1. rq says

    I read Darkness at Noon in high school, and I was left quite astounded by the simplicity of the methods of torture – basically, sleep deprivation in various guises – and how quickly they deteriorate the fighting spirit.

  2. says

    As a parent of small children I can assure you that sleep deprivation is appalling. It simply wrecks all the cognitive machinery that makes you strong, without touching the parts that can rationalize any sort of behavior.

  3. says

    The important point here, which Marcus is too much the gentleman to mention, is that the shit the CIA uses doesn’t work.

    The Gestapo protocols are driven by a desire to succeed, not because they were nice guys. I find item #3 to be especially interesting and on-point.

    As a side note, the commenting widget here is maddening. My focus is randomly pulled out of the comment box, constantly. I assume I need to use an ad blocker to render freethoughtblogs even marginally usable? How have we come to a state where the web, by default, literally Does Not Work?

  4. johnson catman says

    Andrew Molitor @4:
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  5. says

    sleep deprivation in various guises

    It’s also used as a primary programming technique for brainwashing; which is one reason the military uses sleep deprivation in basic training.

    I have never read Koestler; I’ll remedy that.

  6. says

    Andrew Molitor@#4:
    How have we come to a state where the web, by default, literally Does Not Work?

    Marketing is one of the inherently immoral professions.

    As Bill Hicks said: marketing are satan’s little helpers; the ruiners of all that is good:

  7. cvoinescu says

    One place you can find that quote is Resistance and Conformity in the Third Reich by Martyn Housden, and he gives references for it (thanks, Google Books).