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Civil Disobedience: Its usefulness and limitations.
"Folly is wrapped up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him." Well the rod of discipline did drive some of my folly from me, but there still seems to be a piece in there that feels like doing me own thing. Maybe that's true for you as well?
Consider the conditioning we all go through from childhood on as others attempt to rein in our unruly behavior. First it's the parents and grandparents, then sometimes even total strangers, then the skool tries to get us speling corekt. Then, cops give us tickets for speeding and so on and on. We eventually all cave in and obey any and all we perceive as anyone in an authoritarian position. This makes us ripe for the pickin' by the political elites of the day.
And so, we need no longer wonder how Hitler, Stalin and Mao ruled their worlds as successfully as they did. The pre-conditioning for the subservience of the sheeple was already in place, and they were ready and in many cases eager to follow any order given, even to carry out the most awful crimes against other human beings.
Someone has recently pointed out though, that when an officer carries out a command to steal or murder or rape or whatever, that the person actually committing the violence is the most guilty one in the chain. Whether you agree with this belief or not you must decide but it does effectively eliminate the excuse of "just doing my job" and i think that's a good thing. To avoid the consequences of all evil behavior by claiming one was just following orders is absurd. At every point we have the choice to disobey. We all have choices all the time and sometimes the moral thing to do is to disobey!
And here is right where i expect to lose a lot of readers. Disobedience a virtue? Yes, in some cases disobedience is the greatest moral decision one could possibly make, and as with many thorny moral issues, to choose to disobey is often an incredibly difficult thing to do because of the inevitable consequences. Think Snowden living in Russia, giving up almost all association with friends and family in the States as he made the decision to disobey the worlds greatest empire.
I hasten to add that many laws of the land are good. If we were to all embrace civil disobedience for its own sake and drive everywhere with the gas pedal gorilla-taped to the floor, well.... No, what's being discussed here is having the biological components needed to stand up to those who issue orders to commit violence of whatever type against those who don't deserve it. Being able to stick to your guns and not do things you know to be evil simply because you are told to do them. It is a huge distinction!
The libertarian viewpoint is that we should all be able and allowed to do whatever we want so long as we don't initiate violence against our fellow-man. It makes a lot of sense. Surely, any country which embraced a system as logical as this would prosper as never before because people have a natural inclination to better their lives, acquire useful things and help one another and over-regulation/taxation inhibits all of this. Libertarianism then is something like being Liberal but just without the government-part. We really should give it a try sometime. Begin today by refusing to do evil because you are "commanded to".
If true democracy in its purest form was represented by a brightly colored ball of yarn, you could start at what's left of the ball and travel from here to Tobago without coming to the end of it. Yep, its come completely unraveled.
Consider the absolute insanity of having an election between two or three party-chosen candidates every four years and have that one individual, through manipulation, basically make all the decisions for a population of millions. Of course it doesn't really work like that; the reality is much worse.
And why is this so ? Over the decades large business interests have learned that they can prosper when regulations force small operators out of business. This is a well known problem with no simple solution as there are always new ways to be discovered for getting around conflict of interest regulations. I"m reminded of a method a race car driver once used to get around the fuel tank maximum capacity rule. He simply routed the fuel through the cars roll bar and thence to the carburetor, thereby increasing the number of laps he could run before refueling, also thereby conveniently giving himself an unfair advantage. Humans can be creative! The final result is that the country is not being run by the person the people elect, but by shadowy, wealthy individuals you will most likely never even see on the evening news.
One possible solution, and one that makes a world of sense, would be to simply follow the Swiss example and bring every major decision to the voting public. At times, it's true, the voting public will opt for unhealthy results, but at least, we'd be operating without some of the frustration we are currently going through constantly waiting for the next election so we can "throw the bums out".
But then, a solution this simple couldn't possibly work here. Although the Swiss seem to like it, it would take a dickens of an effort to force our politicians to give up that much control.
An elderly friend once advised that if you keep on rebelling, you will end up like a dog in the middle of the lake, not knowing which way to swim. He's pretty good with these analogies of his. And now, we see whole nations in that exact state. Highly educated people not knowing what to do to put things right.
