There are popular ideas that are widely held that are road blocks to freedom. And, in fact, support the advancing totalitarian state. Ideas are powerful, they motivate us. The ideas that people hold as true determine their behaviour, their attitudes, what they will tolerate and what they will not, and the values they pursue.
And ideas take time to be assimilated and acted upon. There is a necessary delay between being exposed to an idea and acting upon it. This holds true for large groups, nations and civilsations as well as individuals. So by observing ideas that are widely held today, you can predict the future behaviour of individuals or entire nations to some extent.
Ideas that prevent freedom
Currently, there are a great many ideas predominantly held as true in our western culture that stand in the way of freedom – that prevent freedom, that negate the possibility of freedom. In this weeks Podcast I outline 3 of them.
Altruism is good
Altruism is the idea that self-sacrifice is good, you are your brother’s keeper. It is the idea that helping others is a moral duty. To do things for self is bad, to do things for others is good. To keep for yourself is bad, to give to others is good.
Altruism says that you do not have the right to live for your own sake, which would mean investing all of your efforts towards the success of your own life and your own happiness. Altruism says that you have a duty to the group, to the tribe, to the collective. Altruism says it is wrong to focus on self because you have a moral duty to sacrifice your values to those in greater need than you.
Altruism is the antithesis of freedom and the morality of slavery. If you are morally bound to keep giving up your values to the group or to some ‘other’ then you are not free to live the life you want. You are not able to act on your own judgment to pursue your own rational self-interest.
Altruism fosters the predisposition to give up values and is the perfect idea to underpin statism, collectivism, communism, slavery.
While this ideas is widely held as true freedom has no chance. This idea is very widely entrenched in western culture and shows no sign of going away any time soon.
Capitalism is evil
Another idea that is very widely held as true is that capitalism is the source of our economic problems and not any kind of solution. We see anti-capitalist demonstrations and we do not see pro-capitalism rallies. Capitalism is not understood by the vast majority of people and this is a testament to the triumph of propaganda over genuine education.
Most people think of fat cats, greed and exploitation when they hear the word, yet capitalism is,in fact, the solution the problem of man’s freedom. It is the only sociopolitical system that respects property rights. Capitalism holds that you own your own life, your own body and all of the results of your productive effort.
It is the only system in which a genuinely voluntary society is possible, where people would not be coerced or forced into any action against their will. Yet it does not throw out the rule of law. It is the only socioeconomic system that declares man free and supports the non-aggression principle in all human interactions. Capitalism respects your right to choose, it doesn’t force you to do anything, it allows you to act on your own judgment.
Mysticism – the idea that belief in things without reasons or evidence is OK
Mysticism is another widely held idea in western culture. again handed down from the religions and embedded into human consciousness for millennia – just like Altruism. The implicit idea is that reasons are unnecessary. There is no need for proof, evidence logic or reason… you simply believe what you choose to believe. In fact, some mystics say that you need to believe before you can know.
Most people delegate to authority (taking the reasons on faith) to an unhealthy degree. This can be seen clearly in the readiness of populations to accept the mainstream narrative without question. They are happy to be told what to believe in.
While this idea remains widespread entire populations can easily be duped and conned by the sophistry of those who would deceive them, the propagandists and the public relations experts who serve the purposes of the parasite class. A nation or civilisation or entire culture that can so easily be misled has no hope of gaining genuine knowledge, or of accurately discerning truth. And therefore has no hope of achieving freedom from the manipulators who have long been in control of the media.
Its only by understanding the reasons, the causes for the attitudes and behaviour of people, that we can change things! When we understand the reasons that freedom is going away, we can work towards creating the reasons (the causes) that will bring it back.
The western world is currently descending into totalitarianism, which is “a system of government that is centralized and dictatorial and requires complete subservience to the state” – this is the opposite of freedom. Last century the world experienced totalitarianism in the many forms, Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, and more innocent men women and children were killed by the totalitarian state in the 20th century than by natural disasters, sickness and even 2 world wars. Last century totalitarianism was in isolated areas. In this century the threat is even greater because it will be global!
We have discussed some of the many reasons why freedom has no chance in the short to medium term, But it does still have a chance in the longer term if we can at least understand the reasons why it has no chance right now!
Work to understand the ideas (reasons) that support freedom. Work to spread the ideas that underpin freedom. Gain knowledge and share it. Our only hope is the rational argument in which people are rationally persuaded of the truth and the ideas that will enable freedom. This is how to ‘fight’ for freedom. No other method has ever worked in history, nor will ever work in the future.
To fight for freedom you must rise and become a ‘new intellectual’, a rational man/woman, an advocate of the most powerful motivators for us all – sound ideas founded in truth.