12 Steps to Freedom – Prologue

In Modern Monetary Mechanics we arrived at the  logical conclusion that we live in bondage.  Sorry, you and I are slaves. What frustrates me most is the apparent inability to change the situation. My personality is one of a fixer. I fix things. As a professional geek I get paid to figure out why things are not working and not only troubleshoot them, but design systems and procedures to prevent future failures. And that is what I am going to attempt to do here. Now that you have arrived at my island, I will walk with you down the only logical path. The path to achieving freedom. I do this, not so much for me, after all my time here is past half its prime but, I do this for my kids. They are the ones who deserve to achieve freedom. As parents we teach them to walk and talk and read. Now we must learn to be free in order to teach them freedom. I would happily take this burden because the goal is much more worthy than me.


He who has a why can endure any how – Nietzsche


I will try to methodically walk this path one step at a time. You are free to follow me if you wish. The steps are sequential and although need to be followed in this way, some will be concurrent. While you are doing X, you can start working on Y. I will try to approach this in a logical manner by first giving you the what, then the why and finally the how of each step. I ask that you contribute in this journey. Some of you have already taken some of the steps we are about to travel. Please be kind enough to point out the pot holes along the way.

The Destination

In order to achieve anything we must clearly define what it is we are trying to achieve or in NewSpeak, we need a Mission Statement and an Exit Strategy. Your Mission Statement might be different than mine but, I will try to keep it as global as possible.

Man must be free to think, communicate, produce, associate and trade with others without the threat of State violence.

Sounds like a simple Mission Statement. Some of you might argue that, based on that definition, you are free. You are not. Let’s break down the Mission Statement and see what it really means.

Are you free?

You might claim that the fact you are reading this means that you are free to think. What you are not seeing is that your thinking is being shaped by a constant bombardment of propaganda, distortions and lies designed to create a new reality. What is reality? Reality is, at its core, the perception, definition and classification of the physical world around us. What you see and hear and smell is translated into electrical signals that are then defined by your brain and classified based on your previous experiences. Your nose smells something. That smell is translated into electrical signals and presented to your long term memory for classification. There is compared with previous experiences. Your brain classifies the smell as a known putrid smell and defines it as rotting flesh. The information is then sent back to your active brain to inform you that there is rotting flesh nearby and the event is stored in your long term memory to assist in future definition. This process is true both for simple events, such as smelling rotting flesh, and complex concepts such as freedom or wealth or happiness. Your brain is a biological machine that constantly forms a reality around you based on detection, classification and definition.

You are being fooled into thinking that you are free.

The human body has two primary mechanisms that are the key to survival, pain and pleasure. They are coded into your DNA. Pain tells you that the action you are taking is causing damage to your body and pleasure tells you that the action is correct. We can fool the receptors by either redefining the concepts or overriding the signals but, at its core, pain and pleasure are survival mechanisms. Yes, exercise is good for you and yes it hurts but, the pain signal that indicates the tearing of muscle while you are exercising is real, you just override the signal because you make the decision that the temporary pain is a necessary step towards a long term reward. Similarly, chemical intake can stimulate pleasure receptors in your brain. You are consciously introducing those chemicals into your body for short term pleasure even though you are aware that they have long term damaging effects.

The human brain also has two primary mechanisms for survival, happiness and misery. Your happiness is nothing more than your higher brain rewarding your behavior in order to keep you on that path and when you are miserable it is your higher brain trying to dissuade you from continuing that action. We can fool or ignore those signals just like we fool pain and pleasure signals. We can also be fooled into misinterpreting the signals by redefining the meanings. Keeping this in mind we can clearly define the right and wrong courses of action by that matrix; pain/pleasure and happiness/misery.

So here is the question that can help you define if you are free; are you happy? Not content. Content is just the acceptance of a particular condition or state of misery. A slave can be content if he accepts his state of slavery. He can experience relief that the master did not whip him this time or that he received an extra portion of food as a reward. But is he truly happy? No, he knows he is a slave and cannot un-know that fact. He has just accepted the lower standards and adapted. He is content.

So, are you happy or just content? With your job, family, community and society? Clearly you are not or you wouldn’t be here, reading my rants. But why do you tell yourself that you are happy when you are not? Why do you continue down the wrong path when your higher self is screaming at you to stop?

You have been trained to accept your condition of misery.

Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off. – Tyler Durden, Fight Club

From childhood you have been systematically trained to accept the state of slavery that you find yourself in. From “honor thy Father and Mother” to “rock the vote”, your life has been a cascade of propaganda and false input designed to keep you in the plantation. You are been told that if you “buy this” or “look like that” you will achieve happiness. But, your brain is steadily rebelling against the training. You were trained since childhood to obey authority. First your parents, then your teachers and then the State. The training is so effective that you begin to believe that you are free even though your brain is screaming that you are not. Your thinking has been distorted by all the false inputs and false reference points that your brain has been filled with. But remember that the brain is constantly classifying and defining. Your higher brains can see thru all the propaganda and false inputs. Your higher brain sees the Matrix for what it is.

For the sake of your sanity, your very survival you must first learn to ignore the false input. You must learn to look past the chaff and smoke and see the truth.

You must learn to think.

2 comments to 12 Steps to Freedom – Prologue

  • bogbeagle

    “Man must be free to think, communicate, produce, associate and trade with others without the threat of State violence.”

    OK, great mission statement. We definitely do need some sort of unifying ideal. The concept of “self-ownership” does it for me, since I can derive everything else from that.

    Most people can’t seem to recognise the violence which is inherent in the State … or, maybe they do, once it’s pointed out to them.

    Part 2, please. I need to know where you are going with this.

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