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A few random thoughts…

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, a nation that holds a 19 year old Marine to a much higher standard of conduct than a 65 year old woman who has been in politics her whole life, is a nation gone off the rails. A nation that calls it’s income tax system voluntary, but if you don’t pay it, police besiege your house for months and arrest everyone you know if they helped you whatsoever, is a 1984 style police state. A country that claims it rule buy the consent of the governed is a government that is using newspeak. A government that funds the slaughter of babies is a government that has established Baal as the state religion. A government that actively spies on reporters, is the arbiter of what is fake news and what is not, does not have free speech. A legal system that allows the politically favored to get away with fraud, embezzlement, murder, tax cheating, and even pedophilia, is a legal system that practices arbitrary rule.

A state that takes your paycheck on your way to work because you were speeding, for your own good, is a state that lives by avarice. A government that regulates your every action, but is above all law, is a government that is tyrannical. An agency that fines a corporation billions of dollars for wrongdoing, yet doesn’t charge anyone with a criminal act, is engaging is theft from the shareholders. A media that goes apoplectic over innuendo for one party, while ignoring actual abuse of power form the other, is a media complicit in creating autocracy. A state that destroys families, then laments the results, is a state of insanity. A state that thinks it can support the people, is a state that believes a house’s roof, properly built, can hold the foundation off the ground.

A people that care more for a baby seal than a baby human being, are a people lost. A faction that destroys it’s opponents, rather than their arguments, is a faction that cares nothing for truth. A people who when confronted by great evil, turn their heads, are a people destined for great suffering. Educators who teach proven falsehoods, political ideology and/or racism disguised as anti racism, are teaching ignorance. People who think they can live at the expense of others are people without conscience. Just as a person who tolerates abuse will be abused… a citizenry that tolerates abuse will also be abused.

A religion that openly calls for warfare against everyone else is not a religion of peace. A philosopher who lives in opposition to how that philosopher demands of others is a sophist. A person who holds others to a higher standard than him or herself is hypocrite. An idea that leads to the death of ten perhaps hundreds of million people is not a good one. An economic system that always creates famine is not fair. Ideas are what our world is built on, while a notion is a thing a pretty little girl gets in her head, and calling every idea, a notion, subtly delegitimizes the products of our minds. Judges that rule by their personal or political ideology, rather than law, pervert the law.

Cultures that worship violence will become violent. Societies that honor civilized behavior will be civil. Industrious people will be wealthy while lazy people will be poor. Corrupt people will not be trusted as trustworthy people will be. While some may say it is better to appear just than to be just, injustice is always eventually discovered and when it is, the reputation earned through injustice is justly deserved. People led by corrupt leaders will be corrupt. There will always be bad people, but in good societies, bad people will be put to good use. There will always be good people, and in bad societies, they will be put to bad use.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

Liars, Parasites and Thieves

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, villains constantly lament their poverty, lack of friends and the state of the world. Shocking really… that people who cannot be trusted are almost always poor and friendless. How is it possible that the world could be in such bad shape, just because most people in truth are villains, and so few are virtuous? Poor villains, they believe the world is against them, and that all their problems are the fault of others. How is it possible, that lying, stealing and cheating could cause people to not want to do business with them? Why would the world treat them bad just because they are scoundrels? It is unfathomable that people wouldn’t befriend liars, thieves and backstabbers. Yet there it is, people who are untrustworthy have it so hard, it is just unfair!

Some people call them users, and others might use the term parasite to refer to a user, I like the term parasite better as is more descriptive. Parasites use people for their own ends without regard to other people’s humanity. Others are seen to the user as targets to be exploited, patsies to be shorn and suckers to be cheated, and yet with all their obvious virtues, (to them), people avoid them? It is almost as if, people don’t like to be lied to, cheated or stolen from? Users, or in other terms, villains, are people who only have “friends” that they can use. People of no use are of no value and as such are irrelevant. Those who use others apparently have a limited ability to understand how their actions effect their own lives.

In this world, there are uncountable numbers of people like this, parasites that exist only to suck the life from others. You see them every day in every walk of life and you certainly know a few. People who lie when the truth would serve them better, who take every opportunity to steal and cheat others, filled with hate, jealousy and envy. There is an old saying, don’t defecate where you eat. As they foul every place they go, like a pig, they must move on to a new place, that they haven’t befouled yet. There is however one place where villains, users and parasites congregate… government. There is no other place where a parasite can have access to the wealth of others to steal, cheat us out of and lie to, like government. As such, government is to a parasite, as carbon dioxide and lactic acid draws mosquitoes.

Poverty is a natural consequence of the parasitic mindset. Everything good and bad comes from other people. Since everyone is self interested no one likes to be taken advantage of. A user can screw someone once, twice or several times, but sooner or later their antics will turn away even the most forgiving of souls. The parasite will find that eventually not a single person will do business with them, no one will buy from them and no one will give them credit. They will find they are cut off from all the advantages that civilization brings, since they themselves are not civilized. Sooner or later all villains will discover that all the goods, knowledge and wisdom of the world is denied them.

Sadly, villains create more villains. As they despoil everything they touch users lower aggregate economic activity. They are like sand in the gears of a car’s transmission. That sand grinds away until the whole mechanism of the economy eventually freezes up, and opportunity is denied to everyone, even the most virtuous. Villains rot our culture and pollute our children’s minds. They create their own cesspool that we must all live in. Combine a lack of opportunity with a culture that is corrosive to virtue and it becomes obvious why villains create villains.

In a society of villains the virtuous must necessarily come to a bad end. Once the percentage of people who are parasites reaches a certain level, even people who are self interested rightly understood, cannot get ahead. There are so few trustworthy people with which the virtuous can do business with the entire economy shuts down. Those who try to be virtuous in a society of liars, cheats and thieves are at a huge disadvantage. In their selfishness, arrogance and egoism, parasites believe they are the smart ones, they are wiser and more worldly, when the very opposite is true. This leads to societal, cultural and economic Armageddon.

Aristotle and Mencius had the philosophy of the “golden mean.” The idea that people should seek the mean, (average) in morality of the society in which we find ourselves. They believed that it is unwise to be too good or too bad. If one finds himself living in Sodom, it is best not to be the most perverted, yet it is equally against one’s interest, to be too prude either. If one finds herself living on Mount Olympus, it is best not to be the most powerful god nor the least but to seek the average. While the golden mean is a valuable thought experiment, in practice one should seek the mean, but try to elevate that mean, not lower it. If one does lower it however it is absurd to lament the results of years one’s own hard labor.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

Will Barbarism Win?

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, if the progressives succeed in hounding Trump from office, it is the end of our Republic as we knew it. That has of course been the goal of progressives and progressivism for decades, the destruction of the US from within to make way for a new world order, a one world government. The victories of progressive violence, intimidation and slander have been extraordinary. They have hounded many of his appointees from office, and now are nearing their goal of impeaching Trump… merely for his existence. In their gleeful attacks they forget they already gave Obama a break for the very same things! But, then again, Obama and progressives are above the law. Yes, if they succeed and get Trump, there will never be a libertarian or conservative holding elected office again. Because the left will use this effective strategy, violent riots, intimidation, falsification of charges then prosecuting us for them, and the utter destruction of their opponents politically, personally and emotionally. What conservative in their right mind would step into that meat grinder?

Our republic is based on the rule of law. Progressives have effectively shorn us from the rule of law and instead moved us back to rights of kings. During the Obama Presidency, the most alarming abuses of power in the history of the US were overlooked. Using the IRS as a political weapon, sending arms to terrorists who have a stated goal of the slaughter of Americans, sending money to Iran to help them build nuclear weapons to wash the world in blood to bring back the twelfth Imam, sending weapons to Mexican drug cartels then vilifying US citizens for it, the Benghazi scandal and follow up lies about it, the Clinton foundation slush fund, Clinton exposing classified secrets to our enemies… among so many that it would be impossible to list them all. One thing the Obama Presidency has proven is that we no longer live under the rule of law.

This latest flap over Trump giving the Russians classified intelligence is proof positive of the diabolical nature of progressives and progressivism. When Obama did the same thing the media gave the story a good hard leaving alone. They bent over backwards to justify, misdirect and personally attack anyone who brought it up. Now, on mere unfounded and anonymous allegations, even conservatives are saying Trump should resign! Just the latest in a long line of fake scandals attacking Trump. Like the boy who cried wolf however, eventually the people will get weary of the lies, slander and smears, and become repulsed by them. It boils down to whether progressives succeed in hounding Trump from office before that happens.

Our Constitution is written for civilized people and is wholly unsuited for any other. If we follow our politicians into barbarism, we will be complicit in our own enslavement. Progressives have thrown off the shackles of civilization and have embraced arbitrary rule, autocracy, censorship and political violence. Progressives have become the intolerant faction. They are intolerant of any point of view that doesn’t correspond with their world view. They act the barbarian for the barbarian’s ends. A civilized person doesn’t show up at someone’s home with a crowd of unruly protesters and terrify the children of the target. Civilized people don’t riot in the streets if their candidate is not elected, civilized people follow just laws and civilized people don’t hold others to a higher standard then they hold themselves. Progressives know that if they can move us all away from civilization and toward barbarism, they will have done the hard lifting of destroying our Constitution so they can replace it with a global Marxist one.

Success would embolden progressives to destroy personally anyone who disagrees with them. If Trump is forced from office, Mike Pence will not last a year in office, then Paul Ryan may last a term because he is a progressive republican… but probably not. Progressives smell blood in the water and abetted by their lackeys in the legacy media they are in full combat mode. The will of the people is irrelevant to progressives, as they consider the rest of us untermensch, (subhuman). Victory of Trump will not placate the progressive faction but embolden it to be even more barbaric and vitriolic. Our republic faces an existential crisis at this moment. This crisis was created by progressives who have no sense of right or wrong, to them the ends justify the means, and the ends are such a glittering lie… they can’t help themselves.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

Our Reflection

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me… our representatives are a reflection of us. Those of us who do vote elect the people who say what they want to hear. If people want socialism, the politicians speak glowingly of the planned economy, if the people want liberty, the politicians speak warmly of free enterprise, but no matter what the majority of people who vote want, the underlying philosophy girding what they demand… will be reflected in their vote. It is a factor of human nature that we like people who are like us, that is why intelligent people will gravitate to intelligent politicians, and stupid people will find the idiotic magnetic. It makes sense why those who seek a hammock, vote for politicians who seek tyranny, for it is only under tyranny that some, the politically favored, are granted hammocks. If our votes are the result of our will and our will is a reflection of us, then those we vote in, must also represent us.

Vermont has Bernie Sanders the avowed socialist. Vermont, the place of that institution of higher learning, Goddard College, that Bernie Sanders is inextricably tied to… once built a house on it’s corner. Absolutely useless, with it’s only utility in it’s absurdity, one has to wonder that a college constantly pleading poor mouse has such funds? Socialism, Vermont and Bernie, are all about the misallocation of resources, from those who would put them to productive use, to those who would squander them on a house on it’s corner. Vermont is the place where the people hate what the government does to them, but love the democrats and progressives, who are doing it to them. They seek to flee the sty of high taxes and stifling regulation they have brought down upon themselves, and vote progressive in their adopted homes, metastasizing the cancer of socialism. Clearly then, Bernie Sanders is a reflection of the voters in Vermont.

California’s 43rd district has Maxine Waters… the imbecile. Well, I really shouldn’t say that because it so abuses imbeciles, to be associated with her. She is the brainiac who once worried that Guam might flip over if too many US servicemen were on one side of the island. Her skills with math are legendary, she claimed sequestration would cost the US 170 million jobs, of course at the time, there was only 134 million jobs in the US. As for virtue, she paid her daughter $750,000.00 for a hack job, then criticized Trump for his daughter doing an actual job, for free. Clearly, if Maxine Waters is a reflection of the 43rd district of California, they have some issues, moral, mental and emotional.

Texas has senator Ted Cruz the constitutionalist. Cruz is of mixed heritage as are most Texans, he believes in freedom of the individual, as do most Texans, Cruz is also extremely intelligent as are many Texans. Texas is the place with stand your ground laws, where if someone barges into your home and attack you, you have every right to defend yourself, as the founding fathers believed, is common sense and so does Cruz. Texas has passed anti sanctuary city laws, which contrary to progressive propaganda, only require law enforcement throughout the state to follow the law when someone is charged with a crime! Other than Nietzsche, no one wants violent criminals on the streets, especially Cruz or Texans. Ted Cruz is a deeply devout man as are many Texans. In every way Ted Cruz is a reflection of Texans.

Take a long hard look at your representative because they are a reflection of you. Is he or she an imbecile, a genius, a Marxist or a constitutionalist. Do they really represent where you want this great nation to go? If he is a fool, it is probably because the people who elected him are fools, if she is a genius, it is probably because the people who elected her are smart, if they are Marxists, it is because the voters want a hammock, and if they favor free enterprise, it is because the voters are industrious. If your representative is so crooked, they will have to screw her into the ground like a corkscrew, you might want to take a look at your own honesty. It s a 2 way street, we follow our leaders to be villains or heroes, but those of us with the franchise can choose, to vote for those who will lead us closer to what we know is best. Let our leaders be a reflection of our best rather than our worse.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

Intolerant Faction and Free Speech

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, for free speech to function everyone must allow it, if one intolerant faction doesn’t, that intolerant faction’s free speech will be allowed while everyone else free speech will be smothered. Of course the answer is when the vast majority reject any faction out of hand that rejects free speech, but that is much easier to accomplish as a thought experiment, than in real life. It is free speech however that gave and continues to give, the Enlightenment it’s reach and power. Return to a pre Enlightenment philosophy and we return to horse and buggies, the Rights of Kings and human slavery. A true educator would keep this truth above all in the minds of their students, “Argument should always be decided upon the merits of the argument rather than the authority of the speaker, and the best means to do this is free speech.”

Intolerant factions are and will always be the greatest threat to freedom. An intolerant faction is any group of people, no matter how small, that will not tolerate the free speech of those they disagree with. Usually it is not because they consider their peers so stupid as to fall for a fallacious argument, but because they are peddling a fallacious argument themselves, one that can be easily discredited by a reasoned argument. The intolerant faction is made up of people who are perpetuating a lie, know they are perpetuating a lie, and so use violence to silence anyone who would call it a lie. Yet it is tolerance of their violence that gives them so much power.

The best answer to an intolerant faction is not to tolerate their intolerance. When a group shuts down a speaker at a college campus, the faculty have an obligation to blare that speaker’s words throughout the campus, so everyone must then hear it, to stop shutting down free speech by incentives. Lead by example and allow others to speak then demand that same right for yourself as you gave them. Every time you or I bow to the violence of an intolerant faction, we empower that faction to smother more free speech… until only their intolerant ignorant version of truth can be heard, all other voices are silenced.

The Enlightenment was a watershed moment in the philosophy of Mankind. It allowed humanity to ascend above the narrow mindedness that always accompanies authority. Whenever someone becomes an authority on any subject they have an incentive not to change the paradigm. If it does, someone else becomes the authority, and that is unacceptable to an authority. For this reason humanity’s advancement in every field is hindered by the very people in authority. Always has been and always will be. The thinkers that rejected bowing to authority and embraced, truth by reason, were geniuses. They lifted the lot of Man from perpetual toil to the comforts we have today. All of it rests on their shoulders, but they couldn’t have done it under any other religions than Christianity and Judaism.

It is free speech that empowers the Enlightenment. Without the ability to make a point, there can be no reasoned argument. If any voice is silenced then all voices cannot be heard, that should be common sense, but common sense is as dead as a door nail… killed by an intolerant faction. When someone claims there can be no argument, the authorities have spoken, they are trying to return to a pre Enlightenment philosophy. They are saying the only truth is what they say is truth and no other. Which is the very definition of pre Enlightenment thinking.

Without the advances of the Enlightenment, humanity will revert to our natural state, the same state our ancestors existed in, from times before ancient Greece. All the new scientific advances, technological marvels and comforts we take for granted, are founded on the pragmatic enlightened mindset. Take away that mindset, smash the foundation if you will, and the structure comes crashing down, in this case our technological civilization. It would be like the movie Idiocracy, people would have the machines but when those machines broke down they would not be able to fix them, or build new more advanced ones. Eventually, they would all break down and horses would become the normal mode of transportation again, as they were for thousands of years, slaves would be needed to pick the cotton and gin it as well, tyranny would rule the land again without recourse… and the lot of Mankind would be set back centuries.

The answer is education, our children must be inculcated with the knowledge that there is truth, and the way to truth is by reasoned argument based on empirical evidence, not and never, by some snake oil salesman peddling some magical remedy that heals everything. They must understand that authority has something to say, but cannot ever be taken as the final say, reasoned argument must always and everywhere take place, else we become stilted and cease growing, because while authority has valuable knowledge, they are bound to the current paradigm… and growth always leads to paradigm shift. We may never get to the perfect truth of human existence, but as long as we sharpen our understanding of it through the honing of it with reasoned argument, based on empirical evidence with all voices getting a chance to be heard, we can get pretty close.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

What is in the self interest of the elite?

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, People, all people, act in our own self interest. It is possible then, to reason from emphatic self interest or in other words, discerning motivations, to predict actions. When confronted with a fire, for example, a self interested person will refrain from touching it. We can predict that any person of reasoned mind, will not touch a fire, from our understanding of self interest. The media and government are both made up of self interested human beings. If we discern their motivations we can predict what they will do. Out of our understanding of self interest.

If government was doing it’s job well, there would be no crime, wars, poverty or oppression. Were that the case, the power of government would necessarily be low, the people would not watch the news as there would be none of any interest, and so both entities would suffer economic, status and political power. Self interested people don’t willingly suffer economic, status and political loss. We can then predict that people in the media and government are motivated to create the conditions where crime, poverty, oppression and wars abound, so bureaucrats and politicians can hold and grab more power prestige and wealth. Meanwhile, the media has plenty of human suffering to display, and nothing sells like blood. It is in the self interest of people in the media and government then… to create wars, crime, poverty and unrest.

Obviously a civilized person would not create suffering in the world just to get rich, laid and powerful. But our world, society and indeed civilization itself, doesn’t value the civilization in a person. In fact we are programmed in a plethora of ways, not to be civilized, but barbarians. Put a ten thousand dollar suit on a barbarian and all you have is a well tailored savage. A savage who will not blink at crossing any bridge then turning around and burning it behind her. People naturally gravitate to the golden mean, the civilizational norm of behavior if you will, so even the most human hearted person is probably going to follow their self interest, before servicing their debt to civilization. Making self interest all the easier to follow.

Since the dross floats to the top, a much higher percentage of people in positions of power are likely to be psychopaths, and studies have proven this to be true. Those who are psychopaths have no brakes. Psychopathy is an emotional disorder. The psychopath has no empathy, no mercy, loves excitement, considers others inferior, loves to manipulate others especially into self harm, and have a natural charisma. Making them particularly drawn to, and suitable for, for the political arena. Which means many people in positions of power are totally controlled by their self interest.

People have an extraordinary way of self justification. We justify our actions, to ourselves, as a means to disassociate ourselves from guilt. From… the woman raped in the bar had it coming for being in that bar in the first place, to destroying the first step on the economic ladder by raising the minimum wage because it helps the poor, we can justify our outrageous actions to ourselves and our partners in crime, by twisting logic into a Gordian knot. When confronted by a strong motivation even the person not psychopathic, outside the effects of the culture, can self justify actions he or she would never otherwise do… when the crowd does it first. Add in the cultural rot in our morality, along with the natural concentration of psychopaths in executive, political and bureaucratic positions, and you have the perfect storm.

The media has an incentive then to report news in a distorted way to foment trouble. It is not only in the interest of the producers and owners but from the news anchor to the camera person, everyone in that industry has an inducement to create suffering in the world. Violence draws viewers, viewers draw advertisers, and advertisers pay money. Viewers also impart the power to effect the culture. If it is in the self interest of people in media, a group with a higher than normal percentage of psychopaths, human beings who’s morals have been rotted by our toxic culture, and have the extraordinary human ability to self justify any action, and you will have a media that is toxic to the moral, civil and political culture.

So, we have the core reason government never works well, it is not in the self interest of those running it to do so. The media will report distorted news to create more war, crime, outrage, civil unrest and corrode our culture itself, to their own ends. Government cannot ever solve a problem because that would mean the laying off of thousands of bureaucrats! The incentives for people to create good government, government that is not in the way, with low crime, no war and civil harmony are not existent. Every inducement is to go the other way. Perhaps that is why so many civilizations have risen in virtue and fallen in vice. How do we know this again? Because it is in the elite’s self interest to do so.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

In Government, Failure is Rewarded.

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, the worse a government program does, the more money, power and prestige it gets. That is the exact opposite of free enterprise. In free enterprise, those who fail get punished by the laws of the free market, while in government, failure gets a raise, promotion and a corner office. This is because the incentives for government and free markets are polar opposites. In government they are spending someone else money, with only themselves to hold themselves, accountable for it. If they fail at their goal this year they justify to themselves they need more money. With more money comes more employees and more employees means a larger fiefdom. If a government program were to succeed however, that leader would be laid off and her fiefdom dismantled. The incentives for bureaucrats then is to never solve any problem but indeed make them worse.

Crime is up so we are spending more to build a police state. The more our government fails in keeping us safe the more money we will be happy to give government to keep us safe. Even as our politicians give ever wider latitude to factions that are rioting in the streets, they call for more police powers, to stop the violent riots. We are plied with terror, of drugs, foreign powers and religious zealotry… to cajole us into giving the police state even more power. Laws and regulations are passed every day, constraining us in ways even a highly trained lawyer cannot fully comprehend, and so everyone is a criminal whether we know it or not, making the argument, you should only fear government intrusion if you are a criminal, moot. The more our government fails in keeping us safe the more power and money they get.

We face threats from across the globe and so we are spending more on defense. Our media is full of war propaganda now. Anyone who is not terrified, should be, or at least that is what the elite want us to think. Our government is moving troops, like chess pieces, across the globe as other governments do the same. The calls for war fill our nightly news and papers, all the legacy media in lock step… almost as if a single entity or person were calling the shots at them all. The elite tell us we are to believe that these problems just cropped up, that they came at us from the blue and the elite couldn’t have stopped them before. As I mentioned in blogs from the late 2000’s, the elite at the time were sowing the seeds for the next war, either intentionally or due to stupidity. Today those seeds are sprouting, proving the government has failed, once again, to keep global threats minimized… and so government will get more money and power to send our children to die in a war, the elite will never allow us to win.

