On Detroit

In Detroit we have a microcosm of what is going on in the economy as a whole… If we fail to recognize the cause and effect in Detroit, then America will be doomed to the same fate. Generally, people have many different interpretations on the causes, but if we don’t define our terms and principles correctly, we will never come to the proper conclusions, which is why I believe we have such a disconnect. Enquiries into the cause and effect of social and economic problems is like getting dropped into the wilderness and told to survive. However if you were able to properly identify a plant as either edible or poisonous your chances of survival would undoubtedly increase. Therefore it is just as important in politics and economy to define our terms properly, as well as our moral principles, then we can trace where the distortion or undesired outcome is in society and hopefully with that understanding manage our way out of the wilderness. Because despite what we would like to believe, changing the name of something doesn’t change its nature just like in the case of plants in the wilderness. Let us examine then some of these terms and principles, and hopefully in the future we can avoid the poison which currently plagues Detroit.

 

If you were to ask someone to describe the happenings in Detroit and what is currently the economic relationship between society and the State most would respond with the term Cronyism. It can be traced to an ancient Latin phrase Quid Pro Quo meaning “this for that” or in the political sense “favour for a favour”. Quid Pro Quo isn’t necessarily bad in the economic sense, but when it is applied to the political, that is where the problems occur. When cronyism is systemic and is the primary guide in the actions of political and private actors, this is and should be defined by the doctrine known as Fascism. As such we must first examine what Fascism really means… “state-run capitalism”, briefly explained thus, the partnership between private sectors in the economy with public sectors in the State. Therefore Detroit is a shining example of how detrimental such an economic relationship can be, even in the face of what seemed to be immense growth and expansion in the local and national economy. On the other hand Communism is the complete abolition of any “private” property, meaning absolute control over the individual by the State, being in my opinion the most extreme case of an economic relationship. The economic relationship between individuals and States vary however when we take into account the political relationships.

 

 What then defines a political relationship? Two concepts stand out more than anything, those are which methods of legitimacy and which means of control does the State employ? Firstly the method of legitimacy can be divided into two groups the Feudal where individuals become rulers through birthright and all decisions are made by the King and his court. And the Democratic whereby there is a social contract and decisions are voted on directly by the people, or through representatives who are elected on behalf of the people. Then under those two archetypes of legitimacy, we find our means of control, being exerted on the private production of individuals either by decree or writ in the Feudal, or by law and regulation found in the Democratictaxes being universal. Aha! and here we find the crucial detail, if taxes are universal, then we admit at the very outset that the most fundamental mechanism which employs and allows the State to exist is based entirely on coercion and force!

 

The obvious objection would be how can you equate taxation with coercion and force is it not for the universal good i.e. justice? Well first we have to examine what is essential to existence as human beings? Which is, the concept of property, and our claim to said property. For example food, clothing, and shelter being your most fundamental property needed for survival. What then is our claim to said property, and I believe all would agree that coercion or force is the least productive means to acquire property, and at the outset criminal and immoral. Therefore the only legitimate means of acquiring them is through peaceful means or by labor whereby individuals enter into contracts freely at mutually agreeable prices. On the other hand if individuals work through coercion or force it can no longer be called labor, but more aptly called slavery. The second question then, raises I think most of the controversy, and that is, how do we protect the property once it has been produced?

 

All would agree that Slavery is morally wrong, and that labor must be entered into freely. Therefore if we all agree to the logic that coercion and force is morally corrupt to the acquisition of property and labor, then why is the same logic not applied to the provision of protection? Since the State essentially coerces and forces individuals through taxation to pay for said protection based on what? An implicit social contract? The results of an election? Birthright of Kings and Queens as I have stated previously? However, regardless of any legitimacy of the State to provide protection, all of them rely on the servitude of the individual to the collective, because once you become a critic of said State, or outright refuse to accept its legitimacy and not pay taxes, you are automatically branded a traitor and rebel, and as such dealt with in the harshest fashion, by either being thrown in jail or outright killed. Therefore it can be said the State intrinsically is an institution constructed by coercion and force. The poison then that is destroying Detroit is Barbarism!!! Here is our cause and effect in full view because what else would you call a group of people who achieve their goals through violence?

