Understanding The Slave Mentality

In the initial stages of nearly every recorded tyranny, the saucer eyed dumbstruck masses exhibit astonishing and masterful skill when denying reality.  The facts behind their dire circumstances and of their antagonistic government become a source of cynical psychological gameplay rather than a source of legitimate concern.  Their desperate need to maintain their normalcy bias creates a memory and observation vacuum in which all that runs counter to their false assumptions and preconceptions disappears forever.  It is as if they truly cannot see the color of the sky, or the boot on their face.  The concrete world of truth becomes a dream, an illusion that can be heeded or completely ignored depending on one’s mood.  For them, life is a constant struggle of dissociation, where the tangible is NOT welcome…

This is the problem that we in the Liberty Movement deal with most often in our writings and films.  Our confrontation with willful ignorance has been epic, even by far reaching historical standards.  The gains in social awareness have been substantial, and yet the obstacles are incredible.  Unprecedented.  As an activist trend, we have an almost obsessive drive to draw back the curtain so that the public has at least the opportunity to see what is on the other side.  Unfortunately, there is another danger that must be taken into account…

It is one thing to bear witness to the rejection of truth in our time and the oblivious attitudes of many towards the growth of totalitarianism.  Eventually, though, a second phase in the development of oligarchy arises.  I am speaking of the point at which tyranny becomes so blatant that the skeptics have to acknowledge its existence, but after doing so, they choose to rationalize it as necessary.  Yes, there are many in this world that will laugh at the prospect of the Orwellian nightmare only to happily embrace it when it arrives in full color.      

I was recently looking into the divisive issue of U.S. Marine Sgt. Gary Stein, whose position has come under threat due to his criticisms of Barack Obama and his founding of the ‘Armed Forces Tea Party Facebook Page’.  What I discovered was a large number of Americans in support of Stein’s right to speak as a citizen (even under Marine regulations) against the unconstitutional actions of any president or presidential candidate.  I also discovered a considerable number who wanted to see the soldier dishonorably discharged, or even set upon a noose as punishment. 

Now, we all know that the Department of Defense monitors web news and social networking activity, and they have been caught red handed in the past posing as regular citizens with strangely militant pro-authoritarian views (look into their organized propaganda attacks on websites dealing with the levee failures during Katrina, for instance).  It is by no means a stretch to suggest that they would also troll the comments sections of mainstream news articles in an attempt to engineer a fraudulent consensus that Sgt. Stein’s actions have been negatively received by the majority of Americans.  But that aside, the underlings at the DOD are still Americans, and the views they espouse are still expressions of a subsection of this country (a small elitist one).  Also, sadly, there are plenty of non-government-paid people out there who believe exactly as they do.

Surely, we can debate over the details of Marine regulations until our ears bleed, and I could point out several facts that the mainstream media did not cover in their hit pieces on Stein (like the fact that he went to his superiors and asked them to advise him in the handling of his political position long before the present charges against him were ever formulated, and the fact that he followed many of their suggestions…), but ultimately, the regulations of the Marines or the Federal Government are irrelevant.  Such laws are transitory, and are usually written so broadly that the authorities of the day can execute them however they wish to fit their needs at the moment.  The real question here is one of principle, moral compass, and Constitutionality (a document which is a reflection of eternal natural law).  We have to set aside the pointless legalese of defense standards in the case of Sgt. Stein and ask ourselves an important question; do U.S. troops have a right to free speech? 

If you believe so, then their rights are not limited or exclusive.  They are free to say whatever any other American has a right to say.  If you believe they do not, then you have relegated the troops to the position of second class citizens, or even property of the state.  There is NO in-between.  Discipline and military coherence be damned.  Either these men and women have First Amendment protections and are full citizens or they are mechanisms of the government whose civil liberties have been erased.

Even though I understand the psychology behind it, I am still shaken with raw electrical astonishment when confronted by those who support the latter notion that American soldiers are indeed property of the state, that their actions must be dictated by the president and not the Constitution, and that this is required for the military to function.

Very few of these absurd multitudes ever ask what “function” such a military, populated by ethical robots who are blindly subservient to the dictates of a single man, would actually serve?

What good is an unprincipled military?  An unprincipled government?  An unprincipled society?  What reason is there for these constructs to exist?  The Nuremberg Trials solidified the reality that soldiers will be held accountable for following criminal orders, and still, there are some who claim that our troops must adopt a shoot first pay later methodology. 

I bring up the circumstances of Sgt. Stein to illustrate the situation our nation is currently facing; we are on the threshold of total despotism, where the naysayers who shrugged off the threat of rogue government yesterday suddenly embrace it and support it today.  When Stewart Rhodes first formed the Oath Keepers organization, the same talking point was consistently used in an attempt to derail it; “The orders you would refuse to obey could never occur in this country…”  And yet, many of the warnings of Oath Keepers have come to pass, including the unlawful disarming of peaceful U.S. citizens during the disaster in New Orleans, the institution of government directed assassination programs of U.S. citizens under Bush and Obama, the passing of NDAA legislation which includes provisions for indefinite detainment of Americans without trial, warrantless wiretapping, surveillance, and even home invasion by authorities is becoming common, and the Obama Administration has put into place several executive orders (including the The National Defense Resources Preparedness EO) which pave the way for Martial Law to be declared.

The cold hard reality is, the Oath Keepers were right, and Sgt. Stein is right.

And, now that this is becoming undeniable, the opponents of their tenets are switching gears to fight for the implementation of unconstitutional laws which they used to deny were even possible.  Can this situation be any more insane?  Oh yes…

There are no limits to the surrealist hell that can be unleashed when dealing with what I like to call the “Slave Mentality”.  The slave mentality takes many shapes.  It is pervasive in times of social distress, and, it can be infectious.  The psychologist Carl Jung wrote in his book ‘The Undiscovered Self’ that the cruel sociopathy seen in the populations of Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia is actually latent in many of us.  All it needs is the right set of sociopolitical circumstances and a weak enough will, and the shadows in the hearts of lesser men are given license to come out and play.  This is just as true in America, where people now operate on assumptions that the state is an absolute provider in the event of national calamity.      

But what are the signs of this unconscious desire for collectivism and control?  What makes a slave do what he does?  Here are just a handful of explanations to consider…

The True Slave: The true slave is not a person who has been shackled, beaten, tortured, and made to comply under threat of death.  As long as that poor soul has the spirit of rebellion and is ever seeking freedom, they are not imprisoned fully.  The true slave is a person who enjoys their subservience, who is weighted with fear by the very idea of independence from the system, and who would actually fight and die to maintain the establishment which enslaves them.  The true slave is not able to imagine living any other life beyond his micro-managed existence.

The Facts Lose Value: The worst flaw of the slave is not necessarily his ability to overlook the truth, but his ability to see it, comprehend it, and then shrug it off anyway because it is contrary to his mission to fulfill his private delusions.  For the slave, the truth exists, but is no longer useful.  Lies make his universe turn, and facts are a tool to be used or cast aside at his leisure.

