Slave Or Rebel? Ten Principles For Escaping The Matrix And Standing Up to Tyranny

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“Until they become conscious, they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled, they cannot become conscious.” - George Orwell

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

It’s a shell game intended to keep us focused on and distracted by all of the politically expedient things that are being said - about militarized police, surveillance, and government corruption - while the government continues to frogmarch us down the road toward outright tyranny.

Unarmed citizens are still getting shot by militarized police trained to view them as the enemy and treated as if we have no rights. Despite President Obama’s warning that the nation needs to do some “soul searching” about issues such as race, poverty and the strained relationship between law enforcement and the minority communities they serve, police killings and racial tensions are at an all-time high. Just recently, in Texas, a white police officer was suspended after video footage showed him “manhandling, arresting and drawing his gun on a group of black children outside a pool party.”

Americans’ private communications and data are still being sucked up by government spy agencies. The USA Freedom Act was just a placebo pill intended to make us feel better without bringing about any real change. As Bill Blunden, a cybersecurity researcher and surveillance critic, points out, “The theater we’ve just witnessed allows decision makers to boast to their constituents about reforming mass surveillance while spies understand that what’s actually transpired is hardly major change.”

Taxpayer dollars are still being squandered on roads to nowhere, endless wars that do not make us safer, and bloated government agencies that should have been shut down long ago. A good example is the Transportation Security Administration, which, despite its $7 billion annual budget, has shown itself to be bumbling and ineffective.

And military drills are still being carried out on American soil under the pretext of training soldiers for urban warfare overseas. Southeastern Michigan, the site of one of the many military training drills taking place across the country this summer, has had Black Hawk helicopters buzzing its skies and soldiers dressed for combat doing night combat drills in abandoned buildings around the state.

In other words, freedom, or what’s left of it, is being threatened from every direction. The threats are of many kinds: political, cultural, educational, media, and psychological. However, as history shows us, freedom is not, on the whole, wrested from a citizenry. It is all too often given over voluntarily and for such a cheap price: safety, security, bread, and circuses.

This is part and parcel of the propaganda churned out by the government machine. That said, what we face today—mind manipulation and systemic violence—is not new. What is different are the techniques used and the large-scale control of mass humanity, coercive police tactics and pervasive surveillance. As we have seen with the erection of the electronic concentration camp, there is virtually no escaping the invisible prison surrounding us. Once upon a time, one could run and hide or duck into a cave, but that is no longer feasible as caves are quite scarce, and those running the camp have their eyes watching everything.

Moreover, we are presented with the illusion that we act of our own volition when most of the time we are being watched, prodded, and controlled. “The nature of psychological compulsion is such that those who act under constraint remain under the impression that they are acting on their own initiative,” Aldous Huxley stated. “The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible.”

In fact, with the merger of the Internet and the corporate state, unless you are alert and aware, it will be increasingly difficult to discern the difference between freedom and enslavement. With the methods of mind manipulation available to the corporate state, the very nature of democratic government has been changed. Again, as Aldous Huxley writes:

[T]he quaint old forms—elections, parliaments, Supreme Courts and all the rest will remain. The underlying substance will be a new kind of nonviolent totalitarianism. All the traditional names, all the hallowed slogans will remain exactly what they were in the good old days. Democracy and freedom will be the theme of every broadcast and editorial . . . Meanwhile the ruling oligarchy and its highly trained elite of soldiers, policemen, thought-manufacturers and mind-manipulators will quietly run the show as they see fit.

To many, the situation seems hopeless. But is it?

From the day you’re born until the day you die, the choices you exercise are very limited. You don’t choose to be born or choose what sex you are or who your parents are or where you live. When you are a child, you are told what to do, and when you enter school, you sit plastered to a desk and are taught what others demand you should know. Yes, the indoctrinating process begins on day one.

Then there are the rules, the endless rules. If you say the wrong word, write the wrong story or wear the wrong clothes, you can get thrown out of school or even arrested. You live where you are told and eat what others think you should eat. As you grow older, this list expands into employment, marriage and so on. In other words, your so-called reality is socially constructed. It is predetermined for you, and if you step out of line and disagree with what the current society deems proper, you will be ostracized. If you speak your mind to the governing authorities, you might find yourself behind bars.

