The Psychology of Soft Slavery

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by Gary Z McGee

Editors Note: I have a particular interest in entrapment and slavery — having made a film about trafficking in 2007 called “The Jammed.” I thus add this article which was posted on Waking Times.

“When a public is stressed and confused, a big lie told repeatedly and unchallenged can become accepted truth.” ~George Orwell

The idea of slavery is one of those concepts that has the tendency to be uttered in black and white terms. But slavery is anything but black and white. There are many shades of gray that people tend to neglect, usually out of indifference, but also out of ignorance, or by side-stepping the idea as, “just the way things are.” It was a cop-out during the times of hard slavery and it’s a cop-out now, during these times of soft slavery.

Here’s the thing: hard slavery is overt, it’s apparent and self-evident. Nothing is hidden. Who the slave and the master are is very clear.

Soft slavery on the other hand, is covert. It is neither apparent, nor self-evident. Everything is hidden behind comfort, apathy, security, convenience, indifference, and the illusion of freedom. Who the slave and the master are is not clear, and is typically obscured by an unhealthy hierarchy that leads to public confusion between authority based on fear and authority based on free and transparent leadership, which in turn, can lead to a political cognitive dissonance and the pathetic stance of, “It’s just the way things are.”

The Modern Day House Slave

“History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.” ~Mark Twain

Unfortunately, the spirit of the times under the rule of statism, is one of soft slavery. Statists, living in a world ruled by nation states and deceived by the illusion of freedom, are more akin to the house slaves from the times of hard slavery than to free human beings.

The house slave of today is the typical state citizen just going through the motions, unaware of the extent of their own slavery. So caught up are they in the “rules” and the “laws” of the land, they cannot see how desperate their situation really is. And to the extent that they can see, cognitive dissonance kicks in to squash the uncomfortable information in order to keep the comfortable world view in tact. Indeed, the all too typical cognitive error of “It’s just the way things are,” gets them off the hook for having to do any real deep thinking and envelops them in a warm blanket of indifference.

Some might say I’m being too harsh in my judgement of the system, but I’m not one to pull punches. Had I lived during the times of hard slavery, I’d like to think I would have put my foot down and declares slavery immoral, rather than cop-out with the cowardly cliche: “It’s just the way things are.” Similarly, I put my foot down now, regarding the soft slavery of the modern era. People’s delicate sensibilities be damned!

Political Cognitive Dissonance

“Truth is a staff rejected.” ~Unknown

There is perhaps no more precarious an arena for cognitive error than the arena of politics, especially regarding civics and the psychology of power. This is because human beings are to the conditioning mechanisms of their own culture as fish are to water.

The difference? Humans can think abstractly. But such thought victimizes itself when it comes to cognitive dissonance; to the extent that new knowledge, even knowledge backed by solid evidence, is ignored in order to maintain a sense of comfort and security within the cultural milieu.

Maintaining comfort and security in one’s culture is just fine if that culture is healthy and not corrupt, but when it is both unhealthy and corrupt, such maintenance is tantamount to ignorance and one is more likely to become a victim of cognitive dissonance.

So what are we to do? How do we prevent political cognitive dissonance from making victims of us?

We begin by questioning things; rules, laws, cultural norms, even the truth as we know it. It requires getting uncomfortable. We must be able to dig down deep and question our political perceptions and weigh them against morality, health, freedom, and love. We must not be afraid of getting uncomfortable, even at the expense of our security.

Hell, even the house slave during the era of hard slavery had “comfort” and “security”. And so even now, the citizen living in the era of soft slavery should question both their comfort and their security.

The Difference Between Courage-Based Leadership and Fear-based Authority 

“We may have democracy or we may have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” –Louis Brandeis, Former Supreme Court Justice

Those with the courage to get uncomfortable despite the comfort and security of the state, tend to become leaders who question authority. People tend to think that anarchy means no rules and thus no leaders, but it really means no rulers and thus no masters. There are still rules, of course.

But those with the courage to question their culture’s politics realize that such rules are only valid if they are based on natural order, health, the golden rule, the golden mean, and the non-aggression principal.

Otherwise, tyranny and violence become the rule and Krishnamurti’s words become all the more poignant: “It’s no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

As it stands, we are suffering at the hands of fear-based authority the world over, due to the rampant overreach of nation states ruling over us using outdated laws that propagate a culture of soft slavery, which keeps the rich richer (powerful) and the poor, poorer (powerless). And behold, our soft slavery has become a plutocracy despite the free democracy we all yearn for.

True leaders question authority. Indeed, the leadership of a free people must be a courage-based leadership that dares to draw a line in the sand against fear-based authority. It’s not only freedom that hangs in the balance, but the future of our species.

If we cannot get over this evolutionary hump of statism and soft slavery, then we are doomed as a species and no better than unthinking fish, ignorant to the water they breathe.

