My partner's experiences in Seattle radicalized him.
My use of "radical" intends to convey the original "going to the root" meaning.
I have published this essay in other formats: format (10.7 megabytes) and format without visible links (the closest experience to reading a book), to honor different methods of digesting this essay, but this html version comprises the online textbook that I intended this essay to be. NASA recruited my father to work in Mission Control during the Space Race, and I was trained from childhood to be a scientist.
My first professional mentor invented as Nikola Tesla did, and among his many inventions was an engine hailed by a federal study as the worlds most promising alternative to the internal combustion engine.
Our public awareness efforts became highly successful and we were building free energy prototypes.
In early 1988, our efforts were targeted by the local authorities, again at the behest of energy interests, both local and global.
I helped free my partner, but my life had been ruined by the events of 1988, and in 1990 I left Ventura and never returned.
I had been radicalized ("awakened"), and I then spent the next several years seeking understanding of what I had lived through and why the world worked starkly differently from how I was taught that it did.
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As I discovered the hard way, contrary to my business school indoctrination, there is little that resembles a free market in the USA, particularly in its energy industry, and there has never been a truly free market, a real democracy, a free press, an objective history, a purely pursued scientific method, or any other imaginary constructs that our dominant institutions promote.