Guest post: Inner Freedom Comes First

Tyler Durden's picture

From Brandon Smith of Alt-Market

Inner Freedom Comes First

Is freedom a place, or an idea? A state of society, or a state of mind? Does it begin around us, or within us? In today’s world of the all-you-can-eat sensory buffet, where every facet of life is a bit and a byte and a radio wave and a laser beam, most of humanity looks for all of its answers to such questions in the grand ether of the tumbling data stream. We see changes in the tapestry of cultural interaction as the final measure of national progression, or regression. We confuse forward sounding language with forward moving political transformation. We are mesmerized by the illusion of environmental appearance, and forget that the indelible root of all things outward is nurtured by that which lay within.

In America, in the midst of economic crisis and government driven moral hazard, millions of people are scrambling for “solutions”. The term is used rather haphazardly and often without proper context. There are, indeed, very evil men out there in the dark precipices of global infrastructure, and, these men often instigate very bad events. However, “doing away with them” is NOT a solution. It is NOT a plan. It is merely a goal. A solution requires more than an end result; it also involves the steps necessary to achieve said result. The Liberty Movement, as it is commonly called, tends to run into so much frustration and angst, I believe, because it consistently attempts to skip to the end of the story without traveling the rest of the very necessary journey.

End the Fed! Sue the Fed! March on Washington! Vote the bums out! Take up arms! These are not actions, but reactions triggered by the confusion of the moment. Not only are they single minded responses that lack the strategy and logistics inherent in a successful counter-offensive, but such cries ignore the other devious culprit responsible for our national heartache; ourselves.

Yes, the world must change, and soon, if our principles are to survive. But, for this to happen, we must change first. Instead of looking up, down, and all around us for some magical all encompassing answer, we have to question our very assumptions and world views. No weapon of steel or of law will ever undo the tragedy we live in day to day while we lack the conviction to confront our own biases and failings. We have always been the greatest obstacle to a truly freedom based society, not the elites, who are nothing but parasites feeding off our willfully perpetuated inadequacies.

Working methodologies for combating globalization and centralization do exist. State nullification, for instance, is a significant tool for defusing obtrusive federal authority, but without the organizational willpower and perseverance to take back the now thoroughly corrupt election process county by county, state by state, while producing viable liberty minded candidates and grassroots activist groups, nullification is impossible. Survival preparation is essential for anyone who wishes to decouple from the collapsing mainstream system, but without the determination to make prepping a reality, we are left with nothing but a bunch of hungry, desperate nobodies huddled on the sidelines of the war for truth. Barter networking and alternative markets require extensive patience and unerring dedication, along with constant self education on the processes of sound money and private trade. Safe Haven and Free State Projects push us even harder, requiring us to uproot from everything we have been conditioned to accept as normal and comfortable, and travel, perhaps long distances, to begin anew in a place likely unfamiliar. All of these things involve an internal finality of purpose, a clear and unwavering path unhindered by regret. Those who undertake the above initiatives do so not because they were “told to”, but because they know, above all else, that what they are doing is right. They no longer stand in their own way, and thus, the possibilities become infinite.

For others, the endless circular battle between action and apathy continues. Below, are some of the most frequent excuses uttered by those aware of the burgeoning dangers of a disintegrating culture but who are incapable of taking the first steps of inward freedom needed to do anything about their predicament…

1) I know things are getting bad in this country, but I only have time to focus on my own problems right now…

Your immediate problems are certainly yours to solve, but they are also very likely an aftereffect of the wider problems of the world around you. Ironically, only by taking personal responsibility for the problems of the world can we alleviate the incredible pressures of our microcosmic existence. That is to say, by taking action against the trespasses of global economic and socio-political despotism, you are doing yourself and your private life a big favor.