The Obsession With The Law:
The slave mentality, though illogical and psychotic, still requires a certain foundation to hold it together.  The laws of governments tend to suffice.  These laws may go completely against the force of inherent conscience, but because the slave has already abandoned listening to his inner voice of reason, this does not bother him much.  If you have ever wondered why modern tyrannies always feel the need to put their horrific enforcements in writing first, THIS is why.  Oligarchs understand that the law provides the slave with a means to rationalize his participation in the crimes of the state.  After all, if some gut-bloated bloodthirsty elitists in government etch their mad inbred ramblings into law, then we have no choice but to follow them, right?

The Need To Be Accepted: A slave seeks harmony not within, but without, even when that “harmony” is with a system that is designed to destroy him.  The viciousness of collectivism lay in its ability to comfort converts with atrocity.  As long as the slave feels as though he is a part of the machine, and accepted by the group, he cares not what the machine does to others.  Common arguments include; “We all have to live together, and so we must sacrifice our selfish individualism for the greater good…” or “Governments are here to protect us and we should do everything we can to make their job easier…”  Rarely if ever do they question if the system is legitimately helpful or harmful.  The system just “is”, it fulfills their need to be coddled, and that is good enough for them.  For all their talk of "unity" and the "greater good", collectivists are for the most part deeply selfish.  They do not support or participate in the collective for the sake of others.  They do it to satiate their personal desires.

The Need For Control:
I suppose it’s ironic, but the average slave loves tyranny because it affords him a perceived seat at the table of power, perhaps for the first time in his entire life.  Collectivist slaves are often people who have felt weak and inadequate since childhood.  While honorable human beings fight this personal uncertainty by strengthening themselves physically and mentally, and improving upon their own character, the slave takes the easy route by joining with bureaucracy and living vicariously through its conquests.  Through the state, the hollow, cowardly, and stupid, have the ability to “show the world who’s boss”, and get revenge for a life filled with meaninglessness. 

The Need For Structure:
An individual takes responsibility for himself, learning over time to provide his own structure which works at his pace and serves his unique needs.  A slave does not have the energy or the drive to do that, and so, he asks the establishment to tell him how he should live.  He will hold at face value the word of nearly anyone in a position of petty authority.  When confronted with those who go their own way, or who rebel against the cookie-cutter template for social participation, the slave sneers in disgust.  Independent rebellion is abhorrent to him, because the system provides him with his very identity.  To insult the fabric of the system is to insult who he is.  It’s pathetic, but common…

The Need For Vindication: Sometimes it is not enough for certain people to have their own world view.  The slave seeks approval for his world view at every turn, even if that world view is twisted by bleary eyed logic, and will go so far as to force others to agree with it so that they can feel safer in their beliefs.  It is natural for people to seek out others with similar views and ideals, but, it is not natural or healthy for those same people to use the government apparatus as a weapon to frighten the rest of us into submission just so they can become more confident in their ludicrous slapdash philosophies.  Slaves want a world without contradiction.  Laughably, everything they do is a contradiction.                        

What I have seen in a number of the reactions to the honest activism of Sgt. Gary Stein is a knee-jerk bias that reeks of the slave mentality, but it offers us a window in gauging the leanings of the general public.  Now that the once theoretical dangers of federal fascism are breaking the surface of the water and circling the American sinking ship, the great test is to watch closely where the masses place their priorities.  Will they take the path of the individual, admit to the laboratory mutation that our government has become, and try to make things right again?  Or, will they take the path of the slave, forget their past follies and empty arguments, and jump on the totalitarian bandwagon?  Certainly, it is not as if the cheerleaders of the state usually get out of the tumult with all their limbs intact.  In most cases, they are lucky to get out alive once the smoke clears.  One might think that the lessons of history would be guide enough, but then again, the average slave has taken every conceivable measure to ensure that his particular fantasy land is magical enough to withstand substantial examination.  The system is their drug, and the upheaval that free thought brings is such a buzz-kill…

 

 

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Out ot the Park!
written by Concurrent , April 02, 2012

Another homerun article! Thank you!
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Great article, but...
written by Cerberus79 , April 02, 2012

...I would have appreciated some suggestions for solving the problem of willful, self-imposed slavery.
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Passover
written by Don Levit , April 02, 2012

This Friday night is the first night of Passover, in which Jews celebrate with a Seder.
We talk about the importance of freedom, and the many different kinds of slavery that exists, some of which is included here.
What is interesting to note is that only 20% of the Jews fled Egypt. The other 80% wanted to remain in slavery.
Shalom,
Don Levit

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written by Brandon Smith , April 02, 2012

@Cerberus

The only solution to those who suffer from self imposed slavery is what we are already doing; attempting to educate them.

There are no magical tricks. Either they eventually listen, or they never listen. Sorry, in matters of inner conflict, there is little in our hands.

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Passover 2
written by mourningwarbler , April 02, 2012

Wow! That is very interesting - and sad, Mr. Levit. I had no clue, and even went so far as to imagine that many of the non-Israeli Egyptians went out with them. Wonder how many people could not be bothered to put blood on their doorposts? Would think the death of the firstborns would shake them up a bit. ?? Weren't the people pretty much representative of the whole house of Israel? It seems many people sincerely believe that Moses was a Jew, whereas the Scriptures say he was a Levite.
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Self-imposed Slavery
written by mourningwarbler , April 02, 2012

An example of this is the Gibeonites in Joshua around chapter 11. It turned out their position as slaves bought them protection from neighboring warring kingdoms.

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Military may be an exception
written by ld , April 02, 2012

This is a great article, addressing a question I often wonder about. I gently tell people the truth that the media is lying to us about 9/11, but people just tune it out to the point that a couple of friends will not speak to me any more. I do not totally agree with you, but this is one of the best treatises I've seen and is an important work.

One place I feel that you are naive is when you write "those who support the latter notion that American soldiers are indeed property of the state." Actually, soldiers are property of the state. Many officers act accordingly. For instance, back in WWI if you were ordered to charge a machine gun nest, you did it even though there was only a small chance of you coming back alive. The alternative was a firing squad. The military at least owns your physical body. Our great-grandfathers understood this and so used the term "cannon fodder" - you were just something to shoot a gun into.

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id is correct
written by dfr , April 02, 2012

You may wave aside the legality part, Brandon, but the truth is by signing the military contract, military members waive their Constitutional rights to live under UCMJ for the duration of service. Troops can even be punished under UCMJ for"damaging government property" ... to include their own bodies. The big ones when I was in were tongue piercings, belly button piercings, and tattoos that could be seen in Class Bs.
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TSA
written by Rog , April 02, 2012

One particularly troubling aspect of this is the response to the TSA I hear from nearly EVERYONE. "Well, we want to go to...... Even though we don't like it we will put up with it to get where we are going." My question to them is always "So you're saying you will put up with some TSA goon demanding that you go though a machine that causes DNA damage and perhaps cancer down the road or allow that same clown to stick his or her hands down your pants in violation of your 4th Amendment rights just so you can go some where? " The answer to that question is usually a string of "but"(s) or a blank stare.

