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How did you manage to avoid becoming brainwashable when so few do?

I grew up staring at the tv for hours on end, but I still turned out to be quite the skeptic and critical thinker. I've analyzed my childhood trying to pinpoint events that have caused me to become the person I am, but I'm really not sure. We all grow up basically watching the same movies, eating the same cereal. Is there anything in particular that you guys attribute your independent thinking to?

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Born a libertarian!

I guess!

Ha! You just reminded me that I too fired my babysitter! I had forgotten all about that; and using convincing arguments to convince my parents to allow me to watch myself.

My first recollection was in the 1980's in my 7th grade Biology class and my teacher told us that the town had instituted a policy whereby ALL residents were now required to recycle paper, bottles and cans separately and if we did not do so we would be FINED.
So, I immediately exclaimed "Hey! They cannot do that - it is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!"
She then, wisely, took us on a field trip to the dump and the new recycling plant and convinced me with actual evidence that it made sense (we had our trash floating on a barge for months because no dumps would take it and it was costing the town a fortune).

What in the world caused me to fight against it based on its unconstitutionality is beyond me! I didn't even know what a libertarian was at the time!

Also, the post-Vatican II Catholic Church - the teachings didn't jive with my traditionalist grandparents, so I logically concluded that it was all a bunch of lies.

ESPECIALLY when I asked questions and was shot down because I was not "allowed" to question the Church. Then, when I argued that Confirmation is when we are supposedly "Adults CHOOSING to become Catholic," why, if at age 12-13, can we not do other "adult" things, and how can we be "CHOOSING" to become Catholics when I keep arguing that "I DON"T WANT TO BE CATHOLIC!"

I may be a vegetarian, but I'll defend to the death my right to eat meat!

Hahahaha

that reminds me of when I lived in Green Bay WI for a little while. I refused to separate my bottles and cans and all of that other crap. Eventually the trash company brought a trash bin and placed it right next to the recycling bin. Guess they got tired of my trash in the recycling bin.

My intuition.

My intuition.

End the Fed. End the Wars. Problems Solved. Ron Paul.

Or I should say my INFP

Or I should say my INFP personality.

End the Fed. End the Wars. Problems Solved. Ron Paul.

I think I'm just a good judge of character...

This is why I usually didn't even vote. Which liar do you vote for? I could always tell that politicians were pandering for my vote... saying what they wanted me to hear.

Until Dr. Paul, that is.

It's been said many times before...

Dr. Paul cured my apathy.

I think I was

born that way. I crawled out of my crib at 6 months and at 4 years old, threatened babysitters with knives if they tried to make me go to bed before I was ready. I walked home from kindergarten, almost 3 miles, one day because I wasn't going to go that day.

I flirted with some neo-con tendencies in the late 90's and into 2002, but the patriot act and Dr. Paul's consistent opposition to tyranny message made me question everything that I had come to believe all over again. In 2010 I found the Mises Institute and started learning Austrian economics. My anti State tendencies that were already so strong, became even stronger and easier to defend. Knowledge combined with my opinions and attitude have been invaluable. I am proud to support the only candidate worth supporting in my 32 years of life. I take great pride in supporting people of impeccable character, like Dr. Paul.

My Dad

a libertarian that doesn't trust any politicians including libertarian ones. Dad always said "politicians are like tamed wild animals as pets, cute and fun till they turn on you, never let your guard down."

The bold effort the present bank had made to control the government ... are but premonitions of the fate that await the American people should they be deluded into a perpetuation of this institution or the establishment of another like it-Andrew Jackson

At 10 years old in '64 My

At 10 years old in '64
My Father introduced me to Barry Goldwater and made me read a book called 'none dare call it treason'.
I grew up skeptical of everything.
I used to wear a tin hat
But now I am vindicated .... and very happy to know I am not insane,

People want Truth and Peace

Are you sure ....

that the book your father had you read was called, "None Dare Call it Treason?" I read the book "None Dare Call It Conspiracy," by Gary Allen back in the late 60's, and I re-read it every few years because it is timeless. It taught me a lot about critical thinking regarding politics and current events.

You can down load the book, "None Dare Call It Conspiracy" on the computer. I highly recommend it.

Minnesota Mary

There were 2 books

None Dare Call It Conspiracy and None Dare Call It Treason. My mother read them and always talked about them.

