Posts Tagged ‘numa’

If I Were Dictator of Greece..

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, if I were made dictator of Greece for one year , I would implement a much better plan to fix the economy than anything I have seen yet. The stakes are huge but the Elite are playing the lute while Athens burns. The instrument is socialistic demand side fixes, that have been proven to fail, every time they are tried. Meanwhile… circumstances change for the worse, daily. Greek GDP is falling off the table. The situation requires drastic action to stem the economic blood loss, and to, change the trajectory of the debt to growth ratio. Your 401k and retirement are directly threatened by this state of affairs even if you haven‘t invested in Greek or European debt. When it explodes, the Elite will not take any loss, you will, look at MF Global, the Elite will simply raid our accounts to pay themselves off… Then weep how bad the feel that they had to do it! Like Jon Corzine

Bankruptcy is coming anyways so get it over with. The next thing I would do is eliminate all taxes… At this point, the societal myth of Greece is such that, the Greek people will not pay taxes. As a result of this pernicious situation, everyone is a criminal, since no one pays all of his or her taxes. This creates a corrosive attitude to government and morality that enables dependency and undermines productivity. Since taxes are not paid anyways, eliminating them would serve as a means, to raise some of the underground economy aboveground and produce economic growth.

Taxes would be replaced with import duties on all goods. An equal duty of ten percent put on all imports would be the maximum I would institute. This would only last until the new Constitution was ready and the reset is complete. Then the import duties would be eliminated and replaced with a consumption tax. Income based taxation would be Constitutionally prohibited. All taxation would be maxed out at ten percent Constitutionally. This would hold the new government to an actuarially predictable limit.

All second pensions and pensions to persons under fifty years of age would be immediately eliminated. The entire dependency ethos would be questioned in a advertising campaign across all media. The contrast between someone working daily, while someone else, the same age, plays bocce ball on the beach collecting their parent pension, would be highlighted. I would use every means to inculcate to the people the necessity of being productive. School children, in Greece especially, should read Plato’s reflections on Socrates. The ethos that Socrates propounded was as productive and morally responsible as any. The fact that Saint Thomas Aquinas, one of the doctors of the Church, included the teachings of Aristotle in the cannon of the Church, shows the moral truth of the philosophy. The uplifting stories of Horatio Alger should be included in every school children’s reading around the World.

The next would be to eliminate all bureaucratic regulation while keeping all legislatively founded laws. Regulation, permitting and licensing would be gone. Historic protections would be the only bureaucratic regulation kept. Bureaucratic regulation creates an atmosphere of molasses for the economy. Regular law would be kept and enforced. Criminal law especially would remain because it would be the acme of insanity to eliminate it.

The elimination of bureaucratic regulation would be a huge supply side stimulus to the Greek economy. This supply side stimulus would necessarily generate jobs and economic growth. As people start businesses they have been thinking about for years, there would be creative destruction, with the resulting economic efficiency and productivity increase that follows. These two things alone, eliminating bureaucratic regulation and all taxes, would create the conditions for GDP growth over seven percent, even staying within the Euro zone.

Next, I would set up a new Constitutional panel of ten people, (none of them communists or socialists), using the US Constitution as a model… I would, of course, add a NUMA or Fourth Branch, to it. This new Greek Constitution would limit the power of the Elite as much as realistically possible. Openly avowing, in writing, it’s antipathy to the welfare state and regulation produced by bureaucracy. The last thing would be to, have elections, reset the government, and step down. Go on a trip around the Mediterranean for a few years. Maybe visit Lydia and Sparta.

The path the Elite in Europe and Greece are taking is not working. Clearly it will not lead to a good outcome for anyone. Moreover it puts the World’s economy at risk. Bankruptcy is coming sooner or later, the only question is, how big will it be? Every tranche of money the IMF piles on makes the eventual fall bigger. The Elite, however, are of the opinion that they should do whatever is the easiest thing to do… Keep bailing Greece out. Like a lemming that runs in the middle of the stampede. It has no concept of another thing to do. It just runs. No way that could ever go wrong… Right?


John Pepin

Who Really Needs to be Policed?

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, that if any segment of the population of any country, need surveillance, it is the Elite. No other group has a greater ability to lower the standard of living of a people, than the Elite. No other group of people, have proven themselves more unfit to police themselves, than the Elite. History shows, over and over, that the Elite abuse their power for personal gain. There is no nation, city state, country or principality that is immune. But at this place and time, the Elite are instituting more and more intrusive monitoring of us? While the Elite’s scandals grow daily, in severity, and blatancy, yet go unpunished.

