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Deprogramming in Colorado (October 6th)

Some people have started to half-jokingly refer to my "Escaping the
Myth" event as a "deprogramming" session. That term might sound a
bit arrogant, because it sounds a little like saying, "You've been
duped, but I'll straighten you out." Of course, no one thinks that
he is duped--whether he is or not. (By definition, one who has been
duped doesn't know he's been duped.) Perhaps a more accurate
description of "Escaping the Myth" is that it's a "self help"
program for those whose heads are still stuck in the mainstream
paradigm regarding "politics." But that might sound a bit
condescending, too. Contrary to what you might expect, the event is
NOT about me saying, "You believe A, and you should believe B." As
odd as this may sound, my beliefs don't really enter into it.
Instead, the event helps people examine their own assumptions
regarding "politics," "government," and even society in general,
find any inherent contradictions that might be rattling around
inside their heads, and resolve them.

Of course, no one thinks he has a self-contradictory view of
reality. (I certainly didn't think that, back when I accepted the
standard dogma about "government" and "politics.") And that's why I
make this deal: if by the end of the day, someone who attends
"Escaping the Myth" says he didn't find any inconsistencies in his
own beliefs and behaviors--with that person being his own judge and
jury--then I give him his money back, without question or argument.
But still, why would people want to go, if they don't think their
view of the world needs "fixing"? I know the "old me" wouldn't be
interested. I already knew what was real (no, I didn't), I already
had a clear view of the world (no, I didn't), and my political
beliefs were already the right ones (no, they weren't). Why go to
the doctor if you feel fine? Why come to "Escaping the Myth," if
you think your viewpoint is already the correct one (which everyone

Consider this: So far, has your political advocacy (whatever it is)
achieved the world you've always dreamed of? No? And do you expect
it to some time soon? Or ever? No? Want to know why it isn't
working? Or have you just decided that everything is hopeless, and
nothing will ever fix the world? Well dang, if that's how you view
the future of your own political philosophy, what could you
possibly have to lose by attending "Escaping the Myth"? (If it
doesn't change how you see the world, you don't even lose your $60.)

"Escaping the Myth" basically takes what I went through over a
period of many years, and distills it down to one day's worth of
concentrated paradigm smashing--but in a gentle, completely non-
confrontational way. Really it's just a matter of digging inside
one's own head for contradictions and false assumptions, and
repairing them. (Although that sounds simple, it can be a life-
changing experience.) And the attendees do the digging, the
finding, and the repairing, for themselves. I just stand there
holding the tool box, and pointing out helpful places to look. The
purpose of the event is not to give people a mind transplant, but
to remove a little "malicious software" that has been sneakily
installed by some devious hackers. I have no desire to mess with
anyone's core values, or anyone's moral code--whether it matches
mine or not. I just want to help people be TRUE to their values and
morals, because if everyone just did that, most of mankind's
problems, and the vast majority of injustice and suffering in the
world, would instantly vanish. And if you fit anywhere in the
"mainstream" political discussion, I can and will prove to you, in
several different ways, that you ARE betraying your own values and
moral code, in a drastic way, on a regular basis--not due to
malice, but just due to a misperception of reality. If you don't
think this is true of you, I dare you to come to "Escaping the

As an analogy, imagine if you found an island tribe, and the folk
there told you, "We love peace, justice and prosperity, and we
throw a virgin into the volcano every month, so the god of the
volcano will give us those things." Obviously, their ultimate goal
(peace, justice and prosperity) is not the problem, but their means
of attempting to achieve that goal is. Not only will their approach
fail to achieve the desired results, but it constitutes murder:
hardly something conducive to peace or justice. Well, most "modern"
people still believe things and do things which are just as
irrational, but even more destructive. Again, no thinks his OWN
view of reality is skewed or distorted. (The moment someone thinks
that, his view of reality changes.) That's why, if someone who
attends "Escaping the Myth" can, at the end of the day, look me in
the face and say, "My view of reality was just fine before I came
in," he gets his $60 back.(*) If, on the other hand, you learn that
you say and do things which go directly against what you really
believe in, what you really care about, what you want the world to
be--if your good intentions are actually fueling evil--wouldn't it
be worth $60 to find that out? If so, here's where you can get


Larken Rose
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(* If you're already familiar with my stuff, and have already gone
through "statist rehab" in one form or another, you'll still
probably get a lot out of "Escaping the Myth," but it won't be as
much of a paradigm shift for you. But I'll still keep the deal
open, that if it doesn't change how you see things, at least a
little, I'll give you your $60 back.)

