Invention, Fairness and Convention


Convention kills invention! Interestingly those who say you’re crazy for thinking and acting against conventional wisdom inadvertently wind up devoted and loyal agents of statism and socialism, discouraging those whom may bring something better to this ever-changing world; better systems, technologies, economies, etc., than what the existing conventional institutions are able, or for that fact, willing to.

State and socialist institutions promote mediocrity and deter exceptional innovation, serving their own agendas under the auspices of… security, fairness and equality. Strength of force through the machinations of propaganda. Protectionism, security and enforcement are the result of the fear society experiences en mass due to over exposure to this propaganda. Protection, security, fairness and so-called equality are all qualities of which are by design to keep the state placed above all human activity. Security, fairness and equality for the state, an institution which lacks the ability to compete with the market order and the ever-changing world and its Human environment. The state does not compete, it enforces order. Convention.

Convention is usually accompanied by the pretense of a custom, policy, or law’s usefulness. State mandated or corporate policy convention is another story. Convention in these cases are usually the persuasive or coercive measures of self-protectionism. Propaganda further embeds the fallacies involved in conventional “wisdom’s” perpetuity.

Upon serious examination and study it is always surprising to meet certain realities within the contemporary market order. The institutions of industry which employ egalitarian ideologies of fairness within their employee policies. Policies within a business structure which oppose the industry’s necessary purpose of profit seeking. Contemporary “newspeak”, political correctness, seems to play a role here as well as it seems profit seeking is now considered deplorable. There are many variables to corporate egalitarian activities and their connection to the state and no room to discuss them here. This slight digression would be better served in another article.

The State is counter to the market order right from the beginning, yet it attempts to control the market order while simultaneously using it. The State admonishes the free market as dangerous and unfair unless of course the State manipulates the market “order”. Nothing is worthy of use for all of society unless it is sought out and controlled by the state! Interesting! A truly evolving society may discover, upon critical thought and logical analysis, that the State may be ultimately not only irrelevant to  posterity’s prosperity but actually a serious detriment; what keeps the State in place is based upon a fallacy of reason. But this contention assumes a society is in perpetual evolution of thought, as opposed to devolution, self-induced mind control and slothful consent.

Civilizations do cycle through periods of golden eras and dark eras; but with the internet and a computer in nearly household, could another dark age be avoided? Could light be shed on the uselessness of the State as well as socialism and its cousin egalitarianism? It is hard to say. Even free information has a tendency toward manipulation.

Seemingly though, society is not always as diligent at study and the effort required in holding on to its freedom. In some ways freedom itself may have a tendency to reproduce dark eras as freedom and liberty owe work, study and determination as a prerequisite to support itself. Freedom, borne of technological and sociological advancement, lends to ease of life’s necessities and mental sloth is in many cases a detrimental byproduct. And with this laziness on the part of society so goes the growth of the State under such circumstances. Eric Fromm covers this subject quite well in “Escape from freedom”. Even though his comments on economic factors are counter to my understanding, he covers the psychology of modern man within societal structures very well.

Statism, employing propaganda to render into subterfuge what acting man uses as the tools necessary toward the end of improving his own circumstances, and in turn the circumstances of others through the free market system, easing discomfort and pain whatever obstacles he may meet along the way from whatever source. The State, using the power of a controlled media to sway public opinion and label such energetic and ingenious individuals “unpatriotic” or greedy as they have a tendency toward breaking the rules of convention to invent and create and in doing so eventually becoming prosperous should they become noticed by the market and in turn become successful, protects itself from such ingenious individual’s ability to possibly antiquate the relevance and need for the State itself.
The State employs enforcement to “stabilize” and control the very people who give consent to a government’s employment of such methods; eventually finding acts of state stabilization as self-oppressive to the consenting “voters”. We give consent to our own oppression under the auspices of stability. To create a fixed market of fairness and equality. Many contemporary economists fail miserably under this fallacy, supporting these machinations at every turn.

There is nothing to be gained by any version of a fixed, unchanging and controlled market as it is an impossible fantasy and no profits could exist under any such scheme. -Profits: the evil goal of the marketeers and profiteers! Unfair! I have heard many such idioms used to disparage the market order by many so-called truth seekers; incendiary language against profit seeking is but one of many fallacies they use in argument. These people unwittingly play into the hands of the State which they seem to admonish, and with such feverish ignorance and denial.- When Statists speak of stability what they are really speaking of is control, and neither is possible in reality. Socialism cannot be accomplished, it would fail before its realization, as it is economically  unsustainable. The current economic situation is evidence supporting this premise, in real-time. A pseudo State market order without a monetary pricing system has no mechanism of accounting and checks against failure and malinvestment.

I would add for the contemporary so-called environmentalists that there is no better means of truly protecting resources, and in turn, the ecosystem than by the efficiency of the free market system. Its innate need of efficiency regards limited resources and a need for preservation of the environment as a mechanism toward sustainability and ultimately prerequisite for Human advancement. Hence, the free market procures efficiency of the use and preservation of resources, and the ecosystem’s preservation as well, reducing waste as well as cost. Cost which is not always accountable in money, but in the commodity value of first order goods and their scarcity. In other words the need for a business to be self-sustaining, e.g., tree farming and the lumber industry.

The State stands in the way due largely to the fact the State requires control to justify its existence. The State procures its power through consent, its wealth from the producers and control through fear. A simple question for those so bent upon the State’s necessity in order for society to work: which do you think has a stronger propensity toward war, the State or individuals? Towards accomplishing clear and confirmed goals, the State or individuals? If the State has an endless supply of “income” sources, the consenting taxpayer, what mechanism exists which curbs the State’s propensity toward any end it desires, achievable or not?

Statism procures mediocrity and the decay which follows, and unless we decide that the State is no longer relevant and can only be of any use when kept under strict control -if this is even possible- limited in scope of power and replaced by a free market system which has a more efficient way of dealing with the constant changes Human need and its prerequisite of ecosystem sustainability, we will experience the further decline of the West. The complete abolishing of the State would be a great evolution of society if it could be realized, but the fear of the masses renders this possibility a dream.

The market system, free or not, is made up of entrepreneurs, workers, capitalists, inventors, visionaries, and ultimately the customer. Within the market structure the customer ultimately possesses sovereignty in deciding what products and services become needed. The State has no such mechanism in place other than the mechanism of fairness, convention and so-called equality and ultimately force; as though all things in life are fair, everything is fixed, all humans are born with the same life qualities and happiness and ease for all is enforceable. The State’s products, borne of fear and, of course never forget, envy: equality, stability, security, defense and ultimately…control.

Harrison Bergeron, the main character in a Kurt Vonnegut short story adapted to a short film illustrating a possible future of egalitarianism in the most disturbing fashion; using weights to weaken the strong, masks to hide the beautiful, and signals placed directly in the ears of the intelligent to keep them from thinking; this fictional state represses the extraordinary. This is the case of art copying life. Bergeron would no doubt be appalled by what we have as a society if he were real…but then again Harrison Bergeron is a character who resides in us all once the veil of lies and denial lifts through critical thought and intensive study. Once an individual comes to terms with these realities there is no denial of the need to act…until, of course, this same individual encounters another ghost human, asleep at the wheel of convention and fairness, sucking the slightly awakened and inspired individual back into sheepish slumber. Or maybe the awake and energetic individual who would like to bring about real change of thought and action encounters many other people who are seemingly aware of the fact that something is wrong with current political and societal circumstances, but that these people, confused by the fallacy of the market order being the blame for such problems are unwilling to act accordingly to bring forth real change. The market today, made up of many factors of state interventionism, protectionism, and a monopoly of money; e.g. currency. I cover the money issue further in another article.

