Archive for February, 2017

The Wretched of the Earth

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

I’ve lived in a used army tent, with a wife and three kids and a half dozen other people, in a Tennessee winter when the temperature was below zero, no electricity, no insulation, heat from a wood stove. There was no hot water. In fact there wasn’t even cold water until we thawed out the black plastic pipe on the ground that brought us our water, by bringing it into the tent by the stove.

So, even though I am not one of them, I know a little something about the people in the world who are getting the shitty end of the stick, the wretched of the Earth. Not much maybe, but a little something.

It’s not their fault. It’s really not anyone’s fault. And I know that things are better on Earth now for everyone than has ever been the case, but that’s not saying much.

What improvement there has been has been due to the free market and technology, both created, primarily, in Western Europe and the United States.

There is now enough science and technology to eliminate material want for everyone. But, as has always been true, the vast majority of the people in the world are, literally, delusional. Their minds are captives of bad ideas, like Communism, Jihadism, Sharia law, the Caste system, Scientology, and a million more.

There is of course a great deal of disagreement about what are bad ideas and what are good ideas, but I think we can all agree, no matter one’s point of view, that so far the bad ideas are winning. They are winning, and their fruits are war and disease and starvation and suffering.

I believe that Jesus Christ is our salvation, and that Satan, the Father of Lies, is the source of bad ideas. Others believe Buddha or Mohammed or Marx or Eckhart Tolle or Beyoncé have the answers. They are not all the same. One is true. The others are not.

The Big Freakout

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

I’m guessing, but I estimate that the percentage of those who believe that Trump is Hitler, or something just as bad as Hitler, is around 20%.

While it is a little unsettling to think that a fifth of your fellow citizens are deranged, the thing is, they’re not winning. They may be fascists, but this is not the Weimar Republic.

They are doing their own cause harm. When Robert Reich and MSNBC float the rumor that Milo Yiannopoulos or Steve Bannon are secretly organizing the violent riots against themselves, it is only plausible because these riots do really help Trump.

So there is no need to be too alarmed about the violent, insane reaction to the election. These people did not expect to lose power. It has come as a shock, and they are freaking out.

The good news is, they have lost power, and their freaking out is not going to accomplish anything.

It’s really going to happen. We’re going to have immigration reform, tax reform, regulatory reform, educational reform, law and order, a strong defense, and a strong foreign policy.

Death to Facebook!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Quitting Facebook a week ago has brought me much peace. Occasionally I will lurk briefly, and it always tells me I did the right thing.

But then I wonder, am I failing in my obligation as a well-informed citizen, to do what I can to persuade my fellow citizens of the best way forward?

A fine sentiment to be sure, but there is zero evidence that I have ever been instrumental in changing anyone’s opinion about anything. So what’s the point?

The only other reason I can think of for facebooking, is to just be on the record. The record of course will later be used as evidence for or against your true colors, depending on how things turn out.

Facebook is making blogs obsolete, but a blog is actually better for the purpose of creating a record than is Facebook.The disadvantage of a blog, especially one like mine that nobody reads, is that there is no interaction, which, based on my Facebook experience, is not necessarily a bad thing.

Bring back blogging! Death to Facebook!