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Some Important Human Games
More on lock-ins, projection and especially
This is a collection of thoughts while exploring various procedures. It is not intended as a narrative, written to flow coherently and entertain the reader. Rather it is a collection of fragments in the quest for a greater understanding of some important human games.
Some definitions, for reference and the avoidance of ambiguity:–
Projection takes place when an individual assumes that another shares his traits or perceptions and will perceive or act as he does.
Transduction is inducing a false feeling. Negative transduction involves false diminishment, positive transduction involves false enhancement.
Creative transduction is generating or inventing a problem for the purpose of blaming someone else.
A marker is an unambiguous indication of involvement. Territory, things or people may be marked.
A handle is a request which evokes a fixed and predetermined response.
A handle state is a condition in which valid handles can be issued.
Here the terms strategy, policy and procedure are used fairly loosely.
The lock-in is a female strategy, the original one possibly being a female getting pregnant to oblige a male to stay with her. This is certainly the tradition in some Scandinavian countries.
During the cold winters there, all would sleep in a large dwelling built around a central fire. The fire would burn all night. The males slept downstairs and the females slept upstairs, this being warmer as the chimney passed through a large hole in the centre of the floor.
If a romance was ongoing, the male would slip upstairs in the night and lie beside his sweetheart. Many aspects of this arrangement were beneficial to females collectively. The women would all know what was going on, with perhaps some shared or vicarious excitement; the male in these circumstances is effectively vetted by them all, since any one of them could raise an alarm or otherwise disturb the proceedings. Also, the male desiring privacy (a masculine preference) is discouraged. The custom was that if a pregnancy ensued, the couple were bound.
Because the lock-in is a female strategy it follows that once it is available, it will always ultimately be exploited. The female must prove, if only to herself, that her power is secure.
Monopoly is a female strategy (females conspire and males compete). Females seek to monopolize. Under female influence one can perceive female monopolies (or near monopolies) of Ambiguity of Intention (AoI) and Affection Beneath. In the latter, females look down on males. This results in a distinctive arrogance in public bodies and organisations under feminine domination.
Female power is most characteristically applied to stop things from happening, rather than to instigate action.
Fake hate crimes are pretty much perfect examples of creative transduction. The following fake hate crimes are quoted in Chapter 13 of Sex & Power –
Non-white police officers in London received messages saying ‘Not wanted. Keep the police force white. Leave now or else.’ The sender was Gurpal Virdi, a Sikh police sergeant, who had been denied promotion. (‘Sikh seeks sneaky solution’ Guardian, 4 March 2000.)
Kerri Dunn, a psychology professor at Claremont McKenna College, claimed that her car was vandalised and painted with ‘racist, anti-Semitic and sexist epithets’ on 9 March 2004 while she was preparing ‘a lecture for a forum on racism.’ Shortly afterwards two thousand students and faculty rallied to protest against ‘hate crime.’ Dunn, who had said she was considering converting from Catholicism to Judaism, was sentenced to a year’s imprisonment for filing a false police report and attempted insurance fraud. (LA Times, 18 March 2004; AP, 15 December 2004.)
During local elections in Ajoie, Switzerland, in October 2006 ‘racist’ flyers were found pasted on walls targeting mixed-race socialist candidate Yannick Erard. This brought suspicion on the conservative opposition party who favoured immigration control, and Erard won the election. Police found one of Mr Erard’s fingerprints on the back of a flyer and he admitted pasting them up himself. (Various radio and TV reports 8 January, 10 January and 21 February 2007.)
Signs were vandalised with the word ‘Nazis’ and painted with swastikas at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and Beth Tfiloh Community School in Pikesville, Maryland. Three Jewish teenagers, Matthew Ian Saunders, Daniel Alexander Diaz and an unnamed 17-year-old were later found to be responsible. (WBAL-TV News, 6 October 2008.)
Quinn Matney, a homosexual student at the University of North Carolina, claimed to have been attacked with a scalding hot piece of metal and told ‘Here’s a taste of hell, you fucking fag’ on 4 April 2011. The report was later admitted to be false. On 11 June 2011 another homosexual, Ryan Grant Watson, a University of Iowa graduate student, made a similar false claim involving an attack and anti-homosexual abuse. Both men were charged with submitting false police reports.
Sharmeka Moffitt, a 20-year-old black woman in Louisiana, claimed in October 2012 to have been set on fire by three men who also scrawled the initials KKK on her car in toothpaste. She had burns over more than half of her body and was in a critical condition. The incident was considered a possible hate crime until it emerged a day later that the wounds were self-inflicted.
There is a website documenting American fake hate crimes: www.fakehatecrimes.org
Creative transduction is ubiquitous in everyday life, for example making certain words or sentiments taboo. The person making a transgressive statement is blamed, not the forces which established the taboo.
Political outrage template
Yesterday .................. [insert name] of [opponent party or group] made a [comment/joke] that has caused outrage amongst the ............. community [insert name of professionally-offended faction].
Calls have been made for ................ to apologise for the [comment/joke] that was made on [TV/Radio/Twitter/Facebook].
The gaffe comes just [months/weeks/days] after ................. [insert name], who has strong links with ............... [insert opponent faction], caused controversy with a [comment/joke] that also caused offence. After that outburst he expressed regret but these latest remarks cast doubt on the sincerity of that earlier apology.
