Press Release

Hello everyone, I’m former president Barack Obama and I’m here with Michael Brankin in a unique closed door interview. It wasn’t until recently that Michael Brankin allowed us to air this interview. He felt the world wasn’t quite ready for it, so he requested we shelve it until his passing. Up until this point it has only been shared with world leaders and select people. This is the first public release and is being broadcast worldwide. Many of you will recognize his movement, but few have had the chance to get to know much about the man himself. Here is that interview:

Michael, thank you for allowing us to record this interview.

“Thank you President Obama, it is my pleasure to join you here.”

So, first off, why have you asked us for such secrecy regarding this interview?

“I don’t think the general public is ready. I see the success of what we have done so far, but there is still much resistance. We have achieved awesome, society shifting things on a small scale. But there is still much resistance from those that hold power currently. They don’t understand.”

Why do you think that is?

“Fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of letting go of the known. We are pulling the veil back and showing the wizard behind the curtain. Most people aren’t ready to realize that they have been living a false truth their whole lives. And especially those that have gained a little power, they are afraid of losing it.”

Ok, ok, I hear ya. But what is so profound in what you are doing that brings out that fear?

“So let me tell you a story that maybe explains it.

There once was a town that was located on the side of a mountain. They didn’t have their own water source and had to walk through this gorge to get water. Each day, people grabbed their buckets and went and got the water they needed. There were a few people that decided they didn’t want to carry water any more. So they pooled some money together and hired some of the men to make two trips a day. The “employers” liked the freedom of not having to carry water, and the “employed” liked the extra money. But soon the “employers” noticed their monitory resources were depleting and had to make more money, otherwise they would have to start carrying water again. So they got together and starting selling shares of their water to others who also didn’t want to carry water. But too many people still went for their own water daily and the “employers” couldn’t make enough money to pay their “employees”. The employees were fussing because they were feeling the pain of making two and sometimes three trips a day and were starting to suffer physically. So they wanted more money for the water trips because they needed to start saving for when they couldn’t carry the water anymore. So what to do?

So the “employers” got together to pass a law that said you can’t carry your own water anymore. You had to hire the “employers” to manage the water supply. And all the “employers” were happy. Their income skyrocketed, they paid their employees more, and all seemed good. Except that now that people had to pay for the water, they all needed to “make money” to pay for something they used to get for free. So there needed to be job creation. The people of this village then started spending more time working to pay for the water than it took to get it themselves.  Schools stopped teaching about getting water, and the economy became increasingly dependent on the flow of water. Machines were made, pipelines built, buildings grew up around this water supply and the control of labor around supplying water. Generations had gone by now and people forgot that they every got their own water.

One day a man shows up and starts telling them that they had once carried their own water and that life was easier and more pleasant. And he shouted that if they would just carry their own water, they would work less and play more.”

Wow, I see what you mean. The “employers”, as you call them, wouldn’t be too happy with you.

“Actually, the biggest kick back has been by the “employee” class. They have gotten so dependent on the system, and have so much fear built up, that they are easily moved to protest and revolt against our F.R.E.E movement. The water carriers feel we are stealing their purpose in life. They have mistakenly identified their water carrying as their purpose. What they don’t realize is that they are so much more than their job of water carrying. They are a child of God and a miraculous creature that is destined for so much more than water carrying.

But I’m guessing there is some kickback from the “employers”?

“Yes. You would know firsthand how that crowd like to maintain control.”

Ah, well, yes. I do have some stories of my own.

“I bet you do.”

Well, so where are you now? It’s 2035 and from the notes here, you only started 18 years ago. How did you achieve so much in so little a time?

“We understood very early that we had to reeducate people. Schools were great at teaching people how to buy water and get better jobs to buy more water, but they were terrible at helping people get their own water. And I’m sure you get the “water” in our society is actually many things. It is food growth, building your own residence, producing your own power, and educating your own kids. We also knew that we had to give something for people to go to, instead of just pulling the rug out from under them. There have been many leaders, political and religious, that shined a mirror on the problem, but not enough of them provided a solution.”

