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Did you know that one of the most popular words on the internet is God?
That author’s take is the same kind of thing to me. If this was a poker game, this was not a one-round game. This was, to me, an experiment by the Feds in regard to what reaction they could produce. I would not be surprised if almost all of the protesters have been identified and received increased monitoring (and even targeting).
The reality is that challenging armed government agents can go very poorly for the challengers. That point seems to be completely ignored in the comments of the story that you sent me. I am sure that he has knowledge of protests getting demolished in places like Ohio (in 1970 when 4 college students were shot by the US National Guard), the Ukraine, Africa, Cambodia, Israel, Arabia, or Teinanmen Square (and note that the photographed incident below actually was notable because it was so unusual that the civilian was not simply killed).
The central point of George Orwell in the book 1984, which so many seem to miss, is that governments may occasionally set up events to draw out “protestors” to identify themselves to the government. Many “anti-government” authors are funded by governments (even if the actual source of the funding is hidden from the author). Some anti-government groups are started by the government (or inflitrated and then co-opted).
Anyway, here is what he said to glorify the actions of the protestors (and the text in bold is his emphasis, not mine):
BLM showed up with “lawful orders” backed up by two different (federal) courts. But the People did not perceive those order as being morally justified. Therefore, they chose not to recognize those orders as being lawful. As was the case at Bundy Ranch, Americans can and do think for themselves in such scenarios, and at any moment, they may decide that YOUR actions as a federal agent are grossly unlawful, immoral or unconstitutional. If enough people arrive at the same conclusion, you will sooner or later find yourself surrounded and possibly arrested by the People at gunpoint.
This concept does not compute with many federal agents because they were not taught the real roots of power in a free society. They are taught that a law written on a piece of paper is an absolute, irrefutable power which can never be questioned by lowly “civilians.” In reality, a law is nothing more than mutual consent of the governed. That consent, it turns out, can be invoked at any time if those who apply the law do so in a way that is egregious or unreasonable. All government power comes from the People, after all, and can therefore be revoked by the People if government becomes abusive or overreaching in its exercising of that power.
Laws mean nothing, after all, if they are not based on a sense of justice which can be recognized by the Common Man (or woman).
Keep in mind that some times when a group assembles to protest the actions of the US as unlawful or unjustified, the US (for instance) does not stop. Did the US stop occupying Germany or Japan because of protests? No: 70 years later, troops are still there.
Did the US continue to the invasion of Vietnam even though some Vietnamese shot back at them? Yes, for many years.
What about Iraq? Did people really believe “we will pull out the troops as soon as I am elected” when some politician said that? Some people may be very naive. Some of the most naive may be some of the most vocal.
Anyway, with new technologies like social media, information (and photos or videos) CAN travel quickly. Those who USE that mechanism or at least RESPECT that mechanism may have a reduced reactivity to “social media” hysterias started by others.
Creative autobiographies: lucky bastards, ungrateful bastards, & dirty bastards
Here is a quick experiment. Pick one of your favorite things to watch. It could be a movie, a TV show, or a live event such as sports or music.
I’ll go with a movie. Maybe it is even a movie that is related to your favorite TV show and, in this particular scene, your favorite characters are at a live sporting event and the game is about to start and first there is going to be some music right before the game begins. Can you imagine something like that?
Now, when you are watching this movie, what are some physical experiences that you could have in response to the movie? The heart rate can speed up or slow down as well as the breathing. Watching the movie can produce laughing or crying or holding the breath in suspense. There can be a wide variety of physical responses like grief, gratitude, excitement, relief, pride, guilt, or distress.
If the movie gets interrupted, like if the electrical power goes out and the screen suddenly goes dark, then the momentum of the scene might still be very interesting to you. Or, maybe you are sleepy and bored and have other things on your mind, so you could be quite relieved that the movie has stopped.
However, maybe the movie is about the Olympic games and the music is the national anthem of your favorite country. Even though the movie has stopped, the music is still familiar to you and the song is still continuing.
Why do I mention all of these examples? First, because stories can have real effects, no matter how accurate or precise the story is.
Is it fiction? It has effects. Is it a documentary? It has effects. Is it a re-enactment of alleged historical events? The story still has effects.