The Elite are the ten or so percent that rise to the top of any group of people. Take any random group of people and ten or so percent will lead the group. The ninety percent are happy to follow. That is fortunate because there would be pandemonium if everyone tried to lead. So, Elitist theory states that in any random group of people, ten percent will lead. Moreover, If a member of the standing Elite, proves to be detrimental to the Elite’s interests, that individual will be replaced by another, more suited to protect and enhance the power and prestige of the Elite.

The leaders of any group have the most impact on that group’s success. If the decision makers make good decisions, the group advances. When the decision makers make bad decisions the group falters. The Elite never accept blame when their decisions cause an economic slowdown. The Elite call that “headwinds.” They do, however, take credit whenever there is any advance in society, even if that advance is in direct contravention to the Elite’s past rhetoric.

Logically… who seeks power? Those that seek to wield it. Those that have no interest in wielding power over others don’t seek power. If you don’t like fishing you don’t fish… Unless you are hungry. Some people seek power, to lower the power of the Elite, over them and us. The Elite immediately destroy that person without mercy. The attacks are personal and the intent is personal. In this one thing all the Elite are in lockstep. Any threat to the Elite must be destroyed.

Of course, no one claims, they want to control your life to the nth degree. They claim to be the protectors of society. All they need to really improve society is a little bit more power over us. They promise they will use it for goodness and not evilness. The Elite look into the camera, with puppy dog eyes, even as they tell tales and perjure themselves before it. You have to ask yourself, am I going to believe my lying eyes or honest Bob the used car salesman/lawyer turned politician? Because one of them is lying… And we are still believing the politician, not our eyes.

The Elite are prosecuting people for insider trading today. The inside traders are going to be made examples of. While the Elite have carved out a loophole for themselves, so it is perfectly legal for a Congressman to do the exact same thing, out in the open! Confucius said, that people follow their leaders, if the leaders are corrupt, the people will be corrupt, and if the leaders are virtuous, the people will be virtuous. Give our leaders a good long hard look, are they virtuous or are they corrupt? Have you wondered why there has been a rash of white collar crime in America lately? If the Elite can do it… why not me?

At the founding of the US both the people and their congressmen could post mail free of charge. But, the liberty was so abused by the Elite, in one case a horse was sent, farm to farm, through the US mail, the right was taken away from everybody. A few years later, the Elite gave it back to themselves… not to the people who hadn’t abused the privilege. Of course that pales in comparison to beheadings of undesirables and coerced starvation of millions. Those Elite will have to answer to God himself. I shudder at the thought…

Here on the temporal plane, there is only one conclusion that can be made, the Elite must be policed. They must be policed by the most draconian police force we can institute and force down their throats. No halo shines more brightly, no teeth more white, than that of a politician, when he or she is convincing you that up is down and down is up. Isn’t it time for us, to start believing our lying eyes, for a change? Unless all we want in our pockets… is a little change.



John Pepin

We Are Entering a Brave New World Under Obama…

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, this new Consumer Protection Bureau, will be a Constitutional catastrophe. The more I read about it the more my blood runs cold. It is only one of the many ways, our Constitutional rights are being directly challenged, like they have never been challenged before. The new Defense budget gives the President the “right” to detain a US citizen without charge and without legal representation?!! Our negligence is putting our children’s liberties at risk. Look at the child you are raising or have raised. We have already spent, a large portion of their prosperity, due to our allowing the government’s profligate spending. Do you want that little angel, (or little devil), you love, to live under a despotic government?

The Consumer Protection Bureau is amazingly unconstitutional. It’s budget is not overseen by Congress! They are funded by the FED. Another group of Elite with absolutely no oversight. This new Bureau will have the ability to WRITE LAW! Unelected Elite writing laws to benefit the banking system (Themselves). No way that could ever go wrong. Apparently, the way “forward” is with unelected Elite writing law, and the police picking people up without warrant, representation or any hope of getting out. Kind of like Burma, oh, sorry, Myanmar does. Huh, Is Obama, taking advice from the Myanmar Junta?

The really pernicious part, is that it creates a whole web of regulation, that firms will have to navigate through. A web that will, assuredly, eliminate competition, creating the perfect conditions for oligarchal capitalism. The oligarchs will be the ones who have access to the political Elite. If you think about it for even a moment, it should be obvious, that a huge new web of regulation will prevent, or at least hinder, new firms from competing with older established firms. Therefore, old firms will, necessarily, get bigger…. NOT smaller they will get bigger. The whole scheme will result, not only in unelected Elite writing law, with absolutely no check, or balance, by Congressional oversight, or the electoral process… it will make too big to fail a much bigger problem! Exactly the opposite of what is was “supposed” to do. Like, for example, the Energy Department Carter created, which was supposed to, eliminate America’s dependence on foreign oil. Another huge success… oh actually no, we are far more dependant today than then despite finding HUGE national reserves and spending billions of dollars…. Well spent I’m sure.

