Monday, August 20, 2012

profiteering

PROFITEERING
Before we start today a quick word on my weekend.  You pretend not to care but I know that you all simply can’t wait for Monday afternoon so you can be appraised of my latest activities.  I did take the wife into town.  I bought a hundred pounds of wheat ( $30 still ) and three buckets for it ( Home Depot $12- I’m thinking with the orange buckets so expensive next time I’ll just spend 25% more and get the white buckets.  In theory less toxic.  Although it is a sad day when buckets are 50% of the cost of storing wheat.   Of course, on the bright side soon the price of wheat should be skyrocketing and that won’t hold much longer.  Although who knows when the oil supply won’t crash on the down side of the bell curve.  I’d imagine the price shock between the two will teeter-totter back and forth from now on ).  And later I got 1050 rounds of rimfire for $33.  Barely over three cents a round is double what it was but still a great bargain all things considered.  I cashed in all my nickels to fund three quarters of the above costs.  And well worth it.  Betting on nickels is not 100% guaranteed.  Betting on food and protection is.  Also, I went to see a movie for the first time in two years.  “The Expendables 2” blows bloody rabid monkey testicles.  DO NOT go see it.
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I’m a pure anarchist, convinced that mankind should evolve to where the masses DON’T need a protection racket to fight for them.  In fact, I like the fantasy that the collapse will usher this in ( although I place the chance of success at about 1% ).  And even though I am all about freedom for all people and markets, I still think there is something missing from most anarchists discussion.  We would need a cultural restraint on profit to be successful, rather than relying on the market to hypothetically provide the lowest possible cost for every product or service.  I know this is heresy, but consider the behavior of businessmen today.  They wish to maximize profit and do everything they can to achieve that and while they adhere to the law they constantly occupy its grey areas or bribe change in the law to benefit themselves.  I would say that 99% of businessmen don’t want a totally free market, since rigging the game through government is far more profitable.  There is no moral constraint on excess profit.  Religion used to provide that, in the form of usury prohibition.  Of course, organized religion was also the worst offender of profiteering so their example they provided for private businesses was the wrong one. 
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You can’t have a perfect system no matter what you do.  Even abiding as close as possible to human nature, the system will be abused by some.  There will always be free riders.  So, even in an anarchist system there will be obscene profits.  I don’t think this is acceptable just because sometime in the future there promises to be a competitor who will charge less.  I think a far better system would be a voluntary, cultural prohibition against profits above a certain amount.  Greer would argue that the apprentice and guild system provided this function.  I don’t have enough information to disagree with him.  Whatever form it took, it would certainly be an improvement over today.  Today, there is less and less of a security net, as well as very little social cohesion.  You have to have a somewhat equitable social system.  Yes, it does amount to bribing the poor to NOT revolt and throw all the rich guys under guillotines.  But don’t shout “commie” just yet.  I understand, all rich people think they are the only hard workers and all the poor are lazy and weak.  You’ve drank the Kool-Aid of god bestowing profit on the chosen few.  But even if you are 100% correct, that short sighted focus on unlimited profit is dangerous.  Eventually, there is blowback.  As another wise and prophetic James once said, they’ve got the guns but we’ve got the numbers.
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Life is certainly not fair.  You pay far more for a wife than a prostitute, and get less sex ( I’ve roughly calculated my cost per copulation with wife number two at a grand a pop ).  You raise your children with love and wisdom and they leave you in a home to soil yourself, neglected until the sweet release of death.  The sweet and harmless die early and the wicked and evil live long lives.  Forget trying to get a fair shake.  The rich need to start realizing that if they don’t pay the shake down bribe to the poor, they will be mobbed and beheaded one day.    So, please, stop the never ending propaganda against the welfare recipients.  Overall, after the military and Social Security and the bankers bail-outs, the welfare folks get only crumbs.  Yet today’s cultural onslaught in the media and elsewhere is portraying the welfare state as the chief evil keeping the economic recovery from occurring.  Talk about the wrong scapegoat!  Tens of trillions to the bankers and investors, yet hundreds of millions “reformed” from welfare are touted as necessary and long overdue. 
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I certainly don’t appreciate supporting a ghetto dweller getting pregnant at 15 and paying taxes to her and her kids the rest of her life.  But if you look at it logically, that money spreads out through the ghetto, to the theoretical father and beyond, hell, even if it goes to the drug dealers, and in effect buys peace in the poorest sections.  Okay, perhaps the middle class is paying it rather than the rich ( the ones who get a lot more protection for their money ).  Again, fair is where you go to sell your pig.  We need to stop shrilling free market dogma and think a little more about social cohesion.     
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12 comments:

  1. a grand a pop, who was fucking who?

