Monday, April 23, 2012

Episode 96, Stockholm Syndrome for 300 Million People

Pictured: Patty Hearst, the poster child of the Stockholm Syndrome.

We come to love that which we endure. We are such creatures of habit, and we are so prone to accept our circumstances, that over time we become blind to what's really happening, and we fail to realize there are better alternatives.

While I was enduring another TSA grope-fest at the airport the other day, a fellow passenger (fortunately a stranger to me) actually THANKED the agents for checking his bags and bathing him in radiation while photographing his genitals. Not exactly in those terms, but he made it clear, in a loud voice, that he appreciated the glamorless, thankless job they were all doing.

That's the Stockholm Syndrome--the prisoner thanking his jailors.

And I think Stockholm Syndrome describes what has happened to most of us living in America today. We are prisoners of a mindset that long ago learned to tolerate, and has now come to demand, that government do a laundry list of things not just at the expense of our liberties, but at times for the implicit (or explicit) purpose of reducing our liberties.

This mental prison keeps large majorities from accepting free market alternatives to government which would improve our lives immensely. This thinking is so ingrained it is hard to imagine persuading enough people to force a reversal via the ballot box. Fortunately, the upside of the impending collapse is the opening it will provide for us to replace the massively failed American state with what we have begun calling on TSOP "Free America".

Free America will be difficult to achieve. To get there, we need to expand the preparations we are making for the crash. In addition to prepping to survive the crash, we need to use the time left to us to study the alternatives to the coercive monopoly of government.

Our chance is coming to hit the reset button on the American experiment, and bring about the Free America that some of the original founders intended. Your job will be to fight to keep your local community from reflexively rebuilding the old, failed systems. Be the change!

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  1. Daddy Cool Not in the SkyApril 27, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    In an older podcast you say "God given Rights" - You're totally wrong - our rights as human beings don't come from an imaginary "daddy" in the skies.

    Ayn Rand's Theory of Rights: The Moral Foundation of a Free Society by Craig Biddle

    1. And in other shows I refer to the rights we have simply because we exist. Our rights to liberty and property are agnostic. Thanks for listening!