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Sensible Son

September 7, 2015


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Peer pressure, propaganda

and economic realism

trumps a father's influence.  


"It's not enough to have children. If we want them to carry on our beliefs, we have to teach them from a young age. We have to shut out 'education' and the mass media." 



By Henry Makow Ph.D.

(From October 2008)

Tonight at supper, I tried to impress my 19-year-old son with the heavy responsibility he bears as my sole heir.

"Some day you will inherit henrymakow.com," I said. "Perhaps you'd like to practise by writing a guest column."

"I already have a topic."

 I was delighted. "What is it?"

"I'll write about how some people, who are misfits, shut-ins and schizophrenics pretend a big scary conspiracy is the reason they can't get ahead, and blame society for their problems."

"That's not what I had in mind."

"I don't mean you dad. I mean your readers."

"Oh no, you mean me too."

"Well... partly," he conceded.

The pain. A prophet is never recognized in his own home. It doesn't help that I am divorced from his mother, a feminist. He doesn't live with me. His guide is what his peer group considers "cool". He admits this is just conformity.

"Son, imagine I had a big university and filled it with hot girls and professors teaching courses on the Illuminati, the Protocols of Zion, Freemasonry, central banking, the Bilderbergs, the CFR,  mind control, chemtrails and 9-11. And then imagine I had corporations where my graduates could all get high paying jobs and support their hot wives in style and send their children to private schools. Would you attend?"

"Well, dad, if you put it that way ..."

"Exactly. The only difference between me and the people running society is that they have purloined our national credit cards and I haven't."

"And if that ever changes, let me know" he said.

So like many parents I watch helplessly while my son is bought, and taught that (as he explained) we can never know the truth, only some person's point of view. And his dad's viewpoint is no better than dozens of others that he learns.

It's not enough to have children. If we want them to carry on our beliefs, we have to teach them from a young age. We have to shut out "education" and the mass media. 

Still I am optimistic that as he grows older, and events unfold as I expect, he will begin to take his old man more seriously. After all, what teenager ever listens to his dad?

------

Postscript:  My son is now a lawyer. While he admits 9-11 was an inside job, and is critical of Israel, he is not ready to face the full extent of the satanic conspiracy, and especially not the Cabalist Jewish role.  We have a good relationship but generally avoid politics. 

First Comment from Ken Adachi:


The feeling of loss and heartache that follows a divorce that is involuntarily imposed on you has been devastating for an untold number of men. You can't make up for the years that are lost when your kids are taken from you by divorce court decree.  All those little lessons about life that are gleaned between father and son amid daily conversations in those critical pre-teen and teen years, especially, never take place, so the mother's influence alone dominates the boy's attitudes and perceptions of life -- and of you. 

You are no longer relevant to his life. You are legally dismissed as head of the family and become a once-a-year birthday card or Thanksgiving hello phone call. Years melt away, one into another,  and you never gain the bond that you had so warmly forged with your own father, who was always there for you during those years when you unconsciously acquired his guidance and wisdom. 

Children need both parents, living and staying together in a single home, in order to grow up as healthy, mature, fully adjusted, and loving men and women. Nothing has been more destructive to the bonding relationship between a father and his children than the plague of "no fault" divorce. 








Comments for "Sensible Son"

Peter C said (September 9, 2015):

I fell for all the propaganda, i was an extreme leftist thinking "go the worker" and i thought the Jews were poor innocent souls. But i could never work out why our mainstream encyclopedias where so accommodating when it came to Marx and Communism as i was a rebel and i thought why are they being so nice to who i am, it worried me. My niece today is exactly like your son.
Then at age 30 i read "none dare call it a conspiracy" and everything made sense as i realized i had been tricked by mainstream thought or propaganda. So i changed my mind on everything as i didn't like being tricked.


Fred said (September 8, 2015):

One problem is you were at cross purposes with your son's mother, a feminist who is a byproduct of the secular and evil programming that has taken root in our world. Couple that with the indoctrination of the public schools and the deck was stacked against you. Some things about life, such as the spiritual aspects, are not teachable. They have to be learned and embraced.

