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Don’t Worry, We’ll Do Your Thinking For You

I was reading an article today about the rash of new legislation regarding the right of people having a choice in whether or not their children are vaccinated. Now, I’m not writing about the safety of vaccines.

My own opinion is that many vaccines are relatively safe and necessary for the health of the public as a whole, though there are many others that are extremely risky – especially for certain segments of the population. There is ample evidence that some vaccines cause more harm than good (including contributing to truly debilitating illnesses)  so to make all vaccinations mandatory in incredibly irresponsible.

It also bothers me that Congress passed legislation in the 1980s that protects pharmaceutical firms from liability for problems caused by vaccines. This is cause for serious concern.  Apparently, cowardly polticians are being forced to react to fearmongering on the part of the pharmaceutical industry. They fear losing popularity among the voters instead of attempting to educate their constituency. Getting that out of the way, I’ll get back to the reason for this post.

I felt compelled to write about the issue of freedom of choice. Freedom is a word that has been horribly abused by corrupt people in power for many years simply because they are too low in intelligence, patience and/or courage to explain the nuances of many important issues. Basically, this is moral and intellectual cowardice. They’d rather deceive than provoke creative thought. And, they’d rather keep the public misdirected so they won’t have to deal with a focused, well-informed populace. I’m not trying to deceive or misdirect, but I am concerned when I read something like the following statements in the media:

“… removing choice is one of the most basic steps you can take to simplify your life.”

And, “Making vaccine decisions is an arduous task involving lots of reading and information processing and this is the time Americans can now spend on less stressful activities such as eating and watching television with their families or texting friends.”  {Yes, become obese so you can consume our diet plans and pharmaceuticals. Watch more TV & realize how exceptional we are. Communicate constantly to avoid being at peace.}

Again, I’m not concerned with the issue of vaccines here. Freedom of choice is an important aspect of living in a free society. I know we don’t exactly live in a free society, but I would like to believe that most people are concerned with trying to get us closer to that seemingly distant “utopia.” Even a fake democracy should have a certain amount of choice involved when it comes to important decisions. It’s disconcerting that so many people are content with the questionable state of our “freedoms” today. They seem to console themselves with dozens of choices of toxic anti-perspirants, GMO cereals and high-glycemic drinks in our supermarkets or with hundreds of channels of (mostly) bile on their mental deadening devices. For some reason, making informed choices on important issues seems not to be a priority for many people. We’d rather have the newest iPhone… and then allow it to be monitored and tracked without a public debate.

Freedom is fundamental to life as a human being. No one is meant for slavery. I’m not comparing this modern form of slavery to the actual business of slavery that existed for centuries. However…

We can dress up the seemingly subtle, coercive tactics and the purchasing of minds (“beware the terrorists!”, “don’t risk your job”), but strongly persuading a population to “voluntarily” give up basic human rights is a form of slavery. Mental slavery. Of course, not everyone can be an expert at everything. So we can read a few items on an issue, speak to people we know to hear their opinions, weigh the different ideas in relation to our own priorities and make a decision. Or not. We don’t have to have an opinion on everything. There shouldn’t be stress involved with feeling one way or another about a particular subject. Strong convictions, if inflexible, will often lead to closed-minded ignorance. But the other extreme – to allow others to do our thinking for us – is to be less than human.

What we need is balance. The powers that be will do anything to push the extreme positions on all issues as a way of keeping us out of balance. It keeps us fighting each other. And, it helps them push their agendas of control. It’s much easier to keep a stressed, hateful, angry and/or scared population under the thumb of a clever class of rulers. They’ve actually gotten a lot of us to help them push those agendas for them. It’s very clever, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. We need to find common ground with as many people as possible and come together for causes that most of us believe in. We don’t have to hammer out every detail of every issue immediately. We can work things out in stages. But first, we have to stop the insidious grip the rulers have on information. If we stay in formation and obey the doctrine of the dominant culture, we won’t be able to retain even a semblance of freedom or diversity (which, after all, is the freedom of being who we truly are).

We certainly have our work cut out for us. A good start would be to undo the damage of deregulation in the media. Instead of allowing the telecommunications corporations to take complete control of our internet the way they did with our radio and television airwaves, we need to ensure net neutrality, bring back regulation of media ownership and fund public media outlets with independent oversight. (Bringing back the Fairness Doctrine might not hurt either). Who outside of the telecommunications industry could find a valid reason not to support these measures? These actions would, in turn, help us in taking back our elections. Obviously, selections aren’t working too well for us. A well-informed public can make better decisions in the voting booth. In the 2012 election, 90% of the members of the House and 91% of the Senators won reelection. The combined number went up to 96% in 2014. And this happened despite an 11% approval rating for Congress. It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so dangerously pathetic.

