Speaking to Each Other as Slaves

Yes, all of us, the living, are indentured in some form of slavery.  A few slaves are better off than most.  In the slavery of the old South the house slaves lived closest to the master and shared some of his comforts not known to the wretched slaves who labored in the fields.  The field foreman, who were also slaves, wielded whips they laid on the backs of fellow slaves.  But slavery, not poverty, is the universal life-taking force that is suffered by the rich and the poor, by the boss and the CEO  who, as slaves, lay their economic and emotional whips on the backs of the worker slaves.

The master, the corporate power structure, has an insidious, built-in guarantee against reform, one that preserves the master’s perpetual power.  The rich slave exploits the poor slave.  The rich slave often accumulates hundreds, even thousands of times more wealth than the poor slave — usually from the sweat and toil of the poor slave.  To justify his excesses, the rich slave proclaims he has worked harder and is self-made, while the poor slave is said to be irresponsible, lazy or stupid and entitled to what he earns which is often a mere pittance.  By reason of his self interest, the rich slave refuses to recognize and renounce his own slavery and to join the poor slave in a mutual quest for freedom.  Instead, the rich slave will fight for the master, the said corporate power structure, against his poorer brothers and sisters.  But a few rich slaves are beginning to realize that riches do not provide freedom.  Riches create only a different genre of slavery.

I say the master is dead because the corporation does not breathe, nor love, nor feel.  Our life’s breaths can be counted, and to contribute our limited breaths for the greed of a dead master is monstrous at best.  And slavery itself is a form of death.  Yet slaves can be taught to embrace nearly any degradation, any dehumanizing condition – to love it,  fight for it and to die for it, even with gratitude.  The means by which the dead master achieves its infinite power over us is called propaganda.  Our masters own the airways we listen to, the television channels we watch and the newspapers we read.  Our masters are masters at propaganda and mercilessly bombard us with false messages of our freedom during all of our lives.

As a consequence we good and obedient slaves, rich or poor, believe down to our toenails that we are free.  We have embraced this fable since we were first able to understand the simplest ideas.  We, as children, have been taught that we are a nation of free people that provides liberty and justice and equal opportunity for all.  By the time we have become adults we innocently laud this false freedom, and in its name we become free only to impose all nature of pain and misery on the poorer slaves who themselves have come to believe they are inferior by reason of their inability to acquire their fair share of the promised life.  And we support evil wars against other slaves in other lands in the name of their freedom but which wars, in the end, are fought by our children who bleed and die to enrich our master.

Our dead master continues to exist long after we and our children are gone. The insanity of it is that the corporate master, although dead, enjoys an eternal life and continues to educate generation after generation of slaves who believe they are free.   And the master continues to profit as long as we believe we are free – so long as we fail to realize that rich or poor we are slaves together .

So how then do we speak to each other as slaves?  Ought we not speak to each other out of deep respect, out of a love for our brothers and sisters?  Are we not best able to understand the pain of slavery of the poorest of our brethren having experienced degrees of its overarching pain ourselves?  Ought not our servitude cause us to care for one another in ways we have not considered before?

Now, dear friends, I am seeking a dialogue.  I am interested in hearing your thoughts on how to lawfully confront and overcome the slave master and to provide liberty and justice for all, as is the promise of our constitution. Give this careful consideration in your concise responses here.  Let us speak to each other out of our caring, with at least as much caring as we would offer a captured bird in a cage with a broken wing who is yet able to sing.

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115 responses to “Speaking to Each Other as Slaves

  1. There is no better example of this than Slavemaster Monsanto, (agent orange, pcb’s, Roundup — and now genetically modified seeds) the corporation that tries to enslave nature itself…capturing and then castrating the infinity of mother nature’s seedlings…..next it will be charging for air to breathe, and destroying whatever part of it they cannot reduce down to their balance sheets in one generation.

    You talk about never dying because they are not alive? It is actually worse than that… they represent infinite death…

  2. We need to be able to see through the lies of the coporate monster, decode the propaganda avalanche. That requires persistence, intelligence, and insight. The man, woman, or child thrown away by our corrupt society is feared as a deranged enemy, though it is probably the best in them that is thrown on the rubbish heap. So, you don’t know who you’re talking to or seeing when you see the homeless stranger by the side of the road. The gatekeepers of society live by insane rules, and developing the ability to see through their lies requires insight. A blog that I have recently discovered on Google’s Blogger, http://rockbottomreport.blogspot.com/ has helped me to see things in a clearer light – surely of interest to regular visitors to this site. In a battle like this, you need all the weapons you can lay your hands on.

  3. Marcus Aurelius

    Well, Gerry. What do we do, complain of the slavedom – and abandon it? What of our yearnings to feel better off – less strained? And what do we enivision greeting us should we succeed, other than more of the same under less wholy circumstances – and only for much fewer years……Is this all an abstract asporation for you, Gerry? Is it in the near future ?

  4. I would suggest that we set our sights on two ideals: The American Ideal being the “Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”
    The Sobernost Ideal: Individualization or becoming a person without the downside of estrangement and Social and cultural participation without it’s downside of engulfment in fractious ideologies and cultic irrationalities.

  5. You are correct, the corporate master is dead but it also is immortal in its various juridic forms and guises. Thus it cannot be killed but it can be bounded. The worst offenders should be identified and attacked mercilessly in courts of law and international tribunals. I nominate the mother of all nasty juridic excesses, the Catholic Church, as offender number one of long standing hiding behind its many sovereign, corporate, and organizational alter egos. Although I did just get my ass whipped by the the Ninth Circuit for trying this in Alperin vs. OFM and Alperin v. IOR (Vatican Bank).

  6. Unfree labor:
    In [the] beginning:
    As for slavery, the word itself confuses me.
    Will you please relax, have fun, and discover what to do when the scrub roots fail and we land on a level playing field.
    I know we can talk [with] each other in harmony and this conversation will be of great value to the living individuals who are asleep at the wheel on this mountain railway called life under review.

    David Getman
    (713)934-8635
    City of Houston
    Harris County, Texas
    77080-1236

  7. Hello,
    I am familiar with this parable and it is something I have sought to understand and unravel. Because that is one key that I seek in this life. How to slay this dragon , , , for good and I have a quest indeed, a great one. Though for long I have been a poor slave , but also locked in a dungeon of iron so strong I cannot even scratch at the door.
    I need a pick , an iron wire to bend and pick the lock. My prison is my desire to oppose the Pesticides industry. For many years I have followed development such as SEPA which would make it illegal to spray organophosphate insecticides around children. Still it has not moved to become a bill. It will protect all children from what amount to “mild Chemical Warfare” using chemicals that bind irreversibly with nerves in the brain, leading to symptoms of well ,,,, they call it now-ADD or ADHD. Which they treat with pharmaceuticals from the subsidiaries of the pesticide corporation.
    The corporate beast is untouchable for me. One day at a symposium at my university, a neuroscientist studying the effects of pesticides that mimick estrogen-in the environment; told me that I was a slave.
    I had told him that my neighbor who is a very wealthy jewish man named Cohen, marries a different wife every five years and these women would have chemical companies come over constantly, spraying all manner or pesticides.
    Problem was, I lived with my folks, my mom was sick with arthritis and lung/heart problems, diabetes, and I had a 2 year old son. I tried so hard to stop the spraying. The sprayer laughed at me and told me, you can’t stop me, I have a permit. I called the USDA , the EPA, but I could not stop him.
    I was forced to avoid swimming in our pool with my son.
    I taught my son to yell when he saw the pumper truck outside and it would start up and the chemical mist would begin to fill the air. As we watched from inside our once lovely home and life, as a son of a bitch with a contract with the Dead Master proceeded to get his livlihood by poisoning me, my son, my dying mother and my father.
    You know I lived at 414 North Hampton road, Gerry and for a long time from the 50′s to the 80′s everything was good, the air smelled fresh with grass and trees and honeysuckle. Very rarely did anyone spray anything, we were naturally organic back then I guess.
    Anyhow in the 80′s after high school I became a victim of pesticide/Dursban sprayed in my home by a guy from Hawk’s Insterstate Exterminator. I had bizarre symptoms for a year or so, and equally bizarre nightmares, violent outbursts, aggressive behavior. And me, I am real teddy bear. But the pesticides really affected me, but I wasn’t really aware of it, I thought I was just nuts.
    Later I read about a lawsuit against Dow Chemical by the EPA and they sued them for lying about the safeness of the pesticide Dursban. When I read the list of effects/symptoms I had that A HA moment, so thats what the hell was happening to me. Jesus. I freaked out and started read peer reviewed journals on pesticides, MedLine scientific studies, everything I could find and the more I found the more I began to think
    I had uncovered the greatest sinister plot right under
    our noses, that we were all being poisoned.
    But why. What effects do these chemicals; the pesticides, which were originally discovered during scientific attempts at creating chemical warfare agents to kill
    people around World War II. First there were 30 or so pesticides, now there are over 400.
    What does this have to do with slavery. I want to slay this beast for sure, but I’ve been told its impossible to stop these guys who drive around in trucks and spray large amounts of liquid toxins, letting in drift and blow in the wind. I want power over the industries, each of them that has a hand in
    diminishing our lives, in making our lives less than
    they should of been, taking our blood so that they may profit.
    My great great great grandfather, not sure how many back but, he was a Scout for George Washington. I have been told that one day the Indian tribe who were friends with the General, told him that thier men were faster. So a challenge was set and my ancestor was chosen to run, and as the story goes he beat the Indian runner, but it was very close.
    I feel that this nation is an Indian nation first, an the white men invaded. But I still love this land even though I may be only part Indian. I love the land. I love the air-when its pure , the water without man’s poisons running into it- and I wish that I had Thor’s Hammer to crush the corporations into dust.
    I hate them.
    I hate what they did to me, an my mother.
    The chemical truck was spraying on the day that she died. I did not realize I had left a back window open to let in the fresh air.
    You know, I still want to beat the crap out of the rich slave who poisoned us.
    I digress.
    The Neuroscientist told me, “your a slave, because you have this guying spraying all the time but he has a permit and its legal and its a business, you can’t make him stop and you can’t afford to move, so you’re a slave”.
    I thought, shit, who the hell is this dumbass. I’m sorry. You don’t know what I’ve been through, its very bad here they spray everywhere, parks, byways, university lawns, every damn lawn in town and on windy days. I rode a mountain bike for years so I was very aware of it.
    I once thought of a way to bring down this beast, since all the studies are out there that prove beyond any reasonable shadow of a doubt that these chemicals are very dangerous and always affect everyone exposed to them and since everyone is exposed to them and the industries new spraying them all over the ground would result in NONPOINT RUNOFF, then they could have reasonably concluded they would end up in water, and the food supply and being carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratrogenic, obviously they would cause harm, therefore it was always case of
    premeditated murder. Since they knew that these chemicals all cause cancer, and cancer usually kills- they could have and did know, covered up their findings, etc.
    Well that won’t do it, I give up. Somebody must know a way. Perhaps we need Merlin. And someone who can summon him.
    Good Luck,
    from Robert In Wichita, Kansas