The TSA is, perhaps, the most egregious and visible example of totalitarian goonery going these days and very few people are bothered by it, some even embrace it in the name of "safety." It is unbelievable!

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written by Brandon Smith , April 02, 2012

@dfr and ld

According to Stewart Rhodes, a Constitutional lawyer and military veteran who is now on Sgt. Steins legal team, that is simply not so.

Soldiers are NOT property of the state and enjoy the same civil liberties protections as anyone else. The Marine code of conduct even specifically outlines free speech protections.

The problem is that the DOD now interprets the code of conduct however they like.

Nothing Stein did was against the code of conduct except his comment that he would not salute Obama as commander in chief, which is sketchy, but this comment was made as a private citizen in a chat forum. So, legally, its a grey area.

I'll say it again though; at bottom, the Marine regulations are irrelevant. The only thing that is important are the natural rights of Stein and every other U.S. soldier. Regulations are an illusion designed by governments often to solidify immoral policy. Under the current and future corrupt administrations, I suppose each member of the armed forces will have to decide for themselves what is more important; their job, or their conscience, and their country.

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A military person is property of the gov't
written by Spartan , April 02, 2012

dfr and Id are correct. The UCMJ rules. As an ex-military member I fully realize this now, but didn't at the time I signed on the dotted line. Officers are a little bit better off since they can resign their commission, but enlisteds are screwed. I have 3 sons who are all at the prime age for military service and I constantly remind them of the negatives of signing up. There is no honor left in fighting for this corrupt gov't.
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You shall know
written by jwc , April 02, 2012

Jesus said, "You shall know The Truth and The Truth shall make you free." But He also said, "Narrow is the gate and few there be that find the way to eternal life."

Most people are content to be slaves and it is a rare person who take action before they either get scared or feel pain. By the time they do, it is usually too late to undo their circumstances.

Most people will choose comfort right up to the last moment when they no longer have that option. That includes the globalists who think they are in charge of this planet. But payday is coming when Jesus returns.

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Will be interesting
written by dfr , April 02, 2012

Brandon, it will be interesting to see how Stewart argues against a couple centuries of precedent, because the troops - *especially* enlisted, which SGT Stein is - are indeed legally considered government property. I saw a PFC try to fight his article 15 for the piercing, but JAG said they could not help him because he did "damage government property" in addition to violating AR 675-1 (military dress and appearance).
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tough situation
written by Oathkeeper_Scott , April 02, 2012

I'm an active duty servicemember. I cannot be seen as representing the military as I use my 1st Amendment rights. I must avoid the association. I cannot wear my uniform or list my rank, service, etc as I use my freedoms of expression.

I may not use 'contemptuous words' against the Commander in Chief. There is a chain of command that must be upheld. There must not be insubordination or the appearance of. I cannot exercise 'undue influence' over my subordinates in terms of religion, politics, etc. I must be judicious in how I encourage them to be thoughtful about and honor their oaths and the Constitution.

But I also must not follow unlawful orders. I have sworn to support and defend the Constitution. My loyalties are not to the occupant in the White House. They are to the Constitution and the American People.

There is an inherent tension between these two as a President violates his/her own oath to support and defend the Constitution...

That's the position many of us...awake and aware...are weighing. Oathkeepers has it right, elevating servicemembers awareness of their oaths and obligations, encouraging the right sort of personal analysis, so that when the time is right: enough of us do what's right.

And tyranny will be deprived of an iron fist it needs. And/or we are a large enough force to defeat those of us 'bought off' by food, safety, 'elite' status within the dictatorship, etc. Those are the troops and the situation I worry about most: the dudes that will do whatever (as true slaves: as Brandon eloquently explains) because 'it puts food on the table.' "Just doin' my job!" Otherwise OK people are capable of this, if the deck is stacked right. And the power-hungry WILL stack that deck...

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Concernd Father
written by vocpg , April 03, 2012

Brandon, excelent article, this is why I stay here. As a Veteran I was completly aware when I signed that,I was the property of the USA. It was not something I took lightly,and because I chose dangerous hobbies skiing ,dirt bikes hang gliding, I was warned several times about doing damage to govt property, even threatend with Article 15. My point is as an Oath Keeper you must have the integrity to uphold that Oath. I hope and pray that enough of our brave service members will stick to the true obligation.
My son whom will serve ,of his own decision, he will do so with honor and integrity I just hope it will be with a new Commander in Chief, one that deserves the service of my only son.
I commend all the true Patriots that presently serve , cant imagine how difficult it must be to do so under this Sal Alinsky radical!!
I am an Oath Keeper and will defend the Constitution to the end.

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merovingian
excellent article!!!!!!...so much truth...
written by merovingian , April 03, 2012

"The true slave is a person who enjoys their subservience, who is weighted with fear by the very idea of independence from the system,..."
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written by Brandon Smith , April 03, 2012

@dfr

I think Stewart would have had a field day with the argument that piercing of one's self is considered "damage to government property". Nowhere in the contract that you sign with the military does it say that you become defacto property of the government. Signing a code of conduct is not the same as giving up your civil liberties. Now, the DOD may try to overstep or misinterpret regulations, especially in the case of Stein, but that doesn't change what the regs say.

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Fascism has Eternal Merit
written by Contradictions Abound , April 03, 2012

"It cannot be denied that Fascism and similar movements aimed at the establishment of dictatorships are full of the best intentions and that their intervention has for the moment saved European civilization. The merit that Fascism has thereby won for itself will live on eternally in history."

~Ludwig von Mises, Liberalism (1927)

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Any White's natural Right to Take
written by Contradictions Abound , April 03, 2012

"[The Native Americans] didn't have any rights to the land ... Any white person who brought the element of civilization had THE RIGHT TO TAKE over this continent."

~Ayn Rand, US Military Academy at West Point, March 6, 1974

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Certain Races deserve Instant Punishment
written by Contradictions Abound , April 03, 2012

"In short; RACIALIST SCIENCE is properly not an act of aggression or a cover for oppression of one group over another, but, on the contrary, an operation in defense of private property against assaults by aggressors."

~Murray Rothbard

"Cops must be unleashed, and allowed to administer instant punishment...unleash the cops to clear the streets of bums and vagrants. Where will they go? Who cares?"

~Murray Rothbard

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written by Brandon Smith , April 03, 2012

@Contradictions

It's funny how people who use that one snippet of a quote on fascism by Mises never seem to finish it. At the conclusion of the quote he says:

"...But though its policy has brought salvation for the moment, it is not of the kind which could promise continued success. Fascism was an emergency makeshift. To view it as something more would be a fatal error."

