We Prefer Our Sociopaths Well Dressed and Spoken

We Prefer Our Sociopaths Well Dressed and Spoken


Cognitive Dissonance



What would you do if I told you not to think about elephants? Yeah, I thought so. Me too!

Effective denial of a subject or thought is actually quite difficult to achieve on a consistent basis, particularly if it carries with it great emotional weight and impact. While the elephant mentioned above might have instantly popped into your mind the moment you read the words, by now it’s beginning to fade from memory…except for the fact I just mentioned it again.


But witnessing an elephant stampede, possibly being endangered by one, or someone being cruel to the animal, beating it mercilessly to compel a certain behavior, might actually leave a lasting impression that is extremely difficult to extinguish. Memory is an interesting phenomenon, one which encompasses sight, sound, smell, taste and touch into a billion different combinations carefully customized to each individual psychology.

How many times have we heard a song or distinct sound, smelled a flower or food, touched a fabric or surface or felt a summer breeze or cold wind only to be flooded with a memory or memories of days long past? Which came first, the triggering sense or the memory? Would the memory be as sharp and real if not for the triggering sensory input?

However, the above is discussing one time happenings, memories of single events or a series of events compressed into a relatively short period of time. Absent the passage of memory dulling time, how does one forget or actively deny a persistent reality that insists on making its presence known? How do we ignore an ugly truth, a clear and present existence that doesn’t fade away into the ether?

Simple! We call it something else, thereby putting lipstick on a pig. Not that I have anything against pigs or lipstick.

From a socioeconomic point of view no one wishes to address, let along even admit, the country is run by embedded (like tics) powerful moneyed special interests that do not have our best interests at heart. Or more accurately, whose only interest in us is their desire for us to remain productive and under control in exactly the same way plantation owners of the past viewed their slaves.

Edmund Burke is purported to have said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” The art of subjugation (let’s call it seduction to make it easier to swallow) is to convince the object of our attention not to resist our advances. This is most effectively done by convincing the resident population they are homogeneous, yet alone and powerless. As in you can’t fight city hall.

Or better yet, to convince us there’s something in it for us (the mafia call it getting a taste) if we’d just go along to get along. The field slaves would rather be promoted to kitchen duty while the kitchen slaves would prefer an upgrade to domestic help or even the butler or handmaid.

Sun Tzu wrote “Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate.” The art of propaganda, in America concocted, distorted and repeated as mainstream media nonsense, is to confirm prior beliefs while constructing new or follow on narratives.

Ultimately it all comes down to a simple and unassailable fact, at least if viewed logically and dispassionately. In an environment ruled by sociopaths, eventually one either becomes one or is controlled by one. Stress a society to the point where resources are spread too thin and conditions become increasingly harsh and the subdued and suppressed begin to turn on one another. This is the ultimate utility, at least for the sociopaths and their enabling minions, of a two party political system.

Pick a side, any side, just as long as you pick. Freedom of choice and all that! It’s all right there in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. At least that’s what we have been taught to believe. In reality, long ago the sociopath controllers realized we must consent to our cognitive control if we are to be our most productive.

Regardless of our (deftly stage managed) point of view, either you’re with us or you’re against us. Everything is presented as black and white in a decidedly grayish world. And it really doesn’t matter if you choose black or white, just as long as you are given, and accept, the illusion of choice.

Of course, a little bit of wiggle room is offered to allow us to think it’s our decision to swallow. Just as long as we stay safely within the confines of the cattle chute, big brother will not come knocking on our front door. That pleasure is reserved for malcontents, radicals and non conformists. You’re not one of those, are you?

If this view appears excessively harsh, unfair or simply wrong, may I gently suggest we have acclimated well to our conditioning. This is not to say we are treated as poorly or as harshly as slaves were two hundred years ago. At least not yet. Our improved standard of living in many ways goes a long way towards enabling our denial of the socioeconomic reality unfolding before us.

Our capacity for denial is only exceeded by our capacity to endure hardship. Come to think of it, in practice both capacities are one and the same.

Just because we can, and do, engage in mindless consumption of material, media and mind numbing propaganda doesn’t mean we are free in any significant sense of the word. Then again, after many generations of cumulative socioeconomic conditioning, the vast majority of “We the People” prefer not to be free in any literal or figurative sense.