2) I believe that a collapse (social and economic) is possible, but just can’t imagine things ever going that far…

What you can’t “imagine” is generally pretty irrelevant when considering the FACTS of any given situation. Educating one’s self on the history of modern economic and political instability is a step that many seem to overlook before drawing conclusions on the state of America today. Without a point of reference to refer to, these people are left completely in the mire as to the very real threats that lay ahead. Many of them actually avoid learning the background details of similar crises like those in Weimar Germany, Soviet Russia, Argentina, Zimbabwe, etc., because doing so would mean room for denial would disappear. Yes, our country will see darker days ahead, perhaps pitch black. Refusing to prepare for the worst will not stop the worst from happening. Never, ever, assume a disaster will “blow over”.

3) I just don’t have the money to get into survival prepping right now. Maybe I will start when I get some savings in order…

In some cases (very few) this excuse is acceptable. But, in many others it is complete nonsense. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve run into that make this claim while continuing to spend money on non-essential luxuries. Do you still have cable T.V.? Get rid of it! It stinks anyway. Do you buy a new computer every six months? Well stop! The gigs and ram you have now are probably more than adequate. Do you pour money into personal vices like drugs, cigarettes, or beer? Quit! There will be no room for them post collapse anyway. There is always money for prepping, even if it’s a little every month. The obstacle is not funding. The obstacle is your unwillingness to sacrifice certain comforts for more important investments.

4) I would delve into sound money, but it all seems too complicated…

I’ll make this simple; buying gold and silver is NOT complicated. In fact, it is very easy. If something feels “complicated”, then simply uncomplicated it by educating yourself using the numerous resources still available on the internet or your local library. Knowledge is (at this time) everyone’s prerogative. Liberty starts not with the words in an article or a book, but the decision to actually sit down and read that article or book with an open mind. Make that decision now!

5) I feel isolated, and would like to move to a safe haven with more like-minded people, but am afraid of not finding work, or leaving behind that which is familiar…

Safe Haven relocation is not for everyone, but many can at least admit that they probably live in an unstable and violence prone environment sensitive to economic unrest. Many can also admit that they do not have the support network required to survive such an event. This choice ultimately comes down to priorities. When the survival of yourself and your family is on the line, does it really matter if you are “familiar” (i.e. comfortable) with your current location? In a crumbling marketplace, is it better to take your chances with a job that you know will soon no longer exist, or to take your chances in an alternative market with increasing growth? Is it better to wait until doom is ringing the doorbell? Or, is it more practical to take measures now to insulate yourself from the storm? Learning to prioritize means learning to set aside what we want in the face of what we need.

6) I would like to become more of an activist, but isn’t it better to “keep a low profile”, and avoid retribution from the power elite…?

Fear is the most repressive internal obstacle of all. Tyrants do not conquer countries; fear conquers countries. As I have said before, when the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, they did not sign it “Anonymous”. It is every free man’s duty to stand behind his own convictions. Holding them quietly in the corner of the room gets us nowhere. This is not to say that all our thoughts and activities should be made public, but if you can’t build up the gumption to speak the truth in the wake of a lie then you aren’t of much use to anyone, especially yourself. There is nothing illegal about organizing against corruption, and even if there was, it wouldn’t matter. Fighting for freedom means being audacious, and sometimes unconcerned about the supposed “consequences”. While we speak often of safety and preparedness, these things at bottom are also only important so far as they support our ability to put ourselves on the line for the future of our ideals. There is no room for apprehension here…

The purpose of the above is not to “shame” those in the movement who remain inactive, but to clear the fog that tends to surround any new and powerful movement against the rush of the totalitarian wildfire. We continue to look for white-knight leaders, short cut slapdash solutions, and even miracles to somehow save us from doing what we dread most; facing the fact that we are the greatest prognosticators of our own fates. We are the ones who choose freedom, or slavery. In the soft light of fading glory, only those who blaze their own trails will see the road ahead. To each man awaits a multitude of perils and rewards, all of which depend upon his inner resolve; a quality which stands upon the summit of the soul, against the wind, and the unrelenting cold.

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Big Sky's picture

Run to the Hills - Casper Freidrich as a guide

Oh regional Indian's picture


And as for the article, the title said it all. 

Know they "Self".... the only journey worth taking...


adeptus's picture

It's refreshing to see such an article on ZeroHedge.  Stick to what you have been doing ZeroHedge, but it is nice to know that at least one of the Tylers has some spiritual wisdom.

