When I posted the video for this article, I received an excellent comment asking a great question. When talking about a class system in America and recognizing it, this person wanted to know what to do about it. Here is the comment:
“All well and good, but how do we the people reign in corruption in our government from our meager station? When my best year is working in a machine shop, I made $63,000; someone like Hank Johnson makes $174,000 plus perks. Look up Hank Johnson’s quote about Guam.”
My first instinct was to reply to this guy and say, “well, this is why I wrote my new book, The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business, to undo this very notion of a class structure in our political world.” That is, after all, how you fight it. The thing to do is to understand what is happening then divorce yourself from that class system. Don’t let them call you Middle Class or anything as such. Ignore their class system, function without it. Of course, his question is that we’re all in it whether or not he likes it. And to that, I would say, read my new book; it tells you exactly how to function without a class system, but one of earned merit. But that is kind of cheap to say, “go read my book.” That’s why I wrote it and why it’s separate from something like an article on this blog. It’s an actual strategy guide for undoing many of the corrosive forces holding back our current society, whether raw progressivism or malicious communism using a class system to enforce their control over the masses. Or the cost structure of your company and its success or failure and the ultimate connection it has to your ability to make a living. An answer to a question like his deserves at least some perspective. Yes, my book would help him, but some context to the problem is well worth answering.
In the video above, I talk about one of the most important things to both males and females that there is in the world, the pecking order of our species and where we reside on it. I attended a lecture on Joseph Campbell many years ago in Washington D.C., where this topic was covered, and it has always stuck with me. Not because I agree with it as an accepted reality, but because it truly is one of the most significant elements of human society anywhere in the world. Our entire public school system is built around this premise, so the people that want to control us, like the guy mentioned in that question, use the pecking order system as a way to preserve their reality. Once we become adults and accept our pecking order station in life, whether it’s at the top or the bottom or somewhere in between, we typically stay there the rest of our lives. The guy who accepts that he’s not very smart marries the safe girl who balloons up into a big hipped pillow of flesh in her middle years has kids that don’t like him, and who stays in middle management his whole life was put there through the pressure cooker of adolescence by society, and he never questioned it. He accepted it and moved on to living life. That way, when a government tells him to wear a mask or pay huge taxes, he pays the money without question and does what he can to avoid conflict and work from week to week to catch the next Sunday NFL games, which he genuinely enjoys. If he’s daring, he may put $5 into the office pool and play the brackets of NFL teams who pick the most winners from week to week. He might treat himself to BW3s and a cold beer that his wife won’t know about if he wins.
That previous paragraph might sound like a sad case, but it’s a situation to some degree or another what a majority of people believe about themselves. I used the example of a guy because it’s genuinely understood. Women have the same problems but with a different focus. Did I marry the right guy for my children? Is this the best house I could get as a nest for my family? Did I get the best DNA for my children using all my female charms to do so? Again, these aren’t things we talk about, but they are the things that concern us most. The higher up the pecking order, the better spouse you get, the more resources you have access to. How much do you fight to rise to the top, or is it better to keep your head down and accept where they put you in life? These are the things that keep all of us up at night. The pecking order mentality is a carryover from years of evolution in our species. But intellectually, as I argue in my book, America came along to shatter that reality. And for a period, we did just that. Over time and with the introduction of progressivism from Europe, masking outright Marxism, the class system has crept back into American vocabulary to present us with today’s problems. The solution to those problems is to cast off the class system.
My book demonstrates that the American Gunfighter was romanticized the way they were because it showed that people of all stations in life could throw off the class system. Gunfighters like Wild Bill and wild west performers like Buffalo Bill Cody demonstrated that through western expansion, not old money from Europe, people could become wealthy and independent through panning for gold, winning at gambling, or gunfighting bad guys in dusty streets. I would point to the magical Second Amendment and say to anybody that the key to casting off the class system in America is in the Bill of Rights, especially the Second Amendment. The right to own and carry a gun for your self-defense means that you cannot be forced into a pecking order position where the strongest and fastest can step ahead of you in life and take the best spouse and the most money. If you can shoot, you can have the world at your feet. You can be small, fat, tall, and ugly, but you can also be rich just like anybody else in aristocracy, and you can have a clean and independent life if you dare to. That is the short answer to that original question. For the long answer, I’d say read the book. But to get to the gist of it, pecking orders are a shackle on our minds that we need to be free of. Gun ownership is the first step to taking those shackles off not so that you can shoot people who are in front of you. But so that you can know that they can’t force themselves on you and push you into a position on that pecking order where you don’t want to be. And it is in that mindset that freedom is born.
Only when you stop acknowledging the class system can you bring down the aristocrats of old who want Marxism to put them in the upper class to have the best of what the world offers without actually being the best at anything. To the point that Hank Johnson rules over the hard-working machine shop worker because he makes more money, well, the assumption is that money indicates where we all are on the pecking order of life. If an ugly guy tries to pick up a nice-looking woman in a bar, she won’t pay him any mind and will blow him off quickly. At first glance, fair or not, she doesn’t want his DNA to make a bunch of ugly kids. But, if that ugly guy has a lot of money, well then, she will likely talk to him. She’ll put up with the ugly kids for the nice house and not worry about money for the rest of her life. That’s the effect of the pecking order. We’ve allowed those rules to shape our culture in such away. But when someone like Hank Johnson makes more money than us, we accept that he is higher up the pecking order than we are, so we naturally obey him, even when we know better. The key is to stop thinking like that and to start thinking like a gunfighter. You don’t have to shoot anybody to make your point. All you need to do is stop playing their game and know that you can be anything you want; you can make all the money you wish to, if only you dare to in America.