19 June 2017

01 April 2017

Dispelling America's "Free Country" Illusion


"You must buy health insurance ... or else!" Are you willing to admit this is government dictatorship?

"You must use politically correct speech ... or else!" Do you see the dictatorship?

"Government gets some of your earnings ... or else!" (No matter that your earnings will pay for programs which violate your deeply held beliefs.) Dictatorship for everyone's good, right?

"Politicians and bureaucrats have created hundreds of thousands of man-made, ego-made rules which you will follow ... or else!" Do you really enjoy all this government dictatorship?

The illusion that America is a free country may well be history's greatest fantasy. America is a dictatorship. People who like America's government dictatorship continually cry "democracy" to sell us the illusion we are free, but dictatorship by any other name is still dictatorship.

"But it's good dictatorship because all these laws and rules are of the people, by the people, for the people."

This is fantasy. How can some people dictating what other people should buy, dictating what kind of speech is allowed, dictating how a portion of another's earnings will be distributed ... how can that be of the people, by the people, or for the people who are being forced against their will?

"But it's dictatorship for their own good."

More fantasy. We can convince ourselves we know what is likely good for another person, but we can never truly know what lessons and life experiences the other person really needs. To assume we know better than others what is good for them is the height of arrogance.

So how do we extricate Americans from all this fantasy?

By calling a spade a spade. American culture is saturated with propaganda publicizing the theme "democracy vs. dictatorship" in an attempt to pretend the two are different because one is clothed differently. This propaganda can only be offset by hundreds of millions of instances of the truth being stated, democracy is dictatorship.

Remember Hans Christian Andersen's tale, "The Emperor's New Clothes," in which people are afraid to say the emperor is naked because if they did so then they themselves would be seen as stupid or incompetent? Finally an innocent child yells, "But he isn't wearing anything at all."

Americans seem to have a morbid vested interest in believing the illusion. The only kind of dictatorship they are willing to see is absolute rule by one person, so they justify the deception by saying: "America would never allow absolute rule by one person, so could never be a dictatorship. Doesn't America look good clothed in democracy!?"

The way to break the spell of an illusion is to yell the truth for everyone to hear. "Look beyond the illusion! A dictatorship by politicians is still a dictatorship. A dictatorship by a majority of voters is still a dictatorship. A dictatorship of the proletariat is still a dictatorship."

The fantasy that America is a free country is deeply believed. So to break through the illusion those who see truly have to yell loudly and clearly every time the dictatorship shows itself.

It will not work to be anti-government in all respects because the vast majority of people sense a legitimate use for government: to respond if someone has violated someone else. Dictatorship is when the government itself violates the free will of people who have violated no one.

Whether we believe Jesus Christ gives modern day revelation or not, we can still see the logic of these words from A Course in Miracles: "Freedom cannot be learned by tyranny of ANY kind, and the perfect equality of all cannot be recognized through the dominion of one will over another."

So every time our friends or neighbors start saying "there ought to be a law," or start talking about this or that government program which violates the free will of innocent people for "for their own good" or "for the good of society," let us not hesitate to be like Hans Christian Andersen's little child and announce in speech or writing: "dictatorship!"

If people in conversation keep hearing the word, "dictatorship!", if surfers of social media keep seeing the word, "dictatorship!", if those who scan articles and letters and political feedback keep reading the word, "dictatorship!"... finally ... with enough repetition ... Americans will come to admit the reality beneath the illusion.





The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.



Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles

01 March 2017

The Third Law of Politics


Newton's Third Law is often phrased "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." Actually, this is true in politics as well as physics.

The movie "Cristiada" (also known as "For Greater Glory") chronicled the three year Cristeros War in Mexico when the government attempted to secularize the nation, much the same as the Obama administration worked to secularize America.  This was a shooting war, a populist war against a government trying to force upon people misguided Utopian ideas. The movie trailer states: "When the government outlawed faith ... the faithful became outlaws," which can be understood as "the faithful became freedom fighters."  An equal and opposite reaction?

The Obama administration's headlong plunge into leftist Utopian dictatorial policies, which in another time and place would have been called "fascism," gave rise to its own equal and opposite reaction: many people joining liberty movements and freedom causes; Tea Party gatherings; passionate crowds at Ron Paul rallies; mushrooming sales of guns and ammunition; popular authors turning to themes of American societal collapse or even coming civil war; eventually the electoral victory of President Trump.

The prolific author, William Johnstone, published in 2011 the first in his fictional series about America in which an Obama-like president allows the country to degenerate and face attack by Islamic nukes.  The first book in the series is entitled Phoenix Rising and carried the subtitle statement: "When freedom's under fire, America fights back!"  An equal and opposite reaction?

Best selling author, Brad Thor, wrote in his novel Full Black:

"What we discovered was that beginning in the 1940s, radical elements inside the United States had recognized that there were these huge piles of money just sitting inside multiple large foundations and endowments all across the country. These big government collectivists, globalists, socialists and communists realized that if they could get into positions of power, say on the boards of directors at the foundations or the endowments, they could steer the money any way they wanted. And that is exactly what they did.

