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Stewart grew up on his family's farm located in NE Ohio's Summit County. In the middle of his last high-school year he asked his parents to give their permission for him to enroll, as a 17 year-old minor, in the US Naval Air Reserves "weekend warrior" O-2 training program at the Akron, Ohio Naval Air Station.

He graduated near the top of Hudson Township's 1951 class of forty-seven students. After spending part of that summer on active training duty, he commuted from home to Kent State University and to NAS Akron. The following summer his Navy Squadron flew an east coast logistical air wing based at Norfolk, VA Naval Air Station. He has fond memories of flying at 17 - 20 years of age in these Navy propeller-driven airplanes: PBY, SNJ, SNB, TBM, and R4D.

The Navy enabled him to transfer to Ohio State University and occupied his time again throughout the following summer. By December of 1955, at which time he earned his Bachelor of Science degree, the war in Korea had ended. More importantly for him, education and developing personal convictions precluded him from pursuing a military career.

He went to work within a few days of graduation, with a "Q" Security Clearance from the Atomic Energy Commission, in a laboratory at Battelle Memorial Institute, within walking distance of the college. An avid reader, by 1960 he no longer considered an academic or military career, nor a lifetime spent working in the confines of a laboratory. He took a job in Ohio with Lever Brothers Company, a large consumer products marketing firm that offered a two-year in-field sales-training program. After the two years he was promoted and transferred to New York City where he eventually participated in the introduction of new products.

He resigned from Lever after six years to triple his income, switching from marketing consumer products to industrial sales. By 1968 he had become one of the nation's top producing truck-body salesmen, selling to major truck-rental companies. After learning the techniques of successful distributor marketing, he moved on to become regional sales manager of a company for a couple of years and then the general sales manager of a division of a publicly traded company. He drove the business into a profitable position within his first full quarter's accounting period.

In 1976 he decided to go into business for himself and to return to his mid-western roots. In the course of a year he built an early Century-21 real estate franchise into the SE Ohio region's leading office in all areas: recruiting, listings, sales, and profit. Bored with that business, he began to study the way that personal financial products were marketed, especially "savings-type" or "money-back" life-insurance. These were financial contracts that he could never fully comprehend.

After sending away for The Consumers Union Guide to Life Insurance and reading it carefully, it became obvious to him that accurate information was needed from other than the industry's trained salesmen and their clever General Agents.

He then studied several books on the subject, including Norman F. Dacey's What's Wrong with Your Life Insurance, G. Scott Reynolds' The Mortality Merchants, the classic chapter #13 on life-insurance in Venita Van Caspel's Money Dynamics, and Randal A. Hendricks definitive study, "A Legal Analysis of the Sale of Life Insurance", [The Houston Law Review 810 (1969)].

He decided to recruit and train a marketing organization that would accurately inform consumers, enabling them to make financial decisions in the interest of their families rather than in those of already financially bloated life-insurance companies.

He met and joined forces with a couple of older highly successful and experienced sales executives, the men who introduced the marketing of mutual funds to the American public. Together, over the next several years, he worked with the progressive insurance companies for which they designed products his own company marketed.

In 1980 he wrote and self-published Financial Recovery. Advertised in full-page ads in "Life Insurance Selling" magazine, where it received a favorable review, thousands of copies were bought by individual agents and agencies across America where it helped to create substantial industry changes.

From 1980 to 1985 he built, owned, and managed a company that became one of the top volume diversified brokerage agencies in America, marketing selected financial products nationally, including tax-deferred single-premium annuities before the tax-law was changed from FIFO to LIFO effective Aug. 14, 1982, and selling attractive unregistered tax-sheltered investments before the IRS eliminated them with TEFRA. Before the personal computer age, he struggled to learn how to program the TI-59 in order to provide responsible agents throughout the country a means of calculating and presenting replicable and accountable financial product analyses for their clients at the point of sale.

He made the stupid mistake by entering politics. A couple of friends and Stewart picked a slate of state-wide candidates after helping the new Libertarian Party gain Ohio ballot access. He ran for the Ohio Senate, campaigning on rejection of the state income tax, repeal of the federal income tax, and audit of the Federal Reserve System. He put a sign on the back of his motorcycle's seat that read, "Stop the Federal Income Tax". It got a lot of approving honks. In retrospect, he realizes how politically naive he was at the time. He did relatively well at the polls but unexpectedly generated personally destructive and formidable enemies.

