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Hope, it’s the Christian Thing to Do.

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, in times like these it is hard not to despair, but we are called as Christians to hope. Hope is a self interested act because once hope is lost, the game has ended, but where hope clings to life, there is always a possibility of victory. I see so many of us libertarians and conservatives loosing hope, at the obviously gigantic problems we as a human race face, the coming religious wars, potential nuclear war, the utter disconnection from our Constitution, growing oppression, the undermining of our foundational principles, the loss of free speech, the loss of freedom of religion, coming world tyranny and in many places people are not even allowed to defend themselves from attackers! We are surrounded by absurdity called consensus piled upon insanity labeled reason. Today the elite insist, war is peace, freedom is slavery and false news is real news and real news is false news. The moral ground we trod has been plowed up and frozen, we have to walk across the jagged ankle wrenching ground of, changing morality, immorality called morality and the hegemonic culture… post modernism questions even physics itself. Yes, there is much to despair over, but hope is more powerful than despair, hope seizes victory from the jaws of failure, and it is hope that begets the miracles that Christians still to this day experience.

J RR Tolkien’s books The Lord of the Rings series was based on this aspect of Christian doctrine. No matter that their quest was doomed from the start they persevered on. In the end, it was a villain who was spared, that saved the day. Each laboring as far and long as he could until the next would pick up the burden and carry it as far as they could. The whole story is one of hope in the face of rational despair. This is a basic Christian doctrine. Christians have hope because, God may at any time step in and save us, if he doesn’t then he has called us home to heaven, and what loss is there in that? Hope for a Christian is a win win situation then. If we hope to be saved from certain death, and we are not, we win by going to heaven, if we are saved, then we get to live on, either way a Christian always has hope, because a Christian always wins. What do you suppose happens to the soul of a Christian martyr? What does the Holy Bible say?

Hope is a rational self interested choice. Often, reason will tell us there is no hope and that we might as well give up in the face of overwhelming odds, when in fact that is the least rational action we could take. There is a reason methodical serial killers don’t kill mothers with their children around. A mother who is protecting her children has no thought of loosing, their only thought is of victory, hope. Whether she is a black bear, a feral cat or a human being, no one and nothing wants to go against a mother fighting for her babies. Lions understand this logic, as do wolves and I suppose even T Rexes did, so how much better should we, as self aware rational beings? This seems counter intuitive though doesn’t it? A female is usually much weaker than a male of her own species and how much weaker a female of a prey species then? What is the magic that makes this truth factual? Hope, the female has nothing but hope in her mind and heart when she is fighting for her babies, a hope that cannot be extinguished unless she is, hope is the secret ingredient.

We are surrounded by evil, and people unwilling to lift a finger to help us stop it, we have voted over and over to change direction but those we vote in speed it up, rather than turn the wheel, in our hearts we know the media’s relentless attacks on our President is in truth, attacks on us, our intelligence and our attitudes. The very air we breathe is saturated with despair. We are told daily, in any number of ways to sit down and shut up, else we will be ground under the tires of the New World Order. “You can’t fight city hall so you might as well get used to it,” has become the mantra of our age. Those of us who look forward, at what will likely happen if trends continue the way they are going, see human suffering on a munificent scale coming, and the elite judging by their actions, not their words, they must want it to come. There is plenty to despair about… but so was there in 1941, hope won the day then as it will today, if only we cling to hope and reject despair.

Victory is always possible it only depends on who gives up first. It looks like the majority are progressive globalists, it looks like the Islamists will inevitably win, it looks like our legal systems are against us, it looks like a lot of things, none of them necessarily true, all we need do is hope. God is working behind the scenes. Evil must struggle, all day and all night every day and every night, because it doesn’t have a loving God working behind the scenes for it. Everything evil accomplishes, it must accomplish itself, by the sweat of it’s own brow, while we are able to relax after a day work, in the warm knowledge that, in the end, God has it in hand. Remember, evil is ugly and sooner or later people will turn away from it, it’s only hope is to gain enough power before that happens, then even the consent of it’s own adherents is irrelevant, but in the end that level of power is impossible to maintain for long, so in reality evil can only loose, so it is evil that has no hope.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

Pixelization of Law

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, just as the detail of a picture is increased the closer to the subject, the applicability of laws becomes ever more prescient, the closer they are made to the people they effect. As Mandelbrot explained, the number of feet of shoreline around Britain is infinite, the shorter the length of measure, the longer it becomes and the more accurately it is measured. The logic also applies to laws and regulations but not to standards. Just as a single pixel must be a composite of, and analogous to, whatever it represents, a law must apply to everyone in it’s scope of enforcement, even those to which it has no applicability, utility and is even counter productive. If the scope of enforcement is smaller, the “pixel” of law is more accurate, just as it would be of a more fine pixel in a photograph. Laws therefore should be made close to the subject and not far away.

