Quote of the day—Brandon Smith

If you are afraid to lose something, then that something can be used to control you. Carano was not afraid to lose and so she could not be controlled, and I commend her for that. The example she has set for others is far more valuable than any work that she might have done by submitting to the Hollywood Cheka. If only the majority of people would do the same, our civilization could change for the better overnight.
All tyranny is an illusion predicated on fear within the minds of the enslaved. So, do not fear.

Brandon Smith
February 24, 2021
How Societies Are Imprisoned: The Whole World Will One Day Be Like Hollywood?
[See also this example.—Joe]

7 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Brandon Smith

  1. Which goes to show, as if there was any doubt, Hollywood has no interest in strong women AND NEVER HAS. A woman, Olivia De Havilland broke the studio system with her lawsuit who was then black balled so severely she had to team up with other early stars to found United Artists. Harvey Weinstein IS Hollywood, with the mask pulled away, never forget it.

    • I thought United Artists was founded in 1919 by Charlie (Charles) Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and D.W. Griffith.
      Olivia De Havilland sued Warner Brothers and won, her action resulting in “The de Havilland Rule” which said that a seven year contract mean seven years, not seven years actively working on films. Prior to her suit, the contracts were for seven years, and within that time, any refusal to make an assigned film resulted in a suspension without pay, and the time in which the film was made without the actor was added to the end of the contract.
      She was blacklisted for winning, so ultimately she moved to Paris and married an executive.
      Thanks to her the broken studio system was broken for good, and thousands of actors and actresses are able to make more money nowadays and make films other than what the studios ordered them to make.

  2. A good point.

    That’s the reason why company towns with the company store were a trap. Losing that job meant losing your home while still being in debt at the company store – they owned you for all practicable purposes.

    It’s also the lesson learned from the great depression – be neither a lender nor borrower. Both got taken to the cleaners. For my parents, debt was evil and to be used only as a last resort for as short a time as possible. They had seen too many families lose everything during the 30s.

    Even accepting charity or welfare was suspect and frowned on – it meant that you were dependent upon your provider and not carrying your full share.

    Being canceled will likely always hurt, but if you have resources you can also say fuck you and go on with your life. Yet, today many people not only have substantial debt, but they are also living paycheck to paycheck. That’s also the reason why the Democrats want dependent voters and have focused on the have nots that are dependent upon the Democrats to keep the money flowing.

    It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.

  3. I commend Ms. Carano for having the bravery to stand up and speak her mind.
    However…..it’s a LOT EASIER to do so when you have already made a buttload of money and if necessary can simply STOP WORKING. If Ms. Carano was wise and invested her earnings properly she need never worry about paying the bills ever again…..and can afford to thumb her nose at her industry. The ugly reality is the vast majority of Americans are NOT in such a position and therefore MUST be circumspect in how they present themselves to the world around them.

  4. “For my parents, debt was evil and to be used only as a last resort for as short a time as possible. They had seen too many families lose everything during the 30s. “

    Ab-so-rutely. Even children growing up during that period learned the lesson; my father had one – “1” – credit card, and it was a gasoline company card he only carried and used on summer road trips. Everything, and I mean everything was bought for cash – groceries, clothes, automobiles, – and at the lowest possible price he could negotiate. Many’s the salesman left bruised and bloody on the floor after the old man got done wheeling and dealing. Oscar Wilde quipped “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing;” my father knew both, and more importantly, what the value was to him. When he died and we had to sell his house to pay estate taxes (#@&% Congress and IRS ) the realtor could not understand that there was no title insurance policy on the house; simple answer, there was no mortgage requiring it because he paid cash.

    There are times, and situations, in which “renting someone else’s money” is the smart move, but in actuality those instances are less common than we believe, and “convenience” has come to outweigh “intelligent.” I suspect in the coming months and years many are in position to learn the painful lessons our grandparents and parents learned in the ’30s.

    • I have two cards, because ‘two is one and one is none’. And I pay off BOTH, in full, every month.

      But yeah, your argument is sound. When I started seriously working for a living (as opposed to summer jobs), I started analyzing expenditures in terms of hours worked. This car costs me X hours, this computer costs me Y hours, etc. All the way down to ‘this meal costs Z hours’. It’s a very sobering way to look at things.

      I have my faults, but I’d like to think I’ve got a better sense of thrift than some people.

  5. Watched “Kill the Irishman” on Netflix the other day, it illustrated this no fear attitude succiently, from a story inspired by true events. Some of the special effects are high-school media class grade stuff, but the acting and story are well worth watching.

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