May 10, 2014

Abolish Slavery Today.. Avoid Total Societal Collapse Tomorrow

The Handbook of Human Ownership
A Manual For New Tax Farmers (Plantation Masters)

“The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do so would be wise, or even right. These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or persuading him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him, or visiting him with any evil, in case he do otherwise.”
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

Freedom To Choose... Whatever We Allow You To

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.
Those who think themselves the masters of others are indeed greater slaves than they.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

In his autobiography, automobile manufacturing pioneer, Henry Ford, boasted of freedom to choose, quipping that: "Any customer can have a car painted any color he wants, so long as it is black."! Similar claims have been made by repressive regimes throughout history to give the illusion of choice - indeed, even today, certain countries claim to be free on account of holding democratic elections, even though you are allowed to vote only for candidates from the sole, establishment-approved party. But while a potential car-buyer could choose either Henry's uni-colored option or visit another dealer, those who today can elect any ruler they wish so long as it is from one party, or are forced to follow the dictates of a majority (mob rule) are stripped of their inherent human right to self-determination!

Collectivism (as defined by Ayn Rand) "holds that the individual has no rights, that his life and work belong to the group . . . and that the group may sacrifice him at its own whim to its own interests."! What better way to demonstrate the importance of self-ownership under natural law, in contrast with the false claim of ownership by the group that underpins all forms of collectivism, than through the words of an ex-slave as he wrote to his former master in 1848, explaining the reasons for his escape:

"...I am myself; you are yourself; we are two distinct persons, equal persons. What you are, I am. You are a man, and so am I. God created both, and made us separate beings. I am not by nature bound to you, or you to me. Nature does not make your existence depend upon me - or mine depend upon you. I cannot walk upon your legs, or you upon mine. I cannot breathe for you, or you for me; I must breathe for myself, and you for yourself. We are distinct persons, and are each equally provided with faculties necessary to our individual existence. In leaving you I took nothing but what belonged to me and in no way lessened your means for obtaining an honest living. Your faculties remained yours, and mine became useful to their rightful owner. I therefore see no wrong in any part of the transaction."!

The defining characteristic of slavery is not how harsh living conditions are - rather, who owns you! Whether your owner is an individual (king) or a collective (society), once you do not own yourself - you are in fact a slave. So long as rulers are able to dictate what you are able to do with your body - or, how much of the fruits of your own labor you are allowed to keep, then you do not own yourself. If, for instance, I choose to live in a condominium (or other closed community), my freedom depends not on whether it is run by an individual who enjoys life tenure, or by an annually elected committee - rather, whether I am free to sell my condo and choose to live on my own, should I decide to do so. So, here are a few factors that determine whether your condition is one of self-ownership, or slavery:
  • Am I free to ingest any substance I wish into my own body, or are certain items prohibited, so that if I am found to have taken them or even possess them, I am punished or caged?
  • Am I free to decide whether to purchase health insurance or finance my own healthcare, or will my decision to self-finance rather than purchase, lead to being punished or caged?
  • Am I free to adopt for myself or even recommend to others any therapy that I decide is best to treat my own health issues, or will the use of unsanctioned health therapies lead to either myself or my caregiver being punished or caged?
  • Am I free to engage in any transaction with another human being that harms no one other than the willing participants involved, or does the fact that others may view it as offensive mean that either or both of us may find ourselves being punished or caged?
  • Am I free to enjoy the fruits of my labor, or am I told what portion of my earnings I will be allowed to keep in order to pay for services, many of which I may not want or even agree with, or will failure to comply with such confiscation cause me to be punished or caged?
  • Am I free to relocate to another land, or will I continue to owe a portion of what I earn there to the masters of my old plantation as a condition of allowing me to leave and, will I be denied the right to documents that are essential to my ability to travel, unless I can first prove that there is nothing owed to my soon-to-be former masters?
  • Are you free because you are allowed to participate in the process to decide which master gets to hold the whip on the plantation this time around, or have you (along with so many others) simply been duped into participating in your own enslavement?
  • Is the master-in-chief free to label you, me (or anyone else) a danger to plantation security, without the ability of any court to challenge his label, thereby giving himself the right to unilaterally decide whether we should be killed or indefinitely caged?
    Frederick Douglass, the former slave who wrote that eloquent letter to his old master after escaping, would have had no difficulty in recognizing all the elements of a slave society such as exists today, ironically, in the very land he was once proud to call home (after his escape), a place still erroneously referred to by some as land of the free. Most of the questions listed would have been answered in the negative in his time whereas today, slavery has spread throughout the length and breadth of the land!

