Truth Over Everything and Liberty is True- 1/2 Introduction
First I wrote a book explaining the American issues and solutions. I was only a few years into my intellectual awakening and there were some deficiencies in understanding and explanation. Despite those deficiencies, most of the premises were true, and the solutions presented remain viable. Prior to writing the book I spent time as organizer for a few months with an activist group in Los Angeles, but I was concerned with education and solutions, and they were concerned with growing membership and raising money. I also frequented political discussion groups, and sporadically attended groups in the years following. In this experience, It was perplexing to me the propensity of people to maintain a position through silence after it had been shown to be incorrect and could not be defended based on the facts. Through written communication, email as well as social media, I experience the same thing outside of trolls.
The trolls don’t attempt to debate positions or points, they make assertions intent on antagonism, which although frustrating, is somewhat refreshing. Refreshing to know the motivation for ignorance. The troll experiences pleasure through antagonism.
Other people who bow out after their position has been stripped of merit, I don’t always know the nature of their silence. That is what Sequencing and Comparison grew out of, the need to understand denial. In this effort to understand why people choose to be wrong, in the discovery of sequencing and comparison, I discovered that denial is against an individual’s self interest, and it is immoral, obstructing communication which literally is the root of all evil. Stupidity is a choice, and people choose to be stupid through service to their biases. It is a problem with the culture and organization of human beings, not an innate problem of human beings.
Sequencing and comparison is very simple to understand, and even isolated aspects of it, morality for example can have profound impacts on human communication and intelligence. I’m confident I can teach it to interested people in an interactive setting. I’m not as confident about people’s ability to comprehend these things by reading them, but there is some potential there. That is the reason why I initially misorganized this book. I began the book with articles that address popular misconceptions, hoping to create context or interest in SeqComp through other articles to increase the likelihood that it will be understood.
The problem with this approach is it ceases to be a book and becomes a compilation. I’m beginning with Liberty as the Basis, followed by Sequencing and Comparison, and the explanation of issues addressing misconceptions serves as examples of the contrast between what is and what is perceived to be. Through Sequencing and Comparison we understand not only the subconscious processes that produce thoughts, feelings, and behavior, but we also understand life on a relevant frame by frame basis.
I’ve written about many subjects of popular interest in 2019, and also measured the understanding of popular positions through social media, primarily youtube. There is a section where I feature responses to the media where I’m highlighting the tactics used to mold popular opinion. Exchanges between myself and others are also recorded to show the deficiencies of public opinion and examples of denial. Following Sequencing and Comparison is a chapter called Comments and Exchanges consisting of these social media interactions. There are other exchanges in other portions of the book, as it makes sense to include the expression of contrary opinion next to the subject it pertains to.
The Founding Intents of the United States of America follows Comments and Exchanges. The national bias begins with the mythology of the founding, the deification of men who paid mercenaries to remove the ruling power, then consolidated power through the creation of a federal government designed to represent money to power. In a system where money is required to make money. Adam Smith writes in the Wealth of Nations, money says the proverb makes money, with a little a man can grow a great fortune; the difficult thing is finding that small sum to begin with.
People are living in a country that was created to ensure that industry, which they represented at the time, would control matters of the state for their benefit and advantage over the general population. This is why democracy is decried by the founders, and why the economic interests of the founders determined what was important in creating the constitution, quantifiably so through the research of Robert A. McGuire.
This chapter explores the interests that molded the constitution and examines the organizational obstructions to popular representation. Many view the founding of this country as a noble period in human history, when in fact, as business, money, and power are concerned, there is little difference between then and now. History is taught through this noble lens which leaves people unwilling to question the organization of their government, and the intents that molded the design. There is a good portion of the population who believes that what exists today is the result of the US deviating from the constitution and what the founders intended, when in fact, as far as the circulation of power is concerned, this is exactly what the founders intended.
