Partisans: Always Righteous, Seldom Right.

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Here we go again. The conservatives are seeing the tide begin to turn regarding public opinion on a couple of the issues that they have been harping on over the last few years. From climate change to jihadists to Leftist bias in the educational system, more and more of the moderate majority are nodding their heads instead of shaking them when Right-of-Center pundits and pols make certain points. They are also shaking more and nodding less to the self-serving ‘narratives’ of the Left.

So, of course the Conservatives(tm) are now required to shift from being somewhat right to being altogether self-righteous. As far as I can tell this is so that everybody in the vast middle who has started nodding will immediately begin ignoring them with great disdain once again. I swear to you, partisan insecurity will be the death of us all; the only question is from which side the final blow will come.

If you want to make a difference as a conservative please, put down the Jesus and step away from the Bible talk. If you express your ideas in terms that even a, shudder, non-Christian can understand more people will give you the chance to finish expressing them. They might even deign to think about those ideas, possibly even agree with them, if you refrain from throwing your righteousness in the eyes of your Lord at them in every paragraph!!!

 

 

The Time has Come to Speak of Many Things; of Fools and Tips and WikiLeaks; of Cabbageheads and the Fall of kings

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The Time has Come to Speak of Many Things; Of Fools, and Tips, and WikiLeaks;Of CabbageHeads, and The Fall of Kings

I just saw on al-Jazeera that WikiLeaks has released information showing that the Lebanese government had actually dared to attempt to give sensible advice to Israel on how to best attack Hezbollah; which happens to seek to bring down the Lebanese government.

Al-Jazeera has used this information the way every opposition group would, they make as much religious discord and political hay as possible. This is occurring over and over, all over the world. Russian leaks have revealed political gold for those who have fought the Russian combination  of paranoia and aggression for decades; including those who have used the rightness of that fight to exercise their own paranoia and aggression, like McCarthy. 

In the US haters of every “regime” since Washington are either slavering over data released or fervently praying that the next batch will give them what they need to finally bring about the collapse necessary to their promised utopia (Utopia is a word derived from the title of a book about the “perfect” society/city; when it was chosen to be the name for such a city the word meant nowhere.).

The thought occurred to me today that the PC fanatics have so focused the publics mind on an imaginary “ideal” society’s reactions to any present reality that they have rendered any sensible action in the present insensible to that same public mind. If your goal is to support the nation of Lebanon, as opposed to the Muslim or Christians within that nation, then it certainly makes sense, in attacking Hezbollah, not to attack Christian areas that are at the top of the ethnic/religious cleansing “To Do List” Hezbollah keeps for when they triumph.  But in today’s world that sort of thing is seen as nothing but an expression of religious favoritism, for Christians no less, who suffer violent persecutions across the face of the Muslim world today, to be made into political coinage by those who are the epitome of religious bigotry – Hezbollah.

One of the few nice things about president Obama is that he is such a narcissist that he sometimes let slip his mask when preening in front of the cameras more than most politicians accustomed to the national and international stage. On one such occasion he spoke of his support (faint, fading, and only present when it was/is expedient) in the face of sporadic rocket attacks by “rogue” and “independent” rebels who happened to enjoy the full support and resources of the PA, Hamas and/or Iran.  He said that if someone in Canada started lobbing rockets at a town his daughters lived in he would, as a citizen, vote to flatten the area if it did not give up the attackers willingly and cheerfully. Most of the “liberal” world then proceeded to castigate him for that most sensible reaction.

The “elite” exist on all sides however. On the “conservative” side a religiously based form of PC has sought dominance for decades; attempting to “bring back” a better time that never really existed, every era being like this and every other time, comprised of reality not idealizations, and enforce a “natural law” that can only be found in a modern, conservative Protestant interpretation of the Bible. Tolerance for the “deviant sin” of homosexuality, or revealing that the once held stupid, youthful ideas not from the fringe of the conservative Christian paradigm (as opposed to stupid ideas that do, like racism or gay bashing and whatnot). To do so is to be declared outcast from political power or, at the very least legitimacy.

To defeat this inhumanly incorrect trend the people must be willing to see the tribalistic partisanship on all sides who seek to seize the political stage from large segments of society for their own personal/political ends; mistake me not, I mean all parties, everywhere. No political group is immune to this, as Larry Niven declared in one of his Niven’s Laws “there is no case so noble it does not attract fudgeheads.”

Yes, I mean you, and you too over in the corner. The solution to social issues is never to simply suppress any dissent; “reasoning” that does not have its foundation in reality is always going to trend toward the unreasonable, regardless of the righteousness, or self-righteousness, of its proponents. Most of the information released by WikiLeaks is not really juicy at all, it is just the details of a real government dealing with reality. The few bits that are “hot” are about individual actions or things not part of the publicly known policy of the given nation.

