The Delusion of Philosophy

© 2014 Hugh A. Thomas

Humans are organizers and system builders. These traits seem to be universal to humans regardless of culture. We can see this organization even on this page, where various thoughts are separated into paragraphs and sentences.

For example, we have the idea of household furnishings. We organize and build this idea by combining smaller groups such as kitchen utensils, living room furniture, bathroom supplies, etc. We then organize each of these items by breaking them into smaller units. The term, “kitchen utensils” is broken into categories such as silverware, cooking pots and pans, dinnerware, etc. In silverware we make more categories. We have knives, forks, spoons…

We organize the science of medicine into the fields of neurology, cardiology, orthopedics and many others. Our libraries are categorized by systems that place the books about economics together and isolated from the books about dinosaurs. We count things. We place things in rows. We buy and sell by the dozen, by the ounce, pound or the ton. We are driven to make sense of the world, and this cataloging and system building helps us turn the otherwise bewildering into the knowable.

Humans have many emotions. We give these emotions names such as anger, envy, jealousy, empathy, remorse, longing, fear, shame, hatred and greed. Oftentimes we may not have a name to assign these emotions do to the complexities involved, as we have the ability to combine two or more emotions, for example, the fear of being envious. When this happens, we experience vague feelings rather than that which is explicit and identifiable.

Acting with emotion as the stimuli is normal. We see someone get injured, and our empathy will compel us to rush in and help.

Much of philosophy is an attempt to take this system building aspect of human nature and employ it to systematize and validate actions humans take in response to these emotions. To explain how humans ought to act on these emotional thoughts, philosophers have attempted to do so by organizing these thoughts into a structure that carries the same sort of finality and repeatability that we get when we organize the physical world. The problem is, we can’t, with any precision, organize human action that is predicated on emotion.

Notice that when we organize things in the physical world, we do so rationally. We put the tooth brush next to the bathroom sink rather than in the living room because we use water when we brush our teeth. We organize the physical world in a non-contradictory way. If we make mistakes, we re-organize. As things become more complex, we create new categories.

However, when we try to systematize vague thoughts and emotions, we often do so by rationalization. Rationalization carries the atmosphere of rationality, but is not rationality itself.

If we live in a society without written words, we may rationalize these emotional thoughts and attribute these feelings to spirits or gods. If we have an advanced written language, some individuals will transcribe these rationalizations and create philosophies.

Much of philosophy is the attempt to organize human feelings and vague thoughts into a system. Rationalization is the means. Rationalization in philosophy is the superficial use of the atmosphere of rationality wherein one believes the same sort of precision of organization that humans employ in the physical world can be accomplished with the organization of actions that are taken in response to emotionally created thoughts. The philosopher, in an attempt to employ reason to organize these vague thoughts, feelings, emotions and intuition, will find himself in a quagmire of contradiction. He will then attempt to find his way out of this swamp by more and more rationalization. This is why philosophy is so conceptually contorted.

Emotionally generated thoughts oftentimes find their way into the language as new words and concepts that mistakenly refer to entities in the real world and they do so because they are abstract and camouflaged. Hence, I use the term, “stealth concept.” When these emotionally created concepts take on the guise of being entities that exist independently of the human mind, we will get very confused.

One of these stealth concepts is “justice.”

Suppose you are walking down a city sidewalk and suddenly you see a mugger knock down an old lady, grab her purse and run away. A large athletic boy sees the problem, chases down the mugger, gives the mugger a severe beating and returns the purse to the old lady. You then look at the mugger and he is in pain with what appears to be a broken arm and he is bleeding from his mouth from the loss of teeth. This is ‘justice’ you think.

So what is “justice?”

To a philosopher, justice might be many things, but certainly it could easily involve a hundred pages (or more) of rationalizations. Justice for the poor, Justice for the weak, Justice for those who are ignored and lonely. The philosopher could dwell for hundreds of pages on how to structure society in a such a way that justice is achieved for all involved. For example, there is a book, Kant’s Theory of Justice. The book is 237 pages and published by Cornell University Press.