What hubris of president Obama to acknowledge that he now has the “right” to detain any US citizen he deems a terrorist… But won’t use it? Who is defined as a terrorist? Obama doesn’t think an Islamofascist is a terrorist he has said so. He believes that people who, own guns, have affinity for the US Constitution, are War veterans, anyone (the government) considers “Right Wing,” People concerned with illegal immigration, People wary of a One World Government and anyone expressing strong disagreement with government policies… is who, President Obama, deems a terrorist. So, if you or I fall into one of these groups, in the future, it will be possible for the US government to come into your home in the middle of the night, ala Elia Gonzalas, and abduct you. Take you to an undisclosed location. Hold you for as long as they want allowing you no access to a lawyer. As an American citizen however, you are subject to, water boarding. A torture, if used on a person who kills anyone who doesn’t follow his or her violent ideology, but acceptable to use on US servicemen (citizens), as a training tool. The killing, by executive fiat, of a US citizen precedent has been set, so that impediment to Obama is already out of the way.

Just sit back for a moment and think about what you have just read here. If you doubt any of it, or all of it, ask yourself this one question, “Wouldn’t it be really bad, if only one single thing here, is true… a new bureau without Congressional oversight, unelected officials writing law, evolving the US Constitution so that the Executive branch can arrest anyone it sees fit, without any Constitutional protections… would any of these things make you concerned if they were true?” How bad would it be, if even one of these things were true, let alone all? I have included links so you can see for yourself… They are all true.

If no oversight works, then why not eliminate the police and FBI, letting us police ourselves? Because, it would be stupid, that’s why. The same as, it is stupid, to let the Elite police themselves! If group A need policing, and group B comes from group A, then necessarily, group B need policing too. Logic, it seems, is perspective dependant… I clearly see, the people are reprobates and need to be policed, but I am so perfect in thought and action that I need no policing myself… So say the Elite…

So what do we do with this information? Go back to sleep? I think it is time to put some teeth in the US Constitution. (And all other Constitutions as well). In light of the unrestricted assault on the US Constitution, the Obama administrating is waging, I would like to add a new idea to my NUMA concept. That is, if an elected official is found to have been derelict in his or her duty to protect of the US Constitution, the most important function and duty of any government official, they will be, impeached, personally fined, or jailed, if the Constitutional attack was found to be intentional. The penalty levied by the NUMA and prosecuted by the NUMA, adjudicated by the Judicial Branch, for the people.

But then again… we have never had a problem with the Elite breaking the law… they are not subject to it… We are.






Oh, hold on, Someone’s at the door…

Dichotomy in American Society

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Dear Friends,

It seems to me that there is an interesting dichotomy in American society. That dichotomy is; the Elite want to creep in a socialist totalitarian World government to cement their place in society at the top, but the people want to go back to Constitutional government and free markets, to allow for class mobility. The Elite must use underhanded and diabolical means to their ends because their ends are underhanded and diabolical. Why should they care that the pie will get ever smaller? They will have almost all of it.

The rhetoric of the anti capitalists has changed. They are openly calling for socialism today. The new nationalism speech Obama gave, the day before Pearl Harbor Day, was quite startling. Claiming that people seek the middle class? No one tells their child to seek the middle class in America! In America you tell your kids they can get rich if they work hard and keep at it. The average millionaire has gone bankrupt seven times… and so forth. Lowering expectations, is one of the things people who seek to lower the lot of Man, do.

Another thing Obama claimed, that floored me, was that the worst times in the last century were the times GDP grew the fastest! What an idiot I thought. But then I thought about it some more. Of course, Obama’s words were absolutely counter to reality, but, they had rhetorical value. Some people are enormously gullible and will believe it, because the President said it. Regardless of their own experiences. As the saying goes, “who are you going to believe, your lying eyes… or Obama?”

When a party seeks diabolical ends it is incumbent upon them to use diabolical means. Lying about history is only one such method, another is to personally destroy anyone who stands against you. It is not sufficient to meet them in the battle of ideas because the fiends ideas are diabolical. So the fiend must always destroy their opponent, before it gets to the arena of ideas, otherwise the fiend looses.

Of course the diabolist also fills the media with spurious and sophist arguments. All to keep the public unaware of what the conversation is really about. Today the old standby is being called out of the bullpen… class warfare. The sophistry of class warfare is everywhere today. The mindless rhetoric about fairness saturates the media. The thing I can’t help but notice about “fairness” however, is that even though Obama has willing idiots in the press he also has other members of the Elite calling for higher taxes on themselves, or they seem to, but the reality is, they (Buffet), are fighting the taxes they owe today! This my friends is a state of absolute hypocrisy. No run of the mill hypocrisy but absolute hypocrisy! You and I are the target of the higher taxes, don’t kid yourself. When a millionaire stands in front of you, and claims he is going to hurt the rich, don’t believe it, to hurt the rich they must necessarily hurt themselves, because they are rich, and that is not something a normal human being will do. So it must be a falsehood.