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Comments

  1. So many great triggers in this article …

    “Humans can think abstractly”

    • What explains the rise of humans? – TED Talk by Yuval Noah Harari
    https://www.ted.com/talks/yuval_noah_harari_what_explains_the_rise_of_humans

  2. Can somenoe check please. Is there a reprint of 1984 with 75,000 copies ordered? If so, where?
    I am unable to do at this time.

  3. Thank you Gary – well written and with so many trigger moments.

    I’d like to get back on topic with other thoughts later but I just wanted to share the following as resources for others – a great deal of truth here.

    • “When a public is stressed and confused, a big lie told repeatedly and unchallenged can become accepted truth.”

    I mention Syria because there is no bigger lie told more often – except perhaps for the ongoing demonization of Russia.

    Syria would appear to be somewhat of a watershed, where the truth is now starting to get out (also refer recent visit by Tulsi Gabbard). Once those responsible are exposed AND held accountable, the rest of the deck of cards will surely crumble.

    • Syrian Ambassador Dr Bashar al Ja’afari to UN Address to Schiller Institute September 11 Memorial Conference
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3LTTbOYVfU

    Taken from this link which has the full text of his speech
    http://www.syrianews.cc/jaafari-schiller-institute-isil-centuries/

    Readers might also want to follow more from the Schiller Institute – especially Senator Richard Black (VA State)
    • VA State Senator Richard Black Addresses September 11 Memorial Schiller Conference
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FNtEWfay_8

    and this article elaborates some of the detail extremely well …
    • Who Needs an Army of 350,000 Wahhabi Terrorists?
    http://www.syrianews.cc/who-needs-an-army-of-350000-wahhabi-terrorists

  4. ‘The Man in Blue Giving Instructions to the Killer Car – You tube’

  5. My “hang on a minute” came with the revelation of the five dancing Israelis on 911 and their fortuitous positioning of their camera for the best view of what they totally didn’t know was coming…no sir, not us.

    • I was already starting to think about source of some of the YouTube footage at Flinders Street Stage after watch Peekaytruth.

      • Yes. Interesting.– yes. And indeed odd. I would imagine people would take video of “something happening” – and there are many angles. I noticed on one channel 7 or 9 video, they credited the footage in a subtitle as from: FACEBOOK: And a NAME.
        Now I can’t remember the name, but I did go to my Facebook account and enter the exact name — NOTHING. Not one profile in the name they credited.
        We must also remember that News Corp photographers — like Tony Gough, were on the scene. Was he going to the press conference on the portico of the Town Hall. He would have been running late as that started 1:15. Maybe he was to film the homeless people — which were the subject of the Mayor’s press conference. I sent him a polite email, asking him how he managed to be there. I did not get a response.

    • ‘No Sir ABC, we know noootthhhiink’.
      (Jonathan Fake Australian Broadcasting Commission)

  6. Gary, I hope that more people take on board what you are saying. From my own prospective, I started to become illuminated after reading and listening to David Icke. Then with more information from the internet supplied by various writers the truth seemed to meld itself into a definite pattern with knowledge from all those sources.

    Over that period of time, I believe more people are becoming aware of the truth. It is still a hard battle to get friends and relatives to even contemplate the idea that they are a slave to a crime syndicate. The usual answer is, what can you and I do about it anyway. My answer is become aware and don’t chide a person for trying to educate you.

    It appears that the ones most likely to reject this subject are younger people who have been university “educated”.

    • Dear Mal, aka Aussiemal, Your comment to Gary came in at 1.24pm and Gary’s came in at 2.45pm so I guess you were addressing the author Gary Z McGee. I think “Gary” is a person who has sent many good comments to Gumshoe, most recently the one that launched a thousand ships…

      I now address him.
      Dear Gary. You say you are thinking about the source of footage.
      Please elaborate, if you care to.
      I have generally been skeptical of almost all the Youtubes that use footage of Boston Marathon, as I have no idea who photographed it in the first place. Some are taken from an angle of a high building. You know there were no ordiary tourists up there.

      When you first told us about the blue man, were you using wide screen or something that made you focus on him? Dee is extremely good at seeing things on film but she did not happen to notice that one.

      As I mentioned in the Blueman thread today, I went to the scene of the donuts yesterday in Melbourne. No ordinary bloke could have monopolized that Donut area the way he did. It is an extemely crowded intersection.

      See Berry’s qq to Police which pretty well indicates YET ANOTHER STAGED CRIME. I am sooooo sick of this. And thanks for your many comments.

    • The Venus Project, Jacque Fresco has spent most of his long life dedicated to devising a better way for all humans to live fairly and comfortably without the need of a socio-economic system like we have now, https://www.thevenusproject.com/ it is worth reading about as it goes into much detail. He also has some hard to find videos of lectures he did that are worth trying to find.

      It’s about the best alternative to this current greedy destructive way of life we live now, which is totally unsustainable, despite what info most are feed on msm.

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