This recently from Deutch Bank: "Banks might also pay borrowers to buy houses via negative interest rates.". Apparently central banks in Europe are wrestling with the problem of being unable to trigger economic growth through quantitative easing which has benefited largely the very rich by merely increasing the size of the numbers on their business balance sheets. The "trickle down" ain't apparently happenin' either in America as 47 percent of Americans can't come up with 400 bucks in an emergency without borrowing or selling something. Hmmm, maybe if they would have simply handed the cash to the masses in the form of "helicopter money" and let it trickle up for a change? Oh well.
Next plan? Reduce interest rates into the negatives and punish selfish people for depositing money in their pathetic little bank accounts. Or maybe banks could even pay them to buy houses! Oh and yes, of course another wealth tax. This shore or that shore, where should we swim?? Do you still not smell the panic arising in the halls of power? It's almost as if the money we are using in our daily lives has lost all of its value and we just haven't realized that quite yet!!
Pity those with fixed pensions they are counting on and all those dependent on the stream of payments they are living on whether earned or unearned. These payments may in fact continue to arrive on time but the only realistic means of paying off trillions of dollars of national debt is to devalue the currency which at least a few nations have already done, Venezuela for one. Absolute panic and chaos has resulted with incredible shortages of basics. Government employees are reportedly down to a two day work week with even electricity in extremely short supply. Oh, and the coroners can't keep up with all the new business being generated by Venezuala's failed dalliance with "socialism". Why work when everything is free?
Of course, devaluing the currency to pay off a national debt results in unbelievable levels of inflation making it impossible for those whose pensions have been devalued to go on meeting expenses for luxuries like food.
Well, apparently we aren't quite there just yet. First we can try penalizing people for saving money with a savings tax and then we can tax the rich lard bottoms some more and if all that fails we can start up the printing presses and starve everyone.
All I can say is keep an eye on your overlords when they come a knockin' and tell you "gimme a buck, I know your Dad." It might just be some kind of a trick!
Whether you consider Jesus of Nazareth to be a prophet, the Christ, or a fictional character who never even existed, he certainly said some unusual things. One of these was "What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet loses his soul?"
Was he perhaps referring to the global banking elite of our time, the owners and operators of the worlds largest banking cartel, the IMF, the Federal Reserve and allsuch?
When the discussion turns to the massive debt so many of the countries of the world are currently running, the question arises, "who do we owe the money too?" Now just the fact that hardly anyone in Canada knows the answer to this question should tell us all something about our educational system and our media. We owe a trillion to whom, exactly? Come on, people of the hard-working rat, we should all know the answer to that!
To be fair to my fellow Canuckistanians, It is a bit fuzzy to get to this information but apparently there are some families so wealthy they don't even need to appear on the Forbe's richest People list, a family with assets well into the hundreds of trillions. ($500,000,000,000,000?) And like most wealthy individuals, how will they acquire more, seems to be the problem eating up most of their waking hours. By the same means which has worked so well for so many decades, enslaving nations through debt, of course! ( A favorite ploy is to borrow money for weapons to two warring opponents at the same time and debt-enslave them both)
First of all, it is necessary to understand that even your local bank is not really all that financially interested in helping you pay back debt. They are more interested in keeping you hanging in there so interest can continue to be charged. A bank with no interest is uninteresting, you see? I first noticed this tendency when trying to get my first mortgage for like 15k. I had the devil's own time getting it and was told by the realtor that had i applied for a larger sum, i would have experienced less trouble!
Now the Global Central Bank, and the Federal Reserve can print fiat dollars with mere keystrokes. A nice perk, for sure. For them, easy money! For us, perpetual debt. Our politicians perhaps are bought off by these folks or to be more kind, possibly truly believe they are helping us by borrowing this "currency", "boosting the economy" (can we please dump this stupid phrase in the nearest sewage lagoon?), and generally partying it up. As a consequence, nations all over the world today are drowning in unrepayable debt. As proof of this, many governments are proud when they manage to only go a little deeper in the filth with each passing year.
