The Slaves Shall Serve
Meditations on Liberty
by James Wasserman
Paperback: 224 pages
Sekmet Books ISBN: 0-9718870-1-2
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A battle is raging for the soul of America, and it is of critical interest to the survival of true freedom worldwide. Conceived in liberty, this nation of still-free men and women totters on the brink of surrendering its fundamental values of individual responsibility and self determination.
On the domestic side we exchange our privacy and personal autonomy for the chimerical security of a cradle-to-grave society; internationally we abdicate our ability to act autonomously in our national interest, and in accordance with our most cherished principles.
Why are we squandering the precious jewels of the greatest political experiment in human history? How, and by whom, are we being seduced into ceding that which we should treasure above all else our most fundamental liberties? Finally: what actions can thoughtful citizens take to protect and regain their personal freedoms?
In his most controversialbook, James Wasserman examines these urgent questions, presenting a cogent, intelligent, and often-alarming picture of our nation's situation both nationally and globally. This revealing collection of essays, the product of ten years of study and contemplation, is supplemented with lengthy appendices of the primary reference materials that underlie the author's bold assertions.
Readers will fearlessly explore the modern plague of collectivism, especially as embodied by the United Nations; learn the true political, historical, and spiritual roots of the September 11th attacks; revisit the Waco massacre without averting their glance; witness the cynical manipulations of the civilian disarmament movement; and be invited to contemplate the role of transcendent values in the battle to preserve and maintain personal freedoms. In terms that are lucid, passionate, balanced, scholarly, and often witty, the author shares his idealism, his outrage and his hope.
"They who would give up essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security."
— Benjamin Franklin
I wonder if the brilliant Franklin could even have imagined our modern political discourse and its apparent goal of transforming society into both a nursery and a nursing home under the dual mantra of "Education and Healthcare." This collection of essays, written over the last ten years, attempts to presage the consequences of such a philosophy. It is written from the point of view of an unabashed individualist who believes the freest society will bring forth the greatest good for the greatest number. If you are looking for a government plan to save your life or ease your burden, you might wish to seek elsewhere.
The book is divided in two parts. The first half is a series of my essays on Liberty and Tyranny. The second half presents the reference material for my assertions in the first.
Steps Along the Way discusses some of the personal transformative experiences that brought about my own passionate interest in government and political ideology.
An Introduction to Politics is an overall look at the competing ideologies at work in the modern world. Statism and collectivism are defined and contrasted with libertarianism and individualism.
Waco: A Modern Tragedy highlights the quintessential modern embodiment of America's embrace of statism. Eighty-six people died in the name of a $200 tax stamp, while the world's media endlessly parroted its government-written script.
September 11, 2001 Remembered is a very topical follow up to my earlier book The Templars and the Assassins: The Militia of Heaven, which studied the concept of religious murder in both Islam and Christianity during the Crusades.
Pulling Liberty's Teeth further analyses the efforts of modern collectivists to overturn the unique freedoms on which America is based. It focuses on the campaign to strip American citizens of our unalienable right to defend life and property.
Goddesses, Guns and Guts presents my understanding of the need to embrace transcendent values as a means of enforcing the self disciple required to function as a free person. Its title implies its universality and open ended possibilities.
Suggested Actions offers some ideas to expand your personal freedom, communicate the importance of freedom to others, and asks some questions designed to stimulate thought beyond the confines of the modern media trance.
Liber Oz, a statement published by the English master Aleister Crowley during World War II, presents what I consider to be the ideal statement of the political rights of any individual courageous enough to live up to the responsibilities freedom entails.
The three appendices are divided between source materials of alternate political visions. I call appendix one
The Language of Freedom. It includes the most important American founding documents as well as all amendments to the Constitution.
Appendix two is called The Language of Tyranny and provides a comprehensive look at the U.N.'s founding materials and treaties. I guarantee you will be amazed at both the sheer hubris and banality of what you will be reading. I have typographically highlighted or lightly annotated the most egregious examples.
Appendix three is called The Language of Treason. It publishes a Kennedy administration policy paper presented by the president to the U.N. in 1962. It unambiguously exposes the goals of those who seek greater involvement with the U.N.
Finally I include a lightly annotated list of the 50 best books I recommend to any reader who cares to further his or her studies of these issues.
My fondest hope for this book is that the ideas expressed may find points of resonance within readers sufficient to encourage each to meditate on the personal value he or she places on freedom.
About the Author
James Wasserman is the author of The Templars and the Assassins: The Militia of Heaven (Inner Traditions), a religious history of the Crusades, and of the beautifully illustrated Art and Symbols of the Occult (Inner Traditions). He is the producer of the widely acclaimed benchmark edition of The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day (edited by Ogden Goelet and published by Chronicle Books).
Please read Political Liberty as a Spiritual Value by James Wassrman.
As published in EVOLVE Magazine Vol 3. No. 3.
"I am much impressed. The work should be required reading for those who think — rare as they may be. It is as we have noted 'preaching to the choir,' but then so is the Declaration of Independence."
— Colonel Jeff Cooper, USMC (Ret.)
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— Steven J. Greenwald, Ph.D.