Many truth seekers also have their agendas mixed; some fighting for further enforcement of  “rules” which are designed to ease the complaints of those who are unable or unwilling to compete in a specific area. Many have the general predisposition of the “victim”; weak in one area, but unable or unwilling to explore their own individual strengths and talents as they are sucked into the ambiguous fight for fairness and equality themselves, completely forgetting what independence truly means. Many of the said rules these individuals fight for weaken those who could otherwise out compete and outsmart their competition, allowing the weaker and inefficient to have a false upper hand over the stronger; weights placed around the neck of the stronger competitor. Rules of Law ought support the strengths of individuals as well as private property and not the collective force of mediocrity and egalitarian ideologies. This is not meant as a condemnation toward certain types of people and their causes, only an observation. An observation of the weakness in the plausibility and reality of parts of their argumentation. Truth seekers, seeking truth, or fairness?

Ultimately we have to decide on either the State or Independence for our future. Under the former you get what we are seeing today: a failing system of distribution of wealth, energy and resources from the hands of the efficient and energetic to the less efficient and the spendthrift; distribution of wealth into the hands of people who share no quality to truly produce and build for the future as the entrepreneur does so feverishly. Those who take the risks of inventing products of and for the unforeseen future, whatever they may or may not be, their creations put into the hands of convention, which procure seemingly permanent institutions of control and enforcement, under the guise of security, fairness and equality. Locking society into a fixed system of thought and control, as though the world is in a fixed state of being. If the laws of science were fixed, would we have seen some of our current technological advancements come to the light of day? Could there be any real Human advancement? Under the latter you get your future held within your own hands, working from the perspective of your own individual need to ease your uneasiness and in turn help those around you. Within a free market system YOU decide; you work through problems local to you and your community, as well as neighboring communities. You and those whom you exchange, work, share, help and compete with invent, not the State. Voluntary adaptation, ingenuity and creativity. Evolution and adaptation to a world of perpetual change. Invention.

In addendum:

In America and around the world we do see many entrepreneurs becoming successful. But many of their “successes” are due largely to State intervention and cooperative collectivism through corporate structuring. Certain products are seemingly at the helm of world governments’ need to distract and “entertain” many into the collective slumber of ignorant slaves. Toys for totalitarianism? The embryonic world fascist state? Is it a conspiracy? Or is it consent?

Today we lack true invention. True invention antiquates old systems which no longer perform and allows technology to evolve in the hands of those who use it, individuals, and this is only possible within the framework of a true free market system. A free market system would allow antiquated technologies to disappear and new more efficient ones which serve the consumer would replace them. Think about how much infrastructure is built up around the automobile (production automobile of course) and how little the technology has changed for the consumer in the 100+ years since its inception. Protectionism, hindering the market order system.

 

A Change in the Weather


Cover of "Critical Path"

Cover of Critical Path

I am having trouble with the current arguments for, and the arguments against the theory of global warming, or the now recently renamed climate change. Today, by whatever name, these arguments seem to carry a specific affiliation to a particular political side; either the side of the so-called conservatives or the so-called modern-day liberals.
This side taking detracts from the most important part of the argument to begin with; the argument whether or not man is destroying, or, capable of destroying his world and himself along with it.

I do think that there is evidence enough to at least say that, yes, we are capable of destroying our environment. And that we have done plenty of harmful things in the past and still do in the present, and that we are also fully capable of reversing the effects of pollution and can regenerate damaged areas of our ecosystems through science and technology.

But in the end what we are really talking about is destroying ourselves. The Earth has a way with dealing with us one way or another. When we destroy the ecosystem we eventually destroy ourselves, and if that happens, I’m certain the Earth will reclaim itself in the end. So we’re not really talking about saving the Earth, are we?

I don’t want to argue “sides”, I want to explore options about what I can do and in turn what everyone can do about the problem, because I also think that the problem isn’t only about the environment, it’s about economy as well. It’s about viable alternatives in energy and choice in everything from the kind of transportation we choose all the way to the type of food we are able to buy and or grow ourselves should we choose to. It’s about cutting our total dependence upon petroleum, and that’s a lot of cutting. Petroleum isn’t only about the gasoline we invariably pump into our gas tanks every day (not that we have any other choice in the matter). Petroleum is in nearly everything you use on a daily basis, including the food you eat. Many Americans are completely unaware of the connection to corn and petroleum and its relation to the “food” you eat from the grocery store. I recommend “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan for a more in-depth look into this side of the story.

I am not certain that we can plausibly argue against varying forms of environmentally destructive human activity by simply denying that it even occurs at all. In addition, one of the many platitudes on the subject, ‘it is not as bad as they say’, carries little merit with it at all in this argument, and for that fact any argument. Ahh denial…

But also I think that to clamour to political “parties” for their support, on either side of any issue, and that the use of their platforms and rhetoric to create consensus -which eventually winds up becoming “party” issues in the end- that this politicizing is acting in an unproductive way on this as well as many other subjects. The consensus, which political over-involvement creates that otherwise would not exist, is not an honest and ethical means of scientific resolve, unless we consider creating a misinformed mob an acceptable resolution to societal matters.

I think “climate-gate” is a great example of how the statistical facts are alterable when a particular “side” wants the results it needs to develop the ends to its means; and this goes for either side of an argument or debate. I do not know very much about climate-gate other than what I read in the news -seems to me either side could manipulate the “facts” through the various mainstream media sources which also prove to carry bias in many politically driven issues- and with that, I will say that this lends validity to my argument about politicizing subject matter such as pollution; it becomes yet another means for politicians to rob the rest of the public to serve their political ends. Pollution and systematic destruction of our ecosystem is what we are talking about in the end and the concern is real, any sane person should  see the logic in this. It would be a fallacy to argue by simply saying that pollution is not a problem.

It would also be an error in judgement to confuse me with someone siding with the global warming crowd. I’ll explain:I do not prescribe to the pandering for more government involvement, at least not the type of economically destructive involvement we are witnessing with such schemes as Cap and Trade. This proposal is only another way to tax and dominate a naïve public and has little to do with remedying pollution. This proposal, and possibly eventually global treaty, is more about funding a bankrupt world government and its system of self-perpetuating expansion. Cap and Trade is about state-ism on a global scale, and state-ism is a major contributing factor to where humanity is today. (Read the link.) If you think we have economic and ecological problems now, what do you think will happen when government runs the entire show? I would like to see everyone to stop buying what the television is selling and please think deeply about all this.

I’m going to throw this little quotation in for fun: “The capitalists are the communists, the communists are the capitalists.” Hopefully it will tempt you enough to want to read “Critical Path” by Buckminster Fuller for more on the meaning of this. Critical path articulates an uncommon and profound view of the world’s power structure and how harmful and illusory its mechanisms of power are to our future and that there’s a better way for the future, but that the human condition is continually manipulated and hindered from its full potential to self-support and self-sustain by the acts and institutions of the power structure. This is a wonderful review of the book.

And of course on the flip-side to what I am saying about global warming, I will add that those so ardently in favor of the “Drill, baby, drill” approach, those who would seemingly completely deny there’s a problem at all, that maybe looking a little deeper into the petroleum problem would help to better understand that ingenuity would be a better way; new technologies may never surface if we fight so hard for things as they are. Protectionism kills invention. Though I would applaud a move toward independence of foreign oil, but that care would be necessary to avoid ending up right back in the place we are in now; with limited choice in energy and therefore beholden to an oil monopoly and locked into a polluting and metered energy source with no end to its instability in price.

Maybe remedy to any current crisis would be all one can hope for until the next problem arises, as problems  will always arise because within every form of energy discovered, and the Human action involved in these discoveries, there lies a by-product and reaction that will need yet another remedy and another resolution. But when we become congested by state-ism and bureaucracy, we are unable to solve anything. (Unfortunately we may already be in that position.)

Government and corporations cannot be trusted to help solve social problems, its like asking criminals to solve their own crimes, and come up with their own punishment. We must all be able to act on reason and explore the knowledge available to us at the time of any crisis. And because man cannot know all things at all times, and science changes through discovery, that to create permanent mandate and policy based upon current knowledge is counterproductive and dangerous. And to expect government to act objectively, if political objectivity could even exist at all, in all such matters is absurd and naïve. Government has little incentive to create sound solutions, unless held accountable for its actions, and any accountability by government is almost non-existent, government seems to have more power and wealth to gain by perpetual social problems to “experiment” with anyway.

