One of our founding fathers Thomas Paine, is too seldom talked about, especially given how crucial and monumental he was in regards to the American Revolution and the the founding principles that many “patriots” of today try to disregard. From “Common Sense” to his other writings, public work, and great influence on the other colossal figureheads in American history from Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Edison to Abraham Lincoln, who all drew heavily from his character and work, there can be no downplaying to how critical he was to helping steer America in the right direction from the very beginning of her conception.
However, when Paine started talking that slavery abolition talk and became highly critical of congress, even he was deemed as “un-american.” And his strong rebellious rhetoric has seemed to fall to the wayside whenever “leaders” coin what it is to be an American. Stay alert and vigilant, again and again throughout history, when terms like “Americanism or un-americanism or anti-americanism” are being utilized they have historically always been the marking of strong divisiveness to illuminate an us vs them mentality. It is to stand high and above on a horse in the heavens and pronounce, “My beliefs have infallible righteousness in what it means to be an American, and those that disagree are the outsiders who we need to silence, eliminate, or indoctrinate.” This is the homogenizing tyranny of psychological warfare to impede our individualism and separating our mentality in groups by tribalism.
Paine and the other forefathers believed that our rights stem from God, not from our government, and that government is a “necessary evil” due to natural evil inside of man so that we may have a civil and benevolent society as we grow. The moment the government infringes on those rights is when we must wholeheartedly take our liberty back. So dear reader I conclude in emploring you this, individualistic self-reliance and diversity are one of the same sword, and it is here where we slice through the coercion of thought police and tribalism, to fight freely in plurality of unity…
The Very First Episode of this podcast, Figure It Out. Forest and Duals weren’t really expecting to do a podcast, but the idea struck us to present some fun and insight on matters we are passionate about.
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Duals and friends shoot the shit about different matters they are passionate about. We swim through friendly and comical banter as we try to uncover what this mess called life is made of.
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