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FREEDOM! by Adam Kokesh — A Philosophical Manifesto for the Abolition of Violence

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When I was serving in the Marine Corps, I dealt with plenty of moral and philosophical challenges due to the violent nature of the organization that I eventually had to learn to deal with on my own. Prior to joining, I still felt that there was a place for governments: a military is needed for defense, and a small government was needed to prosecute criminals, both should be efficient and moral. As I went through boot camp, I quickly realized the ethical error in my decision to join, but I had to search high and low throughout my service for the solution to this error.  I had to reject the brainwashing inhibited to me throughout my training, and I had to re-study the information I’d previously retained that was lost in the psychological mind-ruling of the United States Marine Corps. Throughout my studies, Murray Rothbard, Lysander Spooner, and Ludwig von Mises helped me begin to break out of my patriotic mind-set, and begin to assess the real nature of government: violence against the individual. Even though such great literary works by these authors helped me the most, I wish that I had a book like FREEDOM! by Adam Kokesh to help me along the way, but unfortunately, it was just a mere sparkle in his eye during this time. However, having the prior knowledge that I did made me realize the importance of the book while I was reading it, and I was able to come to an even greater understanding of what the principle of non-aggression, as a inhibitor of true freedom, is.

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Just A Dream

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A bright Light on my shoulders;
a Rainbow down my back.
The Strength of a Reptile,
and the Wings of a Bat
with Humanity on its back:
has the Lion on its Conscience,
Healing the demons Within.
Flying into the Sun,
and the World will know Peace.

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What is Capitalism?

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The dictionary isn’t going to tell you. I remember asking a similar question as a child: what is economy? What is capitalism and what is the economy? Before you read any further, erase your mind of any prior conceptions you had of economics because the answer may confuse you. The answer to these questions is simple on the surface: economics is about human action. That’s it. But, human action is a very complex subject. That’s where the complexities of economics comes in, and the intimidation one feels when researching economics. I am here to tell you that economics is not a subject left solely to males or masters, and it is our duty to understand what it is and it is something that affects our everyday lives.

Before we begin to understand what capitalism is, based off of new information, we must first define what capitalism is not. Capitalism is not wealth accumulated through corporations and government subsidies. Capitalism is not going through the government to get a business license, adhering to strict tax laws and government regulation. A capitalist economy does not thrive with the advent of government.

Wealth accumulated through corporations and government subsidies where the economy is controlled by legislators working hand-in hand with these corporations is called CORPORATISM! The first known use of the word, “corporatism” goes back to the 19th century, Adam Muller of France devised an economic system whose collectivist leanings provides protection to the political class but not the individual.  Muller’s thought was that if markets and private property were regulated by the state (a blanket term for government), then human greed could be regulated. However, if you have legislators and corporations in control of the country’s money supply and what certain businesses can and cannot do, then you have created three separate classes: the corporations, the politicians, and the consumer. Bankers and businessmen took hold of this idea, and in the early 20th century with the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, America took its first step towards corporatism by imposing a forced income tax and transferring control of the money supply to a bank whose practices are kept secret, even from Congress. Did you know that the Federal Reserve is not even federal? It is a corporation that created money whose value is based off of the money that is already in circulation — not sound money. The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was authored by bankers in a secret meeting on Jekyll Island, Georgia, so it is safe to say that this was the first turning point into America’s corporatism (not capitalism).

If you wish to verify any of that information, go ahead. Now you have all of these great ideas and you want to start a business but don’t know where to start. Hey! It’s hot outside, why not go set up a lemonade stand and make some extra change from some thirsty customers? So, you go construct a stand with a perfect banner on top. We will call your business Cold Ass Lemonade. It’s not just cold… It’s cold as shit. Anyway, so everything’s perfect you got your lemonade stand all set up and ready to go with mom’s secret lemonade recipe, and guess what? It’s cold as shit. You made $50 today which makes your total capital gain $20 with supplies and all. Congratulations! You just made money from your first business! Except for that you’re gonna have to pay $3 in taxes, $2 for Social Security, $1 for Medicare, $10 in fees for not getting a business license,  oh and $1 for Ma. Now all you got is $3 dollars. Don’t spend it all in one place. You did not choose to pay these fees, it was chosen for you before you were even born. YOU! set up the stand, got Ma’s help, and made that super sweet Cold Ass Lemonade banner, but the government took $17. That is what corporatism is. Actually, the FCC is going to charge you $2 for your business name and slogan being offensive, so you paid $19 to the government. That’s corporatism. Let’s look at Cold Ass Lemonade’s profits if the government was not involved.

