We showed a picture or North Korea Great Leader and his authoritarian militaristic societal structure---China has the same. The two policies that go hand in hand in these far-right wing authoritarian structures is ----HEIGHTENED MILITARY AND HEIGHTENED GLADIATOR SPORTS. Both indoctrinate our citizens to doing anything they are told. The US military complex driven by constant wars since ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE was developed in early 1900s is that march to military authoritarianism. It is no mistake the southern states being right wing extreme wealth extreme poverty deliberately created stagnant economies to make citizens desperate for jobs----sending many citizens overseas with military and Foreign Economic Zone development.
We showed how the military term BOOT CAMP was brought first into our organized sports----then into our schools as with music ---now we have CODING BOOT CAMPS-----it is this policy of BOOT CAMP that installs the DO ANYTHING WE ARE TOLD mentality----and indeed these early exposures while our children are in school drive who will be those GREEKS AND FREEMASONS in college and beyond.
THERE IS NOTHING LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE ABOUT BOOT CAMPS---ABOUT AUTHORITARIAN MARXIST STRUCTURES----IT ALL HAS A GOAL OF ENSLAVING 99% OF CITIZENS BLACK , WHITE, AND BROWN CITIZENS.
We have known these several decades that China was using far-right wing authoritarian BOOT CAMP structures for their apprenticeship K-CAREER students identified by testing as maybe being that GLADIATOR athlete. This is the same time BUSH SR brought out the ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER OLYMPIAN as the model for our President's fitness and sports. What sprang up these few decades in US? Sports BOOT CAMPS especially in our US cities. These sports boot camps have goals beyond producing the next GLADIATOR----it conditions citizens away from being FREE THINKING, CRITICAL THINKERS----to DOING WHAT THEY ARE TOLD.
The RACE TO THE TOP corporatized K-12 APPRENTICESHIP K-CAREER is MOVING FORWARD these structures exposing all our children from earliest years to far-right wing authoritarian DO ANYTHING WE TELL YOU structures. Who pushed Race to the Top and corporate K-12? Obama and Clinton neo-liberals and those DASTARDLY 5% TO THE 1% GREEKS AND FREEMASONS.
Torture or training? Inside the brutal Chinese gymnasium where the country's future Olympic stars are beaten into shape
- Nanning Gymnasium in Nanning, China, is one of many ruthless training camps in China
- Here children, some as young as five, battle to complete the demanding routines on bars, rings, and mats
Published: 10:44 EDT, 1 August 2012 | Updated: 12:41 EDT, 1 August 2012
Her face etched with pain, a child trains for Olympic glory while her gymnastics trainer stands on her legs.
The cartoon space rockets and animal astronauts on her tiny red leotard are a stark and powerful reminder of this little girl's tender age as she trains as hard as any adult athlete in the Western world.
Nanning Gymnasium in Nanning, China, is one of many ruthless training camps across the country to which parents send their children to learn how to be champions.
Hard training: Her face etched with pain, a child trains for Olympic glory while her gymnastics trainer stands on her legs.
But while training techniques appear extreme to Western eyes, they provide an insight into why China's athletes at London 2012 seem so easily able to swim, dive, lift and shoot their way to victory.
Gymnastic stars are known for starting at an incredibly early age, and this group of children appear no different as they battled to complete the demanding routines on bars, rings, and mats.
Boys and girls who looked no older than five or six-years-old were tasked with swinging on beams, hanging from pairs of rings and bounding across floor mats during the physically strenuous training sessions.
The global 1% work hard to make WE THE PEOPLE THE 99% think all these authoritarian MARXIST structures ARE LEFT COMMUNISM---LEFT SOCIALISM----when they are simply far-right wing extreme wealth extreme poverty capture of 99% of citizens----taking away all individuality, all free thinking----all ability for REAL choices
Our black citizens have for some reason a culture steeped in these far-right wing authoritarian GREEK/FREEMASON structures. Since our southern states are tied to the right wing they tend to adopt BOOT CAMP discipline as the societal structure. The military and later our US public/Historically Black Colleges introduced these authoritarian structures beyond military and into our schools and sports programs.
When we watched the Chinese Olympics the Western citizens are being shown the ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE EVERYONE ACTING THE SAME authoritarianism coming with MOVING FORWARD
These few decades have introduced these boot camp structures one by one----in US it may not seem as brutal and authoritarian as China but when all avenues of society----from getting into college to getting a job to living in a safe community are tied to these MEMBERSHIPS---this builds a systematic installation of FAR-RIGHT WING LIBERTARIAN MARXISM.
China winning an Olympics venue was controversial----if we understand the global 1% wanted to showcase these far-right authoritarian structures as being MOVING FORWARD ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE GLOBAL CORPORATE CAMPUS RULE----this is why China was allowed the Olympic venue.
China winning an Olympics venue was controversial----if we understand the global 1% wanted to showcase these far-right authoritarian structures as being MOVING FORWARD ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE GLOBAL CORPORATE CAMPUS RULE----this is why China was allowed the Olympic venue.
The 5% to the 1% global Wall Street players lying, cheating, stealing for global 1% taking some for themselves are the ones advancing all these very, very, very, very bad policies for the 99% and we KNOW our new immigrant citizens do not come to the US to be MOVING FORWARD into this same abusive mess.
Olympic charm school is 'beauty bootcamp'
One young woman fails to hold an elegant crouch as students learn posture at the school training the Olympic hostesses
David Eimer in Beijing
12:01AM GMT 11 Nov 2007
China has begun training the first of 1,250 teenage girls as hostesses for next year's Olympics, at what is billed as a charm school -- but is more like a boot camp for beauties.
