Psychology of Smash and Grab

December 6, 2021

You will find the following articles on the causes of the recent “Smash and Grab” lawlessness exploding in our big cities very enlightening.

It is essential that we citizens know and understand why this started and how to stop it. We citizens are the “cultural planners” who must act to avoid such travesties. It is up to all of us to stop them. We voters, ultimately, are the only ones that can do anything about these and a myriad of other social and economic problems in America.

It is our duty to shop amongst the political platforms and their subscribing candidates, at all levels of government, to elect our representatives who’s job it is to prevent and solve our nations internal and external problems. It is our job to see to it that our representatives do their jobs as they promised; and to fire their butts, via recall, impeachment or the ballot box, if they do not live up to their promises.

Additionally, we must take the responsibility to be the best citizens we can be. Part of this challenge is to learn the political platforms that have always failed through history and the ones that have lead to social and cultural success and longevity.

This last matter is an educational one, and this is what my over 2000 postings on this blog have been about.

Our elected representatives make new rules and amend old ones that we all, for better or worse, live under. Sometimes our representatives break the rules that the rest of us are expected to live by, and they must be fired. Sometimes they make bad rules, or surreptitiously weaken the good rules that have sustained America, and they must be fired.

I judge that it is also essential that we elect representatives that will, unselfishly and patriotically, support term limits on their own tenure. Thus, putting an end to extended (20,30,40-year political careers) rife with cronyism, great wealth and and corruption. Our current President ,Joe Bidden, is a powerful example of this sad and destructive American tradition.

When it comes to a society’s survival, it is all about the rules and consequences and the voters ability to govern its own government’s behavior via the Ballot box.

Our governing rules, (laws), have outcomes that are good or bad. Some laws have fairly immediate consequences (i.e., raising taxes, requiring inoculations for employment, reducing “red tape” for businesses, etc.) Some laws have somewhat delayed consequences for us all (i.e., hiring 80,000 additional IRS Agents, funding or defunding the police, or appointing liberal or conservative judges, etc.). There are laws that can lead to distant consequences (i.e., conserving or squandering our natural resources, funding or defunding science and space exploration, strengthening or weakening our military, or incrementally conforming-to, or disregarding our Constitutional mandates, etc.)

There are governmental rule-changes that can have consequences all three time periods; short, intermediate, and long-term. The following are some that have, and will continue to damage people, families and the structure of our society: legalizing pornography, gambling, recreational drugs, abortion, or opening borders to millions of unselected and unvetted immigrants.

Rule changes, and their consequences, can damage or strengthen societies. They increase or decrease the likelihood that societies and their cultures will live long and well, or fall into decline.

America, arguably began to vote for, or tolerate bad rule changes, starting somewhere in the 1960’s. The slippery slope and snow-balling effects of our own ballet box failures have led to the decline of America we all now suffer.

Contemplating all of this is a very challenging task.

The Sciences have made great progress starting somewhere around 300 BC. But, when it comes to the purposeful and successful design and evolution of societies and their cultures, human kind remains in the dark ages.

Perhaps the recent sudden appearance of smash and grab flash mobs will highlight one, among other countless examples, of what we and our representatives must not do.

Psychologist B.F. Skinner taught us that learning what we must not do, can help us learn what we must do.

Many fields of science will have things to say regarding this startling, smash and grab break-down in law and order. But, I judge that the one science that most basically informs us about the shaping of perceptions, thoughts, beliefs, emotions and behaviors in humans, is the science of psychology.

Applied psychology’s premier Law, is called the Law of Effect. The Law of Effect simply states that: Consequences and Expected Consequences Control Behavior.

There are are other valuable psychological principles that influence the evolution of societies and their cultures. But, what is now known is far beyond the scope of this posting.

The following are only a few “nuts and bolts” of this massively complex matter.

In order to influence the quality and rate of occurrence of good and bad behaviors in a population, generally agreed-upon well-known rules of conduct (and laws) of human behavior are essential. But, rules and Laws will only be effective if they are accompanied by rewards for conformity to them and punishments for non-conformity or a lack of rewards. To be effective, rewards and punishments should be immediate enough, big enough, and certain enough to motivate rule-and-law following within a population.

Of course there are other considerations. For example, it helps if parents, extended families, schools and religious organizations teach the advantages of good rules to individuals and their society. It is also critical to teach the individual and societal harms that follow breaking good rules and laws.

