The Rich Elite

Congress passed the Federal Conscription Law, creating the Draft . Wealthy men could buy substitutes (poor immigrants) for They were called, 300 Dollar Men It’s a rich man’s war, but a poor man’s fight.

The Confederacy -the eleven states which tried to break away from the United States to form their own nation during the American Civil War- was dominated in thoughts and actions by its slave owning elite.

Though only a minority of Southern whites owned slaves (the rich; as are to this day-ONLY the rich have…employ servants), a disproportionate number of Southern politicians owned slaves. Their political actions were of course influenced by their stake in the perpetuation and expansion into new territories of slavery and trade.

The white population heard and read a lot of rhetoric often obscuring this fact, and went to war for many different reasons the same reasons are similar today. During the war, however, they quickly came to the realization they were mainly fighting for the interests of their rich neighbors; yeah the one’s with slaves.

The cry ‘A rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight’ became common. Especially after the new slave holding nation passed a law saying you didn’t have to fight if you happened to have 20 slaves back home.

It turned out the elite moved their poorer neighbors into the abyss and weren’t willing to pay the price to get them back out of it. In the end, around 258,000 people died for the perpetuation of a system that benefited only a tiny, fabulously wealthy elite;remember them, the one’s with the slaves.

So always ask yourself when something major happens: Cui Bono? Who benefits? In ANY war, with any variant of this is: Follow the Money. Why does the American political system spew forth pathologically lying demagogues? Cui bono? Who benefits?

Chances are it won’t be the unemployed;lovers of freedom, the working poor or the debt-ridden students…

Credit: more in part to Frank M.

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Are We There Yet?

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Have you noticed, since the September 11th attacks and particularly in the last two Presidential (s)election cycles, some strange goings-on?

Have you noticed how almost all mainstream media and political figures indict foreign leaders, support questionable foreign non-state actors, or assert “red lines” in foreign affairs, without evidence given or requested?

Or perhaps you’ve observed how political media outlets regularly cover the media industry by addressing transparently partisan and petty criticisms as serious but ignoring or marginalizing substantive criticisms because of “industry realities?”

Have you seen how almost all political figures and media citing public dissatisfaction with vague descriptions of the prevailing order (“establishment,” “business as usual,” “Washington politicians,” “DC polls,”) without investigation of what or who comprises that order?

It feels a lot to me like we are living in an increasingly incompetent deep state.

Are we?

In a simple sense, of course there is a deep state. People in similar work have similar ideas, socialize together, form relationships and have experiences in common. This is especially true if your work includes unique experiences like making decisions that affect the lives of millions of people. There are not many people able to understand what this involves. There will be more cohesion and commonality among those in government than the structure of the formal institutions would suggest.

But the formal institutional structure of the US is extremely robust. It’s almost impossible for a group outside of, or spanning across, the formal institutions to carry out a plan on any scale. There are secrets, and there are conspiracies, but there are just as many forces working to contain them as to carry them through. The US has a very good record, in the end, of bringing secrets to light and dealing with those who conspire against its institutions from within.

Most people simply do not care very much about federal politics, especial foreign policy( discretely controlled by Israel) . To the extent they take any notice, they are overly cynical about the reality and overly optimistic about the scope for change.

Remember, we’re all in this together,

Credit: Derek P.

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The Rich are Prepping

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Early in 2017, the Dow hit 20,000 for the first time ever, but rather than celebrating, some of the richest of the rich built bunkers to prepare for a potential apocalypse.

These “preppers” are making other investments too. They’re buying houses in New Zealand, which has become a popular spot in case of calamity. And they’re getting elective surgery. You just need so many things to ride out the apocalypse.

The political climate has made many coastal elites anxious about the future.

To some degree, we all collectively take it on faith that our country works, that our currency is valuable, the peaceful transfer of power — that all these things we hold dear work because we believe they work. While they are quite resilient, and we’ve been through a lot, certainly we’re going to go through a lot more.

Doomsday prepping crosses political lines. When Barack Obama (AKA Barry Soteoro) was (S)elected to his second term, conservative preppers hunkered down, collecting canned goods and gold coins and buying products hawked by Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity..

