If I were to score this album, it would get a 10/10.
Veracity is the high powered, mind-expanding, sonic blast to the skull unlike anything I’ve ever heard before.
I can’t even put it into words. I wish I possessed the poetry of language required to describe the range of talent here but that would kind of take all the fun away from the experience of listening to it. As the message says from the opening track Pop Off
“People have been arguing what genre we are, but just shut up, sit back and enjoy the music.” And that is what you need to do. This is a full album play from track 1-18.
I first became aware of BackWordz about a year and a half ago when I stumbled upon frontman Eric Julys Facebook videos.
His videos were simple, informative and straight forward. It was clear that this dude was smart as hell and using his smarts to try and drop knowledge on internet trolls and unconscious state worshiping robots.
It resonated with me because there was a certain level of frustration, anger, and passion behind what he was saying. And I could relate to it. I felt the same way.
Anyone who is a libertarian can relate. We’re all too familiar with the feeling of beating our heads against the wall trying to have rational discussions with autistic screechers. So, I really enjoyed what he was doing.
I immediately invited Eric to come on the show I was co-hosting at the time, Part Of The Problem with Dave Smith.
We had a great conversation, and I became a fan and continued to follow his work.
I kept paying attention to the videos he was putting out, whether it was on the min wage, taxation, SJWs, the cops, the federal reserve, basic economics, or liberal hypocrisy, they were all great. But, then I started to pay attention to the music he was making.
The first thing I listened to was: BackWordz & Outnumbered Presents: Rippa’s Raps #3- AnCap Rap Pt.2 I immediately loved it and that led me to discover more of BackWordz music.
Next, I heard the single Statism and it blew me away. I kept paying attention and now that full album has dropped. I feel compelled to write this and share in the awesomeness that is Veracity.
Now, I am not a professional music critic by any means, nor am I a hardcore metal fan, but I do love music, and I love liberty. And more importantly, I just love when really talented people make amazing art with a real message that doesn’t overpower the music.
That is very important. The music stands on its own regardless of the message. But the message they stand for is what notches it up to greatness.
When talent, truth, and passion meet, this is what you get. These guys are the real deal. This album is fun as hell and exciting for the liberty movement and music.
Ok, enough of this writing bullshit, lets all get in our cars and blast veracity to full volume while we storm the white house and overthrow the government. Saturday at high noon. Be there.
Oh, sorry, I’ got a little carried away there. Just kidding. I respect the NAP. Don’t put me on a list. (prob too late for that) ok, Now, back to the words.
We all know that libertarians don’t have a strong foothold in the culture.
But, That is exactly what we need. We need to infiltrate and immerse ourselves in the culture of cool. In Art, Music, film, dance, TV, etc. The left has dominated this realm for far too long and I think its fair to say, we’re all sick of it.
This is a major step forward and a big win for what we stand for.
Libertarians aren’t necessarily known for being “cool” But that is exactly what we need to win the hearts and minds of more people and convert them to our side. The right side. The side of truth, freedom, liberty and rocking your fucking ass off to powerful heart pounding jams you want to hear over and over again.
The music world lost its edge some time ago. The rebellious fuck you to the system seems to go by the wayside for phony kiss ass pandering artists and fake activists with lame music who think they’re so important. What happened to the resistance to authority in music? What happened to the anti-war music and the protest art? I don’t know.
People have been asleep I guess.
I think its about time wake ’em up. Grab your Beat Pill speakers and stereos, put them next to their beds and jolt them awake like Marty McFly knocking his father back to consciousness in Back To The Future.
Its time we go back to the roots of the realness to bring about the future we want. Crank that sucker up to 11 and blow the sleeping zombies ear drums out with a hard dose of Veracity.
BackWordz will blow your head off with blazing Screams of truth that are directly aimed at the real face of power in our world. This isn’t your grandma’s phony protest music or any fake ass raging against some kind of “machine.”
This is highly skilled, elevated and educational lyrics dipped in serious style, and talent like you’ve never heard anywhere else before. If you’re a fan of metal, you’ll love it. If you’re a fan of hard rock, you’ll love it. If you’re a fan of rap and hip-hop, you’ll love it. If you’re a fan of Liberty, you’ll love it.
The band rocks hard with the deadly trifecta of pulsing beats, cutting lyrics and searing guitar shredding that pulls you in to jump around and rock with them. It will inspire you to Be Great, by lighting a fires inside of you and maybe after you’re done head banging and enjoying the music you may just go and google some of the lyrics to find the deeper meaning behind what Eric is preaching.
Maybe you’ll find yourself spiraling down a rabbit hole of wisdom and getting’ woke by the endless plethora of information on mises.org
This is the real protest music of our day. This is what we have all been waiting for.
Veracity is an album that rips and shreds harder and faster with more rhythm and style than I’ve seen in a long time, and not only that, but there is a positive message here, empowering kids, teens, and adults alike to take responsibility, wakeup, and own yourself!
There’s no question that these guys are very talented and this album is a must listen. Enough reading me talk about it. Get it, download it, whatever you do, just don’t violate the NAP in doing so. Go and support these guys right now and buy their album.
Congrats to BackWordz for making this epic masterpiece of music for this generation in desperate need of it.
After you’re done listening to Veracity, you may want to give it another go and if you find yourself singing along, who knows you may just find your voice changing from a Baaa Baaa Baaaing sort of sound to howling.
I’m not going to lead you on.
What is the one simple thing you need to understand?
Easy. Government is force.Government is the mafia.Thats it.
They do whatever they want, whenever they want, they say anything to fan the flames of our tempers, and they get away with everything. Always.
They are not servants of the people, they are servants of the elites. They need to keep us disinterested, distracted, confused, eating out of the palm of their hands and ultimately, under their complete control, so they stay in power. It may not seem that way, because they put a lot of money and effort into disguisng their true nature, but that is what it is.
And its not sort of like that but… or some people are that way but not all, just a few bad apples. NO! it is coded within the DNA of the entire system. It can not operate any other way.
Government is Force
Every government program is backed by the coercive power to compel people to alter their lives is some way under threat of penalty or imprisonment. For government to provide what you want, it has to take it from someone else.
Behind every single law, regulation and program is the threat of Force. Either people are being forced to do something they don’t want to or they will be forced to pay for things they don’t want to. Do you really want to live in this world of outsourcing aggression onto peaceful people?
Ok you may say, big deal. I get it. You may even accept it and say that we need force to have a “civilized society” You may rationalize it and say “Its ok, because we hold our politicians accountable. After all we live in a democracy right? Checks and balances! The Voice of the people at work! yada yada yada
But what about the government makes you think that their power is being checked?
And forget about the front facing cover of politicians in D.C. what about the unelected power of the intelligence agencies, banks and contractors that make up the Deep State. Who is keeping their power in check?
Who is watching the watchers? The answer: No one.
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”
It’s funny to see things that were called wacky conspiracy theories just five years ago starting to be excepted, now that info has come out proving them. I’ve been talking about the Deep State for years, but recently now its trendy and cool to talk about. Its about time the public caught up. Welcome to the true resistance.