All these tactics are not only being used by the Elite but are out in the open for everyone to see! They are open about their goals now. Shackling the market in a planned economy. The Elite know the unbiased media have no interest in telling the truth. The unbiased media figure if they go along they will get a good gig in the fundamentally changed order. Maybe some will but most will be eliminated. By whatever means is expeditious- read history.

While the push from the masses is for a more free and more open country… More capitalism and more opportunity is what the masses seek. And even as we seek a candidate who has the same core values as us, the unbiased media claim, anyone who does, is unelectable. Presumably, because I will not vote for a candidate who I agree with, only for one I disagree with. Once the Elite get two progressives in it’s time pick a jersey. Some root for the reds and some for the blues, but the truth is, they are all on the same team. This is possibly the most diabolical method the Elite use. Romney has admitted he is a PROGRESSIVE and so has Gingrich by saying FDR is his favorite President! (I presume he will rule like FDR). They are the front runners, we can pick from one of them, the unbiased media personally destroyed the three conservative candidates, they are unelectable after all… At this time, the unbiased media tell us it is down to communist Obama, progressive Gingrich or progressive Romney. (No one else is electable).

So, here we are, the Elite want to move the country and the World in one direction and the people want to move it in another. We the people want free markets and freedom but the Elite want a World socialist government. There are laws on the books, forbidding a company from misrepresenting their products, wouldn’t it be nice to have a NUMA, it would hold the Elite to that law as well.

You know, a President of the US, claiming that markets have never worked, standing in the most prosperous country the World has ever seen, all based on the market system, is one of the most stupid things a President could ever say, almost as stupid as, a candidate for President of the US, not knowing how many States are in it. But a truly unbiased media would shout such idiocy to the heavens…


Russian NUMA

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, if Russia enacted a NUMA, it would quickly become the most prosperous country on the planet. The Russian people have been honed in the crucible of tyranny and slaughter, they have an ability to endure that is almost unique among peoples. Giving such a caliber people, true freedom, and open markets to do business and you have a recipe for unbridled growth and improvement in the lot of Mankind.

Of course this all is predicated on the Russian Elite shackling themselves with a NUMA. This is as hard for them to do, as it was for the king, to sign the Magna Charta. The powerful never willingly cede power; especially to the people. A sovereign will cede some power to an aristocracy but few tyrants trust the people. The unwashed masses are to be controlled never really allowed to control.

If the Elite can be coerced into instituting a NUMA, that is effective but not a source of tyranny itself, then the Russian government, which is notorious for it’s corruption, will quickly become a public service. Bribes would be rapidly prosecuted and examples would be made. The more powerful the politician the better the example. The Elite are very smart, that is why they are the Elite, they would catch on quickly. Legalized insider trading for politicians, the need for special prosecutors and voter fraud would be eliminated, because… All laws that pertain to the people shall also pertain to all members of government and all citizens and non citizens, equally. With no exceptions.

Lets look at how the removal of such a burden, to the Russian people, and to the Russian economy, would effect them, individually.

The people’s minds would be at rest, for the first time ever, that their government was doing it’s job. The people would be able to exert their will through the election process, without today’s Elite undermining the process to replace them, with tomorrows Elite, that more closely follow the will of the people.

People would feel freer to start a business. No bribes, no protection racket, no onerous taxes (because the Elite would be subjected to the highest rate they subject any faction of society to), the entrepreneur would be able to work away, on what ever his or her project was, without government interference, and people could just live their lives, within a system that was sufficiently prosperous that anyone willing to work… would live a good life.

The economy in such a system would have the anchor of corrupt government removed. This alone would propel it for some time. But, add to that, the other overt effects of a NUMA. One is that the elected would be subject to the most onerous laws and regulations they allow or enact upon any faction of society. Random drug tests if they require that of anyone, the highest tax rate they require anyone to pay, the least loopholes they allow any faction to have, etc… They could not escape their own onerous laws no matter how hard they try. The NUMA would always bite at any attempt to carve an exception for the Elite.

This alone would be like putting miracle grow and water on a plant that has been growing in poor soil; for any economy. The growth rate would dramatically pick up. The productivity would be so much better it would be hard to imagine it is the same plant (economy). But, take away the fertilizer and extra water and the plant will become just as sickly as it was before, perhaps worse, because it has to re-inure itself to perpetual want. If you think about it, it is hard to argue that, if a plant has sufficient demand, for water and nutrients, supply will be found, and it will have sufficient water and nutrients, but it is not hard to argue that, if a plant is supplied sufficient water and nutrients then it will have sufficient water and nutrients.

