Tavistock Agenda Timeline
"Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present, controls the past." -George Orwell
BRITISH MIND CONTROL: Principles of modern psychology originated in esoterics which is also the root of modern espionage and intelligence psyops, as well as parapsychology. Magic and religion has been employed to control populations since the dawn of written history. In military terms psychic operations are called psychotronics.
Adversaries are rogue psi operatives, psiwarriors who battle like sorcerers. Psychic self defense employs thought disruption, shielding techniques, mind drain and energy manipulation. Psionics is scientific magic ~ magecraft, the product of extraordinary human potential. Precogs, like analysts, are attuned to the future. Deep Cover They understand viscerally that things are often not what they seem. Both are masters of disguise, the hidden environment, intelligence, espionage, and covert action. Both aim to 'tweak the timeline' with small perturbations that pump up to macroscopic results, setting up currents of intentional influence. They also tweak minds by controlling the environment. No one can resist what they cannot detect.
Both are Inside Outsiders, working at the fringes of the System. The "outsider" aesthetic is charged by a desire to break free from the contrivances of tradition. They look boldly outside the system and deep within themselves for inspiration that arises directly from Creative Source. Both work sub rosa. This phrase comes from the Latin meaning 'under the rose' for confidentiality, black ops. It comes from the Masonic fraternal tradition. The rose is the emblem of Horus, God of Silence and Secrecy; the Tudor Rose shares the same root.
300 - 400 B.C. One of Plato's tricks was "forbidding the question." His Republic is a blueprint for tyrannical systemic philosophical control. 'The Big Lie,' a hypnotic propaganda technique, is rooted in Plato's 'Noble Lie,' the myth knowingly told by the elite to maintain social control. The lie is different at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.
1559 John Dee (1527-1608): Wizard, Magus and Spymaster is the historical root of British intelligence operations, political assassinations and cryptography.
Freemasonry, a secret society and fraternal organization arose from obscure origins in the late 16th to early 17th century. Freemasonry now exists in various forms all over the world, with a membership estimated at around 5 million, including just under two million in the United States and around 480,000 in England, Scotland and Ireland.The various forms all share moral and metaphysical ideals, which include, in most cases, a constitutional declaration of belief in a Supreme Being. Extensive research and use of occult symbolism and initiatory rites.
1601 British East India Company - colonial monopoly, military expansionism, opium trade (1773-1842 First Opium War
ENLIGHTENMENT: There is no consensus on when to date the start of the age of Enlightenment, and some scholars simply use the beginning of the eighteenth century or the middle of the seventeenth century as a default date. If taken back to the mid-1600s, the Enlightenment would trace its origins to Descartes' Discourse on the Method, published in 1637. Others define the Enlightenment as beginning in Britain's Glorious Revolution of 1688 or with the publication of Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica. Scholars date its end in the French Revolution of 1789 or Napoleonic Wars (1804-15)
1623 Sir Frances Bacon, head of the Rosicrucians and Freemasons, expressed his aspirations and ideals in New Atlantis. Released in 1627, this utopian novel was his creation of an ideal land where "generosity and enlightenment, dignity and splendor, piety and public spirit" were the commonly held qualities of the inhabitants of Bensalem. In this work, he portrayed a vision of the future of human discovery and knowledge. The plan and organization of his ideal college, "Salomon's House" (or Solomon's House), envisioned the modern research university in both applied and pure science. He sent secret society members to the new world shortly after the Pilgrims to launch the esoteric empire through a colonization scheme.
1776 American Revolution The original visionary imprint of what became the United States of America came from Francis Bacon, who was one of the great mystics of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. He wrote a book right before he died that was unpublished because he died very soon thereafter, called New Atlantis. He believed and asserted that the North American Indians were the survivors and descendants of the original Atlantean civilization, and he called to mind that Atlantis had risen to global power and then been destroyed because of its hubris. So whatever was going to be built in North America would be Atlantean in its basic archetypal pattern and destiny path, and at some point it was going to rise to the level global dominion. Then it would, like ancient Atlantis, have to make a choice between power for the sake of service and power for the sake of more power, and as it decided, the fate of the world would be determined.