What exactly do I mean by a story? A story is a sequence of words in which at least one character takes some action and has some kind of experience. I’ll give more examples in a moment.
Also, the story that creates effects can be familiar or unfamiliar to a particular audience. There can be different versions of the same story. One version may be notably the most familiar or the least familiar.
For instance, imagine that after the national anthem ends, two characters in the movie start to argue. One tells a story about what someone said and what that could mean. The other disagrees about exactly what was said and why they said it and so on.
So far, does that kind of a scene sound generally familiar? Have you seen many scenes before that are similar to that in some way?
Of course, there can be some details that surprise you. Maybe just minutes before during the movie, you already saw a scene of the incident that is being argued about. Maybe you recall exactly what you witnessed. But now you are learning something new.
In particular, what if one of the characters was not who you thought they were? What if they take off their disguise and you realize that this new revelation explains everything?
This new explanation makes total sense. You may have been expecting something else, but this new explanation really puts things in to a logical order. There is now a recognizable pattern. Things that did not seem connected before are now fitting together perfectly.
However, what is so extremely interesting is that the character that is not who you thought you were… is you. You had been pretending to be someone else (or at least acting in a certain way in order to create a particular effect). Then, suddenly you stop that as you recognize that you had been under the spell of a powerful wizard. It is like you had only been dreaming, but now you are awake.
Your experience was that you had only been the actor in someone else’s movie, just following their script, but now you are the author. In fact, you are not just the author, but also the star of the story, as well as the casting director who hires the other actors. You are even the acting coach who trains them to in exactly how to perform their role in the story.
We are going to explore the subject now of creative autobiographies. That means your own story of your own past, but told in a few different ways that may be unfamiliar to you. You get to tell the story in a few different ways, then pick which one or which ones to share.
A quick example from my own life would be the story of the 3 bastards: the ungrateful bastard, the lucky bastard, and the dirty bastard. Briefly, the ungrateful bastard grew up in the presence of people who had much more than the bastard, including many things that the bastard desired and valued, but some of those other people really did not personally have to do much to get those wonderful treasures. So, that bastard was jealous, complained a lot, and was ungrateful for what he had, even though many others had much less. He even complained about not having things that he did not even really want. Apparently, what he wanted was to complain.
That reminds me of the lucky bastard. He grew up in the presence of people who had much less than the bastard, including things that they imagined would be attractive or convenient. The lucky bastard had been through some challenges, but those challenges prepared the lucky bastard to have a certain attitude and perspective that gave the bastard tremendous advantage over many other people. The lucky bastard was able to understand things so well that with very little investment of time and resources, the lucky bastard could produce powerful results with only a small amount of experimentation to refine what works best.
Other people often really had no idea how the lucky bastard was responsible for so many of the favorable results produced, so they just called him lucky. Some even said that it was impossible for someone to be able to do something that would cultivate the kinds of results that the lucky bastard had… unless the luck bastard was really a dirty bastard!
The dirty bastard used methods that were rarely used because other people avoided those methods. Some of those methods were called dirty. That bastard used money and other favors to bribe lobbyists and lawyers and PR firms to influence political developments as well as public perceptions. This bastard was even accused of blackmail and fraud and deception and corruption and jury-tampering and espionage and diplomacy and treason. The bastard’s lawyer made prompt public denials of these accusations as being politically-motivated and totally ridiculous.
But that is just the beginning. The dirty bastard also did not wash off dirt- or only when it suited his purposes. After hours of gardening, the bastard would have dirt under his fingernails and in his socks and he generally smelled like a gardener, yet he only bathed in order to hide the fact that he was in fact a dirty gardener.
Not only did the gardener get dirty and play dirty, but the gardener also had dirty thoughts and occasionally talked dirty. The gardener used very dirty language like “soil, manure, fertilizer, fecal matter, and regurgitated bee vomit” which polite people called honey.
In summary, the dirty bastard was nothing like me. Also, the ungrateful bastard reminds me of how I used to pretend to be. Finally, who I really am though is the lucky bastard.
But can 3 totally different stories describe the same events? Can 3 characters all be played by the same actor? Can 1 author write 3 totally different scripts with 3 different descriptions of the same events (featuring 3 different characters)?