Now if the last three nations which are not yet under the soul-crushing control of the World Banking cartel, (namely from my research North Korea, Iran and Cuba), and they fall similarly under its strangling, nothing I'm aware of is stopping them from raising interest rates to 20, 30 or a hundred percent a year and bankrupting all of the countries of the world at once.
They can then emerge as our saviors and offer to forgive all the "debt" under the following conditions: One world bank, one government, one religion, no borders, one currency, an rfid implant in every forehead and guess who's gonna be king? Not the healer from Nazareth, at leaast not just... yet...
On an "unrelated" note, (I've noticed that when i search Youtube for "Rothschild Global Banking", almost none of the videos want to play.)
There's an old Chinese curse. "May you live in interesting times."
Recently i attended a community supper sponsored by the state. The meal was excellent! Then came the bill. The gathered were told how the new community plan calls for the spending of $59,000,000 here in Teslin over about a ten year period, I believe not including admin fees and wages for the hundred or so people who are employed by the four governing structures this village requires, a village consisting of four hundred odd (Some would say i'm the odd one) people including dogs when the wind's just right.
Now, please don't get me wrong. I am not at all opposed to the happiness and prosperity of those around me. In fact, i uusually applaud it! But 100 million for four hundred people sounds like it should buy us something. After all, i come from a farming family in Saskatchewan who've been working there for a hundred and ten years and without giving away any family secrets, it takes a decent size operation to total a million dollar net worth. So little Teslin is going to spend 10,000 family years in the next ten years on gubbamint-approved "infrastructure". Alrighty then!
Imagine you held a fist of million dollar bills in your hand and began counting them out onto the blackjack table. One two, three... eleven twelve thirteen... twenty four, twenty five... thirty eight, thirty nine... Now, added to that stack, let's consider all the other communities in Canada which are going to have this kind of love lavished on them and you begin to see the scope of what we are talking about here.
Where is it all coming from? What will it buy? Where is it going? Brudda, don't ask me! But it's going to make some contractors pretty happy for awhile, and some equipment dealers, some carpenters and a few "gophers". And the community will enjoy a brand new school and get to watch the old perfectly usable one presumably demolished, and a brand new road or two, and the sight of brand-spanking new trucks running around the village, and a whole lot of dust and smoke. Yes, activity there will be, and at the end of it all, our grandchildren will be in govt-approved debt until their teeth and hair fall out, wandering about starving in re-patched long johns, wondering why on earth Grandpa did this to them.
Is there really a housing crisis in the Yukon?
There is no doubt that a housing crisis exists for some. Ask that employment-challenged guy on the street, curled up beside that comforting block of warm concrete, if there is a housing crisis in Yukon!
Because there sure is for him. But, he's an addict, probably, or he wouldn't be in those circumstances so we'll just leave him there and hope he smartens up some day :)
Yet, isn't it true that the housing “shortage” has at its roots, some societal causes? Consider divorce, just to name one. In past times, when divorce was not so common, women used to actually fear widowhood. Get your head around that! Employment for middle-aged women in those days was sketchy at best, and so, losing one's husband to an untimely death created a real void both emotionally and financially.
Not so today! There are currently a buffet of employment opportunities available for women, so widowhood is no longer most womens deepest fear! In fact, empowered by all the equal rights they possess, many women are effectively making widows of themselves, on purpose!
Isn't it true that originally, women's rights were an angry response to the abuses, both real and perceived, which they endured at their husbands hands? Enough of this, we can get jobs too! Then who will cook and clean for you?? Stupid knuckle-dragging beer drinking abusers! And so the movement started, gained strength and overcame the obstacles until today we have about as many women employed as men, with pay equity being the last obstacle to overcome. Herculean achievement, that!
Equality with men, should've shot higher maybe?
You've heard of Murphy's law? May I now present, “doug's law”? It goes like this: “The very act of solving a problem creates a new one.” Now let's examine the new problems this movement has created, shall we? For one, a housing “shortage”, because the split family now requires two homes, each commodious and expensive. Next, any children born require care, necessitating public daycare services be provided at yet more expense, where previously, the mother of the home provided these services gratis. Next problem, increased victimization of women because they don't have the protection their husbands used to provide. So now we require “safe-houses” and increased police protection. (Read the book: Dial 911 and die) If you doubt the validity of this last argument, I present for evidence the ever-increasing numbers of slain young women in this once peaceful country of ours.