“He just doesn’t get it” said a spokeswoman for [pressure group/favoured political party/anyone disliked less than the opponent]. “This is what we’ve come to expect from ................. [opponent faction]. It shows just how out of touch they are.”
(With acknowledgement to Mark Thompson.)
The practice of creative transduction is by no means confined to isolated, perhaps disturbed individuals reporting fake hate crimes. A mundane example, and one much closer to the origin of the procedure, is when a female gives evasive and ambiguous replies to a male who is interested in her. He, seeking at least a conclusive answer, persists. She then accuses him him of pestering her (i.e. employing IPoE and Indirect Invocation). This can benefit both her individually and females generally, by raising the cost of sex.
Mainstream journalists are serial offenders, to a greater or lesser degree. The following is a description and example of what journalists apparently call a ‘stunt up.’ It is taken from the review of the book Hack by Graham Johnson (Simon & Schuster, 2012) in Heritage and Destiny, issue 58. Like the fake hate crime, it is practically a textbook example of creating or inventing a problem for the purpose of blaming someone else, i.e. creative transduction.
First of all we have to travel with the author back in time to the mid-nineties and a greasy spoon cafe in Whitechapel in East London where two men are deep in conspiratorial conversation. Reporter Johnson was working undercover for the News of the World and had persuaded a drug-dealing member of Combat 18 called ‘Nodder’ to meet up and sell him some dangerously dodgy ecstasy tablets. In between racist rants and boasting of his links to UVF terrorists the deal was done.
“According to Nodder’s back-story the Fuhrer-worshipping white supremacist was obsessed with guns, loved attacking black people and chilled out listening to SS martial music.”
As the two men departed the drug dealer’s picture was taken or “snatched” by a photographer with a long-distance lens. The following Sunday the News of the World ran a full-page exposé. The headline screamed. “What A Nazi Bit Of Work. News of the World Exposes Thug Who Peddles Drugs to Fund Evil Race War.”
The story was accompanied by a grainy covertly-taken photograph of Nodder wearing shades and carrying a briefcase, walking unawares out of the cafe into a bustling street. The caption said it all: “Twisted.”
The evidence was damning. An adjacent photograph showed a far-right magazine called Wannsee that Nodder published “to spread his message of hate.” The intro roared: “Britain’s most indiscriminate racist thug has found a new way to discriminate against blacks – through the killer drugs he peddles to raise cash for his Nazi-style hate campaign.” The gist was that Nodder was supplying an inferior, cheaper and even deadlier form of E for sale to black people.
The sick bigot explained: “They’re cut to **** and if you have enough they’ll kill you. But who gives a ****? One less n****r the better.”
The next paragraph claimed to prove that Nodder wasn’t simply a lone nutter, cranking up the fear factor. The extent of the threat was self-evident. “Twisted Nodder, in his thirties, commands a group of 200 white supremacists bent on stirring up violence right across Britain.” An adjacent photograph showed a far-right magazine called Wannsee that Nodder admitted to publishing ‘to spread his message of hate.’
As was customary, the payoff was a commitment by the paper to bring Nodder to justice. “Our dossier on Nodder and his vile pals is being passed to Scotland Yard.”
But there was only one problem with all this. It was fabricated from head to foot. It wasn’t exaggerated. It wasn’t a germ of a story stretched to outrageous proportions. It was manufactured wholesale. As the author explains: “It’s what is known in the trade as a ‘stunt up.’” Not one word or picture was true. He made it all up from beginning to end. Nodder wasn’t a Neo-Nazi. “In real life he was my mate Gav, to whom I had promised £400 to play the role for a day. The quotes didn’t come from Nodder – they came from my imagination. The Wannsee magazine had a grand circulation of two” – Johnson paid Gav to knock it up on his Commodore 64 computer and print it out in their bedsit on a rainy February day. “We both read it, proud of our ingenuity.”
|An accusation of ‘racism’ is a commonplace example of negative transduction. Transduction is a routine female procedure; the male who is impervious to it may be regarded as a threat.|
A long-standing problem has been identifying the evolutionary origin of projection. Particularly, the quest for an archetype (by which I mean, the earliest evolutionary instance of the mechanism, to serve as a model). It is evident that females have a greater tendency to project than males. However, that is as far as it got.
Although an archetype remains elusive, the following might be considered some progress. Suppose a female executes an action A. The action can evoke a feminine response xF or a masculine response yM. (Here the female is the Protagonist, the action which starts the game is capitalised and the subscripts are redundant, but added for clarity.)
The female, projecting her own nature onto the male, might expect him to respond with xF. Certainly circumstances can be envisaged in which she conveys that expectation to her Opponent. That message might be in the form of non-verbal communication, i.e. signals, but however it is transmitted it makes the action xF more likely. It does not make it inevitable, or executed in all cases, but it does increase its probability.
A trivial example would be a woman, perhaps laden with shopping bags, approaching a door. A man stands nearby. Near the door she halts, or slows her pace, or glances at the man. On these cues he is more likely to open the door for her.
Another obvious scenario is that yM could be discouraged, by raising the cost of that action in some way.
What is being explored is the notion of projection as primarily, and originally, a mechanism of exerting influence. This puts it in the female realm; it is a subtle, non-physical means of controlling behaviour. The male counterpart would be a command, i.e. a handle issued on the basis of a valid handle state.
|The media makes sure everyone knows the “party line” and the government obligingly sets it in law.|