His brilliant younger brother Bob, a PhD geologist living in Florida, had for years been encouraging him to move south. In January 1986, during a particularly cold Ohio winter, he relocated to Sarasota, Florida, a community which he loves today as much as he did the first day he found it. He hopes to live peacefully there to age 100 among interesting neighbors. He is best contacted as Stewart in

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Memoirs of a Superfluous Farm Boy


by Stewart Ogilby


In 1816, the year James Monroe was elected to succeed James Madison as President, a mother brought her three young sons to America aboard the Debby and Eliza, a sailing ship. The Dublin brewery of her maternal uncle, Arthur Guinness II, had supplied a refreshing brew to troops of both Napoleon and Wellington only a year earlier at Waterloo.

Uncle Arthur was financially benevolent to a number of shirt-tail relatives and the American boys received expensive classical educations. One became a professor of ancient languages at Rutgers College before serving as professor of ecclesiastical history at NY City’s General Theological Seminary. Another wound up as assistant rector of New York’s famous old Trinity Church. Although the new nation’s native inhabitants were being systematically rounded up, massacred, and placed into enclosed camps, there is no indication that either of those godly guys wrote anything critical of that despicable governmental policy. It was just the way things were done then and are still being done when ambitions of those in control revolve around money and power.

One of the immigrant mother’s grandsons, after serving in a bloody commercial war between North and South, became Commanding Officer of Arizona Territory’s Fort Apache. He died there of pneumonia and his service revolver was presented to his father, the Trinity Church clergyman. I hope that it gave the heartbroken old man something to think about. Inherited by the dead Major’s younger and less militaristic brother, a New York City lawyer, the old Remington revolver was passed down to me from my father. Because it requires black powder and caps it won’t really help me. That NY lawyer married a woman who became all but totally erased from my family’s otherwise detailed and typically romanticized narrative. When I was a young boy these facts were given me by my father’s three maiden aunts in their Staten Island home. Numerous Apache items had accompanied the body of their uncle, Major Frederick Darley Ogilby, back to NY from the former Indian Territory. My father’s aunts displayed these American Indian items, together with U.S. Cavalry swords, above a fireplace in the huge library amassed by their father, mother, and grandparents. The house was soothingly illuminated by gas lighting, having never been electrified.

I recount these bits of family history for a purpose. Let’s get some perspective. The bulk of our much-touted Western culture is wonderfully recent. So-called Western Civilization is overwhelmingly defined as art, music, and literature of seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, allowing its debt to the ancient world. Mozart was born around the time Arthur Guinness purchased his small Dublin brewery. Handel’s Messiah had premiered in that city only a few years earlier. Arthur’s first child married a Lord Mayor of Dublin, father of Frederick Darley, architect of Dublin’s Trinity College and brother to my immigrant ancestor. As Napoleon was bombarding Vienna, six years before Waterloo, Beethoven was concerned that the noise would destroy what remained of his hearing.

We humans have taken millions of years to get to where we are today. What we call today’s modern civilization is, for the mass of mankind, an aberration. It is the result of a century of carefully implemented economic strategies. My father was a teenager when he first rode in an automobile. He was twenty-six when Lindbergh flew the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane. I myself was fifteen when Orville Wright, brother of Wilbur, died of a heart attack in Dayton, Ohio. I recall seeing from our flying “Gooney Bird” a jet-powered airplane for the first time. It took off from the Cherry Point, NC Marine Air Base. As North American’s prototype FJ-2 Fury fighter jet passed our altitude in an ascending chandelle I thought of my childhood’s Buck Rogers comic books.