When you are interested, we are going to continue to explore the subject of creative autobiographies. Again, that means your own favorite story of your own past (or your alleged past), though you may tell it in a few different ways that may be unfamiliar to you. You will have the support of an expert author in creating your story in a few different ways- ways that can be fun and educational and inspiring- and then you can feel how each of the versions produce different physical results for you (breathing, posture, heart rate, etc). You even can share some of the stories with other people to explore how the different characterizations affect other people.
Many people complain about what they may perceive to be variations in the ways that governments lie (or keep secrets). What if every governing system in human history has used deception in the planning, establishment, and operation of that system?
My typical reference to the nature of systems of governing goes back to the ancient Hebrew warlord Noah and his claim to have rightful authority over all humans throughout the planet. A very similar claim was repeated thousands of years later in 1302 by the warlord officiating over the Holy Roman Empire, the Pope. Many similar claims have been made- with more or less publicity.
The Noahide commandment “to establish courts of justice (to govern all who are ignorant or disloyal)” was passed down by oral tradition and then later written in to the Torah. Noah was the acting dictator, then the Levites became the ruling class among the Hebrews, then on Noah’s command and with the intimidating brutality of the Levites to motivate them, the Hebrews as a whole created their first strategies for subduing and ruling the heathens (the various other ethnic groups AKA gentiles). “Heathens” means people who are uncivilized, unenlightened, ignorant, naive, worshipers of idealisms and idolatries.
The ruling priesthood established programs to promote efficiency and compliance among the ruled peoples. The success of their endeavour is demonstrated throughout popular versions of history, though of course popular versions of history are themselves just programs to promote compliance and efficiency.
Lions should come to my etiquette training so they can be polite diplomats. Vegetarian lions are the most morally advanced so they have a seven percent higher chance of getting in to heaven.
On a related note, the stress hormone adrenalin is the root of all evil. God, what the heck were you thinking when you created adrenalin? You better get your behind down here right this minute and apologize before I spank you and send you to bed without dinner!
In conclusion, lions should be more like daisies. I like daisies. I do not like lions. Thank you for your attention.
Some perfectionists may raise a cry of rebellion and rally together with words like “fellow citizens of the world.” Let’s slow down a bit and review the reality of things, like the phrase “no longer” in the image below….
No longer? Like in 1820? Like in 1910?
Once there was a baby who was so ashamed that the baby complained about how much things had changed in the last 3 months, then blamed the changes on others. What had changed? Mostly the baby’s own perceptions.
On March 32nd, 1984, the US government switched from being exactly how they presented themselves in propaganda as the perfect glorious ideal. Suddenly, they were overtaken by exactly 7 people who were willing to begin to use violence and deception and propaganda in the operation of government, which had never before happened in human history. The next day, the horrible shame and demoralization that the baby experienced when it realized that it had just been a naive baby all along… suddenly relaxed and disappeared.
God said “I am content”
The devil said “oh my god, no, things should be so much different….
those frustrating people should agree with me
those disappointing people should glorify me
those confusing people shouldn’t envy me
all those disgusting people should be brought to their knees
God said the devil is just worried who loves him
for the devil is afraid of feeling love toward someone
“I do not condemn him,” said God, “for he’s my own creation…
I can relate to his naivete (which he calls sincerity).”
The devil said “oh God, hell no! I was just pretending.
I don’t really care though I may say that I do.
I am the devil, right? I am the challenger, the rebel,
the slanderer, the villain, the bad guy, the fool.
Yeah, if this was a movie, we’d cast Anthony Hopkins
he’s calm and freaky- kind of makes the skin crawl.
Hold on, wait… or maybe Jack Nicholson
I forgot about him. Let me give it some thought….”
God knows that the devil tells stories
justifying ten thousand justifications
By the way, these are all really good excuses
Not just any words but only very good ones
You may not be who they hoped you would
The future may not be what you hope it would
many times before… how many times before?
It is a simple question that is uniquely practical. By the way, it might even be fun.
