I have a counterfeit Morgan silver dollar that I bought from eBay years ago. I didn’t even realize it was counterfeit until years later, after I’d learned a little more and was examining my silver. Now I keep it as a reminder that I can be fooled, I’d probably sell it if someone wanted a counterfeit Morgan, though.
I’m sure I even gave the scammer good feedback at the time.
The US Constitution is another counterfeit that once fooled me. I once thought it protected individual liberty. Then I encountered Hologram of Liberty by Kenneth W. Royce. But I was already almost there anyway because of Lysander Spooner and others– as well as because of my own observations over the years. So it told me what I already believed.
More recently the Covid pandemic almost pulled me in. I was ready to panic– not to impose anything on anyone else of course, just personally, as an individual. Fortunately, I recognized it as a counterfeit existential threat before I had given up my sovereignty or betrayed my principles. You can watch my thoughts about it progress over time by checking out, in chronological order, all the posts tagged “coronavirus“.
You are surrounded by counterfeits that you are supposed to accept as the real deal. The corporate media is counterfeit “news”. Politicized doctors are counterfeit experts. Politicians are counterfeit leaders. Corporations are counterfeit “persons” with counterfeit rights. There are even people demanding you allow them (or someone on their behalf) to violate your real rights in favor of their counterfeit “rights”. Don’t be taken.