Git_Naked's picture

Um, heavy shit and I like it, but kinda dilutes the blog tbh...

Doña K's picture

How can one possibly raise the IQ of the average American in a lifetime to achieve this notable proposal?

You must be able to have unique qualities to even contemplate doing what's required for the collective inner souls.

How can you turn arround youth who believe that Modigliani and Botticelli are pizza toppings?

How can you turn arround young girls when you ask them to put on something demure and they reply that they do not know that designer?

How do you turn arround people when you tell them that someone is incommunicado and they ask you directions to it?

How do you turn arround youth that think the first predsident was George Washington DC? Or that a myth is a female moth?

I can go on and on all night.

Revolution is the answer my friends. Even gods can feel the fear and the wrath of the "Indignados." Destroy in order to rebuilt. "Tabula Rasa." Those with no concience, must die first.

Such was uttered oddly enough by a left wing south American poet and by Alexander the Great.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

he said it comes first, not that it is the "only journey worth taking"

wake UP!

slewie the pi-rat's picture

even a teacher of such disrepute as jesus, despised (and feared) even more today than in his earthly life, said seek ye first the kingdom w/in you.  it is a matter of priorities and  self-focused learning and self-education.  he didn't teach religion.  he didn't found a religion. but neither did he disrespect his own religious heritage, except in so far as it was "trapping puppies", via hypocrisy,  as below.  he tried to teach people the skills to use their inner resolve to stand apart from certain things w/in themselves; to be "in the world yet not of it", perhaps,  as others might put it.  this doesn't mean it's easy b/c these "things" w/in one are very powerful and hightly-conditioned responses to damned near everything.  this same despised idiot who said seek ye first also mentioned that if you do actually seek, you will find.  but seeking is not pretending to seek, no matter how elaborate, and finding is not pretending to find.  i'm not saying the inner journey will ever end, how would i know?  but i am saying that it will never begin unless it is something one "hungers and thirsts for"  strongly enuf to withstand getting the living shit beat outa you by yourself till you finally begin to see how you work, what your "problem" is.  john's gospel doesn't say this quite as strongly as the others, but yet, the reports his students left don't say anything too different do they?  but they didn't give up, either, did they?

anyone who doesn't understand this, is NOT a "teacher" of a damned thing except self-soothing saccharine yum-yums and mechanical repetition of various kinds of absolute bullshit.  but it is eZ pickings for the spiritual frauds, who eventually will show their level of spiritual ignorance...

here's why:  we have entire generations of "people" who have learned that if you "don't believe in the flying spaghetti monster", you will evolve, mechanically, no less.  the fruit is low-hanging, indeed, for the cruella devilles of "spirituality".  the "innocent puppies" who hear their "call"  don't believe in anything, don't know much, will never learn much, and are self-deluded into thinking not only they, but the others who are "with them" are "evolving", mechanically, b/c they are not "trapped" by believing in the flying spaghetti monster...

this is taught in the same universities that teach "economics" and "constitutional law"

no shit

Aragorn's picture

"seek ye first the kingdom w/in you"

Actually, Jesus never said that. He said:

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. ~Matthew 6:33~


Humanists believe that all the answers are found within each of us. Herzl, the founder of Zionism, believed this too. He turned his back on Judaism. He mocked it. (Wikipedia) These beliefs always end up in a sensual mode like egotism and materialism and hunger for power. Come to think of it, quite an average, full of poop human being.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

oh, i'm so sorry, i didn't thump the bible right for you, so i might be a "humanist"!  Hahaha!

different evangelists put out the ideas in different ways and in different orders.  the parables are about this inner journey no matter wtf your "pastor" or your mommy want you to "believe"

i can see by your "score" and others, that your answers, and others' are more popular than mine, which is actually, as i tried to say, part of the problem of conditioning.  your "salvation" is as much your own "problem" as is ori's "waking up" but that still doesn't mean you have one fuking idea what you are talking abt when you correct me, or even 'vote' for or against me.   i didn't say all the answers are within, but that The Teaching (didache in greek) as presented in the gospels does say seek ye first the kingdom, and that it is within you or possibly also "among" you as in some "community" being involved

American King James Version
Neither shall they say, See here! or, see there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

that is Luke 17:21;  whether "jesus" ever "said that" i don't know, but luke seems to want to say he did, ok? 

whatever you are projecting onto others who don't "know" or "believe" what you have learned, aside, you are basically an ignoramus and a fool

john39's picture

another angle on this theme:

The Gospel of Thomas

(1) And he said, "Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death."

