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An Alternative to Fascism
Table of Contents
Prologue – The “Undefinable” Problem
Chapter 1 – What is Fascism?
The dictionary definition
The common perception
Fascism in our times
Chapter 2 – The Problems with Fascism
Oppression and control
False stratification of society – the useless feeders
The difficulty of individual realization
The rape of the planet
Chapter 3 – So Why is Fascism so Tenacious?
The promise of power
The mechanisms of fear and hatred
Propaganda and mind control
The lack of an opposing philosophy
Chapter 4 – Enter Freeism
Why a new word was needed
Definition of a new word
The implications for society
What Freeism is not
Chapter 5 – A Different Way of Life
The end of money
Community and relationships
Complete true freedom
And the truth shall set you free
Chapter 6 – Freeism and Fascism – A Comparison
Polar opposites: Freeistic and Fascistic tendencies
A comparison of benefits
A comparison of drawbacks
So which will you choose?
Chapter 7 – Answers to Foreseeable Questions
But what about the economy?
What about science and medicine?
How does religion fit in?
Crossover and coexistence
This is a revolutionary work. As such, many statements are intended to be inflammatory. However, I will stick to the facts, and never make any misleading statements, nor will I make generalizations based on anything I know to be lies.
Also, I apologize for my bias towards framing things in terms of a first world perspective. Most opinions in this book are most relevant to the current political climate in the United States of America, but I assure you that the solutions presented here will be invaluable to all peoples worldwide.
One last thing: I'll apologize in advance for the passages from dictionaries. Don't worry though, there's only a few, and they are necessary.
How to read this book
The first time you read this book, you should set aside a couple hours so you can read the entire book in one sitting. The second time you read it, you should stop and do some research on the sections you are most interested in, as well as what you have the most questions about.
Introduction: The “Undefinable” Problem
Throughout history, mankind has held a general sense of unease towards the way the world is run. For some, this unease manifests in the form of anger and aggression, for others, despondence and depression. However, it seems that the general cause is in all cases the same. Injustice.
Human beings are born into a world with manifest rules to which they are exposed and indoctrinated into from the earliest age. These rules, which everybody except for the rare exceptions play by, are in direct opposition to our true natures as social primates. Social primates form tribal units and cooperate within their group, and this form of tribalism is the most commonly seen cultural variation among indigenous cultures worldwide. However, from the inception of the use of money, native tribal cultures have been under constant attack by a ruthless system of subjugation.
This system, which has evolved over time into the current globalist culture, is based on the philosophy behind the recently-created phrase, “Cash is king.” Money as a method of exchange has reduced human existence to a game of numbers, where everything has a dollar (or yen, euro, etc.) value attached to it, and the quality of life you enjoy is based on how many numbers you can accumulate. Instead of cooperation, we are subdued into a game of kill or be killed, take no prisoners, winner take all capitalism.
Frederic Bastiat, in his 1850 work “The Law,” exposes a major problem succinctly: those in power have taken it upon themselves to consolidate control of the money supply into the hands of the super-rich, and these super-rich have lobbied for more control. In effect, those with the most money create the rules of the game, and virtually never play fair. He states, “...imagine that this fatal principle has been introduced: Under the pretense of organization, regulation, protection, or encouragement, the law takes property from one person and gives it to another; the law takes the wealth of all and gives it to a few – whether farmers, manufacturers, shipowners, artists, or comedians. Under these circumstances, then certainly every class will aspire to grasp the law, and logically so.” He calls this idea legal plunder. He continues, “...How is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.”
The vast majority of us are born with nothing and are immediately introduced to this system. Childhood games all emphasize competition with winners and losers, and children's stories usually contain some sort of bogeyman that's out to get little kids that don't follow the rules. Our inner natures rebel against the money and power game, but eventually the vast majority are browbeaten into the idea that that's just the way the world is. One Native American tribe even coined a phrase to describe “white man's” ways: tecac teca'.
“That's just the way of the world” is the best translation. Native leaders and shamans clearly saw how the monetary system advances over everything, promising riches and power and always ending in enslavement. Tribal cooperation was tossed aside in favor of gaining individual wealth, and as the system expanded, local subsistence economies were destroyed. Everything had a cash value, and there is no subsistence level of money. Cash is king, because once you serve that system, you serve it forever. You have been bought and are now owned by that system, and there is no way to win the money game. Cash is king, and he's one hell of a tyrant. At least the slaves were housed and fed; with economic slavery, the slaves must feed and house themselves.
There are many who say that there is no nation, no people on earth who have ever lived as well as the people of North America and western Europe do today. In a material sense this is true, but all this wealth is bought on the backs of the third world, and even considering the ease and comfort with which we live, there are many within this society who, in middle age, as death draws closer, realize that they have lived for the wrong things for too long. They think back to all the relationships sacrificed for money. Personal values thrown by the wayside. Children they will never really know. The mid-life crisis has become a major symptom of our global economy.
Perhaps the reason these millions of disaffected people have never done anything about the major problems is because they feel alone and powerless in a world gone mad. Perhaps it is because the problems themselves have never been stated and identified. Perhaps it is because there are no easy answers. Regardless of the reason, there is definitely a sense that there is no way to fix what is wrong.
It is true that there are no easy answers. It is true that the world has gone mad. However, what if the problems have been identified? What if we can fix this crazy world? And what if, just maybe, you are not as alone and powerless as you think?
Chapter 1: What is Fascism?
Everybody has heard the word fascism, and believe they understand what it is. However, fascism has many different connotations and perceived definitions, and even its adherents do not all subscribe to the same meaning of the word. Furthermore, people who understand one meaning of the word usually fail to recognize fascism when they see it in one of its myriad other forms. This lack of consensus on what fascism actually is lies at the root of the problem, and this is what we will address in the first chapter.
The dictionary definition
“Fascism: noun. 1. A philosophy or system of government that is marked by stringent social and economic control, a strong centralized government usually headed by a dictator, and often a policy of belligerent nationalism. 2. Oppressive or dictatorial control. [Ital. fascismo < fascio, group < Lat. Fascis, bundle.]” (The American Heritage Dictionary)
There it is. Seems pretty simple and straightforward, but lest we get confused, now we should break the definition down into its parts so we can find out what it actually means. Only applicable definitions will be shown.
“Philosophy: ... 3. The critique and analysis of fundamental beliefs as they come to be conceptualized and formulated. … 9. A system of motivating concepts or principles: the philosophy of a culture. 10. A basic theory; viewpoint. … 11. The system of values by which one lives. … ”
“System: 1. A group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements forming a complex whole. 2. A functionally related group of elements. … 4. A set of interrelated ideas or principles. 5. A social, economic, or political organizational form. … 9. A method; procedure. 10. An organized society; establishment. … ”
“Government: 1. The act or process of governing, esp. the control and administration of public policy. … 3. The exercise of authority in a political unit; rule. … 5. a. A governing body or organization. b. Those persons who comprise a governing body. 6. A system or policy by which a political unit is governed. … ”
“Stringent: 1. Imposing rigorous standards of performance; severe. … 2. Constricted; tight. … ”
“Social: 1. … c. Of or pertaining to society. 3. Involving allies or members of a confederacy. 4. Of or pertaining to the upper classes. … ”
“Economic: 1. Of or pertaining to the production, development, and management of material wealth, as of a country, household, or business enterprise. … 4. Of or pertaining to the necessities of life; utilitarian.”
“Control: 1. To exercise authority or dominating influence over; direct, regulate. 2. To hold in restraint. … ”
“Centralized: … 2. Brought under a central, single authority. … ”
“Dictator: 1. a. A ruler having absolute authority and supreme jurisdiction over the government of a state. b. A tyrant. … 3. An ancient Roman magistrate appointed temporarily to to deal with an immediate crisis or emergency. … ”
“Belligerent: 1. Inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive. 2. Of, pertaining to, or engaged in warfare. … ”
“Nationalism: 1. Devoted to the particular interests or culture of a particular nation. 2. The belief that nations would benefit from acting independently rather than collectively, emphasizing national rather than international goals. … ”
“Oppressive: 1. a. Difficult to bear, harsh: oppressive tax laws. b. Tyrannical. 2. Weighing heavily on the spirit or senses. … ”
So, to put it all together, what we are looking at from the dictionary's perspective is this: fascism is a set of values based on the desire to ultimately control others and restrict their freedom. The strong, centralized governments make all choices for the populace without regard to the desires of those they rule. Fascism imposes tyrannical regulations on the citizenry, directing economic choices such as what kind of business you are allowed to operate, who you are allowed to employ, and what you are allowed to charge for your product. We are also controlled in terms of where we can live, who we can associate with, and what we can talk about.
In short, fascism is about one man or small group of men choosing exactly how those beneath them should live, and putting down any who oppose those choices.
The common perception
Tanks marauding in the streets. Paramilitary police checkpoints on every corner. Ruthless extermination of undesirables. Zieg heil! Zieg heil! Zieg heil! Nearly every person worldwide will recognize these as the trappings of the most infamous fascist regime in history, Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Indeed, his short-lived empire had such an impact upon our planetary consciousness that this is where most of our conceptualizations about fascism have their basis. Let us explore some of these commonly held ideas in further detail.
For instance, it is difficult for many of us to imagine a fascist regime without a militarized police force being obviously mobilized against the citizenry. “Papers? Can I see your papers?” The old World War 2 movies have shown us this form of direct control ad nauseum. When the citizen is unable to present the correct papers for that time and place, he tries to escape and is invariably shot. We are also familiar with the midnight knocks on the door, the seemingly random arrests and interrogations, the “secret” torture sessions to ferret out subversives. And let us not forget the scientists, professors, and students who disappear without any notice at all.
Another belief most of us hold about fascism is the racial intolerance so intrinsic to the National Socialist takeover of Germany. As the Nazis rose in power within the government to finally become the only ruling party, a major part of their appeal to the electorate was the blaming of all problems within the society on the racial minorities in general, as well as the Jewish population specifically. As fascism took greater and greater hold, the worse the discrimination became. At first the Jews and other “undesirables” were simply looked down upon. Then they were barred from businesses, and after that, rounded up into ghettos. Eventually they were organized into forced labor to support the war effort, and finally they were systematically exterminated.
This systematic extermination is yet another of the commonly held notions about fascism: the death camps. Men in this line, women in that line. Those too old or too young to be of use, over here. Come take a shower, we need to delouse you before you can be reunited with your families. Of course, we all know they were never reunited with their families, except in death. The trains being loaded with people only to return empty, the incinerators burning day and night, the children catching the falling flakes of ash in their mouths: these images are burned into all of our minds.
But the major symbol which we associate with fascism above all else is the smarmy dictator, smooth and captivating, but ruthlessly evil. Whenever we imagine a fascist system, we always see the all powerful Reichsfuhrer, beloved to his loyal countrymen, whose word is law, and none dare stand against him once he reveals what he really is. Adolf Hitler personified this: he was the madman who fooled the world.
All these are common perceptions of fascism. However, we must realize that they are only conceptualizations – they are merely ideas which have been placed in our minds by repeated exposure. These are representations that have been created by our current fascist system for our indoctrination, meant to keep us thinking that our country is still free. These common perceptions are not representative of the real fascist experience, and the true nature of fascism remains to be seen.
If Thomas Jefferson can be called the father of the Constitutional Republic, then Benito Mussolini can be called the father of fascism. When Jefferson and the other founding fathers put together the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and later the United States Constitution, they were not creating new ideas. Rather, they were taking ideas that had been around for centuries, re-examining them, and then codifying them into written philosophy. Likewise, this is how fascism was codified into an active philosophy from preexisting ideas.
Mussolini was credited with the authorship of the book “The Doctrine of Fascism” in 1933, but the book was actually written and released a year earlier by the actualist philosopher Giovanni Gentile. Gentile's ideas were influenced most heavily by the writings of Plato, Hegel, and Nietzsche, and fascism was based on his ideas of actual idealism, in combination with ideas from corporatism, national syndicalism, and expansionism. (It is interesting to note that soon after its release, Mussolini ordered all copies of the book collected and destroyed, although some copies remain.)
The motivating idea behind fascism was to create a strong national unity, with all members of the society identifying themselves primarily with the state above all else. Indeed, one of the early allurements of fascism was the seeming absence of the class struggle. However, Mussolini stated that fascism would be better represented by the name corporatism. Fascism involves several tenets which are present in any fascist state, namely, the leader, elitism, social Darwinism, and the single party state. With the elitist and social Darwinist aspects stressed, and class association suppressed, corporations were able to take power by providing a service to the state, and thereby becoming indispensable. Also, as these corporations were now necessary to the state, it became unpatriotic to oppose any actions by these companies. Thus, those with the most money rose even further in fascist society, only to assume more control. Looking back, however, it appears that the corporations actually created fascism in order to advance their goal of dominating the nations of the earth and all humanity.
So, now that we know how it happened, let's take a look at what fascism is doing today.
Fascism in our times
It is easy to see modern fascism in action, taking many forms. The religious fascism of the Taliban and other radical Muslim groups, the nationalist fascism in China, and the drug cartel dominance in many Latin American countries are among the most obvious. However, there is a new, subtler form of incrementalist fascism whose adherents believe that total control of the entire planet can be achieved by taking small steps. It is this type we are most concerned with, for it has gained a momentum of its own by transcending the nationalist roots and goals of Benito Mussolini's original philosophy.
Before we continue, a few further words about philosophy are necessary. Fascism, like all philosophies, is subject to change over time. Furthermore, any philosophy is redefined by the person or persons employing it to advance their goals. For instance, as regards fascism, one leader was usually the initiator in every nation, but as fascism came to dominate, the leader was phased out as the key creator of policy, and the corporations which had become indispensable for providing services to the state began defining national policy based on their goals. It can also be argued that behind every leader, there was always a supporting group of monied individuals who became the prime benefactors of their nation's particular form of fascism. And, as we shall see, the new globalist fascism has transcended national loyalties, and by playing peoples and classes against each other, it has taken a firm grasp on the entire world.
We have seen how corporations providing a service become necessary to the state, but what happened when corporations became multinational? As multinationals, they found they no longer had loyalty to any state, and the only loyalty they had was to their own profits. In effect, what this means is that if a corporation is large and powerful enough that it can make more money from harming nations than it can from helping them, that is exactly what it will do. Bringing this down to our level, what it means is that corporations care more about dollars than people, and they have no interest in your health, safety or security. Furthermore, many of these giant multinational corporations have, through lobbying and other means, taken control of government agencies and policy to safeguard their interests and extend their influence. Let's look at some examples.
The most egregious offender of public interest is well known in certain circles, but the vast majority of people have never heard of Monsanto. Monsanto has its fingers in many pies, but is most famous for pushing genetically mutated crops on the world. People who have heard about these GMO food sources generally feel ill at ease with the thought of splicing fish DNA into our tomato supply, and lately American restaurants have been complaining about the prevalence of double-yolked chicken eggs. Does this mean that animals are now being genetically altered as well? Maybe it's just a more benign case of hormone injections.
Many people worldwide have opposed the actions of Monsanto, and some countries have even banned the use of genetically mutated food sources, but we have a recent example of government entanglement from the United States. The Food Safety and Modernization Act, passed by the American Senate against great opposition from their constituents, is intended to give virtually complete control of our food supply to the multinational Monsanto. Remember, this corporation will make more money at the expense of a populace if it can. So... Are Monsanto products healthy?
The US Food and Drug Administration has been entrusted with maintaining the safety of our food, but it turns out they aren't really doing that. Let's take a peek at how the FDA does business.
When a new type of food additive or modification is proposed, the FDA asks the company: is it safe? In order to determine safety, the FDA requires a mountain of paperwork. After the paperwork, the FDA approves animal trials, then more paperwork, and finally, human testing of the new product or process. This seems like it should be enough to ensure that we get the best quality food possible, but it seldom works out that way. For instance, the FDA doesn't have enough scientists on staff to run the experiments themselves; instead, the companies introducing the new product pay for and organize these trials, and then send the results to the FDA for review. These results are not crosschecked by government scientists, they are accepted as final safety numbers. Furthermore, the human trials never run long enough to determine long term health risks of these products, only short term “side effects.”
But what happens when someone from the outside attempts to replicate the experiments conducted by the industry? Madness. Two of the most popular food additives, monosodium glutamate and aspartame, have been proven by many different independent scientists to be poisonous to all life. And what happens when these experimental results are brought to the attention of the industry or government? The companies and their government stooges always claim that the FDA studies are complete and flawless, and they reassure everybody about the safety of the products. The scientists releasing the more rigorous studies are then ridiculed and oftentimes stripped of their credentials, and our food supply is once again secure.
But the FDA does more than secure our food supply. It regulates any and all products meant to be consumed for health reasons. This includes health foods, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as natural herbs and supplements. One of the major effects of this regulation has been the destruction and demonization of the natural health industry. As per FDA rules, no product may claim any health benefits on it's label unless that specific benefit has been proven in FDA testing. These FDA tests are expensive, and the average herb and natural supplement producer does not have the money to pay for these tests. Furthermore, herbal supplements, coming from natural sources as they do, are unpatentable. However, a newly created laboratory drug can be patented, and sold exclusively by one company for up to two years before a “generic” version can be sold by other large multinational pharmacorporations.
