One of the greatest appeals of the State is to appear to produce wealth without the effort and resources necessary for wealth creation. If the State offers you something for “free” check your wallet or the future debt of your progeny and you will realize you have been shamefully pilfered and bamboozled. There is no such thing as a free lunch. In order to provide something to you for “free” the State must first have coercively taken from you. Then it flamboyantly displays your stolen goods for all to see as if to proclaim it as being the origin of matter itself.
Make no mistake, the State is as affable to the productive and industrious as tick is to the host on which it is fastened. Calling theft as taxation, mass murder as the War on Terror, the war on people as the War on Drugs, mass spying as surveillance, and mass indoctrination as public education does nothing to alter the original definition of the words. One must observe the effect of actions in order to understand their true nature. Political euphemisms permeate our landscape and infect our thinking as effectively as a scourge wreaks misery on the people. We mature as a people when we cease believing political actions solve any of our problems. Only the individual acts! Only the individual thinks! Only the individual loves! Merry Christmas!
“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.” ― Confucius
“Every election is a sort of advanced auction on stolen goods.” H.L. Mencken
Halloween is the time of fear and terror. I strain to consider an institution that has caused more worldwide fear and terror than the US Federal Government. The frightful spirit of Halloween is daily felt by many globally that wince when they see a plane flying overhead afraid it will drop a Hellfire missile or by those who tremble when they behold US troops arrive on their soils in Humvees to spread freedom by intimidation, torture, and terrorization.
If you want to strike true bone chilling fear in a man, simply mention the State is sending agents over to pay him a visit. No Halloween costume compares.
Civilization is built on a foundation of compassion, liberty, free trade, and Capitalism. Only when we holster our guns and sheathe our swords can we begin to truly understand and deeply empathize with our neighbors. Only the individual acts. Only the individual reasons. Only the individual loves! Vacate the State!
“Maybe you would benefit to learn about how to grow your own food rather than being grateful you don’t have to think about it.”
One of the miracles of the modern economy is that of specialization. One is able to focus on working and producing in the field one is most competent. When millions of people are able to freely choose which field to specialize in, the result is the creation of wealth of monumental proportions. The result of the vast reduction of poverty and the stratospherical rise in standards of living as goods and services become cheap and affordable. Competition pushes down price and elevates quality. The primary benefactor of this magnificent phenomenon is the poor and destitute.
It is a blessing that we don’t have to grow our own food, sew our own clothes, chop wood to heat our own homes, and construct our own homes. Rather we are now able to work in a field of our choosing and with the value we earn, AKA currency, purchase the goods/services that are the expertise of others. This is a system that has produced a civilization that towers above all others of wealth, comfort, and leisure.
The beautiful and ironic thing is we now have so much leisure that we can afford to spend time criticizing the very system that has gifted us all of these miracles. We can choose to grow food because it teaches kids valuable skills about farming and where food comes from, rather than being forced to do so lest we starve. We can choose to sew our own clothes because it teaches kids valuable lessons about appreciating clothing and learning to mend torn clothing to save currency, rather than being forced to do so lest we go naked. We can choose to chop wood to supplement standard indoor heating and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of exercise, rather than being forced to do so lest we freeze. We can learn how to make additions on our homes because it saves currency and teaches kids about being a handyman, rather than being forced to do so lest we lack a shelter.
We have the choice to be self sufficient rather than being compelled to do so in order to survive. That is the miracle of the modern industrialized economy. The comfort and wealth we daily enjoy and take for granted would make the kings and emperors of antiquity green with envy.
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Life in order to flourish must change and transform its environment. This is necessary and inevitable for life to prosper. The green Eco movement is the assertion that man destroys the perfect planet Eden in his conquest for dominance. It is a thoroughly anti-human flourishing perspective.
In order for man to survive and thrive as he has done he had to gather natural resources and transform them into useful and productive goods that improve the lives of countless human beings. This has allowed us to flourish in the billions.
There is no way for life to thrive without changing and terraforming the environment around it to make it more hospitable and habitable for life. Life is synonymous with change as is the state of the Earth itself. Change is the one constant we must all contend with.
A proper gratitude is requisite for the magnificent achievements that have made our modern lives comfortable. Basic modern comforts that even those considered “poor” among us enjoy such as cheap clothes, shoes, decent insulated housing, indoor plumbing, refrigeration, air conditioning, and heating would undeniably be the envy of kings, pharaohs, and emperors of antiquity.
The advocation that we should not enjoy these and that we should instead seek a primitive and non-impact life is a thoroughly anti-human and anti-life perspective. It is a repudiation of the inconceivable toil and hardship that our ancestors have endured to make our modern comforts possible. It is an insult to their suffering. Let us pay homage to their adversity by striving to continue the miraculous progress for future human beings to enjoy. That human beings live at all is a miracle in itself. Don’t forget to pay it forward.