  8. So then, are corporations to blame for our problems? If business is not profitable it goes away. Unfortunately Congress does not live by those rules as it takes and wastes our money…apparently Congress doesn’t even live by the rules set forth in the Constitution. Our gov’t stole our SS money…OUR money…to use it for something else! No wonder there’s a viral email by a just-retired Orlando Sentinel editor….google “Charlie Reese” and “545 Vs. 300,000,000 People”. Were it not for the incredible gov’t waste, useless, costly and often redundant programs ( supposedly for the greater good ) …endless gov’t regulations and taxes, and huge subsidies (google “government subsidies” and waste) — corporations, business and thus…..people would be freer than we are. And while we bad-mouth corporations, let us remember that they are, actually, people. Tax and regulate a corporation, and you are taxing the shareholder, the employee….uh….people. There’s plenty of blame for our economic downfall…the least of which is business/corporations … which must have accountability to survive, unlike our government.
    We are slaves to what master?
    An over-bearing and out of control gov’t — isn’t that one of the main reasons some very brave people came here from England many years ago?

  9. My first question is- When did we become slaves? Were we always slaves? Now, I’m talking about- back in the day before I was born.

    I do think about getting a windmill, water well, and a nice garden. But, who will build my windmill/turbine?

  10. George Harrington

    A tall order Mr. Spence. I don’t have my answer worked out yet but I think I know the correct invocation for such a task. It is two quotes;
    Render unto Ceasar that which is Ceasar’s and unto god that which is god’s
    — J. C.
    and
    History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake– James Joyce

    • “Caesar” is the correct spelling. Let us be literate, if we must be slaves. Your punctuation, I leave to your own devices.

      The first Christians practiced communal living. They shared all their wealth. However, this was apparently not very successful, and there was at least one capitalist hold-back. This from the Book of Acts, N.T. I have not time right now to look up chapter and verses.

  11. Slave masters may be of this world but are driven by forces from another. The slave owners you and I have come to fear and loathe are simply too evil to be of natural origin. Can this be doubted? You note their perpetual existence, their eternal capacity for doing wrong. This is not human, not a thing of this world. No earthly source would so gleefully deliver the life-destroying, spirit-sapping soma we are daily invited to consume. Can we expect to overcome an enemy possessed of supernatural qualities without an ally comparable equipped?

  12. Personally, so far I see three possible (albeit not necessarily probable) ways to overthrow the Dead Corporate Master:

    1) For all people of good will to unite behind leaders like you and, in their altruistic fervor, throw their warm bodies by the thousand against the oil tanks, corporate headquarters, stock exchanges, and the Capitol in Washington, the way labor unions were trying to do in Wisconsin.

    Needless to say, unless an immeasurable catastrophe that is clearly and unambiguously associated with malfeasance in many leading corporations shakes the country to its very core, this is not in the cards. There is no unity even among the people of good sense as to a basic understanding of what ail us. So, even if you, the great speaker, were given air to incite us all by every mass media outlet in the country, a poor slave civil upraising (the rich ones believe they are the Masters) won’t happen any time soon.

    2) The second method is to take on the Dead Master via courts and attempt to declare it, despite a century and a half of legal precedent, a non-person. You can assess the feasibility of this avenue better I can, but judging from your previous reactions, I guess this is a dead end as well.

    3) The third method is currently pursued by one employee-owned holding company from Springfield, MO. Largely unconsciously, the SRC Holdings Corp. attempts to replace the Dead Master with liberated slaves, allowing them to earn their way out of bondage into ownership of their own workplaces. In the process, the SRC Holdings Corp. uses people’s self-interest (including greed – the superfuel of capitalism) and accomplishes through the back door what an open revolt perhaps wouldn’t.

    Unfortunately, the SRC does its “liberation business” painfully slowly and on too small a scale – a hundred people here, a hundred there. Moreover, their degree of slave liberation is not total – they are essentially re-making the slaves into Soviet collective farmers. Luckily, in my research – I used to be a research professor – I found a realistic way to seduce the wolves of Wall Street to improve and speed up the process hundred-fold (the beast of Wall Street responds to higher profits). Alas, my associates and I are simple human beings. We climb up from the pit stubbornly, but the going is slow, which is to say – we could use some help here and there. No, not money – connections, credibility, brainpower.

    If you care, see more info at http://www.peHeaven.com and http://www.CorruptionManagement.com/more.

  13. Gerry,

    I’ve thought about this. Lawful ways at taking down this corporate power structure that is inhuman at worst, dead at best, but ever-present. The supreme court has recognized it as a person, as a thing that can talk, can be hurt, entitled to remuneration when a person says something hurtful about it.

    I think it has to be from the ground, it has to be done through an amendment to the Constitution. I don’t think there’s another way around it. I think it has to be built up to a movement through conversation, through using its own structure against it, the media. I think it will take amazing amounts of time and even greater amounts of money, largely from those few “rich slaves” that realize the need for change.

  14. another being creative

    Thank you for your words and generating this kind of dialog.

    I would like to propose that we return to the land, return to our selves and remember who we are and what we are capable of when we are in harmony with nature. Recognize the light that is within all things and realize our connection to the Earth and the foundation we stand on. Take hold of our lives and generate our own solutions, what works for each of us, our community and our universe. Gratitude, Peace and Love are essential for our growth.

  15. I don’t have an answer yet. My lack of awareness blinds me to the slavery issue in the first place. There seems to be an overwhelming number of issues to work on that is becomes paralyzing. Thanks for making me think.
    Love,
    Chris

  16. Remove “not” after constitution

  17. There is a new documentary film by a “rich slave” movie director who experienced a life threatening injury that motivated him to re-examine his “rich slave” existence. I have yet to see it, but the review by those who have say it can be a life changing experience – it speaks of the need of all “slaves” to realize the truth of their common existence. There is a web site for the film. It is called “I Am.” As a new release, it is showing in limited venues now. It sounds like it is taking Gerry’s thesis to the big screen. I’d be interest in hearing from anyone who has seen it. Does it relate to Gerry’s post?

  18. Mr. Spence:
    I’m afraid I don’t understand your description of Americans as slaves. Isn’t any corporate employee free to quit her job whenever she wants? How can at-will employment be equated to slavery?

    • Quit, Dear Slave. You are free to find another master, if you are fortunate enough to find one who will use you up the same as the old one.

      gerry

      • Am I not free to quit anytime I want, regardless of whether I can find another ‘master’ or not?

      • drapetomania

        Dear Mr. Spence: See the 1934 West Coast Waterfront Strike (description on Wikipedia) . Other method: standards of comparison- Bahraini rebellion fueled by satellite generated images of local rulers’ vast estates also- underscoring lack of social mobility.

