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Title - A Parable of Liberty Lost and Found

A Satirical Allegory about Liberty

A Parable of Liberty Lost and Found (cover)

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A Parable of Liberty Lost and Found is the fiction preamble of my nonfiction book, Making Global Sense, inspired by Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. Paine wrote Common Sense to spark national revolution. I wrote Global Sense to spark world evolution.

Thomas Paine began Common Sense with a parable about a remote community struggling to govern itself. He used the fable to show how various forms of government arise, to argue against hereditary monarchy, and to help create in America the first modern republic.

In updating his allegory in “A Parable of Liberty Lost and Found,” I aim to show how governments change when people and societies lose a genuine connection with Spirit, by whatever name we prefer for the divine creative force. We face this peril now, so I’m retelling Paine’s cautionary tale for us today. I’m adding an optimistic alternative ending to encourage the practical idealism of common global sense.

Paine published Common Sense in Philadelphia on January 10, 1776. This ebook excerpt from my unpublished book was released in Hawaii on January 10, 2018.

As an experiment, I’m offering this ebook to show a prospective publisher that there’s public support for my work, so the more readers I can report, the better. Therefore, if you are willing to help, you can get your own free copy by subscribing to my “Global Sense News” e-letter or by subscribing to my “Global Sense Blog” (use the form on the right). Your support is profoundly appreciated!

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A Parable of Liberty Lost and Found

  • Imagine with me a small group of brave humans who settle a large, remote and unoccupied island paradise surrounded by a vast ocean….

More generations pass. Government makes basic choices that people once made for themselves. Government decides when to harvest the field and where to grind the grain. Government decides who can tend the sick and how much it costs to be ill.

Government sets all the rules for commerce and industry as well as personal conduct in the community and home.Habits of mindfulness that once ensured joyful harmony have been replaced by habits of dull obedience. Compliance with the government earns social approval and rewards, which satisfy most people’s need for safety and love.

Spiritual consciousness is left to a few mystics and faith healers. They are respected not revered, or tolerated as quirky amusements, but denied any real social influence.

A descendant of preacher Al Cartman, Horace B. Cartman, runs for president. His name is tainted. Voters reject him. In retaliation, he urges election reform. He says public funding of campaigns denies “freedom of speech.” The government should pay for running the elections themselves, of course, but paying for all campaigns across the island, even in remote districts, is unfair to those suffering taxpayers who care only about their own backyards, the working stiffs, struggling to feed their hungry families, bless them.

Cartman and his secret backers offer a new constitutional amendment. Any private person or group may contribute to any campaign — citizens, businesses, trade unions, civic clubs, religious groups, even charities — but taxes may not fund anything beyond election administration and vote counting.

Foes of the measure finally win one concession: Donation records become public documents. The provision is meaningless, however, because campaigns already routinely keep two sets of books. It’s a difference that makes no difference.

A campaign of united citizens buys time on the newfangled broadcast radio and television networks. Letters to the editor run in the newspapers with a plain-folks appeal, “All of them darn campaigns should be paid for only by those who care about them, not by everyone,” writes one man. “Taxes for election campaigns is unfair to all of us like me who never even vote!” The amendment passes by a slender margin.

Competition for campaign donations soon spawns rival political parties. Each party adopts a platform of proposed laws, which the party machine sells to voters like a bill of goods. Scoundrels readily sway voters with patriotic appeals, saying the other party is an evil threat to the nation and must be feared. Bigots use racial slurs to divide and conquer the opposition. Passions get aroused and manipulated in this game of graft.

Meanwhile, each party ensures all candidates running for office, whether for the congress or the presidency, first prove their loyalty to the gentry. Elections convince the common people that their democracy is real, but the campaigns are a pretense, held for sport, actually. The ruling class still rules, men still rule, no matter who wins any election.

The elites are more powerful than ever. Wealthy donors assume they own the politicians they help to elect. Politicians spend more time raising funds than passing laws.

Still, the legislators’ job is lawmaking, so they generate a vibrational energy field attracting more problems to solve with more laws, hoping they look good to voters. They never see their trap.

If you like this except from the middle of the story, if you are curious about all that  happens on the island over many generations, their ups and downs, how the fable applies to our real lives today, please subscribe and download the whole ebook. Most folks tell me it takes about a half hour to read. I believe you will feel the time is worthwhile.

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First Windstar ‘Choices’ with John Denver

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FOUND this rare video today from the first 1986 Windstar Foundation “Choices For the Future” symposium in Aspen, hosted by John Denver. The video touches me because it’s still relevant to our world today, three decades later.

I attended the annual summer gatherings from 1988 until the last one in 1995, two years before JD passed. For most of those years, I was blessed to serve as the press room aide. I volunteered in the active Colorado Windstar Connections program, too. Connected my personal and spiritual growth with social and economic activism. Changed my life.

Hope you see for yourself what stirred my heart and mind:

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Bill Maher: Election Electroshock Therapy

Are you feeling electrified or electrocuted by the 2016 presidential election? Are you in shock? As a remedy of laughter and realism, please watch Bill Maher on HBO. I laugh because it hurts to cry.

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Would Trump Dump Democracy?

SOME in the GOP wish they could dump Trump, but do millions of Americans wish to see Trump dump democracy?

Trump’s most fervent followers want Donald John Trump to be the 45th President of the United States, whatever it takes to get the job done, democracy be damned. This scares me because a Trump victory in the electoral college looks increasingly difficult or doubtful but not downright impossible. With less than two weeks to go before  Election Day, The Donald is shouting about “conspiracy” and a “rigged” election.

Despite ample researched evidence that widespread vote tampering is not possible and is not happening, depute ample researched evidence that individual voter fraud is relatively rare, despite facts and logic, a Reuters poll show half of the electorate believes Trump about the election system begin rigged, The belief casts doubt on the entire democratic process, from local town councils to national government.