Of course, there is much more than this to do, but I wouldn’t presume to prioritize an entire blueprint for taking our country back from the manipulative ownership class. I believe concentrating on the information industry and our election process are the logical places to start. Everything else would probably fall into place eventually if those problem areas were taken care of. Banking reform, single payer healthcare, criminalizing professional lobbying, furthering basic human and animal rights and funding education are some examples.

I was thinking about ending this with a cool quote about freedom, but decided to just plea with people to take action. No one is going to give us back the freedoms we’ve given away. You see, they weren’t really taken from us.

We gave them away.

The powers that be didn’t sit on our chests and take them away like a bully on the playground. That would have been more honest than what they did, but their dishonesty and clever cruelty doesn’t explain the depth to which we’ve fallen. We’ve allowed ourselves to be deceived by playing with toys, gripping our wallets until our knuckles turned white, distrusting those who look or speak differently than us, allowing our deceptively manufactured “dreams” to be cunningly fed to us like toxic baby food and looking the other way when the takers cheated so that we could cheat, too. We’ve allowed them to rig the system and now we’re crying. It happened because we foolishly put our faith in liars and fakers and hoped we could join them one day in their mansions and exclusive neighborhoods.

Now, it’s time to wake up from the dream that turned into a vicious, cannibalistic nightmare long ago and make real change. Not campaign rhetoric “change”, but change society into something worthy of the human race. What do you think?

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8 comments on “Don’t Worry, We’ll Do Your Thinking For You

  1. You make some really important points here. I think you’re dead right about people giving up their freedom to allow other people to make their decisions for them. Part of it relates to people being so busy working their butts off that they don’t have time to think about anything else. For this reason, I think one of the most important ways for people to get back their freedom is to give up the culture of work and adopt a Universal Basic Income (the Swiss are having a referendum on this next year).

    While I don’t expect the oligarchs to kindly give us a Universal Basic Income, I think we need to elevate UBI to a basic demand that we organize around.

  2. That’s an excellent comment, Dr. Bramhall. I haven’t read any detailed articles about experiments with Universal Basic Income, but I think I’ll look into it. I know it’s been attempted in Canada and I believe there were interesting results. Naturally, Capitalist cheerleaders in mainstream media would pounce on the potential “disincentive to work” argument or use the lazy hatemonger tactic of screaming ‘evil communism’ or something like that. It definitely should be considered, though. Of course, it would take a monumental amount of work and patience to get truthful information to the masses before the indoctrination machine left a storm of ignorance and confusion in its wake.

    As far as people working so much that they can’t find the time to educate themselves on important issues, I understand what you’re saying and I agree to a certain point, but that excuse only goes so far. It doesn’t apply to everyone or apply to every point in a person’s life. Plenty of peope watch dysfunctional television hours on end and could, instead, look for a book or article on an issue that resonates with them. This is especially true in the age of the internet. It’s much easier today to find information about issues that matter.

    I used to scour sidewalk vendors in NYC looking for a book I’d heard about or saw referenced in an interesting book I’d already read. I’ve also spent hours in used book stores looking for a book that was either out of print or difficult to find in regular book stores. We need to do what it takes to bust out of the trap of civil obedience (in my humble opinion).

    Thank you very much for your insightful comment. I always enjoy your addition to an essay (or rant) that I’ve posted. You provide many interesting points to consider.

    Peace.

  3. Societies tell us we have free will. We are free to choose who our dictators are, we are free to choose the life we lead. We are are free to make our own decisions. We are free to decide what is good or bad, healthy or unhealthy. We are free to choose our own lifestyle. The court system tells us that our children below the age of 18 are not adults and it is the parents responsibility to make the right decisions for their benefit. All in all we are given the right to free will and its up to each one of us to decide what’s best. Sounds great….BUT… There is one issue….when it comes down to choosing how and when we vaccinate our children, we no longer have any say. If you don’t vaccinate your child with the 3 in one MMR then you are liable to be locked in prison for neglect and not following protocol that has been developed as a means of control. Where is my free will now? When does the law that states I am responsible for child’s wellbeing, safety and security kick in? Where is my choice to give my child 3 seperate vaccinates no matter what it costs? Don’t tell me that we are free. We are controlled and manipulated by a system designed to force feed us arsenic, poisons, fluoride and aspartame to keep us living off BIG PHARMA. I don’t really care if the findings of the MMR linked to autism is inconclusive, what I do care about is injecting my child with mercury and other such harmful chemicals that I wouldn’t inject in myself….and under what guise…that I’m protecting her?! Get real! When the same system forcing us to inject our children with potentially harmful chemicals can save those same children from sex abusers, paedophiles, kidnappers, murderers and sick whackos then come talk to us about what we should do for our children. As you can tell, I’m quite passionate about this topic. Its good to see someone touched on it.

