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Occupy Wall Street Day 13



And in case you haven’t heard, that seemingly occupy everything worldwide of an event of Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together are still happening. And as far as I blagher know, today is Occupy Wall Street Day 13. And I know those Occupy Wall Street events are still happening because a ton of different Occupy Wall Street events that find themselves posted all over facebook and beyond says so. And Occupy Wall Street reads something like “All day occupation (possibly longer) of Wall Street to oppose in numbers the corruption, financial treachery, oligarchy, and forced debts imposed on us by an irresponsible and unapproachable Wall Street (world financial center) sister protests may also take place in similar California Financial Centers if enough interest is shown. This is a peaceful protest and violence will not be tolerated.” and also like “The Occupation Has Begun. Join us at Zuccotti Park (Liberty St & Trinity Place) in NYC beginning on September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices”.
And then there’s Nedslist. And I am not exactly blogger sure what Nedslist is, though it seems to be a mailing list that wants to arrive in that email inbox every week or so. And so this weeks Nedslist reads something like:

[Nedslist] 09/28/11: Corrente: Ms ExPat: Don’t be afraid to say revolution!‏

Dr. Cornel West was at Zuccotti Park last night, and Ms. ExPat got video of it. Here’s her account, but follow the link to her blogpost to see the video.

Also recommended today: Ralph Nader’s article in Counterpunch on drones.

http://www.correntewire.com/dont_be_afraid_to_say_revolution

Don’t Be Afraid to Say Revolution!

Wed, 09/28/2011 – 1:55am — MsExPat

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will smile from the grave/ And say, we movin’ step by step/ Toward what he called a revolution/Don’t be afraid to say, Revolution!”

“Cornel West is here”, Milcho said, as we were wandering through Zuccotti Park at dusk. The sky was gray and it smelled like rain; people here and there were securing food, medicine, bedding, under plastic tarps. Milcho, Wendy and Amy and I came to Wall Street together tonight. I am corralling everyone I know to come to the Park to see this live and without filters. And you who are reading this, and can get here should come too, for this is history, friends!

We walked over to the meeting area, and sure enough, there was the unmistakable corona of hair, the too-long white shirtcuffs. We followed him up to the meeting area, sat down. And then watched as tonight’s General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street unfolded:

It’s late, and I’m too tired to write this well, but as the 11th night of Occupy Wall Street closes, I note a couple of new things:

1. Demographics: Changing, indeed. More diverse, different ages. Some union people, college professors doing teach-ins, old lefties having a look-see. Also: the front line of the media has officially landed. Yesterday it was Michael Moore, today Susan Sarandon. Matt Taibbi says he’s visiting tomorrow. Moore is coming back tomorrow to film the General Assembly with Laurence O’Donnell for his MSNBC show. I think O’Donnell is a jerk, but if they just sit back and film the process of the meeting, that would be a real breakthrough in changing the MSM narrative, I think. Right now, most of the people I talk to in my daily life still think OWS is a hippie fest.

2. Cops: Now there are two kinds of blue shirts on the scene–the regular patrol cops, and the (kinder, gentler) Community liason cops in royal blue polo shirts. No white shirts. When the community police are around, you know someone is worried about image. What this says to me is that the city’s decided that more violence would be really bad for optics.

3. The Organization–continues to dazzle! After West’s remarks, the meeting began with reports from Outreach Committees (they’ve teamed up with an important black radio station in Philadelphia for Occupy Philly, and they’re going to support the Verizon worker’s union strike), from the Medics who’ve started a counseling service, from techies who are doing Linux and open source teach-ins, and from the Laundry Committee, who’ve washed everything. They’ve even organized morning tours of Wall Street, which they’re offering free to passing tourists!

The most interesting report though was from the committee that’s drafting Demands. This is the big media sticking point (“But What Do They Want? There’s No Unified Message!”).

The group is going to use the next few days to talk about demands. And then here’s what they’ll do: on Friday, they will spread blank sheets of white paper all across the park. Some will have topic headings, some will be all blank. Magic markers will then be distributed, and everyone will write, in large letters, the issues and goals they think are most important. If you agree with someone’s poster, you can put a “Check”.