If you examine the actual roots of this stealth concept, you will find that your feeling of justice is only an emotion. You saw the mugger receive a beating and the old lady had her purse returned. You felt emotionally satisfied, hence the word justice came to your mind. Think about it. Justice does not exist in the real world outside of your brain. Is not a thing separate from your mind. You might visualize it as something grand, something that is a permanent feature of reality that shows itself from time to time. However, justice is not a feature of reality that is independent of human emotion. You can’t walk outside and pick up a piece of justice. Justice is nothing more than a sense of emotional satisfaction that one gets after experiencing, (in this case) a traumatic event that resulted in harm to one person and pain for the perpetrator. Justice can’t be quantified or rationally measured, because its intensity varies from person to person and from minute to minute. You might feel a great surge of satisfaction immediately after seeing the old lady made whole, but that feeling might rapidly fade if the athletic young man, after returning the old lady’s purse, turned on you and stole your wallet.

If you falsely believe justice exists independently from human minds and human emotion, if you believe Justice is some grand mechanism by which the universe operates, you might feel compelled to write a philosophical treatise on justice, and you might attempt to employ reason to do so. However, you would immediately find problems with your theory and you would need to make adjustments. Adjustments would need to be added to the adjustments. More and more rationalizations would be needed to plug the holes.

There are other stealth concepts that we humans entertain. We have liberty, rights, duty, equality and many more.

If you are a bullshit artist (or highly delusional, or mentally ill) with a big vocabulary, you might resort to highly convoluted language to make your points about these stealth concepts and sneak your ideas past those who are prone to swallowing nonsense.

From the philosopher Immanuel Kant, in his book, The Critique of Pure Reason

“That which determines the internal sense is the understanding, and its original power of conjoining the manifold of intuition, that is, of bringing this under an apperception (upon which rests the possibility of the understanding itself). Now, as the human understanding is not in itself a faculty of intuition, and is unable to exercise such a power, in order to conjoin, as it were, the manifold of its own intuition, the synthesis of understanding is, considered per se, nothing but the unity of action, of which, as such, it is self-conscious, even apart from sensibility, by which, moreover, it is able to determine our internal sense in respect of the manifold which may be presented to it according to the form of sensuous intuition. Thus, under the name of a transcendental synthesis of imagination, the understanding exercises an activity upon the passive subject, whose faculty it is; and so we are right in saying that the internal sense is affected thereby. Apperception and its synthetical unity are by no means one and the same with the internal sense. The former, as the source of all our synthetical conjunction, applies, under the name of the categories, to the manifold of intuition in general, prior to all sensuous intuition of objects. The internal sense, on the contrary, contains merely the form of intuition, but without any synthetical conjunction of the manifold therein, and consequently does not contain any determined intuition, which is possible only through consciousness of the determination of the manifold by the transcendental act of the imagination (synthetical influence of the understanding on the internal sense), which I have named figurative synthesis.”

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Albert Einstein

Stealth concepts are word viruses that can infect and pollute your rationality. Once you let these stealth concepts rule your thinking, your ability to experience the real world will be greatly diminished.

Why The Left Loathes Christianity

© 2014 Hugh A. Thomas  All rights reserved

The main concern of all true Leftists is the creation of an ideal moral structure wherein an all-powerful government will be the guiding force that molds people’s lives in order to create a perfect society.

The Christian’s main concern is to accept the teachings of Jesus Christ and therefore assure a pass into heaven. The Christian’s secondary concern is to save others from the dregs of hell by disseminating the ideas of Christianity. With Christianity, the individual comes first, and this is a self-centered concern for one’s own soul. The self is the first priority, as one cannot practice and promote Christianity without a prior acceptance of the doctrine. A Christian who understands the doctrine will conclude, “I need to get my life and soul in order before I can go about helping others.”

With Christianity, the individual and his soul are fundamental. With the Left, the individual is only a small gear in the machine that is the State.

Christianity is a self-first doctrine, whereas socialism is a collective doctrine which demands the suppression of the self. In Christianity, Man is a Sovereign Being who will one day answer to God. With Collectivism, the State is the ant hill and the individual an ant who must do as the State wishes.

In Christianity, a Christian must live his life according to the teachings of Christ. Upon his death, he will then be judged as an individual by God. The Individual is the one that counts. In Christianity, the individual has a free will and judgment will be passed as to weather one used this free will to choose Christ, be charitable towards others, refrain from theft, adultery, etc.

With the Left, as in all forms of statism, the individual is a very small part of the statist machine and must be directed by the government in order to achieve a just society. Morality comes from the government.

If you are a Leftist Christian, you are living a contradiction in that you support the subjugation of the individual’s free will to the government. For example, you believe charity is a good thing, as your Bible tells you. However, you support the government’s stripping of wealth from the average and rich person to support the poor. Be advised, with your vote to rob one and give to another, you are limiting the average person’s ability and free will to give to the poor.

