Guest Post: How To Identify The True Enemies Of Freedom

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Submitted by Brandon Smith of,

The greatest and most often exploited weakness of any revolution for freedom is the inability of the downtrodden populace to identify the true enemy.  History is littered with the shattered remnants of rebellions that were built upon legitimate causes but suffered because of misdirection and faulty assumptions.  For centuries, the real culprits of tyranny have found ways to redirect the ire of those they harmed in their quest for power, usually by offering a tempting scapegoat that appeals to the public’s darker impulses; their biases, their prejudices, their fears, etc.  Usually, this ends in an even more pervasive totalitarian environment as the insurgents and the scapegoats decimate each other while the elites sit back and enjoy the show.  

Even the most successful battles against despotism, like the American Revolution, often only had a distant sense of who they were really fighting against.  This is what makes the 21st Century extraordinarily unique in the annals of civilization.  For the first time in human record, the common man has all the information necessary to examine and define the real culprits behind his subjugation.  The truth is at our fingertips, all we have to do is reach out and take it…

Because of the decentralized nature of information flowing through the alternative web media, our ability to generate opposition to organized elitism has never been greater.  However, this also means the stakes have never been higher.  The establishment understands well that their criminality is clearly visible, and eventually, they will be personally subject to the rage of the people.  The next fight could very well be the last for them. 

Their playbook may be old, but the tactics they use can always be applied on a grander and more terrible scale.  Not only will they pursue whatever menacing distractions necessary to occupy the attentions of the public, they will also attempt to pose as guiding lights in the darkness they themselves created.  They will hide behind broad generalized target groups; fabricated boogie men, branded and prepackaged like franchise coffee shops on every street corner of America’s collective psyche.  Terrorists, traitors, saboteurs, whatever ethnic group happens to be convenient at the moment, whoever is easiest to present as a target for our projected malice; false enemies will be rolled out like a nightmare buffet. 

If our nation and the rest of the world have any chance of achieving peace and liberty, it will be because those who choose to dissent against the totalitarian tide focus on the authentic virus invading and assimilating our culture.  Some call them “elitists”, “collectivists”, “centralists”, etc.  They sometimes even refer to themselves as such, but the most prominent and useful label today is that of “globalist”.   That said, we must ask what it is that defines these people?  What makes them who they are?  The following is a list of behaviors and characteristics that have been common to oligarchs through most of history.  Regardless of how a political or financial leader presents himself through rhetoric, if he displays these properties in action, he is more likely than not an opponent of individual freedom and an adversary to the principles of honor and conscience that all good men strive for. 

1)  They Seek Centralization Of Power

Does your favorite political candidate, corporate “guru”, or media shill have a history of promoting globalization, economic harmonization, socialization, etc., sacrificing the protections of sovereignty in the name of some “greater good” that never seems to come?  Does every action they take only appear to benefit a select elite?  Do they regimentally remove options and choices from the system?  Do all of their solutions ultimately lead to the same outcome?  Do all the roads they build converge towards less liberty for the masses and more control for government?  Is their answer for every crisis to remove checks and balances and borders?  Do they constantly claim that sovereign and Constitutional protections get in the way of “progress”?  Do they use phrases like “the greater good” or “sustainable development” on a regular basis?  Add them to your list of potential mass murderers, and unfriend them on your social media accounts.  They do not have your best interests at heart… 

2)  They Enforce Policies Despite Widespread Disapproval

In any healthy Republic, the political class is supposed to be the servant of the people.  Their employment is supposed to be predicated on their willingness to hear and understand the wishes of their constituency.  If a bill or policy arises that threatens the civil liberties or financial safety of the people, and they call for a representative to oppose it, that is exactly what he is supposed to do.  If he does otherwise, and supports a damaging or unconstitutional bill while fully aware of massive voter resistance, it means he is not in fear for his job, which means his job has not necessarily been secured by our votes, which means he is likely working for somebody else; somebody who will benefit from the bill in question. 

