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An amateur policy wonk that wants to build a better world for the next generation. "I can not praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race, where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat. Assuredly we bring not innocence into the world, we bring impurity much rather: that which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary." John Milton

Democrats Are More Anti-Immigrant Than Republicans – Bloomberg

 

So moves the overton window. If it can move an inch, it can move a mile. The goal is to turn the urban working class against the swpls, to shatter the left’s fragile high-low coalition for a generation.

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-05-23/democrats-are-more-anti-immigrant-than-republicans

 

 

Atlantic: How the far right took over the web

Fighting extremism requires a pyramid-shaped strategy. At the top, it requires that social-media companies take stronger steps to ban the predators and monitor hate speech, as they’ve already begun to do. But the rest of us, the understory of the biomass pyramid, can do better too. If we understand the psychological origins of online extremism, we can play an equally important role in limiting the spread of the most hateful ideas.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/05/how-did-the-far-right-take-over-the-web/590047/

The Survival Podcast Episode-2433: Understanding Systemic vs. Natural Capitalism

I had to think a bit about the title of today’s show.  It was spawned by this quite anti capitalist article at The Exiled.  Let me say I feel the author Yasha Levine is coming at things from a leftist anarcho position, however the article is absolutely accurate in its telling of history.  The upshot, capitalism is bad!  And yet I am a self described “anarcho capitalist”.  So is capitalism bad, or is it good?  As always, it depends!

This led me to the distinction between a system of capitalism (in general statism in the form of modern fascism) and natural capitalism.  To me natural capitalism is the only truly natural system of economics we have.  Natural capitalism recognizes that people acquire things and if they do so by legitimate means it is their property.  Further that some people are better at or like to do some things more than others.  Hence trade is a way for people to gain that which they do not have and in doing so both parties are better off for it.

Further natural capitalism recognizes that most people don’t want to hurt or kill others.  Even more so that most people do not want to be hurt or killed.  So it simply is better for everyone to conduct trade between individuals, tribes and nations rather than to take by force what one wants.  Even when you are the type that will steal, harm and kill, the reality is if you do it long enough, someone is likely to do it back to you.

When most people use the term capitalism in a positive way, this is what they mean.  I grow food and sell the surplus to Tom.  Tom’s money is now mine to keep or spend, my food is now for Tom to eat, share, resell, do what ever he wants to with it.  The trade is based on our mutually agreed upon view of value, it is also a voluntary exchange and both of us are free to trade or not to, it is our choice.

Well, that is all good and well but what happens when the state gets involved and something natural is made forced, unnatural and coerced?  Well as we shall see today, many times some very bad things.  We can say the same thing about the supposed antonym of capitalism, socialism.  We think of socialism as a form of economics, but it really isn’t, until the state forces it to be such.  Socialism in its natural state is only cooperation by humans because those cooperating view it as beneficial.  If 20 people settle around a lake and see it as vital to their lives and hence set up some agreements, it is socialism, natural socialism that is.

These agreements may be on how many fish can be taken, perhaps even a way where fish are shared.  How much water can be used, what can and can’t be dumped in the lake.  If it needs maintenance the people may pool labor or simply pool money to pay for it, etc.  This is pure, honest, socialism.  The choice is up to the individual, if you want to be part of this group, these are the rules.  Systemic socialism is when a person is required to be part of a group they never asked to be part of and their property is taken in the name of collective good.

As we will see today, capitalism and socialism are both wonderful things when humans are left to their natural inclinations in using them on a voluntary basis, but once the state gets involved either can be used to enslave a population.