    But, just as in Douglass' time there were many who tried to justify the enslavement of fellow humans, either by rationalizations ranging from "it's the natural order of things - slavery has always existed" - to, "the slaves are uncivilized, uneducated & unfit for any other kind of work, so they are better off", many today have been conditioned by the education system and by rulers in society, to believe that the world has become too complex & dangerous to allow people to decide what's best for themselves! And, many of today's slaves have bought into this false paradigm, just as they did in Douglass' time, choosing to stay within the confines of the plantation, even when afforded the opportunity to escape. Being the majority, they commit everyone else to slavery each time they vote for new slave masters!

    In the document outlining their own 'reasons for escape', Jefferson & the Founders declared it to be a "self-evident truth" that all men "are endowed... with certain unalienable rights", understanding that such rights are inherent to our human nature and come neither from the king's edict nor majority fiat! Even so, this was a radical departure from the prevailing doctrine known as the divine right of kings, which held that monarchs had absolute dominion over the people, deriving the right to rule from God. King George, then, would have been imbued with a sense of righteousness, certain that the colonists were going against the natural order. Indeed, the lessons of history may well need to be relearned, with today's masses sharing similar beliefs in seeking to elevate majority rule over unalienable rights!

    Long before the modern plantation (otherwise known as the State) came into existence, human beings enjoyed the freedom to choose to live either independently, or as part of a tribe or small community. With the exception of those intent upon waging war to steal resources or enslave surrounding tribes, the rights of other people to live their lives as they see fit was respected as part of the natural order. But unless today's masses are free not simply to elect their masters, but more importantly are able to vote with their feet, they are every bit as much slaves as those left behind on Douglass' plantation. Indeed, the more they try to control the activities of other subjugates the tighter the shackles end up being drawn around their own necks, leading to increasing degradation as freedom evaporates for all!

    Why Collapse Is Inevitable

    “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself.
    There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”
    John Adams

    “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship.
    The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
    Alexander Fraser Tytler

    Unlike the slave masters of 150 years ago, today's plantation rulers have learned the value of not only making the slaves believe they are free - by allowing them to participate in deciding who rules them, but also by providing a greater level of basic comforts and welfare programs, to keep them dependent on the plantation, believing that any alternatives to their subjugation would leave them far worse off! But over time, as more industrious slaves become bigger targets, the fruits of their labor confiscated for the 'common good', and as slave masters become more demanding, taking a larger slice of the pie, plantation prosperity declines, leading ultimately to collapse. Communism fell under its own weight, not due to outside influence, while its alternative, Democracy will fare no better in the final analysis!

    As scholarly studies increasingly show, all complex systems become more interdependent over time, with cascading complexity levels due to increased moving parts, reliance on a few critical elements, and an increasing need for speed and efficiency resulting in reduced redundancy, leading ultimately to catastrophic failure and systemic collapse, in other words the societal equivalent of a heart attack! Desirous of maintaining their hold on power (and all the trappings that go with it), plantation masters are naturally reluctant to admit to their subjugates when the system becomes too complex to handle, & so have a tendency to withhold crucial facts, denying to the very end that things are out of control, as they try to avoid disaster occurring on their watch - focusing in the latter stages on stifling dissent!

    Freedom has often been demonized by those whose interest is focused on retaining power & control, by attaching labels like seditious or dangerous, to justify the suppression of such ideas to the masses! Due to widespread conditioning taught in public schools, ably reinforced by the establishment media, it is an ironic fact that, while those who remained on the plantation in Douglass' time acknowledged their status as slaves, today's masses have been brainwashed into falsely believing that they are free!

    Though often portrayed as such, this has never been about a battle between public or private control, but, rather, age-old issues that always arise when forced to deal with a (private or public) monopoly! Think about the usual problems of overblown prices and inferior service of a privately-run monopoly, now... add in the ability to punish or cage any subjugate refusing to pay for mandated services, or for disobeying the masters' instructions, and you have a recipe for monopoly power that is unsustainable!

    The Collapse - When?... And, What Happens After?

    “A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.”
    Lysander Spooner

    “Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property.
    Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another.
    Unless this clear distinction between vices and crimes be made and recognized by the laws, there can be on earth no such thing as individual right, liberty, or property, and the corresponding coequal rights of another man to the control of his own person and property.
    ― Lysander Spooner

    While it is one thing to confidently forecast the inevitable demise of a complex system built on force, it is far more challenging to try to pinpoint the timeframe during which the collapse is likely to occur! No less a sage than Mark Twain, observing the repetitive nature of history and the rise and fall of empires (political systems), remarked that "History may not (always) repeat itself, but it does rhyme". Martin Armstrong, while not a household name, is credited with uncovering many of the key cycles governing economic/political fortunes - his work identifies a series of cycles of growth & decline that repeat with stunning regularity, and point to a climax and major economic collapse starting in 2033 - it is my view that this period will also mark the demise of the political system of modern-day slavery!

