A reader of our last post about a daughter very likely lying to her father over her being a slave woman of DOS, might be inclined to ask: “How could followers of the most ethical man living, Keith Raniere, tell a lie? Isn’t telling the truth the very cornerstone of ethics?”
And Keith Raniere designed DOS. And “ethical’ is his watchword.
I will attempt to explain:
It is part of Mr. Raniere’s “ethical” teachings that there is a time for everything: DOS women are told that it is of supreme importance that for the preservation of DOS, it must be a secret organization. The world is not evolved enough to understand DOS.
It is a movement to emancipate and empower women. Right now, however, its revolutionary methods must remain secret. It is unethical, therefore, to speak about DOS and ethical to lie to protect DOS even to friends and relatives.
An analogy is provided by Mr. Raniere to justify “ethical lying”: He teaches: If Nazis came to your door during Hitler’s regime and asked you if you were sheltering Jews in your basement, wouldn’t it be ethical to lie and say ‘No”, you weren’t hiding Jews, even if you were hiding Jews? Wouldn’t it be ethically wrong not to lie?
There are times when lying, not telling the truth, is the only ethical pathway, Mr. Raniere teaches.
The essence of DOS, Mr. Raniere says, is that is must remain secret. To lie about DOS – and to deny its existence and its practice of branding of women – is the ethical way. That is the purpose of collateral – not blackmail but to keep women ethical.
For women are typically weak, Mr. Raniere teaches. Their word is typically worthless – and their character fickle and self serving. They are opportunistic and greedy; they will trade up one man for another, and reveal secrets to make a gain or get an advantage or escape punishment; they tattle; they tell; and they gossip like fools. Unlike men, women are rarely punished or humiliated for their dishonorable behavior. So, they continue in their habitual disgraceful actions and their weak word.
To build a new world where women are strong, he teaches, women must be taught to keep their word. And because of their present weak condition, women must be held to strict obedience; trained to obey; and be taught discipline.
DOS is whispered from good women to good women. It is described as a “badass’ boot camp.” Only the strongest, toughest, smartest women get invited. And when they become members, they stick together and together they can effect change.
DOS, he teaches, can be a force in the world. The collateral is demanded to keep the women, while they are still training to become strong, from breaking their word the first time someone puts an ounce of pressure on them.
Even branding on the pubic region is meant to toughen women. The pain is meant to show that a woman’s love is ignited through pain, through passion, and hurting brings strength. The collateral proves one is serious. But all of this must remain secret at all costs until thousands of women are members.
No man must ever know the secrets [except for one, Mr. Raniere – and his role should be kept a secret until the woman is strong enough to know that one man is enlightened enough to have engineered the salvation of women and only he may rule them.]
Mr. Raniere should have known, and perhaps he did know, that DOS could not possibly remain a secret. Hundreds of women branded on their pubic region, keeping the existence of having a master, being part of a slave group, keeping that hidden [as if they were Jews in a basement] simply could never work.
At its foundation, the secrecy of DOS is based on fear. Each woman’s fear of having her collateral released – which could be used as blackmail against her if she talks to anyone outside DOS about the group’s existence or its bizarre branding rituals.
This can’t be kept a secret for long.
It didn’t remain a secret. It was foolish to think it would be kept secret. Which is the kind of mistake you just don’t expect from the self-proclaimed “world’s smartest man.”