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Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956 - File 030. 1956-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 22, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/699/show/659.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date December 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • Energy & Sustainability Research Collection
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Transcript ststsmmtm 1 J "Confess, for we have already proved you a liar," was one of the constant cries of the brainwasher. Clarity of mind was needed to see through all this. How could a chap xxith only a few years of education and little or no Sunday school, who had gone directly into the military as a raw recruit, who found himself in Korea a few months later and in a p.o.w. camp a few months after that — all before his twenty-first birthday — see through such sleight-of-hand, while people at home were daily falling for card sharks, quack doctors, and Communist fronts? Yet such was part of the personal story of many. Clinical Analysis The psychoanalyst, Dr. Leon Freedom, calls brainwashing corticovisceral psychiatry. Here is part of his explanation : "The Reds apply pressure on the simple, fundamental traits of the isolated individual. The indoctrinator carefully differentiates between various types of people. "One type inspires confidence, is a leader. The reticent type can sit in an office for six months without his colleagues' knowing his name. The mild type is as gentle as a bunny rabbit. There is the hard, cantankerous type, sometimes vicious or ex-en evil. The worry bird is full of doubts. The impulsive type wants to do everything right then and there. The apathetic type isn't aroused by anything. "These different kinds of people all have subconscious needs. Sometimes they are unaware of them. Conflict arises between the responses that a man knows he has, ancl those suppressed. Nobody actually realizes what goes on in his own subconscious. The brainxvasher is trained to increase such conflict and to manipulate these responses. "Every man has basic needs. Frustration brings a sense of defeat. The brainwasher knows what a very useful tool defeatism is to communism. Either frustration or a sense of defeat leads to resentment. Out of resentment the indoctrinator creates hostility. "Only one short step separates hostility from outright hate. Communism puts great emphasis on hate. Without a foundation in hatred, communism would perish. The brainwasher foments hate to achieve his main objective: some pro-Communist activity. The customary reaction of a person fostering a hostility or a hate is to project it outside himself. The planners decide the direction that this projection takes. The importance of this cannot be exaggerated. "The individual who blames another for his mistakes is using this projection mechanism. The indoctrinator keeps working at the hostile fee-ling already in the [screened | individuals. Guilt feelings also are aroused. The brainwasher, during entire contact with the individual, attempts to soxv doubt in his mind. Doubt leads to tension. Tension leads to fear. Fear has given communism some- astounding victories. A deadly spiral is set up anel the brainwasher keeps it spinning until the man breaks. "Out of fear comes desire to retaliate. This is the re-action toward which the brainwasher lias been working all the time. Once aroused, he- has only to project it against whatever the- Reels want to strike. This desire to retaliate max- be directed against the man himself. Then he eagerly plays the martyr." Dr. Freedom stressed that the traits which were deliberately encouraged by the brainwasher were the same as those he himself diagnosed in his clinic as illness or mentid Page 28 upset. The Reds used the highly-specialized knowledge of medical science to take balanced minds and make them unbalanced. This approach, and this alone, is their contribution to modern thought. The most diabolical intrigues of the past never descended to such dark, unstirred depths. There is something revolting and against nature in it. This is not easy for the normal mind to grasp. Once realization dawns on a person, he is revolted by it. The all-too-human response to such shocking information is, "I just won't believe it." Pavlov called this type °* reaction, "conditioned inhibition." He was dealing with the reflexes of animals, but thc comparison with humans is perfect. When brainwashing is exposed, people instinctively want to fight it — if only out of a sense of self- preservation. That is why the totalitarian state can survive only by maintaining an iron curtain: what Dr. Freedom calls a conditioned or controlled environment. The Reds themselves have thought up nothing. Dr. Freedom says, "All they have done is to take what free science developed and use it in a way that would ordinarily be considered mad. Their objective is solely to make minds sick, not healthy; to create frustrations ancl fan them into hates, so they can be projected against their own subject8 ancl against the free world." I also discussed with Dr. Freedom the weird emphasis that the Reds put on confession. They borrowed it fronl religion for purposes of politics, but used it in a way thin put it into the psychiatrist's field. Victims of brainwashing, including returned p.o.w.s, frequently told me their brainwasher went into a tantrum- becoming almost panicky, in his insistence on a confession- The inquisitors were under the same pressures as others to accomplish the- task set, to fulfill their work quota. » they failed, they were severely penalized, as any other worker in this dog-oat-dog system. Fear permeates botn sides, in the confession ritual. Confession becomes a desperate form of play-acting. The sole- stability, they teach, is the eternal verity <" the Communist cause-. They consider as truth only that which upholds the Communist line; all else is untruth, lies' Good is what advances communism. Bad is what hurt8 communism. No exceptions are recognized. No relig1011 has ever been more fanatical. Such fanaticism, which in the ease of the individual has already crossed the line between mental imbalance an' actual insanity, is being induced on a national scale ">' the Reels, xxith a world scale the ultimate objective, I"* calculated creation of national neurosis is incontroccrtil"1' tbe greatest threat ever posed against human society- Dr. Freedom is again epioteel: "The perversion of tin'-'" peutic techniques by political authorities of the totalitarian countries requires exhaustive study in order to counte-iac aiul defeat it." How It Can Be Beat Communism, by applying Pavlov's findings to old \V**5™ of influencing minds, appears to many realistic people as unbeatable strategy. The Reels discovered that science, h" fire, can be used more easily for destruction than constriction, and have chosen that way. This gave rise to a defeatist state of mind: "Every ma1 has his breaking point." The Commies endlessly repea their hopelessness-inevitability line: in a Soviet prison "' at an internationalist conference, it is always present. What struck me is the Communists' fear of the xx'"1' Facts For, xi \i.ws, December, 1956
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