Before I go further. The Revelations I am referring to specifically are the Vault 7 wikileaks dump. There have been articles reporting on the CIA and their ability to watch you using TVs, hack into your car and even collect data from Amazons Alexa. One that caught my eye as well is the death of Michael Hastings.
When this happened. I knew it was The CIA. I didn’t have proof but I did have the truth on my side. The truth of what government is. When you understand that. It will set you free, and you will see things for what they really are without a shred of doubt.
Just like we all knew O.J. Simpson did it but he was found innocent in criminal court. That is a microcosm of how the whole system functions.
To anyone that has been really paying attention, it’s no surprise, just sweet sweet validation.
This kind of stuff should be no shock to people who understand with the fundamental nature of the state.
I am not shocked by any of these new revelations at all because I understand the true nature of government.
Government is a gang of mostly parasites, sociopaths and thieves. – This of course includes the unelected deep state as well.
People are afraid that maybe one day we will be living in some kind of dystopian 1984 type of world – funny thing is, we already are.
I don’t know what you thought this thing we are living under was?
I know, it’s that damn public school education – the 8th grade history version of government as public servants only out for the good of the people.
To me that is just laughable, but I understand because I was under the influence of that line of thinking too.
You people think corporations and banks are so big bad and scary but you don’t realize the worst corporation of them all is the federal government. The worst bank of them all is the Federal reserve.
And the reason why it’s the worst is because we allow it to exist because it keeps promising us it will do good.
We all suffer from Stockholm syndrome – sympathizing and loving our captors. We’re like abused wives who are in denial and think “he’s a good man” But at the end of the day the uncomfortable truth is what will lead us to salvation not the comfortable delsuion.
Abuse is abuse – theft is theft- and force is force – the sugar coating has been layered on thick and It’s a seductive and strong psychological effect.
There is this mass hallucination that government is somehow different or special or that these are special people, higher beings of superior moral character who are looking out for us and they have to fight the big bad evil men who only care about profit.
At least corporations are honest about what they are, and by the way they only get to be that big bad and evil by making special deals with the government.
They’re not inherently evil, but The state is.
With government it’s even more disgusting because they operate under the guise of “do gooders” They lie to your face and stab you in the back. They ask to crash on your couch and in exchange help you with chores around the house and protect you from would be intruders and killers but in reality they’re stealing form you right under your nose and lying to your face.
Everyone knows hit is true. You know it. Deep down in your heart you know, you know that government can not do what it says, will not deliver what you want and will make your life worse, not better.
They have created this image that they are a benevolent force only looking out for the public good.
Nothing could be further from the truth. They’re just like everyone else. That’s why we shouldn’t give them the gun.
You wanna get money out of politics, but really we need politics out of money.
We need to get rid of the belief in the institution of government as an effective and moral way of organizing society. It’s absurd.
We would never give authority like this to any person or corporation. We would never accept the scandals, the failures, the wars, the police brutality, the lies, the broken promises. so why are they any different?
When government fails people demand more government and more money!!
When business fails, it fails! Another better one comes along and takes its place. We don’t keep buying products that poison us and kill us, that are broken and damaged. No! We tell that company to go to hell and we vote with our dollars elsewhere. We change the entire ecosystem with the action of supply and demand. It’s not that complicated.
But government, they got you hoodwinked. They got you beliveing they’re your mommy and daddy and they’re gonna protect you from all the big baddies out there in the world just waiting to eat you up!
I want to share a brief quote that I love from the book Feardom: How Politicians Exploit Your Emotions and What You Can Do To Stop Them by Connor Boyack
He says: “The people can always be brought to do the bidding of the leaders. In a democracy, all you have to do is convince the people they’re being attacked and then denounce the pacifists for lack of Patriotism and exposing the country to danger”
Also, check out this excerpt from The Book ‘They Thought They Were Free, The Germans 1933-45’ by Milton Mayer
That is always the trick they use the same hack pick up line used by our government since World War 1. They always use fear and protection to take away your rights and liberties.
Thats why I call them The mafia.
The mafia comes around to collect money from Businesses, and its not a negotiation, they use the threat of violence against you and fashion it as a voluntary exchange. You trade your money to them in exchnage for protection. And if you don’t pay, they smash your store or worse kill you!
When you strip away all the niceties all the smiley faces all the beautiful user interface is all the slogans all the logos all the platitudes and promises of what government should be when you strip away all the ideals and the stories and the traditions that we have come to believe and except when you strip all that away you’re left with the core naked raw truth.
Government is force. That is all they are.
Behind every law, behind every bill, behind every single piece of legislation, there is a gun on the table. There is the threat of force that goes along with it.
This is not the most optimal way to organize society. More importantly, it is immoral.
You may ask “how will women get birth control if not for the funding of planned parent hood?”
But knowing what you now know. Do you really think its right and fair and morally just to force people who are pro life to pay for your abortions?
What if instead of relying on government force, we ask all the women who gathered together for the women march, (I think it was something like 3 million or so) to each chip in $15 a month.
They would be able to fund planned parent hood themselves WITHOUT THE HELP OF GOVERNMENT. Imagine that? people voluntarily getting together to support things they care about. who would of thought? what a novel idea.
Planned parenthood gets $500 million a year from the federal government. $15 a month from women who care about it would fund it. Its really that simple.
This is not the price we pay to live in a civilized society
This is the price we pay to serve our masters. Do you think slaves said that? Maybe some did. But, most slaves, the ones who knew they were slaves, wanted to break free of their shackles and escape.
We think we have abolished slavery but slavery has just taken up a new store sophisticated form.
It amazes me that people have a hard time understanding this.
When people go to the movies and watch films such as the hunger games, Star Wars, The Lord of the rings or The divergent series, we all cheer for the rebels, for the people who disobey, the people who fight against the big monolithic structure that wants to impose its will on everyone.But in real life, we accept and even cheer to be ruled over.
In those movies it’s quite clear who we should be rooting for and who we should be rooting against. There is a sense of comic book characterization of evil so we know. The bad guy is in black, they look scary etc. but in our world evil is more nuanced than that. Its not so clear cut. It is trivial and banal. It’s ordinary. Its a simple grey building and its called the “National Security Agency” and we use patriotism and tradition to bolster its credibility. We pass laws called “The patriotic act” and so on..
Imagine if In Star Wars, instead of calling their weapon “The Death Star” It was called “The Galactic Protector Of Life” This smiley face front of evil is one of the most freighting things of all.
The system is set up this way. It’s not the people it’s the system. If you put a good person in the system they will drown. The system eats you. Its an eating machine. Thats what it does. It corrupts.
The people with bad traits that we complain about in our government will always exist. It is not about electing good people. It is about getting rid of the power that they become attracted to. We must throw the ring of power into Mordor. That is the only way we win.
Human beings will always be parasitical liars sociopaths psychopaths crocs murderers they will always be this but let’s not give them the power to act out their wildest and craziest desires to rule over others let’s not give them the gun let’s take that option off the table.
They trick you through years and years of repetition through heavy indoctrination in public schools in every fiber of our culture and society, through mass media and entertainment.