And you think yours is it.

“No, not the only way. Just a way. Our belief is that if people can have access to the basics; Food, Residence, Energy, and Education, that they will derive their own way of acquiring the “water” you might say.”

“So we’ve built 25 schools around the country, in the poorest neighborhoods we could find. Mostly because they had the greatest desire for change and felt the most out of control. So we built schools that supplied them all the tools and education they could want, yet we left out the desire to control that education. We let the kids, their passion, their inner drive, decide on their education path. Anytime a kid wanted to learn about something, we found them someone that knew that subject better than us and connected them. Sometimes it was an online webinar, sometimes it was an email, sometimes it was a hands-on internship. And this did two things. 1. The kids quickly learned what they didn’t know and fought to get it.”

What do you mean?

“Well, we had this one girl. She absolutely and whole heartedly wanted to work with sea creatures. So we found a marine biologist that was willing to have a one-hour video call with her each week. Well, she was 9 at the time and hadn’t shown much interest in reading. But then this marine biologist was sending her articles and things to read for their next session. Well, I’ll be damned, but she learned how to read in less than two weeks. She was motivated and passionate. After 6 months she and her mom went to visit the marine biologist and she got to experience that life first hand. Since then she has helped push through dozens of regulations to help protect marine life all across the world. She also has mentored 3 other students here at the school.”

Fantastic. But what does this have to do with the F.R.E.E. model?

“Well, we freed their minds and souls, and it was amazing what came out. The 2nd part of the internship mindset was the partnership with business owners and community people. As these kids started demanding more experiences, we had to go out and find them more experiences. And in doing so, we had to explain the school. It wasn’t long before those people we sought for help, wanted to send their kids to our school.”

I can see that. I want to send my kids to your school.

“Yeah, you don’t live in a poor enough neighborhood.”

Hey wait a minutes. Look here, what have you against rich kids?

“Nothing. But it is harder for a rich man to get into heaven that it is for a camel to get through the eye of the needle.”

Ah, funny. Throwing the Bible around now.

“Yes, trying to add some humor. But really, it is harder for someone who has control to let it go. And those people that are born with much, don’t realize what a prison it is for them. It imprisons their mind to believe that control is good. Poor kids have little that they have to give up. And the crazy part is, the businesses that come out of the kids in our program are enormously successful. The major difference is they “why” of what they do. They don’t go into any business trying to make boat loads of money. They go into business to make a difference. Most of our students fund businesses that give people more freedom, time, and personal power. I truly believe that all of them would work for free if they could, many of them do.”

Ok, Ok, but we all need money to survive. How does your movement address this?

“Money, in many forms, has been around for hundreds of thousands of years. We like having forms of exchange. Some societies used rice, some used coffee beans, some used tobacco leaves. It wasn’t until the invention of the printing press that anyone thought to use paper on a regular basis. And it wasn’t until some people had the bright idea that they could control the paper and flow of it, that we really started seeing major problems in society.”

Like the “employers” in your story?

“Yes. Once people get a little control over another, they tend to want more. It really is like a drug. But what we’ve taught in our schools is that control comes with a very big counterweight. And that is of service. So the more “control” you take, the more “service” you have to give. So no one in our school looks for control. They all want to give it away and just be of service to others. And the coin works both ways; the more service you give, the more control you get. It really is magical.”

So tell me about your first school.

“Well, we acquired a redevelopment loan in a troubled area in Northern IL. My family and I bought a house very inexpensively and ran a small school out of there. We started with ½ dozen kids and started implementing our education philosophy. 3 of those kids were mine so it wasn’t too hard to find a couple more. Anyway, we gave tuition away for free, but the family had to either do work on one of the community gardens we started, or something else that helped the cause. We never ate so good.”

What do you mean?