Two perfect examples would be the passage of the banker bailout bills, and the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act.  Both were vehemently opposed by a majority of Americans on both sides of the so called political “aisle”, and yet, they were given a majority support by our representatives in government.  This reveals an ulterior motivation within our government that is, to put it bluntly, treasonous.  If they voted for a liberty killing bill, then cross them off your roster of principled leaders and add them to your list of enemies…

3)  They Find Ways To Rationalize Any Behavior

Sociopaths and psychopaths operate on their own personal form of twisted rationalism.  The magic of pure cold logic untempered by conscience or intuitive wisdom is that truth can become whatever we want it to become as long as our inner voice remains repressed.  For them, any crime can be vindicated as long as a perceived benefit can somehow be derived.  For a globalist oligarch, however, psychopathy goes far beyond mechanical moral relativism.  They are well aware that their actions are an affront to human conscience, and, they couldn’t care less.  Instead, they use rationalism as a way to manipulate the public into accepting their maniacal behavior so that they can continue without interference. 

Globalists are so convinced of their own intellectual superiority that they feel no desire for redemption, or to compartmentalize their own evil.  They embrace that evil fully as if it were a form of strength.  One weakness of this philosophy is that it comes with a strange obsession; a desperate drive to inject moral relativism into all people around the globalist.  This exposes an inherent reliance on surrounding environment, and dependency on one’s environment to reinforce a belief system is a significant psychological weakness. 

The great power that truth holds over the empire of lies is that the truth is not contingent on mass perception; it exists regardless of how many people believe in it.  It is autonomous.  The truth has its own soul, and arises from the ashes again and again without the benefit of mass recognition.  Lies and perverted rationalizations require an astounding amount of energy and armies of the ignorant in order to exist.  A foundation of lies is inferior, and thus, anyone who depends upon the existence of that foundation is also, by association, inferior.  Globalist are, therefore, a sub-species, an unnecessary and outdated remnant of social evolution that should be allowed to finally fade out and die away.              

4)  They Promote Economic Dependency

Anyone who consistently tells you that you need them in order to survive has something to gain by your dependency.  A good person or government seeks to make people INDEPENDENT and self reliant, so that they can survive on their own merits and participate in the construction of their own destinies.  A manipulative person or government needs people to believe that without the services the despot provides all will come to ruin.  Totalitarian control cannot exist unless WE hand that control to them.  If the man before you claims that there is no other way to live except through him or his system, no matter how charmingly he phrases it, add him to your list as a danger to your freedom. 

5)  They Belong To A Think Tank

I am usually apprehensive about using a broad brush to paint any single group or subset as fully criminal and beyond repair.  This kind of methodology is used daily by globalists to create rifts in societies and lure people into destroying each other.  However, I have tried to the utmost of my ability to find an influential think tank with ties to the government in our modern era that does not display the despicable behaviors listed so far, and for the life of me, I can’t find a single one.  From the the CFR, to the Rand Corporation, to the Washington Institute For Near East Policy, you will find the many of the same exact writhing globalist tapeworms and most certainly the same exact philosophies of moral relativism on display.  If they belong to a mainstream think tank, they are not a friend to liberty.   

6)  They Cast No Reflection In The Mirror

Or perhaps I’m thinking of a different kind of monster…

7)  They Promote Military Force As The Primary Means To Achieve Their Ideological Objectives

Do they confront the dynamic of every social and diplomatic problem with the use of military force and the death of those who disagree with them?  Does every conflict between them and another culture end with the destruction of thousands if not millions?  Do they flaunt a distinct kind of “my way or the highway to hell” kind of attitude?  Do they seem to crave war to the point that they are willing to manufacture excuses to fire the first missile?  If they are a warmonger, then they are your enemy, even when they happen to be trying to kill people you don’t necessarily like at the moment.

8)  They Offer Promises They Never Intend To Keep

If a politician promises to end an illegal war and pull American troops from the battlefield if elected to office, and then doesn’t, or, pretends to pull troops out while maintaining permanent bases and shifting private Blackwater-style contractors into the field to take their place, then he is a liar.  It’s that simple.  If a central banker promises fiat printing and massive stimulus programs will unfreeze credit markets and generate an employment recovery within a couple of years, and the fiscal situation only becomes worse afterwards, then he is a liar.  It’s that simple. 