      • Most people do not have the luxury to quit their jobs and find comparable ones so quickly when they are enslaved by their debt and their bills. It costs more to live than to die, and some people are worth more dead than alive. With the economy the way that it is and the job markets on a hiring freeze, people sometimes have to suck it up, even when their slavemasters are in the wrong.

  19. What I have to say is a broad answer to a complex problem and is essentially a long way of saying: presume innocence.

    We need to first listen and allow others to express harsh and serious feelings of anger, frustration, and upsetness. We need to overlook our own frustration in order to hear theirs. We need to presume that these feelings are symptoms of harsh experience to which a community could respond were we to embrace them. Connections will be made. We need to consciously wait that extra moment and give the other person silence after they speak in which they can think and find out what they feel–to feel their way in the dark. After the canned answers, feelings come out. After harsh feelings we will have some meta-cognition about this situation. We begin to feel ourselves.

    Let’s make it happen Mr. Spence.

  20. Dianne L. Russell

    I have come to the conclusion that the performance of governance must change. Congress does not have to be in Washington, D.C. to govern; they should remain in their home areas and teleconference . They can conduct whatever business that they were involved in previous to their election and be paid a stipend equal to the average income of the residents of their districts. One or 2 days per week they meet with their committees face-to-face, for a concentrated discussion of the issues at hand. Monthly they could meet in D.C. to vote. Gone are the days when one needs weeks to travel between any out-lying district and Washington, D.C.
    I believe lobbying should be ILLEGAL, and donations by public or private individuals of over $50 should be reported by the recipient.

  21. I have five thoughts on how to confront the slave owners: The children, the big black machine, the mountains, the better slave masters, and the rock of forgiveness.
    1. Our Children: Like Yvon Chouinard’s, “one percent for the planet,” a “one percent for the children.” should be started. The slave master’s money should go to the children. In a world of broken homes, children need resources to teach them how to read, to distract them from bullying and from following the footsteps of parents following the footsteps of their parents.
    2. The government is a saddled monster. Even with someone in the seat it’s bound to chew up the innocent. That said, a slave driving the beast would be better than a slave master driving the beast. The slaves need to rise up and saddle the monster.
    3. Go to the mountains and meditate, “Rebellion is a cheap form of conformity.”
    4. Support the better slave masters. With them there is a future of freedom.
    5. Take a rock and write “forgive me” on it and pass it on to a person you have offended. Hopefully that rock will travel.

  22. It is interesting that the words of the founders (U.S.) transcended their own economic situation, but their actions by and large did not…nor do ours…you have summed it all up very well, but I do not see change happening anytime soon…the greed of the human animal, manifested in the monolith of the modern corporation, knows no bounds…what happened to the Sherman Act…how can this AT&T/Team Mobile deal legitimately go through?

  23. This was one Man’s answer. Desmond Doss refused to carry a weapon or to kill another human being. This type of thinking could be a problem for the Industrial/Military complex:


    Rank and organization: Private First Class, United States Army, Medical Detachment, 307th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division.
    Place and date: Near Urasoe Mura, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, April 29, 1945 – May 21, 1945.
    Entered service at: Lynchburg, Virginia
    Birth: Lynchburg, Virginia
    G.O. No.: 97, November 1, 1945.
    Citation:
    He was a company aid man when the 1st Battalion assaulted a jagged escarpment 400 feet (120 m) high. As our troops gained the summit, a heavy concentration of artillery, mortar and machinegun fire crashed into them, inflicting approximately 75 casualties and driving the others back. Pfc. Doss refused to seek cover and remained in the fire-swept area with the many stricken, carrying all 75 casualties one-by-one to the edge of the escarpment and there lowering them on a rope-supported litter down the face of a cliff to friendly hands. On May 2, he exposed himself to heavy rifle and mortar fire in rescuing a wounded man 200 yards (180 m) forward of the lines on the same escarpment; and 2 days later he treated 4 men who had been cut down while assaulting a strongly defended cave, advancing through a shower of grenades to within 8 yards (7.3 m) of enemy forces in a cave’s mouth, where he dressed his comrades’ wounds before making 4 separate trips under fire to evacuate them to safety. On May 5, he unhesitatingly braved enemy shelling and small arms fire to assist an artillery officer. He applied bandages, moved his patient to a spot that offered protection from small arms fire and, while artillery and mortar shells fell close by, painstakingly administered plasma. Later that day, when an American was severely wounded by fire from a cave, Pfc. Doss crawled to him where he had fallen 25 feet (7.6 m) from the enemy position, rendered aid, and carried him 100 yards (91 m) to safety while continually exposed to enemy fire. On May 21, in a night attack on high ground near Shuri, he remained in exposed territory while the rest of his company took cover, fearlessly risking the chance that he would be mistaken for an infiltrating Japanese and giving aid to the injured until he was himself seriously wounded in the legs by the explosion of a grenade. Rather than call another aid man from cover, he cared for his own injuries and waited 5 hours before litter bearers reached him and started carrying him to cover. The trio was caught in an enemy tank attack and Pfc. Doss, seeing a more critically wounded man nearby, crawled off the litter; and directed the bearers to give their first attention to the other man. Awaiting the litter bearers’ return, he was again struck, by a sniper bullet while being carried off the field by a comrade, this time suffering a compound fracture of 1 arm. With magnificent fortitude he bound a rifle stock to his shattered arm as a splint and then crawled 300 yards (270 m) over rough terrain to the aid station. Through his outstanding bravery and unflinching determination in the face of desperately dangerous conditions Pfc. Doss saved the lives of many soldiers. His name became a symbol throughout the 77th Infantry Division for outstanding gallantry far above and beyond the call of duty.[2]

  24. The wolf loped out of the woods towards a town. He was lean and hardened from his life of travel and searching for food, fur matted in places and a few burrs around the ears. He looked over the hill down on the town and saw a dog and decided to go down to see him. The dog was well taken care of, his body was round and fat and his fur was sleek and shiny, but he was chained to the wall. The wolf looked at him and said, I will help you get out of those chains and then you can come with me. The dog looked at the wolf and his leanness and the burrs and mats and shook his head and said no, my master feeds me, I am taken care of, I have no burrs nor mats and never sleep out in the cold so I will stay here. The wolf said…but you are not free. You cannot go where you will or do what you want. Let me help you get those chains off. The dog turned from him and would not look at him and curled up and stayed chained. Have our values changed? Would we rather stayed fat and taken care of by a master that chains us than have freedom and be like the wolf but maybe not have all our needs meet by the master? Have our values changed or have they been like this since the Tea Party? The one in Boston not the one now. I wish I knew the Constitution better than I do. But I do not think what is happening in our country today is what the founders who framed it had in mind. This “Master” that you speak of Gerry, this conglomerate of corporations and government that steam roll over anything that gets in it’s way are not “for the people” or “by the people ” or “doing the will” of the people. They are running on greed and the power of money. Is that the new “value” we will give away our freedoms for? Or is that an old value and it just seems like it is now out of control? Are their any wolves left in America? And not the ones in Yellowstone, ones like in my story, or are we all dogs that don’t mind the heavy chain around our neck and the short tether? We value democracy and freedom so much and that is why we bomb Libya while 16% pf Americans worry about being hungry. Now the master has us chained and doesn’t feed us? 1 in 7 are below the poverty level in America. Our standard of living is going down, but the government is going bankrupt and has “borrowed” the Social Security Trust fund and put an IOU in there but we can afford to spend half a BILLION in a week to bomb Libya to free them from their bad government. But Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Reservation in HIS country live in squalor and worry about staying warm and eating on $3,500 a year. So to start some dialogue and to try to at least respond to your question because I know I cannot answer it, I think we each need to step up to the plate here and get involved in our communities and our countries politics. As much as we rather go play golf or go shopping and ignore the monster staring us in the face, we have to start getting involved, running for office, standing up for what is right even if it means protesting, legally and lawfully but it is our 1st amendment rights even though that seems to be taken from us in some cases as well…. BLM/wild horses/public lands and we are not allowed to even be there to see anything. And even if the master is not doing what it should, we have to. We have to give justice to those in need and send food and clothing and not think that the government should be taking care of them because they are not. We all may all be called upon soon to choose, to be a wolf or will you be a dog? I just hope it is not too late.

    • Really good comment. I am trying to choose “Wolf.” But I have my Starbucks iced coffee moments….some are more pristine, burrs and all, than others…I am doing, what I can…

  25. Just wondering if it’s possible that most MAJOR inequities (ie. being slaves) have more of a “Gender” solution rather than a legal one?

    I submit evidence with the beneath quote by our FIRST female Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, that the craving for all unjust power may have a GENDER solution. (Hence, we need more women in powerful positions-worldwide.)