Laws that are normally scoff laws would be rescinded do to their annoying the Elite. This would lead society to be more virtuous, because, if scoff laws are removed and people don’t daily break some meaningless law, then they will become more respectful of law. People follow their leaders. If their leaders are virtuous, then the people will follow them and be virtuous, if leaders are corrupt, then the people will follow them and be corrupt.

Put in the context of complexity theory, a NUMA would be a facilitator of interdependence and adaptation, that would, once it’s effects reached a phase transition, set off a cascade of events, leading to a macro outcome that was different from the individual input, or in other words, an emergent phenomenon in society.

Of course these effects could be applied to any country that enacted a NUMA. The effects on growth and personal freedom would ramp up the rate of GDP growth of any economy. People know what is best for themselves, a NUMA would get government off their backs and let them do what is best. The invisible hand could work, and everyone would benefit, a classic win win,

But, alas, for the egos of the Elite…




The Real Problem In Europe

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Dear Friends,

It seems to me that what makes the Greek sovereign debt problem, so problematic, is that no one is looking at what is really the problem. Let alone fixing it. The Elite in Europe only look to “solutions” that keep the ball rolling. They seek to “Shore up” the Greek finances and to “Reassure” the investing public that they have things “Well under control“. But no one is buying that tripe any longer. Like the buggy whip it has become redundant. Everyone knows in their hearts, what the problem is, but no one will face it.

A very good friend of mine once said “in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.” This situation is applicable to that saying. Economists all point in different directions; like blind men. They claim, “Revenues must be increased, no spending problem can be effectively addressed, unless you first increase revenue.” They chide, “They have to hit it hard with a giant fund in the trillions of Euros.” Some opine, “No that’s foolishness, Greece should be kicked out of the Euro zone so it can print it’s way out of debt.”

But no one says what the real problem is. Because it is too big to look at. Like the leviathan it is too scary to even consider. Great lengths are made to avoid even talking about it. Those who bring it up are labeled with the most horrible monikers. So no one wants to openly say, the problem is that the Greek government spends too much money. It sounds simple but it has deep ramifications to the body politic.

The Income tax and social welfare spending are the corner stones of welfare state capitalism. This has been the paradigm in Europe and the America’s since WWII. The welfare state was seen as a means to change the ratio of wealth or the gap between the rich and the poor. As we have seen empirically it does no such thing. It does lower the growth in GDP tremendously but has no effect on the “Gap.“ In fact, where it has been put into the most practice, it has produced the worst results. Greece is only one shining example.

But where the welfare state has been fought most, by the populace, the standard of living has increased the most. The US is the best example of this. In 2010 the GDP per US citizen was around $47,000, while in Europe it was around $30,000 and that includes Lassez Faire Luxembourg with a per capita GDP of around $81,000 per person. With further proof to our conjecture, that now the US has changed course and is running fast to socialism, we see that the dynamic economy that characterized the US has been hobbled. Encumbered by ever changing welfare state regulation and the threat of more taxation around the corner… inevitably, American companies are panicked. They are hording cash and getting as much business offshore as possible. It is virtuous behavior, (in a bourgeois way), to protect the assets of your investors. To do otherwise is corrupt.

States must face the ogre of reforming the welfare state. It must be done, because sooner rather than later it, it will collapse. The World economy will breakdown long before it totally runs out of money. If the monetary system survives a total Greek default, (they have already defaulted 50%), there are time bombs planted all over in Europe. Not to mention the ticking time bombs in the US ala Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid.

Throwing trillions more good Euros after the trillions of Euros that have already been lost is simply bad business. But there again we are not talking about businessmen are we? We are talking about politicians. People who seek power as a good above all others. To them a good deal is one that lets them keep all their power. A great deal is one that gets them more power. No matter the cost to society. The career politician will bristle at this. But I notice very few did when doctors were accused of removing people’s legs for the insurance money. For logic to be logic, it must be consistent, else it is rhetoric.

So, have rotated our one eye, and focused it on the real problem. No, the thing is not a tax problem, nor is it a question of how much largess and no, printing money is no solution either, it is the welfare state. The solution is to reform welfare state capitalism. The place to start is to throw out the much misused metric of the gap between the rich and poor. Instead measure societies by their sustainable material standard of living. If a society existed where everyone was equally destitute and another where everyone was fat but a few had more money than they could ever spend… which one would be voted for, by immigration? Which one has historically?

And no, the answer is not to eliminate capitalism, to measure socialism’s outcomes by.

Fast and Furious; a Despicable Act of War.