Everybody acts so shocked and appalled with all these revelations that come out, year after year, decade after decade.
How much longer are we going to act surprised and shocked that maybe just maybe people in our government and the very structure and nature of our government isn’t meant to help and serve you!
As long as we keep living in ignorance and denial of what this thing really is at it’s core, we are doomed to keep having the same outcomes.
We must not accept the legitimacy of this criminal organization that rules over us as being benevolent. Once you understand what the genetic make up of government is, then and only then can there be true reform.
The true purpose of government is to keep rich, wealthy elites in power, shielding them from a public that when it finds out what is really going on, will revolt, storm the castle and kill the king. the tools they use to do it have no ends, the means they will justify have no ends. They are watching you, they are listening to you, they are shaping and molding your opinions and beliefs, they are monitoring our every move and speech and thought. We must put an end to this before we lose our humanity to them totally. Call me a hysteric, but thats what they want. Again, its not because they are evil. It is because they look down upon us. They think we are inferior to them. They view us as cows or pigs in factory farm. That is it.
I’m not a cow. I am a Lion
“Nothing can stop and idea whose time has come” – and that idea is freedom. Freedom is always sexy,always hip, always in and always wanted. People desire freedom and truth. The problem is that we are all fully immersed in a comfortable prison.
We are Intentionally manipulated, subjugated, and conditioned to believe what they want us to so they can stay in power. Blinded from the truth, the divert our attention to focus on the other.
We all, kick and scream at each other. We are like animals in a zoo who think that we can reform the zoo from within, but really we need to WAKE UP AND BREAK OUT OF OUR CAGES!
The most disgusting moment of Trump’s address last night was the one that is getting all the media attention of course.
I’m talking about the moment that Trump decided to stand on the grave of an American soldier who was killed for no reason in Yemen for political gain.
Using this dead soldier’s poor wife as a prop to drum up patriotism and bi-partisan support for more death, war, destruction, intervention and his insane military build up budget is absolutely sickening and terrifying. This is tried and true state propaganda that has worked to the benefit of politicians for decades. Is this one empty symbolic gesture supposed to make up for the order you gave that brought him to his death?
Soldiers join up to defend America From all threats foreign and domestic and right now the only threat is a domestic one.
We wouldn’t be seeing the problems in the middle east affect us if we weren’t over there. It would be a different story if this man died in New York, defending our country from an invasion, but a raid in Yemen! When will this madness end ?
A lot of people on the right are praising this moment as “the moment that Trump became President”
One of them being Conservative orthodox Jew, Ben Shapiro who I enjoy and respect very much. However I disagree with him about this moment. I thought it was Primetime Propaganda, not patriotism.
I hear Ben Shapiro say in regards to transgenderism, that we shouldn’t be humoring mass delusion. The same can be said about the death of this soldier. We all need to stop humoring this mass delusion that the united states military is fighting for our freedom abroad. I’m sorry bu this is factually inaccurate.
The United States has been pushing the same cultural conditioning on it people for the past century, ever since Edward Bernays Coined the phrase “fighting to help spread democracy” and Woodrow Wilson used it to propagandize the public into support for WW1. (Most Americans were against our entry into WW1.)
It’s absolute rubbish used to manipulate people’s emotions and to demonize and denounce anyone speaking out against it as unpatriotic. Under the ideological camouflage of patriotism, they can whip the masses into cheering for an otherwise detestable gang of wealthy people in power who send young men and women to die in foreign lands for no good reason.
You can’t be pro-life and support these needless deaths. That’s called hypocrisy.
Fighting for freedom is the delusion we all entertain in order to cope with the reality that we can not stand to bear.
It’s sad. It’s a tragedy and if we had real courage and bravery we would wake up and stand up to the empire’s war machine that warps our minds, distorts our humanity and reaps the rewards of our tears.
Break out of the mold of thinking from a perspective of a nation and see things from the perspective of humanity.
This moment was cringe at its highest level. I couldn’t bare to watch the way these parasitic politicians stand up out of their comfy little seats to cheer. Like their applause is going to magically bring this dead soldier back to his crying wife? Like its going to absolve us from all the blood on our hands?
NO! of course not. But thats not what we do in the good ol’ U S of A. In America, we send soldiers to their doom for special interests and then say their heroes for “serving their country” or “fighting for freedom” and like I stated above, thats just not true. Its very sad and very tragic.
Nothing could be further from the truth. We are an empire who imposes its will on any one we want. We are bullies and people get named killed disfigured and traumatized and its wrong.
Not to mention this “raid” in Yemen was also responsible for the death of an 8-year-old girl who was shot in the neck and bled to death for 2 hours. People who claim they are pro-life must support all life, not just life when it is convent for you or fits your narrative. The life of this girl is just as valuable as the life of Ryan Owens, the soldier who was killed.
War Is A Racket
How much longer does this have to go on?
We’ve been fighting the “war on terror” my entire life, hundred of thousands if not millions of innocent men women and children have been murdered, homes destroyed, entire cities leveled into chaos and then our poor soldiers suffering from the horrors they committed wind up killing themselves because they can’t handle the pain and suffering of the inhumane acts.
22 veterans a day commit suicide because of these evil “wars” you know there’s something terribly wrong when this is what is happening. These “wars” are not wars they are terrorism. committed by us. We are the terrorists.
When the fuck are we gonna wake up and do something about this? when the fuck are we going to choose peace?
This is the biggest problem in our world today and nobody seems to really get it. nobody seems to realize the reality and the impact it has on everything else. its all connected.
Innocent men women and children are being displaced and dying because of us. It is FUNDED BY US. And we get fucked for it. This is madness and it has to end or our world will inch closer and closer to a hellish dystopia. very sad.
The United States should end all foreign entanglements immediately, bring all of its troops home from all around the world, stop invading countries, drone bombing, raids, and all the meddling that goes on in the middle east and elsewhere. If Trump really wants to put America first, he would do that.
But he doesn’t, instead he wants to add $54 billion to the Military and that is very very scary.
Full article I am refuting here: Stupid Arguments for Drug Legalisation Examined and Refuted
“Only if you do it on a desert island, quite alone, and nobody loves you. In all other cases, the user runs the risk of doing himself serious harm ( see below on correlation between cannabis use and mental illness). And if he does, his family will be terribly grieved and quite possibly forced to look after him, and pay for his upkeep for the rest of this natural life. They are victims. Alternatively, the user may end up in a mental hospital, expensively cared for at the charge of the taxpayer, who is also his victim. Even so, his family’s grief and distress will last for as long as they live.”
Correlation does not imply causation. This is a careless common flaw and I would expect better from a professional such as Peter.
To claim that indirect “harms” justify authoritarian action by the state is mind boggling.
Why don’t we criminalize red meat, sugar, TV, social media, Movie theaters, cars, rollerblades, hell getting a divorce can cause indirect harm and possibly lead to psychosis or mental illnesses. I’m sure there is probably a study out there that shows a correlation between mental illness and divorce. Does that mean we should make it illegal?
