by Anniel 6/4/16
Book Number 5 in the Michael Vey Series, by Richard Paul Evans. Available on Kindle. • Book 1: The Prisoner of Cell 25 • Book 2: Rise of the Elgen • Book 3: Battle of Ampere • Book 4: Hunt For Jade Dragon.
This series of books is very popular with young people, who call themselves “Veniacs”. The books are more understandable and ingenious if one reads them in order, but I wanted to acquaint people with the “theory” of conquest that the bad guy is putting into practice around the world and training his chosen successor to believe.
I edited out most of the questions in the dialogue and just show the instructions from said bad guy, and the books are not for the faint of heart. See if this creeps you out as seriously as it does me:
“The greatest threat to a dictator is not from without but from within. The first rule is you must keep your subjects divided. A united people is a smoldering revolution. A divided people is a conquered people.
“You make (the people) hate one another. Before World War Two Hitler was amazed and disgusted to discover the hate the German people exercised toward one another. He harnessed that animosity and directed it towards his own ends.
“(You begin that hatred) by teaching them that they have been wronged by one another – that they are victims of grave injustice – and encourage them to embrace their victimhood.
“(And if they haven’t been wronged?) Everyone has been wronged. . . everyone. And if you can’t find a potent enough current injustice, borrow someone else’s. Find one that happened to someone else long ago and make your citizen a crusader for justice. Imbue them with a sense of moral superiority as they trample the rights of others beneath their feet. Righteous indignation is the alibi of mobs and murderers.
“. . . cultural disparity is the easiest way to divide a nation. But divisions in humanity can always be found. Turn men against women and women against men. Divide the young from the old, and the rich from the poor, the educated from the uneducated, the religious from the nonreligious, the privileged from the underprivileged. Teach them to shame others, and to use shame as a tool to their own ends.
“Make the ridiculous idea of “equality” their rallying cry. Let them get so caught up in their supposed moral superiority that they’d rather see all men grovel in poverty than rise in differing levels of prosperity.
“Do not let them see that there has never been nor ever will be true equality in property or rights. Equality is not the nature of the world or even the universe. Even if you could guarantee everyone the same wealth, humans would reject the idea. They would simply find a different standard to create castes, as there will always be differences in intelligence, physical strength and beauty.
“Don’t worry if your propaganda is true or false. Truth is subjective. It’s as easy to tell a big lie as it is a small one. And any lie told enough will be regarded as truth. In dividing the young from the old, do not teach the youth the error of their elder’s ways, as they may see through your propaganda. Instead, mock their elders. Mocking requires neither proof nor truth, as it feeds on the fool’s ego. You will see that when it comes to the masses, the stupider the individual, the more they want to prove it to the world.
“The second rule is to keep the people distracted from the weightier and more complex matters of liberty and justice. Keep them obsessed by their amusements – just as the Roman emporer Commodus gave the Roman people games to distract them from his poor leadership. A championship soccer team may do more to ease a public’s suffering than a dozen social programs. If your subjects can name a movie star’s dog, but not the president of their country, you have no need to fear.
“The third rule is to teach them not to trust one another. An ancient proverb says, “Kings have many ears and many eyes.” You must build a web of many informants from within the population. Openly reward those who report upon their neighbors. If your subjects don’t know who is an informant and who isn’t, they will never risk speaking their grievances.”
I would like to see more people, young and old, read this book series. Try the books in order, you might like them.
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