Build Trump the Bloody Wall!
Since long before the days of Jericho, a sure-bet method to keep hostile invaders out was to build a wall, sturdy, impenetrable, with ramparts and turrets, a clear message to all foes that united people live within, and no foreign hordes stand a chance to get in. A wall thus became a powerful symbol of security and protection.
In today’s America, a wall is a leading campaign theme in Donald Trump’s encore run for a second term in office. American voters are about to find out what an effective weapon a campaign theme powered by a potent Russian military strategy called Reflexive Control can be.
These are tough times for the United States. Discontent and division rule. The nation is divided into opposing factions. With Russia on the prowl to conquer, defeat, and devour the United States, it’s time to examine what is behind Donald Trump and his wall.
When the Soviet Union, the United States’ darkest menace for most of the 20th century, disintegrated twenty-eight years ago, Americans gave a sigh of relief, flashed a victory sign, and turned their backs on that particular part of the world. They forgot that Russia, the dominant nation-state of the old Soviet Union, has never, not even for one meager minute, abandoned its quest to destroy America.
What, if anything, has changed in those twenty-eight years? Only America’s vigilance. Americans today live complacently in blissful oblivion. They acknowledge the fact that Russia meddles and interferes in their political processes, but they don’t ask why. They no longer remember when Russia wanted nothing less than to erase the USA from the map, but that is still the Russian primary objective. Russia is at war with the United States, and Russia means to win.
As early as 1996, Russian military-science literature was presenting blueprints for a new type of war. Realizing that they would never defeat America by either military or economic means, the Russians turned to two fields in which they excel — social sciences and cybernetics — to develop a highly-innovative warfare system that incorporates a revolutionary, non-lethal strategy called Reflexive Control. The genius of Russia’s present-day, hybrid-war attack is that it eliminates the use of both conventional and nuclear weapons and bypasses traditional, boots-on-the-ground contingencies, thereby circumventing NATO. Moreover, the strategy allows the Russians to aim their assault directly at America’s elected officials and voters, without running a risk of an embarrassing military defeat.
A second genius of the Russian attack is the relative simplicity of its methods. At a fraction of the cost of a conventional war, using supremely-effective and complex non-military strategies, the Russians have been able to challenge the US political system, breach its constitutional boundaries, and throw into chaos the way the executive branch interacts with the legislative and judicial branches. All that Russia needs to defeat America once and for all is to usurp the voting process in two consecutive, presidential-election cycles. Those eight years would give Russian strategists enough time to subvert the system of checks and balances, a foundational principle of American government guaranteed by the constitution, and to create a serious constitutional crisis devised to undermine America’s power and might. With America thus weakened, Russia would defeat the USA and achieve the ultimate goal of its current, concerted hybrid-war attack.
The Russian plan to hijack and commandeer the USA’s voting and decision-making processes utilizes a trifecta of money, top-notch cybernetics know-how, and Reflexive Control.
Today’s Russia is not a state entity within the politological definition of the term but, instead, a symbiosis between a state’s political might and the most dangerous mafia bosses in the world. The MO of the entity is to siphon huge sums of money from the Russian state budget and invest these misappropriated billions into worldwide criminal activities and acts of aggression, uncontested by any opposition. Any individual brave or foolish enough to confront the system is likely to end up like Sergei Magnitsky, the tax-attorney beaten to death in a Russian prison cell, whose name lives on in a set of laws introduced by a British billionaire, Bill Browder, and intended to bar wholesale exports of Russian dirty money. However, existing laws and sanctions are still much too lax to curb the worldwide dominance of the Kremlin-run group of billionaire oligarchs, who put up the money for Putin’s war campaigns.
2. Top-notch, cybernetics know-how.
Russian hackers, high-tech experts, and masters of social-network algorithms are the elite of the world, far ahead of even their infamous, North-Korean counterparts. With their help, the Kremlin has full access to every bit of information it wants and needs. With their minute understanding of how Google and social-network algorithms process and diffuse information, the Kremlin is free to arbitrarily spread malicious disinformation. With their bleeding-edge e-marketing tools, adapted specifically to propaganda purposes, the Kremlin can pick and choose which maleficent strain of misinformation to mold into a wholesale truth.