Our schools can’t even teach our kids to read or make change anymore and so we are spending much more on education. Every year the US spends more on education, and every year the standardized tests have to be lowered, to make up for the lowered outcome. Students graduating high school today consistently score much worse in every measure than students from a decade ago, and they did far worse than students a decade before that. You cannot even compare the level of education of a high school student from the 1950s with today, the level of academic achievement required to graduate today is exponentially lower. That was then, this is now, however, and more failure by our government monopoly education system means more money, prestige and smaller class sizes.

The elite tell us that government spending is what keep sour economy afloat, and so we have to give more money to government, else our economy will collapse. The result is that out of fear of economic Armageddon, we transfer an ever growing percentage of our income to government, to spend virtuously to keep the economy going. Of course this is foolishness, since it is predicated on the idea we will not spend our money or save it. Moreover, the economy grows less and less every year, in the entire Obama Presidency for example, the US economy never exceeded 2%, which is far below historic norms of growth. Yet, since government is failing to stimulate the economy by taking more of our money, printing trillions and borrowing billions, to give to Wall street bankers, we must tax, print and borrow even more.

Perhaps the reason why government fails at everything it does is, the more it fails us, the more we give it. Even the benefit of the doubt. We hate to admit we have been swindled, but government swindles us all the time and we smile and open our checkbooks once again. It is a standing joke that the only form of immortality there is on this planet… is a government program. Every time government fails and we reward it for that failure we are doing ourselves, our children and even government itself, a grave disservice. Those government programs that have failed spectacularly need to be eliminated, they are not jobs programs for half witted bureaucrats unable to get a real job, they are supposed to be purposed programs dedicated to eliminating a societal problem. If they don’t succeed, they should be done away with and if they make that problem worse, as has the departments of Education, Energy, EPA, Bureau of Indian Affairs, ETC… the leaders should be punished as well. Fix the incentives and you have fixed government.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

Bureaucrats, Mobs and the Administrative State

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, mobs come in all shapes and sizes, from a group that overturns cars on their way from a progressive rally, to a group of men in ill fitting suits reeking of garlic, who oversee the day to day workings of a city’s crime. The functional definition of a mob is, a group of people in similar circumstances, such that their mentality will become similarly disposed. By this definition we can see that the bureaucracy is a mob and imparts the mob mentality to those in it. There are uncountable numbers of articles describing the mob mentality, basically, how people in groups are influenced by their peers and how being part of a group, dissolves one’s personal responsibility for our own actions into that group. Looked at in this way it has obvious implications for understanding the nature and functioning of bureaucracy.

It is important to understand the nature and workings of bureaucracy because the fortunes of every soul on the planet is effected by bureaucracy. The modern nation state has evolved beyond legislators, presidents, judges and prime ministers, into the administrative state. Bureaucrats pass laws, prosecute infractions and decide punishments. The entire apparatus of government has devolved back into a single entity. That entity used to be the God king, and now is the god government, in other words, the bureaucracy. You fortune is dependent on the whims of bureaucrats, your business on their proclivity to regulate you out of existence and your very life on the pugnacity of bureaucrats.

The bureaucrat’s belief system is founded in her schooling. Since every bureaucrat today has a degree from university, they all have been inculcated in the progressive mindset, or put another way, the Frankfurt school. The vast majority of bureaucrats think the same way, and believe the same things, because of their schooling, which makes them, by definition a mob. They believe in the godhood of the state and they think all good comes from the state. They have been thoroughly programmed to believe the philosophies of Freud, Marx, Nietzsche and Darwin. Basically, the Frankfurt school teaches… Nietzsche’s superman theory, that crime, violence and suffering will evolve us into supermen, Darwin’s theory of evolution, Marx’s theory of class struggle, the alienation of work and the need to evolve humanity into ants, and Freud’s ideas of the ego, id and super Ego. Atheist to their core, to a bureaucrat these are truths that supersede all other truths, even empirically proven realities.

Once they leave university the programming is reinforced by their peers. The group enforces it’s own codes of conduct and part of that code is the way the members think. Those who enter the bureaucracy and begin to loose their programming are held in check by their peers. To be in any group one must attach herself to that group, believe the requisite beliefs of the group and follow orthodoxy. Those who change their minds are controlled by other members of the group and ejected should they fall too far outside the parameters of what is expected of them. Being a bureaucrat today is very lucrative, with stupendous benefits, outstanding pay and unbelievable pensions. To get evicted from such a profitable job is horrifying to anyone, especially someone with years of schooling that isn’t applicable to anything in the real world.

