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n all likelihood, the peoples of our Western countries are not shielded and protected against actions, operations and manipulations typical of the most modern psychological war. Operations which, after all, also come from our current opponents: States, non-State actors, large global companies, State and non-State opposing agencies and international organisations. The State does no longer exist there, but there are global mainstream communicators that have taken its place. As I will do later on, it would be interesting to analyse the communication and advertising agencies dealing with seemingly non-commercial issues.

Those who managed the end of the Cold War - that often, in the marginal countries of the Western bloc, had been an operator and an opponent in the context of the Cold War, probably not recognized as such - decided that, after the anti-Soviet propaganda, there should be no longer people’s psychological and information protection.

A huge mistake that generated others: in fact, the Cold War is not over and it has only changed its nature and modus operandi. The Islamist jihad is a global enemy (also for Russia and China) and globalization is a kind of Hobbesian bellum omnium contra omnes (“war of all against all”) that does not take prisoners, even if possibly not a single shot is fired.

Or rather, shots are fired in the disputed regions, not in those where a master has already been assigned.

When the Democratic Republic of Germany collapsed, it had a debt totalling 22 billion marks, equivalent to one thousand million Western marks.

It was like the sale of a bankrupt company - favoured by the one-to-one exchange rate with the Western mark, which destroyed Eastern companies from the day until the morning. Nevertheless the old Soviet East sold us many failed politicians, managers and officials - in the specific meaning attributed to this term by the intelligence world.

Oleg Gordievsky - a great Soviet intelligence officer who defected silently, as a double agent, from the KGB in 1972 and was later ordered back to Moscow, and physically taken there with the so-called techniques used at the time by the intelligence services, as early as 1985 - told us that currently the Russian Federation has more intelligence agents in Great Britain than at the time of the Soviet Union.

Anatoly Golitsyn, a British citizen since 1984, wrote an extraordinary book on estern Soviet destabilization, New Lies for Old.

I do not mean that the Russian Federation is just a mask of the old USSR. Quite the reverse, but I wish to underline that the universal and global world is still today a lie - and also a danger.

This is not the right time to analyze Golitsyn's book - we will do so in a future article - but its underlying concept is interesting: there is no ideological tension between a political system and another - as the foolish Westerners believe - but a structural and geopolitical clash, which does not consider the ideologies with which current and old worlds are "covered".

To create this covering, we must at first preserve the national traditions, which are a substantial part of national interest. Without national interest - and hence without the corresponding identity - we are brutally sold to the highest bidder. This is exactly what is currently happening in Italy.

Furthermore, if the people are exposed - without psychic and cultural protections - to all the strangest trends, often well-designed and developed in the current thought manipulation centres, the people are sold to the global mass training and disinformation agencies.

The gender obsession produces people who do not reproduce themselves - hence are perfect for the new Western geopolitics, aimed at replacing those who have lost the war, known as globalization, with the African or Asian "poor" in an engineering frenzy manipulating peoples, cultures and economic systems, on the basis of foolish GDP growth forecasts - the only ones these fools understand.

If there is no product innovation, which now costs too much and has no longer a market in new Western poverty, there must be process innovation, which is carried out, above all, by paying the labour force ever less, down to a point of indifference that is the one accepted by a part of migrants.

Here is the social engineering idea underlying these follies, which we will pay dearly. Therefore what matters is only what the GDP is worth and what the average productivity is worth, without adding taxes. Hence the democratic regimes accept only the great transhumances - but the ideologies supporting these and other similar actions are always valid. Consumption unification, cultural de-Westernization, as well as education and training destabilization, which do not allow the mainstream discourse to express itself in its fullness.

However, as the great liberal masters of the "Austrian school" taught us, society is always a natural organism, which does not left itself be tampered with impunity by the societal "engineers", those who move populations today in the Middle East and are about to do so also in Western Europe.

The mind, which is always identity-based, never works like that. The same applies to the mechanism of the brain amygdala that enables us to distinguish between the "friend" and the "enemy", as in the title of a great essay by Carl Schmitt.

