The Unholy Alliance of Corporations and Government

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, using government to stifle the power of corporations, is like smothering a fire with natural gas and oxygen. The principle argument from citizen progressives is that corporations have way too much power, and we need to reign them in, to that end they are willing to put up with ever increasing government power, to balance the influence of those corporations. They believe that if only the government was strong enough it would topple evil corporations and restore liberty to the rest of us. While it may sound like a logical plan to the innocent, the reality is that the very power progressives seek to limit, corporate power, is created and enhanced by government. It is the power of government that corporations harness to destroy competition, control wages, stifle innovation, and enhance the pay of executives. Progressives in government know the truth, but seek a true Marxist government the world over, total government, and are willing to exploit the power of corporations to achieve it.

Under conditions of laissez faire capitalism, corporations would have a very hard time competing with innovative small companies, and sole proprietorship firms. The huge overhead of executive pay in and of itself is a giant road block to effective competition that small businesses don’t have. By their very nature a corporation, run by executives, (agents) for the stockholders, (owners), is inefficient. Innovation is at the bottom of the hierarchy of goals. The cost of bringing a new product to market is exponentially higher for a large corporation than a small business, as is the cost of labor, the infrastructure, (buildings, plant, equipment, office products and vehicles), becomes less efficient and is always underutilized by corporations, while infrastructure by small businesse is always efficiently utilized by small businesses. This is because small businesses don’t have a large margin to draw from to keep trucks, dozers or office space idle. A small business run like a corporation would quickly go belly up.

Government regulations, designed to hold back corporations, actually holds back small businesses instead. If a startup threatens a corporation’s bottom line, the corporation has two options. They can lower the price point of their products and increase quality… or go to government to shut down the competition. Which is why the return on investment for lobbying is far greater than for plant upgrades, innovation or even advertisement. Obviously, going to government is much easier for an executive to do, since he can chat up a politician on the golf course about the “dangers” of that small business. The executive might say, the public is at risk from trucks, equipment, and tools that are over utilized, employees are endangered by the lack of safety equipment, the water quality is lowered by the lack of expensive filtering technology, all of which the small business cannot afford, along with a plethora of other sophist arguments. Then the politician gets a huge campaign contribution and viola! The more efficient competitor is crushed by the bureaucracy.

Executives rarely ever suffer punishment for crimes against shareholders or the public. Barely a month goes by without some large corporation getting a billion dollar fine for some illegal activity… yet executives almost never go to jail. In fact, the people responsible for making the illegal decisions get rewarded with bonuses while the shareholder is punished. Deutsche bank was recently fined billions for manipulating the price of silver, but not one executive lost his or her job, let alone faced jail. That manipulation resulted in trillions of dollars of damage to small investors but the government of the US found it expedient, to punish the shareholders of Deutsche bank, rather than the people who broke the law. The same thing happens regularly to JP Morgan Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo who was recently convicted of stealing money from the customers by opening fraudulent accounts in their names, and others too many to list. Government and executives collude to steal from shareholders and the public.

Government is run on money and large corporations have the money. Politicians need money for their ever more costly campaigns. One only need have a whit of common sense to ask, “why would someone spend tens to hundreds of millions of dollars to get a job… that pays two hundred thousand for two to four years?” That is a negative payout. Unless there is a hidden payoff… and we all know there is. Powerful government creates the principle agent dilemma. The agents, (executives and politicians) screw the principles, (shareholders and the public), along with government officials for their own benefit. Everyone wins… well, except the people and shareholders. Politicians are in the pocket of corporations and if you think they are likely to bite the hand that feeds them… you are special.

It cannot be denied that in reality the more power government is given, to limit the power of large corporations, the more power large corporations and government will wield against the people… but that is the true goal, isn’t it? To evolve government to absolute autocracy, ideally in the hands of administrators, (bureaucrats) and extend it the world over. To that end a little chicanery is in order. The elite have always believed that the ends justify the means and no place is this more true than in government. Increasing the power, scope and reach of government only serves the executives who are the puppet masters of our politicians and bureaucrats. You only need look at the principle agent dilemma that government has set up against shareholders, that corporate money greases the wheels of big government and regulations are designed to limit competition, by creating a barrier to entry for entrepreneurs. So go on believing government needs more power to limit the power of big business, and continue to try and smother the fire with oxygen and natural gas, lets see how that works out.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

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Law Versus Goodness

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, I am neutral on law and order, but am strongly for goodness. Law can be used both for evil as well as good, and so where law is used to promote good, I am all for it, but where law is used to promote evil, I am against it. Which goes a long way to explaining my political beliefs as well. Since I only see law as a means and not an end, I am ambivalent to it and would rather less than more, which makes me a libertarian. Sadly, law is more often used to promote evil rather than good, which is why only extremely limited laws, criminalizing violations of natural law, should be allowed. For example, laws against theft, murder, rape, slavery, etc… Laws that serve to advance the interests of a faction above the rest of society are by their nature, laws that promote evil. The libertarian ethos, that laws should be limited so that good can blossom and evil wither, are in my opinion better than, a spiderweb of incoherent laws that criminalize everything making everyone a criminal, so that evil can blossom and goodness be restrained. The spiderweb theory however is far more progressive.

