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Stefan Molyneux

Stefan Molyneux
  • 19756 posts

George Orwell wrote that, “The great enemy of clear language
is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims,
one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a
cuttlefish spurting out ink.”


You have probably heard confusing phrases like the trade
deficit, the falling dollar, the national debt, unfunded liabilities and so on,
which all sound vague and actuarial and vaguely - well, “not me.”


The reality behind these accounting phrases is perfectly


When someone -- a foreigner, say -- loans money to the
American government, what are they getting in return?


Well, they are getting promises of interest payments, and
eventual repayment of the principal.


Where does your government get this money?


The government is not a business; it does not generate
profits in the free market, so where does it get the money to repay its


Do you see where this is going?


Are you beginning to understand that it is not dollars that are being sold, or bonds,
or agency debt, or treasuries, or anything like that.


Where is your government going to get the money to pay off
its creditors?


It is not pieces of paper or contracts or computer bits that
are being sold.


There is only one thing that the government has to sell.


Governments have only one asset that they can use as


Your leaders are selling you.


When China lends $800 billion to your government, what they
get in return is a guarantee that $10,000 dollars -- plus interest -- will be
taken from your family at gunpoint and shipped overseas.


When a farmer gets a loan from a bank, he uses his livestock
as collateral. It is the milk and meat his cows will produce in the future that
he will use to pay off his loan.


The bank is buying a share in his cows.


You are the
livestock your leaders use as collateral.


The people that you cheer for and throw parades for and drop
balloons behind and donate money to are selling you to Chinese rulers, to the
Japanese, to the Nigerians, to South American drug lords with accounts in the
Caribbean banking centers, to Russia, to Korea, to Egypt, to Colombia, to
Chile, to the Philippines, to Malaysia -- and anyone else who is willing to give
them a few dollars in return for the blood, sweat and toil of your future.


The flag that you praise and the anthems that you sing and
the rulers that you weep and kneel before have as much loyalty to you as a
plantation owner had to his slaves.


And sadly, plantation slaves had more pride than we do.


Plantation slaves did not generally praise their masters for
selling them off, for auctioning off the lives, hopes, dreams and futures of
their own little children.


We can understand that cattle may lick the hand of the
farmer who lowers an axe to its neck, because cattle are dumb beast that cannot
comprehend their real relationship with the farmer, and his imminent plans for


What is our excuse?


When we chant “USA” “USA” “USA,” when we cheer and bow and
beg and scrape and sing and weep with joy that some new farmer now presides
over the wholesale dismantling and sale of our family’s future, when we love
with obsessive emptiness the leaders who laugh while they auction us off to
every tin pot dictator and stockbroker the world over, what is our excuse?


Has our pride been so broken that we lunge with pathetic joy
at every new silver tongued demagogue who pretends to care for us, even a tiny
little bit?




In the future, our children will ask why we knelt and
cheered as they were sold on the auctioneer’s block.


This video -- and my life’s work - is my answer to my child.


What’s yours?







http://www.treas.gov/tic/mfh.txt fstn





  • 1824 posts

Fantastic stuff. Don't forget "quantitative easing" in the confusing phrases section.

It IS monstrous. And the more people see the monstrosity, the better. Well done.

Greg Minton

Greg Minton
  • 1319 posts


In the future, our children will ask why we knelt and
cheered as they were sold on the auctioneer’s block.


This video -- and my life’s work - is my answer to my child.


What’s yours?







The whole thing's amazing, but I must say -- killer ending. [:D]

Johnathan Smithson

Johnathan Smithson
  • 346 posts

 OOOOOH that really clears things up

the debt is a promise to steal money from the taxbase in the future, up to the point when they are certain no more money can be stolen at which point the thing collapses

Thx Stef!

Stefan Molyneux

Stefan Molyneux
  • 19756 posts

a draft of the audio...



  • 1824 posts

a draft of the audio...


Ooo... that is utterly chilling.

Yes. This audio really drives home the point.



  • 14136 posts

I would like to recommend the following Roger Waters work, as background for this reading.

Just the right amount of anger and tension:


It's reminiscent of Jim Morrison.

Logic Fan

Logic Fan
  • 505 posts

wow. Amazing script.  [:)]

This is gonna be a great true news video.


  • 248 posts

This is really great.  Looking forward to it.


  • 338 posts

wow that was powerful havent even listened to the audio and i'm moved. Very strong and passionate i truly enjoyed it :)

Stefan Molyneux

Stefan Molyneux
  • 19756 posts

the video

high def



  • 675 posts

Stef, I thank you a thousand times for this video.

I have posted this video on every forum and social networking site in which I participate.

This video is so highly effective because it reveals the true nature of government without offending.  I have received many supportive, positive comments about the video on sites where it would have been censored or rebuked if it mentioned atheism or anarchy.

The editing, length, and dialog are perfect.  This video is brilliantly subversive and thought-provoking.  Thank you for your work!

