July 18, 2010 by 99percentspace
RULE NUMBER ONE about modern slavery: there is no modern slavery.
RULE NUMBER TWO: you work, you pay, you go to war and you shut the f*ck up. Or else.
RULE NUMBER THREE. Refer to Rule number One.
There is no modern slavery
In school we learned about slavery in his-story class. According to his story, slavery looked like this:
We learned that slavery in the US formally “ended” in 1865. By this was meant that “Negroes” were no longer auctioned in chains right off the boat from Gambia.
Later on we discovered that being of African origin was not a precondition to being a slave. The Romans, for example, liked their slave-meat white…
The Roman Empire was built on military might and slave labor. Rome practiced overt slavery in a rigid caste system: Senators were aristocrats, Romans were Free Men and pretty much everyone else were slaves. Except for the liberti, or liberated ones:
Freedmen and freedwomen, called liberti, formed a separate class in Roman society at all periods. These people remained few in numbers, but Rome needed to demonstrate at times the great frank spirit of this “civitas”, and so trumpeted the freed slaves as hopeful examples. They might grow rich and influential, but free-born Romans still looked down on them as vulgar nouveaux riches.
Where does his story end and our story begin? His story ends when the social, political and economic cost of enslaving bodies became too high. Our story begins when the chains and shackles were reformulated to enslave minds instead of bodies. These bonds are not cast in iron, but in ideas. Memes. Brain chains.
These brain chains are forged from an early age. Ignorance is carefully administered during the young slave’s lives. Enslave the mind and the body will follow to its own destruction if so commanded.
Brain chains move millions. These are their bodies. Where are the chains?
The American dream is the capitalist meme: EVERYONE CAN BE RICH. Small print: except the guy who picks up the garbage, the gal who mops the floors and the remaining 99% percent of the
We modern slaves owe our soul to the company store. So instead of money, we get debt, which is just like money except that instead of making us richer, it makes us poorer… and we get to work for decades to pay back for the privilege!
Mental slavery is the strongest and most pernicious of all slaveries, but it has one vital weakness: when the chains break, there IS NO GOING BACK. The mind, once freed, can never more be cast in chains. And a free mind makes a free human, and free humans resist against the system EVERY F*CKING STEP OF THE WAY.
But, Aren’t We All Slaves to Nature?
Let’s set the record straight: slavery does NOT fall within natural or common law. To say we are enslaved by our need to breathe, drink and eat is, well, a slavish way of thinking. We are not slaves to nature, we are part of her. And here’s someone who wasn’t a slave: Henry David Thoreau; this will be explained in a future post.
The Modern Slave Guide uses the old-school definition of slavery, that is individuals being the property of others.
Many modern slaves find the idea that they belong to someone else nothing short of ludicrous, which only goes to prove how strong the brain chains are. Now, if you haven’t already watched John Harris, you probably think it is too. But even without going too deep into who owns your person, consider the following: the folks who own the private banks that print our interest-bearing slave money also own the bank that owns your mortgage, and the corporation that owns the company you work at. They own the company that built your car, and the one that sells you the gas, and the ones that manufacture your food, your clothes, your drugs, your television and its mind-enslaving contents.
They also own the statutes under which we abide as PERSONS. These define, among many other things, how much we must pay in order to not go to jail, which fiat currency we use as legal slave tender, and the countless ways the system can f*ck us back front and sideways for STANDING UNDER and CONSENTING.
So, short of a contract signed in blood for our soul, for all practical purposes we belong to them. Until we learn to distinguish between what we are and what we own, we belong to them.
Who are “they”? Well, they’re NOT the clowns that appear to be in charge. The top of the chain goes much higher than that, to people who are so rich they don’t appear in no stinkin’ liberti nouveax-riche Forbes list. Their names can be found in the Net of Inter; we’re talking four or five families at most here, European financial aristocracy of the finest vampire bloodline, carefully inbred to avoid the genetic blight of the slave. They have grown rich beyond imagination by loansharking to kings and governments for centuries, often to finance both sides in wars instigated for fun and profit. Kings and governments have been taxing their subjects for centuries to pay these bloodsucker’s usurous interest. One of the founding family “members” famously said “give me control over a nation’s money, and I care not who makes the laws“. This became, and remains to this day, the mating call of the bloodsuckers.
The only difference between then and now is that our modern slavery is of global reach and is (often but not always) wrapped in a fine veneer of “representative democracy”, a nice idea that has been manipulated beyond recognition into yet another pernicious brain chain (see Chomsky on “formal democracy”). For the rest, the same folks who were leeching then are leeching now, and with pretty much the same blood-sucking modus operandi. They have turned this planet into a mental concentration camp with the help of slaves that would sell their own mother into slavery, if she hadn’t already been born one. That and weapons of mass distraction is what allows a handful of people –literally one hundred or less– to keep billions of human beings enslaved without getting the Mussolini thank you… so far.
So, I’m a slave… now what?
“Normal” reactions to realizing we are slaves include anger, despondancy, paranoia, frantic despair, and, in some cases, the unsettling “is this real life?” feeling.
Well, what you do once you free your mind is entirely up to you. That’s what being free means.
I for one don’t blame you one bit if you feel angry and want to get even. But in the end all these negative feelings only make the system stronger. The modern slave system feeds on rage, fear and despondency. Lash out at it with any of those emotions, and it will crush you with its institutional pinkies and put your broken carcass on display to mortify others.
Before your untimely demise, however, you can have a wicked time…
There are also real obligations that come from being human. Putting food on the table and a roof over the heads of our loved ones are ties that can’t be simply severed and walked away from. If that means wearing chains, then so be it. We adults might be able to live with it, but is that what we want for our children?
So, if you’re not ready to cut all ties to the system that enslaves you, does that mean you have no choice but to continue being a slave for ever?
The answer is a resounding NO. There is always a choice.
Let us examine the weak points of mental slavery again. The main one is that, once freed, the mind cannot be enslaved anew. But a free mind can also turn strengths into weaknesses. The fact that mind chains are invisible makes them strong as long as they are not perceived as such. Once removed, however, their invisibility becomes a weakness, because NOBODY CAN TELL IF YOU’RE WEARING THEM OR NOT.
Free Mind = Free Wo/Man. It doesn’t really matter what your body does, as long as it is not actively harming others. You can work nine to five, pay a mortgage, pay taxes, be a responsible spouse and parent and STILL BE A FREE MIND. The revolution happens inside, and can be kept there until the time is ripe to manifest, hopefully without having to resort to the Tuttle method.
Meanwhile, there are many things you can do as a free mind slave, because staying within the system does NOT mean being passive. On the contrary, the free mind is constantly coming up with imaginative ways to make of the daily grind the frontline of resistence. Seen from within without the chains, the system is rife with weaknesses and inconsistencies, and there are as many ways of exploiting them as there are free minds willing and able to do so. It can even be FUN!
Free mind thinking is more than just resistence and fun, however. It is about tuning in to higher frequencies and attracting like energies. It’s about asking the Universe to conspire in our favor because –and this is common knowledge beyond the confines of Earth– the Universe actually wants us to be free in mind, body and soul. All WE have to do is WANT to be free. Not think it might be nice, but WANT it with every fibre in our body. The power follows.
I’d like to finish by saying that the awakening will be just like in the video below, but I can’t. On the other hand, what YOU do with your free mind is entirely up to you. All semblance to reality is just one fat coincidence, so… be free.
Photo credits. Good slaves!
slave money: http://www.stencilrevolution.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=56678
from Flickr via Creative Commons:
rush hour London: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottnolan/2901456050/
stock drop: http://www.flickr.com/photos/balzen/2899173963/