Robert Ringer

Ending Our Self-imposed Slavery

By Robert Ringer - Thursday, September 19, 2013

Slavery has been around since the beginning of recorded history.  Many of the Founding Fathers were slave owners, most notably George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.  So when Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, one has to wonder what he was thinking when he wrote that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

It makes you wonder how many times throughout human history generations of people have suffered because men in power — even good men — were not willing, for myriad reasons, to step up to the plate and insist on justice for all.  In the case of our Founding Fathers, nearly a century of misery for African-Americans could have been avoided had they been willing to do so.

Sadly, today, nearly two and a half centuries later, evil still prevails in America, and good men (presuming they are out there somewhere) seem unwilling to do anything about it.  Of course, slavery in 21st century America is quite different from the 18th century variety, but the number of slaves has grown dramatically.

Chains and whips are no longer used — or needed.  Today’s rulers are much more subtle and clever than the colonial patriots of the 1700s.  Democracy has proven to be a far more effective tool for controlling people than chains and brute force.

Our chains are now called “entitlements,” and they are one of the main reasons we so love our enslavement.  And so long as our brains remain dormant, our chains are guaranteed to remain in place.

Unfortunately, the something-for-nothing urge in most people makes them easy prey when it comes to addiction to entitlements.  Like McDonalds and its Big Mac ads, the government makes entitlements so enticing that millions of people simply cannot resist them.

So today, it’s not so much that evil triumphs because good men do nothing.  Evil triumphs because evil men and women are in power.  And the problem isn’t that they do nothing.  The problem is that they do evil things!

But don’t we have a Constitution that protects us?  To be sure, the purported purpose of the U.S. Constitution is to protect American citizens by placing limits on the government.  Which sounds fine, except for the fact that the Constitution has not protected Americans from government aggression.

On the contrary, such aggression has become worse with each passing year, because politicians choose to ignore the Constitution.  Over the past five years, in particular, they have ramped up their zeal to steal our money, spy on us, and harass us at every turn.

The sad fact is that in our state of waking dreams we have embraced George Orwell’s “doublethink” from his classic novel 1984:  “War is peace; freedom is slavery; ignorance is strength.”

We attack countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria in the name of peace.  We force people to buy medical insurance, because if they are free to go without it, we are led to believe it’s akin to slavery.  Barack Obama urges us not to listen to the details of what’s going on in Washington, because, he says, we have more strength when we are ignorant.

It’s not hard to understand why purist libertarians argue that people don’t need government at all, but, unfortunately, that’s an impossible sell in these declining days of the American Empire.  Through gradualism and addiction to living beyond their means, most people believe they do, indeed, need government — not to protect their right to life, liberty, and their pursuit of happiness, but to act as an enforcer to protect their lifestyle!

Would that Washington, Jefferson, and the rest of the white-wigged crowd could return and explain to the populace what they had in mind when they started their unique experiment in representative government.  Notwithstanding their inexcusable failure to address the issue of black slavery, they put into place a Constitution that was intended to protect citizens from the evildoers in Washington.

But, again, the problem is that elected officials, government bureaucrats, and judges do not support our Constitution.  At best, they ignore it; at worst, they pervert its meaning.  And, above all, they hate it.

Even worse, in direct violation of the United States Constitution, they have somehow managed to turn everything on its head and given themselves the power to grant rights to us.  And if government has the power to grant us rights, we are, by definition, slaves.

If Americans are serious about ending their self-imposed slavery, they need to focus on making the ruling class extinct — perhaps via a constitutional amendment initiated by the states.  But to do this, they have to wake up long enough to realize that downing a six-pack of Bud Light while hypnotically watching sports and reality TV shows does not constitute freedom.  On the contrary, these are the keys that keep our prison doors tightly locked.

As Russian philosopher P.D. Ouspensky put it in quoting his mentor, G.I. Gurdjieff:

If a man in prison was at any time to have a chance to escape, then he must first of all realize that he is in prison.  So long as he fails to realize this, so long as he thinks he is free, he has no chance whatever.  No one can help or liberate him by force, against his will, in opposition to his wishes.  If liberation is possible, it is possible only as a result of great labor and great efforts, and, above all, of conscious efforts, towards a definite aim.

Until Americans awaken from their entertainment slumber and realize they are in prison — until they begin focusing on destroying the system that manufactures the career politicians, judges, and bureaucrats who rule them — there is no chance for them to escape.  And only by escaping can they hope to begin the arduous task of rebuilding America from the ground up by fundamentally transforming it from a socialist oligarchy back into a constitutional republic.

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0 Responses to “Ending Our Self-imposed Slavery”

  1. Reality Seeker says:

    Nice quote by P.D. Ouspensky. I'm shall keep that one on file.

    Back in 1958 Aldous Huxley said it best when he issued the warning to Mike Wallace: "People will learn to love their slavery". Aldous also predicted that people would become hooked on "Soma", i.e., exotic drugs. He sure was spot on with that prediction… He also predicted that politicians would need to become more telegenic as the need to appeal to people's emotions and sensory perceptions grew while the average citizen's cognitive ability to reason greatly diminished………

    ……Back then Ayn Rand called them the "ignorant masses"; I now call them the abjectly ignorant masses who love their drugs, slavery, sex and circus.

  2. Reality Seeker says:

    Speaking of slavery, I like Harriet Tubman's story because she didn't just run her mouth; she acted; thus, setting an example for future generations. Talk is cheap, action is precious.

    "I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more, if only they knew they were slaves". ~ "Harriet Tubman

    Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Harriet Ross; 1820 – March 10, 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made more than nineteen missions to rescue more than 300 slaves using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women's suffrage."

  3. tonyscfa says:

    Great points but I question why I should not be able to collect social security since I have been paying into the system since I started working in junior high? Also, I have researched Medicare and cannot find any way out of that system whether I want to get out or not. No insurance company offers medical insurance past 65, so government has a monopoly in that area. If there is an alternative, please enlighten me.

  4. Jimbo says:

    The problem with any Constitution is that its interpretation and "enforcement" comes at the hands of govt. employees, whose sole purpose is to grow their enterprise . . . and NOT protect anyone's freedoms. Democracy is a completely IMMORAL system and will always produce the garbage that we now have. Anarcho-capitalism, where all things are privately owned and products/services come from a free market (based on sound money, not fiat currency!) is the only answer. Unfortunately the masses have been dumbed down into collectivist nonsense, so are unlikely to support such a change, despite the current system failing miserably. Collapse is likely the only way for a real and good change to occur.

  5. John says:

    There were those that did great things to defeat slavery. There are also those that have worked tirelessly to create and maintain slavery of the poor and black community. The Demons have developed over the years a plan, that is working to a great degree because the American people seem to like their slavery.

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