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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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"Escaping the Myth" - Colorado

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Dear Subscriber,

Just in case the link in my last mail committed suicide by chopping
itself in half--which has happened before--here's a better link for
getting tickets to the "Escaping the Myth" event happening in
Westminster, Colorado this October 6th:


Larken Rose
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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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