Today’s preppers are investing in tech-based currencies like Bitcoin as well as in precious metals, since they’re looking to secure assets in systems not tied to the stability of government structures.

More than half of Silicon Valley billionaires have outfitted themselves for a crisis, whether with a bunker, second home or vacation spot.

It runs the gamut from a lot of people stocking up on Bitcoin and crypto-currency, to figuring out how to get second passports if they need it, to having vacation homes in other countries that could be escape havens.

After all, the same imagination that powers Silicon Valley can also terrify it.

When you think big, it’s common to take things ad infinitum, and that leads you to utopias and dystopias.

The Valley’s preppers have the resources to help soothe their troubled minds.

The tech preppers do not necessarily think a collapse is likely. They consider it a remote event, but one with a very severe downside, so, given how much money they have, spending a fraction of their net worth to hedge against this, is a logical thing to do.

Credit: Jonathan C.

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Revolutionizing Civilization

I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” – Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, Paris, January 30, 1787

Is there time for this and what would it look like?

There is a flow to history. In school, we’d study the French Revolution for a while and then have a test on it and then we’d switch gears and learn about World War I. It turns out, however it’s possible to trace events from one that led to the other.

The unlikely happens regularly. Very often things happen which seem highly unlikely in their context. The Russian Revolution comes to mind, but there are plenty of examples.

Lenin ending up in power seemed like the least likely outcome. But it turns out if you let things get too far out of hand then you never know who will come to power. Keep in mind, the only Democracy stays behind closed doors and the people are only led to believe their vote counted towards a new leader, etc. All leaders are pre-appointed and charade ensues where opponents play the role; and with the help from the state-owned media, it comes off with success. But the acting does not stop at inauguration.

Anyway, it’s important for us today to realize that over time, people slowly lose faith in governments, corporations, neighbors, etc… desperation is growing and extreme outcomes are becoming more likely. People don’t know who to trust so many end up trusting the most manipulative and least trustworthy individuals. Forward progress may soon no longer be the most likely outcome.

Very little has changed. Popular understanding of history makes a big deal of the revolutions: the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Protestant Revolution, the Russian Revolution, etc. We are told they are major turning points in human evolution and progress. But when you look at fundamental concepts of how rulers and the ruled behave and interact you see very little real difference.

The privileges, power and sense of entitlement of the old landed elite are little different from the privileges, power and sense of entitlement of today’s wealthy elite. Landed aristocrats enjoyed power and extra income (without work) controlling land while today’s capitalists (elites behind the scenes) enjoy power and extra income (without work) controlling money. Because they own the land/wealth they feel they are entitled to make decisions about how people use resources (if at all) and what opportunities we as individuals have.

After the Russian Revolution, it was a sort of bureaucratic elite that enjoyed the position and privilege. Never have we seen a political and economic system where the people are in charge not even in the United States. We’ve only seen different flavors of the same brand of “civilization” with elite rule for the elite (PTB).

Are other brands possible? Is government of, for and by the people possible? Is an economic system that rewards hard work, makes use of all our human potential (helps people realize their potential without pretense or pretend) and leaves room for individual expression and freedom possible? Is the fact that we’ve never had proof that it is impossible or does it offer promise that if we only could think of a new way (or back to an old way not expounded on) to organize and manage civilization then anything would become possible?

People are amazing. Many have lost their way and done it easily. Our political and economic systems push many down paths of unspeakable inhumanity.

But despite our systems there is a persistent ever small thread of kindness, innovation and “humanity” lying under the surface.

When we find ourselves in the right conditions we can reason our way through incredibly difficult and abstract questions. It gives me hope that one day we can overcome the power the world’s systems have over us and discover new ways (or go back to the old tech of the day) to live and work with each other that truly revolutionizes civilization.

Until we do we are condemned to repeat history so the lessons you learn from history will tell you the future.

Rome will fall again, and the Middle Ages are coming back.

Credit: Jonathan C.

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Anarchy- Four Thoughts

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” ~Antisthenes

Anarchy is a confusing term to most people, but it doesn’t have to be. It simply means no masters, no rulers, the absence of political authority. Sadly, most people think it means chaos and disorder. That’s due to statist propaganda and a kind of Orwellian doublespeak that keeps the masses ignorant and confused.