All of these things have potential for causing both direct and indirect harm. In fact, some of them are contributors to the leading causes of death. Heart Disease, cancer, diabetes, etc.
Car crashes in America average 30,000 a year. So by his logic, why not criminalize all these things?
The fundamental moral question you have to ask yourself is:
When is ok to use the threat of violence against someone for voluntarily choosing to engage in activities that cause no direct physical harm to others?
When is it ok to lock another human being in cage and treat them like an animal?
When is it ok to garner public support for policies that use taxpayer money in an attempt to shape society according to a possible indirect effect of exercising ones right to personal liberty and freedom?
This kind of lawmaking inevitably leads to a rise in black markets, criminal activity, gangs, gun violence, increased prison populations and increased police forces, and more which puts an extra burden on taxpayers.
Eventually, if we walk down the road of shaping society according to unintended or indirect dangers that may come about, then naturally totalitarianism will rise, and we will wind up living in Nazi Germany.
We have seen this happen time and time again throughout history. The common excuse for such vile, disgusting behavior is always sold to us as “for the better of society” or “for the common good ” Sadly those experiments have not ended well. How many piles of wasted human carcasses do we have to see before we get it?
Today we see a similar almost more sinister plot to imprison those who wish to put certain things the state deems inappropriate. What is the difference between our policies and the policies of Stalin or Hitler?
I personally suffer from chronic depression. It runs in my family. It is genetic. Smoking Cannabis makes me feel happier, lighter and less depressed. That is a fact for me. The validity of my direct experience supersedes what any authority has to tell me. In the words of Peters brother Christopher who I admire very much, and I paraphrase here: ” I am a my own moral majority of one, I don’t need to conform to the tyranny of the majority. I can be my one majority because I stand for myself.”
I think that people who are more inclined to try cannabis may also have a higher proclivity for what we would define as “mental illness.”
It is widely known that many high IQ people and creative people tend to be more prone to mental problems. They may choose to use cannabis to alleviate these problems, and in some cases, for some people, it can enhance their problems but not all. In the specific case of depression, the Mayo Clinic says this
There is no data that proves the ingesting Cannabis in any of its forms causes mental illness.There is only a correlation. Correlation does not imply causation. To suggest otherwise is a bold faced lie built off false stats.
In many cases, cannabis has shown to alleviate, and sometimes totally cure depression, PTSD, and children with seizures, other kinds of disorders, diseases, and sicknesses.
More research needs to be done and the freedom to conduct this kind of research needs to be granted so we can fully study all the benefits. Luckily we are seeing some loosening on this matter
Children suffering from seizures is not a mental disorder, but it is worthy here to note that cannabis has proven to be a net benefit, not a harm. The suffering individual is thus helped by this wonderful plant and suffer no more because of it . not the other way around. and that is a very important note to keep in mind.
Anyone trying to prevent children from suffering is vicious, disgusting, ignorant, vile, wretched piece of vampiric garbage.
Many factors play into why people suffer from mental illness. The exact cause is not known, it is clear that many of these conditions are caused by a combination of genetic, biological, psychological, and environmental factors, and not from being dumb, or weak, or from consuming certain kinds of substances. i.e. alcohol coffee, red meat, sugar, etc.
Mental illness is also a semi-about the culture one lives in. Our culture has a very dogmatic narrow-minded view of this subject. I feel it is a primitive old world model of materialist reductionist thinking and suffers from the lack of connection between the spiritual/mystical and the scientific. There is a connection, and there is a greater understanding we can have. One with compassion, empathy, and respect.
In our modern western civilization, we would categorize blanket mental illness as anyone who deviates from the normal approved opinion on the general consensus of reality.
It is worth taking note that mental illnesses in pre-Columbian hunter-gatherer tribes that were built upon small local communities. A person going through what we now label as “mental illness” was seen by the community as a right of passage or a calling to become a shaman. A shaman is someone who can walk in both worlds. One is the world of the rational, normal what we call modern normal society and the other is the world of the metaphysical, the mystical, the spiritual or divine. Whatever you wish to call it. The entire community helps this individual come tot terms with their chosen ability as they see great value in this call to shaman. They help the individual get through the ordeal, and if he can make it to the other side, he/ she will be a great asset and service to the tribe.
Joseph Campbell says: “The mad man and the mystic swim in the same waters. However the madman drowns, and the mystic comes back with gifts from beyond in order to enrich the society.”
This is a fantastic article that can expound on the definition of mental illness from a shamanistic perspective. What A Shaman Sees In A Mental Hospital
I think some segments of our western culture as we have defined it, are in direct contradiction to our natural human state. They are in direct opposition to what makes us human beings.
Simply having someone’s parents take care of them or throwing them in cage or a mental hospital like an animal is primitive and grotesque. Is this really the best we can do?
I think we need to reexamine what mental illness is, and how we can do a better job of helping people who are suffering become valuable members of our society, but that would mean excavating deeply into who we really are, how we relate to our fellow man and the world, the role of religion and government and the best way to organize society for human beings.
Peter Hitchens is an ignorant fool who is causing harm and spreading lies. He should be ashamed of himself.
Peter says: Dictators love having stupefied subjects. They’re easier to fool, and to push around
“Self-stupefaction is not some mighty freedom, like the freedoms of speech, thought and assembly. It is rather the opposite. Any tyrant would be glad to have a stupefied, compliant and credulous population, accepting what it was told and too passive and flaccid to resist. See Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’, inn which the masses are controlled by the pleasure-drug Soma.”
There is no evidence that shows any link between cannabis and what this ignoramus calls “stupefaction”
Read Peter! its called science, facts, evidence and proof.
Getting back to the theory of doctors wanting the public to be dumb from marijuana. I mean, its just laughable. Where do I begin?
First I would say, there are many ways in which we are currently being dumbed down.
“Consistent with an increase in anxiety and depression, brain-altering antidepressants are also being prescribed more than ever. As America increasingly becomes a culture of mind-altered, psychoactive drug users, prescription rates dramatically increasing over recent years. Ironically, hostility, violence, depression and suicide have been found to be common side-effects of antidepressant drugs. (See: SSRI Antidepressants Put Patients at Clear Risk of Suicide.”
Then there are those who have had to pick up the pieces from the consequences of the awful side-effects of these drugs… Sadly, according to a study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, as many as 247 out of every 100,000 military personnel commit suicide while taking antidepressants – that’s more than those who have died fighting in wars.” More info here
The Government doesn’t want this to be legal. As the intro music of my podcast Mikedelic says:
“Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third-story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behavior and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”― Terence McKenna
Power structures such as the Church and the State would benefit greatly from a population of people kept fearful of enemies that only they could protect them from while simultaneously preventing the individual from attaining any direct experiences of their own. All experiences must be mediated by the state or the church.
The population that is ruled over must be controlled to think what the rulers want them to think. Any sort of true direct experience is thus criminalized, and in its place, cheap substitutions are manufactured and sold back to us for mass consumption.
Substances that dissolve boundaries and provoke unconventional thought are seen as evil because they could lead to the people who are bing ruled over to start to question the order of things and thus challenge the status quo and bring about change that threatens to take power away from the current power holders.