If a person in a position of power continuously makes promises that are impossible to fulfill, or that he obviously knows cannot be fulfilled, then he is buying time.  But buying time for what?  Well, usually, he is buying time so that he can consolidate more power, and he is hoping the public will be duped into giving that power to him in exchange for false hopes and empty dreams.  Any entity, corporate or governmental, that is unable to attain the public’s consent without conning them, is an enemy to the welfare of the public, and should be removed like a throbbing tick.

9) You Wouldn’t Leave Your Children Alone With Them

Ask yourself, could you leave your children in a room with this person or group and feel safe about it?  If the answer is an honest “No”, then how could you leave your country and your children’s future in their hands instead…?    

In the coming years, the American people will face numerous threats; some real, some imagined in the sterile conference rooms of a black-hearted think tanks.  But, the most terrifying threat to our cultural roots of free thought, expression, and prosperity is wielded by a very particular and exclusive group of thin-blooded ego-maniacs.  Identifying them is not difficult.  Hiding their true nature is nearly impossible for a person or institution whose narcissism is so pronounced.  They adore their own insanity and wish to share it with the world.  If they fit the profile listed above, it is a guarantee that they will wreak havoc upon your life, directly or indirectly, someday.  Know who they are, so that when that time comes you know who to blame, and who to bring to justice.

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Gully Foyle's picture

These fucking topics are becoming more absurd bottom of the barrel scraping.

Too many people looking for a way to repeat the same old shit.

Maybe some of them could shut the fuck up, or alternate days.

God I wish I still drank and used dope.

At least then these shit posts would seem more interesting.


Desert Irish's picture

God I wish I still drank and used dope.

Yep we wish you did too Gully ;-P


no taste's picture

See something, say something.

See an idiot with an Obummer 2012 sticker and tell that person she is an idiot.

See a deluded man with Ruinme 2012 sticker and tell him that he is deluded.

Dalago's picture

SO these enemies of freedom are psycho paths.  5 is debatable because Cato Institute is a Liberty think tank.  But yea, most of them are playing Pinky and the Brain theme music trying to take over the world.

goldfish1's picture

The picture shows the henchmen doing their master's bidding. Lets see Rockefeller and Rothschild and many more and their families so they can be recognized and vilified and brought to justice for crimes against humanity. Henchmen included.

The Alarmist's picture

They wear lapel pins and/or ribbons to show you how much they care.

Christophe2's picture

This list sucks, 'cos it isn't specific enough and omits the most visible marker: the criminals are all zionists, they all make a big deal out of protecting Israel above national interests.


Another easy way to detect the liars: see if they say the obvious truth about 911 or if instead they try to buttress the lies of the system.

CH1's picture

Troll, troll, go away,

stay gone on this and every day.

johnQpublic's picture

the people he is pointing out are only the front men for the real bad guys

problem is, you will never have a complete list of the real motherfuckers

CH1's picture

THE problem is the system that gives these idiots power over everyone else.

So long as power structures exist, sociopaths will weasle their ways into power. ALWAYS.

crouton's picture

Various personality disorders centring around narcissism, yes.

Sadly around 28% of any population will blindly follow them because of their 'charm' and being 'doers'

Having zero morality and seeing everyone around you as cardboard cutouts to be used for your own ends is a hell of an advantage to rising to the top of any powerstructure. like scum, they float to the top.

possible solutions include DE-centralisation (fewer power structures with less power), and instead of elections, having a system closer to jury duty, at least that way the number of sociopaths in power will be normalised, instead of weighted to favor them.

We are fighting our own human nature and it's fallibilty to some degree.


when i see articles like this on the BBC front page, I know i'm right about this, and the hollow men are shitting themselves about being outed.

Skateboarder's picture

I can't fucking stand this snitching culture that's being promoted. They're trying to get us to turn on each other. WHAT THE FUCK MAN!