Regarding the influences of Religion: Great societies have generally displayed powerful organizing spiritual rules and consequences for conforming to, or breaking them. For example, within Judeo/Christian religions, as well as others, God is believed to know our thoughts and actions and his rewards and punishments are believed to certain and unavoidable in the after-life. These spiritual consequences can dramatically increase the likelihood of rule and law conformity among faithful populations. For the faithful, these spiritual consequences (for example, heaven or hell) can be very delayed; but they are devoutly expected, and they are hugely rewarding or punishing….lasting through all eternity!

However, no matter what is done to increase rule and law conformity within societies around the world, a certain percent of any population will resiliently deviate from cultural rules and laws.

The Law of Effect dictates that if such behavior is rewarded, it will increase its rate of occurrence.

See for yourself in the following short articles.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/11/30/perverse-incentives-behind-smash-and-grab-wave/

As U.S. Retailers Struggle Against Smash-And-Grab Flash Mobs, Leftists Blame “White Supremacy”

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Health Services Provider in Psychology

President: Behavioral Psychological Family Services



God’s Blessings to You and Your loved Ones. Thanksgiving: 11/25/21

November 25, 2021

Tom and Sally Mawhinney

Tucker Interviews Rittenhouse: A Must See!

November 23, 2021

President Biden Called this 17 yr. old, Kyle Rittenhouse, a “White Supremist”.

The radical liberal main-stream media condemned him as a racist and a murderer. They repeatedly misrepresented the chain of riotous events that led-up to his killing two men and badly injuring one other, all in unimpeachable self-defense.

In incontestable fact, Rittenhouse only shot them as they were attempting to kill him. One man was verbally threatening to kill him (more than once) and physically attacking him. He shot another man who was beating Rittenhouse on the head with a skate board while he was on the ground. He shot the last man in an arm when that man pointed a loaded handgun at him, at close range.

If you do not know the details of what happened to this, then 17 yr. old, in the midst of an inflamed riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin; here you can learn the truth and judge Mr. Rittenhouse for yourself.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 11/23/21

Marxist American Revolution: Near Complete?

November 21, 2021

Progressives/Socialist/Communists Creating American An Leviathan

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Progressives/Socialist/Communists Creating American Leviathan

Rules for Revolution

Snopes reports that both of the lists that I will present below are false. They do this because the attributed authorship of these two sets of rules is unknown. Therefore, the “falseness” Snopes proclaims is only because these lists have been falsely attributed to their supposed authors.

I will submit to you that even though the authors were falsely attributed, and in the final analysis unknown, these lists are absolutely true of the age-old progressive/socialist/ communist strategies used to destroy democracies and democratic republics.

Historically, as is the case with Putin’s Russia invading Ukraine to squelch the advancement of democracy, these strategies have been employed at the barrel of guns. This is ongoing as I write.

However, thanks to our Constitution’s Second Amendment, such an attack is not so likely to work in America. Therefore, as Antonio Gramsci has recommended, progressive/socialist/ communist forces have simply infiltrated every major institution in America, including our government. They are successfully destroying our Nation.

For more information on the Gramsci plan, please see the following.

https://culturalsurvivalskills.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/chandlers-shadow-world-4/

As a result of Gramsci-like peaceful strategies progressive/socialist/communist goals are now well-advanced in America. It is very possible that their successes have moved us beyond the point of no return, already transforming America into a Nation tyrannically controlled by its Leviathan Federal Government.

Yes, I used the word “Leviathan” in the last sentence very purposefully. Many may not know the historical importance  of this powerful word.  Please review the following before considering the two lists, clearly identifying the ways in which progressive/socialist/communist forces are constructing a new American Leviathan.

http://www.sparknotes.com/philosophy/leviathan/summary.html

Rule set # 1

1. Corrupt the young, get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial. Destroy their ruggedness.

2. Get control of all means of publicity.

3. Get people’s minds off their government by focusing their attention on athletics, sexy books and other trivialities.

4. Divide the people into hostile groups by constantly harping on controversial matters of no importance.

5. Destroy the people’s faith in their natural leaders by holding the latter up to contempt, ridicule and obloquy.

6. Always preach true democracy, but seize power as fast and as ruthlessly as possible.

7. By encouraging government extravagance, destroy its credit and produce fear of inflation with rising prices and general discontent.

8. Foment unnecessary strikes in vital industries, encourage civil disorders, and foster a lenient and soft attitude on the part of government toward such disorders.

