Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Chief Freedom Professor

Got a call from Corey Donaldson today. Who is Corey Donaldson? Why, the self-titled Chief Freedom Professor. He is the author of Volunteer Slaves in a Free Nation, a preview of which I published back in February. I finally received a draft of his book in the mail last week, but as I explained to him, I had to clear my plate before fully diving into this energetic piece of literature. At the beginning of the book, he wants you to agree to a some conditions and one of them involves reading the manuscript in two weeks (he also wants you to take notes). Anyways, before I can committ myself to Corey's program, I need to get prepared. So, I'm getting there. I promise a review within the month.




Stan Langerhaus said...

As a person who is presently attempting to emancipate himself, please provide some choice excerpts from the book as you come across them. I hope the book offers some instructive rather than merely inspirational guidance.


Ralph said...

He promises plenty of instruction, but I'm still in the inspirational part of the text - you know the introduction that is designed to keep you reading. He does, however, promise to "actualy remove the obstacles that dam up the flow of money creating ideas." Apparently, you need money to be free, which I guess makes sense.

Of course, I've also come across great inspirational lines like, "You have a master that controls your life because you yielded power to your boss like you would to Big Bubba in the penitentiary."

And, "When you ask God to bless your country it is among the most brainless and brutally selfish things you can say! The attitudes that inspire these words along with the belief that God has your back at the exclusion of all others cause you to be an ego driven ignoramus." - That last line sure goes a long way to explaining Muslin suicide bombers.


DocTorDee said...

Nice work, Ralph.

Personally, I think the key to personal freedom begins with recognizing the difference between needs and wants. For example, I just cancelled my cable subscription, and in the process, gave myself a $47 per month raise.

I don't need cable, I don't care about cable, and now I don't have cable. So, the more I understand that I don't actually need so much stuff, I can gain a degree of freedom.

From there, the idea extends to understanding the connection between how much "stuff" you want and how much work you will have to devote to getting what you want. It can be an ugly cycle, because the more you want to have in life, the more you surrender your freedom to the powers that control the $$$.

A lot of this goes back to our conversation concerning Thoreau...If you wanted to go to Atlanta, for example, is it better to look for a job, find the job, and save the money until you have enough to fly to Atlanta OR is it better to simply begin walking?

I think that's it for now.