Machiavelli suggests in his book, The Prince, that he is a law and order guy and neutral on good versus evil. In one passage he said that orderly tyranny is preferable to chaotic freedom… since under despotic rule only the aristocracy felt the jack boot, while business can be conducted, but under chaos, one cannot leave the house without danger and so everyone starves. He would exchange good for order, while in the short run that may appear to be a wise choice, in the long run it is the worst option possible. Since evil always leads to suffering, otherwise it would be good, the longer evil is allowed to grow the more suffering will result. Saying that minimizing short term suffering, so that much more can be had in the future, is not as wise as exchanging a little suffering in the short term, for much less in the future. Like getting a broken tooth fixed, it is better to suffer through the dentist, than to suffer weeks of agony with a raw nerve in your mouth.

Laws are a means to an end, that end can be goodness or evil. To confuse law as an end is a common fallacy. To say laws are a means is to say that laws are like tools, they are used to make something different from what it was. A chisel for example turns a block of wood into a statue, tool handle, chair, etc… It takes something that exists and changes it’s form to something that didn’t exist before. Well controlled a chisel can create these and many more good things, but poorly handled, it can ruin far more than it creates. Imagine someone who has never handled a chisel before… using one on a Stradivarius?!?!? Laws are no different. In wise hands they create goodness and are utile, but in evil or foolish hands they create chaos and poverty. Moreover, to complain it is the chisel that ruined the antique furniture, or deign the chisel supernatural, because it was used to create a finely hewn statue, is to misunderstand the role of a tool versus the hand that wields it.

People believe chaos is turned into order by laws, but in fact, order is the natural or ground state of human groups, and chaos is introduced through intrusive, inhuman hearted… laws, regulations or mores. Customs and courtesy are merely the acknowledgment of how successful people interact with others. Since we all want our children to be successful, we impart those truths like custom and courtesy to them, which promotes order outside law. Laws on the other hand are usually enacted by people who seek to order society as they would have it… rather than as the complex system would order itself. The result is that law often serves evil rather than good. It creates chaos by creating pernicious incentives and leaders that set bad examples. Leaders that set bad examples have to make numerous laws to keep the people from following them into perversion, robbery, lying and profligacy. Which, if the people do and become reprobates like their leaders, chaos would result and all of society would collapse.

So I am ambivalent on law and order and instead seek goodness. Law is only a means to goodness but itself has no intrinsic value, but where law is used for evil I am firmly against it. Law does not necessarily promote order, as is commonly thought, but often actually creates chaos. When it is used to keep the people from following their corrupt leaders, law is become hypocrisy, which makes all of society and everyone in it, hypocrites. The only good laws are those that comport with natural law and never to hold people back. A family has a yard sale every Saturday and some people become offended. “They have made it a business!” Some loudly complain. “We need to pass a ordinance that all yard sales need a permit!” Others say… and soon the town has passed a law that does not promote anyone’s interests, damages the interests of a family who is probably poor, and makes it that much harder for anyone, let alone the politically disfavored in the community, to have a stupid yard sale! Laws that promote good, I am all for, but those that promote evil should be done away with.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

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Constitutional Crisis

Dear Friends,

It seems to me… the US has entered a Constitutional crisis. The moment the lawyer for a defendant was raided by the prosecutors, as the prosecutor was trying to scrape up some crime he can charge the President with, was a violation of the most fundamental tenet of a free society… the right of the accused to council. Along with the blast directly against the foundation of our free society any pretense of blind justice is blown out the door by the explosion. With so many openly criminal acts of the Obama Administration both old and on going, the DOJ and FBI set the standard of a President very very low, so why choose to raid Trump’s Lawyer over a one night stand with a hooker that happened years ago? The hooker was paid extremely well for her services, and the transaction was met to everyone’s satisfaction, so what about it was sufficient to warrant such a flagrant violation of the legitimate relationship between the government and the people, especially given the low standard the media, culture and Law enforcement has set? Unless there is a faction that we were warned of by Madison in Federalist Paper number 10?

The media, DOJ and FBI set the standard when they ignored the Clinton Lewinski affair, let alone the allegations of rape against Bill Clinton, and it’s too late now to change that standard. The media set the standard that it is okay for a president to have affairs in the oval office. Standards are not faction dependent in a legitimate government. That was the standard the media, law enforcement and the people set. It was only when the President lied under oath, and was caught red handed in that lie, that triggered the impeachment. Even then, the media tried to lower the standard even more, to allow for lying under oath in cases of sex. In many ways they succeeded. The standard now is that oral sex may or may not be sex, and all that implies. The DOJ didn’t find it sufficient to trigger an investigation into the affair, nor did the FBI at the time, and even today, the affair between Strozk and Page doesn’t rise to the level of interest…further cementing the standard. Once a standard is lowered, it cannot be arbitrarily raised, unless hypocrisy has come into fashion.

When the government prosecutes people based on political views… no reasonable person can deny there is oppression, because one faction has become supreme. While profound abuses of power were happening during the Obama administration the DOJ and FBI did nothing, yet now, over an irrelevant sex scandal, not meeting a standard that they themselves set, they choose to act… which is clearly political. The obvious double standard as well as the fundamental violation of the right to an attorney, shows that there is a faction that is capable of violating the Constitution itself, without consequence. For the DOJ and FBI to amend the standard they set years ago, to go after Trump is nakedly political, and to abuse the special prosecutor’s office in such a partisan way as well as violating Attorney Client privilege, to fish for crimes, will go down in history as proof there is arbitrary rule in the US at this time in history.

Constitutions are not only to set the mechanism of government, including it’s limitations, it also provides an ethos, that ethos is demonstrated in the original intent. The original intent of the US Constitution was to provide for very limited federal powers and narrowly limited state governments. The fundamental relationship between the governed and the governors was to be limited, to only that which was clearly stated in the Constitution. It has since mutated into a chimera of a document that is based on innuendo and wishful thinking rather than original intent. Yet, even with the tortured logic that our Constitution is warped to, none have been as violent as the assault on the right to a lawyer. That, done openly in the public sphere, to a political figure for political ends, and without shame, was such a violation that if it stands, we can say there is no Constitution anymore, and without a Constitution, there can be no constitutional authority.

The very authority of our leaders is based on that Constitution. You cannot burn the contract for a new car after you have taken possession of it and claim you owe no monthly payments. That would be absurd and no court would uphold such nonsense. Yet that is exactly what our leaders are doing to us and we accept it without question. If they do not hold themselves to our Constitution, then they have violated the contract and the contract becomes null and void, and poof, so does the legitimate authority of our leaders. Having an affair with a hooker years before he was elected, doesn’t come close to the low standard the media, and government has set for themselves, so any investigation let alone prosecution, can only be political. When a faction can so flagrantly violate the basic assumption of our legal system, triggering a constitutional crisis, by going on a fishing trip through a target’s lawyers office, and care not who knows it, that faction is as above the law as the other is below it’s protections.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

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The Inevitability of Oppression

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, if bank robbers were treated like politicians… bank robbery would be as ubiquitous as grass on a lawn. Since bank robbery is not treated like attacks on our Constitution, if a bank robber is caught, he or she would just have to give back the money they haven’t already spent, no fine, no jail and no problem. That is exactly the way politicians and bureaucrats are treated when they steal power from our Constitution. If a court finds their power grab unconstitutional, they give back the power that they haven’t already abused, no fine, no jail and no problem. No wonder there is a constant grinding away of our Constitutional rights and limited government. It is like the pawl on a winch… only allowing one way of travel, in this case, only allowing the loss of Constitutional rights and a steady erosion of limited government.

According to Madison, our Constitution granted the federal government few and defined powers. Those which were to remain to the state governments are numerous and indefinite. Today the powers of the states are strictly limited while those of the federal government are unlimited. Virtually every part of our Constitution has been perverted by this means. The framers of our Constitution would revolt at the thought of the federal government being able to order by fiat, what crops and in what amount a farmer can plant on his or her own land, they would shriek at a judiciary that finds that certain people are not people, as defined by age, so they can be legally tortured to death, they would take up arms at the notion the federal government infringing on the right to keep and bear arms, and their heads would explode if told the federal government would establish atheism as the state religion. Virtually every aspect of our Constitution has been perverted to the opposite of what it says and was intended.

Our lawmakers, judges and Presidents are not held to Constitutional limits by the threat of punishment, like a bank robber, but by their own conscience. Unlike a bank robber, who is punished for his transgressions, a usurper is rewarded by hers. If some judge still has sufficient conscience and honor to uphold our Constitutional limited government, all the usurper need do is, move the court to another jurisdiction or wait out his or her life, and appoint one who is more pliant. Our leaders pledge to follow the Constitution… then do whatever the hell they want once in office. Since it is nearly impossible to oust an incumbent, they have little to fear from the electorate and nothing to fear from fellow lawmakers or law enforcement. Unlike the average citizen, who is held to every dotted I and crossed T in the legal code, they are above both our Constitution and their own laws.

