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.



The Failures of Universal Insurance

When I tell people I do not have “health” insurance, that I do not pay into the company “Health Plan”, people look at me as though I am from Mars. They ask things like: “What if you are in an accident?” “What if you get sick?”

Well, on the first question, I usually always ask why an accident needs extra coverage when many accidents are technically already covered by other insurance plans already in place, such as auto, homeowners and life insurance plans. For example, if I my life is ended simply by walking down the street getting hit by a car, this would be typically covered by life insurance should I choose to own such a policy. I would be covered in this case assuming I am not playing “chicken” with cars or jaywalking while intoxicated…some things are just not insurable.

If I am hurt at work, the company’s plethora of state mandated “insurance” plans cover my possible accident. The employer is further backed by the ability to drug test any person involved in an accident, reducing these accidents from such liability on the corporation or company’s behalf.

On the second question, I would ask what they mean by “get sick”? If they are asking, what if I wind up with cancer or some other sort of debilitating disease, I ask why that would be covered by an employer’s plan anyway? That is the sort of “coverage” that ought not be pooled in with every candidate. This is a practice under the guise of “universal” insurance that makes no sense to me. Every candidate should choose in opting to have this sort of coverage; and having the choice of carrying personal health insurance or not could be possible under a free market system. In a free market system, insurance companies would opt to test you according to proper risk assessment and build your plan accordingly, as opposed to a socialist system which lumps all people together regardless of the risk factors involved.

Everyday health and illness is very hard to define and therefore not truly coverable. It is generally up to the person to get out of bed every morning and get to work and receive pay for the work done, and not if they do not get up and go into work. Under the latter circumstance they simply do not receive income. If they simply do not feel well enough, why should that be paid by everyone else? Anyone see in this point were the consistently rising costs of medical care originate?

I will now offer you something from the Ludwig von Mises Institute on the subject. This is an excerpt from an article by Hans-Hermann Hoppe which I will credit as the main source of my research in backing up my contention on this subject. The excerpt is taken from von Mises’ book “Socialism”. I decided to use this material not because I did not reach a similar conclusion on my own, but that I understand that my “credibility” is under scrutiny unless I support my views with the merits of “professional” economists.

To the intellectual champions of social insurance, and to the politicians and statesmen who enacted it, illness and health appeared as two conditions of the human body sharply separated from each other and always recognizable without difficulty or doubt. Any doctor could diagnose the characteristics of “health.” “Illness” was a bodily phenomenon which showed itself independently of human will, and was not susceptible to influence by will.

Followed up with:

Now every statement in this theory is false. There is no clearly defined frontier between health and illness. Being ill is not a phenomenon independent of conscious will and of psychic forces working in the subconscious. A man’s efficiency is not merely the result of his physical condition; it depends largely on his mind and will. Thus the whole idea of being able to separate, by medical examination, the unfit from the fit and from the malingerers, and those able to work from those unable to work, proves to be untenable. Those who believed that accident and health insurance could be based on completely effective means of ascertaining illnesses and injuries and their consequences were very much mistaken. The destructionist aspect of accident and health insurance lies above all in the fact that such institutions promote accidents and illness, hinder recovery, and very often create, or at any rate intensify and lengthen, the functional disorders which follow illness or accident.

So until I have a choice in truly choosing a “health-Care” insurance plan with an insurance company which tailor-fits my plan to my lifestyle and a true risk assessment, I will carry no “health” Insurance. I will continue to simply pay cash for my visits and save a ton of money each year by taking care of myself, and NOT paying into a system doomed to failure. And I won’t be playing chicken in traffic or bungee jumping anytime soon either. Those sorts of activities fall under the suicide class and are uninsurable. Any form of universal healthcare, whether offered by government or a corporation, is another form of welfare and ought not be forced nor coerced upon anyone.

I’ll also add that it is the improper “insuring”of all classes of people together as one that drives up the real costs of medical needs. This is a subject for another article I’ll lead you to covering the subject (just click this sentence).

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.

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…

What if…

What if you were the only one thinking of a solution to a problem? No really, what if that was true? Every now and then you find yourself upset about something in society, and you think it is largely ignored and you would like to see change, or in the least, awareness brought to this problem or possible crisis. Would you try to convince people one by one that there is something wrong? What if you managed to get more and more people on-board with your line of thinking and you became an activist with a following? What would your message be? Would you trigger people’s alarm mechanism and generate fear to get them to change? What values would you communicate to offer a satisfactory result in your activism? What do you offer?

These are only a few of the questions that come up when you suddenly become aware of something that you believe needs attention. I would myself always add the question:

What’s the up-shot of even knowing about a specific problem or crisis which may or may not affect someone or many people directly? Something that is possibly so out of the realm of a particular person or group’s current imagination and train of thought that they cannot even imagine any utility in your endeavor. What then is it that you offer as a practical solution or remedy to this problem?

Once you have answered some or all of those questions you are left with now finding resolution among the masses. How you go about this will decide whether your ‘revolutionary’ thinking will survive the onslaught of mediocrity and possibly fall to decay. Or worse still, your message gets out only to become devoured by a mob of unprepared, angry people of a similar ilk who are quick to grab up your idea and pervert it so much that it becomes dangerous. Or another possibility, you wind up inadvertently pushing some other person or group’s ideology which shares similarities to yours only far more radical and ill-conceived therefore harmful to your cause. There are examples of this throughout history.