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Dear Friends,

It seems to me that the US Constitutional Right to keep and bear Arms is under insidious assault along with the entire suite of Constitutional controls on the government. Take Fast and Furious, the US Justice department program to put guns in the hands of Mexican drug gangs. While the US government was arming the Mexican drug gangs, an existential threat to Mexico, an ally, Obama was accusing innocent Americans of it, and calling question to the Second Amendment because of the flow of guns into Mexico. Anytime a Constitutional Right is under assault, let alone the whole Constitution, we as Americans and as interested observers, should pay close attention to the reasons, the tactics and the logical outcome… If we are indeed self interested rightly understood.

Eric Holder, under oath in Congressional testimony, claimed no knowledge of Fast and Furious; but there were records of his getting memos regarding it prior to his acknowledging… his knowledge. In last Friday’s document dump. In his defense he has claimed the Bush administration did it too. However, records indicate the Bush administration’s program tracked the guns from the place of purchase, locating way points and eventually picking almost all the guns back up… before they reached the hands of the drug lords. Fast and Furious intentionally sent the guns, into the dark, and only tracked them when they showed up at crime scenes.

Eric Holder also claimed; that the Congressmen who is pushing the issue was briefed. Which the Congressmen admits. But records indicate that the person sent to brief the oversight committee didn’t know about the guns being let “walk.” So in fact the Congressman was not fully briefed. The problem with the “He does (did) it too” defense, is that it channels valuable time and resources into investigating something other than the crime at hand. Giving the alleged criminal time to hide, destroy and change evidence. This is a form of sophist attempt to focus attention elsewhere, like a magician, so the criminal can escape justice. As such it should be unacceptable. Unfortunately it is one that the democrat party uses all too much.

I would remind the reader that Skooter Libby was sentenced to jail for lying under oath where no crime was actually committed (The person who actually did the alleged crime had already admitted it to the prosecutor but was not prosecuted). Roger Clemons is being bankrupted by legal fees for allegedly lying to Congress. I am very curious if Eric Holder, who came into office wanting to prosecute every Bush administration official, will be prosecuted himself, for lying to Congress under Oath. The likelihood seems remote.

The Obama administration is in favor of the UN treaty on small arms. This treaty would bypass the normal Constitutional process, because in the US Constitution, treaties supersede Amendments. (Treaties were never meant to pertain to the US government’s internal law only to foreign relations, thus the term, treaty). But the UN small arms “treaty” would, at the stroke of a pen, outlaw gun ownership in the US. Bypassing Constitutional restrains. Does anyone think that the assault on Constitutional rights would stop there? Of course not! Banning guns would be only the small edge of the wedge. In short order the US Constitution would cease to exist as a viable document. Treaties superseding every restriction on governmental power. With programs like Fast and Furious providing the rhetorical fodder.

The death of US citizens and the death of a US Boarder Patrol agent, by criminals armed by the US government, is a crime of the highest order. The Government is tasked with ensuring the security and safety of it’s citizens… Not fomenting discord, providing weaponry to criminals destabilizing our neighboring country and using the results to undermine Constitutional rights! Mexico is a friendly country. Why would the Obama administration provide weaponry to Mexico’s drug cartels? Seems to me this is an act of war. I am amazed that the peaceful Obama administration would commit an act of war, against an ally, who is fighting an existential conflict with the drug cartels, by arming those drug cartels? This is not the way the US has historically acted to an ally.

But what if there was a working NUMA in place? There would already be a power in place that would look into it. A properly functioning NUMA would investigate not only Eric holder but the entire Obama administration as well. The Obama administration has apparently been caught, arming the Mexican drug cartels, essentially committing an act of war against Mexico, then using the violence the guns enabled, to justify and all out assault on the US Citizen’s right to keep and bear arms, while senior officials were denying it under oath. If senior Obama administration officials did indeed send thousands of powerful weapons into the hands of Mexican drug cartels then at least those officials should face jail time. But if Obama knew, covered it up and condoned it, while he was vilifying gun ownership… covering up potentially criminal acts was what Nixon was impeached for. A NUMA would see it done.

Crony Capitalism and Distributive Justice

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, that the just distribution of societies goods, is of paramount concern to everyone who lives on the planet. The debate has been going on as long as humanity has strode the globe. Today the anti capitalists shout social justice as an vacant moniker. An empty bucket the listener puts whatever idea or notion of what he or she believes justice to be. Never actually defined except with emotionally charged rhetoric and slogans. Our collective lot is lowered thusly.

Social justice, most often, really means the distribution of the goods of society… through political favor. Another term for this is crony capitalism and/or oligarchal capitalism. Everyone knows, at a gut level, that crony capitalism is wrong but few actually understand why. It is the why of it that lets us effectively argue against crony capitalism and understand it‘s effects.

