Once Aryan Skynet Goes Live It Doesn't Matter Who Pulled The Switch
Two years ago, an acquaintance handed me several books by Carl Jung, one of which was 1957’s The Undiscovered Self. Actually, apparently having forgotten that he had already given it to me, he later gave me a second copy of this same title, which I’ve finally gotten around to reading – and I have to say that I’m disappointed – disappointed and bored, to be frank. This isn’t a book I would give to anyone once, let alone twice. The Undiscovered Self, which takes as its theme the peril experienced by the individual in the age of totalitarianism, scientism, the Cold War, and compromised and inadequate organized religion, consists of nothing but page after page of watery generalities. In fact, The Undiscovered Self conveys not so much the mind of a pioneering and controversial psychologist, but rather evinces the air of one of “Intellectual Dark Web” notable Jordan Peterson’s individualist diatribes.
For Jung – at least in this book – “individual life […] is the only real life”1. Jung proposes to foster in the psychiatric patient “enough certainty of judgment to enable him to act on his own insight and decision and not from the mere wish to copy convention – even if he happens to agree with collective opinion,” continuing:
Unless he stands firmly on his own feet, the so-called objective values profit him nothing, since they then only serve as a substitute for character and so help to suppress his individuality. Naturally, society has an indisputable right to protect itself against arrant subjectivisms, but, in so far as society itself is composed of de-individualized persons, it is completely at the mercy of ruthless individualists. Let it band together into groups and organizations as much as it likes – it is just this banding together and the resultant extinction of the individual personality that makes it succumb so readily to a dictator. A million zeros joined together do not, unfortunately, add up to one. Ultimately everything depends on the quality of the individual, but the fatally shortsighted habit of our age is to think only in terms of large numbers and mass organizations, though one would think that the world had seen more than enough of what a well-disciplined mob can do in the hands of a single madman. Unfortunately, this realization does not seem to have penetrated very far – and our blindness in this respect is extremely dangerous. People go on blithely organizing and believing in the sovereign remedy of mass action, without the least consciousness of the fact that the most powerful organizations can be maintained only by the greatest ruthlessness of their leaders and the cheapest of slogans.2
The comparison with the “Intellectual Dark Web” – the kosher assortment of academic “renegades” that includes Peterson, Ben Shapiro, Christina Hoff Sommers, and Thiel Capital executive Eric Weinstein – is appropriate in view of the fact that Jung dedicated The Undiscovered Self “To my friend Fowler McCormick” – a scion of the Rockefeller dynasty with whom Jung was close. “By the 1940s Fowler was proving the best expression of Rockefeller-McCormick liberal values,” writes Clarice Stasz in The Rockefeller Women. “Committed to correcting past injustices brought upon African-Americans, he was a major fundraiser for such groups as the United Negro College Fund Campaign and the Committee on Race Relations.” He was “in the forefront of American businesses in establishing antidiscriminatory hiring practices”3 – which is to say, undercutting white labor. McCormick, writes Jennifer Delton in Racial Integration in Corporate America, 1940-1990, established “one of the most progressive racial policies in American industry. Yet [sic] he continued the McCormick family’s war against unions.”4 With such figures in his social circle, Jung’s professed abhorrence for “mass organizations” of a “million zeros” becomes more understandable.
Jung even throws a bone to the overpopulation hysteria then being promoted by the Population Council, established in 1952 by John D. Rockefeller III and future Secretary of State John Foster Dulles5. Jung looks forward to a “metamorphosis which external reality cannot provide, namely, a deep-seated change of the inner man, which is all the more urgent in view of the mass phenomena of today and the still greater problems of the increase of population looming up in the future.”6 Jung had a Dulles connection of his own dating from his involvement with the CIA forerunner the Office of Strategic Services during the Second World War, when he served as a psychological consultant and was known as “Agent 488” to Swiss Director of the OSS Allen Dulles. By 1943, Jung and Dulles were already setting about the arrangement of an “experimental marriage between espionage and psychology,” reveals Deirdre Bair in Jung: A Biography7. “With his professional credentials and new personal connection to Allen Dulles (who would become the director of the CIA in 1953), Jung became a charter member Cold Warrior while deflecting highly publicized accusations that he was anti-Semitic and a Nazi sympathizer,” Jay Sherry explains in Carl Gustav Jung: Avant-Garde Conservative8.
What had happened was that Jung could see that his more interesting flirtation with a nationalistically oriented school of psychology and his preference for Hitler over Stalin and the Jews would have to be tidied up a bit if his illustrious career as the grand old man of analytical psychology was to survive and adapt to the demands of the postwar order. He would pledge his allegiance to the new establishment by writing the sort of material that would be in demand in a world increasingly dominated by Washington, Wall Street, Jews, and the CIA. Thus, by the 1950s, when he wrote The Undiscovered Self, his publisher the New American Library could boast that Jung’s book “was prompted by conversations between Dr. Jung and Dr. Carleton Smith, director of the National Arts Foundation”9, an organization which had been founded in 1949 “with the full approval of President Harry Truman”10. The New American Library itself, also notable for publishing the James Bond novels, was founded in 1948 by U.S. Office of War Information veteran Victor Weybright and German-born Jewish expatriate Kurt Enoch. Indeed, Jung’s intelligence connections and his status as “Agent 488” are especially thought-provoking in view of his interest in eastern religions, mind expansion, dreams, hallucination, radical self-expression, and hyper-individualism of the type expressed in his conception of “the individual human being […] as the measure of all things”11 – all rather eerily predictive of the 1960s “counterculture”.
Rainer is the author of the blockbuster Alt-Right film book Protocols of the Elders of Zanuck: Psychological Warfare and Filth at the Movies.