Fruitcakes and Vocational Terrorism
For years, I've written about how the Grand Parasites use economic terrorism at the macro level to herd the masses this way and that. Important legislative decisions and elections are routinely swayed by strategically placed rumors of cliffs and collapses which will destroy us all if we fail to drive ourselves into their cages. At the individual level, however, control over behavior and attitudes were, in the recent past, expressed more subtly, taking the form of "well, I better just shut up at work/church/home/wherever and not make waves".
This subtle influence is the more benign end of a swath of influences over the individual which I like to call "vocational terrorism", which is the attempted destruction of a person's ability to earn a living by "outing" their nonconformist views to others, especially to their employers and clients. In a way, this is the modern version of starving a population by moving them off of their property so that they then lack the means of subsistence. Vocational terrorism is much more insidious and clever; the person still appears to be intact and in his home, for now, but his very soul and value to his family and others is hollowed out.
To the victim of this process, life itself becomes a living hell from which there are few escapes. Self-doubt creeps in, making the victim wonder whether they should have gotten involved at all. To observers of these victims, the lesson is unmistakable.
Live this experience as I have, and you will know exactly what I mean. Most people reading this have felt the pressure to just keep your mouth shut at work or around others lest you suffer this vague yet palpable horror.
This tool, a variant of the typical Socialist radical attack of personalizing the enemy, is so effective that it has begun to be wielded by petty tyrants in our midst who wish to silence their "enemies", which makes one wonder whether these individuals are just misguided, deliberately evil, or even on the payroll or otherwise under the influence of the Grand Parasites.
By their fruitcakes, ye shall know them.
Let me be clear. In this struggle, our allies are currently few and far between. If we have a problem with the attitudes or philosophies of others who are potential allies (in that they recognize that something has gone terribly wrong which needs correction), we should be working to overcome these philosophical differences with ideas. If we believe in rightful liberty, we should never work to destroy the personal lives of those with whom we disagree, or even find repugnant, especially against private citizens who have done nothing to harm anyone. We should recognize this destructive behavior in others around us, encourage them to stop this behavior, and, if they do not stop, recognize that people who habitually delight in the use of vocational and other forms of personalized terrorism represent a risk to each of us.
When one of our own delights in this behavior, does that not say something about his reliability in a crisis? If one of our own will use these tactics to silence his perceived enemies, when the consequences are still relatively benign, wrapping himself in the mantle of a patriot and using the words of liberty while so doing, is that person not a risk to you should you cross his imaginary lines of good and evil someday when the consequences are more dire? Are there any tools of destruction which such a person would consider off limits, or is that person more likely to "go nuclear", perhaps by even framing his victims with crimes?
"Outing" our anonymous fellows with clear intent to destroy their lives individually, rather than coaching them to enlightenment, is fundamentally perverse and wicked among people who say they believe in liberty, especially the liberty to say things which we might find repugnant. Who is more repugnant, someone with ideas we abhor, or someone who delights in attempting to destroy the lives of other people?
We never know what life experiences have led a man to his beliefs. In our twisted society in which good is bad, up is down and nothing we have been taught seems to be true, we can't fault a man for being angry and looking for someone to blame. We can fault ourselves, however, for throwing people under the bus rather than helping them improve their lives so that they can then think clearly and see the actual problem and adversary.
Some smart guy a couple of thousand years ago taught us this lesson, as I recall.
Because you never know when your ideas, no matter how noble they seem today, might also be considered repugnant to the media-controlled masses, each of us is a potential victim of vocational terrorism, whether by individual fruitcakes or fruitgov. Fortunately, there are things we can do to reduce our vulnerability, and by so doing, make us more powerful in the true cultural struggle which is revealing itself more and more each day. Here are some step-by-step actions each of us can take to build our individual economic fortresses:
a. For those of you who have already been victimized by vocational terrorism, the first thing to recognize is that it is not your fault. Our society is designed so that the victims learn to blame themselves to distract them from seeing the true enemy. By the time a man becomes "self aware", he is already vulnerable to attack. This is by design; it is not your fault. Nor is it your fault for not making yourself less vulnerable first; the lies you have been fed your entire life kept you from even seeing the danger in simple awareness and the desire to right wrongs.
Recognition of this fact, that you are not to blame but have been suckered into self-revelation before you were ready for the battle, is the cornerstone of your resistance. Embrace this cornerstone and build your fortress upon it.
b. Knowing the above, there is no shame in going dark for a while as you regroup and build your strengths. Let the enemy believe they have silenced you while you grow stronger, and use their attacks against you to help you find your weaknesses; turning them into strengths. Defense is a valuable tool for the tactician, the strategist, and the logistician alike.
c. Recognize that your best defense to vocational terrorism is to be so valuable to your customers, clients and employers that you not only are able to resist these attacks, but actually serve as an example to others around you that your way has merit should some fruitcake attempt to sway your associates against you. I've written at length about economic value elsewhere; in short, always be striving to improve the lives of those with whom you trade, including your employer.
d. Be a leader, especially in service. Are you one of those guys who spits in the cup at work because you like how it makes management uncomfortable? Is this your idea of liberty? Each of us has our own personal spit cups, including in-your-face talk about our political views at work. This behavior is counter-productive in many ways beyond the scope of this discussion; recruiting can take on many forms, but soap-boxing at work is one of the least effective. Besides, you are getting paid to make the organization, and especially your boss, more successful, not to advance your agenda.
