Escaping a Tyrant’s Control
Next to physical threat, the primary means of subduing a populace is through control of food and other basic needs. During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, crops were systematically destroyed to drive people to the cities where mass control was possible. It is well known that our gifts of food to Ethiopia were used by the Marxist government as a means of controlling the population. In communist countries promotions and other physical benefits are withheld from political and spiritual nonconformists.
Although the effect of control is mental and physical enslavement, the means of control is economic pressure. It is significant that a powerful international banker once quipped “Give me control of a nation’s money, and I care not who makes the laws.”
As these historic facts are considered, a logical strategy to maintain freedom becomes obvious: Develop avenues of commerce and supply that are not easily monitored and controlled. It doesn’t matter who controls the nation’s money if you are not controlled by that money. The challenge would be to develop something subtle enough to remain unregulated, yet powerful enough to provide a comfortable level of prosperity.
In order to understand how these objectives might best be accomplished, take a look at an important characteristic of the enclosing system. The pressure is building gradually, otherwise people would react. We can do the same thing in positive ways – for instance: If you could replace a utility with an alternate source, you would eliminate one avenue of control (and its financial burden as well). Should the public access of that utility be later cut off for lack of compliance, enjoy your freedom and help others if you can.
A corollary to this basic strategy is that we must become more involved in the political and social avenues of reform that remain available to us. We need to turn on the lights to the deception that is taking place and react responsibly to the various outrages that are evident to all. In short, there are avenues of communication and influence available to us which we are accountable to utilize.
One of the most strategic influences upon society is communication. Communicate with the sponsors of objectionable or biased programming and publications, and do so in writing. Don’t waste your time trying to speak to the publishers or producers themselves – they already know what they are doing, and no truly effective letter to an editor will be published if it doesn’t either advance their cause, or serve as a pretense of objectivity. Don’t expect fair treatment. Somebody else has gotten to the media first, but salvage what you can.
Write to the sponsors – their sources of cash. A phone call, though convenient, can disappear as soon as you hang up, whereas a piece of paper must be either consciously thrown away or passed along with other bucks to those around. A letter is a record that a conscientious sponsor can use as a tool to prove his point. A letter to a media sponsor is a ballot among a very few voters, and can be very powerful.