You have laid the foundation and made him think-which is dangerous to the powers that be.

Something will happen to him and the light will come on.

Keep the faith and continue to hope.


KPR said (September 8, 2015):

In your comments ‘JJ’ mentions his problem being his liberal parents. I’ve the same difficulty, except mine are right wing Fox watchers who regurgitate the BS spewed by that station and radio blowhards such as Michael Savage.

To them there’s no conspiracy excepting the ‘liberal’s’ conspiracy to make us all dependent on government. Federal debt is horrendous and unconscionable but they don’t bat an eye at military spending or the constant state of war (whether it be cold or warm or hot) that has existed for nearly every year of my 40+ spent on this planet. Mexicans are invading but no thought is given as to why, excepting the bullshit argument that they come here to suck off the system. Muslims want to install sharia law in the USA and Jews are our brothers and Israel is our friend in the Middle East. Oh, and Trump would make a great prez because he ‘can’t be bought’. Jesus….

It’s amazing once one pulls himself out of the left/right quagmire how silly the charade actually looks from above.


CP said (September 8, 2015):

My answer to your son if he had been mine when he said "I'll write about how some misfits, shut-ins and schizophrenics pretend some grand conspiracy is the reason they can't get ahead. They blame society for their problems..” would be that there are many very successful and intelligent people that read your blog and or books.


JJ said (September 7, 2015):

I have the [opposite] problem, only my parents will never wake up. They're in their early 70s and have always defended the education/entertainment narrative. Loved Obama, liberal, worshipful of the Chosen... the whole bit. You can hold the truth up to their faces and it will not register. In fact, they get hostile.

Your article gave me a laugh, though, thanks. Guess I missed it the first time round.


Nick.ru said (September 7, 2015):

Welcome to the club.

Yes, events will unfold as we expect and then they will lose the illuminati-implanted lack of respect we should have slapped out of them.


Dan Abshear said (September 7, 2015):

I believe raising children from the beginning involves realizing they watch your actions constantly. My daughter saw how I treated others for years, and as such treats people in a similar manner. This pleases me.


Al Thompson said (September 7, 2015):

The idea of "never knowing the truth" is there to confuse the young person and to throw his mind into chaos. This seems to go along with Einstein's theory of "relativity" which is complete nonsense. A thing either is or it isn't and perspective doesn't define the truth. So, these teachers and peer groups put out their own perspective regardless whether it is right or wrong.
But they pass it off as facts and not opinions.

I don't think the school system as we know it today is usable. It should be abolished and replaced with real education learning real skills.
http://verydumbgovernment.blogspot.com/2015/09/children-who-dont-listen.html


MC said (September 7, 2015):

My 12-year-old son lives in North Vancouver, which used to be mostly Scottish-Canadian but now is mostly Persian with a few other immigrant groups thrown in. He said to me the other day: "It pisses me off that I so rarely get to hear my own language spoken in public places like WalMart. How am I supposed to learn the many variants of my own language if no one is speaking it?" The unintended blowback of forced multiculturalism will unfold in unexpected ways, Henry. Today's English- and French-speaking Canadian kids aren't as dumb as the powers that be would like to think.


Ruth said (September 7, 2015):

I have read Sensible Son today and understand your frustration with wanting your child to understand the Truth about Govt. and mass media. It was your article about 9/11 being depicted on the dollar bill that suddenly woke me up to the reality of this inside job....videos that I tried to watch on the subject seemed bogged down with technical info (I now find them fascinating!)

I guess it must be a right-brain-left-brain thing but the visual depiction on the US currency "artwork" was suddenly like a slap in the face. I immediately googled the copyright date of the new bills and of course it is way before 9/11.....As Col Prouty so clearly stated in his book about JFK's murder,"with a little research , we can figure these things out for ourselves....." Well, anyway please keep doing what you are doing and who knows what that "aha moment " will be for future readers!


