Freedom & Evil: 7 Things You Didn’t Learn in School
by Chris Campbell, LFB
Evil, Paul Rosenberg of Freeman’s Perspective writes, can be defined as the “willful abuse of other humans.”
Put into this context, evil is very real. And it’s scary, unpredictable and, unfortunately, very human.
But despite all of the fear surrounding evil, evil is not strong. In fact, it rests on a house of cards. It is incredibly weak. And although it’s always been around, the lion’s share of evil has also always been perpetrated by a laughably small minority.
The vast majority of people simply want to be left alone to work as they wish and to raise a family and to grow old with the people they love.
Evil, on the other hand, has other plans for good people’s work and their families and who they love. But, again, always remember that evil is weak. “And not weak temporarily or in a certain situation,” says Rosenberg, “but fundamentally weak. Here’s why: Evil does not produce.”
Evil is the anti-producer. It is the destroyer of productivity. And the problem with being a productivity destroyer, to paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, is you eventually run out of productive things to destroy.
Evil, at its core, is dependent upon the good. It’s what makes it so abhorrent. But it’s also its downfall, because it requires for good men and women to comply to its wishes. And, eventually, when it comes to evil, the compliance of good men and women, by death or by rebellion, becomes a scarce commodity.
“Genghis Khan,” Rosenberg points out, “had to get his arrows, horses, and shields from somewhere, and he didn’t produce them himself. Likewise for Mao and Stalin and Tamerlane and the rest. One way or another, they required basically decent people to produce for them. Regardless of whether these producers were tricked or intimidated, it was they who armed evil; evil didn’t arm itself.
“And this brings us to one of the great, simple truths of our times:
“If goodness ever stops allowing evil to take advantage of it, evil is simply finished.”
“Right now,” Rosenberg goes on, “evil has tricked millions of productive people into doing its will. At this point, most think acquiescence is the right thing to do, or they simply don’t realize any option exists. And being in that position, they accommodate themselves to it. This can be seen in the moral confusion that is currently endemic. How else could people believe that what is immoral for one person is somehow moral for another?
“So, the very first step toward the defeat of evil is to clarify morality. And here we can get a quick start, because morality is simple. It boils down to this.
“What is hateful to you, do not do to any man.”
When evil and morality are seen from this perspective, there is less room for ambiguity. And there’s more room for a deep understanding of who the true enemies to humanity are.
As Buckminster Fuller once said: “If you take all the machinery in the world and dump it in the ocean, within months more than half of all humanity will die and within another six months they’d almost all be gone; if you took all the politicians in the world, put them in a rocket, and sent them to the moon, everyone would get along fine.”
Who makes and maintains these machines that keep civilization humming along? Good, productive people all across the good, green Earth.
The productive people of the world make our lives more enjoyable, more comfortable and more free. The evil of the world, on the other hand, are those who, through their own selfish and narcissistic line of reasoning, hate the productive and try like hell to turn the world against them.
Unfortunately, those who promote evil acts spend their lives practicing and perfecting the dark arts of emotional manipulation. And will do absolutely anything — don’t put anything past them — to retain power and expand their influence. This includes maiming, stealing from and killing their “own people” for the so-called “greater good.”
This is why cutting through the fog between evil and freedom takes constant vigilance.
To help with that, we invite the ever-vigilant Paul Rosenberg of Freeman’s Perspective to the show to reveal seven things about freedom and evil you didn’t learn in school.
SEVEN SHOCKING THINGS THAT YOU ALMOST CERTAINLY DIDN’T KNOW
“You need to tell people about all the interesting things in your subscription letter,” one of my oldest friends told me.
“We do,” I said. “We list them on the site and we even have a free report to get them started.”
“Not enough,” she replied curtly. “Do more.”
So, today I’ll take my friend’s advice and explain seven things that simply aren’t taught, that simply are true, and that make a huge difference in how we view the world.
I won’t be able to go into detail like I do in the monthly letters of course, but I think I can give you the crux of them fairly well. Here we go:
#1: The “Dark Ages” were a liberation.