Well, first of all, Ma could be paid more, let’s raise her payment to $5 — the same amount paid in taxes and Social Security. That leaves you with $15. Keep $5 for yourself, and invest the rest in awesome cups for the customers since they said the cups were boring. Now you have a growing business, something that is 10 billion times harder to do under corporatism. Maybe the next day you will make $30 in profit and you can donate some to charity. Ma, your helper, was able to get paid more, YOU were able to be paid more, AND you were able to invest in your business to satisfy your customers. All you had was a recipe, sweet banner, and a stand without having to worry about paying anyone else. As long as you are just and ethical, the customers will come, and you can build your business. This is capitalism. This is laissez faire.

Imposing taxes and regulations on business via the government make it harder for the business to operate because it has to adjust its prices around the taxes and regulation. For instance, if you wanted to still make $5 while paying taxes, then the lemonade price needs to be higher even though the quality is the same. Ever wonder why almost everything we buy is made in China? This collectivist type of regulation raises prices and ENCOURAGES greed due to criminals dodging and good citizens following the regulations… In a REAL capitalist society, only the fair businesses with the highest quality for the smallest price thrives. That’s when you introduce Frosty Lemonade, new competition on the block. Cold Ass Lemonade and Frosty Lemonade will compete for the highest quality product for the smallest price to bring in the most customers. Maybe Frosty Lemonade will put Cold Ass Lemonade out of business, but that is the risk you take in starting  a business. This is the simplest way I can explain capitalism: business ran without government interference.

I guarantee that if you go to your political and economics professors tomorrow and tell them what real capitalism is, they will tell you that you are wrong, that the current system we have is capitalism and that’s why things are so messed up. It is important to stand up for what you believe in. Do not be afraid to challenge authorities such as professors and teachers and to stick out from the crowd. Be a leader full of different knowledge.

If you are interested in learning more about real capitalism, sound money, and the business cycle, visit: http://www.mises.org and click on “Literature.”

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Spiritual Freewrite (December 2013)

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“The Koran is yours, the Bible is yours, so is the Talmud, and so are the Vedas and the Tao Te Ching — all is yours. Assimilate all, and the more you assimilate the higher will be the peak on which you can stand and look far away, and distant lands and distant views become yours” – Osho

The more I read these kinds of works, the more I grow to understand what spirituality really means. I’ve been thinking a lot about the history of the world, evolution, creation, and the Bible lately since coming across my journal and reading all of the things I said to condemn religion. My father used to make my little brother and I read directly from the Bible when we were on our way to martial arts and back. My favorite story was the Book of Job. I felt Job, and I related to Job, and sometimes when times get rough, I think about Job. I love Job so much because he persevered through all of the bullshit that was thrown at him and was able to forgive the people who wronged him along the way. His wife and his friends told him to curse God, but he did not because he knew that it was not God that was doing these things to him. He was wise to see the lesson in his shortcomings. Ok, bear with me here as I get preachy and read this all the way through ’cause there’s a lot of God in this. No pun intended.

The way this book was written is interesting in itself. It was written in prose, now, the prose enthusiast knows that prose is a type of poetry that is to be interpreted by the reader. The poet, in this case, has a certain theme he wants to portray to the reader. Different religions see the theme of Job in different ways, and I think that they try to analyze and interpret it so much based off of opinions that have been set forth for thousands of years, that they miss the beauty in the poetry. Now begs the question, what IS Job’s story really all about?

I’ve heard people call Job the representation of suffering. Christians and Jews hold that God “allowed” Satan to do all of these things to Job to “test” his faith, somehow suggesting that God wanted Job to suffer. The suggestion of God wanting Job to suffer has been a central point in contradicting the Bible to atheists and related religions; if God was all knowing and loving, why would God allow his greatest “servant” to suffer? To them, that sounds like a controlling unloving God who does not care for his “servant.” To me, that sounded like a controlling and unloving God because that is how I was taught to interpret this poetry. I was taught, “This is the way it is and that is that.” So, obviously, I rejected the Bible altogether. Why would I want to associate with a God that ALLOWS Satan to torture the man who loved him most?