Scope and Scale (take TWO!)

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Dear Subscriber,

In my last message, the link to the article was chopped in half, so
it didn't work without "emergency link reconstruction surgery."
Anyway, THIS link will work. Again, this is for anyone who is
hanging on to the belief in "government" because you think we need
it to protect us from foreign invaders.


Larken Rose
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Scope and Scale

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Dear Subscriber,

If you're one of those people who think we need to hang on to
"government," to protect us from foreign invaders, read this:


Larken Rose
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My Way-Better Half

Today, September 12, 2012, marks Tessa's and my twentieth
anniversary. For twenty years she has put up with being married to
an obsessive, messy, non-conformist trouble-maker, who would rather
rant about political philosophy than pick up his socks. And when,
after being married fourteen years, I managed to get her imprisoned
for a month (for being married to me), she didn't leave me. (Well,
she left me for a month, but you know what I mean.) When I did my
year as a political prisoner for not bowing to kiss the IRS ring,
she came and visited me. When my "hobby" of battling the federal
extortion racket got us robbed into poverty, she still didn't
abandon me. (Does that make her courageous, or just stupid? Hard to
say.) It can't be easy to be married to me--I certainly wouldn't
want to be married to me. But she never bailed out.

Tessa is brilliant and brave, not to mention beautiful. (She's been
thirty years old now for two decades, which is somewhat baffling.)
A lot of people throw around the phrase, "I couldn't have done it
without you." In this case, it's literally true. Not only does
Tessa have a big influence on my talks, my videos, and my books--
sometimes because she helps write them, and other times because she
gives her feedback and critique--but I literally can't imagine what
would have happened if she hadn't been with me for the past twenty
years. Those of us pitching true freedom to the world are often
plagued by feelings of frustration and being isolated, trying to
tell a truth to billions of people who don't want to hear it. If
Tessa hadn't been there, providing at least one reliable "kindred
spirit" I could count on, I don't know what would have happened. I
highly doubt it would have been good.

So far, I've been a mediocre provider (at best), hopefully a half
decent husband and father, but have done things which brought down
the wrath of control freaks on my family. However, while keeping
your head down may keep you out of trouble today, if none of the
good people do anything other than keeping their heads down, the
world becomes a very unpleasant place to live very quickly. So
while I regret what I've put my family through, I'm also proud of
what we have accomplished. On my videos, and when I give talks,
it's usually my ugly mug you see. (We all know that Tessa's face
would be a drastic improvement, but it's hard to convince her to do
such things.) But there is no way I'd still be doing this, and no
way I would have accomplished much of anything, if I had been alone
in this. And there aren't very many who would have dared to stay on
this journey with me.

I am ridiculously, unjustifiably lucky to have Tessa's support.
I've seen lots and lots of guys who decided to fight for freedom,
only to be abandoned, or even attacked, by "significant others" who
valued temporary security over long-term freedom and justice. It's
somewhat understandable, but also depressing to see those few who
are willing to fight for freedom being left out to dry by everyone
around them. If Tessa had been the kind of person to do that, I
doubt I would have accomplished much of anything in the last twenty
years. In fact, I'm not even sure I'd still be alive.

Anyway, I could rant on and on about how awesome Tessa is, in many
different ways, but you get the general idea. And if you want to
send Tessa your thanks, or support, or sympathies, or condolences,
for putting up with me for two freaking decades (holy smokes!), you
can send her stuff (by way of me) at the address below. If you're
at all thankful for anything I've ever done, then thank Tessa,
because little or none of it would have happened without her.


Larken Rose
P.O. Box 653
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

COLORADO: Escaping the Myth (Oct. 6th) !


