None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
What a time to be alive.
Though our minds are riddled with irrational fears and pervasive anxiety, it has never been a safer or more prosperous time to be alive. The internet has allowed a lot of us to work from home, start up our dream businesses, publish our works, and get in touch with people all over the globe. We can share our ideas, our creations, our art right from the palm of our hands. And it has the potential to reach millions. If you’re willing, you can live on your own terms easier now than ever before in the history of mankind. Like I said, what a time to be alive.
But we also live in an era, thanks to mass media, of uncompromising divisiveness. This great divide usually reaches its pinnacle as that little charade called “The Election” inches closer.
People, disgusted with the way things are (and rightly so), believe that their “side” has all the answers to fix the country.
But they are both wrong. The two parties are the reason for the mess we are in.
Every four years on a Tuesday in November is a day much like Groundhog Day. You wake up with the same problems, same debt, same wars, same dissipating freedoms, same arguments and the same so-called solutions by two presidential candidates who don’t differ all too much. And you cast your vote into a system that is causing much, if not all, of the problems that you’re upset about. And then, if your candidate doesn’t get the nod, you blame the people who didn’t vote or the “ignorant” people who voted for the other candidate. It’s the same story every four years.
What we need to understand is that no matter who is in power the agenda isn’t going to change. The unjust wars will be waged with little say from you or I. Your taxes will be used to prop up dictators in the Middle East and to support bad people running around shooting American guns. Your taxes will be used to subsidize corporate interests and failed programs. You will be forced to do things you don’t think is right. You will comply because you have to. You have no choice.
Politicians no longer represent “We The People.” They represent the deeper elements of the state, the ones who hold the true levers of power, the ones you don’t see.
A major study by Princeton and Northwestern universities found that the “U.S. government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country’s citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful.”
Politicians do not care about what you or I think. None of them.
George W. Bush ran his campaign promising to shrink the size of government. He ran on the ideas of liberty and fiscal responsibility. His 8-year presidency accomplished the exact opposite. Bush expanded the size of government more than any president since LBJ. He doubled the national debt and also passed the Patriot Act, which of course, destroyed the 4th amendment of the Bill of Rights. Under Bush, freedom dissipated, the state inflated and the unjust wars raged.
Obama ran his campaign on a platform of anti-war, respecting civil liberties, and transparency. He did the opposite. Obama had one of the most secretive presidencies in modern history while also declaring war on truth-seeking journalists and truth-telling whistle blowers. He was also one of the most warmongering presidents we have ever had. Under Obama, the national debt tripled and the gap between the rich and poor, a problem he promised to fix, became ever so wider.
Obama and Bush catered to the same agenda. The next president will too.
The government will grow bigger while your freedoms will continue to vanish. No matter who is in office. How many times do we have to “vote the bums out” to realize nothing will change?
Maybe it’s time that we the people stop being enablers of the systemic corruption in Washington.
Maybe instead of voting, we stay home. We withdraw our consent to be governed by these criminals. We no longer comply.
Do you honestly believe that the rich and powerful would really leave their agenda in the hands of the general masses who vote?
Presidents are not elected. They are selected. That’s why I think it’s safe to say that Hillary Clinton will be the next president. She’s backed by Wall Street, the banks, the elite, and the deep state. They will not let Trump win, no matter how hard you vote.
As the whistle-blowing founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, recently stated in an important interview:
My analysis is that Trump would not be permitted to win. Why do I say that? Because he has had every establishment off his side. Trump does not have one establishment… Banks, intelligence, arms companies, foreign money, etc. are all united behind Hillary Clinton. And the media as well. Media owners, and the journalists themselves.
What we fail to see is that it’s the system that is the problem, regardless of whom is in charge of it.
The state is an institution that enjoys a legal monopoly of force and violence over a given territory. What it does as an institution is illegal if done by individuals. The money the state has is taken through confiscation. Its commands (laws) are backed by coercion and violence. The wars it wages are unjust, illegal and unconstitutional. No matter who is in office.
This is how the state functions. All states.
Once we recognize the true nature of the state, we can finally take the appropriate steps to dissociate with it as much as possible. That’s the first step in realizing freedom.