The point is that in order to develop a compliant citizenry, people must be forced to live in a mental matrix of words, ideas, ideologies, and teachings that are designed to make us conform. “As the Matrix in the movie was used to facilitate the exploitation of humans,” writes author Henry H. Lindner, “so the current ideological Matrix was created for, and serves to exploit us, turning us into unthinking workers and consumers—slaves of the ruling elite who themselves are trapped in the Matrix.” In fact, “few of us are able to escape the Matrix. We do not even know it exists.”

For there to be any hope of real change, you’ll have to change how you think about yourself, your fellow human beings, freedom, society, and the government. This means freeing your mind, realizing the truth, and unlearning all the myths you have been indoctrinated with since the day you were able to comprehend language.

The following principles, taken from my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, may help any budding freedom fighters in the struggle to liberate themselves and our society.

First, we must come to grips with the reality that the present system does not foster freedom. It denies freedom and must be altered. “Our authoritarian system is based on cruelty and control—it increasingly drives natural love and feelings from our society and produces violence and greed,” Lindner recognizes. “Our society is deteriorating morally and intellectually. This system cannot be reformed.”

To start with, we must recognize that the government’s primary purpose is maintaining power and control. It’s an oligarchy composed of corporate giants wedded to government officials who benefit from the relationship. In other words, it is motivated by greed and exists to perpetuate itself. As George Orwell writes:

We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship. . . .. The object of power is power.

Second, voting is practically worthless. “In principle, it is a great privilege,” Aldous Huxley recognized. “In practice, as recent history has repeatedly shown, the right to vote, by itself, is no guarantee of liberty.”

We live in a secretive surveillance state that has virtually no accountability, transparency, or checks and balances of any kind. As Jordan Michael Smith, writing for the Boston Globe, concludes about the American government:

There’s the one we elect, and then there’s the one behind it, steering huge swaths of policy almost unchecked. Elected officials end up serving as mere cover for the real decisions made by the bureaucracy.

How many times have the various politicians, when running for office, lied about all they were going to do to bring hope and change to America? Once they get elected, what do they do? They do whatever the corporate powers want. Yes, the old boss is the same as the new boss. The maxim: power follows money.

Moreover, voting is a way to keep the citizenry pacified. However, many Americans intuitively recognize that something is wrong with the way the electoral process works and have withdrawn from the process. That’s why the government places so much emphasis on the reassurance ritual of voting. It provides the illusion of participation.

Third, question everything. Don’t assume anything government does is for the good of the citizenry. Again, that is not the purpose of modern government. It exists to perpetuate a regime. Remember the words of James Madison, considered the father of the U.S. Constitution: “All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.” Power corrupts. And as the maxim goes, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Fourth, materialism is a death knell to freedom. While it may be true that Americans are better off than citizens of other nations—we have jobs, food, entertainment, shopping malls, etc.—these are the trappings meant to anesthetize and distract us.

Like the dodo, any “bird that has learned how to grub up a good living without being compelled to use its wings will soon renounce the privilege of flight and remain forever grounded,” Huxley warned. “Same thing is true of human beings. If bread is supplied regularly and capaciously three times a day, many of them will be perfectly content to live by bread alone—or at least by bread and circuses alone.” Free as a bird, some say, but only if you’re willing to free your mind and sacrifice all for a dangerous concept—freedom.

In other words, the hope is that the cry of “‘give me television and hamburgers, but don’t bother me with the responsibilities of liberty,’ may give place, under altered circumstances, to the cry of ‘give me liberty or give me death.’” This is indeed dangerous freedom.

Fifth, there is little hope for any true resistance if you are mindlessly connected to the electronic concentration camp. Remember, what you’re being electronically fed by those in power is meant to pacify, distract, and control you. You can avoid mind manipulations to a large degree by greatly limiting your reliance on electronic devices—cell phones, laptops, televisions, and so on.

Sixth, an armed revolt will not work. Although we may have returned to a 1776 situation where we need to take drastic actions to restore freedom, this is not colonial America with its muskets and people’s armies. Local police departments have enough militarized firepower to do away with even a large-scale armed revolt. Even attempting to repel a SWAT team raid on your home is futile. You’ll get blown away.