The result of these regulations: no major pharmaceutical corporation has any interest in proving the validity of these natural substances, so what we see is a large variety of new and expensive “health products” hitting the market every year, to the detriment of the natural health industry. Remember, the FDA says that nobody can make health claims about a product or process unless these claims have been backed up by expensive FDA testing and mountains of paperwork.
Many of these natural remedies have been used successfully for generations, and new ones are being discovered by independent research every year, and for some of these medicines the health benefits are downright obvious. However, if a vendor of citrus fruits claims that his products prevent scurvy (which is a well known scientific fact), the FDA can seize his money and merchandise, because he is selling untested and unproven drugs. It sounds bizarre, but in recent months, a major cherry vendor was threatened by the FDA for claiming its products could help relieve gout, which is another well known scientific fact.
This deliberate disregard for scientifically acknowledged medical uses of natural substances leads us to ask: why would they do such a thing? The short answer is money. The long answer is that the Food and Drug Administration is highly entangled with these multinational pharmaceutical corporations. Many directors of the FDA have been CEO's of these companies, and many FDA directors have gone on to become CEO's. The FDA has no interest in protecting the consumer, it exists now as an enforcement arm of the multinationals. Furthermore, when the FDA seizes assets for “reparation of damages,” nothing seized is ever used for actual reparation: instead, the products are destroyed, and the money goes into the pockets of the FDA.
There are many more things that can and should be said about the pharmaceutical industry, the FDA and the human effects of eating dead and chemically altered food and taking one chemical drug after another, but these topics have been exhausted by other authors and all of that information can be found elsewhere. Let's move on.
Another great example of the way corporations are entangled with government can be seen in law enforcement. As Bastiat has stated, the primary purpose of government is to protect liberty and property, but what happens when the law is perverted to serve the interests of the corporations instead of those of the citizenry?
There are several things to look at in reference to what has been called the prison industrial complex, but in the interest of time, we will examine the links that tie corporate ownership of law enforcement industries and prisons to the probation system and the war on drugs. Many other things should be looked at, such as privatized military overseas, “non-lethal” weapons, the militarization of the border and the existence of modern day concentration camps, and those interested can find more information about the prison industrial complex easily.
When we think about our modern criminal justice system, we usually picture scenes from either a good cop/bad guy movie, or else a riveting courtroom drama, where a violent criminal (such as a serial killer or a drug cartel kingpin) is brought to justice. What we don't see on TV is the average victim of the prison industrial complex. The average victim of the system is peaceful: most convicted criminals serving time in American prisons are there for nonviolent drug crimes, and the vast majority of those were only users, not pushers or kingpins, and were only imprisoned due to a personal use amount. In short, most of these people were productive members of society prior to their incarceration. So why would the system prey upon its own, merely for engaging in the use of mind altering substances? Let's find out.
It is interesting to note that the first laws in this country concerning hemp and marijuana were not, in fact, directed against the plant. Instead, they were laws instructing any farmer that they must grow this plant, due to its extremely high utility. That's right. This plant is so useful that during the seventeen- and eighteen hundreds, farmers were required to grow it. Even many of the revolutionary war era documents were written on hemp paper. Now the plant is banned almost everywhere in the world. So... what changed?
Enter DuPont Chemicals. In the mid 1920's, a new method was devised to make high quality paper from hemp around the same time as a method similar to the one currently used to make bleached white paper from trees. This process, in contrast to the new hemp paper method, required the use of many different chemicals to change the composition of the wood fiber into a useful form. DuPont, sensing a loss of profits from the more natural and cheaper hemp paper demonized the plant because of its psychoactive effects, and then lobbied Congress to enact laws against the plant. Remember, this was a time when the powerful opiate laudanum was available for sale over the counter.
Then came the 60's and the hippie movement. For the first time in the United States there was widespread illegal use of marijuana. Prior to the banning of hemp, those who chose to smoke the psychoactive part of the plant were smoking, for the most part, industrial quality hemp, which contains very low levels of the active component, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. During the 60's however, hemp was being grown almost exclusively for marijuana, and artificial selection produced new strains that were stronger by far than any industrial hemp. Furthermore, new and more powerful psychoactives were becoming more commonly used.
That's when we saw the beginnings of the war on drugs. The hippies with their anti-establishment views had to be suppressed, and the method used to suppress them was a ruthless demonization of the entire hippie culture, especially drug use. New and tougher laws were enacted, and the ones already in place were more strictly enforced. Now, the friendly neighborhood policeman who previously looked out for the peace and safety of the community started spending most of his work hours suppressing drug use. This caused anger and hatred towards law enforcement, which further reinforced the notion that drugs caused antisocial behavior.
Then came the Reagan era. By this time, an entire industry had been built around the incarceration of criminals, and this was a very profitable business. Prisons, weapon supply companies, handcuff manufacturers, drug test suppliers, county governments, state governments and police departments were all making money by locking people up, and then monitoring their release after rehabilitation. The government was working! We were locking up all the criminals and we were stamping out drugs! And even the citizenry were getting in on it! “Take a bite out of crime!” And to top it all off, our military was even helping defeat the drug cartels in third world countries! But then came a revelation of the worst possible variety.
In 1986, the Iran-Contra affair shocked the world. A Lebanese newspaper exposed the fact that the United States government had sold arms to Iran, the profits being forwarded to the Contras in order to topple the government of Nicaragua. After an investigation, Admiral John Poindexter, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and others were tried and convicted on several counts, including many serious felony charges against Poindexter. More important than the arms transactions, however, was the discovery that officials at the highest level were aware of CIA participation in drug running operations into the United States.
That's right. The Reagan administration, while endorsing a war on drugs being waged against the American public was, at the same time, in fact supplying those drugs through CIA-directed cartels. Why? Let's follow the money.
Number one: illegal drugs are profitable. With the old cartels being battled and defeated by US-led paramilitary operations, the way was clear for the CIA to step in and take charge. The CIA could never fund all their black ops if it were not for drug money. Number two: the prison industry is profitable. It has been proven that people addicted to hard drugs such as crack cocaine and heroin can benefit from treatment, but if treatment programs were available, the prisons would lose most of their repeat inmates. The fewer prisoners, the less money they receive from governments, work programs, and sale of commissary items. Number three: even though marijuana is not profitable enough to interest the CIA, nor dangerous enough to require treatment programs, it remains illegal. The reason: residual cannabinoids remain in the bloodstream for up to a month after a single use of the drug, whereas cocaine and heroin deteriorate within a few days. This makes marijuana the most easily detected drug, and corrections departments make use of this fact ruthlessly. Marijuana users are routinely fined and put on probation, with monthly fees to the probation office and random drug testing. Many county governments are funded primarily by these probation fees. “Come on vacation, leave on probation.” Putting all this together, we see that the US government is playing both ends against the middle, and we, the citizens, are the middle. And they are doing it all because of money.
So... Back to the Iran-Contra affair. Whatever happened to those who were implicated in the affair? The charges against North and Poindexter were reversed on appeal, and the rest of those convicted in the affair were later pardoned by George H. W. Bush. Poindexter and others were later appointed to prominent positions in the George W. Bush administration, even though the Justice Department has deemed the affair “the most significant case of narco-terrorism yet discovered.”
Let us now move on to the granddaddy of all megacorporations, the central bank. Most nations in the world today operate under the controlling influence of a central bank, a reserve bank, or monetary authority of one form or another. These central banks are defined as public institutions that regulate money supply, issue currency, and control interest rates. They also regulate the commercial banking systems of the countries they run. Many arguments for and against central banks have been put forward throughout history. Let's look at a little of that history.
A precursor to the central bank was formed in Amsterdam in 1609, and then the Stockholm Banco or Palmstruch Bank was formed in Sweden in 1657. This was the first bank to ever print bank notes, but when the amount of bank notes ceased to be tied to the amount of deposits held, the value of the notes fell. In 1663 it was discovered that the bank did not have enough reserves to pay back the notes it had issued, and the bank was liquidated in 1667 to become the Sveriges Risbank in 1668. The Risbank became the first central bank, but due to the lessons learned from its predecessor it was prohibited from creating bank notes.
The Bank of England, established in 1694, was the world's first true central bank, and all central banks thereafter were created with it as the model. The Federal Reserve in the United States was created in 1913, Australia got its first central bank in 1920, Columbia in 1923, Chile and Mexico in 1925, Canada and New Zealand in 1934. Despite being defined as public institutions, all of these central banks are privately owned corporations with no loyalty to anybody or anything other than their bottom line.
So what does this mean for us? Central banks, attempting to maximize profits, create fiat money out of thin air, and then loan this money to governments at interest. They then allow commercial banks to utilize a process called fractional reserve lending. In this system, a bank is allowed to loan out up to ten times the amount of money they have on deposit. So money is created from nothing, given artificial value by law, and then this value is immediately reduced by the inflation caused by fractional reserve lending. Furthermore, when large banks fail, the central banks create more money to bail out these institutions, further lessening the purchasing power of these fiat currencies, causing your dollar to buy less and less as more money is printed. This, in effect, is large-scale theft from the citizens by the central and commercial banks, but due to government entanglements, this theft is legal and is in fact standard operating procedure in most modern nations.
For an example of how this entanglement enslaves nations, let's look at the recent economic problems happening worldwide. The mortgage crisis in the United States and the savings and loan bailouts should illustrate how the system works. When the housing bubble burst in the United States, banks began foreclosing on mortgages at an alarming rate, and many securities that were tied to mortgages were compromised. This caused many large financial institutions to nearly collapse. Then in 2008 and 2009, the Federal Reserve was called upon to bail out several of these institutions. These bailouts were massive printings of money by the Federal Reserve, and used to cover bad debts held by the banks. So people lose their homes to the banks, people with savings tied up in the securities market lose 30 to 50 percent of their wealth, and the purchasing power of the dollar goes down at the same time, making the citizen have to work more for less.
Now we have seen several faces of fascism, and many pieces of how the current fascist system works to enslave and control the populace. In the next chapter we will explore some of these problems in greater detail.
Chapter 2: The Problems with Fascism
The preceding chapter should have already given the reader some idea of why fascism is an undesirable system. Indeed, fascism only benefits those at the top, and what are seen as the major benefits of fascism are in fact very detrimental to the rest of society. But it is not always obvious how the current system affects us as a whole until we look at several problems individually. The second chapter will address four of the major problems with fascism.
Oppression and control
“Don't bother to resist, or I'll beat you.” Marilyn Manson, “The beautiful people”
Freedom. The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. All men created equal. That is how the United States portrays itself, but unfortunately that's not the way it is anymore. People worldwide are starting to awaken to the realization that what used to be the greatest nation on earth has fallen to the multinational corporatocracy, and the ideals we were founded upon are now nothing more than showy phrases to blind the citizens to what is truly going on.
Do you remember when gas used to cost less than a dollar per gallon? People were free to move. If situations became intolerable where one was living, it was relatively easy to pack up and move to another, less oppressing environment. Before the automobile, there was the horse. Horse feed was free, grass grew everywhere, and it took almost nothing to move across the country. Fast forward to the present...
Gasoline costs more than four dollars per gallon. Even a few years ago this was unthinkable. Now most people spend up to half their paychecks just buying gas, and not just for the personal car. As the price of gas rises, there is added cost for every good and service you purchase. What it all boils down to is this: it now costs too much to leave an intolerable situation. Why? Because of the greed of a few wealthy men.
There are several factors influencing this lack of mobility now being experienced by the average citizen. First and most obvious is the way the oil companies do business. At present, a few giant multinationals control the entire world's supply of gasoline. Furthermore, they aren't content with maintaining a monopoly over this one form of fuel, they are also ruthlessly engaged in suppressing any enhancements to the gasoline engine as well as any alternative forms of transportation. Back in the 1970's, a carburetor was invented which would more than double the gas mileage of any vehicle it was installed in, giving these heavy old trucks and cars mileages of 60 to 70 miles per gallon. Nowadays, our relatively light cars and trucks putter down the road chugging gas at around 20 to 30 mpg. There are also new non-combustion engines such as the magnet motor which would require no fuel whatsoever. However, the average person has never even heard of these technological breakthroughs. Why? Because the oil companies bought the patents to these devices and have absolutely no interest in releasing them for public use.
Another reason gas prices are so high is less visible, but probably more important. That reason is the inflation of the money supply. With the banker bailouts, as we have seen, massive amounts of money were printed causing the purchasing power of the dollar to drop. This runaway inflation is just now beginning to be felt in our pockets as prices skyrocket and wages remain the same.
So what if we wanted to move across the country using horses? Well, they have effectively made that impossible. Anyone attempting to guide a horse and buggy from one area to another faces a multitude of challenges. In all likelihood, the first time you encountered a police officer, your journey would come to an end. You would face fines for obstructing traffic, reckless endangerment, and so on, most likely resulting in the confiscation of your transportation. “You do what we tell you, slave!”
Yet another piece of the American Dream that has gone by the wayside is the opportunity we used to take for granted. The United States used to be called the Land of Opportunity. Not so anymore. The corporations have determined that small businesses should fail. Let's have a look at some of the reasons running a successful small business is now virtually impossible.
The first reason is the most difficult to overcome: you cannot start making money on your own unless you have a substantial sum to start with. If you start a business that requires $150,000 in startup costs, and your projected earnings for the first year are $100,000, you need to have access to $250,000 to insure against bankruptcy. As such, your business needs to operate successfully for three years before you start making real profits.
A second reason is this: in order to do most anything these days, there are a number of legal hassles that need to be negotiated. Insurance, taxes, and permits are usually the most difficult to deal with. As the corporatocracy takes hold, each of these issues has become more and more complicated. There is so much paperwork and so many different institutions that must be worked with in order to do business legally, and even a minor setback in any one area can cause the ruin of your business. It's insanity!
It gets even worse if you want a small business loan from a bank. Equity requirements, business plans, cash flow projections, and many other things are necessary to even begin to apply for a loan. Also, even if all these conditions are met, only a fraction of applicants will succeed.
Then, supposing your business gets off the ground, you face further difficulties from larger, already established businesses. These businesses do not see you as a human being attempting to survive, they see you as competition that must be crushed. These businesses will do anything to ruin your chances for success, including using dirty tricks and illegal actions. Shady practices such as deceptive advertisements, dishonest pricing policies, and outright lies about your business to mutual suppliers and customers are the standard operating procedure in the marketplace. Oftentimes these actions are illegal, but challenging them within the system will usually take more money than a small business is willing or able to spend.
Large corporations are not impeded by this type of hassle. In fact, corporations are above the system that is imposed on the rest of us, and they receive many benefits far beyond what is granted to individuals. For instance, the taxation system is set up so large corporations such as Wal-Mart and Exxon do not have to pay any taxes whatsoever! When one of these large companies moves into an area, one of the first things they usually do is go to two or more county or city governments in the same vicinity and set up a dialogue. This is for the purpose of playing these governments against each other in order to get the greatest amount of legal concessions possible. Building codes, safety codes, zoning laws, all of these things are secondary in concern to the economic benefits expected to be accrued by having the multinational doing business in an area. Unfortunately, as good as this seems for the economy on paper, it usually turns out to be detrimental to the people. When a Wal-Mart moves in, the property values around it go up, meaning more taxes from the citizens. At the same time, local small business always fail from the introduction of a superstore, making the average quality of life go down, and people who were put out of business sometimes have no choice but to go work for the corporation that caused their downfall.
Now let's look at the bailouts again. Many corporations deemed too big to fail were given huge sums of money to keep their doors open, first and foremost among them were the large banks and savings and loan companies. These companies had engaged in fraudulent practices, most notably selling sub-prime mortgages to people they knew could not afford them, and then bundling the mortgages and selling them to investors. The banks knew that these mortgages were destined to fail, yet they amassed billions of dollars in debt before the bubble collapsed. When it did, these bankers demanded a bailout from the taxpayers, threatening a total economic collapse if money was not forthcoming.
Let's think for a minute about what would happen if you or I made these kind of fraudulent deals. The minute the fraud was discovered, all our assets would be taken to repay those swindled, and we would then be thrown in prison to rot. What happened when giant corporations made these deals? Not only were homeowners and investors cheated, but the taxpayers got the short end of the stick as well, being forced to pay off all this bad debt while the large banks profited from the collapse by betting against themselves in the stock market. Thus we see that the system is set up to protect the predatory corporations by allowing them to do things that individuals are not, namely fraud, insider trading, and extortion of the government and taxpayers.
This brings us to the concept of legal plunder. I highly recommend that everybody read Frederic Bastiat's “The Law” in order to fully understand this work, as the following summary will of necessity be very brief. In his work, he states that the proper function of the law is to protect life, liberty and property, and to punish plunder. He goes on to say that “the law has … acted in direct opposition to its own purpose. The law has been used to destroy its own objective. It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain, to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense.”