You should at least be honest and use the whole passage. Also, this was in 1927, at the very birth of Fascism. A lot of Europeans were fooled, not just Mises.

As far as Ayn Rand goes, who cares...I'm personally not much of a fan. What do either of these quotes have to do with the article by the way...?

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John Taurus
written by John Taurus , April 03, 2012

How does a Master keep his/her slaves happy? Simple: Indoctrination. From the moment a slave is born the Master must not let the slave know that he/she is a slave! Remind the slaves on a daily basis that they are "FREE". Indoctrinate into the slaves in the indoctrination centers known as "SCHOOLS" that they "Live in the land of the FREE"!! The simpletons will come to believe that they are really "FREE" and will actually fight and argue with anyone that disagrees or points out to them that America has the highest prison population in the world! Free? Free to smoke a joint? Sure you are. Free to say anything you want? You are free to do what the government lets you do. You are free to say what the government lets you say. Slaves have the right to vote for a pre-chosen puppet of the Masters in a farce, a fraud called an "Election". The votes don't really count and the government controlled media pushes the candidate approved of and chosen by the Masters. Candidates that push messages and ideas not approved of by the Masters are given no coverage by the major media, unless that coverage is negative. In return for allowing us citizens to be slaves, the Masters let us keep 25 cents out of every dollar we make. 33% right off the paycheck in withholding taxes. 7% in state sales tax. Gasoline tax? Property tax? City tax? Tax on tires? Tag for your vehicle???? Internet tax. Taxes on countless other things. Slaves before the Civil War were in good shape. They got to keep fifty cents out of every dollar they earned.
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written by HYPERTlGER , April 03, 2012

The top or master of the hierarchy divides and conquers the bottom into rich servants and poor slaves.

Rich and poor in power.

The top lives off the yield of power from the bottom.




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"emergency makeshift"
written by Contradictions Abound , April 03, 2012

Finish? OK.

Mises goes on to state fascism is a "emergency makeshift." Emergency expedients are something GOOD, like a tourniquet applied by a medic. Want to save life? Or, as Mises purports, save city-Statism (civilization)? Employ an "emergency makeshift."

Mises many contradictions can be summarized in the realization that civilization is city-Statism.

"Civilization originates in conquest abroad and repression at home." ~Stanley Diamond, In Search of the Primitive: A Critique of Civilization

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written by Brandon Smith , April 03, 2012

@Contradictions

That's your personal interpretation of his comment, not the words of Mises himself. Also, its easy to criticize in hindsight, but back in 1927, Europe was in extreme turmoil, and Fascism was a fledgling idea. Do you happen to have a post WWII quote in which Mises promotes Fascism?

Also, again, what is your point? What does Mises have to do with the article? It seems as though you are simply trying to tie historical figures you suspect people here esteem to fascist ideals in the hopes of trolling for angry responses.

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Market Fundamentalists are Slaves to City-Statism (civilization)
written by Contradictions Abound , April 03, 2012

(I'm not "interpreting" Mises, I'm directly quoting him. You'll have to deal with that, and quit conjuring excuses for his faults.)

My point addresses the title of your article. "Markets" within civilization (city-Statism) have always served the state primarily, even if they enrich individuals.

The first significant MARKET was the TRADE in SLAVES for agricultural work, as anthropologist Jack Weatherford documents.

"Agriculture creates government." ~Richard Manning, Against the Grain, p. 73

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written by Brandon Smith , April 03, 2012

@Contradictions

No, you are interpreting his comment to fit your particular idealism, which you still have not fully explained. Your point addresses NOTHING in the article. Nowhere does the piece cover Mises, Rand, or Rothbard. Nor does the article have anything to do with agricultural slavery. It examines psychological self enslavement.

Obviously, you are looking to rile people, not engage in a discussion on the merits of the article itself.

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merovingian
I wrote this long o'l comment
written by merovingian , April 03, 2012

and when I hit 'comment it disappeared into the ether? ;( was it too long?
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Slave Market mentality
written by Contradictions Abound , April 03, 2012

I've quoted popular authors in the "Liberty Movement" to show that even they will abandon the pretense of "liberty" and reveal the depths of their enslavement to agricultural city-Statism (civilization.)

You're living in a prison, Brandon. Yet you slavishly believe culture when it tells you the walls are there to protect you. And you slavishly fancy that salvation lies in a "free market" of trinkets and distractions within the prison of city-Statism (civilization.)

“The world of the Takers [agricultural civilization] is one vast prison, and except for a handful of Leavers scattered across the world, the entire human race is now inside that prison. Naturally a prison must have a prison industry. It helps to keep the inmates busy. It takes their minds off the boredom and futility of their lives. Our prison industry? Consuming the world.” ~Daniel Quinn, Ishmael

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Are you suggesting that contracts do not count.
written by PJ London , April 03, 2012

I posted this some time ago on Alex Higgins Blog :
The Marine is totally in the wrong, and he is (and should be) toast.
As a serving member, he has a DUTY to refuse an unlawful order, and he can refuse to detain US citizens if given such an order. He would then be courtmartialed and given the opportunity to debate whether such an order was “unlawful”.
He has given up the right to shout-off in Facebook (or any other public forum) about his commanding officers.
In training (Ok it was 40 years ago) we had lectures for a week on what was and what was not a lawful order, and that we had a duty to refuse, if the command un-lawful. It was also explained that (per Nuremburg) we could not rely on “we were just following orders” if we were guilty of an un-lawful act.
However it was also pointed out that spouting-off about our superior officers was likely (certainly) to create a problem for us and this problem would take the form of substantial and prolonged pain,in the form of punishment drills.
Are you suggesting that "contracts" are of no consequence?
Once you sign a contract you agree to the conditions, and yes, you can agree that for the duration of the contract you relinquish certain specific rights.
For instance, a sport star (in say football) may agree to give up his right to go skydiving. Having signed the contract, he then cannot go skydiving without penalty.
As Oath-keeper-scott said above, one of the conditions is : "There must not be insubordination or the appearance of."
The fact that he used his military title and made known that he was a serving member, immediately triggers "the appearance of insubordination".
If you sign a contract then stick to it.

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written by Brandon Smith , April 03, 2012

@Contradictions

That's a rather pompous and elitist stance, but still irrelevant to the article itself. At no point do I mention any of the authors YOU claim are popular in the Liberty Movement. In fact, large portions of the Liberty Movement often don't agree with Rand, or Rothbard, or even Mises.

What you are attempting to construct is a strawman argument; transposing words and views onto people they do not necessarily hold, and then tearing those conveniently projected views down. Just as you deliberately leave out important parts of quotes, everything you have done so far reeks of dishonest Alinsky debate tactics.

At no point do I promote "agricultural city Statism", or whatever you happen to personally define as such.

If anyone here is enslaved, it would be you, by your own sad arrogance and desperate need to subversively impose your pet worldview on others.