Seventh, be wise and realize that there is power in numbers. Networks, coalitions, and movements can accomplish much—especially if their objectives are focused and practical—and they are very much feared by government authorities. That’s why the government is armed to the teeth and prepared to put down even small nonviolent protests.

Eighth, act locally but think nationally. The greatest impact can be had at local governing bodies such as city councils. Join together with friends and neighbors and start a Civil Liberties Oversight Committee. Regularly attend council meetings and demand that government corruption be brought under control and that police activities be brought under the scrutiny of local governing bodies and, thus, the citizenry.

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, for example, police were involved in 39 shootings dating back to 2010. After a 2014 police shooting of an unarmed homeless man camped out in a public park, residents engaged in nonviolent acts of civil disobedience to disrupt the normal functioning of the city government and demand that the police department be brought under control. Community activists actually went so far as to storm a city council meeting and announce that they would be performing a citizens’ arrest of the police chief, charging him with “harboring fugitives from justice at the Albuquerque police department” and “crimes against humanity.”

In Davis County, California, in August 2014, after a public uproar over the growing militarization of local police, council members ordered the police to find a way of getting rid of the department’s newly acquired MRAP tank. One man at the council meeting was quoted as saying: “I would like to say I do not suggest you take this vehicle and send it out of Davis, I demand it.”

Ninth, local towns, cities and states can nullify or say “no” to federal laws that violate the rights and freedoms of the citizenry. In fact, several states have passed laws stating that they will not comply with the National Defense Authorization Act which allows for the military to indefinitely detain (imprison) American citizens. Again, when and if you see such federal laws passed, gather your coalition of citizens and demand that your local town council nullify such laws. If enough towns and cities across the country would speak truth to power in this way, we might see some positive movement from the federal governmental machine.

Tenth, understand what freedom is all about. “Who were the first persons to get the unusual idea that being free was not only a value to be cherished but the most important thing that someone can possess?” asks Professor Orlando Patterson. “The answer in a word: slaves.”

Freedom arose from the hearts and minds of those who realized that they were slaves. It became a primary passion of those who were victims of slavery.

Some Americans are beginning to realize that they are slaves and that if they don’t act soon, they will find themselves imprisoned in the electronic concentration camp indefinitely. Mind you, there may not be any chains hanging from the dungeon walls, but it is a prison nonetheless, and we are, without a doubt, inmates serving life sentences.

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q99x2's picture

I just read Frederick Douglass's story. You have to get a friend's ID to get out.

MonetaryApostate's picture

There will be no escape once everything goes digital, therefore follow the best advice you can get...

BUY BITCOIN NOW....

(It's already being pushed on many countries with failing economies & some governments are getting hip fast...)

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/20656/ecuador-pushes-forward-upcoming-electr...

http://insidebitcoins.com/news/hyperinflation-in-venezuela-how-bitcoin-can-help/27122
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/drachmae-could-bitcoin-inspired-currency-be-answer-greeces-economic-woes-1501532

TeamDepends's picture

Let's see, canned food or bitcoin?

falconflight's picture

Which can disappear within the blink of an eye?

Oh regional Indian's picture

Interesting, a little re-hashy (everyone knows this stuff)....

Given that the title contains the word Matrix, we should just run with it from there....

Birth : Mechanized (see chart for natural delivery Vs. Caesarian Sections)

Nurture : Mechanized (breast pumps for working mommies anyone?)

Education : Mechanized (and how)

Work : Mechanized

Entertainment : (more and more and more mechanized)

Social Engagement : Mechanized (digitized, but same effect)....

What world are we living in?

Equally important, WHOSE world are we living in because in it's current incarnation, feels alienish, doesn't it?

My world....domes, echoes, strings, rhythms...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsrCg7rwcqA

MonetaryApostate's picture

If they ban cash, if the banks go belly up, and they mandate digital currency, then what?

If I had to make a wager, and it's all gambling at this point, I'd go with Bitcoin...