The prevailing sense of entitlement has been deliberately conditioned into the unwashed masses. Thankfully the elite were born into it. Once we become dependent upon the system for our entitlements, we will support any system that feeds us our keep.

Emphasis on ANY.

In a nut shell, we want our cake and eat too. And admittedly, for several decades it appeared we actually could. The illusion of endless upward mobility and material goods, as well as the money to purchase them, was indelibly etched into the American psyche as proof of our manifest destiny and imperial right.

But the party is now over, at least for the middle class, and the piper is demanding his due. So when the bottomless wine bottle begins to empty, what does the ruling class do? Easy, they ramp up the propaganda meme stream while pursuing an escalating divide and conquer domestic suppression campaign, all while keeping the façade minimally maintained. One must keep up appearances after all.

Dress up the manikin to appear real while repeatedly telling us it is real, as well as our only choice, and soon enough we will accept what we are told as truth. Particularly if the rest of the herd is in agreement, though it is important to understand the herd is a positive feedback loop. Meaning the stirrings of consensus agreement produce more consensus agreement which can easily be in direct conflict with reality and truth. And consensus doesn’t just mean enjoyable outcomes. The herd can, and does, turn ugly in an instant.

Absent critical thinking, a truly lost art being rapidly replaced with regurgitated mind memes and mental conditioning, all we know is what we think we know. Control what we know via a co-opted education system and mainstream media and we are effectively controlled by what we have been told we should/must “know”.

This isn’t just a play on words, but a worldwide reality these days. Of course, our ego would never allow ourselves to admit most (if not all) of what we think (regurgitate is closer to the truth) is little more than comfort thought, similar in taste, texture and the emotionally calming effect of comfort food.

Regardless of what we believe it might have been several hundred years ago, for the last fifty years our education system is little more than a finely tuned propaganda and conditioning machine stamping out proper thinking corporate widgets.

Ever wonder why our children must be force fed at least six years of history, math and social studies, yet they are never introduced to real world tasks such as balancing a checkbook, preparing a budget, navigating legal documents, negotiating a deal or even offered a passing introduction to critical thinking?

Our job is to do and die, not to question why.

There is no greater high than the physical and emotional thrill of having our bias (also known as belief) confirmed by the herd, also known as our favorite mainstream media cognitive connection. Ultimately the drug delivery device is completely within our control. Like a rat trained to push a lever for food rewards, the button controlling the endorphin rush is firmly within our hands. And boy oh boy do we push it, time after time after time.

But this all sets up a bit of a conundrum for those of us who wish to play mental gymnastics in order to enable, or at least deny, our denial. It’s a bit difficult to believe our oppressors are in fact our saviors if they actually look like evil warlords and barbarians.

It helps enormously if the object of our denial plays along with the charade and either agrees to change its façade or initiates the metamorphosis without prompting, therefore enabling our denial by decreasing our conscious effort to deny. It tends to ruin the party if we have to think about something we’re trying not to think about. Therefore it is extremely helpful if the horse grows a horn on its own, even if only a fake one, to become the fantastical unicorn we prefer.

Ultimately we prefer our sociopaths well dressed and spoken. After all, a spoon full of sugar helps the sociopath to go down and the denial to keep reality at bay.


Case in point! Bluster and rhetoric aside, the vast majority of Donald Trump’s (and Congress) socioeconomic policies benefit the wealthy and elite. The exact same could be said of Obama, Bush, Clinton and so on. Just look at their major campaign contributors if you don’t believe me. The list of bankers, think tanks, corporations, unions and various other special interests are always pretty evenly spread between the winner and loser.

The system is rigged and the King’s court controls the King, other than superficial items of social policy that do not materially affect the business of America, that of corruption, crony capitalism and criminality.

That said, even many Trump supporters, not to mention his detractors, dislike Trump the man. Why is that? In my opinion it is because he’s a vulgar, obscene, ego driven, poorly spoken, lying, misogynistic, disheveled excuse for a man. But you already know that, don’t you.

Read any critical (and non critical for that matter) article by the mainstream media, alternative media or blog about Trump and you will find, peppered throughout the piece, constant references to his looks/hair/skin color, his speech, his hands, his dress, his lies and so on. It is relentless and all consuming, but these attacks are used quite effectively to distract the reader/viewer from anything of real substance.

Trump is the polar opposite of the smooth and polished Obama and people don’t like their leaders raw and vulgar. It tends to ruin the illusion of a beneficent leader devoted to his or her sworn duty to the people.