AG said (September 7, 2015):

One of the biggest problems for humanity is that everyone is "trying to get ahead," succeed, accomplish something, compete, and acquire. If humanity continues on its path to merely strive to achieve and "get ahead" while not having any regard for their own soul, or for altruism, then humanity is indeed doomed.

and the Zionist powers are the ones instilling this belief system of "achievement," competition, and "success" into the minds of our youth....and to do so by stepping on anyone you can to get there.


SS said (September 7, 2015):

Your piece would make a preface to a modern version of the parable of the prodigal son. Many of us start out in the flesh and have to realize the ruin of it to return to home, to father and to realization and restoration. Just thought I would end that in writing.

Blessings to you and yours.


Andy said (September 7, 2015):

I hope you are keeping well.

So extreme and pervasive is the inversion of the natural order presently, any of us can unwittingly be snared into error.


According to Dr John Coleman, the word "Teenager" was devised by the Tavistock Institute. It embodies the false notion that all within this age range are naturally rebellious and thus promotes resignation/inaction by parents and society in dealing with it.

"The phenomenon of the Beatles was not a spontaneous rebellion by youth against the old social system. Instead it was a carefully crafted plot to introduce by a conspiratorial body which could not be identified, a highly destructive and divisive element into a large population group targeted for change against its will. New words and new phrases - prepared by Tavistock - were introduced to America along with the Beatles. Words such as "rock" in relation to music sounds, "teenager," "cool," "discovered" and "pop music" were a lexicon of disguised code words signifying the acceptance of drugs and arrived with and accompanied the Beatles wherever they went, to be "discovered" by "teenagers." Incidentally, the word "teenagers" was never used until just before the Beatles arrived on the scene, courtesy of the Tavistock Institute for Human Relations."

See: http://educate-yourself.org/cn/colemanbeatlesandAquarianConspiracy01mar07.shtml


2 Timothy 3:1-5

"Know also this, that, in the last days, shall come dangerous times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, Without affection, without peace, slanderers, incontinent, unmerciful, without kindness, Traitors, stubborn, puffed up, and lovers of pleasures more than of God: Having an appearance indeed of godliness, but denying the power thereof. Now these avoi


Jon said (October 22, 2008):

Always love reading your website. I find it funny how it is the opposite with my father and I. He’s about your age, lived through the same social changes as you (from what I gathered from your previous articles) and is also divorced from my mother ever since I was one year old. I’m the one telling him about the Central Banker’s cartel on credit, and he’s the one telling me that I will one day understand and agree with him that there is no such thing. This has been going on since I was about 17 years old, up to today when I’m about to reach my 30ies. Nowadays, he can see that I’ve grown and matured, full of confidence and with much more knowledge to back up what I say to him. Yet, instead of resorting to what he used to say, that I will one day see the ‘light’, now he actually just doesn’t want to talk about it. Denial is a powerful human reaction. Same with my mother, although she does see that I’m on to something, she always resorts to saying “well, we can’t actually do anything about it, why do you keep on researching this when your energy could be used at something more useful?”.

The only ones I am effectively able to reach are my sister and cousins. I am the eldest of my generation in the family tree and they all tend to look up to me, so it is far easier with them, even though most of them have been indoctrinated in the modern Canadian educational (formation) system. My point is, it seems to be this epoch we live in, when their plans are coming to term, people who do not have decades of indoctrination in them, seem to be more responsive to these ideas as it is much more in their faces then it used to. Keep on the good work Henry, and I am sure your son will turn around someday, I just hope that I can find this same pattern that made you reject your beliefs and come out of denial, so I can try to snap my own father out of it.


Steve said (October 18, 2008):

I enjoy your articles most all of the time. I learned about some of this 30 years ago. But, my larger framework is the Word of God, and the Bible does reveal spiritual battle that exists, which we see mostly as men used by Satan.

