On re-reading my point about the impairment of right and wrong, I felt as though I should clarify it somewhat, as though I had inadvertently directed it too much at the espians rather than at Raniere/NXIVM.
In Raniere (and maybe/probably several of the highest leadership of the organisation as well), this sense of justice, the perception of right and wrong is apparently utterly absent. He runs a ponzi, manipulates people’s lives in abhorrent manners and takes whatever money wherever and whenever he can, using the justice system for his own avaricious purposes with lawsuits mostly aimed to gain, but otherwise in all probability is having a laugh about it, sniggering at its irresponsiveness and inability to catch them – at least so far.
What I tried to describe was the devastating tragedy that is being played out by him and the NXIVM leadership at the cost and on the backs of the espians, how they manipulate the espians’ ‘ethics’, the concepts of right and wrong, and the basic behavioural patterns for their own materialistic and power/control purposes as well as narcissistic pleasures and desires. They do this by founding the justification, veracity and significance of their teachings on the premise that Raniere as one of the smartest guys in the world (on his own well-documented insistence) is the ‘Vanguard’ of the only movement that may save the world from another, final fall of civilisation (NXIVM homepage
; ESP pg 208
, ‘Human civilization has had …’; etc.). The following are some of the many misleading arguments resulting thereof that are used to manipulate the espians into following this ostensibly altruistic course; you may have to read between the lines a bit to see the true nature and meaning of these teachings and statements.
One of the major points in ESP’s mission is to teach humanity the meaning of value and its ethics. However, values are but a limited and often limiting set of factors: money (as described in the ‘Money
’ module), knowledge (pg 120
‘The difference between humans and animals: …’, and throughout), and through that civilisation (pg 136
‘The willful accumulation …’, and others). But essentially money is both how value and trust are built and why such values exist in the world (pg 203
, '1. Review working conclusion:...'). To ensure that these values are not destroyed, that civilisation does not suffer its final fall, they define part of their mission as to ‘have the resources of the world controlled by value-oriented ethical people. …’, meaning espians and hence NXIVM and thus Raniere (pg 209
, ‘Supporting Ethical business practice: …’; and as to who is ethical, here’s a telling passage on pg 162
, ‘Most people (non-Espians) …’, creating a ‘them…us’ attitude).
The recruitment targets a wide variety of people, ranging from the more materialistic success oriented to the honestly altruistic. Yet throughout the documentation, it seems as though their personal desires and goals are denigrated (e.g. bottom of pg 74
and top of pg 75
), turned into mere preferences, which are not that important to the person, and thus aligned with the desires and needs of NXIVM; it is in a sense another example of the erosion of individuality, a form of Gleichschaltung
(from Wikipedia; see also my post on the misuse of desires in ESP’s teachings
on another forum). Along libertarian lines, charity is deemed only non-enslavement, when it is done of freewill (e.g. pg 120
, ‘Working Definitions: …’ containing also the definitions of ‘A right’ and ‘A Privilege’, and ‘Contribution: …’; or in the definition of ‘Producer’). At the same time though, the list of those considered worthy of such charity is at least limited by concepts of parasites and shifters. (The three Producer/Parasite
modules (also in patent description
, ‘ESP 52 module 10 includes…’ and continued on the following page); Shifter
module (also in patent description
, ‘ESP 52 module 14 includes…’). NXIVM doesn’t want too much of the espians’ money to go in that direction after all…
By the way, if one reads between the lines of these modules, one can see the shackles that NXIVM puts on the espian. They are honour bound to do what they are told or they will immediately become parasites or shifters by definition, not taking their responsibilities seriously or being accountable, etc. And of course, if they doubt, think otherwise or even dare refuse to do as told, the labels of 'suppressive', 'defiant', etc. are applied, dire warnings such as to the endangerment of their 'personal integrity' issued, and their ‘commitment to persistence’ (implicitly in the mission) questioned. In light of these examples out of the many more, I’m frankly impressed that some espians are still capable of doing good, of staying true to their altruism and not only talking about it in abstract and high-flying, often incomplete, befuddled and inconsistent terms; an achievement to be proud of in the face of all the debilitating obstacles put in their way by NXIVM’s teachings and organisational goals and structures!
In general, the definitions of good and bad are rather black and white with little regard for or understanding of nuances, circumstances or other influences and variations; you’ll find this evident even in the examples of the ‘Producer/Parasite
’ (three modules) and ‘Shifter
’ modules that are supposed to give the espian strategies to respond to many ordinary human situations. Simplistically generalised and confoundedly formulated, good is defined repeatedly as ‘pro-survival’, ‘forward’ and ‘building of value’, while bad is ‘counter-survival’, ‘backward’ and the ‘destruction of value’ (Good and Bad
module; pg 207
, ‘Working Conclusions: …’; pg 30
, patent description, ‘ESP 52 module 9 includes…’; to name but a few examples). Evil is defined as coming from intelligence (pg 137
And the list of examples could go on and on and on and … many of them still hidden in the 'special information' for higher ranks and the videos!
Overall, by generalisation, deletion and distortion, the students of ESP are slowly and imperceptibly but inexorably deprived of their individual take on justice and the values of right and wrong, which have been given to them by their upbringing, society and their respective histories, by civilisation to put it bluntly. Other mechanisms may rob them of their personal desires, goals, meaning and purpose. All this is done to benefit but one entity, NXIVM Corporation and by extension its leadership and its leadership alone! Disguised as ethics, altruism and proper human communications, the espians are taught but ideals and methods that facilitate recruitment, make them responsibly (or rather obediently) follow orders, and help perpetuate this process. As I said in the beginning, the espians are (in most cases) unaware of this alteration, of this Gleichschaltung to the unstated missions and goals of Raniere and the top leadership of NXIVM!
(As usual, unless otherwise stated, all references are to the ESP Training Materials as contained within the patent application for Rational Inquiry™ (1999)
on public record at WIPO.)
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/24/2010 04:49PM by Macumazahn.