Liberty is the capacity to do as one pleases. Liberty is true because at all times all people want to do what they want to do. This means if every individual’s liberty doesn’t extend past the point where it interferes with what someone else wants to do, and people have opportunities to acquire the means to do, all people can do what they want to do. That is the human ideal.
What is the purpose of government? We agree to rules that prevent peoples liberty from being imposed on because we are freer with the rules than we are without them. Imagine we didn’t agree not to steal from one another and create an agency to enforce it? Most people’s lives who posessed would be spent defending their property. We are freer with laws than we are without them presuming the laws are created with the consent of the public.
Unfortunately, in our republican structure of government, government is delegated to a small group of individuals who although are elected by the rest, are first selected by the money that enables them to be competitive in elections. The rules created and the allocation of resources goes to benefit the interests of the selecters, not the electers.
Governments first purpose is creating the rules of conduct and commerce that should cause us to be freer. Governments second purpose is using our collective resources to provide the public with services and projects that improve peoples lives that are generally beyond the scope of private parties to accomplish.
The root of our problems is not the democrats and it is not the republicans. The root of the problem is people choosing opinions about subjects that they don’t have any understanding of. They accept opinions as facts and their minds are molded by the media and politicians. These people, which is the vast majority of the country, democrats, republicans, radicals, liberals, conservatives, and the apolitical, have no functional understanding of the systems they live in. This is where the problem begins, the failure to communicate.
The psychological basis is quite simple. What people believe is based on what they like. What they like is determined by how that thing makes them feel. Information that reinforces beliefs feels good. Information that challenges beliefs feels bad. It feels bad because learning something you thought was true is false, or something you believed to be good is bad, takes away that beliefs ability to make you feel good and lowers self worth.
In the broader context, it is always in one’s self interest to know the truth. Why? What is the universal constant for conscious beings? In all settings and at all times every being wants to do what it wants to do. If you like things that you wouldn’t like if you knew what was true about them, then you’re not doing what you want to do, you’re doing what someone else wants you to do i.e. people who benefit from you believing what is false. Second, to navigate our circumstances to do requires a true understanding of our enviornment. Self deception harms motivation and know how.
What distinguishes this material from other material written about political, economic, and social issues, is this material comes from a place of objectivity because the objective is to identify function to correct disfunction. I’m using the word disfunction to describe the cause of undesirable results. If we understand the political, economic, and behavioral functions that produce undesirable results we can eliminate the cause to eliminate the effect. This is my purpose for writing. Identify the causes and propose solutions for correcting disfunction to create a more intelligent, efficient, and freer species.
I have no allegience to any ideology, political party, or faction. My morality is consistent with net liberty.
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Below is a summary of some of the articles featured on the website. There is a Quick Takes article that features observations of function and public opinion, and TOE & LIT Excerpts which is an excerpt from most of the articles on the website. Below is a summary of most the material. Bear in mind, the articles on this website vary in their degree of difficulty to understand. You shouldn’t be discouraged if one article is difficult to understand as many of these concepts will be foreign. First exposure to challenging material will create familiarity with concepts that may cause them to be understood even if not initially understood. This relates more to the behavioral defining material, that cites functions through invisible things, whereas the political material and analysis of popular events is much easier to understand. I appreciate your attention, and any questions you have you can comment on the page which allows other people to benefit from the clarification provided for your question, or you may send me an email.
I’m beginning with 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. AOC’s GND 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. 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 basic 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. More importantly, the article articulates the basic observations whereas many activists and concerned citizens argue with others by stating headlines and then accusing the skeptic of not believing in science, despite failing to share the observations their position is built on.
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 clothing which confuses the sheep. The sheep don’t need to be shown the wolves who are not donning disguises.
We move into the Popular Myths of Tax Policy. The position of Republicans and Democrats 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. There is no merit to either position, but these two lines of false reasoning represent the full spectrum of opinion on tax policy.
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 recent 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 Exchange 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 by the approval of the United States and Israel, and neither of these states have an interest in creating a Palestinian state, The Option creates a way to improve the lives of Palestinians while also serving the interests of the United States and Israel.
The following chapter is called Social Mobility and the Deficiencies of Measure. The chapter acknowledges 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 studying the last 30 years where the household wealth that the individual began in, is compared to the household wealth adjusted for inflation that the individual achieves over 30 years after living on his own.
A Crisis of Demand 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 many 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 through procurement and distribution of the pills, doctors knowing the dangers of addiction and abuse prescribed the medication for profit. That is how it happend, which contrasts greatly with the popular pharmaceutical company scapegoat narrative.
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 introduction 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 not 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 either.
A Balance Stimulus seeks to reduce reliance on government and government programs to distribute money directly to the poor which will provide them options to create their own income opportunities. The cost of services is inflated through bureaucracy and often these services service the condition of being without providing much in the way of opportunity to help poor people make their way out of these circumstances. We can increase people’s opportunities and spend less doing it by not pretending that we know better what poor people need than poor people.
If I Was Black 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.
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 of the 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.
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 Founding Intents of the United States of America is the first of 3 articles that qualify the need for Centers for Economic Planning to achieve popular representation in the federal government. The national bias begins with the mythology of the founding, the deification of men who raised a mercenary army out of the poor 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.
The bill of rights is an amazing document in the protection of individual rights. Created as such in order to protect those who created the constitution to protect themselves from the government they were creating should it ever become the instrument of popular will. The only way to protect themselves was to protect the rights of all people. They identified important features that represented individual rights and expressed them in a language that unequivocally protected them through law.
People are living in a country that was created to ensure that industry, which the founders 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 issues were 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 intentions that went into 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 today. That is much easier to show.
After the founding intents is the 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.
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.
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.
Liberty as the Basis for Objective Morality. I identify how liberty is applied as the basis for morality as well as share the existential implications, and some personal speculation concerning existential questions built on liberty.
The second last chapter is Sequencing and Comparison which define the variables that produce motion in conscious beings. Thoughts, feelings, and the decision making process The article addresses issues with modern psychology and generally describes how people’s outlook, perception, and opinions are formed. I’m not sure how many or who will understand it only because much of it requires understanding life through frames of impression which is probably foreign to most people. The ability to understand points of action. The concepts are very simple.
I preferred to begin this book with Liberty as the Basis followed by Seq Comp but I feared the material wouldn’t have been understood which would have resulted in people missing the benefit from other material that is beneficial. I also think reading the other material first may create some familiarity with the concepts and give the reader a better chance of understanding Seq Comp when they get to it. With that said, because this book spans multiple disciplines, if there is something that is not understood, remember you can always return to it or pass it by.
The final chapter is Comments and Exchanges, consisting of social media exchanges and comments that identify the bias of media and individuals, as well as measures public opinion and understanding of popular issues.