Under the current system, we are being plundered to enrich the already rich. They have grasped the reins of government, and are driving us over a cliff. And they have made it illegal to resist this plunder, to the detriment of all. As Bastiat states, “if everyone enjoyed the unrestricted use of his faculties and the free disposition of the fruits of his labor, social progress would be ceaseless, uninterrupted, and unfailing.”
The false stratification of society – the useless feeders
So what determines success or failure in the current system? In a rational world, we would expect that the most useful members of society would be the most successful, but currently that is obviously not the case. Let's look at how the corporate fascist system is tiered.
At the bottom of the pyramid are the laborers. That's you and me, for the most part. These are the people who make everything else possible. These are the people who have nothing and therefore need to work for somebody else to make a living. Construction workers, kitchen crews, truck drivers, teachers: these are the worker ants. Those who employ them are those who already have more than a subsistence level of money, property, or other material goods. Small business owners fall into this category. Above them are the corporations. These corporations are operated by boards of directors, and the job of these directors is to make sure that the corporation makes as much money possible with the lowest possible expenditure. This means taking whatever they can in whatever way possible, and giving as little back as they can get away with. Above these people are the owners of the corporations. For the most part, they do nothing for society and enjoy a life of leisure made possible by the toil of those who have nothing.
We can see that in order to experience a less burdened life under the current system, you must have a substantial amount of money above what is needed to survive. This money is effectively used to buy position by hiring servants, whose job is to collect more money for the master. Remember, under economic slavery, the slaves must feed and house themselves, and the monied individuals pay their servants as little as possible, keeping the vast majority of workers living at subsistence level without the ability to earn enough to advance.
This is the goal of our modern society, and it is very reminiscent of the pirate code set forth in Disney's “Pirates of the Caribbean”: take what you can, give nothing back. Any man who falls behind is left behind. There is no room for cooperation in the lower tiers of the system, as everyone is scrabbling to get what scraps they can from the higher levels.
Those at these higher levels do enjoy the ability to cooperate in one sense: they cooperate so far as is necessary to maintain the status quo and keep the lower tiers subservient. As long as the workers are unable to survive without money, they must give their effort to these monied individuals and receive less recompense than what their labor actually gives to society. Meanwhile, they instruct us to compete against each other for the best jobs and they tell small business owners to compete against each other. Our current system is truly based on the theory that we must take from others in order to advance ourselves. There must be winners and losers in any money game, for the only way to move up in the levels of society is to plunder the goods and labor of others. The higher up in the system you are, the more people you must plunder to maintain your position.
We are still talking about people, small businesses, and corporations that provide some form of goods or services that are useful to the individual, but let us now take a step up the pyramid while looking at how things came to be this way. The original purpose of money was to facilitate the exchange of goods or services without resorting to the barter system, but as money came to dominate and certain people began to amass stockpiles of money and property, a new class was born: the bankers.
Those at the top realized that they could make more money by controlling and manipulating the supply of money, and directing its usage to their ends. The commercial banks are in the business of making money by using the money of others, and the central banks such as the Federal Reserve make money by creating money from nothing and then charging interest on loans made to central banks and governments. Go to any city in the world, and you will notice that the largest buildings are always owned by large banking entities. These giant corporations have far more money than should even exist based on the amount of goods able to be produced.
So let's look at the people who work within this banking system. These people are also servants of the self-perpetuating money system, but theirs is a special role. These are the bureaucrats who do absolutely nothing useful. They are paid highly by the system to assist in the manipulation of money. These jobs are absolutely unessential to society, as nothing of value is created. Thousands of people are employed by these banks, and they do nothing but move numbers on balance sheets. These people are paid by the monied bankers out of the spoils taken from the honest working man at the bottom of the pyramid. There are more thousands of useless feeders in government bureaucracies whose job is to take our money and monitor the flow of these tax dollars, once again providing nothing of value to humanity while sucking off the labor of others and upholding the controlling fascist monetary system.
So to put the pyramid together, we have the useful members of society, those who provide for the rest, living unfulfilling, difficult lives at the bottom, and then there are those at the top living lives of luxury, doing nothing more than plundering those beneath them, and then there are those in the middle: the ones who for a piece of the action unscrupulously work directly for the system in full knowledge of their role as slave drivers and plunderers.
The difficulty of individual realization
One of the most human problems associated with our current fascist order is the difficulty of individual realization. It is wonderful to be a human being, as we each have so much potential for greatness, and there is truly nothing that mankind cannot aspire to. Unfortunately, the system now in control of the planet does not want us to realize this potential. Those at the higher tiers of the pyramid have a vested interest in keeping the rest of humanity browbeaten and broken down, and anyone who tries to step out of their role as a member of the servant class to advance their consciousness is seen as a threat. There is no room in the current system for enlightenment or advancement of consciousness, and no room for improvement of the human condition.
In fascist society, most of an individual's time is spent trying to survive. We are controlled in terms of needing money for everything. We must have money for food. We must have money for housing, water, and electricity. We need money to clothe ourselves, to maintain our health, and to pay for transportation. With all these needs that must be met, we are forced to go to work for somebody higher on the pyramid than ourselves, with them taking the lion's share of the products of our labor.
Many times, getting and holding a job requires the sacrifice of personal ideals and liberty, and we must put our personality in the background to keep the boss happy with us. We take jobs where we must do things we know are wrong in order to survive. If we try to assert ourselves and what we know is right, we lose our source of money. Therefore, we submit and give our lives to the system.
The average workweek in the United States is 40 hours. Another 8 hours a day is required for sleep, approximately 56 hours per week. One week is 168 hours long, and with work and sleep taken out, we have 72 hours left. If we assume 2 hours per day cooking and eating, and one hour per day dressing, showering, and otherwise grooming, we are down to 51 hours a week. If you commute to work, more time is gone. An hour long commute is common in America, and that brings us down to 41 hours of time for ourselves. Once we factor in cleaning the house, the car, washing clothes, and other general maintenance of our living situation, we have less time for ourselves than we spend working. And even what we can do in these hours is restricted.
Currently there is no good universally accepted definition of what a human actually is, and people throughout history have tried and tried again to realize what we actually are. Many methods have been used: meditation, psychoactive drugs, fasting, physical training, and quests are common ways for people attempting to determine what we actually are and what makes us human. However, the constraints imposed by society make it difficult for us to truly explore our consciousness.
We need to work to support ourselves, and most often the greatest amount of time we can take for ourselves at once is two days. This makes a week-long fast a difficult proposition for somebody wishing to explore that area, as it would be too hard to work a full week without food. The quest is also a difficult proposition because of this: if you have to work, how can you have enough time to hike the continental divide should you choose? Rigorous training such as martial arts is restricted: true training should involve practice every day, which is impossible when working. Other avenues of self-exploration are actively suppressed, such as the use of mind-altering psychoactives. Many jobs require drug testing, not being content to control you at work, but controlling what you do in your free time as well. Furthermore the use of these drugs can result in incarceration, which is the complete removal of all freedom.
The current system requires that we give ourselves to it if we wish to survive. We are controlled by this system for the benefit of the system, and anything that seems to threaten the status quo is ruthlessly opposed. Humanity could improve their lot immeasurably were it not for this opposition by the vested interests in the upper tier of the pyramid. Were it not for the desire to control and maintain power, technology could have already freed us from most of our monetary needs, thus making so much work unnecessary. However, the status quo keeps a stranglehold on technology that threatens the profits of corporations. The technology exists to make transportation free. However, corporations will not allow this technology to reach the public because of the loss of revenue that would be suffered. If the demand for combustible fuel were eliminated, certain rich individuals would have no way to keep increasing their wealth. Therefore, they oppress those who would revolutionize transportation for the benefit of humanity.
Another ruthless oppression is in the health care system. Many promising areas of research into curing cancer are well underway, and one group claims they have a cure for the HIV virus. However, the pharmaceutical companies will not allow these great scientists to help humanity become healthier. Once again this is because if diseases were cured, a few rich men would no longer have any way to keep increasing their wealth, so it is to their perceived benefit to keep men sick and slowly dying, forced to buy expensive medications that only slow the process of death.
The system is truly a machine of evil that cares only for the wealth of the rich, and leaves no room for the health, happiness, or improvement of the human being.
The rape of the planet
Nothing is more important to the current system than money. In this system, we are instructed to make money at the expense of anything and everything else. Because of this, we see uncaring corporations and governments raping, pillaging, and destroying the earth.
This environmental destruction comes about from a variety of sources and for several different reasons, but in all honesty most of the problems can once again be tied to simple greed. The major offenders that are doing the most damage to the planet can be grouped into categories, with certain companies leading the assault within each group. Oil and power companies are at the head of the first group, the second group is made up of chemical manufacturers and users, and the third major group are the world's military industrial complexes. Also of note in terms of ecological destruction are the commercial logging companies. Let's talk about them first.
In a world where money is emphasized over everything else, it is always preferable to get something for nothing if at all possible, and there is always demand for lumber. Certain lumber companies farm their trees, but throughout history the majority of construction lumber has come from old-growth forests. Seeing a resource that was there for the taking, lumber companies started clear-cutting trees without any regard for the damage these actions were causing, and without giving anything back to the land they had just raped.
People tend to think of trees as a renewable resource, but the mechanisms of forest growth are generally not well-understood. In clear-cut areas, the forest does not usually return as it was before. Under a forest canopy, undergrowth is suppressed by the lack of sunlight, and new trees are able to grow up through the canopy at the slower rate enjoyed by trees, but once the land is cleared of trees, the shrubs and grasses that make up the undergrowth are able to take over the land with their more rapid growth and prevent the growth of new trees. It is estimated that the world has already lost 80% of its forests.
Let's now go back to the oil companies. Two major types of damage associated with the actions of these corporations can be noted: air pollution from the use of their products, and spills. Spills can be classified into two types: accidental and intentional.
The air pollution is most notable in major cities. When approaching these cities, the normally invisible pollutants are at such a high density that a cloud of them can be seen from several miles away. The oil companies are aware of the dangers posed to human and animal health, yet continue to propagate their monopoly over transportation even though there are many safer alternatives to the gasoline engine.
The spills, on the other hand, tend to pollute aquatic environments and land. Until 2010, the most famous oil spill disaster was the wreck of the Exxon Valdez, which spilled 25 to 32 million gallons of oil, covering 1,300 miles of coastline and 11,000 square miles of ocean. This spill killed up to 250,000 seabirds and at least 2,800 sea otters, as well as causing overall reductions in the numbers of several other ocean species, including salmon and whales, and the effects of it are still being felt. As famous as this spill was, there have been more than 30 spills larger than the Valdez.
The BP oil disaster in 2010 sprayed oil into the ocean at a rate of 2.5 million gallons per day for about 3 months. In Kuwait during the Gulf War, 700 oil wells were deliberately set ablaze by Iraqi forces, and the fires burned for 10 months, consuming up to 63 billion gallons of oil. Also as a result of the war, up to 2.1 billion gallons of oil pooled into lakes and covered 5% of the country in tarcrete where the oil soaked into ground. There are others.
More insidious than the accidental spills are the cases where a company is mining for natural gas, and the amount of oil coming out of the well is not profitable enough to collect, so it is spilled on the ground deliberately. This happens more often than you would think.
Chemical companies are also major offenders of the environment, polluting air, land, and water indiscriminately. The pollution can be divided into two types: pollution from accidents and pollution resulting from the normal use of the chemical products.
The world's worst chemical accident occurred in Bhopal, India in December of 1984, which released a large amount of methyl isocyanate gas and other chemicals into the atmosphere. This event caused up to 11,000 deaths and more than 500,000 injuries including some that were severe and permanently disabling. The area still shows contaminated soil and groundwater, containing the pesticide HCH, hexachloroethane, toxic organochlorines, and many others.
Another disaster of note happened near Seveso, Italy in July of 1976. 6 tonnes of material were distributed over an 18 square kilometer area, including a sizable amount of 2,3,7,8 tetrachlorodibenzodioxin. Within days, 3,300 animals were found dead, and 80,000 more were slaughtered to prevent the dioxin from entering the food chain. Plants in the affected area were also poisoned, and the human toll included cases of chloracne, increased incidence of diabetes, and increased mortality from respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses.
These disasters serve to illustrate the dangerous effects of chemicals in large amounts, but pollution is caused by the normal use of chemicals as well. Many of these toxic chemicals are used in our agriculture industry, namely fertilizers and pesticides. The fertilizers are used in order to get short term gains from overused land without any respect for the damage caused, and without putting any useful material back into the soil. The pesticides are used to control insect populations which damage the plants. Chemical runoff from the fields makes its way into the surface water and then flows downhill into rivers, lakes, and eventually the ocean, which then concentrates the chemicals as they then have nowhere else to go. Decades of industrial farming have created large dead zones in our ocean which do not have enough dissolved oxygen to support life. Potentially earth-threatening colony collapse disorder in bees is now thought to be due to the overuse of pesticides.
The use of other chemicals also inevitably results in their entrance into the marine environment. Restaurant chemicals used for dishwashing, soaps, shampoos, and hair sprays, air fresheners, deodorants, and many others are toxic products which make their way into the ocean via the water cycle. It has been discovered that virtually every single marine organism is contaminated with man made chemicals, and many toxic chemicals become more concentrated as they move up the food chain. Tiny animals such as plankton concentrate the chemicals, and as they are eaten the chemicals are concentrated further. At the top of the food chain, animals such as seals can have contamination levels many millions of times higher than the waters they live in, and polar bears, which eat seals, can have levels up to 3 billion times higher than that of their environment.
More disasters have happened in the nuclear energy industry, the big three being Chernobyl, 3 Mile Island, and Fukushima. Nuclear meltdowns are uncommon, but globally devastating in their effects. The Chernobyl incident caused the permanent evacuation of a large part of the former Soviet Union, and the 3 Mile Island accident released radioactive gases and produced many tons of contaminated material which was shipped away for storage. However, the worst nuclear disaster ever occurred following an earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Japan. This disaster is thousands of times worse than the Chernobyl incident, and is ongoing. Thousands of gallons of radioactive water are being dumped into the ocean, and radioactive iodine and cesium are being spread around the globe by wind currents. Elevated levels of radiation above the legal limit are now being detected in the water supplies of US cities, and yellow radioactive rain is falling in the areas surrounding the plant. Other nuclear pollution is produced by the testing of atomic weapons and the use of depleted uranium by the US military.
The main reason for the above listed problems is money. The disasters are mostly caused by overlooking safety precautions to cut costs, and as has been shown before, the producers of this pollution have vested interests in maintaining the status quo. Oil companies keep a stranglehold on technology to keep the world enslaved to the combustion engine. Chemical companies repress more natural alternatives, such as hemp paper over wood fiber paper. Furthermore, the use of many chemicals is required by law, such as the dishwashing solvents and sanitizers. Agrobusiness uses chemical fertilizers and pesticides because it is cheaper than organic farming, which requires crop rotation, plants that naturally repel insects, and letting fields lie fallow. The competition required for businesses to survive causes them to choose the cheaper products and methods, the production and use of which is usually done at the expense of the environment.
The current system in control of this planet now emphasizes money over everything else, and long term ecological drawbacks are ignored in favor of making a quick buck today. The slow destruction has accelerated over the years, and the effects are piling up. The planet is now quite possibly to the point where no true recovery is possible. All because of the fascist corporate order and their way of doing business.
Chapter 3: So Why is Fascism so Tenacious?
After reading the previous chapter, it should be obvious that the current money-based fascist system is oppressive to humanity and damaging to the planet. Looking at the entire system objectively, nobody in their right mind could ever say that fascism is desirable. So why have the vast majority of people throughout history lived and died under fascist rule? Why is this system so tenacious? What kind of hold does it have over the human mind and heart that has kept the world under its spell for thousands of years? The third chapter will address four of these major allurements.
The promise of power
The mindset that is most rewarded by the system is that of desiring to be in power over others, and there are many avenues that one can take to achieve this power. People with a truly fascist mindset such as this are drawn to careers in law enforcement, the penal system, and business management. They also seek careers in government, becoming politicians, judges, school principals and superintendents. Others are drawn into advertising and the media. The promise is that one can escape the lower tier of servitude and advance higher up the pyramid by stepping on the heads of others, thus serving the system by serving themselves.
Keeping this in mind, it becomes obvious that those better at exercising their supposed authority and most willing to cause the suffering of others will more readily advance within the system to even higher levels of the pyramid. The officer who writes the most tickets becomes a state patrolman, thus extending his influence. The ruthless businessman who tolerates no individuality in his subordinates is advanced to higher levels of management, gaining control over a larger section of the company. The politician who helps corporations rape a county's ecosystem gets funding to run for governor.
This mechanism is both a cause of and a result of the way the system works, and because of it we see the most selfish and controlling among us succeed and the kinder more loving people remain in the tier of servitude. This concentration of ruthlessness and selfishness in the upper levels of the pyramid ensures that no meaningful change can come from within the system, and even well-meaning politicians, businessmen and police officers must abandon their humanity if they wish to advance; once they have advanced to a point where they can make a difference, they have been assimilated by the system they once wished to change. It is said that power corrupts, but that is not necessarily the case. It would be more accurate to say that the desire for power corrupts, or that the fear of losing power corrupts.