Mandelbrot’s description of the shoreline of Britain was an explanation of the concept, the smaller the measurement a thing is measured by, the longer that measurement of it becomes, and the more accurately it is measured, the opposite also being true, that the larger the measurement the less accurately the measure, and the shorter it will appear to be. How this applies to law and regulation is this, laws are supposed to place a negative incentive on a negative action, since this is the case, we could place a blanket law making every action imaginable, a criminal offense, and no negative thing would ever be done… without being punished at least. Of course, if everyone followed such a law, the economy would grind to a halt, people would starve in their own homes surrounded by food, since it would be illegal to cook it, and the human race would cease to exist. This would be like a single pixel covering the whole picture.

On the other side of the spectrum, laws could theoretically be so minutely applicable they would only target individuals who are at risk of certain actions, only in certain places… down to the foot, which could, if sufficiently accurate, stop all crime as well. This however would be utterly unworkable. The laws would have to be so arcane only super computers could apply them. So the one end of the spectrum, one law applying to everyone outlawing everything, is absurd, as is a myriad of laws so complex and local that one could legally light a cigarette and draw a puff, then take a step, and by taking that step, commit a felony, is also unworkable. This would be analogous to a picture rendered of the tiniest pixels, far more accurate than is necessary. Obviously then, we need to find a balance, one that is just and one that doesn’t destroy our prosperity, liberty or society.

We can all agree however, that the sharper the image the closer to true justice it becomes, and will have the least unforeseen consequences. So, to meet the balance where both justice is served and law doesn’t destroy that which it is supposed to protect, it should be passed and enforced as locally as possible. With the smallest pixelization possible. Basically, the pixels, (locality) should be fine, but certainly not to the inch or foot, but the city, county or State, depending on the local people’s desire. If City A wants to legalize gambling and city B does not, then why should the one be forced to go against their wishes, because gambling is made legal or illegal, statewide or nationwide? Showing the locality of law should be the self interested choice of the local inhabitants… self determination.

This logic explains why federal regulation is so pernicious, in that it is destructive of our society, liberty and prosperity. The federal government is too far away to make effective laws. The pixel is too large to get any detail. The big ones, universals, like initiating violence against another and violating a person’s property rights can, but still should not, be addressed at the federal level. Every State has laws against murder, armed robbery, etc… The only legitimate role for the federal government, visa vie the pixelization of law, is to protect the whole, standardize and defend the Constitution. All other activities of any federal government should be carried out by State and local governments.

We have compared the locality of law to the pixels in a digital picture, with the analogy that the smaller the pixel the smaller the locality that law applies in. Laws made locally and enforced locally will be better policed, more pertinent and effective, than laws made at a national level. The national level should be reserved for the big picture… the Constitution, enforcing the Constitution on themselves and the states, national standards, protection from other nations, coining money and such projects the nation agrees needs to be done by the federal government. Little else should be decided at the national level. If that were the case however, and we went back to following our Constitution’s letter as well as spirit, vast swaths of bureaucrats would be laid off, whole departments would cease to exist, taxes would necessarily drop on a federal level, corporate welfare would be cut off and the economy would shoot to the Moon. People could address laws they thought oppressive at the local level where we have some input. It would be quite a change, to use ideas from the Mandelbrot set, to create more accurate law and by doing so, a more fair society.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

The Foolishness of the Fabian Model

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, progressives want to demolish the existing structure, so they are attacking the foundation, our Constitution, but in doing so they risk the structure falling in on them. When we are focused on a goal, the destruction of capitalism and the nation state as a model and establishing a socialist one world government, for example, we can be blind. In other words, when looking at the micro, it is easy to miss the macro. I think progressive globalists are doing just that, so focused on their big picture they are missing the bigger picture.

I had an old friend, God rest his soul, who was salt of the Earth but sometimes missed the forest for the trees… Tim was quite a unit. Decades ago some people were tearing down a house across the street from where I lived. Tim stopped over and sat down at the kitchen table. He leaned heavily on it. Ma asked him if he liked a cup of tea. He said yes. As Ma made him that cup of tea Tim looked at me, rolled his eyes and said, “Those idiots across the street. I could have that house down in ten minutes.”