The points made are substantive, but given the broad scope of this book and the narrow purposes served by the chapter, it isn’t comprehensive, but illuminating nonetheless. Whether the United States was intended to function as it does today or not doesn’t change the way it functions. After the founding intents is a chapter called Government as the Facilitator of Money to Power. I refer to the data compiled by Thomas Ferguson, Lie Chen, and Paul Jorgenson, in their 2013 and 2018 papers pertaining to the 2012 and 2016 elections. I present their findings to establish definitively the role of money in politics, and distinguish policy shaping sums from non-influential sums. I answer the question we all know the answer to in why there are firms that support both parties, and both candidates, substantiating the claim with research that shows the return on political investment. Meaningful policy creation is explained.
I’m not one to identify a problem without also identifying a solution. In the Founding Intents chapter I propose we split districts into 4ths quadrupling the number of representatives and senators, which minimizes the impact of advertising in elections because there simply isn’t enough time and space to create opinion around so many candidates. It would force candidates to run more localized campaigns where there are more opportunities for interaction with the public. It poses some challenges to legislating, but those challenges are not without remedy. I don’t like the idea because the public is probably more susceptible to being charmed in person than through advertising. Money is still the measure of an individual’s power to promote a message, whether we have 435 representatives or over 1700.
What we have is fine if everyone has a voice through industry. Not that industry is going to promote the interest of anyone else other than their shareholders, but if people have significant ownership through corporate like entities governed by the public, then the public through the profits of their owned businesses, can compete in investment politics. The chapter Centers for Economic Planning General Outline succeeds Government as the Facilitator of Wealth to Power.
A Center for Economic Planning operates through management elected from the people within the jurisdiction it is created in, typically it will be a city or a county. In addition to electing management the people have direct input and oversight into investment strategies and profit spending. The CEP creates and acquires businesses at the direction of the public, allowing people without money to meaningfully participate in decisions of production. We are increasing opportunities, the quality of opportunities, and new businesses can be geared towards transitioning to renewable energy, sustainability, and community needs. Most importantly, through the profits of the businesses people will own through their Centers for Economic Planning, people will be able to influence politics through lobbying and campaign funding on a level where they can compete against industry. We can address issues of income and wealth inequality through CEPs, as well create popular representation in government.
There are two follow up articles to Center for Economic Planning General Outline. The first is a short Q and A about Centers for Economic Planning, which is more of a person making mistaken inferences and my addressment of his misunderstandings. The second follow up article is about public banks, where the CEP is distinguished from a public bank, and the dangers and deficiencies of public banks are addressed.
The next chapter is called the Green No Deal, it is the first of 3 articles related to climate change and proposals to limit emissions. The title of the chapter addresses the popular misconception that there was a Green New Deal in Alexandria Ocascio Cortez’s resolution she called the Green New Deal, hence the title the Green No Deal. It is a list of goals with no substance, and the chapter quotes enough of the resolution to demonstrate this.
The next chapter is Bernie Sanders Green New Deal, which although still terribly flawed, does include some vague ideas for implementation and spending. Bernie’s plan does include the first step in addressing climate change which is transitioning the grid to renewable energy. Although his plan has been dubbed as the nationalization of power, something that would be impossible to create the political will to accomplish, it doesn’t have to be that. Sanders wants to build the infrastructure for renewable energy including upgrading the grid and place the assets under the management of the Power Marketing Administrations who presently manage the sale of hydroelectric power sources. This is followed by regulating fossil fuel power generation out of existence, and I suppose the general thought is, since the power companies claim to monopoly comes largely through their ownership of the grid, if the public owns the grid this will do away with the power companies. I don’t see this as the best course action or even a feasible course. The power companies still have the most comprehensive knowledge of managing and maintaining the distribution of power. I see a scenario where the public owns the infrastructure through the PMAs, and the power is sold to the utility company who maintains and distributes the power to the population and is entitled to some profit for providing the service. I also explain how having a private intermediary will serve as a check on the power of these public assets which will benefit the public.
