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Philosophy vs Politics

January 14th, 2013

I see this alot:

My political views are…

This post is about differentiating between political views and philosophical views. I argue these are very different. Philosophical views are ideas and points of view towards ideas. These ideas are propagated by sharing and persuasion. For a particular philosophical view to grow and spread, it must be accepted voluntarily. This is freedom in ideas. Both good ideas and bad ideas are vetted this way, allowing good ideas to grow and spread, while bad ideas are rejected. No one is required to accept good ideas as their own philosophy, however they may suffer consequences of this rejection.

Politics are very different. Politics are philosophies that use force to spread. The standard method of politics is government, but is not restricted to government for propagation. All governments spread politics. They force groups of people to accept a philosophy, whether its some form of abortion, welfare, or war. Whether its democracy forcing a minority, a king forcing his subjects, or a dictator forcing his subjects, they all use force to achieve philosophical acceptance.

The difference makes a huge difference in our society. The former brings people together, specifically people that accept similar philosophies. It allows groups of people to accept others. The latter divides people. Whether its dividing by race, class, sexual orientation, or religion, it divides. Its “us” versus “them”. Its the enforcers versus the enslaved. It doesn’t matter if a king’s sword or a democratic voting booth is the method of selection. Either way forces a group of people to accept a philosophy they have not voluntarily accepted themselves. This leads to all sorts of issues, including class warfare, vengeful voting behaviors, and civil war. Nobody goes to war because somebody won’t listen to them. People do go to war if they live under forceful dictations, regardless of the source of the dictation, whether democracy, monarchy, or any other force of government.

Do you have philosophical views or political views? It can make all of the difference.

Why Race Matters

November 5th, 2008

Many commentators are discussing the amazing ability of a nation to swing from Jim Crow laws to a black president in one generation. While that is an amazing fact, and Obama should be proud, is that what really got Obama elected? Has our nation allowed our policies, economics, and personal life be dictated by the skin color of a candidate? I really hope Obama was elected for his policies (although I strongly disagree with most of them), not for his skin. Because we have to tolerate those policies for four potentially painful years.

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Lesser of Two Evils

November 5th, 2008

I hope your “lesser of two evils” vote helps you sleep at night. I was discussing (who am I kidding, arguing) with my father regarding the effectiveness of the “lesser of two evils” vote. Our individual votes are infinitely irrelevant. However, as they collect, they become powerful. Unfortunately, we, as a society, have fallen into this trap of the two party system. This system has lead us to a 31% president approval and a 19% Congress approval. Voting for the lesser of two evils delivers these types of approval numbers. By voting for the lesser of two evils, you are not voting for your ideals. Instead of placing someone in office that reflects your ideals, you (try to) prevent someone else’s ideals, resulting in no one’s ideals being placed in office, screwing everyone.

Last election, I voted for the lesser of two evils, and regretted it as soon as the bubble was filled. I promised myself I would never do it again. This year, I voted for Ron Paul in the primaries, converting to Republican to do so, and Bob Barr in the general election. I voted for my ideals. Can you say the same about your candidate?

Just in case you were wondering, its a little blurry, camera phones suck…

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Voting Day

November 4th, 2008

May the best man lose to the lesser of two evils. That reminds me of a Simpsons Episode (the video). Kang and Kodos impersonate Bill Clinton and Bob Dole. They are revealed the day before the elections at a debate. The crowd is afraid of voting for the aliens. Someone in the crowd shouts, “I’m voting for a third party candidate.”

Kang responds, “go ahead, throw your vote away! Ha, Ha, Ha.”

So who are you going to vote for, Kang or Kodos?

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Poor Alabama

October 30th, 2008

Apparently, Charles Barkley is going to run for governor of Alabama. You can read about it on CNN. Good luck though. Charles is going to need to learn to speak coherently for me to no longer pity his interviewers. I had to stop half way through. No substance. No coherency. Bah. I feel bad for Alabama. I’m glad its not Arizona.

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AutoMakers Whine for Money

October 27th, 2008

Stephanie referred me to an article at CNN regarding automakers hoping to get some money because it turns out their core competencies aren’t making cars. Here are a few quotes I love:

  • “Congress approved a $25 billion loan program to help the automakers finance a switch in production from larger vehicles, such as pickups and full-size SUVs, to more fuel efficient vehicles.”
    This means invest in shortsighted business plans, the government will finance changes later.
  • “We have said publicly that we believe the federal government should consider all of the tools available to it – some recently enacted – to support industries that are in distress and that are essential to the U.S. economy.”
    There is nothing GM, Ford, and Chrysler can do for this economy, no matter how distressed, that Toyota, Honda, and Nissan can’t do. Remember, most Toyotas and Hondas roll off American manufacturing lines.

Taxing the masses to save the few is a terrible business plan unless you are the few. People buy American cars because they are cheap, not because they are good. That is reflected in the pricing policies of American manufacturers. If they can’t maintain a business with $25 billion donated to them, they need to have their heads examined. I hope they all fail!

Count Down to Disaster

October 8th, 2008

There are several steps needed to turn a country on itself, much like Germany did in the 1930s. Below is a few of the steps necessary:

  1. Disarm the citizenry – typically under the guise of safety
    Current United States Gun Laws
  2. Label a portion of the country’s citizens as enemies of the state – like the Jews were labeled in Nazi Germany.
  3. Enjoy Hostile take over in the name of security and government sponsored prosperity

Well, we are now on our way to #2. “Maryland Police Label Protesters as Terrorists.”

I have spoken at length with certain friends about how this country would unite to eliminate “terrorists” within our own country. How, with the proper marketing, we could use our military forces on ourselves, something that spits in the face of freedom and what this country is built upon. Its scary how close we are to this…

Who Voted for the Bailout

October 6th, 2008

Washington Watch provided a list of bailout supporters. Since I am an Arizona resident, it is my duty to provide you with some direct links of candidates running for Congress this November.

Its not a horse race. You’re not voting for the most likely to win. You’re voting to put someone in place to reduce your taxes, reduce your tax spending, get the federal government out of our affairs!

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The Business Cycle Explained

October 2nd, 2008

The Mises Institute has a great article explaining the hows and whys of the business cycle. The reader’s digest version is:

  • The business cycle is due to the central banking system perversion of the cost of money
  • Before the central bank, banks loaned and leveraged money at varied risks. These varied risks rarely lined up with other banks. As time progressed, banks would rise and fall asynchronously.
  • The creation of the central bank synchronized the rise and fall of banks causing these massive artificial periods of growth. Once these growths reach an unmanageable amount, there must be a recession to eliminate poor business decisions.
  • Governments reap the political benefits of growth, not recessions. So, they avoid recessions as much as possible. They use the central banks to avoid the inevitable.
  • The problem is that the longer you avoid the recession, the worse it will be. Flash back to the 1930s.
  • We require the government to do something it is designed entirely to avoid – touching the market. That is why we must not allow it to touch the market, even temporarily, because they only make things worse.

Its time we pull our collective heads out of our collective asses and remember what this country was built upon; hard work, not handouts or bailouts.

Financial Bailout – Round 2

October 2nd, 2008

After reading the deal sweeteners, I thought this photo appropriately displayed the feeling I had regarding the bail out.

I especially like the details about wooden arrows. That is incredible!

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