The Q Phenomenon: Reason for Optimism?


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Open Your Minds to Change: A Guide to the Great Awakening

By Martin Geddes (December 2020)

Book Review

British computer scientist and artist Martin Geddes self-published this little book in December 2020. It’s a collection of essays he wrote between 2017 and 2020 about the “Q phenomenon,” which he describes as  “a backchannel from the Trump administration to the public to bypass a corrupt and controlled media industry.”*

  • Essay 1 “Why I’m Optimistic About the Future.” First published October 2017.

Concerns the pivotal role played by sociopaths throughout history and how they exert their control over society. Essay 2 “The Great Awakening.” First published in May 2018.

Describes role of debt-based money system in current global corruption. Specifically details 1) how private banks control the monetary system by creating 98% of our money out of thin air when they issue loans and 2) how central banks have the additional power to initiate collapses through credit starvation, wars (by funding both sides), and “a parallel system of political bribery, blackmail and corruption.” Geddes believes current Breton-Woods banking system is being gradually replaced by a gold-backed petroyuan system.

  • Essay 3 “The Storm: How to Prepare for a Global Corruption Purge.” First published August 2019

Identifies historical and emerging corruption scandals. According to Geddes, international trade (aka globalization) has always been linked to intelligence gathering and narcotrafficking. He makes the controversial claim (which I question) that the Trump government was a de facto military government. Here he asserts the “Q” program of using opensource [military] intelligence to bypass the compromised mass media is evidence that this is a de facto military government with a civilian varnish.”* I also dispute his claim, “Once civilian institutions are vastly compromised, the only remaining way of peacefully reversing these changes is via the military.” In my experience, once you allow a military junta to assume control of government, there is no nonviolent way to remove them from power.

  • Essay 4 “Crossing the Schism.” First published October 2019.

Describes the artificial chasm that has been opened up between those who are aware of the immense corruption of the corporate-controlled state and those who continue to buy into the illusion of authority of the mass media.

  • Essay 5 “Dark and Light: The Revolution Inside.” First published November 2019.

Challenges current emphasis on dogmatic scientific materialism and emphasizes  importance of spiritual and intuitive knowledge in addressing near-universal childhood trauma.

  • Essay 6 “The Silent War and Digital Soldiers.” Published in November 2019.

Discusses the painful awakening the general population to the silent horror occurring all around them (eg millions of children disappearing into human trafficking networks; billions of people poisoned by their food, environment and medicines; everyone ripped off by a banking system founded upon debt slavery, asset bubbles and warmongering) while they are busy being distracted by the corporate infotainment.

  • Essay 7 “Death of a Supermafia.” First published March 2020

Geddes asserts we are in the final throws of a war against a supermafia (aka the “Deep State”) that has plagued humanity for longer than we have records. He believes all the recent scandals that have been exposed are cause to be optimistic.

  • Essay 8 “Coronagate: The Scandal to End all Scandals.” First published May 2020

Mainly focuses on extreme corruption of Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates in suppressing effective treatments for Covid to maximize their personal investment in vaccines.

  • Essay 9 “The Wars of Perception of Heaven and Hell” First published August 2020

Concerns the general subversion of facts to dogma in the mainstream media and how this came about.

  • Essay 10 “The Digital Coup.” First published November 27, 2020

Lays out evidence of election fraud in November 2020 election.

*According to Wikipedia: “QAnon is a political conspiracy theory that later evolved into a political movement. It originated in the American far-right political sphere. QAnon centers on false claims made by an anonymous individual or individuals known as ‘Q’… The Q persona is that of a well-connected individual with access to highly sensitive government information, who put themself at risk by dispensing their knowledge to 4chan, then 8chan/8kun users.” In a prior book (On Q/), Geddes asserts QAnon is a product of US military intelligence  and played a major role in helping Trump get elected. While othersQ who have researched QAnon accept the premise that it originates with US military intelligence, there is active debate whether its true purpose is to mislead the public or to work to dismantle the Deep State. Geddes addresses this controversy in a recent interview with journalist Mark Devlin

Just to let people know I’m moving to Substack and Telegram after several readers informed me I’ve been censored from WordPress Reader feed. The link to my Substack account is The link to my Telegram channel is I’ll continue to publish on WordPress as long as I’m able, but if my blog suddenly disappears you’ll know where to find me.


Do We All Have a Capacity for Evil?

