Faces of AnarchySubmitted by Sophron on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 00:38
Physiognomy, the art or science of deducing a person's nature and temperament by his facial appearance, has a long history. Since the time of the Greek philosophers and probably much earlier, man has contemplated the faces of his fellows and has attempted to codify these observations and impressions in the form of scientific formulae. The Secretum Secretorum, or "Secret of Secrets" formerly attributed to Aristotle, informs the reader, for example, of the various indications made by shapes of noses, ears turned inward or outward, scars, etc.
This sort of investigation reached its apogee with the hucksterism and quackery of phrenology, which was justly discredited after a few decades, but it has recently reemerged as a legitimate area of investigation in experimental psychology and genetics; studies have shown that our first impressions often have a basis in fact. For example, our subjective judgments of "kind faces" and "aggressive faces" in men correspond to an individual's level of testosterone, and in double-blind studies, we are able to accurately predict which man is a murderer, or which CEO leads a company that is producing greater profits. The Economist ran an article on several years ago on some of this research, but other examples abound, both in the scholarly journals and in popular science magazines.
Since science itself blesses our investigation by telling us that our first instincts, if not always right, at least are worthy of some attention and may be rooted in fact, we may find some profit in examining the faces of the activists in the sovereign citizen movement. The Sovereign Citizen movement has been hotly contested on these fora, and, as I have little acquaintance with the matter, a first impression from the faces may be a good starting point. We should, of course, be cognizant of the fact that many of these are booking photos taken upon arrest, and we should moreover extend the due measure of charity to the subjects of these photographs, as they were likely deprived of their cosmetics upon arrest and may be less well-groomed than ordinary.
While viewing, let us ask ourselves, "Do these men seem like worthy leaders?" and, "Do these men appear reasonable and of sound mind?"
The answer to these questions is a resounding "no." The faces speak for themselves: these are defectives. They are schizoids or, at best, well-meaning imbeciles, who get themselves into trouble and are not worthy of the attention of those who seriously want to challenge the ruling establishment. Some of the so-called Sovereign Citizens are likely imbeciles who have been prepped by the Feds; stupidity and credulousness are desirable traits for those who want some malleable and reliable material with which to fashion spies or agents-provocateurs.
The "Secret of Secrets" mentioned in the first paragraph is an interesting text with a long, international history and an even more sensationalized purported history.
The text's history is explored here in this book by Stephen James Williams:
It was translated into English at a relatively early stage, and a middle English translation was edited and published for the Early English Text Society in the 1970s: