"I recently read your interview with the Penn State Young Americans for Freedom. Interestingly, I just left college at the end of this past fall semester as a means to pursuing a completely free life and consciousness. I was actually contemplating writing a book (or possibly report) from a recent student/dropout's perspective on "higher education" and how it is the ultimate capstone to a childhood of brainwashing and enfeeblement." -- "Mike Williams"
"Education rears disciples, imitators, and routinists, not pioneers of new ideas and creative geniuses. The schools are not nurseries of progress and improvement, but conservatories of tradition and unvarying modes of thought." -- Ludwig von Mises
"The plain fact is that education is itself a form of propaganda -- a deliberate scheme to outfit the pupil, not with the capacity to weigh ideas, but with a simple appetite for gulping ideas ready-made. The aim is to make 'good' citizens, which is to say, docile and uninquisitive citizens." -- H.L. Mencken
"One major problem in the world today, and this applies especially to "educated" people, is that they are not really very smart. Actually "smart" is not the right word. What I am trying to say is that they are not very perceptive and suffer from a marked inability to look and see things as they actually are. The reason for this is that they are the most familiar with the ideas and notions of the times, having been thoroughly "educated" into these notions and ideas. This "education" generally acts to create a set of cultural or "professional" blinders which prevents the "educated" person from viewing or understanding anything outside of the current "professional" framework which they have been indoctrinated into. It's not that they lack and need more knowledge, but that the knowledge which they do have, in itself, acts to prevent them from being able to view and understand anything outside their often limited framework of beliefs and attitudes - a framework which they assume to be be all-inclusive and often quite perfect. The rest of the culture goes along with everything they promote as "facts" and "truth" because these viewpoints and attitudes tend to be everywhere - newspapers,
magazines, TV, schools and colleges." [emphasis added] -- Gene Zimmer
"Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education." -- Bertrand Russell
Interview between John Preston of the Penn State University Young Americans for Freedom
and Frederick Mann of Free World Order:
Mr. Mann, With your consent, I would like to conduct an
interview over e-mail with you for the Pennsylvania State University Young Americans for
Freedom newsletter. I think a celebrity like yourself could offer a great viewpoint for
such a publication, and I'm sure many students would benefit from reading your ideas.
Also, the publication would be an excellent way to advertise your activities, most notably
your website http://www.buildfreedom.com. I'll
ask some questions, and you can e-mail me back the questions with your answers. Keep in
mind you may omit any questions you object to. I would appreciate your responses, and will
do very little editing of them.
Frederick Mann is an entrepreneur involved with several
successful businesses, the author of The Economic Rape of
America as well as many practical and useful reports, and the founder of the Free
World Order, also known as Build Freedom.
PSYAF (John Preston): In your web site you
advocate "building" freedom instead of fighting tyranny or fighting for freedom.
Can you explain what you mean by building freedom?
Mann: One of the basic ideas of building
freedom is that the power of tyrants depends on the support they receive from their
victims. In general, such support takes the forms of victims paying taxes to the tyrants,
victims obeying the tyrants, victims providing information about themselves to the
tyrants, victims allowing themselves to be controlled and regulated by the tyrants,
victims demanding and utilizing "services" provided by the tyrants, and victims
participating in tyrant elections.
Another basic idea of building freedom is that when you
oppose something, there's often an almost automatic reaction to increase the force against
the opposition. The extreme manifestation of this phenomenon is "enemies have to be
crushed." The Waco massacre was an example.
By building freedom I mean that individuals remove their
support from tyrants and tyrant systems to the extent they practically can. They exit
tyrant systems to the extent they can get away with. They learn to live free in an unfree
world as far as possible. They create their own freedom.
Living free requires what I call freedom technology, which
basically consists of the practical knowledge, methods, and skills to outwit tyrants and
run rings around them, to organize your life and affairs so tyrants leave you alone.
Freedom technology includes the means to defend yourself with minimal effort when attacked
by tyrants. If a cop pulls you over, you want to handle the situation with least risk to
yourself and have the cop let you go as soon as possible. If a tyrant sends you a
threatening letter, the ideal is to respond with one letter that induces that tyrant to
leave you alone in order to pursue other victims who are easier prey.
A further aspect of building freedom is the creation of
institutions that make it easier, more convenient, and safer for individuals to live free.
Examples are in areas such as transacting and banking free from tyrant knowledge and
control, business institutions that don't steal part of your earnings to hand over to
tyrants, alternative health care, alternative energy systems, alternative communication
systems, etc. The Internet is the best example of an institution that makes it much easier
for individuals to earn a livelihood while living free.
PSYAF: If I understood correctly, you
implied that participating in political elections supports the tyrants. Do you also think
that the Libertarian Party should be disbanded and libertarians shouldn't vote?