Many of the founding fathers of the United States, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, etc., were Masons and Rosicrucians. They were all students of Bacon. They believed they were creating the new Atlantis, the new Israel, the new Rome, the new Athens, and they consciously set forth to build a nation around light and power. On the back of a dollar bill is the pyramid and the all-seeing Eye of Horus. We were born out of a mystical vision of human perfection that was basically Atlantean in its impulse. So the challenge today is to reconnect with the Wisdom Tradition that gave rise to Atlantis, that gave rise to the United States of America, and that is ultimately an esoteric pursuit. The issue is not whether there was a real Atlantis or not, the issue is the mythic force and worldview behind that claim. America was to be Atlantean -- imperial, global, beyond imagination in scope and power. The Fathers pioneered a new depth wand expansiveness worldcentric in nature. They unraveled all hierarchies with “elite egalitarianism”, enlightened self-interest, gentry class, Atlantean vision. The egalitarian elements: human rights, political freedoms, and the republic have been undermined by Tavistock which has led us astray with an appearance of freedom.
1813 "The Great Game" described strategic rivalry between British and Russian empires for supremacy in Central Asia, from 1813 - Russo-Perisan Treaty of 1813 and 1907, to Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Popularized by Kipling in the novel Kim (1901).
1875 Theosophical Society, Madame Blavatsky
1879 At Leipzig University in 1879, Wilhelm Wundt established the first psychological laboratory, and among his students were Ivan Pavlov, William James (the "Father of American Psychology"), and G. Stanley Hall (who would become the mentor of John Dewey, the "Father of Progressive Education"). Pavlov is well-known for his stimulus-response experiments with dogs. In Clarence Karier's SCIENTISTS OF THE MIND (1986), one reads concerning James that "we pass from a culture with God at its center to a culture with man at its center."
1882 Society for Psychical Research in London
1884 Fabian Society. Utopian socialism. George Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, Annie Besant, Graham Wallas, Hubert Bland, Edith Nesbit, Sydney Olivier, Oliver Lodge, Leonard Woolf and Virginia Woolf, Ramsay MacDonald and Emmeline Pankhurst.
1885 The American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR) was founded in 1885 by a distinguished group of scholars and scientists who shared the courage and vision to explore the uncharted realms of human consciousness, among them renowned Harvard psychologist and Professor of Philosophy, William James. Many of the early participants were pioneers in psychology, psychiatry, physics and astronomy. Freud and Jung were honorary members. Luminaries from a wide range of disciplines have been drawn to the Society throughout its history, including Chester Carlson, the inventor of Xerox; quantum physicist, David Bohm; psychologist Gardner Murphy; and dream researcher Montague Ullman, M.D.
1886 Freud begins psychoanalytic practice with "talking cure," based in unconscious, subconscious, dreams, hypnosis, repression, phobias, psychosexual development, personality and behavior, dissociation, amnesia, sublimation, conversion reaction, defense mechanism, denial, repression, displacement. In the early 1890s Freud used a form of treatment based on the one that Breuer had described to him, modified by what he called his "pressure technique" and his newly-developed analytic technique of interpretation and reconstruction. Freud practiced clinical hypnosis from roughly 1886-1900 and linked it to transference. Ego, Super-ego, Id. Eros & Thanatos.
The "talking cure" became the signature of the "Tavistock Method," and a blanket solution (with psychotropic drugs) to mental distress.
Defense mechanisms include acting out, autistic fantasy, denial, devaluation, displacement, dissociation, idealization, intellectualization, isolation, passive aggression, projection, rationalization, reaction formation, repression, somatization, splitting, suppression, and undoing. The therapist handles them with bypassing, reassurance, distraction, confrontation, interpretation, or changing vantage point or scope.
1888 Secret Doctrine by Blavatsky
1904 - 1913 Freud - Jung training relationship. Amongst the thinkers who are held to have set the stage for transpersonal studies are William James, Carl Jung, Abraham Maslow [peak experience], and Roberto Assagioli (Miller, 1998: 541-542.) Research by Vich (1988) suggests that the earliest usage of the term "transpersonal" can be found in lecture notes which William James had prepared for a semester at Harvard University in 1905-6.
1909 Secret Intelligence Service, (SIS) MI6 British Intelligence. Freud and Jung visit William James in America.
1913 Jung breaks with Freud with libido theory, including collective unconscious, mysticism, occult and mythic psychic archetypes, free association. Plato said that "true philosophers make dying their profession," referring to the wisdom inherent in this process. What is natural and instinctual is allowed to die and transform. Where Freud saw a life/death struggle, Jung saw a death/rebirth mystery of cyclic passages and renewal, later called 'creative regression.'
