Prologue: Three Types of Conquest
History reveals nations can be conquered by the use of one or more of three methods.
The most common is conquest by war. In time, though, this method usually fails, because
the captives hate the captors and rise up and drive them out if they can. Much force is
needed to maintain control, making it expensive for the conquering nation.
A second method is by religion, where men are convinced they must give their captors part
of their earnings as "obedience to God." Such a captivity is vulnerable to
philosophical exposure or by overthrow by armed force, since religion by its nature lacks
military force to regain control, once its captives become disillusioned.
The third method can be called economic conquest. It takes place when nations are placed
under "tribute" without the use of visible force or coercion, so that the
victims do not realize they have been conquered. "Tribute" is collected from
them in the form of "legal" debts and taxes, and they believe they are paying it
for their own good, for the good of others, or to protect all from some enemy. Their
captors become their "benefactors" and "protectors".
Although this is the slowest to impose. It is often quite long lasting, as the captives do
not see any military force arrayed against them, their religion is left more or less
intact, they have freedom to speak and travel, and they participate in
"elections" for their rulers. Without realizing it, they are conquered, and the
instruments of their own society are used to transfer their wealth to their captors and
make the conquest complete.
In 1900 the average American worker paid few taxes and had little debt. Last year,
payments on debts and taxes took more than half of what he earned. Is it possible a form
of conquest has been imposed on America? Read the following pages and decide for yourself.
And may God have mercy on this once debt-free and great nation.
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