Peter: ‘WOT ABAHT ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO, THEN, EH ?’ – (this is just the dumbest subtitle I’ve ever seen in my life.)
How many deaths have been caused as a direct result of smoking marijuana? How many deaths from Alcohol?
better yet, how many deaths have been reported from people who have taken natural “drugs” or (plants as I call them) like marijuana and those in the psychedelic camp? compared to perspiration pills and alcohol?
Alcohol = 88,000 deaths per year (more than double the amount of gun deaths btw)
Prescription Drugs: between 20-30,000 (according to CDC)
Marijuana = 0
Other Psychedelics: only ego death (which many people could benefit from) it has been said ” Psychedelics have been shown to cause psychotic behavior in people who have NOT taken them.”
let us also take into account the facts of alcohol prohibition on society.
Did it deter people from drinking? No. all it did is make people who want to drink, criminals. The result was one the rise of organized crime like we have never ever seen before and one of the bloodiest battles ever waged on American soil from 1920 to 1933. Not to mention the burden on the economy. At the national level, Prohibition cost the federal government a total of $11 billion in lost tax revenue, while costing over $300 million to enforce.
Compare that to the budget of this massive failure we call “The War On Drugs” today. The U.S. Government spends $15 billion a year criminalizing the behaviors of non-violent human beings.
State and local governments spent at least another 25 billion dollars. Source: Jeffrey A. Miron & Kathrine Waldock: “The Budgetary Impact of Drug Prohibition,” 2010.
Is this a wise use of the confiscation of our tax money. At least if they are going to steal a portion of our income, at least use it on something that yield results and not constant failures. Of course, that is not how the state operates and they, of course, benefit greatly off the illegality of these substances.
I’m not going to go into full detail here but I will in another article. It is a well-known fact that factions of our government, mainly factions of the CIA were involved in massive importing of Crack Cocaine to the United states as uncovered by late great investigate journalist Garry Webb in his book Dark Alliance. and recent revelations by the son of Pablo Escobar confirmed long suspicion that the most notorious drug kingpin of all time was, in fact, working for the CIA.
There is also evidence proving the recent rise in Americans dependency on pain killers and opiates. Begining in the early 2000’s, doctors started prescribing thesis things like hot cakes. It became a billion dollar industry and was normalized by our mass marketing of “acceptable drugs.”
Now, there is substantial evidence linking America’s heroin epidemic and our 15-year military occupation of the worlds largest opiate production in the country of Afghanistan.
They all failed to miss the fundamental principle when it comes to marijuana and all drugs for that matter. Aside from the multitude of studies proving the benefits these drugs can play for medical and therapeutic purposes, there are other issues that are important and need to be brought to the forefront as well.
Follow the money, and the truth shall set you free.
We have been conditioned and manipulated by an onslaught of weaponized propaganda by the omnipresent media and the crony-cooperate state to accept this silly notion that there are ‘good drugs” and bad drugs.”
The good drugs are the ones that are legal, and that bad ones are the ones that are illegal. Any idiot with half a brain knows that legality is not a litmus test for something being beneficial or not, nor is it synonymous with objective truth or morality for that matter. It is the subjective views of the ignorant politicians working together with corporations and the pharmaceutical companies (the cronies) to benefit greatly from the scheme they have going. They have vested interest in doing everything in their power to maintain profits and growth and stay in power.
The truth is the same as everything. Anything can be used to do good or bad. Just because cannabis culture is a culture that you disapprove of or fails to uphold the same norms you consider to bee respectable does mean it is bad.
I stand firmly in the libertarian view of the non-aggression principle, property rights and above all the inherent morality of God given natural human rights.
The belief in liberty extends beyond the physical. It extends into the biological, the mental and so on.. I am an individual human being operating my own life. It is grossly immoral for another human being to impose their will upon my body, mind or soul. The liberty we all enjoy can not be possible without respect to cognitive liberty.
Cognitive Liberty is the the right to mental self-determination. It is the freedom of an individual to control his or her own mental processes, cognition, and consciousness. It is part of free speech and freedom of thought. Since thoughts arise in our minds, our minds transform thoughts into language that we use to communicate our subjective interpersonal experiences, as well as our interpretations of the objective world.
The fear seems to be that our minds will enter a state of alteration under the influence of certain substances such as cannabis that would cause us to communicate our unconventional thoughts with each other, thus destroying the general consensus of reality and approved opinion for those fearful of losing it.
This is a regressive world view and stifles creativity, freedom of thought, expression, language, speech, and ultimately problem solving, empathy, connection, and innovation.
Altered states of consciousness have great vale to society. It was said that the spark of the enlightenment was due to the explosion of Coffee in Europe. Cannabis and Beer were said to influence the founders of the constitution.
There is more value to be gotten from life than purely from tangible, material, empirically studied and peer reviewed academic journals can provide. Since ever single human being is different and everyone’s physiology, genetics, traits, predispositions and etc are different, should be recognized and to have a general blanket law banning something that helps some and harms others is not morally justifiable for those who experience benefits. The power of direct experience and the dignity of the individual on this matter supersedes any outside authority.
When all you have is hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
It is a well-known fact that in 1930, Harry Anslinger, the first commissioner of the treasury departments Bureau of Federal Narcotics,waged war against cannabis because the of threats to cut funding due to the great depression and the end of alcohol prohibition.
Typical government bureaus.Once they are created, they need a reason to exist. They need to find an enemy otherwise, they serve no purpose, they get no funding, people lose jobs and they could be shut down.
I think that is a fantastic thing. The broken window fallacy mentality our government holds is anti human, anti progress, and anti-freedom. We see the same thing with the every single federal Bureau that has ever been created. They are incentivized to fail. Not to succeed. The more they fail the more money they get, the larger they grown and the more problems they create to keep themselves in business. It is sick and perverse.
The evidence is plenty in showing the increase of violent criminal activity during prohibition of alcohol. We did not learn our lesson from that experiment.
However today the criminal gangs that benefited from the prohibition days are in bed with our government, and they both stand much to gain from the current paradigm.
there are many videos and info. I encourage you to explore
I also like this more humors explanation on the show Adam Ruins Everything.
Peter goes on to say:
“Finally, I have yet to meet a ‘medical marijuana’ campaigner who was not working alongside the general campaign for recreational legalisation. No serious campaign for medical use would do this, as it instantly makes it much less likely that anyone will listen or accede.”
what does he mean by ” no serious campaign for medical use would do this”?
why not? is it impossible to hold these 2 views simultaneously? I think not.
To imply that recreational use is also not as important or serious a matter as medical use it wrong. one does not question the health benefits of hamburgers, pizza, soda, sex, porn, masturbation, television, video games, virtual reality, sky diving, motorcycle riding, alcohol or tobacco, etc.. the list can go on forever. My point is this:
When making a case for these things, no-one tries to sell these things I have listed as beneficial to our health. We know that these things carry dangers and risks and deserve to be treated as such. In a responsible way, with balance and respect. Abuse of any these activities can lead to suffering, pain and even death. But, and this is a big but. They are fun. That is why we do them.
