The map to the right shows how modern Europe was divided into small states after the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. Whether the modern European Union movement can bring some degree of unity in this part of the world is still an open question.
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, we find that freedom for the common person is still very limited and endangered by the machinations of the capitalist cabal. While the United States continues to enjoy some amount of freedom, democracy is an ideal toward which we must still strive--particularly since the capitalist cabal now controls all national elections.
In our definition of freedom as the condition of being able to choose and carry out purposes, we can delineate specific factors and outline encroachments on our liberty:
Political Freedom Encroachments Some means of control of rulers by the ruled Political leaders are being put into power by economic rulers (plutocrats) Some protection of the individual against government by legal rights and civil liberties Legal rulings are influenced by money and power; criminal justice officers are allowed to search and seize without a warrant
Economic Freedom Encroachments Access to a livelihood American jobs are being taken by so-called American corporations to countries with the lowest labor costs Equality of economic opportunity The stock market is rigged by insiders (bankers and specialists) Freedom from unjust taxation The common citizen pays exhorbitant taxes while the wealthy escape taxation through loopholes Freedom from financial theft or fraud Our tax monies are being used to bail out bankers' bad investments Ability to own personal property Criminal justice officers can seize personal property without a warrant or court ruling
Mental Freedom Encroachments Self-awareness The educational system creates egomaniacal people with no interest in self-awareness Absence of conditioning or obsession The entertainment industry conditions people to follow infantile, mindless patterns of behavior Ability to think critically - think for oneself The educational system creates people who have no interest in thinking for themselves Access to authentic information The media are owned by the plutocrats; only disinformation or irrelevance is provided
Physical Freedom Encroachments Ability to protect oneself from illegal coercion or domination The plutocrats control jobs and set military and economic policy by putting their puppets into political power Ability to select one's place of residence With the job market decimated by globalism, a worker must go wherever the job is
Spiritual Freedom Encroachments Ability to select and practice one's beliefs Organized religions control their adherents' beliefs and behaviors Ability to distinguish between the religious and the spiritual Religious organizations and schools do not teach this distinction
One of the ways in which we can work toward a retention of and increase in our personal freedoms is to become aware of the methods current rulers use to control and manipulate common people.
The Esoteric Technology of Power
Subterfuge and Fraud American plutocracy (rule by the wealthy) is called a democracy Corporations which take American jobs to foreign countries claim to be American and receive bail-outs from American taxpayers' money when they fail Political puppets are called leaders and statesmen Wall Street, rigged by banks and specialists, is said to be an honest casino The Federal Reserve System, a privately owned bank, is said to be federally controlled Americans workers are told that American jobs must go to foreign, low-labor-cost countries to keep American corporations competitive Terrorist acts are used as the excuse for the erosion of American civil liberties Political puppets increase immigration into the U.S. to its highest level in history on the pretext that certain "key industries" need foreign workers when the real reason is to provide lower-wage workers for the plutocrats Schools and colleges are wrecked by "multiculturalism" and anarchy so that young people have no understanding of what is required to maintain human freedom and civilized life
The "National Defense State" From 50% to 90% of our gross national product goes to perpetuate a war machine Since the U.S. is the only super-power, the war machine is maintained exclusively to transfer American tax monies to wealthy owners of defense industry corporations Conflicts such as the Gulf War are contrived to use up remaindered military hardware so that the "defense" industry can manufacture new hardware Conflicts such as the Gulf War are contrived to create a military state of emergency in which the President assumes "extraordinary" powers Conflicts such as the Gulf War are contrived to create a military state of emergency in which the President coerces the American public into compliance