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8331097/ns/us_news/

  26. Mr. Gerry- I think you have nailed the central issue of our time in America, yet invisible to most citizens by unique conditioning which implies a concatenation of nurture, nature, and design. Most children are not taught to think and question, or to reason. We have engendered generations of superficiality and intellectual dimness. A visible change occurred within the span of teaching careers of senior educators, and they, often mystified, will tell you about it: How within two generations the young changed, and America changed. As the parent generations died off, so did the memories and life-experiences of the Depression and Dust Bowl, Great Wars and “hard times”, which infused and shaped their characters. The young are free of that, and don’t care. We presently have a whole class of insouciant ignorance which carries its own myths and makes up its own facts and harbors its preconceptions and prejudices steeped in an ol’ time religion, and even you, brother Spence, will not change them because they have the truth.
    The next change in America- if it does not come by shock- will be generational, like the last one came. Great teachers will stand before their classes bereft of cell phones and idle tweets and twitters and trivia and extoll the lessons of history again, and the values of thought and reason and understanding, and the love and caring that follows in their wake. The responsibilities to the earth and to each other in life’s infinite exception; the responsibility to the timeless souls that inhabit our bodies. The eternal essence and necessity of learning freedom, and preserving it.
    Oh, I forgot… Teaching has been lost to warmaking, and the corporations supply the diversions. We’re running out of money for education. Governors and congress people are taking that money and shoving it upstairs to their rich benefactors, the corporations, and there’s simply less left over for the schools and colleges, for kindergarden and school lunches and food stamps for the unemployed and poor. Good conservatives know that’s how it’s got to be… Could it be that an uninformed and undereducated electorate serves their purpose?
    THE DAY THE WORLD WAS LOST

    I dreamed the world was lost
    one day
    But not the way the doomsayers tell.
    I saw it knawed and eaten away by greed
    And the gaunt hulk left by the ravagers
    Hardly supported the meagerest life
    where once there was plenty enough to be shared by all.

    But men ceased to care
    Some time in the past
    and as abundance grew waveringly lean, became self protective
    And hedged against loss,
    And plotted for more
    And bickered, and stole by contrivances
    And preempted friendship,
    And betrayed for goods…

    And somewhere in their greed for pelf
    They lost each other,
    And the self
    that flourishes when we share
    grew small
    Till all
    Like Nietzche’s fleas upon the earth
    were hopping about.
    And the the last of all was the smallest of all,
    The day the world was lost.

    Thank you, Gerry. SM NONA

  27. over 2,000 years ago the answer came with a star…jesus taught us to love one another….even our enemies……..if truly his words had been taken to heart by everyone…what a better world this would be now……love to all, and may the good lord guide,protect,and bless US all

    • That same One (the Cristos) also said, “Do you think that I have come to bring peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” (Luke 12:51). He spoke of persecutions incumbent on his followers (Matt. 10: 16-23). And his means of final judgment was actions, not words (Matt. 25:31-46). As He expected divisiveness from his very presence on this planet; as he predicted that we would have tribulation, and lots of it, from trying to follow Him; and as it is what we do, not the platitudes we spout, that determine the course of eternity for us, I choose action…and am grateful to Mr. Spence, for setting a major pathway, in that regard…

    • That is the 2nd greatest commandment and a good one, but The First and Greatest needs to be done first and foremost. Keep our selves from Idolitry.
      These Governments, Corperations, Agencies States Cities and Departments are all Entities conjured up out of the pits of our ImagiNations and dwell on the backs of the Fallen and Unregenerate people that gave them so called ‘Life’, and if and when we take hold of The Hand of Truth and Righteousness and Stand upright on His Earth/Footstool they will fall off our backs into the Abyse we conjured them up out of never to be seen again,,, and then if you note the possitions of our heads you will see that rather than being face down in the dirt with the wieght of our imagined Lies presing us so far down into the mire that we had to look upwards to see eye to eye to serpents and our voices being no more than as a faint murmor of a dead spirit coming up out of a Grave place, we will find that instead our heads are In The Clouds with Christ, The Truth, where they ought to be after regaining our Standing At Law or after being Raptured At Law, Ie as I said, Regained our Standing At Law before our Father.

  28. The only antidote for the corporate slavemasters is the American trial lawyers that keep them honest and in check (as far as possible) until they decide to do the right thing on their own. By that measure the American trial lawyer is here to stay, but our tools of the trade are diminishing through “tort reform,” including statutory caps on pain an suffering, which are meant to discourage lawsuits altogether or make them unprofitable and extinct.

    Most tort reforms should be declared unconstitutional as special legislation and a violation of the separation of powers, among other things, but they have so far been very effective attempts to predetermine the outcome of any contest with the powers that be. The public needs to be educated enough to realize these tort reforms are just another form of taxation by their master. Some of these tortured tort reforms are being challenged around the country as we speak…and again, it is the independent trial lawyer doing all the heavy lifting with very little help or appreciation from the general public who stands to benefit from their actions.

    As long as there is corporate greed, there will be a need for fearless trial lawyers who are willing to represent the people against their slavemasters.

  29. How much longer will we have free speech? Who knows. The harder reality is, “We were never promised freedom of thought!!!!”

    • So we must speak without thinking…obviously freedom was given for that deemed important…since when was thought necessary, prior to speech…oh, excuse me, the Sacred Blunderer is no longer President.

  30. Hmmm I wonder, maybe we should start at the beginning. The child is free until they begin to rob his soul. TV tells him what he wants so turn that off. The first brain washing I remember is standing in front of the flag and we would all pledge allegiance to it.
    “One nation under god with liberty and justice for all”
    What would happen if Jimmy refused to . In days long past he would be scorned and probably sent home. Today , his civil liberties would be protected but the news would certainly pick it up and say look at how the lawyers have turned it all around. It may be a small step but it is a start.

  31. I hardly feel qualified to give to you a feasible solution to the problem that you have so daringly exposed. But since I’ve already started, I may as well move forward.

    I’ve listened to you explain the problem, I’ve heard the agreements of my fellow man, and I’ve seen the problem myself. The corporate machine is run by avarice. It is its fuel, its purpose, and its only function. Destroying the environment, threatening lives, and deceiving its customers are nothing more than steps in the right direction to it.

    I propose that instead of trying to remove the machine’s fuel, we set it on the tracks. By giving stockholders the power to sue their corporations on the grounds of endangerment. With the gift of that power, comes the burden of responsibility. Stockholders can no longer sit back and say “What could I have done!?” once an atrocity committed by the corporation is revealed to the public. There are many caring and responsible individuals among us. And as long as they own a share of a corporation, they will ensure fair practices are always in use. This power would allow corporations to be punished for crimes against humanity that they have thus far been able to avoid. And the power need not only be given to shareholders, but it would be a start.

    I hope my naivety has not become an embarrassment.

  32. Mr. Spence,

    I don’t know an answer to this question but I do think there are some issues that need be confronted in preparation for such a confrontation.

    It is my observation that those who would be obstacles to such suffer from a misconception that slavery is an institution of government. They seem not to recognize the existence of any other form of slavery despite the fact that slaves in our own history were owned predominately by private enterprise. When government is universally viewed as the master, the reality that it is instead the only institution capable of ending slavery is obscured.

    Additionally, my personal belief is that the first step we need to take is to remind our fellow citizens that our legislature is intended to be composed of representatives, not leaders. Leadership is antithesis representation and responsible for the primary problem of our political system; that is, our own representatives telling us what we should think rather than following our instructions.

  33. The problem with man today is that he has become a social creature. The problem an individual faces is quite personal. Of course the solution is within him. But social interference hinder him from excercising his instinct to redeem him from the distressing situation. There is no popular solution for individual problems. We need a new understanding of what we are, to recognize ourselves as a dependable, comforting companion to our neighbour, so that we can live peacefully in the brotherhood of humanity-the love that helps men and women to live the life of Truth that liberates them while living on an ever rolling oscillating globe where life apparently is obsessed with insurmountable trials and tribulations- where life without an intestine support is a faltering trudge to the grave- where priest and physician, nurse, and ”noise” are no solace- where only the INNER DEPOSIT PAYS.

  34. Therese, is love a verb or a noun? What action do you choose?

    Peer pressure is a action that works, can it be used? I had thought boycotting was the answer, but then listened to a tape of the Dalai Lama where it was suggested. His answer about the many people such actions can hurt made me think….. what everyone just stopped….buying, selling,watching, listening?

    Love to All….even the enemies who surround US….and May the Good Lord, Guide,Protect,and Bless US all………..

  35. Stated publicly within THIS past year: “Man has 100-200 years to literally get off this planet or he is EXTINCT.”

    We are watching it unfold, as is HE and his Nobel Laureate followers, sadly.
    Were we slaves, lazy or evil?

    MANS Eulogy:
    His MIND was a terrible thing to waste.

