Kevin Annett and Perpetuation of ‘THE MOB-MENTALITY’
“Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayanas
In order to better understand what is happening in our society today, we need to look at what sociology has to say about how human beings interact with their world. In a book I picked up entitled: Social Processes: An Introduction to Sociology (Shibutani, 1986), I was surprised just how much of what is happening with Kevin and his crusades is found within it’s pages.
In the introduction, Shibutani asks pivotal questions about human behavior as it relates to group process. In particular, why does human behavior defy logic when humans come together in groups better known as ‘the mob’?
Facebook (still evil…) is full of groups. Most of them are benign, relating to gardening, Justin Bieber, ‘Ugly Cat’, or some sports team. For the most part groups such as this are fun and offer a place to hang out with other (sometimes distanced geographically) members who share a common interest. However, other groups are not so fluffy and sweet, and are based on deeply emotional, and often controversial issues. Groups like 9/11 Truth, We Are Change, InfoWars, Say No To Monsanto are just a few groups that seek to inform the sleeping sheep in the world, but are also groups that people join when they are already angry about an issue and want a place to hang out and be angry in.
According to Shibutani, emotions, like anger, play a key role in social processes like the mob mentality. This kind of thinking he states is an inability to regulate one’s own capacity to self-regulate thoughts and actions to the point that a person can become an automoton…hypnotized and out of control.
“At times people who find themselves amid others with similar inclinations experience a sense of invincibility. When everyone appears to be supporting them, nothing can stand in their way. (p.131)”
The concept of the group mindset is that it only takes a few, strongly emotional (or angry) individuals mixed with highly suggestible or curious individuals to create a rioting mob. For some groups, simply that yearning to fit in means that self-regulation of thoughts and actions get thrown out the window all together in favor of acceptance by the group. What once was a curious bystander now becomes the guy throwing rocks through store windows. The person running the show merely needs to feed into that and he can control the whole mob and direct it to where he wants it to go.
Hype and Fearmongering become part of the propaganda that sways the highly suggestible… What’s worse is that once the mob is stirred they can’t be reasoned with.
This is what I see in the supporters of Kevin Annett and the means by which he stirs the mob is indeed with fear and hype. He creates a vision (his personal vision) that is grotesque, ambiguous in it’s interpretation and determined in it’s outcome. Statements like the following made by him use clever and fearful language that fits the above criteria.
“Nobody will make us do so, of course. Winners of a war are absolved from accountability, and other nations will never put us on trial, any more they will a child-raping Vatican. Only we can do the unimaginable, and publicly display the corpses, and say who is responsible, and bring those people and institutions to justice.” – Kevin Annett January 2011 on the subject of digging the mass graves of children at Residential Schools in Canada.
It is strong and effective rhetoric to be sure… in fact the use of the statement “publicly display the corpses” is what separates the mindless angry masses from those who are conscious of their thoughts and in control of their actions. Rational people would find a better choice of words.
Control of the Mob-Mentality is accomplished when someone confronts Kevin about his use of rhetoric and that person asking the question is publicly shamed.
We have seen this with Camilla Novelli, the translator who was helping arrange the trip for Kevin to Italy back in late March of 2010.
When Camilla had asked some questions about Kevin’s wanting to do an ‘Exorcism’ on the Vatican grounds, she was met with a vicious attack under Kevin’s alias Jeremiah Jourdain. This letter, which was cc’d to other members of the Italian delegation (and supporters of Kevin) accomplished several tasks… It publicly shamed Camilla (who is a very private person.. quiet and unassuming) into leaving the delegation which was exactly what Kevin wanted. You see, no naysayers allowed in the clubhouse… they cause too much trouble and might convince others to think for themselves and ask questions as well.
Secondly, it sent a message to other members in the group that dissent among the ranks results in public shaming and expulsion from the group. While I don’t recognize most of the names on the Italian delegation e-mail list, I expect they are well known in their activist circles. To be shamed by Kevin is to risk losing credibility within any other groups you might be active in.
Lastly, it provided the illusion that Jeremiah Jourdain is somehow an actual person…let alone a person in authority of ITCCS. You see, Jeremiah Jourdain is actually Kevin Annett and there are people who know Kevin who can testify that he has admitted this fact.
You see, a decent human being (who wasn’t trying to play the social process of Mob Mentality) would have sent a private e-mail to address Camilla’s concerns and if need be send a private e-mail to each of the delegates explaining why Camilla should not be allowed to act as interpreter. But instead, Kevin uses Jeremiah Jourdain (a 77year old Cree Elder) to publicly shame a woman who simply asked a question.
Now I have learned about another woman, Claire Kaiser, who back in 2010 suspected that Kevin’s real interest in the Residential School issue was that he wanted to dig up the mass graves allegedly located at 28 Residential school grounds across Canada. She was invited on a blog radio show to discuss her book where Kevin was also a guest. She became concerned when she learned of Kevin’s statement about “displaying corpses”. When she asked Kevin the questions she needed answers to, surprise, surprise… the public shaming ensued (also note the ‘plug’ for his book while he does it):
*my comments in red….