As one ascends the levels of the pyramid, disagreement with the system becomes more untenable. A person must sacrifice their ideals, as dissent prohibits further advancement, and sufficient dissent can get you kicked back down to lower levels. A police officer who refuses to make drug arrests, for instance, can be fired, and thus relegated to the servant class once again, and the politician who rails against corporate injustice will be unjustly opposed by the corporations at election time. The upper tiers of corrupt and selfish individuals will tolerate no challenge to the status quo, for that threatens their power.
And why do people want this power over others in the first place? Once again we come back to Bastiat and the tendency to plunder. Many people would rather take something from others rather than provide for their own needs. Unfortunately, a few groups of these people have taken so much that they can control nations with their power by backing the politicians who will advance their goals and by lobbying to make laws in their favor. It is no secret that oil and energy companies hold sway over most of the politicians, and we have shown that the pharmaceutical industry has taken control of the US FDA. By offering a piece of the booty to politicians who desire power, they are able to further corrupt governments into aiding in the plunder of the citizens and the planet.
The mechanisms of fear and hatred
There is nothing that so unifies a populace as hatred, and there is nothing that so inspires hatred as fear. Fear of those different than ourselves. However, this is not a natural state of being. It is instead a side effect of the suppression of freedom by the fascist system. This hatred and resentment would naturally find its outlet by rebelling against the system, but Rollo May, in his 1953 book “Man's Search for Himself” explains. “Another proof of the fact that if people surrender their freedom they must hate is seen in [the] fact that totalitarian governments must provide some object for the hatred which is generated by the government's having taken away their freedom. The Jews were made the scapegoat in Hitler's Germany, along with the 'enemy nations,' and Stalinism had to turn the hate existing among the Russian people against the 'warmongering' Western countries. As shown so vividly in the novel 1984, if a government sets out to take away people's freedom, it must siphon off their hatred and direct it toward outside groups – otherwise the people would revolt...”
This siphoned hatred is at first usually directed towards other nations, hence the belligerent nationalism evident in the corporate controlled countries. However, these tyrannical nations will always end up turning this hatred of citizens toward their fellow countrymen, as occurred during the McCarthy era. People were led to be afraid of the communist system in control in Russia, and then led to be afraid of potential spies in their midst here in the US. This caused distrust among neighbors, and the hatred culminated with people turning each other in to the authorities due to this externally imposed fear. This in turn led to the fear of being different lest one be mistaken for a communist sympathizer.
This, then, is the root of our intolerance to differences: the fascist system, by taking our freedom from us, has restricted our sense of self, defining us in terms of our relationship to the system. As a result of this, hatred is generated, and the system tells us which outlets are safe ways to release this hatred. This hatred and intolerance can be directed at any difference, but most commonly is directed at race, religion, belief, and behavior.
More recently in the US, as the fascist system takes greater hold and more freedom is taken from us, our leaders and media put forth new things to be afraid of and thus new things we should direct our hatred towards. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, people were afraid – afraid of terrorism. This is a legitimate fear, but as a nation we were instructed to fear and hate the Arab races and the Muslim religion in general. We were also told to watch out for domestic terrorism, once again mistakenly turning our hatred inwards on our own citizens. Once the deception was realized, people turned against Bush and the Republican party to elect America's first black president. However, both political parties are owned by the corporations, and the ball towards complete corporate takeover was already rolling. Obama continued the wars and bailouts started by Bush, and people continued to resist. This led to even greater inward direction of hatred and fear, with anybody who opposed Barack's corporate agenda being labeled a racist, and many people were tricked into going along with his agenda for fear of being labeled as intolerant.
It is a strange turnabout that the intolerance so engendered by the system should be directed at another form of intolerance, but it fits their misguided system perfectly. People are coerced into being scared of differences, but we should only be scared of certain differences shown to us by the system. This creates a situation where people don't know how to behave, for there are too many ways one can slip into being one of those that the system wants us to hate. Being afraid of differences and also being afraid of being labeled as different, the only safe option left sitting before us is to tolerate the intolerable and to hate the scapegoat groups and those who oppose the system as instructed.
Propaganda and mind control
Yet another cause for the tenacity of the fascist system is the propaganda machine. Propaganda is defined as “the systematic propagation of a given doctrine, or of allegations reflecting its views and interests” and also “material disseminated by the advocates of a doctrine.” As the corporations came to dominate, those in control realized that there would be opposition to their system, and they needed a way to manipulate everyone into the slavery they intended for them. At first, this entailed the buying up of newspapers and radio stations, but with the advent of television, propaganda came into its heyday.
The mass media is the perfect outlet for this systematic propagation of their doctrine and ruthless suppression of alternative viewpoints. Today, nearly every television station is owned by giant multinational corporations, and the programs on these stations consistently fall in line with the fascist creed. News programming no longer shows what is truly happening in the world, it is mostly a hodgepodge of celebrity shots, sports, and advertisements, and the little news they do show is highly biased. We can see that most easily in the 9/11 coverage: since the attacks, many professional scientists and architects have suggested that the science behind the government's explanation of the attacks does not add up. However, the mass media has continually portrayed these people as “part of a lunatic fringe.” Not one news station will present any serious evidence of the true nature of the attacks. The mass media did release a pseudo-documentary “debunking” the “conspiracy theorists,” but anyone familiar with the actual evidence can see that this documentary is just another piece of propaganda, glossing over the hard science and completely ignoring the major problems with the government's official explanation, such as the fall of building 7. Building 7 fell down, completely collapsing into its footprint, without having been hit by a plane or a chunk of building, and there is no explanation for its demise other than deliberate demolition.
Further propaganda comes in the form of the entertainment shown on these mass media networks. Aside from distracting the public from what is actually taking place behind the scenes, many of these shows have subliminal and not-so-subliminal messages about how we are supposed to behave as citizens. Many television shows glorify careers in the military, espionage, and law enforcement, causing young viewers to desire these careers. Shows like Desperate Housewives undermine the cohesiveness of the family unit. Every sports program is insidious propaganda, emphasizing competition over cooperation. Between programming segments, there are advertisements for products the system wants you to use, and even within the programs there is product placement and subliminal messaging, affecting your thought processes without your knowledge. And with a few major megacorporations controlling every station, there is no escape from it other than turning your TV off permanently.
Propaganda has proven effective at manipulating minds. In one study it was shown that if a person is made anxious about something, they will be 10 times more likely to grasp a solution for the anxiety offered to them immediately thereafter, rather than dismiss the anxiety or come up with their own answer. As example, see the following subliminal message.
When you are watching television, messages such as that flash on screen for less than a 10th of a second and are picked up by your subconscious without your conscious mind realizing what has happened. The anxiety from the initial question “Thirsty?” is resolved in your mind by the answer offered without you realizing that anything has happened. Repeated exposure to the messages can affect you to the point of changing what you buy, what you believe, and who you are. Here is a subliminal message that was repeated over and over in various forms prior to the 2008 election.
And Barack Obama has returned the favor to the corporations by telling us all not to be scared of what is occurring in the world today, not to prepare for the crises happening, but to stay informed by watching TV. The news shows then went back to running their program of sports, product placement, and entertainment bloopers.
It has been shown that people will most readily believe what they most want to believe as well as what they most fear to believe, and that bit of information is used to alter people's beliefs. What you want to believe and what you fear to believe can be guessed at to a remarkable extent by the type of programming you choose to watch, and the subliminal messages are tailored for audiences by being included in certain types of shows. For instance, people who watch boxing and ultimate fighting shows have a tendency to become more violent due to the subliminal messages embedded in those types of programs. Other types of programs have more sexual messages, and others are designed to lure you into the control of the pharmaceutical industry. Worried? Take Xanax.
This brings us to the question: why would we allow subliminal messaging to change who we are? Wouldn't we notice what was going on and rebel against an invasion of our minds? As the techniques for embedding subliminal messages became ever subtler and more difficult to detect, there was also a concurrent increase in the administration of mind-altering compounds. These are in the food we eat, the medicines we take, and even the water we drink and bathe in. Monosodium glutamate, which is in almost every processed food, causes the brain's pleasure receptors to fire repeatedly to the point of brain damage. Aspartame, which is in most chewing gum, as well as diet sodas and other low calorie foods, alters brain chemicals which affect behavior as well as making up more than 75% of all food reactions reported to the FDA. Fluoride, which is in toothpaste, virtually all tap water, and even some bottled waters, has been shown to correlate with a marked decrease in the IQ scores of children, as well as accumulating in bone marrow, causing bone and liver cancers. And the pharmaceutical drugs used to treat anxiety, depression, and ADD/ADHD are deliberately designed to attack our natural brain impulses to resist this type of programming. The use of these harmful chemicals is endorsed and protected by many governments worldwide to enhance the effects of the propaganda being disseminated.
These chemical forms of mind control are very effective at reducing conscious awareness, instead turning us into automatons led around by the subliminal messages we encounter. Worse yet, however, is the initial indoctrination of children into this way of behaving by the educational system. Schools are deliberately set up to convert children from free-thinking independent beings into a part of the herd. Let's take a look at how schools are set up.
When children go to school, they are separated into groups called grades. These grades are further separated into classes. Within the classes, there is a teacher. This teacher, aside from teaching the subject matter, teaches the children how to behave as automatons. When the bell rings, you must be in your seat. When the bell rings again, you are free to get up and go outside. When the bell rings again, you must come back in and submit to the authority of the teacher again, doing what she tells you. The school is very reminiscent of a factory setting, with the children the workers and the teacher the boss. Children who don't comply with the rules of the schoolroom are punished. Sometimes by writing lines on the board at recess, sometimes sent outside to sit in the hall, sometimes sent to the principal's office, and sometimes even sent home. These types of punishment demonstrate to children at an early age that a person should desire to be a part of the group, and not behaving as the group does can cause removal from the group, thus reinforcing the automaton behavior.
The school is also set up to indoctrinate children into the mindset of competition. Games at recess and during physical education all focus on competition, such as running races, tug of war, baseball, football, etc. There are no cooperative childhood games, and thus the children are taught that in order to win, others must lose. Furthermore, when subject material is studied and then a test administered, the children are told to work alone. Then the grades are given, and those with the higher grades are singled out for praise by the teacher, while those getting failing grades typically receive some type of punishment, such as extra homework or a note sent home to the parents. And the parents, not knowing any better due to their own indoctrination, oftentimes assist the schools in the process of turning their children into automatons.
The lack of an opposing philosophy
So why do people allow the system to work through them? Why do we subjugate ourselves to this system, and then help it to subdue others? Why haven't we come together to work at solving the world's problems instead of perpetuating them? The answer to these questions is simple: we have all been so indoctrinated into the current way of relating to each other and the world that it is difficult to step outside the system and see a better way of doing things. In short, the main reason fascism is so tenacious is that it has no opposing philosophy. There is truly no other way of life than the one we are currently living. It's as if the box we are supposed to think outside of has been sealed in concrete and buried on the moon.
The competitive monetary system has been in existence for nearly 6,000 years, subjugating other, more peaceful, more cooperative cultures, so it's no wonder that we can't see our way out of it. Living inside a money system affects our system of values, and the competitiveness of the system leads us to look at those with more money, those higher on the pyramid, as somehow better than the average person. And whenever we think of helping the world to be a better place, we somehow expect that the changes necessary are going to come from those people who can have a more far-reaching effect due to their material wealth. However, these people higher up the pyramid have no interest in helping the lower tiers, and the majority of them have absolutely no understanding of the problems facing mankind and the difficulty of living under this system. And those highest up are deliberately enforcing the system in full knowledge of what it means to the population.
The current system also leads us to look at those who eschew money as losers. Just think about how the willingly jobless are seen by this society. Even those who hate the system, probably the majority of people, assist in the perpetuation of the money game, as it is made to seem necessary to the functioning of the world. When children ask their parents why they have to work, they don't have a good answer. They say “that's just how the world is.” It's true that right now money is necessary, but that is only because it's been made to seem that way by the enforcement arm of the system. If you don't pay your property tax, they take your house. People are fully able to support themselves without money, by growing a garden, raising chickens and goats, and sharing with neighbors, assisting each other in jobs that are too difficult for one family. Tribal cultures have been doing that exact thing for the entirety of human history. The only reason money is necessary is because the system made it that way. They have relegated us to the servant class, and in order to be a part of that class, we must be willing to be plundered, and it is far easier to plunder money than things.
Once one gives up or loses everything and is no longer able to be plundered, that person is seen as having lost the money game. And those who lose or do not subscribe to the money game are unable to survive. Anyone trying to escape economic servitude by producing for all of their own needs will have their methods of production taken from them by those who do serve the system. There is currently no way to truly escape the system except to try and win the money game, which is impossible to do because those at the higher levels make all the rules and change them as necessary.
So we see that the changes needed for the world will not come from those who have the power to implement them, and those who desire change have no way to go about it. There is no philosophy which will allow us to live on our own without the system opposing us on every level. The fascist philosophy of take what you can, give nothing back is the only way an individual can survive in this world as it is now.
Chapter 4: Enter Freeism
As we have seen, the lack of an opposing philosophy is probably the most dominant factor in why fascism has raged unchecked across the planet for most of humanity's existence. However, the problems with fascism and the unease and even hatred with which fascism has been greeted throughout the generations seem to suggest an implied philosophy, held in secret deep within the souls of men since time immemorial. However, the underlying motivating principles have never been fully examined or codified, and that is what we will attempt in this fourth chapter. Enter Freeism.
Why a new word was needed
There is no question that the world is out of balance. There is more taking than giving, more hatred and fear than love, more destruction than creation because of the current system. The corporatocracy, by placing a higher value on money than on life, has created an unsustainable way of relating to each other and the universe.
Eastern cultures understand that for any system, be it the body, a household, a community, even the entire world, there must be a balance of masculine and feminine energies. This is called the principle of Yin and Yang. Yin is the feminine energy, and Yang is the masculine energy. Cold, sleep, giving, and nurturing are all Yin. Heat, wakefulness, taking, and dominating are Yang. The penis and the gun are Yang. The health of any system requires balancing opposites.
It should be obvious that fascism is pure Yang, without any balancing Yin energy. It is also obvious that fascism has no balancing opposite in the world, making the energy of the entire world at this time predominantly Yang. So what can we do to balance this energy in the world? Simple. We need to find the opposite of fascism which can balance it with Yin energy.
So what is the opposite of fascism? Many people would say “freedom” and, while close, this is not quite accurate. Let's look at the definition of the word freedom.
“Freedom: noun. 1. The condition of being free of restraints. 2. Liberty of the person from slavery, oppression, or incarceration. 3. a. Political independence. b. Possession of civil rights; immunity from the arbitrary exercise of authority. 4. Exemption from unpleasant or onerous conditions: freedom from unfair labor practices. 5. The capacity to exercise choice; free will: has the freedom to do as he wishes. 6. Ease or facility of movement. 7. Frankness or boldness; lack of modesty or reserve: the new freedom in movies and novels. 8. a. Unrestricted use or access: was given the freedom of their research facilities. b. The right of enjoying all of the privileges of membership or citizenship: the freedom of the city. [ME fredom < OE freodom.]
Notice that all of the definitions of the word freedom are about a condition of being. If you go back to chapter 1, you will see that fascism is a system. It is an ism, implying a philosophy that must be followed to insure the continuation of the system. It is interesting that there seems to be no single state of being attributable to fascism. You are either rich or enslaved, but on further examination, it seems the rich are also enslaved. Enslaved by their money.
Freedom is a state of being without a philosophy, and thus no way to insure its continuation. People today look at freedom as something given by lenient governments, but true freedom arises from our natures as sentient beings aware of our own awareness. It is the main purpose of this publication to explore a new philosophy of freedom, one which can bring some Yin to the world and free the human race from the Yang dominance of the fascist system.
As a side note, let us look at the problems with fascism from an energetic perspective. Yin and Yang each contain a small amount of the opposite type of energy within them, as pure Yin and pure Yang are poisonous. The pure Yang fascist system can be seen to be suffering from this poison, and seems to be slowly dying from it without the Yin energy to nurture and rest. Also, the free peoples of the world with predominantly Yin energy, being receptive and passive, have allowed freedom to melt away without the Yang energy necessary to actively safeguard this freedom.
The philosophy of freeism will address this imbalance.
Definition of a new word
So in order to start building a philosophy of freedom, we need to look first at another definition: the definition of the word free.