. .
. Colorado: "Escaping the Myth" (Oct. 6th)

Well, it took a while, but we finally have a date and place for an
"Escaping the Myth" event in Colorado. I know this is pretty late
notice, but we only just got the details figured out. For anyone
anywhere near there, I have no idea when I'll get to Colorado
again, so this may be your one and only chance to attend this
event. It will happen on Saturday, October 6, in Westminster,
Colorado (between Boulder and Denver). This time it will all happen
in one day, but it's an all-day event: starting at 9:00 a.m. and
ending around 9:00 p.m. It consists of five sessions, with big
breaks in between.

Again, it's hard to fully explain exactly what the event covers,
and what attendees will learn. (If I could do that in a couple
sentences, the event wouldn't take a whole day.) But I will say
this: I have never seen anyone (including me) do anything that
comes close to this event in terms of getting "normal" people--
people still stuck in the mainstream "political" paradigm
(Democrat, Republican, whatever)--to recognize and give up the
irrational and dangerous contradictions that underly the
"political" beliefs of almost everyone.

Obviously, the concepts of self-ownership, the non-aggresison
principle, and voluntaryism are not new. But, as many of us have
seen first hand, trying to introduce "normal" people to such
concepts--ideas that don't match their preconceived assumptions and
paradigms--tends to make people unreceptive, defensive, even
hostile. What should be a rational, intellectual discussion often
quickly deteriorates into an emotional argument. This is something
that those who advocate true liberty often run up against. As a
result, they often give up, and proclaim, "This guy just won't
listen, refuses to questions his assumptions, and will never change
his mind!"

That guy (or girl) is exactly who "Escaping the Myth" is for. The
event was carefully designed to completely avoid and bypass
confrontation and argument, to show that what every "normal" person
really wants is actually at odds with his OWN "political" beliefs.
In other words, though this is over-simplifying a bit, whereas most
freedom advocates send a message along the lines of "What you are
advocating goes against what I believe in," "Escaping the Myth"
sends the message--and thoroughly proves it--"What you are
advocating goes against what YOU believe in." In other words,
instead of a clash between opinions, the event politely and non-
confrontationally shows people how and why all mainstream
"politics" has inherent contradictions, and how it always ends up
going against the moral codes and values of those involved, no
matter how zealous and righteous they may feel in their political

Again, any description I attempt to give of the event will hugely
understate its importance and effectiveness. One reason I'm making
it only $60--which, for an all-day event is ridiculously
inexpensive--is so people can't use the expense as an excuse not to
go. In fact, if at the end an attendee says the event didn't change
how he sees the world, he gets his money back--no questions, no

It has taken me about sixteen years of talking to people about
these things--with many success stories, if I may say so--to
understand not only the principles involved, but what it is about
human psychology that often gets in the way of people understanding
and embracing what should be an obviously beneficial concept:
universal freedom and peaceful coexistence. Of course, I can't make
all your friends and family go to the event. But if you do that
part, I bet I can do something you didn't think was possible.
Again, while I think even the proverbial "choir" would get a lot
out of this, I really, really, really, really want people to make
an effort to bring along one or two "normal" people, because that
is who this event is really for, and those are the people it can do
the most good for.

Tickets should be available on the web site soon, but right now I'm
just telling THIS LIST about it first. If you want to order tickets
now, they're $60 each. Payment can be sent via PayPal to
"This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." or by cash, check, or money order, to the
address below. Now, because of the interactive nature of the event,
there may only be FORTY seats available at the event (hopefully
50), so don't dawdle. Again, I doubt this is going to happen again
in the Colorado area any time soon--if ever.


Larken Rose
P.O. Box 653
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

"Kicking the Dragon" in ePub

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Dear Subscriber,

Okay, I'm pretty clueless about e-book stuff, but I had several
people say they would want the epub version of "Kicking the
Dragon," but not the Kindle version. While we work on making it so
people can order either on the web site, I'm expanding my deal,
just to THIS e-mail list: If you want the epub version of "Kicking
the Dragon," fling me $5 and I'll e-mail it to you. (It's an 8.6 MB
file.) You can fling $5 at me through PayPal, at
"This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." or via "snail mail" at the address below.
But remember to specify WHICH FORMAT you want, because now I have
"mobi" (for Kindle) and "epub" available.

Larken Rose
P.O. Box 653
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006