Stefan Molyneux

Stefan Molyneux
  • 19756 posts

Thank you so much for posting the video around, and for your very kind words, I really do appreciate it, I also was very happy with how this video came out, though it took forever to put together!


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Why did you change the name?

Stefan Molyneux

Stefan Molyneux
  • 19756 posts

I got a number of comments that the name was a bit too obscure, and I think in hindsight they were right...


  • 13064 posts

Hmm, just my opinion but I don't think so, that's what subtitles are for. I loved the title, short, catchy, and not at all obscure when you consider human action.

m k

m k
  • 1 posts

 any state can set up it's own state-owned, non-profit, tax-free bank that is not attached to wall street parasites or the federal reserve.  Only North Dakota has done this (in 1919,  to protect the farms from the banks forclosing) and today, BND has $4b, no problem paying it;s bills, and 4% unemployment.  17 states now working for it.

This is the way to extricate ourselves from the too big to fail banks.  please check out public-banking .com , farid khavari for gov. in FL and Ellen Brown, Web of Debt

and help us spread the word


m k


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The whole thing's amazing, but I must say -- killer ending. /board/emoticons/emotion-2.gif

agree . . . :D

the ending is just marvelous .Kindle Wireless Reading Device


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Man is a magical being, but at some point in his history, he lost his freedom. Now his mind is no longer his own, it is an implant. Human beings are hostages to a group of cosmic entities who are devoted predators, known as 'flyers'.   The portion of the universe accessible to us is the operative field of two radically different kinds of awareness. One, which includes plants and animals, and also human beings, is a whitish awareness; it is young, a generator of energy. The other one is an infinitely older and more parasitic awareness, possessor of an immense quantity of knowledge.   Besides men and other beings that inhabit this Earth, there is in the universe an immense range of inorganic entities. They are present among us, and occasionally they are visible. We call them ghosts or apparitions. One of those species, which are described as enormous, black, flying shapes, arrived here at some point from the depths of cosmos, and found an oasis of awareness in our world. They have specialized in 'milking us'.   Have you never wondered about people's energetic and emotional ups and downs? It is the predator, who shows up periodically to pick up his quota of awareness. They only leave enough so that we may continue living, and sometimes not even that. Sometimes they take too much, and the person becomes gravely ill, and may even die.   They don't literally 'eat' us, what they do is a vibratory transfer. Awareness is energy and they can align with us. Since by nature they are always hungry, and we, on the other hand, exude light, the result of that alignment can be described as energy robbery.   They do it because, on the cosmic plane, energy is the most powerful currency, and we all want it, and we humans are a vital race, stuffed with nourishment. Every living being eats other beings, and the most powerful always comes out the winner. Who said man is at the top of the food chain? That idea could only have come from a human being. To inorganic beings, we are the prey.   Cosmic predators are no more and no less cruel than we are. When a stronger race consumes another, inferior one, it is helping its energy to evolve.   In the universe there is only war. The confrontations of men are a reflection of what happens out there.   They consume us through our emotions, properly directed by the internal dialogue. They have designed our social environment in such a way that we are constantly shooting off waves of emotions, which are immediately absorbed. Best of all, they like attacks of ego; for them, that is an exquisite mouthful. Such emotions are the same anywhere in the universe where they occur, and they have learned how to metabolize them.   Some consume us for our lust, anger, or fear; others prefer more delicate feelings, like love or fondness. But they are all after the same thing. Normally, they attack us around the area of the head, heart, or stomach, where we store the thickest part of our energy.   This happens without us realizing it because we inherit the exchange with those beings almost like a genetic condition, and it feels natural to us. When someone is born, the mother offers it like food, without realizing it, because her mind is also controlled. Baptizing the child is like signing an agreement. Starting from there, she devotes herself to install acceptable behavior patterns; she tames the child, reduces its warring side, and transforms it into a meek sheep.   The flyers' advantage stems from the difference between our levels of awareness. They are very powerful and vast entities; the idea that we have of them is equivalent to the one an ant will have of us.   However, their presence is painful and you can measure it in various ways. For example, when they provoke us into attacks of rationality or distrust, or when we are tempted to violate our own decisions. Lunatics can detect them very easily - too easily, I would say - since they feel physically how these beings settle on their shoulders, generating paranoia.   Suicide is the stamp of flyers, because the flyers' mind is potentially homicidal.   In exchange for our energy, the flyers have given us our mind, our attachments, and our ego. For them, we are not their slaves, but a kind of salaried workers. They bestowed these privileges on a primitive race and gave us the gift of thinking, which made us evolve; indeed, they have civilized us. If not for them, we would still be hiding in caves or making nests on treetops.   The flyers control us through our traditions and customs. They are the masters of religion, the creators of history. We hear their voice on the radio and we read their ideas in the newspapers. They manage all our means of information, and our belief systems.   