You Are the True Guardians of the Galaxy: A Graduation Message for a Tyrannical Age

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“When the rivers and air are polluted, when families and nations are at war, when homeless wanderers fill the highways, these are the traditional signs of a dark age.”— Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart

Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people.

They will find themselves overtaxed, burdened with excessive college debt, and struggling to find worthwhile employment in a debt-ridden economy on the brink of implosion. Their privacy will be eviscerated by the surveillance state. They will be the subjects of a military empire constantly waging war against shadowy enemies and government agents armed to the teeth ready and able to lock down the country at a moment’s notice.

As such, they will find themselves forced to march in lockstep with a government that no longer exists to serve the people but which demands they be obedient slaves or suffer the consequences.

It’s a dismal prospect, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, we who should have known better failed to guard against such a future.

Worse, we neglected to maintain our freedoms or provide our young people with the tools necessary to survive, let alone succeed, in the impersonal jungle that is modern America.

We brought them into homes fractured by divorce, distracted by mindless entertainment, and obsessed with the pursuit of materialism. We institutionalized them in daycares and afterschool programs, substituting time with teachers and childcare workers for parental involvement. We turned them into test-takers instead of thinkers and automatons instead of activists.

We allowed them to languish in schools which not only look like prisons but function like prisons, as well—where conformity is the rule and freedom is the exception. We made them easy prey for our corporate overlords, while instilling in them the values of a celebrity-obsessed, technology-driven culture devoid of any true spirituality. And we taught them to believe that the pursuit of their own personal happiness trumped all other virtues, including any empathy whatsoever for their fellow human beings.

No, we haven’t done this generation any favors.

Based on the current political climate, things could very well get much worse before they ever take a turn for the better. Here are a few pieces of advice that will hopefully help those coming of age today survive the perils of the journey that awaits:

Be an individual. For all of its claims to champion the individual, American culture advocates a stark conformity which, as John F. Kennedy warned, is “the jailer of freedom, and the enemy of growth.” Worry less about fitting in with the rest of the world and instead, as Henry David Thoreau urged, become “a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.”

Learn your rights. We’re losing our freedoms for one simple reason: most of us don’t know anything about our freedoms. At a minimum, anyone who has graduated from high school, let alone college, should know the Bill of Rights backwards and forwards. However, the average young person, let alone citizen, has very little knowledge of their rights for the simple reason that the schools no longer teach them. So grab a copy of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and study them at home. And when the time comes, stand up for your rights before it’s too late.

Speak truth to power. Don’t be naive about those in positions of authority. As James Madison, who wrote our Bill of Rights, observed, “All men having power ought to be distrusted.” We must learn the lessons of history. People in power, more often than not, abuse that power. To maintain our freedoms, this will mean challenging government officials whenever they exceed the bounds of their office.

Resist all things that numb you. Don’t measure your worth by what you own or earn. Likewise, don’t become mindless consumers unaware of the world around you. Resist all things that numb you, put you to sleep or help you “cope” with so-called reality. Those who establish the rules and laws that govern society’s actions desire compliant subjects. However, as George Orwell warned, “Until they become conscious, they will never rebel, and until after they rebelled, they cannot become conscious.” It is these conscious individuals who change the world for the better.

Don’t let technology turn you into zombies. Technology anesthetizes us to the all-too-real tragedies that surround us. Techno-gadgets are merely distractions from what’s really going on in America and around the world. As a result, we’ve begun mimicking the inhuman technology that surrounds us and have lost our humanity. We’ve become sleepwalkers. If you’re going to make a difference in the world, you’re going to have to pull the earbuds out, turn off the cell phones and spend much less time viewing screens.

Help others. We all have a calling in life. And I believe it boils down to one thing: You are here on this planet to help other people. In fact, none of us can exist very long without help from others. If we’re going to see any positive change for freedom, then we must change our view of what it means to be human and regain a sense of what it means to love and help one another. That will mean gaining the courage to stand up for the oppressed.

Give voice to moral outrage. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” There is no shortage of issues on which to take a stand. For instance, on any given night, over half a million people in the U.S. are homeless, and half of them are elderly. There are 46 million Americans living at or below the poverty line, and 16 million children living in households without adequate access to food. Congress creates, on average, more than 50 new criminal laws each year. With more than 2 million Americans in prison, and close to 7 million adults in correctional care, the United States has the largest prison population in the world. At least 2.7 million children in the United States have at least one parent in prison. At least 400 to 500 innocent people are killed by police officers every year. Americans are now eight times more likely to die in a police confrontation than they are to be killed by a terrorist. On an average day in America, over 100 Americans have their homes raided by SWAT teams. It costs the American taxpayer $52.6 billion every year to be spied on by the government intelligence agencies tasked with surveillance, data collection, counterintelligence and covert activities. All the while, since 9/11, the U.S. has spent more than $1.6 trillion to wage wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and police the rest of the world. This is an egregious affront to anyone who believes in freedom.

Cultivate spirituality, reject materialism and put people first. When the things that matter most have been subordinated to materialism, we have lost our moral compass. We must change our values to reflect something more meaningful than technology, materialism and politics. Standing at the pulpit of the Riverside Church in New York City in April 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. urged his listeners:

[W]e as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motive and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

Pitch in and do your part to make the world a better place. Don’t rely on someone else to do the heavy lifting for you. Don’t wait around for someone else to fix what ails you, your community or nation. As Gandhi urged: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Say no to war. Addressing the graduates at Binghampton Central High School in 1968, at a time when the country was waging war “on different fields, on different levels, and with different weapons,” Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling declared:

Too many wars are fought almost as if by rote. Too many wars are fought out of sloganry, out of battle hymns, out of aged, musty appeals to patriotism that went out with knighthood and moats. Love your country because it is eminently worthy of your affection. Respect it because it deserves your respect. Be loyal to it because it cannot survive without your loyalty. But do not accept the shedding of blood as a natural function or a prescribed way of history—even if history points this up by its repetition. That men die for causes does not necessarily sanctify that cause. And that men are maimed and torn to pieces every fifteen and twenty years does not immortalize or deify the act of war… find another means that does not come with the killing of your fellow-man.

Finally, prepare yourselves for what lies ahead. The demons of our age—some of whom disguise themselves as politicians—delight in fomenting violence, sowing distrust and prejudice, and persuading the public to support tyranny disguised as patriotism. Overcoming the evils of our age will require more than intellect and activism. It will require decency, morality, goodness, truth and toughness. As Serling concluded in his remarks to the graduating class of 1968:

Toughness is the singular quality most required of you… we have left you a world far more botched than the one that was left to us… Part of your challenge is to seek out truth, to come up with a point of view not dictated to you by anyone, be he a congressman, even a minister… Are you tough enough to take the divisiveness of this land of ours, the fact that everything is polarized, black and white, this or that, absolutely right or absolutely wrong. This is one of the challenges. Be prepared to seek out the middle ground … that wondrous and very difficult-to-find Valhalla where man can look to both sides and see the errant truths that exist on both sides. If you must swing left or you must swing right—respect the other side. Honor the motives that come from the other side. Argue, debate, rebut—but don’t close those wondrous minds of yours to opposition. In their eyes, you’re the opposition. And ultimately … ultimately—you end divisiveness by compromise. And so long as men walk and breathe—there must be compromise…

Are you tough enough to face one of the uglier stains upon the fabric of our democracy—prejudice? It’s the basic root of most evil. It’s a part of the sickness of man. And it’s a part of man’s admission, his constant sick admission, that to exist he must find a scapegoat. To explain away his own deficiencies—he must try to find someone who he believes more deficient… Make your judgment of your fellow-man on what he says and what he believes and the way he acts. Be tough enough, please, to live with prejudice and give battle to it. It warps, it poisons, it distorts and it is self-destructive. It has fallout worse than a bomb … and worst of all it cheapens and demeans anyone who permits himself the luxury of hating.”

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the only way we’ll ever achieve change in this country is for the American people to finally say “enough is enough” and fight for the things that truly matter.

It doesn’t matter how old you are or what your political ideology is. If you have something to say, speak up. Get active, and if need be, pick up a picket sign and get in the streets. And when civil liberties are violated, don’t remain silent about it.

Wake up, stand up, and make your activism count for something more than politics.

You are the true guardians of the galaxy.

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Contributed by John W. Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute.

Since 1996, John W. Whitehead has taken on everything from human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, protection of religious freedom, and child pornography, to family autonomy issues, cross burning, the sanctity of human life, and the war on terrorism in his weekly opinion column. A self-proclaimed civil libertarian, Whitehead is considered by many to be a legal, political and cultural watchdog—sounding the call for integrity, accountability and an adherence to the democratic principles on which this country was founded.

Time and again, Whitehead hits the bull’s eye with commentaries that are insightful, relevant and provocative. And all too often, he finds himself under fire for his frank and unadulterated viewpoint. But as he frequently remarks, “Anytime people find themselves under fire from both the liberal left and the conservative right, it means that that person is probably right on target.”

Mr. Whitehead’s commentaries have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times and USA Today.

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  • Chancho_Bandito

    The only part of this article I disagreed with is….compromise.
    My opinion is we as a culture have replaced rectitude with compromise.
    Humility is admitting your mistakes but compromise “middle ground” has been a lynch pin for tyrants.