Climate Change 101 Establishing Facts and Addressing Denial establishes the fundamental facts associated with climate change and the popular positions of deniers. The denial of climate change can essentially be reduced to a person not trusting thermometers or not trusting CO2 meters.
Immigration: Overstated and Uncorrectable explains that illegal immigration is well managed, and doesn’t require much more in terms of resource and attention dedication. US foreign policy is the cause, and because US foreign policy isn’t going to change neither will the living conditions that cause people to illegally immigrate to the United States. This article is succeeded by two articles that highlight US foreign policy in Latin America, Self Propelled Coup refers to the attempted coup in Venezuela by the United States and their European allies through Juan Guido, but rightly places the responsibility on the mismanagement of the economy by the Maduro administration. White Gold Coup discusses the removal of Evo Morales after the false accusations of fraud in the elections by the OAS which were supported by the US, and possibly other details will emerge with time concerning the role or knowledge of the US.
I removed a chapter related to foreign policy, having made most of the points in the chapters in the Comments and Debates section. Coming out of immigration and the recent coup examples this seems like the best place to insert a chapter I call The Option, which proposes an option for resolving the Israel Palestine conflict. Since a Palestinian state can only be created at the discretion of the United States and Israel, and neither of these states have an interest in creation of a free and sovereign Palestinian state, The Option creates a way to improve the lives of Palestinians while also serving the interests of the United States and Israel.
We move into the Popular Myths of Tax Policy. The pretexts of Republican’s and Democrats positions on tax policy are addressed. The research of Emmanuel Saez is cited as an aid to address the popular misconceptions, which reduce to ideas that lower taxes stimulate economic growth, and that imposing extreme taxes on the extremely rich will produce enough revenue to meaningfully address economic inequality.
Statistics related to the income and wealth distribution are cited throughout the book. After addressing the popular myths on tax policy I wrote an article called Social Mobility and the Deficiencies of Measure. The chapter seeks to establish as fact, that although it is true anyone can make it in America, it is also true that everyone cannot and most people don’t. Most social mobility data measures mobility in quintiles, where moving from one quintile to the next signifies mobility as having taken place. This doesn’t tell us if any meaningful mobility has taken place as moving from the top of one quintile to the next may not indicate mobility of any significance. A true measure of mobility wouldn’t be income mobility, it would be wealth mobility, perhaps a 30 year study where the household wealth the individual began in, is compared to the household wealth adjusted for inflation that the individual achieves over 30 years.
The next article is called a Crisis of Demand and provides the inconvenient truth that a deceptive marketing campaign was not the cause of over prescribing that led to millions of American’s becoming addicted to opioid pain medication, leading some to heroin. The cause of the opioid crisis was the result of patients who sought the drugs to cope with their circumstances in life, or as an opportunity to make money, where doctors knowing the dangers of addiction and abuse prescribed the medication for profit.
The next chapter is titled Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility and isn’t included for the subject of the article. I was involved in a discussion at my friend Shawn’s house about activists’ efforts to close down or fight for inmate rights in the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility. For the first half of the discussion what was being presented had me debating the difference between the Milwaukee County Jail and MSDF. This wasn’t the subject of controversy and I performed poorly by my standards but adequate by an objective measure. I included the chapter as a way to share my experience being in solitary confinement for 7 months as a 19 year old in prison as the conversation segued into that subject. It is experience that adds to my credentials when I am discussing disadvantages and struggles. What sets me apart from academics and intellectuals who are familiar with the numbers and observed effects through studies, is I understand what the numbers mean through experience, and the experiences of others who are known to me.