You can’t fight it. You can’t vote to change it. But you can slowly starve it to death. That’s how it will be done.
Unfortunately, America, as a nation, will never sever its chains if people are unwilling to think outside the tight limitations that have been deliberately structured for their thinking.
The ridiculous idea that a handful of fallible men can manage human action in such a vast geographical area is beyond coherent consideration to a logical mind. But this cult-like belief dominates our way of thinking. The founders understood this, which is why they set up a decentralized system where the national government had little sway in our day to day to lives. The government’s only role was to protect the rights of every individual including the right to life, liberty, and property.
Today, it’s intrusive beyond measure.
Now it threatens to rob us if we don’t buy products they want us to buy. It sends our youth to die for lies in foreign countries we have no business being in. It spends out of control, prints money, inflates the currency and packs jails with people who’ve committed victimless crimes.
Today, it’s the biggest, debtor government in the world.
How did we get here?
A big factor is our educational system. It teaches students compliance, obedience and frowns upon critical thinking. It’s not a place for new ideas. It’s not a place for creative minds. It’s a place to teach children conformity and their proper social role in society. Today’s schools are nothing more than indoctrination centers for the state. As the great H.L. Mencken pointed out over a half century ago:
The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.
Another factor could be the fact that we have been slowly conditioned to put our trust in state officials rather than each other for the betterment of the community. This is why, I believe, our nation is in such conflict and strife with one another. The political society that we are all entrapped under continues to thrust its uniformity and limitations on us, regardless of our say. And we are all too quick to use the tool of the state to force others to comply with our idea of what a good society looks like.
And in the end, our freedoms are diluted to the point of nonexistence.
Could this be the reason that people are so empty? Has their dignity faltered under the weight of so many tedious rules and laws? Has the overbearing regulations and high taxes suppressed the creative and energetic juices that make us human?
Robotic, soulless activity dominates our modern-day culture.
Today, there is hardly any aspect of our personal lives that the state does not intrude upon. Most Americans unconsciously welcome this despotism. The blind faith in rulers comes from years of outward manipulation and the inward negation of the self. American’s have been comfortably rocked to sleep by the humdrum of everyday trivialities and idle entertainment.
Today, in America, the flight from reason is all too common. Critical thinking is abandoned and left for dead. Shallow patriotism and lies rule the day. Human decency has taken a backseat. People will only listen to what they want to hear. They are chained to the asinine idea of a two-party system. And they will shun any kind of truth that challenges their concrete beliefs. As George Orwell said, “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
It’s time for America, as sovereign individuals who make up this nation, to do a little soul-searching. Read more, think more, question more, analyze, criticize, know history, understand economics and turn off the soul-sucking, brain-numbing television set.
A paradigm shift in our whole way of thinking is what we are in desperate need of. And it is coming. I have faith.
Regardless of who is deemed “president” of the oligarch in the upcoming election, just know, they’re not going to change anything. It’s on us to be as free as possible in spite of them.
How do we live free in an unfree world?
Maybe we need to question more, help our neighbors, love our family, create art, study daily, expose the evils of those who rule us, write, blog, peacefully rebel, and most importantly, quit looking to the state to cater to our insecurities and to fix the problems in our communities.
I think Karen Kwiatkowski put it best:
“The honest answer is we have to start with ourselves, and we have to practice living liberty in such a way that it informs, inspires and ultimately induces and helps our neighbors to turn their own backs on the state. Etienne de la Boetie realized that all states, kings and dictators, democracies, and republics, rest on the consent of the ruled. In each moment, and in the myriad of ways that human beings reject the state, lose faith in the state, and withhold their consent, we achieve liberty and we proportionally destroy the power of the state. It happened to Rome, and to Moscow. It’s happening today in Egypt and Tunisia, Libya, Yemen and Bahrain. It is happening in the United States too, not in an organized or vertical way, but by the cumulative daily acts of liberty in mind, body and economy of millions of real people. To live free, we need only to greet them, commend them, and join them.”
As the great existentialist writer, Albert Camus, reminds us, “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”