The War on Drugs: Oxytocin, Cultural Marxism vs. the West, and their Synthesis – Part 2

Pushing Racism and Multiculturalism simultaneously:

although not coined by them, the term “racism” was thrust into popularization by early figureheads of the Communist movement, and later enshrined in academia, in no small part from the efforts of the Frankfurt set. Remember, ingroup preference – a positive trait by definition – is simply a natural consequence of oxytocin expression. This has been deemed unacceptable in the “host” culture, and only in it. Functionally, the spectre of racism in the West is deliberately employed to shoot down, shout down, or shut down sincere discussion, and foment mistrust of the host by all out-groups (who are. in fact, strategically encouraged to perceive themselves as such, which is inherently dehumanizing).
Note that the rise of racism’s (and sexism’s) centrality in cultural discourse is inversely proportionate to severity of injustice – they’re more popular terms now, in our era of “sensitivity”, than ever. This should be an obvious clue to the intent.
Trust and solidarity are fostered between out-groups “in the same fight”, and in-group trust in the deceptively-named “dominant” culture is poisoned by the attachment of guilt to positive self-assessment. The narrative here seeks to constantly remind this group, which is actually internally diverse already, of negative aspects of itself. This would be entirely ineffective if the so-called “oppressive” majority were actually as evil as they’re painted: it only works because they have concern for others’ feelings. Out-groups, of course, know this, and their private mockery of it has begun to leak into the mainstream as they become more emboldened.
Finally, ceaseless messaging implores the silent, brow-beaten majority to trust all out-groups, with shaming and ostracism (oxytocin deprivation) as punishment for straying from the gospel. The descendants of the former in-group will be made to grovel and pay for their group’s historical successes (achieved largely through in-group bonding), and milked for an unspecified duration moving forward. Note that even positive expressions of appreciation for out-group culture are kept open for redefinition as “appropriation”. They can thus be squeezed from both sides, and criticized for either not being accommodating enough, or expressing too much xenophilia. Eggshells are strewn at their feet. Third parties line up to self-appoint as judges, yet no one labels the enjoyment of the gifts and comforts of Western Civilization as “appropriation”.

Those pushing this narrative have no problem hijacking the pituitary glands of their pet “oppressed” groups, using funding and targeted emotional messaging to foster excessive oxytocin expression and radicalization within their ranks.
Cultural Marxism, while purporting to be fighting racism and sexism, is not only aligned with the thought-processes that created these concepts, it actively promotes them to hallucinatory levels of hypersensitivity. People are prompted to see “inequality” everywhere, and quickly become incapable of perceiving anything clearly through their personal, stifling lens-tint of subjective “privilege” assessment. Offense is encouraged to be “taken”. Microaggressions abound, each more preposterous than the last, with few courageous enough to call it what it is: emotional blackmail on a society-wide scale.
It is maddening and uniquely dispiriting to be told that you hate someone when you do not, with any protestations further ensnaring you in the kafkatrap, as you find yourself under the scrutiny of the public loupe, and stuck in a dog-and-pony show conducted for the self-gratification of the mob. In this way we are silenced.
In-group preference, rooted in oxytocin expression and as natural as anything, is thus recast as pathological. Notable exemptions from this demonization only manage to exist at the very top of the human hierarchy, and they are well-versed in avoiding it.
Multiculturalism and xenophilia have always occurred naturally and were essential in our evolution. Historically, anywhere two groups met there was interbreeding, much of it peaceful. This even occurred between groups of humans separated by hundreds of millenia. barely able to produce viable offspring due to genetic drift: Homo Sapiens, Neanderthals. and other archaic hominid groups all interbred on a scale large enough for their once-thought extinct genes to persist in us today.
Modern multiculturalism and undemocratic coercive migration, however, are a deliberate agenda. motivated primarily by top-down selfish economic and political imperatives (with a side order of self-congratulation), not true altruism. In fact, these programs exploit pathological altruism. The inevitable result – inter-group friction – is selectively reinterpreted by the Regressive Left as yet more “racism”, and fed back into the front end of the propaganda machine. Thus the eyes of the masses are kept on each other: we are encouraged to bicker endlessly, and self-police. No one looks up to see where the marionette strings lead.

Media and Advertising Narrative:

these constantly work to undermine our natural tendency to form bonds with those like ourselves, specifically seeking to portray as “uncool” or “dysfunctional” bonds between members of the host culture, and glamourize as sexy, cool, or wholesome depictions of bonds involving “visible minorities”, with consistent emphasis placed on European-derived women paired with “less-European” men, and any modes that support depopulation, like homosexuality.
This is not to say that these bonds should ever be prevented from forming or detract from their legitimacy; they’d no doubt do so organically anyway. The West is already effectively universalist in its acceptance of sincere love and friendship.
Most of us simply don’t care who gets with whom, though we may take note of how fervently it’s waved in our faces, or enjoy patting ourselves on the back for having the “correct’ attitude. For many, it’s just plain tiresome. The Regressive Left encourages us to twist our morality to excuse, for example, the structural misogyny of Islam, while focusing on the smallest transgressions of “misogyny” in Western culture, like “manspreading”. This is the “soft bigotry of low expectations” at work, and it makes it more difficult to establish and maintain genuine, spontaneous, egalitarian relations between people whose identities aren’t identical. Applying different rules to different people – bigotry by definition – throws awkwardness and tension in the air between us all, and takes the fun and discovery out of the organic mingling of cultures. The calculated fashion in which role models are selected and portrayed comes across as cynical and phony. While they can’t resist congratulating themselves and talking down to us, their true motive is all too transparent (money), and the way they go about messaging at us reeks of agenda.

Quota Hiring and Group Advocacy

In lockstep with the narrative outlined above is a deliberate push to populate establishment hierarchies with “diversity”. True merit, as championed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., takes a back seat to image; his dream of colour-blindness has yielded to hyper-awareness. Superficial differences, once cast as trivial and surmountable, are now seen not as less important than ability, but more important. Effectively, diversity points have become a new category of merit. Organizations that lag in implementing this are viewed with hostility and marked for infiltration. Conspicuous in their absence are calls to diversify unglamourous fields no one finds desirous. and calls for those with “privileged” identities to be granted entry into fields where they’re currently under-represented. Advocacy groups are vehemently denied the right to form, or furiously eschewed legitimacy if they do, if their identity is perceived as already “too privileged”.

Tumblrism, Snowflakes, Intersectionality, and Identity Politics:

making everyone hyper-aware and narcissistically proud of their singular uniqueness is a tool of isolation and control. The “oppression olympics” can drive a wedge between any two peoples’ ability to find common ground. Allegiances shift according to the goals of the moment, which are typically emotional but often strategic. This is Divide and Conquer, and the strategy doesn’t stop at the interpersonal, it worms its way into the “individual” themselves, dividing them within and encouraging them to espouse massively contradictory. even schizophrenic views simultaneously. They may seem blissfully un-self-aware of their hypocrisy and smug in their delusions, but beneath the surface, cognitive dissonance roils.

 If oxytocin tells us: “I am safe, I am accepted and worthy, and I like those who are like me”, its stifled expression in the individual results in: “I don’t like myself, I don’t fit in, I never feel safe, and I feel like/wish I were someone else”. Paralysis of the psyche, anxiety/depression spectrum disorders, and unhealthy coping mechanisms follow. All that’s needed to mobilize this new Useful Idiot to one’s goals is to signal to them whom to blame.

In short. Cultural Marxism. through impairing oxytocin expression. leads to what Yuri Bezmenov calls Demoralization.

Other factors in the Modern World that may be related to Oxytocin function:

The rise of Autism and Social Anxiety disorders:

may be associated with aberrant methylation of the OXTR gene, among others. Autistic people may intuitively sense the morass they’ve been born into, and their physiology is responding with a giant “nope”. After treatment with inhaled oxytocin, autistic patients exhibit more appropriate social behaviour. It has also been successfully administered to treat social anxiety disorders and PTSD.

Pushing unhealthy commercial “food” (if you can even call some of it that) and psych meds:

these contribute to the progressive deterioration of our natural, healthy balance of hormones and neurotransmitters. Many people who think their serotonin levels are low may actually be oxytocin deprived. But oxytocin is difficult to measure clinically and unpatentable anyway, and getting levels up requires good nutrition and genuine human interaction, so they’re encouraged to spend money on SSRIs that turn them into anhedonic, consumerized zombies. Their ability to form and maintain healthy bonds becomes further stunted. There’s also a correlation between psych med use and mass killings. The pharma/medical community suffers from hubris in thinking it knows exactly what these products do in every case, and this blindness is compounded by the dazzling profits. In a similar, parallel fashion, many will bluster that we already know everything about what vaccines, GMO foods, and industrial pesticides do to our physiology. This is patently untrue. and those who refuse to entertain that there may be a tradeoff involved are essentially indistinguishable from religious zealots.
Fear mongering and the War on Terror:
actually wars on comfort and privacy. These increase amygdala activity and cortisol, both oxytocin antagonists. Healthy oxytocin levels make us feel secure. As we’re bombarded with messaging designed to make us feel perpetually insecure, both in our physical safety and in our worthiness as human beings, our oxytocin expression suffers. Typically these messages are sandwiched between ads, which seek to make us feel personally inadequate and compel us to spend to alleviate our previously established discomfort.