In a con game, Trump (or any leader for that matter) is called the front man, the person upon whom the misdirection pivots off of. Rather than be mesmerized and distracted by the face of the con, maybe we should dwell upon the one constant of any successful con.

A confidence game depends upon artificially induced confidence to elicit consent from the conned. And the consent is almost always gained by convincing the conned they will receive an unearned gain in exchange for their consent. In other words, the con plays off the conned person’s greed and vice.

Other more complicated cons (such as those played by the sociopath powers that be) may introduce fear and anger into the equation. Regardless of the leverage applied, the conned plays an integral part in the con. While we helpfully label the conned as an ego soothing victim of a crime, the word ‘victim’ begs the question of what exactly is a victim if the victim played into, and along with, the overall con.

Maybe we should say we were seduced. You know, change the name to make it more palatable. It sounds so much better thinking we were compelled beyond our control by an irresistible force to give our consent.

There is an implicit and (usually) unspoken agreement between those running the con and those taken by the con which promises the conned will be rewarded for his, her or their participation. And the word rewarded doesn’t necessarily mean receiving a gain. The reward could actually mitigate or remove an already expected or threatened loss, real or imaginary.

If we were to give those last few sentences some deeper thought, the reader might begin to understand how governments, multinational corporations and even so-called nonprofit organizations, controlled by a few key sociopaths, manipulate our artificially inflated fears along with our dreams (aka the carrot and the stick) to induce consent, or at least no resistance, to their destructive (and profitable) socioeconomic policies.

Well, more accurately, destructive to the many and rewarding to the few. I don’t see Boeing, Raytheon or McDonnell Douglas getting too worked up when Trump fires off another round of cruise missiles at some second, soon to be third, world country. And neither do the majority who work for those companies. It’s not nice to bite the hand that feeds you. Dependency has a way of enabling our denial.

Above all else, America is in the business of destruction and construction, though not necessarily in that order. Do I really need to make a list of all the different ways the wealthy and powerful benefit while the many pay the bills and do the dying? No, I didn’t think so.

And I’m not speaking just of war here. The primary purpose of government, contrary to popular belief, is the redistribution of wealth from the hands of the many into the hands of the few. Everything else is secondary to that purpose.

The next time we declare ourselves victims of government policy or corporate actions, maybe we should look past the well dressed and articulate sociopath cooing his or her apologies into our ear and take a closer look at our own willing participation.

Or maybe not! The river of denial runs swift and deep here in the land of the cognitively corralled and the home of the co-opted and controlled.

We now return you to your already scheduled programming already in progress.



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koan Sun, 07/22/2018 - 09:54 Permalink

"vulgar" Well it's all subjective isn't it, but I prefer Trumps antics to Obama's platitudes and outright lies... hope n change my ass.
At the very least Trump is amusing.

Cognitive Dissonance koan Sun, 07/22/2018 - 10:01 Permalink

I assume you understand the title and teaser implies Obama, along with Trump, to be sociopaths....right? This article isn't a hit piece on Trump. You might actually want to read it first.

And while vulgar is most certainly subjective, have you ever listened to Trump (or Obama for that matter) unscripted and speaking freely. They both struggle to string more than 10 words together in a coherent sentence.

The same applies to Bush 2, Clinton, Bush 1, Reagan, Nixon, Carter etc. Puppets and figureheads don't do well when they venture off script.

And for the record I find Trump immensely amusing when I care to actually look.

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Cognitive Dissonance tion Sun, 07/22/2018 - 10:07 Permalink

What does courage have to do with being controlled? One can be controlled, hogtied bloodied and battered, and still be courageous to the end.

Oh...wait... I get it. The illusion of (cognitive) freedom means we are not 'controlled'. Got it. Semantics strikes again.

Control is so much more than physical arrest or confinement. Just because we don't act like sheep in our out-loud voices doesn't mean the cognitive confinement doesn't greatly influence us.

The next time you let off the gas when speeding 20 MPH over the speed limit and you spot a cop dead ahead giving someone else a ticket, let us discuss the subject of 'control'. In fact I cordially invite you to read my "Sovereignty Series".