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
― Albert Camus

For me, it was a friend of

For me, it was a friend of mine who suffered from intense migraines. She has 8 or 9 different narcotic perscriptions that were literally killing her, and didn't help very much. She smoked pot, and the pain from her headaches went away quickly. I started to do research on medical marijuana and it opened up a world of lies put out byy our government. When I found out that cannabis cures cancer and then my aunt died from cancer, I became seriously distrustful of everything this govt tells me. A govt that would let people die for lobbiest money caused me to rethink everything we've been told. I am a former neocon

One world, under government, with power and money for the elite

I was brainwashed. I was a

I was brainwashed. I was a leftist and Biology major(knew nothing about economics). I was a believer in global warming(without ever looking at the facts). I believed that man is a plague upon the planet and that 95+%of the population should be killed off by some kind of virus... Intellectually speaking... not that I personally wanted to see people die. I find it interesting that 'conspiracy' theorists say that scientists want to kill off the population with a virus, I suspect there is a large sentiment to that effect within the scientific community(largely but not completely unspoken).

I then realized this was completely insane. Just how did I come to these views? I wondered and so I took it upon myself to learn economics and the history of propaganda, banking, wall street, central banking, communism, war, secret societies and not so secret societies. This was around 2006 when I started hearing the coming collapse. I just wanted to understand why this was going to happen. We have much better technology today and yet western economies are largely stagnating.

After seeing Paul in the Republican debates back in the 08 election, I was hooked immediately. Someone who gets it. Finally. I'd seen him before in freedom to fascism but didn't make much of him at the time.

"My theories explain, but cannot slow the decline of a great civilization. I set out to be a reformer, but only became the historian of decline."
- Ludwig Von Mises

Economics Should be REQUIRED!!!

Of ALL High School students.

And I mean REAL Economics, not the Stock Market Game!
And FOUR FULL YEARS! Not just one half year!

Truthfully, I don't see how anyone can be as stupid as most Americans after taking a few REAL Economics courses.

My favorite moment was when I registered for Environmental Economics, and this really hippy looking old professor came in, and he said "So, you all probably think that the way to solve our environmental problems is with government regulations. Well, have I got news for you: Command and Control DOES NOT WORK! Only the Free Market can truly solve environmental problems! Do you know who the best environmental president was? No it was NOT a Democrat - it was Nixon!"

I remember sitting there worried, and slowly as he spoke a giant grin appeared on my face, I looked around and blurted out laughing at all the liberals who registered for the class thinking it was going to be a wishy-washy liberal enviro-fascist class. It was actually a serious, and tough, economics course!

I may be a vegetarian, but I'll defend to the death my right to eat meat!

please no, because it would

please no, because it would be more of their same economics. And besides, the Keynesian economics is so complicated, twisted, and boring it immediately numbs the mind so one stops questioning it so they can get away and do something productive...which is exactly where the American (and world) public is at right now... Tuned out and confused by the mumbo jumbo. The Austrian economics turns the light bulb on...but the gov't schools will never teach that unless we take over the school system, maybe through charter and private schools.

I saw hypocricy at a very young age...

Not only in my own family, but in church. I would go to church on Sunday and see my father and other friend's families pretending to be righteous-and then I saw what happened in their households. Integrity means everything to me-and Dr. Paul is the only one that has any.

My Dad was always an

My Dad was always an independent thinker and an entrepreneur. He was always complaining about the gov't and the "liberal media." He joined the libertarian party when it was started so I grew up in a Libertarian family. I also was an avid reader and read many of the classics by the 6th grade. Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky and other Russian authors had an effect on my thinking about life and individuality. When I was little it was common to hear people say "question authority"...whatever happened to that slogan?

I listened to

Jesus.

Personal constitution

My parents made me save, and made me work, and taught me to be independently self supporting. It was drilled in enough that it became part of my internal constitution - be self supporting.
My age is 34 and I am almost "retired". My brother stopped working when he was 35 through work and saving as well.

When Government spends my money not as well as I do, I ask by what right do they spend my money. Taking my money is extortion, they do not represent me at all.
They have done everything to stop me living my life as possible (taxing,inflating etc). Its a bit hard to be brainwashed in this case.

When people espouse views that I am responsible for their lives, but I have no control over their lives I feel something is deeply wrong. I am working hard and saving to support my self, not them.

Control and responsibility go together, government tries to divorce this.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/youownyou (quotes)
Website: http://www.own-yourself.com

I was blessed with a

I was blessed with a Grandfather who knew all about the one world order. I knew about the trilateral commision, the bilderbergers and the CFR's clear back in my young teens in the 70's. My Grandfather read everything. He introduced me to Ron Paul in the mid 80's when we knew he was going to run. I knew about how the Media brainwashed the masses and that a small group of powerful people controlled the media. Most all history taught for the past 60 years is the statist view of history. The Government controlls the schools and what they teach. I think tho that people are starting to come around.

