"The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do." ~ Eric Hoffer
The Iconography of Evil
Column by Alex R. Knight III
Exclusive to STR
If you ever want an irrefutable indication of what’s wrong with America today, I suggest you have a look at some of the iconography government is putting out there – symbolism, if you will.
It has long been a known psychological principle that symbols and icons are a powerful yet subtle means to instill certain emotions and attitudes in individuals, including entire groups and populations. Just think of a few you probably encounter in your day-to-day life as an American: The Stars and Stripes. State flags. Dollar signs. Credit card logos. The list is almost endless, and all with one object, more or less, in mind: Influencing behavior.
So note this DEA patch pictured here. It features a skull with a hissing viper behind it and the caption, “Interdiction by Force.” Let’s even set aside for the moment that all forms of government by their very nature are nothing but force. What is the logical extension of the message intended? It’s not too difficult to decipher: If you grow, manufacture, transport, deal, or use drugs – ones we, and the bureaucrats from whom we take orders, at least – disapprove of, we are prepared to kill you. In other words, a person such as whom would actually wear one of these hideous insignias has decided that, rather than allowing people to get high, it is simply better to murder them.
Now when you next have a chance, I suggest you see for yourself a page on Facebook, titled Big City Cops. There you will find both versions of the following skull and crossbones logo. One bears the number 1942 – the year the Axis powers were at the crest of their influence during World War II.
Another is emblazoned with the motto: ODERINT DUM METUANT. This is a Latin phrase last used by the famously deranged and bloodthirsty Roman emporer Caligula. Translated to English, it means, “Let them hate, so long as they fear.”
I ask you: What kind of a person, from whatever profession or walk of life, would wish to adhere to such a philosophy? This is literally the creed of a brutal and unthinking monster.
Observe how these skull and crossbones iconographies sharply (perhaps deliberately?) emulate those of Hitler’s Nazi Waffen SS.
Naturally, Hitler was a master of symbology, and was well aware of the fear-inducing effects of such death imagery. Hence, he made sure his internal security forces were adorned with such morbid attire. As well, the mysterious Skull and Bones society at Yale University, from whom so many future American political figures have sprung, has openly used this icon (supposedly the remains of Geronimo), along with the equally elusive number 322 and rituals about which little is known and even less publicly revealed by insiders.
Knowing all of this, can any reasonable person imagine that anything of a benign or constructive nature could arise from people or organizations who choose to utilize such occult-like images?
Take yourself back to 1950s America. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t old enough to remember it firsthand (I’m not), just conjure the image in your mind. True, I’m sure that not every cop who ever walked a beat was a perfect Norman Rockwellish Andy Griffith, but contrast the policeman of yesteryear to today. In many ways he was indistinguishable from the neighborhood mailman – a local protective figure who helped get the family cat out of the tree, picked up young Johnny if he fell off his bicycle, blew on his whistle and shook his finger at a teenager who might be taking the family sedan through the town common with just a little bit of a lead foot.
It is a sad and frightening indication of how far things have digressed to contemplate that such a man would be laughed at in today’s police circles. The cops of this Brave New World are dressed, armed, and have the attitudes of soldiers in an occupying army, intent on subduing and smashing an enemy.
The uniforms are not yet (at least most of the time) camouflage, but otherwise they might as well be boots on the ground in Afghanistan or Iraq. These are the minions who do the bidding of the politicians. They do the bidding of the lawyers in black robes referred to erroneously as “judges.” It must of necessity be an indication of what these politicians and “judges” think of you and I, what their ulterior motives and ultimate game plans must be, for them to turn the other cheek – or even condone – the existence of police forces across the land as hostile and as militarized as these ones now are, with their armored vehicles, riot gear, sound cannons, and surveillance devices. It shouldn’t be difficult to determine their mindset when we observe that, rather than try to relax the atmosphere, they simply pass more and harsher laws, build more prisons using money extorted from you and I, all while they drive us further into insoluble debt and utterly destroy the economy in the name of their own political survival.
We need look no further to understand what government is. It is pure evil. And nothing besides.