Sep 30 • 21M

TR 209 - Evil Is as Evil Does

How the lessons of hurricanes can help us prepare for the dark days ahead.

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Luke Throop
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**We’ll get to the Russians in a minute, but first….


Yesterday I was wrong.

Hurricane Ian was a once-in-1,000 year super-storm that tragically took at least 21 lives and destroyed the homes of countless people. Currently, Hurricane Ian is regaining strength off the Atlantic Coast and headed toward South Carolina.

For everyone who caught it yesterday, I made a fool of myself by calling this storm Hurricane Ivan—that’s the way I originally typed it up and pronounced it on the podcast. Looking into Hurricane Ivan, I learned it was a massive Category 5 storm that crashed through the Caribbean back in 2004, striking Florida as a Category 3 storm that caused over 100 fatalities and some $30 billion dollars in damage.

Ivan was the sixth hurricane of the 2004 season. The following year, Hurricane Rita was the fifth Category 5 storm of the 2005 season. From historical perspective, Hurricane Ian—with it’s 150 mph sustained winds—is not even in the top three worst hurricanes to wreak havoc in Florida. Try to keep that in mind.

There’s a lesson here.

Like I said at the beginning of the week, hurricanes are going to do what hurricanes do. People in Florida know how to handle hurricanes because it’s certainly not the first or the last time they’ve had to deal with it. Such storms are simply part of life.

And yet, most people go about life—most Floridians even—without the faintest concern that a storm might be brewing. When the news starts squawking about the impending impact and forthcoming doom, people diligently prepare. For some, it’s a mad scramble to find supplies and board up the house. For others, it’s a smooth process of securing the fort and hunkering down with some popcorn.

Which camp would you want to be in? What camp are you in as it stands today?

Hurricanes, tornadoes, earth quakes, wildfires, hail storms, flooding, avalanches, mud slides—all sorts of natural catastrophes take place every year, without warning, and utterly destroy people’s lives. People die. Loved ones are ripped away and gone forever. Good citizens suffer alongside criminals. Humanity suffers together.

Reality is that life is short and none of us are going to make it out of here alive. Neither do we know the hour or day of our death. Tragedy can strike at any moment. Is this not just the way life goes? The potential for suffering and death—which can strike unexpectedly in any moment—is an undeniable aspect of reality.

Life is inherently risky. That’s the root wisdom of Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote:

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

In other words, only fools willingly forfeit their freedom for the illusion of safety.

Benjamin Franklin was a brilliant man. Along with being a polymath inventor, scientist, philosopher and major figure in the American Enlightenment, Franklin was one of the foremost of our Founding Fathers, helping to draft the Declaration of Independence and set our budding republic on a secure constitutional foundation.

He’s the kind of guy we should probably listen to.

Those who would give up “essential Liberty”—what is essential Liberty? Is it not the essential expression of human nature? Are we not born as free individuals? Essential liberty, perhaps, could be summed up as the freedom to express our free will.

If we cannot express our free will, then we are not free. The opposite of expression is oppression, is it not? If we cannot express our opinions, if we cannot exercise our free will, if we cannot act upon our own convictions, then we have lost our essential Liberty. In this oppressed state, we’ve become slaves to the fears that restrict us—whether that fear be delusional or deliberately imposed by tyrants.

This fundamental truth, rooted in natural reality, permeates the whole of humanity.

But it’s complicated.

Because everyone has free will, and because we all have different ideas about how things should be, political conflict seems inevitable. Factions war against factions in the same way siblings squabble for the best slice of pie. This too is an observable, undeniable aspect of humanity—and it has major implications.

Perpetual conflict stems from politics and leads directly to war, stirring up controversy, chaos, and confusion along the way. The public, as in We The People, are subject to this volatile vitriol—whether we want to be or not—precisely because politicians at every level are hellbent on controlling their fellow human beings.

One person trying to control another person inevitably leads to conflict. Conversely, mutual respect for the independent free will of other people diffuses the friction and minimizes the chance of conflict. You go you’re way, I’ll go mine. Live and let live. This is how we can achieve peace and stability—by only interfering in other people’s lives to the minimal possible extent.