3. Reflexive Control
Reflexive Control is a technology based in mathematics and social sciences that the Russians have been developing, without interruptions, since the 1960s. (The founder, Vladimir Lefebre, a Russian psychologist and mathematician, now resides in the USA.) When the Russians fully grasped the effectiveness and potential of Reflexive Control in the early 1970s, they immediately suppressed any indication of its existence, but continued to develop and test a multitude of Reflexive Control complex features.
The term “reflex” involves a specific, complex process of imitating a targeted opponent’s reasoning until that target makes a decision, detrimental to his or her interests, that he or she may not have made otherwise. In this context, the term “reflex” does not denote a basic, unconscious reaction to a stimulus. Rather, the term implies the ability of a Russian initiator to simulate an opponent’s thoughts, predict his or her behavior, and incline the opponent to make a decision predetermined and desired by the Russian initiator. The method’s exceedingly-high success rate is derived from a precise combination of a detailed understanding of the human psyche and the ability to transform that understanding into highly-accurate combinatorial predictions. During the 2016 US Presidential election campaign, Russian initiators subjected US voters to an unrelenting stream of relatively small, yet expertly implemented, Reflexive Control operations devised to predict the voters’ thoughts and subsequent behavioral processes, and to incline them to vote for Donald Trump. The Trump election victory was the result that the Russians desired from the beginning.
In Donald Trump, the Russians acquired an ideal front man in a war on reason. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. Unsurprisingly, the Russians have kept close tabs on Trump since his 1977 marriage to his Czech born-and-raised first wife, Ivana. They’ve groomed Trump, a walking definition of a narcissistic-personality disorder, into a perfect tool of discord, willing, for a myriad of self-aggrandizing reasons, to split a formerly-indivisible nation into two implacable camps.
Even before the 2016 US Presidential election, the Russians had the Reflexive Control process down pat, after ground-testing and perfecting a forerunner in the Czech Republic in 2013, with today’s Czech president, Miloš Zeman, doing the honors as a Trump stand-in. It was no small coincidence that high among Zeman’s most ardent supporters loomed Ivana Trump, the mother of Ivanka, Don Jr., and Eric Trump, senior advisors to the sitting US President.
The Zeman 2013 campaign was an unqualified success for the Russians. In a precursory string of events, Russia, in close collaboration with president Assad of Syria, created a gargantuan migration crisis. The Russian propaganda machine then turned Syrian victims of Assad’s genocide into an apocalyptic locus of biblical proportions and a horde of terrorist intruders about to invade Europe. Simultaneously, Russian trolls disseminated an anti-refugee slogan, “Close the borders!” across all Czech social-media networks. The presidential candidate Zeman ran on a promise that, if elected, he would not allow one single Syrian to enter the country, and he won the election. This trial run of a Trump prototype with a campaign strategy based on widespread, immigration fears delivered the desired results and paved the way for a live release in the United States in 2016.
Reflexive Control, a method of seizing control of cognitive and decision-making processes, relies on symbols ingrained since the dawn of history. A wall as defense against attack is such a symbol, rooted in actual defense techniques. Medieval towns in Europe stood surrounded by sturdy walls as impenetrable protection against pillaging attackers. In China, a wall provided a real and effective defense against Genghis Khan’s attackers.
Steven Bannon, the originator of Trump’s border-wall campaign theme, a platform that, at first glance, defies logic, rhyme, and reason, understands well the symbolic power of a wall. In addition to being a devout admirer of ancient Chinese military strategies and a master of Reflexive Control techniques himself, Bannon is a long-standing Trump intimate, a professional propagandist, and a mentor to far-right mover and shaker, Stephen Miller, President Trump’s senior advisor for policy. As a political marketer myself and, like Bannon, a propagandist by trade, I understand why Bannon chose a platform for Trump’s campaign that offered an ineffective and costly solution to a migration issue of dubious importance for the safety and security of the United States.