Free: adjective. 1. Not imprisoned or enslaved; at liberty. 2. Not controlled by obligation or the will of another: felt free to go. 3. a. Having political independence: a free country. b. Governed by consent and possessing civil liberties: a free citizen. c. Immune to arbitrary interference by a government: a free press. 4. a. Not affected or restricted by a given condition or circumstance: free from need. b. Not subject to a given condition; exempt: tax free income. 5. Not subject to external restraint: comment is free but facts are sacred. 6. Not literal or exact: a free translation. 7. a. Costing nothing, gratuitous: a free meal. b. Publicly supported: free education. 8. a. Not being occupied or used: a free shelf. b. Unobstructed, clear: a free lane. 9. Guileless, frank. 10. Taking undue liberties; forward or overfamiliar. 11. a. Liberal or lavish: free with his money. b. Making use of something unstintingly: was free with his checking account. 12. Uninhibited and outspoken. 13. a. Given, made, or done of one's own accord; spontaneous: free advice. b. Determined according to the wishes of the actor: free choices. 14. Chemistry and physics. a. Unconstrained; unconfined: free expansion. b. Not fixed in position; capable of unrestricted motion: a free electron. c. Not chemically bound in a molecule: free oxygen. d. Involving no collisions or interactions: a free path. e. Empty: a free space. 15. Nautical. Favorable. Used of a wind. 16. Not bound, fastened, or attached: the free end of a chain. 17. Designating a vowel in an open syllable unchecked by a consonant, as in o in go. - adverb. 1. In a free manner, freely. 2. Without charge. - transitive verb. 1. To set at liberty. 2. To rid or release: a people freed from fear. 3. To clear or untangle. [ME fre < OE freo.]
We need now to put meaning to the definitions, and explore how each definition applies. Then we will arrive at freeism: the philosophy of everything free.
First we should look at the definitions which do not apply. Definition 8 is spatial in nature, and does not apply. Definitions 14 a, b, and c are scientific, and have nothing to do with the new philosophy. Likewise definition 15, nautical, and definition 17, grammatical, have no relevance. Definition 16 applies, but only in a roundabout way. We are to some extent bound by conditions beyond our control, such as the need to eat and sleep, and our freedom lies in conditions we can change. We are unlikely to stop requiring food, but the “free end” of human consciousness can go anywhere and attach to anything. Currently the “free end” of most people is attached to the fascist monetary system in one way or another.
Now let's move on to those definitions that do apply. Definition 1: not imprisoned or enslaved, at liberty. This is the major definition which applies the most. The new freeist world system must be dedicated to ensuring that nobody be imprisoned or enslaved by anyone or anything. This includes governments and money.
Definition 2: not controlled by the obligation or will of another. In the new world system which we are creating, all people must be free from this type of control. This also implies that we as individuals must do our best to never attempt to control others.
Definitions 3 a, b and c are references to government. Political independence means people should be able to govern themselves and their local areas without being told how to do it by an outside authority. Governed by consent and possessing civil liberties means that no local government of the freeist type should have any controlling influence over the citizens, on the contrary, the citizens should control all aspects of government. Immune to arbitrary government interference means that any freeist system, such as educational centers, farms and food distribution centers, and scientific research establishments, should be allowed to function as the creators and workers wish without being told what can and cannot be done.
Definitions 4 and 5 are about lack of restrictions. In our new freeist system, we must do our best to remove all restrictions and ameliorate constraining conditions, such as hunger, lack of mobility, and poverty. As we eliminate these restraints, people will become more truly free, and positive social progress will be the result.
Definition 6 – not literal or exact – implies that every citizen and group be able to interpret freeism in the way that is best for them. This gives us a considerable gray area in which to explore the possibilities of human systems and development, as long as the basic conditions of freedom are still met.
Definition 7a, costing nothing, and 7b, publicly supported, are also important ones. As money makes it possible to enslave people, it must be done away with. This means that all goods and services must be provided free of charge. This also ties in with definition 13a, done of one's own accord. In order to insure that goods and services are provided free of charge, we must be the ones that provide those goods and services. Definition 13b, determined according to the wishes of the actor, means that all citizens must have the free choice as to what type of service they wish to provide and which type of groups they will join. Nobody must be constrained into doing work which they find personally intolerable, instead, we must find our own most fulfilling role.
Definition 9, frank, is also important. In order to be truly free, all problems must be faced in the light of truth. This means that everything be seen and explained as it actually is without mincing words. If the truth offends, then this implies something that needs resolved. Truth is truth, and avoiding unpleasant truths can cause serious harm. This also ties in with definition 12, uninhibited and outspoken, for those that see the unpleasant truths must be able to expose them for what they are.
Definition 10, taking undue liberties, refers to our interactions with others and the world. Those living in a freeist system will be able to do anything they set their mind to without fear of restraint by governments, and as such, many people will do things that others do not approve of, such as walking around naked or using hallucinogens in public. This should be encouraged, as long as these liberties do not threaten the freedom of others.
Definition 11 is related to giving and sharing. In freeism, being liberal or lavish, and making use of something unstintingly, have new meanings. Under the fascist monetary system, these things refer to consumption, but in the new system we are creating, they mean exactly the opposite. Instead of consumption, being lavish refers to giving as much as possible. This points the way to a more caring world where those who are able to give the most are the most liked and respected.
So through these definitions, we see that freeism is a system based on all things free in every way. Governments and other organizations will have no control over humanity, the truth must be respected in all regards, and social progress will move forward due to freely offered service instead of monetary servitude. People and groups will be free to interpret and expand on this in their own ways. This will allow everybody to better use their abilities for their own benefit as well as the benefit of the community and the world.
All past philosophies have involved relating to or rebelling against the fascist system. However, freeism has nothing to do with this system. It is not a rebellion against fascism, it is a saner and more sustainable replacement for it. All new philosophy must relate to a freeist world, and these possibilities will be explored further in later chapters.
What Freeism is not
Many people, looking at the above definitions and being so conditioned to the fascist worldview, will doubtless misunderstand the true meaning of freeism. This section will focus on some of the more common misconceptions that will occur and attempt to dispel them.
Freeism is not communism. In a freeist society, there is no government to control labor and oversee distribution of goods and services. Communism always has roles for people to play, in a freeist system we define our own roles. Working together is necessary for a community to function, but this work need not be dictated by any controlling entity. Furthermore, as related to goods and services, people in freeist society give freely of their products and labor to those whom they choose, as opposed to serving as directed by law.
Freeism is not anarchy. Anarchy implies no government whatsoever. Freeism is self-government, with each of us acting to govern our own actions. However, freeism is not “every man for himself, and the devil take the hindmost” as is anarchy. In freeist society, people will form small local pseudo-governments as needed. These pseudo-governments will be for the purpose of helping people find their niche in order to create a happier and more harmonious community, and will be set up to be changeable whenever the need arises.
Freeism is not a religion. Parts of the new way of life described herein will seem like religious teachings. In fact, many of the so-called “religious” teachers were never trying to create a religion, they were trying to bring harmonious existence to earth. The ways they described living were usually very similar to one another, and as this work is also an attempt to bring harmonious existence, parts of it will of necessity parallel some of the great religious teachings. However, freeism is not in and of itself a religion.
The implications for society
Throughout this work, we have described modern fascist society as being like a pyramid, with the richest and most powerful members being the top tiers of stones, resting on the stones below. Those who actively support them, such as the politicians, police, and corporate management levels are the middle tiers, and these stones sit on top of the average worker, the slave class, at the bottom. This is not just a literary device, it is in fact the way the elites see society. Looking at this, it is obvious what is wrong. Those with the least are expected to bear the weight of the entire pyramid, and it seems that many of the servant class have already noticed this. This is why our modern society is crumbling. As the people at the bottom of the pyramid realize the weight that is pushing down on them from above, there is only one solution: get out from under the pyramid. As more and more people wake up and leave the pyramid, the added weight on the people remaining makes their lives even more difficult, and they will eventually desert the pyramid as well, or else, being totally controlled by the propaganda of the system, they will support the weight until it breaks them.
This is how the elites see society, and it is no wonder they are scared. Their entire world is about to crumble under them, and they will no longer have anything to support them. As freeism comes fully into play, larger and larger segments of the pyramid will stop supporting the weight of the tyrannical top tiers. Society will change.
But what kind of changes will we see? How will the new world be different from the old one? What will the advent of freeism mean to each of us individually?
At the beginning of the changeover, we need to take ourselves out from under the weight of the pyramid bearing down on us. This means personal responsibility in the use of our money. Personal responsibility means we need to realize where our money goes once it leaves our hands. It is better to spend an extra couple of dollars to buy something hand-made from a neighbor than to give that money to Wal-mart. It is better to grow your own food than to give your money to chain stores. It is better to sit in jail for 3 days rather than giving the government money for a parking ticket.
For mankind to have true freedom also means that we must accept true responsibility. It is obvious that the current system is not responsible enough to be trusted with managing our lives, and so we must do it ourselves. In the new society, we must be our own governments and policemen. Their will be no paid positions in the middle of the pyramid. In fact, this pyramid will cease to exist entirely, and new pyramids will be created. However, as opposed to one big pyramid where everyone is trying to step on the heads of others to advance themselves, there will be many smaller pyramids, created by themselves as people try to help each other and come together for one ideal or another. In contrast to the enforced servitude of the current system, these pyramids will be organizations of voluntary service, and only those pyramids with worthwhile goals that are appealing to people will remain. The leaders of these organizations will be caring people that others want to help, rather than those with money who can enforce their will.
As society changes and the old pyramid crumbles, at least 50 percent of all jobs will become unnecessary. Police, politicians, lawyers, accountants, and bankers will find that they have no niche in the new society. Many will desperately try to hold on to their place in the ruins of the old society, but this will be a futile gesture. The old way is failing, and in this new world we will all be responsible for our own livelihood. That means we must find a way to eat by ourselves, and we must provide our own housing, our own clothing, and our own pretty much everything else. It is feasible that one person can provide everything that they themselves need, but there is another way as well.
Freeism is structured to enhance the community experience. That means people will need to interact with those in their immediate vicinity to help each other. If one person can grow greens, another can grow tomatoes and jalapenos, and another can raise chickens, that is the beginning of a stable community. These three can share their goods amongst themselves, and then there will be leftovers that can be given to others. As people join this community, they can assist the first three in their agricultural activities, as well as finding their own way to benefit the community. One new member may want to raise goats, another may want to make shoes. Other new members may not know anything of use. These people who were once middle-tier lawyers and accountants will require the most assistance in adjusting to the new world. To help these people make the change, we must have more cooperation in society.
Freeism requires that man be responsible for his own livelihood. Freeism requires a higher level of cooperation within communities and society at large. Freeism requires individual restraint to avoid anarchy. The new society will have its own challenges, but mankind will finally be free.
Chapter 5: A Different Way of Life
So what does it mean to be truly free? This capacity, to live without constraints, controls, or oppression, has long been one of man's greatest desires. However, we have been indoctrinated into fascism with such ruthless vehemence from an early age that most of us scarcely know how to go about living differently. The vast majority only suspect that there is another, better way of life, and many have some ideas about what is wrong with the world, but more explanation of Freeism is necessary. In the fifth chapter, we will explore four of the keystones of this new philosophy.
The uselessness of money
We have seen in previous chapters how money is used to control and enslave, for without it, sustaining yourself inside the fascist system is impossible. Money is required for everything. Furthermore, we have been led into the trap of buying things on credit and then we are enslaved to pay the bills. Indeed, it is difficult to see a way out of this situation, but to think outside the box, you need to start outside the box. Let's look at how a community without money would work.
First, we must take care of the necessities. Without money to purchase from the corporate food supply, we need to provide for ourselves and our community. This is a relatively straightforward proposal, but problems become apparent. What if you don't want to become a farmer? What if you know nothing about growing things and raising animals? What if the area you live in will not support agriculture? Fortunately for us, these questions have already been answered.
Through technology and human ingenuity, we have been given a way to provide food for ourselves with a minimum of work and farming knowledge. Geodesic biodomes, once a curiosity, then a fad, are now being recognized as a way of life. These domes can be climate controlled with very little energy, allowing tropical plants such as banana trees to grow in the winter, even in harsh northern climates.
A biodome can be constructed simply using instructions available free of charge on the internet. The way it works is simple. You start with a dome made of anything from aluminum poles to bamboo, and then covered with an insulating layer that allows light to pass through. Windows can be set to automatically open when the interior is too hot, and close when it starts getting cold (this can be accomplished with computer sensors or completely without electricity using thermally expansive materials). A large water tank in the center provides thermal mass to regulate temperature. Water plants grow inside the tank, which are fed on by fish. The fish provide fertilizer for your garden in the form of manure, as well as providing food for your family.
These domes are a simple and sustainable way of supporting any size community. A small dome can support a family, a large dome a community, and a network of domes on top of buildings and around the outskirts could be created to supply even large cities with local food. Two to three people working on one dome could easily feed twenty or more people, who would be free to pursue other goals without needing to worry about how they will survive.
Housing is another necessity that needs to be provided, so some of these people will need to dedicate themselves to constructing and maintaining homes for the community. There are many ways to build houses using local materials free of charge. In the American southwest, adobe is a common building material. In other places, wattle and daub construction will be more effective, and in some places the most effective housing will be to use recycled materials. Once people are fed and housed, they will then be free to devote themselves to whatever enterprise they desire without being controlled by the tyranny of money.
In conclusion, money is only necessary in a society where people do not care about each other. People in the old world need money because otherwise they have no way of obtaining the necessities of life. In the new society we are building, human relationships will be the new currency. As long as we are willing to help each other, nobody need ever go hungry.
Community and relationships
As we have seen before, the old world monetary and corporate society is usually represented as a pyramid with the slave workers at the bottom tier and the elites at the top. Remember, getting higher in the pyramid requires stepping on the heads of others and plundering their labor. Money is the mortar that holds the stones (people) together. This pyramid also involves other, smaller pyramids representing corporations and government agencies, each with their own internal hierarchy and respective place in the larger pyramid. For instance, the Monsanto pyramid reaches a higher level than the NYPD pyramid, but the lowest tiers of both pyramids are composed of slave class humans such as janitors.
We have also seen how the only way out of the pyramid is to remove the mortar that binds us into it. This means removing money, or at least monetized debt (such as the federal reserve note), from our lives entirely. But what kind of structure will these unbound stones form? What will hold us together in the absence of money? And how will our new systems work to provide us with our needs and desires? Entire volumes can and probably will be written about the answers to these questions. Here, however, we can provide only an overview.
Let us start with the unbound stones, the free humans. A single unbound stone is easily picked up and mortared back into the pyramid, therefore it is necessary for these free humans to bind together into new, friendlier and more durable structures. Two types of structures come to mind. The first is the inverted pyramid, the second is the geodesic dome.
The inverted pyramid starts with one person with the drive to be free and to help humanity accomplish the same. This inverted pyramid starts from within the old world society as a few stones drop out of the old pyramid, and then start taking others with them. How does this work?
Unfortunately, here we see one of the traps embedded in the old money-based society. The first to escape must buy their freedom: one can only be free once they have the resources to survive outside of the system. However, for one individual to buy their way out is nearly impossible, as you must obtain land and have your own food source, housing, transportation and communication. This is a lot for one person to accomplish, so we see the need for group efforts to escape the system. This is also a difficult proposition, because in their money-based world, fear is legal tender. It is difficult for people to trust each other with the use of their money, and if we don't have our own property, it is difficult to commit to work on the land of another for fear we will be deprived of the products of our labor. We all fear the loss of the ability to sustain ourselves.
So what is the answer? Love and trust. If a small group of people truly care about each other and work together in good faith, then within three to six months they can escape the system. This is the foundation stone of the inverted pyramid. These small groups, once established, are able to draw stones from the old pyramid, and instead of those at the top stepping on others, those at the top of the inverted pyramid support others. And as the pyramid grows, it is able to support more and more people.
And what mortars these new pyramids together? Love and trust in the name of true freedom.
The geodesic dome model of society is more difficult to understand as of this writing because most people are so indoctrinated into the large pyramid worldview, where competition is required to survive. However, once the world becomes predominantly freeist, the geodesic dome model will eventually come to be understood inherently by all.
The physical geodesic dome is the most structurally sound form of construction, as the bottom of the dome supports the top and at the same time, the top of the dome holds the sides and bottom together. The curved surface of the dome is also more resistant to shock from the outside: its rounded aerodynamic surface allows winds to pass by without catching on surfaces that can be ripped away (such as roofs are ripped off during storms). These domes can also withstand earthquakes better than other structures: whereas regular box-type buildings separate at the walls and then collapse, every part of a geodesic dome helps hold together all other parts of the dome.
In the geodesic dome model of society, it will be understood that each unbound stone and inverted pyramid represents not just an individual entity, but an integral part of the whole. Thus we see that each inverted pyramid does not need to provide everything for its members, it only need provide basic necessities. Once basic necessities are met for these people, as we have seen before, the members not fully involved in creating food and housing can divert themselves to other endeavors. Some of these endeavors will be to benefit the local group, but other endeavors will be undertaken to provide a way to interact beneficially with neighboring groups.
We must realize the individual pyramids will each be composed of different types of people. Therefore, each of these local groups will be more suited for some types of things than others. For instance, one group of people may decide they really like barbecue, and hence they will start to raise cattle in addition to the subsistence fish and vegetables that will be more common. The people of this group would then have extra meat and leather. These raw materials would be worked with to make jerky, canned beef, leather goods such as shoes, gloves, and jackets, and perhaps bone meal for soil enhancement. These commodities would then be shared or traded with neighboring groups which may not have the capability of raising cattle.
