Guest Column: The Artist vs. the Collective

The artist vs. the system …
by Jon Rappoport
Excerpted from, December 24, 2012

The CreatorWhatever his medium, the artist stands outside the group and the group’s slogans.

If the group is living in Tuesday, he is living in Friday.

He sees invention everywhere, even in the faces that float by on the street. He sees their theatrical roles and the messages that are written on their lips before they speak.

He sees the preposterous crises that are concocted to lead to revelations that never come. Populations walk through one gate after another, deeper into an internal slavery that knows no limit.

The artist sees one genuine emotion after another parlayed into flashes of cheap sentiment.

In midst of all this, the artist doesn’t surrender. Nor does he only observe. Nor does he only point out the lies.


He always has.

The artist opposes the most popular trends of the moment.

The trend now, under various guises, is the Collective.

We need to realize that the Collective, no matter how it is defined or shaped or covertly hidden, is seeking to marginalize the person who imagines and creates new realities.

The artist is able to spot the Collective. He opposes it.

This opposition can’t be settled and resolved with some absurd “rainbow philosophy” that pretends to include everybody. It can’t be dismissed or merged in a melting lump of happy-happy cosmic cheese.

Those pseudo-philosophers who speak about consciousness as if it were one all-embracing ocean, within which we are merely tiny and ineffectual drops of water, have already developed a convenient amnesia about the artist.

Down through time, in the face of every spiritual system devised by the priest-class, the artist has said no. Instead, he has built his own worlds. He has lived the life of imagination, immune to the latest and greatest “New Age.”

He has asserted his power.

This is the natural mantle worn by the person who invents, imagines, improvises, creates: power.

Power that is apart from the group.

The artist not only sees, with great clarity, the mindless brain-dead gatherings of Collectives; he not only sees how they are built; he not only sees how they import “the highest ideals” to flesh out their slave-programs and objectives; he not only rejects all this; he creates something entirely different.

He invents worlds of his own. Many worlds.

The artist proliferates. He doesn’t reduce.

The artist isn’t looking for the “one thing” that will unite us all under a banner of harmony. He knows all such harmonies wear out and are eventually co-opted to produce mass hypnosis.

The artist rebels. In rebelling, he reveals the uniqueness of the individual. He doesn’t pay lip service to this uniqueness. He demonstrates it.

The artist destroys the Matrix, over and over.

Whether in art, science, philosophy, healing, or any other field of human endeavor, the person who lives by and through imagination creates new realities. As the artist, he challenges the status quo on every level.

This isn’t a superficial undertaking. It isn’t an attempt to “do something pretty and nice.” It isn’t part of “being a good citizen.”

The Collective is a fungus that seeks to swallow up people and nations. It enlists the highest-flying ideals as a cover. It sweeps away resistance with what seems like the most honorable of intentions.

Humanity on this planet has been undergoing a transformation into one ten-billion-member cult. You can find its leaders just by listening to their voices and their sentiments. They all come from the same manual.

This is really war by other means.

In the dying days of the engorged Roman Empire, which had squandered its capital through wars of conquest, it was decided that these other means were necessary. And so the Roman Church was invented. It would employ all the idealisms of past ages.

It would actually produce an unprecedented version of mind control as the weapon of conquest.

And today, we have “the Global outlook.” This is the silky cover for drawing in populations to a perverse dream of unity for all.

“We will harmonize the world.”

Hero_CommentsThis is exactly the kind of program the artist has always rejected.

The artist says: there are are an infinity of worlds, and they can exist side by side; artists create them.

When that message is lost, we lose what we are and enter into amnesia.


There are some people who hear the word CREATE and wake up, as if a new flashing music has begun…

Finish reading this watershed Christmas Eve column of joy and life here.

Jon Rappoport

The author of an explosive collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at

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  1. Indeed, the message of Christ was corupted by the Roman Church which was created in the 4th century. Prior to the creatation of the Bible followers of Christ would have been independent thinkers who rejected the ways of the Romans. They refused to fight in the Roman wars and basically existed in opposition to being controlled by others. It is for this reason that they were sought out and persecuted by the Romans. Anyone that has studied the Roman Empire knows that prior to the 4th century Christians were killed in front of the masses for entertainment and to demonstate what happens to people that reject the Collective ways of the Roman Empire.
    As a result of the persecution of Christ and about 300 years of the teachings of his followers, the Roman Empire began to fall apart. In fact, the western Roman Empire did fall, and it was at this time that Constintine became Christian and organized the writing of the Bible so as to bring the followers of Christ into the “Collective” Roman Empire. To help it work, the Vatican City was built and a Pope was selected. The Pope was used to group the followers of Christ into a Collective which could be used to wage wars in direct opposition to the teachings of Christ.

    The Hypocracy of the Collective Roman Church has been built into the United States Empire. Citizens have been tricked into supporting the Collective Empire as a means to protecting Individual Rights. This is similar to what Constintine was able to do with the true Christians. Thus, this idea of expressing individualism, free spirit and volunteerism is simply restating the true teachings of Christ, which brought the Roman Empire to it’s knees.
    Indeed, if we could somehow prevent the mind control of “Collectives” from dominating the Individual, there would be no more Collectives, and thus, no more mindless people to fight wars of agresssion.

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