The Criminal Mind--a software problem analyzed by Machiavelli, Alinsky, & J. Edgar Hoover - American Minute with Bill Federer

Alinsky and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover - American Minute with Bill Federer Machiavelli the Criminal Mind

President William McKinley was assassinated by an anarchist in 1901.
The next President, Theodore Roosevelt wanted the government to track anarchist groups, as well as stop sex-trafficking.
This led to the creation of the Bureau of Investigation in 1908, though some Congressmen feared it would become politicized into a deep-state secret police, like:
Washington Evening Star, April 21-22, 1908, reported Rep. John Fitzgerald (D-NY) warned of the dangers of a federal secret police.
Rep. Walter Smith (R-IA) declared “Nothing is more opposed to our race than a ... system of espionage ... conducted by the general government."
Rep. James Tawney (R-MN) questioned the creation of “a system of espionage in this country which is entirely inconsistent with the theory of our government.”
Anarchists continued their threatening activities by shooting Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, beginning World War I.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge appointed J. Edgar Hoover as the director of the Bureau of Investigation.
In 1935, the name was changed to Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI.
For 48 years, under eight Presidents, J. Edgar Hoover oversaw the Federal Bureau of Investigation till his death, May 2, 1972.
The FBI became famous for dramatic campaigns to stop organized crime and gangsters such as “Machine Gun” Kelly and John Dillinger.
Hoover established the use of fingerprints in law enforcement and successfully tracked down well-known criminals.
Franklin D. Roosevelt gave Hoover the task of investigating foreign espionage, specifically left-wing socialist and communist activists who were infiltrating the country and recruiting followers.

For most of J. Edgar Hoover tenure, the FBI was considered a patriotic organization looking out for the best interests of America.
Hoover stated:
"The communist threat from without must not blind us to the communist threat from within.
The latter is reaching into the very heart of America through its espionage agents and a cunning, defiant, and lawless communist party, which is fanatically dedicated to the Marxist cause of world enslavement and destruction of the foundations of our republic.”
J. Edgar Hoover identified the root cause of crime:
"The criminal is the product of spiritual starvation.
Someone failed miserably to bring him to know God, love Him and serve Him."

Commenting on how crime increases where people forget God, Chuck Colson stated in 1981:
"Imprisonment as a primary means of criminal punishment is a relatively modern concept.
It was turned to as a humane alternative to the older patterns of harsh physical penalties for nearly all crimes. Quakers introduced the concept in Pennsylvania ..."
Colson continued:
"The first American prison was established in Philadelphia when the Walnut Street Jail was converted into a series of solitary cells where offenders were kept in solitary confinement.
The theory was that they would become 'penitents,' confessing their crimes before God and thereby gaining a spiritual rehabilitation.
Hence, the name 'penitentiary' -- as a place for penitents."

Italian Socialist Antonio Gramsci understood America and the West could not be defeated on the battlefield, but it could rot from within through what has been termed "the long march through the institutions."
Gramsci wrote in his Prison Notebooks, 1937:
The civilized world has been thoroughly saturated
with Christianity for 2,000 years …
Any country grounded in Judeo-Christian values cannot be overthrown until those roots are cut Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity
In the new order, socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches, and the media … transforming the consciousness of society.”
Congressman Albert Herlong read into the Congressional Record, January 10, 1963, the 45 infiltration tactics Communists would use in to take over America, many of which focused on students and schools:
"17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
19. Use student riots to foment public protests ...
24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity ...
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of 'separation of church and state' ..."
Students are taught in school that there is:
  • no right or wrong,
  • no morals;
  • no God to be accountable to;
  • no such thing as boys or a girls;
  • no borders or guidelines except their feelings which can change everyday;
  • that they are an accident of evolution with no purpose to their life, or worse, that they are irredeemably bad because of their skin color or ancestry;
  • that babies in the womb can be disposed of for convenience; and
  • they watch movies and play video games where life is cheap and killing is glorified.
It should come as no surprise that students taught such nihilistic thinking would commit unconscionable acts.
As schools, media, entertainment, and churches moved in a liberal direction, the population has less internal restraints, thus requiring the government exert more external restraints to maintain order.
What America is experiencing is not a hardware problem but a software problem.
It is not the weapon in a youth's hand, but the teaching in the youth's mind.
When you take the Ten Commandments off the school walls you have to put metal detectors at the school doors.
J. Edgar Hoover wrote:
“A child who has been taught the laws of God, should have little trouble respecting the laws of men.