The members of other groups will have different skill sets. Some of these groups will devote themselves to making bicycles, others will devote themselves to scientific endeavors, yet others will attempt to provide some service. Some groups will be formed specifically around epicurean tastes like good cuisine, wine and beer. These will most likely be stay-at-home groups that encourage members of other groups to come visit for a few days every now and again for vacation. Other groups may develop highly advanced biodome techniques; these will be more of a roving type of people who travel from community to community to help their infrastructure. Other groups may maintain fleets of airplanes and specialize in travel, assisting others to move around, and still others will find that their skills are more suited to maintaining communication methods.
It should be obvious that in a freeist society, the more useful and friendly will become the most respected and have the best quality of life. These people will be the ones that create actual wealth and share that freely with the deserving and with those in need. On the other side of the coin, though, are the lazy and the evil. These are people who refuse to share in the work necessary for survival. Their quality of life will not be as good as that of those who contribute and participate in society. Evil people, though common now, will become less and less of a problem as freeist society matures and ruthlessness becomes unnecessary and even detrimental towards personal material advancement.
The lazy, however, may always be with us. Some people just don't like to do anything. Furthermore, even productive people get tired and just want to be lazy for a few weeks or months. In freeist society, though, we will see laziness moderate itself. Eventually most non-productive people will see the benefits of assisting in community endeavors: not only a higher quality of life arising from people being more willing to share with productive people, but the camaraderie of working together with your fellow man is also a reward of industriousness.
Even so, there will still be lazy people, as well as the ill, the injured, and the mentally incompetent. It is our view that food is a fundamental human right, like water and air, that should never be deprived from any. However, freeist groups will obviously provide for the more useful people out of the best foodstuffs, and the lazy will get what is left over. This will provide incentive for people to do the best they can at whatever they can do in order to be considered a useful and productive part of society.
We must also look at the concept of ownership, which is seriously flawed in current society. The view today is that absolutely everything can be owned. Furthermore, everything that is owned is under the absolute control of the person owning it. This view of ownership is a large part of the problems we have today. This can be seen clearly in the case of the mortgage crisis: in many cities, there are vast areas of unoccupied houses. There are also vast numbers of homeless. These people are not homeless due to the lack of available housing, they are homeless because the homeowners, in most cases large banks, refuse to allow these properties to be used for their intended purpose.
So how can we refine our concept of ownership to more fully account for human dignity? First, we need to classify things into types. The first type of things are small personal items. The second type of things, related to the first type, are items created by a single person. The third type are things created by a group of people, and the fourth type of things, a special case, are things that exist in the natural world by themselves. This fourth type can be divided into three categories: living things, non-living things, and land and water resources.
The first type of items, personal effects, encompasses things such as your clothes, your shoes, and your hairbrush. These items can be viewed in much the same way as possessions are viewed today: if it belongs to you, then you have complete control over it. We will not be advocating the community toothbrush here.
The second type of items are items created by a single person. If you have a potter's wheel and you make bowls and coffee cups, these are your items and they are under your control. You control what happens to them. You can give them away, at which point they become the property of another or of a group, or you can trade them, at which point control and ownership of items is exchanged with another person or a group.
If, however, the potter's wheel and the kiln are operated by a group of people, then the items produced belong to the third type. Each person involved has an equal share in the end results. This being said, the products of labor can be divided in two ways: they could be divided evenly between the workers into personal possessions of type two, or they could be traded directly. For instance, if one group made a car and another group made 500 coffee cups, and they were traded directly, the group making the car would share the coffee cups, and the group making the coffee cups would share the car. The way things operate today, this is not the case: in this example, the kiln owner would likely take more than half of the product, and the workers would have a share of the remaining products. Of course, in current society, this inequitable division of labor is made possible by the monetary system.
Housing is a special case of type three items. Housing usually requires a sizable group of people to create, and each housing unit is usually only able to be occupied by one individual, family, or small group of friends. In this case, occupancy determines control over the house or apartment, but in the event of vacancy, the housing would revert to the control of the builders, which in most cases would be the entire community.
The fourth type of items are those naturally occurring without needing to be created. They are divisible into living things, non-living things, and land and water. These items, we postulate, cannot be owned. However, these things do need to be utilized for the good of all, but the methods of use are different for each sub-type.
Living things include animals and plants. As humans, we are able to determine our impact on the natural world, and we can see that if we kill all the deer in an area, it will adversely impact future generations' ability to utilize that resource. Therefore, it is our duty to not over-utilize these renewable resources lest they become endangered. Also, as these are natural resources, they should be treated as shared property. Any time people wish to use these living resources, they should converse with their local community to determine the feasibility and desirability of their actions. Furthermore, if it is decided to take a deer, this deer should be shared with the community, and not stashed away for personal use.
The second subtype of natural resources are non-living things, such as rocks, minerals, and soil. These, we postulate, are also the property of everyone, but should be treated differently: instead of being used by the entire community like living resources, we believe that anyone desiring to utilize these non-living resources should have free access to any that are not being used by others. For instance, if you want to build a rock house, any rocks not currently being used by another are fair game. Once created, though, the rock house would become a type three item. Also, anyone taking too much of any resource, or taking resources in an unappealing or ecologically unsound manner, such as strip-mining, should listen to local community remonstrations.
The third subtype of natural resources includes land and water. Once again, land and water cannot be owned, but do need to be controlled and utilized for the good of all. For this purpose, local communities should have shared control of land and water resources in their immediate vicinity. The individuals in these communities should decide jointly how to use these resources for the greatest benefit of the community as well as judging how to limit their impact on these resources. This means that joint decisions should be reached on where to farm, where to put housing, and where to release livestock. Furthermore, land that is not near communities should be left wild in order to facilitate natural renewal of living resources.
One other area in which problems of control may arise is in the concept of business ownership. Today, businesses are created to make money for the creator and/or owner of these businesses. However, businesses in a freeist society would not exist as such. Instead, they would be more tied to the community than to their creators, with their aim being to create type three goods instead of money. Currently, if the owner of a business no longer wants to operate, then the business closes down. In freeist society, if the creator of a particular industry no longer wishes to participate, there should be nothing stopping those who wish to continue the business from doing so. However, businesses themselves will have no form of ownership.
Also, ideas cannot be owned. Anyone who creates an idea or a technological advance should share it freely to aid the cause of humanity, rather than keeping the secrets of it hidden for personal gain.
Now that we see the structure that community should take, let us look at some ways we can encourage these kind of mutually beneficial interpersonal relations. There are three things that should be touched upon here: community meals, community work days, and the raising and educating of children.
Community meals are one of the most enjoyable ways of encouraging personal connectedness to each other. The idea is simple: people pool their resources to make a large meal that can be shared with the entire community. In reality, the idea is more complex, although only slightly more so. First, people need to decide amongst themselves when and where to have the meal, what will be cooked, and who will do the cooking. Second, it needs to be determined who will provide what.
For an individual, trying to promote a community meal is a very trying experience. Some people will not want to participate, some of the items needed for the meal may arrive late or not at all, and everyone will look to the organizer for direction. However, a community organizing a meal together is actually a fairly simple process. Those who want to bring something will decide themselves what they can provide, those who want to cook will volunteer their services, and those not providing food or services will oftentimes offer assistance to anyone who seems to need it, as well as providing entertainment in the form of jokes, stories, and songs.
A community meal of this type usually needs no organization. Those who want to provide the meal, usually 4 or 5 people, will start work and let others know what is occurring. Gradually, more and more people will arrive, asking what is on the menu and what is needed. Eventually a festive atmosphere will occur, and the shared meal leads to a sense of relatedness. Conversations about who is doing what in the community, about who needs things, about the community itself, and about other things in general will take place.
Community meals are also a great place to organize community workdays. For instance, the conversation may turn to incidences that need attention. For instance, if there are 5 new people in the community, and the housing situation is becoming untenable, it may be decided to build a new living area. People who have a few free days to volunteer will usually do so, and all of a sudden there is a new house. While the house will be most likely occupied by the new members in the community, it will remain the property of the community as a whole.
These community workdays are also opportunities for a community meal. The workers need fed, and once again the shared meal and working together will reinforce the sense of interconnectedness in the community. These two types of events, utilized together properly, will keep communication flowing and communities functioning smoothly.
Raising and educating children has long been a point of contention between many different viewpoints on the subject, so to forestall argument, let us iterate that different communities will be free to choose their own methods, and those who dislike a particular method will be able to move to a different community with a different form of education. That said, there are a few things that should be mentioned.
First we must agree that the point of raising and educating children is to mold these children into adults who will make valuable additions to society. In the current fascist system, education, especially in the United States and Europe, is designed in a one-size-fits-all fashion. These fascist educational systems denigrate the view of individual worth, and instead are designed to mold children into perfect cogs in the machine. They do not take individual, regional, or cultural differences into account. Instead, they work to reduce the differences between individuals, cultures, and regions in order to more fully control each successor generation.
Education and child raising in a freeist society would have the aim, not of teaching children to conform, but to question in order to improve society. First and foremost, children must be taught that they, as humans, have inherent worth. A child should not be treated as worthless if he is unable to learn to read; instead, he should be instructed in something else worthwhile that doesn't require literacy. Each child is an individual, and should be treated as such.
Second, children should be educated in the art of critical thinking. Lists of facts and memorized knowledge have little value without the ability to utilize this knowledge. Children should be taught how to discern truth from falsehood, as well as how to disregard information that is not relevant to the problem at hand. Also, they should learn how to decide based on their abilities which problems they can handle and which they will need help with. In this way, children can learn cooperation instead of competition, based on their inherent worth and individual abilities.
So how do we go about establishing a child's sense of inner worth? It is too much to address fully within the scope of this work, but a few points should be touched upon. Anyone interested in a better understanding of the Yequana method of child-rearing should read the book “The Continuum Concept,” by Jean Liedloff. This method has consistently produced well adapted, happy, and productive members of society for thousands of years.
Their method is simple: for the first several months of life, the child is never away from human contact, not even while sleeping or while the adults are working. This way the child, from an early age, becomes accustomed to the pace of life within the community. After the first months, when the child learns to crawl, it is allowed to wander around freely, mostly without parental controls. Western readers will be shocked at this proposition, but the Yequana understand that a child is aware enough to look after its own safety. Furthermore, they are aware that a child will do what is expected of him in order to seek fulfillment and approval by parents and other members of the community. As a child in the Yequana culture is expected to look after himself, and only come to the parents or other adults in time of need, they will do so. However, western children, typically expected to be needy and unable to look after themselves, will conform to these expectations instead.
After the first few years, children will naturally want to begin participating in community life as best they are able. The Yequana children, as young as age two, will begin to emulate their parents and other members of the community they identify with. The adults in the village expect this, and are ready to give them the assistance they need in this regard.
After the children are up and mobile, walking around with ease, they are expected to hang around the members of the community they identify with. In the simplicity of the Yequana culture, there are only two roles to fill: male and female. Therefore, children either accompany the men to hunt and trade, or remain with the women, who grow food and do the cooking. In this way, they are able to learn their role in the community by emulation. In contrast, a more developed culture with more separate roles will need to raise children slightly differently. It is my view that a basic knowledge of critical thinking, language, and mathematics can be provided in four years of schooling, with the emphasis being on critical thinking and encouraging the children to cooperate with each other, as well as learning to decide things for themselves. After this period, children should be allowed to apprentice themselves to people of different occupations in the culture, to build a skill base in everything, as well as to aid them in deciding how they most want to be involved in the community. Finally, they should narrow their apprenticeship to two or three areas of community involvement, in order to master one or more skills in addition to the broad base of basic understanding they will have of other skills. Once these skills are developed, some people will then choose to further their education in a university type setting.
Now a word should be said about the teachers: who will be the ones educating the children in their first years of life? This will be up to individuals and communities to decide, but a few suggestions should be made. First, the parents will be the primary instructors through example in every child's life. Second, those who truly love children and have the ability to guide their growth will become apparent. Third, communities will form with the primary goal of teaching children. These will be communities containing a wide variety of skill sets among the members, rather than communities that focus on a few particular skills. Also, communities whose goal is to provide a complex service, such as maintaining telecommunications or making automobiles, will have entry level positions for apprentices.
In discussing community, another facet that must invariably be touched upon is the subject of conflict and conflict resolution. Like education, conflict resolution is an area where many people have many different views, so in order to discuss this, we must first explain the nature of conflict.
Conflict arises between two or more people or groups of people for several reasons. Sometimes it revolves around differing definitions of right and wrong. Sometimes it revolves around personal likes and dislikes. Most of the time, however, conflict involves disagreement over perceived ownership or control of something, be it territory, resources, or a shared love interest. Depending on the type of conflict, different types of resolution are in order.
Conflicts about the nature of right and wrong are difficult to deal with. This is because usually both sides will have an intractable view on the subject, and thus, no mediation or compromise will solve the differences in opinion. Conflicts involving personal likes and dislikes are also difficult to deal with for the same reason, and although the effects of these disagreements do not usually extend very far geographically, the effects within a community can be highly divisive. These forms of conflict have no inherent right or wrong side.
Conflicts about ownership, however, are the most common, the most divisive, and the most difficult to deal with. This is surprising, because when considering the case of ownership or control, one side of these arguments is usually very clearly in the wrong. In the case of property boundaries, these lines are usually very clearly defined, and encouraging the parties to seek mediation or to compromise involves telling the person who was in the right to cede territory to the one who is in the wrong. In the case of a shared love interest, this argument over ownership is ridiculous, seeing as the person in question is obviously the owner of themselves. In the case of resources, the fact that these resources belong to the planet itself calls for mediation and compromise as the best resolution to the disagreement.
In cases where mediation fails or is not warranted, other steps must be taken to remedy the conflict. One of the most surefire ways to end a conflict is for one or more parties to separate themselves from it. If you are a meat eater living in a vegetarian community, the easiest way to resolve the conflicts with your vegetarian neighbors is to move away from them, and go live in proximity with people who eat meat. If members of a community belong to two different religions and a religious conflict ensues, the best way to remedy the conflict may be for the group to voluntarily separate. However, in cases of ownership, there is typically one side of the conflict that will not abdicate its position. This is usually the party that initiated the conflict, and it is also usually the party that is in the wrong.
Our modern day judicial system does very little to actually resolve conflict. As we have mentioned before, the judicial and corrections systems main goal is revenue collection. Also, incarceration as a form of punishment does not end conflicts. Furthermore, there are too many laws applied in a one size fits all fashion, and many of these laws actually create conflict. In order to resolve this situation, we need a completely different form of behavior regulation.
First and foremost, each local community should be able to freely decide on its own rules. Obviously, virtually every local community would still enact rules against murder, rape, and theft. Rules about drugs, alcohol, nudity, polygamy, sexual orientation and other questions involving personal taste would vary greatly from community to community.
Second, rules should be short and free of complex language, and these local lists of rules should be brief, easily accessible, and easy to understand, and the punishments for rule-breaking activity should be listed with the rule they apply to. The types of punishment need to change as well.
Incarceration does not work, except temporary incarceration in order to allow a situation to cool down, such as in a case of drunken and disorderly. Fines in their current form don't work. However, if instead of paying money to the state, an offender instead would provide material restitution or serve a work sentence for the benefit of the wronged party, this type of punishment could serve in cases of theft, vandalism, assault, and other such offenses. Some communities may choose forms of humiliation, such as the stocks, and corporal punishment for certain crimes. For more serious crimes or repeated rule-breaking activity, we have the options of exile and death.
The death penalty is a highly controversial method of punishment, but it is effective in ending a conflict. However, it should not be used except in extreme cases. Exile is also effective at resolving conflict, as it forces separation of two parties who cannot agree, and unlike the death penalty, it can be rescinded if the situation changes.
Complete freedom of choice
With local communities able to decide on their own rules, many different types of communities will form. This will solve much conflict because the same types of people will usually voluntarily group together. Some communities will be more open, other communities will be closed to certain types of people. However, each person will retain complete freedom over how he chooses to live his life.
One of the most divisive issues today is religion. A lot of different people believe a lot of different things very strongly. Since currently there is little evidence that we will ever conclusively prove the truth behind religion and spirituality, differences in opinion regarding these matters will likely remain pervasive for quite some time. And, in a freeist world, everybody would have the freedom to discern spiritual truth and religious leanings for themselves.
Certain communities will form with belief requirements, such as Amish communities. There will also be communities that wish to live under Sharia law. There will be communities that choose to live in a pagan or Druidic fashion. Other communities will be more open to all faiths, and others perhaps may ban religion altogether. However, people must be free to leave any community their beliefs do not agree with in order to seek out a more harmonious community. Also, communities with different beliefs should still maintain amicable relations based on tolerance and understanding.
Similar to religion in terms of divisiveness are the many different personal lifestyle choices one can make. Take for instance sexual orientation. In a freeist world, it will be up to each individual to determine their form of sexuality. However, some people are uncomfortable with same sex relationships, and these people should have the option of living where they don't have to deal with same sex couples. Hence, while there will be communities that restrict homosexuality, there will also be predominantly LGBT communities, as well as the more typical tolerant mixture communities. Similar to sexuality are lifestyle choices such as drug use, alcohol and tobacco use, public nudity and sexuality, and many more. In each case, people will decide their own lifestyle, and communities will decide their own regulations in each area.
