A COLLECTIVE TRAGEDY

Source:  The Social Crediter, Vol.44, No.17, 21st November 1964
     The following note by C. H. Douglas originally appeared in these pages in July, 1949:

“Here we recognise the old game, Satan’s everlasting tactics. From the first temptation in Eden until now he has used the self same artifice; make a man believe that he is not responsible, that there is no judge, that the Law is doubtful, that nobody will know and that, moreover, once the deed is done, he will be God himself, and therefore in the position of master, and able to fix good and evil as he likes.”

     In Mr. Denis de Rougement’s weighty little book Talk of the Devil, from which the foregoing quotation is taken, he seems to identify (the word is not adequate) the Devil with what the modern psychologists term the collective unconscious - that mysterious aspect of the race which was dealt with empirically by Gustave Ie Bon in Psychologie de Socialisme and Psychologic des Peuples.  Kierkegaard had much the same idea.

     There is strong ground on which to believe that the idea is at least partially justifiable. Whether the collective unconscious (or parts of it) can operate without conscious direction somewhere is not clear. That is what the people who ridicule the “plot” theory (who are generally the same people who advocate World Planning) wish us to believe.

     But it is certain that the masses who are manoeuvred into collective catastrophe (it was the herd of swine who were possessed, and ran violently down a steep place into the sea, remember) are not conscious of the import of their actions as individuals.

     We do not believe that one per cent of the people who support socialism and communism - they are fundamentally identical, the politics of the collective unconscious - have any real picture of what they are supporting, any more than it can be supposed that the swine visualised individual suicide.

“Father forgive them; they know not what they do.”

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