Basics of Society

Hoopla. Sane people clearly recognize that there’s a very foul stench emanating from Washington DC. It’s unfortunate, but there are so many “big” stories, that it’s hard to keep an eye on what’s important and what’s drivel. The fight for humanity, however, can be distilled down to a few ideas:

  • Safety. I’m not sure what the warmongers (Congressmen and Senators) hope to accomplish, but secure borders are essential. More essential than wars in Irag, Afganistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, and Egypt. Special Operations Forces are deployed to about 135 nations…
  • Justice. Treason and sedition are extremely destructive crimes. As is murder, but by now there have been so many…
  • Economy. One leg of freedom is a solid and stable economy. A backed currency is a big help. It’s nearly impossible to understand the health of the economy. No statistic published by the government is believable…
  • Religion. A nation must hold common beliefs. Is it good to murder babies? Is God our god, or is Allah? Is mankind naturally good or evil?
  • Education. The US continues to slide. I’m shocked at how little is being taught, and what is taught is becoming a battleground for ideology instead of basics that allow critical thinking.

Read More: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

Democracy

The United States wasn’t founded as, and still isn’t, a democracy. It’s a republic. The difference is a democracy is a popular majority, while a republic is governed by those who have dedicated their souls to prosperity.

There are many calls to disband the electoral college. That’s democratic and socialistic in nature. It’s based on the thesis that a majority is always right. A majority can be right, but most often a majority is just popular. A minority usually has spent the time to understand the future trajectory, see the consequences, and define a way to build a solid future.

The principle is true decision makers are dedicated to the well-being of all people, while socialists are interested in the well-being of a few. So if you see politicians asking for more control, they’re socialist.

Read more: The Federalist Papers

War

The founding fathers were very specific: war must be approved by congress. The list of these is blessedly short: War of 1812, Mexican-American War, Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II. Some of those had multiple war declarations, such as World War II which included declarations against Japan, Germany and Italy, Bulgaria Hungary and Rumania. In total congress has declared war eleven times.

Outside of those times, the United States has participated in wars as part of United Nations efforts, joint congressional resolutions, and the War Powers Resolution. Our present use of military force in Libya is the 132nd time a president used the War Powers Resolution.

11 times versus 132 times. The principle is, military force and war should be the last resort – only to be used when every other means has been exhausted, and the American people are fully committed to winning a fight.

Read More: Swords into Plowshares by Ron Paul

Inflation

Money is a medium of exchange – it lets you trade goods and services. When the government “prints” more money, the dollars in your pocket allow you to trade for fewer goods and services because their “value” was determined when the total supply of money was smaller. This is the basis of inflation.

Read More: Mises Institute

Conservatives and Socialists

Most people just want to be left alone. Let them work towards their own perceived self-interest, find their own employment, etc. These are commonly called conservatives. They care deeply about their own well-being and understand well-being is very dependent on a healthy society.

If asked, these people will say things like “if you don’t work, you don’t eat” and other such principles. Where this comes into play today, is that another group of people says that looking after your own self-interest is intolerant. This is the gap between individuals and NPCs: conservatives believe in the capacity for humans to direct their own lives while socialists believe that the collective must replace the individual.

The principle is, free speech isn’t free. Everyday is a battle against evil to practice and instill principles.

Read more: The Man Called Noon by Louis L’Amour

Hard Decisions

North or South. Knowing what you know today, would you fight for the North or the South in the “Civil” war?

Here’s the gig. It’s about principles. Surprised? No. Civilization is the result of individuals wanting security. People band together with like minded people and they form a government. Some time after, the formed government takes away freedom for the common good. Do you really need to give up freedom for good?

There are two principles to this:

  • Be self governing. Control your own self.
  • Be self directing. Plan and execute your future.

Productivity

Make sure you are productive. I have a long running debate with a family member over what constitutes productive work. His feeling is a job is only productive if it has tangible results. I look at it with a derivative approach: if your work increases the productivity of others who produce tangible results, that’s good too. Regardless of which side is correct, the principle is the same: be maximally productive in your job.

Nothing good comes easy

From the first breath until the last, life is a struggle. We know from observation that the universe is decaying. But why? Why is necessary to struggle? Because it teaches us discipline. By dedicating effort, and becoming self-governing, we fulfill our ultimate destiny. Can you imagine a world where everyone is self-governing? What a fantastic thought!

Read More: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Take a step back

There is a lot of “news.” If you are having a hard time figure out if it’s real or make-believe, spend some time without news. Then come back and see if you still think it’s important. This is based on the principle that really important things will always gain traction, while less important things fade away.

This principle works in many facets of life. If you can’t figure out somebody’s angle, give it time. If you think you’re being taken, just pause, and let it ride. If it’s too good to be true, it is.

Read More: Novum Organum by Francis Bacon

Coup

The single biggest differentiator of a Democratic Republic from other forms of government is the smooth transition of power from one leader to the next. The United States did not have, and is not having, a smooth transition from President Obama to President Trump. That means that there are serious fractures in the Republic.

I’m reminded of the pledge of allegiance: “to the Republic for which it [the flag] stands, one Nation under God…” As the strong moral and ethical base of the United States is removed, the Republic becomes inoperable.

Read More: Licensed to Lie by Sidney Powell