The Wretched of the Earth

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

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!

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!

Rich Peoples’ News

January 23rd, 2017

Watching The Five on Fox, I suddenly had the realization, these people are all really really rich. This is the rich peoples’ news analysis, Same is true of course on every other channel.

None of them have lost their health insurance because of Obamacare. None of them live in a town where the factory shut down where they and their parents and grandparents used to work. None of them have ever had a small business and cursed while filling out all the forms, and following all the regulations, and paying all the fines and taxes to every level of government, city, county, state, and federal.

They have no idea what they are talking about. It’s all theoretical to them. It’s not their fault they’re rich. They rose to the level of being allowed on TV because they are pretty, they are good at talking, they are go-getters, and they know how to stay within the boundaries of what’s allowed.

I can give you lists of bloggers, tweeters, podcasters, and plain ordinary people, from every side of the aisle, as they say, who are all vastly more knowledgeable and perceptive than the TV pundits. None of them will ever be on TV.

The New Role of the Electoral College

November 29th, 2016

Eliminating the Electoral College is a good idea if you believe that our Country would be better off being ruled by young, white, urban professionals, and rich people, and that rural, small town, small business people, and the poor, should have no voice in their government.

The Robots are Coming

November 25th, 2016

The overriding issue is what to do about the robots. How do we separate wealth distribution from wealth production, without becoming Venezuela. I hope @realDonaldTrump gets it. He is not beholden to Republican denial of the problem, or to Democratic identity politics.

Bold thinking will be required. Not having a job, not having work, is soul destroying. Like all stereotypes, the white trash, trailer park, unemployed heroin addict stereotype is not without foundation. Neither is the black, inner city, fatherless, crack-dealing gangsta.

No jobs are coming back from China. Jobs are disappearing and will only continue to do so. If Apple brought manufacturing back home from China, it would be to factories where only robots worked.

This is a bigger problem than all of the others, including Islamic Jihadism.

A Defense of James Comey

November 7th, 2016

It is indisputable that the FBI Director, James Comey, went along with not indicting Hillary Clinton for gross mishandling of classified information, when clearly anyone other than Clinton would have inevitably been indicted and convicted.

I happen to believe that Comey made this decision for patriotic reasons. He did not feel that it would be good for the country to have the FBI determine the outcome of the election. He believed that in these unique circumstances, it should be left up to the electorate to decide. He even said in his statement than anyone else doing what she did, would face “consequences”.

So I don’t blame James Comey for anything. I think he made the right decision. He presented the case for the prosecution. We are the jury.

Socrates Call your Office

November 7th, 2016

if @crookedhillary wins, even with massive voter fraud, democracy will have committed suicide once again. Socrates call your office.

The Enemy of the Good

November 2nd, 2016

Donald Trump has built a multi-billion dollar global real estate business. Nothing fake about it. Real buildings, real properties, all over the world.

Donald Trump is a major star and a major producer in the entertainment industry.

He is the author, along with a co-author, of multiple best-selling books.

Donald Trump defeated 16 governors, senators, and Carly Fiorina, and won the nomination of the Republican Party for President of the United States

Donald Trump is currently tied with Hillary Clinton for the Presidency.

If you think that Donald Trump is a crazy fool, or a con man, you are hallucinating. Someone has hypnotized you.

People love Donald Trump because he is the first politician that has dared to challenge the lies about immigration, trade, Islamic extremism, and political correctness. They don’t care if he has had loose consensual adulterous sexual relations with multiple beautiful women. We wish he hadn’t, but nobody’s perfect.

If You Don’t Get Even, You’re a Schmuck

October 24th, 2016

Although I make a modest living in my one man software business, I am not what you would call a success in business, and certainly not in politics or war. And the reason, I believe, is that I did not understand how the real world works. Too sheltered. Too acid-enamored with the vision of the oneness of all things. Too far above, too superior to anyone who would say, as Donald Trump has said, “if you don’t get even, you’re a schmuck.”

If I have a regret, it is that I kept myself from using my abilities to gain a real foothold in the world. Thinking of oneself as a spiritual seeker who is above all that, typically involves a lot of self-delusion, as it certainly has in my case.