Bring up the subject of freedom to any American and you’ll engage in a lively discussion. Although the pursuit of freedom has been documented from the beginning of history it’s been associated with America, for the past two centuries, ‘The land of the free and the home of the brave.’ Hundreds of thousands of people left their homes, place of employment, churches, and communities to come to this land of opportunity. It was a place where they could worship without oppression and explore new economic opportunities. Many people gave their lives to preserve our freedoms. Today, it means everything for a parent to know that their children will be raised in a land of freedom and opportunity. Could something so dear to all of us be stolen away from our watch like a thief in the night? And yet, that is exactly what is happening to us. Our freedom is being taken away right before our very eyes. It saddens me to see something that you and I know means so much being taken away without causing even so much as a whimper. I’m not warning about an invasion from an outside power. I’m warning about the decay of freedom from the inside out. Freedom’s gradual demise is happening right before our eyes and most people are letting it happen like frogs in a pot of water gradually heating up to a boil. Best selling author and leadership expert Orrin Woodward describes where and how the battle of freedom is being waged today. He writes in his new book ‘The Financial Matrix,’ “The Matrix is everywhere. It’s all around us, even in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes.” These aren’t the first warnings that have been given. Even the respected Benjamin Disraeli claimed that, “All – important events were controlled by an invisible government, of which the public was unaware.” But how could freedom’s slow demise happen today in the land of the free and the home of the brave?
In the book, ‘And Justice For All,’ Orrin Woodward describes how the elites have subjugated the labor forces through time. In the past, methods of oppression were obvious. Those methods progressed from forcefully and brutally conquering people to taking control of the land (serfdom) during feudalism. Orrin’s research led to what many people view as a more subtle method to dominate the labor force, ‘capital.’ Today’s civilized world wouldn’t tolerate such methods as conquering or feudalism, but control of the capital is much less comprehensible to our awareness. The end result is still the same. In order to control the labor forces the elites have to control the capital.
For those subtle influences to have happened changes to the core foundations of American principles had to have taken place. There must be a synergistic shift throughout the major institutions that slowly change our beliefs. Anyone who wants more depth of research needs to read books found in the LIFE Leadership products like, ‘Leadershift,’ ‘And Justice for All,’ and ‘The Financial Matrix.’ They will find out that the financial institutions, educational institutions, and government institutions have changed from their original purpose. There is not enough time and space to describe how early financiers influenced those changes. Some people call it progressivism or socialism, but I believe we are witnessing a hybrid model never before seen. Regardless of what it’s called today most people know something is wrong and that our country doesn’t resemble the free republic we started with. The signs are everywhere. Average credit card debt among indebted households: $15,263, average mortgage debt: $147,591. Average outstanding student loan balance: $31,646. Percentage of Americans with at least $500 in a saving account: 59%. Here is a number you need to know: $18,433. It’s the median amount in a 401(k) savings account according to ‘employee research institute.’ Almost 40% have less than $10,000.
How could attitudes and beliefs become reshaped since the construction of the freest country in the world? The only way to influence mass opinion is propaganda. Over time, propaganda influences beliefs and ideas. It must operate on the individual at the level of the unconscious. Propaganda must be all - inclusive and must influence every aspect of a culture.
There are three major areas of influence that have affected our culture and our founding principles. The first is education, or what usually goes by that word in the modern world, and is the absolute prerequisite for propaganda. Jacques Ellul writes, “Education is largely identical with “Pre – propaganda” – the conditioning of minds with vast amounts of incoherent information.” Our current system has changed to a mold and train system through repetition and memorization, rather than its specific intent to develop a hunger for life long learning. In addition, the system of sequencing (standing in lines, moving on bells) is in line with programming a mass population. Sequencing also effects our self esteem making us more easily influenced by peer pressure since we are ostracized at an early age if or when we break rank. Naturally, the educated man does not believe in propaganda; he shrugs and is convinced that propaganda has no effect on him.
The second area of influence is media. Media is critical to swaying popular opinion. Opinions can’t be influenced without a steady diet from media messaging. Our current media is designed to feed a mass consumer population. Studies on the subject of propaganda say that the media must be concentrated, the number of news agencies reduced, the press brought under singular control, and radio and film monopolies established. Interestingly, the number of mainstream news outlets has been reduced from thirty to six in the last fifty years, demonstrating top down control. Walter Lippmann recognized this, “Centralized control is of the very essence of planning. How else can ‘a plan’ be put into effect.’ A modern example is educations ‘Common Core,’ and the financial institutions ‘Federal Reserve Bank’.