From the youngest man in the oldest book in the Bible, Job

"And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion.

I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion." - Job 32:6-10

It is this spiritual dimension of our nature that the materialists want to try to block out and cancel with their empty programing; but they just can't make it go away!

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

Yes! God grants wisdom to all who ask.

The study wisdom in the Bible is fascinating! God speaks of wisdom as (she) is an actual entity who existed with Him when He formed the universe. She is described as more precious than jewels or gold. Who would want to neglect to ask for such a priceless gift?...besides a South Carolinian...

A patriot must always be prepared to defend his country from his government.

Man, what a good question. I

Man, what a good question.

I don't know, really. Compared to other commenters who were homeschooled, etc., my life has been entirely conventional: government primary schools, then a state university. I don't think I formally considered myself a libertarian until I graduated and left "school" entirely.

I do know I've always had a problem with "authority," going back even to elementary school. I've never liked being told what to do or what to think. I bristled at political correctness as it spread. And it was only a matter of time before I tuned out the media and grew to despise the psychopathic state it serves.

The nice thing about finally reaching people with the freedom message is it sticks. Once the lightbulb goes on, they will always be inoculated against the BS of the state and its propaganda organs. That's the greatest thing we can do is to multiply the number of people who cannot be conned by politicians and their mouthpieces any more.

Cannabis....

Cannabis use is counter productive to all known forms of brainwashing / mind-control. It won't cure brainwashing, but it will be easier to work through it. I call it the "wait, what?" factor.
It is also important to stay away from TV as best as you can, the refresh rate of most TVs in this country is 60hz or a multiple of 60, like 120hz or 240hz. A 60hz flicker will help put you into an alpha state leaving you susceptible to influence, this state just happens to be what hypnotists use for hypnotic suggestion.
Another interesting fact about brainwashing, the higher your intelligence, the easier it is to brainwash you. Dumb people are harder to brainwash, as smarter people end up believing their own lies and delusions.

For more info on brainwashing and mind-control:
http://vigilantcitizen.com/vigilantreport/mind-control-theor...

what is your reference for the statement...

what is your reference for the statement, "Another interesting fact about brainwashing, the higher your intelligence, the easier it is to brainwash you. Dumb people are harder to brainwash, as smarter people end up believing their own lies and delusions." i would love to look that up (as a psychology person). it's seems anecdotally true that smart people tend to be arrogant, however, the powers that be wouldn't be putting fluoride in the drinking water and trying to dumb people down with our education system if it were true that dumber people are harder to brainwash. either way, I'd like to see the data....thanks

Lisa

Just a little something I read

Fritz Springmeier's: The Illuminati Formula to Create An Undetectable Total Mind Control Slave

Weird book, but made some sense at points.

It's in my DNA

I have to give credit to heredity. I come from a long line of critical thinkers. My grandparents weren't fooled about World War I or World War II, and if they were alive today they'd be voting for Ron Paul. My grandfather despised FDR so much that he wanted it put on his headstone that he never once voted for FDR. He knew that in every war the first casualty is Truth.

Minnesota Mary

Not those jeans!

I'm of Scots-Irish (also Viking)descent. I think most of it comes from that. I also think being a child in a small town in the 50s and 60s is involved.

I had a mother

who refused to lie to me. Luck I guess.

truth liberate

Montessori school

I attended a Montessori school through second grade, and I have no doubt that it gave me a solid foundation of independent thinking to build upon. Eventually, I had to go to public school, which was a huge shock to my system. It was so completely different than anything I'd seen before. I struggled through elementary and middle school, performing well but despising every minute of it. In high school, I hit a defiant streak and my grades slipped but I grew stronger in other areas. I began reading alternative news websites and my mind began to open once more.

After high school, I briefly attended community college where I decided once and for all that the public school indoctrination system was NOT for me. What prompted this was my discovery of people like David Icke and Alex Jones, and as Mr. Icke says "the top of me head blew off!" There was no going back. Then I stumbled upon Dr. Paul during the '08 race.. and we all know the story from there. :)

The wonderful thing is, once the wool has been lifted from your eyes, there's no pulling it back over them. You begin to almost marvel at the corruption of our system, like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

Same

I would have to say that Montessori school, which I attended through 8th grade, made me far more difficult to deceive than the average person. In public high school, where I am now (10th grade, and unfortuately not a vote for the Good Doctor, though a potential Rand Paul vote in 2016), I am performing quite well but as you described yourself, despising every minute of it and being somewhat defiant to the ones who pull the strings.