Kramer & Heckman Zoom In

“In June 2014, Neil Kramer met with filmmaker Niles Heckman. What follows is a transcript of their rapid-fire Q&A session…”

Heckman: Do you think it’s important to vote?
Kramer: Voting in present day America, Britain, Europe, Africa, Asia, and pretty much everywhere else, is an embarrassment. Fake. It has been for a very long time. It is a means of harvesting consent. It asks the individual to identify with, and declare themselves as citizens – slaves – of a fictional authority. It then asks them to approve Imperial dogma and concede self-determination in favor of centralized power structures. All of it untrue and literally inhuman…

Are guns bad?

No. Same as pitchforks, baseball bats, and kitchen utensils. They can only be neutral.

Do you support the 2nd amendment right to bear arms?

If you understand what Empire is, you’d have to be fucking stupid not to. Whether you personally decide to own and carry a gun or not is your private business. …

What do you mean by “fix yourself, fix the world”? Isn’t that selfish?
By working on yourself, getting stronger, clearer, and more truthful, you generate an enormous positive and healing effect on both your immediate and wider environment. When lots of people do this and move around the planet, it has a dramatic effect. Every thought and deed ripples out into the whole of creation. …

Why are we here?
To grow. … To witness, to engage, to contribute to the continuing work-in-progress of creation. To help refine it and make it better. If you can get your shit together, you can take part in it. If you can’t, then you can’t. …

If you could give one piece of advice to people, what would it be?
Take full account of your deepest self, your aspirations, and your deeds, determine how they could be advanced, and act on your conclusions.


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