Hence believing that social communication can quickly transform people’s primary reactions is a mistake fraught with very severe dangers.

Because, in essence, the political notions are always the same, namely that there are no universal friends, but enemies who are defeated or otherwise weakened.

Inimicus and Hostis, the personal enemy the community’s enemy, are absolute but always changing criteria.

Therefore it is the urge for war that the West - implicit but anyway foolish servant of its enemies - always destructures in its own peoples who find it hard to accept the superficial ideologies of multiculturalism or anyway of defeat, such as the teenagers who, in Turin and Manchester, lay their hands on their necks, as if to surrender to the enemies before their coming.

If the great jihad wave comes - and we can rest assured this will happen - there will be no information manipulation that will spare us: many people will react, others will surrender to the enemy without fighting, while others will still try to negotiate.

There is no manipulation - although very strong as the one currently in place - which can unify behaviours in a phase of extreme danger.

This is the true psywar against the West that the Western countries wage carefully, but only against themselves, even as if it were in their own interest. We are those who wage against us the psychological warfare of our enemies.

With the damned offspring of the 1968 movement who is currently in power, we have created a multicultural myth that is influenced exactly by the ideological system which has enabled the 1968 ideology to last.

America was behind the riots of the 1968 French young people. The United States retaliated against the favourable exchange rate of the franc against the devalued dollar, which anyway needed gold or hard currencies to be, at the time, the universal means of payment in France.

The rest must be silence now for the immigration, anti-marriage and anti-sexist ideology (and what does it mean?) or anyway against those traditional ideas which create a cultural barrier, a wall against the current, self-styled modernity.

A Soviet defector, who had worked in India, always recommended - in his lectures - people’s psychological and cultural stability.

With a view to justifying himself, he showed a picture in which he was with the well-known Mahatma Maharishi, the reference point of the Beatles and of many stars of the 1960s and 1970s.

What does pseudo-Indian mysticism have to do with the KGB? A lot. Because, as the defector explained, if we instil anti-science trends in the West, we will have to do with young people who will not study "serious things" - hence a country will not have a ruling class living up to the   challenges is shall meet.

Not to mention the drugs trend, which is now deeply rooted throughout the West.

Furthermore, the escape from Piazza Cavour, Turin, causing a toll of 1,400 injured people, eight of whom very severely, is another extremely serious sign.

Few units of the law enforcement - now reduced significantly after a sequence of Ministers all yielding and obedient to the resulting 1968 ideology; very few funds for security and defence - an image of "fascists" in uniform, often supported by politicians, as shamefully happened in the case of the two Italian marines, unjustly detained in India, or in many negotiations in the Middle East, which were handled with excessive respect for the criminals who agreed to mediate.

Italy, a State founded by cowards like the fearful Don Abbondio, the character of Manzoni’s historical novel The Betrothed. Appease and quieten, as the Father provincial of the Capuchins told to the uncle Count in that novel.

A constant apology for having being "fascists", a term equating all the dictatorships of the 20th century - and here again there is a serious historical mistake - and above all for frustrating our strategic ambitions in the Mediterranean which today, unlike what happened during the First Republic, we can no longer afford.

The crazy Western operation against Libya, which was still ours with Gaddafi - a Colonel of Sirte we had selected, with our intelligence services, in a hotel in Abano Terme - has hit the mark. We do no longer count anything exactly where we were princes.

Libya, Tunisia - the first to be destabilized, coincidentally, by the nonsense of the "Arab Springs" - and Egypt, placed by the United States in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which it was freed by a great leader of the intelligence services, namely Al Sisi.

The destabilization of the Maghreb region means our own destabilization - and we must be aware of it.