Here’s a crazy thought: GOD DID NOT ALLOW SATAN MAKE JOB SUFFER! Since when does Satan take orders or consult God before doing anything? The poetry was written as conversation between God and Satan, which led people to believe that God basically “ordered” Satan to make all of these horrible things happen to Job to try to get him to turn away from God. Wrong. God did not stop Satan until he believed Job could not take it anymore. Until he believed Job couldn’t take it anymore. Until he believed Job couldn’t take it anymore. Just wanted to make that point clear. He KNEW Job and he KNEW Job could handle it because he CREATED Job. If God made told Satan to do these things to Job, then that would mean that GOD made a PACT with the DEVIL! Does that sound familiar? Why do some religions portray it as a pact? Satan does whatever the fuck he wants and can take over at any time. God cannot control Satan because Satan is the Fallen Angel. Some may say that God can control Satan because God is all knowing and powerful and created Satan, but I do not believe this is true.

Here’s where the craaaaaziness comes in. So, let’s define some things real quick to make this an easier explanation: God, – the guiding force in our lives that allows us to pull through bad situations and accomplish our dreams. Satan – the thing that keeps us back from doing that. Man – the extension and physical form of God, God’s children.

“God” is the energy in which humans create to do good and take care of others. This is the thing that makes us charitable, reasonable, wise, and logical. It is just defined as one word, “God.” As Osho says, “… the more you assimilate the higher will be the peak on which you can stand and look far away…” ALL RELIGIONS HAVE ONE CENTRAL THEME! EVEN! The religions of the past. Man has something in him that makes him divine, and that is what we have all grown to try to define. This is what preachers mean when they say, “God is in our hearts,” and “God is inside every one of us.” It’s true because God is not a singular being that is located in a certain place like “heaven.” You know, the idea of heaven is great, but the thought that it is an actual and physical place is a little silly, given the vastness of the Universe in it’s wonder. Now when I read anything religious, I replace the word “God” with “Universe” because it makes more sense to me that way. We are all Godly. That sounds crazy, right? Actually, what might sound more crazy to the people who have known me for a long time is that I’m talking like this. Which brings me to the subject of Satan.

Satan represents the duality of mankind. Satan was an angel that fell, and was created by God. Since Satan did, indeed, fall, and chose to fall, and CHOSE TO REJECT GOD, I think Satan is, arguably, the most important character in the Bible. He is the one that makes us lose our judgement, fall into temptation, live a life of crime, and he is also the one that makes us overindulge in our senses. He is the one that God cannot control because he is the one who chose to reject God, and this is why MAN is an extension of GOD because humans have a part of them that they cannot control either. I think that this is the most important lesson that Satan represents. In the case of Job, Satan manipulated Job’s life to have all of these horrible things happen to him. Did it ever occur to anyone that Job was actually fooled the entire time into believing that God was the one who was testing him? God did not choose to test him, Satan did. But Job, his family, and his friends constantly refer to God as the one who is testing him, and that represents the vulnerability of a great man of the Universe. He was tricked. But even though Job was tricked and vulnerable, he was strong in that he kept the energy that drives him to keep on moving forward and never giving up. That is why Job is so endearing to anyone who hears the story, he never gave up.

Men never give up (I’m speaking in general terms, not just male), and the reason men never give up is because there is divinity in all of us. Job was the epitome of divinity in his devotion to the Universe, but he still suffered. I do not think Job is the representation of suffering, I think Job is the representation of all that we go through in life, and WHEN WE CAN’T TAKE ANYMORE! We often overcome these feelings through the help of our own energy — our own being, perseverance, and conviction. This is what “God” is, and this is the phenomena of “hitting rock bottom,” then succeeding. We as humans have powerful capabilities, and we are divine creatures, but we have created our own divinity. Since we are “godly,” we should act as such, as men who have a great connection with THEMSELVES and therefore have a great connection with this energy we describe as “God.” This is where Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed come in, but I’ll save that bit for a later religious analysis because I think I have exercised my point in great detail already.

Ah, if my former self could only hear the words of the latter.

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