(Stillness in the Storm Editor) Reading through the points raised in the below article, which asserts that no matter who wins the election the status quo and the state will stay in power, a feeling of disillusionment and powerlessness can take hold. But I think this is a healthy reaction because that part of us that has fallen for the illusion of limited liability is dying. By this I mean, we’ve been lulled into thinking we have no power, that we are victims of the state, corporations, our jobs, the economy, the wealthy, ad infinitum.
This is true when we don’t understand our real power. But the greater truth is that without our participation, none of the state’s machinations are possible. Each of us is so potent that enormous amounts of time and energy are expended to ensure we never reclaim our inner strength and mastery, for if we did, we would be immune to the control system and would work tirelessly to show others they are just as strong.
In The Matrix films, the character Morpheus described humanity as being reduced to power cells or batteries for the AI mainframe that took over long ago.
The obvious meaning to glean from this scene is that humanity is a literal power source, but a more subtle suggestion is that we fuel the matrix and the system of control itself. Without our participation, without our energy and consent, the system collapses. This point cannot be overstated.
Transcending Victim Consciousness
We live in a world where the mind/soul sickness of victim consciousness has created a near total feeling of disempowerment. Most of us feel completely helpless against the oppressive nature of society and a civilization that stamps out freedom under many guises. But imagine if we simply stopped participating in this system. What if we—the powerhouse of the matrix of control—stopped paying our taxes, stopped going to work, stopped buying goods from nefarious corporations? What if we just stopped feeding energy into anything that serves tyranny and enslavement, and only supply our energy into truth, freedom, and justice, for all?
I know it sounds like a wildly idealistic vision. Some of us will respond by saying: “But how will I live? How will we get the things we need? Won’t this reduce our quality of life?”
And in short, the answer is yes this will cause major disruptions to the way we live at the moment. But also consider that this quality of life is essentially a bribe, a form of reward for selling our souls into the systems of corruption that cause pandemic environmental destruction, feeds the engines of war, and brings about untold suffering for ourselves and our loved ones. Are we really so numb and blind that we are happy to fatten ourselves off the hardship of others?
The hard-to-face question upon realizing these truths becomes, is our complacency and comfort in a hellish state worth it? Are we so satisfied with the way life is that we aren’t willing to let go of it all to reach for something better? Are we going to let our fear of the unknown prevent us from making sacrifices for the future and our children?
The Bullies of the World are Cowards and Need to be Faced
The issue of humanity’s disempowerment that leads to the enslavement of all goes far beyond the borders of the United States. The powers that should not be can be likened to a rabble of bullies who use fear and intimidation to coerce others into submission—becoming agents of the matrix in the process. And the only way to make a bully realize they no longer have power is not to submit—fighting for our freedom even if it means getting a bloody nose in the process.
We can’t let our fear or our desire for comforts in life hold us back from reaching for real freedom to live in a world where we don’t have to settle for evil. We need to be willing to stand tall in our sense of righteousness and un-consent from slavery as much as possible—even if it means loss of comfort and retaliation from the world-bullies that are the powers that be.
If we can do this, it will show us, firstly, that we are much stronger than we’ve been led to believe, and secondly, that the criminals acting in the shadows no longer have control over us. They might take away our internet, our food, our water, everything we hold dear, but we will be free, and most importantly, we will no longer feed the engines of tyranny.
Yes, there might be hardship as we detoxify ourselves from the state’s addictive peddlings, but once we pass through this healing phase, we will be so much stronger for it. And future generations will thank us for making this hard choice for the betterment of all.
It is this ultimate choice each of us faces in a world where oppression, slavery, and victimization are commonplace. It is a realization even the most awakened person tends to shy away from, for it places a huge responsibility on their shoulders. But we need not face this challenge alone, and it arguably won’t work unless more than a handful is willing to step across the line of disempowerment.
Let’s Band Together
The powers that be know that even if a few of us make this choice, the vast majority will watch from the sidelines as those brave few are burned at the proverbial stake for heresy against the culture of complacency. The house slaves who have sold their souls to the illusory masters of humanity, the cowards of indifference who have made themselves fat off the suffering of their fellows will spit and curse those who try to burn the house of enslavement down. But someone has to make that first step, someone has to be willing to let it all go to be the change they wish to see in the world—that’s what being a freedom fighter is all about.