    In their eagerness to rid themselves of monarchic rule the masses have simply replaced the scepter of the king with the jackboot of majority rule- while the former could be overthrown from time to time, escaping the latter can only be realized after a period of ongoing decline, ending in societal collapse! Just as the chattel slavery of 150 years ago could not be legitimized by passing laws to make it legal, neither can our political enslavement today legitimately overturn the natural right of self-ownership, but, whereas an earlier generation had the good sense to abolish slavery, today's masses may need to first experience the trauma of a general societal collapse before being brought to the realization that slavery is unsustainable as a means of social organization - no matter if the ruler is a king, or elected!

    Wars have historically followed closely behind economic collapse, and this one will be of such great magnitude that it may well climax in WW3. In the aftermath, despite some survivors likely reverting to the familiar model of coercive democracy, many others will grasp the opportunity presented by the removal of stifling control systems, to establish regions that are respectful of individual choice. Within such regions, individuals will be free to live under any system of their choosing, whether completely off-grid and so responsible for their own security, infrastructure, utilities, etcetera, or by joining with like-minded individuals to set up organized communities. Future generations will marvel at how much of a shake-up to the control system it took, for humanity to escape from the plantation!

    Communities organized based on communism, socialism, democracy... or any other type of structure, are fine so long as individuals freely make that choice, and are free to leave if they later decide to! Democracy, while a valid choice, is not and never will be a synonym for freedom - its main problem (as indeed is the case with any political system) has to do with whether it is enforced as a monopoly, or whether an individual can decide to leave and go to another community (democratic or otherwise), should he decide that its system of laws have become too burdensome. If he has no such right, or if he is forced to move away from the land of his birth to a place with an alien language or culture, then it is of no practical difference to a slave plantation. Freedom to choose is what defines a free people!

    Freed from the mental shackles of falsely believing that either a king, cadre of experts, or a majority can decide what's best for humanity and then enforce their views on everyone else, the broad masses (at least all who continue to respect the individual right to self-determination) will experience a time of sustained prosperity never before seen, as the jackboot of control (long used by powerful interests) is lifted from the necks of former subjugates who vote with their feet to join successful communities!

    Based on the sheer magnitude of the carnage in terms of destruction to both lives and livelihoods, questions are sure to be asked about whether such massive societal upheaval could have been averted by the simple act of respecting our inherent human rights to self-determination and self-ownership! But the answers may well lie in a type of chicken-and-egg situation, wherein humanity first needed to learn the lessons of the inevitable demise of a system of political slavery, before embracing freedom!

    Civilized... Or Merely Developed?

    “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
    Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.”
    Frederick Douglass

    Samuel Adams, a Founder and a signatory to the declaration to the political masters of the day that: "all men are endowed... with certain unalienable rights", 'called out' those who he claimed preferred "the tranquility of servitude" to the fight for freedom: "Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you..... and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen", likening their behavior to that of slaves rather than free men, showing open disdain for their apathy! Estimates now are that only 2 out of every 5 colonists actively supported the break from King George - with another 1 in 5 choosing to fight for the colonial masters and the remainder sitting on the fence. The levels of apathy that prevail suggest that today fence-sitters would comprise a far larger number!

    The dynamic at work in today's plantation-style society is such that, like the slaves who chose to stay behind rather than follow Douglass' example by attempting an escape (the overwhelming majority), today's masses have bought into the false belief that this is simply the natural order, so the best they can do is to vote for the less evil master, rather than try to escape and risk being punished or caged! This group is reinforced by a growing number who depend upon largesse dispensed by the plantation and would be in a bind with a new status quo, with brutal enforcers who protect & serve the masters, while ruthlessly enforcing plantation rules. Sandwiched in between the captives and their controllers is a tiny, but fast-growing minority who can foresee the inevitable outcome of such an insane system!

    John Stuart Mill (see quotation at start of article), John Locke, and others describe a civilized society as one in which power can only be exercised over someone "to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.". This inherent right to self-ownership - so well understood & elucidated by the Founders in their timeless declaration, seems to have been forgotten by the larger number today, as they wrongly conflate a developed society with one which is civilized. While those in the majority are free to set up plantation-style communities within available regions, their rights do not include enforcing this type of governance across the length & breadth of the land, thereby disregarding the rights of others to set up communities governed by their chosen set of rules!