If I still haven't completely lost you, you are one brave reader! I now pose one last question: Could these trends be reversed? Almost impossible! The extra incomes now being earned and taxed to provide these required new government services are being absorbed by increased pricing of goods and services. Good old supply and demand economics, my friend. Two incomes in the household? Your car repair bill just went up a bit. Oh and so did the cost of that second home. Oh yeah and groceries shot up just a bit too. That is just the way it works. So, quit your job and stay at home Mom? Forget it! It would be extra difficult for any family to survive on just one income these days, wouldn't it? So we are now trapped in the reality we have all created for ourselves. Blaming any particular gender or group for these new problems seems pointless at best. The only solution now, is perhaps to be found in how we conduct ourselves in the new reality we all face, maybe making small adjustments over time in whatever direction we can collectively agree upon..
Hot Old “Investment”...
Could there be a correlation between the fact that banks pay
skimpy interest when our money's deposited with them , whilst charging heavily when it's borrowed from them, and the enormous profits banks typically report?
Of course there is! So why do we use banks at all? I think one reason is safety of our deposit. We trust the banks to return the amounts that we put on deposit more than we would trust, say, a second cousin girlfriend's daughter's boyfriend with a great investment concept... Secondly we use banks because of the perceived shortage of investment opportunities which will yield a reasonable return over time with certainty.
So dollars languish in banks, slowly eroding in purchasing power due to low interest rate returns and inflation rather than doing something truly useful for their owners.
What if it were possible for you to obtain 20 to 50 percent annual return on your investments without involving the banks at all? Would you be interested?
A penny saved is still a penny earned. In fact in our times a penny saved is a penny and tax. So it is much more profitable to save the pennies we have than to earn new ones, pay the tax on them and bank ever reducing amounts.
Why not buy in bulk today the items we will need tomorrow at a greatly reduced costing?
Products go on sale all the time. Sometimes there are great discounts in pricing for various items which we commonly consume. When you buy only small quantities as you need them you may find yourself running out of soup and craving it which necessitates a trip to the store incurring expenses for gasoline, parking and speeding tickets, bribes, and so on. Also there is the loss of your valuable time to consider- something to do while waiting in those maddening lineups...! Or... you could be comfortably at home considering the likelihood that the price of the item you had the foresight to buy in bulk will rise before it is ultimate consumption, further increasing your "return"!
So in summary if you have a spare money in the bank consider the potential return on a purchase of items that you are going to need within the next 12 months. And while you are busy considering, consider also the immediate, certain savings of buying in bulk coupled with the fact that the money you save is not taxable on any basis whatsoever!
The Peoples Pander Party. (PPP)
Canadians just love to party! We’ve got Liberals and NDP, Conservatives and Greens, PQ. How about throwing another one on the pile? Let’s call it the Pander Party. It’s really been there all along, just going by aka’s such as Liberal, NDP, Conservative or Green or PQ.
Don’t know who said it but it is a great quote and bears repeating... often: “The difference between a statesman and a politician is that a politician follows public opinion and a statesman creates it.” Witness the great number of polls and you will see evidence of leaderships paralyzed with fear over what the public thinks and demands!
This is why we are in a bit of a conundrum these days.
Someone needs to tell us bluntly: “That’s all there is, there ain’t no more!” I’m reminded of the ad the First National Bank of the United States once ran: “Loans make life easier...at First!” Thousands of politicians all over the world have pandered to the demands of their constituents and, rather than admitting to the lack of resources have resorted to borrowing to appease the demands of an often ravenous public.
Governments should exist merely to govern, surely! Where did the idea ever arise that they should provide daily necessities for us? Isn’t that our job? Shouldn’t each person contribute what she can and barter these goods for those she needs? Of course, there are the disabled and the aged to consider, yet our definition of “disabled” and “aged” has grown so fat that no one can carry him further! He wallows in self-pity, demanding ever more beer, complaining of numerous aches and pains, and always a victim of something or someone! His sins inevitably someone else’s fault.
