Common Sense Version 2.0

-The Shortest Book That Never Ends-

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In 1776 Thomas Paine wrote a pamphlet that gave people the understanding and will to support the revolutionary war.  It was called ‘Common Sense’.  It explained, in terse and plain language, the circumstances of the day, why we should be free, and what kind of social contract might work for free men.  It greatly influenced how we behaved and developed.  The only problem was that there had never been an example to go by of a free nation or how free people would behave with generations of freedom and self determination.  They were just hoping and guessing at the time.

We have learned a great deal since then.  Unfortunately the world is still as rife with influence peddlers as it was in the days of our founding fathers and the last thing they want is a practical and pragmatic clear understanding of the common sense of freedom and what we have learned about free men over the generations.  That will always be true because human nature itself creates both.  It will also be true that this ‘young’ philosophy of freedom will grow and overtake the old way of influence peddling ‘business as usual’ that has been used and always failed since men began living under social contracts.

You will understand after reading Common Sense V2 how both sides of this work and why.  You will understand that we are rapidly approaching a climactic battle between the two.  The old kings on one side and the new free men of the world on the other.  Those are the only two sides that are not manufactured.  You will understand why some men are listened to and followed despite the best efforts of influence peddlers to destroy them.  In the book I have deliberately compared the oldest and best existing influence peddling nation, China, to the most advanced proponent of the philosophy of freedom to ever exist.  The United States.  China is a place where I lived for seven years, married, did business, and had a son.  The United States is where I was bred, born, and raised.  I have also lived on every continent in the world over the last fifty years while doing business and getting to know the average person.

In all those years I have seen the differences between free people and slaves.  I have seen that things really work from the bottom up.  That most people are only allowed to look from the top down.  I have explained in the book why common sense is so important and must be understood.  It is because freedom only works from the bottom up and that when people are forced to work from the top down it always results in slavery.  This is why every government in history has failed and why they will always fail using the old way.  It doesn’t matter, as well, if you are talking about your personal life, your marriage, your business, or government the only thing that changes is scale and circumstance.  This is why I call it the shortest book that never ends.  If you are human… it will always apply… forever.

I could write a long diatribe about all of the things I have mentioned above but it isn’t needed or wanted.  In thirty pages you can see it yourself.  All that is left to say is why I wrote it.  My son.  Upon returning to the states I realized that even though people tossed some terms like common sense, leadership, and human nature around that if you asked them to define them you simply got the deer in the headlights look.  If my son is to have a practical and pragmatic ability to use those things and understand them to have a good life and future then others must as well.  Unless they do no ones sons or daughters will have a future.  We have entered into a time when it will take all of those in good measure to survive and prosper as free men.

As a last comment I will simply say that it might be a good idea to use the link for Thomas Paine to read the original Common sense to see the parallels and relevance to both today and Common Sense V2.  Thank you for your time and may you have a long, prosperous, and free future.  Let me know what you think.

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The Common Sense of Freedom

Manipulating Americans

There is a basic issue that needs to be addressed about manipulation before we can get into the nuts and bolts of how it works.  Simply put it is that manipulation is an action that influences human nature within a process that will occur regardless of any manipulation or lack of it.  The question is, therefore, do we wish to guide that process or not and how much and what sort of guidance is prudent and practical for good outcomes?  If you are not interested in good outcomes you are probably on the wrong website.

What this means is that all people everywhere are subject to this process and manipulation regardless of their national or ethnic background simply because we are all human and possess human nature.  Now the question becomes whether or not it is good for the continuing growth and maturity of the culture within which it is being executed?  The only way to answer that effectively for practical and pragmatic purposes is by way of the comparison of outcomes based on how human nature has developed within our culture and others as well as why.  This also helps us to understand cultural differences and why one or another should be preferred and or grown differently.

So now we start to get into those ‘nuts and bolts’.  First of all we will talk about authority.  Most have heard of the 1974 Stanley Milgram experiments done regarding how much pain a person is willing to inflict on others based on his perception of authority.  People were asked to shock someone based on exposure to different levels of authority.  This experiment became widely known because people were shocked at the level of pain people would inflict on someone if they thought the ‘authority’ figures were accepting or even demanding it.  The point here is that authority itself can become a factor for manipulation… but there is much more.

More recently experiments that I think are more telling have been done that infer much more than immediate manipulation is possible.  These experiments and others show that a much more insidious group of manipulations can be executed that are capable of even genetic modification without the subjects even being aware of it.  There are several but the one I will use here is easily understood and a good way to introduce the nature of manipulation in this regard.  It must also be remembered that these things also have an effect upon the manipulators.  You will see how as we continue.  I like to call these the cherry fear experiments.

