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But Who Will Pick the Cotton?

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Dear Subscriber,

Whenever I hear someone asking "But who will build the roads?" as a
rebuttal to the idea of a stateless society, it always sounds to me
like, "But who will pick the cotton?" So I made a short video about

Larken Rose
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TMDS is Back!

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Dear Subscriber,

After various delays and complications, the second edition of "The
Most Dangerous Superstition" is now available, and orders are being
filled right now. If you ordered the book in the last few weeks, it
will be shipped very soon, probably today. If you were holding off
on ordering until the new books arrived, they did. It's once again
for sale on and (At the moment,
I still do bulk orders on an individual basis: tell me how many
copies you're looking for, and I'll make up a price.)

For those who asked, the "second edition" of the book has maybe
three new paragraphs, and maybe a dozen sentences reworded for
clarity, but that's about it--same cover, same layout, same
content, etc. So it only just barely deserves the label "second
edition," and you're not missing out on much if you already have
the first edition.

Just for fun, now that several thousand copies of TMDS are in
circulation, I will finally publicly ask: has anyone noticed the
hidden something in the cover design? I wanted to see if anyone
would notice it without me mentioning it, but so far no one has.
(Even when I say there's something there, most people still can't
find it.)


Larken Rose
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Last Call! - "Escaping the Myth" (CO)

This will be my last message to this list about the "Escaping the
Myth" event happening next Saturday, in Westminster, Colorado.

If you're like 99.9% of the population, you mean well, and your
intentions are good, but you are personally enabling and assisting
widespread injustice and suffering. Whether you view yourself as a
compassionate, open-minded liberal, or a moral, responsible
conservative, or almost anything else, you are almost certainly
doing things which act directly against your own values, what you
care about, and what you want the world to be.

I know, because for many years, while thinking I was pushing the
noble and righteous cause, I was accidentally harming the good guys
and helping the bad guys--not because I was malicious or evil, but
simply because I had been raised to see the world in a way that is
completely contrary to realty; I was taught to accept and believe
things that allowed my good intentions to be converted into fuel
for destruction and oppression. The sad part is, if someone had
told me that twenty years ago, I would have laughed at such a
ridiculous idea. Now, I am embarrassed and ashamed that I was ever
so blind, and ever could have allowed myself to be deceived into
acting as a pawn for the parasites and control freaks of the world.

If YOU were accidentally doing the same thing, would you want to
know about it? If you were inadvertently contributing to violence
and conflict, would it be worth it to you to re-examine your
assumptions and beliefs? If so, that's exactly what the "Escaping
the Myth" event is all about. Next Saturday, October 6th, an
"Escaping the Myth" event will be happening in Westminster,
Colorado (northern suburb of Denver). The event is interactive, but
totally non-confrontational. You won't be put on the spot, your
values and morals won't be questioned, and the entire event will be
informal, friendly and comfortable. The cost for attending this all-
day event (five separate sessions with breaks in between) is only
$60, and if by the end of the day your view of society and the
world hasn't changed significantly, you get your $60 back. So which
do you value more: your familiar paradigms and assumptions, or
truth and justice?

You can get tickets here:

Larken Rose
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P.S. If you live in or around the Denver area, or know people or
groups in that area, please forward this message on to them.

E.T.M.: What It's NOT About

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. E.T.M.: What it's NOT about!

I was just explaining to someone--or trying to explain--what
"Escaping the Myth" is all about, and I noticed that mostly I was
pointing out lots of things it's NOT about. I do this because there
are a lot of things I would wonder, if someone wanted me to go to
some event, which might keep me away. So here ya go. (The next one
is happening in Westminster, Colorado, in just over a week, on
October 6th, so get a move on!)

Q: "Will it be argumentative and confrontational?"
A: "Nope. Not at all."

Q: "Will I be put on the spot?"
A: "Nope. You can participate as little or as much as you want."

Q: "Will my values or morals be attacked?"
A: "Absolutely not."

Q: "Is this about religion?"
A: "No. Your religious beliefs, or lack thereof, are irrelevant for
this event."

Q: "Is this event more liberal, or more conservative?"
A: "No." (Even if you didn't think that was a yes-or-no question.)

Q: "Will I need to know stuff about philosophy?"
A: "No."

Q: "Will I need to know anything about history, or politics?"
A: "Nope, nothing."

Q: "Will I need to know anything about anything?"
A: "It will help if you can comprehend basic English. (Speaking it
is optional.)"

Q: "Do I need to be super-smart?"
A: "No. You don't even need to be of average intelligence."

Q: "Are there age restrictions?"
A: "Not really. The subject matter and presentation are appropriate
for teen and up. If you can sit still--or even sit fidgeting--for
an hour and a half at a time, you're welcome to attend."

Q: "Does the event push a particular candidate or political party?"
A: "No."