If you have a better suggestion NOW WOULD BE THE TIME TO SPEAK UP!

falconflight's picture

I don't know....the Internet society seems kinda fragile to me, and the new nuclear option, especially as a poor nation's nuk.

ILLILLILLI's picture

Some government officials are standing up to the abuse and telling the Feds to shove it:

 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=539550812730439&set=a.5395341660...

OceanX's picture

"There's a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people."  - Commander Adama

Who would have thought it came from tv...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwrSlzZC31w

 

gladius17's picture

"Sixth, an armed revolt will not work."

Speak for yourself, slave.

Seek_Truth's picture

Here is a better solution.

I'm "speaking up."

Well yes, now that you mention it- I will add to the conversation.

Bitcoin is not the answer.

Here is the answer:

-Learn how to survive by:

-making fire

-finding water

-know how to build shelter

-know how to make/repair clothing, tents, etc.

-Barter

-Fish

-Hunt

-Trap

-Forage

-Cultivate/farm

Those are the best near term "answers."

Ultimately, though- the only long term answer that will save you is whether, or not, you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior.

 

PhoQ's picture

 

Ultimately, though- the only long term answer that will save you is whether, or not, you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior.

Only if he honors bitcoin and has some canned food stashed.

Seek_Truth's picture

"But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism." Romans : 2:5-11

Memedada's picture

“[…] here will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism." Romans : 2:5-11

So easily to see, that a human being full of inconsistency wrote this. These are not the, indirect or direct, words of a ‘God’ (he/she/it would at least be consistent/logic).

The bible is an interesting historical document (as are all the apocryphal texts that was left out of – the human edited – bible). The bible is a collection of texts that supported a male dominated and power-hungry fraction of the ‘Christians’.  The agnostics have a much more intelligent approach to religion – including Christianity. Don’t look at the texts (written by men) to find God – look into your heart.

WOAR's picture

Except that it's true. It doesn't show favoritism.

If you punish your "chosen people" first, then it isn't favoritism. They still get punished. If they weren't punished, or if their punishment was delayed, THEN it would be favoritism. Some people need to learn how to read before they start criticizing literature...

Many of the apocryphal texts were kicked out because they didn't show up until the year 1000 or so. Which makes them completely detached from what actually happened. 

kridkrid's picture

Retarded. Not in the making fun of short bus people way- but in the literal way.

"Listen to me! You have to consider the possibility that God does not like you. He never wanted you. In all probability, he hates you. This is not the worst thing that can happen."

Fun Facts's picture

A good start is deprogramming by pulling the plug on your zio tee vee, the primary instrument of our mass enslavement.

Squiddly Diddly's picture

"Don’t look at the texts (written by men) to find God – look into your heart."

Why are you giving out bad advice? Failing to recognize your own inconsistencies that seem obvious in others, perhaps ?

Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? 10“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind,b to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

OceanX's picture

"...honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism." Romans : 2:5-11"

Could you please provide the orginal source in the original language? Forgive me for my skepticism, it just seems that so many things have been tranlated, twisted, taken out of context and used to service an agenda...

jaxville's picture

  The Bible (New Testament) was originally written in Greek.  It was later translated to Latin then English as well as many other languages. From the Anointed Standard Translation....

    but to those disobeying the truth out of self-interest and obeying injustice, will be anger and wrath, trouble and pain on every life of man that works out evil, both of the Judean, firstly, and of the Greek. But reputation and honour and peace to everyone working out the good, both to the Judean, firstly, and to the Greek.

Pseudolus's picture

 

Hmmm, 'secure' standardised encrypted passphrase operated wallets on rootkitted & OTM backdoored closed-source hardware, transacting with an immutable public ledger over an open non-anonymous but controlled communications network that's optimal for MITM

=> lets seek financial privacy in that.

?

 

Pseudolus's picture

 

"Death is not Evil, Evil is mechanical"



onthesquare's picture

Death : Mechanized (You come to a point or cross road where it is determined that you are no longer worth saving.  The illusion of a sanctuary are offered to pull the last coin from your pocket then you are left to decay.  When the heart stops beating you are placed in the furnace and it is over, done, forgotten)

gwiss's picture

"Feels alienish" -- yes it does ORI, and it is reasonable to wonder where that influence comes from.