"On top of indoctrinating kids, (Mr.) Standing (a liberal-progressive) wanted to get as many people dependent upon the government as possible. Government handouts, even for corporations, are like heroin. Most people, once they're hooked, remain hooked and don't even realize it. They rationalize that they are entitled to the handouts.

"History also shows us that once a democracy goes down this road.... Each and every single time, the democracy collapses. It always happens. Democracy is always followed by dictatorship. And guess what the dictator promises?"

Is Brad Thor one of many thinkers recognizing an equal and opposite reaction?

Certainly in reaction to government dictatorship, the Third Law of Politics has historically always been in effect.

Marxists, Keynesians, and liberal-progressives just don't get it. Liberty is mankind's birthright. There is no alternative. Every action they initiate using government threat of force to push their Utopian programs creates an equal and opposite reaction pulling for liberty. As government expands its power, people's deep inner desire for liberty becomes even more powerfully felt.

Maybe the Third Law of Politics helps us understand Lesson 23 of the Course in Political Miracles"I see my enemies working for my success."

As government regulations increase, the craving for freedom among the people increases exponentially. This Third Law of Politics is not a man-made law. Therefore it is not taught in university political "science" classes. Such a curriculum failure is not only dishonest, but very unfortunate. Great pain could be averted.




The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.



Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles

01 November 2016

Election Results Do Not Unnerve Us



If an election does not produce the results we'd like ... there is no need to abandon our peace or joy. The principles we are learning with the lessons of this course are perfect for maintaining our invulnerability in the wake of an election as well during all political happenings. In fact, just as the ultimate goal of a liberty activist is far beyond the intermediate issues talked about in a particular election cycle, so the ultimate goal of this course is not only long range political success but benefit far beyond the realm of politics.

There is nothing we cannot accomplish if we live by these principles. The more we learn about spiritual opening (not religious beliefs, but true spiritual opening beyond any particular beliefs), the happier and more efficient our lives become. When we release guilt, fear, anger, wanting, fixed belief systems, and other pain-causing habits, what remains is love, joy, and inner peace. Why wouldn't our whole lives be more efficient?

Does this mean a spiritually opened person can live within the prohibitive darkness of a Marxist society or the depressing gray cloud of a liberal-progressive dictatorship and still thrive and be happy? As a matter of fact ... yes. Because a spiritually opened person is in touch with inner happiness which does not depend on external circumstances.

Does this mean we can still feel free in an unfree world? As a matter of fact, yes ... if we are seeing clearly that an unfree world doesn't have to affect our freedom. But such clear seeing requires being open spiritually. A truly free person, a person in touch with inner freedom, does not need to be affected by external circumstances.

In a political activism context, does this mean we can be joyous and happy and not the least bit depressed even if liberty-leaning candidates lose everywhere in an overwhelming election landslide? Why not? Who decides whether we are happy or not? Voting results external to us? Or we ourselves ... in charge of how we feel?

If we are in charge of how we feel ... if external events or circumstances do not determine our inner happiness ... then we are in a very, very strong position indeed.

Well, it turns out the only way we can become depressed or unhappy is if we allow external circumstances or events to have more importance in our minds than they need have, so the logical choice is easy. We can choose to see that specific outcomes are nowhere near as important as our inner state of being. What an incredible position of strength! Now we are like Howard Roark in The Fountainhead, in Roark's words asking nothing, expecting nothing, depending on nothing ... experiencing freedom.

This month let's use this lesson to fortify in our minds the idea that external events, external circumstances or external outcomes like election results do not matter as much as our egos would like us to believe because we can choose to be happy no matter what.

To this end we start each day with some form of affirmation which reminds us. Something like:

"Independent of election results ... I'm the one who decides whether I am happy or not! Knowing this, I am invulnerable."

"My strength today comes from my choice to stay happy in the face of any and all circumstances in the world."

"Today my priorities are: (1) choose happiness, (2) choose happiness, and (3) choose happiness. What power this gives me!"

It doesn't matter what affirmations we use to remind ourselves. Our inner voice may give us very powerful statements indeed. The important thing is to allow our imagination to give us mental pictures while using the affirmations, and then to use the statements until we feel the truth of them.

As always, we also take at least 20 minutes during the day for meditation, quieting our minds, and really feeling the peace and joy of our inner being.

When we retire each day this month, we rejoice in our strength and power. We rejoice that we do not give away our strength by thinking that externals are so important as to affect our happiness. We rejoice that one-time election results cannot get in the way of our achieving our ultimate political goals precisely because temporary results don't affect who we really are. Before smiling ourselves to sleep, we might say aloud to ourselves one last reminder:

"Having surrendered the need for particular outcomes, I am unstoppable."




The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles