Why Capitalism?

Days before the 2014 Winter Olympics one of the quotes coming out of Sochi was, “Don’t flush the toilet, don’t drink the water and don’t expect a good night’s sleep”. ( NYYorkDailyNews )  Even after spending 51 Billion dollars on the games, the plumbing did not work, roads were not paved and living quarters were sub par in that Black Sea resort town.  Anyone taking a trip to stay in Orlando, Atlanta, or Nashville would have a far better experience with accommodations and amenities.  The living situation in much of Russia is far worse than that.  The difference is simply that capitalism produces the highest standard of living for the most people.  People, given the freedom to seek the opportunities that are best for them, will consistently have a higher standard of living that those whose lives are orchestrated by government.  The more orchestrated and controlled an economy is, the poorer the citizens of that country are.

As the United States has moved to implement more regulations and more entitlements, the standard of living for the average American has dropped.  Average hourly wages have dropped.  There are a record number of Americans no longer in the labor force.  Those of us working are paying these able bodied people to stay home.  There are more people are on food stamps than ever before and the rate of poverty in the US has continued to rise.  It’s not rocket science.  The more we implement policies that encourage dependency on government the poorer we as a country get.  The burden on the working middle class continues to increase.  It is not the rich that are paying for all these benefits, it is the average working American.

In college I wrote a paper lauded by my instructor which glorified the benefits of communism.  It was all about how everyone should be given their fair share and how communism had been implemented poorly in China and Russia.  The reality is that communism can’t be implemented in any way that is successful.  People will always act in their own best interests.  Those that get all their stuff free will do the minimum to maintain the free stuff.  That is why the able bodied, not yet retired people in America that are being paid while not working will continue to not work as long as the government will pay them.   The simple fact that people are people is enough to prevent communism from ever working as it does in theory.

But what about the excesses of capitalism where the worker is exploited and the consumer is ripped off?   Indeed these abuses do happen but, in a truly free and prosperous society these abuses are quickly eliminated.  Prosperity allows people to move from job to job for better wages.  That gives employers a significant incentive to treat their employees well.  Consumer products that harm people are quickly taken off the market as the reputation of the company making those faulty products is quickly trashed.  Beyond that civil and criminal law has stiff penalties for knowingly harming consumers.

So why do our politicians consistently promote benefits knowing that it harms the long term prosperity of this country.  Why is it popular among politicians and the media to say they are taking from the wealthy to give to the poor.  For the democrats it is not hard to figure out.  The position buys votes and power.  Everyone knows the examples of the USSR, China, Cuba, and Vietnam and the misery communism has brought.   They are unwilling to let facts get in the way of power and control.  The media’s support of the false and detrimental narrative is more difficult to explain.  Clearly, ABC, CBS, and NBC have been willing to falsely edit the news in the past year to promote the idea that cops are out to get black people or to make the economy look better than it is.  A dropping unemployment rate is not the headline when its caused by the lowest labor participation rate in history.  It’s new designed to prop up those in power and designed to fool people into thinking they are doing better than they are.

Our current path will result in widespread poverty yet no one in the media or in office seems willing or able to stand up and tell the truth.  Such poverty was evident in China and the Soviet Union before they allowed capitalist reforms.  Rampant poverty is currently evident in Cuba and Venezuela both countries that are embracing extreme socialism or communism.     The fact is that if the state takes to much from its populace so that the state can redistribute that income or spend it the result is a populace that can’t hold on to the fruit of its own labor.  That population will eventually stop trying to produce and for a long as it lasts they will soak up the government benefits.  This is already happening with the largest ever non-working and not looking for a job group.  Those that work will stop supporting everyone else and at that point all collapses.

The businesses that  support the media and the government in this effort to redistribute income are creating their own demise.  Those that support fake economics promoted by the likes of CBS are adding to the problem.    Those that advertise with ABC, CBS, and NBS are funding their eventual failure.   They may get a short term gain from crony capitalism and government largess, but when their remaining employees can’t support themselves their will be no one to pay for the things they manufacture.

How Obama and The Ivy League Elite Are So Wrong

As a graduate of Colgate University, a school whose history counts it in the same club as many of the Ivy League schools I understand the liberal elitist dogma which is guiding our current leaders.   My first philosophy paper was on communism, in support of it.  I was given huge kudos for explaining how it is supposed to work and why it had failed previously.  These kudos reinforced the commitment to communist and socialist ideals.  Had I become a professor,  lawyer or politician never to truly enter the workplace, as do a significant portion of the Ivy League graduates, I would never have seen the clear reason that communism fails, it is against people,s self interest.  It will always fail compared to any system that rewards success.