 

However, I don't see this as being the beginning of a new age.  I see it as the end of an old one, and like all old ages, it will collapse from within due to its own inherent dysfunction.  Mass centralization and mechanization is how the Industrial Revolution will end, not how the next age will begin.

 

The Industrial Revolution is catabolic, not anabolic, it is consumptive, not productive.  Temporary, not self sustaining, because its power is based on increasingly replacing self sustaining feedback loops with loops with no feedback.  As such, it accelerates until it exhausts the underlying energy supply on which it feeds, and it has no built in mechanism for deconstruction.  Power plants simply decay and rot once the energy they fed on becomes unavailable.  It is a necrotic end, not an apoptotic one.

 

Industrial Revolution principles are now being applied to all aspects of society.  Protest is now mechanized and regimented, not in the sense that protestors are kept in little protest boxes, but in the sense that the process of societal manipulation through protest is now rolled out by manipulators in response to any little bullshit event -- the latest being the McKinney Texas racial protests over an event that had nothing to do with racism, such copy and paste activity of course itself being copies of what CIA learned to do in other countries with color revolutions.

 

Every aspect of society is being mechanized.  Medicine is steadily being regimented and red taped to death.  So is education, the economy, farming, manufacturing, etc etc etc.

 

But, the process of exerting central control over each aspect of society is the process of killing it, squashing its living ability to adapt and adjust.  It is the calcification, the concretization of processes that need to live and breathe and move and adapt in order to stay functional.  And thus, society will freeze up, and then slowly tip over like a helpless fossilized giant.

 

But meanwhile, the seeds of the next paradigm, the next age, have already been born.  Techo-agrarianism is our future, small and decentralized and thus adaptable and resilient, yet capable of lightening fast adoption system wide due to our new power of the societal neural system of technologic communication, built around the idea of systems with feedback loops, systems that are self sustaining.  The next generation of pioneers will move ahead into virtual space rather than the physical space of the last wave of westward moving pioneers who went west to seek space to build lives of their own, that virtual space being the ability to create what you need yourself using 3D printers.

 

The thundering collapse of mass centralization is a time to celebrate a new birth.  Many will be too frightened to leave the old decaying body and will hang on while the stench of rot gets stronger and stronger.  But the green shoots of the new age are strong enough to crack any concrete.  It is an exciting time to be alive!

 

Love the music by the way -- you are a poet with that guitar.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Excellent post gwiss.....I sense a similar future, future tribes if you will and gypsies in a way we have yet to imagine. And thanks for the kind words.... :-)

tarabel's picture

 

 

Around my house, Dinty Moore has a pretty short life expectancy.

Bitcoin would last longer, because first I would have to mine it or find some way to buy  it and I'll get hungry long before I complete either one of those fruitless tasks.

My own personal guess is that Bitcoin will eventually be revealed to be a false-flag operation used to trap those people foolish enough to think that there is any anonymity and privacy possible in a digital environment.

Karaio's picture

Uai!

Tabarel!

The State basically has three functions:

 

1) Education;

2) Health;

3) Security.

 

Any of these functions that the state delegates gives shit.

 

1) Basic Education, Universities and other private thing are out to prove that there is chaos in education.

2) Do not need to talk much, Obamacare is there for all to see and (pay).

3) Safety is for internal people and never shed outside the state's boundaries. More than seven hundred bases outside the country is difficult to explain ...

 

hehe.

Undutchable73's picture

"The NSA was one of the first organizations to describe a Bitcoin-like system"

Has anyone ever met Satoshi Nakamoto?

Undutchable73's picture

there is no way one single person wrote the BC paper..

BitCoin relies on crypto hashes designed by the NSA.

 

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vic and blood's picture

Off topic, spammer. Upvote yourself, too?

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onthesquare's picture

This spam inject drives home the point of the mindless a...holes out there who make up the vast population of NIMBY morons.  I find it a mental reminder showing me to keep my thoughts to myself or spend the rest of my life alone.  

When my contempt for the the system becomes vocal, the eyes role and the excuses for departure begin.

They are not so blind as those who will not see. Jesus?