1914 - 1918 WWI. 1914 - Wellington House Propaganda Bureau, Tavistock precursor. After discovering that Germany had a Propaganda Agency, a British War Propaganda Bureau was set up at Wellington House, the London headquarters of the National Insurance Commission, with Masterman as chairman. Masterman invited 25 leading British authors to Wellington House to discuss ways of best promoting Britain's interests during the war. Those who attended included William Archer, Arthur Conan Doyle, Arnold Bennett, John Masefield, Ford Madox Ford, , G. K. Chesterton, Henry Newbolt, John Galsworthy, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Gilbert Parker, G. M. Trevely and H. G. Wells. The project stay secret until 1935. Several of the writers agreed to write pamphlets and books promoting the government's point of view. The War Propaganda Bureau published over 1,160 pamphlets during the war. Report On Alleged German Outrages published by 1915.
1919 Freud's double nephew mass manipulator Edward Bernays, Tavistock Director, combines work of Freud and others on mass psychology to establish promotion, advertising, Public Relations PR industry. Propaganda techniques were first codified and applied in a scientific manner by journalist Walter Lippman and psychologist Edward Bernays (nephew of Sigmund Freud) early in the 20th century. During World War I, Lippman and Bernays were hired by then United States President, Woodrow Wilson, to participate in the Creel Commission, the mission of which was to sway popular opinion in favor of entering the war, on the side of Britain. Edward Bernays said in his 1928 book Propaganda that, "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country."
1920 - Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, under Brigadier-General John Rawlings Rees researches human breaking point and psychological warfare -- mass manipulation by psychological shock.
In the period following the War To End All Wars, Viennese witch doctors came to realize that neurotic disabilities were endemic and pervasive in a modern society. The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology (Tavistock Clinic) was founded in 1920 in order to take advantage of these neuroses and develop manipulative procedures.
The founding group included physicians, neurologists, psychiatrists, anthropologists and socioliogists, Interest focussed on “dynamic psychologies”. On the one hand were the adherents of Freud, Jung and Adler. On the other were a neurologically-oriented general psychiatry, a somatically-oriented general medicine and a surrounding subject population.
Key figures included Jack Rawlings-Rees, Henry Dicks, Ronald Hargreaves, Tommy Wilson and Wilfred Bion. The Clinic began to take on a conceptual direction consonant with the emergent ‘object relations approach’ in psychoanalysis. The object relations approach emphasized relationships rather than instinctual drives and psychic energy.
1921 - The 11th Duke Tavistock donates a building for Tavistock Clinic to study the effects of shellshock. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) was formed in New York City as an American nonprofit and nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to improving the understanding of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. With an additional office in Washington D.C., CFR is considered to be 'the most influential foreign-policy think tank." It convenes tasks forces and meetings at which government officials, global leaders and prominent members of the foreign policy community discuss major international issues. Its think tank, the David Rockefeller Studies Program, is composed of about fifty adjunct and full-time scholars, as well as ten in-resident recipients of year-long fellowships, who cover the major regions and significant issues shaping today’s international agenda. These scholars contribute up-to-date information and analysis for the foreign policy debates by making recommendations to the presidential administration, testifying before Congress, serving as a resource to the diplomatic community, interacting with the media, authoring books, reports, articles, and op-eds on foreign policy issues. CFR publishes Foreign Affairs, “the preeminent journal of international affairs and U.S. foreign policy.”
1923 - 1930s Liepzig School - Frankfurt School, Institute for Social Research (Freudian Theory, Marxist Theory, Critical Theory)
1926 Anna Freud lectures at Tavistock.
1928 H.G. Wells publishes "The Open Conspiracy"; "Manipulating Public Opinion" and "The Business of Propaganda" by Edward Bernays
1930 Humanist, pacifist Aldous Huxley (Brave New World, 1932) takes mescal in Berlin with magician Aleister Crowley heralding psychedelics, counterculture, and occulture. Grandson of Darwinian biologist Thomas Henry Huxley, who influenced H.G. Wells. Crowley claimed to have met Blavatsky and required students to read her.
1932-1933 Director Kurt Lewin exchanged theories with Eric Trist of Tavistock Clinic before moving to America. Lewin emigrated to the United States in August 1933 and became a naturalized citizen in 1940. He went on to become director of the Center for Group Dynamics at MIT. At Tavistock, German refugee, Kurt Lewin originated the anti-Germany propaganda campaign to “turn the American public against Germany and involve us in World War II.