Hence some additional concise considerations are now appropriate:

a) we have no ideology against the jihad, other than the stupid repetition of a foolish song by John Lennon. Thanks to these indolent and incompetent politicians, we have nothing shielding our people against the enemy propaganda, which in fact spreads with our support.

b) We are those who, for ignorance or interest, passively accept the propaganda - which we do ours - accusing us of being the ones who starved the African black peoples. Instead of telling the truth, namely the Central-African youth bulge or the small economic boom of those who remain in Africa with fewer competitors, less marginal population and even fewer people asking for help or charity. Immigration is a transfer of marginal peoples who in the past, as colonizers, we could have kept in the countries of origin. As some scholars have noted, immigration is a form of "indirect strategy" of the poor against the rich. From their viewpoint the countries favouring the exodus are fully rational; they impoverish an excessive workforce they cannot integrate and send it to the "bad" colonialists.

c) All the information operations of the European West are such as to dangerously weaken the demographic threat of Islam or, anyway, of Africa.

d) Is this really the final strategy of mainstream communication? Or is it an anthropological engineering operation that ultimately creates more problems than it believes it can solve? Is not the notorious "populism", which these poor-wretched pseudo-intellectuals declare to be a danger, the electoral reaction of those who have everything to lose with their crazy globalization? And how do they intend to proceed, with increasingly technocratic governments, which obviously last from the day until the morning, or with governments really ruling but without the naive idea of fixing the situation and then returning to business as usual?

e) Moreover, in the imagination of the Africanism spread by google or the various social media, as well as by stars online, shall we also be those who wait for their commercial and political moment of the global spreading of our way of life? Nevertheless, currently have we not the money to manage - possibly with some misinformation - the perpetrators of the jihadist threats against us? Finally, are we able to respond to the image that the global jihad has conveyed about us? No, we are not. And, once again, there is a strategic mistake at the root of the issue.

f) As early as the time of Brzezinsky, the West has believed in Columbus’ principle “buscar el levante por el poniente” (to try to reach the East through the Atlantic Ocean by circumnavigating the earth westwards) - namely to use the jihad against the Soviet Union. To surround, as Brzezinsky said, the USSR "with a green belt of Islamist republics". Hence the Afghan jihad became global, with its first major migration to the West, during the Balkan wars of the early 1990s, having Alja Izetbegovic’s Bosnian Republic as axis - and in Sarajevo Osama Bin Laden was like one of the family. Nobody at that stage ever thought that the jihad support to the crazy policy disrupting former Yugoslavia was expensive, dangerous or ambiguous. At that time no one thought it was better to have a Russian-Serbian axis of the endless jihadist madrasahs, from Kosovo to Tuzla up to Sarajevo and beyond. At that time al-Qaeda filled a void and the stupid common sense of many Western analysts and decision makers did the rest, with a correlated exaggeration of our psychological and political strength and stability.

g) Hence what happened? Simply the West has never realized that the jihadist Islam was about to accomplish the program of its continuity, after Russia and after the United States. As in the lyrics of a song at the top of the Afghan hit parade: "We have destroyed the Kremlin, we will also destroy the White House."

h) The lack of psychological protection put in place by the West with its masses has done the rest. Throughout the West, we live as if we were still in the phase of economic expansion - which is not the case, as we all know. Moreover, currently the mass psychological control tools are only linked to immediate, sexual, subjective and autonomous self-satisfaction. And also symbolic - it is a great synecdoche in which the part is used for the whole. Theorizing consumerism when there is little to be consumed and, above all, when there is a polarization of social classes no longer allowing any American, social-democratic or liberal "dream" to come true, is pure madness.

i) The current social communication has eliminated all identitarian discourses, dismissing them as "fascists," and has created a space that will be filled only by what the Western mainstream leaders call "populism", while the immigrant masses are exposed to the systematic propaganda of the sword jihad. They have arrived as poor in a country which is going to become poor, and they react like all those whose dream has been spoilt.