Even though this time in history is arguably the prophesied apocalypse, perhaps humanity isn’t ready for real freedom. Perhaps those who are alive today just don’t have the courage to face the simple truth that we must stop feeding the system our energy if we say we really want change. But those of us who are ready to make this step, should seek each other out and start forming an organized, honorable, and dedicated group of like-minded people who are willing to make these steps forward. And hope that in doing so, we lend courage to those who are on the fence, those who need to know if they cross the line of indifference, they won’t be the only ones on the other side.
Imagine a Better World
Imagine a day when people wake up, stop feeding the system with their energy, and the parasitic elite is starved out. The first week or so might be hard. The media will fan the flames of fear, but those who have gained freedom within will stand tall in their resolve. Eventually, the whole system of enslavement will collapse. From its ashes, a new system will be born, and a generation of truly free people, who are capable of critical thinking and altruism, will take hold. A world where all are vigilant against the temptations of tyranny, where love, prosperity, and unimaginable cooperation make the past 10,000 years of so-called progress seem like the dark ages in comparison. This is the vision of a better world we can use to motivate us towards collective action.
For myself, I can’t honestly say I am ready to give it all up, becoming an island of freedom in a sea of tyranny, but I have thought long and hard about why the status quo persists and what needs to happen to change it. If you too have had enough and are ready to gather for change, then know you aren’t the only one.
While we need not make this step tomorrow, we can at least start the conversation and begin to draw support from our fellow freedom fighters. Each person who raises their hand when the call is put out will make it that much easier for those around them to do the same. As the saying goes, “united we stand, divided we fall.”
So let us gather to make a difference. Let us stand up and look around for our brothers and sisters who realize that enough is enough because we are the ones who understand the simple truth that we are capable of effecting great change. If only we dare to look in the mirror and say the words, “I am stronger than the bullies of this world, and I am ready to be the change!” In doing so, the illusory power players, our would-be masters, will be revealed as the cowards they really are, as the sickness of disempowerment is finally cured through sacrificing our identity of victimization.
Let’s unplug from the matrix, stand together, and face the bullies of our world.
by Jack Burns, November 8th 2016
It’s Election Day and the sky isn’t falling. Your money still has some value for the moment, and the zombie apocalypse has not yet begun. But looking back over the last 18 months or so, you might be tempted to think that insanity had taken over the minds of the American people. Rest assured, no matter who wins the presidency, not much is going to change. That’s because those with real power and influence in the United States are still pulling the strings and calling the shots, not only in government, but in the free market, in banking, in natural resources, and in the war machine.
After today, the once two-party system (only for the election of course) will go back to being the establishment. As former congressman Ron Paul once said, “The Nancy Pelosis of the world and the John Boehners of the world were much more buddies than anybody realized. The parties mean very little.” If you don’t believe that, try finding as much of a whimper coming from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan as he bent over backwards, burning the midnight oil to pass the omnibus spending package championed by Barack H. Obama. Yes. Deficit spending will continue, the Congress will continue to spend more than it takes in, borrowing money from foreign governments to do so, and applying the burden of repayment to the American taxpayer; you!
Those of us, who’ve been in journalism for any length of time, will continue to believe Donald Trump was a Clinton plant to ensure she would win. And he played the part well. Speaking without preparing, making fun of women, disparaging minorities, mocking the handicapped, and playing up to fundamental issues (patriotism, xenophobia, capitalism), all won over the Republican base.
Good luck finding evangelical Christians who truly believed he was the “strong Christian” he told Chris Cuomo he was! He fumbled that one when he mispronounced one of the books of the Bible, calling it “2 Corinthians” instead of of “2nd Corinthians”, while speaking at Liberty University. After the election is over, he’ll simply go back to being a Clinton friend, and will probably invite the Clinton clan to come to his next wedding.
If he somehow wins, in what he himself has called a “rigged” election, he’s already said he was going to appoint a Goldman Sachs and George Soros ally as Secretary of the Treasury. As we reported, “Steve Mnuchin came on board Trump’s campaign as finance chair in May, raising eyebrows of many who felt his 17-year history with Sachs — and affiliation with liberal globalist George Soros as an Investment Professional of Soros Fund Management — conflicted directly with the then-presumptive nominee’s conservative stance and criticisms of establishment politicians.” Even Ron Paul knows what a Trump presidency will look like. Paul said he’d be the “champion of the executive order.”
For her part, Clinton’s attempt to take the high road and not stoop to Trump’s level of vicious attacks, was interrupted by Project Veritas’ and Wikileaks’ expose’ of the DNC’s goings on behind the scenes, as well as the pseudo-investigation of the FBI into her private and illegal email server. We finally learned her party was responsible for the paid protesters who assaulted Trump’s true believers at campaign rallies.
