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.