For another example, suppose the following: You believe charity is a good thing, so you vote for a politician that promises to take from the rich and divide the money.

With this action, you are doing several things that contradict the underlying sprit and intent of Christianity. First, you are not engaging in charity yourself, but relying on the strong arm of government to do it for you. Second, you, along with your favorite politician who is being supported by your vote, are engaging in a political conspiracy to use the threat of violence in order to extort money from some people to give to others.

Understand that taxation can only work if the government has a violent threat behind tax law, mainly, the threat of imprisonment.

By your conspiratorial actions and support for a government that threatens imprisonment for those who will not abide by your twisted moral vision, you are stripping away the free will of all those involved. In effect, with your vote and support, you are conspiring with the State to use the power and force of government to do your Christian work for you, and at the same time denying others their free will.

As a Christian you ought to understand this simple fact: God wants you to be charitable, he does not want you to force others to be charitable. After all, God gives you and all men free will, shouldn’t you respect his wishes for others by leaving them free to exercise their free will?

You can’t be a Christian and Leftist at the same time. The underlying spirit of Christianity is Individualism. The underlying spirit of Socialism is the Collective. These are black and white issues that are diametrically opposed. The intelligentsia of the Left understands this inherent problem, and hence their antagonism towards Christianity.

For more on free will, original sin, the myth of the collective, and government’s tendency to deny your individual nature, order your copy of The Biology of Human Freedom.

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Ebola in America: A Planned Contagion? Part II

Ten days ago I uploaded the post, Ebola in America: A Planned Contagion?

Last night, Fox News published a State Department memo on Ebola policies which states the possibility of bringing non-US citizens who are  Ebola infected to the United States for treatment. The memo also states that this proposed treatment would cost $300,000 per patient.

The first Ebola patient to land in the United States caused the infections of two hospital workers in Dallas. In Africa, 120 doctors and health care workers have died from the disease. With these facts in mind, It is very perplexing to comprehend the reasoning behind such a move.

From the World Health Organization: “Ebola has taken the lives of prominent doctors in Sierra Leone and Liberia, depriving these countries not only of experienced and dedicated medical care but also of inspiring national heroes.”

The American doctor, Craig Spencer, who recently returned from Africa while carrying the disease, took ample precautions while treating patients. He “conscientiously followed safety procedures,” say his co-workers.

If two nurses get infected from one Ebola patient in Dallas, and a highly trained American doctor gets the disease while in Africa and while taking ample safety precautions, why would we take the chance by bringing more Ebola into the United States?

This may seem far-fetched, it may sound like it comes from the mind of a conspiracy theorist, and to make it clear, I have no evidence for this, however, I believe that this action on the part of our government could be a purposeful attempt to infect a large number of Americans.

Anyone over thirty reading this who doesn’t know of the Left’s hatred of America, a hatred that has been smoldering for 75 years, is brain dead. Barack Obama is a radical Leftist, and this virus could very well be his payback for what the Left views as the most evil country that has ever existed.

Understand that a large Ebola outbreak in the United States would shut down businesses, close schools, grocery stores, and most likely bring about martial law. Martial law is a term that really means dictatorship.

 

 

Psychopaths in Government

Governments are created and manned by psychopaths, as government makes an ideal outlet for their perversions.”  Hugh A. Thomas,  The Biology of Human Freedom

Psychopaths, also known as sociopaths, make-up about one percent of the population. You may have one as a neighbor or even a spouse. They are everywhere; in business, in politics, in religion.

Dr. Robert Hare has spent decades in the study of psychopaths and refers to them as “intraspecies predators.” In the documentary film Fishhead, speaking of psychopaths, he states, “is a person without a conscience, has a stunning lack of empathy, an ability to look at people as mere objects, extremely egotistical, self-centered, lacking remorse for what they have done – they are manipulating and are deceiving people for their own ends.”

You most likely have dealt with a few of them. They are easy to spot once you understand their motives and actions. They will smile. They will look good. Much of their time in childhood is spent in practicing their moves. They are flattering. They will tell you that you are great. They will want to manage you in some way and will go about this management covertly. Oftentimes, you will wind up being managed even though you think you have been helped.

They spend a great deal of time in grooming themselves and their image. Narcissism usually runs deep in the psychopath’s veins. Charles Manson doesn’t seem to care about his appearance, however, underneath the shaggy hair and beard is a well groomed persona. On the other hand, Ted Bundy looked like an ivy league attorney. Remember John Edward’s $1250 haircuts?