“Donald Trump wants to build a border wall,” is a simple lead sentence run thousands of times across TV news broadcasts, media features, and social networks. A message received by large numbers of recipients contained one single, subliminal interpretation: “Donald Trump wants to protect Americans.” (Another subliminal interpretation is: “Donald Trump is a bigot who hates Mexicans.” Alas, the former won the day. Bannon’s Reflexive Control campaign worked.)
Humans are inherently leery of interlopers. They have been wary of encroaching gatecrashers since the distant past. Neither ivy-league degrees, nor street cred, nor advanced technologies are apt to change that. Basking in a sense of protection produced by a secure border barrier, an insider never wants an outsider to get in. It’s a sentiment shared by pedigreed citizens and first-generation immigrants alike, with a collective memory of long-ago wars, when a crowd in a town under siege meant less food and water for all. A surprising number of legal Latino immigrants wholeheartedly supports Trump’s border wall for a slightly-different reason. The wall validates the investment and personal costs of immigration.
The wall as political strategy has two forces of mass communication helping its effectiveness. First, today’s world is filled with complacent consumers of information. For them, a mental imprint paired with an indiscriminate acceptance of what a wall symbolizes trumps a rational, verbal argument. Second, the issues simplest to understand and easiest to remember, rather than those of real impact that should be most important to voters, are what makes a good election theme. A border wall, for instance, fits that criterion better than a complicated issue of universal healthcare.
The professionals who devised the Trump election strategy know how to play to the human propensity for atavistic, instinctive decision-making. It’s a game based on keeping the image of a perceived enemy front and center — deflecting rational thinking, hard facts, and numbers — to let the pull of an atavistic response to a created impetus drive voters to the polls in droves. In that light, Trump’s “because-the-wall-works” statement is not a factual assessment of how effective his wall would be in the fight against illegal immigration, but an expression of the aggregate effects of a strong symbol of protection on human behavior. (In my 2017 non-fiction book, The Industry of Lies, I provide a comprehnesive examination of methods used by the Russians against the USA in 2016 and relevant updates to what the United States can expect in 2020.)
And this brings us back to Reflexive Control. Trump strategists correctly anticipate that the majority of elected officials, who eschew atavistic responses for rational ones, is going to do all it can to halt a foolhardy investment in a border wall with Mexico, precisely what the strategists want because it assures a 2020 repeat of Trump’s succesfull, leading 2016 campaign theme. The very last thing Donald Trump needs is a standing border wall. On the contrary, he needs and wants to be opposed and, fingers crossed, prevented from building the wall. In an ultimate twist of Bannon irony, those prudent officials and voters who continue to oppose Trump’s wall on merit in fact abet Donald Trump’s re-election. In Trump red-hat speak, they are the obstructionists who won’t let him protect and safeguard his fellow Americans. To Trump’s re-election strategists, the wall is a theme worth its weight in gold.
At present, these strategists are allowing the Democrats plenty of time to enter the election race en masse. More candidates delivers more confusion. The Trump team is also starting to maneuver, albeit subtly, the myriad of democratic hopefuls into discussions on specifics. Numbers and more numbers, billions of dollars, coefficients, pre-existing conditions, legislative motions, and expert new-speak are themes altogether too complicated for most of us ordinary folks. And when the unpalatable heap of Democratic intellectual abstractions grows high enough, a Trump mastermind will once again raise one simple and understandable symbol: the wall.
“I will build a wall!” propelled Donald Trump to office in 2016.
“I wanted to build the wall, but they wouldn’t let me,” is going to get him re-elected in 2020.
Would you like to beat back Russian invaders set to pillage, sack, and destroy the United States? Then build Trump the bloody wall, sturdy, impenetrable, with ramparts and turrets. Quickly. Yesterday may have been too late already.