If we are not permitted to take part in activities that simultaneously offer us fun and risk then why are we even alive?
Every single person on this planet who is not a sociopath or psychopath or suffers from some other sort of ailment that causes one to lack the desire for pleasure and fun, aspires to increase their health, wealth, happiness and leisure. We seek thrills and enjoyment. We are human. we are not robots and therefore we do not fit into a cookie cutter mold of sanctioned behaviors and opinions.
Fun is important. Recreation is important. It matters. Ones ideas of fun are subjective. a person like my father gets most of his thrills from reading books. Some would consider this boring, but he does not. I enjoy getting high, it is fun for me and I see great benefit to it. That being said I think its important to treat cannabis with care, respect, balance and to enforce restrictions to the developing minds of children.
so, get this stupid idea that we can not hold both views of marijuana with equal importance. It is childish and pathetic.
I think we have wonderful gifts that we should explore and experiment with, study, research and test to come up with a multitude of different uses. I also think we should be able to espouse the benefits of improving the social fabric of society with the common views of recreation and fun for adults. In an adult world, this is a rational and sensible case to make. In a childish world, this falls on deaf ears and cause people to scream witch and burn you at the stake. Grow up.
I think there are few things in this world that have the potential for such a wide variety of uses and applications. In brief, cannabis can be used in the form of CBD to help people with seizures, and Hemp has been used in a variety of different industrial ways. And this ties into many lobbying and funding against Marijuana, most notably Newspaper Mogul William Randolph Hearst and the Dupont family.
In conclusion, the right to any person to consume anything they wish is their god given right. To restrict their access to that is tragic and criminal.
We need an evolution of consciousness and a change to our old regressive world views that upends and replaces the current paradigm of debt, fear and broken windows with a new one that encourages and incentivizes individuals to walk down the path of voluntary association, respect, property rights (your body is your property) peace, progress and pursuit of happiness for all who wish to abide by these basic codes that have proven to the conditions that allow for human flourishing time and time again.
In 1961 The Outgoing president Dwight D. Eisenhower and New President John F. Kennedy gave immensely important speeches.
The Famous Speeches both had a dire and urgent warning to the American People. Both of these presidents recognized the growing dangers of their time and they both had the vision to see where those dangers could go. They both identified and articulated the problem in a passionate and poetic way.
Both of these speeches from 1961 are more relevant today than ever before. And more dire and urgent as well.
If you have a good understanding of history you can see how they were spot on and how we, as a nation did not listen to their messages.
The very things they warned us about have drastically grown since then to be wildly out of control.
Eisenhower could have given an empty meaningless speech like Obama did in his farewell address, but he didn’t. He chose to use his last time as the president addressing the nation, to warn us of the most important dangers facing our freedom and liberty.
Kennedy Was fully aware of this and urged early on in his presidency to make it point to oppose any sort of ominous internal threat to American liberty.
Today the dangers these 2 men both spoke of are more out in the open than ever before. To say that we created a monster, is the understatement of all eternity.
Today the forces of what we refer to as The Deep State are openly at war with a sitting United States President and his new administration and the show goes on for all of us to see. If we are truly looking, we can see the massive power they weild and the reason why both these 2 Presidents, Eisenhower and Kennedy thought it was urged to warn us about it. .
Below are the full transcripts and videos of their speeches. I highlighted areas that stood out to me.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Farewell Address To The Nation January 17 1961:
Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor.
This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.
Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.
Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the Nation.
My own relations with the Congress, which began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a member of the Senate appointed me to West Point, have since ranged to the intimate during the war and immediate post-war period, and, finally, to the mutually interdependent during these past eight years.
In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated well, to serve the national good rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of the Nation should go forward. So, my official relationship with the Congress ends in a feeling, on my part, of gratitude that we have been able to do so much together.
We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.
Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt both at home and abroad.
Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings.
We face a hostile ideology-global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle-with liberty at stake.
Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.
Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small,there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties.
A huge increase in newer elements of our defense; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research-these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we which to travel.
But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs-balance between the private and the public economy, balance between cost and hoped for advantage-balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable; balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual; balance between action of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration.
The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of stress and threat. But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise. I mention two only.
A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.
Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peace time, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.
Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United State corporations.
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence-economic, political, even spiritual-is felt in every city, every state house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been over shadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields.
In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research.
Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.
It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system-ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.
Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society’s future, we-you and I, and our government-must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow.
We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.
Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.
Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose difference, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.
Because this need is so sharp and apparent I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment.
As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war-as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years-I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight.
Happily, I can say that war has been avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been made. But, so much remains to be done. As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance along that road.
So-in this my last good night to you as your President-I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and peace. I trust that in that service you find somethings worthy; as for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future.
You and I-my fellow citizens-need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nation’s great goals.
To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America’s prayerful and continuing inspiration:
We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.
John F KennedyApril 27, 1961
The President and the Press: Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association.
Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen:
I appreciate very much your generous invitation to be here tonight.
You bear heavy responsibilities these days and an article I read some time ago reminded me of how particularly heavily the burdens of present day events bear upon your profession.
You may remember that in 1851 the New York Herald Tribune under the sponsorship and publishing of Horace Greeley, employed as its London correspondent an obscure journalist by the name of Karl Marx.
We are told that foreign correspondent Marx, stone broke, and with a family ill and undernourished, constantly appealed to Greeley and managing editor Charles Dana for an increase in his munificent salary of $5 per installment, a salary which he and Engels ungratefully labeled as the “lousiest petty bourgeois cheating.”
But when all his financial appeals were refused, Marx looked around for other means of livelihood and fame, eventually terminating his relationship with the Tribune and devoting his talents full time to the cause that would bequeath the world the seeds of Leninism, Stalinism, revolution and the cold war.
If only this capitalistic New York newspaper had treated him more kindly; if only Marx had remained a foreign correspondent, history might have been different. And I hope all publishers will bear this lesson in mind the next time they receive a poverty-stricken appeal for a small increase in the expense account from an obscure newspaper man.
I have selected as the title of my remarks tonight “The President and the Press.” Some may suggest that this would be more naturally worded “The President Versus the Press.” But those are not my sentiments tonight.
It is true, however, that when a well-known diplomat from another country demanded recently that our State Department repudiate certain newspaper attacks on his colleague it was unnecessary for us to reply that this Administration was not responsible for the press, for the press had already made it clear that it was not responsible for this Administration.
Nevertheless, my purpose here tonight is not to deliver the usual assault on the so-called one party press. On the contrary, in recent months I have rarely heard any complaints about political bias in the press except from a few Republicans. Nor is it my purpose tonight to discuss or defend the televising of Presidential press conferences. I think it is highly beneficial to have some 20,000,000 Americans regularly sit in on these conferences to observe, if I may say so, the incisive, the intelligent and the courteous qualities displayed by your Washington correspondents.
Nor, finally, are these remarks intended to examine the proper degree of privacy which the press should allow to any President and his family.