Professional sports:

this is artificial tribalism, conducted as a controlled outlet for instincts of both in-group loyalty and “safe” expression of aggression towards out-groups. Sports fans in the throes of emotional investment – and under a flood of induced oxytocin – are in a highly suggestible state: advertising and social engineering through media have their greatest impact at this time. This is one of the reasons why Superbowl ads are the most expensive.
Note that between fear mongering and sports, the individual is reached in both high and low states of oxytocin.

Individualism and Consumerism:

there is nothing we can purchase or post online – no cheap dopamine rush – to replace the lost sense of connection we crave: only oxytocin, through authentic in-person social bonding, can satisfy us. Conspicuous consumption and displays of preening or material possessions, crafted to evoke envy, only estrange the so-called successful individual from mutually accepting, peer-to-peer interactions. The fallacious thinking encouraged here is that high-status signalling will entice others to wish to bond with us. This leads to resentment as often as admiration; but more importantly, a true sense of fulfillment can only be achieved through our own choice to extend bonds to others. Love is indeed an offering, experienced as much through giving as receiving.

Social Media:

On top of its primary function as a surveillance tool, this is fake socialization. There is little to no actual oxytocin payoff (although early studies are indicating that women are more likely to express oxytocin response through engaging in social media than men). Our social contacts are reduced to curated caricatures on a screen. and any oxytocin response we have may serve to bond us to our devices. Consider the new term “nomophobia”, which gives name to the panic and crippling anxiety people experience when their handhelds are lost: currently under consideration for inclusion in the DSM-V. psychiatry’s official handbook for diagnosis of disorders. Hollywood seeks to further normalize this idea of a relationship with our anthropomorphized technology. Expect narrow Al, targeted to seduce specific personality types, to be rolled out soon.

Promotion/normalization of Porn:

people whose only oxytocin release comes from masturbating to their computer, this time far more likely in men, are short-circuiting their human-to-human oxytocin response, and possibly forming a new kind of perverse sexual bond with their computer. Some men are left unable to achieve erection or orgasm in “normal” sexual encounters, their neural circuitry having been dissociated from reality and rewired to the digital smorgasboard. They may think they can avoid the emotional growth inherent in real relationships, but they end up sacrificing this capacity altogether, and if they’re in a relationship, it suffers. Big money is being spent developing sexbots and virtual reality platforms for sex. It should be noted that porn and sexbots horrify feminism – they’re not wrong about everything – but their objection to the objectification of the female form into “body parts” doesn’t seem to impede their open pride and affection for their dildos and vibrators. (The status of so-called “sex-workers” have them in a similar bind, torn between their urge to tell other women “you go girl, make your bank, don’t let anyone shame you”, and support-scolding them for being damaged but feeding into what is essentially a crude distillation of the gender roles they so despise. There is no solidarity on this, but keen minds will see the common thread behind their protestations: the preservation of gatekeeper status (in other words, power and privilege), over sex itself. “Ongoing affirmative consent” initiatives and the legitimization of post-facto “regret equals rape” charges seek to further bolster this imperative).

Branding and Celebrity Culture:

people are encouraged to form bonds of loyalty with brands, and construct their self-concepts from brands they identify with. Celebrities are also marketed as brands; people often know more about celebrities than those “close” to them, and build their identities by mimicking the celebrities they like and follow. It’s at the point now where many are fabricating their own micro-brands via social media, and presenting a calculated image – with varying degrees of deception, omission, and self-delusion – to their own acquaintances, seeking to impress or accrue social credit, but ultimately preventing others from ever really getting to know them.
Commercial loyalty programs track our every preference, and build detailed profiles on us. Upon consolidating your data, they likely know more about you than your friends and family do. Meanwhile, small, local, family-run businesses -some of the few places we can still interact within our communities organically – are unable to compete, and pushed out of the market.
It’s a two-way street of alienation: we’re encouraged to spend our time following and admiring people we will never meet – to the detriment of our personal relationships – and simultaneously, the depths of our own inner workings are known more completely by corporate entities than by our loved ones (in some ways perhaps even better than we know ourselves). A friend or family member who knows you well, including your flaws and weaknesses, can look out for you, or tell you a bit of painful truth you need to hear. Celebrities by and large don’t even know you exist; corporations are definitely interested in you. but only insofar as they can use this information to access your money directly by facilitating a sale. or indirectly by lumping your data in with people you don’t know.
All these forces work to atomize society, reshuffle identity groups, weaken organic solidarity, and transfer our sense of loyalty away from the people in our lives, and on to organizations with carefully crafted public images.