  36. If the brilliant Professor/Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking never considered he was a slave to his illness-how can we complain about anything really. The following really makes one think and would like to share.

    http://www.hawking.org.uk/index.php/disability

    • Try living with a psych disability for a while, if you want to try slavery. Physical disability is nothing, I will take, any day. Psych disability, once known, gets doors slammed in face, over and over and over….until one perceives one’s non-person status is very, very real. Hawking had it made it the shade. Oh, to be a quadruplegic, instead of a psych patient…IQ is nothing, if it comes coupled with BPAD or the like…IQ is shuttled into nowheresville, then. The compliant psych patients in this society, who take their meds and stay in their corners, wear the true slave collars….and very few people give the matter a second thought…

  37. Therese Avant

    The words “Love to all”, especially in a public posting, are platitudinal surplusage, to me…I think you need to come out of the karma stupor, maybe join up with the rebels in Libya, if you are young enough & able….that is where I would be, if I were 30 years younger & single…as it is, I am in law school, trying in my old age to get the title that will enable me to better work as part of the effort to return this society to its constitutional roots…which occasionally still do triumph, despite the best corporate machinations. Witness this blog, and all the responses, including yours and mine.

  38. lousewort rodgers

    have important people as yourself and others start once a month turn off your television day, to express digust for special interest politicians, media, corporate theocracy,intellectual effetism, on infinitium. Would take time, with the right people it would simply grow, in this economic atmoshere, and lead to better bottom up awarness naturally. an act for the people. its all thats left

  39. Dear Gerry Spence,

    Thank you for all that you write about and the questions you ask.

    From Erich Fromm’s Credo:
    “Only when the purpose of society is identified with that of humanity will society cease to paralyze man and encourage his dominance.”

    Confucius on the ideal society:
    http://www.chinapage.com/confucius/elan.gif

    Practically, what can be done?
    We may be too wise to save ourselves. Rather, it may take a jackal to put the master tiger back in its cage.

    Ultimately, though, all that matters to us in the end is love.

    The great universe itself will see to adjudicating our trivial idol worship.

    May we find peace.

  40. It’s an interesting proposition that we’re all slaves to these overlords. It’s true, they exact power over us, but we have power over them too. Our power lies dormant. If we could access that power through representative gov’t perhaps we could push the tides. We, as citizens, are given a chance to ignite that power every election and more often if we choose to speak out and go to the streets. The framers were smart in putting so much power in such a disparate group as “the people.” Unlike the corporation, the people are not uniformly motivated for any one thing, like money or power. Instead, people want freedom, a community, and justice among a plethora of other things that I can’t count or list here for fear of boring the audience and hammering my point blunt. Those doors to liberty do not unlock themselves nor do they remain propped open against the forces of money and power. We the people must consistently put our foot (feet) in the door and hold it open.

    I am younger than you Mr. Spence and cannot afford to be so pessimistic as to resign myself to slavery yet. I hope that is not the end and I do not believe that is what you think the end is either. I am enraged at what I see in our country and hope that we can recover or at least survive and find happy peace.

  41. Studs Terkel and William F. Buckley, “Wisdom of Sages,” at The Connecticut Forum

  42. Imagine if the US could find an expert in business with EXPERIENCE in GETTING OUT OF BANKRUPCY! Too good to be true…….

    (I’m ducking, but it’s worth thought !!)

  43. I’m afraid there is no answer. It is too late. Greed has overwhelmed us like a plague. The greedy corporations control everything from commerce to government. They have no conscience. They care about nothing but profits by any human, environmental, or moral cost. If it will cost the corporations money to do anything right, they will cut corners in the name of their stockholders, the biggest of whom are running the corporations themselves. They will stop at nothing to make money, more, and more, money. They will destroy us all by their lack of conscience. Conscience cannot be legislated, neither can it be bought. Save your mortal soul, for it is far too late to save anything else in this temporal world.

    • Sombody asked you, “Who can make War with The Beast”
      nd ou anser, ‘No one can’, Loser without getting started, You should have read the book for your self and grown a set.
      Who can make war with The Beast, Only The sWord of God, His Truth, His Law. Sell your Socialist Insecurity coat and get you a sWord to overcome all that can be put in your way to hold you back or hobble you.

  44. Mr. Spence:

    You are right. We all are (knowing or unknowing) slaves who slide into an apparent structure and submit to and serve someone (you, yourself, might use the term “something”) in that seemingly evolving structure.

    For my part, I do wonder. What is the fundamental determination of my act of existence?

    But I do wonder further. Who is the fundamental determinant? I am not self created. It frightens me but I think I know.

  45. More horseshit from Spence. A man who hasn’t had an original thought in at least 30 years. And what, Mr. Spence are you doing to change things? Nothing. You sit in your mansions (yes plural) and spew rhetoric while you pick the pockets of those less fortunate. You are exactly like those you have been complaining about for years.

  46. I left a reply a few days agopertaining to “speaking as slaves …” but it never posted

    How does one do it? What instructions can you provide? I did sign on and receive confirmation of being subscribed.

  47. Industrial Ruling Class founded in the impoverishment of others – Benjamin Franklin:

    “A people spread thro’ the whole tract of country on this side the Mississipi, and secured by Canada in our hands [versus the French], would probably for some centuries find employment in agriculture, and thereby free us at home effectually from our fears of American manufactures. Unprejudic’d men well know that all the penal and prohibitory laws that ever were thought on, will not be sufficient to prevent manufactures in a country whose inhabitants surpass the number that can subsist by the husbandry of it. That this will be the case in America soon, if our people remain confined within the mountains, and almost as soon should it be unsafe for them to live beyond, tho’ the country be ceded to us, no man acquainted with political and commercial history can doubt. Manufactures are founded in poverty. It is the multitude of poor without land in a country, and who must work for others at low wages or starve, that enables undertakers to carry on a manufacture, and afford it cheap enough to prevent the importation of the same kind from abroad, and to bear the expence of its own exportation. But no man who can have a piece of land of his own, sufficient by his labour to subsist his family in plenty, is poor enough to be a manufacturer and work for a master. Hence while there is land enough in America for our people, there can never be manufactures to any amount or value. It is a striking observation of a very able pen, that the natural livelihood of the thin inhabitants of a forest country, is hunting; that of a greater number, pasturage; that of a middling population, agriculture; and that of the greatest, manufactures; which last must subsist the bulk of the people in a full country, or they must be subsisted by charity, or perish.” – Benjamin Franklin

  48. Perhaps, instead of talking we need to start singing and drown them out. We are at a critical junture in the evolution of humanity and our sojourn on the Earth. The robber barrons, the warmongers, the slave holders–they can stay in the prisons that they created, or they can come with the rest of us. It is their choice. The rest of us are moving forward and upward and the shackles are going to be broken. I need to hear more of Joan Baez and we need to light that spark again–it’s still there.

  49. I am afraid the only real option is a bloody revolution. Those in governmental and corporate power are not going to give up their fist full of dollars and their power without one. They are too corrupt and too well organized. We are past the point of no return as far as doing it within our legal system that does not even exist when the President can ignore whatever he doesn’t want to do and laws can be circumvented as if they didn’t exist. Those running this country are too well entrenched and too strong to be removed without one. Will Libya or Iraq come to our aid when we have to fight a bloody battle for our freedom?

  50. From Earth to the masters of Mister Gerry Spence: To have a dialogue, on March 23, 2011 I responded to your misapplication of the term “…our constitution…”

    That constitution was prepared in order to ‘ASSUME THAT WE WOULD ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT. Congress assembed via an “adhesion contract ” in order to COLLECT damages for damage to their masters property.

    Simple? If you submit voluntarily! Those ‘leaders’ ?–

    Adhesion contracts are “self surfing” functions. A speakers conversation and discussion are distinctly different projects. I hate talking too myself!

    April 17, 2011 -March 23, 2011 is a long , drawn out disappointment when danger lurks in our continued opportunities to clear the grief.
    Do not work to pay a debt. Peons work to pay the masters obligations. Work to enjoy the the ability to produce. Rest to allow the spirit within to repair the primary pleasures of life to continue.

  51. “[H]ow to lawfully confront and overcome the slave master and to provide liberty and justice for all, as is the promise of our constitution”
    We are only slaves due to our mind set. Change the paradigm. The Bible says that the children of Israel walked around forty years in the desert because they retained the slave mentality from Egypt. Almost everyone from that generation died before they reached their goal.
    Twenty years ago, civil rights violations existed mainly in criminal and civil courts. Today, given the rise of the family and child dependency courts; nearly every American family has experienced a civil rights deprivation under the color of law. The collective consciousness of our country is ready for changes in the courts.
    Also, since only God, or the “corporate slave master” can give Justice [hence, furthering the slavery]- the people, to enforce their constitutional rights need to seek relief. Relief is the only thing that Courts can grant free men and women. Justice is something only an omnipotent God can give us.
    Please be advised that I am referring a friend to your law firm of a potentially high profile case. I will send the online message via the Spence law firm website.