Wars have created a huge impetus in obliging man’s technical abilities to invent and produce increasingly
sophisticated items that make money for ownership and management in both wartime and peacetime. Monetary
policies implemented by organized bankers, combined with fiscal policies set by compliant assisting political power, have created mankind’s brief aberration that we now call human civilization. For better or worse, it is where we are today. In giving humans what they respond to with glee, the molders of our world became increasingly wealthy. Real wealth is not defined as currency. It consists of exclusivity to the planet’s most desirable features, resources, and locations, together with unrestricted personal conduct. It is, in fact, exactly what the masses would enjoy, had they the intellect and desire to achieve it. That is why they admire and openly emulate their guardians, a reality considered politically incorrect by both classical liberals as well as by modern leftists.

I well remember back-to-the-earth movements of the 1970’s. They failed when participants became ill, hungry, cold, or restless. Many then found jobs with loving corporations as the national economy boomed. Today we find a plethora of New Age thinkers speaking glowingly of paradigm changes in human consciousness and of a spiritual awakening. I decline to comment on liberal-arts major science gurus who have discovered various forms of cosmic energy outside of the laboratory, not to mention very special people in touch with alien intellects or, at least, historically aware of them and awaiting their own second-comings.

Now an official octogenarian, I am delighted to be able to post this piece online. I don’t happen to think
that the ills of today are the result of Lucifer worshipers, a single bad religion, a particular tribe of
historically unpleasant humans, or the machinations of a centuries old secret cabal. The elite, intellectually, among any tribal or geographically separated population initially lead their fellows by nature. Rather quickly they learn that their own ambitions and interests can best be served by cleverly propagandizing others. Superstitions are appealed to. Vices are institutionalized. Amusements and entertainments that meet simple standards are created, and basic material needs are easily met. The latter far surpasses that of our ancestral race, the hunter-gatherers. My family lived off the land considerably in summers near the sea. My grandfather and father provided their families with meat by hunting. Growing up on a farm until running away to college, I experienced a life close to nature and home-grown foods. In only a couple of generations all this has changed. Modern Civilization is, in many ways, a sham.

Is there any going back? Do we really want to? If so, how? Whatever will become of us if we succeed in
discarding present currency and economic systems? Are our guardians truly evil or are they themselves just trying to stay in the saddle of their own wild horse? We do have laws in place, many of which have been drafted and installed by those in power. They are, in many cases, designed to protect us against the very things being done by their gifted heirs who were raised in privilege, separate from ordinary human beings.

Why don’t we, all of us including their own cousins who are not bankers or politicians, just toss them out, work on improving economic and currency policies, and strive together to create peaceful communities in a nation based on living, as much as practical, under reasonable laws?


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14 Responses to "Memoirs of a Superfluous Farm Boy"

  1. Todd Marshall  January 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Much of TPTB’s power comes from purposeful mismanagement of the medium of exchange (i.e. money). They invented capitalism that requires a trader to find someone with capital (or able to create it out of thin air) to make a trade beyond simple barter. They charge arbitrary interest for this service. In doing so we buy our homes twice… paying first the banker in interest, and then through our promise to complete a trade of our efforts for the house.

    In reality, money is simply “a promise to complete a trade”. It is created by traders and extinguished when they complete their trading promises. If they fail, their default is recovered from the marketplace in the form of interest collections, guaranteeing inflation to be zero everywhere and always. The relation is: INFLATION = DEFAULT – INTEREST.

    If we want to free ourselves from TPTB, it is very simple. Abandon this ridiculous “capitalism” we cherish and adopt “traderism” which is a perfectly natural substitute. In doing so, traders create all the money (and you and I are, of course, traders). Inflation is zero. Interest is zero to responsible traders and the exact right amount to less responsible traders.

    The ridiculous financial system we have now is no accident. TPTB have purposely made it complicated to maintain their power. Governments would be a fraction of their current size under a properly managed MOE.

