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Feel Free Digital Download, Volume 1

This Package is a 500MB set of content to spur your thinking on the Civil Liberties we enjoy in the United States as part of the First Ten Amendments to the US Constitution, collectively known as the “Bill of Rights”; how those rights came to exist and the political thinking surrounding them; as well as how to identify threats to those rights.  By design, nothing in this content is “new”, in the sense of a recent invention. Indeed, the ideas and analysis contained within this volume are “old”, as in established and accepted. Enjoy this excellent refresher in your own rights; share it with friends, colleagues and acquaintances, and display it proudly to inspire conversation!

Federalist & Anti-Federalist Papers, AudioBook in MP3

Did you know that the Founding Fathers of the United States had to convince the general public to support a constitutional document after the Revolutionary War? The same great minds who galvanized a response to the despotism of colonial British rule were deeply divided about how to create a government to protect their hard-won freedoms.  Before a resolution was reached in the “Bill of Rights”, and the first Ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were drafted and ratified, years of anonymous public debate was orchestrated by the political factions of the Continental Congress. These “Papers” are named for the factions who penned them, collectively known as the “Federalists” - who advocated for a strong central government; and the Anti-Federalists - who simultaneously resisted the call for centralization of government.  Included in this package are audiobook recordings of what are generally regarded as the most influential of the many papers

 

Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational MP4 Video on Despotism, 1946

For those of us who grew up sitting on the laps of men and women who fought back the global threat of a fascist regime put in power by the free will of a democratic state (Hint: it was the Nazis), the threat of despotism is real. In this 1946 discussion of the topic from Professor Harold Lasswell and Encyclopaedia Britannica you will learn how easy it is to spot authoritarian trends and how to measure its progression in society. When you see it, you will realize these are the same topics you see in the news today except the articles aren’t talking about Hitler’s Nazis.

 

Destination Earth MP4 Video, 1956

Freedom, Capitalism, and Oil: which one of these things doesn’t belong?  In retrospect, this American Petroleum Institute video seems downright silly because of its lack of sophistication and blatant messaging. But is it really? Can you spot ways in which business still works to influence political viewpoints through media?

 

Yellow Journalism and the start of “Fake News”, Multiple JPEGs

“Fake News” has been with us since News became something for which one paid. Newspapers were a controversy of the 20th Century (like Social Media today) as they became the object of increased consolidation and corporate ownership. You will realize the names of the “Fake News” publishers of the past are still familiar to you over 100 years later. The same men who flamed the passions of war, slandered statesmen, and manipulated public opinion had one last laugh as they made their namesakes the label of integrity in journalism.

 

Speed Gibson of the International Police MP3, Radio Drama 1937

Speed Gibson of the International Police was a radio series of popular entertainment.  Hearing it makes one think of the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew (or maybe Scooby Doo) but listen to the irony of the cheerful references to thugism, state surveillance, and a secret society of police. Isn’t this the stuff of popular entertainment today? The trope of secret police working day and night to protect us from unseen threats might seem quaint and old-fashioned but isn’t this still a popular entertainment theme? The idea of acting with impunity to clear away all obstacles in your path and always being judged righteous is practically a modern fable.

 

NSA Headquarters JPEG

National Security Administration Headquarters. Secret Agents working in the dark with oversight by secret courts to save you from enemies you’ve never seen, because you aren’t qualified to know.

 

Checkpoint Charlie JPEG

Checkpoint Charlie was the embodiment of the dystopian state so toxic to its own citizens that a complex wall needed to be erected to keep citizens from escaping.  Attached to the infamous Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie was the dividing line between the “Free West” and “Soviet East” for decades.

 

Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” eBook & PDF

Brave New World is one of the Classical Trilogy of Dystopian novels (along with George Orwell’s 1984 and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451) that seem to have anticipated many of the trappings of our modern world. Unique to Huxley’s treatment is the anticipation of the power of the media culture and pressure from society as a means to manage citizens.  In many ways the familiar theme of 1984 seems comical and heavy-handed given the real-world failure of totalitarian regimes like the East German Stasi State and the Soviet Union.  Brave New World will resonate with readers as it crafts a world obsessed with Media, state-sanctioned drugs, and the incessant drumbeat of popular culture.  While you read it, consider the impact of Social Media on news and public opinion, the Opioid Crisis and Legal Marijuana, and the prevalence of Sensationalist and Celebrity News.