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written by Brandon Smith , April 03, 2012

@PJ London

No contract in existence negates the civil liberties and Constitutional protections of an American citizen. The Constitution is the HIGHEST law in the land, surpassing even DOD regulations or contracts. If a contract is perceived to nullify the rights of any American, it is void.

Your point is a mute one, and, you sound like a slave...

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who ownes a war criminal ?
written by 91b4s , April 03, 2012

a 4th tour sgt. cut loose. not one of ours.what is it about the usi that creates war criminals?as a vietnam vet torturer, altar boy, boy scout.now a war criminal.who will absolve me of my sin.mc donalds, gm,monsanto, raytheon etc.ethics is an internal battle we must all fight if we are to prevail and return to the common law.
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The White Man's Ghost Dance
written by Wovokah , April 03, 2012

Observing "Constitution" and "common law" bandied about, I'm reminded of the following excerpt within an essay about such:

"Constitutionalists look upon law as the word-magic of lawyer-necromancers who draw their wizardly powers from grimoires, from books of magic spells they have
selfishly withheld from the people."

“Constitutionalism”: The White Man's Ghost Dance
by Robert C. Black
(published in Liberty, a conservative libertarian magazine)

Wovokah has spoken.

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written by Brandon Smith , April 03, 2012

@Wovokah

I've read that essay before, and its pretty poorly constructed and biased. Mostly, its just Black's unsupported opinions and outlandish assumptions. Black attempts to outline the same tired arguments against the Constitution, including the idea that it is "outdated", though based on natural law which is timeless and universal.

He also claims that Libertarians "revere" the Magna Carta, which is complete nonsense. The Magna Carta was but a whisper compared to the Constitution, and no Libertarian I know "reveres" it.

Basically, his stance is that of the typical elitist; the Constitution is "dangerous" because it restricts governments and lawyers from doing whatever they please with the law. Of course, that was the WHOLE PURPOSE of the document, but hey, lets not start thinking logically or anything...



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written by Brandon Smith , April 03, 2012

Btw, anyone caught using multiple puppet posters (posting under multiple names; a typical troll tactic) will have their posts removed (they know who they are). We have a zero tolerance policy for trolls here.

That is all.

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Understanding The Slave Mentality
written by aaronoz , April 03, 2012

Only I can say that, it is brilliant article explains the mindset of every village idiot I have to endure every day. I have stopped trying to wake up the deliberately and willfully ignorant. Anyone who prefers The Matrix to The Truth just cannot be changed, for all the reasons detailed in this article. They are already repaid.
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Orwell
written by Tom B. , April 03, 2012

A very lucid, and insightful exposition of the prevailing psychology of 'human being'. Unfortunately these observations of the human condition elucidate something fundamentally unalterable - the unspoken, organic precept underpinning that behavior - that pain must be avoided at all cost.

The mild discomfort aroused when conflict between one's beliefs and objective reality begins to emerge into consciousness is readily dispensed with by an arsenal of psychological mechanisms which exist to preserve an individual's sense of 'well-being'. It may seem that these behavioral responses are morally, and cognitively unacceptable - indeed they are!

Are they socially unacceptable as well? Not really!

They conflict with the STATED norms and goals of society - but not with the deeper machinations of societal organization. These responses are intrinsically "social" responses - in the truest sense of the word! And they exposit a profoundly well understood but unspoken truth.

It is tacitly understood by every individual, if only at a deep subconscious level, that they must concede to a greater power in order to conform to their biological imperative of self-preservation.

It is understood that relative to the individual, the aggregations of human organization represented by social hierarchies, institutions, and governing bodies can exert essentially unlimited 'coercive force' over behavior - and that these entities will exercise this freely when necessary.

The minor discomfort experienced when one's beliefs are seen in conflict with observable facts is well-tolerated and easily controlled relative to any "amplifications" of this discomfort which may ensue from persuing the truth - and it's consequences.u

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Why Not Stalin? Or Lenin?
written by Charlies Bridges , April 03, 2012

I notice that whenever anybody wants to demonstrate their opposition to tyranny they show Hitler. Hitler was certainly an eil dictator who committed horrible crimes but if you want to count the bodies he was a second-rater. The Communists have him beat hands down.
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contradictions indeed!
written by PioneerWife , April 03, 2012

I read the article this morning and loved it. My favorite part was "Slaves want a world without contradiction. Laughably, everything they do is a contradiction."

So many times I have observed this or had unpleasant confrontations with this very mindset! For example, nutritionists I see on the morning news that are obese, or financial planners that want to advise me towards retirement that are obviously living an unsustainable lifestyle.
So much of our world is controlled by simple math. Addition and substraction. You cannot spend what you do not have. And you cannot lose what you keep working to gain.

I have made my peace with those who insist that "2+2=5" by constantly relying on my powers of observation, ability to do simple math and the scientific method. As long as I have the ability to see two sticks in front of me and then add another two sticks to those, those sticks will always add up to four.

In the end, we go to our deaths alone. Will I die regretting that logic dictated I buck the masses (unlikely) or regretting I sacrificed my life to lies (very likely)? We all must find our own answer to that question and live with the consequences of our own path. May Sgt Stein (have the freedom to) do the same.

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@Charles

I mention Stalinist Russia along with Fascism in the middle of the article.

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written by Brandon Smith , April 03, 2012

@Kynzer

I don't think Christianity is the problem. There are plenty of Christians here in Montana that understand exactly what is going on. One major problem is the 501C3 Federal control of many mainstream churches, though.

It's easy to make sweeping generalizations, but be careful, some of your best allies in this fight may end up being of the religious persuasion.

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The Bible
written by Don Levit , April 03, 2012

Kynzer:
The Bible may not be factual, but it is truthful.
Shalom,
Don Levit

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RE: Tyranny
written by RadTurbo , April 03, 2012

45 signs that America will soon be a nation with a very tiny elite and the rest of us will be poor....

#1 Increasingly, gains in income are becoming very highly concentrated at the top of the food chain in America. The following is how income gains in the United States were distributed during 2010....

-37 percent of all income gains went to the top 0.01 percent of all income earners

-56 percent of all income gains went to the rest of the top 1 percent

-7 percent of all income gains went to the bottom 99 percent

#2 Back in the 70s, the top 1 percent earned about 8 percent of all income. Today, they earn about 21 percent of all income.

#3 The wealthiest 1 percent of all Americans own more wealth than the bottom 95 percent combined.

#4 According to Forbes, the 400 wealthiest Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined.

#5 The poorest 50 percent of all Americans collectively own just 2.5% of all the wealth in the United States.

#6 Median household income in the United States is down 7.8 percent since December 2007 after adjusting for inflation.

#7 The top 0.01% of all Americans make an average of $27,342,212. The bottom 90% make an average of $31,244.