The upshot is, given enough time, those that seek to abolish limited government will win, and there is nothing we can do to stop them. Each time they move us further from Constitutionally limited government, and their cronies let it stand, the pawl engages and the rights stolen are never returned. If their usurpations are overturned, those who were oppressed are never made whole, the unconstitutional law is only set back for a bit. Eventually, the government under such a system, must become tyrannical. Which should be obvious to anyone with both an open and curious mind. This is the classic slippery slope paradox. Once on the slope, there is no way back up… only down, to the abyss of oppression, slavery and famine. Human history is rife with examples of this paradox at work. Every government that has ever existed has stepped onto the slippery slope, and every government that has ever existed has descended into oppression, slavery and famine.

Sadly, so many benefit from the present system of unlimited government they happily turn a blind eye to their, our own… subjugation. Why demand the government follow our Constitution if we are given free stuff? The politicians buy the votes of the foolish with money they have stolen from them. They take our money and bribe us with it and many of us are too stupid to realize it! They claim they take from the rich, and give to the poor, when in fact they take the poor’s futures and give them immediate sustenance for it. What good is it to be fed for a day when the cost is your future? Yet we become complicit in the growth and scope of tyranny, to the delight of villains, who’s word is as worthless as a tire fire. Today the scoundrels have become so emboldened they overtly seek the to undermine even the democratic process itself, to accelerate their usurpations, by registering aliens to vote! So, here we are, Our congressmen detest our Constitution, our judges have no conscience nor honor and the people have been bribed with their own money… to forward the diabolical agenda. May God help our children.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

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When Some are Above the Law

Dear Friends,

It seems to me… there is nothing more corrosive of societal cohesion than arbitrary rule. When a double standard exists, no one will follow the law, mores or regulations without the immediate threat of violence. Why follow a rule that only applies to you? Anyone who does would be damaging their self interest so someone else can advance their self interest. Only a fool would do that. Yet when no one follows the laws, we are not safe in our own homes, we cannot conduct business, we cannot safely walk in public, and this necessarily leads to poverty, crime and famine. Obviously, those who favor arbitrary rule expect to be the ones given a free pass, while everyone else is to be punished to the full extent of the law, and more, if they are a member of an unfavored group. Under arbitrary rule, those who make the laws are not subject to them, while those that are subject to the laws have no input in their creation. This is the case around the world today.

People, all people, are self interested. We will go to great lengths to protect our self interest. Moreover, there is not one among us who is not self interested. It is human nature. If we are not self interested we quickly lose everything we have worked for and die of starvation. Nature will not brooch any animal not to be self interested. The lion that refuses to kill starves, the beaver that allows another to take it’s dam becomes homeless, and the ant that wanders into a spider web becomes food. Nature has taught every animal that walks, crawls or flies to be self interested. Arbitrary rule allows some to make laws that others are subject to, which always results in damage to the interests of the subjects, to promote the interests of the elite. It is both a perversion of nature and of morality. Yet the incentive to arbitrary rule is strong. That incentive to arbitrary rule is based on egoistic self interest, while the wise ruler uses self interest rightly understood, as defined by Tocqueville.

The ancient Greeks under the laws of Solon held out the ostracism as the punishment for anyone who merely believed in arbitrary rule. They recognized the corrosive effect of arbitrary rule and would force anyone out of the city state who favored it… especially the rich and powerful. Solon himself, after legislating the ostracism, demanded he be ostracized for a period of time, because he believed himself to have become too powerful to be tolerated in a free society. This arrangement worked for awhile until Pericles exploited the ostracism as a tool to enforce his own arbitrary rule. The lesson here, is that no matter how strongly a people try to protect themselves from arbitrary rule, there will always be some conniver who will think of a way to make him or herself the arbitrary ruler. Once that happens, that civilization will collapse. History is unambiguous about this.

Those who seek arbitrary rule always claim to want equality, and in order to create “equality” they need arbitrary rule. Marxists, socialists and progressives claim to want to force equality of outcomes on society and to do that they need absolute power over the rest of us. Our property, lives and children become subject to the arbitrary whims of the villain who claims to seek equality of outcomes. Even as they write laws they themselves are not subject to, they use state violence to enforce arbitrary rule. When Mao sent the Red Guard house to house taking the food from the people, starving to death tens of millions of human beings, he ate like a king. Which is highlighted by the fact Mao was fat during the famine he created. Even as people who had grown that food from the sweat of their brow had it taken, the elite who did nothing, ate well. The rules are for the little people, not the elite.

Today in the US, congressmen and women are not subject to the laws they force on the rest of us, in Europe the unelected elite live in gated communities protected with armed guards, as they demand the people accept rape, terrorism and murder as the price of tolerance, and in China the cryptomarxists have installed a dictator for life, Xi. Africa has wallowed in abject poverty due to their long term embrace of arbitrary rule, and South America will never be anything but poverty ridden, until they shun arbitrary rule. There is not one continent on the planet where arbitrary rule is not the norm. The West is still riding the momentum of the industrial revolution and the Enlightenment, even as we reject them both for the fantasy of equality of outcomes, enforced by arbitrary rule. Unless we reject arbitrary rule, the world over, our prosperity will be at great risk, and our self interest will be undermined. Like the lion that refuses to kill, the beaver that gives up it’s dam and the ant that steps into the spider’s web, we will have destroyed our self interest for the egoistic interest of the elite.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

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The Lord is Risen!!