Before we explore the depths of our primary question, here is a quick foundation. First, we reocgnize that life involves a range of patterns from one extreme of unconscious, instinctive reflexes (which we could call a vegetative state or “deep sleep”) toward a distinct extreme of attentive, adaptive responses. Somewhere in the middle of the two extremes, we could use labels like the dream state or a condition of being tired or drowsy or exhausted, as well as a stage of relative naivete or a lack of alertness or maturity or sophistication.
Specifically, language allows for a very accelerated programming of other human organisms. For instance, this sequence of words, like all other sequences of words, has the sole purpose of altering your attention, influencing your perception, and programming distinct patterns of future behavior.Some methods of social programming openly reference the fact that they are methods of social (interpersonal) programming. Other methods do not reference their purpose(s). Some patterns of communication may even distract from their purpose, or obscure their purpose, or, in the extreme, deny that they have any purpose whatsoever.
What matters now? Consider a simple idea. The actual functional meaning (the real meaning or purpose) of any instance of communication is the resulting behavior that the communication actually produces. Maybe the produced result will be surprising or perhaps very familiar. Maybe it will be called intentional or unintentional. People may also argue about which alleged influences caused which effect.
What is the purpose of such arguing? Speculating with calm curiosity about potential influences does not require arguing. Arguing is rather the opposite of calm speculation and inquiry.
So, why would anyone ever argue? What does arguing always produce?
Consider that arguing may or may not distract people from what is otherwise obvious. However, arguing that is sincere, passionate, and even terrified clearly is not a method for producing relaxation, curiosity, insights, creativity, and breakthroughs.
So, what matters now? If you were in a life-threatening situation, you might not be exploring this subject with me today. If you needed emergency medical attention and you have a way to obtain it, then you are probably not reading this right now.However, if you were to ever experience an emergency, then remaining calm can be one of the most effective responses. If you need to physically flee or fight, then it could be very adaptive to have an extreme stress response with a racing heart rate and breathing patterns that allow for intense physical activity.
Do that now. Whatever your current level of intensity and seriousness and self-righteousness, consider the simple intervention of slightly slowing down the pace of your breathing. Maybe you can notice some muscles that could be relaxing right now.
Laugh. Cry. Sigh. Yawn.
Do whatever you would have already been doing if you were not currently as *bleep*ing uptight as you used to be. If you have ever believed that there could be some really powerful authority figure, such as God or some wise prophet, then imagine that they were instructing you right now to relax just a little less than you think might be too much. Okay! Next, after you find out exactly how good that feels, now imagine that your favorite authority commands you to keep relaxing until you feel so good that it is amazing to you.
Can you do that now? Yes, so go ahead. Relax that much. Thank you.
Now, what matters now? I already mentioned that eventually your bodily existence may come to an end. Your body’s ability to be mindful and attentively adapt can end- not just briefly like during sleep, but permanently. In fact, your body’s ability to manifest unconscious, instinctual reflexes (like what happens during sleep) may also eventually just end.
How well could you learn? How quickly might you be willing to learn? How adaptive could you be? How much fun would you be willing to experience now? Even if there was a huge cost in terms of dramatically increasing how much fun you have in your life, how willing could you be to change how relaxed you are?
What if there was an fascinating added benefit of completely losing the ability to waste time in unproductive arguments? Does it matter now whether or not you know how to continue to accelerate the rate at which you are learning? Does it even really matter exactly fast you can learn to have unreasonable amounts of fun even when other people seem to be investing huge amounts of energy in to avoiding the possibility of having an enormous amount of fun now?
What matters? Accepting that you eventually will no longer experience life as a physical organism, could it matter to you how well your household and extended family operate? Perhaps our own descendants (like children or grandchildren) will matter to us more in the future. What if as much as they ever could matter to us is how much they matter to us right now and always?
Would our attention shift if we were focusing on the long-term well-being of our own descendents as well as our close biological kin? If we released any distractions, obsessions, resentments, or habitual tensions that might have previously sacrificed our contributions to the well-being of our kin, how fun could that be?
If we had almost too much fun, how much exactly could this be? If we had almost too much clarity, how clear exactly could we be?
If we learned almost too fast, how fast could be ideal? If we adapt almost too effectively, how effectively could be ideal?
If we calm the *bleep* down, how calm would we be if we are completely relaxed? If we relaxed almost too much, maybe we could later quickly refocus and have a tremendous increase in our ability to concentrate, even for almost too long of a period of time.
What matters now that you know that is okay that you are eventually going to cease to have bodily experiences, such as during a deep sleep? What matters now that you know that you may have sacrficed opportunities to promote the well-being of your biological kin in order to practice the behavior of arguing? What matters now that you know that there are opportunities that may be new to you that you are already learning about almost too quickly?
What matters now includes the way that you use language mindfully. What matters now includes the way that your network of biological kin use language mindfully. What matters now includes the results that you are actually producing. If you frequently and effortlessly produce the experience of fun or of accelerated learning or of the recognizing of new opportunities, how attractive could that be?
What matters now could be that certain patterns or outcomes are distinctly repulsive to you. Once you experience a sense of clarity in regard to your interests and priorities and inspirations, then repulsion may be very attractive. Repulsion, when well-organized and concentrated so as to push you away from a particular solid foundation, is also known as propulsion. The energy of repulsion is the same energy as propulsion.
What matters now could include how solid your foundation is. What matters now could include how clear your destination is. What matters now could be how quickly you can maintain your focus as you increase the energy of repulsion that propels you away from your solid foundation toward the new experience that most powerfully attracts you.
Whenever you sleep in the future, you will continue to re-organize your neurological pathways to promote the developing of what matters now. Your attention and your perception and your behavior will be what matters now. Your highly effective use of language will be what matter now. Your unusually calm and clear and fun life will be what manifests for you while you are awake.
The well-being of any descendants and your extended network of biological kin will be what matters now. If you do not know anyone who is your close biological kin, their well-being will still be dramatically promoted by the immense power of your intent and your unconscious instincts and intuitions.Your future is eternal fulfillment. Your presence now is unquestionable. Your present is freedom.
Popular Myth #1: Governments care about me personally.
How much does any government organization care about you personally? Let’s start with courts and law enforcement. Unless you are suspected of having broken more than a very minor law (or have lost in a civil lawsuit), most court employees are not likely to take much initiative to interact with you. Maybe they will respond if you contact them and maybe not.
Of course, there are exceptions, like army recruiters may solicit applications from prospective candidates that interest them. They may even “solicit” candidates through court-ordered military drafts.
Or maybe you happen to live where they are planning to build a new highway. So, a group of armed mercenaries from the government give you the courtesy of coming to inform you that they will be taking your property from you at the time they dictate and at the price they dictate.
Maybe they deliver to you an urgent letter first to tell you when they will be coming to take possession of the real estate. Or, maybe they give no warning at all and simply bomb your village.
Of course, the precise patterns of government activity will vary depending on where someone lives. In many places, there is mandatory school attendance for all people of certain age groups. In some places, there is also mandatory participation in the military for all young adults of a certain age (or almost all). Of course, there are different forms of participation.
Your assignment will depend on things like your citizenship and other methods for discriminating between who will be trained as officers, infantry, and so on. For instance, health restrictions like poor vision may be used to exclude someone from pilot training.
Also, some assignments will be quite dangerous and uncomfortable while others will be quite safe and relaxed. The soldiers below may experience their assignment as rather like a long vacation or a very fun summer camp.
The picture below may remind you of some young women playing around on spring break. However, it is a photo of real soldiers with real weapons in real military barracks.
So, would a government ever intentionally direct an individual to take actions that might be dangerous for that individual? Would a government ever train an individual to take actions that might be intentionally dangerous to one or more “enemy targets?”
Some governments may categorize you personally as a very important asset, or a disposable resource, or a targeted enemy. In fact, even “your own government” may target you as a highly-attractive recruit for some form of government employment.
Because of the immense number of “human resources” that governments may attempt to organize to conduct campaigns of violence, public perceptions about that government may be very important to the recruiting process. Public perceptions can be influenced through programming the public with schools and mass media.
In fact, governments may not only regulate schools (such as to prohibit unapproved content), and not only directly fund schools, but may also actually operate schools. Further, governments may not only regulate media (such as to prohibit unapproved content), and not only directly fund media, but may also actually operate media.
What myths might governments promote about their own operations? What myths might governments promote about the operations of other “enemy” governments?