Ma handed him the cup of tea, and asked, “How would you do that Tim?” He blew over the hot tea and said, “I would simply take a chainsaw, go under the house and cut the support columns. They are just spruce ten by tens!” I burst out laughing, convulsed and slapped my knee. Tim looked at me like I was crazy. I said, “It would take weeks to get your crushed and mutilated body out Tim!” Tim nonchalantly replied, “Nah, I would get out before it collapsed.” So strong was his conviction he would get out, the thought of getting caught in the collapse never occurred to him, as it doesn’t new class Fabian progressives.

If the western structure does break down and billions of people are killed in some catastrophe, rebuilding will not be a few years or decades, it could take generations and depending on what philosophy took hold during the collapse, perhaps never. Rest assured, part of the plan would be to blame capitalism, which would condemn generations to poverty, famine and oppression. That is what the new class globalist progressives don’t comprehend, just like Tim missed it, they will be caught in the collapse and be crushed along with everything else. It would be a huge joke… if so many human lives didn’t hang in the balance.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

Trump’s Tweets and Violence

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, even as the progressive media decry the scorn President trump heaps on them, labeling Trump’s 140 character tweets as a call to violence… there is real violence, ginned up by that very same media’s rhetoric! Talk about hypocrisy! The most notable example is the attack on republican lawmakers at a practice baseball game, following months of hyperbole dressed up as reporting, along with the attacks by progressives on conservatives on our college campuses, any conservative rally and the general violence against anyone wearing Trump memorabilia, cannot be counted. All of which are tacitly supported by the media, by misdirecting the blame for the violence, using life or death anti republican rhetoric to frame conservative policies and ignoring progressive on conservative violence altogether, thus giving it cover. Yes, those people, openly worry Trump’s fighting back will result in violence. Maybe someone should illustrate to the new class media, when you point a finger at someone else, three point back at you.

Lately the legacy media has been lamenting that Trump’s retaliatory attacks might normalize violence against Journalists. They worry that Trump, making retaliatory tweets might gin up violence against them, and they have let us know, they are worried. Despite the fact there has not been one reported incident of an attack on a progressive journalist… because he or she is progressive. There have been some violence directed at conservative journalists, on college campuses, but they are not the journalists who the new class media worries about. Of course, any dissent can generate violence, from the weak minded, only dissent that will result in actual death, slavery or liberty however, is that which strong minded people will engage in.

The progressive media, on the other hand, has drummed up innumerable attacks on conservatives. Progressives, bureaucrats, politicians and those in the media, use life or death rhetoric to frame any and every policy, painting republicans as deserving of violence. “If such and such bill passes/doesn’t pass…” your children will die, republicans want you to die, thousands will die without healthcare, and recently, up to 700 billion could die because they will loose their healthcare… according to Maxine Waters. Any time a question is reduced to life or death, the weak minded will act. They have not the ability to recognize the difference between rhetoric, hyperbole and reality. The strong minded will instantly see such terminology for what it is… mere rhetoric and will simply scoff at it. So it is the weak minded that journalists are worried about being ginned up to act violently.

The media is unable, or unwilling, to look in the mirror and see how their rhetoric is ginning up violence against conservatives. The progressive new class media has led by example. We see the actual violence every day, from our university quads and the riots in the news, to the drip drip of stories about this or that person beaten up, for wearing a Trump hat or Make America Great Tee shirt. Soldiers are discouraged from wearing their dress uniforms to function lest they be attacked and thus the “soldier” would disrupt the function, by “triggering” a weak minded progressive. The weak minded progressives the media doesn’t worry about… but that same media quivers in bed, awake all night, in fear of the conservative weak minded. The new class progressive media claims to be worried about that which they are themselves doing!

Empirical evidence clearly shows that most, if not all political violence, comes from statists. Both statists from the right as well as statists to the left. Of the two, statists to the left, progressives, have the upper hand, controlling the culture, media, legal system, business and government today. They use this command and control to implement, progress the planet to their ultimate goal, a one world socialist government… with the “right people” in charge. Of the tools in their vast toolkit, propaganda is one of their most effective. With Trump fighting back however, which up to now was unheard of by a conservative, the edge of their blade is dulled. Instead of the new class media being able to both attack, speaking directly to the people, and then filtering the response of their victim, Trump has turned the tables and goes around them, speaking directly to the people. His response is not filtered by the people attacking him.