Because of a simple misunderstanding about the human condition. Most people assume, either due to cultural conditioning or political brainwashing, that they need to be ruled over, forgetting the very obvious fact that people are fallible, including the people who would rule.

People fall victim to the classic logical fallacy-appeal to authority; while also getting caught up in a vicious repetition of the same ideas – people are bad therefore they need to be ruled by people are that are bad if not worse…on and on, ads forever and ad arguments to the point of nausea. It’s all psychological. But people don’t need rulers, they need leaders. Sadly, this United States does not have any. Only perceived, and self-proclaimed.

That said, here are four things you probably didn’t know about anarchy.

1. Anarchy Implies Freedom

No man is free, who is not master of himself.” ~Epictetus

If self-rule is the foundation of anarchy, then, freedom is its cornerstone. We cannot call ourselves free if we are a statist, for statism implies that one fall under the overreaching power and outdated laws of the state, which is the opposite of freedom.

Under a banner of anarchy one can consider himself free because he falls under the laws of reason, the non-aggression principle, the Golden Rule, and a cosmic law if you will. As long as these vital laws of social survival are not violated, one can call himself free and an anarchist. As long as they are violated, one cannot claim freedom, only delusion, corruption, violence, and immorality.

Freedom works both ways. One must not only fight against becoming a slave, one must also fight against being a master or ruler. He who is caught up in being a master or ruler becomes a slave to his own tyranny. Slavery anywhere-whether soft or hard, whether one is a slave or a master, is a threat to freedom everywhere.

2. Anarchy Implies Non-Violence

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” ~Voltaire

The non-aggression principle is another cornerstone of anarchy. One need not be violent in order to be a free, self-ruling anarchist. One need only apply self-defense when needed, while making sure not to succumb to offensive overreach or of lording one’s power over others.

Freedom is paramount, including the freedom of those who think differently. That doesn’t mean people are free to kill or injure or steal. It means people are free as long as they are upholding the non-aggression principle while also upholding a stout and vigilant self-defense against these few who would kill, injure, or steal.

Statism, on the other hand, does not honor the non-aggression principle. It blatantly violates it. it uses the monopoly on violence to keep its non-free statists in line and obedient. yet again it is clear that statism is the opposite of freedom.

3. Anarchy Implies Courage

He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.” ~Socrates

The typical statist reaction to an anarchist rant is to either be reduced to ad “personal” attacks or to say one of two things: “But what about my roads!” Or, “If you don’t like it here then move.” As ignorant as these comments are they are coming from a place of blind patriotism and naive xenophobia. What the statists who say such things don’t realize is that no matter where one goes, one will be a victim of a nation state. This is because statism is a pandemic psychosocial disease and a worldwide religion that trumps all other religions.

Better to remain in the place where you were born, rise up with your sound anarchist principles in hand, and defy the immediate state with your blatant self-rule and your “in-your-face freedom”, than to go to another state that you are not familiar with and potentially drown in culture shock. Better to fight for your own sovereignty where you were raised, than to interfere in a place you are unfamiliar with and have to worry about survival before sovereignty.

4. Anarchy Implies Adherence to God’s Laws

There is nothing in the law of God that will rob you of happiness; it only denies you that which would cause sorrow.” -C.H. Spurgeon

Anarchy is the natural default social governing system, for healthy human beings otherwise there is oppression, slavery, and/or tyranny. Anarchy is not only how healthy and free human beings “govern” each other, but how they act in accordance to God’s indwelling knowledge of right and wrong. For in order to maintain one’s freedom, one must not violate God’s laws lest the backlash of those laws cripple one’s freedom due to the collapse of moral aptitude in action.

A true anarchist understands that he or she is a vital independent part of an interdependent whole. Everything is connected, to include the action of the individual.

When it comes down to it, the concept of anarchy does not need to be confusing, unless you are purposefully trying to keep people ignorant. But in the age of information there is no excuse for remaining ignorant- especially regarding such an important topic as anarchy. And especially in regards to the statism that threatens to consume us all in its unhealthy, violent, and all-consuming mouth.

And one more tidbit: You may discover that you’re more of an anarchist than you realized. It’s worth the research; for all of us.