In their determination to ensure that the Beijing Games are flawless, the communist authorities are leaving nothing to chance. For girls hoping to be selected to take part in the award ceremonies, that means enduring a gruelling schedule of etiquette and movement classes as they are groomed, just outside Beijing, to appear alongside medal-winning athletes.
More than 560,000 people have applied to be volunteers at the Games — the largest number in Olympic history. But none of the 100,000 who will eventually be chosen will be more high-profile than the young women who will act as hostesses for the medal ceremonies.
Almost four billion people around the world tuned in to watch the Athens Olympics in 2004, and the opportunity to represent China in front of such a global audience means that competition is fierce.
Making the grade requires a discipline unusual in teenagers. Like the other girls at the Beijing Changping Vocational School, 17-year-old Wang Hong gets up at 5am every day.
She spends hours standing in stilettos, while balancing a book on her head and with a pair of chopsticks clamped between her teeth to improve her smile.
"Once I had to stand and smile for two hours," Miss Wang told a Chinese newspaper. "I have to wear three bandages on my feet after walking in the high heels."
There is no time for boyfriends. When not working on their postures or smiles, the girls at the residential school, which normally specialises in training airline flight attendants, are taking dance classes, lessons in etiquette and studying Olympic history.
By the time the lights go out at 10pm, most are ready to collapse.
For Miss Wang, all the effort and pain will be worthwhile if she can help hand out medals to China's most famous athletes, such as Liu Xiang, the reigning Olympic and World 110 metre hurdles champion, or escort visiting VIPs.
Some of the girls, though, have already been ruled out for not meeting the Beijing Olympic Committee's stringent criteria. These include fair and unblemished skin and, according to some Chinese reports, not having a big bottom.
Meanwhile, work on the Olympic venues is well ahead of schedule. This week, the Beijing Olympic Committee announced that the main "Bird's Nest" stadium, which will hold the athletics events and the opening and closing ceremonies, would be ready to stage a test event next April.
Officials have also announced contingency plans to deal with bad weather and air pollution. Cloud-seeding will be used to induce rain to clear away smog, while weather forecasts will be updated every three hours during the Games.
With the Olympics set to put the seal on China's emergence as a superpower, the girls vying to be hostesses know the eyes of the world will be on them next August. That is why everything else, including their own families, must take second place to their preparations.
"My mother was sick, but she didn't tell me until after she recovered, because she wanted me to concentrate on my training," said Miss Wang.
"She knows what an honour it is for me to make a contribution to the Olympics."
China stands accused of engineering its most famous sporting export, writes Talek Harris'.
Here is China's version of our US sports boot camps targeting inner city children. Why does global 1% install these authoritarian structures in poor communities? Because they can BUY that 5% more easily----because citizens desperate for an economic ladder take these abuses.
Because WE THE PEOPLE THE 99% allowed all these structures to set a platform in poor communities CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA ---they are now expanding to all communities black, white, brown with our middle/affluent class being brought to poverty. So, that 10% Rule for black citizens-----that 20% Rule for US middle-class is going from 5% to NO WINNERS.
So Yao is Michael Jordan or Ray Lewis----and we can bet he is tied to global 1% FREEMASONRY working for those global 1% of Chinese citizens.
RACE TO THE TOP and corporate K-career apprenticeship being forced in WE THE PEOPLE by the 5% to the 1% pols and players will make these structures more brutal ---more enslaving---we will have NO CHOICES.
YAO was installed into US professional sports to be that STAR working for global Chinese 1% as US Foreign Economic Zones fill with foreign Chinese corporations and global 1% and their 2% of Chinese rich. This is what they are calling EQUALITY LIBERTARIAN CIVIL RIGHTS-----ARE ONLY FOR THE EXTREME RICH.
Folks indoctrinated into these authoritarian structures are always the ones ready to do so to others.
Yao Ming: the basketball giant made in China by order of the state
January 19, 2006
Page 1 of 2China stands accused of engineering its most famous sporting export, writes Talek Harris.
No accident … Yao Ming towers over Jason Smith.
FAR from being a chance creation, Chinese basketball giant Yao Ming was knowingly bred for the sport, forced into it against his will and subjected to years of dubious science to increase his height, a new book claims.
The 228-centimetre Houston Rockets centre also underwent years of punishing training as one of hundreds of thousands of potential Chinese athletes who endure miserable childhoods in boot-camp conditions.
The revelations in Operation Yao Ming, by former Newsweek journalist Brook Larmer, are likely to raise further disquiet over China's Soviet-style sports system ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Larmer said Yao, China's first successful basketball export and its most famous face worldwide, was the product of a harsh and antiquated program which has changed little since it was set up more than 50 years ago under Mao Zedong.
"Yao on one hand is this great symbol of China's modern advancement, a commercial icon that can stride across the Pacific and play the role of a bridge between East and West," he said. "But he's still the product of this system which is one of the last bastions of socialism in China."
Larmer says Yao's birth had been anticipated for decades by communist officials - desperate to boost national pride through sports - who had been tracking his family for two generations.
He describes a system where doctors armed with special growth-predicting manuals measure youngsters' bones and pubic hair to identify future athletes. Weightlifters must be squat with strong torsos; divers need tiny hips to minimise splash; basketball players must simply be tall.
"It's no accident that there have been generations of players who have continued to get taller," he said. "One of the first NBA scouts was blown away when he went to northern China and saw more than 20 seven-footers [213cm]."
Yao's grandfather, one of Shanghai's tallest men, was discovered too late for basketball but his son, the 205cm Yao Zhiyuan, soon found himself dragged into the sports system.
There he was paired off with the 182cm Fang Fengdi, China's women's captain who had been a feared Red Guard during the murderous Cultural Revolution.
The two were encouraged to marry in a system with undertones of eugenics, the controversial gene-pool manipulation espoused by the Nazis and previously trumpeted by Beijing.
"It wasn't a national breeding program, it was a desire among Shanghai officials for them to get together," Larmer said. "But when Yao was born, everybody in the sports community in Shanghai and nationally knew he was something special."
What these far-right wing authoritarian CORPORATE SOCIALISM----CORPORATE PLANTATION structures create for 99% of citizens exposed to them is exactly what we see below----and yes, Chinese----North Korean ----Hitler/Stalin militaristic authoritarian brutality is tied to creating these LOVE OF THE ABUSER----if you are made to love the one torturing or abusing you you can then advance those policies to other people.
THAT IS THE 5% TO THE 1% GLOBAL WALL STREET POLS AND PLAYERS DOING ANYTHING GLOBAL 1% TELLS THEM.
White citizens have a history with these structures as much long as black and brown citizens----we know what MOVING FORWARD brings----and yes, it is these far-right wing authoritarian BOOT CAMP policies that go from being in military----to our military expanding to security ----to boot camps in our schools -----to boot camps in global NGOs telling us how to be CHARMING WOMEN AND HONORABLE MEN.....all advanced by LYING, CHEATING, STEALING, NO MORALS OR ETHICS, NO US RULE OF LAW, NO GOD'S NATURAL LAW global 1% SOCIOPATHS.
When You Love Your Abuser: Stockholm Syndrome and Trauma Bonds
This is why our 99% of US white citizens need to lead these revolutions. We cannot STOP MOVING FORWARD until we stop this 5% to the 1% power control of politics now seguing into our societal structures through global NGOs and freemason/GREEK organizations.
YOU MEAN THAT IS WHAT ALL THIS PLEDGING HAS AS A GOAL? YES, FOR GOODNESS SAKE.
This is also why we are seeing those HILLARY NASTY 5% TO THE 1% sexualizing women again after all the work of EQUAL RIGHTS WOMEN ACTIVISM----HILLARY FEMINISM has these goals of returning women to this STOCKHOLM SYNDROME of loving an abuser.
We are constantly being told these 5% are ROLE MODELS----WHEN THEY ARE GLOBAL WALL STREET PLAYERS-----
The Literary Life
A tender spot in master-slave relations
Novelist Dolen Perkins-Valdez, at home in Washington, tells of a resort where slaveholders took their slave mistresses on vacations. (Photos By Mark Gail)
By Lonnae O'Neal Parker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 21, 2011; 10:59 AM
Dolen Perkins-Valdez was reading a biography of W.E.B. DuBois when she came across the small aside. It was piece of history she hadn't known, and couldn't stop thinking about.
The land for Ohio's Wilberforce University, the nation's oldest private historically black college, where DuBois had once taught, at one time had been part of a resort - a place called Tawawa House, where wealthy Southern slaveholders would take their slave mistresses for open-air "vacations."
"I had never heard of anything like that," says Perkins-Valdez, then a writing professor at the University of Mary Washington. She knew of masters taking slaves north to attend to them, "but the thought of them taking women to a vacation resort was just stunning to me. I didn't know what to do with that."
What she did first was wonder: How would they have gotten there? And what did the resort look like? Then she asked: Why would a slave taken to a Northern free state not run?
Her attempts to answer those questions turned into the novel "Wench," out in paperback Tuesday, just in time for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
It's the story of four slave mistresses - "wenches "- who become furtive friends at Tawawa House. They contemplate freedom, learn each other's stories and deepest fears. Some stories are brutal, but the main character, Lizzie, sleeps in the same bed with her owner, the father of her two children, and thinks herself in love with him. And he with her.
"Wench," which went through seven printings after its hardcover release last January and has a first paperback printing of 135,000, raises questions about complex parts of slavery that are less explored for lack of written accounts: What kinds of accommodations and negotiations took place between slaves and masters? What passed for love? The novel looks at what history gets privileged and what gets forgotten.
Sitting in the library of the Northwest Washington home she shares with her husband and 3-year-old daughter, Perkins-Valdez, a Harvard grad with a PhD in American literature from George Washington University, talks about her main character and reaction to the book.
Lizzie, who sometimes intimately calls her master by his first name, lives in the master's house and eats better food than the other slaves. Her children are being educated and wear better clothes. And Lizzie constantly presses her owner to free their children - children his wife couldn't give him and whom she refuses to leave motherless at the Tennessee plantation so she can escape.
"In an early draft of the book, I had Lizzie completely in love with Drayle," Perkins-Valdez says. "I talked to another writer who said, 'I don't think love could exist in this situation that wasn't a negotiation.' Slaves didn't have the agency that would really allow them to barter, but there are a million and one everyday ways slaves manipulated and maneuvered" to try to better their way.
Both black and white readers have struggled with the plausibility of the relationships in the novel, the author says. White women have expressed doubt that Southern wives would have stayed married to men who fathered children with slaves. Black readers can't stomach a slave woman loving a master. Perkins-Valdez points out that slavery involved human beings who had dominion over other human beings, and the whole range of human emotion and action were possible.
Perkins-Valdez read original manuscripts and searched for documentation beyond the mention in the Lewis biography but found little. Wilberforce University has a plaque commemorating Tawawa House, but even the Ohio Historical Society didn't know that history.
It is no coincidence that globally we are hearing the term STOCKHOLM SYNDROME----from NORTH KOREA and CHINA----to all the war zones----to US cities tied to growing authoritarian structures-----this is ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE----the wars ----the expanding Foreign Economic Zones all having the same governance and no rights for 99% of citizens.