Fascinating! It is actually rather Chinese in technique. It reminds me of the student Big Character Posters that appeared in Tienanmen Square.

After the writing exercise, they’ll collect all the papers and collate them into a larger online manifesto, which can then be debated/modified/changed online in a Wikipedia-style collaboration.

4. Location, location location: It’s becoming clearer that the choice of New York City, as opposed to say, Washington DC, for the launch of this effort, was genius. For what it says is, of course, that this movement is not about the US government. The real enemy is the Financial-Bankster complex. I have not heard or seen any mention of any political candidate or party inside the Park. Forget “post-partisan”–that was so 2008. This is a post-party movement. It is what we Correntians have been waiting for–but not in the form we expected!

5. Obama is dead, dead, dead. Really. These young people were his eager troops. And they’ve moved on. Way on. The talk on the ground is not about elections anymore. It’s about transforming society.

That’s it for now. I urge all of you who can to come to Wall Street if you possibly can make it. This is one of those moments when time seems to hover and pause, and focus is laser-sharp. It’s a rare moment of collective creativity. Who could have guessed it would bloom now?

And those photos that are posted above, well they just seem to Occupy Wall Street speak for themselves. And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State? Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind.
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Occupy Wall Street Day 11


Hey yet again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blog. And today is Occupy Wall Street Day 11, I think. And I know that today is Occupy Wall Street Day 11 and that that Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together are still happening because all of those posts posted all over the internet and beyond and this We are the 99% Solidarity March with #occupywallstreet facebook event and that Press Conference On Police Misconduct Against Occupy Wall St. Protests Facebook event says so. And that description for that facebook event reads like “We the 99% will not be silent and we will not be intimidated. This Saturday thousands more of us will march together as one to show that it is time that the 99% are heard.” And the description of that other Facebook event reads something like “All day occupation (possibly longer) of Wall Street to oppose in numbers the corruption, financial treachery, oligarchy, and forced debts imposed on us by an irresponsible and unapproachable Wall Street (world financial center) sister protests may also take place in similar California Financial Centers if enough interest is shown. This is a peaceful protest and violence will not be tolerated.” And also another Occupy Wall Street Facebook event that reads something like “The Occupation Has Begun. Join us at Zuccotti Park (Liberty St & Trinity Place) in NYC beginning on September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices”. And those photos that are posted above, well they just seem to Occupy Wall Street speak for themselves. And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State? Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind.
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Trade This Stock

And as far as I blogger know from those headline news of the day, the economy seems as if it wants to have one of those everything must go going out of business sales and Wall Street wants to be occupied with the ninety nine percent people. And even in the midst of these headline news, I still find myself blogging about the phrases Online Trading, Online Broker and Stock Trading for some reason or a blogging another. And if you happen to be looking to trade those stocks online, you can trade them at Firstrade. They are a website where you can find online stock trading, mobile trading, mutual funds, stock trading, bonds, CDs, retirement accounts and just about anything when it comes to the stock market and wall street. And so what else is there that I can say about that word money that has not already been said in money blogger time. Well, with the invention of all things internet, one can now trade those stocks and more without ever having to leave home, or at least without ever having to leave one of those computers, as now finding those online brokers and more can be just a website visit away.
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Occupy Wall Street Day 8


Hey again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blog. And so I was wondering how that Occupy Wall Street Day 8 in that city of New York and that Occupy Together in those cities of Chicago, Cleveland, Michigan, Kansas City, Minnesota, Los Angeles, San Diego, Nebraska and who knows where else are doing. And those descriptions of Occupy Wall Street reads something like “All day occupation (possibly longer) of Wall Street to oppose in numbers the corruption, financial treachery, oligarchy, and forced debts imposed on us by an irresponsible and unapproachable Wall Street (world financial center) sister protests may also take place in similar California Financial Centers if enough interest is shown. This is a peaceful protest and violence will not be tolerated.” and also like “The Occupation Has Begun. Join us at Zuccotti Park (Liberty St & Trinity Place) in NYC beginning on September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices”. And the description of that YouTube video reads something like “Three years after Lehman’s collapse, hundreds of protesters gathered to ‘Occupy Wall Street’, forcing the NYPD to close some streets.” And so now with all things internet I guess I have a web 2.0 social media user generated content idea of how Occupy Wall Street Day 8 is going according to that YouTube video that finds itself posted above. And that video seems to Occupy Wall Street speak for itself. Occupy Wall Street worldwide. And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State? Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind.
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Occupy Wall Street Day 5



