by Servando Gonzalez
Copyright © 2011. All rights reserved.
MIT mathematician Norbert Wiener defined cybernetics as the science
of control and communication in the animal and the machine.
He coined the word cybernetics after the Greek term kybernetes,
the steering mechanism used to control ships.
According to Wiener, communication systems can be either open-ended
or closed. In an open ended communication system the sender of
the information has no way to know how the intended target is
receiving the message, or if it is receiving it at all. Given
the fact that information tends to get distorted on its way from
sender to receiver, open ended communication systems are highly
Communication theory shows that one of the ways to minimize distortion
in the transmission of a message through an open-ended communication
system is by using redundancy. A typical example of this is the
announcer of a radio ad repeating two or three times a phone number
the listener needs to call to in order to order a product.
A extreme, and pedestrian, form of message redundancy is a new
fad of ads appearing in the web where the message consists in
an animation of text and a voice repeating exactly the same words.
Apparently, these annoying ads are designed for the blind or the
But, despite all efforts, redundancy is not the best tool to avoid
the loss of accuracy in the message on its way from sender to
receiver. That is why, instead of open-ended, we favor using closed
communication systems, which include a communication loop in which
the receiver feeds back information to the sender in order to
verify that the information he had received is correct. Cybernetics
is the science that studies closed communication systems.
Though the discovery of the existence of close communication cybernetic
systems is relatively new, their existence is very old. Actually,
the human body itself is a cybernetic system whose very existence
is based on multple systems of close communication loops.
A common example of this happens when you drive a car. When you
drive, the most important sense feeding back information to you
is your vision. If you see the car slightly drifting to right
of the lane you are following, then you slightly move the steering
wheel in the opposite direction. In other words, through the steering
wheel you feed back into the system (composed of you and the car)
information that opposes the direction the car is drifting to.
This type of feedback that keeps the car right where it is supposed
to be, is called negative feedback. On the contrary, applying
positive feedback, that is, moving he steering wheel in the direction
the car is drifting will send you farther out of your lane and
most likely will cause an accident.
Wiener called this type of self-correcting systems based on the
principle of negative feed back cybernetic mechanisms. Cybernetic
mechanisms are much more reliable than open ended ones —
think about the thermostat controlling your air conditioner and
the valve that replenishes the water in your toilet tank.
Traditional mass media have always been considered open-ended
communication systems. Though some feed-back from the receivers
of the information is accepted — letters to the editor,
callers to talk-radio shows, opinion polls — this is very
limited and is carefully filtered by the senders of the information
in order to keep the discussion under the limits they think are
In the same fashion, democratic political systems, where citizens
can freely express their critical opinions (negative feedback)
about their government are more reliable (sustainable?) than autocratic,
dictatorial or totalitarian ones that only allow the people to
praise the government and its leaders (positive feedback). We
have a common name for these citizens who provide negative feedback
for their governments: we call them dissidents.
It was only after I had lived more than twenty years in the United
States that I realized a fact about American politics I totally
ignored: most Americans love, help and promote dissidents ...
abroad, but they don’t like American dissidents. Through
government agencies such as the State Department, the U.S. Information
Agency, the CIA and others, the U.S. government devotes and
inordinate amount of time and resources promoting dissidence abroad.
This effort is mostly focused on countries whose politics the
Wall Street bankers who control the U.S. government don’t
Of course, being a much more perfect dictatorship than the Soviet
Union, North Korea or Cuba, some measure of pseudo negative
feedback is tolerated: to some extent you can openly criticize
the Republican or Democratic administration the CFR conspirators
have placed in Washington D.C. But dissident views of key historical
events such as the Pearl Harbor attack, the assassination of President
Kennedy, the killing of the Branch Davidians in Waco, or the 9/11
events — just to mention a few of the most notorious ones
— are not welcomed.