One reason distribution of goods through political favor is bad is that it sets up a whole host of pernicious incentives. These all create the conditions that make people despise work and despise the wealthy. No society becomes wealthy or even well fed that eschews work and hates the wealthy. Veblen said in America people don’t hate the rich because everyone in his heart believes that someday he might become rich. A more human hearted ethos I cannot imagine, But as poverty and deprivation are the wages of indolence, comfort and wealth are the wages of capitalistic virtue.

Lets say that a country is effective at protecting some native industry against competition. Innovation in that industry will slide. It is simply the nature of business and humanity. As the efficiency and innovation slips openings will appear, that other countries economies can take advantage of, where the protector counties laws are not in effect. When this happens, the industry protected will move very quickly, to the competing country. The workers laid off will be only trained to work in the old, formerly protected, industry. They will be expensive to retrain and what will they be retrained for?

In most countries where oligarchal capitalism is the primary means of distribution we see a few families have all the wealth of the country the rest impovershed. These few families are the only people allowed to open businesses. As a result the most competent people in those countries are kept out of business. Keeping competent people out of a counties economy puts that country at a disadvantage to the rest of the World in competitiveness and innovation. This naturally results in the lowering of the mean standard of living in a country… even for the few families!

Protectionism also protects competing counties from your products. Take the example of Brazil in the 1980’s. They sought to protect their nascent computer industry from competition and foster it’s growth by implementing protectionist measures. Imports of foreign computers was discouraged. The result was that every other industry in Brazil suffered slower native computers and less efficient software just as all their competitors were advancing quickly in efficiency from the implementation of state of the art computers. Every other industry suffered and the nascent computer industry collapsed. The lowered GDP will effect every Brazilian for generations.

The ideal for a capitalist society is to create the conditions for perfect competition to thrive. Industries that have perfect competition have low profit margins and high innovation rates. Low profit margins mean the products are available to the majority of working people. Television sets and computers are examples.

Unfortunately it is in the nature of democratic governments to lean towards crony capitalism. The elect who get power always owe some powerful faction or other. The rewards for support are always political protection of the supporter’s goods and despoiling the goods of the supporter’s competitors. Otherwise why support a politician to the tune of millions of dollars, and thousands of man-hours of donated labor. If we accept that people are rational maximisers then we must also accept this fact about the nature of democratic government.

Since democratic government is at the core of every efficient capitalist republican government then we must find a means to control this natural behavior in our elected officials. We here at the International Capitalist Party have the means at hand. It is a NUMA. Were it implemented in Oligarchal Capitalist countries, their economies as well as their standard of living, would be greatly improved.

My Day at the Bank

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Dear Friends,

It seems to me that:

The bustling city street glistened from the recent rain. Walking down the lane, the sun was poking out from behind the clouds, and my shoulder, turning on the drops still clinging to the leaves into diamonds. I turned and walked into the bank. The banker had called me and wanted to talk.

His mahogany office smelled of paper and ink. A primitive computer sat on his desk. The Banker sat on a overstuffed leather chair. I strode to the chair opposite and plumped down crossing my legs and leaning back. The Banker looked up and smiled, “Sam,” he said, “I wanted to talk over your finances.” He looked down at some papers then continued, “It appears that you have been increasing your spending at 10% or more every year, while your income has only risen 2-3% a year.” He flicks through some papers and shakes his head, “You even project spending increases at 8% for the next ten years while income is projected even lower.”

Furious I spat, “Are you stupid? In that projected budget I cut spending over ten years!” The Banker was aghast and responded, “Your debt to income ratio is getting so out of control that your credit rating is being effected. Some banks down the road have even downgraded your credit” I immediately snapped back, “Are you threatening me? I have lawyers that will look into your finances and believe me, they will find something, and don‘t worry about them, I have already filed lawsuits…” The Banker sat back, breathed out a long sigh and said, “Well, It’s your call.” I stood and walked out. How could he have the audacity to say such things! I went to my CPA.

He sat typing on his laptop, his phone cradled in his shoulder, the smell of cigarettes in the air. I sat down and looked around. His office was cluttered with papers piled and books stacked. “Ok, I’ll get back to you tomorrow.” The accountant Hung up the phone and looked up, “Well, I guess the Banker talked to you.” I stared at him for a few seconds, “I will just take more revenue from the business.” “But if you talk more from your business, you will diminish it’s yield.” He responded, then went on, “The best answer is to establish a budget that you must live under.” “You are acting childish,” I said, “You keep acting like I can cut spending, too many people depend on me, and the dependants are growing every day!” “That is because you buy everyone a free lunch. Most of your debt today, and projected, is for going out to eat.” The accountant replied dryly.