Forget Monty Python and the Holy Grail (and let’s be honest, probably half of us got our “Dark Ages” images from it); actual life after Rome was a tremendous release. The great tyranny collapsed and dissolved, agricultural production rose, average lifestyles improved, new technologies came into use, fine crafts continued and often improved, and even literature thrived. (Yes it did, and we have proof!)
Opportunities swung open to non-elite people (the 99% that history books ignore), and there was almost no one forbidding anything. If you wanted to take an empty field, work it, and build a small castle, you could probably do it… and a shocking number of people did!
Wars were not only tiny, but they were generally limited to the aristocracy. Unless you wanted to be involved with war, you were probably left quite alone. (Compare that to 20th century Europe!) We devoted two full issues to this, including lots of original-source historical material. It’s true.
#2: Christian Europe, alone among major civilizations, killed the ancient evil of slavery.
What you were taught in school was misleading, and what you weren’t taught was nearly criminal. The statement above is true, and in the subscription letter, we covered it carefully. There is no doubt about it, European Christians killed the massive slavery they inherited from Rome, and they killed it for moral reasons. That these people are given no credit for their triumph is a horrific wrong.
#3: The most profitable business on Earth, by far, is government.
We’ve crunched the numbers from several eras, and the verdict is clear: No other business model comes close; nothing rakes in money like a government. The numbers were so large, however, that we needed a method of proof – some way to double-check them.
And we found one, by comparing them to the tributes that warlords were able to extract from frightened governments.
In the end, the statement stands confirmed: Government is, by far, the biggest and most profitable business on the planet, and always has been.
#4: There were a massive number of non-conformist communities in 19th century America.
This was a major part of the American tradition, and it is all but forgotten. It was such a big thing, in fact, that Ralph Waldo Emerson commented, “[There is] not a reading man but [who] has a draft of a new community in his waistcoat pocket.”
These utopian groups were the nurseries where many Americans of that era learned to think and act independently. I counted 117 groups (many with multiple communities) before I simply ran out of time. The famous abolitionist, Sojourner Truth, for example, learned how to act independently – to take risks and to defy authority – in one of the craziest of these groups. Many of the best people of the era had similar experiences. This chapter of American history should not have been scrubbed from the books.
#5: Genius is mainly a trick, and it doesn’t require massive brainpower.
Have you ever seen the equipment Galileo used to prove the basic operation of gravity? It looks like a high school shop project; there’s nothing “genius” about it. And in fact, genius by itself has led to very few real breakthroughs. Just thinking faster than the next person doesn’t matter terribly much if the other guy spends a little extra time.
The crucial thing about genius then is not mental speed (that’s what IQ tests major upon); it’s that actual geniuses learn something crucial: They can be right when everyone else is wrong.
The kid who is hated for being smart can’t escape this fact, and so he or she (if not too damaged by the experience) becomes familiar with thinking independently… and that’s what produces the magic.
#6: The first city was a peaceful anarchy.
We have a tremendous amount of evidence from this city, now called Catalhoyuk. As many as 10,000 people lived there between 7400 BC and 6000 BC, with no master and no overseer. There was no courthouse, no tax collector, no central administration of any kind.
Furthermore, these people, almost 5,000 years before the pyramids of Egypt, were peaceful, cooperative, individualistic, and highly artistic. They were clean, well dressed, well fed, and productive. Many were long-distance traders, and they may have used obsidian as a currency.
They were anything but ignorant prehistoric brutes. The artifacts tell the tale.
#7: We can step into a golden age any time we want to.
Scarcity has been dying for centuries now. The price of commodities like wheat and copper have flat-lined when measured in wages. And with the technologies we have coming online now, this process is only speeding up.
Our problem is that we’ve authorized an incredible amount of replacement scarcity, and that’s what keeps us working double shifts to no great benefit.
But as soon as we decide that it’s not really our duty to enthrone people we despise… once we stop “needing” every new piece of iCrap… when we stop living to impress our neighbors and start cultivating our actual lives… we’ll find that we’re already rich and we’re already producing enough for everyone to have plenty.
We’ve been conditioned to believe this is impossible, but the math says otherwise.
Author and blogger, Freeman’s Perspective