Of course, governments are not the only organizations that may be interested in promoting myths. Some people consider the indoctrination programs of certain religious groups to be promoting myths (which generally means any story used to influence the actions of groups of people, leading them to take actions that benefit the group that is publicizing the story). For instance, there is a very popular practice in some places of deceiving small children in order to promote obedience through stories designed to excite young children and confuse them, such as the myth of Santa Claus.
You better be good or you will not get a prize. Further, you better not be naughty or else Santa will know that, so he will give other good little kids all of his bribes and you will not get any rewards at all. You will get public humiliation instead. You may even produce the result of eternal damnation.
However, if you conform like you should, then you can look forward to dying proudly in our next military crusade. You can look forward to your heroic and patriotic death because then you will be rewarded with an eternity spent with dozens of attractive virgin sexual partners, which by the way should be your primary obsession in life- well, other than following orders.
Therefore, be VERY careful because Big Brother is watching you constantly. In fact, he is watching every single living creature at every moment. He is psychic and so he can tell instantly if your conscience is not as paranoid as it should be. Public displays of blind conformity are obviously the only solution.
The foundation of all courts systems and governing systems is organized violence. That is one of my “pet subjects.”
The ancient Hebrew prophet Noah promoted the idea of a future threat of apocalypse. Recent versions have been global warming, some kind of epidemic disease, nuclear annihilation, and so on.
What was Noah’s solution to the alleged threat of extermination by a morally-insulted God? Use systems of organized violence to regulate the efficiency of inequitable redistributions of wealth!
He called them court systems for the establishing of a new idea called justice, which means whatever the ruling judge dictated as the judgment that the mercenaries of the court system would enforce through organized violence. Noah also claimed that the Hebrews had authority over all of the rest of humanity because that was the only way to avoid another apocalypse.
Later, another Hebrew warlord/ruler named Moses ordered the slaughter of the Midianites by the Levites. After enough slaughters by the priest-soldiers (tax collectors/mobsters), the masses started to “wise up” and give ritual tithes or taxes to purchase the “protection” of the Levite warrior-priests. That is the foundation of the great April 15th tax day ritual.
Here is an example from Exodus 32:
Moses Breaks the Tablets
…27He said to them, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Every man of you put his sword upon his thigh, and go back and forth from gate to gate in the camp, and kill every man his brother, and every man his friend, and every man his neighbor.’” 28So the sons of Levi did as Moses instructed, and about three thousand men of the people fell that day.29Then Moses said, “Dedicate yourselves today to the LORD– for every man has been against his son and against his brother– in order that He may bestow a blessing upon you today.”
Another example of the organized violence of the ancient Hebrews is in
1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.”
3 So Moses said to the people, “Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites and to carry out the LORD’s vengeance on them. 4 Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel.” 5 So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel.6 Moses sent them into battle, a thousand from each tribe, along with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, who took with him articles from the sanctuary and the trumpets for signaling.
7 They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man. 8 Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. 9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps. 11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals, 12 and brought the captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the Israelite assembly at their camp on the plains of Moab, by the Jordan across from Jericho.
13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle.
15 “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. 16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD’s people. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
Because of their military superiority, the ancient Hebrews thrived on the productivity of those that they ruled through intimidation. The twist with their massive system of extortion was that it was not really too useful to the Levites to get a bunch of huge donations of sheep and wheat and so on all at once. So, a huge innovation was the creation of tokens that were acceptable to the gangsters for paying off the tax debts invented out of thin air. Those tokens were the first money or currency.
So, the Levities would monopolize access to some rare mineral like gold and then tell their slaves / taxpayers that the slaves needed to BUY some gold coins from the Levites in order to pay taxes. The Levites set the exchange rate (how many useful sheep or how much useful wheat was required to obtain a shiny little trinket of gold from the Levites).
Since the Levites had lots of gold but had no use for it, they created demand for it by requiring the masses to PURCHASE gold in order to pay taxes. So, maybe they spent $1000 dollars of resources to mine the gold that they forced the masses to buy for $100,000 worth of something actually useful, like wheat or salt or sheep.
In the last century or so, diamonds have been the big profit-maker for the modern-day Levites. They may spend $10 to obtain a stone that eventually they sell for $1,000 or more.