#8 According to the Economic Policy Institute, between 1979 and 2007 income growth for the top 1 percent of all U.S. income earners was an astounding 390 percent. For the bottom 90 percent, income growth was only 5 percent over that same time period.

#9 According to one study, between 1969 and 2009 the median wages earned by American men between the ages of 30 and 50 dropped by 27 percent after you account for inflation.

#10 In 2010, 2.6 million more Americans descended into poverty. That was the largest increase that we have seen since the U.S. government began keeping statistics on this back in 1959.

#11 According to the New York Times, approximately 100 million Americans are either living in poverty or in "the fretful zone just above it".

#12 According to Heidi Shierholz, an economist with the Economic Policy Institute, about 53 percent of all income went to the middle class back in the 1970s, but today only about 46 percent of all income does.

#13 When you look at the ratio of employee compensation to GDP, it is now the lowest that is has been in about 50 years.

#14 In 1970, 65 percent of all Americans lived in "middle class neighborhoods". By 2007, only 44 percent of all Americans lived in "middle class neighborhoods".

#15 Back in the year 2000, 11.3% of all Americans were living in poverty. Today, 15.1% of all Americans are living in poverty.

#16 The poverty rate for children living in the United States increased to 22% in 2010.

#17 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 6.7% of all Americans are living in "extreme poverty", and that is the highest level that has ever been recorded before.

#18 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of "very poor" rose in 300 out of the 360 largest metropolitan areas during 2010.

#19 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

#20 The average duration of unemployment in the United States is nearly three times as long as it was back in the year 2000.

#21 In the United States today, there are 240 million working age people. Only about 140 million of them are actually working.

#22 Back in 2001, the ratio of wages to GDP was sitting at approximately 49 percent. Today, it has fallen all the way down to about 44 percent.

#23 Half of all American workers now earn $505 or less per week.

#24 Back in 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States were low income jobs. Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the United States are low income jobs.

#25 In 2010, 19.7% of all U.S. working adults had jobs that would not have been enough to push a family of four over the poverty line even if they had worked full-time hours for the entire year.

#26 Electricity bills in the United States have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.

#27 The average American household spent a staggering $4,155 on gasoline during 2011.

#28 If inflation was measured the exact same way that it was measured back in 1980, the rate of inflation in the United States would be well over 10 percent.

#29 According to a recent report produced by Pew Charitable Trusts, approximately one out of every three Americans that grew up in a middle class household has slipped down the income ladder.

#30 Total student loan debt in America has now passed the 1 trillion dollar mark, and about 270 billion dollars of those loans are at least 30 days delinquent. These debts are absolutely crushing young middle class families.

#31 Today, approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents.

#32 According to the Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans live in a home that gets direct monetary benefits from the federal government. Back in 1983, less than a third of all Americans lived in a home that received direct monetary benefits from the federal government.

#33 Between 1991 and 2007 the number of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 that filed for bankruptcy rose by a staggering 178 percent.

#34 One out of every six elderly Americans now lives below the federal poverty line.

#35 The number of children living in poverty in the state of California has increased by 30 percent since 2007.

#36 According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 36.4% of all children that live in Philadelphia are living in poverty, 40.1% of all children that live in Atlanta are living in poverty, 52.6% of all children that live in Cleveland are living in poverty and 53.6% of all children that live in Detroit are living in poverty.

#37 In November 2008, 30.8 million Americans were on food stamps. Today, more than 46 million Americans are on food stamps.

#38 Right now, one out of every four American children is on food stamps.

#39 It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their lives before they reach the age of 18.

#40 In 2010, 42 percent of all single mothers in the United States were on food stamps.

#41 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid, and things are about to get a whole lot worse. It is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

#42 Medicare spending increased by 138 percent between 1999 and 2010.

#43 One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one government anti-poverty program.

#44 Federal housing assistance increased by a whopping 42 percent between 2006 and 2010.

#45 The amount of money that the federal government gives directly to Americans has increased by 32 percent since Barack Obama entered the White House.

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How can I get a copy of this
written by Donald Wagner , April 03, 2012

Dear Brandon (& fellow readers): Being that my computer access is largely limited to the public library, I often send a copy of a particular article or an essay to my E-mial, where I can read & study it later when I get more computer time. I can't seem to find a way to do such with this excellent essay on the 'slave' mentality. Would you, or someone out there in cyber-land be so very gracious as to send a copy to my E-Mail? It is: seahorsedonald @ Yahoo.com. Thank you very much. (Donald)
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written by Brandon Smith , April 03, 2012

@Donald

I don't have a downloadable file for you, if that is what you are referring to, but if you email yourself the link to the article, would that not work just as well?


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Holy Crap!
written by JPT , April 03, 2012

could Contradictions just shut the hell up please?

JUST SHUT UP PLEASE!!!

Excellent article by the way.

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written by Brandon Smith , April 03, 2012

@JPT

He was posting under a couple different aliases (puppet posting), so he has been shut up.

Thanks for the kind words.

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Republished on the Doomstead Diner
written by RE , April 03, 2012

http://www.doomsteaddiner.org
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just a thought
written by free thinker , April 03, 2012

i guess i have been a free thinker, since i was able to think. I knew without a doubt,even as far back as first grade. That joining the military. Would have to be the worst thing i could think of, in as far as giving up what was in my best interests. We have a saying in the Martial Arts. Dont get into anything, that you cant easily get yourself out of. I look at the prison system the same way. Why wouldnt a person do everything in their power. To prevent signing up with those boys either? Marriage is a heavy duty contract also. But with enough money a man can get back out with his ass half intact. I am not being uunpatriotic. My dad gave his 20 years and mind of unwavering allegiance to the system. He has alot of degrees and still cant open his eyes. I didnt quite make the last year of high school. That shit had to end also.
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Usury Enslaves (and then kills)
written by olrailbird , April 03, 2012

No mention here of the power that enslaves us all: usury.

As long as you keep working for private money created at interest, you're doomed. Tis greed what killed ya!

The answer isn't in the Magna Carta or the Constitution or any of that BS. Find it in Luke 6:31, then toss the rest.

Elaborate obfuscation of the simple truth really sucks.

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Ann Barnhardt
written by xthred , April 05, 2012

Ann Barnhardt has linked your article at her barnhardt.biz blog.
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They Live
written by Lolo , April 05, 2012

Well, the John Carpenter's film "They Live" explains that.

I would also suggest all of you reading "Children of the Matrix" of David Icke (pdf available on the web)

French Guy

Don Juan, the Mexican Yaqui Indian shaman, tells Carlos Castaneda the following:

"We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos and took over the rule of our lives. Human beings are its prisoners. The predator is our lord and
master. It has rendered us docile, helpless. If we want to protest, it suppresses our protest. If we want to act independently, it demands that we don't do so... I have
been beating around the bush all this time, insinuating to you that something is holding us prisoner. Indeed we are held prisoner!
"This was an energetic fact for the sorcerers of ancient Mexico ... They took us over because we are food for them, and they squeeze us mercilessly because we are
their sustenance. Just as we rear chickens in chicken coops, the predators rear us in human coops, humaneros. Therefore, their food is always available to them."