    As a former slave put it: "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."! So, as those who put their faith in protest movements (like OWS) stand and beseech their masters: "Please sirs, can we have some more freedom?", they would do well to remember a quote by one of the masters of yesteryear, who, in response to a large demonstration displayed his total indifference - dismissively remarking: "Let them march all they want... as long as they continue to pay their taxes."!

    Unless you are free, not just to vote with your hands but, more importantly - to vote with your feet, then, though the community in which you live may call themselves civilized, they are in fact, barbaric and, whether or not you believe your condition to be that of freedom, it is undeniably that of slavery! The failure of either yourself, or indeed, the community at large to come to terms with that reality does not alter it but instead betrays the fact that either you, they, or both suffer from mass delusion!

    One day, a game in which two or more mobs duke it out, with the winning mob gaining the right to dictate how the losers are allowed to live their lives, while perhaps a great idea for a TV reality show, will be seen not as a model for a civilized society based on freedom- rather, a relic of a barbaric past!

    Riverbank of Truth

    The Inner Journey

    Killing Us Softly by Greg Calise

    chemtrailloopsI often write about the dangers of authorities of any kind. Authorities play a control game, and you are being controlled. We have submitted to authorities from the beginning of our lives, and we’ve been caught in this wheel for millennia. Our parents teach it to us, just as they had learned it. Then they send us to school and church, where the teachers and priests claim themselves as authorities. Our parents also put us in front of televisions for hours. We would believe what we saw on television. The man on the news was an authority. So throughout our childhood, in the hopes of good guidance and protection, we submitted ourselves to many authorities. We are taught to trust and believe our authorities, as if they are being truthful to us. But how can they teach truth, when they themselves have been programmed with lies? Authorities have no credibility.
    The majority of people have bought into this control game, hoping for rewards, and the ability to control other people. We were all programmed to participate in this game. It’s the only game in town. You see it everywhere. How many people do you know that have claimed authority over others. The work force runs on these principles, as well as religion, government, society, schools and even within the family. We have allowed ourselves to be controlled by others, because we are not strong enough to stand on our own. We have been programmed to submit to authority, and few people have the courage to say no. Most people submit themselves unquestionably to authorities.
    By submitting to an authority, we forfeit our innate sovereignty and freedom. We give our power away to them, as well as our critical thinking. We allow an outside authority to formulate our thoughts. We allow them to order us around, use us and control us. When we were children, we didn’t have much choice. You could only rebel so much without being punished. Yes, think about that. We were programmed to conform with the program, or there would be consequences. We were programmed with fear, intimidation and violence, even from a very young age.
    By the time we get out of school, the plan was for everyone to be sufficiently programmed to submit to authorities without question. Everything from the work place, to government and religion; all of them expect unquestioning submission to authorities. Those who question are marginalized or much worse. Those who refuse to conform become outcasts, an outsider.
    Notice how many people around you have strong faith and trust in their authorities, believing that they are their well wishers. They unquestionably believe whatever they are told. They don’t have any inclination to question what they hear. They simply accept. And because of that, governments, religions and most other authorities take advantage of that.
    When you speak to someone about the evils of the government, they object by saying that our government would never do anything like that. They have faith in government, that they are doing what they can to help us. They believe the problem lies in bipartisanship, or some other reasons. But they cannot bring themselves to believe that their government, their authority, would intentionally harm them. Many people have unquestioning faith that their government is trying to look after and protect them.
    And yet we see every day how the government is not our protector, and it certainly doesn’t care much for the people (especially if you are poor). Look up in the sky and see all of the chemtrails. The government has finally admitted that they are spraying. This is poisoning us, the land, the animals and the water. Why? Because they care about us? I am shocked, that when I mention chemtrails, so many people have never heard of them. I point up into the sky and point to all of the chemtrails. Some see them for the first time, and some people refuse to believe it, claiming they are contrails from jets. Funny how the contrails never looked like that when I was a kid. And where exactly are all of these planes going, criss-crossing the sky in checkerboard patterns? Most people have been so completely programmed, that they cannot see what is right in front of them. How can someone not notice that we are being sprayed?
    Fluoride has been proven beyond a doubt to be extremely toxic, and yet they put it in the water, toothpaste and all of the drinks and foods made with that water. Besides being extremely toxic, it also makes people docile. They tell us that it is good for your teeth, but that has been proven false, and actually is detrimental to teeth and bones. Yet people actually want it in the water.