Distributed responsibility is especially dangerous in bureaucracy. The most heinous crimes ever committed by a human being have been because he or she passed the responsibility to a group, whether it be a NAZI death camp guard following orders, or a Young Turk raping then crucifying a twelve year old girl for being a Christian, was only following his religion, crimes of such unimaginable magnitude, responsibility must, even in the case of psychopaths, be passed to another. The beauty of distributed responsibility is that anything can be done, no matter how evil, and all that needs to happen is for those people acting inhumanly, to pass the blame onto the group. Since a bureaucrat has such unlimited power in the administrative state, no greater evils can be foisted on humanity by any other group, or mob, than bureaucracy.

From the lack of diversity in education and group restricted attitudes, to the open dangers of distributed responsibility, bureaucracy is the most dangerous institutions ever devised by man. The bureaucracy can seize assets, make entire industries illegal or simply uneconomical, create famine, tyrannize anyone they see fit, make common sense illegal and even kill people they find vexing… like unborn children. There is no limit to the power of the administrative state, no checks or balances, no voting to get rid of evil people and no oversight, except by other bureaucrats, with the same ideas, predilections and beliefs. The mob of bureaucracy is far more dangerous than any violent mob, their power is unchecked, their actions go unnoticed and there is no moral limit on them. Even the limitation of the certainty of divine judgment is lifted from them, giving their every whim free reign. There is no one on the planet who is a bigger threat to the health, safety and wealth of the human race than a mob of bureaucrats. Making the administrative state nothing but… mob rule.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

The Root of All the World’s Problems

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, when I look around the world, at all the intractable problems, wars, genocide, unrest, riots, terrorism, crime, etc… the only real problem we face is the breakdown of civility. Were we to follow the teachings of Jesus… and treat others as we would have them treat us, we would be civil, if we loved our neighbors as much as ourselves, civility would reign, when we look to the plank in our own eye rather than the mote in another’s, we are practicing civility. Those who are more than willing to cast the first stone, even though they themselves are not free of sin, are being uncivil. Civility is human heartedness in action. All the problems we seem to face have their root in civility, those who act violently, making war, ginning up war, rioting, looting, stealing and murdering, have thrown off the armor of civility and taken up the banner of barbarism.

I would think it obvious that any crime with a victim stems from a lack of civility. If one is treating others as they would be treated, only a masochist would treat others badly. We would have to say such a person is disconnected from reality in some way. Perhaps he has a deep seated self loathing. This is because we all know, people want pleasure, power and pomp. The man who slaps his wife would be very offended if he himself were slapped across the face, and so it is obvious that those who hand out evils to others are treating others, not as they themselves would be treated, but treating others as they themselves would never tolerate. You see… a lack of civility.

No one is built up by taring them down. When we ridicule others, for their own good, we are looking at the mote in the eye of another while ignoring the plank in our own. Genuine heartfelt help, when asked for it, with only a view to improve the lot of another is clearly practicing civility, but ridicule and complaining, only undermines the will to do better. Ordering someone to change this or that aspect of themselves is a clear message you think them, incompetent, lazy, inept, and many other phrases that follow from extending the logic. You raze a building to destroy it, people raze other people’s self esteem to destroy it, destroying a thing never builds it up. No matter if the person doing the razing has fooled themselves about it or not. It is best to look to solve our own problems, and there is not one among us who doesn’t have plenty, and let others solve their own, unless they ask for help.

Where would there be war if people loved their neighbors as themselves? Who would make war upon themselves? That would be absurd. Yet our world is filled with wars and rumors of wars, so we can say with certainty, that people are not loving their neighbors as themselves. People wage war, both politically and personally, for gain or revenge. In the case of gain it is just another word for stealing, and in the case of revenge it is the perpetuation of hatred, certainly not love. What is so hard about loving our neighbors? If they are rude simply smile and go on, if they are standoffish give them room, rather than be ready to be offended at the least provocation. The wise know that it is in our personal best interests to love our neighbors, and be forgiving, both in politics and in person.

Have you ever noticed the people who are always the first to cast stones at others usually live in glass houses? It’s like they think that by hurting someone else, that somehow cleans them of their sin, but of course, it only adds to their sin. Jesus hung out with prostitutes, tax collectors, fishermen, the lowest class at the time. He didn’t cling to the elite seeking fame through them, he lived a life without sin making him uniquely qualified to cast stones at sinners, yet he refused. Even though he could point a finger of blame at another, without three pointing back at him, he didn’t. It is self evident then, that for us with our sinful nature to cast stones at others, in any form, is not following Jesus’ example, and is not civil.

