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The Normal State of Man : Misery and Tyranny (1977)

Excerpt from "A Nobel Laureate on the American Economy" (1977)

Host: Richard D. Heffner

Guest: Milton Friedman



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Asclepius's picture

While I agree with most of what Friedman says here about

historical cycles of western man, I strongly disagree that Misery and Tyranny are man's natural state. I see these negative states as a consequence of what Larkin Rose calls mental malware, "mind viruses" that teach us from birth that man is fundamentally broken and that we require top down authoritative collective structures to bring about virtuous humanity. Those fully infected with these mind viruses were called "Archons" by the Gnostics.


There is plenty of empirical evidence that humanity thrives without centralized authoritative government. Consider these posts for example:



Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds. - Bob Marley