Who Owns You?

December 23rd, 2013

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

 

Second Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms

 

WHEREAS on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring for posterity the founding Principles of this Nation, and

WHEREAS the Inhabitants of the United States of America have both the Moral and Legal Right to Life, Liberty and Property, and

WHEREAS the presence of Tyranny in the United States of America has steadily increased during the past century, engendering a severe Degradation of Rightful Liberty, and

WHEREAS the advent of rapid and widespread Information availability relieves us of the necessity of detailing that Degradation, and

WHEREAS the means by which the current government of the United States of America, as well as the many governments within it, accomplishes this Degradation is physical aggression, and the threat of physical aggression, against the Inhabitants of the United States of America,

BE IT THEREFORE DECLARED, by every Consentor to this Declaration, that

1.  We believe and act upon the Principles of the Declaration of Independence.

2.  We believe that it is each individual’s responsibility to provide all necessary support and, in concert with others freely chosen, all necessary defense for oneself and one’s family.

3.  We believe that the physical nature of the aggression being carried out against us is a Violation of both Morality and Law, and necessitates the bearing of personal arms in our day-to-day activities upon the public roads and highways, as well as upon any Property within the United States of America, with the Consent of the Rightful Owner of that Property.

4.  We believe that no person has any Right, neither Moral nor Legal, to Initiate physical force or compulsion against another, and further. that any and all employees of the United States of America, as well as any and all employees of any other governmental unit or agency within the United States of America, are strictly prohibited to Initiate such compulsion.

5. We believe that being essential to the protection and support of ourselves, our families and our country, no restrictions upon speech, self-defense, association, refusal of association, worship, private property, parental authority, or the privacy of one’s affairs and writings shall be permitted or tolerated.

6.  We believe in the American tradition that every Rightful Inhabitant of the United States of America has both the Moral and Legal Right to defend any peaceable Person that Inhabitant chooses, by whatever means that Inhabitant deems prudent and necessary.

7.  We believe unfailingly in the Right affirmed in the Second Amendment to the Constitution duly ratified, that the Right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, notwithstanding any interpretation of any explanatory clause in that Amendment.  We further believe that the Right of Defense with Arms is recognized by the Second Amendment, and not Granted by it.

8.  We affirm that it is our desire to live peacefully among all Rightful Inhabitants of this Nation, and we believe that the resort to physical force is a means exclusively for the purpose of defending our bodies and our property.

AND IN CONCLUSION, the Consentors to this Declaration believe that this Declaration can be well summarized with the penultimate paragraph of the (First) Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms, issued by the Second Continental Congress on July 6, 1775, to wit…

“In our own native land, in defence of the freedom that is our birth-right, and which we ever enjoyed till the late violation of it; for the protection of our property, acquired solely by the honest industry of our forefathers and ourselves, against violence actually offered, we have taken up arms. We shall lay them down when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, and all danger of their being renewed shall be removed, and not before.

THUS DO THE CONSENTORS DECLARE, with the recognition and affirmation that they so Consent freely, and with Integrity and Commitment, in the belief that this Declaration  is their best means to restore the Honor, Wealth and Happiness that was once ubiquitous across this Nation.  We commit ourselves to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and will lay down our Arms when our physical Defense no longer requires them, and not one moment before.

 

Christmas Day, 2013

“malinvestments on a massive scale”

November 22nd, 2013

That’s David Stockman quoted on zerohedge.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-11-22/david-stockman-blasts-its-20078-all-over-again

Just in case someone’s still under a rock, I thought it worthy of quoting.  The reason controlled markets (using the word “market” loosely) and liquidity-focused actions are detrimental, is because they lead to misallocation of capital.  We are currently living in times best noted for by far the grossest misallocation of capital in human history.  This is because neither technology nor the statist-sheeple mindset, have ever been nearly this extreme before, to engender it.

The underlying problem, of course, is absence of production.  But what shall a rational being do when his/her production, manifested as wealth, is so hugely misallocated in the only manner it can be…coercively, physically coercively?  Uh, he or she will produce less and whatever is produced will remain “closer to home,” as in directed toward pure survival as opposed to capital investment that will expand businesses and therefore benefit others.

That’s all.  None of this is rocket science and unless the thugs lay down their guns, this shall not end well at all, at least not for any existing societal institutions.  Of course, if we manage to survive, that may well prove to be a good thing.

Bitcoin: Peter Schiff gets it wrong

November 22nd, 2013

blog.europacmetals.com/2013/11/bitcoin-vs-gold-video/

In this piece, Mr. Schiff makes the case that Bitcoin serves as well as, if not better than, gold as a medium of exchange.  However, he declares that these benefits are all overweighed by a single factor:  the intrinsic value of gold.  According to Mr. Schiff, it is this intrinsic value which has made gold a store of wealth, and why it will always beat all comers like Bitcoin.

What a crock.  Nothing has intrinsic value.  Value means a cognitive mind chooses to prefer X over Y.  Value is fundamentally conceptual, built as it is of the subjunctive…the ability to conceptualize alternatives, at least one of which is (or proves to be) counterfactual.  Without that, there’s no choice.