I am uncertain exactly what the solution is at this time but I will continue to argue against any further government intervention and corporate involvement in the matter. Both political and corporate sides of the argument are selling fear in exchange for a false sense of “security”, all based on the fallacy of scarcity, that’s what the power structure does, and the government and corporations capitalize on it. We get so caught up in who is right or wrong, we forget what the argument is really all about, then we lose sight of what can actually be done about it, leaving the institutions who helped create the mess to supposedly clean it all up. This presents a conundrum I understand, but I would actually recommend a sort of pressing of the ‘pause’ button, and maybe a consortium of real thought on these matters to take place before any more ‘policy’ or commercial rigidity to take root on this situation. The people whom all these policies and ventures effect need be included in the process to include insight and perspective to come up with foresight on this whole issue. A real grass-roots effort where localities enter in the remedial efforts from their position, as opposed to being undermined by any central power which cannot supply the same insight and perspective for their regional needs and requirements. This process could work in many other human endeavors. Maybe we would have less war in the end as well.

What we need to strive for is a results-driven leadership, a leadership of people who carry with them the environment as well as the Human condition as its main priority. To reach this goal government and at the same time monopolistic corporate institutions which hold each other so dear need be put in their place. The limits of our government, as delineated in the original contract, The Constitution FOR the United States, could get us back on track and this contract does not need any further perversions by those “acting” on our behalf. We need no more obscure and ambiguous interpretations of this document. What we need is adherence to the original Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments. This would be a great place to start, since it is our American government’s duty.

But I do not want to inundate this topic with further political rhetoric. I want to do what I can do, and at this time that would be to generate positive discourse on these questions. As I have attempted to illustrate above, I am not trying to take sides on this topic, but I am taking a stand. And that stand is against further robbery by the power structure by use of propaganda which creates  false consensus toward the goal of more involvement and more control of you and I and our children’s children by the great Government Incorporated under the illusory guise of “protecting” us against ourselves. OK, I did it again…but you get the point by now I’m sure.

In the end I hope to see real markets move into alternative energies, alternative transportation, alternative homes, alternative work and of course keeping the environment in mind. And along with all this, the free will for the people to choose these things as they come alive in the economy as a result of a real free market economic system.

Availability of alternative clean energy would create entire economies in of themselves creating a need for useful products and services and a need for more people to do the work that goes with it all. No one need be put out of work as the protectionists, and socialist unions propagate. All the work once needed in an antiquated industry simply re-tools for the next new industry that replaces the old systems. Business could come alive in so many ways and so many could benefit from a real free market system, a system of choice and free will.

The funny thing about socialism: There is seemingly no cure for capitalism except the complete perversion of the system until we are all chained to a wall of equality by government. Until we are all equally chained together in poverty, scarcity and fear, we won’t have the socialist utopia the capital manipulating socialists so desire. Petrified by legal codes at every instance of possible positive action, as our human reflexes want to better our situation, but cannot because we have become chained to emotional irrationality sprung up from ignorance and sealed by law.

If we do not have freedom in choice of what we would prefer in alternative energies, if these energies are not available how are we to lower our so-called “carbon footprint”? If science does not have the freedom to solve problems through technology due largely to protectionism and bureaucracy and the tyranny of socialist policy, how can any of us hope to ever solve the environmental issues we face today? Rather than moving forward by what was once American ingenuity and creativity, we are now regressing into a backwards society where we have no choice and scientific resolution is under arrest by the government propaganda machine.

To embellish my point further: Often in the beginning of any technological advancement, when a new invention goes into production, it is extremely expensive and can often only be purchased by the wealthy. These purchases build the capital necessary for the research and development needed to help bring the product to market in a less expensive model for all to enjoy. Through the envious behavior of redistribution of wealth the government employs so readily, do we think the government can perform all the R&D necessary to bring out the best products? To bring all the latest and greatest to the public? This is extremely doubtful because government cannot seem to even manage a trillion-dollar cash heist and property theft industry. They always need more money, like a child stealing money from your wallet on the nightstand and then asking for more allowance the next morning and they have not even done their chores. They’ll keep doing it if you let them!

It’s 2011, and we are still pumping gas, why on earth do you think that is? If you look back for more than thirty years we’ve heard the same story about petroleum and its harmful effects on the environment as well as its scarcity. The pollution, greenhouse gases, oil rig disasters in the ocean, tanker spills, wars fought over oil, price instability, etc., there’s nothing new here, these problems have haunted us for decades. It’s would seem it’s not about solving a problem. It’s all about the metering and profit! We need to change our perspective of “profit” and “value” and concede defeat to our self-destruction as the ends of the current means, and I am certain there is no value in that, a zero-sum game for all involved. For more perspective here please see my related article which discusses the false value of our currency that we work so hard for, and the problem of measuring the value of our work and goals by contemporary monetary standards: “Earning Good Money”.

And one last note to think about: Some of the wealthiest and most powerful Americans are politicians. Think about it.  Government takes the wealth that people create, not the other way around. The hypocrisy of the benevolent socialists.

I’m sure some will say that I’ve contradicted myself and have taken a side against socialism. And that this could be one way to discredit everything I am attempting to point out and distract from the merit of my contention. I will argue that would be an error for two reasons:

1) I see no side in many of the political circles who argue against socialism; no one, no politician, really calling it like it is, therefore no real political side to take. And because many Americans do not even seem to recognize socialism and simply do not know what it is. Many do not understand that we officially began our journey toward socialism in 1935 when the American government started the Social Security System, a government mandated and controlled retirement system. So many Americans seem not to understand the value of knowing what any of this even means; that this is a socialist system and it is failing miserably. It perplexes me that most Americans think this system is not a socialist system. (There are ways to wean America off social programs without completely cutting programs leaving those dependent on them in the streets. Please read this article as well)

2) I am taking a stand, not a side.

We have seen the west deteriorate economically, and the global environment along with it for decades under socialism, and I do realize that America’s version of socialism is more of an embryonic version, but it is still socialism. And for some reason there is a clamour for more of the same. I think this defines insanity.

There is no such thing as a ‘little socialism’. It is either present or it is not, and it is and has been present in America far longer than I have been alive and it is proving a miserable failure and will prove further with time if not turned around as soon as possible. Maybe we should try a more open approach. Maybe we need to take responsibility and bring forth the change by positive Human action. We cannot solve the massive problem of pollution and its effects on our environment if we cannot change the way we think of the institutions which create the pollution and then admit the part we play individually in the scheme of things.

It’s time for a massive re-orientation of thought. And above all actions government and corporations take, it is your actions and my actions that really count. Human action, as opposed to Human waiting around.

What the? Here I go again!


Why have I not covered what I really want to talk about yet? Life, friends, family,  living, art, fun, working for your own means, rewarding yourself and those around you with your creative inspiration, whatever they might be. Community, as a sum of people with free will and integrity as their guide.

For me, I simply want the time and energy to study, make music, and build an economy of my own within my community. My physical community as well as my cyber community, without government and their myriad of agents and accompanying legal-ease stealthily thwarting my every attempt at living a self-sufficient life. To be Human. To be free. To live by my free will and not the will imposed upon me by every possible institution of man.

I mean, all I really want to do is be happy and share that happiness. But how can I feel content in this world of corporate and government-run everything? I mean really, has anyone been paying any real attention? Is anyone really looking around at what little so-called quality of life we actually have left? Just what are we doing letting our souls be yoked by the machinery of despotic “globalism”? Are our minds and bodies so weary that we cannot stand and end all this B.S.? Why on earth do we continue to do nothing? To just keep bending over, over and over, paying more and more with our own labor, into a government controlled system of pure failure; a “welfare” system, systematically and endlessly throwing money at people whom due to the mechanisms of this forced benevolence, only multiply like rabbits. I often wonder that if the real natural laws of economy were in place, laws that lie within non-coerced human action, more people might have a better judgement of how many children they can raise, and we would not ever have a need to consider any socialist version of population control, let alone “welfare”. Our inaction is what keeps the machinery in place. Sooner or later this system as it is all coming down, one way or another. In case no one has noticed, the process has already begun.

