Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Story of Your Enslavement (Video) "The only freedom is freedom from illusion"


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Why You Are Easy to Control The video below provides "the story of your enslavement, how it came to be, and how you can finally be free". Human nature is to exploit resources, including other humans. The argument is that humans became afraid of death. By being afraid of death, and also injury and imprisonment, we become controllable. Humans became the most valuable resource to be controlled and exploited, by other humans. "This human farming has been the most profitable, and destructive, occupation throughout human history and it is now reaching its destructive climax." History is a series of human farms, where farmers own human livestock. These "farmers" are political, religious, economic, cultural, and military leaders and elite. Isn't there benevolence by providing food, water, shelter, health care, and education to the masses in a society? Farmers provide the same, including training, to their livestock. Isn't there freedom and liberty of individuals in the more modern, democratic societies? To an extent, but even farmers provide crop spacing to "increase their yields" and allow exceptional, "prized" animals more space, larger stalls to increase production. Therefore, is a nation such as America merely a "tax farm" and a corporatocracy to perpetuate both the government and corporations? Your "farmer" grants you certain liberties not because of concern for your freedom, but for profit maximization. This is the cage you were born into. Welcome to your cage!

History of Human Farming There have been four phases of human farming in history.
● Originally the human body was controlled by slavery, such as in ancient Egypt. The creativity of the mind was not generally exploited. Brute force was necessary for control and the system was inefficient.
● Next slaves were granted some freedom, as in the Roman Empire, thereby promoting some ingenuity and creativity. This increased productivity.
● Later the feudal system of lords, vassals, and fiefs was developed in Europe and the slaves were "peasants". Perhaps a peasant could control land, or even perhaps own land, as long as the higher ranks were paid taxes and tribute.
● Technology eventually allowed more agricultural productivity. Cities of displaced peasants, now industrial workers, and democracy, became a more efficient organization and method of human ownership via the industrial revolution. Also, it was more efficient to allow humans to choose their own occupations, now that technological advancement provided options. The assertion is that the Mafia model has now been implemented within democracies along with these increased freedoms.

Mafia Model Efficiency The Mafia doesn't necessarily own businesses directly, but extorts payment. Today you are allowed to choose your own occupation, which increases your productivity and therefore the taxes you can pay - to your masters. What freedoms you are allowed to have are profitable to your owners. However, an expansion of freedoms can adversely affect your owners' profitability. At that point, civil rights and liberty must be curtailed through restrictive measures. Taxed livestock must be kept within the compounds of the ruling class.

Maintaining Control of You Your owners maintain control of you through three methods.
● First is indoctrinating the young through education. You need to be trained in skills beneficial to the society, but not be educated in critical and logical thinking to be a threat. Logic should be a required, beginning course in every school, in order to learn, but it is not. Religious training is also useful to the owners for control.
● Second is to divide and conquer, to divide society, through the creation of dependent livestock. Extreme force is unproductive, such as in North Korea. Humans do not breed well and are not productive in direct captivity. However, if humans believe they are free, then productivity increases dramatically. To perpetuate this illusion of freedom, some of the livestock are placed on the farmers' payroll. Now they have a vested interested in the status quo and will resist change by other groups of citizens who protest against the violence, hypocrisy, and immorality of the system of human ownership. In Big Brother speak, "Freedom is slavery, and slavery is freedom". If the elite can get some of the cows, the sheeple, to attack others who protest against the system, then the cost of control is minimized. Those benefiting and and profiting from the largess of the farmer will violently oppose a challenge to the system by others. Those who demand real freedom are a threat to be suppressed.
● Third is the invention and perpetuation of external threats so that the livestock cling to the protection of the farmers. War is Peace!

Human Farming Nearing an End? Will the increases in economic freedoms of the past century cause a collapse of the Western economic systems through overwhelming debt? Is the growth of the state always proportional to the preceding economic freedoms? More wealth is created, but this attracts more thieves and political parasites. This greed then destroys the economic freedoms as the system then collapses. "Freedom metastasizes the cancer of the state". Government begins small but always increases in size and scope. Therefore, there can never be a viable and sustainable alternative to a truly free and peaceful society. To be truly free is very easy and very hard. We avoid the horror of our enslavement because it is so painful to see it directly. We ignore the endless violence of our dying system, because it is unthinkable. We can only be kept in the cages we refuse to see. Wake up, to see the farm is to leave it.

Mountain Vision Conclusion This video presents a dark, thought-provoking, perhaps even campy, version of history and our current human condition. However, human history has been darker, more brutal, and more difficult at a personal level, than books at a general and macro level usually portray. Enslavement, exploitation and control of humans, by humans, persists and thrives, even in the most modern, free countries. Americans like to say they are free, to which I respond, "Go tell the IRS that, that you are free, that you are being extorted, and that you'll not pay taxes henceforth". The threat of imprisonment, but most likely impoverishment, by the IRS will get you back in line, and under control, immediately. The ongoing technological explosion can either enslave or liberate individuals. The worldwide inter-connectivity of people via the Internet, via the global cloud, provides hope. History is written by the victors (Winston Churchill). History is little else than a long succession of useless cruelties (Voltaire). In mass societies, myth takes the place of history (William Bosenbrook). The historian amputates reality (Gaetano Salvemini). I wonder why we hate the past so? (W.D. Howells to Mark Twain). It's so damned humiliating (Twain's reply).

The Story of Your Enslavement We can only be kept in the cages we do not see. A brief history of human enslavement - up to and including your own. From Freedomain Radio, the largest and most popular philosophy conversation in the world.

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About Stefan Molyneux I am Stefan Molyneux, the host of Freedomain Radio. I have been a software entrepreneur and executive, co-founded a successful company and worked for many years as a Chief Technical Officer. I studied literature, history, economics and philosophy at York University, hold an undergraduate degree in History from McGill University, and earned a graduate degree from the University of Toronto, focusing on the history of philosophy. I received an 'A' for my Master's Thesis analyzing the political implications of the philosophies of Immanuel Kant, G.W.F. Hegel, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. I also spent two years studying writing and acting at the National Theatre School of Canada. I have been fascinated by philosophy - particularly moral theories - since my mid-teens. I left my career as a software entrepreneur and executive to pursue philosophy full time through my work here at Freedomain Radio. I have written a number of novels as well as many free books on philosophy. In my podcasts and videos, I try to avoid opinions, and instead talk about proof and rationality. If the theories I propose are reasonable, and are supported by evidence, well and good, we have both learned something. If not, listeners such as you are quick to point out errors, which I receive with gratitude. This approach is fundamentally different from most "talk shows." I am a rigorous philosopher, and I will always bow to reason and evidence. The only freedom is freedom from illusion...
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