John Rawlings Rees (who would be a co-founder of the World Federation for Mental Health in 1948) was Deputy Director of Tavistock at this time (he would become Director in 1932). Rees developed the "Tavistock Method," which induces and controls stress via what Rees called "psychologically controlled environments" in order to make people give up firmly held beliefs under "peer pressure."
Rees' Tavistock Method was based on work done by British psychoanalyst Wilfrid Bion regarding the roles of individuals within groups. This design was later shifted in a series of conferences (1957-1965) led by A. Kenneth Rice, chairman of Tavistock's Centre for the Applied Social Research. The shift was to the dynamics of leadership and authority relations in groups.
Wilhelm Reich wrote The Mass Psychology of Fascism. Reich wrote, "Fascism is only the organized political expression of the structure of the average man's character. It is the basic emotional attitude of the suppressed man of our authoritarian machine civilization and its mechanistic-mystical conception of life." Reich thought we are all potentially fascist. But his theory was rooted in repression, not raw power motives. He predicted commodification of the body image and the development of consumer identity through the corruption of human sexuality.
1933 Humanist Manifesto. On April 11, 1933, Rockefeller Foundation president Max Mason assured trustees that in their program, "the Social Sciences will concern themselves with the rationalization of social control,... the control of human behavior"
1935 - Psychoanalysis is "all the rage" in London. Jung's Tavistock Lectures on the structure of the psyche. typology, archetypes, mythemes, shadow. By 1935, Jung is at Tavistock Clinic with Wilfred Bion, delivering five theory and practice lectures in analytical psychology on the deep nature of the psyche, including the collective unconscious and autonomous 'complexes' of painful, traumatic yet compelling character. We also call them subpersonalities. He lectured on the dreams and visions of physicist Wolfgang Pauli. In 1935, Harvard psychologist (1930-1967) Gordon Allport co-authored THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RADIO with Hadley Cantril. Allport would be a leading agent in the U.S. for the Tavistock Institute, and Cantril in 1937 would be a member of the Rockefeller Foundation-funded Office of Radio Research at Princeton University established to study the influence of radio on different groups of listeners.
1936 "The Office of Population Research was founded in 1936 when Frederick H. Osborn '10, a charter trustee of Princeton, formerly a trustee at the Milbank Memorial Fund, used his good offices with both of these institutions to persuade the University to found a program in teaching and research in population, and the Milbank Fund to provide much of the initial financing. Osborn, later a major general during World War II, appointed to study and foster improvement in the morale of the armed services, had a deep interest in population matters, as well as in his alma mater." "The Office of Population Research at Princeton University is the oldest population research center in the country. Founded in 1936, it has trained more than a hundred students who received doctoral degrees and more than a hundred others who received one-year professional training. Many of these alumni occupy important professional positions in developing countries; others are on university faculties in this country and abroad." -A Princeton Companion
1938 OSS General Donovan was indoctrinated and 'processed' at Tavistock. After obtaining his medical qualification Wilfred Bion spent seven years in psychotherapeutic training at the Tavistock Clinic, an experience he regarded, in retrospect, as having had some limitations. It did, however, bring him into fruitful contact with Samuel Beckett. He wanted to train in Psychoanalysis and in 1938 he began a training analysis with John Rickman, but this was brought to an end by the Second World War. In the Army Medical Corps he got ideas about psychoanalysis of groups. The entire group at Tavistock had in fact been taken into the army, and were working on new methods of treatment for psychiatric casualties (those suffering post-traumatic stress, or 'shell shock'.)
1939 WWII begins. The New World Order published by H.G. Wells. Freud is Tavistock Director, follwed by daughter Anna Freud. Tavistock mocked as "Freud Hilton."
1940 Rees went even further than this on June 18, 1940 at the annual meeting of the National Council for Mental Hygiene of the United Kingdom. In his speech on "Strategic Planning for Mental Health," he proclaimed: "We can therefore justifiably stress our particular point of view with regard to the proper development of the human psyche, even though our knowledge be incomplete. We must aim to make it permeate every educational activity in our national life.... We have made a useful attack upon a number of professions. The two easiest of them naturally are the teaching profession and the Church: the two most difficult are law and medicine.... Public life, politics and industry should all of them be within our sphere of influence.... If we are to infiltrate the professional and social activities of other people, I think we must imitate the Totalitarians and organize some kind of fifth column activity! If better ideas on mental health are to progress and spread we, as the salesmen, must lose our identity.... Let us all, therefore, very secretly be 'fifth columnists.'" (See MENTAL HEALTH, Vol. 1, No. 4, October 1940)
In 1940, Cantril would author THE INVASION FROM MARS: A STUDY IN THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PANIC regarding the radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. Tavistock senior staffer, Fred Emery, would later (HUMAN RELATIONS, Vol. 12, No. 3, August 1959) begin his article on "Working Hypotheses on the Psychology of Television" with the words: "The psychological after-effects of television are of considerable interest to the would-be social engineer."