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Some psychopaths may never engage in criminal or destructive behavior. They may live a life of near normalcy and their psychopathic side may lie nearly dormant. This type might be a car salesman, a high school principle or a movie star.

Psychopaths don’t share the same level of psychopathy, nor do they share the same level of intelligence. A few are extremely intelligent, a few of these are extremely psychopathic, and a few of these are misanthropes. A misanthrope is a person who resents human nature, they hate humans.

Since only about 1% of people are psychopaths, and since only about 1% of those are extremely intelligent, and since a small percentage of those remaining are misanthropes, we are left with a few people in every generation who are:

1  Without a conscience

2  Have a stunning lack of empathy

3 Have an ability to look at people as mere objects

4  Extremely egotistical

5  Self-centered

6  Lacking remorse for what they have done

7  Manipulate and deceive people for their own ends

8  Haters of their own species

9  Extremely intelligent

You can safely bet that the majority of politicians are psychopaths. The reason for this observation is that politicians only tell the truth when it suits their goals. This is a direct manipulation of the people and of course, millions fall for their ruses. For example, a politician might say, “America needs more jobs.” This is certainly true. However, this same politician will never tell the fundamental underlying truth, such as, “I am going to destroy the coal mining industry which will devastate an entire area of the country and use tax dollars to create more government jobs which in turn create more government dependency.”

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Politicians who are extreme psychopaths and misanthropes, and who are extremely adept at manipulation, oftentimes create situations like this:

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How do we know if

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will turn out like this?

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or this?

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Well, we’ll find out if he gets all the power he wants.

For more on the nature of psychopaths who wish to erase your nature, order the book, The Biology of Human Freedom.

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Ebola in America: A Planned Contagion?

Is it possible that American citizens are being targeted by those who would like to see a population reduction?

I have no evidence that this is happening, but one should understand that the hatred of humans and the hatred of human production, the production that has caused the “destruction of the environment,” could quite possibly motivate some to covertly insert the Ebola virus into the United States.  In their view, Man is evil, a blight to Mother Earth.

This hatred of humans is a mainstream idea. Quoting Prince Phillip, the husband of the Queen of England: “If I were reincarnated, I would wish to be returned to Earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.”

No doubt, there are millions of environmentalists who despise their own species, and the lowering of population levels is considered by many to be a very worthy cause. John P. Holdren, Obama’s science advisor and co-author of the book, Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment, openly advocates population reduction. Bill Gates, the designer of MS Windows, advocates vaccinations to reduce populations. (I wonder if his plan will work as well as Windows?) If depopulation is good, why not a little Ebola?

If Ebola does get established here in America, another danger is that the virus might escape into the animal population. It has been shown that Ebola can move from pigs to primates. You are a primate. And contrary to what is offered on the TV news, Ebola can be infectious in air.

From The Disease Daily:

When news broke that the Ebola virus had resurfaced in Uganda, investigators in Canada were making headlines of their own with research indicating the deadly virus may spread between species, through the air.

The team, comprised of researchers from the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, the University of Manitoba, and the Public Health Agency of Canada, observed transmission of Ebola from pigs to monkeys. They first inoculated a number of piglets with the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus. Ebola-Zaire is the deadliest strain, with mortality rates up to 90 percent. The piglets were then placed in a room with four cynomolgus macaques, a species of monkey commonly used in laboratories. The animals were separated by wire cages to prevent direct contact between the species.

Within a few days, the inoculated piglets showed clinical signs of infection indicative of Ebola infection. In pigs, Ebola generally causes respiratory illness and increased temperature. Nine days after infection, all piglets appeared to have recovered from the disease.

Within eight days of exposure, two of the four monkeys showed signs of Ebola infection. Four days later, the remaining two monkeys were sick too. It is possible that the first two monkeys infected the other two, but transmission between non-human primates has never before been observed in a lab setting.” Read the article.

If Ebola does enter America in force, the wild and domestic pigs, and who knows the number of other animals, including raccoons, deer, coyotes and many more might carry the virus.

Fruit bats in Africa transmit Ebola. There are well over 40 species of bats in the United States. In Austin Texas alone there is a colony of 1.5 Billion bats, in the city limits. The population of bats in the US no doubt outnumbers humans by at least a hundred fold.