That is why the media is so in an uproar about Trump’s using social media to go around them, their newest complaint that Trump’s speaking directly to the people might cause violence, while they themselves are doing that very thing to drum up violence against conservatives, is another means of misdirecting blame from the perpetrator, the progressive media, to the victim, conservatives in general. The weak minded are the ones progressives, fascists and Islamists always target with their rhetoric. Everything is framed as life or death to their followers and so they engender a zealotry. Then statists ply that zealotry with rhetoric into violence, all the while, decrying the potential future “violence” from the other side. Once libertarian, conservatives and constitutionalists are out of the way however, these weapons will be turned against each other. Next time the Reichstag burns, it might be blamed on the constitutionalists by the progressive media…

Sincerely,

John Pepin

Evil Uses Hopelessness to Keep Us from Acting

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, no matter that evil is repulsive in it’s purest form, disguised it can be very attractive, evil feeds off people’s desire for justice. It directs and feeds a sense of anger and frustration, and therefore a burning desire for justice, at the end of a gun if that is what it takes… ever impelling us towards violence, and when violence erupts, evil hides it by diverting our attention, thus further nurturing a general sense of unease and hopelessness. Once the mixture of oil and ammonium nitrate is exactly right, all it takes is a small pre detonation, an otherwise small event like the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, and the whole thing explodes. History is nothing if not this story recurring over and over. The first most pernicious thing about evil though, is just that, it’s ability to hide it’s hideousness with a porcelain mask.

Today we can see the actions of evil clearly if only we look behind the mask, with an open mind and open hearts. We have a faction that is rioting in the streets, attacking peaceful protesters and disrupting events to shut down speakers they disagree with, another faction that is daily attacking anyone not of their faith and even those of their faith that are not sufficiently correct in the interpretation of that faith, and the elite claim it is the victims they are afraid of not the perpetrators. The elite in other words, cheer on the bullies while lamenting that the kid on the ground with the bleeding lip, who’s lunch money is being stolen every day, might stand back up and punch the bully in the nose… because they get a cut of that lunch money! All done in the name of social justice.

We have the Antifa movement that openly calls for violence, in the name of justice, even against white babies, holding violent demonstrations where they smash anything they get their hands on and leave heaps of garbage behind, as if to show their utter disregard for even their own kitchens. The Black Lives matter movement that openly calls for the murder of police, even as police are shot by snipers in Dallas. As the Tea Party was setting on lawn chairs listening quietly to speakers talk about the US Constitution, and fastidiously cleaning up after themselves out of respect, the media that calls itself unbiased was slandering the Tea Party as violent extremists, and the Occupy Wall Street a grass roots groundswell of peaceful protest, even as the OWS hoodlums spilled garbage and human feces into banks, smashed windows and engaged in a rape culture. We tolerate George Soros funded crypto fascist beating up Conservatives at conservative rallies, then the same media claims it was the Trump protesters, who were beaten up at the Trump rally, that were the instigators! In every case here the media sides with the bully and blames the victims! Could it be more obvious than that?

The globalist elite are, as one mind, in this. There were no terrorist attacks in Europe before the Islamic immigration waves of the late 1980s. The rise in terrorism and terrorist related attacks is directly correlated to the increase in Muslim immigration, yet the more Islamic terror attacks, the more the elite bring in more Muslims. It is almost as if the terror attack at the Olympics in 1972 gave the global elite the idea to destabilize the west, by intentionally creating the civil disaster, daily terrorist attacks, we have in Europe today. It would seem the elite understand, as does everyone, that most Muslims are very nice people, so to get in the few that are not nice, there needs to be hundreds of thousands brought in. Moreover, once war breaks out the elite know even the nice Muslims will side with their not so nice brethren to establish Sharia.

It is a delicate balancing act though. The globalists have to keep us feeling more hopeless than fearful. They have to keep it in balance because if the balance gets too far off we will act. The idea is to ratchet up our feeling of hopelessness along with our fear and disgust at what is going on until we feel we cant take it anymore, the balance of ammonium nitrate to oil has been achieved and some small event will trigger the reaction, say, the rape of Lucretia by Sextus Tarquinius… and we will explode. Eventually we always get there, it is only a matter of how long it will take. The longer it takes, the more violent the explosion and the more human blood will be spilled. Sadly, by talking to people, the feeling of hopelessness in us, has grown so strong that the usurpations will build to a very well balanced oil and ammonium nitrate mixture… before we blow.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

Oppression Theory

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, oppressors have managed to convince many of us that oppression today, is the answer to oppression yesterday. The logic goes something like this, since group A was oppressed in the past, group B who oppressed them are always oppressors, while group A are always the oppressed. The oppression is usually race or economically defined, but oppressors always define a group as permanent oppressors, and other groups as permanently oppressed. This perversion of logic has served to motivate millions of people to help oppressors and would be oppressors, even laying down their lives to establish oppression, the very thing they so loathe! Simple, unambiguous logic dictates that… to eliminate oppression, one must eliminate oppression.