1942: The Office of Strategic Services (OSS), wartime precursor to CIA, begins searching for a drug that will force subjects of interrogation, such as captured Nazi U-boat crews, to reveal secrets. As project director Dr. Stanley Lovell will recall, the idea of a "truth drug" is "considered fantastic by the realists, unethical by the moralists, and downright ludicrous by the physicians." But according to OSS records, Lovell goes ahead and tests "mescaline, various barbiturates, scopolamine, benzedrine, cannabis indica (marijuana), etc." The best results are obtained with the marijuana: "A few minutes after administration, the subject gradually becomes relaxed, and experiences a sensation of well-being... thoughts flow with considerable freedom... conversation becomes animated and accelerated. Inhibitions fall away.... [the drug] makes manifest any strong characteristics of the individual.... Whatever the individual is trying to withhold will be forced to the top of his subconscious mind." To "administer" the pot without a subject's knowing it, OSS scientists dissolve marijuana leaves in acetone, then heat the result into a clear, odorless, viscous liquid -- tetrahydrocannabional acetate -- which can be "injected into any type of food, such as mashed potatoes, butter, salad dressing, or in such things as candy."
1943 LSD developed by Albert Hoffman, a chemist at Sandoz A.B. – a Swiss pharmaceutical owned by banker, S.G. Warburg. [He’s a Federal Reserve shareholder]. British and U.S. intelligence were directly involved.
The Glass Bead Game or Magister Ludi (Master of the Game) is the last work magnum opus of the German author Hermann Hesse. Begun in 1931 and published in Switzerland in 1943, the book was mentioned in Hesse's citation for the 1946 Nobel Prize for Literature. "Magister Ludi" can also be seen as a pun lud- is a Latin stem meaning both "game" and "school."
1944 The International Monetary Fund was created in July 1944, originally with 45 members, with a goal to stabilize exchange rates and assist the reconstruction of the world's international payment system. Countries contributed to a pool which could be borrowed from, on a temporary basis, by countries with payment imbalances. (Condon, 2007)
During the Second World War, Tavistock was part of Great Britain's Psychological Warfare Department. On May 7, 1944, Dr. Rees of Tavistock and the British War Ministry injected Nazi prisoner Rudolf Hess with the narcotic Evipan. According to Lt. Col. Eugene Bird in PRISONER NO. 7: RUDOLF HESS (in the chapter titled "A Secret Drug"), Rees examined Hess 35 times. Rees and his associates via chemicals caused Hess's memory to fail and then "explained that they could bring back the memory with an injection of Evipan." Hess was told that "while under its influence he would remember the past he had forgotten."
1945 (-1991) Cold War. World Federation for Mental Health
1946 - 1947 Rockefeller grant funds the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (London), as a not-for-profit organization for social psychiatry, group and organizational behavior research. Psychiatrist, Wilfred Bion, founding member, specialty group psychotherapy, group dynamics. OSS becomes CIA using Tavistock guidelines. Their redefined social mission was called Operation Phoenix. There were four divisions of staff members: consultants, principal project officers, project officers and assistant project officers. The grand strategy is the overall approach to winning the perpetual war - prosecuting the direct and indirect (covert) agenda.
National Training Laboratories, Bethel, Maine. Human Relations journal. “[The] National Training Laboratories... operation revolves around the particular form of Tavistock degenerate psychology known as ‘group dynamics,’ developed by German Tavistock operative Kurt Lewin...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 (sometimes 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...
Mass production of TV sets. Benjamin Spock Commonsense Book of Child Care.