It is such a no-brainer to immediately mend the porosity of the border with Mexico and stop all flights from Western Africa, that one must wonder if this dangerous situation might be facilitated by intentional and feigned incompetence.

Moreover, any terrorist who might wish to create social and economic turmoil in America could infect himself with Ebola, cross the border from Mexico and spend a few days walking the malls in Los Angeles or Dallas while smearing his saliva on everything possible. A group of terrorists could easily keep the infection spreading for weeks or months by running a relay. Just prior to the first terrorist’s death, the next terrorist could infect himself. Since they are willing to strap bombs to their bodies in order to blow-up public places, no doubt they would gleefully infect themselves to contaminate a large American city. They could move about on the subways of New York City, Amtrak trains and airports. Their sacrifice would ensure the reward of 70 Ebola free virgins in the afterlife.

For more on environmentalism and the nature of psychopaths who wish to erase your life, order the book, The Biology of Human Freedom.

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Ayn Rand’s Fantastic and Delusional Mind

My loosely fabricated notion, one not provable by me, is that Ayn Rand secretly wanted to find a man that met all of her requirements, and that she used her writing to do so.

Her fantasy man would be the ultimate intellectual; tall and slim, handsome with a carved face, rational to the core, and with an animalistic sex drive driven by his off-the-charts IQ. He would be a taller Brad Pitt or Clark Gable, with the intelligence of Albert Einstein or Robert Oppenheimer. Additionally, he would have the work ethic of Andrew Carnegie or Thomas Edison.

Of course, Ayn Rand would never stand for the trivial intelligence of Pitt or Gable, the unkempt ways of Einstein, or the self-questioning nature of Oppenheimer. Her man had to be ideal. This man could never be dependent on anyone else. He would never have a disease that required him to wear a colostomy bag or oxygen mask. He would never have a bad case diarrhea, and he would never develop heart and lung problems due to a lifetime of smoking.

If she wrote The Fountainhead with the secret underlying desire to bring this man forward and into her life, it will probably never be known. However, to me, this motive seems plausible.

The problem is that this “ideal man” is difficult to write about, especially if the writer wants to give the character depth. Translated to the movie screen, the problems multiply because few, if any, men measure up to these requirements. Notice that in the movies featuring Superman, Batman and Spiderman, the heroes are helped along by super human attributes. Batman has a vast fortune that funds a great scientist to invent fantastic gizmos that give him super abilities; Superman has the yellow light from our sun that gives him his super powers while Spiderman gains spider-like abilities from being bitten by a radioactive spider. Without these underpinnings, few would believe the Superman, Batman or Spiderman stories.

Notice how awkward the movie Atlas Shrugged seems. Dagny Taggart comes across like a nice kindergarten teacher, and John Galt looks like a soap actor. His face seems too plump, it isn’t angular enough, it isn’t carved from granite or marble. His voice is too normal for a super hero. I believe that the problem with the movie isn’t the lack of good actors, good writers, or money to capitalize the movie, but rather a problem with attempting to project superhuman characters onto a screen, characters that do not, and most likely never will exist in reality.

Most geniuses never look like a movie star, have a rock solid psychology, or have a voice like a consummate radio announcer. Oftentimes, they look like Einstein, behave like John Nash and speak like Bobby Fischer.

Atlas Shrugged is a movie, not a comic book, and that is its main problem. John Galt as a comic book would be perfect. If John Galt were a comic book, Galt would have the perfect face and body, he would never stumble over a curb, his hair would always be stylized. Even if his hair was messed up by the wind, a fire or an explosion, it would have a purposeful grace and power. He would be smarter than Einstein or Newton. His athletic abilities would be near professional.

What would the background story be? Well, Galt’s father could have been a great scientist. He could have created the perfect human by gene splicing. He could have combined genes from Einstein, Jessie Owens and George Clooney to make John the “ideal man.”

Dagny Taggart would have the perfect figure and wear the perfect clothes. The dialog could be written with plenty of time spent writing each line. Galt could give a brilliant answer to any question because the writers would, of course, have full control of the questions and situations.

When I was 8-10 years old, I read Superman, Batman and many of the other comic books. I was thrilled with every one. Looking back, a John Galt comic would have been a big hit. He could have fought the evils of big government and saved his fabulous babe, Dagny Taggart, in every issue. His blazing mind would crush his opponents.

