By Mike Sandefur
I start with a personal confession. “Many times in my life I have been utilized as a useful fool.” May it never happen to you.
Through artful deception, I believed in certain things (I later learned to be untrue) and sometimes acted upon those beliefs. These guided actions were never intended to benefit me they were intended to benefit the deceivers. In fact the actions often resulted in the loss of my own personal liberties, albeit ever-so-small, but cumulative.
Why am I making this confession to you? Because I am challenging you to ask the same question… “Am I a useful fool?”
If you can answer quickly with “no,” then the truth is likely “yes”. With several degrees and diplomas, I was well in to middle age before I realized the manipulation. How was I transformed into a useful fool? The same way most of us are.
Becoming a useful fool generally begins with some sort of indoctrination. See the following definition:
Indoctrination is the process of inculcating ideas, attitudes, cognitive strategies or a professional methodology. It is often distinguished from education by the fact that the indoctrinated person is expected not to question or critically examine the doctrine they have learned.
The fact is few people in this world escape some sort of indoctrination. Indoctrination can be in many, many forms, theological, political, cultural…
The first natural reaction to this challenge is denial… “the rest of the world may be indoctrinated but not me.”
Still a disbeliever, consider something outside of most of our theological or cultural beliefs. The Quran graphically lays forth the concept of sexual pleasures in paradise for those who fight and or die in the cause of Allah. It is commonly believed that each warrior will be rewarded with 72 virgins.
Do I believe this? No. Do I think it is absurd? Yes. Why? Because it is not part of my theological indoctrination. Yet there are perhaps tens or hundreds of millions that believe this and will never even consider challenging this indoctrination. Many will happily die for their belief. If you asked these people if they are being useful fools, they would quickly answer “No”.
So considering that indoctrination can instill such extreme beliefs, is it just possible that you have been indoctrinated in such a manner?
I also confess I am a science fiction buff. In Terry Goodkind’s epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth he writes about the “Wizard’s First Rule,” which wizard states as:
“People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they are afraid it might be true. People’s heads are full of knowledge, facts, and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool.”
Fiction often mirrors truth only much more directly. I wasn’t present but believe it to be true, that ever since humans began communicating, someone or some entity has been attempting to manipulate our thoughts for their own profit.
History is replete with sociopathic leaders and political regimes who have attempted to create a dystopia society in which the government controls all aspects and represses individual liberty under the guise of creating a utopia. If you wish to not be a “useful fool” consider reading George Orwell’s novel 1984. This novel illustrates an absolute indoctrinated society.
The entire concept behind indoctrination is to control your thoughts, actions and resources (resources being labor and wages). There will be a few power brokers (I will refer to them as “Deceptors”) who will receive the greatest benefit and all else are useful fools.
Clearly, the ideal circumstance for the Deceptors is to establish an indoctrination process that you never question, or more importantly the masses never question. To that point, critical review is outlawed and something even punished by death. It is a historic process that has repeated itself many times. This process initiates when the Deceptors identify free speech as terrorist or the entities that speak the truth as terrorist.
So how can the Deceptors best achieve this outcome? One essential element is the incremental removal of personal liberties. These are usually taken in the name of collective safety. The only cost are a few liberties now and again. This occurs often through agencies setup by the State such as the FBI, Homeland Security, OSHA, EPA, and/or IRS. In Germany in the 30’s, it was the Schutzstaffel or SS… there to protect the people from internal terrorists.
Ask yourself, “Am I more or less free than the generation before me? Benjamin Franklin stated: “Those who would give up ESSENTIAL LIBERTY to purchase a little TEMPORARY SAFETY, deserve neither LIBERTY nor SAFETY.”
A second element is the intentional creation of economic distress and manipulation of the social unrest that follows. Class warfare is a common practice to achieve this goal. But one should keep in mind if the government can arbitrarily take money (liberties) from one class of persons, they can take it from all. It is akin to freedom of speech. We allow hate speech from the KKK and the Black Panthers, not because we approve, but because we want to protect our own liberties. As a side note, how can we expect there to be jobs when we have the highest corporate tax in the world?
The third is the drug “dependency”. It is akin to the One Ring in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel . “A ring to bind them all in darkness”. The ring that binds is the fiat money provided by the U.S. Government to those who have not worked to earn it… money obtained by taxing the 52% of population that work… money obtained from borrowing from the Federal Reserve… money obtained through loans from China.
Perhaps the most essential liberty deprived is education. I recall hours and hours of history. Why certain societies prospered and why others failed. There are only two basic reasons; either they were conquered by a more powerful nation or they failed internally because of ineffective policies.
Alexander Tyler, a suggested author of the following quote wrote regarding the fall of the Athenian Republic about the time that our original 13 states adopted their new constitution:
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”
It is worth noting that 48% of the population pay no taxes and are supported by the 52%. This process is made possible by the LARGEST CORPORATION in human history the U.S. Government. The same government that outlawed physical slavery has now economically enslaved 52% of the population. What motivation does the 48% have to become productive citizens? When will the 52% lose their motivation. Is this a sustainable? What happens to our nation when non-working majorities through the electoral process mandate the working class to work harder? Who are the Deceptors that are making this possible? Historically, political regimes were the Deceptors but with the advent of the Federal Reserve and global banking intuitions, governments and political regimes may take a back seat. Thomas Jefferson had the following thoughts on the banking system:
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
“I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution – taking from the Federal government their power of borrowing (from privately-owned corporate banks).”- Thomas Jefferson
The Deceptors, the same entities that created our current economic and social circumstances will attempt to manipulate your thoughts, and actions for their benefit.
We face many difficult decisions: unsustainable government spending policy, a Federal Reserve Bank and global banking system, declining jobs and job quality. How can we expect there to be jobs when we have the highest corporate tax in the world?
You are going to be challenged to follow one of the political regimes. I challenge you discard the shackles of indoctrination and educate yourself on the circumstances that existed when our country was thriving. What made America great? High taxes or low taxes, free enterprise or unions, national debt or no debt, Federal Reserve or state banks, personal responsibility or government dependency, collectivism or individualism, liberty or tyranny.
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