There have been 119 school shootings since 2018.
The most dangerous place for children in America is in gun-free public schools.
Armed shooters know they can walk in unopposed and kill for nearly an hour while law enforcement inexplicably stays outside.
This is a compelling point in favor of home- schooling.
J. Edgar Hoover is quoted in the introduction to Edward L.R. Elson's book, America's Spiritual Recovery, 1954:
"We can see all too clearly the devastating effects of secularism on our Christian way of life.
The period when it was smart to 'debunk' our traditions undermined ... high standards of conduct.
A rising emphasis on materialism caused a decline of 'God-centered' deeds and thoughts."
Hoover stated:
“No amount of law enforcement can solve a problem that goes back to the family."
He added:
"The American home ... ceased to be a school of moral and spiritual education.
When spiritual guidance is at a low ebb, moral principles are in a state of deterioration. Secularism advances when men forget God."
Forgetting God results in lawlessness was the theme of Russian author Dostoevsky, who wrote The Brothers Karamazov, 1880.
In it, one of the characters, Ivan Karamazov, contended that if there is no God, "everything is permitted."

"Every man did what was right in his own eyes" was the lawless condition in ancient Israel before they begged for a king.
"Everything is permitted" not only gives license to criminals on the street, but it also to gives license to criminals in the government, deep state individuals who seek to subvert from the inside.
This was the attitude of the Jacobins, a left-wing anarchist movement during the French Revolution.

Yale President Timothy Dwight described their subversive tactics to overthrow France's government in "The Duty of Americans at the Present Crisis," July 4, 1798:
"Adultery, assassination, poisoning, and other crimes of the like infernal nature, were taught as lawful ... provided the 'end was 'good' ...
The 'good ends' proposed ... are the overthrow of religion, government, and human society, civil and domestic.
These they pronounce to be so 'good' that murder, butchery, and war, however extended and dreadful, are declared by them to be completely justifiable."
Adam Weishaupt (1748-1830), a professor of law at the University of Ingolstadt, Germany, proposed using Jacobin tactics worldwide, secretly inciting anarchist dissension within countries, and between countries, to create wars, after which power could be usurped under the pretense of restoring order, ultimately resulting in a global government.

The University of Berlin had students organize into the Young Hegelians.
Members included Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, who prescribed anarchist organizing (Marx and Engels Collected Works, Vol. 10, p. 318):
"Conspirators ... organizing the revolutionary proletariat.
Their business consists in ... spurring it in to artificial crises ... They are the alchemists of the revolution."
David Horowitz explained the communist use of anarchist tactics to mobilize followers:
Battles over rights and other issues, according to Alinsky, should never be seen as more than occasions to advance the real agenda, which is the accumulation of power ... in radical hands."
Machiavelli advised:
  • “Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times."
  • “One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.”
  • “I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.”

Friedrich Engels wrote (London: W.O. Henderson, The Life of Friedrich Engels, 1976; Outlines of a Critique of Political Economy, 1844):
"Every new crisis must be more serious and more universal than the last ... must ruin more small capitalists and increase the workers who live only by their labor.
This will increase the number of the unemployed ... Commercial crises will lead to a social revolution."
Bankrupting a country into socialist government dependency, -- called the Great Reset --- was depicted in an editorial cartoon in the Chicago Tribune, April 21, 1934, showing Leon Trotsky engaged in "psychological projection," writing on a large board:
Plan of Action for U.S.
– SPEND! SPEND! SPEND! under the guise of recovery,
– BUST the government,
– BLAME the capitalists for the failure,
– JUNK the constitution and DECLARE A DICTATORSHIP.
On the side was written: "It worked in Russia!"
Anarchist tactics are listed in Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals:
  • "The first step in community organization is community disorganization. The disruption of the present organization is the first step."
  • "The organizer must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression."
  • "Search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act."
  • "The organizer's first job is to create the issues or problems ... An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent."
  • "The organizer ... polarizes the issue ... The organizer helps to lead his forces into conflict ... The real arena is corrupt and bloody... In war the end justifies almost any means."
  • “In the arena of action a threat or a crisis becomes almost a precondition to communication.”
The "ends justifies the means" and "everything is permitted" were amoral political tactics explained by Niccolo Machiavelli in his book, The Prince, 1515.