  52. Alan Simpson, Senator from Wyoming, Co-Chair of Obama’s deficit
    commission, calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he
    compared “Social Security” to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats.
    August, 2010.

    Here’s a response in a letter from a unknown fellow in Montana… I
    think he is a little ticked off ! He also tells it like it is !

    “Hey Alan, let’s get a few things straight…

    1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole for FIFTY
    YEARS.

    2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15
    years old. I am now 63).

    3. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other
    Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for
    decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give
    OUR money to a bunch of zero ambition losers in return for votes, thus
    bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme
    that would have made Bernie Madoff proud.

    4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and your ilk pulled the
    proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing
    retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to
    age 67. NOW, you and your shill commission is proposing to move the
    goalposts YET AGAIN.

    5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare
    from Day One, and now you morons propose to change the rules of the
    game. Why? Because you idiots mismanaged other parts of the economy to
    such an extent that you need to steal money from Medicare to pay the
    bills.

    6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our
    entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why?
    Because you incompetent bastards spent our money so profligately that
    you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come
    to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    To add insult to injury, you label us “greedy” for calling “bullshit” on
    your incompetence. Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for
    YOU.

    1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during
    your pathetic 50-year political career?

    2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and
    how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the
    American taxpayers?

    3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?

    4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you
    proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or, as usual,
    have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

    It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators who are
    “greedy”. It is you and they who have bankrupted America and stolen the
    American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers. And for
    what? Votes. That’s right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America
    > for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic political careers. You
    know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.

    And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.”

  53. i meant that jesus gives love to all….it is a shame that such thoughts are dismissed so easily when in truth love is the answer….even to the rebels in Libya…who, btw….could be as the dictator says our enemies…and just waiting for our help then they too can turn on us…..truly a hard thing to know….but the problem put before US here is how to deal with corporate salvery…..if the answer is in the courtrooms….then why hasn’t anything changed so far…there have been many trials won and lost…but we are where we are still…..when the president wants to tax them their fair share he gets a lot more protests than when they want to cut programs for the poor…why is that….karma…well, i do believe in karma…what comes around goes around…. don’t believe iam in a karma stupor….but if school and society taught that love was what we should seek…instead of money…then out of love we would start businesses to help others not for gain….whats your money going to be worth anyways when it all falls down……jesus is the answer…always has been…..putting a name on the sayings don’t make them any less valuable……love to all……….:)

  54. I am continuously in awe over Mr. Spencer’s command of not only the English language but in storytelling. To take simple truths and make them into a compelling and thought-provoking tale is a skill that in every generation shows up in a few of the brightest. Mr. Spence is clearly one of those.

  55. The true answer? We need to toil, without diversion, for however many years or decades necessary to VOID Buckley v. Valeo, Citizens United v. FCC, and corporate civil rights altogether.

    The necessary next Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
    ———
    “Only a mortal human being shall have any constitutional right, privilege or immunity of a person, citizen, or part of the people.

    Each citizen’s voice being equal notwithstanding wealth, the Congress and several states shall regulate political gifts and spending to discourage corruption and the undue influence of wealth upon elected representatives.”
    ———–
    Nothing less will allow our democracy to escape the relentlessly escalating propaganda lashings of corporate masters. Remember, even before Citizens United, just under Buckley’s “money is speech” paradigm, Obama abandoned the rational, moderate, and strategically vital Public Option after weighing the monetary might of corporations arrayed against it. It was then it became unmistakable that the master politician of our day had determined NO HE CAN’T be other than a corporate mediator, able to interject the public good only on those rare occasions when his political calculus identifies no clearly greater sum of corporate billions threatened by one course of action over the other.

    The only peaceful path back to democracy is clear, no less clear for the imposing mountain of effort occupying the trek. Focusing on any other political battles amounts to being drawn into incidental damage control while a rampaging colossus looms above. Nothing less than a tandem track constitutional Amendment, much like the draft above, will save our country from this mega-corp strangle hold. (draft language source: nextamendment.us )

  56. Not free,never been free,never will to free,might not want to be free,except maybe in death;
    As a wise man once wrote………
    “We are not free,nor have we ever been free;
    Pure freedom demands a perfect vision of reality
    One to painful for the healthy to endure;
    It requires that we be alive,alert, and exquisitely
    aware of our raw being;
    Faced with the pain of freedom man begs
    for his shackles
    Afraid of death ,he seeks the stultifying
    boundaries of religion
    Afraid of want he accepts the bondage
    of employment
    Afraid of rejection he conforms to the
    commands of society
    If our knowledge of freedom was perfect
    We would not choose it
    For pure freedom is pure terror.”
    You were a little bit younger when you wrote that,right Gerry? lol

    • Younger and wiser.

      gerry

      • nice!
        some quotes from your younger wiser self from, the making of a country lawyer, in response to anna insisting you see a shrink. . . albeit made to a buddy while drinking, very pertinent to the topic and national occupy movements (!):

        “i argued that the world was insane. . .not gerry spence. . . only an insane nation would blow miillions of people to hell to preserve the right of the moneyed class to hoard their money. . .money is not the test of worth. . . only an insane society cherishes money over all other virtues, including life. . . only an insane society would celebrate the rich as they became richer over the broken bodies of laboring men. . . the law which protects the rich while it puts people in prison, mostly because they are poor is insane. . . if you are not insane at birth we are taught insanity. . . neitzsche was insane, van gogh was insane. christ who thought men could love one another, must have been insane, and marx and freud were obviously insane too. . . p. 349-350, The Making of A Country Lawyer.

      • That fellow is saying something I agree with today. Especially today.

        gerry

  57. Keep writing , Mr. Spence. Keep on writing. I’m listening.

  58. Louie Cocroft

    What our “elected officials” need is some Tough Love

  59. Gotta admit one thing : we are the ONLY species who have the ability to take ourselves out of our suffering if things become intolerable for us.

    Other species are the WORST SLAVES because they cannot.

  60. Did you ever “trespass in cyberspace”?
    As long as wishes are horses we beggars shall ride free.
    The comments do not bring about a dialogue without an inactive participantion of the inquisitor. It only shows how the desparate targets stand, unacknowledged, a true sign of rejection.

  61. The Oldest profession and family planning PTA

    MODERATION-PARTICIPATION in the dialogue?
    Where are you Gerry? The $$’s were trashed, but for silver of the dimes! before we arrived on the scene, without clothes on our back, naked, war weary victims of our own neglect ad-hearing to the assaultive upbringing of our well organized CHURCH/POLICE STATE’S MEN @ aba American Bar Association’s legal advice.
    March of Dimes rings no bell? Ask Joe Kennedy!
    See Roosevelt’s, ides of march, that which is Caesar’s was never his in the first place. Gold and silver is Mothers OF Earth’s property, not for consumption or redistribution but for stability of pillars of salts foundation. 5/13/2011 davidgetmansr@yahoo.com

  62. Dear Gerry: Wiser men than I stated that the tree of liberty needed to be watered by the blood of patriots. There is no “legal” way. The laws were written by these blood suckers and are often so vaguely written or ensorcelled in legalese that it is pure nonsense to even suggest that we use the law against the Master. Events of recent history shows that law is only invoked when it is beneficial for the State to so dictate. Too many of my kind have thus become political atheists. I have long admired your work and cowboy wisdom but in this wishful thinking will not avail. Only one writer suggested anything close to what needs to be done yet it is violent. The Master group have no problem there. one need look at the millions dead in Iraq not to mention the current deaths of innocent children in Libya to understand that the only thing that’ll bring them to their knees is opposite violence. A sad choice, yes, but the only one. It is also one that doesn’t require all to be involved only five or ten percent. Yet in the end, as in the movie, Sleeper, we end up stealing a nose and in six months we’ll be stealing another’s. Thus the answer, truly, is spiritual because Man simply does not have the capacity to rule himself!

  63. Gerry, your question was: “I am interested in hearing your thoughts on how to lawfully confront and overcome the slave master and to provide liberty and justice for all, as is the promise of our constitution. ”

    The way I understand your question, you would like for me to come up with a way to make corporations disappear but at the same time to invent a means for the provision of liberty and justice for all. It seems to me that you are connecting the existence of corporations with the corruption of liberty and justice for all. Perhaps if all the corporations were eliminated, all Americans would become happy and fulfilled because they would automatically have liberty and justice for all 350 million people in the U.S.A.

    Okay, I will take the bait. If, in my perfect world, as supreme tyrant, I removed the corporations, the wealth, the economic system, the goods and services provided by corporations, the jobs, the consumer ethos and the government that was intertwined with the corporations; what would I have? My perfect world would look a lot like feudal England or France. Slavery would not be removed but would be different than today. Force and Fraud would be institutionalized and lives would be lived in a form described by Thomas Hobbs as solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.

    So, it is easy to see that I would be a poor choice to manage a perfect world, however, your question was how to overcome the slave master and to provide Liberty and Justice for All.

