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Will Government Tyranny Be Completed Before Humanity Wakes Up Again?

government tyrannyAll of our lives have occurred in an era of peak somnambulism (a.k.a. sleepwalking), and those of us who enjoy being awake have suffered mightily because of it. Using your mind has come with a price in our time, which is pretty sick, really. You can thank growing government tyranny for that.

Humanity, however, does not sleep forever. Eventually humans get tired with the permanent suspension of thought. I know that none of us have ever seen that in our lifetimes, but I study history, and trust me, it has happened in the past.

Can you imagine people traveling a hundred miles on foot, over muddy roads and fields, with bad shoes, and sleeping outdoors, just to listen to a teacher who the authorities had recently defrocked for immorality and cast out of the city? And this teacher wasn’t a religious guru or the leader of a revolution: he was teaching things like history, philosophy and logic.

Well, hundreds of people, even thousands, did this in the early 12th century. (The teacher’s name was Peter Abelard, and he wasn’t the only one.) Europeans had been cut-off from learning by their ruling systems for hundreds of years, and yet at this moment they remembered that they were human and woke up.

I’m promising that this will happen again anytime soon, mind you, but it does happen on occasion.

History Shows the Way

From the 12th century through the 19th century, Europeans and Americans generally used their brains, and life in the West improved massively; far beyond anything ever seen in the historical record. But then, it changed. Knowledge didn’t go away, but humanity forgot that it mattered and decided that sleepwalking was easier and better.

It’s not often that you get personalities as diverse as F.A. Hayek, Virginia Woolf, Ayn Rand, and the Bohemian artists of London to all agree, but there was one subject on which they did concur: All of them said that there was a distinct change in the nature of humanity in 1911 or thereabouts. Virginia Woolf, for example, was very precise, placing it in December of 1910 and writing that “human character changed.” Ayn Rand, who was very young at the time, placed it “before World War One” and said “the West lost its nerve.”

Whatever it was that happened, it is very clear that since that time, the men of the West have tried very hard to sleep and have fought to remain in their slumbers. Yes, they were scientifically trained to be that way in government conditioning centers (a.k.a. schools). And yes, they spent decades of their lives in factories where thinking was taken as a threat. And yes, it’s true that they were subjected to millions of advertisements that grasped at their minds and wills. But even all of that doesn’t account for a hundred years of slumbers.

There’s a Reason it’s Called the Idiot Box…

The big factor in all of this was the great god of the age: Television. After all, to most people, television is simply what we do. Try telling people that you don’t watch TV some time and see what happens – they’ll treat you like a space alien. And if you persist, they’re likely to see you as a threat.

TV is simply what modern humanity does. Americans watch better than 150 hours of TV per month these days – on average. And when they’re not watching flashing images on their awesome new flatscreen (bigger than their neighbor’s!), they’re plugged in to some kind of iPod, iPad, or some other trendy new iGadget. Anything to avoid thinking.

And the more bizarre the world gets – like Presidents and courts agreeing that droning citizens to death without a trial is not a Constitutional problem – they more they avoid thinking. The more the need to think sits in front of their faces, the more they crawl into TV, music, tabloids, booze, and anything else that will allow them to avoid it. Their ignorance must be preserved, or else they’ll have to face the thing they’ve been running from all their lives: responsibility.

But, as I say, this will not last forever. Whenever it is that the hypnosis breaks, those who have been using it as a slave drug will have a problem.

And that may be why they’re in such a hurry to build a fast, cheap tyranny. Once humanity turns again, the elite life-skimmers will need the ability to remove troublemakers quickly and easily, and to lead with it on the nightly news… presuming that anyone still watches the insulting drivel. There are signs of humanity waking up, after all.

Who would have dared to predict thousands of young people following an old doctor like Ron Paul around the country, eagerly waiting to hear about the Federal Reserve scam? I’m not at all sure that will be enough, but it did involve numbers of young people opening their eyes, and it was a real surprise.

Government Tyranny in Action

So, if this continues, the power-mongers will need cheap control, which is why they’ve been procuring drones and computers. Drones and 24/7 monitoring make for excellent, cheap tyranny: A world-wide surveillance web to see what you are thinking about, a world-wide manipulation system to nudge you in the ‘right’ directions, and drones to intimidate you… and, if necessary, to take you out. (Once your worst texts and emails have been worked into an appropriate story, of course.)

So, we’re in a race between cheap government tyranny, and humanity deciding that a hundred semi-comatose years were enough, and that it’s time to wake up.

Which side will win the race? I dunno.

Paul Rosenberg
FreemansPerspective.com

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  • Samarami

    Saw your essay at STR today. Nice to have you aboard!

    I’m not certain I totally agree with the collective pronoun “our” in the first sentence (above — “Will Tyranny Be Completed…?” However I have to own much slumber prior to this moment in time. This awakening has not been a sudden event for me.

    Last time I participated in bread and circus (voting in “elections”) was 1964. I beat my brains out in Texas all summer (I’m a teacher) for Barry Goldwater, only to become totally disenchanted with politics once Lyndon Johnson “won” by a landslide. I came to see the masses want bread. And they love the circus. And they want parasites and predators organized into that group we call “government” to steal from their fellow men and women to give it to them. Johnson personified that role.

    In that endeavor I met and sanctified Karl Hess. Later Harry Browne. And Robert Ringer. Somewhere along the line I sensed we all have feet of clay — “pure anarchy” is elusive to us all.

    But I can’t speak for you. You may have achieved it. So I keep reaching out, only to discover there is always so much more to discover about liberty and freedom. Just when I think I’ve got it cornered, it slides to one side or another.

    That’s, of course, during those times I try to manage or control others’ thoughts and ideas rather than simply allowing you and my neighbors, friends and family to be themselves.

    I am a sovereign state. That’s a separate story for another time. But glad to see you with us, Paul. And thanks for letting me peek in to your blog site.

    Regards,

    Sam Spade (“Samarami”)

    • carl McQuilliam

      Great article…
      and Sam, I’m confident that I would enjoy speaking with you about your experiences. I appreciate what you are saying. If you care to, cmcquilliam2012@yahoo

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  • cat writer

    Paul, can you please cite sources for the ‘great shift’ of December 1910-1911? This is the first I have heard of this period of history being a turning point.

    This was exactly when the meeting on Jekyll Island, Georgia occurred. Virginia Woolf and the Bohemians were very likely unaware of that and Rand and Hayek were kids with other concerns at that time.

    The book ‘Political Ponerology’ by Lobaczewski has a passage that describes Europe of 1910 as supporting the wild and fantastic mind that evolved into war. (This arrived with the immigrants to America. If you want to know what would have happened in Europe had there been no warfare there last century, look at the United States now. Americans have been shifting the consequences of their behavior onto others for centuries. The Puritans are relics of the mindset before the Thirty Years’ War.)

    There were no electronic mass media widespread in 1910, just newspapers. Furthermore, newspaper publishers had and expressed differing opinions. Any medium size American city had at least two newspapers then; you can see that from the two-named papers in many cities now.

    Is it possible that what occurred in 1910-11 was a manifestation of results from “stinking thinking”? This is like the appearance of symptoms of a disease resulting from years of stress or poor health habits.

    This is an occult study worthy of research to understand what happened, to learn who and what is in control in which dimensions and how to prevent these things from happening again.

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