Hence the phrase, “It’s a free country, do what you want.”

Be who you want. Do what you want. Say what you want. Go where you want. Believe what you want. If at any point your personal expression offends someone or you step on someone’s toes, mild conflict may ensue, but human nature will correct the course.

That’s how freedom works. That’s why freedom is the most good for the most people. That’s why “essential Liberty” is an enlightened principle. That’s why America was founded as a country of free individuals, and our Constitution was written as a means to restrict the politicians who comprise the State from controlling our individual lives.

Freedom is simple. Freedom is free. Freedom is where we find the answers to society’s most pressing problems—but of course, that’s certainly not the solution that’s being sold. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite of what people have been conditioned to believe.

Why is that?

Because the cabal wants control. It is an evil impulse that has manifest throughout human history. There have always been people who murder, rape, and pillage. There have always been tyrants who seek to enslave the masses. In other words, there have always been evil people who do evil things—and unfortunately, there always will be.

It would be foolish and naive to think otherwise.

So, while the majority of Americans are mesmerized by the political smoke and mirrors—the endless distractions and relentless propaganda—powerful people are consolidating power and slipping shackles around our collective necks. We are systematically being enslaved to the global surveillance state, being treated as hackable animals who are meant to be subjugated to the central authorities.

We are being preyed upon—the weak and vulnerable, women and children, the soft and compliant, Republicans and Democrats alike. They create chaos so we seek stability. They create confusion so we seek answers. They create conflict so we seek security. And where do we seek stability, security, and answers?

We seek it in authority.

Most people seek solutions in the illusion, the Most Dangerous Superstition of all—the belief that anyone has the right to rule the whole world, or that any human being has the authority to forcibly impose their will upon another, to restrict the natural expression of another individual’s essential Liberty.

If the solution is more government, more regulations, more restrictions, penalties, and fines, then the outcome is perpetual conflict. The intent to control the chaos of infinitely competing free wills can only lead to war. If more people understood this principle, we wouldn’t be in the situation we are in today.

Cue the Russians!

This is truly a historic day, and the end of an historic week, in the midst of historic times.

Russia has officially recognized the “state sovereignty and independence” of regions in eastern Ukraine, declaring the elections in these provinces have proven that they are now part of Russia forever, and vowing to protect these peoples with full Russian force—noting in the process that when it comes to the “unexplained explosions” and leaking pipes at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, “It’s obvious to everyone who did it.”

Perhaps it’s obvious to everyone except American politicians and the useful idiots who continue to soak in their drivel. According to the White House, the idea that the U.S. had anything to do with the Nord Stream bombing is “preposterous” and the independence and sovereignty of eastern Ukraine is wholly illegitimate:

“The United States condemns Russia’s fraudulent attempt today to annex sovereign Ukrainian territory. Russia is violating international law, trampling on the United Nations Charter, and showing its contempt for peaceful nations everywhere. Make no mistake: these actions have no legitimacy.

Oh how stark the contrast!

Regardless of what you believe, who really gets to say? Who gets to control the lives of the people in eastern Ukraine? Who gets to control the lands and resources of eastern Ukraine? In other words, who gets to enjoy this little slice of pie? Who gets to control this little patch of planet Earth? Does anyone really have the authority to do so?

Or is this all just evil impulse? Is it seeking power and control? Is it really worth nuking the world to settle such a silly dispute? Or is that all just part of the plan?

Let’s not lose sight of the bigger picture. International boundaries change all the time. Political revolutions have led to the formation of more than 60 new countries in just the last 50 years. Shifting political boundaries on planet Earth at 48°N / 37°E should be no reason to justify nuclear war—but that doesn’t mean it won’t be:

Evil is as evil does.

The global cabal wants to control the whole world. This will inevitably lead to war. They want war. They need war. They crave war. War consolidates power and wealth, and just as sure as another hurricane’s brewing, this war is what their evil begets.

Such is the nature of life. This too shall pass, but not before the storm hits home. With the ominous clouds on the horizon, the wise will know that now is the time to prepare. Even an optimist can see there are going to be dark days ahead!