Thanks to Julian Assange, we know Bernie Sanders, who was really not supposed to be a serious option for Democrats, never had a chance against Clinton in the primaries, even though he was much more popular than Clinton with younger Dems. That’s because the DNC, his adopted political party (remember he was a self-proclaimed Independent), was working against him, slandering him with the help of the mainstream media, and some have said, rigging the results of the primaries in Clinton’s favor.
No, the farce of an election, possibly the ugliest in United States history, has done very little to comfort the American people with the notion they’re in good hands. But rest assured. After today, nothing is really going to happen, except the real power brokers in the nation, the oligarchy, will continue to wrestle away the freedoms Americans hold so dear. The first amendment, the second amendment, they’re gone if Clinton wins.
Some of us are old enough to remember she was the one who brought political correctness to our American society. Do you remember the “F__k you!” t-shirts of the 80’s? Those disappeared as they’re supposedly too offensive to wear in public. Hell, wearing the American flag t-shirts can get your ass stomped in some California cities. Clinton has also promised to take a close look at Australia’s gun ban. Translation: we’re coming for your guns. But that’s really nothing new.
In order to prop up the oligarchy, the guns have to go. And we won’t even touch on who she’ll appoint to the Supreme Court. No, the only hope conservative Americans have, if Clinton wins, is that gridlock continues. Let’s face it. Obama has had a tough time getting Antonin Scalia’s seat filled hasn’t he? That’s what you’ll see more of if the former secretary of state wins. Conservatives everywhere will be thanking God for gridlock.
For liberals, the prospect of a Trump presidency is shuddering. They’ll probably stay up at night in fear that he’ll press the button and start a nuclear war. But it’s more likely he’ll be doing what Clinton did as secretary of state, get richer by implementing policies which will benefit his crony brotherhood of casino and hotel owners. The Trump family will amass an even more incredible amount of wealth as they take advantage of insider deals having access to government affords. And if Democrats win one of the two branches of Congress, by winning a majority of the seats, gridlock in a Trump presidency will be another impediment to “making America great again.” Again, for liberals facing a Trump presidency, gridlock will be heaven sent.
As The Free Thought Project has emphasized, both parties will continue to spy on you. The Patriot Act (we know thanks to Edward Snowden) was put in place under the Bush administration and was found to be spying on ALL Americans. Both parties start illegal wars. A bipartisan Congress voted to attack the sovereign nation of Iraq, although the 9/11 hijackers were all Saudi Arabian.
Both parties are owned by banks. Remember the speaking fees Clinton received when she spoke at Goldman Sachs? Clinton was paid 21 million over the course of two years just to give a speech. How many of you would have paid her one dollar to speak on any subject? Yet big banks gave her millions to hear her supposed wise words.
Both parties will continue the drug war. That’s because pharmaceutical companies’ profit margins are threatened by plants like marijuana and kratom, and their lobby will see to it that the government will go after the now burgeoning marijuana industry.
Both parties are slaves to corporations and special interest groups. Remember Halliburton? The gulf wars were all about the oil right?
Both parties will continue to support the police state. You can expect to see the federalization of police departments all across the U.S. They’ll continue to use homicides like Freddy Gray’s to take over and “retrain” the police. Translation: the police will be federalized.
The rich will get richer. The poor will get poorer. Taxes will continue to rise. Home ownership will be further out of reach. Forget tiny houses, the only houses some will be able to afford, just like cars, will be leased homes, probably owned by the federal government. Wages will continue to trend lower, even if the minimum wage is raised to $15 per hour.
Remember when a family of five making 30,000 a year was considered middle class? That’s now the official poverty level. The educational system will remain a bastion which produces non-free-thinkers, who never question why they’re never taught to balance a checkbook, live off-the-grid, and oppose taxes. No. Nothing is going to change after today.
Until Americans wake up to the fact that their beloved republic is nothing more than a distraction that provides an ostensible sense of democracy — nothing is going to change. Until Americans stop believing that clicking buttons in a voting booth is more powerful than billionaires showering Congress with cash — nothing is going to change. Until Americans realize they are the host to one of the most dangerous and deadly parasites in the history of humankind — we can expect more of the same — no matter which shiny puppet pretends to have your interests in mind as they shout from their pulpits surrounded by teleprompters.
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