I think some people regard “quality” of life, the ability to shop endlessly for crap they don’t need. All the while their kids are out drinking and doing dope, or who knows what, like “sexting” moments their own of poor judgement which they captured on their own smart-phone, recording it and sharing it no less. Something these lost kids will most likely live to regret later. Anything, I suppose, to put an end to boredom and lack of any real stimulation. Children mostly unchallenged by the government controlled, failing education system…one of the many failing government-run systems. But seriously, exposing yourself, how creative and intelligent.

But at the same time state agencies compel parents to do nothing, as this “system” teaches us that we have no control over our own children, that the state has the ultimate power and control. Should you try undermining the state, just watch what happens, you could have your children kidnapped by CPS, or you could be kidnapped by the police. Click this one small example.

I wonder if the only standard that America is willing to fight for is the socialistic version of “equality”, equality mandated by socialism which engenders envy and the accompanying mob mentality we see in the news today when any particular group is about to lose their “benefit package”. Benefits which are completely derived from the theft of another group, within an unsustainable chaotic economic system of coercion, decay, theft and bribery. Equality forced by government created delusions of iniquity…how interesting. Think about this folks, and without getting too far into the politics of unions, unions in the private sector are by design, at least in theory, to “protect” the worker from the employer. State unions are by design to protect the “worker” from their employer, the “tax payer”.

I’ll also take this opportunity to point out an absurdity on the part of socialism. Right now, in 2011, students are attending the union protest and sit-in in Wisconsin. Aren’t these the same students who oppose increases in student tuition? Hmmm… now there’s and interesting concept in economic theory.

All I know is we are out of touch with reality. There is so much available to us, and yet we let those who “represent” us keep it from us for our own “protection”, and we act like nothing matters, that everything will be A O.K.

So long as we have the luxury of acting like idiots, not giving a damn about anything but our own “stuff” and how much more useless crap we can gather, I suppose nothing will change and we may only have ourselves to blame. Those available luxuries are going to become dramatically less available, and soon, I guarantee it. Maybe that will bring back the intuition and resourceful attitude once endowed by America.

Who knows? But to the contrary, I believe more and more people continue to realize that things are getting worse in many ways, but better in many other ways at the same time. It’s just hard to find the better news because the mainstream networks do not cover it much. Maybe it’s because we all seem to only care about drama. It’s what we want to watch that the networks give. At least this is what the number crunchers at the networks think. But network viewership has been in decline since the 80’s and supposedly being replaced by cable. I would argue otherwise, and so I will.

Let’s look at how many bloggers there are now, that takes a lot of time away from the American past-time of watching TV, as I write these blogs, and put a quite bit of time and thought into them, I also read other blogs by people who do the same. I spend around two or more hours a day reading and studying on many of the subjects I am passionate about so I feel qualified to debate about much of what I bring up in my blog. I also find many ideas from other people stimulating and reassuring, and that humanity can and more than likely will prevail. I only hope it is not at the illusory controls of our current governing powers-that-be that continue to control the process.

Spend some time with some of the free information you can find on the internet and study away! Just be sure to qualify the websites you spend time on. Misinformation is plentiful on-line, so be very careful, backup as much as possible through critical thought and study.

I’ve said this before, but try to gain an understanding of what the politicians are up to as much as possible. By understanding that when you “vote”, you ultimately give consent to whatever these politicians do. Of course I am not saying do not vote, if that’s what you think matters, go ahead. I am talking about making change through human action. Vote by how you live and go about your business.

Some of what you may want to do is more than likely “illegal”, with thousands of laws on the books who knows jack anyways? But the real question is: is what it is that you want to do unlawful? This is seemingly only a semantic issue and very touchy subject by attorneys and those practicing  the “legal” profession. And I will disclaim that I am not a lawyer and I am not attempting to get people in trouble with the law, but my definition of illegal is real: “Contrary to or forbidden by law or statute”.

But by “unlawful” I consider this more in the constitutional sense. In other words, our government in America, from the Federal government all the way down to the local municipalities, gains only limited powers, and that ONLY by the limited powers contracted within the original organic Constitution for The United States, with the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, (the first Ten amendments). And that any statute, legislation or otherwise, regardless of its given quality of protection or security, is unlawful if it acts contrary to the limited powers granted to American government. And that no agent of American government can write law which precludes government agents from the laws written thereof. Bouvier’s Common Law Maxims provides insight into how American law was supposed to be written and carried out.

So sooner or later, you realize that nearly anything you do, and may want to do, is already illegal and that when your back is up against the ropes, you may have to fight your way out! If everyone agrees to fight back by our actions, sooner or later the fight goes the other way and the underdog actually realizes that a little confidence is all it takes to win a fight.

As we know, it’s all a big lie anyways at this point. We keep waiting around all our lives for something to change. And then we realize that it is only the actions of every person that brings positive change, not the politicians. So it’s within what we choose through our own free will and integrity that really counts. Your vote…not so much, not so long as a corrupted system is in place. Vote if you want, but I say: Go act on something you are passionate about!

Go plant your garden regardless of SB-510. Keep going to the farmers market to buy or sell your veggies and buy meats from local ranchers. Write articles about what to do with your extra earned ever-depreciating cash, such as buying precious metals or other currencies, or investing in real capital, YOU. Write about life in general and with passion. Compose music that is far different and open from what you hear on the radio or the “canned” stuff playing in the grocery store. Make your own art, whatever it is. Teach your children right from wrong (it’s not as ambiguous as many make it out to be), but let them be kids at the same time. If you are not happy with the school system, commit to teaching them at home, it has its rewards. Recognize and nurture the talents your children have, even the seemingly smallest of talent can bloom into something wonderful for everyone. Don’t take your freedom for granted, assert yourself when you realize your ability to act on the behalf of your own free will is imposed upon by another and do not be afraid to do so. Challenge the way things are, if you disagree with them, and do something positively opposite. If something is getting you down, figure out just what it is and do something about it! This blog is part of my process. Carry your passions with you and never allow those who are the keepers of things as they are to force you to leave them behind you.

And now I’m going to learn to play piano. I invested some money in a keyboard set and I can take lessons for free right here on my computer. And no one can stop me! Maybe I do something sinister like play my guitar too! Maybe I practice some “devil’s intervals“, HA! Maybe next I go and buy some organic unpasteurized milk…OH MY!

To be or not to be, that is the question.

Laissez-Faire Hallucinations


I suppose that what I am doing here is sharpening laissez-faire’s definition in regards to free market economy. This I find necessary largely due to the plethora of arguments on the subject that I have encountered within various books and articles that have either been based on pure economics or have simply used examples taken from the study of the subject of economics; that many of these writings misrepresent laissez-fair market theory.

For those who may have become confused by a tangled web of ambiguous misinformation on the study of economics served up by the daily news, T.V. news “programming”, irresponsible educators, apologist and propagandist historians, enthusiastic socialist politicians, enthusiastic war mongering politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, or even idiotic op-ed articles (and you may consider this one of those, that’s O.K.), I just want to clear the air a little.

If you disagree, that’s O.K. too, I’m just hoping you’ll at least return to the endless social, political and economic arguments that are so prevalent today with a fresh perspective of what is actually happening when the argument for or against laissez-faire economics comes up, that many of these arguments defy logic.

Laissez-faire :

–noun

1.

the theory or system of government that upholds the autonomous character of the economic order, believing that government should intervene as little as possible in economic affairs.
2.

the practice or doctrine of noninterference in the affairs of others, especially with reference to individual conduct or freedom of action.