1947 While working with at MIT in 1946, Lewin received a phone call from the Director of the Connecticut State Inter Racial Commission requesting help to find an effective way to combat religious and racial prejudices. He set up a workshop to conduct a 'change' experiment, which laid the foundations for what is now known as sensitivity training. In 1947, this led to the establishment of the National Training Laboratories, at Bethel, Maine. Carl Rogers believed that sensitivity training is "perhaps the most significant social invention of this century." Following WWII Lewin was involved in the psychological rehabilitation of former occupants of displaced persons camps with Dr. Jacob Fine at Harvard Medical School. When Eric Trist and A T M Wilson wrote to Lewin proposing a journal in partnership with their newly founded Tavistock Institute and his group at MIT, Lewin agreed. The Tavistock journal, Human Relations, was founded with two early papers by Lewin entitled "Frontiers in Group Dynamics". Lewin taught for a time at Duke University.
1948 Tavistock joined with Kurt Lewin's Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD) at the University of Michigan the next year and begin disseminating human relations literature, relating theory to practice, including promotion of change, engineering consensus, mass persuasion, breakdown of cognitive structure, and overcoming resistance.
Concept of 'world citizenship' proposed at 3rd International Congress of Mental Hygiene. B.F. Skinner publishes Walden Two; Alfred Kinsey publishes Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. World Federation for Mental Health founded 1948 by John Rawlings Rees (Margaret Mead, President 1956-57).
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 for Policy Studies to promote [LSD]... and the New Left counter-culture.”
RAND thinktank develops from Air Force Project RAND. The Prisoner's Dilemma of game theory (originally framed at RAND in 1950 as a Cold War strategy) frames paradoxes in self-interest. There is a higher payoff in betrayal than cooperation. The iterated prisoner's dilemma has also been referred to as the "Peace-War Game." 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). BRAINWASHING remains the primary function of RAND.
In 1948, the British government formed an Industrial Productivity Committee which had a Human Factors Panel. This made grants for research aiming to secure improved productivity through better use of human resources. The grants were administered by the Medical Research Council.
Tavistock used these grants to develop techniques to integrate management and labor and integrate different levels of management; to restructure society in order to raise productivity; and to pioneer a new form of post-graduate education for field workers in applied social research.
Further experiments in manipulation were carried out in Ahmedabad, Pakistan; with Unilever; in the manufactured food industry to promote “pleasure foods” with little or no nutritional value, consumed excessively to satisfy oral cravings and reduce anxiety. Areas of study included ice cream, candy, smoking and alcohol. Private industry consultations supplemented Rockefeller support and extended the reach of the Institute. The Institute developed ever larger research and training programs, with increasing support from US foundations.
1949 '1984' by George Orwell. The year after Tavistock and the RCGD began publishing HUMAN RELATIONS, the journal (Vol. II, No. 3, 1949), published "Some Principles of Mass Persuasion" by Dorwin Cartwright who helped establish the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. In this article, Cartwright reveals: "It is conceivable that one persuasive person could, through the use of mass media, bend the world's population to his will." The article goes on to describe "the modification of cognitive structure in individuals by means of mass media" and how "a person can be induced to do voluntarily something that he would otherwise not do." The article also provides "a list of essential requirements for the success of any campaign of mass persuasion."
1950 Korean War brainwashing exposed. Maoist techniques techniques included, dehumanizing of individuals by keeping them in filth, sleep deprivation,, partial, sensory deprivation, psychological harassment, inculcation of guilt, group social pressure. CIA Project MK Ultra mind control, drug and brainwashing experiments. LSD, hypnosis, "psychic driving," amnesia. Dr. Cameron became known worldwide as the first chairman of the World Psychiatric Association and president of the American and Canadian psychiatric associations.
Postmodern Culture Theory and Philosophy in academia, literature, design, history, law, marketing/business: Postmodernist philosophy and the analysis of culture and society expanded the importance of critical theory in the late 20th century. Re-evaluation of the entire Western value system (love, marriage, popular culture, child-rearing, shift from industrial to service economy) took place since 1950's and 1960s, with a peak in the Social Revolution of 1968. Described as postmodernity, as opposed to postmodernism, a term referring to an opinion or movement.
1950 - 53 Korean War
1953 Bertrand Russell publishes The Impact of Science on Society, promoting mass psychology strategies throughout the educational process. Frank Olsen's LSD-related death. 1953: CIA launches Operation MK/ULTRA, a major drug and mind-control program. Although THC acetate is studied as an interrogation aid, CIA is more concerned about reports of communist brainwashing experiments on American POWs in Korea, and focuses on stronger, hallucinogenic drugs. "Aside from the offensive potential, the development of a comprehensive capability in this field... gives a thorough knowledge of the enemy's theoretical potential, thus enabling us to defend ourselves against a foe who might not be as restrained in the use of these techniques as we are." Some CIA employees, including perhaps Meyer, volunteer for experiments. Through a front organization called The Society For Human Ecology, CIA begins sponsoring $25 million in research into the effects of mind-altering drugs -- LSD, psilocybin and mescaline -- at Harvard University and at several cites in the San Francisco-Oakland area, including Stanford and Berkeley.