You seem to regard truth and godliness as sort of a moral conscious type thing (I apologize if I generalize badly). I of course believe that there is a Father/son relationship available. That which the body/soul/spirit man Adam lost, the spirit of God, was made available once again, but as a son-ship spirit, in Acts 2.

Most Christian churches have de-evolved, in my opinion, into kind of a social order. Well meaning, but the power that was evident in the book of Acts is not there. This is our fault, not God's. And, I of course believe that there is one man who rebuilt the connection to God that Adam tossed away for us, Jesus Christ.

I have 2 sons, who were taught the Word growing up. The are in their early 20's, and while do not have the same love for the Word I do I am confident will grow in this area. But I also believe that the ONLY "thing" that crosses all generational, racial, economic, etc. boundaries is the pure unadulterated truth. Social information, true fact or not, will break down as a common bond. Awareness of plots, evil doings, the power of darkness, is not strong enough. Truth (which does not come from man) and the love of God is. But you have to know where to go for Truth.

--Steve,

I agree with your point. Thanks.

This dialogue with my son is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek, amusing and revealing. I'm on good terms with him and quite understand his point of view. As I said, I think he'll come around eventually as will millions more.

Henry


Brads in Austin TX said (May 10, 2006):

Give it some time, wisdom comes with knowledge,time, and disappointment. Some people never get it (actually most), but I'm sure that will not be the case for your son. He has a father committed to finding truth and the older he gets the more he will become like you.
I would challenge your son to read the bible, it is the only book in the world that contains information proving it's source is from outside the time space domain we live in. No other book has given history in advance with 100% accuracy. The bible is the source for truth.
Thank you for your hard work and commitment to humanity.


Elaine in NYC said (May 10, 2006):

Dear Henry:

If it's any consolation, I have three sons (actually four, but the oldest doesn't conform to what society teaches) and they all
tell me that "we can never know the truth."
My answer always remains the same, "Can you see wind? Just because you can't see wind, doesn't mean it doesn't exist or is not real.

There are truths that are knowable, but first you must know the author of truth and it isn't a something,it is a someone.

His name is Jesus, the Lord.
He is the way, the truth, the light. Once you know who truth is, then you can go about finding out what truths are knowable, in all areas, including science. For in spite of what people think, religion and science are not incompatible. Without the Church we would not have made the many discoveries which brought progress to our culture.

We can't force anyone to believe anything, but we can lead them in the right direction, by lovingly pointing out that there are definite truths that can be known and the sooner we find them, the better off will society be, for an informed people are a formidable people who are not ignorant or blinded to truth.

Our society and government depends upon "truth."And when it is extinguished by those who want it extinguished, for evil motives, the entire people suffer, as you well know.

Thanks for sharing your personal article.



Wes said (May 9, 2006):

But he as your son will more than likely wake up in their 20s. It was about the age of 26 for me. Two years out of the Army and "duty, honor, country" BS. An older coworker told me I should check out Rense.com. I read your work and it somewhat described my marriage. I tried in vain to "compromise" to make things better but eventually it was "a done deal". My wife was only a little taken by the ills of society. I think the other part was her father's influence on her life.(not a good one) Personally I was not aware of everything going on in the "big picture" to realize as a young male in today's society all that I was fighting for or against. I now know that was fighting a big battle and am more informed to take the correct actions to fight it.

In all I would say to you as I would say to all those who either seek the truth or spread it. KEEP AT IT! I do believe that knowledge of the truth will set you free.


Christine said (May 8, 2006):

Sorry to hear about the exchange with your son. I think it would be better for him if he lived with you, because his Mom can't teach him to be a man. That's what Dads are for.

Years ago, I read an article on a homeschooling Mom. She said that there was no "generation gap" between her and her children, apparently because they spend all their time with her. That most children spend most of their waking hours being supervised by non-parents affects their relationship with their mother and father.