And on topic of centralization... why do people come to respect centralized entities, even when a completely disgraced media reports about their misdoings. It's as if the public itself knows no shame, no honor. Goddamn this apathy...

goldfish1's picture

Goddamn this apathy...

My brother suggested it's more like the herd pausing...sensing something...before they move.

A Lunatic's picture

A herd of lemmings maybe..............

no taste's picture

To: Skateboarder

My "see something, say something" comment is a joke.

Telling an offending person that they are offending is not snitching.  It is being an adult.  Doing it in a snide, insulting way can be fun, but only if the offender deserves it, and that is something that is rather hard to judge correctly.

Skateboarder's picture

Duh, I know you were making a joke. I was just being pissed at the whole concept of the SSSS snitchy shit they're pushing out these days.

Raymond Reason's picture

The same thing happened to the Soviets.  They became very reticent and paranoid.  Justifiably

no taste's picture

Skateboarder, sometimes it is hard to know what other posters are thinking.  Also, I didn't want others to read your comment and think I was encouraging snitching.  SS,SS is evil.

I think it is important to laugh at those who this article identifies as the enemies of freedom for lots of reasons and to help those who fail to see the real enemies see them.  That is one of the reasons for my posts.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Skateboarder: I'm gonna turn you in.


crouton's picture

It's what they do, and it's easy for them. most of us are generally trusting and believe what we're told in good faith, and struggle to comprehend the type of malicious self serving scheming these worthless shells are capable of.It's higly effective in isolating you and undermining your self esteem.

Some people just want to be led, it's easier than thinking. The price they pay is to get abused.

I have several aquaintances that have personal relationships with the same type of abuse in them. They cant seem to leave them, and if they do they keep coming back. 'I know he loves me' & 'but i can change him' are two common mantras i hear.

The state has become our abusive partner


petolo's picture

No need to drink or take more dope; your brain is already alzheimered . The nursing homes are all ready for you. Don,t forget to take your meds.

MsCreant's picture

But, but, I LOL at #6. It was funny!

Gully, write something unique and submit it to ZH. You sure have been bitching about the content enough lately. Put up or shut up sweet heart!

P.S. I did not junk you.

chumbawamba's picture

Yeah, seriously.  Are the breads and circuses just not doing it for you anymore, Gully?  GO MAKE YOUR OWN BREAD AND ORGANIZE YOUR OWN CIRCUS, YOU JACK ASS.

I am Chumbawamba.

The Alarmist's picture

What happened to your "I WILL NOT OBEY" avatar?

chumbawamba's picture

Ever observe a caterpillar?


The Alarmist's picture

No, but I think one crawled over my face while I was sleeping in the jungle.

I am not Chumbawamba, but if I am lucky I may metamorphose one day ....

Overfed's picture

Why don't you submit an article telling us how good we've got it? Maybe one calling all of us doomer libertarians a bunch of ingrates for not loving Big Sis and her never ending efforts to save us? Save us from the terrorists, the corporations, from ourselves. Let us know that we are all just man-children who need a nanny state government to care for us. Or, conversly, you could just shut the fuck up.

MsCreant's picture

See above you. Great minds and all.

SubjectivObject's picture

I suggest it's time for you to graduate ZH.

Take your understanding into the outside world and make it a better place. 

Certainly, get back with your results, if you feel that's worthwhile.

digitlman's picture

If you don't like it, delete your account and fuck off.

chumbawamba's picture

What've you contributed to ZH besides your banal, sophmoric, oftentimes pointless comments?  You get what you pay for.  For instance, you paid with booze and dope, and look at you now.  You are a product of your own purchase.

I am Chumbawamba.

The Alarmist's picture

We all have our place in the eco-system.

Skateboarder's picture

Smoke weed, Gully, and listen to Spirit Caravan. Everything will be better, I promise. "Infinite sadness becomes ultimate wisdom"... ;)

P'Od_Accountant's picture

The bottom of barrel scraping dope you talk about is probably going to save humanity after all this shit comes tumbling down.  In 100 years historians are going to ponder, why the eff did people think "voting(used liberally and laughably)" in psycho-sociopaths who made a miracle plant illegal was beneficial to society?  

