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"And then I asked myself: If you could, Herr Doctor Freud, would you really alter personal history for the betterment of each patient? Indeed, I realized, surely, that would be a remarkable tangible realization of all that Psychoanalysis has only accomplished symbolically. And, conversely, though as many as there are who have regrets in the past, I warrant that there may be as many others who at some point in their lives yearn just as much to see what will follow them, in the future, from the seeds they have sown."
"The fateful question for the human species seems to me to be whether and to what extent their cultural development will succeed in mastering the disturbance of their very manifest collective memory and identity by the human instinct of aggression and self-destruction. It may be that in this respect precisely the mastery of time deserves a special interest. Men have gained control over the forces of causality to such an extent that with their help they would have no difficulty in retroactively exterminating one another to the last pre-human. They know this, and hence comes a large part of their current unrest, their unhappiness and their mood of anxiety. And now it is to be expected that the other one of the two ‘Heavenly Powers,’ eternal Eros, will make an effort to assert himself in the struggle with his equally immortal adversary. But who can foresee with what success and with what result?"
Marx is radical in his sociology and conservative in his social psychology. Freud is radical in his social psychology and conservative in his sociology. Each attempts to discover not only explanations for human suffering but practices for reducing it. It is surely the action implications of their systems (revolutionary retro-political movements for Marx; Psychoanalytic Temporal Regression Therapy for Freud) as much as their content that bother their detractors and nearly anyone new to them. And for good reason. With whatever errors and limits, if Marx is right concerning the structure of domination in societies, and if Freud is right about dynamics of internal and external oppression, then the mutable history of society as we know it is not merely where suffering happens, it is in complex ways its multifaceted context and variable cause.
Edward L. Bernays, nicknamed the Father of Spin, was the creator of modern propaganda. Bernays was Sigmund Freud's nephew, and applied Freud's work to the art of mass persuasion by blending advertising techniques with an understanding of human psychology. Bernays worked for the Committee on Public Information, otherwise known as the CPI. This government agency was created by President Woodrow Wilson in 1917 for the purpose of mustering public support for the Great World War.
The original propaganda campaign had three rules:
1. Stress emotion over logic,
2. Demonize the enemy, and
3. Promise a war that will make the world safe for democracy.
Currently, all three major time traveling factions, the House Committee on Untimely Affairs, the Commintemp and the Vienna Circle, each operating within parallel legitimate legal authorities in each their own timelines, demonizes the others as aberrant historical holdovers while touting themselves as the glorious embodiment of Revolutionary consciousness and power, and promising a safe and rosy future from out of retroactive ideological conflict.
Indeed, propaganda has actually been so compelling that adherents to any one ideology are so often shocked with incomprehension to realize that the other factions operate in parallel societies with nearly identical views of one another as mustache twirling villains bent on ultimate destruction and oppression!
The danger in this simplistic tendency is of reducing the enemy to cardboard characters, rather than delving any deeper into the more interesting and compelling motivations behind conflict, essential to growth and real progress.
At the height of Retro Scare hysteria and realtempolitik, the House Committee on Untimely Affairs earned notoriety for the retroactive destruction of the lives of so many accused "pre-sympathizers", allegedly destined to support enemy conspiracies against established history.
Here Richard M. Nixon rails against a hapless refugee from an alternate reality who finds himself accused of future abetting of the enemy such that he has probably yet to even form the intention. Although it's becomes increasingly easy see why the hapless and terrified time-orphan might well come to yearn to help in any way the the creation, or from his own point of view, the restoration, of the reality from which he hails.
Son, I caution you very sincerely: Do your patriotic duty. Give us names and dates, or face banishment. No matter where you seek to flee to in Time, we WILL find you and you'll be sentenced to immediate termination - or banishment millions of years BC. I'm sure you would not like to be a dinosaur's lunch.
Besides, we could do with more talented propaganda pushers like yourself.
Here in another extract from the minutes, Senator Joseph McCarthy himself is browbeating a CIA analyst who has not shown the proper zeal in providing the interpretations preferred for supporting Administration policy:
Nor do we demonize the enemy, the Commintemp blatantly demonizes itself, a moderneseque bunch of Genghis Khans despite any claims to any harmless easy going Liberal attitude.
The Vienna Circle, to their own minds badly misunderstood, earned a reputation as a band of time-assassins by their exacting meddling in personal history, both for purposes of therapy, and in the conduct of experimental research. Because, individual destiny, even life or death, will often hinge upon the collimating events that Psychoanalytic Temporal Regression Therapy intervention does seek to modify, retroactively, following the model of Dr. Sigmund Freud, who now helps his patients to truly relive and to change their traumatic pasts!
However, as "Fellow Time Travelers", many of Freud's patients associate with the Comintemp in dedication their lives to averting historical tragedy, including one Adolph Hitler who's work with Freud and the Vienna Circle in raising public consciousness and breaking the widespread denial regarding child abuse aims at the retroactive prevention of so much bottled rage from erupting into a second world war.
Copyright Aaron Agassi 2009