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  2. James;

    Great Praise to your Hair, may it last a thousand years! That being said; while it is true that the cultural bias against individual recipients of public assistance may receive heaps of scorn and revilement, among the more enlightened, of us want to truly end any sort of entitlement, we mean not only those on the socioeconomic ladder, but in reality in addition to the General Electrics, the Rayethons, the Boeings, the Lockheed-Martins, the Monsantos, the Archer Daniel Midlands, the Con Agras, the Chryslers and the General Motors. Not to mention the bankster gangsters and their Wall Street Trash. In a true Libertarian Society, all would be on a level playing field and the government's responsibility (if any government at all) would only be to the protection from foreign invasion (the defense left up to a popular militia composed of all sane adult persons from 15 to 50) and the protection of private property through a court system composed of an enlightened citizenry, through direct election. Businesses both large and small would be on their own. Using the natural law as a guide, anyone deliberately contaminating the environment through the gross release of toxic product, without performing immediate remediation, would forfeit their business and be placed on trial for crimes against the citizenry, punishable by immediate capital punishment. A utopia to be sure, however much better than the clown show, that currently serves in Washington D.C., London, Ottawa, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Brussels, the Hague, Seoul, Dubai, Davros, Moscow and other so-called world capitals. Social Restraint Indeed, get out of line and the Pilgrims will have their witch trial with you, ending up on the stake, burned to a crisp. Yes Jim's people have the numbers, but the guns will harvest several before they are silenced. Again Great Hair!

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  3. How do you rid the wheat buckets of oxygen?

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    1. Why worry about oxygen? Just place a cup of diatamacous earth in each five gallon bucket, roll around to coat all kernals. Kills bugs, safe to eat. Buy food grade, not the swimming pool filter stuff.

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    2. Jim, what about rice? Diatomaceous earth? Rinse before using? Mylar bags an unneeded expense? You da expert so we come to you. Oh, doesn't Wally World sell wheat berries in bulk out your way? Stock number? Maybe it could be ordered from them online; even shipped to the local store.

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    3. I'll reply a bit later. Time to write today's article. Meantime, go to end of article links to "survival basics" and read my article on storage.

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    4. I wouldn't worry about rinsing. Use Mylar if in damp climate, if worried. Wally wheat is VERY expensive, twice feed store price. Other folks have had a hard time getting Wal-Mart items shipped to their store if it isn't a stocked item. Ask if you need more clarification and I'll get with you tomorrow.

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  4. Preaching to the choir here son. I've long stated that 25% is a fair profit, any more is usury

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  5. Jim, the system you're refering to regarding limitation of profit and basic quality is the guild system of the Middle Ages.

    Limited amount of shops and craftsmen, limited number of hours of work and people employed, etc.

    It's what the merchant bourgeoisie strived to destroy since the mid 1200's.

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  6. If you justify the Welfare State (15 yr old slut, or Corporate Whore) Then you have bought into one of the chief tenets of the Feminist Agenda: that men are not needed. Just the 'State', they will look out for your interests.

    Susie Slut would suddenly find some real character-building cleaning and cooking skills if she had to rely on a man to take her in.

    The Corporate Whore accepts affirmative action, and Susie Sexual Harassment Claimant Employee, because it 'pays'.

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    1. I think you've given me tomorrows article idea. Thanks.

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  7. Good Evening, your glossy hairness. What about storing a metric shit ton of wheat in mylar lined buckets with DE for insect protection? The wheat buckets can be buried in different locations along with a well greased grain mill stored in a sealed bucket. After the crash, you become the only source of flour. I am now eating bread ground from wheat put away in 1995. The bread tastes great. Maybe your title can change from Lord Bison to Jim The Flour King? Hail Darwin

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