Mann: For the purpose of this interview, I
distinguish two levels of promoting freedom. So far I've been talking about level two:
withdrawing support from tyrants and living free. Unfortunately, operating at this level
seems so unrealistic to many freedom lovers that it's very difficult for them to even
For most freedom lovers it's appropriate to operate at what
I call level-one freedom. This is the level where you learn about freedom philosophy and
principles, try to educate others about freedom, support the Libertarian Party, and so
forth. This is the most important level of promoting freedom, because it's the best way to
reach the masses.
Level one is also where freedom lovers campaign on issues
such as preventing Internet censorship, stopping the "know-your-customer" bank
regulations, fighting the FDA, campaigning for hemp legalization, and so forth.
Although I personally devote most of my time to level-two
freedom, I do also support the Libertarian Party.
PSYAF: What prompted you to create the
Free World Order?
Mann: It's an intended antidote to
"New World Order."
PSYAF: Why did you choose the Latin phrase
Mann: Actually, I think in proper Latin it
would be something like "Build Libera," but "Build Freedom" sounded
better to me. Build Freedom is used to indicate "Free Earth."
Individuals, to the extent they have freed themselves, are
part of Build Freedom or the Free World Order. The Internet and other freedom institutions
are part of Build Freedom or the Free World Order.
I distinguish three economic sectors: public, private, and
real free enterprise. The "public" sector is basically the coercive or
"master" sector. Their primary modes of behavior are violence, threat of
violence, deception, fraud, and brainwashing.
The "private" sector is basically a kind of
"slave" sector controlled by the "master" public sector. However,
there are "masters" in the private sector who "buy" public-sector
tyrants in order to receive special privileges such as monopoly licenses, tariff
protection, subsidies, etc. Many private-sector tyrants steal part of the earnings of
their workers to hand over to public-sector tyrants. From the point of view of building
freedom, the private sector is as much an enemy of freedom as the public sector.
The real free-enterprise sector is based on property
rights, voluntary association and exchange, and is essentially free from coercion and
tyranny. Economic activity free from fraud and coercion constitutes Build Freedom or Free
World Order. As individuals free themselves, they shift more of their economic activities
into the real free-enterprise economy. I call this the "Build Freedom Shift." It's
an essential aspect of building freedom.
PSYAF: In your web site, you include many
topics ranging from tax relief to health improvement? Why do you cover such a broad range
Mann: Freedom can be regarded as the range
of positive, desirable options individuals have available to them. One of those options is
to own the fruits of your labor to dispose of as you wish (provided you don't harm
If you're ill in bed, your range of desirable options is
curtailed; you're less free. Building freedom includes optimizing your health and fitness.
PSYAF: the Young Americans for Freedom and
the ACLU are hosting a debate on affirmative action at Pennsylvania State University. Can
you enlighten our readers as to where you stand on affirmative action?
Mann: As I see it from an admittedly
oversimplified perspective, affirmative action involves the tyrant stealing from Paul to
pay Peter, because in the past both Paul and the tyrant stole from Peter. Affirmative
action tends to make the "beneficiaries" more dependent on handouts from the
tyrant. In general, individuals who want to build and maximize their freedom shouldn't
depend on affirmative action.
However, a ruthless freedom builder might argue,
"Whatever the tyrants have they have stolen. They are corrupt thieves not entitled to
own anything. They are fair game and I'm free to take from them whatever I can get away
PSYAF: I'm writing an opinion piece on
Social Security reform. I noticed in your web site you provided information for
individuals to drop out of the entire Social Security system by relinquishing their SS
number? Can you provide more information on that for our readers?
Mann: Some people go to the extreme of
actually relinquishing their SS number. In my opinion, for most freedom lovers this is not
a practical course, particularly if they remain dependent on "the system" for
their income. To operate completely without an SS number may require considerable legal
knowledge and skills, as well as having one or more income streams in the real
free-enterprise sector. Nevertheless, I do know of people who manage reasonably well
without SS numbers.
PSYAF: Where do you stand on the right of
private citizens to own firearms?
Mann: The ultimate obstacle to absolute
tyranny is private ownership of guns. Tyrants know this and will do their utmost to
eliminate individual gun ownership. Some of the American Founding Fathers knew this, and
that's why the right of individual gun ownership is enshrined in the Second Amendment to
the Constitution, in the Bill of Rights. Freedom-loving Americans should regard the right
to private firearms ownership as inviolable.
PSYAF: What do you see as the biggest
obstacle to individual freedom?
Mann: Undoubtedly that so many freedom
lovers work at 9-5 jobs in the private sector, essentially supporting the tyrant system
that enslaves people. I suspect that most freedom activists operating in the private
sector have not even considered the degree to which they support the coercive political
system through their work. If these people could find ways to become financially
independent in the real free-enterprise sector, they would not only withdraw a great deal
of support from the tyrants, but they would also have much more time available for
PSYAF: Are you suggesting that freedom
lovers operate in the "black market" or "underground economy?" Isn't
this too dangerous for most?
