WELCOME

Of all the things I’ve lost–I miss my mind the most. —Ozzy Osbourne

Welcome to the My Lost Mind site. Hopefully visitors will find more sanity here than the name suggests. For some it could even be too much sanity.

Actually the site’s name is derived from the idea (possibility?) that I have lost my mind. And in fact there are people who claim that it is true. The problem is that I dare to “think outside the box” as the saying goes. In many aspects of what people call politics I have left the realm of what most people believe. This in turn makes it hard for others to accept a lot of what I have come to believe.

My reasons for creating this site is shared in the article My Purpose. Please read it and hang out awhile. There’s a place at the bottom of all pages where visitors can sign up to receive notification when I post new articles. I am pretty erratic about that, so I don’t think anyone’s e-mail inbox will be flooded. Thank you for stopping by.

FREEDOM

The word seems like a simple one, and it can be applied in many ways. “I’m free for the weekend.” Or maybe “Jack was divorced last year and is really enjoying his newly-found freedom.” We hear and use the word every day or nearly every day.

Yet when freedom is used when talking about people in a society or culture, the word is not well-understood at all.

Meme with Janis Joplin and famous words from her song, "Me and Bobby McGee"

Maybe those words from that song “Me and Bobby McGee” threw people off track–at least those who are old enough to remember the song. It at least shows how the word ‘freedom’ is thrown about with little or no thought given to its true meaning.

And of course the “true” meaning is very hard to define. This is partly because most things I have read talk about two separate realms or types of freedom: personal and political.

My focus on this site will be mostly on political freedom. It is a huge subject, one that I have spent many hours trying to better understand for myself. Honestly what has helped me most along the road to understanding the deeper meaning of freedom has been learning more about voluntarism (a softer word for anarchism) which is an abused and poorly-understood word. More on that subject in future articles.

If I put the subject out on the front page it is because I think it is an important one. it was at the forefront when America’s Founding Fathers created the U. S. Constitution. We often refer, either mentally or out loud, to things like freedom of speech. Yet I believe that most people take it for granted, assuming that the basic freedoms will always exist. At times when I have suggested that our freedoms are being eroded, others have told me “I don’t feel any less free than I did 25 years ago,” which of course just proves that people don’t understand the true meaning of the word beyond whether or not they can climb into their car and drive anywhere they choose. (And that freedom too will be diminished soon).

To my way of thinking this is a serious problem, since if we intend to fight to defend something we can’t do much if we don’t actually understand what it is that we are trying to defend. Former president Ronald Reagan probably understood freedom better than any president in my lifetime. He knew that it is elusive, and said out loud in several speeches that we need to fight to preserve it. That fight needs to be an active one; it cannot be left on auto-pilot.

I will continue to attach links here to articles and maybe videos that I think help us better understand freedom. For now I will leave the best ‘definition’ I have found (though I don’t agree with many points that the author makes). It is from the magazine Psychology Today.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/happiness-in-world/201201/the-true-meaning-freedom

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Following along with the theme of outside-the-box ideas (My Lost Mind) is this article about anarchism:

https://mylostmind.net/2017/09/22/more-anarchism/

NEVER-ENDING WARS

Has anyone else noticed that the U. S. seems to be stuck in a rut–of war after war that never end? If we look back to the start of the 20th century, there was in intermission between the world wars. The Korean War followed shortly after World War II and there has been barely time to take a deep breath between wars since.

Some wars are of short duration, such as when the U. S. invaded Panama between mid-December 1989 through January 1990. A year later the first Iraq war, usually called the “Gulf War,” was launched. Other wars, such as the invasion of Grenada in 1983, are relatively small-scale and a majority of Americans never become aware of them.

That all changed after the events of September 11, 2001. War has been continuous since. Barely a month later the U. S. invaded Afghanistan when the Taliban declined to extradite Osama bin-Laden and several others suspected of involvement in the attacks in New York. The war in Afghanistan is now the longest war involvement in history–spanning 16 years.

The World’s Policeman

Virtually all wars are justified under the pretext of fighting human rights violations or otherwise making the world “safe for democracy.” This is a lie. And even if it were true, who died and declared America to be responsible for solving all the injustice in the world? Whether U. S. leadership likes it or not, sovereign nations have a right to their autonomy. They may not like the president or leader of a given country, but that gives them no right to intervene covertly with the CIA and/or other special forces to remove the leader. Interesting also is the fact that these coups are selective; often leaders with a much worse “track record” are given a pass at the same time far more docile ones are toppled.

US/NATO War Agenda

No surprise then that the true motive for intervention in a country is not the conditions in the country nor who the leader is. What matters is whether or not the leader/country is interfering with U. S. economic interests. These invasions have gone on for decades. The first one that I personally became aware of what the overthrow in Chile of duly-elected president Salvador Allende, who had decided to nationalize the U. S.-controlled companies Anaconda Copper and a couple of others.

Even prior to the events of 9/11 and George W. Bush becoming president, a scheme was drawn up to conduct invasions of seven countries in the Middle East and Africa. An article that includes an interview with General Wesley Clark can be found by following this link:

https://www.globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166

Personally I detest and resent the actions of the supposed “leaders” of the U. S. who act in their own self-interest while we the American citizens lose face around the world. I have traveled and currently live outside the U. S., and can attest to the fact that Americans are hated, not admired (as most people believe). Few Americans know this because the news is always sugar-coated by the media that is owned and controlled by the warmongers. It is unfortunate that people in other places cannot easily separate the actions of the U. S. government from the American people themselves–so as to realize that we are not the reason for the terror and millions of murders committed by the government. But if we think for a minute we should be able to understand. How would WE feel if a foreign power invaded our country and overthrew the president that we elected?

In the interest of this not becoming a history textbook I will stop here. I will likely put links to related articles below in the future.

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More Anarchism

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The Rambler

If the title to this article seems nebulous, that’s because it is nebulous. I could not think of a good title for what is floating about in my mind as I write this. So please forgive me if I ramble. I do try to maintain some degree of focus—to stick to a topic to its …

Politics

No, I am not a political scientist. I remember taking two courses in college, but that is as far as my formal studies went. When I first started college, psychology was my thing. I wanted to become a counselor or therapist. But that changed after a year for reasons unrelated to this article. I studied …