I present this definition as a way to illustrate to all the hobbyist economics students, including myself, as well as the would-be future and current economists who may consider writing on the subject of economics, that laissez-faire economic theory is and has been nothing more than theory and not truly in practice by American government, at least not for more than a century. And when the American government actually attempted to adhere laissez-faire policies to the fundamental method of governing its economic affairs, it was very short-lived. It’s simple, governments intrude, unless kept under control by the governed. This is obviously no easy task but the 20th century ought provide enough evidence of government intervention, regulation, protectionism, and monopoly at a pernicious detriment to the economic affairs of the entire world. Thus the 21st century is proving an ever-deepening plunge into the socialist abyss.

Technically speaking, we have had a socialist system in place since the Social Security System’s inception set in motion in 1935 by the Social Security Act. With so much information supporting this fact, I fail to understand how it is that so many are in denial of  this, but whatever the case, it is true and America as well as the entire world has not been the same since, from a social, political and economic perspective. What led America to this deteriorating system requires a much deeper study of its roots within the 16th amendment as well as the Federal Reserve Act. But we cannot ignore the most important facet in destructive role played by the 14th amendment and how it created a whole new system paving the road for such abilities of this government to usurp and destroy; I’ll leave that to you to study on further if you should choose. I want to keep this article simple and focused.

With such deteriorating socialist acts still in place, it is strange to me to see so much discourse on the subject of so-called laissez-faire economic policy. But, with the American economic system inundated in a myriad of mixed policies and statutes which pervert the very laws of economics and liberty, I suppose I expect confusion to some degree. Or is it pure denial? I’ll leave that for the politicians and the voters to continue fighting about.

For me I’ll just stick with what I know and do whatever I can to shed what light I can and hope for the best for all of humanity.  I’ll even concede defeat on any subject I’m wrong about, that’s more than I can say for our leaders. Though one can only hope political, corporate and military leaders experience some enlightenment and change their destructive ways. (That was a joke) Ultimately the average people are more than likely going to have to force the change by their actions…human action.

I would rather argue the case for liberty and free will and try to not be distracted. To attempt to avoid the argument for liberty and free will have its value detracted by the divisive tendrils of deception.

On the subject of money, please see one of my other articles “Earning Good money”. Also this one on government intervention and protectionism, “Pumping gas & politicians” .

I will also humbly refer you to this article at the Von Mises webpage. “The Myth that Laissez Faire Is Responsible for Our Present Crisis”, is an even deeper analysis on the subject of the laissez-fair blame game going on with our the current economic crisis. I discovered it while doing research for this article, it articulates further with deeper research points and current examples on this subject, enjoy.

Expressly For Medicinal Use


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This one’s for those who cannot understand why I am so leery of western medicine‘s myriad of immunizations and prescriptions. Maybe due to the fact that the practice of medicine seems filled with guesswork and contradictions; that might have something to do with my suspicions. Hey now! I was nearly done in by amoxicillin several years ago, so go easy on me for this one!

Maybe that’s why doctors and lawyers are all practicing their professions. They don’t really know do they?

OK, so call me paranoid, but back in the old days, this was medicine. And now its overuse is the makings of a disease. Maybe they were really on to something back then, maybe not…I don’t know.

Anyways, somebody get me a doctor! I think I need a shot…

Tsunamis of Taxation, Inflation and Subjugation


As I awoke to the very sad news about the tsunami that hit Japan the morning of March 11th 2011, I was already on my way to putting this article together. After I saw the news I decided to make an attempt at a metaphor connecting the natural disaster of the tsunami that hit Japan to the economic storm that is growing off the shores of the entire world’s economic and political systems for some time. I am not attempting to trivialize the devastating effects of a tsunami nor any other natural disaster. I only intend to put our current ongoing financial crisis and the sociological disorder which culminates from economic instability into perspective.

It is my intention to illustrate the illusory methods of monetary policy and taxation and its relation to you and your future, and more importantly, how it will determine the future for posterity. I will post other articles as time allows. Please forgive any errors in my ability to illustrate my whole point here, this subject ties to so many societal issues that it is a cumbersome task to qualify all my points without writing and entire book. This will be a study in progress.

The Laws connected to this system and their perversions live in a symbiotic relationship with monetary and economic policy. For more on the subject of Law I have provided a link to an article by F. Bastiat at the end of this blog. Please take the time to read that as well.

What does it mean to you when you hear a political leader issue that the government is only going to “tax the rich” to raise revenues? With exception to the contemporary philanthropic delusions of forced redistribution of wealth that we are intellectually subjected to daily by various media forms, is coercing more and more money from a particular group of people and “distributing” it to other people, after the agents involved take a cut for their own use, truly a good thing? Do you think the government needs more money, regardless of where they get it? Are you convinced that we will benefit from government growth as well as any so-called redistribution of wealth?  By robbing anyone we all pay the price one way or another. Over taxation results in inflation. Inflation robs those who are most vulnerable to it: the poor.

The illusion

The fallacy you typically hear in support of ever-increasing government taxation and government intervention of all society’s everyday business through regulation and protectionism is effectually summarized by simply stating that the government needs more control of the disasters that it is itself causing. I am not arguing that there is no need for taxation at all, I am arguing for a controlled limited government with no ability to tax arbitrarily. I would contend that this is nearly impossible so long as our government allows the monopoly of “money”. Many argue today that it is the so-called “banksters” who control everything, and this is only true on the surface. The government allows this so-called “private” monopoly of money creation because they partner with the central banking system in the quest for complete control over the economic movements of the world. So I would say that the gangster-bankers and the gangster-government partnered in a joint effort of monopoly of the legal system, property and central banking system, through the mechanisms of the money monopoly cartel they created in 1913. When things go wrong and cannot be hidden from the people they simply use the divide and conquer game and blame each other in front of the media, all the while behind closed doors making deals and shaking hands gaining power. So long as the people governed argue among themselves out of ignorance and the fallacies fed to them by the perpetrating partners in crime, the government and the banks win, gaining more and more property as they go. Think of it this way: If you control the money supply and in conjunction, all “property”, you control everything, and have everything to gain by the ability to create the rules as you go.

I often wonder about those who argue the case for more socialist government institutions. What do these types gain? Why would they do it? That is what many ask. It’s simple: when you are an insider, you have power. I suppose when you have power over others, you have control, and with control, you have security as long as you are able to keep your subjects under control.

Many people, politicians as well as the general population, are seemingly confused and corrupted by their own avarice, ignorance and bias. They may also be corrupted by the benefit they may receive by the establishment they argue for.

Media‘s Role

The fallacies in conjunction to the bias in contemporary media are typically in support of socialism, this in turn engenders ignorance of financial and economic matters among the general population. The theories that the media monopoly use to illustrate the current economic and monetary policies are fundamentally socialist and rarely allow exploration toward any other train of economical thought. I would contend that the perversions of socialism permeate nearly every avenue of media, including the internet. Media fallacies and bias are subversive to any real critical thought toward true solutions on the subject of economic and monetary policy. This also results in a sort of overall flaccidity of such thought as most people can see the absurdity in current policy, but cannot pinpoint the real cause, leaving the economic and monetary problems to the “experts” and “authorities”. People know something is wrong, but out of ignorance and/or sloth, leave it all to the experts on T.V. to manage everything, only to complain about the results of the “solutions” employed later when the results mean a lower and lower standard of living. The policies I mention here are not limited to any particular political party, they are ultimately shared policies, but presented to the people as differing platforms. (If the platforms of the Republican and Democrat “parties” are so different in their ideologies, why then do they share the same ideology toward money and economic controls and spending? One spends on military expansion and intervention, and the other spends on a failing welfare system, either way they spend money they create by sanctioning debt, and transferring this “debt” back to the people governed. The money created is not out of pure economy and real wealth, it is a method of debt and burden passed on to posterity. What I mean to say here is that I argue these two parties do not differ much in their fundamental ideological platforms, they only act differently in front of the populace in order for you and I to “feel” that we have someone on our “side”. Our representatives use a divided people against themselves to control everything. We have largely lost any real understanding of what real economy is. Simply, living and working and people cooperating with one another through Human Action. WE are the economy, the government only uses our efforts to control and rob us! We work for their money, and we die by and for their money!) This lack of critical thought and lack of foresight and the further reliance on the “experts” further fosters even deeper confusion about what the truth of economic and monetary stability actually is. This uncertainty in turn develops the false need for more interventionist as well as protectionist administration by the very governing bodies that are responsible for economic crisis to begin with. The people clamour to the government. The government serves itself.