Water is a necessity of human life, but it carries no value until we conceptualize the absence of water.  Only then can we say that we “value it.”  This was a fundamental error of Rand’s, upon which she supposedly built the entire Objectivist Ethics—that non-thinking, non-choosing organisms have values…in her definition, “that which they act to gain or keep.”  But you see, they’re not really “acting in order to gain or keep;” they’re just acting, period.  There’s no choice in the matter, nor purpose.  She tried to fix this error with a famous footnote, but the fix fails when closely considered.  If a lower animal needs water, then it’ll drink and that’s all there is to it.  It can’t turn away from it; there would be no basis for turning away.  Only a human could (foolishly) turn away from it, because the human can conceptualize the alternative–having water or not having water–and choose from among those.  Absent abstraction, this simply can’t be done.

While Mr. Schiff may be correct that gold carried value even before it was a medium of exchange, that’s hardly relevant.  It gained its value as such as a medium of exchange.  Hence there is no reason whatsoever that Bitcoin couldn’t likewise gain a similar value.  There’s no necessity of “having another purpose.”  If anything, any other purpose is distracting from the focal purpose of being a medium of exchange.  IOW any medium of exchange will have more value as such, if it has no other purpose.

If people decide they want Bitcoin as a medium of exchange, voila…that’s all the value it needs to be a medium of exchange.  Now naturally, they could decide they don’t, and then it’s as worthless as Mr. Schiff implies it will become.  But of course, that holds true for gold too, or anything else that serves as a medium of exchange.  While there’s plenty to be said for gold’s longevity as such, there’s also plenty to be said for the inherent perfection of a pure medium of exchange like Bitcoin.  Indeed, a case can be made that over enough time, and assuming the species manages to survive the current madness, it’s a virtual certainty that something like Bitcoin will indeed serve as a long-lasting, never-usurped medium of exchange.

Now that’s “something like Bitcoin,” not necessarily Bitcoin itself.  OTOH I don’t know what could be more like Bitcoin, than Bitcoin.  Currently, I’m sure nothing is.

““They should be viewed as vermin.”

February 23rd, 2013

A comment like this just isn’t right. Vermin choose nothing to deserve the comparison.

The Awakening

February 12th, 2013

What the hell else is going to end the Endarkenment?

Nothing matters without the foundational premise

April 8th, 2012

http://selfadoration.com/ManAlive.html

Dreams

March 14th, 2012

Dreams always come true, at least if those dreams are rational.

Always.

Only one thing can stop a dream from coming true—physics.  You can dream that you flap your arms and fly to Venus, but of course that dream won’t come true.  You can dream that you’ll live in peace and harmony with everyone else on Earth, today, and that dream won’t come true either.

But those aren’t the things you mostly dream about.  Mostly, you dream about who you want to be and how you’ll live your life.  And those dreams always come true.  If they don’t, then it’s because you’re dreaming of something else too, and those dreams become the controlling ones.  Though for many of us, those dreams are more properly called “nightmares,” since they are built of various sufferings that we endured long ago.

The point is this.  The good dreams we have, the dreams we had as young children–to play, to be with family, to enjoy and learn of the wide world around us–are all achievable merely for the want of them.  There is no physics stopping any of that.  You can’t defy gravity, nor even the heavy hand of the government, but nothing in the universe can stop you from living your life however you choose, as long as it’s consistent with physics.

“But my dreams involve someone else, and they’re not going along.”  That’s the same as thinking you might fly to Venus.  Just as you can’t do that, neither can you create the dreams of another person, nor choose which ones they’ll follow.  That too is a physical law—you can motivate your own body to action, but you can’t motivate another person’s.  You can only overpower it, which would just be fulfilling one of those “nightmares” you have, rather than the dreams which bring happiness and fulfillment.

That’s all.  The point here is not that you can fulfill your dreams, but rather that you do fulfill your dreams, always and evermore.

“The least we can ask for is a little truth.”

March 10th, 2012

From here…

http://tinyurl.com/79n8yld

A Scientific Discovery

December 27th, 2011

This discovery was made (so far as I know) by Greg Swann, presented here:

http://www.presenceofmind.net/GSW/Delight.html

“In every choice you make, in every action you take, in each of your thoughts and in each of your deeds, you are acting upon your self. By your attitudes and your habits of mind and your internal and external behaviors, you are acting either to complete and burnish and exalt your ego–or to dismantle and deface and destroy it.

“This is an inescapable ontological fact. This is what it means essentially to have a reasoning, recollecting mind. Skyscrapers and symphonies, on the one hand, and squalor and slaughter, on the other–these are secondary consequences. Every action in every human life is first taken by the ego upon the ego.”

“Ah…. but the majority have the power to get what ever it wants”

December 26th, 2011

Nonsense. You make it sound like we’re all motors and whoever has the most horsepower wins. The majority didn’t get what they wanted at the founding of this country, the majority in the Axis didn’t get what they wanted and no matter what, even the majority today won’t get what they want. This is because they CAN’T get what they want—tons of consumption with no production.

It never was about destruction, even though it often seems so. It’s about creation and production, and the creative, productive power of good men has ALWAYS been the victor over time.

So it shall be this time. The only relevant question is who among us will be around to see it.