 

If Society has the moral courage to throw off the shackles of slavery in the case of labor, let us also throw off the same shackles in the case of protection! If society does not find the moral courage to do this then the nightmare of history shall repeat itself again and again and again until the end of time… If history has anything to teach us, it is that the fall of Society can be traced to the unwillingness of the many to defend against the few who promise protection while at the very same moment bringing death upon those who refuse their mode of protection. I do believe the day will come, where the many will reject the claims and postures of the few who point guns at us and say but of course its for your own good. Much the same way a man beats his child all the while telling him not to hit others. So just as the concept of slavery became morally unacceptable, so too will Statism or Government. Because after all Barbarism is Statism by another name!

 

I say to you then end this nightmare of history!!! Because if we don’t what will our children read in the history books about us in the future, that we were moral like those who came before us that ended the evil practice called slavery? Or will they read that we did nothing and continue to allow the immorality that is propagated against us by the State because of the simple fact that we refuse to recognize the elephant in the room? The truth will set us free, because once we realized the true nature of slavery as being immoral we shrugged it off. The same will happen when we realize the true nature of the State as also being immoral. In closing I would like to leave you with a quote from “The Man versus The State” by Herbert Spencer. “Even a successful revolution, if such a thing were conceivable, against the military tyranny which is Statism’s last expedient, would accomplish nothing. The people would be as thoroughly indoctrinated with Statism after the revolution as they were before, and therefore the revolution would be no revolution, but a coup d’Etat, by which the citizen would gain nothing but a mere change of oppressors.” With those thoughts in mind folks wherever you are stay free!

Tao Te Ching

If you want to be a great leader,
you must learn to follow the Tao.
Stop trying to control.
Let go of fixed plans and concepts,
and the world will govern itself.
The more prohibitions you have,
the less virtuous people will be.
The more weapons you have,
the less secure people will be.
The more subsidies you have,
the less self-reliant people will be.
Therefore the Master says:
I let go of the law,
and people become honest.
I let go of economics,
and people become prosperous.
I let go of religion,
and people become serene.
I let go of all desire for the common good,
and the good becomes common as grass.
~Passage from Tao Te Ching an Ancient Chinese Poem by Lao Tzu

Scandal or Business as Usual?

Hello, forgive me folks for my hiatus but I am back and ready to write hopefully along my previous claim “on a weekly basis”. Anyway lets get into the dirty shall we? Now everyone in some fashion or another “reads the news” either from internet websites, television, newspapers, blogs, or even from this blog! With this advent we see saturation or I should say an over-saturation of our media and information landscape, which has grown exponentially in the last twenty or so years. And with this amount of information at our fingertips it has become that much harder for us to discern that which is true and that which is mere speculation. But let me digress a bit here, journalism of today can be considered the gatekeeper of information, that being said most of society looks to them for the truth. Herein lies our problem that we find today, the dichotomy in journalism or any field of information dissemination for that matter, is not between what is “true and what is mere speculation” but between “what is acceptable for society and what is not acceptable” by acceptable I mean “acceptable reality”. The acceptable reality we have been given thus far is that “The State can be trusted, is benevolent, and only looking out for our interests.” at least within the mainstream construct. They have shown us this acceptable reality instead of reporting the truth or at least the belief that they are searching for the truth. There has been many investigative journalists and authors who step out of the yellow journalism mold, which has been true for most of history. Sadly those who try to warn us about the impeding danger, are rarely listened to. The real problem then becomes our discovery process for “what is actually true” being shifted to really a process of keeping people blind. Our discovery process is halted by the notion “what is acceptable reality for society” which is no discovery process at all! A joke if you will, instead of all the news thats fit to print, the motto should be, all the acceptable reality fit to print! To make this all seem relevant let me start by asking a simple question… How many scandals does it take before the acceptable reality we have been given for so long is no longer acceptable?