Moreover, criticism directed to the true source of power and evil
— the Council of Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission,
the UN, the Bilderbergers — is a no-no. Both anti-dissidents
of the Right and the Left have coined a term to discredit this
type of dissidents: they call them “conspiracy theorists.”
Every four years American citizens are allowed to provide pseudo
negative feedback in the form of selecting, through highly controlled
or outright fraudulent elections, the puppets the CFR conspirators
have already selected — it seems that Obama’s substitute
was already tapped at one of the Bilderberg conciliabula. However,
when a true dissenting candidate appears, who threatens to overturn
the conspirators’ rotten apple cart, all the censorship
and disinformation machinery is put into action against him. This
is why Ron Paul has been given the same invisible-man treatment
The widespread use of the Internet has provided American dissidents
with the right tool to provide negative feedback. As such, the
Internet has become the most powerful tool to maintain America
in its right course as a democratic Republic, no wonder the enemies
of freedom, on both the Right and the Left, fear and hate the
Internet. As some dissident blogger has observed, “The global
plutocracy is terrified with dissent.”
Negative feedback in the form of dissenting opinions is an important
way to keep a democratic republic alive, and the Founding Fathers,
many years before Norbert Wiener, intuitively knew it. That is
why freedom of speech is an inalienable right recognized in the
First Amendment to the Constitution. Unfortunately, the enemies
of freedom are legion, and they are working tirelessly in the
shadows to eliminate this human right.
How can we fight the enemies of freedom? A sure way is by using
our right to freedom of speech and accepting the freedom of speech
of others, particularly the ones whose ideas we don’t agree
with. Providing negative feedback in the form of views and opinions
that strongly dissent from the official or accepted views and
opinions is not only our right, but also our duty as citizens
of this Republic.
 Norbert Wiener, Cybernetics: or Control and Communication
in the Animal and the Machine. 2nd ed. (Cambridge, MA: MIT
 After many years of promoting Soviet Nobel Prize writer and
dissident Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, in 1975 the U.S. government allowed
him emigrate to the U.S. Once in the Land of the Free, he was
invited to speak to the Congress (which is not the House of the
Brave). Solzhenitzyn, a man not interested in politics, but in
ethics and moral principles, made the mistake of criticizing the
CFR-controlled U.S. foreign policy. Big mistake. You can be a
dissident in Soviet Russia, but not in America. After that faux
pas, Solzhenitzyn became an invisible man to the American media.
 RT (Russia Today), an incisive critic of the U.S. foreign
policies, has become a thorn in the CFR’s side, to the point
that some American politicians have passed from strongly criticizing
it to mentioning the possibility of curtailing RT’s use
of freedom of the press in America. Apparently it has never crossed
the minds of RT’s critics that RT is the Russian version
of the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe. It seems that the
conspirators and their puppets in power don’t like the taste
of their own medicine. See. , “controversies and Criticisms
of RT,” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controversies_and_criticisms_of_RT.
 In an upcoming article I’ll explain my thesis that America
is fastly becoming a totalitarian dictatorship.
 "The Global Plutocracy Is Terrified of Dissent. In Some
Places, The War On Dissent Is Being Fought With Bullets. In Others,
The War On Dissent Targets Social Media And Mobile Communications",
Washington’s Blog, August 16, 2011 http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/08/global-plutocracy-is-terrified-of.html.
Servando Gonzalez is a Cuban-born American writer, semiologist
and intelligence analyst. He has written books, essays and articles
on Latin American history, intelligence, espionage, and semiotics.
Servando is the author of Historia herética de la revolución
fidelista, The Secret Fidel Castro, The Nuclear Deception
and La madre de todas las conspiraciones, all available
He also hosted the documentaries Treason in America: The Council
on Foreign Relations and Partners in Treason: The CFR-CIA-Castro
Connection, produced by Xzault Media Group of San Leandro,
California, both available at the author's site at http://www.servandogonzalez.org.
His latest book, Psychological Warfare and the New World Order:
The Secret War Against the American People just appeared
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