One of the ways I commit treason against our current regime is that I think for myself. I want you to too.
I want you to give me money to get my ideas and my team’s research into the mainstream. So far we’ve done very well at making that happen and it’s going to continue every day I’m alive. I want the best of you to join me — email me at email@example.com–and to make the world a better place. We don’t have the excuses we once did anymore. We really can make the world a better place.
There are lots of reason why telling the truth is good for me because it means that I won’t be as likely to be persecuted. The more of us who reveal what really believe on topics that matter the more we can make the world a better place. I don’t want to experience with the Semmelweis problem but hey they aren’t burning red heads at the stake anymore so maybe one shouldn’t overstate the persecution question.
I recommend reading this essay to resist the current dishonesty of our time.
Of course thinking for yourself can be a very dangerous thing to do because there are lots of insights into human nature that might isolate you socially.
Those of us who are in a position to lead must lead and one of the ways to do that is by example. I believe in freedom of association.
And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for that is the one thing which by inspection destroys such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it, and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If that glory can be killed, we are lost. –Steinbeck, East of Eden, 131.
Courage is the virtue necessary to sustain all others and I have a responsibility to my audience and my friends and those still in the shitlord closet to do what I can to make a safe space for them.
Recently I’ve come under fire for doing an interview with Fash the Nation last week. I encourage you to listen to it. I think it’s one of my best and I’ve done a few really good interviews.
— McFeels (@jazzhandmcfeels) July 23, 2016
Naturally I was attacked for daring to do an interview about my views and work despite my longstanding rule that I go whenever I’m invited. I like being the guy who has been interviewed by Politico, Washington Post, New York Times, Alex Jones, Stefan Molyneux, Fox News, CNN, BBC, New York Observer, Globe & Mail, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Boston Herald, New York Post, etc. I get only one life. Why shouldn’t I go wherever I like?
Lately there’s been a concerted effort to brand me as a white supremacist who hates gays. This is a bit odd given that my wife is Asian and that many of my business associates & friends are gay — I’ve been to more gay marriage than straight ones — but such is life. One’s enemies need not tell the truth to damage you; they need only create a useful fiction that others believe. I go wherever I like and I don’t apologize for it because I’m secure enough in my views. I believe in bringing people together and not pulling them apart. I want only two things out of life 1) to not be persecuted for being better than other people 2) to make a lot of money. Anyone who can help me in those two objectives is an ally and I reserve the full rights to decide for myself whether or not he or she may help.
Freedom means going where you like, when you like, talking about what you like. But freedom is scary to people whose industry depends upon control. That’s why the media always makes a big deal about this guilt by association game. It’s kind of funny in a way but it’s designed to limit my reach and power by making it harder for me to build relationships with other powerful people. In fact it has had the opposite effect by making me cool among certain people I would never have otherwise met. Control freaks freak out more and the cycle repeats itself.
I was attacked in particular by a dishonest
journalist fraudster — Jeremy B. Merrill — from my college days. I had forgotten about Merrill for the simple reason that princes don’t wrestle with paupers and I’m playing a much more interested game than he is. It must suck to get paid below $60K with student loans but hey who am I to judge?
Merrill, who now works for
the New York Times Carlos Slim’s blog, was exposed repeatedly as a fraud by yours truly when he defended the pro-Hezbollah, pro-Hamas views of Bassam Frangieh, an Arabic professor who sexually harassed co-eds. Merrill wrote an anonymous article defending Frangieh’s pro-terrorist views and falsely claimed that I had sought to silence him when I, in fact, wanted Frangieh to explain those views to the public. I later won several journalism awards for exposing Frangieh’s views and succeeded in canceling a multi-million dollar grant to my alma mater from the Kuwaiti government.
This is why Merrill is upset with me.
Merrill is, of course, lying about my work once again.
Fash the Nation isn’t a “neo-Nazi-linked” podcast — it’s something of a satirical kind of podcast — but that fact was apparently left out in the lame attempt to smear me. Oh well. A neo-Nazi website linked to my work just as hundreds of other websites have linked to my work over the years.
Are we really going to be policing content by who links to something?
I regret the dishonest interviews I did with the New York Times or the
BuzzFeed website cat porn website a lot more than I regret the honest, uncensored interview I did with the Fash the Nation.
It’s time to understand that the era of social control through the media is over.
And it’s time to read about why that social control owns your brain and to do something about it.
This was once the land of the free and the home of the brave. It should be again.
Until then it’s time to read and prepare your mind to be free even if you aren’t yet.
In the wake of Belgium's ban on sexist speech, here is Paul Graham's classic essay "What You Can't Say" http://t.co/tNLJ0Oqq7c
— Claire Lehmann (@clairlemon) March 22, 2014
Oh, and be sure to email –firstname.lastname@example.org — or tweet to Jeremy.
There’s hope even for the dumb, dishonest opportunists among us.
We were all young once.
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