(2) Jesus said, "Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All."

(3) Jesus said, "If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty."

(4) Jesus said, "The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will live. For many who are first will become last, and they will become one and the same."

malek's picture

That's Caspar Friedrich.

Only if you ever yourself stood atop a mountain, above a sea of clouds, can you really esteem some of his works.

Doubleguns's picture

There is ONE patriot group with a plan and a strategy.

Sledge's picture

I like it! Thanks Doubleguns!

PaperBugsBurn's picture

If you guys dont go after the banksters once the dust settles from the crack up boom and gold standard comeback you are real pussies.

topcallingtroll's picture

If there really is a crackup boom and fiat repudiation have no doubt about us pussies.

That will be sufficient provocation for civil war. Taking out a few thousand bankers shouldnt be too hard during the chaos. All we need are the lists of who got TARP money and secret loans from the fed. Then we erase all of the top 200 executives from each firm. Any member of the board for the last 15 years, and all the senior bondholders. And of course anyone with the last name blankfein, norgan, rockefeller, rothschild, etc, and all owners of the fed and their top two hyndred executives and their senior bondholders.

Note to self. Need more rope and ammo.

flacon's picture

What about the citizens who created money by siging it into existence in the form of a loan, such as a mortgage or a credit card? 

goldfish1's picture

You mean the ones duped by the debt creators? What about 'em?

Van Halen's picture

Screw the rope and ammo! Too much work and not as fun as a guillotine!  :)  Imagine the lovely collection of heads from banksters, politicians, hollywood celebrities and politicians you could have hanging on the welcome sign to your home town!

pupton's picture

Naw man, what we need is a swimming pool filled with sharks that have frikken lasers on their heads!  Or at least ill-tempered sea bass...

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Screw the rope and ammo!

There's certainly no sense in wasting good ammo on them; besides, a firing squad would be far too dignified for such vermin. However, don't be too hasty in your dismissal of the virtues of a strong, stout rope.

Too much work and not as fun as a guillotine!  :)

The products of perhaps a dozen such dispatches might, depending on your taste in decor, be used ornamentally (see below). Even that number will leave an unpleasant mess to clean up. The reptilian ichor oozing from their former dewlaps is bound to raise an unbearable stench. Their remains will have to be disposed of before their internal rot breaks through to the surface. This is why, over the long term, the method which saves the most work employs a rope and scaffold.

Imagine the lovely collection of heads from banksters, politicians, hollywood celebrities and politicians you could have hanging on the welcome sign to your home town!

The traditional edge-of-town welcome in this vein calls for the heads to be placed on pikes. Sometimes the old ways are the best.


GiantWang's picture

Guillotines . . . .

I like the idea of having a list of people to publicly execute . . . .  Who is in charge of compiling that?

Any takers on your Ukranian babe friend?

Azannoth's picture

Honestly people stop dreaming those scumbags will be better protected than presidents, the best revenge you can take on them is to crash their Fiat World and return to Freedom and Sound money, it would be good to hang a few of them but don't count on it

goldfish1's picture

Yet these fukkers need electrians and satellite companies and grocery delivery people.

my puppy for prez's picture

Nope, they don't!  They already have their bug-out bags packed, their helicopters waiting, and years and years of food, water, medicine, and such ready and waiting at their swanky underground reinforced luxury bunkers!  You should check out this sometime:  Ixquick (don't google) D.U.M.B.  This will show you what they have been doing with our tax dollars.  The whole thing really is very creepy!  Ask yourself:  Who will be admitted to these?  

aerojet's picture

I bet you that most do not have any of those things.  A few of the big fuckers like Cheney probably, but not most of the banksters.  They didn't plan ahead in the monetary world, the certainly can't do it in the real world, either.