Unfortunately, as with the adherence to communist philosophy these elite believe that violence, the preservation of the state by strength is an anachronistic tenet.  When Russia invades and takes over the Crimea, they denounce it as uncivilized, not 21st century, but they have no idea how to oppose the aggression.  They are unwilling to use strength to oppose those who wish to destroy us.  In doing so, they fail to realize that human nature includes those with aggressive ambition and that the the only way to deter them is by being stronger than them.  Without a strong ally, any country who lacks sufficient defenses is vulnerable.  That is why ISIS now  controls much of Iraq, Russia has the Crimea and much of Ukraine, and China has reasserted itself on territory in the far east.   We are perceived as weak thanks to Ivy League thinking.

No greater example of this is in the President’s speech on ISIS.  He refused to call the action a war.  He claimed that ISIS was not motivated by Islam, and he denied that they had a real religion.  He then applied a minimal amount of resources towards defeating the enemy.

Let’s evaluate the facts.  ISIS says that they are at war with us and are beheading our citizens.  They are taking land by military force.  By any standard other than those held by the Ivy League / Ivory Tower liberals its a war and our people are dying.  If we fail to treat it as such many more will die as a result of our inattention.  It used to be winning a war meant all out effort to destroy, (not degrade) your enemy.  The President does not have his heart in protecting the US because he does not recognize that there are very bad people out to kill us.  No amount of dialog will fix it.  They only recognize overwhelming force. Yes, they are barbarians.  Ivy League philosophy fails to recognize that barbarians exist.

On the topic of religion.  The Maya played a game where the loser’s head was removed and presented to the Gods.  It was barbaric, but no Ivy League ideology claimed that it was not a true religion as did Obama about the brutal form of Islam we face.  It is a religion and as defined by the believers, they are in a holy war to kill Christians and Jews.  How Obama thinks he is in a position to tell us what is and what is not a religion is the height of hubris.    If it is there knife at our head, how does denying that it is a religion help?

This liberal ideology, as taught in our elite schools, is creating whole generations that do not understand human nature.  They propound what they want human nature to be, and ignore anything that does not fit in their world view.  Thanks to that world view we are living in more dangerous times than we have ever experienced before.  That world view has justified big government, spying on Americans, opening up our borders and eliminating our constitution.  Perhaps these ‘smart people’ are really not so smart.  There is a word for describing those whose view of the world amounts to a fantasy.

The Collective — Destroying the Middle Class

A war on the middle class is the true nature of what is occurring in the United States .  Briefly,  lets examine the facts.  Working Americans are subjected to higher prices, out of control fuel costs, exorbitant health care costs, stagnant wages, less employment opportunity, and higher taxes.  Why is that?

Government regulation and interference in the economy has destroyed innovation, expansion and capital investment in new business.  The real victims, the ones paying for out of control immigration, welfare, millions of non-disabled on disability,  3 years of unemployment benefits  and a host of other governmental programs are the working class.

The working class is being squeezed out of existence to the point that there will come a time that those earning a living will no longer see that as a net plus.  They will quit.  Many already have quit which is why the unemployed and not looking for work group  is at a all time high.   As more quit there will be no one to support all the benefits and the system will collapse.

The value of those who work has been diminished.  Their contributions ignored as the media props up policies that move us toward a condition much like that of the Soviet Union in 1989.  No one saw a reason to work for a government that did not let them keep any of the products of their labor and that rewarded poor effort as much as exceptional effort.  They had all become part of a collective that produced nothing.  With no production there was nothing to pay for government so it collapsed.

We are on that path today.  Allowing uncontrolled immigration by non- producing individuals, by cutting off energy production at the knees, by forcing prices higher through regulation and fiscal policy our government is trying to recreate the collective.    It is far down that path.

It may take more than votes to reverse this ship.  Our current leadership is determined to purposely drive the ship onto the rocks.  It wants to destroy the family, the middle class, and all those that would think for themselves and live free.

I do not know how to stop the train.  Few of our leaders are willing to challenge the destruction of our constitution by the failure of the executive to uphold the law.    As the middle class gets squeezed and can no longer survive there will be unrest.  Murrieta, CA was a start but mild as to the way it will be if the ship continues on its current course.

 

Implosion — USA — Fiction

     The elevator to the top floor of the old Lehman building in New York was out.  The building was all but abandoned so getting to his appointment on the top floor was going to be hard.  Already by the 4th floor he was huffing and puffing, breathless.  He stopped for a minute to rest.  

    Paul K had worked at the NY Times for 30 years and had always been a dutiful soldier for liberal causes such as global warming, wealth distribution, and increasing the minimum wage.  Over and over again he had been an unabashed apologist for first the Obama administration then for the Clinton regime.  As the economy continued to worsen, his investments tanked and his children all went on public assistance since they could not find jobs.  Since congress had failed to stop Obama from violating the Constitution, Hillary had just declared marshal law and abolished it.  Thanks to their purchases, every agency of the federal government was armed to the teeth. There was no one left to stand up.  

     After a short rest, he continued his pace.  Maybe he should not be in such a hurry.  If he paced himself he would not be so out of breath.  The appointment would wait he thought.  

     Inflation which ate into food prices so badly a few years ago had gotten so bad that government checks and welfare were not enough.  Those with the higher minimum wage could not afford to feed their families.  His own grand children did not have enough to eat.  As one of the proponents of American communism he and the NY Times had helped to bring about the greatest poverty this country had ever known.  His children had stopped talking to him because they knew he had helped that happen.  They blamed him for not helping more, but he too had been wiped out, his salary trimmed to almost nil. 

    The millions of people that had been working stopped as they could no longer continue to fund a government that took most of their income only to take care of people that refused to take care of themselves.  Private healthcare had been outlawed and now there were hardly any doctors willing to treat any patients.  With the collapse of the physician supply, the pharma companies had failed since no one could write prescriptions.  One of his grandchildren had died waiting on treatment. 

     Riots and death were everywhere as the Clinton regime would slaughter millions in the name of peace.  He wondered if he should leave a letter saying how wrong he had been.  The American communist was no different than the Chinese communist and Tienanmen Square or Stalin and his relocation plans.  He thought to himself,  we all thought we could do communism correctly and benefit everyone, but really we are no different than the thugs that came before us.  What a legacy.  When it is all said and done it will be the same legacy as Hitler or any other mass murderer.

   He had reached to 58th floor. He was covered is sweat. It was not really the best way to make an impression.  It there was an impression to make then the sweat probably was not a negative.

    He now knew, his own arrogance had helped destroy his family and everyone he knew.  The time had come.  He would have preferred a gun, but could not obtain one.  Only the Homeland Security people were allowed to have those. Had others been able to keep their guns maybe things would not be so bad.   It would have to be a building.  That would not be so bad, but he was terrified of heights.  Ok, the last flight and through the door.  There was no one here, just silence.  Even the air conditioning compressors and fans that used to rumble keeping the whole building air cooled were silent.  No coal, no electricity.  Funny how that worked.

At least it was better than the consequences of supporting the regime and the destruction they had and were causing.  It really did not matter.  In the end, no one would be willing to work and most of America would starve, including the regime.  Maybe something new would come out of it.  No matter, he would not be here to see it.  He was not fond of the idea of starving.  That really left just one choice.  Waling across the flat he looked over the city, most of its energy and light had already died away.  Just one more step.

Novel Characters — Exploring Education and Freedom

Bob Mayer had gone to an almost Ivy League college, one where liberal arts was the theme and secular progressivism the religion. Determined to get into medical school right after graduation Bob made a number of sacrifices and compromises so that the doors to medical school could welcome him unconditionally.   Fifteen years before he found himself the subject of a massive federal fugitive hunt, Bob was dutifully absorbing everything that his elite college told him.

Wait, you may ask,  who is Bob Mayer?   Years from the time of this writing, which describe his formative college years he will become the chief virologist at the NIH(National Institutes of Health) in charge of creating the annual flew vaccine.  At the moment though, he is just a senior in college.  He is in the process of applying to medical schools.  Through the last 4 years he had been diligent, studying to the exclusion of the vast number of activities available on campus. The only exception to this was that he had managed to maintain his taekwondo training.   He had not been able to improve on his skills, but he had not lost them.  The trade off was a 4.0 average.