Hey yet again bloggers, or whoever could be reading this blog. And Adbusters says that Occupy Wall Street day 5 is still happening. And I know Occupy Wall Street day 5 still happening because these facebook photos, this live blog for occupy wall street and that YouTube video that finds itself posted above says so. And according to some of those event descriptions it is an “All day occupation (possibly longer) of Wall Street to oppose in numbers the corruption, financial treachery, oligarchy, and forced debts imposed on us by an irresponsible and unapproachable Wall Street (world financial center) sister protests may also take place in similar California Financial Centers if enough interest is shown. This is a peaceful protest and violence will not be tolerated.” and also “The Occupation Has Begun. Join us at Zuccotti Park (Liberty St & Trinity Place) in NYC beginning on September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices”. And the description of one of those YouTube videos reads something like “Three years after Lehman’s collapse, hundreds of protesters gathered to ‘Occupy Wall Street’, forcing the NYPD to close some streets.” And that video seems to Occupy Wall Street speak for itself. And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State? Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind.
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Occupy Wall Street

Hey Bloggers, or whoever could be reading this blog. Wall Street is closed, I think… as protesters march to Occupy Wall Street. And I know Wall Street is occupied because this facebook event and that CNN Money, Wall Street closed as protesters YouTube video that finds itself embedded disabled by request and not posted above, or is it posted above, says so. And the description of that Facebook event reads something like “All day occupation (possibly longer) of Wall Street to oppose in numbers the corruption, financial treachery, oligarchy, and forced debts imposed on us by an irresponsible and unapproachable Wall Street (world financial center) sister protests may also take place in similar California Financial Centers if enough interest is shown. This is a peaceful protest and violence will not be tolerated.” And also another Occupy Wall Street Facebook event that reads something like “The Occupation Has Begun. Join us at Zuccotti Park (Liberty St & Trinity Place) in NYC beginning on September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices”. And the description of that YouTube video reads something like “Three years after Lehman’s collapse, hundreds of protesters gathered to ‘Occupy Wall Street’, forcing the NYPD to close some streets.” And that video seems to Occupy Wall Street speak for itself. And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State? Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind.
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Hey again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blog. And if I must blogger say, that economy thing sure has been in the news a lot lately with headlines reading something like America is in debt, the world is going broke, the economy is tanking and everyone seems as if they want to have one of those going out of business everything must go sales and the Federal Reserve and Treasury can’t seem to print up enough money fast enough to cover it all, or something like that. And so with that thought in mind, I find myself blogging about the phrases online trading, online brokers and IRA accounts for some reason or another. And if you happen to be looking for these phrases in in the midst of this recession impending depression of an economy, then good for you, I guess, as these trade your way all the way to the bank phrases can still be found in these seemingly gloom and doom economic times with just a website visit away.
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The Passport


And so this seems to be yet another one of those recycle this blog posts that I find myself posting on this blog every so often these days…
For what reason is the number of that passport immigration law that prohibits freedom of travel amongst humanity anywhere on planet earth, and that Section 666 Social Security Act, cashless society, national I.D., the number of your name to receive any state services and everything else in between thing, 666? Is this that save no man that he may buy or sell except that he have the mark of the beast thing in the book of Revelations. Is this written in prophecy somewhere. Did George Orwell or Nostradamus predict this? Is that a coincidence or on purpose that this law has the same number of that beast thing. And who or what is the beast, and what is that mark on ones right hand or forehead. What does that mark represent or mean, if anything. And what’s up with that UPC bar code photo that I placed in this blog entry. And for what reason do all universal product codes contain this number. What the heck does that mean? Is that the number of the beast, the number of man? And what’s that New World Order, Verichip and RFID tag thing all about. Big Brother, Brave New World and technology are here and that’s a whole another blog posting. And I have heard so many green card immigration nightmare stories about green card marriages, lotteries and green card everything else in between. Of people leaving a country and not being able to return for whatever reason. And the stories of loss of life while crossing a border, whether by land or sea. And for what reason are there boarders, divisions, restrictions, barriers and territories of land in this world. And for what reason are people not free to travel anywhere in the world without the permission of someone else. Who invented this concept. Is it possible to undo this passport, visa, citizenship, where are your papers to come here law so that everyone can be free to travel anywhere in this world. For what reason does this concept exist. And who is a foreigner. Aren’t we all strangers in this land. Is another world possible. No one is free when others are oppressed. It is Sunday today, day of God, a day of rest. Or is that Saturday, the Sabbath, Sabado. And what does this have to do with a No Police State?
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Profit