Every problem we face, as the human race, has it’s roots in a lack of civility. The more we move away from civility, treating others as we would not tolerate, hating our neighbors, poking at the more in other people’s eyes with our dirty fingers and casting stones away from our glass houses… the more our civilization, political, economic and social will crumble. You see, it is not wisdom to cast off true wisdom because it is old, but foolishness. To follow the new simply because it is new, is no different in logic than accepting as truth a thing, because it comes from authority. We know both in our hearts and in our minds that the truths, love thy neighbor, do unto others, look to the plank in our own eyes, and be civil, all the problems we face would simply vanish. But, it is too hard to do these things, and much easier… to bandage people, rebuild after wars, watch our loved ones die, console weeping family, lawyer up, avoid eye contact become accustomed to terror and accept crime.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

Big Guy Versus the Little Guy

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, the role of government has always been, and continues to be, to keep the little guy down, while protecting the big guys from the little guys. The founding of the US ushered in a new paradigm but the elite, over the course of a century managed to evolve even that virtuous national ethos back to the traditional one. Today there is not a nation on the planet that allows the little people to compete on a level playing field with the big guys. With an eye to calculation, the elite use the power of propaganda to convince the little guy that they work for him, against the little guy’s interests. This is done in a myriad of ways. Usually they offer up a piece of legislation that sounds good, a hike in minimum wage for example, but actually works against the interests of the little guy. We have shown such a propensity for falling for the trick, the elite know they have nothing to fear from us, because we will fall for it over and over again.

Income taxes are the ideal example. At the beginning of Obama’s Presidency, the billionaire Warren Buffett told a crowd of drooling reporters that he was incensed, his secretary paid a higher tax rate than he did. This was reported all across the media landscape as proof Buffett is a human hearted man. So the elite in government dutifully raised his secretary’s taxes, cut Buffett’s and gave him a monopoly for his choo choo trains to carry crude oil from Canada to Texas refineries. Of course transporting oil on trains is exponentially more dangerous then in a pipeline, as Lac Magantic proves, a few dozen little people burning to death is a small price for them to pay however, for the wonderful philanthropist Buffett’s monopoly profits. The entire affair was nothing but a propaganda exercise that worked perfectly.

People who work for a living pay a much higher tax rate than people who derive their income from investments. The already rich derive their income from investments and can pay accountants to protect their income from the tax man, those of us who labor for our daily bread however, have little left to pay an accountant and tax lawyer to protect ours, so we pay through the nose. The false meme that people earning over 200k should be taxed to death, only serves to keep the rest of us down, and protects the uber wealthy from having to compete with us. This is because the guy earning over 200k is not rich yet, she is trying to get rich, and the elite cannot tolerate that, so we are plied with propaganda based on jealousy and envy. The little guy is again tricked into damaging our own interests and protecting those of the elite.

Regulations are all about keeping us down. The role of regulations, despite what the elite tell you they are, is to protect a politically favored group or industry. Let’s say someone starts a business and manages to get rich despite the array of government regulations, taxes, cronyism and corruption. The first thing he will do is turn around and close the door behind him. This is done with regulations. He will use some of his wealth to lobby government to pass regulations making his industry “more safe.” Of course more safe always means a higher bar to entry. That higher bar, one that the already rich didn’t have to leap, protects the elite from having to compete with the hungry entrepreneur. The old saying, Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations is one of the primary motivating factors here.

The children of the uber rich never grow up. They don’t have to. So they are ill prepared to compete with people who have grown up in the school of hard knocks. That is why in a traditional capitalist economy this saying holds true. Today however the elite have put in place a whole plethora of ways to protect their half witted grandchildren. Trust funds, regulations preventing competition, taxes to keep the working woman down and cronyism that only allows certain people to do certain things. In South America they haven’t had a free market… ever. I have a friend from Guatemala Brolio. One day we were talking and I mentioned to him that land in Guatemala must be pretty cheap, and the forest products industry pays handsomely for the lumber from that part of the world. I went on to say that if him and I went in together to buy some land and used good silvicultural practices we could make a mint. He laughed and laughed at the very thought. Shocked, I asked why? He replied that only certain people in Guatemala can own land.

The next time you have to cut a check to the government for some arcane regulation you ran afoul of, to pay a tax you weren’t aware of, to get permission from the government to engage in economic activity or buy equipment that you have no use for, to satisfy some government rule, you are experiencing this in action. You are being actively held down so the elite don’t have to compete with you. Next time you get fined by some self important bureaucrat, you’re economic future is being crushed by government, to save the fortune of a half wit. This has been the role of government from time immemorial. Oh yes, there have been a few times, short periods where this wasn’t the case, and those times have been immortalized as golden ages. Ancient Greek democracy, Roman republic, the founding of the US and the early years of free enterprise also known as the Enlightenment, are the few examples. Notice however, that those periods were short, singular and most importantly, the nations and societies involved have never risen again. This is why there is and always will be a huge disparity of wealth in the world.

Sincerely,

John Pepin