  4. As I stated in the essay, the point I was making was basically about the serious lack of freedom we have today and, especially, the apparent willingness of so many people to accept losing their rights without doing anything about it. We’ve been conditioned to acquiesce in bland submission to the ruling class who give orders to their minions in the fear industry who, in turn, assault us with indoctrination aimed at getting us to obey istead of questioning authority.

    As far as the issue of vaccines, numerous studies show that many (if not all) have unnecessary toxic ingredients that have definite links to debilitating illnesses like autism, various forms of cancer, birth defects, neurological disorders, reproductive disorders, immune system disrders…

    The list goes on, but it isn’t only vaccines we have to be concerned with. Not only are these toxic substances in pharmaceutical products, they’re in our food and personal care products. And, we burn garbage containing PCBs which enter the atmosphere and end up in our soil and water. We can no longer grow organic food with the nutrition it had for millenia.The planet has become toxic. Our water has been poisoned and is being stolen and sold back to us by Nestle Corporation. And the nutritional content of our soil is costantly being degraded.

    And, still, people run to the grocery store and buy chemically enhanced animal flesh manufactured with through animal abuse, toxic fruits and vegetables grown with water filled with animal excrement from factory farm runoff and heavy metals from various sources, drinks and snacks manufactured with genetically engineered ingredients, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors and chemical preservatives. We feed our children and pets thousands of chemicals which have been linked to disease.

    We technically have freedom of choice, but the choices are not what we truly want or need. We no longer have a viable election process. There are only two corprate political parties here in the U.S. – neither of which has the best interests of their constituency at heart.

    Obviously I could go on, but the point of all of our blogging and discussios with friends and neighbors comes down to action. W need to take inspired action and send a clear message to the ruling class that we refuse to accept this system of control any longer. We need to hit the streets and shut down everything. Their system won’t work without our cooperation. We need to get enough people aware of the predicament we’re all in.

    Hopefully, this will happen before we leave the planet uninhabitable for humans.

    Thanks for commenting.

    Peace.

  5. Reblogged this on Citizens, not serfs and commented:
    Strong convictions, if inflexible, will often lead to closed-minded ignorance. But the other extreme – to allow others to do our thinking for us – is to be less than human. What we need is balance. The powers that be will do anything to push the extreme positions on all issues as a way of keeping us out of balance. It keeps us fighting each other. And, it helps them push their agendas of control. It’s much easier to keep a stressed, hateful, angry or scared population under the thumb of a clever class of rulers. They’ve actually gotten a lot of us to help them push those agendas for them. It’s very clever, but it doesn’t have to stay that way.

    We need to find common ground with as many people as possible and come together for causes that most of us believe in. We don’t have to hammer out every detail of every issue immediately. We can work things out in stages. But first, we have to stop the insidious grip the rulers have on information. If we stay in formation and obey the doctrine of the dominant culture, we won’t be able to retain even a semblance of freedom or diversity (which, after all, is the freedom of being who we truly are). We certainly have our work cut out for us.

    • Thanks for the reblog.

      I’m surprised more people aren’t as concerned about a majority of the population being so willing to give up essential freedoms. To think that a nation conceived of as an alternative to societies oppressed by autocratic rulers could fall so far is a testament to the evil manipulative “skills” of the modern ruling class and the cowardice of a population watching basic human rights systemtically taken from their grasp.

      Peace.

  6. In recent years, we’ve had a systematic attack on human rights orchestrated through coercive propaganda and most people have obediently accepted it. We don’t need war to become strong, we need more people to stand up to the corporate takeover of our government and to speak out against apathy and complacency. We need to take the focus away from fear and patriotism and shine a light on alternatives that promote courage and cooperation.

    That’s the only way we’ll survive the mindless overpopulation and overconsumption we’ve become accustomed to in recent geneations.

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