Q: "Is this some militia/survivalist thing, about overthrowing the
A: "No."

Q: "Well, what IS it about?"
A: "Show up and find out."

Q: "What if, when it's done, I don't think I learned anything?"
A: "You get your money back."

Q: "What if it dramatically alters my view of reality?"
A: "Deal with it."

Q: "How can I learn more about 'Escaping the Myth'?"
A: "Buy a ticket and go to it."

Larken Rose
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Two Weeks! = E.T.M. (CO)

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. Two Weeks! = "Escaping the Myth" (Colorado)

The "Escaping the Myth" event set to happen in Westminster,
Colorado is now only two short weeks away. I'm sure a good salesman
wouldn't admit this, but the response so far has been somewhat
timid. I think people on my list, or people familiar with what I
do, probably have a hard time imagining that I could spend a whole
day with "normal" people, introducing them to paradigm-smashing
concepts, without offending, insulting or enraging anyone. (After
all, OUTSIDE of "Escaping the Myth," I certainly have offended,
insulted and enraged more than my fair share of people. And I'm not
sorry about it.)

Again, I especially want the proverbial "choir members" to bring
people to this event who seem impossible to get through to, who
seem like nothing will ever change their minds, who seem completely
incapable of objectively examining their philosophical assumptions
at all. In other words, the people you think are LEAST likely to
get anything out of the event, are the ones I MOST want you to
bring along. With that in mind, I'm expanding my money-back deal:
If you bring along a "normal" person--someone still anywhere on the
mainstream political spectrum (left, right, whatever)--and the
event doesn't change his view of things, I'll give BOTH of you your
money back. So hey, even if he doesn't learn a dang thing, you'll
get to go for free!

I know this sounds like I'm claiming to have found a way to do the
impossible. And, being a human being myself (more or less), I'm
quite familiar with the tendency to not believe people who say
they've accomplished something impossible. It took me sixteen years
of dealing with "normal" people to come up with this approach, and
it's unlike anything I've seen anyone else do, and unlike anything
I've done before either. I like ranting, and I like arguing, but
"Escaping the Myth" is not that at all.

In the past few months, I've had lots and lots of people tell me
that my book, "The Most Dangerous Superstition," drastically
changed their view of reality, and many have specifically said that
it's the most important book they've ever read. Well, I think
"Escaping the Myth" is, in many ways, a far better "eye-opener"
than TMDS. But of course, it can help open someone's eyes only if
that someone attends the event. I can't make your family and
friends come to "Escaping the Myth," but if you can find a way to
make that happen, both of you get your money back if the event
doesn't significantly change the way they see the world.

Unfortunately, the first "Escaping the Myth" I did (in Michigan)
was mostly to the proverbial choir, and I failed to get the e-mail
addresses of the few "normal" people they brought along. So mostly
my follow-up questions were to people more or less already on the
same page, making the results not entirely useful. However, it is
still worth mentioning that, of all the people I asked about the
event afterwards, they all agreed that: 1) the event was perfectly
comfortable and non-confrontational through-out; 2) they would
encourage others to attend, and in fact; 3) they couldn't think of
anyone they WOULDN'T recommend attend the event (though a couple
said they weren't sure how certain people might respond). And of
those mostly on the same page already, most of them said it helped
them clarify their understanding of things, and gave them ways to
better get others to understand things.

As for the few "normal" people there--people who still had at least
some residue of the common "political" paradigm--I can report what
I saw, though you might suspect me of being a biased reporter.
There was no hostility and no argument at all during the event.
There were a couple heated discussions during the breaks, but I can
hardly ban attendees from arguing with each other in their spare
time. During the five sessions of the event there was none of that.
I only emphasize what DIDN'T happen (arguing, stress,
confrontation, anger) because I know that expecting those things
would be a big factor in whether I'd want to bring a statist I know
to some other event.

So the worst case scenario is that you bring someone along, he
closes his eyes and plugs his ears through the whole thing, no one
gets offended or insulted, and both of you get your money back
(even if you did get something out of it). To me, that doesn't
sound like a huge risk to take. And anything better than the worst
case scenario--for example, your friend can suddenly talk to you
about stuff without having emotional tantrums--ought to be well
worth your $60. As a final salesman trick, I'll say this: if you
live in Colorado and MISS this one, and then hear from other people
how great it was, well, you'll be poop out of luck, because I don't
expect to be in Colorado again any time soon, if ever. This is
probably where I'm supposed to say "ACT NOW!" and stuff like that,
but instead I'll just give you the website where you can get
tickets for "Escaping the Myth":


Larken Rose
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Hagmann Report

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Dear Subscriber,

If you scroll down a bit on the page linked to below, you can find
the archived audio of an interview I recently did on the Hagmann
Report. I thought it was a remarkably civil, polite, and coherent
discussion, among people who DON'T agree. Check it out:

Larken Rose
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