In summary, the media’s participation in disseminating misinformation in support of a failing  political and economic system allows the effects of inflation and taxation somewhat ambiguous to most people. Leaving the average person perplexed as to the nature and cause of the economic and political failings happening around the world , as well as here in America. Generally speaking, the established mainstream media and their so-called “experts” perpetuate an ambiguous train of thought on political, financial and economic matters. This in turn supports poor investment and overly speculative capital movement, which those holders of concentrated money “wealth” and power gain from whichever direction the “market” fluctuates. Some people joyfully praise these super rich insiders as “investment” gurus, a subject I may cover in a later article, but I will go no further here.

I am certain that those of the mainstream media would argue the antithesis to my argument. But take care in considering their arguments, when the mainstream media experts argue their fallacies, they expose their bias by using a favored method of attack of opposing views: the discredit method. By using “discrediting” techniques along with incendiary rhetoric, for entertainment value, I’m certain, the media experts are rarely able to truly prove their arguments; arguments which would be better argued by merit alone. The media simply arouse the emotional levels of argumentation and stimulate the irrational side of the public, a public trained to not fully understand the full scope of the argument to begin with. Typically when someone has a weak argument they will usually resort to name calling, incendiary rhetoric and personal attacks of credibility.

The spread of government into the very lives of every person can only mean one thing in the end: subjugation. And those who deny this fact ought be questioned about their motives in doing so. They usually have something to gain by keeping things as they are.

The government-run education system also deserves some attention on the subject I am covering here, but due to the scope of what I am attempting in this post, that will have to wait for another article.

A bit on Inflation

The effects of inflation on your income are similar to the effects on prices…your income can eventually rise. This phenomena masks your real income, and many do not realize that ultimately as an employee, if you are working  to improve your ability to offer a better life for yourself and your family and community, before you know it you end up in the higher tax bracket. Your taxes go up and your real income go down through inflation and taxation increasing the real cost of living. Not only can you pay more in taxes by this method of monetary debasement, but the “money” mandated upon you to use as a medium of exchange, will also be robbed by inflation as you save it for future use, investment or emergency funds. Inflation, the other tax. Inflating the money supply. Think of the game of Monopoly, if the game goes long enough, and the bank runs out of money and you simply take money from an extra game box, what do you think will happen? The prices of property and rents go up, and incomes go up as well.  If in fact the mechanisms of inflation do not raise incomes and the economic growth rate remains low, we have stagflation. This further destabilizes the middle and lower classes. Income and employment go down and general prices go up. Stalling any method the average person employs to truly get “ahead”, economically speaking.

Many people believe that this phenomena is natural to money. Of course inflation, deflation and stagflation is natural only when the “money” you use is arbitrarily sanctioned by government as fiat. Many consider “fiat currency” any form of paper money, that is not actually the case. Fiat currency is not only mandated by decree of the government, but has no controls to its ability to remain stable. The government can use it, though only temporarily, to pay for the debt it incurs. Debt that you and I pay back through inflation, taxation and through the sale of public lands and other property; government selling its people and property out. Fiat money is not backed by a commodity or a precious metal, or any other mechanism to keep those in government from creating ‘money’ out of thin air to fund any social programs the power structure deems necessary regardless of what the people they represent want or need. Any time the government needs more money for any crisis, they simply “print” it. Or more precisely, they digitally load currency ‘values’ into a central banking system‘s balance sheet. See some of my links below to dig deeper into the money situation.

I believe that what we are witnessing is economic warfare. Economic warfare, a scorched earth method of global reorganization. Economic warfare is one way to camouflage expansion of power structures, and public ignorance toward Law, (specifically property laws), finance and economy, as well as political economy further propels the method.

Alright, now what?

This obviously cannot continue. Today, while there is plenty of evidence which supports why this is occurring and what the outcome will be, many people seem generally apathetic toward managing critical thought on the matter as though this situation will just simply work itself out. I think it will “work itself out”, just not in favor of the middle class or the poor, but for those in control as shown throughout history.

No politician will solve this problem either, they have too much at stake. When a true statesmen actually comes along and attempts to work out solutions, they are largely faced with the same gatekeepers of status quo that I am inadvertently speaking of when I speak of the media tools of government. They can eventually wind up out of a job as the system they may oppose has grown to large for any one political leader to solve. In some instances they may also expose themselves to the back-draft of treason committed as politicians are vulnerable to the wrath of the governed and their “vote”. Maybe this scenario explains so much focus on security. Who are the government securing, themselves or the people governed? Think about it: Are all the cameras for your security, or the security for those who own all the property? Seems to me that maybe we ought to have cameras and microphones on the politicians as opposed to our neighborhoods and intersections.

Constitutional Law needs examining, and adhering to. The Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence were the only contract which lent those in the American  government permission to protect and defend liberty. At least this was the purpose in the beginning. But today, with all the perversions of written law, the government does not to adhere to the laws that they impose on the people. The “healthcare” bill ought to have pointed that out to us. Although, sadly, it is not the first example of such contradiction to liberty. It was just the most recently blatant example of this government’s belligerent attitude toward liberty. When the law and administrative body of government exempts itself from its own laws, and the people allow it, the people governed expose themselves to pure subjugation! And when the people governed give consent by receiving any benefit created out of thin air by this government, it will further entrench the system which subjugate the people governed to begin with.

If our political leaders do not admit their complete malfeasance in regards to guarding liberty, and work to put most of themselves out of their current political “work”, back into the real working physical economy of Human Action and production*, this system will ultimately collapse and leave little to rebuild. Do you believe this will happen? I certainly hope so, but I think we are our only hope. We must demand it! So please don’t rely on television to bring you the answers, it’s the conduit of propaganda for the power structure, and our political leaders sold out to that power structure a long time ago. The power structure I mean are the governing bodies which bring social order to the general population: government and corporate and in some cases, religious bodies meshed together acting in their own interests. “He who fails to understand history will repeat it”- quoted in various ways by many of the world’s great thinkers.

* By production, I mean the real production of their own true work, as opposed to the “production” of taking from one hand and giving to another, and that this recipient of this act of benevolence by this agent of government, has no ability nor wish to do anything positive with such wealth, because he has not learned how to create wealth…it is merely handed to him in exchange for a vote and will be in perpetual debt for it.

Outside of donating what little money I can to those who are suffering around the world, there is very little else I can do to help people thousands of miles away who are suffering from the effects of natural disaster, or any other disaster. I think there are people better qualified to help monetarily in these instances than the average working person. If I were able to become very wealthy, I would then choose to build systems which teach others how to do the same. Or at least, leave examples of how I accomplished what I have in the open in order for others to choose to do the same, so long as government is not there to stop me. To me, wealth is more about time and freedom, not necessarily money.

But I would never ask government to force anyone to act in any way, for any reason. A community free to do business and govern themselves can help someone along in making the right decisions in life and business. Government intervention is the cause to so much economical instability. Government intervention leads to monopoly, protectionism and in turn, subjugation and oppression. These human manufactured disasters we experience, and are at this time in the process of, are avoidable and preparation is a good thing. I propose that prevention is a better choice than preparation. But this is a choice, and we all have choices to make. What will we choose? “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice…”-Rush. In other words, if you choose nothing, nothing is ultimately what you may end up with.

The nature of these perpetual cyclical economic crisis and their resulting controlled burn type global power structure shakeouts are avoidable through real education and human action through liberty and the laws that protect those liberties.

