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Another Application of the Double Bind

I wouldn’t wish these circumstances on anyone, but if you are planning on participating in a protest do be aware of the double bind so you can navigate the subtleties of it’s ensuing psychological degenerative cascade and hopefully avoid being arrested.


The double bind provokes feelings of helplessness by putting an individual in a no-win situation from which it is impossible to make a choice between alternatives. It is backed up with pandering that attempts to instill a state of confusion in the mind of the respondent and supported with a prefabricated solution which serves the interest of the person seeking control. Police will do this during civil unrest to push the window on an arrest. Since it provokes the fight/flight response, an individual already having escalated emotionally during a protest is more likely to fight back during antagonism than stand down which precipitates justifiable deadly force. The key to dealing with the double bind is to remain calm while under police control, if it goes that far. Also, If operating under the control of a well regulated militia, follow the militia protocol for dealing with the double bind.


When effectively executed, respondents will oftentimes buy into the double bind seeking relief from the conflict that issues on antagonism, albeit this adaptation can have destructive consequences upon the person being manipulated. On the other hand, where a person will not subordinate, the double bind is generally backed up with prejudice, militancy, forward flight and sabotage thus eventually either subordinating, killing or releasing the individual. Alternatively, a respondent may attempt to fight back in what circumstances a power struggle ensues where the individual must recognize that not backed up by a militia he has little or no chances of winning a street battle battle with the police.

As a rule, unless you have a very clear idea about the difference between criminal and civil process, you are ill advised to continue participation in ANY protest where you can perceive the degenerative cascade. Combat and armed conflict are the domain of a military, so avoid it at all costs unless your actions are backed up by a well regulated militia.


Prejudice attempts to direct stereotypical labels at an audience targeted for subordination. A typical prejudice that issues from police is the person being manipulated is profiled: however, prejudice is also a defense mechanism arising from feelings of inferiority in connection with having been attempted to be subordinated. In this case, there is a tendency to want to recruit support to overcome limitations thus placed on one’s autonomy, and a respondent may thus attempt to solicit participation from an audience. A typical respondent prejudice would be to call a police officer a pig, which is an offense term and will more often than not escalate to police control. This is ill advised under circumstances where administrative process will resolve an issue more correctly than seeking street justice.


Militancy is the energy behind a concerted effort to either subordinate or provoke a respondent. On the other hand, victim presentation is directed at being unconstrained. Police do not generally discriminate between the two, so it’s not uncommon for a prisoner to be unnecessarily killed in restraint one’s behavior interpreted as aggressive and dangerous to an arresting officer. In an nutshell, the more vigorous activity to achieve a political objective the more likely damaging circumstances will prevail.

Forward Flight

Forward flight virtually always issues on the double bind and is more aggressive posturing that involves physical movement, threatening, pushing, shoving and prodding tantamount to bullying. Police barricades will sometimes move forward against an advancing mob in forward flight, the objective being to territorialize the protest setting. Conversely, an individual having been placed under arrest might begin posturing possession of a concealed weapon to intimidate his captors, which of course will bring on more lethal forms of restraint. Anyone familiar with politicians who conduct their lectures in this manner know they are at a level of psychological deterioration where individuals wishing to engage in debate are quickly ushered away, or unprepared but easily provoked will begin threatening their audience. Where forward flight issues from the respondent, an often times deadly confrontation is inevitable. Respondent forward flight is a militia tactic and should be avoided unless carried out under the supervision of trained and experienced combat leadership, which will emerge through an organization called into service for this purpose.


Sabotage involves any behavior that is directed at subordinating either party in a conflict. Although this can be anything that promotes the drama, lesser cuing is typically carried out by the agent provocateur, and such individuals can be either offensive or defensive. Provocation can be subtle such as a police officer placing a combative and handcuffed arrest suspect on the ground and then walking off leaving this individual in the hands of a less experiences officer. The outcome is predictable. On the other hand, protests can magnify seeded on remarks made by individuals who are attempting to escalate a flash mob. The mob mentality ensues accompanied by mayhem.


Anyone planning to participate in a protest should be well rehearsed in the double bind for the simple reason that you want your presence to focus on the issue for which this event was engineered. Also, it is important to intercept the agent provocateur and place this individual under arrest as quickly as possible. Protests that escalate to violence are ineffective in getting your point across to an administration unless they are preemptive of involvement from a militia, and you will know this well ahead of time. The target of the protest will know this ahead of time. Everyone will have had the opportunity to settle their difference before all hell breaks lose, and this should never be on the heel of a flash mob. Flash mobs diffuse the protest and create the opportunity for administration to invoke marshal law, and then your protest has accomplished absolutely nothing.

Protests are not a free for all, and where such is the character of any public address it is pointless to plunder the setting for any other purpose than to anticipate a prison sentence. Again, protests are sometimes thought of as an opportunity to evoke street justice, and all I can say to that is unpleasant consequences generally follow.

Protests serve one purpose. Militia serves another. Know the difference and how to back out of a protest that goes wild at the prompting of an agent provocateur.


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