I put personal mission in the title of this post, because I think every parent needs to answer this question on their own and create their own definition of whatever their objective is.
It’s easy to get into the rut of earning a living, raising a family, retiring, and then dying. Today, child raising is largely left to the state, corporate America and other kids. We live in a two-parent workforce, with an enormous pressure to send our kids to government-run schools. Children are now watching 35 hours of TV per week, and that’s not including 10 hours on iDevices (see: The Dissident Dad – No TV for You!).
Unless you think deeply about your intentions as a parent, you can pretty much just go through the whole experience by going through the motions, since the majority of parents simply mimic one another. Today, parenting style is often pretty much just on auto-pilot.
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I am all about freedom of choice, with one exception: I am the TV Nazi in my house.
According to a 2013 report from Nickelodeon to its advertisers, children today are watching 35 hours of television a week! That’s like a full-time job. Heck, if TV watching was a job, these kids would qualify for Obamacare and a 401k employer match.
My first born didn’t watch TV for the first two years of his life. Today, he watches about 3 hours a week. The kids have access to the one TV in our home, for 1 movie a week with their grandpa, and two cartoons geared towards education, such as Leap Frog, Super Why, or a nature documentary. In addition to that, we probably watch about 30 minutes of YouTube videos, either educational videos or pranks in any given week. Sorry, but we just love watching a good prank – especially the Scary Snowman.
I’ve actively denied them TV and will continue to do so. As an anarchist-libertarian dad, I want to encourage freedom, the ability to think for yourself, and to help my kids pursue their passions. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t allow an elderly person with Alzheimer’s to enter a busy street alone, or a friend who is brain damaged to get behind the wheel of a car. As a father, I have to step in when it comes to my children and television.
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No joke, trying to raise an independent-minded, decent human being in America is like trying to fly through a Category 5 hurricane.
For starters, nothing beats some of the toys offered up to kids. For example, you can hone your child’s remote killing skills by buying him or her a military drone toy. Not only can you kill women and children in their homes, but you can do so without actually having to deploy overseas!
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It’s hard to know what’s normal sometimes. As an unfortunate son of empire, my life, my own memories as a child, were corrupted at a young age. As such, knowing what should be acceptable behavior while raising my own kids can be challenging.
Yesterday, my 4 year old son was playing with another young boy at his house, while in another room speaking with their father, I could see in the distance the two boys flying some type of fighter jet while bombing a lego city and train station.
At first glance, this is normal right? I mean we all played with GI-Joe’s, green army men, and jet fighters when we were kids.
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Last week, I once again sat down with my friend Dan Ameduri of Future Money Trends to discuss, well, future money trends.
It should come as no surprise that Bitcoin was the focal point of discussion given the recent price rise, increased adoption, capital investment as well as media attention. I have to give Dan a lot of credit for having an open mind about BTC when many others in the hard assets world have not, and he is becoming a leading voice is spreading the word about what Bitcoin and crypto-currencies generally mean for future human freedom as well as economic advancement.
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It’s been a while my last interview with Future Money Trends, so this should be a real treat. As my regular readers know, I rarely write about the financial markets any longer. The main reason is that I have shifted my focus into a much broader area of activism against the cancerous system we live under. However, in this interview I go into more depth about markets than I have in a long while for those interested in that topic. We also highlight the upcoming Liberty Mastermind Conference in Dallas June 28-29, where I will be speaking and I hope you can all attend. Enjoy!
My friend Dan Ameduri put together this short, highly effective and entertaining World War 3 video simulation. 40k views in two days…impressive. Watch, enjoy and share!
I haven’t endorsed anyone for President yet, but the guy that catches my eye more than any other at the moment is Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. While people will say a vote for Gary Johnson is a “wasted vote” or a “vote for Obama,” neither of these claims are accurate. First of all, a “wasted vote” is to play the system’s rigged game and vote for the “lesser of two evils” between two awful candidates that fundamentally disagree with me on every single issue of importance. To the second point, there is a lot of evidence that suggests Johnson pulls from both parties, and in fact mostly from Independent voters (who probably wouldn’t vote anyway), with him pulling more away from Obama in my home state of Colorado where he is polling at 7% as of late!
I don’t like labels and I prefer not to attach myself to any. While I agree more with the Libertarian platform than the other options, no political philosophy is perfect. The point is that the Democrats and Republicans are two big party elite shams that pit the populace purposely against one another on emotional social issues so as to never debate what really matters. Gary Johnson is virulently opposed to Gestapo type legislation like the NDAA, which Obama is fighting aggressively in court to keep, he is against the Federal Reserve system, in favor or real capitalism where there are no massive bank bailouts or institutionalized socialism for the rich and austerity for the middle class. He is the only commonsense guy running for President that sees the nation’s future in a similar vein to so many of my generation and younger if we would just wake up.
Gary Johnson has recently polled around 5% nationally. While this is impressive for a guy with zero media coverage, he needs 15% to get in the debates. If nothing else, it would be amazing to see him up there with the other two puppets. If we spread his message perhaps he can get there.
Below is a interview my friend Dan Ameduri recorded with Mr. Johnson at the Freedom Fest in Vegas. His candor is refreshing and without a doubt you will know where this man stands on the issues. Please take the time. Our nation’s future is at stake.
Short video my friend Dan Ameduri created poking fun at gold bugs. I have a little cameo appearance in there. Gotta laugh at yourself sometimes!
While I was at Freedom Fest in Vegas, I was able to meet Dan Amerduri of Future Money Trends for the first time. We also had a chance to record an in-person interview, which is the first time I have done that format. We cover all the bases in this one, but the main message I try to convey is that “awake” people must not live in fear. The system owns you emotionally when you live in fear. Knowing that the system is a giant ponzi scheme run by sociopaths is scary, but life is short. You can and must enjoy life while fighting these criminals, otherwise they win. Give yourself to love, compassion and truth. Those are the things TPTB hate the most.
I think this is one of the best interviews I have done, so please take the time.
In Liberty, Mike