At a practical level, if your boss or HR gets fruitcake emails, how these will be interpreted depend on your spit-cupping. Are they glad to have a chance to shed you, or are they confused because this nutty description they got just doesn't match the man they work with each day? And if they dig further, you might earn grudging respect for your being able to keep a wall of separation between your work performance and your free time activities. In this case, your own personal fruitcake will have just won you points by illustrating your self-discipline and emphasis on the mission of the organization. Nice. Feel free to even use these words when confronted.
Today, then, right now, man up and ditch your personal spit cup, whatever it is. Start leading in your organization and others, maybe even your boss, will follow. If not, you have lost nothing, but learned much.
e. Formulate your escape plan. Any of us can become more effective at work, but some unavoidable vulnerability remains in any job. This is why it is important to start transitioning your life into your own business, perhaps by consulting at whatever you were just doing as an employee, or changing what you do so that you can. Review my incorporation tips for some ideas of the mindset and rationale behind all this.
As with the traditional job, once you get more independent you can focus on making your clients more successful with you than they would be without you.
f. Change your lifestyle expectations. Be willing to live in a box if that is what it takes to free yourself and to reduce your vulnerability to vocational terrorism. Don't, however, take this to an extreme and turn it into another spit-cup by looking and acting like a derelict. You may not be able to afford a nice car, for example, but you can wash the one you have and clean out the trash. Learn how to do body work and make it obvious that you are into fixing up junkers as a hobby. If you have to live in a shack, tell people you are into renovating old houses, and then do it. Turn that cheap fixer-upper into a nice, uncluttered place that people can't wait to visit because they feel so good when they are there. No matter what your circumstances, turn your liabilities into assets by reframing the conversation. You might even pick up marketable skills this way.
One day, after you grow more successful and less vulnerable to attack, you'll be able to afford that nice car or truck and present a more successful image to your clients and business associates. Until then, present the most successful image you can with what you have.
g. To continue to evolve toward an independent force capable of taking effective action along any axis you decide important, broaden your client base and offerings (this is why that generic corporate name is so important). The more things you are into, and the more ways you add value to people's lives, the harder it is to attack you.
h. As you get more successful, anonymize your economic life by adding successive layers of entities and agreements that shield your income stream from detection or attack. This doesn't mean trying to shield your income stream from taxation: tent cities are full of people who work for cash and tax courts are full of people who tried to take on the Grand Parasites head-on. However, there are many more opportunities, and more lucrative opportunities, for legitimate businesses plugged into the tax system. The shielding I'm talking about is hiding your involvement in ways that only an official fruitcake could find. One way to do this is to be a silent partner in other businesses, adding value while taking your profits only when they succeed, and then working with them to make sure they do succeed by helping to remove obstacles from their path.
i. Once you are strong enough, form partnerships with other like-minds, perhaps by helping someone else up. This is a great way to anonymize, as well as increasing the power base for both of you. This way, you build a network of capable people who have influence in many areas, the implications of which are beyond the scope of this discussion.
In these cases, I let people know that I want to help them get stronger and more successful, not only business-wise but also in their personal strength, and that I expect that once they are strong and successful, that they will reach down and help others do the same. And then hold them to that. This is how true power starts, my friends.
j. Use social media as a tripwire. I know this guy who has a Facebook presence which only links to people who know him, trust him, and will alert him of potential attacks. Use other social media, including professional media, the same way, keeping your actual networks hidden and offline. If nothing else, this causes the fruitcakes to spin their wheels attacking your contacts, only to accomplish little other than letting you know they care.
The next steps I'll leave to your imagination, but you can see already that when you get to the level I've described, your relative power will be phenomenal, your influence perceptible yet unseen, and your vulnerability to vocational terrorism will be minimized. From this position of strength, the fruitcakes can flail at will, only exposing themselves as evil and petty allies of the Grand Parasites, dangerous only to the weak and helpless. Then reach out to those weak and helpless targeted for destruction, helping them to become strong and capable.
What I have described, then, is a different kind of prepping, one potentially more powerful than any other you can imagine as it facilitates all the rest, creating real power which can then be wielded in the cultural struggle.
And so we find ourselves living in a Petri dish of cultural evolution where the victims of economic terrorism of all kinds learn to adapt to the dangers, masking themselves and growing stronger. One day, the Grand Parasites who seek to destroy anyone who opposes them might find themselves facing an evolved economic organism, resistant to attacks, and fully aware of themselves, the enemy, and the opportunities which lie ahead.