Read the conclusion at The War on Drugs: Oxytocin, Cultural Marxism vs. the West, and their Synthesis – Part 3

The War on Drugs: Oxytocin, Cultural Marxism vs. the West, and their Synthesis – Part 1

Oxytocin: “Isn’t that a prescription painkiller’?” No, you’re thinking of oxyCONtin.

Do you think just because you manufacture your own supply of a molecule, in the core of your brain, that war can’t be waged on it? It may not be formally declared, but a de facto war is already well underway.
First. a definition: Oxytocin is a peptide hormone produced in the hypothalamus. deep in our limbic system near the brainstem. It is stored in – and released from – our pituitary gland. AKA the “master’ gland.
In clickbait science, it’s called the “cuddle hormone”. More accurately, it’s the hormone of bonding. It underpins many of our strongest and most noble instincts: love. friendship. trust. cooperation, loyalty, generosity, courage. and fidelity. It’s also essential for optimism and healthy self-esteem.
Oxytocin has a half-life of about 3 minutes in the blood, so its effects are very short-lasting, but it initiates a cascade of positive hormonal events that reinforce overall health and pro-social behaviour. Its release is especially affinitive to touch: a hug, a handshake, even a Duchenne smile can evoke it… it’s enmeshed in the intricate nonverbal dance, the largely subconscious symphony of communication linking all humanity.

Released in greatest quantity during childbirth, it relieves pain and forges a lifelong bond between mother and child. It’s also intimately involved in father-child bonding, lactation. wound healing, sexual arousal, and orgasm (when again, its release is copious). Oxytocin injected into the cerebrospinal fluid causes spontaneous erections in male rats. Female rats, administered oxytocin antagonists after giving birth, fail to exhibit typical maternal behaviour; yet virgin female sheep under oxytocin show instinctual maternal behaviour toward foreign lambs. Babies deprived of caring touch can actually die from lack of it; orphans have been shown to display hampered oxytocin function well into adulthood. Clearly this molecule is crucial to life.
Oxytocin release reduces fear and anxiety, quelling the amygdalae (crucial danger/alert neurostructures) and suppressing the stress hormone cortisol. It evokes contentment, enabling feelings of calmness and security by inhibiting overactive brain regions associated with behavioural control. Deprived of it, we are scattered, timid, and paranoid: shut inside ourselves. Trust is increased by oxytocin: it affects social distance and friendship. and plays an essential role in romantic attraction and subsequent monogamous pair-bonding. We find receptors for it in the heart, and in the vomeronasal organ, which is directly wired to both the hypothalamus and the amygdalae. Thus we detect it pheromonally, and when bonding in person, this facilitates mutual positive feedback.
This precious endodrug is fundamental to mechanisms of in-group bonding, reaching from the family unit to friends, tribe, town, and country… it’s even involved in our higher order feelings about nationalism, ethnocentrism, and religiosity. It’s an enigmatic chemical: while fostering togetherness, it’s also involved with xenophobia and in-group evolutionary strategy. In a carefully controlled study exploring the biological roots of immoral behaviour, oxytocin has been shown to promote dishonesty in outcomes favouring the group to which an individual belongs.

Let’s look at some of the ways our modern paradigm deliberately interferes with – and seeks to subsume – our oxytocin expression.