    The food additive industry is huge, and it consists of putting dangerous chemicals into the food. Then you have the artificial sweeteners that are also extremely toxic. And worst of all is the genetically modified foods that are now found in most everything. The adverse reactions of GMOs is probably the worst thing that our government has practically forced us to ingest. We can thank our leaders of state and of corporations for pushing all of this upon the populace. So much for having faith and trust in our authorities. And where’s the FDA? In bed with the food producers.
    The medical industry is doing its part to slowly kill us. Forced vaccinations are destroying the bodies and minds of our children. Why are our authorities doing this? This is a short assessment of what a friend of mine has noticed concerning vaccines:
    “After I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, a severe and debilitating auto-immune disease, one of the first things I found when searching for answers was a study that indicates that those who receive the MMR vaccine are statistically 3 times more likely to develop an auto-immune disease in their lifetime.
    That is just scratching the surface, however. If I ever had any doubt of the immune system damage as well as neurological damage that these vaccines cause, that doubt has completely vanished. After having run a daycare for the last year I have seen first hand the effect these vaccines have. I watch young toddlers turn from bright shining stars of light and love, and keen innate intelligence, into completely disconnected (emotionally and socially) zombie babies. The difference after a child receives these shots is frightening. It completely changes their personality, significantly reduces cognitive functioning, and in most cases damages their innate sense of empathy (making them more aggressive to other children).
    This is no personal bias I promise you. On an almost daily basis I can observe the vast difference in the vaccinated children vs. the un-vaccinated children (who display far higher intelligence, focus, empathy, as well as an undefinable quality of brightness and light).”
    - Ceth
    The entire medical and pharmaceutical companies, the authorities people put their faith and trust in to heal them, are corrupt, and they don’t mind killing or injuring people for money. It’s an industry.
    The banks are robbing us, the police are beating and killing us, our government is stripping us of all of our rights and freedoms, robbing us along the way. The priests are all lying to us, as they also rob us along the way. Everywhere you look, the very authorities we have placed our faith and trust in are all thieves and rogues. Of course they are. It is a control game, and they have control. They falsely claimed themselves as authorities, and we have submitted ourselves to them. We all bought the lies.
    Who gave some group of men absolute authority over our lives? They took it, either by force, violence, manipulation or thievery. And we, the people, accepted them as such. Mind you, in the past, it was usually at gunpoint. Now they have tremendous tools for programming people to believe anything, so the guns are not nearly as necessary. Although the police are always there to remind you that there are severe penalties for stepping out of line.
    Which all brings us to the title of this article. We are in the midst of a slow kill. Who is being killed? All of us. What we are experiencing is a slow genocide of humanity. Who would do such a thing? Predators. How else can you explain the chemtrails, the poisoned food, water and air, the medical industry that regularly kills and maims those who pay them exorbitantly to heal them? We are at constant aggressive war, lied to at every step, robbed, mislead and violated. What we are experiencing at present is slow genocide. The effects of the consumption of poisonous foods, water and vaccine is already visible. America is suffering from rises of many diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular, autism, allergies, digestive disorders and impaired cognitive abilities, just to mention a few. Imagine what the future will manifest.
    We are a herd; the flock. We are food for the gods. They feed off of our emotions, especially fear, violence, suffering and worship. Different flavors. They infiltrate our minds. They have us hypnotized under their spell, and we have become so illusional, that we actually worship them, as if they are almighty god. We are hooked up to the milking machine, where our power is syphoned off, leaving us weak, disoriented and confused. Now it seems that the predators are thinning out their herds. That and preparing humanity to become cyborgs for the collective. They have their many minions who carry out their orders, Traitors to their own people. The very people that we put our faith and trust in to protect and guide us, are our worst enemies. Somehow, we have bought into the lie, and we are living in it.
    This is the stark reality. All we can do is to inform those who are interested. We can be careful about what we ingest and the water we drink. It’s not always easy, but it is important for your own well being. I have orgonite and other devices to clean the very polluted electrical and microwave energies. And I have disconnected from the game.
    We have somehow been placed into this game, this game of control, and we are all being played. The game is rigged. We have all become slaves. Even those who seem like powerful controllers, are slaves to their controllers. There are no real winners in this diabolical game, except for the top predators.
    This game seems to be ending badly for humanity. The cards seem stacked against us, as we quietly submit to being slowly poisoned. This is not a game I wish to participate in. That is a choice each of us makes on a daily basis; to participate, or not.
    - Greg Calise
    George Carlin expresses this brilliantly:

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