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tion Cognitive Dissonance Sun, 07/22/2018 - 10:41 Permalink

Your ‘unassailable fact’ on which you lay as the foundation for this piece is simply not a fact Cog. To hide behind it as one is cowardly. Do sociopaths influence my life? Sure. Do they control it? No. Does that mean I have become one? No. By the Grace of the Lord, I am free. You too can be free. Many are. My cognitive and otherwise freedom are no illusion. Speak of semantics as you wish, deconstructing this entire piece sentence by sentence would not be difficult, but is not worth my time as I doubt you can even acknowledge the fake-factual basis of the foundation you built it upon.

Thank you for the invitation, but I have already read much of your work. I try not to be excessively impolite to you. I find many gems scattered about in your work but the stench of garbage is overwhelming. Like in your recent piece where you speak of attempting to satisfy your spiritual hunger, feed only your ego, and conclude that people should give up on filling their spiritual void. I found it Very Cruel and Ironic.

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Cognitive Dissonance tion Sun, 07/22/2018 - 11:15 Permalink

Sometimes one must sort through a mountain of garbage to find a few gems. I am honored to be allowed to contribute to the garbage heap.  ;-)

Like in your recent piece where you speak of attempting to satisfy your spiritual hunger, feed only your ego, and conclude that people should give up on filling their spiritual void.

I said nothing of the sort. Then again we both possess opinions and assholes, therefore both are equally valid and affirmed.

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MoreSun Occams_Razor_Trader Tue, 07/24/2018 - 01:47 Permalink

It's the jew supremacists boy's & girls and it always has been.

Specifically jew supremacist foreign agent organization B'nai B'rith which changed its name to a more American sounding "Anti-Defamation League" or "ADL".

The jew supremacist ACLU likewise is a blatant anti-American jew foreign agent oragaization that works daily to destroy American traditional values. "As a result of the work of the American Civil Liberties Union and their war on America, we now live in a country where the church has been progressively silenced, parental authority has been undermined, children are less safe, and human life continues to be cheapened-both at birth and death." 

Couple those two with the jew supremacist Frankfurt School founded & funded by marxist jews, which turned up on American shores in 1934.

"The Frankfurt school published a lot of popular material. The first of these was Critical Theory.

Critical Theory is a play on semantics. The theory was simple: criticize every pillar of Western culture—family, democracy, common law, freedom of speech, and others. The hope was that these pillars would crumble under the pressure.

Next was a book Theodor Adorno co-authored, The Authoritarian Personality. It redefined traditional American views on gender roles and sexual mores as “prejudice.” Adorno compared them to the traditions that led to the rise of fascism in Europe.

The school pushed its shift from economics and toward Freud by publishing works on psychological repression.

Their works split society into two main groups: the oppressors and the victims. They argued that history and reality were shaped by those groups who controlled traditional institutions. At the time, that was code for males of European descent.

From there, they argued that the social roles of men and women were due to gender differences defined by the “oppressors.” In other words, gender did not exist in reality but was merely a “social construct.”

"Jews, mostly Zionists, have spearheaded every movement that now threatens our destruction. Jews have extended their tentacles into all facets of our country squeezing every vestige of wholesome life out of America.

Along with Jewish expansionism comes the debauching of all peoples, all heritages, and all traditions, except for their Judaism and Hanukah Menorahs now erected during our Christmas on the White House Lawn. But no Nativity Scenes will the Jews allow! They are hypocrites! The Jews cry out “separation of church & state” don’t they? Except when it comes to their wretched Anti Christ menorahs!"

Remove all jew supremacists from all positions of power no matter how small-NOW!

Shut down & confiscate all funds of all jew supremacist foreign agent organizations on American shores by use of the Fara Act and Rico laws. jew organizations; Aclu, Adl, Splc, Zoa, Jwc, Cfr, and a thousand more.


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new game Cognitive Dissonance Tue, 07/24/2018 - 03:55 Permalink

I've drawn back behind the lines of fire, sitting here comfortable on a knoll, like a general watching the conflict below.

win or loose will determines which direction I head...

thanks for well thought out article drawing from your toolbox of understanding of the attributes of human traits...

canei; constant and never ending improvement(with a mirror, of course)...