    Todd Marshall
    Plantersville, TX

  2. 60sstreetpunk  January 7, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Stewart: I always like historical pieces and what happens to families down the line. I liked this story. At least in America , commoners could make themselves to be something.
    I am in my mid 60s. I will be visiting cousins in western Galway in a few months. I drink a fair amount of Guinness-it does not make me sick, nor does Sambuca and just a few other beverages. Did you ever drink the Guinness? Unfortunately Ireland has changed but not so much in the remote area I am going to.
    I have problems with the tribe and the other warmongers. having been through the Vn deal as a marine ground peon and then later as res going to many other zones to include Baghdad , I saw too many American boys with life altering injuries. Most who were wounded this way in VN found ways to die young and the same will go on with this generation’s multiple amputees and brain and facial disfigured etc-pissing from bags to the intestine and so on. This is the part where I cannot agree with you as these monsters , these neocons and Zionists and neocon Zionists got us into the 2003 Iraq war. These psychopaths (as by definition) care nothing for what has happened to all these young men. If it is PTSD yo have continual graphic images of dozens and dozens and dozens of the dead and wounded, then so be it for some out there but just leads to long lasting anger and a hate of sorts for these warmakers.
    We live in an age of efficiency- it is sad, real sad. Was the past better than what we have now? I say yes

    • Stewart Ogilby  January 7, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      punk – Thanks for your good comment. One must be careful with that psychopath label. This reply includes a disclaimer that I am in no way excusing persons of criminal culpability. War brings out the very worst in humans. Victor news and propaganda, regardless of ethnicity, generally omitted home based criminality. WW2’s “Bomber” Harris and Eisenhower’s German POW death camps pop into mind. Psychopaths? That old question of whose ox is being gored applies to definitions and epithets. A hero of mine, George McGovern, as well as another, Howard Zinn, both dropped incendiary bombs on civilian homes and families. A stronger case for criminality can be made against older persons, the bankers who really make the wars. Psychopaths? Perhaps. How about the patriotic “top brass”? Psychopaths? I don’t know. Dead wrong? Yes. Criminals? Is murder a crime? How about mass murder? Our problem moves from that of individuals into a systemic one. That is precisely the logic of the conscientious objector. There are young Israelis going to jail for refusing to join the armed forces of that criminal state. The last time I heard of ones here was during Vietnam. Of course, we know where the news comes from. Perhaps they are being summarily shot? Encamped? Sent to Guantanamo? I am not certain we have many persons of such conscience among us any longer. And what are the troops doing in their spare time? Madness provides some defense, however weak. What we are dealing with among human beings is far more frightening.

    • Stewart Ogilby  January 7, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      oops, I forgot. We don’t have a draft. Americans are volunteering or looking for jobs, right?

  3. Sovereignty  January 6, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Stewart, I enjoyed your story telling style but have to say that as a prescription to our problems today, the piece is superficial. The problems facing so called modern man are simple enough but they are deep problems for the average thinker.
    Those that are in the process of depopulating the planet have come to the same conclusions and for the same reasons. The planet should rightly be protected from our insanity and its difficult to argue with that.
    We live in a time cultural technological hubris, ignorant of our history and the astonishing accomplishments that have preceded us in the modern era. As an engineer and builder I can say that the ancient megalith builders had consciousness brain bandwidths, technology tools, and construction techniques, decades if not hundreds of years ahead of what is state of the art today.
    Our ancestors possessed a functioning relationship with reality we do not. They used faculties of the brain we do not. They used their pituitary and (DMT) pineal glands and we do not. While these golden brain glands can be quickly rejuvenated to seriously kick up the bandwidth, it has to be a choice of the individual to do so. To learn these natural duck to water techniques, go to:
    We live on a planet with 7 billion people without a single school of consciousness. Either we kick up the bandwidths and join the cosmic community or remain the consequence of the wider agendas we are unable to comprehend.
    What’s your pleasure?

    • ani  January 7, 2014 at 12:35 am

      great analysis Sovereignty

      I am nowhere in your league, but this I do know: my great grandmothers et al who lived close to the land and sea in the Netherlands knew all they needed to know to survive.

      Their common sense (and I am blessed to have known some of them in my early childhood) is now nothing to some who hold PhD’s and ‘know’ so much less.

      More significantly, reading Taylor Caldwell’s Dear and Glorious Physician, on the life of St Luke, her research describes a ‘cold light’ known to the Chaldeans, ‘unknown’ to us today.

      It is well past the time to turf out the true degraders of our Planet, and let true creativity flourish for the good of all on Planet Earth.

    • Sovereignty  January 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm


      “I am nowhere in your league”

      The truth is without the golden brain glands none of us are in any league. Why do you think it is the star brothers don’t land on the Whitehouse lawn and have a chat.