Integral to this type of freedom is complete freedom of association. For each community to decide their own rules requires that people be able to leave any community and travel freely to another one that has rules more integral to your personal tastes.
Furthermore, in a moneyless world where everything must be traded or freely given, there is one more necessary freedom: the freedom to not give, or to say no. There are many reasons that an individual or community would choose to withhold something from a person or group. Perhaps they feel that person does not contribute anything to society. Perhaps there isn't enough to go around. Perhaps the person continually causes problems and is not wanted in the community. But whatever the reason, people and communities need to be able to choose who to say yes to and who to say no to.
And the truth shall set you free
One of the most important keystones of freeist philosophy is truth. Truth enables freedom. But what is truth, and how does it enable freedom? Truth, put simply, is any statement that accurately describes reality without bias or opinion. This enables freedom because without a good grip on the truth, wise choices are impossible, and having a skewed worldview will not allow us to interact with others and our environment in a rational way.
There are many ways people operating within the current system obscure truth. The first, most obvious deception is the outright lie. This is a statement in which there is no truth at all. Another way truth can be obscured is to attribute a false statement to another. Yet another way is to make several statements, some of which are true, in order to convince people that an untrue statement is true by association. Let's look at some examples.
We will start with a simple statement that people will recognize as true. “The sky is blue.” That is a truthful statement. The outright lie would say “The sky is red.” This is simple to disprove, if one has the ability to go outside and look at the sky. Thus, this type of deception is seldom useful, except in cases where the majority of people do not have the ability to objectively verify the truth or untruth of the statement, such as when George W. Bush claimed that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
The second way mentioned would use the statement “Terry told me the sky is red.” This obscures truth in the following manner: since the sky is obviously not red, then anyone who thinks it is must be an idiot. Anything else that Terry said would then be viewed as suspect. Another way to use this type of untruth is to claim that a person said something offensive when in fact they didn't. This method oftentimes convinces the offended parties to never listen to another thing about that person ever, even if it is easily proven that they did not say what they are claimed to have said. A real life example of this is the claims of racism against Ron Paul.
In the third form of untruth we have listed, the statement would go something like this: “We have three good Merlot, one is a 2007 vintage from Chile, we have a good 2005 Malbec from Argentina, but the best is a 2006 vintage from beneath the red skies of France.” There are many ways of using this form of untruth to mislead, in the above example, the untruth would serve the purpose of increasing the mystique of the French wine, thus inflating its price. This technique can be used to draw attention to the untruth, with the intention of subliminally hinting at truthfulness, but it can also be used to hint at untruth in the true statements.
There are numerous other ways to twist, bend, and manipulate truth and lies, but the underlying effects of any form of untruth is the same. People operating under the illusions of untruth cannot make truly free decisions. If you were operating under the delusion that all cars blow up when they exceed 20 miles per hour, your freedom would be severely limited. Freedom is always limited by untruths, with the more severe lies impeding freedom the most.
If we are to be truly free, then we must be able to know the truth about the important issues with certainty. Unfortunately, the governments and businesses of the world are in the business of hiding truth and fabricating lies to maximize profits. In fact, we have shown how the entire field of natural medicine has been marginalized, criminalized, and lied about to protect the profits of a few megacorporations. If the truth were revealed about many of these real cures, of course it would hurt the pockets of a few rich businessmen. However, the benefit to humanity would be immense. Instead of believing we had only one choice to treat our illness, we could look at the benefits of several types of medicine, as well as the possible side effects, and then we could make an informed decision. This would result in many healthier, happier, freer lives.
Another aspect related to truth that we need to look at in reference to freeism is free access to information. In today's world, hiding information is commonplace, whether it be governments hiding sensitive security information, scientists not revealing information from their research, or corporations keeping secrets about the manufacture methods of their products. Either way, this hiding of information generally serves one purpose: to protect profits. However, these profits are protected at the expense of society at large. Under freeism, all information must be freely available to any who desire it.
The benefits of such a situation should be obvious. First and foremost, if all information was available to anyone, conspiracies would become a thing of the past. Any type of decisions made by people in power of anything, be it territory, a business, or a group of people would have to be open and aboveboard. This would give the people the ability to be fully conscious in their decisions to follow or not follow a certain leader. Another benefit of this complete openness would be that any goods that were produced would gradually tend to become better, more durable and more ecologically sound over time.
Chapter 6: Freeism and Fascism: A Comparison
“Don't forget you only get what you give.” - The New Radicals
Freeism and fascism have both been explored in sufficient detail that you should now have a firm grasp on the differences between the two systems, as well as some good ideas about why Freeism is preferable. But, some questions may yet remain. In this sixth chapter, we will put the two philosophies side by side for a point by point comparison.
Polar opposites: Freeistic and fascistic tendencies
First, let us start by examining some tendencies and central recurring themes inherent in these systems and philosophies.
Freedom vs control
It has been shown that the current fascist order is dedicated to control over others, and the use of this desire for control is one of the main ways people are coerced into continually serving this system, as well as being one of the major reasons so many people hate fascism.
Freeism, on the other hand, embraces freedom in every sense. In a truly freeist society, nothing is taboo. However, complete responsibility comes with this freedom: each individual must be willing to accept the consequences of his actions.
Truth vs propaganda
We have shown that the fascist system maintains itself through a continuous effort at propagandizing the citizenry. This propaganda is used to distract people from the real issues occurring, as well as to make lies appear as reality. There are several different forms of propaganda, all with the goals of deluding people into believing in a reality that does not exist, and there are millions of real world examples for this.
A freeist society, however, must necessarily be based in truth. True freedom cannot exist unless one can get true information regarding anything and everything in order to make informed decisions.
Education vs indoctrination
In the fascist world order that we see today, schooling no longer has the objective of informing children. Instead, schools are places where the youth are indoctrinated in how to behave within society. All “education” within this system is geared towards getting children to regurgitate information that they have been previously taught, regardless of the truth of this information. Critical thinking and objective analysis of information is not part of the curriculum.
In a freeist society, schooling would have one objective only: real education. Young pupils would first be taught basics, such as reading, writing, and math. Further education would serve to develop the discriminatory skills necessary for critical thinking, and higher level education would serve the purpose of training students to perform useful work that they are interested in. Gone would be the days of required propaganda courses.
Cooperation vs competition
In the fascist world of today, competition is advocated as the best method for personal and societal advancement, however, the major flaw in a competitive society is that for one person or group to get ahead, others must be defeated and fall behind. Personal advancement in this way is possible, but only for a select few, and only with the drawback of harming others in the process. Society itself, however, cannot advance through competition. Only certain parts will advance as other parts are diminished or destroyed.
In a freeist society, cooperation is seen as the best way for personal and societal advancement. Single people will not advance as far or as fast as is possible under a competitive system, but the benefit will be that all are able to advance with none being left behind except those that choose to be left behind by not cooperating with a group. Small groups who are internally cooperative will also benefit from cooperating with other groups they come into contact with, thus advancing society as a whole.
Tolerance vs discrimination
In the current fascist competitive system, we are instructed from a very young age to be aware and wary of those who are perceived to be different from us. This is in part because if one is perceived as different, competing viciously with them then seems more acceptable. Another effect of this type of discrimination is that people who perceive themselves to be alike will more readily group together. This, in turn, prevents sharing of ideas and understanding. Furthermore, those at the head of the system are desperately trying to convince everyone that they need to be the same as everyone else, leading to further discrimination against those attempting to be themselves, while at the same time giving lip service to the ideas of tolerance and equality.
In a freeist world, however, people will truly be free to be themselves, and this individuality will be of necessity based on tolerance. Granted, some people will take this liberty to mean that they are able to be as bigoted as they want to be, but the intolerance of these groups will prevent their promulgation, as they will be unable to interact in a cooperative fashion with the more tolerant groups. Thus, individuals will see that tolerance is preferable and leads to a better world, and eventually bigot groups will cease to exist.
Generosity vs greed
Another main facet of the fascist system is the rampant greed engendered by the competitive aspects of fascism. This greed causes many people to amass more wealth than is necessary for even a comfortable existence. Furthermore, the few at the top of the fascist pyramid have accumulated more than 95% of the world's total wealth, and yet they still want more. This hoarding is done at the expense of those who have less, many of whom truly have nothing.
In a freeist society, greed will be a thing of the past, and hoarders will be treated with disdain. In a moneyless world, no matter how much you have you will not be treated better than others who have less. In fact, it will be those who are more generous who are seen to be rich, and those who are the most generous are more likely to be able to continue creating wealth. Obviously, people would much rather work for and with somebody who is more likely to give away larger portions of the proceeds of any endeavor. Those who are known to be misers will find very few people to assist them with anything.
Community vs comfort
Another way the fascist system holds people under its sway is the necessity of money in order to maintain a comfortable living situation. Those who live within the system must continually pay out money to maintain their level of comfort. For most of us, this means working a job supporting the system. For the more fortunate within the current pyramid, this means getting others to do your work for you, and then taking most of the proceeds of their labor. As has been noted before, jobs that directly serve the interests of the current system will usually provide higher pay, thus, supporting the system increases comfort.
In a freeist society, work will not be done to support the system in exchange for money. Instead, work will be done for the benefit of the people that comprise the community. People will not be continually required to pay money to maintain a level of comfort, on the contrary, any work done will directly benefit the community and for the most part directly enhance the comfort of the entire community. Useless jobs such as accounting and banking, which previously made up a large part of the economy, will fall away as communities learn to live without money and work together for the best interests of all.
A comparison of benefits
Now let's compare the benefits of these two different philosophies. Obviously, fascist benefits accrue depending on your tier of the pyramid, whereas freeist benefits are more evenly distributed.
The major perceived benefit of fascism is that it is relatively easy to obtain power over others, and having this power is actually rewarded. Don't believe me? Become a police officer or join the CIA. In the current fascist system, you can actually make a good living by directly enforcing control of the populace. There are so many different activities today that are subject to controls by governments, and more and more controls are being instituted all the time. Therefore, people who desire control will always have employment within the fascist system. Now there are even job opportunities for pedophiles with the TSA.
On the converse, the main benefit of freeism is complete personal freedom, which is to say the absence of these government controls. In freeism, you will not have to worry about people telling you what you can and can't do. While theoretically this would seem like there would be no control over whether you could commit violent crimes such as rape and murder, in actuality the rates of these crimes should go down under freeism, as there would also be no penalty for vigilante justice.
Another perceived benefit of fascism is that the more money you make and the higher you ascend in the tiers of the pyramid, the more respect you are entitled to. This respect is bought in various ways, with the major ones involving direct cash outlay. This could mean hiring bodyguards and a limousine as a show of wealth, or it could mean purchasing airtime on national television to propagandize about yourself or your company. Those lower in the pyramid generally are afforded less respect, and this respect often comes via the threat of force. Those lowest in the pyramid, the worker class, are given virtually no respect at all, but are expected to show deference to anyone higher up.
Under freeism, however, respect is not bought, it is earned. Because of this, the quality of one's character will have a direct impact on the enjoyability of one's life. As we have shown, giving freely involves each person making the choice of who is worthy of their time and labor. Thus, the person who has nothing but is willing to help anyone and everyone will likely have a higher quality of life than the one who possesses vast amounts of goods but is unwilling to share with others. The benefit here is that those most deserving of respect will in fact be respected, whereas under fascism respect is coerced in one way or another and those demanding respect are seldom worthy of it.
Yet another perceived benefit of the current fascist system is that if you have enough money, you can get absolutely anything you want. Money can buy expensive cars, expensive jewelry, and other status symbols. It can also buy an image of respectability while at the same time buying underage prostitutes. If you have enough money you can buy a pardon for crimes, you can buy elections, and you can even buy the lives of others. In the end, having enough money can enable you to buy the right to steal more money. Obviously, this only applies to those at the very top tier of the pyramid.
However, as we have shown, another major benefit of freeism is that absolutely everybody will be free from the tyranny of money. Nobody will be financially beholden to anyone for anything, and the goods you produce will be yours to distribute as you see fit.
A comparison of drawbacks
Now, let's take a look at some of the drawbacks of these two opposing ideologies. The first set of drawbacks are evenly distributed between the two philosophies: if you subscribe to either of them, you could be killed for your views. There is a distinct possibility that freeists will be killed by fascists. However, the possibility also exists that supporting fascism will get you killed by freeists.
Another aspect of this is that fascists kill their own. It is common for people who support the system overall to be killed by the state. This killing is most obvious in cases of police brutality and state sponsored executions, but less known and more insidious are the institutionalized soft-kill mechanisms, such as fluoride, tainted vaccines and other pharmaceuticals, genetically modified food, and chemical food additives. These weapons, and they are weapons, are currently being employed against the entire population of the earth, regardless of political affiliation. Congressmen, soldiers, and police officers who support the current fascist system are targeted along with everyone else: this is proof that supporting fascism does not make you immune from state-sponsored sickness and death. Indeed, there is evidence that those who support the system are actually at higher risk of being killed by that system, as many experiments have been carried out on soldiers by their own governments.
Another major drawback of the fascist system is economic tyranny: you must have money in order to support yourself within this system. Absolutely everything requires money, and if you do not have any money, your access to food, water, and housing will be cut off. To obtain this money, people must serve the system in some way, giving their time and labor to another, usually less deserving, party who keeps the lion's share of the proceeds. This is called economic slavery.
On the flip side, in a freeist world you will be required to support yourself. Each person, family, and community will be required to provide for their own food needs, their own housing, and their own water. People, families, and communities will also need to give freely of their surplus when able in order to ensure the goodwill of neighbors, and to make sure that they will in turn assist you. Every community will need to provide something of value to other communities, otherwise, it will be highly unlikely that the community will receive any assistance or donations from other communities.
Another drawback of adhering to fascism is related to the issue of control. While one of the benefits of fascism is the ability to gain control over others, the vast majority experience the negative version of this: being at the mercy of those in the higher levels of the pyramid, and being controlled in everything you do. This is why police, industry leaders and congressmen get away with crimes that would put the average person in prison for years, and the higher you are in the fascist pyramid, the greater the crimes you can pull off. These crimes are committed against everyone lower in the pyramid, and nobody is safe from this rampant criminality inherent in the system. Furthermore, freedom has been criminalized, with many innocuous acts, such as driving without a license plate on your car, or smoking the occasional joint, are seen as opposing the system. These acts harm nobody and nothing, but the “feelings” of the system are hurt when you don't give them money every year to register your car, or when you use something free and natural instead of the system-approved patented mood and mind altering drugs.
Alternatively, life in a freeist world would be free of these controls, with the drawback being that a lot of people are going to be doing a lot of things that you may not like. As long as a person's actions do not harm, rob, or impede the freedom of another, reasonable people will agree that there is no reason to restrict those actions.
Another set of drawbacks is related to the issue of responsibility. In fascist society, we are being harmed on all fronts. Our rights are being eroded, our lives are being taken, our health is being threatened, and our property is being stolen. Many arms of the system are involved in this, and nobody is taking responsibility. Within this system, “just doing your job” allows you to be excused from responsibility for even the most heinous crimes. In truth, you are responsible for all of your actions, even if you are “just doing your job.” The Nazis who ran the concentration camps were no less guilty of murder than those who gave the orders. However, very few people were actually held responsible for the atrocities. The same is true about all the other atrocities being committed: nobody is taking responsibility for their actions, and the victims have no chance of redress under the current system.
In a freeist world, every person will be held responsible for their own conduct. This has many ramifications. For instance, you will not have anyone to blame but yourself if you don't have enough food to survive. However, anyone who commits atrocities will be recognized as a criminal and a threat to freedom. They will also be held accountable for their actions by the people affected. This accountability will prevent people from serving petty would-be dictators, as there will be nothing to excuse you from the responsibility for your own conduct. Killing, theft, rape, and all other forms of domination and control are inexcusable, no matter the methods used, no matter who you are, and no matter who you are working for. In fact, deliberate systemic commission of these crimes should be seen as even more heinous than personal commission.
So which will you choose?
We have now examined the benefits and the drawbacks of freeism and fascism, and now that we have examined both sides of these philosophies, we can make clear judgments about the two.
First, in comparing benefits, which system is more appealing? Fascism offers the ability to control others and the ability to rise higher in society by controlling others and using their labor for your own personal gain. Fascism also allows somebody high enough in the pyramid to purchase anything they could desire through the use of money.
Freeism, on the other hand, offers personal freedom for everyone, true equality of opportunity, and the tyranny of money is removed from the equation. Freeism also offers a greater sense of community stemming from the cooperation of its members, rather than the competition so loved by the fascist system. Furthermore, this cooperation will allow entire communities to rise up and build together for the benefit of all, instead of the domination and control inherent in fascism, where one person or small group of people are able to use the labor of the commoner for their own personal gain. Freeism also provides respect for the most respectable, instead of respect for the richest few.