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A Human Being Died That Night: Forgiving Apartheid’s Chief Killer

by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (2003)

Book Review

A Human Being Died That Night explores the political, sociological and psychological influences that lead individuals to engage in torture, assassination and other forms of state terrorism. Psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela was an adviser to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).* Her book is based on a series of prison interviews she conducted with the ex-commander of the apartheid regime’s death squad Eugene De Kock.

In my view, it’s of special relevance given recent calls to prosecute CIA officers involved in torturing post-911 detainees. At present, it’s fashionable to dismiss all perpetrators of heinous violence as evil psychopaths. The main value of Gobodo-Madikizela’s book is to remind us that we all have the capacity for evil.

De Kock was already in prison serving two life sentences before he made his first appearance in front of the TRC. His role was to testify in the case of five former security police who were applying for amnesty for murdering (on DeKoch’s orders) three black policeman who threatened to expose their involvement in the death of four black activists. Asking to meet with family members of the dead policemen, De Kock appeared to express genuine remorse for ordering their assassination. This gesture – as well as the clear emotional release he experienced afterwards – greatly surprised Gobodo-Madikizela. The psychologist had dismissed him as a sociopath and incapable of remorse.

The Prison Interviews

The purpose of the author’s 1997-2000 prison interviews with de Kock was to gain better understanding of the ways oppressive political systems can numb someone’s conscience to the point they can commit heinous crimes. She concludes the relationship between personal choice and societal pressure is never straightforward in a totalitarian society.

It’s quite clear from his own words that de Kock’s superiors brainwashed him into perceiving African National Congress (ANC) and Pan African Congress (PAC) activists as Communists – as opposed to freedom fighters – who were threatening to plunge South Africa into the chaotic violence Congo, Angola and Mozambique experienced following independence. The apartheid regime also systematically portrayed the battle against liberation activists as a religious war in which God was on the side of the regime. Opting out of their violent role for religious or ethical reasons was impossible. The regime dealt extremely harshly with officers who attempted to do so.

The Role of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

As Gobodo-Madikizela explains, some restorative process is essential when a civil war ends and victims and perpetrators are forced to live alongside one another. Merely scapegoating and locking up a few “bad apples” does nothing to remediate the psychological trauma victims have incurred, which she blames for the intergenerational cycles of violence that have plagued other African countries.

In her view, the most important benefits of the TRC were forcing perpetrators to see their victims as fully human and allowing victims to experience the rehumanization that occurs when they witness the pain of genuine remorse in the perpetrators who have wronged them. Other positive outcomes include a better understanding of the role the politics of oppression and abuse play in creating monsters who commit crimes against humanity. This recognition forces all participants to confront the not-so-pleasant potential for evil within themselves.

With brutal honesty, Gobodo-Madikizela confesses that her prison interviews forced her to confront her own potential for evil. The book relates an incident in which she stood by while fellow ANC members executed suspected police collaborators with “necklaces” of burning tires and did nothing to stop them.

Moral Exclusion

Gobodo-Madikizela concludes the most important dynamic leading individuals of conscience to commit heinous crimes is “moral exclusion” – a process in which they become convinced the targeted population is less than human. This dynamic is clearly in operation when CIA officers eagerly torture brown-skinned Arabs and when white cops beat the crap out of African Americans.


The author also describes in details how de Kock was scapegoated in his 1993 trial, conducted by an Afrikaner judge and prosecutor. In several interviews he expresses resentment about being scapegoated – not only by high level officials who gave the orders but by a white middle class who enjoyed a very comfortable lifestyle by repeatedly voting for a political party (the National Party) committed to retaining apartheid.

Gobodo-Madikizela is particularly appalled by the hypocrisy of Nobel Prize winner F.W. de Klerk.** The latter vehemently opposes amnesty for de Koch, despite giving orders for him to “neutralize” the ANC, as well as medals for carrying them out so efficiently.

De Klerk and other high level apartheid leaders have consistently pleaded ignorance to the crimes against humanity committed by their underlings. In this respect, they stand out from three other regimes responsible for mass crimes against humanity: Germany’s Nazi regime, the Pinochet regime in Chile and Milosevic’s regime in the former Yugoslavia. Documentary evidence shows violence (ie torture and assassination) was encouraged and expected by the apartheid regime but never explicitly ordered (not in writing, at least). In the other three cases there was a clear paper trail connecting high level officials with police officers who carried it out.

* The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was a court-like restorative justice body assembled in South Africa after the abolition of apartheid. Victims of gross human rights violations had the opportunity to give testimony about their experiences, and some were selected for public hearings. Perpetrators of violence could also give testimony and request amnesty from both civil and criminal prosecution.
**In 1993 de Klerk and Mandela were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.