It seems like today we have a new scandal every week… I am afraid the media can no longer hide the truth behind what is acceptable anymore. I think I need to make a list there is so many damn scandals… Lets start from the top shall we? Looking at the past ten years alone we find our first major scandal Enron and Climategate both related incidents and you may ask well what does that have to do with the US government? Which it isn’t directly linked to the US it is more directly linked to the global factions which for all intensive purposes are connected to the US. Think of it as a spider web, the question becomes then, how far does the web extend and who is the spider at the center? But I digress back to our issue at hand, Wikileaks which exposed the conduct of the US military as being nothing more than extra-judicial killings of innocent men, women, and children, among other accusations. Next the assassination of an sixteen year old boy Abdulrahman al-Awlaki who was an American citizen without trial or jury just because he happened to be the son of “alleged terrorist” Anwar al-Awlaki also an American citizen who was slain two weeks prior, both of them by CIA drone strikes in Yemen. Which brings me to the next one, being the double increase in drone strikes by the Obama administration since Bush, which statistically misses its intended target by ninety-five percent and instead also kills innocent men, women, and children. Second we have Benghazigate where when there is a “real terrorist threat” no action is taken and is allowed to take place. The embassy was left out to dry and no help was offered even though the officials at the embassy had requested reinforcements but none came… Of course we have the IRS scandal which is modus operandi for the IRS the only thing that changed is those being persecuted. And last but not least the latest scandal, NSA caught spying on all forms of our communications see here, here, and here. Just to name a few of the scandals in the past ten years. Of course I could add more but these being notable, highlight the trend well enough.

All of this is harrowing information and for many its unbelievable. Some will interpret this as business as usual either in a good way or a bad way. For me I interpret this as being that watershed moment when we all realize “the emperor has no clothes”. However we have all seen this before, what Nixon did in the 1970’s mainly the “Watergate” scandal made him resign just out of fear of being impeached. What current presidents get away with today make Nixon look like a saint. And rightly so because as far as I know nobody is getting impeached, yet… Even though Benghazi, the NSA, the assassinations of American citizens, and drone strikes have all been directly linked to the Obama administration what I want to stress is that this is nothing new its a continuation of previous policy. The state of affairs we are in is a culmination of past events most notably starting with the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank. An old cliché goes that if you have a pot of boiling water and place a frog in the pot it will jump out immediately, however if you place a frog in a pot of cold water and slowly heat the pot until it boils the frog will sit there, Fabian Socialism at its finest. Of course the knee jerk reaction is to stick your head in the sand and hope this all blows over… well I am afraid folks that it is no longer possible to look the other way. The more prudent question to ask now is how many more scandals are we going to allow before we take action and overthrow the tyrants and refresh the tree of liberty?

Today our “acceptable reality” is becoming a nightmare now that the truth is being revealed. Quite frankly we have only scratched the surface on the wheeling and dealing that has been going on at the State level. If you peel the onion back enough and get to the center you find that we are no better than the tyrants of the past. We now are faced with a choice do we acknowledge our mistakes and reverse these trends? Or do we repeat the nightmare of history? As long as we keep accepting this reality given to us by the media and ultimately by the State, then the prosperity and freedom we once enjoyed will be gone. The answer is to first not accept the reality the State wants us to believe that “the state is god”, but to discover the truth, and if you are able, speak the truth. As George Orwell famously opined “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” If we as individuals simply choose to not accept their “acceptable reality” and discover the truth for ourselves, this act alone would topple the current regime and good riddance! Ultimately putting your faith in God and his creation and not putting your faith in an benevolent and omnipresent State, this being a true act of rebellion, which is also the true meaning of liberty. And with those thoughts in mind folks wherever you are stay free.

If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal.
If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative.
If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate.
If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist.

“Need” now means wanting someone else’s money.
“Greed” now means wanting to keep your own.
“Compassion” is when a politician arranges the transfer.

~Joe Sobran

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