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

Diversity vs Inclusion

I’ve been the recipient of a significant amount of diversity and inclusion training recently. The core principle of inclusion training is partially correct: it is a good idea to include many people. However, the principle is not complete. It is a good idea to include as many people as possible based on their merit and expected contribution.

In other words, Americans are for inclusion, and we extend that principle to immigration. We are happy to include you in our society, but if, and only if, you integrate with our society. This is why immigration is such a huge deal. We do need a smart immigration policy and that must include integration. By integrating, immigrants prove their merit and expected contribution.

Murder vs Killing

It is a decision to commit murder. It’s society’s right and duty to kill when someone commits premeditated murder. Note the difference between murder and killing. Murder is immoral, while killing is an ethical action. Murder is criminal, while killing is judicial.