Study…

Understand what politicians mean when they mention “growth”; that what they ultimately mean is growth of government. Understand what quantitative easing is. Explore what inflation actually is. The study of Constitutional Law is something that can help people simplify an understanding of what limited government means. Study on the origins and the makeup of the American government. The fact that the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the original Bill of Rights are truly a contract between a government and its people. The current bifurcated and perverted American system of Law acts solely for corporate and government expansion. Is this what we truly want? Our government had limited powers in the beginning, understand why this is important. Gain an understanding of what freedom actually means and the responsibility it requires. Realize what decay actually is within a society and then study on whether politicians are the only corrupt parties involved. What is our role as a people in all of this?

Financial instability and collapse, depression, government growth toward socialist ideologies, short-lived golden eras, decay, society closing in, warfare and collapse, in whatever order, when is the time to demand something different from our leaders? From ourselves?

The world has once more reached a turning point. Are we truly aware of the direction that turning point will lead to? Do we actually understand history’s relevance in this regard? Do we care enough to do more? Regardless how insignificant each of our personal acts may seem, good or bad, they all add up and affect people little by little. Every bit of awakening counts. Every little ounce of energy by every single person toward a remedy to Humanity’s problems count. It all adds up. It is just time the people, and not governments, act through intelligent, rational, emotive and logical understanding. Renounce violence and vengeance. Begin again.

Addendum

Totalitarianism, authoritarianism, whatever ism you can imagine…these ideologies begin with perversion of Law. Socialism is the embryonic stage of many deadly ideologies. Hitler’s Nazi Germany, Mussolini’s Fascist state in Italy, Mao’s China, Lenin and Stalin’s Soviet Empire, all the current dictators of regions such as much of Africa, America’s past acts against the indigenous people’s of this land, as well as institutions of slavery, it all starts with socialist, interventionist, protectionist intentions. These deadly institutions of government culminate not only from the governing bodies, but from the people governed. Conformity is blind complicity. What is our role as a people? We cannot change the past. We cannot pay back those harmed and destroyed in the past. What we can do is admit it, learn from it, respect this knowledge, and never repeat it.

All Humans are Brothers and Sisters whether we want to admit it or not. The differences in “color” and the fear that goes with it with the knowledge we have today is as absurd as absurdity gets. What delineates “difference” in color? What line is truly drawn between colors? I would say from a scientific perspective, that there is no real “line” defining difference between color at all. That colors blend into one another through the spectrum at the “edges” of each change in color.  Who is to say by now who may have had a “black” or “white” ancestor? And if we are actually taking about culture, difference in culture are what make us so unique and interesting, and that it is mostly fear, fabricated by governing power structures of any ilk and their desire for “enemies” to keep the governed divided, that makes for war and hate. We still look at each other today, and shamefully with all the ability to inform ourselves otherwise, we still fear one another, as though we all came from different  planets or something. We believe what the T.V. tells us what to fear, and without thinking, we buy it. And then we order a “slap-chop” to create a fun salad-making experience and forget all about our “enemies”.

Though many would be offended and would deny this, I am sure, but America began it’s journey toward socialism a long time ago. This direction has been in place for more than a century. Is America innocent of annihilating  a people toward its own nationalistic, collective end? Can it happen again? Do we consider how we live every day and how it effects the world, and how what we choose and its effects on the rest of the world eventually turns full circle to us? If we ignore what our leaders do, not only to us, but to other regions of the world, are we not complicit in our own eventual subjugation? Is our socialist system working? Or does it just need a few more adjustments to your liberty here and there and then we will have Utopia?

As hard as I have tried, I can find no real way to end this article. I only hope that this post raises enough questions to start dialogue. The sooner we begin to discus the realities we face, the sooner we admit what is happening and can search for solutions within ourselves as well as within our own communities. A central government can never solve the plethora of issues a locality faces. But it seems it will die trying…or take you and I and posterity down with it.

For more on the subject on money and liberty see my other articles: Finding Sound Money and Domestic Terrorism and Earning Good Money.

For a profound study on Law and its role in regards to liberty, read F. Bastiat’s  “The Law”.

Earning Good Money


Interesting concept, right? It’s what everyone wants, everyone wants a paycheck. If only we actually had Good Money.

Are we the “honey-money bees” as Buckminster Fuller described in Critical Path? Working only for profit margin aggregates and figures. Seemingly not even stopping for a moment to think of the value of the money we work for. Sometimes we also seem to not even think of what the quality it is that the work we do brings. Does the work that we do have real value in the end? Are the goods or services provided a real value or a perceived value; a perception cauterised into our thinking by the media as well as the government agencies and other institutions they sponsor? Do these institutions even regard the localities they penetrate?

If the money we all work for has real value, why does it decrease in value by way of inflation, let alone excessive taxation? The simple answer is that the money we use every day is actually not money in the truest sense of the word. It is only currency. Currency mandated by government and procured through central banks. Currency has to keep moving by design, hence the name currency. Money in its truest sense is a store of value for exchange. Simple, right? But where is our money then? At least a stable money? Well, it is in many ways out of reach for most people. Due largely to bad monetary policy and its follies we are left with investment and or speculation to battle the ravages of inflation and taxation.

Well here’s where it gets really confusing when you really get to thinking about this. How can one truly invest, if the same powers that create and control our currency, actually own everything? This is largely due to the many perversions of equity law and in conjunction the subjugation of property rights, let alone monetary policy. If you do not understand what I am talking about, ask yourself who or what it is that actually owns everything. Government and banks. Even when you pay off the note you do not own your car or your home. Technically, true ownership is property unencumbered by any debt, many will argue against this I am sure. Try not paying your property taxes or your registration on your vehicle and you will quickly begin to understand what I am getting at.  You will only hold the “title” when the loan becomes satisfied in full. Therefore you are truly only the owner in the titular sense. As usual, I digress. But only to make a point.

Many astute economists circles see contemporary investment as actually speculative “bubble” chasing which is known as the main cause of booms and busts. In general, with bad money, malfeasance of investment creates booms and busts which then create an artificial need for more government intervention. The same intervention which by way of monetary policy, taxation and the resulting stagflation, help to create the economic crisis and instability to begin with.

For now, good money is investment in yourself and your education, working toward a business of your own, whether it is on the side or completely replacing your current employment, or the tools necessary to do your job better as an employee. The tools and machinery used to create, i.e capital, are actually money once you are able to create value and begin to market whatever you do. Investment is an area that needs care and diligence even when you use the services of so-called professional investment agents. If you do not understand your investments you tend to leave yourself prey to those who do.

Good money can also be something that you use or do that eliminates the need to spend elsewhere. I will cover more on this in other articles. Good money is also money that is not spent toward debt. If you have  liabilities it is always necessary to cut as much as possible to support income at a positive level. This allows you more freedom to choose where to place your earnings to stabilize the effects inflation has on your income. Debt usually eliminates your ability to choose much more than working longer hours to make its payments. The exception being positive debts on assets. So long as those assets earn more than their cost. This is just simple business sense and many already understand this. I am only adding it to illustrate to those who do not understand these subjects. Those who are prone to being burdened with business and its modern over-complications and in turn ignore studying on it are usually the worse hit in any recession or depression, as they cannot see it coming.

There really is not a great way for me to end this article because this is a subject I have only in the last year decided to study. And this idea that government might step back from their monopoly of money is somewhat Utopian. So I will end it here and follow-up with other connected articles to help articulate the point further.

*For an in-depth study on this subject see F.A. Hayek‘s Good Money . In the book “Good Money” Hayek presents a sound argument for the need for competitive money and banking. This interview with F.A. Hayek is a great introduction to Good Money.

The Fool and His Ship


Would someone say you are the fool in the quotation : ” A fool and his money soon parted.”

Or the fool in: “The fool encumbered by what he thought was money soon departed.”

Is the “money” you get paid for your work of value?

The use of money and its utility is not constant, in fact under our current system our currency (no pun intended) is diminishing in value at a constant pace. Far more rapidly since 2008 then at any time since the 1970’s. The price of gold is a good example of  the dollar’s depreciating value. The intrinsic value of gold is not really going up, its price in terms of fiat currency is going up…rapidly. This inflationary problem is also largely hidden in many ways. One being the quality the products we buy and use every day. You may not see the price  of every product go up, but you do see its quality and life span deteriorate requiring we replace them more often or consume more than we would otherwise.