9. By specious argument cause the breakdown of the old moral virtues, honesty, sobriety, continence, faith in the pledged word, ruggedness.

10. Cause the registration of all firearms on some pretext, as a prelude to confiscating them and leaving the populace helpless.

Rule Set # 2

There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before a “transforming force” is able to create a Social State.

The first rule is the most important.

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people.

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. This way taxes can be increased, and that will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. With this accomplished it is possible to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of the largest segment of the population as possible lives (Food, Housing, and Income). Federal Control of the population is essential.

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor this will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor. Do the same with faith and ethnicity. All of this will increase the probability of public disorder and will provide a logical defense for a police state.

America: Wake-The-Hell-Up!

V. Tom Mawhinney, 3/30/14 (Revised 6/1/14)

P.S. Thanks to dear friend Vic Palenske for sending me some of the rules above, thus stimulating my thinking and research on this topic.

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Communist Rules for Revolution & America’s destructionJune 28, 2020In “Boiling the American Frog”

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One Response to “Progressives/Socialist/Communists Creating American An Leviathan”

  1. vtmawhinney Says:
    January 8, 2021 at 5:36 PM | Reply   editReblogged this on Cultural Survival Skills and commented:I wrote the following Blog in 2014.
    For generations many Americans have been propagandized into favoring Marxism. This was made possible by Marxist revolutionaries slowly, but steadily, gaining more and more control over many sectors of our culture (Education, Mainstream Media, Entertainment, Jurisprudence, the Electoral Process, and much more. America is in big trouble and many people believe Socialism is the solution; this when it is actually the cause! Tom Mawhinney, 1/8/2021

America’s Second Amendment On Trial!

November 17, 2021

It is essential to see Tucker Carlson’s presentation on the controversial case of Kyle Rittenhouse defending himself with a rifle against three attackers during the Kenosha Wisconsin’s horrific riot. Also, to see a very thoughtful discussion of this case please consider watching “The Five”, Video that is available right after the completion of Tucker’s video.

The outcome of this trial could well shape the future of the practical meaning of America’s Constitutional Second Amendment.

If you have only watched the “Main-Steam Media” about this issue, you have watched a distorted and Leftist propagandistic presentation. Their reports are not even close to what happened with this shooting in the midst of the Kenosha riot.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 11/17/21

Ridiculing the Radical Left #2

November 8, 2021

Fighting fire with fire!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 11/8/21

Why America Is Failing!

November 2, 2021

It is essential that all American voters know the information presented below. Furthermore, these great concerns must be taught to all of America’s Children and Teens.

My extensive readings about the historical causes of failed civilizations informs my judgment of some key factors now destroying America. These are summarized along with excellent examples below.

The following 10 pages of historical information is no more effortful to read than America’s, once more substantial, Sunday news papers.

If you are unfamiliar with these concerns, this may be some of the most important information you have ever read.

It is essential that Americans vote for the political party, at all levels, that best helps America to avoid the following evolutionary pitfalls.

https://www.bibleblender.com/2012/biblical-lessons/modern-day-lessons/how-declining-morals-cause-civilizations-to-die#cmtoc_anchor_id_10

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 11/2/21

Propaganda Works in Diabolically Silent Ways

October 29, 2021

The Marxists here and elsewhere have mastered the use of this approach and it is now heavily focused upon us all!

Thanks to patriot Lee Hornack for sending this to me.

The following is the most articulate explanation of this Silent, self-imposed, American propaganda attack I have ever heard.

Please learn about this propagandistic psychological phenomenon. It will alter your thinking and behavior; and that of your children and loved ones. This is a fact.

Therefore, it can transform America into a disgraced failure.

Blessings to you, V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Indiana University South Bend

President Behavioral Psychological Family Services

Ridiculing American Marxists!

October 26, 2021

I have been accused of being aggressive in my portrayal of our ongoing American Marxist Revolution.

Actually, I am only presenting the facts and the consequences of those facts that we are all suffering.

I do this in hopes that enough thinking democrats and independents will Wake-Up and throw the Marxists out of America’s political and hired offices at every level of government.

I hope to prevent more aggression in America than we have seen since our original Revolution and Civil War.

Me…I’m not aggressive! Not unless someone(s) try to destroy me, my love ones, or my America.

Until then…..I am just a big old sweet Teddy Bear.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 10/26/21

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