j) Indeed, the public communication system has brought the ever increasing and widespread dissonances together into a set of predetermined subjective and instinctive models: gay marriage, gender, the "Other" from a different ethnic group, the migrant. It is worth noting that the current manipulated ideological discourse includes both the acceptance and the refusal, both vague pacifism and rampant rage. We have responded to an identity crisis of our peoples with the 1968 ideology typical of a provincial high school. The greater the need for a new ideological and mass identity bond, the more decision-makers and mass culture big agencies have reacted with preconceived ideologies, always modelled on private consumption - that does no longer exist. Advertising can certainly afford to portray the world as if everything were a young, wealthy, happy and "normal" middle class. Politicians cannot do so, otherwise they will lose any contact with voters, with their own militants, the people and their own ideals. The opposite of the current identity is not the subjective consumption - on which, however, today's political communication is shaped - but a new identity. In this regard, it is worth noting that the current political systems are always late, proud of their crazy belief in communication manipulation. Europe's myth came as a huge weight just after the failure of the French referendum on the European Constitution of May 29, 2005. The machine of "democratic wars" collapsed when in February 2003 the then US Secretary of Defence, Colin Powell, showed to the UN the notorious "vials" of chemical weapons allegedly available to Saddam Hussein's regime, which, as stated by the Secretary of State, was the State part of non-State jihad, namely al-Qaeda. Positivist and primitive manipulation of the public and, indeed, scarcely professional manipulation, but there is ultimately an interest in voiding Iraq to favour Saudi Arabia and redesign the Middle East.

k) Indeed the US victory in Iraq was a major strategic gift to Iran, which got rid of its traditional Sunni opponent. Furthermore, the first Governor of Baghdad, after the defeat of Saddam's forces, organized the road traffic in a chaotic Middle East city like Baghdad by enforcing the same rules applied to Boston’s road traffic. The whole world had to like the West, but it is hard to understand that the world is not all in the West. And it does not want to be so. The fact is that understanding the world means above all intus legere, to read inside the Other and not necessarily homogenise him/her by force. If you do not read inside him/her, he/she will always be the Other and the enemy.

l) Hence, as is also the case with finance, the current psycho-political sequence is the creation of a series of "altered states" we cherish the illusion of being able to manage. The first altered state is that of body identity, which becomes transient and indefinite. The second one is the rejection of reproduction, considering that the insanity of "social engineering" will replace current populations with migrants who, however, have other identities that the current decision-makers do not see and, indeed, interpret - according to the criteria of vulgar Marxism - only as "poverty" and "need". The third one is the disruption of the traditional non-State social units: family, civil society and the State - entities that are replaced by fluid pre-political identities, but capable of becoming - according to the delayed-action 1968 ideology currently much in vogue - "a distribution mass", just to use Elias Canetti's terminology. Today, however, there is nothing to distribute and hence a token, a "symbol is created - but, indeed, leaders not even create it - which only allows the repetition of the association game, as well as its duration which is considered indefinite. Opportunity and not career, gig economy but not employment, temporary income but not wages and salaries - everything today is token, but not substance.

m) Symbol, replacement, partial satisfaction, repetition. This is the chain uniting communication and economy. And it is by no mere coincidence that, in this phase of Western political communication, everything repeats the well-known "victories" of the past. The liberation of the black population in North America. Partial, like all "liberations", was the female or feminist issue, after the old suffragettes and the big boom of female employment. The students, now considered only mass of manoeuvre for all "liberations". It springs to our mind when in the 1970s the Canadian federal government theorized, in one of its documents for internal use, that child education should imitate the Maoist "cultural revolution". Hence, today every social class has not employment as a goal, but mainstream communication. Everything must be covered by weapons of mass distraction having the sole purpose of changing the discourse and providing predefined identities to people who, however, must no longer have the real identity that has always objectively characterized them. No longer workers, but "citizens", no longer unemployed, but people "looking for a job", no longer housewives, employees, teachers, but only "career women".

n) Hence the creation of a much subtler neo-language than the one theorized by Orwell in 1984 is part of the operation for creating a fictitious reality. It is the neo-language creating reality, by obsessive repetitions (think of contemporary music) and prohibitions of repeating what has been known for long time.

o) Currently Plato’s dream of the dialogue The Republic has come true. Poets - who, in fact, in Plato’s vision are those who remind us of the City history and heroes - have been excluded from the perfect New City. In the globalist model - which, however, currently the West has not even the financial, military and strategic possibilities to create, although continuing to think of being capable to do so - we need to forget not only our own identities - which are all "fascist" - but also those of the others. Hence hilarious explanations of the jihad are provided, according to which it is allegedly the war of the poor (and possibly "exploited") Muslims of the Third World. Or the self-reduction of our own traditions is theorized - a diminutio which is used as a form of "acceptance" of the usual African or Middle East "poor", which results being a communication and media self-destruction which is unparalleled in the modern Western world.

