“Unpopular Opinion: The only path to a free society is changing the mindset and paradigm of enough people. Nothing else will do it. In fact, without a change in MINDSET, nothing else is even a step in the right direction. Electing Trump won’t do it. Electing Bernie won’t do it. Electing ‘Libertarians’ won’t do it. Having lots of guns won’t do it. Using cryptocurrencies won’t do it. Having riots won’t do it. Having a revolution won’t do it. Having a civil war won’t do it. Economic collapse won’t do it. Supporting globalism won’t do it. Supporting nationalism won’t do it. Even if you really, really wanted a shortcut; even if you really, really had your hopes up about some protest, some election, some legislation, some political movement, the truth remains: as long as almost everyone believes that political ‘authority’ is legitimate and real, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING can create real freedom.”Larken Rose
“Looking at the present, I see a more probable future: a new despotism creeping slowly across America. Faceless oligarchs sit at command posts of a corporate-government complex that has been slowly evolving over many decades. In efforts to enlarge their own powers and privileges, they are willing to have others suffer the intended or unintended consequences of their institutional or personal greed. For Americans, these consequences include chronic inflation, recurring recession, open and hidden unemployment, the poisoning of air, water, soil and bodies, and, more important, the subversion of our constitution.”—Bertram Gross, Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America
Despotism has become our new normal.
Digital tyranny, surveillance. Intolerance, cancel culture, censorship. Lockdowns, mandates, government overreach. Supply chain shortages, inflation. Police brutality, home invasions, martial law. The loss of bodily integrity, privacy, autonomy.
These acts of tyranny by an authoritarian government have long since ceased to alarm or unnerve us. We have become desensitized to government brutality, accustomed to government corruption, and unfazed by the government’s assaults on our freedoms.
This present trajectory is unsustainable. The center cannot hold.
The following danger points pose some of the greatest threats to our collective and individual freedoms now and in the year to come.