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

do not play their games of violence. murder of innocents is always a result. the state has not soul or regret.

they will kill and maim without remorse. We humans (those reading here) from our posts most have

morals and a conscience..the state like big corps does not. those who find violence as an answer .posting here, are so wrong ..take it from one who has been there done that. 69-71 nam.

Your mind is the weapon they try to control..don't allow it. spread the words from ZH and other sources - wake the people is all we can do.

remain human and you win.

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Upset Your Worries's picture

MonetryApostate, I think you often have a good deal of sense to pass on but regarding Bitcoin I reckon you are perhaps a little premature - a BETTER altcoin could be on its way soon, minus the compromised anonymity of Bitcoin (and an evolution from XMR). You might find a couple of threads of interest over on the Bitcointalk forum:

For instance, today at https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1049048.msg11585744#msg11585744

"...You can spend XMR (Monero) any where BTC is accepted by employing XMR.to or ShapeShift.io. You don't even need a login account for ShapeShift.io. I believe those are derivatives of the insight I (posting as AnonyMint) made in 2013 that unit-of-account is dying in relative importance because with crypto-currency all liquid units-of-account are convertible in real-time...Bottom line is that Monero has the only robust onchain anonymity that I am aware of thus far. Only onchain anonymity is really trustworthy and scalable (assuming you've obscured your IP address when sending the transaction to the network or used a pigeon)...

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1049048.msg11297894#msg11297894

"...The safe haven is crypto-currency, and yes we need to improve the consistency of the anonymity. And we probably need to improve the robustness of the network against regulation and network fragmentation. Cash they can cancel and render it illegal to hold and use (which they've always done in the past) and they are doing again. Ditto gold and anything physical. The future is the digital bits they can't see nor touch. For all you dinosaurs out there that are still stuck on ideas about real estate, gold, cash, etc... it is time to have this epiphany..."

Both from the Economic Totalitariansim thread at https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1049048.0

 

 

 


 

 

Oldwood's picture

Those willing to fight for their freedom offer the greatest threat. Resistance just makes it hard on everyone else.

Most are very pleased with tyranny.

Just make sure the Netflix streaming is working god damn it!

SgtShaftoe's picture

Incorrect,

Those that are prepared and trained for a fight in enough numbers take the option of armed conflict by an aggressor off the table. Make conflict an ugly proposition and it won't happen, straight and simple.

That's some ninja shit there. Don't forget to tip your waitress.

acetinker's picture

'They' don't want an armed conflict, and ironically they won't have it.  Hide and watch.

MonetaryApostate's picture

Oh China, India, and Russia would beg to differ...

Or do you not know the history of the UK in Asia?

acetinker's picture

I know that China, India, and Russia have central banks.  Don't call it UK, the Brits caused havoc in Asia, and I don't think the Scots or the Irish had fuck-all to do with it.

It was you, your people, who caused this pain.

Maybe you're not British, and my bile is misguided, if so- please disregard my words.

beaglebog's picture

 

 

 

Scots and Irish always formed large contingents of "imperial" armies.

 

 ... but, it would be crazy to blame the collective for the actions of individuals.

 

 

acetinker's picture

I see what you did there ;)

MATA HAIRY's picture

somewhat decent summary, but not really there yet.

Here is my outline for escaping slavery.

 

1. Federalism is anti-democratic. And what I mean by federalism is the conglomeration of states. When you combined small states into large states, that is federalism.

Federalism was designed to weaken voter unity. Thus weakened, the populace is less able to control their own government.

 

2. Thus, Washington DC is your primary enemy.

3. Thus, states' rights is your friend.

4. Homo sapiens is controlled by propaganda. This is an evolved trait useful on the savannah 200K years ago, which enabled man to transmit ideas to each other so they could survive.

5. Racial/cultural diversity weakens unity. A less unified populace is less able to control the gov't.

 

6. Thus, multiculturalism is a tool of the elite, of the big corporations.

 

7. Formal education is multiculturalist propaganda.

 

vic and blood's picture

The article by Whitehead is better than decent, but I agree with you. Decentralization is part of the antidote.

falconflight's picture

I'm for decentralization of the Articles of Confederation kind.  I renounced my pledge of allegiance.