Hello, this is Kevin Annett Eagle Strong Voice, host of the Hidden from History blog radio program, and author of Hidden No Longer – Genocide in Canada. I am speaking to you on January 24, 2011.
Some recent false statements have been attributed to me that I wish to clarify.
One of our listeners, Claire Kaiser, has falsely been claiming over facebook and the internet that I am advocating digging up native childrens’ remains and displaying them to the public. This is an outright lie. What I have said over the air and elsewhere is this:
The remains of children who died or were killed in Indian residential schools need to be brought home and given a dignified, proper burial, and this must be done by the people of their family and indigenous nation. I have worked for years to try to make this happen, and have never intended or tried to disturb the remains of these children. I have documented the places where these children were buried across Canada, and have shared that information with indigenous elders and the victims’ families.
I have never advocated displaying the remains of these children publicly.(AND YET THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HE DID)
We do need an aboriginal holocaust museum where the truth of their murder can be revealed. What is in that museum and how the children are laid to a final rest is entirely in the hands of indigenous people themselves.
I urge Claire Kaiser to stop making these false claims about me and putting such words into my mouth. Her actions are causing needless discord and misunderstanding.
This is Kevin Annett Eagle Strong Voice. Thank you
It is also important to note that at the time Claire voiced her concerns on Facebook many of Kevin’s supporters denied that Kevin would ever disrespect human remains, let alone the bodies of children buried at Residential Schools. What is always the most interesting about these comments by his supporters is that they always know what he is thinking and how he would or would not behave in any given situation. You see, he is their god, their Idol…. nobody deserves sainthood more than Kevin Almighty Annett. (tongue-in-cheek)
I want to make this REALLY CLEAR – Kevin mentions the issue because it is there – the bodies were buried to hide the truth – HE HAS NO INTENTION WHATSOEVER OF DIGGING UP GRAVES TO MAKE A POINT… he’s a deeply respectful humane being, a man of deep feeling and empathy….
He has made it clear, time and time again, that ANY disturbance of burial sites has to be respectful, purposeful and with absolute oversight by the relatives and communities of the chidlren –
HE IS TALKING IT UP BECAUSE IT’S A LEVERAGE POINT!(WHICH IS DISGUSTING BTW)
When we have questions, it is right to ask them.
When we don’t have the answers, then it is careless to make them up, to imagine what the other person is thinking. We all do this. Until we learn, and we wait….. sometimes we don’t get the answer within our own time frame …. still, not best practice to imagine what the other is really thinking….
Ironic those last two paragraphs eh?? Apparently you do not have the right to ask Kevin questions… and it’s perfectly acceptable to imagine what Kevin’s thinking so long as it is glorious and rainbow-filled.
What has been the most disturbing about dealing with Kevin’s entourage is that they promote such vile viewpoints to justifiy Kevins equally vile behavior. Those in his network will rationalize criticism against him in a “so what??? .. or…..”everybody’s doing it!” kind of way…..
Kevin’s supporters philosophy on the disrespect given to alleged human (children’s) remains exhumed at Brantford, Ontario:
“Everybody has Taboos about the dead, and these customs are encountered all over the world, I mean what is so special about that? Surely the most important thing about the dead, who are after all, dead; is that those who died an untimely death or were murdered in many of these cases, are vindicated; If I was one of them personally I wouldn’t mind if my ould bones were put on display somewhere just to remind those who took my life that ‘here I am again reminding you of your crimes’ and I would be grateful to whomever put my wretchid remains on display.”
This coming from a man crusading in Ireland for sexually abused children by Catholic Priests.
…and when asked about Kevin’s inappropriate behavior of waving “the dead bones of children unearthed at Brantford”…
Really? Tell me that this video isn’t part of that Agenda to stir up the mob… to generate undying loyalty…. and to generate those much needed donations…..
Shibutani comments that experienced publicists…”emphasize favorable information and overlook inconvenient items to that the overall impact is likely to result in the desired definition of the situation… Expedient emotional reactions are encouraged through a careful selection of provocative words” (p. 413). He considers this the manipulation of symbols for the purposes of propaganda.
Now that Kevin no longer cares about those 50,000 children and if they ever come home, more people are questioning him and some of those who have awoken from their stupor have left the society of Kevin Annett. In the coming months when Kevin returns to Rome it is my hope that those from the Italian delegation who have had three years to reflect on Camilla…maybe those people too will turn away and choose not to support a man, who is essentially a Mob-ster as well as a con-man.
It is my prayer that those who have read this article can watch the Occupy Toronto video below with a fresh pair of eyes and choose to Opt-out of the social process called the MOB.