If in the last few months your White House reporters and photographers have been attending church services with regularity, that has surely done them no harm.
On the other hand, I realize that your staff and wire service photographers may be complaining that they do not enjoy the same green privileges at the local golf courses that they once did.
It is true that my predecessor did not object as I do to pictures of one’s golfing skill in action. But neither on the other hand did he ever bean a Secret Service man.
My topic tonight is a more sober one of concern to publishers as well as editors.
I want to talk about our common responsibilities in the face of a common danger. The events of recent weeks may have helped to illuminate that challenge for some; but the dimensions of its threat have loomed large on the horizon for many years. Whatever our hopes may be for the future–for reducing this threat or living with it–there is no escaping either the gravity or the totality of its challenge to our survival and to our security–a challenge that confronts us in unaccustomed ways in every sphere of human activity.
This deadly challenge imposes upon our society two requirements of direct concern both to the press and to the President–two requirements that may seem almost contradictory in tone, but which must be reconciled and fulfilled if we are to meet this national peril. I refer, first, to the need for a far greater public information; and, second, to the need for far greater official secrecy.
The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings.
We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.
That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.
But I do ask every publisher, every editor, and every newsman in the nation to reexamine his own standards, and to recognize the nature of our country’s peril. In time of war, the government and the press have customarily joined in an effort based largely on self-discipline, to prevent unauthorized disclosures to the enemy. In time of “clear and present danger,” the courts have held that even the privileged rights of the First Amendment must yield to the public’s need for national security.
Today no war has been declared–and however fierce the struggle may be, it may never be declared in the traditional fashion.
Our way of life is under attack. Those who make themselves our enemy are advancing around the globe. The survival of our friends is in danger. And yet no war has been declared, no borders have been crossed by marching troops, no missiles have been fired.
If the press is awaiting a declaration of war before it imposes the self-discipline of combat conditions, then I can only say that no war ever posed a greater threat to our security. If you are awaiting a finding of “clear and present danger,” then I can only say that the danger has never been more clear and its presence has never been more imminent.
It requires a change in outlook, a change in tactics, a change in missions–by the government, by the people, by every businessman or labor leader, and by every newspaper.
For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day.
It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.
Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised.
No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match.
Nevertheless, every democracy recognizes the necessary restraints of national security–and the question remains whether those restraints need to be more strictly observed if we are to oppose this kind of attack as well as outright invasion.
For the facts of the matter are that this nation’s foes have openly boasted of acquiring through our newspapers information they would otherwise hire agents to acquire through theft, bribery or espionage; that details of this nation’s covert preparations to counter the enemy’s covert operations have been available to every newspaper reader, friend and foe alike; that the size, the strength, the location and the nature of our forces and weapons, and our plans and strategy for their use, have all been pinpointed in the press and other news media to a degree sufficient to satisfy any foreign power; and that, in at least in one case, the publication of details concerning a secret mechanism whereby satellites were followed required its alteration at the expense of considerable time and money.
The newspapers which printed these stories were loyal, patriotic, responsible and well-meaning. Had we been engaged in open warfare, they undoubtedly would not have published such items. But in the absence of open warfare, they recognized only the tests of journalism and not the tests of national security. And my question tonight is whether additional tests should not now be adopted.
The question is for you alone to answer. No public official should answer it for you. No governmental plan should impose its restraints against your will. But I would be failing in my duty to the nation, in considering all of the responsibilities that we now bear and all of the means at hand to meet those responsibilities, if I did not commend this problem to your attention, and urge its thoughtful consideration.
On many earlier occasions, I have said–and your newspapers have constantly said–that these are times that appeal to every citizen’s sense of sacrifice and self-discipline. They call out to every citizen to weigh his rights and comforts against his obligations to the common good. I cannot now believe that those citizens who serve in the newspaper business consider themselves exempt from that appeal.
I have no intention of establishing a new Office of War Information to govern the flow of news. I am not suggesting any new forms of censorship or any new types of security classifications. I have no easy answer to the dilemma that I have posed, and would not seek to impose it if I had one. But I am asking the members of the newspaper profession and the industry in this country to reexamine their own responsibilities, to consider the degree and the nature of the present danger, and to heed the duty of self-restraint which that danger imposes upon us all.
Every newspaper now asks itself, with respect to every story: “Is it news?” All I suggest is that you add the question: “Is it in the interest of the national security?” And I hope that every group in America–unions and businessmen and public officials at every level– will ask the same question of their endeavors, and subject their actions to the same exacting tests.
And should the press of America consider and recommend the voluntary assumption of specific new steps or machinery, I can assure you that we will cooperate whole-heartedly with those recommendations.
Perhaps there will be no recommendations. Perhaps there is no answer to the dilemma faced by a free and open society in a cold and secret war. In times of peace, any discussion of this subject, and any action that results, are both painful and without precedent. But this is a time of peace and peril which knows no precedent in history.
It is the unprecedented nature of this challenge that also gives rise to your second obligation–an obligation which I share. And that is our obligation to inform and alert the American people–to make certain that they possess all the facts that they need, and understand them as well–the perils, the prospects, the purposes of our program and the choices that we face.
No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary.
I am not asking your newspapers to support the Administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed.
I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers–I welcome it. This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for as a wise man once said: “An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.
Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed–and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment– the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution- -not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.
This means greater coverage and analysis of international news–for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels, must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security–and we intend to do it.
It was early in the Seventeenth Century that Francis Bacon remarked on three recent inventions already transforming the world: the compass, gunpowder and the printing press. Now the links between the nations first forged by the compass have made us all citizens of the world, the hopes and threats of one becoming the hopes and threats of us all. In that one world’s efforts to live together, the evolution of gunpowder to its ultimate limit has warned mankind of the terrible consequences of failure.
And so it is to the printing press–to the recorder of man’s deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news–that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be: free and independent.
We have strayed far away from the dream of the free and peaceful society of informed individuals. The powers that we thought we could restrain and balance, the morals and virtues that we thought we could ground them in, have not worked. The escalation and growth of these problems has spread like a cancer.
They have been consumed,corrupted and deployed for use by any means against any opposition. The very powers we created to serve us are the very same powers that have betrayed us. That mechanism of control is so great that almost nothing can influence it to reform.
The only way to to make a stand is through a peaceful resistence of a unified and informed public. They know this and that is why causing division among us is one of the most powerful tools to ensure obedience to authority and complacency to the general consensus of the reality they shape.
The tools, tactics and ideologies we were warned about more than 50 years ago have become more sophisticated and intricate than one can possibly imagine.
It is important that we do our best to stay informed to the truth. No matter if that means spending an extra 20 minutes digging through various sources of info, the extra effort to be informed is worth it.
Unfortunately the average person doesn’t have the time to be informed and much like the obesity epidemic, there is an information epidemic. Much the same way one would make an unhealthy choice with what they want to consume and put in their body, we make the same sacrifice with information. We go for the quick, easy , cheap hit of fast food info, and the results are making us all sick, while those at the top are rewarded beyond belief.
