempt to prescribe specifically what anyone shall learn. Participants are provided with experience-based group opportunities to study their own behavior as it happens, and conference events allow consultation with at least one staff member to facilitate that task.
Consultants consult only to a group, not to individual members, and only within the time boundaries prescribed. The consultant's role often is the subject of much consternation among members, which is deliberate, in the interest of assisting members to pursue the task of the event in which they are involved. The consultants does not engage in social amenities, advice giving, or nurturing, but performs his or her task by providing interventions for the group's consideration and reporting his or her observations back to the group.
Thus, the consultant confronts the group by drawing attention to group
behavior. This is done by means of description, process observation, thematic
development, and other interventions, some of which are designed to shock the
group into awareness of what is happening.
Participants typically experience some pain as they explore issues of authority, responsibility, boundaries (of input, roles, tasks and time) projection, organizational structure, and large-group phenomena.
Group members inevitably project on the staff their fantasies, fears, and doubts about authority and power. Exploration of these projections can yield significant learning but the role of the consultant is difficult. Strict adherence to it is a hallmark of the Tavistock methods. References
Bion, W.R. Experiences in groups. New York: Basic Books. Turquet, P.M. (1974)
Leadership: The individual and the group, In G.S. Gibbard, J.J. Hartman and
R.D. Mann (Eds.), Analysis of groups, San
Francisco, Jossey-Bass Source
Banet, A.G., Jr., and Hayden, C. (1977) The Tavistock
primer, In J.E. Jones and J.W. Pfeiffer (Eds.) The 1977 annual handbook for
group facilitators, San Diego, CA; University Associates.
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Interesting piece on group dynamics, thanks Ronne.
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Herding us into groups is crucial, that's where their techniques are most effective. This is why they ran Ron Paul during the last election.
Did anyone post the Delphi Technique yet? I'll have to do a search, otherwise, that info needs to be posted as well.
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People surely do very badly
when operating in groups...it's a party for the psychology vultures.
I'd love to read the Delphi Technique material again, as I've forgotten a lot of it.
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