    Instead of identifying the corporations as the slave masters, why could we not identify each of us as a slave master. Each individual is a corporate body made up of millions of cells and enslaved/dominated by a tyrant housed in our brain/soul/heart. If the individual’s tyrant (slave master)(soul) could be confronted and deposed with the substitution of a good and benevolent master, then the individual body would experience liberty and justice for all.

    Such a mini revolution is within reach of every individual. Such a revolution is legal and within the experience of western civilization. But as you shall see it is not so easy ruling millions of ornery cells by just thinking about it.

    Actually doing it takes discipline, attention to detail and diligence. The goal is to become a good human being. Slaves do not want justice, they only want to live. Slaves only want to eat. Slaves only want to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A good human being wants liberty and justice not only for himself but for all. All those millions upon millions of cells are very demanding upon their tyrant to take care of them.

    My body is a prison for my cells and I have a strict rule about jail breaks. I don’t allow any of my cells to break out and go on their own. Four walls do not a prison make nor iron bars a cage, however, in my case, my skin is like the fortress D’If. Disgracefully, we are all slaves to our physical needs. Hold your breath for two minutes and decide whether you are a slave or free to hold your breath for five minutes. Abstain from water for one day and decide to forgo water for three. Keep your eyes open for twenty four hours and decide to stay awake for a week. We are all slaves and we are all slave masters. We are slave masters over our corporate bodies and we are slaves to our appetites.

    We invented the corporations to be our tools to provide life for our fellow men, however, the corporations have become our slave masters. Our slave society is managed by slave masters so that all can live. Ask any prisoner if he would prefer death to life in prison…chances are he will take life in prison. I would.

    What does a dying man want…one more breath.

    New boss, same as the old boss, we won’t be fooled again.

    To sum up: Only by changing ourselves, becoming good human beings, will the slave master be successfully confronted. The slave master will have no slaves to master, in fact the slave master will be out of a job. Liberty and justice will be individually delivered to all as promised in the U.S. Constitution.

  64. What an interesting point to ponder / We feel “free” but to your point indeed we are not. At first thought I say the only way to escape and be “free” is to flee and live off the land alone / but, then are we or still enslaved by our own choosing / SO I guess the next thought would be to define first what is the point? Hmmm Thanks for the mind bender. Lynn

  65. Here is another thought / we are free to choose to live freely however we are then free to receive the consequences as well. Lynn

  66. I submit a law needs to be introduced into Congress that enforces the 13th and 14th amendments. This will be bitter and cause division, but that’s what slavery does. It causes division and hatred. Hate always accompanies any institution of slavery, and the masters produce their hate with their propaganda. I have started working on this law and am considering trying to run for Congress again in my district as a Libertairian. I want this legislation to be available for all to read if I run. It’s time for the people to wake up and choose between liberty and slavery. I intend to call this legislation “The Liberty Restoration Act.” This is serious, and compliments what I’m trying to do in the courts using slavery arguments in defense of my rights.

  67. can it be a possibility that even “if” we come to a place where we feel inclined to call ourselves “free” we still are not so because we are then slaves of our freedom? Just saying. TY Lynn

  68. Anthony Tinsman

    Very good non-corporate news sites for the freedom minded!

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/

  69. Simple. Don’t do the master’s labor or buy his junk.

  70. Yes is a very powerful and positive word. I remember hearing how John Lennon met Yoko. He walked into an art gallery and there was a ladder in the middle of the floor and you had to climb up to read what was on the ceiling. So he did and when he got to the top , written on the ceiling was the word “Yes”. He said if would have said “No” he would have walked out the door. But the rest is history. I just love the word “Yes”. I feel free and relaxed. When my little daughter wanted something that I could not say “No” to, I would always say “yes you can , tomorrow, yes you can after this etc.” ,It was a positive “No” if there is a such thing. Whatever it was, I tried to say on the positive side of words. Not even adults like to hear the word “No”.

  71. As a former high school teacher, former enlisted military journalist and later military officer, student of psychology and brain science, and a thinking person, I have an idea of how we could free our children, at least, from the testing monster that is currently devouring the money, moral and hearts of our children…. on the day that standardized testing is schedule, all parents need to keep their children home because “they don’t feel well” and “something must be going around.” When the tests are rescheduled, once again, all of the children catch the same “bug” and have to stay home.

    The reason this strategy would work is that the school systems, now run by the government and corporations, have made money the focus of everything. Schools get money when student attend. They get money when students pass tests (so, of course, teachers must teach to the test and if you think test scores are not tweaked, you are truly naive). So the only way to get the attention of school administrators is to hit them in the wallet.

    This tactic would not take 100% participation at a given school to be effective. Even 50% would work. And it would also bring parents from different ethnic and social backgrounds together on behalf of their children — something the govt. does not want. They want to keep poor people pitted against each other so they will never realize their power.

    So, that’s where I think we need to begin. By boycotting insanity whenever possible, beginning with our public schools.

    Gerry, thank you for taking time to share your thoughts with others. As an author, I know how much time and energy it requires. And I know it’s a choice you make because our time is our lives. How we spend it makes all the difference.

    • Louanne:

      This is called a strike — in this case, a parental strike. Right or wrong, schools are our servants. As always, when we are not invested in the carryings-on of those who govern us, including those who control our children’s minds, we and our children are again lost. We do not put baby robins into the nest of the hawk.

      Gerry

  72. I think the next post answers the question posed here.

    “So two conditions must occur before we can consider the road to freedom: The first is to recognize our slavery. The second is a desire to be free of it.” GS

    What needs to be confronted and overthrown is ignorance and complacency such that those slaves who “love it, fight for it and are willing to die for it” will dis-empower the master by walking away. As long as there are more slaves ready to sign up, the master remains in tact.

    As a small business owner who aspires to be a small corporation, I wonder at what point do I stop being a “good guy” for creating opportunities and providing solutions and when do I become a “slave master.” Does the emergence of the “conscious business” model help to slay the master, or is it just a fancy label we have slapped on the same old, same old?

    I love the dialog! I hope it is always with me – I savor the question and fear becoming a slave to the answer.

  73. Gerry, in a very organic way, all of us, every human being on the face of this wonderful planet knows what your saying as truth. Imagine a planet not dominated or controlled by the next generation of reckless, industrial maniacs. Do we know these peoples names or where they live, thier families?. Gerry in the “Wizard of Oz” there was a man behind the curtain. Just as there are people behind the corporations. Can you imagine we “the people”, the inhabitants of this planet don’t even know who they are! They have taken over the worlds resources, the satellite information technology, the military and worst of all our spirit and connection to our life giving forces. As illustrated by Machiavelli in “The Prince” to stay in controll and in power the King must do what ever it takes to no end. This can be illustrated by the progression of power that has lasted for thousands of years through many societies and governments. It has simply progressed to a global dominance combined with monopolized industry, technology, military and media. The Ceasar’s would have loved such resources! Gerry, I am currently on my second book about such topics and am working on a new entertainment piece that has never been done. The goal is to create contemplation in people. For the first time during my interviews people, all people, generations apart are experiencing what is happening. Who would have thought in less than 200 years the industrialist could have brought this planet and her humanity to this place? I would like to discuss more on how to create awareness on this subject. Please contact me, it all starts with an idea! Casey

  74. ” Let us speak to each other out of our caring, with at least as much caring as we would offer a captured bird in a cage with a broken wing who is yet able to sing”

    Gerry, I have the utmost respect and admiration for you as do so many birds hatched from eagle’s clutches..”Let those that have eyes to see and ears to hear, hear what the Great Spirit has to say” It is written that He knows when a sparrow falls. I love these words. A sparrow does not sing alone and were it in a cage or on a tree it calls out to other birds to make it’s presence known and voice it’s message. Bird’s don’t quit speaking to each other. They work together in survival for the common good of one another.Within territories and established ground rules they co-exist. Yet, they hear when one is in distress,not like men who turn deaf ears to the distress of fellow human beings. We have so many caged birds languishing in man’s jails whose songs are muffled and go unheard while they suffer with broken wings,broken minds, broken spirits and no one cares.We have proven that we are lesser than birds in caring for our owns. Torture prisons hide away the accused whose guilt or innocence is of non effect since they will be guilty of whatever the jailers’ accusations are..and no one hears the silent cry they sing. These things are ot practiced by birds. Birds do not torture.
    Something I read just yesterday-” A wise man said to me,No matter how far you go in the wrong direction..son, turn the hell around.”
    If we will hear the caged bird’s song,we must turn around, because if we cannot hear it,we are going in the wrong direction.

  75. Like the civil rights movement we free ourselves by acting en masse. Join the movement to free ourselves from the money-driven family and probate courts that are destroying our families, our children, our disabled and our elderly. Billions in social security Title IV D money goes to inrich corrupt court-appointed persons such as child reps, guardians, counselor, etc and the courts themselves. Join in a nationwide protest August 12, 2011. For protest sites in your city see http://govabuse.org For more information see: http://cookcountyjudges.wordpress.com and read the first five posts.