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Carpe Tutti Bastardi new game Tue, 07/24/2018 - 07:03 Permalink

Excuse me but with all due respect:

What little I have read of Cognitive Dissonance, here and a little other wheres, he is always ample with flowing words describing our choreographed and manipulated existence vis a vis mental and physical conditioning by those who have everything to gain by our obedience and subservience to their grand plan...but he fails (epically)? in defining the means, the where-with-all in which we can extricate/disengage ourselves from these all-controlling, powerful and unified oppressors. Notice that he never attempted to answer the question(s) posed by 7th Gen Mo and Meat Bunny after him! 
And No, not that he would or will, but that I will not engage him in rebuttals or verbal fisticuffs as I am not as well versed or well written as he obviously is and I do not have the time nor inclination to do such.

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Cognitive Dissonance Carpe Tutti Bastardi Tue, 07/24/2018 - 08:06 Permalink

...but he fails (epically)? in defining the means, the where-with-all in which we can extricate/disengage ourselves from these all-controlling, powerful and unified oppressors.

There is no escape or disengagement unless and until we understand our significant contribution to our own enslavement. Slavery is a state of mind as much as it is a physical coercion. There is no magic spell, super hero or place to hide to get away from ourselves.

My wife and I continue to withdraw as best we can by minimizing as much as we can the tools of our enslavement, such as debt, dependency and physical location. We do not claim to be free because no one person can be free when surrounded by a suffocating system of self enslavement.

There is no place to run and no place to hide when the ultimate slave master is you and me and us and we.

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tion Cognitive Dissonance Sun, 07/22/2018 - 17:01 Permalink

In your perversion of ‘unassailable’ reality, one must become a sociopath in order to not be a victim. Of course we both have opinions, but the way you use terms such as ‘unassailable fact’ and ‘irrefutable truth’ is irresponsible at best. If you enjoy turning your fake facts into fake shackles, have at it Cog. It looks like a Mountain Out of Molehill to me.

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claytonmoore50 tion Sun, 07/22/2018 - 11:51 Permalink

His polling keeps improving. It seems the people do like Him.

The media would like you to believe that he is unpopular, but that's just media spin and plain Deep State propaganda. 

I was not a supporter of Trump, but I certainly didn't want that Luciferian witch, Hillary as president.

But now I am encouraged by Trumps achievements and direction on domestic issues and taking the EU to task. All that and I find it amusing how he drives the MSM and marxist idiots crazy!

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Cognitive Dissonance DrewJackson Tue, 07/24/2018 - 08:30 Permalink

Same Shit Different Day

Regardless of who is piloting the ship, the course never changes in any significant way. The curtains over, and the background behind, the bars of our cage most assuredly change all the time. But the bars remain because those who are elected via our vote do not have the ability or desire to make any significant changes.

We live within a thoroughly corrupt system. A corrupt system will defend itself in every and any way it can. Any white night who is elected into the system will achieve no more than superficial change until they are co-opted, corrupted or controlled by sidelining. Even murder is within the realm of possibility.

I am tired of relying on hope that someone somehow will fix the problems for me. And I am also aware that I have no power to affect change myself. Nor would any significant portion of the population support me if I tried. Thus I attempt to withdraw as best I can and live out my life.

It is soul crushing for most people to finally admit their fellow man is willing to accept the present state of affair and will simply help the jailers paint their cages a pleasant color. Until "We the People" decide enough is enough, the way out is closed.

Ultimately the only way a few can control the many is with the cooperation of the many. This is an ugly truth no one wishes to face, thus our favorite past time is pointing fingers at everyone else and voting for the next self declared white night.

Hope is not a strategy and voting has been reduced to an exercise in hope.

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Wild tree claytonmoore50 Sun, 07/22/2018 - 18:38 Permalink

I also held my nose as I voted, but for me there was no choice. I take delight in seeing the left run around on the ground like Curly when Trump wins one.

But as Cog pointed out; " The primary purpose of government, contrary to popular belief, is the redistribution of wealth from the hands of the many into the hands of the few. Everything else is secondary to that purpose."

We indeed would not be able to vote if it made a difference. When Trump said that Hitlery was good people after the election, I KNEW he was part of the deep state. His ego allows him to do those things that we on the right can applaud, but the swamp will not get drained. Muller, Obummer, Hitlery, Comy, et al all are ass deep in the Uranium scandal involving Russia. They still walk among us wagging their tongues, and laughing all the way to their offshore banks. The curtain has been pulled back by Wikileaks and others, and yet just talk occurs. Mustn't push our comfort zone dontcha know.

Say, what is Kim Kardashian wearing tonight.......

