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This amazing capture of Obama’s computer desktop is courtesy of The People’s Cube:

The One-Hour Meltdown

A collapse is coming. When it occurs, it will be sudden and instantaneous, much like a light switch being flipped. Most people writing about the effects of an economic and financial collapse focus on the big picture, describing the devastation… Read More »The One-Hour Meltdown

It is Unfair to use “Fair”

Government does little well. One exception is the manner in which it twists reality, shaping it via the use of propaganda designed to aid in its further accretion of wealth and power. That is exactly what the term “fair” is good for. It is a word designed to deliberately obfuscate.

Wouldn’t it be nice if every time a politician resorted to use of the word “fair” some loud gong would go off like in the old TV show where people were “gonged” off-stage. If that is considered to impolite, perhaps their pay could be reduced by 5% every time they uttered the word.

Simon Black has a short read on the subject of “fairness:”

Simon Black of Sovereign Man

Regardless Of What The Propaganda Says, This Is Not How A Free Society Treats People

I’ve been in the US for a little more than 24-hours. And having flipped through the TV channels trying to figure out what useless drivel big media is passing off as ‘news’, I realized thatRead More »It is Unfair to use “Fair”

Bumper Sticker People

I am not a bumper sticker guy. I understand why some people might feel a bumper sticker appropriate for their alma mater, although I have never seen the need for this identity. What I really don’t understand are the cars covered with bumper stickers proclaiming political loyalties, love of pets, love of the earth and hundreds of other topics. Do these people not have identities of their own?

Some bumper stickers, even when not combined with others, are annoying by themselves. Usually these have to do with protecting the earth, politics, religion or guns. My biggest dislikes are the political ones, regardless of which party is represented. What is going on with these people believing that rooting for some outcome in some election is going to change anything?

I see bumper stickers and speculate what the people driving the car must be like. Is their life so shallow that they believe it can be improved with the election of one criminal class as opposed to the other? Can you imagine having a philosophical discussion with these people?

Sometimes it is fun to imagine things you never see. Have you ever seen a PriusRead More »Bumper Sticker People

Do Only Dumb People Believe in Government?

I collect quotes as I stumble upon ones that strike my fancy. Unfortunately they are in a database that cannot be searched or sorted. For other purposes, I surfed this growing database in search of quotes on government. The search was not thorough and only by accident does  it contain my favorites. In reviewing the list, included below, I was struck by two things:

  1. Virtually all were unfavorable with respect to government.
  2. The quotes were by and large from famous, intelligent and respected people.
As anyone who reads this sight knows, I am not a fan of government, certainly not as it exists today. Thus, my collection undoubtedly suffers from “selection bias.” Even so, the number and uniformity of the negative quotes overwhelmed me. So, I attempted to provide some balance by seeking out quotes in praise of government.
To my surprise (and somewhat to my delight), they were nearly impossible to find. I began with a Google search for  “government quotes” which produced 15,900,000 hits. Those that I reviewed looked like a repeat of what was in my database. The following three links were fairly typical:
  1. http://www.nsrider.com/quotes/government.htm
  2. http://www.whale.to/vaccine/quotes12.html
  3. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_government.html

Then I shifted my search terms to “good government quotes,” “pro government quotes” and “pro big government quotes.” A quick review of several of the hits failed to produce a site where government was praised. Most included results already in my database.

Although hardly a scientific study, two hypotheses come to mind:

  1. Google is against government and salts their search engine to emphasize disparaging comments on government.
  2. Intelligent people don’t try to defend the indefensible.

Those with time on their hands might want to test two hypotheses out (hint: don’t waste too much time on the first) or come up with alternatives to test.

If someone comes up with quotes in praise of government, I would be interested in seeing them. In the meantime, here are the quotes that came from my database. After reading these, one is only left to wonder how we let things get so out of whack.

  • Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. H.L. Mencken
  • Force always attracts men of low morality. Albert Einstein
  • Taking the State wherever found, striking into its history at any point, one sees no way to differentiate the activities of its founders, administrators and beneficiaries from those of a professional-criminal class. Albert J. Nock
  • … the State has never shown any disposition to suppress crime, but only toRead More »Do Only Dumb People Believe in Government?