Brian said (May 8, 2006):

Just turned 65, my son sent me the STM link, he said for a good read. What it did do, was remind me of a sage old phrase that some old codger tossed to me, when I was a callow youth that had the world and all adults pegged. �The older you get son, the smarter your father will become.�


Lisa said (May 8, 2006):

I have a 19-year-old son myself, and also a 17-year-old daughter who knows it all. My kids' friends actually enjoy my "strange opinions" much better than my kids do. They would much rather we "fit in" and stop being different. LOL. Just keep speaking the truth, Henry, because all in all, they are listening and learning, and I truly believe that all it will take is ONE CRACK IN THE WALL, one thing that you have said that they find out the hard way is the truth, and then they will know that you were right all along.

I truly fear more for my 19-year-old son than my daughter: who is he going to end up with? It used to be that you were afraid your daughter would end up with a "bad husband." Now, with the way society is today, the biggest fear is that our sons will grow up with an unsuitable wife, a wife that does not honor her husband and is incapable of raising stable, well-adjusted children.

We cannot make them believe any more than God (Yahweh) can make us believe in Him, but we can pray for God to work through the circumstances in their lives to bring them to the truth. The odds are greatly against us on this one, Henry. The world has a death-grip on these poor kids' minds--they are inundated with this vile propaganda at every turn-- and truly the only thing that we can do is pray and speak the truth, trusting Yahweh to bring them around and open their eyes.

Anyway, I have been meaning to thank you for your work and your articles but never did, but this article especially hit home with me. Keep up the good work, Henry, and I will remember to pray for your son when I pray for mine.


Lisa said (May 8, 2006):

I have a 19-year-old son myself, and also a 17-year-old daughter who knows it all. My kids' friends actually enjoy my "strange opinions" much better than my kids do. They would much rather we "fit in" and stop being different. LOL. Just keep speaking the truth, Henry, because all in all, they are listening and learning, and I truly believe that all it will take is ONE CRACK IN THE WALL, one thing that you have said that they find out the hard way is the truth, and then they will know that you were right all along.

I truly fear more for my 19-year-old son than my daughter: who is he going to end up with? It used to be that you were afraid your daughter would end up with a "bad husband." Now, with the way society is today, the biggest fear is that our sons will grow up with an unsuitable wife, a wife that does not honor her husband and is incapable of raising stable, well-adjusted children.

We cannot make them believe any more than God (Yahweh) can make us believe in Him, but we can pray for God to work through the circumstances in their lives to bring them to the truth. The odds are greatly against us on this one, Henry. The world has a death-grip on these poor kids' minds--they are inundated with this vile propaganda at every turn-- and truly the only thing that we can do is pray and speak the truth, trusting Yahweh to bring them around and open their eyes.

Anyway, I have been meaning to thank you for your work and your articles but never did, but this article especially hit home with me. Keep up the good work, Henry, and I will remember to pray for your son when I pray for mine.


Andrew said (May 8, 2006):

Henry-I think you are being to hard on your son. After all, when you were his age, you probably believed what the establishment was telling (cf. selling) you through the controlled media as well. You shouldn't be too disturbed that he can't yet see through the "smoke screen," because it is a very effective "smoke screen."

Famed public relations pioneer Edward L. Bernays in his classic studies eloquently describes propaganda as the purpose of communications. In Crystallizing Public Opinion, for example, he dismisses the semantic differentiations (�Education is valuable, commendable, enlightening, instructive. Propaganda is insidious, dishonest, underhand, misleading.�) and instead concentrates on purposes. He writes, �Each of these nouns carries with it social and moral implications. . . . The only difference between �propaganda� and �education,� really, is in the point of view. The advocacy of what we believe in is education. The advocacy of what we don�t believe in is propaganda.�

With you as his father, I have every confidence that your son will be able to distinguish propaganda from education earlier than we did. Truth is that even the most cynical among us are struggling to make the distinction.

Great article.

Be glad that your son is still talking to you. Parenting doesn't cease until the dialogue terminates.


