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.
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.
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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