    • But, but, they are the most free people on the planet. The mainstream media would never lie to us about that. Even if they did, most of us are too ignorant to distrust them.

    • TrevorD

      Astute indeed and agree totally

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  • Let me add some more advice for young Americans (the late Millennials and Gen Z):

    Don’t remain in an echo chamber.

    Always be willing to entertain other viewpoints and ideologies. Do not seek to confirm your biases and avoid rational discourse. It something seems absurd, it usually is. Always question everything and hold a firm set of beliefs that mold your values. Utilize the art of contrarianism.

    Understand that gender roles compliment each other.

    Men are men and women are women. Men provide and care for women and women satisfy and comfort men. Don’t be brainwashed by feminists and cultural Marxists into believing that having children or being a mother is taboo. Men run society and women take care of the home and children. If you want kids, ensure that both your partners are having kids in order to give them a better life and not to project your warped ideologies onto them.

    Men run society and women take care of the home and children. If you don’t want a wife and kids, become a MGTOW. 50% of marriages end in divorce these days, and the matriarchy will take 50-70% of all you own in divorce court. It is incredibly risky since American women are spoiled and even ‘traditional’ women can be just as venomous when exposed to our solipsistic culture. These days, it is statistically rare to find a decent woman that wants to start a family and have children. When looking for a partner, test them first and get to know them before tying the knot. Meet his/her family. Preferably have offspring off your own race and only miscegenate if there is no other option. Understand that your child will have racial identity issues and organ issues down the line. They also tend to be more emotionally unstable and will inherit the dominant genes of one parent whilst looking vastly different from the other. They will also regress to the mean IQ of mixed-race children, which is half the combined IQ of the two races. That is in addition to the stigma that comes with race mixing.

    Educate yourself and convince your parents to home school you.

    Avoid college if you are not studying to become an engineer, scientist, architect, or other college-necessary occupation. Read at least one book weekly. 5-10 a week is optimal. Frequently utilize all parts of your brain and involve yourself in puzzles. Watch lectures of your favorite subject or college course on YouTube. Take certificate classes through edX, Coursera, and Harvard Extension School. MIT Open CourseWare has most of their material online. Any books can be bought off Amazon or rented from a local book store. Consider auditing some courses at a university or taking online classes through your community college. Learn several languages. Pick up several soft skills and practical skills, such as fixing a car and grooming yourself.

    Pursue entrepreneurial endeavors and invest wisely.

    Do not settle for the traditional corporate lifestyle. Use creative methods in order to generate passive income and retire early. Save 50-90% of your income in order to escape the rat race early and pursue other activities. Invest your money wisely and utilize the power of compounding interest. Innovate and contribute value services that are needed in the labor market. Look for gainful employment in STEM or vocational fields such as welding or plumbing. Practice the art of minimalism. Invest heavily in gold, silver, and oil.

    Obtain a second citizenship, passport, and residency.

    It is best to rescind your citizenship and look for opportunities in developing countries in South America, Central and Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. Once you obtain a passport, you can rescind your citizenship as long as you give up your passport, pay ~$2350 to the government, possess proof of residency or citizenship in another country. Try to see if your parents have foreign citizenship that could be used to apply for citizenship in another country. If you have the money, look into purchasing citizenship:

    Obtain as many citizenships, passports, and bank accounts as possible. Look into purchasing cheap real estate and owning several properties around the world. Make connections and have places to run to in case of anything.

    Forgive yourself and enjoy life.

    Realize that you’ve been lied to and happiness doesn’t come from materialism; it comes from experiences and following traditional values. Live life and do not regret anything. No matter your race, ethnicity, or religion, realize that we all have one common enemy: Zionism and Ashkenazim Jews. Understand that and everything seems clear. Speak out and be prepared for anything. Let others know. Do not blame yourself for being misled or fooled into supporting anything you truly did not believe in.

    Here are some inspirational quotes:

    “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” – George Sand

    “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll

    “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” – Bertrand Russell

    “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

    “My life motto is ‘Do my best, so that I can’t blame myself for anything.'” –
    Magdalena Neuner

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      “It isn’t about adding more days to your life, but adding more life to your days.” ~ the Patriarch of my family

  • alohajim

    Bravo! So well said. Imagine if every young person actually took this advice. What a wonderful world this would be. John Whitehead never disappoints. Wonderful advice for all of us!

  • GnosticPistisSophia

    “All news is lies, and all propaganda is disguised as news.” – Willi Münzenberg, father of Communist propaganda.

  • TrevorD

    Very good article. particularly liked “The demons of our age—some of whom disguise themselves as politicians—delight in fomenting violence, sowing distrust and prejudice” Says it all really about what really we face and what we indeed must change for most other things to follow through.