Monday, June 19, 2017

Free Trade Must Be Free

A divided country can not remain so. In 1820, the United States was divided between Slave and Free States. Two warring philosophies, one in support of slavery, and one against slavery, dominated the United States. Up until the Civil War, the slave states touted their belief in the right to own and benefit from slavery, while free states touted the right to universal human freedom from bondage. For 45 years the two sides kept up a race and existed together in the United States. But that would end after the civil war, and today people in the United States universally acknowledge the barbarity of slavery.

Today our country is divided again in a similar way, between those who believe in modern forms of communism, and deny the rights of individuals to freely engage in productive commerce in favor of government determination of their livelihood, and those who believe that individuals should be free to choose what and how they produce. However, while the Left passionately extols the virtues of modern communism, the Right is lacking in a clear message. That message needs to be clarified, as clear as the messages conveyed by the abolitionists: slavery is wrong. In our times: Free trade must be Free.

To counter the beliefs that people who have large numbers in their bank accounts are more evil than people who have less money; to counter that one person is not allowed to work because, according to the government, the work pays too little; to counter that those who cannot or will not work must be forcibly supported by certain people who do; to counter these positions, requires a clear message: We enjoy the fruits of other peoples labor. In turn, we provide them with goods and services, and in free and peaceful trade and specialization all people benefit. There is no virtue in possessing money, but there is no evil in it either. Money is simply a tool for trade between people.  The redistribution or forced limitation of people to not engage in trade based upon some arbitrary value by a government which is itself only an institution and incapable of personal sympathy or feelings must be stopped. Free trade must be free. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Who's the Boss?

Most people are a boss at one time or another and don't even know it -- and the person people usually think of as the boss, isn't.

When someone works a 9 to 5 job, and they are not 'the boss' -- when 5pm comes, they can generally forget about their job and rest easy. The 'boss' however, still needs to worry about whether his company's orders are being filled on time, whether his immediate competition is outpacing his company, and so forth. At 5pm the office may close, but the worries remain. In that sense, the 'boss' is not truly the boss - his company's customer base is the true boss.

The ultimate top feeder in the boss / employee chain, is the person sitting back in their easy chair, and handing the waiter $20 to bring them a drink. That person, is temporarily, the boss.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Love Your Enemy

What does 'Love Your Enemy as Yourself' mean? The enemy is another person, who is separated from you by something that deserves the enmity - not the person itself.

If jealousy makes someone your enemy - overcome the jealousy

If race make someone your enemy - overcome the racism

If there is only one loaf of bread and two of you, and that makes you enemies - make another loaf of bread


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Community

What do these images have in common?

The Community as a Solution

Today in America we are faced with issues large and small, from microscopic health maladies to city and state wide upheaval and alienation.  Our response to those problems has focused on the individual failing in the system, in the case of microscopic health maladies the question is how do we cut out the malignant or potentially malignant cells and in the macroscopic level it is how do we eliminate or block the individual from being violent or unjust.. Are we neglecting to see the solution to these problems that nature has used to solve them for millions of years, and only focusing on treating symptoms due to an intellectual myopia?

In the cells of the body we are bombarded by destructive forces constantly, whether it is from free radicals, foreign bacteria in the food we eat, pollutants in the air or water.. How is any one living cell supposed to be able to resist all these forces bent on its destruction?  The answer is, it isn't - it is always part of a community of cells that distribute the load and seek mutual survival.  One cell contributes to the success of other cells in the tissue, and they in turn contribute to the success of the cell under attack.  In healthy systems of cells, they are able to resist most attackers.  Does our medical community analyze the system of cells, to make sure they are functioning correctly as a system that can resist foreign invaders, or does it focus on the individual cells that go wayward?

At the macroscopic level, at the city and state level -- do people feel part of a community, do they contribute to the well being of others in their community, and do the other members of the community in turn contribute to their own well being? Do you reader, contribute to the wellbeing of others and receive supportive treatment in return?  This is of course the historical role of the church or religious organization in American society; but more and more the religious community has been undercut by 'intellectuals' to replace it with a supposed government core community.

Unfortunately, the community centered around the government begins at the mailbox and ends at the courthouse. There is no genuine mutual interest on behalf of a member of society by an employed hourly bureaucrat. Bureaucracies have had to implement cash rewards (see the Department of Family and Children Services) to incentivize a sham of concern.  While the 'intellectuals' have undercut the religious or small community mutual support networks, they have replaced them with a fragile and unhelpful network that results in an alienated and genuinely unsupported people.

If we can work to create communities of people that can provide mutual support again, perhaps we can heal our populace.