MOVING FORWARD in US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones will have more and more citizens told it is good to suppress more and more of growing poor people---they are taking our jobs---they are taking our economic market share---they are taking too much taxpayer money to support---and VOILA----everyone hate each population group but all LOVE THAT GLOBAL 1% AND GLOBAL CORPORATE CAMPUS SOCIALISM.
When our sports and fitness went from being a community policy meant to bring citizens together for fun and leisure activity open to all-----to being controlled by global NGOS exposing GOD'S PHILOSOPHY by global 1% LYING, CHEATING, STEALING, NO MORALS OR ETHICS, NO US RULE OF LAW, NO GOD'S NATURAL LAW 5% to the 1%----WE NEED TO STOP authoritarian BOOT CAMP for sports----for our school academics-----for our societal structures---
STOP MOVING FORWARD.
'Meyssan pointed to the work of clinical psychologist Saverio Tomasella, whose 2015 study on the subject for a medical journal revealed that Stockholm Syndrome is “the mark of an extremely serious invasion of the inner life of the person who has directly and helplessly experienced the theft of his or her subjective identity.“'
Where are large numbers of FREEMASONS? IN RUSSIA----they are just as extreme wealth extreme poverty as our global banking neo-liberals.
All of our refugees from around the MIDDLE-EAST just as in Asia and Latin America several decades ago under REAGAN are indeed exposed to this mental capture of DOING ANYTHING THEY ARE TOLD. What happens as Foreign Economic Zones are installed? Civil unrest/civil war ----creation of hyper militarized citizen structures.
These victims of constant wars are those very global labor pool victims being moved globally as Foreign Economic Zone slave labor----coming to US CITIES DEEMED FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES just as US K-CAREER is becoming far-right authoritarian global corporate campus SOCIALISM---LIBERTARIAN MARXISM.
Freed citizens suffering from 'East Aleppo Syndrome' – form of 'Stockholm syndrome'
This post was originally published on this site
© Mikhail Alaeddin/Sputnik
Local residents pass a soldier on a street in Aleppo.
Last week, the Syrian Army declared victory in Aleppo. As the city was freed, msm reports began seeking out civilians who ‘didn’t trust’ their liberators, citing this as evidence of the government’s ‘brutality’. Commenting on the phenomenon, journalist Thierry Meyssan explained that many residents are actually suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.
On Wednesday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced that about 37,500 people had been evacuated from eastern Aleppo, with buses taking them to camps in opposition-controlled areas and to Turkey following a deal negotiated with Damascus, Moscow and Tehran. Many of the evacuees are thought to be opposition fighters and their families, but other civilians are also assumed to be in the mix.
Meanwhile, even while the majority of the city’s residents, estimated at 120,000 people in total, have greeted their liberators and welcomed them as heroes, others have been less eager to do so, saying they don’t trust the government or its efforts to assist them.
French journalist and political writer Thierry Meyssan described this phenomenon in a recent article for Syrian online newspaper al-Watan. According to the journalist, a significant minority of the city’s non-militant affiliated residents are suffering from what he has dubbed the ‘East Aleppo Syndrome’, a localization of the well-known psychological condition known as Stockholm Syndrome.
“Strangely,” Meyssan wrote, “although the state is offering them food, health care and temporary housing, some residents of these neighborhoods continue to say that ‘they do not trust the state.'”
“What are they afraid of?” he asked, adding that “they have not been arrested, and are, on the contrary, being welcomed as citizens who have long been held captive by the enemy.”
© George Ourfalian/Agence France-Presse
Syrian residents fleeing the violence, queue as they board a bus at a checkpoint, manned by pro-government forces, in the village of Aziza on the southwestern outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 9, 2016
“It’s as if they have forgotten the freedom enjoyed prior to the ‘Arab Spring’. As if nothing had happened over the last four years, they recite the discourse broadcast by Al-Jazeera in 2011 that the Syrian Republic is not only a dictatorship, but that it tortures children, massacres Sunnis, etc.”
In fact, the journalist explained, what is now being witnessed in Syria “at the level of [an entire] city, is a psychological phenomenon that is well-known at the individual level. Just as a beaten child or wife will sometimes justify the actions of a cruel father or husband, so too are some inhabitants of eastern Aleppo now using the language of the jihadists who had oppressed them.”
In psychiatry, the behavior of those who experience this form of psychiatric trauma is known as Stockholm syndrome. The phenomenon was given its name by Swedish Nils Bejerot in 1973. Bejerot observed the behavior of four hostages in a bank robbery situation gone awry. Fearing death, the bank robbers’ hostages did not revolt. After their release, not only did they refuse to testify against their former captors, who had been arrested, but apparently even began to raise money for their defense. One hostage eventually even became romantically involved with one of the robbers.
© Ali Hassan/Sputnik
Meyssan pointed to the work of clinical psychologist Saverio Tomasella, whose 2015 study on the subject for a medical journal revealed that Stockholm Syndrome is “the mark of an extremely serious invasion of the inner life of the person who has directly and helplessly experienced the theft of his or her subjective identity.“
Accordingly, writing to his Syrian audience, Meyssan stressed that “we should therefore not believe that those inhabitants of eastern Aleppo who are suffering from the ravages of syndrome will quickly be able to reconnect with the real world.”
Instead, “they must be provided with total security and be shown great patience. Even though the duty of the state is to first provide assistance to the soldiers and all those who defended the nation, these civilians, the residents of eastern Aleppo, are also Syrians,” and must be treated as compatriots, the journalist concluded.