Credit in most part to a fallen soldier- Gary M.
*Thanks Gary for sharing your thoughts for compilation and modification. Additions by Moraldiplomat

A true anarchist believes in God as ruler over the affairs of men and not that of men over men. We would rather obey God, than man.

Acts 5:29 “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”

As Christians we know that we are to not resist gov’t and not to speak evil of dignitaries; however, what exists now is nothing short of a beast system (anti-God), in place and has neither dignity nor the best interest of man, with God’s laws and statutes (grace) in mind. That said, any gov’t or so-called ruler or set of laws should not be adhered to or honored as it may conflict with that of obedience to God and what is right and acceptable before the Lord. Discernment should be used in analysis of any and all edicts of mankind.

Jas 4:4 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

Jas 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Rom 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Eph 5:10 “Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Eph 4:14 “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; ...”

 

A Great Street Sweeper

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A True Story…..

I had been working much too long on this job. I guess things could have been worse. I certainly wasn’t doing hard labor. But going door to door asking questions as a representative of the federal government wasn’t the most satisfying position either. It was August. It was hot. I had to wear a tie.

‘Hello. My name is Bob Perks and we are doing a survey in this neighborhood.’

‘I’m not interested! Good bye!’

You can’t imagine how many times I heard that. I finally caught on and began with

‘Before you slam the door, I am not selling anything and I just need to ask a few questions about yourself and the community.’ The young woman inside the doorway, paused for a moment, raised her eyebrows as she shrugged her shoulders confused by my rude introduction.

‘Sure. Come on in. Don’t mind the mess. It’s tough keeping up with my kids.’

It was an older home in a section of the valley where people with meager income found affordable shelter. With the little they had, the home looked comfortable and welcoming.

‘I just need to ask a few questions about yourself and family. Although this may sound personal I won’t need to use your names. This information will be used’

She interrupted me. ‘Would you like a glass of cold water? You look like you’ve had a rough day.’

‘Why yes!’ I said eagerly. Just as she returned with the water, a man came walking in the front door. It was her husband.

‘Joe, this man is here to do a survey.’ I stood and politely introduced myself.

Joe was tall and lean. His face was rough and aged looking although I figured he was in his early twenties. His hands were like leather. The kind of hands you get from working hard, not pushing pencils. She leaned toward him and kissed him gently on the cheek. As they looked at each other you could see the love that held them together. She smiled and titled her head, laying it on his shoulder. He touched her face with his hands and softly said ‘I love you!’

They may not have had material wealth, but these two were richer than most people I know. They had a powerful love. The kind of love that keeps your head up when things are looking down.

‘Joe works for the borough.’ she said.

‘What do you do?’ I asked. She jumped right in not letting him answer.

‘Joe collects garbage. You know I’m so proud of him.’

‘Honey, I’m sure the man doesn’t want to hear this.’ said Joe.

‘No, really I do.’ I said.

‘You see Bob, Joe is the best garbage man in the borough. He can stack more garbage on the truck than anyone else. He gets so much in one truck that they don’t have to make as many runs’, she said with such passion.

‘In the long run,’ Joe continues, ‘I save the borough money. Man hours are down and the cost per truck is less.’

There was silence. I didn’t know what to say. I shook my head searching for the right words. ‘That’s incredible! Most people would gripe about a job like that. It certainly is a difficult one. But your attitude about it is amazing.’ I said. She walked over to the shelf next to the couch. As she turned she held in her hand a small-framed paper.

‘When we had our third child Joe lost his job. We were on unemployment for a time and then eventually welfare. He couldn’t find work anywhere. Then one day he was sent on an interview here in this community. They offered him the job he now holds. He came home depressed and ashamed. Telling me this was the best he could do. It actually paid less than we got on welfare.’

She paused for a moment and walked toward Joe. ‘I have always been proud of him and always will be. You see I don’t think the job makes the man. I believe the man makes the job!’

‘We needed to live in the borough in order to work here. So we rented this home.’ Joe said.

‘When we moved in, this quote was hanging on the wall just inside the front door. It has made all the difference to us, Bob. I knew that Joe was doing the right thing.’ she said as she handed me the frame.

It said: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep the streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” -Martin Luther King