The progressive elite have established white people, no matter what actual race that has white skin one comes from, as the perpetual oppressors. Meanwhile, they have established in the cultural zeitgeist, the idea that people of every other colored skin, are the permanently oppressed. This is why when, even a man of Mixed descent shoots a hood attacking him, is called a “White Hispanic” by the totality of the media, people don’t even blink. No one noticed that the primary attribute the press put on the man defending himself, was the color of his skin, even though his grandfather was of African descent… to put Zimmerman in the oppressor category, and to forward their political slant on the story.

We have swam in the cesspool of oppression theory so long that we don’t even notice our own smell. Of course the logic of defining any group of people into any category, let alone a permanent oppressor class, is not just absurd it is diabolical. The children cannot be held liable for the sins of their parents, let alone the great great grandchildren. To define any human being by an arbitrary attribute, like skin color is in and of itself, the act of an oppressor. That is what oppressors do, they define us into groups then pit us against each other, riding astride us, directing the carnage to their amusement.

Defining one group as a permanent oppressor is very convenient. The definition oozes into the zeitgeist over time and become like Pavlovian reaction. You react without thinking. This makes controlling people much easier. Want the masses to hate A? Make A the oppressor and people will kill and die to destroy it. Enrage people by saying, it is a matter of life and death that A be defeated, and people will pick up guns and shoot congressmen who they see as threatening their very lives. Violence becomes normalized, against the permanent oppressor class, and becomes normal.

Moreover, all human beings are both oppressors and the oppressed, depending on many definitions of who and what is oppressed. There is not one among us who cannot name a time or place they were oppressed, by someone or situation, and if brutally honest, any of us could name a dozen times we oppressed another. Even parents oppress children as children oppress their parents. To define any group that clearly is both oppressed and the oppressor, depending on a multitude of factors, as permanent oppressors is absurd… there can only be an aggregate approximation rather than an empirical determination. I am as guilty as you, if only we admit it to ourselves, like civilized people, we could move beyond oppression theory, and the violence and even oppression served by it, to a more human hearted concept.

First we must learn to recognize when we are being plied with oppression theory… then react against it. We must be utterly intolerant of oppression theory ever sniffing the air for the fetid odor of it. Not everyone has to act but all that need act are a few. Call out oppressors, by writing scathing letters and comments, showing how oppression theory was used in articles that use it, and why it is violent. Do our very best to stop being oppressive to others even as we demand others do not oppress us. Use the term oppression, and define its utility to oppressors, as it is the only word progressives understand. Society and culture is only changed by an intolerant minority, the time for our tolerance of nonsense has passed, the time has come for logic and common sense to take control, we must stop the would be oppressors… who would use oppression theory to attain our oppression!

Sincerely,

John Pepin

When someone is above the law… there is no law.

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, one result of corruption in government, is that corruption will drive an ever growing crime rate, violence, and lower economic outcomes. The two go hand in hand. The more overt and visible the corruption the greater it impels societal corruption. This happens for two reasons… culture and aping behavior. We adapt to the culture, young people especially so, and we copy the behaviors of our leaders. Young people are especially effected by both culture and politics, which acts as a capacitive effect, storing the culture and ethos of government to dampen swings away from it in the future, good or bad. Which makes corruption and it’s consequences dynamic. All of which shows how important it is to protect government especially, but all our institutions from corruption.

People like to follow the culture, culture makes us secure in our societal role, economic condition and status, it gives us structure. As a result of the good we get from culture we bend ourselves to it. If the culture has the ethos that cheating on a spouse is acceptable, then more people will cheat on their spouses than otherwise would. If the cultural sensibility is that making money is paramount, even at cost of future earnings, the economy will diminish over time, and if the culture is corrosive to the family, there will be less functional families, and all those things imply. The culture can be a force for evil or it can be a force for good. Keeping culture free from corruption then, is extremely important for people who seek societal wealth, security and stability.

We all look to the leaders of our governments, and religions, they provide us with the model to follow in our personal lives. We ape our leaders in other words. If our leaders model virtuous behavior we will follow them, and be virtuous, because that will become the norm. When our leaders break their own laws, lie constantly to us, machinate to undermine elections and otherwise rule in a corrupt manor, the leaders are holding those institutions in contempt, and thus, the people will also hold those institutions in contempt, and will lie, steal, and cheat their neighbors in every way possible. Why would a self interested human being follow laws not followed even by those that made them? That wouldn’t be self interested.

