Why We’ll Win

win A free, post-scarcity world will not be prevented by archaic systems scratching and clawing to retain their domination. We will evolve freely, unburdened by an unfortunate past. This will happen, and today I’m going to tell you why. But more than that, I want you to understand that we deserve to win, and that the future – the world of our children, grandchildren, and so on – very much needs …

Why You Can Do Anything You Want… And Why You Can’t

Anything People frequently tell children “You can do anything you want.” And this causes a lot of confusion, because in the real world, they can’t. And after their first clash with the aforesaid real world, the child is left wondering all sorts of unpleasant things: Did mom and dad lie to me? Are they just ignorant? Am I defective? Should I find someone to blame? The worst thing about this, however, …

How Stupidity Is Manufactured

Manufactured Yes, manufactured. It’s done all day, every day, and especially in the most advanced parts of the world. And I can prove it to you. Please look at this diagram and tell me which of the lines on the right side, A, B, or C, is the same length as the line on the left. That isn’t too hard, is it? A is obviously shorter and B is obviously longer. …

Weaponized Politics

Weaponized Politics is ugly by nature. It sows division at all times, and it’s easy to see why: Democracy is the tyranny of the majority over the minority, restrained only by bills of rights, which matter less and less with each passing year. But what’s happening right now is not the traditional norm of American politics, and I think that politically active people of the past (like those of my parents’ …

How Similar Are Judaism and Christianity?

Judaism-Christianity This should really be a book-length discourse, and I may write such a book one of these days. First, however, I want to give you some of the highlights and begin to get my thinking in order. At their cores, Judaism and Christianity are more similar than you might expect. Their appearances of course are different. After all, it is very much in the interests of leaders on both sides …

How to Crush the Gold Cartel

GoldCartel I have friends who are convinced that a cartel is manipulating the gold and silver markets. I have other friends who disagree, but today I’ll hang with the former. And they plead a good case, with there being 100 times more paper gold than physical and a small group in full control of daily price setting… among other things. Accordingly, many holders of gold and silver go on about breaking …

Celebrating Western Civilization, Part 1

CelebratingWestern I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve heard Western civilization disparaged, in everything from street talk to written screeds to intellectual circles. It would have to be thousands of times at least. In fact, it’s something that people (including people who should know better) repeat endlessly, always confident that they’ll receive a pat on the back for it. Criticizing the West passes for enlightenment these days. Except that it’s …

The Cult of Rules

CultRules “The mark of an educated mind,” taught Aristotle, is “to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” And that’s what I’ll be asking of you today. Because as certain as I am that I’m substantially right on this, I’m also sure that its acceptance will take quite some time. But I do want to plant its seeds as best I can.

The True Vision of Satoshi Nakamoto

SatoshiNakamoto I had planned to write about the philosophy of Satoshi Nakamoto, based upon his writings. Recently, however, I’ve heard about food fights in the Bitcoin Cash camp, centering on “Satoshi’s Vision.” One thing I’m certain about is that Satoshi would not want to be the subject of fights.

The Plague of Superfluous Intellectuals

SuperfluousIntellectuals Recently I was drawn into the consideration of intellectuals by reading Eric Hoffer’s The Ordeal of Change. I thought parts were dated (it was written almost 60 years ago), but many of his insights interest me. And then, over the past few days, I realized what was happening with intellectuals in our time. What we have in the West is a plague of superfluous intellectuals: college graduates who’ve been trained …

Demolishing the Warren Report with two Images from CBS News

WarrenReport2 One of my entertainments, from time to time, has been the Kennedy assassination… John Kennedy’s, that is. I’m not particularly a fan of mysteries, but occasionally one of them intrigues me, as this one did. What I’m going to show you today are two images from a CBS News special report from 1967, created because so many people failed to believe the Warren Commission Report. CBS’s images make the Warren …

Israel, Zionism, and the (((Jews)))

Israel I didn’t want to write about this. I don’t want to write about this. But circumstances give me little choice. The ancient poison has been spreading, and the last major pogrom (this one industrialized) ended 73 years ago. The pogrom cycle is coming around again. Most people, thankfully, are no longer susceptible to the poison. But others still are, and they are being openly encouraged. I can’t be sure how …

Perpetual Abuse in the Catholic Church

CatholicChurch Before I get to details, let me be clear that I am not trying to destroy the Church, and I’m certainly not criticizing individual Catholics, most of whom are decent human beings and good neighbors. (And the victims in this as well.) The Church has a problem… a huge problem. Furthermore, the problem is very old and will never go away until its cause is removed. So long as the …

Adolph and the Free Sh*t Model

weaknesses I really don’t like invoking Adolph, and I don’t like “swear words,” especially in headlines. But today I’m hard pressed to avoid either, and so I’ll just go with it. I can’t avoid Adolph because he said something more clearly than anyone else I’m able to quote. Here’s the passage: I have not come into this world to make men better, but to make use of their weaknesses. And that’s …

The Separation of Righteousness and Politics

Righteousness “Righteousness” is a seldom heard word in modern life, but the concept is still very much with us. In fact, political arguments all through the West focus on shows of righteousness. So, how does someone show themself to be righteous without ever coming near the word? It’s done with a simple trick that you’ll recognize immediately: Rather than declaring ourselves righteous, we show ourselves to be the enemy of unrighteousness, …

Alex Jones, Big Tech, and the Deep State

deepstate They finally got to it. Alex Jones has been banned from Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, and I’m not sure what else… all within 24 hours or so, as I hear it. And he was not alone – others have been banned too. What I want you to understand is this: There’s only one reason this was done now: because they might get away with it. I see very little of Mr. …

Good Things in the Bible

theBible The Bible has been loudly, publicly, and repetitively criticized for a long time, and it’s most vocal defenders have been those who demand that it be treated as a divine oracle. In other words, the public has been given a binary choice: Either the Bible is horrible, or else it’s divine and you’ll go to hell if you don’t think so. I think that’s a silly choice, but it’s the …

RIP Andrea Rich

RIPAR I’m sorry to report that Andrea Millen Rich, proprietor of Laissez Faire books and many other things (see here) has died. More or less every obituary you’ll read about Andrea will point out that she helped unknown people get a decent start. This is true, and I was one of them. When I was finished with my first complete draft of A Lodging of Wayfaring Men, I sent it to …

The Monopolization of Heroes by the State

Monopolization Television and movies are full of heroes. Drama could hardly exist without them of course, but have you noticed that nearly every hero in modern dramas is associated with the state? Here are dramas playing on TV in my town tonight, with the heroes following: Hawaii Five-0 – Police; Blue Bloods – Police…

The West Has Lost Its Sense of Meaning

180724image001 Please consider the wall hangings in this photo from a remote village in Belarus: And please note the plaque over the door in this painting of a home in Delft, in 1658: In both of these cases we see people inserting meaning into their lives. This is something very few people do in the modern West, and it illustrates a fundamental change in our civilization. Consider, as a further illustration, …