When we look at CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA and see the move to far-right wing authoritarianism ---militaristic---constant wars we see as well the culture inside the military now being PRIVATIZED AND GLOBALIZED being those citizens coming back to communities and US cities to push MOVING FORWARD 5% to the 1% public policies especially these BOOT CAMP structures needed for global 1% extreme wealth extreme power FAR-RIGHT LIBERTARIAN MARXISM----the military complex in US has become that NORTH KOREA corporate state------and our 99% of military troops are suffering PTSS just as our US city citizens are suffering from PTSS ----just as our immigrant refugees from war zones are suffering from PTSS---stress from continuous exposure to violence----
One is conditioned for DOING ANYTHING THEY ARE TOLD by excessive exposure to the stresses of war, FAILED STATE/NARCO STATE---EXPANDED AND PRIVATIZED MERCENARY EMPLOYMENT---
When I see that 5% to the 1% connected to GLOBAL 1% FREEMASONRY----our troops are ground zero for this capture---MOVING FORWARD ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE FOR GLOBAL 1% ONLY---
EVERYTHING IS ONE GREAT BIG BOOT CAMP.
'These isolating trends are occurring amid broader cultural changes in the military—notably the politicization of the officer corps. Of course, military culture has always had a conservative streak, just as journalism has always had an element of anti-authoritarianism. I suspect, however, that today's officers are both more conservative and more politically active than their predecessors'.
We have been hearing these several years WATCH OUT FOR THE PRAETORIAN GUARDS-----this references the privatized mercenary corporations having their own POLITICAL GUARDS. This is indeed what all far-right authoritarian militaristic political systems like MAO for one does in turning control of government to global 1%.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Praetorians" redirects here. For video game, see Praetorians (video game).
In Ancient Rome, the Imperial Praetorian Guard or Praetorian Guard were a unit of the Imperial Roman Army formed of elite soldiers initially recruited in Italy. These units originated from the small group of men around the republican magistrates, known under the designation of praetor, and also originated from around roman legion camps where the legion commandant's main tent (Latin: Prætorium) garrisoned when engaged in battle campaigns.
They were first, hand-picked veterans of the Roman Army in charge of providing close protection security details to the Emperor and accompanied him on active campaign. They also served as secret police protecting the civic administrations and rule of law imposed by the Senate and the Emperor. The title designation was already used during the Roman Republic for the guards of Roman generals since the rise to prominence of the Scipio family around year 275 BC. The Imperial Guard was dissolved by Emperor Constantine I in the 4th century. They were distinct from the Imperial German Bodyguard which provided close personal protection for the late Western Roman emperors.
This article was from Clinton era 1997---we see many of our 5% to the 1% being former military/security...think about a MILITARY DESPOTIC nation and you see US MOVING FORWARD.
The Widening Gap Between Military and Society
U.S. military personnel of all ranks are feeling increasingly alienated from their own country, and are becoming both more conservative and more politically active than ever before. Do they see America clearly?
- Thomas E. Ricks
- July 1997 Issue
After following a platoon of Marine recruits through eleven weeks of boot-camp training on Parris Island in the spring of 1995, I was stunned to see, when they went home for postgraduation leave, how alienated they felt from their old lives. At various times each of these new Marines seemed to experience a moment of private loathing for public America. They were repulsed by the physical unfitness of civilians, by the uncouth behavior they witnessed, and by what they saw as pervasive selfishness and consumerism. Many found themselves avoiding old friends, and some experienced difficulty even in communicating with their families.
One typical member of Platoon 3086, Craig Hoover, reported that the Amtrak ride home to Kensington, Maryland, was "horrible." The train was "filled with smoke," he said. "People were drinking and their kids were running around aimlessly. You felt like smacking around some people." (An article I published in The Wall Street Journal in July, 1995, mentioned many of the recruits quoted here.) Hoover also found the train ride a sad contrast to the relative racial harmony of Parris Island. "It felt kind of segregated by race and class—a poor white car, a poor black car, a middle-class white car, a middle-class black car." Even McDonald's—which had become a fantasy-like symbol to the recruits as they ate military rations, particularly during a week of training in the woods-proved to be a letdown. "You look around and notice that a lot of the civilians are overweight, and a little sloppy," Hoover said.
Jonathan Prish, a former white supremacist, went with old friends to a bar in Mobile, Alabama. "We played pool and drank," he reported, in a typical comment. "It seemed like everyone there was losers. All they want to do is get smashed. They're self-destructive. They're not trying. They're just goofing around."
In the wealthy Washington suburb of Potomac, Maryland, Eric Didier felt the same way. "There are some friends I've stayed away from," he said. "They're not going anywhere, and I don't want to be around them. We don't have any common ground." Though they are in their early twenties, he said, "they're not doing anything, living at home, not working, not studying."
In Pittsburgh, Patrick Bayton went to a Saturday-night party where he saw two old friends as "losers." "Everything feels different," he said. "I can't stand half my friends no more." Frank DeMarco attended a street fair in Bayonne, New Jersey. "It was crowded. Trash everywhere. People were drinking, getting into fights. People with obnoxious attitudes, no politeness whatsoever." But, he said, "I didn't let it get to me. I just said, 'This is the way civilian life is: nasty.'"Yet the member of Platoon 3086 perhaps most at odds with his former environment was Daniel Keane, whose background was probably the most privileged. The son of a Merrill Lynch & Co. executive, Keane seemed almost in pain when I interviewed him in the living room of his parents' house, in Summit, New Jersey. When he first got home from Parris Island, he said about being with his family, "I didn't know how to act. They said, 'What do you want to do?' I'd say, 'I don't know.' I didn't know how to carry on a conversation."
He found his old peer group even more difficult. "All my friends are home from college now, drinking, acting stupid and loud," the eighteen-year-old Marine said. He was particularly disappointed when two old friends refused to postpone smoking marijuana for a few minutes, until he was away from them. "They were getting ready to smoke their weed. I said, 'Could you just hang on for a minute?