When governmental or any other institution becomes undeniably corrupt the effect on society is magnified by that obviousness. Of course overt corruption is far more destructive than subvert corruption. When it becomes undeniable that a faction is above the law, law looses all meaning and become the evil construct Thrasymachus described in The Republic. Even the most dull recognize the absurdity of following a law no one else does. In this paradigm, most pretend to follow the law to avoid punishment, but all will violate it every chance they get. Creating the need for ever more draconian punishments and surveillance to force the people to follow laws made against their best interest, that those who made the laws don’t even bother to pretend to follow.

Young people coming of age are especially susceptible to the warping effects of corruption in the culture and government. When we are young we are forming our attitude to justice, greed, honesty, envy, humility, egoism, egalitarianism, luxury and sloth. We don’t form those understandings from a vacuum we get them from our environment. People who grow up in a field of lavender will smell of it, their entire life, just as those raised in a cesspool will always have that odor around them. This gives corruption or virtue, and lasting effect on society. Those raised in corruption will carry that corrupt mindset with them their entire lives, those raised in virtue will carry that virtue with them as well. This gives society elasticity. Keeping the swings from corruption to virtue less extreme, but sadly, it also makes ridding our government, culture and society of corruption, a much harder task.

Those who tolerate corruption in government will have a corrupt government. The trick then is to forge a culture that is resistant to corruption and police the elite by draconian measures. By doing these two things we can dramatically lower the crime rate, abortion rate, divorce rate and drug use, while improving our economy and thus our very lot in life would be increased. If those in power are held to every single law, enforced to the letter… on them first, our society would follow and become more virtuous, with less need t monitor us. Corruption is as caustic to civilization as it is toxic to economies. Past time to address it, rationally, by discourse and logic, and abandon the glittering lies that the elite can police themselves.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

Are We At A Nexus?

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, the corruption in every molecule of our governments, simply cannot be denied any longer. Even where there is not corruption there is the taint of corruption, if by nothing else than, proximity. We see the result of corrupt leaders, the upward bound crime rates, drug epidemic, falling real wages, the war on savers, and all manner of economic and societal upheaval… that is corruption oozing down and into the people. Ooze, being heavier than air, will always seek a lower level. All factions, smothering in ooze, are forced to recognize the out of control corruption and are willing to entertain the thought of addressing it, making this time a nexus, a point in time when the dominant paradigm can be shifted.

When Obama was lying about Benghazi, fast and furious, the IRS scandal, etc… the progressives in the media cheered it. Now that there is a member of the Bourgeoisie in the White house, something the new class had thought it would never see again, they are in full panic, that he will wield the power Obama did, and now are willing to address government corruption. Corruption is all well and good when they are the ones wielding it, but once it slips from their hands… they panic, because they know what they did, and would do with it again. So we have even the new class progressives willing to at least curtail government’s ability to exploit it’s extra constitutional authorities… until they get back in power.

The state of Illinois and territory of Puerto Rico are effectively bankrupt. They will not be the last either. Many other states are in dire financial dilemmas due to a myriad of factors. Pensions are the one most mentioned but other more intractable economic issues lurk in the dark. The actual level of unfunded liabilities of the states is unknowable, which amounts to a potential sinkhole, directly under your economic bed. The soon to explode cost of medicare and social security, never mind the perpetually expanding welfare state can only bankrupt even the most well taxed state. The higher the demand of progressives for the hard earned money of producers, to burn at the alter of the Keynesian economic welfare state, the lower the availability of money to everyone, making the ooze that fuels that money burn… offensive.

Small businesses have been on the get the corruption out of government for a long time. Small businesses are the targets of regulations designed to benefit politically favored factions. Usually large corporations but often smaller factions due to their vote getting ability, or some other reason that makes them favored of the political class. Small businesses pay the majority of business taxes, employ the majority of workers and create the majority of innovations, all of which are much more difficult when regulations get in the way, taxes drain capital, and bureaucrats demand the entrepreneur’s valuable time. Any lessening of corruption can only benefit small businesses.

Even large corporations might consider some backing off the rampant corruption. Of course it is large corporations that largely drive much government corruption, by rent seeking and government granted monopolies through regulations, taxation and tariffs, but if they see even their own fortunes slipping, due to the threat of the corruption benefiting another, they will get on board with anti corruption measures. Today all is pretty hunky dory for corporate elites, they break the law, the shareholders are drained of some money, no one goes to jail and the elite can continue to enrich themselves and the government at the same time, at cost to everyone else. If that paradigm were upended, by a loud outcry from the people and swept up in an anti corruption drive, the corporate elite could face punishment. That in and of itself might lead them to go all in to protect themselves.