Doña K's picture

Those who know what the've done already have yachts registered in offshore corporations, big enough to be perpetual travelers and lots of physical PM's to last them 10 lifetimes. Don't go looking underground. Too claustrophobic for these guys. they prefer the smell of sea iodine and they are into coke and whores.

Their cruising grounds are St. Barts, Caymans etc. Same cruising grounds as the old pirates.  

Marco's picture

They might own more paper ... but they also own more gold, they also own more land, more power companies, more water, more mines, more of everything. Their fiat world is designed to crash ... after it has enabled them to buy as much of the real world as possible.


Anarcho capitalism is their end game ... it's a fine system when you own everything.

Azannoth's picture

Yes but except for a few known names, no banker has a tatto on his forehead with 'banker' on it

Of course you could simply go after the jews (they are easier to spot) that would pretty much cover 80% of the banker elite

GiantWang's picture

That's just stupid.  The one thing I hate about ZH is the anti-semetism in the comments.  How about just wiping out anyone with a huge estate from the mid-Atlantic north and then certain pockets of major cities . . . the people who clearly have the money?

Azannoth's picture

"Truth is called hate buy those that hate the truth"

tickhound's picture

"buy those that hate the truth"

Isn't that what we do now?

Azannoth's picture

Look if the jews come clean about 'the holocaust' WW1, WW2, JFK, 9/11, FED and 1000 other things they have been implicated in I am willing to forgive them, now what are the chances of that ?

If the jews admited to even 1% of what has been their 'mastermind plan' they sign their own deathwarrant

john39's picture

to be more accurate, its really the zionists behind all this.  Not all Jews are zionists.... and not all zionists are jews.  Dick Cheney for example.  What gets fairly tricky is that many of Ashkenazi (aka Jewish) descent are hidden among the population.  Examples include Obama (mother's family), the bushes, the Saudi royal family... 

Azannoth's picture

Cut off the Root and the Branches will die, you can't just cut off a Hydras head it will just grow 2 more

john39's picture

silly me, forget to add European royalty to the list of infiltrators...

whstlblwr's picture

I feel sorry for people in your life.

James's picture

And Askenazis are not semites.

john39's picture

defamation, the full movie:

good stuff, exposes this game that is played using the "antisemitism" label. 


john39's picture

already is in parts of europe.  how very orwellian.   Holocost denial is a fucking crime, and truth is no defense.  There is a lawyer who went to jail in Germany because she tried to argue truth defending her client from holocost denial claims...   maybe its just me... but if you need to make something illegal to even question, its a pretty good tell that its probably a pack of lies.

one example here:

next it will be a crime to question global warming, because everyone knows for a fact that it cannot be denied.

whstlblwr's picture

You're a fucking idiot, so my wife's grandmother tattooed her own arm? Take your medication.

john39's picture

where there is smoke, there is fire:

with so many obvious lies swirling around the holocost (TM), seems appropriate to question.  there is a big difference between slave labor camps (which by the way contained people of many different ethnicities, polical backgrounds etc) and death camps.  but I understand how problematic the truth can be.  so lets just out law it and scream hysterically at anyone who dares question whether we are being force fed propaganda.


Lndmvr's picture

3 days before liberation my 1st mother in law was marched to a pit and shot in the head with all the others, army combed through finding the ones still living. Something deffinitely went on.

whstlblwr's picture

moved, reply stacking doesn't make sense.

John Rotten's picture

"It's A Trick, We Always Use It" (calling people "anti-Sematic")

Sledge's picture

Rabbi Wiess talks about how Zionists stole the face of Judaism and turned it into nationalism!

whstlblwr's picture

Yes, say welcome to stupid fucktards of ZH. When people roll eyes at this blog usually about these paranoid fucktards who think Jew is out to get him. Or Jew control world. I know all Jews smarter than them, that's for sure.