I sat back, again confronted by an imbecile, and said, “Ok, If I have to cut spending I’ll eliminate the security service.” But the fool accountant said, “You live in the most violent neighborhood there is, if you do that, you will certainly be robbed and maybe even killed!” I responded, “You really are dumb aren’t you, if I eliminate my security service, it will demonstrate to the hoodlums and gangs that I pose them no threat and they will like me.” I went on, “they are just people who are misunderstood.” The idiot accountant said, “But a few of your neighbors are building bombs and claiming they want to kill you.” I responded, “I will never be at war with them.”

The accountant sighed and said, “Whatever, but your business is already straining under the draining your giving it. I project your spending will start to increase exponentially due to you promises of future free lunches to more and more people.” I replied, “You keep singing the same old tune, I’ll cut the security service and take more income from my business, stop being such a child and make it work.” I got up and went home.

When I got home my wife met me at the door. “We have to talk about the finances, I don’t like the idea of shutting off the security service or taking more from the business. I want to establish a budget!” She bitched. I had had about as much as I could take, so I slapped her down, right on the doorstep, to the applause of the people I had been feeding. It made me feel so strong, and the cheers, so good.

Too bad my house was broken into, my wife was killed,, my business failed and the people I was supporting starved to death. I just don’t understand how that could have possibly happened?

On Somalian Famine

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Dear Friends,

It seems to me, if the Romans had fed, clothed and housed the civilian population of Carthage, history would not have been written in Latin and we might be worshipping Baal. Had the Allies fed, clothed and provided medical care to the German people during WWI or WWII then we would probably be speaking German. It is patent folly and moreover stupidity to provide logistical support to an enemy in wartime. The side that engages in providing logistical support for the enemy’s civilian population may be more civilized, on some level, but is it really civilized to facilitate barbarians wiping out civilization? I, for one, like civilization!

To be human hearted is noble and civilized. We all seek human heartedness in our lives and the good among us seek to bless society with human heartedness. To have empathy for the suffering of others is the table facet of human heartedness. The suffering of people, is the worldly manifestation of evil, and so it is unconscionable. We should all seek to lower the level of suffering in the World. It is in our personal interest to do so even when that suffering seems far away.

Lets say you have a full water skein. You notice it has a leak. Does it make sense to put your hand in and plug the leak? No, your hand will displace far more water than the small leak will loose in an hour. With dubious results of actually fixing the leak. We can safely say that the repair will do more harm than the problem. If we can adhere some material to the outside, temporarily, we can use the skein until it is empty then we can repair it properly.

The same is true of human suffering. It doesn’t make sense to magnify suffering, to diminish it, especially when it creates much more misery then the original problem would have. The intervention in Libya is an example. Had the war ended months ago, (as it would have), the suffering would be over and the people would be rebuilding. But the intervention, to fix a problem of suffering, has led to far more suffering, now the Elite must save face, so the war goes on…

Lets examine the misery in Somalia today. The war and a drought have led to… hard to believe… a famine. Apparently, a state of perpetual warfare and a people who rely on a mix of subsistence farming and international handouts, is not a path to prosperity. The International community is sending aid. Mostly Britain and the US. But the war with the radical Islamic movement, Al Shabab, is hampering efforts to feed clothe and provide medical assistance to the civilians under the control of Al Shabab.

Meanwhile people are starving who are not within the sphere of influence of Al Shabab. Why not simply feed the people who do not support Al Shabab? Why is it so important to provide logistical support for the radical Islamist movement trying to conquer the country and instill Sharia? Why not defeat them first then feed the people who emerge. To provide medical supplies, food, and other essentials, to the civilians under a tyrannical military is not feeding the people, it is feeding their tormentors. The supplies will never get to the people and if some does it will be seized and sent to the fighters extra will be sold to provide ammo and guns.

The food sent to Al Shabab will also be a terrific recruitment tool for them. Join and you will be fed. Not hard to comprehend. No way that could be a bad thing huh? Until the war is over and the country has a functional State, that can protect the property of the people, there will be no end to the famines. Providing logistical support to the civilians within the sphere of influence of Al Shabab will only lead to more war, famine and suffering and perhaps, Al Shabab’s victory. Doesn’t it make sense to provide support for the free people of Somalia and eschew supporting Al Shabab?

In the longer term the answer to permanently ending the cyclic famine in Somalia, is to defeat Al Shabab and establish a stable government. Then keep regulation low, taxes low, and keep a tight grip on public servants and government with a NUMA. If this is done the economy of Somalia will grow rapidly. Industrializing Somalia will break the cycle of famine there forever. What could be more human hearted than that?

When a country or ideology is engaged in an existential war then that ideology or country must engage in war. This is simply the framework of reality we have to work within. Civilized suicide is a sin. The loss of civilization to barbarism compounds the vice and is no virtue no matter the intentions. Clausewitz would be indignant at the notion of providing logistical support to the enemy population during wartime. Hsun Tzu would be clicking his tongue like a school marm at a rascally student…

By the way, “Death to Carthage!”