The only faction who’s interests don’t align with the anti corruption theme is the legal oligarchy. Nothing enriches lawyers more than litigation and nothing creates more need of litigation than corruption. Ooze not only oils the wheels of the legal system it fuels the fire that drives it as well. Every form of corruption benefits attorneys, especially corruption in their own ranks. Corrupt judges create more need for lawyers just as corrupt lawyers drive need for more judges. Every time a judge finds a legal contract is null and void… due to an absurd unwritten clause implied by Santa Clause, every time a judge awards someone who spilled coffee in her lap a million dollars, every time a judge sentences someone to jail for following their conscience they create the need for more lawyers. So… we don’t have the legal system on our side.

When you have so many factions that wield real power in most countries, having aligned interests to limit government corruption, you have a nexus. What is needed is a plan. The Convention of states have a point. Their innovations would, if applied, drive down much of the corruption by limiting the incentive to it. Sadly, like all innovations in government, even constitutions themselves, is that the elite have to hold themselves to it. No group of human beings is capable of such a feat. To expect the elite to is the height of absurdity. I would argue, the convention of states should include a NUMA. Police the elite, force them to follow the Constitution, and the elite will follow the Constitution. Only an outside force, Constitutionally empowered, can limit the power of the all powerful.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

The Administrative State

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me… the administrative state has seized almost absolute power. What is the administrative state you ask? It is, in essence, the bureaucracy. A bunch of highly paid bureaucrats setting in a dark cubicle regulating every aspect of our lives, in anonymity, without skin in the game and without consequence. The administrative state has long been the goal of progressives since at least Woodrow Wilson. His favorite book was Philip Dru Administrator. Basically a 1984 dystopian novel where the autocrat is portrayed as the hero. What makes the administrative state so dangerous is not it’s absolute power, which in and of itself is a dire threat to liberty, not the saturation of it’s regulations, but the administrative state is the embodiment of what CS Lewis warned us of, autocrats tyrannizing us for “our own good.” The end result of the administrative state is a super government, where the people are mere pawns of the bureaucracy, and subject to the whims and ideas of unaccountable, unknowable and unhinged bureaucrats.

CS Lewis, the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, one of my favorite book series when I was a kid, once said, “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” Most bureaucrats sincerely believe he or she is doing us a favor by limiting our options and by extension… our futures. They have absolute confidence in their ideas, and since there is no feedback mechanism, they can remain in ignorance of the damage they do forever. By the urging of their conscience they will make Hell on Earth, and every bad decision will lead to the requirement for more bad decisions.

The further anyone is from the results of their actions those actions must naturally become ever more absurd. Think about it, if everything you said was lauded, no matter how insane, anything you did was praised, no matter how dangerous and nothing you thought was ever questioned, you or I, could go off the rails of reality very quickly. The reason we act sanely is because there is feedback. Jump off a cliff because you think you can fly and reality gives you rapid feedback, poke a large men in the nose and he will show you the foolishness of that action, and feed your child purple nightshade because it is pretty, and the result cannot be denied. Yet, if someone you don’t know and will never see gets smashed on the rocks at the foot of the cliff, a stranger gets the return pop in the face or someone else child dies of alkaloid poisoning, one can convince oneself that any of these things is a good. Moreover, by the same mechanism, a good hidden, can easily be called an evil.

The UN is the epitome of the administrative state and is the model that progressive seek to use for their utopian vision of a one world government, where we all hold hands and sing kumbaya. In their hubris driven self delusion, they honestly believe we are mere lab rats, to be run through mazes, implanted with every sort of device and tested to discern the limits of our constitution. The goal of one world government by administrative state is total government that will make 1984 look like anarchy. Imagine a world where there is no escape from the tyranny? People even in North Korea today have some hope, they or their children could get out, and eat a full meal now and then, breathe without the stifling weight of a government agent’s watchful eye, and teach their children the religion they choose rather than have the state religion of atheism foisted on them, like a uniform everyone must wear. The goal is no escape from their benevolent despotism.

The administrative state is a sure path to despotism the like of which the human race has never seen. Bureaucrats, urged on by their conscience, and without feedback, cannot but help creating Hell on Earth. Not that that is their goal or that they would ever seek such horror, it will be a natural result. Today many people talk about the deep state, which is another word for the administrative state. Trump has chaffed against the administrative state and they seek to remove him from office. Should they succeed, their usurpation of political power will be complete. Beware what you cheer for, for it may be your own slavery that you applaud. Then again, our subservient ignorance is the means the administrative state uses to ooze into our lives, governments and cultures.

Today the administrative state exists outside oversight, they have taken over the role of legislator and the legislative branch has been reduced to grandstanding and holding mock trials. The Executive power is undermined by the administrative state, to the point of reducing our Constitution to a mere table cloth, hiding the hideously marred reality of what our government has become. Like a kudzu vine, the administrative state has overgrown the garden and has ventured out into the wild, where it will eventually choke to death, every human liberty, emotion, religion, and even goodness itself… In the name of goodness.