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, we should heed the good news today, on Easter Sunday, and self examine to improve the sad state of our world. Despite the fact we as human beings are blessed by the blood of Jesus Christ, freely spilled for the atonement of our sins, we can’t muster the compassion to even tolerate our fellows. Selfishness, envy and vengefulness are the primary emotions people feel today towards others. We take our salvation for granted while most of us wallow in the sin of presumption. On this day of celebration, of what Jesus did for us, maybe we should at least try to follow his example, for this one day. Open your heart to compassion, forgiveness and generosity. It is easy to see the mote in the eye of another, while it is difficult to visualize the plank in our own eye, but the sliver that is most vexing to us is always our own. How much violence, overt and subvert is happening, in the name of selfishness, envy and vengefulness… needs to happen on this day of miracles?

Easter is when we celebrate the fact that Jesus Christ rose from the dead after dying horribly to atone for our sins. Everyone is allowed to be granted his grace… all we need do is accept it. It is said that in the garden of Gethsemane, the greatest trial Jesus had, was that many would not be saved. It wasn’t his own pending torture and humiliation that bothered him… but that his torturers might not be saved! Imagine the humility, love, compassion and generosity that Jesus has for us. His is the example we are asked to follow. Clearly, if we are to follow Jesus we must also be generous to the less fortunate, compassionate to others, love our neighbors and humble in our good fortune. To follow our savior is not to be self righteous, haughty, or demanding like the pharisees, never expecting from others that which we would never give, and certainly not exploiting violence to force others to submit.

The sin of presumption is the sin of our age. Everyone thinks him or herself saved no matter if they work tirelessly against the teachings of Jesus. We believe ourselves such good people, because after all, my sins are not THAT bad, that no matter if we accept Jesus or not, we will go to heaven. We presume that we are so important that God would never condemn us, no matter how vociferously we condemn him. Ask any atheist who is intent on turning our children from Jesus and God, “What if you are wrong and God does exist?” They will smugly tell you that if God does exist, he should be big enough to let them into heaven… presuming they are far too important to go to Hell. This logic fails to understand that none of us are worthy of heaven, our toll was paid for us, by Jesus, with his blood and pain. Unless we accept him into our hearts… we refuse that free ride.

Many have claimed they serve God while they visit violence on others, envy, seek revenge for no harm, enslave the poor, and demand from others that which they themselves would be loathe to give. Someone who harms others in the name of God is not doing it in his name but in actuality in the name of Satan. To serve God and Jesus is to follow the Golden rule. To serve Lucifer is to eschew the golden rule in favor of rule by violence. Christianity has been sullied by people who claimed to serve God, when in fact they served themselves, and exploit God to their selfish ends. Is it logical that someone follows Jesus when they do the exact opposite of what he would do in any given situation? On the other hand, how disingenuous is it when someone who despises God and Jesus, demands others submit, by appealing to the authority of Jesus?

Our world is fallen and that is why Jesus came in the first place. We are flawed in that we seek our own good above all others, are egoistic, prideful, vengeful and lack basic compassion. We faithlessly believe that it is generous to force others to give, at the point of a gun, while we wouldn’t give a beggar a penny. It is the opposite of love to husband hate in our hearts. We spit in the face of our savior when we presume that no matter how we work against God… we will go to heaven. There is wisdom in recognizing our own flaws, and working on them, rather than demanding others change. To protest the state of the world, even as we wallow in our sins without any mind to self improvement, is the definition of arrogance. So, follow Jesus, harbor compassion in your heart, constantly strive to self improvement, love your neighbors and enemies, and hold yourself to the same standard you hold others. It is very difficult, since it goes against our egoistic nature, but rewarding in ways that transcend the ordinary. Have a blessed Easter and may God be with you.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

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To Hold Others to the Same Standard You Hold Yourself.

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, the criterion of human heartedness, is the capacity to hold oneself to the same, or better, a higher standard then one does everyone else. This is much harder than it appears at first glance. We tend to demand from others that which we would be loathe to cede. Obviously, when people demand others are held to a higher standard than they hold themselves, society must have tension. The more people that hold others to a higher standard of conduct than themselves, are hypocrites, the more societal tension is built up. The criminal will fly into a violent rage, if someone treats her to the actions she dishes out, and the tyrant never oppresses himself. This is one of the fundamental flaws in human nature. Our egoistic self interest goes against our true self interest. A civilization where people hold themselves to the same standard we hold others, is one that will be prosperous, safe and peaceful, in other words… human hearted.