1954 Founding of Bilderberger Group annual conferences and steering committees. "The Doors of Perception" by Aldous Huxley
1955 MK ULTRA launched by CIA and RAND for mind control, drug, brainwashing research. Mental Health Study Act mandates mental health practices. Further projects included: the British Society for Projective Psychology, the Phillipson’s Object Relations Technique, Interpersonal Perception, Rorschach testing of state-school pupils, socio-technical studies, agricultural restructuring, social networking, prison relationships, electro convulsive therapy (shock treatment), lobotomization, 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate, the study of the Russian national character, sensitivity training, psychobehavioral chemical incapacitation, experiential mass-learning, inter-group experience, responses to meta-problems emerging in society, social analysis, Project Bluebird-Artichoke-MKULTRA (the investigation of this project was stage-managed by Nelson Rockefeller, brainwashing, the Unabomber, LSD-promotion, false personality overlaying, the New Age movement, acceptance of occult practices, promotion of abortion, the development of inclusive language, social engagement, multi-culturalism, open borders, and the questioning of “normal” social structures, the acceptance of deviancy, and so on.
1956 R.D. Laing was appointed senior registrar at the Tavistock Clinic in 1956, three years after he left the British Army Psychiatric Unit. He began experimenting with LSD in 1960, and then in 1962 when he became a family therapist at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, he also met Gregory Bateson while visiting the U.S. Bateson had been with the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner of the CIA), and then led the MK-Ultra hallucinogen (LSD) project. Bateson's and Margaret Mead's daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson, along with New Ager Jean Houston, would later help Hilary Clinton write IT TAKES A VILLAGE. IN 1964 Laing met LSD proponent Timothy Leary in New York and also authored "Transcendental Experience in Relation and Psychosis" (THE PSYCHEDELIC REVIEW, Vol. 1, No. 3, 1964). Three years later Laing participated in the July 15-30 1967 Dialectics of Liberation Congress.
1959 VIET NAM WAR (1959-1975) Television is a hypnotic for social engineering (Emery). The Manchrian Candidate novel by Richard Condon, (films 1962, 2004).
1960 The psychedelic “counter-culture” originated when Sandoz A.G., an asset of S.G. Warburg & Co., developed LSD. James Paul Warburg (son of Paul Warburg who had written the Federal Reserve Act in 1910 and sponsored Nazi eugenics programs), financed a subsidiary of the Tavistock Institute in the United States called the Institute for Policy Studies, whose director, Marcus Raskin, was appointed to the National Security Council. James Paul Warburg set up a CIA program to surreptitiously experiment with LSD on human “guinea pigs”, some of whom committed suicide. This program, MK-Ultra, was supervised by Dr. Gottlieb.
1961 Leary starts Harvard LSD experiments. "There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution." (Aldous Huxley), Tavistock Group, California Medical School, 1961. Wilfred Bion, Tavistock founding member, wrote the influential Experiences in Groups, London: Tavistock, 1961. Experiences in Groups was an important guide for the group psychotherapy and encounter group movements beginning in the 1960s, and quickly became a touchstone work for applications of group theory in a wide variety of fields.
Chaos Theory and Mandelbrot's fractal dimensions and attractors formalized by Edward Lorenz with computer. Dynamics applied to mathematics, biology, computer science, ecology, population dynamics. psychology, robotics, economics,engineering, finance, philosophy, physics, politics,
1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Esalan founded. The Human Potential Movement (HPM) arose out of the psychosocial culture of the 1960s and formed around the concept of cultivating extraordinary potential that its advocates believed to lie largely untapped in most people. The movement took as its premise the belief that through the development of "human potential", humans can experience an exceptional quality of life filled with happiness, creativity and fulfillment. Those who begin to unleash this assumed potential often find themselves directing their actions within society towards assisting others to release their potential. Adherents believe that the net effect of individuals cultivating their potential will bring about positive social change at large.