For millennia, flyers have concocted plans to collectivize us. There was a time when they became so shameless that they were even seen in public, and people made representations of them in stone – the original gargoyles. Those were dark times; they were everywhere. But now their strategy has become so intelligent that we don't even know they exist.   In the past, they hooked us through our credulity, today, through our materialism. They are responsible for modern man's ambition not to have to think for himself; just observe how long somebody will tolerate silence!   They had to change their strategy because, at this time, they are running a great risk. Humanity is in very quick and constant contact, and information can reach anyone. Either they must fill our heads, bombarding us day and night with all kind of suggestions, or there will be some who will realize and warn the others.   If we were able to repel those entities, in one week we would recover our vitality and we would be shining again.   Our reason is a byproduct of the foreign mind, and we shouldn't trust it. What must be rejected is not the capacity of reason to reach conclusions, but the way it is imposed on our life as if it is the only alternative.   Rationality makes us feel like a solid block, and we begin to grant the greatest importance to concepts like 'reality'. When we face unusual situations, we tell ourselves: 'It is not reasonable', and it seems we have said everything there is to say.   The world of our mind is dictatorial, but fragile. After some years of continuous use, the self becomes so heavy that it is just common sense to give it a rest in order to continue ahead.   In matters of personality, the entire human race falls into three categories. We are not so complex as we think we are. We all belong to one of three categories.   People in the first class are the perfect secretaries, assistants, companions. They have a very fluid personality, but their fluidity is not nourishing. They are, however, serviceable, concerned, totally domestic, resourceful within limits, humorous, well mannered, sweet, delicate. In other words, they are the nicest people one could find, but they have one huge flaw: they can't function alone. They are always in need of someone to direct them.   With direction, no matter how strained or antagonistic that direction might be, they are stupendous. By themselves, they perish.   People in the second class are not nice at all. They are petty, vindictive, envious, jealous, self-centered. They talk exclusively about themselves and usually demand that people conform to their standards. They always take the initiative even though they are not comfortable with it. They are thoroughly ill at ease in every situation and never relax. They are insecure and are never pleased; the more insecure they become the nastier they are. Their fatal flaw is that they would kill to be leaders.   In the third category are people who are neither nice nor nasty. They serve no one, nor do they impose themselves on anyone. Rather they are indifferent. They have an exalted idea about themselves derived solely from daydreams and wishful thinking. If they are extraordinary at anything, it is at waiting for things to happen. They are waiting to be discovered and conquered and have a marvelous facility for creating the illusion that they have great things in abeyance, which they always promise to deliver but never do because, in fact, they do not have such resources.    Our enemy and master is called ‘flyer’ because it leaps through the air. It is not a pretty sight. It is a big shadow, impenetrably dark, a black shadow that jumps through the air. Then, it lands flat on the ground.   Man must have been a complete being at one point, with stupendous insights, feats of awareness that are mythological legends nowadays. And then everything seems to disappear, and we have now a sedated man.   What we have against us is not a simple predator. It is very smart, and organized. It follows a methodical system to render us useless. Man, the magical being that he is destined to be, is no longer magical. He's an average piece of meat. There are no more dreams for man but the dreams of an animal who is being raised to become a piece of meat: trite, conventional, imbecilic.   This predator, which, as I said, is an inorganic being, is not altogether invisible to us, as other inorganic beings are. I think as children we do see it and decide it's so horrific that we don't want to think about it. Children, of course, could insist on focusing on the sight, but everybody else around them dissuades them from doing so.   The flyer's mind has no concentration whatsoever.   You're being torn by an internal struggle. Down in the depths of you, you know that you are incapable of refusing the agreement that an indispensable part of you is going to serve as an incomprehensible source of nourishment to, naturally, incomprehensible entities. And another part of you will stand against this situation with all its might.   My parents just brought me into this world to be food, like themselves, and that's the end of the story. It’s the same for all of us.   The flyers' mind is in you too. It has been seriously injured though. It's trying its best to rearrange its relationship with you. But something in you is severed forever. The flyer knows that. The real danger is that the flyers' mind may win by getting you tired and forcing you to quit this puzzle by playing the contradiction between what it says and what I say.   You see, the flyers' mind has no competitors. When it proposes something, it agrees with its own proposition, and it makes you believe that you've done something of worth.   The flyers' mind will say to you that whatever this anonymous user is telling you is pure nonsense, and then the same mind will agree with its own proposition, 'Yes, of course, it is nonsense,' you will say. That's the way they overcome us.   The flyers are an essential part of the universe, and they must be taken as what they really are – awesome, monstrous. They are the means by which the universe tests us.   We are energetic probes created by the universe, and it's because we are possessors of energy that has awareness that we are the means by which the universe becomes aware of itself. The flyers are the implacable challengers. They cannot be taken as anything else. If we succeed in doing that, the universe allows us to continue.