  76. I think its a pretty simple solution on its face. First, we must recognize who we are, why we are here, and what we are supposed to be doing. Once we get that understanding and recognize we are Stewards of the Creator of All Things, we must learn the law from our own first hand study and apply it. In fact, its the only way to peacefully free ourselves from this mess of lawlessness.

  77. Masters and slaves are generally motivated by selfishness — a toxic energy that always brings desolation & unhappiness. It is impossible to communicate with them because they aren’t really awake and thinking. Unfortunately, if you attempt to communicate with one of these, you will be “processed.” The selfish slave or master is executing a thoughtless script and completely absorbed in self-interest. Being processed will be unpleasant and not at all in your best interest. Do avoid these types. Try to fly under their radar. If your blip should come to their attention, do and say what is unexpected – nothing provocative or memorable. You need to avoid triggering any kind of process.

    Communication among slaves is a matter of time, place and context. Each of us awakens at times. Signs of a slave who is awake and alert are unusual responses to the casual banter, eye contact & good will. If you engage a slave who is awake, you will discover a remarkable lack of polarity. The slave will not be a hardened democrat, republican or anything else. Slaves who are awake and capable of communication are motivated by love — love of another person or persons, love of a thing, an idea. Ask a slave who seems to be awake what matters most to him/her. If in responding the slave mentions another person or persons, a thing, an idea AND their eyes show a tear and there is a catch in the voice, you have established communication.

    Yes, slaves can communicate. Freedom is easy and occurs with great regularity. Stay awake! Work! Practice valor!

  78. Could this have something to do with Obama’s inaction?
    “President-Elect Obama’s advisors feared in 2008 that authorities would revolt and that Republicans would block his policy agenda if he prosecuted Bush-era war crimes, according to a law school dean who served as one of Christopher EdleyObama’s top transition advisers”:
    http://www.justice-integrity.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=460&catid=44&sectionid=1&Itemid=7

  79. I pray that you all find religion. Our purpose here is to be stewards of God’s creation. Nothing belongs to us. The only thing we can own is our “free will”. It would seem most of you have chose not to believe in Him. Thus you are trapped in the cycle and emptiness of trying to fill your lives through money and materialism. I suggest you pick up readings which discuss Faith, Hope, and Love. God provides what we need. If man was to wake up and see that we are to help each other during this “walk”, then you would understand that we are slaves and servants of God. May come to know his saving Grace.

  80. For Andrew and David Zion:

    “Was man one of God’s blunders or was God one of man’s blunders.”

    The genius Albert Einstein

  81. The human condition is the slave to human nature.

  82. To love your neighbor as yourself as the Golden Rule mandates in the Holy Bible is somewhat of a tall order when in this ever concious era in the U.S. everything has to be politically correct. The secularists agenda is to remove God from our Government under the guise of separation of Church from State. When true believers invoke God’s Divine Assistance they receive the very Freedom you inquire about in your blog Mr. Spence from God ! Read Galations 5:1 Standfast therfore in the Liberty whereas Christ has set you free and be not again entangled with a yoke of bondage. The way to obtain freedom from slavery is to quit worrying about being politically correct to appease the consciences of the secularists and start loving your neighbor as yourself and then you will see the magical and mysterious power of Love in action as bequeethed from the Creator of the Universe who is the Author of Our Freedom and Faith.

  83. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for how long ? 29years right, ok so what did become of him after his release ? He was elected president of the newly created nation called South Africa ! Did you ever get a chance to meet him or ever talk to him? Did you read his autobiography LONG ROAD TO FREEDOM ? some of the answers you pose more likely than not will be answered within thepages therein.

      • Gerry, 13 yrs ago i wrote to your office in hopes of getting you to help me with a lawsuit i filed against the state of Washington. I was serving life without parole under 3 Strikes youre out. I was literally fighting for my freedom like you wouldnt believe. My appeal concluded with concessions made by the state that an idaho burglary did not compare to a washington 1st degree burglary. I was released from prison in 2002 and have remained free eversense. So i do know first hand the price it pays to be free. FREEDOM has to be defended vigorously, when you compromise principles and live outside the mandates of what is required in a civiiized society you become a sitting duck for the heavy hand of oppresion to rule you with an iron fist. Society nowdays isnt very civilized if you havent noticed by now, there has to be a change in the hearts and minds of people. General Douglas Mac Arthur once said about looking towards a future involving atomic annihilation “We have had our last chance, the only thing that can save humanity now is a comlete spiritual resurgence”. Does only the absense of prison bars make me free today? NO ! when Amanda Knox was released from an italian prison after serving 4 years the Seattle Times had a front page news article about her return to seattle and yet when you turn the page youll read at page 2 a tiny paragraph of a man who was released from prison after serving 26 years for a murder that DNA exonerated him on. Hes now 52 years old and is finally free. Perhaps you should interview him and ask him about your inquiry on how to become free. In closing id like to comment that in 2002 when i got my freedom back i soon developed a personality quirk that had me fixated on opening and closing doors just to walk freely in and out of them, and flipping light switches on and off just because they were there and i had the freedom of choice to turn on the lights. Your blog does just that also as when we can unite to discuss on how to keep each other in the light of freedom instead of stumbling around in the dark as deaf dumb and blind victims of oppressive slavery . THANK YOU MR. SPENCE for your contributions to humanity. You do make a difference as a mentor to millions!

      • And thank you for your bravery and your insights. The door that you have kept open is the door to growth. That is the door we all need to keep a pry on.

        Gerry

  84. Dr. Kenneth Tennant

    Google: Kenneth Tennant to witness how overly adversarial & abusive the moneyed master acted against this honorably discharged American veteran who complained when the VARO in DesMoines Iowa admitted service connection, but told the vet he would die before his benefits would be awarded. The VA did come around and rate this vet 100% “service-connected,” but refuses to award an Earlier Effective date, commensurate with his service dates (1987-1989). In 1991, KT applied for social security disability. The SSA’s medical examiner determined him to be disabled but systemic incompetence and or dishonesty ruled the decision to deny. The standing denial is based on inconsistent reason. On one hand the ALJ asserted the record lacked OBJECTIVE evidence, but then turned around and ordered a highly controversial SUBJECTIVE exam (MMPI). KT respectfully declined as he tried to point out that two published experts (J of Rheum) report that exam is “inappropriate for non-exertional imapairments,” (like KT’s and GWS). The ALJ was indifferent to this and the fact that that is why it was remanded to begin with. The lawyer “for” KT was also indifferent (Michael Dupree. His law partner, Kyle Williamson is now convicted) so KT was forced to appeal pro se before a system of “Judges” that despise pro se. Does truth matter ? Gary Null’s GULF WAR SYNDROME documentary tells how authorities use/abuse psychiatric exams to discredit disabled American veterans applying for their disability benefits. This M.O. is reiterated by A CURRENT AFFAIR that aired A SOLDIER’S STORY (Evans) June 18, 1993. KT needs a FAIR & IMPARTIAL Decision Review Officer to re-open this 20 year old SSD claim and correct the clear and unmistakable error(s) that the Moneyed Master has let stand. Kenneth Tennant’s mother is a widow and he has a wife and two kids in school that depend on him. -Dr. Kenneth Tennant, 3935 Rolling Hills Dr., Bettendorf, Iowa 563.355.7073

  85. Mr. Spence you may remember me from the 70′s at Thunderhead,I real enjoyed your writing’s I will log on again I know you are an artist, maybe you will injoy my oil painting I believe it is appropriate http://utopia road.blogspot.com hopeI to hearyou something back. Thanks Chuck-

  86. Sometimes, when I see a person with a backpack walking on an interstate, appearing homeless, a vagabond; possibly criminal, I wonder if that individual is actually an intelligent, sane, at one time, hard working person who just looked at this world of slaves and just said, ‘screw it, I ain’t participating anymore’ and just walked out the door and kept walking.

  87. Frank Manning

    Thank you Gerry for all you have done to make us.aware.

  88. We must never forget that in trial–a real life drama, we get only one take.

  89. I’m not a slave to anybody. I’m Norwegian. I’m 66, and I’ve always been extremely independent. I cannot tell you how many people learned the hard way. I’m famous for walking off the job. One guy sent a private detective because he thought I was kidnapped. I don’t tolerate any nonsense from anybody. My father was a combat veteran of WWII. I’m daddy’s girl. I have a 1 strike rule: If it walks like a duck, it’s a duck. Don’t give the duck time to figure out an alibi.

  90. I forgot to add something about Romans 11 where we are told that those sorts that always tend to sell their brethren into bondage every since 1st selling Joseph to Egypt will not cease from their ways till we stop paying them to be wicked,, only then will they have to come eat at our Lords table or be cold and hungry with their pride and Greed.

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