In the cherry fear experiments (though many go into many things other than the smell of cherries) a group of identical lab mice are shocked every time the smell of cherries is introduced.  The become agitated, fearful, and have a variety of of negative responses both physiologically and mentally.  All of these things are measured through scientific means.  Ok you say… of course they do so what is all the fuss about?

The fuss is that for generations after a full life of such exposure their descendants are affected exactly the same way without any negative stimulus.  They fear the smell of cherries.  Such things have been seen in stock animals raised generationally as well.  Up until now most thought the mothers of such animals somehow ‘taught’ them to fear an electric fence for example.  Now we know that genetic modifications occur daily that can be passed on.  Yes… there is such a thing as genetic and cultural memory.  Humans are not as controlled as lab rats or stock animals so variations are much more likely.  Still, a large population can be manipulated in a general direction… albeit slowly.

It will likely come out more as tendencies, however, and need some kind of support to continue in an otherwise unnatural and hostile environment to such change.  Consider for instance our ‘war on poverty’.  Why doesn’t it work?  With the above and much more you need to understand that what was actually created was a group of people who would, over the generations, come to expect their livelihood to emanate from a source other than work and self reliance.  The result would be an antipathy for anything that threatened it.  They would cease to value those things that promoted a move away from it.  Such as education, work, and self discipline.  The surprise to me is that anyone with an understanding of human nature and manipulation would think that it would in any way cure poverty.

Such things are instituted, generally speaking, by taking advantage of peoples good nature… something abundant in America.  Initially authority figures use their position to execute a bait and switch… something called seductive justification by Machiavellians.  After that they encourage and support the expansion it until it is a force of its own.  Such things have been executed by influence peddlers throughout history.  The Roman bread and circus comes to mind.

In other areas such as immigration the same is true.  You have a generational expectation of freedom and intrinsic values so deep that the only way to get rid of it is to ‘breed them out’ as Longshanks proposed in regards to the Scots of his day.  How would you do that today?  You swamp the country, if possible, with people both domestic and foreign who don’t have or understand that freedom or hold those intrinsic values.  Throughout the history of man influence peddling has only refined itself.  It has not changed.  What has changed is that this new philosophy of freedom has become entrenched and they cannot go back to business as usual until they destroy it and those who follow it.  America is not ‘multi cultural’.  It is a melting pot and that means that new cultures simply add a ‘new flavor’ to the pot.  They do not change it into a different culture.  It already has a culture.  The culture of freedom.  This is why ‘assimilation’ is vital and why borders should be guarded zealously.  Deep down every ‘American’ understands this and recognizes the threats to our nation.

There are only two sides and that has been true all through history.  Other divisions such as race, class, religion, and ethnicity are creations of man and side issues deserving attention and solutions.  The truth, however is that it is and always has been a conflict between those who produce and those who live off of those who produce.  The philosophy of freedom simply adheres to the idea that men do not serve or become enslaved to those who produce nothing.  Anything else can only end in slavery.

Influence peddling is the bane of free men and they cannot coexist for long.  Simply look at the flow chart on this home page and it starts to make sense.  It is the reason every influence peddling nation in history has failed.  It is the reason we kicked out the kings.  It is the reason our government was constructed the way it was.  Most of all it is the reason we should weed our garden soon.  I hope this has given you an insight into how the manipulations of influence peddlers work.

One other thing to remember is that these same things generationally affect those who practice it.  Eventually they will come to believe that the bubble they live in is the truth and will cease to understand, empathize with, and/or appreciate things that can’t or won’t work for them.  The problem is that it is a bubble and a bubble is nothing but a lie that will burst once the truth is known.  That is a one of many good reasons that family dynasties should never be in charge of free people.  It is a reason why influence should be a limited service and not career.

The appreciation of freedom as Americans understand and practice it is singular in the world today.  Think long and hard about how that came about generationally and how you think it should be managed for the future and our children.  Many of these blog topics could be better understood by reading Common Sense V2.  The basic principles of what we have learned in the first generationally free nation in the world over the last three hundred years are discussed there in detail, though the book is short.  There is a link for Common Sense by Thomas Payne in the book blurb you might want to read with it.  His words are as true today as they were then.  We just know a great deal more about free people now and almost all of it the influence peddlers work daily to make sure you don’t know or understand.

Common sense is a subject that never ends… unless freedom ends and it doesn’t matter.  Thank you for your time and may you have a long, free, and prosperous life.

Understanding Americans

A long time ago I knew an elderly Asian gentleman who was well traveled and educated.  He had lived through world wars one and two.  He had lived in both China and Japan during the worst times and had to flee China with his family to avoid starvation during the days of Mao.  I have always been interested in understanding both of those countries as well as the United States.  When I asked how to understand Japan, China, and the United States he was quick to answer on the first two.  He said that if you understood tradition that China was an open book and that the same was true for Japan if you understood devotion as they do.