Five hundred years ago, Italy consisted of many independent city-states:
Venice, Genoa, Naples, Florence, Sienna, Amalfi, Milan, Corsica, Pisa, San Marino, Cospaia, Gaeta, Lucca, Noli, Trani and Papal States.
These were primarily noblemen's republics, each with their own armies and navies, and they continually fought.
Machiavelli thought that if one prince could control all of Italy, it would stop the in-fighting.
Machiavelli observed the ruthless tactics of Cesare Borgia (1475-1507), who reputedly used intrigue, deceit, seduction, incest, poisoning and assassination to usurp power.
He wrote that in politics, “one must consider the final result,” a phrase more succinctly remembered as "the end justifies the means," an adage which dates back to Ovid’s Heroides, 10 BC.

Called "consequentialism," it replaces absolute standards of right and wrong with subjective reasoning that the rightness of an action is based on whether the consequence or end result is good.
But since every criminal and ambitious politician defines "good" as benefiting themselves or advancing their agenda, it gives them license to lie under oath, deceitfully usurp freedoms, and commit the most reprehensible injustices and atrocities.
The "end," of one prince controlling all of Italy, was such a good end that any "means" necessary to get there was justified.
According to Machiavelli, if a prince wanted to conquer a city, in his quest to unify Italy, the people would hate him.
But if the prince secretly paid criminals under the table to burn barns, kill cows, smash windows and set buildings on fire, thus creating crises and terror in the streets, the people would cry out for help.

The prince would come in, get rid of the "useful idiot" criminals he paid, and nobody would know the better for it.
The naive people, unaware of his subterfuge, would praise the prince as a hero.
It is good marketing, create the need and fill it: go around the back of a house and set it on fire, then go around to the front door and sell them a fire extinguisher -- they will pay anything for it and thank you for being there.
Hitler used "Brownshirts" to create crises by disrupting the meetings of his opponents, then once in power, Hitler had the Brownshirts killed in the Night of the Long Knives, and the people praised Hitler for cracking down on crime.
Public trust has been declining for the FBI with reports that it has been co-opted and politicized, --selectively prosecuting individuals of one political party while ignoring the crimes of individuals belonging to another political party.

The Hill Magazine, 12/11/17, published USA Today columnist James Bovard's article "Yes, the FBI is America’s secret police":
"A 1924 American Civil Liberties Union report warned that the FBI had become 'a secret police system of a political character.'
In the 1930s, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court feared that the FBI had bugged the conference room where justices privately wrangled over landmark cases, as Tim Weiner noted in his 'Enemies: A History of the FBI.'
FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover compiled a list of 20,000 'potentially or actually dangerous' Americans who could be rounded up and locked away in one of the six detention camps the federal government secretly built in the 1950s.
From 1956 through 1971, the FBI’s COINTELPRO program conducted thousands of covert operations to incite street warfare between violent groups, to get people fired, to smear innocent people ... sic the IRS on people ... These operations involved vast numbers of warrantless wiretaps and illicit break-ins ...
A Senate Committee chaired by liberal Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho) issued a damning report on FBI abuses of power that should be mandatory reading for anyone who believes the bureau deserves deference today ...
We learned five years ago that the FBI explicitly teaches its agents that “the FBI has the ability to bend or suspend the law to impinge on the freedom of others" ..."
The Hill continued:
"An FBI academy ethics course taught new agents that subjects of FBI investigations have 'forfeited their right to the truth' ...
FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi gunned down Vicki Weaver in 1992 as she stood in her Idaho cabin doorway holding her baby ... When an Idaho County sought to prosecute the FBI sniper, the Justice Department invoked the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution to torpedo the case ...
... The FBI’s secrecy is profoundly skewing American politics.
More than a year after the 2016 election, Americans still have no idea the true extent of the FBI’s manipulation of the presidential campaign.
Did the FBI wrongfully absolve Hillary Clinton on the email server issue? What role did the FBI have in financing or exploiting the Steele dossier? Will we ever learn the full truth?" reported, "Sen. Grassley slams FBI's role in Trump-Russia collusion narrative" as a "political vendetta":
"Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is accusing the FBI of having “a get-Trump-at-all-costs attitude" ...
Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, highlighted new information that had come to light during the ongoing trial of Michael Sussmann, a lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign ...
“The Clinton campaign fabricated evidence trying to connect Trump to [Russia],” Grassley said. “They fed it to the media to start a yearslong wildfire of false allegations.
They fed it to the FBI to trigger a federal investigation into their opposing candidate.”
John Whitehead wrote, 11/4/14, "The FBI: America's Secret Police":
"As journalist Brett Wilkins warns:
'If the proposed rule change is approved, the FBI would have the power to unleash “network investigative techniques” against computers anywhere in the world, allowing the agency to secretly install malware and spyware on any computer, effectively allowing it to control that computer and all its stored information.
The FBI could download all the computer’s digital contents, switch its camera or microphone on or off and even control other computers in its network'"
Ambitious politicians who want power look at crises as opportunities to seize it.
Whether a crisis is coincidental or conspired, the consistent consequence is concentration of control.
Hillary Clinton considered the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to advance Democrat politics, April 28, 2020:
“This is a high-stakes time, because of the pandemic. But this is also a really high-stakes election.
And every form of health care should continue to be available, including reproductive health care ... part of a much larger system that eventually gets us to universal health care ...
So I can only say, ‘Amen,’ to everything you’re saying, but also to, again, enlist people that this would be a terrible crisis to waste, as the old saying goes."