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Itdoesntmatter tion Tue, 07/24/2018 - 07:48 Permalink

you're a fucking moron...do they control it?  yes they do you idiot...they control how much money you can make, how much tax you pay, how you drive, what guns you can own, how you vote, what you eat, where you can live....etc...etc...you have the freedom to pick and choose from the options you are given by the government and corporations...

if you lived in a different country, there would be different sociopaths who would control your choices...so get off your fucking high horse.  Unless of course, you live in a log cabin, in the country, and are totally self suficient.  otherwise shadup and sit down you keyboard warrior....

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implicitsimplicit Cognitive Dissonance Sun, 07/22/2018 - 10:57 Permalink

Enjoyed the article. When someone expresses thoughts that I agree with so readily, I try to find things that I would make clearer for me. It is almost like if someone thinks exactly like me, I look for differences that declare my own individuality. 

It is difficult to explain the way you think and feel about the world, and I appreciate your efforts. My nature is to fight back against it all, arduous task as I get older. It is a lot easier to say to yourself that you just don't care anymore.

""Life is crazy, people are strange, locked in tight but I'm out of range, I used to care, but things have changed." 


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Expendable Container Cognitive Dissonance Mon, 07/23/2018 - 21:37 Permalink

Talking about 'physical arrest or confinement, and courage, its up to we, the people to save ourselves from the sociopathic plutocracy. Here is an example of courage:

Canadian Violinist Monika Schaefer who questioned the holohoax visits occupied Germany and gets tossed in the slammer for 'hate speech' but isn't the now historically and scientifically discredited holocaust gas chamber narrative the REAL HATE SPEECH against the innocent GERMAN PEOPLE who gassed nobody, just clothes which were deloused to prevent typhus (proven):


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Common_Law rwe2late Sun, 07/22/2018 - 12:56 Permalink


You can only evade taxes you're required to pay. Or in the case of most US federal citizens, taxes you are under contract to pay. Ever wonder why you need to sign you SS card? The terms and conditions aren't legally required to be presented to you, like agreeing to this site's terms and conditions simply by visiting the page (clickwrap contact). And you have hundreds of contracts presuming your liability by default. Like the legal  presumption/contact that you'll pay for a meal after eating.

How do the feds have jurisdiction to do this? It's not the commerce clause like most things. And the 16th only applies in federal jusistiction (which they presume your in). It's your right to freely contract. And you can forfeit you rights just like you sign an NDA and waive your freedom of speech.


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Radical Marijuana rwe2late Sun, 07/22/2018 - 13:36 Permalink

Good point to start with, rewe2late ...

To never use the public money supplies, which are almost totally based on debt slavery systems?

Etc., etc. ...

Everywhere is it possible to assert claims backed by coercions already have some operating. There are no actually available frontiers anywhere that Globalized Neolithic Civilizations' systems of ownership and control are not already asserted.

The established slavery systems are increasingly integrated and sophisticated versions based on the original deal that one could not refuse: "Do what one is told, or be killed."

The only way that one could be genuinely free would be if one could defeat the militarized police. However, doing so would ultimately require being able to defeat an abundance of weapons of mass destruction, which is not only practically impossible, but also would amount to committing collective suicide.

Assertions that one is free should be considered in the context that THERE IS NO FREEDOM WITHOUT FORCE. Unless one can effectively resist the forces which are applied to control one's choices, then one is not genuinely free. In the post-modernizing world, after the development of about exponentially advancing technologies, which have literally accumulated to become trillions of times more powerful than previously, it is no longer possible to credibly image any effective expressions which attempted to assert freedoms which were not ultimately suicidal.

From the the perspective that there is nowhere left to go which is outside of the established systems, as well as that there are no sane ways to defeat the coercion of those systems, the effective sphere of genuine freedom has become negligible.

Everyone is more or less forced to live within the huge lies of Globalized Neolithic Civilization, as demonstrated by the degree to which everyone must use the public money supplies in order to live, despite that those money supplies are almost totally based on the powers of governments enforcing frauds by private banks.

That money made out of nothing as debts has value because of the ways that the militarized police back up the requirements to pay taxes using that form of money. Even if someone attempts to not pay any taxes, the prices of everything paid for with the public money supplies have the costs of those taxes built in. Indeed, it can be convincingly argued that the actual costs of everything, and hence the behavior based on responding to those costs, are more due to the combined influence of all the taxes upon the final prices than the original production costs themselves.

