It is no secret that politicians prefer inflation over tax increases. Zerohedge explains why: If the authorities raise taxes explicitly and openly, voters know exactly why they have less spending power. They also know how much less spending power they have.… Read More »Inflation Is Political Cowardice and Chicanery
There has been much speculation regarding an economic collapse here and in other parts of the world. The mathematics of government finance seem to ensure one of two scenarios: Government’s inability to continue to pay its bills. Massive money printing… Read More »How Civil Unrest Starts And How People React
Richard Weaver wrote a gem of a book entitled Ideas Have Consequences. I heartily recommend it, although that is not the subject of this post. To paraphrase Mr. Weaver, words also have consequences. The choice of words convey and reveal… Read More »Words Have Consequences, Mr. Obama
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:”
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”
Rick Santelli explains to younger people how they have been trapped into a life of debt by prior generations and how the government tries to hook them into the Ponzi scheme. A very simple explanation that should be shown to… Read More »Wake Up Young People, Don’t Get Sucked In!
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
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:
- Virtually all were unfavorable with respect to government.
- The quotes were by and large from famous, intelligent and respected people.
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:
- Google is against government and salts their search engine to emphasize disparaging comments on government.
- 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?