What may happen…

Show me daaa... money?

The current crisis is worse not only on the inflationary side, but at the political level, and I am not talking about the obvious. Many will think of California and other states like Wisconsin and think of political

‘fallout’ as in the departure of specific political office holders at the behest of the voters. This is more likened to a global governmental shakeout! The fallout is going to determine several things. One of which would be who will be the world leader and what will happen to the dollar. Well, at least some of this is nothing more than speculative at this time, but I’d say that many can guess with a fair amount of accuracy, that America and the dollar are no longer #1! Funny how the ‘system’ is seemingly in constant ‘crisis’ and we keep employing the same methods, over and over  to remedy them.  Hmmm…(scratching head) Sorry, I digress again. But please bear with me, this stuff is all connected. I’ll get back to my original point.

Think about it for a moment…

In quote #1 I spoke of a fool and his money parting. What is not so obvious in the quote is that many people may not understand what money is and what money is not. If you and your ‘currency’ are parting, fine! Get rid of it as fast as you can before you get robbed by inflation. But what about saving? Well saving cash is like trying to save lettuce, it’s extremely perishable. So long as we allow government to hold us to it by mandate, and government continues to print it to pay for the obligations it contracts to fulfill, this will be the case.

So better to figure out what to turn it into. I don’t want to call this move investing yet because it is merely the act of maintaining your store of wealth. “Investing” is more about true capital than paper. This is the antithesis of what the established current Keynesian doctrine tells us to believe. But, whatever…another subject I’ll cover later.

This brings us to quote #2. The fool and what he thought was money departing because he believed everything was going to remain as it was. I wonder if when the guys who jump out of a window during a market crash ever realize on the way down that the problem of money is actually a fairly easy fix, if they put their minds to it instead of through the cement?

For the most part, it’s all funny money anyway, right? So why jump out a window? Take the slap and figure it out. And why we should ever think that the government’s role is to “fix” markets to begin with is a stretch anyways. Seems to me the “fix” is in, and the jig is up!

O.K., to sum a little of this up as much as I can in such a short article, here goes. Hopefully you aren’t more confused by this than you may have been before.

As the money crisis continues to bring continued instability and with this instability the growth of government as well as corporations* seemingly controlling nearly every aspect of our lives, what is one to do? First off start considering what money is and what you spend it on, how much you save or “invest” as well as where you spend most of your time.

* I am not attacking all corporations, some truly do their best to bring value. Under the circumstances this is not an easy task.

Do it, and don’t delay!

Consider maybe investing in yourself and your own business. Or even just a small side business. Search for information about whatever you might have an interest in and educate yourself. What are you passionate about? What are you great at? What do you want to do? What do you enjoy doing? These are just a few examples of what you could invest your time into. Consider a venture on your own. This could be taking a hobby or a pastime activity you and your family and friends enjoy and turning it into something great! Everything you do is an investment turned business venture. Just think creatively and ignore the gatekeepers, they will attempt to not allow you to pass through the barriers they use to protect themselves, as well as to protect status quo. Also remember that some gatekeepers are merely attempting to keep you from experiencing success, as they may have never had success. Misery loves misery, so stay away from negativity! If you’ve heard that before, I say it again!

Consider this quote by Jim Rohn:

“A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.”

How can you bring leadership to what you do and turn it into something positive?

Build something darn it! And don’t be a fool…

There is a fool in all of us at one point or another. We can learn and succeed or just be fools and keep doing the same crap over and over. Stay off the ship of fools and get out and build another ship.

Own Your Worse Enemy


Who is your worse enemy anyways? Usually you. At least I am for myself. I constantly have to wrestle with my ambivalence toward my own ideas as well as my attitude toward them. So many of my posts seem like lectures and maybe a bit preachy, but keep in mind the premise of this blog is that I learn something as well. I only control the posts I put up, but these posts do not preclude me from learning about what it is I am writing about. Reflecting is something I do constantly and sometimes it can shake me up a bit, especially when I arrive at a contradictory moment of thought. I can only hope that I am as honest with myself as humanly possible and learn to admit my mistakes and grow. So I own my own worse enemy…me. I know, I know, it’s a bit of a cliche’. I couldn’t help it.

Murphy’s Law, Pessimism and Cynicism vs Vision and Innovation


You have an idea. It’s a great idea and you know it, but not many others agree…at least not in the beginning. In most cases the first thing you encounter from others is negativity. Some of the negative reactions to your ideas are: “What’s wrong with the way things are now?” Or how about “This idea is too expensive.” Or ” No one will buy it, it’ll fail.” You have probably heard these and many more.

*I am only going to tackle these points in brevity, so I’ll be general. I will follow-up with details through other articles. You may already be beginning to see the direction most of this blog is going. At least I hope so.

Alright, “What’s wrong with the way things are?” Well, if the world is so OK as it is then why are we witnessing the financial so-called markets fail? The world seemingly aligning itself with another major war, poverty and famine still spreading and not enough being done to truly end these problems? And I’ll add that many in America are seemingly more upset about the price of gas than exploring the fact that we ought to have more choice in technology in regards to automobile manufacturing and the source of energy used any way, let alone the little thought about fact that the world is directly connected to what we do one way or another, and how much our “choices” do effect the rest of the world in a negative way. Many seem to refuse to even think of these subjects.

*For deeper thought on some of this see Buckminster Fuller’s CriticalPath.I largely agree with many of Fuller’s ideas and solutions. But his ideas are not the gospel to me…I’ll leave that for you to decide. I think he pointed out some major details of what I am trying to convey here.

“It’s too expensive !” This one is always interesting to me. The fact that advancing the human condition by way of a real free market enterprise system could never be too expensive is obvious to me. But because many do not understand what good money actually is and what a free market enterprise system truly is I will have to explore deeper in other articles, as I already have rough drafts on these subjects.

The fact that the gatekeepers of status quo, who all love to blame today’s economic and political follies on the “free market”, is largely a ruse. When more have discovered this lie, and hopefully I will help, they will realize there has been no true free market enterprise system and that any real attempt at one was, and still is, hobbled by a bulwark of government intervention and monopoly.

As usual, I digress…So my first response to this “too expensive” argument is simply: How can human advancement ever be considered ‘too expensive’? I’ll leave it at that for now.

Good economy requires a community to mobilize and support itself in as an autonomous a way as possible for real growth to occur. Think of it this way. It’s the old “give the man a fish he’ll eat for a day, teach him to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime” approach. This of course also requires that communities are able, and have the desire to solve their problems locally. I mean, who knows better what a community needs then the community itself?

If “no one will buy it” is the argument against innovation, this is simply remedied by illustrating the values, covered above, in a more detailed way. Does a society survive without the ability and cooperation of all people? If people cannot individually manage their own affairs then how can they perpetuate society in a positive way?

If the Wright Brothers gave in to all the negatives they encountered, many simply in the design of their own creation, let alone negatives from other people, what do you think the outcome would have been? And I am only using this as an example as I understand the Wright Brothers were not the only ones working on flight. You understand what I mean, I’m certain.

I suppose what this article hopefully conveys is that when you, or someone else for that matter, has an innovative idea which strays from the general conventions of contemporary thought, before resorting to a negative reaction or train of thought, why not explore the process of what this idea is all about and what it can do for the world before succumbing to the onslaught of negativity. Find the values as well as its disadvantages and work through them to create a viable option for posterity. Then bring the idea to the surface and create a “market” for it. If the idea is a good one you will know because the market will decide. This of course seems contradictory to what I said about there not being a true “free market”. Well…make one.

Part of innovation is the ability to create. Helping people understand the value and responsibility of bringing an idea to the surface, and demanding it unencumbered by protectionism and regulation so that we decide what is good for us, is key to liberty and prosperity for us as well as posterity. So why not create a true free market?

To be continued…