Poor White Sasquatch establishes that poor white people comprise the majority of poor people in the United States. It is the introdction of the overemphasis of race, gender, and sexuality discrimination, where the true measure of disadvantage in this country is class not race. Where a person of color, a woman, or a member of the LGBT community born into money is born advantaged to white people not born into money. Poor white people are a myth like the sasquatch, where there seem to be no reliable reports of our existence. Although past systemic racism has caused a greater proportion of people of color to begin poor, there are definitive measurements of systemic racism, where race based economic comparisons are measuring the effects of the past not the effects of the present. The case is made that poor white people in this country are equally disadvantaged to any other poor racial group in this country, and in some cases more so. The progeny of poor people in this country are in the same situation as the progeny of other people. If you’re the descendant of a slave, or a person who was unable to access education or services, or denied employment based on race prior to the Civil Rights Act, the reason you are disadvantaged today is because those conditions did not allow your family to accumulate wealth to pass down to you. If you are white and you come from a poor family, your ancestors had to rely on others for opportunities to make money, and the money they made was barely adequate to cover their expenses. If what you earn is roughly equal to your expenses, the same as those who were discriminated against, you don’t have anything to pass down to succeeding generations.
If I Was Black is chronicles a few days of experiences traveling to Florida from Wisconsin for court. Although I have the actual explanations for treatment I’ve received from law enforcement, a judge, public defender, and even people in a small town, if I were black every one of these experiences could be interpreted as being racially motivated. There is a short summary at the end of the chapter explaining the formation of prejudice.
To continue making friends with progressives, the next chapter is called LGBT: Promotion Under the Guise of Tolerance. I’m of the belief that most people do not have a problem with what two consenting adults do with one another sexually. The issue many people have is that tolerance is used as a pretext to promote sexuality, which has harmful effects on children who are introduced to false concepts of gender identity and biological sexual orientation. I cite the most recent and largest study of it’s kind where geneticists found no basis for sexuality being genetic. I acknowledge that same sex sexual arousal is developed, and once developed a person may become or consider themselves gay. There is nothing wrong with that. The overemphasis of sexuality discrimination is addressed, and the distinction of dislike of behavior from homophobia.
The truth is on the side of gun enthusiasts as it relates to gun violence and incidents of mass murder. Australian Gun Control and the Failure to Reduce Incidents or Casualties examines mass murder events 20 years prior to the mass murder that prompted gun control legislation, and the 20 years after the incident, and finds that gun control failed to reduce events or the number of people killed. The article is followed by a high quality debate on the subject of gun violence.
The next chapter is called Republicans, which explains the few areas of policy distinction with democrats. The parties are more or less the equal of two evils, but I find myself being much more critical of progressives than I am of republicans. As I explain in the article this is because republicans are much more open about the interests they serve and the public doesn’t require me to point these things out. The democrats on the other hand feign concern for the disadvantaged and create disadvantaged groups out of people who are not disadvantaged. Republicans are the wolves whereas the democrats are the wolves in sheeps wool which confuses the sheep. The sheep don’t need to be shown the wolves who are not donning disguises.
Poor Lives Matter: The Criteria for Deadly Force and Enforcement addresses the popular misconceptions of racial bias in the use of force by law enforcement, and establishes a criteria and agency for enforcement for criteria to ensure the use of deadly force is only used when there is an objectively qualifable immediate threat to life. The idea is 4 years old but I’m including it because it is still relevant and hasn’t received the attention it should based on its potential to rectify a problem of public concern, and an issue that is important to law enforcement.
The Florida Ordeal explains my experience dealing with the Florida criminal justice system, where a small amount of marijuana and THC edibles led to me being charged with 4 misdemeanors and 2 felonies. It chronicles my experience defending myself primarily against the public defender and the judge. I also provide some background information related to my previous 9 months being on the road as an interstate mover and what brought me to Florida to begin with.
The Just Law Amendment was inspired in part by the Florida Ordeal. In a republic, where the creation of law takes place without direct public input and oversight, citizens should be able to defend themselves against unjust laws, and we can objectively qualify what just means. I have much grander ideas for liberty as it relates to legal philosophy and incorporating that legal philosophy into the constitution. The Just Law Amendment is a constitutional amendment that allows a criminal defendant to create a defense based on the law being unjust, where unjust is can be proven by showing a law has net imposition, where what the law imposes is greater than the imposition it prevents.