During his time in school, beyond the science, for which he had a passion, several courses had made a significant impression on him.  These were, Reproductive Health 202, Philosophy 101, Russia Studies 303. and Constitutional Law 425.  Since, as a 21 year old senior his goals were clear, he had a great desire to please his instructors.  Doing so meant, not thinking for oneself, but absorbing the tenor and conceptual framework presented by their classes.  How he later came to hold views that were in conflict with those that were taught was a mystery to many of his colleagues.   As Bob reflected on those courses, his recollection of their tenor and approach amazed him.

Reproductive Health was a BIO 200 course where the study of the male and female reproductive tracts was taught.  As you might expect a lot of attention was given to the physical anatomy of these systems and to the hormonal cycles.   In this course, the time and effort spent covering female reproductive systems was about 5 times the time and effort spent to cover male reproductive systems.   Since those systems had to be able to carry a baby, this was not that surprising.    The process of fertilization and gestation was also covered.   Among the things that were abundantly clear from the course, was the message that as a zygote went through its stages from zygote, to morula, to blastocyst, to embryo and ultimately to fetus, it was no more than a mass of tissue.    The fact that this was a baby that was developing was consciously overlooked.  In addition,  the course worked in details about the coming population explosion and how if people kept reproducing we would run out of resources.  Actually, if you got the message you would marvel that a single meal ever made it to the table before all those starving people lapped it up.  The other message that was delivered in unambiguous terms was that humans were no different than any other animal when it came to reproduction.   The course made the act of reproduction simply an animal function.

Philosophy 101 was an eye opener.  The class read the more rudimentary and well known works from Kant, Descartes,  Locke, Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche,  and Marx.   Thinking back on it Bob wondered if Karl Marx really belonged with the prior group.  Whether he belonged to the group or not the instructor, Dr.  Brubaker was enamored with Karl Marx.   His two great works, the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital argued for the downfall of capitalism and its ultimate replacement by socialism.    In order to get an A in the class, all a student had to do was propound on the virtues of Communism and use Karl Marx as their source.   As dutifully as he could, Bob made the case for communism in the United States.  Suddenly he was in the professor’s inner circle.  Years later , even though he worked for the government Bob saw how the government with a significant part of the system socialized through Medicare and Medicaid had destroyed much of what was best about being a doctor.  The communist radicalization of students at the most elite schools was a hard process to reverse.  Kids with no business experience and no way to see how communism impacted everyone were being fed this Utopian scheme.  Bob had seen through that after many years in the real world.  Even so that course had touched his life immeasurably.

Offsetting the Utopian view of communism taught by professor Brubaker, was a course in Soviet-Western bloc politics.  The instructor, Martha Olcott, though as liberal as the other instructors was a realist about Soviet life.  Ten years prior to the fall of the Berlin wall she was predicting the collapse of Soviet communism.   She blamed it on its corruption and implementation as much as on the inability of the Soviets to control a population that was made of so many unassimilated minorities.  She had predicted that the Poles, the Bulgarians, the Czechs, the Romanians and more would rebel and bring down the USSR.    She never really blamed communism for its faults.  Bob however noticed that centrally run governments seem ill prepared to help their own people.    It was much later that this idea of poor central planning would take hold in his mind.

The last course that Bob remembered from his college days that had made a huge impact was the constitutional law course.  In 1990, this course presented the Supreme Court as an all knowing self correcting protector of American freedom.    The constitution itself was this solid document whose tenets and principles were upheld by the highest court in the land.  It was a world where evils against the minority could be corrected and where freedom was protected most of all.  The idea that the constitution itself was a living document, where its basic guarantees could be discarded for higher moral ideals was never presented.  The people that wanted to disband the constitution in order to promote an unlimited governmental power were never mentioned as part of constitutional law.  Looking back, Bob thought that perhaps their view was much more prevalent than anyone had ever thought.  The justices had been portrayed as people of the highest character dedicated to protecting freedom first.  Witnessing many of today’s rulings, Bob had come to believe they had been compromised.

In any case, much of Bob’s formative thought process had been formed by these classes and experiences.   As he went to work and diligently sought to create vaccines that protected the populace from misery and death he had a warm opinion of this country.   He believe the work he did was a tremendous medical benefit to the populace.  How was he to know that opinion was about the be shattered and  that everything he thought of government was a lie and one that might cost him his life.  Nevertheless, I get ahead on myself.  For now Bob is working to identify and contain the next potential flu pandemic.