And so this posts seems as if it has something to do with money, gold. And I have heard it said that power and authority breeds corruption. And I have also heard it said that for the love of money is the root of all evil and while some have coveted after they have pierced themselves through with many arrows and sorrows. And what profit does a man have if he gains the whole world and loses his soul. Or something like that. And if only it were possible to exist in life on planet earth for free without that constant struggle for having to attain that thing called money just to exist. And so this post happens to be about Wicked Profits of which I guess has something to do with making money in a pyramid of capitalist society, maybe. And what does that word capitalism mean anyway? And so what else is there that I can say about this word profit that has not already been said in time, except profit also seems as if it has something to do with the money market, wall street and the stock exchange, and also that film “Money Never Sleeps”. And if you happen to be looking for those wicked profits, finding them can be just a website visit away.
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10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job

Now this is one interesting post I came across on facebook in my facebookaholicness on one of those Sunday day of the sun, day of rest days. So interesting, that I thought to repost it. And though it could read like some novel about entrepreneurship, this is one of those website posts that seems as if it wants to speak for itself, maybe.

10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job

Just for fun I recently asked Erin, “Now that the kids are in summer school, don’t you think it’s about time you went out and got yourself a job? I hate seeing you wallow in unemployment for so long.”

She smiled and said, “Wow. I have been unemployed a really long time. That’s weird… I like it!”

Neither of us have had jobs since the ’90s (my only job was in 1992), so we’ve been self-employed for quite a while. In our household it’s a running joke for one of us to say to the other, “Maybe you should get a job, derelict!”

It’s like the scene in The Three Stooges where Moe tells Curly to get a job, and Curly backs away, saying, “No, please… not that! Anything but that!”

It’s funny that when people reach a certain age, such as after graduating college, they assume it’s time to go out and get a job. But like many things the masses do, just because everyone does it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. In fact, if you’re reasonably intelligent, getting a job is one of the worst things you can do to support yourself. There are far better ways to make a living than selling yourself into indentured servitude.

Here are some reasons you should do everything in your power to avoid getting a job:

1. Income for dummies.

Getting a job and trading your time for money may seem like a good idea. There’s only one problem with it. It’s stupid! It’s the stupidest way you can possibly generate income! This is truly income for dummies.

Why is getting a job so dumb? Because you only get paid when you’re working. Don’t you see a problem with that, or have you been so thoroughly brainwashed into thinking it’s reasonable and intelligent to only earn income when you’re working? Have you never considered that it might be better to be paid even when you’re not working? Who taught you that you could only earn income while working? Some other brainwashed employee perhaps?

Don’t you think your life would be much easier if you got paid while you were eating, sleeping, and playing with the kids too? Why not get paid 24/7? Get paid whether you work or not. Don’t your plants grow even when you aren’t tending to them? Why not your bank account?

Who cares how many hours you work? Only a handful of people on this entire planet care how much time you spend at the office. Most of us won’t even notice whether you work 6 hours a week or 60. But if you have something of value to provide that matters to us, a number of us will be happy to pull out our wallets and pay you for it. We don’t care about your time — we only care enough to pay for the value we receive. Do you really care how long it took me to write this article? Would you pay me twice as much if it took me 6 hours vs. only 3?

Non-dummies often start out on the traditional income for dummies path. So don’t feel bad if you’re just now realizing you’ve been suckered. Non-dummies eventually realize that trading time for money is indeed extremely dumb and that there must be a better way. And of course there is a better way. The key is to de-couple your value from your time.