Ultimately what I am asking is this: Does your ‘movement” create hysteria? Or does it calmly find solutions for Humanity? The way you go about your activism is sometimes far more harmful to your own cause if your plan of execution is not well thought out. Determine all the possible angles and plan your strategy accordingly. You’ll end up with far better results for yourself as well as all who are involved.

…”The World Got You Feeling Down and Out”…continued

As I sit here and reflect on this article I realized that I had left something out. Well I suppose that’s why I knew it would be a work in progress. I wanted to add something for those who may not only feel tired of what they do, but also may not appreciate what they do as well and have lost perspective, focus and drive from time to time.
If you are an employee and perfectly happy with that but just maybe a little bored or tired of what you do, change it up! Challenge yourself to reach higher goals. If you ever intend to break away and start your own business you’ll be far more prepared to handle the challenges you will meet. Also, it is work and does need diligence if you ever want to advance your place in life. You never know, you may end up getting advanced to a place you strive for, or you simply earn a little more. Just always keep your thoughts moving forward. Think of whatever you do as preparation for your own venture, be it something you do on the side, developed from a hobby, or a full-blown departure on your own. And for cryin’ out loud be smart with any extra income you do earn! Remember to think if the difference between assets and liabilities. Where do you want to place your extra earnings? That is a further subject I will eventually explore a little, but I will only give examples and not advice.

To be continued…

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The world got you feeling down and out? *a ‘work’ in progress

Authored by Steven Law

The old boss got you working overtime? Asking you to come in on your days off ? Or does management have to suddenly take part in and or relegate busy work? Seemingly counterproductive time-consuming projects that take your eyes off the work needed tending to? Or how about a bunch of gimmicky group motivational sessions or meetings that are about as effective as a teacher telling the entire class “pay attention”, while being brainwashed by another dull ‘lesson’. As though we all think alike and are as malleable as a ball of clay. Leaving your creativity in the can!  And for any engineers or designers of any ilk who’ve been pounded into compliance and submission by a project manager who is about as visionary as a lab rat, forcing mediocre results from you until you eventually become a robot who often wonders what it is you get paid to do. Your ‘work’ falls into the myriad of mediocrity the world seems constituted of. And it is starting to get to you.

Maybe you need to consider being more thankful for what you have. Maybe there’s more to this than the way you see it. The cup is half empty? Maybe there’s a bigger picture and you should stop trying to over-analyze everything. Maybe you ought to stop reading all this motivational educational subject matter that has you all worked up about liberty, vision and prosperity. You can’t change anything…at least that’s what you’re told right.


Maybe you just need a little change right? Well then, do something about it darn it! Get up and go get yourself something, you deserve it don’t you? How about some new clothes or shoes or just something fun like a new car or a television set? You’ve been watching T.V. on that old Trinitron you bought as an open box sale at Circuit City in 1995 for how many years? For cryin’ out loud! How about that old truck you bought what five or six years ago! Isn’t it time to get yourself something maybe a little more sophisticated or grown-up? I mean, you are a success aren’t you? What about that same old furniture you have had since before that awful divorce? BORING! Shake it up ! Lose the old and get something new and feel better! Don’t have much money? What in the hell do you think credit cards are for? All this about debt today! Blah, blah, blah! Live a little. Life is short!  I mean its like, just a little payment every month right?

Or maybe there’s another way to approach the situation…

Maybe the questions are: What can I bring to the table? And how can I make real change?

When I ask myself these questions and ponder my situation I can only think of the things that I would do to change my surrounding environment. The first thing I can do is prioritize LIFE over superficial wants. In other words, do my wants need more of my precious time being spent working for someone else to “reward” myself with the desired want? If so, how much time is left to enjoy the want I so desired? If the answer is less than the time it took daily to “reward” myself with the so desired want, then it is simply counterproductive. At least it is to me. Even more so if the want left me indebted to someone else for a specific time period to delay even further the ability to enjoy the want. The age-old slave to your belongings problem. It’s a never-ending vicious circle with no end.
So “we owe we owe we owe, so off to work we go” is the mantra written on bumper stickers. Not much of a way to live life now is it? Unless maybe if you actually enjoy your work . Maybe the way you think of wants as being morphed into needs that can in turn become assets instead of  liabilities.

Ultimately what I hope to inspire (mostly in myself) is to become more time wealthy as opposed to wage wealthy. Wage wealthy is largely illusory if you understand the law of diminishing marginal utility. Time wealthy is useful when you want more creative and proactive results in bringing real positive change to society. And being time wealthy means having the time to think of solving problems. Problems on a micro level which eventually lead to a macro level. As you find solutions for you these solutions eventually wind up helping others by a ripple effect. I mean isn’t there more to life than chasing dollars anyway? Shouldn’t there be more meaning to life than death and taxes as being the absolute definition of contemporary humanity? Funny to think of who may have thought up that mantra. Why does everything come down to the so-called bottom-line?

Because that’s what we are to think. Profit for profits’ sake right? Maybe I am digressing a bit but my point is here if you really look honestly at what I’m saying.