Michael Murphy and Dick Price founded the Esalen Institute in 1962, primarily as a center for the study and development of human potential, and some people continue to regard Esalen as the geographical center of the movement today[update]. Aldous Huxley gave lectures on the "Human Potential" at Esalen in the early 1960s and some people consider his ideas too as fundamental to the movement.
George Leonard, a magazine writer and editor who conducted research for an article on human potential, became an important early influence on Esalen. Leonard claims that he came up with the phrase "Human Potential Movement" during a brainstorming session with Murphy. He and Murphy then popularized the idea in bestselling books. Leonard has worked closely with the Esalen Institute ever since and in 2005 served as its president.
Over the next two decades, the NTL would spread its operations to various countries around the world. And in its ISSUES IN (HUMAN RELATIONS) TRAINING (1962), its sensitivity training is referred to as "brainwashing." Recently, NTL has conducted programs relevant to Tavistock such as "NTL and Tavistock: Two Traditions of Group Work," "Tavistock Program: Re-Thinking and Planning for Organizational Change," and "The Tavistock--Task Working Conference which is a program structured around various group configurations.... Periodically each group will review its actions and results to learn from processes, roles, values, and methods as they evolve." Other recent NTL programs have featured people such as New Ager Jean Houston and the witch Starhawk.
Manchurian Candidate film, The Mindbenders film, Clockwork Orange novel. Tavistock has twisted roots. In the 1960s, the para-medical group morphed into social science and social engagement -- Operational Research (OR), a matrix form of organization -- with nodes of an emerging international inter-corporate organization. Types include socio-psychological, the socio-technical and the socio-ecological perspectives.
Tavistock-like centers spread with joint undertakings in generic field-determined problems, not just small issues. Some are no longer directly linked with London. The work is future oriented and concerned with the transition to post industrial social order and transmodern paradigm shift. Problem-oriented research includes interdependent research/teaching, research/service, research/action forms. Autonomous institutes which must network arise from the later.
1963 Kennedy Assassination. Dr. Stranglove film.
1964 MK Search, truth-drug. Beatles in America. 1964, annual eugenics workshop-conference inaugrurated, called the Princeton Conferences. At the third of these Princeton Conferences, not only were demographers, "behavioral geneticists," anthropologists, and psychiatrists in attendance, but a computer specialist attended. By November 1969, the Fifth Princeton Conference took the bold step of going under the title "Genetic Reconstruction of Human Populations." Remember that by then, the periodical Eugenics Quarterly had sanitized its name to Social Biology. By 1970 Rockefeller Center was more or less serving as a hub for discourse in behavioral eugenics."
1965 According to the A.K. Rice Institute, "In 1965 Rice led a conference in the United States, as the Tavistock Method began to be developed in the U.S. by Margaret Rioch and others. The A.K. Rice Institute is now the U.S. equivalent of the Tavistock Institute."
1966 Brotherhood of Eternal Love, Laguna Beach 'hippie mafia' LSD wholesalers with Tim Leary and CIA connections. The Brotherhood of Eternal Love was an informal organization of psychedelic drug enthusiasts and dealers that operated in the late 1960s. Founded in Anaheim at The Church, the group was headquartered in the Mystic Arts bookstore on Pacific Coast Highway, a common stopping point for those traveling south from Haight Ashbury to Mexico. Timothy Leary, the excommunicated Harvard psychology professor and devotee of free love and author of "turn on, tune in and drop out," became the resident godfather of the group. Leary said, "The whole concept of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love is like a bogeyman invented by the narcs. The brotherhood was about eight surfer kids from Southern California, Laguna Beach, who took the LSD, and they practiced the religion of the worship of nature, and they'd go into the mountains. But they were not bigshots at all. None of them ever drove anything better than a VW bus. They were just kind of in it for the spiritual thrill."
1967 Summer of Love. Haight-Ashbury. Ramparts, a radical magazine, exposes CIA sponsorship of the National Student Association, a Cord Meyer project. Meyer's best friend, James Angleton, assigns CIA officer Richard Ober to begin a leak investigation into the Ramparts story. Ober's probe is soon expanded into a spy program on the countercultural and student-protests movements, code named CHAOS. Just as CHAOS is launched Leary moves from upstate New York contemplating The Tibetan Book of the Dead, to the Southern California countercultural scene. He became a media-hound, urging all to "Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out." He lives in Laguna Beach with the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, the 'hippie mafia' who have CIA connections also.