"As revealed in one FBI document, the stated goal of the Peter Pan Project was in effect to create a legion of “boys who wouldn’t grow up,” dubbed “Manchildren,” in preparation for the total financial collapse of the United States, which Hoover believed would occur within 40 years of Nixon’s having taken the dollar off of the gold standard in 1971. Manchildren, who would be in their 30s and 40s when the American economy reached its nadir, would at that time be activated by a series of post-hypnotic triggers, causing them to regress to a child-like frame of mind and thus mitigating the possibility of widespread domestic unrest. Manchildren would be too preoccupied with activities they loved in their youth, such as playing with G.I. Joe figurines or watching Transformers’ movies, to have even a remote awareness of current events."-Phil Weaver
"This pseudo-modern world, so frightening and seemingly uncontrollable, inevitably feeds a desire to return to the infantile playing with toys which also characterises the pseudo-modern cultural world. Here, the typical emotional state, radically superseding the hyper-consciousness of irony, is the trance – the state of being swallowed up by your activity. In place of the neurosis of modernism and the narcissism of postmodernism, pseudo-modernism takes the world away, by creating a new weightless nowhere of silent autism. You click, you punch the keys, you are ‘involved’, engulfed, deciding. You are the text, there is no-one else, no ‘author’; there is nowhere else, no other time or place. You are free: you are the text: the text is superseded."
© Dr Alan Kirby 2006