This is one reason liars always believe they are being lied to, thieves worry they are being stolen from and cheaters constantly worry they are being cheated on. We judge others by ourselves. Living in our own heads we believe everyone else thinks and acts as we do. We are all to some extent hypocrites, so when a thief steals he protects his own things, when a cheater runs around she demands faithfulness from her spouse, and when a liar prevaricates he expects everyone else to be selflessly honest. Hypocrisy is the quality of humanity that runs throughout cultures and time. Most are either lazy but demand others be industrious, greedy and expect everyone else to be charitable, envious as we deride jealousy, lustful but demand chastity, prideful as we laugh when others get their comeuppance, even as the wrathful expect forgiveness.

The biggest violators of the tenet, to hold oneself to the same or higher standard than they hold others, are the elite. History is nothing but a long story of wars, famine and poverty brought on by elite who held others to a much higher standard then themselves. What crime boss or cartel kingpin holds himself to the same standard he holds his minions? Draco the original lawgiver of Athens, said that all crime should be met with the death penalty, but since death is the ultimate punishment, it would have to do for the capital crimes as well. Obviously, he wouldn’t have ordered himself killed for some minor crime, that was a penalty he held out for everyone else. Meanwhile, Solon demanded from everyone else that which he himself was willing to give, even demanding himself be ostracized! The first being a fiend while the other remembered as one of the greats. The politician who runs around on his wife, lies to get power, steals from the treasury and sells favors, is the norm, while the lawgiver who tells the truth, gives to the treasury and is chaste, is the exception.

We follow the elite and do what our idols do. That is why laws always evolve into oppression, because those fiends must pass laws to regulate us and protect their ill got gains, as well as their own worthless hides. What use is power unless one can safely engage in lust, greed, gluttony, wrath, sloth, envy and pride? When the elite’s “lessers” engage in these things, society crumbles and there is crime, poverty and revolution. So, to protect the greedy, lustful, envious, slothful, prideful, gluttons, and protect their purloined wealth, the elite must force the rest of us, at the point of a gun, to be honest, humble, industrious, chaste, charitable, content and accepting of injury. Perhaps that is why so few politicians or aristocrats have been human hearted… and why there are remembered so fondly. Like Harry Truman, Marcus Aurelius or Confucius’ sage kings. The primary attribute that made them great is that they held themselves to the same or higher standard than they held others.

If someone is a thief and doesn’t expect more from anyone else, while she may be a sinner, she at least is not a hypocrite. We as a species are hypocrites… and it is in hypocrisy that we fall. Our children see our hypocrisy and emulate it just as we see the hypocrisy in societal, cultural and political leaders and imitate it as well. The more power one has the more this vicious quality shows itself. The psychopath is the epitome of the hypocrite and is the standard for political leaders. Those that are not are the exception and are rare as hens teeth. They demand we are virtuous so they can be more villainous, to protect themselves and their property, even as ours is subject to confiscation. They require we surrender our rights as they amass privilege, our wives husbands and children are their playthings while theirs are sacrosanct, and we must tremble at their wrath while we humbly accept our lot. The answer is not to be hypocrites but to force the elite not to be. To have a prosperous, civil, crime free society we need to hold ourselves to the same standard we hold others. Be human hearted and the rest will come along.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

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The Notion We Can be God’s Equal

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, every huge fall Mankind has ever experienced is due to our arrogant nature, especially when we envision ourselves, or some segment of us, as equal to God. The fall of Satan was from his arrogance and pride in trying to unseat God, Adam and Eve were tempted by the serpent into believing they could be equal to God, and today, many in the progressive, Marxist and atheist ranks believe they are indeed Gods. Such hubris can only lead to catastrophe and has throughout history. Many science fiction stories are all about people who consider themselves God’s equal, from The Island of Dr Moreau to Altered Carbon, the theme runs deep in most science fiction. All human hearted philosophies warn us of the danger of arrogance and pride. The Holy Bible itself says pride goes before the fall. Yet despite all the cautionary tales we still fall into the trap of believing ourselves God’s equal.

Arrogance inevitably leads to disaster since arrogance is by it’s very nature not self aware. Self awareness is a means to control our more foolish instincts. How many stories feature a villain who is utterly unself aware? That is the basis for so many comedies. The villain who lacks self awareness is easy prey, because their arrogance is without limit, and unlimited arrogance is itself comedic. Think about Dr. Evil in the Micheal Myers movies. He is the epitome of the arrogant unself aware villain. The arrogant villain always thinks he is a God. He or she attempts to change that which should not be changed and disaster results. That catastrophe can be humorous, as in a comedy, or can lead to tremendous suffering in the real world. In fact most comedy is based on ridiculing the arrogant and unself aware.