Smart people build systems that generate income 24/7, especially passive income. This can include starting a business, building a web site, becoming an investor, or generating royalty income from creative work. The system delivers the ongoing value to people and generates income from it, and once it’s in motion, it runs continuously whether you tend to it or not. From that moment on, the bulk of your time can be invested in increasing your income (by refining your system or spawning new ones) instead of merely maintaining your income.

This web site is an example of such a system. At the time of this writing, it generates about $9000 a month in income for me (update: $40,000 a month as of 10/31/06), and it isn’t my only income stream either. I write each article just once (fixed time investment), and people can extract value from them year after year. The web server delivers the value, and other systems (most of which I didn’t even build and don’t even understand) collect income and deposit it automatically into my bank account. It’s not perfectly passive, but I love writing and would do it for free anyway. But of course it cost me a lot of money to launch this business, right? Um, yeah, $9 is an awful lot these days (to register the domain name). Everything after that was profit.

Sure it takes some upfront time and effort to design and implement your own income-generating systems. But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel — feel free to use existing systems like ad networks and affiliate programs. Once you get going, you won’t have to work so many hours to support yourself. Wouldn’t it be nice to be out having dinner with your spouse, knowing that while you’re eating, you’re earning money? If you want to keep working long hours because you enjoy it, go right ahead. If you want to sit around doing nothing, feel free. As long as your system continues delivering value to others, you’ll keep getting paid whether you’re working or not.

Your local bookstore is filled with books containing workable systems others have already designed, tested, and debugged. Nobody is born knowing how to start a business or generate investment income, but you can easily learn it. How long it takes you to figure it out is irrelevant because the time is going to pass anyway. You might as well emerge at some future point as the owner of income-generating systems as opposed to a lifelong wage slave. This isn’t all or nothing. If your system only generates a few hundred dollars a month, that’s a significant step in the right direction.

2. Limited experience.

You might think it’s important to get a job to gain experience. But that’s like saying you should play golf to get experience playing golf. You gain experience from living, regardless of whether you have a job or not. A job only gives you experience at that job, but you gain ”experience” doing just about anything, so that’s no real benefit at all. Sit around doing nothing for a couple years, and you can call yourself an experienced meditator, philosopher, or politician.

The problem with getting experience from a job is that you usually just repeat the same limited experience over and over. You learn a lot in the beginning and then stagnate. This forces you to miss other experiences that would be much more valuable. And if your limited skill set ever becomes obsolete, then your experience won’t be worth squat. In fact, ask yourself what the experience you’re gaining right now will be worth in 20-30 years. Will your job even exist then?

Consider this. Which experience would you rather gain? The knowledge of how to do a specific job really well — one that you can only monetize by trading your time for money – or the knowledge of how to enjoy financial abundance for the rest of your life without ever needing a job again? Now I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have the latter experience. That seems a lot more useful in the real world, wouldn’t you say?

3. Lifelong domestication.

Getting a job is like enrolling in a human domestication program. You learn how to be a good pet.

Look around you. Really look. What do you see? Are these the surroundings of a free human being? Or are you living in a cage for unconscious animals? Have you fallen in love with the color beige?

How’s your obedience training coming along? Does your master reward your good behavior? Do you get disciplined if you fail to obey your master’s commands?

Is there any spark of free will left inside you? Or has your conditioning made you a pet for life?

Humans are not meant to be raised in cages. You poor thing…

4. Too many mouths to feed.

Employee income is the most heavily taxed there is. In the USA you can expect that about half your salary will go to taxes. The tax system is designed to disguise how much you’re really giving up because some of those taxes are paid by your employer, and some are deducted from your paycheck. But you can bet that from your employer’s perspective, all of those taxes are considered part of your pay, as well as any other compensation you receive such as benefits. Even the rent for the office space you consume is considered, so you must generate that much more value to cover it. You might feel supported by your corporate environment, but keep in mind that you’re the one paying for it.

Another chunk of your income goes to owners and investors. That’s a lot of mouths to feed.