p) We are still blamed for being "rich" - and possibly now no longer so - and all our wealth allegedly comes from the cynical exploitation of the Third World's natural resources that we "steal" from the "poor". This is obviously a way to create mass acceptance for our future poverty - a way to artificially justify globalization and finally a way to justify our enemies. It is worth noting, however, that contemporary social communication is based on three pillars: firstly, the loosest atheism, that is the loss of a criterion going well beyond temporary or silent "distribution masses" - as Canetti would call them - and hence a criterion justifying the lowest instinct as the only law, a law that seems subjective but is biological and universal. “Materialist” atheism is a way of avoiding any vertical value, any kind of identity affecting the spirit and hence also culture.

q) Secondly, youth. Contemporary society is an organization of "juvenation", of the eternal permanence of all individuals among young people or among those who believe to be so. As everyone knows, young people, women and, to some respects, children, are the trendsetter groups in advertising. Thirdly, hate for "high" culture - in short, tradition - and this is the core of the issue, all the identities existing before the contemporary world. Rousseau plus Orwell, Eden without God that created it, eternal childhood against the dangers and disappointments of maturity. These are the images of the contemporary world according to its deep communication model.

r) We could add to the three pillars also the leader's myth, but only provided that the leader is obviously insignificant. His/her current role is not to act as katèchon, as the one who "postpones the End Times", but only to represent the weaknesses, ignorance and puerile pathos of the masses. He/she must be "good," exactly as "good" is the Antichrist in the Shiite theology of the End Times. It is only when he/she cries that currently everyone loves the Leader, not when he/she exercises his/her power, which must be possibly subjected to the mainstream one. Currently culture, politics and science are categories of Repetition that creates hypnosis.

s) Hence today the Islamic jihad is the "full". Supreme Leader, identitarian violence, omnipotence of religion, which we believe to fight with few talentless, third-rate Voltaires - a stable, very motivated and warring mass, while we are peaceful and almost powerless, now only creating vague tribes, not States or communities. We believe we can fight this "full" with our "void" - the refusal of strong thought, natural identities or political traditions - with the even comical obsession for an economy that is still getting out of our control, as well as with the eternal present of primary instincts instead of critical thinking and of idealistic and superior models of human behaviour. We will not manage to fight this "good fight". As the recent jihadist operations in Europe have demonstrated, we just want to stop, to be subservient and enslaved, so that they will probably stop and quit it. As worthy heirs of the Left anti-militarism and, indeed, of so many Catholics, we put our hands behind our heads, as a sign of surrender to every noise or violent act. We are now devoid of self-control, as recently happened in Piazza San Carlo, Turin and a mere paper bomb is enough to generate 1,527 wounded people. Hence the psycho-politics of mass and low-quality consumption, applied to today's politics, is a complete failure. The identity of citizens, not producers, creates illusory images of themselves. The Other, to be incorporated and homogenized, does not want to do so, regardless of our giving in shamefully - as already happened too many times. The void we have created to "accept" the non-West is precisely the space that the Other will fill and occupy.

Giancarlo Elia Valori

Advisory Board Co-chair Honoris Causa

Professor Giancarlo Elia Valori is an eminent Italian economist and businessman. He holds prestigious academic distinctions and national orders. Mr Valori has lectured on international affairs and economics at the world’s leading universities such as Peking University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Yeshiva University in New York.

He currently chairs "La Centrale Finanziaria Generale Spa", he is also the honorary president of Huawei Italy, economic adviser to the Chinese giant HNA Group and member of the Ayan-Holding Board.

In 1992 he was appointed Officier de la Légion d'Honneur de la République Francaise, with this motivation: "A man who can see across borders to understand the world” and in 2002 he received the title of "Honorable" of the Académie des Sciences de l'Institut de France

 

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