Slave or Rebel? Ten Principles for Escaping the Matrix and Standing Up to Tyranny

From John Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute

“Until they become conscious, they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled, they cannot become conscious.”—George Orwell

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

It’s a shell game intended to keep us focused on and distracted by all of the politically expedient things that are being said—about militarized police, surveillance, and government corruption—while the government continues to frogmarch us down the road toward outright tyranny.

Unarmed citizens are still getting shot by militarized police trained to view them as the enemy and treated as if we have no rights. Despite President Obama’s warning that the nation needs to do some “soul searching” about issues such as race, poverty and the strained relationship between law enforcement and the minority communities they serve, police killings and racial tensions are at an all-time high. Just recently, in Texas, a white police officer was suspended after video footage showed him “manhandling, arresting and drawing his gun on a group of black children outside a pool party.”

Americans’ private communications and data are still being sucked up by government spy agencies. The USA Freedom Act was just a placebo pill intended to make us feel better without bringing about any real change. As Bill Blunden, a cybersecurity researcher and surveillance critic, points out, “The theater we’ve just witnessed allows decision makers to boast to their constituents about reforming mass surveillance while spies understand that what’s actually transpired is hardly major change.”
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dana - June 16th, 2015 at 3:20pm

I think the United States's citizens' lack of concern is the by-product of the brainwashing education system that is geared on producing generations of submissive non-thinkers. To break up this mono-generation of non-critical thinkers, we should allow more home schooling between ages 5 to 12 in cities and wherever possible--we need more diverse thinkers, and when you have people that think differently, they will act different. There will be some teaching requirements like standard math, science, the Constitution (this should be a required course), and American and world history--the rest are electives. We need to breaking up the monopoly of the sterile-superficial-market-education system. I was so disappointed when my friend's niece homework assignment was answering questions based on the "Hunger Game" movie! Really, how important was that movie? Not important at all, and the many students who did not see that movie had to rent it to complete their homework assignment. They are taught not to care about things that really matters in their lives and for this country.