Sincerely,

John Pepin

Calling Good Evil and Evil Good

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, Glaucon’s question is pertinent today and is in many ways, the source of the societal convulsions we are presently experiencing. To those unfamiliar with The Republic, Glaucon’s question to Socrates was, “Is it better to be just and thought unjust, or better to be unjust and considered just?” The question went to the heart of the matter they were discussion, is justice really a good or only something we use to trick fools into following the “great men?” He went on to explain that someone who is just, but considered unjust, will be spat upon, ridiculed, attacked and his or her interests destroyed, while he who is unjust but considered just, will be lauded, protected and the road paved before him. Today our media tells us that people who clearly are unjust (evil), are just(good), and those who are just, as unjust. Seemingly to forward injustice as justice, which goes to the heart of The Republic’s premise, what is the nature of justice?

Machiavelli touched on the same question in The Prince. In that book, Machiavelli said that a wise prince must be dishonest (unjust) while appearing at all times to be honest (just). He went on that the way to appear just while being unjust is by several means. One must constantly claim to be honest, even when one is a consummate liar, because people will hear the words and forget the actions. We have the example today of Clinton and Obama, who lied constantly, about significant things, but are still considered by many as honest. Obama’s “you can keep your doctor,” and “Benghazi was due to an internet video,” are two glaring examples of our leaders following Machiavelli’s advice, be dishonest while claiming to be honest. The media backed those two liars, so they would appear to be honest, the media in other words, went to great lengths to make the unjust appear just.

Meanwhile, the media has bent over backwards to claim Trump, and Reagan before him, are/were bad people. The legacy media that calls itself unbiased threw mud at Reagan incessantly. They re branded Reagan’s every initiative, The strategic defense initiative was re branded as Star wars, Reagan’s supply side economics was called trickle down, are but two examples of many. Trump has faced the vitriol of the media since he became a viable candidate. Before that he was used as a tool to discredit republicans. That shenanigan backfired in the faces of the media that calls itself unbiased and helped get Trump in office. Clearly, judging by their actions the media is seeking to paint Trump, who may very well be just, as unjust.

Today, the media dutifully pretend that open calls for violence against republicans, is mere rhetoric. Claiming evil is actually good and thereby making the unjust appear just, while they make the just appear unjust. Knowing the way people treat those they consider evil, the media is complicit in creating “Great Men,” cut from the same cloth as other “great men,” Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon, Tamerlane, Hitler and Lenin… mass murderers every one. One thing they all had in common was that they were considered, at the time and some even today, as just, when they were anything but. The result of the media’s calling injustice, justice, evil good and good evil, is the political violence we are seeing today.

Take a look at what the media calls just, stealing from producers, and redistributing that ill gotten gain to politically favored groups. If an action is wrong (unjust) for me to do, then it is equally wrong for you, and even a group of people, no matter the size of that group. If a mob smashes a store window and steals the merchandise, it is as wrong as if you or I did it, and even if that mob consists of three hundred million rioters, it is still unjust. To claim it is, warps not only logic, but morality as well. The “great men” as Thrasymachus called them, seek to appear just, while they are unjust, as a means to trick the rest of us into believing in justice, so they can engage in injustice without oversight.

The ancient Greeks understood the nature on Man better than we do today. Today we are dazzled by technology and science, blinding us to fundamental truths of humanity. In our hubris at what our fathers have created, we forget the reality of human nature, and imagine we are gods. Yet we are reaping what we have sown, treating injustice as justice, is a sure path to economic collapse, crime, violence and human suffering. No less today that two thousand five hundred years ago. The heft of human history shows the absurdity of allowing the evil to masquerade as good while destroying the good out of ignorance of their goodness. Moreover, today the media calls those who are good, evil, because they are good!

So, we have a situation where the just are attacked, ridiculed and destroyed, for an unjust political end that is portrayed as just, while those who are unjust are lauded, protected and aided in ad for their injustice. Worse, the good today are attacked, for their goodness! To change this paradigm, stop the political violence, economic degradation, rising rates of crime and drug use, economic inequality, as well as the overt corruption in our governments… we must think for ourselves, see with our minds as well as our ears and our hearts, separate the just from the unjust… and refuse to be fooled again. Only then will Glaucon’s question be answered in the affirmative, yes, it is better to be just and considered unjust, than to be unjust and considered just, because humanity’s future depends on it.

Sincerely,

John Pepin