Can't you wait till you get to the party instead of smoking in the car?' They said, 'Then we'd have to give it out.'" So, he recalled, they lit up in front of their Marine friend. "I was pretty disappointed in them doing that. It made me want to be at SOI [the Marines' School of Infantry]."Like many other members of 3086, Keane felt as if he had joined a cult or religion. "People don't understand," he told me, "and I'm not going to waste my breath trying to explain when the only thing that really impresses them is how much beer you can chug down in thirty seconds."
I think the Marines of Platoon 3086 were experiencing in a very personal way the widening gap between today's military and civilian America. To be sure, their reaction was exaggerated by the boot-camp experience, during which the Marine Corps especially among the services tries to sever a recruit's ties to his or her previous life. But because of the nature of American society today, the re-entry shock upon leaving recruit training appears to be greater now than it was in the past. Asked to explain this difference, retired Marine Lieutenant General Bernard Trainor said, "When I got out of boot camp, in 1946, society was different. It was more disciplined, and most Americans trusted the government. Most males had some military experience. It was an entirely different society—one that thought more about its responsibilities than its rights."
Similarly, Sergeant Major James Moore, now retired but at that time the senior sergeant on Parris Island, commented, "It is difficult to go back into a society of 'What's in it for me?' when a Marine has been taught the opposite for so long. When I look at society today, I see a group of young people without direction because of the lack of teaching of moral values at home and in school. We see that when we get them in recruit training. The recruits are smarter today—they run rings around what we were able to do, on average. Their problems are moral problems: lying, cheating, and stealing, and the very fact of being committed. We find that to get young people to dedicate themselves to a cause is difficult sometimes."
The idea of a gap between the military and civilian America is hardly new. For much of the nation's history, Samuel Huntington wrote in The Soldier and the State (1957), the U.S. military has had "the outlook of an estranged minority." A decade ago the journalist Arthur Hadley called this strained civilian-military relationship "The Great Divorce." In The Straw Giant: Triumph and Failure—America's Armed Forces (1986) he defined this as "the less-than-amicable separation of the military from the financial, business, political, and intellectual elites of this country, particularly from the last two."
The fact that most Americans pay attention to the military only when they see news of a sexual-abuse scandal, such as the one at Aberdeen Proving Ground, underscores that separation. As far as media coverage is concerned, the U.S. military has fallen to the level of a mid-sized Asian nation that breaks onto the front page with a large disaster but gets just a few paragraphs for bus plunges and plane crashes. The estrangement appears to be more complete now than it was in the past, for, I think, two overarching reasons. First, more than twenty years after the end of conscription the ignorance of American elites about the military has deepened. Second, with the end of the Cold War the United States has entered into historically unexplored territory. If the Cold War is indeed considered to have been a kind of war, then for the first time in American history the nation is maintaining a large military establishment during peacetime, with 1.5 million people on active duty and millions more serving in reserve and supporting civilian roles in the Defense Department and the defense industry.
Several trends already under way in civilian society and in the post-Cold War military threaten to widen the gap in the coming years, further isolating and alienating the military. In his 1974 prologue to the revised edition of The Professional Soldier, Morris Janowitz concluded confidently that there would not be "a return to earlier forms of a highly self-contained and socially distinct military force; the requirements of technology of education and of political support make that impossible." But the conditions that shaped the military of which Janowitz wrote no longer obtain. It now appears not only possible but likely that over the next twenty years the U.S. military will revert to a kind of garrison status, largely self-contained and increasingly distinct as a society and subculture. "Today," says retired Admiral Stanley Arthur, who commanded U.S. naval forces during the Gulf War, "the armed forces are no longer representative of the people they serve. More and more, enlisted [men and women] as well as officers are beginning to feel that they are special, better than the society they serve. This is not healthy in an armed force serving a democracy."
In this light, the Clinton Administration's frictions with the military—over gays in the armed forces, the alleged "dissing" of a uniformed general by a White House aide, military resentment at the Administration's ham-handedness in the later phases of the Somalia mission, and military resistance to U.S. interventions in Haiti and Bosnia—can be seen not as the unique product of the personal histories of one President and his advisers but as a precursor of future problems. The Harvard political scientist Michael Desch concluded in a recent assessment of post-Cold War decision-making in the United States that civilians are now apparently less able "to get the military to do what they want them to do" than they were during the Cold War.
Three broad areas need to be examined to understand why this political, social, and cultural gap appears to be widening: changes in the military, changes in civilian society, and changes in the international-security environment.
CHANGES IN THE MILITARY
By far the most important change that has taken place in the military is the termination of the draft in 1973. Twenty-four years later the consequences are still unfolding. Today all 1.5 million people on active duty are volunteers. That fact carries vast implications for how the military operates and how it relates to society. In contrast to the post-Second World War demobilization, for example, the post-Cold War drawdown is being met with fierce resistance by many soldiers, because all volunteered to be in the military and most are indeed fighting to stay in.
Partly as a result of the end of conscription, the past fifteen years especially has seen the rise of a professional military, even in the enlisted ranks. Although better trained as soldiers and more stable as a society, these professionals are very expensive, because they bring with them families and all the attendant social infrastructure, from health care to substance-abuse counseling to higher education on military bases. John Luddy, a Senate Republican aide, wrote that family-related costs to the Defense Department total more than $25 billion a year.