Mann: Actually, there's a very important
aspect of the power of tyrants that many people don't fully appreciate. Much of tyrant
power depends on their having information about their victims. People in the private
sector typically provide most of the information tyrants need to control them. People in
the real free-enterprise sector, as a rule, don't provide information to tyrants. (This is
one reason why tyrants would love to implement measures such as the
"know-your-customer" banking regulations.) Provided you're discreet and prudent,
you may in fact be less at risk from tyrant coercion in the real free-enterprise sector
than in the private sector.
PSYAF: But aren't you advocating that
freedom activists break the law?
Mann: In the USA, the senior law of the
land is the US Constitution, the framers of which largely intended real free enterprise,
in support of which there is considerable case law, such as the famous case of Hale vs
Henkel. There is also case law that says that laws contrary to the Constitution are null
and void. I advocate that all real laws be obeyed to the letter.
PSYAF: You obviously think that your
level-two strategy is superior to the level-one strategies most of us are involved in. Why
Mann: The disadvantage from the
individual's point of view with level-one strategies is that you can spend many years --
and a great deal of money -- hoping for greater liberty in the distant future, while
remaining enslaved in important ways. Many level-one freedom activists become
disillusioned because of lack of results and suffer "burn out." The great
advantage of level-two freedom strategies is that you can very quickly enjoy the benefits
of freedom -- and keep most or all of the money you earn to boot!
PSYAF: What do you think the future will
be like in America and the world in terms of liberty?
Mann: I expect that, as it becomes easier
for individuals to free themselves because of institutions like the Internet, the tyrants
will become more desperate and vicious in their attempts to enslave their victims. There
may be more "Wacos."
There are many people on the cusp or margin between liberty
and slavery. As the tyrants become more vicious and desperate, more people will be pushed
to the liberty side. Also, the more repressive tyrants become, the greater the benefits of
escaping the tyranny.
From their perspective, the violence mode works for
tyrants. (Of course, they disguise it as "helping the children," etc.) The
tyrants receive a "return on violence" in an economic sense. The businessman
wants a return on investment. The tyrant wants a return on violence. People (at least
those who aren't too brainwashed) pay taxes to avoid violence against themselves. The
tyrants' return on violence includes receiving taxes.
With the advent of the Internet and other freedom
institutions, it becomes more difficult for tyrants to control their victims, and their
return on violence diminishes. Much of their power depends on a diminishing return on
violence. Hence I see a great expansion of freedom, both in America and in the rest of the
world, for those who take the initiative to free themselves and to build their freedom.
Tyrants all over the world, operating in accordance with a
'de facto' constitution "Everything goes... that we can get away with," may seek
to make examples of some of those who attempt to build their own freedom and subject them
to "Waco-like" treatment.
In order to control those who choose to remain enslaved in
coercive political systems, tyrants will most likely do their best to further curtail
Overall, I see more freedom for those who free themselves
and less liberty for those who choose to remain enslaved in coercive political systems.
PSYAF: What are your plans for the future?
Mann: The priority I'm working on right
now is to improve the ability of individuals to become financially independent outside
coercive political systems.
The next priority to be tackled will be in the area of
providing the means whereby individuals can improve their thinking skills.
PSYAF: What do you think the average
college student could do to increase his/her personal freedom?
Mann: Develop one or more income streams
in the real free-enterprise sector. Concentrate on improving thinking skills. Drop out of
college at the earliest practical opportunity and educate yourself.
PSYAF: Is there any other advice you have
for freedom-loving people?
Mann: Learn to question everything,
including everything you "know" about freedom or liberty, and everything you
"know" needs to be done to expand freedom or liberty.
PSYAF: Thank you very much for your time,
Mr. Mann. It was a pleasure talking to you.
Mann: You're most welcome!
PSYAF: Free World Order, aka Build Freedom,
can be found at http://www.buildfreedom.com/. I
appreciate your cooperation, Mr. Mann, and I look forward to future updates on your great
If you would like to become a donor to support the
activities of Penn State Young Americans for Freedom, you can contact us through our website.
John Preston Member, Penn State Young Americans
"My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed
to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent
which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at
home by myself." -- George Bernard Shaw
"The inertia of the human mind and its resistance to innovation are most
clearly demonstrated not, as one might expect, by the ignorant mass -- which is easily
swayed once its imagination is caught -- but by professionals with a vested interest in
tradition and in the monopoly of learning. Innovation is a twofold threat to academic
mediocrities: it endangers their oracular authority, and it evokes the deeper fear that
their whole, laboriously constructed intellectual edifice might collapse. The academic
backwoodsmen have been the curse of genius from Aristarchus to Darwin and Freud; they
stretch, a solid and hostile phalanx of pedantic mediocrities, across the centuries."
-- Arthur Koestler
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