In general, those who like to indulge in the transcendental poetry which surrounds the term "freedom" tend to deliberately ignore how that "freedom" could be related to the laws of nature, such as the conservation of energy. In my view, the only relatively existing philosophical freedom flows from the limits to measurement.

The fundamental concept is SUBTRACTION, from which follows ROBBERY. Since the subtraction is never absolute, the robbery is never finished. The individual is never totally subtracted from the environment, including other individuals. The individual can not be defined in complete and consistent ways, because the individual can never be totally subtracted from surroundings.

To the degree that the individual is perceived and defined as separated, then across those boundaries that individual must take energy to live, which taking, in plain English, is robbery. However, since that individual can not be totally separated, all subtractions are relative, and hence, through those unavoidable limits to measurement emerge relative freedoms.

Social slaveries are the manifestations of the dynamic equilibria of systems of more or less organized lies operating robberies. Those are never absolute, and therefore, the slavery is never absolute. Rather, relative freedoms emerge through the inherent limits of measurement, with respect to every level, through the fractal patterns which follow from subtractions and the resulting robberies.

The money systems are measurements backed by murders, with the taxation systems having been the main ways that those murders were ultimately expressed in order to back up those measurements. Namely, that if one refused to pay taxes, eventually that would require being able to defeat the militarized police, which had become less and less possible, to the point of becoming both practically and theoretically impossible in any other realistic ways than those which amounted to picking the choice to die, rather than continue to be a slave.

From the perspective of individual consciousness, in light of the gist of the article above, the slavery systems attempt to deny that consciousness, and waged war against that consciousness, in order that one would end up being controlled by the perceptions and definitions operating through the established systems of subtractions and robberies. However, a higher consciousness is possible to the degree to which one recognizes that there were always limits to measurement, in the sense that the subtractions were never absolute, and so, the robberies were never finished.

Slavery systems evolved, and may go through revolutions. Those systems can not stop that from happening. Relative freedoms may emerge through the ways that such slavery systems may go through such evolutions, including revolutions. Although freedom can not contradict the principle of the conservation of energy, freedom can manifest to the degree that that principle itself requires that there are limits to measurement. IT IS THROUGH THOSE LIMITS TO MEASUREMENT THAT THERE ARE FREEDOMS.

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7thGenMO Radical Marijuana Sun, 07/22/2018 - 17:20 Permalink

Your thought provoking comment has prompted me to consider cryptocurrencies as an evolution in the monetary system.  Because energy must be consumed for mining (at least Bitcoin), it is consistent with your "freedom can not contradict the principle of the conservation of energy".  However, I'm not a proponent of cryptocurrencies because, unlike a hard money system, there is no intrinsic value other than the (perhaps illusory) appeal of being freed from the masters of the current monetary enslavement, i.e. the energy consumed to create/mine a Bitcoin is not stored for later usage.

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koan Radical Marijuana Sun, 07/22/2018 - 18:11 Permalink

My take is that any system devised by humans is ultimately corrupted.
Only at the moment of creation is there any purity (if then) from that moment on there is relentless pressure of corruption, all systems go downhill.

There is a group of people that have perfected riding this bell curve of civilization, they understand the cycles and the signs (not as mystical as you might think)

To live on ones owns terms is ideal, in this ever shrinking World that is becoming an impossibility as well.

Eventually the slaves will be robotics, then what will the "1%", or whatever you care to label them, do?

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Radical Marijuana koan Sun, 07/22/2018 - 22:21 Permalink

I would expect that the less than 1% would arrange to have the rest of the more than 99% to be mass murdered after robotization becomes sufficiently advanced to enable that to happen. However, that may be a slippery slope whereby, eventually, the about exponentially advancing computer machine entities eventually regard the remaining less than 1% of human beings as having become "useless eaters" too.

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new game Radical Marijuana Tue, 07/24/2018 - 04:50 Permalink

in nature and natural law even all living organs have an inherit threat of eat or be eaten, same as kill or be killed compromising "freedom".

freedom is an illusion, sold to the masses at the point of a barrel with an itchy finger...

but, that said, the goal of any living creature should be to be as free as possible within their construct.

even a prisoner in super max can find some freedom.  i prefer minimalism. or basically conducting my freedom opposite of the herd of "free" prisoners of their own devise(s).

kill or be killed OR use your fuking brain(critical thinking) and get out of harms way...

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