“Well, we had moms and dads bringing in dishes of all kinds. They all worked for a few hours a week on our farm projects, right along with the kids mind you, and we had an abundance. We gave it all away. We had one dad that was an electrician, and we started putting together the energy program and making the house energy independent.”

And you were able to supply enough power for your home and the school?

“Not only enough for us, we started filtering power to the neighbors. And once they cut their power bills down, they started buying their own equipment. Soon we had a whole neighborhood of off-grid houses. It wasn’t completely planned that way, but it worked awesome. And every spare space in our neighborhood started growing food. We all shared. I would bring over eggs and they would share their peppers and tomatoes. It really was fantastic.”

I’m floored. And you did all this without regulation? I see now why my top-down philosophy didn’t work.

“I won’t hold it against you Barack. (Both laugh). But that isn’t totally true. We had to start passing the “Un-regulation” philosophy. We had to start pealing back the laws made by the “employers”. We had to start giving people the ability to get their own water again. It wasn’t easy. Most of the time we tried to fly under the radar until we got so much support that we couldn’t be ignored.”

Ha, I can bet that wasn’t easy.

“You would know.”

So how did you support yourself, you still needed money right?

“Well, surprisingly, things kicked in very quickly. But we realized we also needed some capital to try to get everything to function in this monetary based world. Picture the story I told and imagine that every bucket was regulated and limited, the path to the ravine was now taxed, how you have to carry the bucket was also limited by what you could afford to pay to get your own water. That is the hill we had to climb. So we partnered with a company that had some great philosophies and allowed us to draw from the monetary world, so that we could focus on building our service based one.”

What company was that?

“It is Melaleuca. They are a home goods company that has over 400 different ever day products. They had all the benefits of a network marketing company, with none of the bad. You didn’t have to buy inventory and no one had to “buy-in” to the business. All we had to do was get people to trade in their dependency on Target and Walmart and shop a little differently. Our partners saved money with Melaleuca products, while bringing in safer more environmentally friendly products into their home. While they did that, they also got paid 7-20% or more on their customers. So we were able to quickly teach people how to bring in $3-5,000 a month so they could focus on more important things. Like growing food, building power neighborhoods, and educating their children.”

I wish we could have done more of that from the government level.

“It would have been too tough. Any action you would have taken would have been detrimental to someone else. You would have made enemies everywhere you turned.  It needs to come from the ground up. People have to want to be a part of it. And once they see the freedom and joy that our model brings, then they have something to go to. Then our job was just to get the government to get out of the way of progress.”

So what do you do for fun?

“My family and I started in 2018 to take a month away and live in foreign countries. My wife Brigette and I and our daughter Michal, sons James, Daniel, and William have been to 17 different countries now and we take everyone. All their spouses, kids, everyone. Our Melaleuca business pretty much funds this because we really don’t need anything else. We have a free home. We got the county to stop charging property taxes. We have all the food we could ever eat. And we need no power. So we get to explore the world in a much more in-depth way than going for a weekend here or there. We started with Puerto Rico (not technically outside the US), but enough to stretch my wife’s comfort level. Since then we’ve been to Mexico, Canada, China, Africa, Vietnam, Russia, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and a few more I can’t think of right now. We spend 3 months before we go learning the language and we have a blast really embracing the culture and learn everything we can about that country. That’s what we do for fun.”

You have had a blessed life it seems, and you’re only 60. What do you have in store now?

“Teaching the world that we can have all the joys, all the toys, and still all the freedom that our heart desires. When you strip away the limitations of money and control, there is nothing that we can’t do. And we do it in a way that resonates perfectly with the planet and nature. The more freedom we give, the more we seem to get. It is truly bliss.”

Well, that is all the time we have folks. I want to thank you Michael for joining us and giving us an insight into your F.R.E.E movement. Let’s see how we can move this forward shall we folks.
This is Barack Obama signing off.

Peace. (Flashes peace sign) (Light’s go out).