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Some Truth About Hillary & The Hackers

hillarythe-hackers I’ve been watching ridiculous stories on the “hacked” emails of Hillary, John Podesta, et al, and I think it’s time to insert a bit of reality to the discussion. So, if you have any interest in this, here are some points to consider: 1. Anyone could have hacked Hillary. People ask me, “Do you think it was the Russians who hacked Hillary?” I tell them that I have no idea …

How the Bible Became an Idol

bibleidol Again I am raising a difficult subject, but again, it’s something that needs to be said. And my title is true. The Bible – the holy book of more or less all Christians – has become an idol. And yes, I do mean idol as in “false god.” A book, no matter how good, remains a book and should be treated as a book. A deity is something far different. …

What’s Your Slavery Percentage?

slaverypercentage Very few things in human life are truly all or nothing. Almost everything works on a sliding scale, even slavery. The problem is, very few people have ever studied slavery, leaving them with a few emotional slogans instead of actual knowledge. A Roman slave in a major city, for example, could start and run his own business, might be very rich, and might even become a major intellectual, like Epictetus. …

Why Day Care Is Insanely Expensive

daycare Conversations with young parents nearly always leave me horrified over the childcare expenses they’re forced to pay. Recently, I was informed by a young man that he and his wife pay $225 per week for day care. (For one child.) Furthermore, this is not in an “expensive city,” and it is, I was assured, a really good price. I responded by bringing up the old way of arranging care for …

A Conspiracy Theory About Conspiracy Theories

conspiracytheories One of the funny things about conspiracy theories, including false flag attacks, is how often they are proven to be true. You have to wonder how long the shame-inducing slam, “That’s a conspiracy theory,” will keep working. But that’s not my point for today. Today, I want to introduce a conspiracy theory of my own, a conspiracy theory about conspiracy theories. Here it is: The powers that be – the …

Emerson and Hitler in the Marketplace

emersonhitler I really hate using Hitler quotes these days; people take them as ultimate slams, rather than illuminating thoughts from a bad guy. But that said, Adolph did make a very clear and useful statement when he said this: I have not come into this world to make men better, but to make use of their weaknesses. This is a fundamental model of human action, and sadly, one that is fairly …

Five Core Economic Facts

EconomicFacts Scores of economic figures go screaming across our screens every day, many of them contradicting yesterday’s figures, and perhaps half of them based upon lies. On top of that, we have dozens of economic theorists arguing back and forth. In the end, it’s all too muddled for most of us to make out. We each have our guesses, but none of them are terribly certain. So, this week I’d like …

Purpose or Perish

PurposePerish Let’s be honest and admit that Western civilization has lost its sense of purpose. Western man has nowhere he’s going, has no great goal to accomplish. As a result, he and she have become listless, disappointed, and frustrated. Some still imagine that “democracy” will somehow ennoble them, but more are realizing the world model forced upon them was a patchwork of lies… that it has left them lost in the …

The Specter of Suffering

SpecterSuffering Jews know how to suffer. Christians don’t, although they once did. Most libertarians don’t know how to suffer either. While there’s no virtue in suffering itself, certain kinds of suffering are unavoidable if we want to change the world. (That is, to really change the world, not just to jabber about it.) If you run away from suffering, anyone with a pin and a threat owns you. Let’s be clear …

United We Fall

UnitedWeFall Like you, I’ve heard “united we stand, divided we fall” hundreds of times, probably thousands. If fact, we’ve heard it so many times that by now it triggers emotions in us: All together we can’t be stopped! And so on. Except that it’s mainly a trap. Unity is the downward path – the road to decline. In fact, being united has value in very few areas of life. If you …

Cornerstones of Oppression: The Upper Middle Class

UpperMiddleClass Let me begin by making two things clear: First: Most upper middle class people have no intent to oppress. They’ve found themselves in an assigned role, and they are simply playing it. And let it further be said that the other class-groups (poor, lower middle class, etc.) would do precisely the same. Second: This article addresses the current role of the upper middle class in the West and especially in …

It’s Time to Abandon “God”

AbandonGod My apologies to anyone who feels hurt by my title. It would have been safer for me to avoid this subject entirely, but I’m convinced that it matters a great deal. So, let’s get to it: The word “God” has become confusing, distracting, and counterproductive. It carries immense baggage, and it’s time we let it go. Please understand that this is not an angry-atheist argument. I am not, in fact, …

What I Want from This Year’s Circus

Year’sCircus Years ago, Alvin Toffler convinced me that elections are merely reassurance rituals, and so I take no part in them. But these blaring spectacles – and especially the “every fourth year” variety – do have effects in the world, and so I peek in on them from time to time. This year’s circus is more interesting than most. Whatever else comes of it, things are clearly being shaken up. And …

Calling Things by Their True Names

CallingThings Somewhere along my travels, I found an old Chinese proverb that says this: The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their true names. I’ve found a great deal of value in that little saying. It is, in fact, a fundamental building block of human development. So long as we call things by false names, we maintain our own confusion and contribute to our own abuse. So, today I …

So, You’ve Been Made Superfluous…

madeSuperfluous In the US, 94 million people have “dropped out of the workforce,” and the unemployment situation is often worse in Europe. The ruling systems of the West have made these people superfluous. If you’re one of them, I’m sorry. It’s happening to millions of people right now, and it’s a horrible thing. (And it’s going to continue.) If you think this is your fault, you’re wrong. You are willing and …

Changing the World, Slowly

ChangingWorld Those of us who have seen beyond the noise and confusion of the present world system tend to become urgent about other people seeing the same things. And while this impulse may be understandable, it’s not realistic. By refusing to let go of it, we frustrate ourselves and subvert our efforts to help others. It makes no sense to sprint when the race is actually a marathon.

One Line in the Bible They Need You to Ignore

one-line-bible There’s one particular line in the Bible that is conspicuously shunned. It sits openly in Luke’s gospel, but it is nearly always glossed over… mentioned briefly and grudgingly at best. On one hand, I condemn this on grounds of intellectual honesty, but on the other, I can very well understand why people run away from it. Believing this line would turn anyone into a radical, and that could be dangerous.

How Anger Ruins Liberty

AngerRuins The libertarians are right about many things, and the general populace is notably libertarian in many ways. And yet, relatively few people have any interest in the libertarian “movement.” At this point, two or three generations of libertarians have wondered why they couldn’t get more people, but they have few answers, save for being more and more flamboyant. There are many reasons for the lack of libertarian ideas spreading of …

A Short Note to the Bitcoin Community: This Is the Time

BitcoinCommunity I’m not sure how much of the Bitcoin community I reach, but I think this is an important moment for us, and I want to get this out. Please pass it along if you see it as useful. Thanks. Threat Over, Time to Get Busy The Bitcoin XT effort seems to be over. I opposed it for two primary reasons: It was sold through fear. That always drives me away. …

The Triviality of Terrorism

TrivialityTerrorism In the general scheme of manmade disasters, terrorism is trivial. That’s not even debatable, as I’ll itemize below. Westerners who’ve been consuming televised fears for 15 years straight may object, but fear has nothing to do with truth… and very much the opposite. And I’ll skip through the obvious fact that I’m opposed to people being murdered by maniacs and the equally obvious acknowledgment that terrorism is a very big …