Social change

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Society changes, sometimes due to unforeseen processes, sometimes as a result of social engineering.

Official narrative

Those people fortunate enough to live in democratic nation states should aim to bring about social change through party politics. William Lyon MacKenzie King, Canadian Prime minister was mistaken when he said that “Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most conspicuous and sacred responsibility, all talk of the sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile.” [1]


“Normally, when you challenge the conventional wisdom — that the current economic and political system is the only possible one — the first reaction you are likely to get is a demand for a detailed architectural blueprint of how an alternative system would work, down to the nature of its financial instruments, energy supplies, and policies of sewer maintenance. Next, you are likely to be asked for a detailed program of how this system will be brought into existence. Historically, this is ridiculous. When has social change ever happened according to someone's blueprint?”
David Graeber[citation needed]

Structural deep events

Full article: Structural deep events

Deep events which make pivotal changes in a society are referred to as structural deep events. Two crucial examples in recent US history include the JFK assassination, which marked a great increase in the control of the US deep state over the US government and the events of September 11, 2001 which launched the "war on terror" as a new means to militarise society and roll back civil liberties while rolling out the US police state.

Social engineering

Full article: Social engineering

Social engineering generally refers to longer term, more gradual shift in society, often due to a range of facts including new technologies and ideologies. It is purposive and often but not necessarily malevolent.

Dumbing down

Full article: Dumbing down

Dumbing down is the purported degeneration in people's mental capabilities, due to a range of factors such as school, pollution and the development of artificial intelligence. Its origins - indeed its very existence - remain a matter of debate.


Advertisements have been used to try to deter particular behaviours. Ads for tobacco products were banned in many countries.[When?] Later, a health warning on the packages was mandated. Later still, this was illustrated with a graphic image, for example, of a victim of lung cancer.

Knife crime

Research into new methods of social control is ongoing. In 2019, the UK Home office introduced messages on boxes of takeout chicken about #knife crime.[2]


Alcohol and tobacco products are heavily taxed in most countries.

Social control

Full article: Social control

Legal measures

Outright prohibition of long established social practices is invidious and problematic for other reasons.


Various products are subsidised, either to motivate consumption, or alleviate hardship or for more complex reasons. For example, in the UK, mortgages subsidies motivated people to take out large mortgages.



Page nameDescription
BlowbackWhen you aid "rebels" in Syria par example but these end up switching sides and joining IS the blowback is when IS decides to shoot up your capital.
Dumbing downThe purported phenomenon whereby people are adapting to modern life by being progressively less intellectually capable than their forebears.
MilitarisationThe mentality, methods and tools of the military are increasingly being applied across society
Social control
Social engineeringThe calculated influencing of society on a large scale, often over a long term.
Structural deep eventA deep event "large enough to affect the whole fabric of society".


Related Quotations

Tony BlairThatcher deliberately and cruelly wrecked the social democratic society in which I grew up, with the aim of destroying any ability for working people to be protected against the whims of the wealthy. But Thatcher never introduced privatisation into the NHS or state schools – that was her acolyte Blair. She maintained free university education in England and Wales. That was destroyed by Blair too.”Craig Murray
Tony Blair
25 July 2019
Daniel Lafayeedney“The UK is currently going through very rapid and profound social change and needs itself to pay more heed to the role the Armed Forces can play in helping to solve social problems.”Daniel Lafayeedney28 March 2013
US/Deep state“When Eisenhower warned against the military-industrial complex, the values, institutions, and resources that comprised it were still subordinate elements in American society. Today it not only dominates both parties, but it is also financing threats to both of these parties from even further to the right.”Peter Dale Scott2015


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:The CIA - long-range planning for a drugged and debilitated societywebpage4 July 2015Jon RappoportA re-examination of an obscure appendix from a CIA document that was exposed by the 1977 Senate hearings into MKULTRA. Is a secret CIA unit directing and expanding drug use in a pre-meditated effort to weaken society?
File:Terrorism & Relative Justice.pdfpaper2007Mark Findlay


An official example

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