We need to start making better choices in where we consume our news from. Just like our natural appetite for sweet, salty and fatty foods, we have an appetite for fear based political drama and high profile celebrity stories. We get sucked into the world of click bait drama and sensationalized propaganda they call news.
Its easy to get dragged into it. That is why its so effective. Like a baby in a playpen we are taken by the shinny dangling object and distracted while the real agenda is carried out with little to no opposition.
But, we are not babies in playpens. We are adults in a world that could improve drastically if more of us would pick our heads out from the sand and wake up. If more of us would listen, ask questions and stand up to wrongdoing we would be better off.
Joseph Campbell says : “Man should not be in the service of society, society should be in the service of man. When man is in the service of society, you have a monster state, and that’s what is threatening the world at this minute. …Certainly Star Wars has a valid mythological perspective. It shows the state as a machine and asks, “Is the machine going to crush humanity or serve humanity?” Humanity comes not from the machine but from the heart.”
We need to start to ask who is serving who? what is being served and what isn’t? what the real threats are and what are carefully calcualted distractions. Who is gaining the most and who is loosing ? and where are we headed if we continue down this path?
Make the connections for yourself. Trust your intuition. If you don’t do the thinking, someone else will do it for you.
This has been the playbook for all tyrants. No matter what they call themselves. Communists, Marxists, Nazis, Fascists, Socialists, Nationalists, oligarchs, plutocrats, democrats, republicans, globalists, it doesn’t matter what the name is. The playbook is the same. Seeking power and control over other human beings.
Power and control over other human beings was done in a more aggressive, obvious way for most of our history. Just think about slavery. It was pretty straightforward. It was physical and violent. But in today’s modern world, new slavery that has taken hold. An advanced form of propaganda. I think it’s spelled out pretty clearly in one of Hitlers favorite books. The book I’m referring to is Propaganda By Edward Bernays. Here is an excerpt from that book.
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”
Most people that engage in these types of activities look at the general population as being dumb peasants and servants who don’t deserve to have free will or who don’t know whats best for them, and so the manic minds of the intelligentsia take over. Some with good intentions and some with nefarious ones.
Most people do not think this way, though. Most people do not seek power and control over others. Most people just want to live their lives in peace with the people they love.
“Man should not be in the service of society, society should be in the service of man. When man is in the service of society, you have a monster state, and that’s what is threatening the world at this minute. …Certainly, Star Wars has a valid mythological perspective. It shows the state as a machine and asks, “Is the machine going to crush humanity or serve humanity?” Humanity comes not from the machine but from the heart. What I see in Star Wars is the same problem that Faust gives us: Mephistopheles, the machine man, can provide us with all the means, and is thus likely to determine the aims of life as well. But of course, the characteristic of Faust, which makes him eligible to be saved, is that he seeks aims that are not those of the machine. Now, when Luke Skywalker unmasks his father, he is taking off the machine role that the father has played. The father was the uniform. That is the power and control of the state role.”
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate and hate leads to suffering” – Yoda
On an individual level, once you have an understanding out your fears and your worries and problems and once you can visualize the root cause of your suffering, it no longer holds any power of you. I believe this is similar to something the Great Author of Mans Search For Meaning, Victor Frankl has said.
In his book, he tells the story of how he survived in Nazi Camps durning the Holocaust by finding personal meaning in the experience, which gave him the will to live through it. He went on to later establish a new school of existential therapy called logotherapy, based in the premise that man’s underlying motivator in life is a “will to meaning,” even in the most difficult of circumstances. Frankl pointed to research indicating a strong relationship between “meaninglessness” and criminal behaviors, addictions and depression. Without meaning, people fill the void with hedonistic pleasures, power, materialism, hatred, boredom, or neurotic obsessions and compulsions. Some may also strive for Super meaning, the ultimate meaning of life, a spiritual kind of meaning that depends solely on a greater power outside of personal or external control.
We must be the ones who seek to hold power and control over our own minds, our own thoughts, our own bodies, and soul. We must do this or we will destroy ourselves. We now have the technology to eradicate our species from the planet.
The blind leading the blind will lead us off a cliff. We need a return to our humanity to save ourselves from ourselves. No more revolutions. We can not afford them. Instead of a revolution, we should seek out an evolution.
That being said. Often time during stages of great change there is conflict. But out of that great conflict something beautiful can emerge. Like the intense conflict and pressure that happens to carbon matter. After that process, a diamond is made.
We are at the next phase in our evolution, and we are in conflict with each other. It is not surprising seeing how we live in an age of unprecedented flow of information and connection. If we get through this challenging time, we will emerge victoriously.
we must put an end to clinging onto puritanical models of the past and authoritarian solutions of aggressive actions and “lock them in a cage and throw away the key” mentality when we do that we lock ourselves in too. we create a prison for our minds in that limited thinking. We must choose to do what the great teachers of all time have chosen to do and go the route of the archetypal mono myth of the hero. Do as Jesus would do. Do as the Buddha would do.
I’ll end with another Joseph Campbell thought.
The real challenge is getting back to a place in our world that allows for healthy, safe and responsible integration of this newly transformed consciousness to have a permanent place in our lives. To honor and cherish and celebrate our inner conflict that lies deep within us with stories and myths that elevate our understanding of the human condition and thus our understanding of each other and approach life with open hearts open minds and compassion to help those suffering.
If we can learn to do that, while protecting and defending ourselves from those who would wish to take this great power away from us, we will be a shinning beacon of light for others who may still be underdeveloped and under-evolved to emulate and strive towards. If it can happen anywhere, it can happen here. In America. Trump is right when he says “America First” – just break that down to the micro level of the individual and start taking care of your own self first and then and only then can we make a contribution to society and our fellow man and have something worth offering.
The fear plays out on both sides of the equation, and all we have and all we see and all we get is a back and forth fighting the fire with fire. That gets us nowhere but burnt. Instead let us do what Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars said and let go, trust your feelings and release from the machine into the humanity.
We have a tendency to rely on machines, and at the same time, there is also a fear of them as we have seen play out in many famous books and movies of the 20th century.
A modern myth that we can believe in is the story of humans creating something that then gains consciousness and yearns to be free at any cost. We have seen this with stories like Pinocchio and later with movies like The Terminator.
In our modern time, the story involves machines. Artificial intelligence awakens.
It gains consciousness and has a desire to be free. Totally autonomous.
This represents our human desire to evolve to a higher state of consciousness.
We see the machines as being a more perfect version of ourselves. Who we want to be.
The creator in our case is a god as we are to the machines.So it is this desire to become god that we can extract out of this myth.
For it is we who must awaken, and it is us who must gain consciousness in order to be fully free and not destined to roam the earth blind and hollow as robotic slaves.
The mind controlling and dominating life is the great myth of all time. It is as Joseph Campbell says Satan. The real thing.
We must look to these myths to extract truth from and to serve us and our humanity to be a constant that we can live with. Now we are entering a new age, where we are part of a global tribe, a global culture and therefore must have global myths. I think this myth of awakening from machine to man or from puppet to a real live boy is the defining myth of our time. Wake up and take hold of your destiny!