      What would we talk about? The new dancing with the stars vid? Laker scores? Our hubris blinds us to the fact that we are not even in the game. What we call the game of life here on this planet is not worthy of any intelligent acknowledgement from any outsider capable of traversing cosmic distances and dimensions.

      And yes, you too have the keys to play the game of life at the higher consciousness bandwidths. Its just a choice to play or not play and a willingness to reconsider your relationship with reality, to focus on that line of inquiry, drop the noise and to start secreting those glands.

      Come on in…. the water is fine 🙂

  4. maria  January 5, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    An article that makes you think.
    How can all this evil be changed? Who will start it? So many questions.
    People are so brainwashed by TV and dumb movies from Hollywood.
    Kids playing mindless violent games on TV instead of reading books.
    How will Washington react and homeland security?
    Homeland security for whom? For the elite so they can keep on playing their games.
    Look at the police force in their black outfits are they on the side of the people or are they now there to
    Protect the elite from the people?
    An American Spring like the Arab Spring? Watching that bloody battle with no end in sight.
    I did not see the people win there either. Nothing but destruction and misery.
    With Bandar Bush not getting his way with Syria and so far not yet with Iran, I wonder what heis up to with
    the upcoming Olympic plays in Russia. Not a repeat of Munich I hope. How will Putin react to a heinous act.
    Pffft, happy new year with thoughts like that going around. Peace on Earth, happy dreams, will never happen. Too many evil men on this beautiful planet who they are destroying.

  5. Brian  January 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Anybody who thinks Obama is not an Israeli blackmailed stooge doesn’t know the truth. Just ask Wayne Madsen and read about Mans Country and Barack Obama.

    From John Kerry an Israeli blackmailed stooge:

    “The deal is the beginning and first step. It leads us into the negotiation,” Kerry added. “So that we guarantee that while we are negotiating for the dismantling, while we are negotiating for the tougher positions, they will not grow their program and their capacity to threaten Israel. Israel will actually gain a larger breathing space in terms of the breakout capacity of Iran. It’s just clear.”

    Brian: Barack Obama, due to his secret personal life which seems to be off limits at VT does evil on behalf of Israel to keep his secret personal life off the radar.

  6. Serenity  January 5, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Mr. Ogilby, Having just read your essay, I can hardly think of you as “superfluous”, because I discern a lot of wisdom between the lines. Also, myself having grown up on a beautiful farm in Wisconsin & being immersed in the natural world with the freedom to explore, question & read books to my heart’s content (rather than being addicted to TV), I believe you & I & others who had the same privilege, have an unique sense of the world at large. Despite all of the so-called “evil” being revealed daily as well as outright fear-mongering, something keeps us steadfast & balanced so we can truly be of service at this auspicious time. I refuse to be intimidated, frightened, or seduced by naysayers. I strongly believe there is a deep spirit of righteousness among the American people who are right at the tipping point of “kicking them out”…Thank you for your inspiring article…

    • Serenity  January 5, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      I, too, am proud of my ancestors, 4 of which came on the Mayflower, one on my father’s side & 3 on my Mother’s side. In my family there is a deep love for America & its Founding Fathers.

  7. ani  January 5, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Good article Mr Ogilby but you do not go far enough.

    Folks on VT have been talking for yolks on how to ‘kick them out’, and we have reached that point where some are openly saying that to take that stand, that first step, is to risk known death.

    I am not in America, but I follow, support and encourage Kevin Annett and his International Tribunal into Crimes by Church and State.

    I strongly recommend VT readers to check out Kevin’s New Year address. It is inspirational and shows the way, just like the Christ some millennia ago.
    Common Law is on the side of the people, but we must all lay down our arms and ‘do good to those who hate us”.

    Therefore we know the historical score. To do nothing through fear is a heinous thought.


    • Stewart Ogilby  January 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      ani – Thank you. For the benefit of VT readers, here is the link to Kevin Annett’s organization and brief New Year’s address:

      ITCCS is focusing on a specific issue. Its organizational and strategic methodology is sound. It may well provide a springboard for further actions. It deserves review, support, and further participation.

  8. Stewart Ogilby  January 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    You may be right. All the more reason to kick them out.

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