Mindfulness leads to humility and humility is the path to happiness. How many arrogant people have you met who are happy? Not one I bet. When we are aware of our faults and weaknesses, we are be humble, but when we believe ourselves Gods, we cannot recognize our weaknesses or faults. This inevitably leads to depression because those who believe themselves Gods, when confronted with the reality of our frailties, have their self image shattered. Arrogant people who believe themselves God’s equal, are angry all the time and cast blame on others for their own failings, since they are God’s “equal” and therefore unable to make mistakes. Which creates the conditions for nothing but mistakes. Meanwhile, the humble who fail at some endeavor can tolerate it, since they understand they are not god and mistakes are inevitable.

Those who lack mindfulness and are arrogant are the most flawed. Especially today, with scientists holding out hope that soon human beings will be immortal, that proves the insanity of believing we can be Gods is still alive and well. How many who are unable to run their own lives arrogantly think they can run the lives of the whole human race? The advances in medical science has made many doctors arrogant to the point of believing themselves Gods. Despite the fact that you and I are more likely to die at the hands of a doctor, than at the point of a gun, coupled with a tsunami of malpractice, all of which is based on the arrogant notion that doctors are Gods. Our society’s primary fallacy, that we are Gods or soon will be, is proof positive we are not and never will be.

With almost our entire legerdemain of lore showing us the foolishness of trying to usurp God’s role, we as a species knows full well what the consequences are of such idiocy, but many of us ignore the entirety of human wisdom and arrogantly seek to be God. The times we live in is nothing but a huge comedy and the joke is on us. Today we are living in Mars Attacks but we are the stupid Martians. We mix human and animal DNA, we seek immortality, we wholeheartedly believe the stupidity of the “rational” economy, and our professionals fall into the trap of unwarranted hubris. Most if not all the troubles we as the human race face, is due to our arrogance, in believing we are or can be God. Yes, we live in a comedy, that comedy is about a people so arrogant and unself aware they (we) have become abject fools.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

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Natural Rights

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, government does not bestow us rights, we cede our natural Rights to government, In exchange government agrees to promote social harmony and advance mutual prosperity. The distinction of where Rights come from then is a vital one in deciding what role government is to play. Natural rights, the Right to the product of one’s own hands, the Right to self defense, the Right to personal property, etc… are the natural Rights we had in a state of nature. Government is an expediency, to fairly adjudicate disputes between citizens and for the common defense, A mere tool to meet those ends. We cede some of our natural Rights to that expediency to meet these mutual goals. To then cede so much of our individual sovereignty to that expediency, so as to construe the expediency granted us those Rights to begin with, is to put the created over the creator. Since natural Rights not only predate the expediency of government, it supersedes government in that government gets it’s very authority, in all cases, from the presumption of natural Rights. Else who then would have the “right” to rule? If that expediency then is allowed to overstep it’s role, as human history shows, results in continental scale human suffering. All because people mistook the tool for the hand.

The reason for government is to harmonize the people. Government is no more than a machine, or construct, that people put together and get enough of the people effected to agree to. People could not agree to something if they did not have natural Rights. You couldn’t sign a contract, buy, sell, or even vote, without the presupposition you are an individual and that you have sovereignty. So the presumption of all government must be that individuals have natural Rights. No matter what propaganda they are selling. Take away natural Rights, and those trying to impose their laws on society have no Right to do so, because they have no more natural rights than the people they are ruling. It is one cog ruling over the other cogs. To argue otherwise would be begging the question. Moreover, no amount of military force changes what is right, it only enforces wrong, because right is an option usually taken, unless forced otherwise. The construct of government then, is based entirely on the presupposition that individual human beings have innate Rights, that predate government, else we could not have created government in the first place.

The reason people first banded together is to protect us from lions, the reason we formed communities is because we are human beings, the reason we formed governments is because we can be miserable to each other. Carneades said, and I paraphrase… that mankind imposed upon himself a set of laws and mores as an expediency. But men, being like animals, each seeking his own self interest, true justice is impossible, because for a man to be truly just he would have to do violence to his own self interest. Being self interested, no man would do that… Government, or put another way, the expedient human construct, built to harmonize society, promote prosperity and provide for the common defense, instead creates chaos, wastes the seed corn of prosperity and invites war by numerous contrivances… that ad hoc social construct, government, is acting contrary to it’s goals and needs to be “adjusted” to get back to doing what it was intended to do.

We could say that government is a tool, and since human beings wield it based on our natural Rights, we then are the hand. It would be foolish to say the tool gives the hand life. Yet that is exactly the premise when someone says, or believes, that our Rights come from government, they are saying the tool gives the hand life. In any context, such thinking will lead to injury, on a sliding scale of degree depending on the magnitude of mistake. Like the old philosophical question goes, “What makes a king a king… public opinion.” If when everyone woke up they forgot the king was the king, he would no longer be king, he would simply be a lunatic. The same question applies to any governmental structure. What makes it’s rule legitimate? Public opinion. Since government’s existence depends on public opinion, and human beings are the ones that have that opinion, and our right to that opinion is based on natural rights, then natural rights predate and supersede government.