In a brazen act of hypocrisy and chutzpah, like a child having a temper tantrum, “man-baby” Trump refuses to accept the voting results will be valid “unless I win!” He plays the blame game to deny how he shot himself in the foot with his sexist, racist, and xenophobic outbursts.

Instead of thinking matters through, Trump’s most ardent True-Believer followers parrot his words, and some threaten to act on them by launching a violent revolution if he loses.

Why would Trump do and say such things, and why is all this surreal absurdity so dangerous for America and the world?

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Donald Trump points at others for his problems instead of looking within himself.

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Flying Solo: A Rite of Passage

CROWS call this mornings outside the Echo Park duplex in Los Angeles where Melissa and I are staying as I recuperate from September 13 cancer surgery. Crows and ravens are old totems for me, heralding deep changes in my life. Their presence this morning seems appropriate as as I prepare for tonight’s performance of “Flying Solo.”

The Flying Solo personal growth theater program was developed in Los Angeles by Revs. Patrick Feren and Rita Andriello, then at the Global Truth Center in North Hollywood. They introduced the program on Kauai this year after moving to Hawaii three years ago to start the Center for Spiritual Living Kauai. CSL previously  called Religious Science and Science of Mind.

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My restart at LA Hotel before surgery

Restart: A Site and a Life

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AMID  the restart of my life after the second cancer surgery, I’ve installed a new site theme, chosen by Melissa. Navigation requires clicking the line stack in the upper left corner or scrolling to the bottom of every screen. As time allows, I will work on making navigation better. Meanwhile, here’s an interim menu bar:

Judah Freed’s Blog | Making Global Sense | Hoku House Author Services | KIAPA | Newsletter | ResourcesAbout Judah Freed | Judah’s Archive | Contact

The site redesign reflects a life redesign. My restart occurs on every level.

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Isao Hashimoto: Time-Lapse Video of All Nuclear Explosions on Earth, 1945-1998

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto created this beautiful yet terrifying time-lapse map of the 2,053 nuclear explosions on earth between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May 1998. The video leaves out all tests since 1998, including North Korea’s questionable nuclear tests.

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever that country detonates a nuclear weapon. A running tally appears on the top and bottom bars of the screen. look for the national flags to pop up as countries enter the “nuclear club.”

Hashimoto began the project in 2003, saying his goal was showing “the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” The video starts very slowly  in 1945 and builds momentum with the crescendo starting around 1962, tapering off only recently. The overall effect is overwhelming and chilling.

Ideally, this video motivates you to  effectively advocate the peaceful resolution of our world conflicts.

Inspiring music videos from the Luminaries

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Good music and deep inspiration from the conscious hip-hop band, the Luminaries:



Kauai GMO ‘Right to Know’ Bill 2491 co-sponsor speaks out

Kauai County Council representative Gary Hooser talks about why he drafted Bill 2491 and what he hopes it will do for Kaua’i. He also lets us know what we can do to help to get it passed and what we can do as citizen action to stop the poisoning of our island from chemicals and GMO pollens. Please repost this video on your own website.

Attend Kauai GMO Hearing Today

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If you are on Kauai, please turn out today for the public hearing on County Council Bill 2491, which would protect the public’s right to know about the GMO crops being grown here and the toxic chemicals being used on these crops that may harm our health and our environment.

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Supreme Court rulings do and don’t show global sense

When it comes to civil rights, the U.S. Supreme Court seems to give with one hand what it takes away with the other.

Many celebrated yesterday’s decisions to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denied equal liberties to all couples, regardless of sexual orientation. In a parallel ruling, the high court rebuffed efforts to undo a lower-court ruling that same-sex marriage should be legal in California.

In both of these cases, the Supreme Court ruled that all people in the United States should enjoy equal rights and equal protection under the law, as provided in the U.S. Constitution.

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GMO-Free Kauai Rally

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GMO3-photoKauai, 25 May 2013 — Ever since January 2013 when Dr. Vandana Shiva spoke on Kauai about the GMO research crops contaminating the island ecology, Garden Isle residents increasingly have been speaking out against the biotech companies on Kauai.

The latest demonstration took place today on Kuhio Highway in Kapaa. At least 200 people from all ages and backgrounds lined both sides of the road. Waving signs and chanting slogans like “No label, no table,” opponents of genetically modified foodstuff called for GMO labeling as well as the eviction of the biotech companies from Kauai. Lawsuits are pending, apparently.

The national and international movement against GMOs continues to grow. If you are not already involved and vocal, please do your research, get the facts behind the industry propaganda, and then add your voice to this vitally important cause.

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Site Revival and Revisions

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Welcome back to those of you who visited this site in recent months and wondered why the web pages were not displaying properly. Sadly, the site had been hacked and progressively disabled. Ouch. The site has now been totally cleansed, secured in multiple layers, and wholly redesigned graphically from one end to the other. is now poised for growth!

With all the added security, comments on past blog posts have been re-opened, so I hope you will get active and get vocal as a reader. Please subscribe to the revamped newsletter, too.

And if you have ideas for improving the website, if you wish to communicate with me about  the book, Global Sense, or if you need a book coach, please click the contact link in the menu bar.

Stay tuned for the new fifth edition of Global Sense coming out this fall.

Thanks and blessings!

Occupy Wall Street Political Cartoons

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Congratulations to for posting 15 great political cartoons about the Occupy Wall Street protests. Check these out for yourself.  Below is a prime example:

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Timeless truth

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Given the rapid growth of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement across America and the world, these songs are as relevant today as more than 40 years ago.

The original recording of the classic Buffalo Springfield song brings it all back with vivid images.

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