Witness the not so recent housing crisis on the Attawapskat reserve. When their rec centre was remodelled to accommodate these people, the complaint was raised that it was four kilometers from the main community! If i or you were freezing to death, surely we would find some way to transport ourselves so short a distance to save ourselves. Yet even this, our government shall do for us! And how does the government accomplish these tasks? Through the use of private contractors. Government has no money tree. All it can do is redistribute wealth, wealth which has been created by means of increasing the value of a product or service of some kind, usually through some form of physical/mechanical...wait for it... work!
And the thing that is just a little bit scary is that, when a whole nation refuses to work, and continues demanding its free lunch, governments of the past have resorted to forcing their citizens to … yes... there it is again!...work, and at this point, you don’t have all that much of a “career choice”.
So meet me for a free lunch in front of the Yukon Government building and let’s see about this Pander Party thing. Oops. just kidding, there’s no free lunch after all!
It is with some regret I write these lines to you today. Your casual demeanor around the office and your parade of often crude and tactless jokes are not without appreciation amongst the staff. It is however for your alleged writing ability that you received this hiring. Gary, your writing is all over the map and lacks a cohesive element. It is as if it were the product of random birds of all types building the same nest for their young.
Although your opinions are bold and refreshing at times, the blow- back from some of our more alert readers cannot be completely discounted. To use a grotesque analogy, if an ancient xerox machine were to be stored upside down near an open window and periodically rained upon when the wind was right, and the water filtered down through the ink cartridges onto some scattered sheets of paper beneath, pooling in odd and peculiar forms, the result would be similar to most of your attempts at writing., And if, some years later,these ink blots were to be noticed by a passing janitorial custodian and brought by the office coffee room, i expect the ensuing laughter would not be a far cry from the weekly amusement of your peers as they "critique' your writing style.
Your cheque is awaiting at the front desk. I'm sure your considerable talents will prove useful in another setting, but not in this office.
Sincerely and with regret;
There is a land where hundreds of millions of citizens enter into forced contracts of all kinds every single day of the year....and the strangest thing is the people of that land actually believe they are free!
There are some few among them of course, who are truly free, who walk above the law, who make the rules to suit their purposes and doubtless chuckle a bit at the plight of those they daily plunder.
In fact there are really three classes in this land of which I speak. The Ruling Elite or Plundering class, the Middle class: comprised mostly these days of those who serve the elite directly, and finally, what I'll call the Productive class: those blessed ones who physically work with their own hands (of all things!) and produce the things we all need to eat and wear and use to get around.
"It was ever thus."
The ancient kings of Germany, (apparently there were many judging by the castles still gracing the landscape, some even still in use), used to have their henchmen do their plundering for them whilst they occupied themselves with the latest perfumes, hidden away as they were in the security of their castles. Their food brought to them by unseen servants, handed to them through holes in the wall near the throne, they whiled away their days. They were hated by the great unwashed and they knew it! Hence all the weaponry and security at their command. "It was ever thus."
Going back still further to biblical times, a young king inherited Solomon's glorious throne. He sought the advice of the elders who said he should reduce the burden he laid on the backs of the people and they would serve him throughout his reign. Instead he listened to his buddies who told him he should say to the people: " My little finger is bigger than my father's waist. My father laid on you a heavy yoke; i will make it heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions".
Following this advice did not have the intended effect on his audience and the young king shortly found himself the ruler of a greatly reduced state, having lost ten of the twelve tribes of Israel.
The disconnect between the plundering and the productive class is similar today. The benefits of the unprecedented borrowing in which the political leaders have indulged themselves are mostly not reaching the middle and certainly not helping the productive class as intended.
The ten tribes knew what to do to free themselves from their foolish leader. Its a bit more complex today but the keys on the ring of the car we must now drive are financial and spiritual.
"What share have we in Jesse's son, to your tents oh Israel! Look after your own house, oh David!".
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