I see trees of green........ red roses too
I see em bloom..... for me and for you
And I think to myself.... what a wonderful world.

Turin Turambar's picture

"God I wish I still drank and used dope."


Would we be able to tell the difference? ;-)

NewWorldOrange's picture

The irony...the irony...

A superb article, and as the author of the article alluded to, sociopaths are narcissists by nature.

Gully Foyle in the comment at the top said:

"These fucking topics are becoming more absurd bottom of the barrel scraping. Too many people looking for a way to repeat the same old shit. Maybe some of them could shut the fuck up, or alternate days.God I wish I still drank and used dope. At least then these shit posts would seem more interesting."

applicable Narcissistic Personality Disorder symptoms:

Rage attacks when you do not sufficiently meet his/her needs

Dramatic, insecure behaviors

Blaming you for his own behaviors or feelings

Not taking responsibility for angry behavior and justifying angry outbursts.

An attitude that demonstrates "the world revolves around me" and "you need to cater to my ideas, opinions, thoughts, and feelings."

Truth hurts.

Glad you're not running for office Gully. You'd probably win.

Clashfan's picture

Yeah, NWO, I don't get it. I do like some of Gully's insightful comments, on occasion, but WTF? I don't even see a specific complaint he's listing about the piece. Personally, I think the piece is on target but needs some significant padding with specific details (names, phone numbers, addresses, country clubs, allergies, etc).

NewWorldOrange's picture

Heh. The hell of it is, Gully didn't even have time to read the article and be the first to post as well.

Of course, that applies to all the other Ikea Boyz around here who are less interested in reading the article and then offering some insight or constructive, specific criticism than in being first to post, or in being near the top by replying to the first post or the one in reply to that, which itself is rarely a "reply" at all but just someone else's attempt to be seen.

Look at me! Look at me! A lot of the folks around here have an issue with narcissism. Maybe Gully is just one of many.

Insecure sissies need recognition from the herd I guess. Green arrows and all that. Daily Affirmation.

Clashfan's picture

Meanwhile, speaking of globalists and enemies, the "global warming" goons are at it again. More Antarctic ice, tough to explain? Nope. Global warming causes that, too:

Westcoastliberal's picture

Say NWO since you brought it up, (and I couldn't agree more), but I must share that "Narcissistic Personality Disorder" is in the process of becoming "normalized" by the APA. Their quote states NPD is "not necessarily a disorder in and of itself".  I guess there are now SO MANY who inflict exhibit these symptoms that it just CAN'T be a "disorder"'s becoming the "norm".  Here's the link:

XRAYD's picture

 Fear and safety are now interchangeable in a speculative and high stakes game of perception. The efficient frontier is now contorted to such a degree that traditional empirical views are no longer relevant.

 The problem is that the abstraction of the market has become an economic reality unto itself. You can no longer play by the old rules since those rules no longer apply.

. For the next decade this market is going to reward philosophers [of history] over students of business.


Fix It Again Timmy's picture

Clarification needed - my comment applies to the article, not the preceding comment...

LongSoupLine's picture

the enemies of freedom are those whom see the wrongs being commited, yet do nothing about it.


hence, why dancing with the stars news is more important to the mass public than the crimes of Congress, Fed, etc

Dr. Sandi's picture

I fear the crimes of Congress, Fed, etc are no longer news.

Throw me a blanket, I'm getting numb.

LMAOLORI's picture



About time someone set the record straight the enemy is indeed the politicians. Interesting how so many see terrorism or al Qaeda as a boogey man threat used by politicians but all you free thinking folks are not too quick to catch on that the Fed exists ONLY WITH THE PERMISSION OF OUR POLITICIANS PERIOD. In other words the politicians have successfully misdirected the anger from themself's to the Fed. 

Bay of Pigs's picture

LOL. Permission? Apparently you just missed Jamie Dimon on the BlowHorn [CNBC] for the last hour at the CFR meeting blasting the politicians and regulators as the problem.

Maybe if you realized the Banksters own them, and run the country from the real Seat of Power (NY FED), you'd break free of your severe case of Cog Dis.