Rick said (May 7, 2006):

There is still hope for your son. My friend, who raised 3 teenagers claims that from 16 to 24 they actually change into a different species. But most of them revert back to actual human beings. So he is only 19. There is hope.


Anonymous said (May 7, 2006):

Sorry about your disappointing repartee with your son. When you understand what he said, then you understand the entire swing to the
right which is taking place, beginning in Alberta, but also spreading to other parts of Canada.

It comes from a false assessment, based on a steady education from CNN, that there is nothing wrong with the world. There is only getting what you want. And the only reason some don't have, is because they are weak, and lack self-discipline.

This kind of thought is usually found in young upwardly mobile professionals who are beginning to taste "success". They feel they have worked hard to get to where they are. And instead of being thankful, they choose to enhance their self-satisfaction with a sense of superiority over others.

It's unfortunate, but it is a basic propensity of human nature. Jesus himself said that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go to heaven.

That's why all you need for world domination is a headquarters. And that is the Western nations. There you have to keep a segment in a
degree of relative prosperity. And then, their myopia will assist the rulers in preventing any criticism of a broader conspiracy worldwide.

So the rest of the world looks on in wonder at the increasing depravity and shallow nature of Western market-driven "culture".


Yan said (May 6, 2006):

You should let your son write that article. Maybe in his writing he will be able to put down what exactly 'getting ahead in life" entails. Maybe he'll think about how shallow a goal that is when it is defined by our modern culture


Tony said (May 6, 2006):

Steve in BC is exactly on point. There is no material issue more important, nor more moving to one who once grasps it, than the criminal
banking conspiracy - and the multitude of prostitutes in high places it has created and owns. Once an individual understands the crimes against humanity these bankers commit as their "service to the community" he will never again be able to vegetate mentally or emotionally. Because this understanding ties the criminality to his own life and his
inability to achieve what he knows he could achieve in the world due to financial manipulation stymeing his efforts. Only those who prostitute themselves to the bankers can expect real material success. This is the
sole reason that only human scum rises to the top anymore, as in a chemical formula.


Steve (in BC) said (May 6, 2006):

I want your son, as well as my own sons (19 and 24) to realize that the money system is a musical chairs game. All money that is in circulation is created as loans. The bankers create the money out of thin air and loan it out but not the interest. If you can pay your principal plus interest, you got the interest out of someone else's principal. Therefore, someone else cannot possibly pay back their loan because there is now a shortage. That is why we
are always scrambling to find more money. It all has to go back where it came from, plus interest, plus pay taxes on it all.

I think it may be a more important topic to start on for your son, to study the money system. It is not that people pretend there is a grand conspiracy, there IS a grand conspiracy. Even if every one was very careful and ran their affairs perfectly there would still be the despair, poverty, bankruptcy, starving children, corruption, etc etc. Mathematically it can be
no other way. The debt based money system is by far the most important change we have to make before the world can be a better place.


B said (May 6, 2006):

Bravo! REALLY enjoyed this week. Still chuckling. I too have 19 and 17
year old sons and face similar attitudes. It's not easy being
us..........LOL b.


Tal said (May 6, 2006):

(Comment on "The Effect of Sexual Deprivation on Women")

I could not have agreed with you more on this article. I have come across your website recently and I love it. I actually wrote an essay a couple years ago about how women and men were not equal and how this affects the way things are in the world and especially in the US. Of course when I say "not equal", I don't mean women are inferior or anything but just women and men are different (You know what I am talking about). And if we realize this and arrange things accordingly, the world could be a better place. When I try to mention anything in the lines of this in a conversation, people are like "Wait a minute...what are you saying?!". It is has become a taboo even to discuss on this subject in society. People are brainwashed and prejudiced. I always find myself choosing the "correct" words to make my point. Eventually I give up.

I was not born in the US and that is why I can clearly see how the family structure is disintegrated here. After reading this article of yours, things are clearer to me. You have a great website man.


Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at