To argue against natural rights, is to tear down the stage one stands on while speaking… since our very right to speak is based on natural rights. So clearly it is illogical to say our rights come from government, because government is a mere tool, a construct, built for expediency. It is manned by people, who’s right to man it is based on natural rights, that are the very fabric upon which the tapestry of government is woven, is entirely predicated on natural rights. Government is a means to allow us to work together efficiently, to adjudicate arguments fairly, set standards and provide for common defense. When taken to the extreme, and people start thinking their rights come from government, it becomes an impediment to it’s right function and so should be returned to the factory settings. This should happen every once in awhile. Just like you reboot your computer.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

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Government Fairness is an Oxymoron

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, anyone who believes government has ever been, is, or ever will be fair, is hopelessly Pollianish. Government has nothing to do with fairness, government is all about power, and power is the primary quality of politics. It only seeks to appear fair, but in fact any politician who was actually just, would quickly lose his or her position of power. That is because the opponent who is not fair will use that power to enrich those who are able to help them get into office. Everything government does is to gain power, retain it and protect it. Fairness never comes into the equation, except as a means to silence those without power, and to claim they need more power. To pretend that government is just is to imagine those in government are not human but saints. Obviously they are not saints those in government are more like demons. So, to place your trust and the future of your children in an organization that seeks only power, is to put them in harms way.

A person who has money to give to a politician for his or her election campaign, is able to talk to a politician, while you and I must wait for our turn at a town hall. You and I are unable to go to the White House and discuss our problems with the President. Yet people no different than you or I can buy access with campaign contributions. Pay a few thousand dollars to a politician, and you can meet them for lunch and discuss any problem you might have, and that politician will move heaven and Earth to get it resolved. They want to keep those contributions coming in. That is why it is far more profitable to engage in lobbying government, than to improve products or come out with new and better ones. Feed the beast and the beast will be your friend, starve it and you will be eaten by it. As a result, while you and I the voters are on the outside looking in, the people with money are inside, laughing at us as they eat our lunch.

Those who can reliably insure a block of votes also have access to government to feather their nest. If you can provide a block of votes your personal problems become those of government. If a road is to pass through your property and you don’t want it to, make a call and that road will be rerouted around your land, even if it takes millions of dollars extra and creates a hazard. Because those millions are coming from the taxpayer, who has no say, and the benefit goes to a patron, who provides the means to power. A business competitor undercutting your prices? Go to your local politician and demand they be forced to get permits, be audited, or maybe just shut down altogether. That is the might government, and therefore politicians, wield. To be in the good graces of such a monster is only smart, because remember, government is not fair, it is powerful.

That is why some are above the law. They provide the votes and money needed for corrupt politicians to gain power, and so the same government that would jail you or I for taking a ten spot from a cash register, would turn a blind eye to the most outrageous criminal behavior of the powerful. Stories are too numerous to tell, of judges, senators and congressmen getting away with murder, DUI, sexual assault, insider trading, disclosing state secrets, wiretapping, and even more heinous crimes. Imagine for a moment what would happen to you, if you were careening down a highway drunk with the secretary you are having an affair with in the car, and you put the car into a canal drowning the woman, then fled the scene? But then again, you and I have no political power, while Ted Kennedy did. Clearly it would be against the personal interests of those in power to be fair. Since people seldom go against our self interest, this will be the paradigm as long as humans make up government.

Perhaps this is why everything government does is by default… secret. The naked unfairness, or put another way, injustice, of government would be open for us to see and the scales would drop from our eyes. Even the most ignorantly trusting of us couldn’t deny that government works for the powerful and against the weak. Trade deals that are secret to the people are set by the powerful, like Google did the Pacific Trade agreement that Trump canceled. He also poked Google/Alphabet in the eye by tossing out the “net neutrality.” That is why Trump is so loathed by Alphabet, he got in the way of their monopoly profits, costing them billions of dollars. Would you like someone who cost you billions of dollars? Secrets provide the darkness needed, for the slime mold of political power to grow, while the light of open government is caustic to slime.

Fairness is a sure path to powerlessness for any politician who practices it. Any politician who is actually just is immediately at a disadvantage, because why give money to his or her campaign, if there is no payoff? Why direct votes to them if that road will go through your land cutting it in two, and why would anyone provide cushy well paid lobbying jobs for ex-politicians, if they are kept in the dark during trade negotiations like everyone else? That politician who is fair will face attacks from not only those who are corrupt but from government bootlicks as well. Firms that stand to lose their special access will do everything in their power to destroy him, journalists will create new shades of yellow to describe her, and those who suckle at the teat of government will ratchet up their donations, to get the just out of office. So again, anyone who believes government has ever been, is or ever will be fair, is hopelessly Pollianish.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

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