A spinoff comic could have been The Men of the Mind. This comic would include John Galt, Hank Rearden, Francisco d’Anconia, Ragnar Danneskold, and Hugh Akston. They would be the Super Team that fought for the Individual Rights of Man by crushing the looters and second handlers. Their Fortress of Solitude would have been Galt’s Gulch in the mountains of Colorado. I would have loved this comic series, that is, until I gained more wisdom. Wisdom is time put to knowledge.

Ayn Rand was delusional. Regardless, I love her. She wrote the greatest novels and inspired me and millions of others by offering a vision of freedom that Jefferson, Madison, Mises, and many others failed to do. It’s OK to love someone even if they hold contradictory views. After all, Man is the delusional animal, and Ayn Rand stayed true to her nature.

Some of Rand’s delusions and logical mistakes are:

1. Man is the rational animal

2. Man has Individual Rights

3. The true hero is independent of others

All of these points and much more are covered in the book, The Biology of Human Freedom.

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The Biology of Human Freedom

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From the back cover:

“With the doctrine of unalienable Rights failing to halt the expansion of government power over the individual, a new enlightenment is needed that establishes that Man is a free and sovereign being. This self-ownership can be found in Man’s biology. The evidence already exists, it only needs to be expressed.

In this fascinating and engaging book, Thomas delves into the biological basis underpinning the drive for self-preservation found in many species of plants and animals. He shows that, not only do plants and animals defend their own lives, they have a genetically based drive for owning, holding, and defending property.

The evidence shows that humans share the same drives as thousands of other life forms, and that these drives are deeply imbedded in the structure of DNA.

In the quest to be free from war, dictatorship and political pestilence, man has struggled for thousands of years against the intraspecies predators who push him towards calamities that have resulted in the deaths, misery and enslavement of millions.

Employing a radically different style of thinking, Thomas embarks on a critical review of many human misconceptions, including the concepts of natural rights, the collective, duty and the alienation of man from nature. He then goes about proposing a rational alternative to these delusional doctrines.”

 

 

Gold’s Ultimate Value

Gold Prevents Bubbles.  Gold’s scarcity is highly functional and serves as a governor on irrational growth.  In an economy based on a fully convertible gold standard, gold makes large credit-driven bubbles impossible.

Conversely, paper money structures make possible large surges of newly created inflationary capital that flow into reckless schemes such as the housing bubble of the last few years, the stock market of the late 1920s, the dotcom bubble, etc. These bubbles build to a state of frenzy and then crash. These cycles are created by the Central Bank/Fractional Reserve/Fiat Money complex that has been completely detethered from from gold and is a feature of all modern governments.

We are now nearing the end of the largest bubble creating credit expansion in world history, and the crash that is currently in the making will be monumental.

Gold Prevents Wasted Lives.

It is unlikely you would loan your hard-earned savings of gold bars to your pot-smoking neighbor so that he could get a degree in social science and then purchase a house three times bigger than he needs or can pay for, and yet, your government took your paper money savings and did just that.  Complexity is purposely built into the architecture of all paper money systems making it difficult for you to understand how they could do such a thing and, more importantly, how you will ultimately pay the price.

Without gold or some stabilizing hard asset, bubbles are blown and entire generations are misdirected by irrational thinking that leads to wasted biological time and energy.

Notice the current bubble in college education. Millions have obtained college degrees in areas that have no relationship to the marketplace. College graduates are working in retail stores as clerks or shelf stockers. Employers may need welders or programmers,  but the misdirection created by the fiat money credit expansion offers them sociologists.

In another example, paper money inflation created the housing bubble and the irrational thinking that misdirected millions into becoming real estate agents, mortgage brokers, landscapers and swimming pool tenders. Millions of other people bought houses they did not need and could not afford. A large percentage of these victims were forced into bankruptcy. These millions of victims, victims of fiat money scams, will never recover their wasted years.

Fiat money credit expansion creates a lemming mentality among the masses.  The masses move in herds toward the latest craze and the credit made available by the fiat money/fractional reserve system makes it all possible. These flights into irrational and delusional financial decisions are a hallmark of central bank exploitation of the public. Those who are savvy to the inflationary schemes are recipients of the inflationary bounty, while the general public is fleeced of their stored productivity.

Gold Prevents Unneeded War.

Governments spend far more on war than the public is willing to pay in direct taxes, so governments resort to hidden taxation via inflation.

To grow these war machines, you are taxed by a slight of hand trick. The Romans used coin clipping, metal debasement and other ploys; modern governments use paper money printing to accomplish the same dilution of savings.