Central is Cultural Marxism, and the concepts stemming from Critical Theory incubated by the Frankfurt School. These ideas of intellectual warfare were assembled to undermine and subvert the social fabric of Western culture, and break down the oxytocin-mediated bonds of trust and community that maintain it, lest they congeal to support the dreaded “Authoritarian Personality”. It’s almost laughable, were it not the cause of such suffering, that the authors of this strategy – based on (((Freud)))’s cocaine-fuelled navelgazing – lacked the self-awareness to reflect on their own propensity for psychological projection (far left ideologies invariably horseshoe towards authoritarianism themselves, and without peer: look no further than the unparalleled body count of Communism in the 20th century). But this discussion is not so much about the dialectic trap of left vs. right; it is about the mechanisms through which the “high-status” have sought to preserve their position and cohesion at the expense of greater humanity. and extend the reach of their power.
Anyway, of (((Freud))) was still pretty brilliant, and he hit close enough to the mark that we can add psychiatry to the list alongside horseshoes and hand grenades. His nephew (((Eddy Bernays))) took the torch and ran with it, taking the science of people’s inner workings and applying it to groups of people: he wrote the book on Propaganda in 1928. launching the sleight-of-hand enterprise known as Public Relations and steering the unfolding of the 20th century, as delineated thoroughly in Adam Curtis’ Century of the Self.
The Western cultural mindset has its feet rooted in the bedrock of Ice Age Europe. Its ethos of openness, cooperation. stoicism, and personal sacrifice towards the future of the community was an adaptation to the harsh environment. It made sense to help strangers and contribute. Since Ice Age Europe had very low population density, inter-group competition was not as significant a cultural stimulus as it was for more temperate and densely populated parts of the world.
Cultural Marxism exploits this deep-rooted template. The psychoanalists of the late 19th and early to mid 20th centuries did not conduct a comprehensive study of all peoples on earth: they studied Europeans, and their insights into the weaknesses and blind spots of our inner workings are insights into the European (and Eurpoean-derived North American) psyche.
It operates chiefly through the manipulation of language and managing mass-perception, and its most effective adherents are indeed uniquely talented in their capacity for the generation of new terms and symbols and the redefinition and recontextualization of old ones, often flipping them into new meanings exactly opposite from original. This is something Orwell foresaw with great prescience. The thinking style it engenders has gained dominance over the channels through which information and opinion are disseminated, principally academia and media, and is now being standardized as the “official” cultural framework of business.
If we accept that Critical Theory’s original positive intent was to undermine ideology as the obstacle to human liberation. it has indeed become what it sought to unseat. It is now the oppressor.

Here’s how the steamroller of Cultural Marxism, and the weaponized concepts it promotes, is tantamount to a war on oxytocin:

Feminism and Sexism:

These encourage women to distrust and resent men, and reactively, men to distrust and resent women. A direct society-wide oxytocin antagonist. Much is yet to be written about feminism and its leading role in the subversion of traditional Western values, especially in academia. Currently, it has achieved such supremacy that open-minded discussion is impossible within institutes for higher learning (where the free exchange of ideas was once exalted), and criticism of it is punishable. At feminism’s core is the sad presupposition that women have been oppressed by men for all of history, which is an ipso facto statement of belief in their inferiority. This is disempowering. The cognitive dissonance of this is too great for most to accept.
Those who contend that men and women have always been equal and complementary, and that we as a species could never have made it this far without the talents of both sexes in equal measure – in other words, those who honour the historical contributions of women and grant that they were intentional agents of free will, seeking their own biological imperative – are excoriated. The aim is to “deconstruct” traditional gender roles, presumably to give everyone choice and freedom to express themselves in how they wish to live their lives; yet, those who prefer traditional roles – genuinely exercising their right to choose – are still criticized. and told they’re only doing so because they don’t know any better: they’ve “internalized” the oppression. This is condescending. So we see that it’s not about freedom. it’s about targeting old modes of conformity – which were undeniably successful – for disassembly. and installing new ones. Broadly speaking, the thrust is towards opening up traditionally male spheres of influence to women – the reverse is of little concern – and hamstringing men from objecting.

Hookup Culture and Slut Pride:

female oxytocin response is permanently impaired by multiple partners, specifically disappointments (bonds repeatedly established and then broken), with impairment increasing with partner count. She becomes both less trusting and less trustworthy, and more likely to practice infidelity. She is less able to form strong bonds, including with her own offspring.

Demonizing Fatherhood (war on Patriarchy) and destruction of the Family Unit:

getting both parents working means not only more consumers and taxpayers, but less contact with children and less oxytocin in their formative years; divorce, ditto. Encouraging single motherhood: boys raised without positive father-bonding are at greater risk for a cluster of avoidable issues. many of which have negative effects on society at large (but not coincidentally give fuel to those who call for increased state intervention).

Mainstreaming of Smut and Profanity:

The West is largely Christian in its morality, and (((Freud)))’s observation of its sexually repressive nature was seized upon by the Critical Theorists. who deemed that this repressed energy (which, for hundreds if not thousands of years, had been sublimated into productive work) should now be allowed direct release. Decades of threshold shift in standards have led us to where we are today, where almost any non-traditional expression of sexuality is publicly encouraged.

Depopulation of the target culture:

a core aim of these criticisms. All of the above lead to lower fertility; delayed onset of child-rearing; more abortions; the glamourization of childless career women; and pets as substitute children. Societies rarely grow without some degree of traditionalism, and the expectations – stifling though some may find it – that come with it. Societies shepherded towards radical individualism invariably decline.

 

See the upcoming The War on Drugs: Oxytocin, Cultural Marxism vs. the West, and their Synthesis – Part 2