November 29, 2012 20 Comments
Today, I’m not in the mood to mince words, so I’m going to give you a dose of unvarnished truth. I, more and more, have come to the conclusion that much of what we call PC is nothing other than an attempt to obfuscate the truth, so if you want PC, or the easy way out, well, I hate to say it but, you’ve come to the wrong place.
We’ve got problems in this country, serious problems, and if we don’t start figuring out what to do about them, the Great Republic will be gone. So buckle your seat belts because increasingly as we try to define the problems, the road is going to get rougher, and soon not everyone will like us.
And here’s the first piece of that truth, we are not going to fix it in 2014 or 2016 at the polls, our problems are systemic not electoral. Dan Miller in Panama wrote about them yesterday, I strongly suggest you read his article here.
In addition, Jessica’s co-author on her site wrote, shortly after our election an article that has resonated with me since, I believe he is completely correct. That article is here. In truth, I think he expected better of us, so did I.
Yesterday I ventured off into the culture wars. Because if we don’t win there, we are not going to win anyplace. My comment stream sums up part of the trouble on that front:
the generations behind me not so much. I know engineers in their late twenties and thirties who want a video of how to do things rather than an instruction book.
Youtube videos are an invaluable educational resource and more clearly demonstrate certain technical concepts than any dense manual.
Adapt or die.
I’m glad you posted this at the beginning of the article, as I stopped reading right there.
I have no idea if he quit reading or not, and in a way it doesn’t matter. He made my point, if he had kept reading, he would have found that I agree with his comment. I was brought up in a world of ink on paper, 3 maybe 4 TV stations, Top 40 AM radio stations and that was about all of our culture. I suspect many of you reading this could say the same.
But, the generations behind me are different, in truth so are we, I’m on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, Linked In, here, and comment on other blogs as well. My co-writer lives in England, I live in Nebraska, and we can work on the same document at the same time, and video chat as well from our local McDonalds. Think about that for a while because it really is a different world.
I couldn’t have dreamed when I was growing up that I would be inspired daily by a British academic or an American lawyer living in Panama or any of the rest of what we take for granted today. The other thing about all of these things is, we have them because of American free market capitalism. We have them because people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and many others had a dream and part of that dream was getting rich.
And that is exactly what we are losing. When we are supporting half of our population and demonizing those that produce the wealth and spend most of our time talking about how much of it the government can steal, sooner or later the producers are going to say the heck with it.
Something I’ve noticed in the reporting from Greece by the way, maybe you have too. Who is rioting in the streets? As near as I can tell, it’s the public employee unions. Well, I’ve also seen reports that as much as half (or more) of the Greek economy has gone underground. I’d bet that Greek grocers, plumbers and everybody else that produces something of value is doing OK, maybe not great, but OK.
What I think is happening is that they just aren’t cooperating with the government anymore, sort of a form of “going Galt”. All government employees from the President on down are in some ways parasites, they may do something for us better than we could ourselves, but we could do it ourselves, we’ve delegated the job to them.
Think that can’t happen here? You’re a fool, then. You think I couldn’t find a plumber that would replumb my house if I rewired his. They’re called 50¢ dollars. They’re called that because the government takes roughly half of every dollar I make. It happens. Churchill said it best when he said, “Destroy a free market and you’ll create a black market.” I know perfectly well who to call if I want to trade a couple of weeks of my time for a half a cow, butchered and dressed, so does every other tradesman out here. Finding him in New York, or Washington might be a bit more difficult.
What’s that fiscal cliff talk all about? This, it’s about the government and the big banks failing, I have enough skills, and most everyone around me does, that we’ll be fine, maybe not as good as now, but possibly, better. I also have, or friends have, enough equipment to defend ourselves against most threats. If you happen to be in government, think about that. You need us a lot more than we need you. It’s more convenient to have you (and money) around, to a point, but you’re in the final analysis, unnecessary. Are we unnecessary to you? A bit of Kipling might be in order here.
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”
Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.
As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;
And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!
I urge you to think carefully about this before you start raising tax rates very far, because if in our judgement we are not getting some semblance of value for what we spend on you, we have other options. Do You?
On a related note, I hear a lot of conservatives whining about the 47% or whatever that makes up the dependent class. Why? They know their Adam Smith perfectly. If you were raised with no moral code, as they were because we took it away from them by paying them to have babies and paid them more if they didn’t have a father, if you were given just enough education to endorse and cash your welfare check, and earned less if you worked. If you were told, “vote for us and you’ll have a good life”, and you did, and do. So what’s our problem with them? They are acting in their rational self-interest, if we want them to act differently, we need to change the paradigm.
So there’s a start in defining some of our problems, add your thoughts.
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- The Gods of the Copybook Headings – Rudyard Kipling (tarpon.wordpress.com)
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