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  1. #91 Freedom Isn’t As Scary As We’re Told — by Gregory Sams 
    Does anybody truly believe that one day we will have enough rules, regulations and enforcement officers to impose peace and harmony upon humankind? Once we have criminalised every twitch of disrespect or discrimination against other races, religions, genders, body shapes and sexualities, will we achieve social harmony? Once every single communication between human beings is monitored by central security services, will we have an end to all crimes of violence? When every child is vaccinated against every known disease will we exterminate illness?

    Our society is shaped by the belief that ‘Yes’ is the answer to the above questions, accepting that a strong central state is the only mechanism through which to achieve social order, health, food safety, welfare, medical standards, education, clean air, security, and a list of ‘vital’ functions that vary from nation to nation. When I visited Zimbabwe in the 1980s I was amused to see that production of toilet paper was a state-run monopoly. In France, the Toubon Law regulates the music broadcast on radio, in concert with other regulations designed to uphold ‘Frenchness.’

    We must question why so many human affairs need to be directed by the firm hand of the state, whose primary tool is that of coercion. Coercion is the threat of damage to those who do not comply with directions coming from those who give them. It is a heavy-handed tool with an unnerving tendency to bring about unintended results. As David Friedman put it, “The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.”
    Freedom Isn’t As Scary As We’re Told — by Gregory Sams

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  2. #92 How To Be A Mentally Sovereign Human — by Caitlin Johnstone 
    We all showed up naked, slimy and clueless in a world of inexplicable sensory input we couldn’t make head or tail out of. We were then taught what’s what by people who showed up under the exact same circumstances a blink of an eye earlier.

    The amniotic fluid is barely washed from our tiny naked bodies before we find ourselves in a marriage and a day job, staring down at a small pair of eyes looking up to us for guidance.

    This is not a good environment for developing mental sovereignty, the ownership and authorship of your own cognitive relationship with life.

    Stepping into the world as a small person is like stepping completely unarmored onto a battlefield with live ammunition flying in all directions, except instead of bullets, it’s narrative.

    On one side of the battlefield you’ve got your family with rifles and side-arms firing their stories about what’s important in life, what the world is like, how people should deal with problems, and what society ought to look like.

    On another side you’ve got teachers and preachers armed with shotguns spraying buckshot about the beliefs that various power structures want you to have about your experience on this earth.

    On another side you’ve got the advertisers, armed with machine guns, hammering anything that moves with narratives about inadequacy and problems you never knew you had.

    And, raining bombs from above, you’ve got the mass media propagandists.

    You’re not going to make it off of that field without sustaining significant damage. You never stood a chance, really. At best you’re going to spend a long time picking slugs, bullets and shrapnel out of your flesh and stitching up the wounds that they caused, and that’s assuming you’re one of the lucky few who makes it off the field at all. Most just absorb the beliefs that get blasted into them in the frenzy of living and keep almost all of them.
    How To Be A Mentally Sovereign Human — by Caitlin Johnstone

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  3. #93 The Primary Mechanism Of Your Oppression Is Not Hidden At All — by Caitlin Johnstone 
    The nonstop campaign by bought politicians, owned news outlets, and manipulated social media platforms to control the dominant narratives about what's going on in the world contribute vastly more to the sickness of our society than government secrecy does. We know this from experience: any time a whistleblower exposes secret information about the malfeasance of powerful governments like NSA surveillance or Collateral Murder, we see not public accountability, nor demands for sweeping systemic changes to prevent such malfeasance from reoccurring, but a bunch of narrative management from the political/media class.

    This narrative management is used to shift attention away from the information that was revealed and onto the fact that the person who revealed it broke the law or misbehaved in some way. It's used to convince people that the revelations aren't actually a big deal, or that it was already basically public knowledge anyway. And it's used to manipulate public attention on to the next hot story of the day and memory hole it underneath the white noise of the media news churn. And nothing changes.

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