This strong social safety net may not be sustained. With defense-policy analysts in general agreement that a severe defense-budget problem looms in the late 1990s, the military's vast social infrastructure is likely to come under attack by Congress. The military—especially the Army, which is the most vulnerable of the services in terms of personnel—faces a dilemma in addressing those cuts. The social safety net appears necessary to support a professional military with a high "operating tempo." But to find the funds to maintain that net, the Army is likely to be required to take cuts in personnel far beyond what it will consider tolerable. Either course—curtailing support for personnel or curtailing personnel—is likely to engender resentment in the military.
The post-draft professionalization of the military has also wrought cultural changes. Richard H. Kohn, a former chief historian of the Air Force who now teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, argues that the officer corps has changed since the Cold War in the way it acts and feels. "I sense an ethos that is different," he told me in an interview. "They talk about themselves as 'we,' separate from society. They see themselves as different, morally and culturally. It isn't the military of the fifties and sixties, which was a large, semi-mobilized citizen military establishment, with a lot of younger officers who were there temporarily, and a base of draftees." Change in the military culture aside, the American people have never been comfortable with professional militaries, as Huntington observed in The Soldier and the State—theirs or anybody else's.
The Revolutionary War was described as a war of citizen-soldiers against the standing armies and mercenaries of George III. The Civil War was [the Union fighting] against the West Point directed armies of the South.... German militarism was the principal enemy in World War I.... The professionals, in other words, are always on the other side.A second major area of change in the military is the rebuilding that has occurred since the Vietnam War. In this area, as in many other aspects of defense nowadays, the Marine Corps appears to be exemplary. During the 1970s the Corps was a disaster. Drug use was rampant and discipline ragged. There were 1,060 violent racial incidents in the Corps in 1970. Jeffrey Record noted in the May, 1995, Proceedings, the magazine of the Navy's professional society, that during the Vietnam era
the Corps registered rates of courts-martial, non-judicial punishments, unauthorized absences, and outright desertions unprecedented in its own history, and, in most cases, three to four times those plaguing the U.S. Army. Violence and crime at recruit depots and other installations escalated; in some cases, officers ventured out only in pairs or groups and only in daylight.Today the Marine Corps has drastically reduced its discipline problems. Its drug problem, too, is minor, with less than four percent of Marines testing positive in random urinalysis. And although racial tension still exists in the military, the services, especially the Army, have probably done about as good a job of minimizing the issue of race as is possible in the American context. In the Army's officer corps of 78,000, there are now some 9,000 blacks. As Charles Moskos, a military sociologist at Northwestern University, has observed, the U.S. military is still the only place in American society where it is routine for black people to boss around white people. (This may be one reason the black drill instructor has become a stock figure in American popular culture, not only in films such as Private Benjamin, An Officer and a Gentleman, Major Payne, Renaissance Man, and In the Army Now but also in commercials for beer and long-distance telephone services.)
EMPIRE-BUILDING creates that professional privately owned army paid to protect that corporation. The totality of MOVING FORWARD involves CITY STATES filled with DEEP STATE and PLANETARY COLONIZATION tied to private SPACE X as our once NASA-----all of this is military----lots of reasons for BOOT CAMPS
This is to where CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA has been moving and these goals are written in all global NGOs tied to our societal changes----from schools, to workplace, to community development, to religions----
MAKING IT COOL TO BE A JEDI----A PRAETORIAN GENERAL----OWNING YOUR OWN SMALL ARMY.
What we see today in all our K-college fitness and sports training is BOOT CAMP strength, endurance, and doing just what that fitness trainer---or computer training monitor tells us.
The Last Jedi : The Praetorian Guards
Jar Jar Blinks
Published on Aug 10, 2017A new look at Leader Snoke's new Royal guards or the Praetorian guards. I hope you enjoy this video
PRINCE is of course that OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE global 1% freemason as is Trump as was Clinton/Bush----this is why we are seeing more and more militarized structures in our local public agencies that includes this growing OLYMPIAD GLADIATOR style fitness and lots and lots of BOOT CAMPS.
UnderArmour is partnered with Blackwater and all that is global mercenary military and security as is global Johns Hopkins so our 5% to the 1% in US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones are filling with PRINCE BLACKWATER-like private mercenary citizens told to run for political office----placed at heads of global NGOs inside cities aimed at children and societal changes--SOROS MEETS BUSH/CHENEY/BLACKWATER---
When we allow these NGOs and institutions make all of this the only game in town----thanks to those 5% doing anything they are told----we are MOVING FORWARD to North Korean/Maoist/Stalinist far-right corporate fascism----JUST SAY NO TO CAPTURED NON-PROFITS---BE LEADERS NOT GLOBAL 1% FOLLOWERS.
PRAETORIAN GUARDS-----TIME FOR K-LIFE BOOT CAMPS!
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'This is wrong on so many levels...he mentions American lives lost just last week, well aren't these mercenaries Americans? And he is related to DeVos'!
Blackwater’s founder wants Trump to outsource the Afghanistan war. Why that’s so risky.
By Andrew deGrandpre August 10
Erik Prince, seen during congressional testimony in 2007, has advocated privatizing the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)One of the Iraq War’s most explosive criminal cases forced an uncomfortable debate about America’s reliance on private security firms in times of conflict. A decade later, that case is back in the spotlight as senior White House officials look to the founder of one such organization, Blackwater’s Erik Prince, for help extricating the U.S. military from its morass in Afghanistan.
As America’s longest war nears the start of its 17th year, and the Trump administration remains without a clear strategy, Prince has suggested that contractors could gradually supplant the 14,000 U.S. and NATO troops who remain in Afghanistan. Yet, for those opposed to the idea, the court case is a reminder of why such an approach seems so reckless and ill-advised.