"No, no, no, no," [Carlos replies] "This is absurd don Juan. What you're saying is something monstrous. It simply can't be true, for sorcerers or for average men, or
for anyone."

"Why not?" don Juan asked calmly. "Why not? Because it infuriates you? ... You haven't heard all the claims yet. I want to appeal to your analytical mind. Think for
a moment, and tell me how you would explain the contradictions between the intelligence of man the engineer and the stupidity of his systems of beliefs, or the stupidity of his contradictory behaviour. Sorcerers believe that the predators have given us our systems of belief, our ideas of good and evil, our social mores. They
are the ones who set up our hopes and expectations and dreams of success or failure. They have given us covetousness, greed, and cowardice. It is the predators
who make us complacent, routinary, and egomaniacal."

'"But how can they do this, don Juan?' [Carlos] asked, somehow angered further by what [don Juan] was saying. "Do they whisper all that in our ears while we are
asleep?"

"'No, they don't do it that way. That's idiotic!" don Juan said, smiling. "They are infinitely more efficient and organized than that. In order to keep us obedient and
meek and weak, the predators engaged themselves in a stupendous manoeuvre - XX Children of the Matrix
stupendous, of course, from the point of view of a fighting strategist. A horrendous manoeuvre from the point of view of those who suffer it. They gave us their mind!
Do you hear me? The predators give us their mind, which becomes our mind. The predators' mind is baroque, contradictory, morose, filled with the fear of being discovered any minute now."
"I know that even though you have never suffered hunger... you have food anxiety, which is none other than the anxiety of the predator who fears that any
moment now its manoeuvre is going to be uncovered and food is going to be denied. Through the mind, which, after all, is their mind, the predators inject into
the lives of human beings whatever is convenient for them. And they ensure, in this manner, a degree of security to act as a buffer against their fear."
"The sorcerers of ancient Mexico were quite ill at ease with the idea of when [the predator] made its appearance on Earth. They reasoned that man must have been a complete being at one point, with stupendous insights, feats of awareness that are
mythological legends nowadays. And then, everything seems to disappear, and we have now a sedated man. What I'm saying is that what we have against us is not a
simple predator. It is very smart, and organized. It follows a methodical system to render us useless. Man, the magical being that he is destined to be, is no longer
magical.
He's an average piece of meat."
"There are no more dreams for man but the dreams of an animal who is being raised to become a piece of meat: trite, conventional, imbecilic."

Castaneda, 1998

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Contradictions do not exist
written by Liberty2012 , April 05, 2012

Ayn Rand also said contradictions do not exist. That if you find one, check your premises and you will find one of them is wrong.

She was right. Reality exists.

If you are tangled up in impossibilities, why not try to find which of your beliefs are inaccurate?

One good place to start is with olrailbird's comment ;)

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Agree -- this one is out of the park
written by Jeanne T. , April 05, 2012

Brandon, this is one of the best pieces I've read that sums up our situation. I'm forwarding it to my email list.
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Anecdotal Evidence
written by Six , April 05, 2012

I'm a veteran and a retired California police officer. I hope I can be forgiven for being anecdotal here.

When I was in the Army I understood the limitations on my conduct and speech but I never gave up my basic freedoms nor agreed to give up my right to hold opinions nor express them as I saw fit. I agreed to give up my life when so ordered but not my ability to exercise my rights as an American.

As an officer I saw much of the slave mentality Brandon talks about and a lot of it was encapsulated in Community Oriented Policing and the mind set it entails. Don't misunderstand me, I wholly support a good police/community interaction but, like many other things, COPS has engenders a dependancy on government to solve all problems. Whenever we met with community groups and leaders to discuss societal problems inevitably the solutions devolved to us. Let the police handle it was a mentality I found both shocking and all too prevalent. The desire to turn over more and more authority to government, in the persons of the police department, was eye opening. I find such to be both dangerous and instructive.

Excellent article Brandon.

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Excellent!!!
written by kds , April 05, 2012

First time visitor and was thrilled with the article. I am having this argument in my head about whether I am a slave and have the guts to "free" myself!!

The truth sets us free... but it does not guarantee we will live through the learning of it.

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Outstanding
written by NCMike , April 05, 2012

Well thought out, Brandon. In the past year of struggled to understand just how those on the left are able to convince themselves about the correctness of seemingly illogical and contradictory positions. My conclusion is that they have mastered the art of lying to themselves. Your article amplifies and explains why they would do so. Thank you.
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Posted a link on Four S's facebook
written by Ralph Zazula , April 05, 2012

I posted a link to this at the SSSSpage:

https://www.facebook.com/FourSDemocrats


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Musings
written by The Proletarian , April 05, 2012

Could this slave mentality be a product of the idea that society has been "feminized"? The idea that one wants and has to be "taken care of"? The idea that only the person who is most "presidential" i.e. good looking and well spoken or charismatic? History is full of slick-haired charismatic butchers. We must peel back the veneer and try to see what is in a person's heart. The Bible says you should judge a man by his actions not his words. I only hope that we can learn and continue to do this into the future in order to save ourselves.
As a Christian, I believe the stakes are even higher. I know that the United States is a righteous nation. I fear that the doors to Armageddon will be flung open without a strong and just United States. This is a fear that has been hinted at in many other this that I have read but never said aloud. What do you think?

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re Musings
written by StevePaige , April 06, 2012

@The Proletarian

Indeed, the stakes are high. But believing that the U.S. is a righteous nation is a naive position. The founding fathers knew that it would take an informed and active citizenry to keep the republic free. Jefferson fought against a central bank. Lincoln died in getting the U.S. out of debt and free from a central bank. Andrew Jackson survived an assassination attempt after Lincoln. Some of his last words dealt with how he fought the banks and won.

Starting with the Federal Reserve act of 1913 this nation has been beholden to a small cartel of men who print our money, at interest, to increase their wealth. When the Federal Reserve prints 8 billion dollars for a bailout that costs them only between $20,000 & $30, 000 and we end up paying the interest on the 8 billion, we are slaves to what the unrighteous U. S. has allowed.

I don't want to seem harsh, but when the CIA creates an event (Gulf on Tonkin) to get us into Viet Nam under orders, the U.S. stands condemned.

Search for the truth...realize that the enterprises of man (economic, political, and religious) are all about enslavement.

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Details are not important, sign and move along
written by Neo1 , April 07, 2012

What you do not see is the hidden part of the contract,
like they say the devil is in the details, and they will not let you see the details, cause if you did you would never sign on the dotted line.

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written by PJ London , April 08, 2012

"No contract in existence negates the civil liberties and Constitutional protections of an American citizen. The Constitution is the HIGHEST law in the land, surpassing even DOD regulations or contracts. If a contract is perceived to nullify the rights of any American, it is void.