In looking at drawbacks, we see that under freeism, you will have to be generous with members of your community. People will also be held accountable for their own actions, and people and communities will be required to support themselves, instead of depending on the labor of others. Another drawback is that you will not be able to control the behavior of others based on personal likes and dislikes.
Under fascism, however, the majority of people live under strict controls. Money is required for food, water, and housing, and those without are discarded by the system. This economic servitude requires that you spend most of your life laboring for others in order to receive your paltry wages. The fascist system is also currently engaged in a silent war against humanity, using secret weapons hidden in the food and water. Fascism also uses propaganda to dictate your beliefs and make you think that those beliefs are your own. Also, under fascism, true justice will never be found, as those at the top who are committing the greatest crimes are able to evade responsibility and continue raping and pillaging the planet and its inhabitants.
So which benefits are more appealing? And which drawbacks are more abhorrent? We believe that the answer is obvious: all the major drawbacks of fascism are resolved through the creation of freeism, and the benefits of fascism are illusory, mere promises to keep you serving the system with little hope for those promises ever to be realized. However, many people would say that the current system is working fine, and it would destroy their comfort to attempt to bring about the changes so desperately required to establish a freeist society. But this comfort is a non-issue. It is true that converting our world to freeism will entail a period of uncertainty, and for a few years things will most likely be difficult for people. On the other hand, the challenges of those few years will be nothing in comparison to the permanent austerity which will grip the world if fascism is allowed to continue on the course it has created for itself.
In conclusion, we are forced to advocate freeism as the only genuine hope for the health and safety of humanity and the planet.
Chapter 7: Answers to Foreseeable Questions
“Sometimes you're better off not knowing how much you've been had...”
-Traveling Wilburys, “The Devil's Been Busy”
This is not an opinion piece. This work is a codification of facts. These facts all stand for themselves, and the only thing that has been done here is to put them together to build a comprehensive worldview. However, as it is revolutionary in nature, it is guaranteed to draw criticism from all sides. Many people are deeply ingrained into the current fascistic order, and those most heavily invested in the system will no doubt feel their livelihoods and their egos threatened by this writing. I expect them to react viciously against Freeism, and have anticipated several of the major remonstrations. In this final chapter, we will answer some of these questions.
But what about the economy?
The first questions people will point out in reference to the advent of freeism will be related to the area of economics. However, many of these questions will have no relevance whatsoever to living in a freeist world, as the economy in its current form is the major center of power for the fascist system, and will need to be completely replaced. In fact, recent revelations about the extent to which insider trading is actually built into the system reveal the shocking truth: the economy is designed from the top down in order to benefit the elite bankers and selected minions at the expense of everybody else. Our current economy is, in the purest sense of the words, institutionalized thievery.
This economic order which has taken control of most nations of the world is the fascist system itself, and it is composed of the largest commercial, investment, and central banks around the world. Through their monetary power they buy nations, governments, and politicians with impunity, finally becoming free of regulations, and when risky gambles don't pay off, they use their bought and paid for politicians to bail them out at taxpayer expense. It is claimed that these giant banks and selected corporations are “too big to fail.” This is incorrect. These huge banks and corporations are too big to exist. They wield too much influence both in public and behind the scenes, and they have proved that they do not have anyone's best interests in mind, and that they ruthlessly commit great evil against literally everyone, all in the name of more money, more power, and more control.
So the question will be asked: if there is no money in a freeist world, then what will grease the wheels of commerce? What will be the motivating factor in producing and distributing goods? The answer to that is humanity. Commerce in the future will be driven by human need, desire, and innovation. With the monetary system removed from the equation, productivity will actually increase as people are able to keep more of what they make. Furthermore, without monetary issues controlling the means of production, basic necessities like food and energy will be able to be produced freely and locally, and those individuals and groups who choose to do so will be able to create complex products to trade and share with neighboring groups of people.
Another question arising involves savings. Without money, what can be used as a store of value? How can a person save up against hard times, or for retirement? Immediately upon asking the question, most readers should already see that our current fiat monetary system is not a worthwhile store of value, as every day we hear of people who faithfully invested in the system, only to have their currency debased and their assets wiped out. Anyone who knows even basic mathematics can understand that if interest on your money is 5 percent, and if inflation is 10 percent, then while the amount of money you have seems to grow, the amount of goods you can purchase with that money will decline.
So what is the answer? Your community. Invest in your community for the future, and your community will remember. Give freely of your time and labor. When the time comes that you are unable to work, if you have been productive and shared with others, you will have friends and family who will be able to return the favor. Cultures have done this for millenia, even before the existence of money. Parents provide for children while they are too young to look after themselves. Then, as they grow, they assist them in developing the skills they need to thrive. Finally, in old age, the parents are dependent on their children for material sustenance, but their age and wisdom is revered as an asset in itself. The chain of life marches forward without the need for an economic store of value, because, as human beings, we are all inherently valuable.
What about science and medicine?
Many who read this book will believe that I am advocating a return to the dark ages. They believe that without money, their will be no science, no technological advancement, and no medical field to speak of. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
The money-driven, corporate-backed fascist system that we are currently experiencing is exercising great amounts of dominance over the scientific and medical fields today. Why? Because of money. There are great advances in science that have not been realized to their fullest because the monied interests will be unable to profit from these new technologies. Today, if money were removed from the equation, everybody could have a flying car within 3 years. These vehicles would not require gasoline, they would run on magnet power, and they could be levitated with new applications of Tesla technology. Furthermore, electricity could be easily provided to every home on the planet, free of charge. The technology for this exists today, and in fact, many scientists who have studied Tesla's work say that we are actually about one hundred years behind where we should be.
These are clean technologies with the power to revolutionize the way the entire world lives, works, and interacts. Gone would be the days of regional conflicts over oil. No longer would we need unsafe nuclear power plants, which have caused untold harm to the environment and the populace. It would mean the end of much suffering in backwoods villages that cannot get electricity. We would be a truly human community, able to cooperate for the good of all, instead of competing for limited resources. The only reason this scientific revolution has not occurred is a monetary one: the corporations see more value in keeping these innovations hidden, so that they can make more money at the expense of everyone else.
The medical system is another area where the monied interests have halted development to the detriment of society. As such, this system will need to undergo serious change. Recently, we have seen great advances in natural medicine, but at the same time we are facing setbacks from the regulatory agencies that were set up to protect us from snake oil salesmen. As we have already shown, these agencies have slowly been taken over by the pharmaceutical giants, and these companies are effectively regulating themselves. Furthermore, they are using their power within these agencies to halt research into new cures for diseases, as well as demonizing proven, effective natural cures that have been around for thousands of years.
In the future, these pharmaceutical companies will need to be removed from the equation. Through their acts, they have proven that they have no interest in the health of people or society. Once this happens, we will have a return to natural medicines, and traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic systems will come into more common use. Unlike the western medical system, which focuses on diseases and symptoms, these ancient holistic systems focus on the causes of disease, as well as health maintenance and disease prevention. We will also see new high-tech procedures that truly eliminate diseases rather than just masking symptoms. Research for many of these techniques is already underway, but it is being suppressed and fought by the established system.
That being said, let's look at the human side of the medical system: the doctors. A great many doctors today truly do want to heal, but the system prevents them from doing so in a great many cases. However, most people who enter the medical field today do so for the wrong reasons. A lot of doctors and nurses become what they are, not out of a desire to help people, but because of the money and prestige offered in these fields. Furthermore, there is an entire industry set up to profit from disease and death. This is the insurance industry. We have all had experiences with this industry as we or our loved ones have been involved with the medical system. However, there is absolutely no need for this industry, and its only ties to the medical system are, once again, monetary.
In the future, the entire medical system will change. Without money in the equation, insurance companies will not be needed, real cures will be used instead of drugs that mask symptoms, and doctors will be those who truly want to heal.
How does religion fit in?
We have already touched on religion, but as it has been a divisive issue throughout much of recorded history, it is worth restating certain things and elaborating on them. First of all, freeism is not a religion, even though some of the teachings seem religious.
In fact, the complete freedom we are advocating must include freedom of religion. One of the fundamental human rights we have been given is the right to choose what we believe, and what teachings and teachers we will follow. People must also have the right to choose not to have a religion if they wish.
However, certain religions have been the cause for much of the suffering that has befallen humanity. This occurs when a religion attempts to forcibly convert others or conquer territory or holy sites. Some of the most notable examples include the crusades, the witch hunts, and the inquisition, as well as the battling between the Sunni and Shiite Islamic sects, the extermination of Jews by Hitler's Germany, and the modern day re-creation of the state of Israel.
Within a freeist world, freedom of religion does not allow you to enforce your religion. Fascist religious systems should be allowed to exist, but never to exert dominance. As has been stated before, some communities will choose to live under Sharia law, and some communities will choose to follow the law of the Bible. However, those who do not wish to live under this type of control must be free to leave the community.
In fact, religion-exclusive groups will be one type of community that forms with the advent of freeism. Some communities like this already exist, such as the Amish and Mennonite communities. However, another type of community is likely to form, and these would be dedicated to discerning the truth in religion. This would take many forms, such as historical research into the creation and propagation of religions with the intent to discover and explore common roots, as well as scientific investigations into the nature of quantum connectedness and its implications regarding the human condition.
Crossover and coexistence
We are all in this together. We all see that the planet is being polluted, cultural conflicts are being escalated worldwide, and mass death is being engineered by those currently in power. This fascist system has kept a lot of information hidden for a long time, but as the pieces of the plan are put together and more revelations are leaked from within the system, it is rapidly becoming readily apparent to everyone that radical change is needed NOW. This book was created to assist in bringing about the necessary changes. This book does not contain all the answers, but it should contain enough of a framework that other thinkers can assist in helping solve the world's problems from within a completely new, more human, perspective.
Now, one very serious question needs to be addressed. How are these changes going to come about? There are several scenarios, but in the end everything begins with you. For freeism to make its way into the world, it will require local communities taking the initiative. The first step is providing for your physical human needs outside of the system. This means that you and your family and neighbors need to start gardening. Some areas are more suited for different types of plants, so do your own research on your area. Some areas absolutely require the use of the biodomes mentioned earlier. You will also want to start raising chickens and goats, and perhaps cattle if your area supports it. Remember, free-range is best. If you live in the country, you might want to increase the local game supply, or introduce wild edible plants.
The second step is to renounce the monetary system as completely as possible. For this to work, you will need a network of friends and neighbors who are also committed to this goal. This is essential. Without local cooperation, each person would be required to do all the work of supporting himself, and it is impossible for one man to do everything. However, if there is trust within your community, you can feel safe raising only chickens and turnips if that is where your abilities are. All that is required is the knowledge that your neighbor will share his tomatoes and goat products with you, as long as you faithfully share your turnips, chickens and eggs. Friendship, caring, and trust are the economy of tomorrow.
Needless to say, these local systems of caring, sharing individuals will of necessity start small. It is vastly easier to generate trust within a smaller group of individuals than a larger one. However, as these local freeist groups grow into their potential, others will see the success brought about by the application of this new philosophy. Then, it is up to each local group to take in more people within your means. Sometimes, it will be better off to assist a neighboring freeist group in getting started rather than taking in more members. Then, as the neighboring groups mature and become more successful, they can take in new people as well as assisting in the formation of new groups.
As has been mentioned, the first groups to withdraw from the current fascist order will face the greatest challenges. That is because in order to survive outside of the system, you must first buy your way out. Thus, we posit that those with substantial wherewithal who have become dissatisfied with the current system stand the best chances of starting the first successful freeist communities. Remember, in the new order, it is not those who have the most who will be the most respected, it will be those who give the most freely.
We have used the symbols of the pyramid and the inverted pyramid to represent the fascist system and freeist communities, respectively. In the old fascist order, those at the top, by taking as much as they could from those beneath them, put the weight and stress of the entire pyramid on the bottom stones. Within freeism, new pyramids and organizations will be built from the top stone upwards. The limit to how well your community or group can do is based solely on how well the founders can support those who join the group, assisting them on the road to being able to support others. And, as the pyramid grows, with everyone assisting the newer members, it will be able to support even more people as time goes by. Therefore, if you can count yourself lucky enough to have more than you need, you can do your part to help heal the world and humanity by starting a freeist community in your area today. In the current economic climate of no jobs and no hope, it should be easy to find people who will join you in your endeavor. Then, as more and more of these local communities begin to form and grow, they will eventually bond together in a web of mutually reinforcing support.
It is obvious that radical change is never without conflict. The old way seldom wants to give way to the new, and those who have power hold onto it relentlessly. All the great cultural struggles through time have involved conflict, but in truth all those struggles were just preliminary battles. The fight for freedom of speech and religion, the turmoil surrounding the ending of slavery, the civil rights movement – all of these are partial victories for the side of freedom, but the major battle has yet to be fought. And this fight, like all fights, will be fought and won in the hearts of men and women.
The fascist system cannot tolerate the existence of freeism. It will be ridiculed and persecuted, and its adherents will be jailed and sometimes killed. However, that is a small price to pay for ending the global tyranny that enforces poverty, disease, and death, and calls it standard operating procedure. Furthermore, the fascist system already feels threatened by the information age and the advent of the internet. That is because this system is a global crime syndicate that has, over time, illegally stolen power by manipulating global markets and conflicts. This freedom of information threatens them because they do not want their dirty secrets known, and it is becoming much too easy to find out exactly who they are, how they operate, and what their goals are.
Fascism will never tolerate the existence of freeism because it goes completely against their main goal, and that goal is for a small group of elite masters to enslave the populace and completely dominate the globe. They do not believe in human rights, and they most especially do not believe in freedom. However, as events move into their endgame scenario, more and more people are waking up to the depth of criminality within the system. They are realizing that nothing offered by the system will ever come to be realized, and that they are merely pawns to be exterminated at will. This is most true in our militaries and police departments. The individuals who take those jobs are slowly learning that they are working to ensure that their children and grandchildren will be slaves of this system, and they are not happy about it.
Freeism will eventually be realized in the world, but there are several different paths we can take in getting there. The first one seems the most likely: in this scenario, people fail to wake up, the system continues down the path it is headed, and we have World War 3, nuclear holocaust, and an earth that can no longer sustain life. In this scenario, we have isolated pockets of freeists, scrounging for whatever they can, comforting each other, and waiting for death. However, we can avoid this if we take action.
Another likely scenario is a gradual transition. This starts with local freeist groups forming and becoming successful, then sharing how they did it with the rest of the surrounding area. There will be police-state style crackdowns, but a freeist base could take over local governments through elections, and establish entire counties based on freeism. Eventually, as those counties become even more successful, more will join the movement until entire states can be converted into freeist enclaves. Of course, these counties and states would need to abolish taxation, and the elected officials would have to work pro bono in their interactions with the remaining fascist-controlled areas until such time as governments are no longer necessary.
Yet another likely scenario involves radical global upheaval against the power elite. In fact, we are already seeing the beginnings of this with the global occupy movement. These protests exemplify the fact that almost everybody is very angry about something the system is doing, and, while the protestors seem to have no concrete message, the truth is that how wide the variety of complaints is the message. There are too many things wrong with the current world order to count! Another thing to think about in regards to the occupy movement is that things haven't even really gotten all that bad yet, and when they do, it is highly likely that the police will stand down. The false divide and conquer strategy that the fascist system likes to use is becoming less effective, and one day soon, perhaps, we will see a united populace stand up to our common enemy and say “Enough already!” After that, there would likely be blood in the streets as the elitists and their banker minions and politicians are hastily tried and then executed publicly for their crimes against humanity.
In these two options, there will likely be areas that remain under fascist control. There is also the possibility of the freeist movement being subverted by the fascist system and used as part of a divide and conquer technique. We will probably see wars and genocide of freeist groups. It is also more likely for these two scenarios to start and be successful in third world countries, especially those that do not have any outstanding loans with the IMF. However, there is yet another scenario.
Those who have the most stand to lose the most with the advent of freeism. However, it does not need to be that way, as those who have the most to lose also have the most to give. It is this giving that is at the heart of freeism. Giving and good will towards mankind. That being said, it is the elitists, those who are the cause of all our problems, who stand the best chance of revolutionizing the world system. Although this scenario is unlikely, it has the best chance of success with the least bloodshed and turmoil. For it to work, however, it would require immense soul searching and sacrifice by the elitists. First and foremost, they would have to realize that they were wrong in trying to achieve global domination, and then they would need to immediately start righting wrongs that they have committed. This means an immediate halt to all the programmed death mechanisms in food, water and medicines. It would also mean finding immediate solutions to all the conflicts they have created worldwide. It would mean publicly admitting these wrongdoings and accepting responsibility. However, if those at the top of the current system truly repented and atoned for their crimes, I am positive that most of humanity could come to forgive them. If they do not, then it is up to all of us individually to make a better world.
The world today is in trouble and we all know it. Until recently, we did not know what the problems were. Today, they are identified. Before, we were looking for easy, quick fix solutions. While the solutions presented here may not be easy, they will permanently solve the problems. So, it is time for us to reclaim our individuality, our humanity, and our freedom from those who have usurped it. If we can do that, then we can truly regain our power as humanity and, finally, create a lasting system of freedom, stability and peace.