The last area of influence, government, is the simplest way to sway the population’s opinions. Over the years, its interpretation of our laws has practically revised our Constitution. Montesquieu wrote, “ The deterioration of government begins almost always by a decay of its principles.” Another way of influence is the use of entitlements. The masses will always vote in their personal interest so government can throw money in just about any direction. A politician today doesn’t get elected on principles or character but by where money is directed to tip the scale for more votes. Even at the expense of future generations, we still vote in entitlements for our personal safety and security. Everyone in their right mind knows that hundreds of trillions of dollars in debt being passed on to the next generation is a free people’s suicide. Today the public not only accepts but approves entitlements that cause the loss of our very freedoms. Interestingly, the Federal Reserve Bank is gladly ready to print more money.
Freedom can only be stolen when our knowledge of history is removed. Without a working knowledge of history there is no understanding of the principles of cause and effect. Today’s core curriculums on history have been reduced to dates and names. Curriculums are shifted away from the importance of history and toward science, although most would agree that they probably apply less than 1% of their scientific education to practical living. In the 1800’s, Carl Marx, the founder of Communism, was clear that to influence the culture, people had to lose awareness of their roots. This could be compared to administering amnesia slowly and subtly unbeknownst to the population.
Lastly, the most favorable way to influence a population is literacy. Literacy and freedom have been connected as far back as 2500 BC in Lagash. That culture’s freedom was found associated with the spread of the written word on clay tablets. As recently as the 1800’s, the south feared the slaves after they began to read. Hitler burned the books. Today, however, educational budgets have risen to hundreds of millions of dollars while at the same time the literacy rate has declined from the 80 % range in the 1940’s to around the 25% range today. This could not happen by mistake. Warnings have not been heeded. Walter Lippmann delivered a speech to the Association for the Advancement of Science in 1949: “During the past forty or fifty years those who are responsible for education have progressively removed from the curriculum the Western culture which produced the modern democratic state… the schools and colleges have therefore been sending out into the world men who no longer understand the creative principles of society in which they must live…deprived of their cultural tradition, the newly educated Western Men no longer possess in the form and substance of their own minds and spirits and ideas, the premises, the rationale, the logic, the method, the values of the deposited wisdom which are the genius developed of Western civilization…the prevailing education is destined, if it continues, to destroy Western civilization and is in fact destroying it. I realize quite well that this thesis constitutes a sweeping indictment of modern education. But I believe the indictment is justified and there is a prima facie case for entering this indictment.” The Boston Globe wrote in 1976, “A prolonged and broad – scale decline of literacy unequalled in U.S. history… only recently have facts become available that reveal the magnitude and disturbing nature of the decline, pervasiveness and consistency across all academic areas and all segments of American education.” More recently, the National Commission on the Future of Higher Education, August, 2006 wrote, “Only 31% of college – educated Americans can fully comprehend a newspaper story, down from 40% a decade ago. Literacy is necessary for Freedom because freedom exists when people are capable of independent thinking, not what they regurgitate from the four major news channels.
When people think, they have ideas. The imagination is fed from new ideas. The reality is that standardization cripples the imagination and imagination has always been the real driving force of a powerful economy. Creativity comes from the imagination. Innovation is spawned from creativity. There is a need for start - ups in the business sector. With that, new jobs and the economy thrive. Freedom can only exist when people think and have the courage to act on their principles. “The pillars of prosperity are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.” Thomas Jefferson.
Freedom requires dreams and a people with the courage to pursue those dreams. Are the days of dreams gone? Did we forget that without freedom our children’s dreams are only pipedreams? To stand by and do nothing is to let our children inherit a dream wasteland. It’s our responsibility to preserve freedom by passing on its principles to future generations, but first we must act. Today, the forces that will rob us of our freedoms are subtle. Preserving freedom requires vigilance. Freedom comes from first recognizing the forces that would take it away. It requires breaking out of our comfort zones with new habits like reading and associating with others who refuse to participate in the ‘Financial Matrix.’ Then, pay it forward, and stop freedom’s slow demise. God Bless, George Guzzardo