This pilfered productivity is used for the construction of war machines that serve the psychopathic desires of the politicians in charge. The results are usually the same: Mass murder of millions upon millions of innocents. A gold standard blocks inflationary government deficit spending. Governments can borrow but must repay in gold collected from overt tax collection.  With paper as currency, government can print to repay the loans. This printing is where the thievery by covert inflation begins.

Gold Protects Your Biological Energy.  You can put away a gold bar and that gold is yours. It represents your stored biological energy, your work.   Hold paper money for a long period and it can taken by dilution. The government will steal your savings, that is, your stored biological energy, by just printing more paper.  This increased quantity of paper money will travel through the marketplace, drive up prices and make your stored labor less valuable.  Governments steal your biological energy, your stored labor, by paper money inflation.

Gold Enhances Mental Health.   Gold as money creates stability in that prices tend to stabilize and remain tied to gold for long periods. A hundred years ago, one could buy a house for 100 ounces of gold, and today, the same is true. Gold is possibly the most stable commodity in all of human history. This stability has a great mental health benefit in that one’s biological energy and outlook for the future is tied to an objective, unchanging entity in physical reality. Regardless of your mood or current condition, gold is there to stabilize your outlook on life.  Gold is bedrock, and you can count on it staying true when all else fails. In a free society, gold is an unwavering measure of one’s success. This stability creates a calmness and connection to the world.

Gold Develops Peace and Nonviolence. To the extent gold is used as money, peace, economic stability, individual independence and mental health will dominate.

It is no wonder dictators and sociopathic politicians hate gold and strain to propagandize falsehoods and hatred for the most stabilizing of all materials. For them to seize power, they need to destabilize society. To destabilize society, they need to annihilate gold.

How to Create High Unemployment in Five Easy Steps

© Hugh A. Thomas  2013  All Rights Reserved

If you want to cripple the economy and make millions of people dependent on government handouts, if you want more political power so you can grow a socialist government and bring a great country and capitalism to its knees, then you need to destroy jobs by government action.  Afterwards, you can blame the free market and gain even more votes from those who meandered through the government run public school system. Five easy steps:

1. Raise the minimum wage.  Doing so will prompt many employers to find alternatives to their employees who have the lowest value to the company.  For example, if Bob makes $8 per hour sweeping the floors at night and the minimum wage is raised to $9, his boss might buy a new power sweeper that can sweep the floors in two hours rather than eight.  Bob will be replaced by a smarter worker who can operate the sweeper more safely.  The new worker might make $14 per hour but will not need to work nights.  This will save the company $36 per day minus the equipment depreciation.  In time, the new arrangement will be more profitable for the company.  Now, Bob is unemployed.  He can’t easily find anyone that will hire him for the new minimum wage.  He collects unemployment.

2. Weaken the incentive to work.  Bob knows he could get a job at the local sewage plant cleaning the holding tanks.  This job pays the new minimum wage and then some.  The problem is that the job is dirty, hot and smelly.  Cleaning sewage tanks is not the way for Bob.  He avoids that job, after all, the employment benefits have been increased and extended recently. Why scrape turds when the government will pay you to watch game shows on TV?

3. Increase regulation and taxes.  Bob’s former boss, Jim, likes Bob and was sorry that he had to let him go.  However, Jim sees a chance to rehire Bob at the new $9 minimum wage.  He needs someone to work the night shift assembling orders.  Bob could do this job with no problem, and the work does have a value to the company that is equal or better than the new minimum wage.  Jim looks into it and finds there is a new law that was just passed, The Night Shift Safety Act.  In this law every employer must provide a supervisor on site for any employee who is not wearing a GPS Vital Signs Monitor. The fine for non-compliance is $10,000 and up to 2 years in jail. The monitor costs $5500 and must be linked to a service that runs $300 per month.  The monitor must be certified by the government and inspected by the government every six months. Jim drops the idea.

4. Raise the minimum working age.  Raise the working age and combine that with numbers one, two and three and you will have created unemployment for millions of young people.  These kids need the work badly, not only because of the money, but because of the experience.  It is embarrassing to watch a twenty year-old man who can’t stock a shelf or use a shovel but that is exactly what is happening in America. Less teenagers are working, they have less practical skills and they are degrading the American workforce and therefore American competitive energy. Most of these teenagers are experts at video games but know nothing about how to chop firewood or plant seed corn.  Many of them are pathetic idiots. This culture of incompetence creates a generalized laziness in the workforce. This imbedded ethos further increases unemployment, in that businesses depending on a competent workforce will be less competitive in world markets.