Your point is a mute one, and, you sound like a slave... "

I am sure that you are right, but could you please show me where in the constitution, it prohibits or claims to over-ride a contract voluntarily entered into. My understanding of the constitution is that limits the passing of Laws abridging such rights.
You might like to be a little more rigorous in your thinking, my point might be moot, but could hardly be mute. And because I believe in integrity and honouring ones' word, how does this make me a slave?

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written by Brandon Smith , April 08, 2012

@PJ

Your understanding of the Constitution is obviously very limited. The liberties outlined within the document are protected REGARDLESS of contracts. It does not need to specify contracts which it "nullifies". It nullifies ANY law or legal framework (even DOD regs) which impede those civil liberties. This was the point of its design.

Also, your point is MUTE, not moot, because it bears no message. It is soundless. It is not just not worth hearing, its is not worth speaking. My wording was deliberate.

If you believe in "honoring" a contract, even if it means violating the Constitution, natural law, and the protected freedoms within, then you are controlled by arbitrary law, and therefore, you are a slave.

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written by H P Z former Marine , April 09, 2012

Well Mr.Smith,it is quite obvious that you have nevern served in any branch of the USmilitary. Sgt.Stein was given a DIRECT ORDER and he disobeyed it.That in itself is a court martial offense.If you would care to have an attorney (JAG officer would be better) explain what the comment not obey any orders from his commander in chief constitutes. Let me tell you,it is called MUTINY and is punishable by death. Sgt. Stein violated everything that the Marine Corps stands for. I am an ex-marine and I can't stand the idiot we have for a President,nor can many of the freinds I have from the Corps.Bottom line is that Sgt.Stein disobeyed a direct order,no matter how distasteful,and must be punished for it.
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The "IT"
written by Di , April 09, 2012

Excellent article presenting the unadulterated truth, which makes many uncomfortable!

Reminds me of the book "Wrinkle In Time."
The "IT" controlling the thoughts of the inhabitants of the dark planet of Camazotz, and expanding ITs reach: "They find that all the inhabitants behave in a mechanistic way and seem to be all under the control of a single mind..." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Wrinkle_in_Time

The Matrix here is the Tesseract [a fifth-dimensional phenomenon explained as being similar to folding the fabric of space and time] and the dark cloud called The Black Thing ~ never-ending story ~ dominating, hypnotically and completely controlling those unaware.

They are bound under the influence and mind-bending enslavement, unable to ["can not"] free themselves, nor see [be cognizant] that there's any concern or even a problem.

The 'collective mentality' really is the following of one main source: Nimrod deception of Utopia illusion - back to Tower of Babel and the original Lie (… you can …) ~ perversion of and rebellion against God's Truth and Love.

Thanks for your healthy insights!

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written by Brandon Smith , April 09, 2012

@HPZ

Well, if you are actually a Marine, then it is obvious you have never read the Marine code of conduct. It is NOT a dereliction of duty to refuse unlawful orders, or to have a political view, as long as you express it out of uniform.

Stein was NOT given a direct order to do anything. You know absolutely nothing about his case, and are completely ignorant of the circumstances. He asked to be advised by his superiors on how to handle his political website. He followed their advice, and yet, they are trying to railroad him anyway for his views.

Also, if a military man is ordered to commit an atrocity, or to go against the Constitution, then he is EXPECTED to disobey. If he follows illegal orders, he will pay the price later down the road, pure and simple.

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the highest law of the land?
written by Bill Derberg4 , April 09, 2012

@Brandon
Give me a little latitude on this one. The Constitution is the highest law on the land? The real highest law of the land is The Law of Nations. This was written a good 50 years before the Constitution and was deeply engrained in our Constitution. http://www.constitution.org/vattel/vattel.htm
In fact it is even mentioned in our Constitution, Article 1, section 8 that all nations are bound by this.
To anyone reading here please take this advise:YOU NEED TO BE THINKING GLOBALLY. The United States is bound by international treaty and fully recognizes the Law of Nations.

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written by Brandon Smith , April 09, 2012

@Bill

Uh, no. The Law Of Nations is a political essay by Emerich de Vattel, NOT an actual document of law.

The Founding Fathers were influenced by many ideas and texts when composing the Constitution. Most of them were admittedly influenced by the Bible more so that any political essay, if you want to get technical.

Nowhere in Vattel's essay does it say that we need to "think globally". That is a bunch of collectivist tripe which feeds right into the hands of corporate elitists.

Also, NOWHERE in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution does it say all nations are "bound" to anything. Which Constitution are you reading?

In fact, everything in your post is absolutely false. Did you do any research on this information, or are you just parroting what you heard somewhere else?

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Holy hypocrite Batman!!
written by slave 289 , April 11, 2012

Nice article but very rascist and naive.
Where was Stein when the white bushs were formulating the policies that you revisionists pretend obama initiated?
When it was all out war on blacks/christians/muslims you and stein were strangely content.
And to pretend for a second that the inherent rascism in the constitution and its history of hypocritical injustice, written for whites only has anything to do with natural law discredits your intent as well as your intellect.
Please ignore this post and continue on with the rascist slaughter.

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written by Brandon Smith , April 12, 2012

@Slave

It's sad that you have to revert to race baiting instead of coming up with an intelligent argument.

I've been a Liberty Movement proponent since 2004, and a writer for the movement since 2007. I've been dropping the hammer on Bush for YEARS. Of course, you wouldn't know about that since your only goal is to use Ad hominem attacks to distract away from your inherent ignorance.

At no point has Stein ever made a racial comment in reference to his political position. Obama's little cheerleaders (like yourself) have to stoop to playing the race card every time someone calls that bottom feeder out on his insane behavior. It only reveals how desperate you are...

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I *LOVE* the smell of napalm in the morning!
written by Dedicated_Dad , April 15, 2012

Mr. Smith,

If such a thing is possible, your smackdown (April 12, 2012) of "slave 289" is even more satisfying than the article it falls under.

Sometimes these battles of wits with unarmed people just don't seem fair...

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There's only one way to end the wars...
written by Love4ourHumans , April 21, 2012

Vote Ron Paul 2012. Google him! Learn about his 30+ years stance on our Constitution, on our Rights. Did you know that he brings in Thousands of people to all his rallys? Did you know about the media black out? Find out why.


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solutions from "New American Nobility"
written by DWA , May 03, 2012

The book "New American Nobility" offers some insights to the problem of slavery as superbly delineated in this article and also offers solutions to defeat it.
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Is U.S. Military Crusader & Missionary for the Vatican Pope?
written by Ehsan , April 20, 2016

Here is some more detail on the US military use for vested interest groups:
Is U.S. Military Crusader & Missionary for the Vatican Pope?
Who is really leading and motivating the Military, the Vatican Pope or the US president?
http://www.arfaglobal.com/p/u.html

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