He paused, however, about the United States.  He said that from the point of view of most cultures the United States was a mystery.  Many theories were put forward but that none of them seemed to nail down a specific cultural element that was common and, therefore, they all fell short.   We are a melting pot that defies a specific path to understanding he declared.  All attempts had failed.  He and others simply could not find a path that was even remotely correct on a consistent basis.  That was the state of cultural anthropologists overseas at the time.

I wish he were still alive because many years later I think I have discovered it.  What they were missing was something that had never existed before.  The world had always been run by the same types until recently so they assumed that they were looking for something that had always existed.  They thought they were looking for one of the myriad historical cultural themes.  It was, however, right in front of them the whole time and even Americans, especially those in power, still miss or forget it even here at home on a regular basis.  To make it even harder for them is the fact that almost none of them understood what it means as Americans do.  It is called freedom.  If you understand freedom as Americans do you will understand America just as understanding tradition or devotion as the Chinese or Japanese do will give you and understanding of them.

That is especially true in current events today.  I have seen it in many elements of our society today but the most glaring example is the complete and utter lack of understanding and inability to explain the attraction of Donlad Trump and Ben Carson in the presidential primary campaign.  The reason they cannot understand is the same problem that plagued King George and Marie Antoinette.  They have been in an influence peddling bubble so long they no longer remember how free men think and live.

No matter where they go or what they do the influence peddlers live in a bubble.  Nothing ever changes.  They make deals with other influence peddlers.  They do nothing that doesn’t benefit them.  They never negotiate but instead create partisan dictatorships that tell people only what they want to hear long enough to stay in power.  They become the epitome of entitled and untouchable in a way no average free man would be allowed or respect.  They do nothing with courage unless it is without risk.  They say nothing unless their position is threatened.  They go along to get along.  They never truly negotiate.

Even the average pundit on television is only there because he has access to one of these bubbles and is highly influenced by and a proponent of that bubble.  Very few actual independent and common sense advocates of American freedom actually exist in the media.  It is no wonder they dominate the information that people are ‘allowed’.  The result is that they are as lacking in understanding and as surprised as those they tout.

The average American negotiates every day for a better future in one way or another.  What they see in Trump and Carson are negotiators.  They don’t expect them to never make mistakes or to never change their negotiating position (which they know is not a flip flop).  Americans have been marginalized by partisan dictatorships.  They are looking for someone to negotiate real representation for them.  They recognize a real negotiation because they are free men who work for a living and don’t live in an entitled bubble.  They are tired of being marginalized into unemployment and welfare for the sake of a voting block.  At that point they will be completely ignored and calling them stupid will be successful.  Americans are not stupid or crazy as King George called them.  They are free.  Their inclination towards outsiders today is simply the natural reaction of free people… not of stupid or crazy fringe groups.

Generations of freedom have created a mindset that can only be broken by importing voters who do not understand freedom.  It was easy to make immigration an issue because Americans are not stupid and inherently understand that their freedom and prosperity is at stake.  If you want to know what is at the root of the American disgust for influence peddlers you need look no further.  They get freedom.  It is the politicians, pundits, and other influence peddlers who forgot and were dumbfounded.  All you needed to ignite that fire was someone to come out and say it loud enough the influence peddlers couldn’t silence it.  Even Carly Fiorina managed to tap into it without being able to articulate it.  That is the only reason she is not up there with Trump and Carson.

The truth is that outside of the United States there is very little understanding of freedom as Americans understand it and live it.  The rest of the world has been run by influence peddlers since there were men.  America and freedom are new to the world and there has never been generational freedom before.  This is why we want people to ‘assimilate’.  It doesn’t happen over night.  Politicians are highly prone towards becoming entitled, becoming partisan, and to reverting to biz as usual (as it has been and is done in most most of the world for most of history), and to forgetting what it is to be a free American.

The day they forget that or start marginalizing it they have become influence peddlers.  Americans have instinctively recognized that since the days of King George and they are not only not stupid… they have long memories.  Generational and cultural memories.  They have now awakened a sleeping dog and it is quite possible that the old ways of party campaigning are over forever.  America is looking for real leaders.  If you want to read more about what that really is from an Americans point of view then read Common Sense V2.  The simple common sense fact is that influence peddlers have obtained far more sway than freedom can tolerate for long periods.  Americans are ending it.  The recent events are a long way from the last things the politicians and pundits will not be able understand or predict.

They have awakened a sleeping dog… they should pray they don’t get bit.

Thank you for your time and may you have a long, free, and prosperous life.

We're on the wrong track!

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Mr. Freeman's explanation how our society has ignored needs for wants is an eye opener for anyone who hasn't managed to notice how those who don't produce, but peddle opinion or favor, have taken our society from productive to dependent.

Common Sense

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A book of value to anyone who reads it. You won't be sorry.

A great book

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Its all about common sense.