The old saying came from Rahm Emmanuel, November 7, 2008:
“You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste; it’s an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid."
FoxNews PrimeTime Ben Domenech stated:
Rahm Emanuel’s famous dictum: never let a crisis go to waste … Normal times don’t produce the outcomes that the authoritarian left wants because people are not scared enough to give them the limitless power they crave …
Crises are necessary. And so, if there aren’t any on offer, they manufacture them.”

Crisis can be anything from an organized spontaneous riot, to an orchestrated financial collapse; or a virus, as depicted in movies: Mission Impossible II (2000); Twelve Monkeys (1995); Outbreak (1995); The Hot Zone (2019 mini-series); Pandemic (mini-series 2020); Contagion (2011).
Journalist Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) wrote:
"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule."

The term "Machiavellianism" is a reference to creating or capitalizing on a crisis to consolidate control.
Machiavelli gave his maleficent counsel:
  • “No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.”
  • “Politics have no relation to morals.”
Many politicians study Machiavelli.
Washington Post reporter David Broder wrote, May 16, 1994:
"A year ago last week, President Bill Clinton gave an interview to several of us from The Washington Post ...
At the end of the interview, he stood before the fireplace in the Oval Office and recited to us a passage from Machiavelli's The Prince."
Machiavelli explained how people actually want to believe a lie:
  • “One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.”
  • “Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked.”
  • “Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.”
  • “It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.”
  • “A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.”
  • “A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.”
  • “The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.”

Lord Acton explained how government officials have a habit of lying to the public: "Official truth is not actual truth."
This is similar to the Talleyrand, the French Foreign Minister who demanded millions in bribes and infamously spoke out of all sides of his mouth, stating:
"We were given speech to hide our thoughts."
Machiavelli continued his baleful remarks:
  • “It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved.”
  • “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.”
  • “Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.”
  • “Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.”
Machiavelli's counsel was ruthless:
  • “If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”
  • “Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed out drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more.”
  • “The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them once and for all.”
  • “Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed, for if you merely offend them they take vengeance, but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate, so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.”
  • “Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries –- for heavy ones they cannot.”
  • “Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.”

Who will fall victim to Machiavelli's ungodly stratagems?
How can a community or society survive such evil intentions?
William Holmes McGuffey warned in his Newly Revised Rhetorical Guide, 1853:
"If you can induce a community to doubt the ... authenticity of the Scriptures ...
whether there be an eternal state of retribution beyond the grave; or whether there exists any such being as God, you have broken down the barriers of moral virtue, and hoisted the flood-gates of immorality and crime."

Samuel Adams stated January 17, 1794:
"A virtuous education is calculated to reach ... the heart, and to prevent crimes ...
Such an education, which leads the youth beyond mere outside show, will impress their minds with a profound reverence of the Deity."
Dr. Benjamin Rush, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote in Essays-Literary, Moral, and Philosophical:
"In contemplating the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them ...
We neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government, that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by the means of the Bible."

Noah Webster wrote in his History of the United States, 1832:
"All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."
U.S. Senator Theodore Frelinghuysen wrote:
"The Bible ... Seal up this one Volume and in a half century all these hopes would wither and these prospects perish forever.
These sacred temples would crumble or become the receptacles of pollution and crime."

President James Buchanan proclaimed a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer, December 14, 1860:
"In this the hour of our calamity and peril to whom shall we resort for relief but to the God of our fathers.
His Omnipotent Arm only can save us from the awful effects of our own crimes."
What is the answer?
The FBI's first Director J. Edgar Hoover admonished:
“What we need in America today is a vigorous return to the God of our Fathers, and a most vigorous defense against the minion of godlessness and atheism."
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