This is a post about two books by an author who has led a varied and interesting life: Nick Duffell, as his psychohistory explains a lot about the five issues that we’ve been highlighting as McKenzie Friends lately:
- institutionalised child snatching – the most heinous of all white collar crimes;
- the secrecy of family courts – legitimising criminal actions and violations of human and child rights;
- forced adoptions – the stealing of children for sex, money and other abuse;
- child sexual abuse – topical thanks to Jimmy Savile;
- satanic and ritual abuse – topical thanks to adult abuse survivors and the whistleblower kids.
The missing link is this Newsweek article:
Nick Duffell wrote
Isn’t that the best possible explanation for institutionalised child snatching serving paedophiles and other sinister motives?
Isn’t that proof of the need for all elite school students to be in need of therapy and healing their inner child?
The reviews are a wonderful collection of insights:
“If the Church of England is the Tory Party at prayer, the Public School system may be called the Tory Party in the nursery. Here are set out the traumas, deformations and truncations of character that explain the British Establishment. The British are known to be mad. But in the maiming of their privileged young, they are criminally insane.”
John le Carré, best-selling author, and former MI6 officer.
“A clear-sighted, frightening book about what we might call the institutionalized child abandonment, which in England takes the form of boarding schools – heartbreaking, thoughtful, lively and convincing.”
Robert Bly, poet.
“Well written, personally direct, and based on extensive study of the hundreds of ‘boarding school survivors’; worthy and valuable, not only by analysing its psychological components but also by pointing out ways to manage them. I can highly recommend it.”
The British Medical Journal
“Elegantly reasoned and passionately argued, it will serve humanity by driving a well-placed nail into the coffin of the misguided mythology of British boarding school education. Surely, with all that is now known of child and adult psychology even the upper classes must recognise the unkindness of the doctrine?”
The late Jean Liedloff, Anthropologist, author of The Continuum Concept.
“This book should be read by everyone who was sent to boarding school, above all by those who barely survived the ordeal. “
The late Angela Lambert, former ITN reporter, columnist for The Independent, author of 8 books.
Then he wrote
He proposes that a cherished national character ideal, eschewing vulnerability and practising a normalised covert hostility based on bullying in the dorm adversely affects even those who did not have the privilege of such an education. It leaves Britain in the social and emotional dark ages, led by “the boys in the men that run things”.
New scientific evidence shows that this hyper-rational training leaves its devotees trapped within the confines of an inflexible mind, beset with functional defects, presented here as the Entitled Brain.
Through the lens of the British case, the author presents readers with a perspective on the universal defects of untempered rationality and proposes a revised model of leadership more fit for the uncertain future our world faces.