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Emancipated Minds

Engineers Leaving the War Machine Behind

What would you do if you realized that your unique intellectual talents were being used to create suffering in the world?

When your profession no longer aligns with your values, could you make a major life change? Would you risk your comfortable salary, benefits, and pension to make positive change in the world and sleep better at night?

Some have done just that, and these emancipated minds want to support others who are looking to do the same.

War is a racket

“WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.”

Major General Smedley Butler


Freeing Our Minds

President Eisenhower warned the American public about the rise of the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) in his 1961 farewell address. While no saint himself, he was certainly in the position to witness the MIC's talons sinking deeper into government.

From the Cold War to the current perpetual "War on Terror", the MIC is now soaking up an enormous portion of the economy, and of the engineering minds which are needed to design the weapons.

What if we refused to apply our minds to the war machine?


How We Help

Engineering Outreach

We find and connect with those who are ready to consider emancipating their minds from violent enterprises.

Transition Resources

You are not alone. We understand what you are going through, and have resources to help in your transition to peaceful endeavors.

Continuing Support

We won't forget about you after you make the life change. Continuing support helps to prevent falling back into the war machine.


Who We Are

Emancipated Minds is primarily comprised of engineers who decided to align their professions to their values by leaving the war industry.

Our grassroots support comes from engineers and non-engineers who would like to see more people employ their minds in peaceful endeavors.

Not to be confused with pacifists...we believe in true self defense, rather than building empires and empowering tyrants.

Ken J.

Ken was a lead systems engineer on the Apache attack helicopter, and his employer's lead on integrating remote control of UAVs (drones) into the Apache cockpit. He viewed himself as a patriot, doing God's work and living the American dream.

Viewing the Collateral Murder wikileaks video changed Ken forever, forcing him to question his assumptions. No longer were they "creating cool machines to kill the bad guys", he saw the human face of the suffering caused by his war machines.


Ken left the military-industrial complex after 12 years on the job, and is now happy as an independent engineering consultant on peaceful projects.

You can hear more about Ken's journey in his interview on The Voluntary Life podcast.

Chris R.

Chris was an engineer working in the Nuclear Engineering and Planning Department for the Department of Defense. His primary job was to write procedures and design test equipment to test/overhaul Nuclear submarines reactor plant systems.

His views on the war on terror started to change over time and made him reevaluate if his work fit with his new values. No longer did his work seem like the patriotic thing to do. This motivated him to take a big leap and find a new peaceful path outside of engineering war machines.


Chris left the Department of Defense after 14 years on the job to pursue a career helping people with their finances. He now works as a registered investment advisor, and sleeps well at night knowing his life’s work is a net positive to humanity.

Brent T.

Brent was also an engineer working in the Nuclear Engineering and Planning Department for the Department of Defense. His primary job was to write procedures and design test equipment to test/overhaul Nuclear submarine reactor plant systems.

His views on foreign policy changed from believing the neocon lie that the United States’ role in the world was to spread freedom via the sword to accepting a more humble foreign policy after following the Ron Paul 2008 presidential campaign and after reading Ron Paul’s book “A Foreign Policy of Freedom”.

In about March, 2008 he read Murray Rothbard’s “For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto” at which point his views became consistently libertarian and he realized that his views were no longer consistent with working within the military industrial complex or government in general. However, due to life circumstances it took another 10 years to finally remove the government’s “golden handcuffs”.

Brent left the Department of Defense after almost 17 years on the job and is now a brewer at a craft brewery and an e-commerce entrepreneur.


Donate to Make a Difference

Turn Interest Into Action

Emancipated Minds is supported by the Human Action Foundation, a New Hampshire 501c3 non-profit organization. Your tax-deductible donation not only directly benefits these outreach and support programs, but also removes tax revenue from the war machine.

"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."

~ Albert Camus ~


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