Source: Episode-2433- Understanding Systemic vs. Natural Capitalism

The Survival Podcast Episode-2400: Carey Holzman on being Terrorized by the State

Carey Holzman is a Tech Expert who streams live on Youtube with over 230,000 subscribers and 25 million views of his videos. His videos are mostly about computers and some stuff on the music he listens to. With titles such as “How to Build a Computer”, “How to Shut Down Your Computer Faster” and “Music I am Listening to”. So imagine his surprise when, he was recently swatted while he was live streaming and the police terrorized Carey and his family to make sure we were not terrorists. He attempted to explain it to them, but they remained locked and loaded and endangered the community while violating his rights when they forcefully invaded his home with weapons drawn to ‘check on “their safety” while they were already safe waiting outside with other officers who knew who they were. Join us today for a cautionary tale that shows just how fast every right you think you have can be tossed out the window. How your life can be place in jeopardy with a phone call and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you.

Source: Carey Holzman on being Terrorized by the State

The Survival Podcast Episode-2430- The Death of Personal Responsibility

The left attacks the right, the right attacks the left, everyone agrees that government sucks and is corrupt but they want more of their kind.  So here is another quote, this one is my own….

“Here is everything wrong with government, along with my plan to make government bigger and more powerful”

~ Every Politician Ever

So it is clear that the solutions exist outside of the State and its’ systems.  It is also clear that the solutions are not really of interest to the average person.  So what is the answer?  You and your own back yard, side yard, friends, porch, life, bank account, children, etc.  As always we are back to the “real circles of life”.

What are the real circles of life?  There are three, they are…

  1. The circle of concern
  2. The circle of influence
  3. The circle of control

 

I call them your real circles of life because you will spend every waking moment of your life with your mind and hence you inside them.  The first circle is the weakest, these are all the things you are concerned about but have no real control or influence over.  Like the SJWs crying on YouTube or the assclown circus going on in congress right now, etc.  This also includes anything anyone is doing or saying that takes up your attention but you can’t really influence or control.

The second circle is all of the things you are concerned about and can influence but can’t control.  If you are a parent of adult children, this is a perfect example.  I personally feel I have a lot of influence in the life of my son, daughter-in-law and grand kids.  When they want advice I give it, sometimes I see an issue and I give advice unasked.  My son, however; is a grown ass man. It is his family, he makes the call.

Likewise some of my neighbors have started to plant trees due to my example some never will, I have influence but no control.  Via this podcast I influence over 200,000 people and those they influence, but I don’t control a damn thing my listeners do or don’t do.  I can tell you guys, my neighbors or my son that you need a household budget but I can’t make you write it up, nor can I make you follow it.

The third circle is the most powerful circle.  It is all the things you both care about and control.  If you want a garden and you have a yard, you can damn well plant a garden.  The most important thing about this circle is not just that you can control your actions in it, but your thoughts as well.  Don’t like gardens, then thoughts of gardens are not something you need to concern yourself with.  Got it?  The key here is you control what you think, how you learn, how you act, etc.  And you don’t get to do this for any other human on the planet.  Just you!

Some folks you may have more influence with then others.  Such as a spouse, a child or in say a formal student teacher relationship, etc.  In the end though humans are sovereign over themselves, at least they should be.

When we break it down that way, we realize quite logically that we should spend the majority of our lives inside our circle of control and in our actions alone we will naturally expand our circle of influence.  As to our circle of concern it should be like weather radar.  What I mean by that is simple, yea these idiots are doing idiot things, in this case this might impact me.  In response I am looking to my circle of control first and influence second as to how I can mitigate that.

The only purpose your circle of concern should serve is education and entertainment.  As such it is a means by which you can be proactive in your actions within the areas you have control and or influence on.  When a tornado warning happens we move to the safe areas of our home.  When we see one approaching a friend or family member who is not the type that pays attention we give them a heads up.  Yet we never fool ourselves into believing by watching the weather app that we can stop a tornado or control it.

Sadly most people spend the majority of their waking hours where?  In their circles of concern.  That is what leads almost directly to a society totally divorced at this point from personal responsibility.   In short we have become a society where the average person tells their neighbor to put in smoke alarms while smoke billows from their own roof.

Today we discuss how to change that.

Source: The Death of Personal Responsibility