TIMELINE: Trump’s Afghanistan policy View Graphic Following an appeal, three former Blackwater security guards — Paul Slough, Dustin Heard and Evan Liberty — learned last week that they will be resentenced for their roles in the 2007 shooting in Baghdad’s Nisour Square that left more than 30 Iraqi civilians dead and wounded. A fourth contractor, Nicholas Slatten, had his murder conviction vacated, though it’s unclear whether he’ll be retried. Families of the men are hopeful they’ll be freed.
The 2007 incident strained relations between Baghdad and Washington at one of the Iraq War’s most vulnerable moments, and raised tough questions — many still unresolved — about the accountability of hired guns who supplement combat troops.
This debate has once again engulfed Washington.
“It’s nuts,” said retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, a decorated combat veteran who held high-profile roles in the Pentagon and with NATO before serving as President Bill Clinton’s drug czar through the late 1990s.
“Single moms from Texas getting paid $120,000 to drive a truck in Iraq, that’s all well and good,” he said, alluding to the ample salaries government contractors can command while working in war zones. “But having contractors fly armed helicopters and conduct armed missions was a terrible idea. This court case underscores it.”
Loyalty, propriety and accountability top the list of concerns. Organizations such as Blackwater — and the mercenaries they employ — should not be trusted to prosecute America’s wars, detractors say.
Prince sold his stake in Blackwater seven years ago, yet he remains involved with military contracting overseas through a new company. After the fallout from the Nisour Square shootings, Blackwater changed its name to Xe. It later became part of other companies specializing in security-related services.
In a series of national media appearances and interviews this week, he has argued that privatizing the mission in Afghanistan would greatly drive down costs, which are nearing $900 billion, and promote stability through the installation of a permanent leadership team responsible for all diplomatic and military activity.
Though he would benefit financially should the administration elect to go this route, Prince insists the move is not motivated by profit. And accountability, he said, would be a given.
A mercenary force in Afghanistan would comprise about 5,500 contractors and 90 aircraft, Prince told USA Today. Contractors, paid by the U.S. government, would wear Afghan uniforms, he said, and his air force would attack hostile entities only with approval from the Afghan government.
He’s also suggested appointing a viceroy to direct the campaign.
In the White House, two of Trump’s top officials, chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon and senior adviser Jared Kushner, have advocated the idea. Prince, whose sister is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, also told CNN this week that he has spoken with people close to the president, including Bannon, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and unidentified members of Congress.
The chief executive of another global services company that specializes in armed conflict, DynCorp’s Stephen Feinberg, has been a part of these White House discussions, too. The New York Times reported last month that Feinberg, unlike Prince, has met directly with Trump to discuss Afghanistan.
The Pentagon has been frosty toward the idea. Prince’s plan calls for embedding contracted trainers within Afghan army units operating closest to the action. The Pentagon favors a similar strategy, albeit using a mix of conventional troops and Special Forces. Senior military leaders have discussed this for many months.
With backing from the Pentagon, the war’s top commander, Gen. John Nicholson, wants to grow his force by around 4,000 American troops, with a match from other NATO countries. They would reinforce the units there now and, it is hoped, help the Afghans claw back gains made by the Taliban and a determined Islamic State faction whose influence is spreading. Such an increase would be modest compared to the surge of forces directed by President Barack Obama in 2009.
It was Bannon who approached Defense Secretary Jim Mattis about the idea of converting to a contracted force, as the Times reported in July. “Mr. Mattis listened politely but declined to include the outside strategies in a review of Afghanistan policy” that he’s developing with McMaster, the Times wrote, citing people briefed on the discussions.
A spokesman for Mattis’s office declined to comment, calling the secretary’s conversation private.
A White House spokesman did not respond to questions seeking clarity on the administration’s discussions about Afghanistan strategy and how the potential use of private contractors has informed those talks.
Attempts to speak with Prince were unsuccessful, though a spokesman provided a statement to The Washington Post indicating support for his four former Blackwater employees and his gratitude to the appellate court for recognizing the “unique nature” of their relationship with the U.S. government.
Speaking Monday on CNN, Prince said that his proposal for Afghanistan would save the Pentagon $40 billion and “create the off-ramp for U.S. forces to leave.”
“For the president,” Prince said, “I think he’s got to say, ‘After 16 years, when do we try something different? … We’re still losing Americans. There were two American kids killed last week in the first 30 days of their deployment. Enough.’”
U.S. troops assess the damage to an armored vehicle from the NATO-led military coalition after a suicide attack in Kandahar province. (Reuters)Prince has indicated his army would be bound by the same standards set forth in U.S. military law, telling radio host Tom Ashbrook last month that he’s “worked through this” with a former Defense Department general counsel. Prince did not identify the attorney, saying only that they discussed “the exact structure for how to do that in a legal, ethical and accountable model.”
This has been a strong point of contention for many years, one that factored prominently in the debate that erupted in tandem with the Blackwater criminal cases being revisited now, said Sean McFate, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank.
After leaving the Army in 2000, McFate joined the defense contracting giant DynCorp International, deploying throughout Africa where he helped train and organize foreign military forces battling extremism, genocide and unrest provoked by endless political upheaval. Since shifting to academia a decade ago (he’s now an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service), McFate has studied the industry closely, and points to the rise of shadowy, unregulated mercenary forces in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria and elsewhere as cause for concern.
Contract armies can operate without the same degree of oversight and scrutiny applied to military personnel, McFate said. And their lack of transparency is particularly troubling. “This world,” he told The Post, “is more opaque than the CIA or the DOD. … And the trend is invisible to most Americans.”
One of Prince’s proposals is to implement less-restrictive rules of engagement, “so mercenaries can get stuff done,” McFate added. “That should be dog whistles to all of us who care about the conduct of war.”