It isn’t hard to understand why employees pay the most in taxes relative to their income. After all, who has more control over the tax system? Business owners and investors or employees?

You only get paid a fraction of the real value you generate. Your real salary may be more than triple what you’re paid, but most of that money you’ll never see. It goes straight into other people’s pockets.

What a generous person you are!

5. Way too risky.

Many employees believe getting a job is the safest and most secure way to support themselves.

Morons.

Social conditioning is amazing. It’s so good it can even make people believe the exact opposite of the truth.

Does putting yourself in a position where someone else can turn off all your income just by saying two words (“You’re fired”) sound like a safe and secure situation to you? Does having only one income stream honestly sound more secure than having 10?

The idea that a job is the most secure way to generate income is just silly. You can’t have security if you don’t have control, and employees have the least control of anyone. If you’re an employee, then your real job title should be professional gambler.

6. Having an evil bovine master.

When you run into an idiot in the entrepreneurial world, you can turn around and head the other way. When you run into an idiot in the corporate world, you have to turn around and say, “Sorry, boss.”

Did you know that the word boss comes from the Dutch word baas, which historically means master? Another meaning of the word boss is “a cow or bovine.” And in many video games, the boss is the evil dude that you have to kill at the end of a level.

So if your boss is really your evil bovine master, then what does that make you? Nothing but a turd in the herd.

Who’s your daddy?

7. Begging for money.

When you want to increase your income, do you have to sit up and beg your master for more money? Does it feel good to be thrown some extra Scooby Snacks now and then?

Or are you free to decide how much you get paid without needing anyone’s permission but your own?

If you have a business and one customer says “no” to you, you simply say “next.”

8. An inbred social life.

Many people treat their jobs as their primary social outlet. They hang out with the same people working in the same field. Such incestuous relations are social dead ends. An exciting day includes deep conversations about the company’s switch from Sparkletts to Arrowhead, the delay of Microsoft’s latest operating system, and the unexpected delivery of more Bic pens. Consider what it would be like to go outside and talk to strangers. Ooooh… scary! Better stay inside where it’s safe.

If one of your co-slaves gets sold to another master, do you lose a friend? If you work in a male-dominated field, does that mean you never get to talk to women above the rank of receptionist? Why not decide for yourself whom to socialize with instead of letting your master decide for you? Believe it or not, there are locations on this planet where free people congregate. Just be wary of those jobless folk — they’re a crazy bunch!

9. Loss of freedom.

It takes a lot of effort to tame a human being into an employee. The first thing you have to do is break the human’s independent will. A good way to do this is to give them a weighty policy manual filled with nonsensical rules and regulations. This leads the new employee to become more obedient, fearing that s/he could be disciplined at any minute for something incomprehensible. Thus, the employee will likely conclude it’s safest to simply obey the master’s commands without question. Stir in some office politics for good measure, and we’ve got a freshly minted mind slave.

As part of their obedience training, employees must be taught how to dress, talk, move, and so on. We can’t very well have employees thinking for themselves, now can we? That would ruin everything.

God forbid you should put a plant on your desk when it’s against the company policy. Oh no, it’s the end of the world! Cindy has a plant on her desk! Summon the enforcers! Send Cindy back for another round of sterility training!

Free human beings think such rules and regulations are silly of course. The only policy they need is: “Be smart. Be nice. Do what you love. Have fun.”

10. Becoming a coward.

Have you noticed that employed people have an almost endless capacity to whine about problems at their companies? But they don’t really want solutions – they just want to vent and make excuses why it’s all someone else’s fault. It’s as if getting a job somehow drains all the free will out of people and turns them into spineless cowards. If you can’t call your boss a jerk now and then without fear of getting fired, you’re no longer free. You’ve become your master’s property.

When you work around cowards all day long, don’t you think it’s going to rub off on you? Of course it will. It’s only a matter of time before you sacrifice the noblest parts of your humanity on the altar of fear: first courage… then honesty… then honor and integrity… and finally your independent will. You sold your humanity for nothing but an illusion. And now your greatest fear is discovering the truth of what you’ve become.

I don’t care how badly you’ve been beaten down. It is never too late to regain your courage. Never!

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