Human psychology is an odd thing. A person can justify and rationalize all sorts of evil for all sorts of reasons. Collective action allows people to absolve themselves of guilt by saying “well, everyone was doing it!” (think social drinking, or conspiring to cheat on a test), or “I was ordered to do it” (think crew-served weapons like machine guns or cannons in war-time). Napleon used a lot of cannon batteries because he knew that people would not want to “let their buddies down”, and that being part of a team effort allowed each man to tell himself “I didn’t kill all those men, I just loaded powder charges,” (or carried cannon balls, or pulled a lanyard, or managed the limber, or whatever).When civilized people turn to canibalism in extreme circumstances, it’s not uncommon for them to demand that everyone partake in much the same manner. A recent story I saw about cannibalism in a prison in Venezuela talked about how some of the men were given a choice of eating “from the pot” or being “in the pot.” The idea was to make the guilt for the deed collective, so nobody would tell. No one would confess because they, too, had eaten “from the pot.” The men that were butchered and put “in the pot” were ones who refused to agree to eat “from the pot.”
The same can be used for blackmail. Get someone caught in a crime, then blackmail them. Set up a “honey trap” to get pictures of a person in a compromising situation, then you can control them, and once controlled they can be led in deeper. “In for a penny, in for a pound.” Soon you have a conspiracy to continue to commit the crimes, and soon some of the trapped people try to get new members in the circle to help cover up their own crimes and spread the guilt/evil around. After a while, those who are “from the pot” come to think it’s normal, or that they are special, part of the “in crowd,” and because they are getting away with it they are above all us little people.
Such is the situation that appears to be about to blow up in this election. The WikiLeaks things appear to be about to blow wide open. As “Vile Faceless Deplorable Minion” said, “You know something has changed when 4chan is investigating the government for pedophilia. We’ve entered bizarro world.”
It’s reported that all FBI special agents from the DC area and Hoover Building have been ordered to report to work.
Remember, remember, the 5th of November.
I don’t need popcorn. I need Pepto-bismol. It’s going to be a bumpy few months, and I expect a rash of suicides that really are suicides (rather than face the criminal charges and evidence that are about to go public in a big way). If you have school-age kids that are doing “current events” it may get dicey to talk about it.