5. Increase the age for compulsory education.   Keep them in school and out of the workplace. The longer they stay in school, the more government propaganda they can be taught.  This propaganda includes a large amount of false information concerning how government regulations and the minimum wage will create a better world.

Jim has had to comply with many new regulations and new taxes over the years.  The regulations are over 10,000 pages.  Many of them are contradictory and almost unknowable. He knows he is probably breaking hundreds of laws. Many of these laws carry thousands of dollars in fines or prison time. He has also experienced a decline in the quality of his new workers. He asks himself a question that thousands of others like him have asked: Why not have his product manufactured in China and just import it?  He finds a manufacturer in China, signs a contract with them, and closes his plant for good.

Twenty-five more people are then added to the unemployed rolls. Some of these spend a year or more gaming the system for unemployment benefits.  When the benefits expire, and when they have no further chance of employment, some will resort to crime.  They sell drugs or turn to home invasions.  The crime rate goes up, other businesses in the area are impacted, and the unemployment snowball grows. This is how it’s done.

The NRA’s Failure

© Hugh A. Thomas  2013  All Rights Reserved

Open the National Rifle association’s website and you will see a fancy graphic of the American bald eagle superimposed over the flag.  Other NRA symbolic attempts over the years have been images reminiscent of an old and wise grandfather holding his grandson on his lap.  Behind them on the wall is an oil painting of the American flag waving over the fireplace and a stuffed duck on the mantle.  The grandfather is showing his grandson an expensive side-by-side 12 gauge with a burled walnut stock and fine engravings on the metal work.  All of this is of course rendered in a warm hue and soft focus.

This escape by the NRA into corn-ball symbolism is an obvious signature of intellectual bankruptcy. They have nothing.

The NRA has failed in doing anything of essential importance in regards to educating the public on the real reason the Founding Fathers were concerned about an unarmed citizenry:  the tendency of governments to drift towards dictatorship.

The bottom line is that the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment so that the public could shoot back at the government if it resorts to violence against its own citizens.  There is no other significant reason.  The NRA has wasted valuable time and spent hundreds of millions of dollars corrupting the message that the Founders left for us.  What the NRA has created is a soft-focus ideological tapestry void of any meaning.

The NRA is very similar to the Republican party in that neither can formulate a meaningful, thoughtful and essential argument against intrusive government.

Moreover, the NRA opposed the lawsuit Parker v. District of Columbia.  The NRA wanted to derail the suit or dilute its meaning. This suit was eventually settled in favor of gun owners. Cato

In that case, two judges of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals divisively spelled-out the essentials of the Founders’ intent:

“To summarize, we conclude that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. That right existed prior to the formation of the new government under the Constitution and was premised on the private use of arms for activities such as hunting and self-defense, the latter being understood as resistance to either private lawlessness or the depredations of a tyrannical government…”

See the decision in total:  decision

Your dictionary will show that the word “depredation,” means “plundering attack.”  The same dictionary will show that tyrannical means:  dictatorial, totalitarian, domineering, etc.

The court is saying the public has the right to bear arms so that when the government attacks, one can shoot back.  It is that clear.

You need to understand this simple fact:  The Founders wrote the Second Amendment so that one could shoot back when the government becomes tyrannical.

Question: Why hasn’t the NRA spent some of its millions in scholarly legal work to tease out the same meaning the DC court concluded and present these founding concepts to the public?

Note that 30 years ago most households concerned about self-defense kept a 12 gauge or a revolver at home.  In the last few decades, police forces around the country have been militarized and carry semi-auto rifles and pistols.  In response, the public has, and quite rightly, armed themselves in a similar fashion.  It is an arms race between the government and the people.  If the police would go back to revolvers, many citizens would feel perfectly safe with revolvers.

Another question:  Why has the NRA not used images of disarmed Jews being shot in the back of the head while kneeling on the edge of a death trench full of bodies? Where are the images of the Cambodian killing fields and the thousands of skulls of the disarmed and murdered victims?  Why do they not have video testimony of some of those who survived and witnessed these murders by government?

Why have they not gotten down to the basics of showing the public needs guns to protect their lives against government violence?

After decades of media saturation with an impotent message by the NRA, the public has been intellectually disarmed.

Many in the government want to take away your guns; the NRA already took away your brain.  I suggest you work on reacquiring it.