WikiLeaks is not a noble rebel, it is an insidious tool for enforcing the PC fascism worldwide with the fall of governments the price of deviance without usefulness. It is dangerous in another way that I have yet to see discussed; who can possibly tell if they are adding or deleting things when virtually no government is going to release the original documents to the public?  WikiLeaks need only keep close to the truth in the beginning; as soon as the public feels that there is credibility they can slowly adulterate their “leaks” with tiny changes that spin them where they want them to go. Given enough time and acceptance WikiLeaks could begin a true campaign of Pravda, “truth” that is only true if it supports the political paradigm of the WikiLeaks controllers. It is not hard to imagine how easy it would be to scour reams of documents, then change only a word or six in several pages but change the political implications of the document entirely; you then release this “leak” and site back while the government and opposition do your work for you. Easy, if you are Dr. Evil, not so easy when you care about the ideals this country was founded upon.

You Can Have “Faith” in Jesus or Mohammed: I Believe in Bugs Bunny!

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One thing seems to be consistent about religions all through human history; faith in the literal truth of the religion’s doctrines and dogmas is strongest in the least educated and least widely experienced, while the “elite” tend to range from religious beliefs with agnostic admissions to full-blown, cynical atheism.  This aspect of societal religion tends to favor the more partisan of each camp; the “masses” are peer-pressured to “show faith” and not think too much, while the “elite” are pressured in the same way to deny ALL aspects of deity and belief and God(s).  For those of us to whom seeking understanding of God in a REAL sense, as opposed to a political or emotional/security sense, this is a bit of a hindrance.

To try to avoid the almost inevitable miscommunication that occurs when attempting to discuss God let me define my own terms; belief is not the same as faith; faith is something that causes grief and only causes good by accident, belief is what built civilization as we know it.  Faith is defined in Western culture as belief in something unseen, unproven, un-EVIDENCED other than by certain scriptural testimonies; this is a fools game at best! 

This pseudo-religion has taken over much of the world’s “Faithful” by taking advantage of that tendency of the masses to desire a simple creed with authority to follow; just so they do not have to ponder things that they do not have the experience or education to ponder with any confidence.  It is not enough, their preachers say, to belief in the bridge over the canyon, you must have absolute faith that it IS there… sound of crunching bones at the bottom of the canyon.  And if the snake oil social system from perdition they are selling fails the test in the real world then it is the fault of the poor soul who failed to “show enough faith”!

As you can see Virginia, I have never completely gotten over my desire to seek God and lead others to know God better! mea culpa.  I still care,  I just recognized that all the “named religions” had been co-opted by pirates, parasites and otherwise religious reactionaries who become their own enemies fighting the first two. 

Belief on the other hand is based on facts and experience and yes, even intuition, if that intuition has a good track record; if every time you had something very bad happen in your life, and you had ignored a strong, distinct feeling to avoid the situation, eventually you would “believe” in it enough to listen; even though you have not had the “faith” for years to gamble on it not being coincidental indigestion!

I have beliefs, I have no faith; I like it that way.  Faith has to be blind, and the blind tend to step on things, including other people’s toes, property, pets and even bridges that are NOT over canyons.

This is not to say that I do not think that many of the things that can fall under either label are good, or useful; far from it!  In the documentary film about the life and death of comedian Andy Kaufman (Man on the Moon) there is a scene where he is waiting to undergo a faith healing in India in full belief, from things he has seen and read and experienced, that he would find healing; but he sees from where his stretcher is laid that the “healer” is faking the procedure, and his belief dies. 

Of course the proponents of “faith” will tell us that if he had continued to have FAITH, instead of merely believing, the placebo effect would still have worked and he might have found healing; I do not disagree, but I find that level of blind faith an evil, black magic; one that is less a slippery slope than an escalator to horrific abuses that we have seen over and over again in history when people forget the reality of their fellow man and treat them solely according to “faith.” Q.E.D. Virginia, Q.E.D.!

Bottom line? The true God lovers are recognized in spite of their religion, not because of it; every one mostly stays in the religion they were born in, in some religions it is almost impossible not to, yet there are good, godly people wherever you find human hearts and human tears.  Unless you want to have faith in the notion that God made you to be born in the faith you believe in just so YOU could be “saved”, while anyone not so favored was caused by the infinite power of Deity to be born in an unGodly cult; if you do, there is a quote from the Christian’s Bible that I believe is appropriate: “Jesus Wept”!

Heretical Thoughts Of The Day

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What is money? To most people money is wealth, it is what they think of as the end result of time, labor and ingenuity.  In the view of conventional wisdom money is to the economy as steel ingots are to a steel mill; the result and end purpose of the institution.

Conventional wisdom, the public and virtually every "economist" making their livings by distorting reality to conform to political visions are wrong. Money is none of that. Wealth consists of the things we produce that last and can be traded amongst ourselves or that enhance the ease of trading or the quality of life for all (ie. roads, bridges, parks, hospitals, schools, etc.).

While services are a vital component of a truly modern economy (see CIA World Factbook for percentages of GDP invested in services in 1st, 2nd and third world countries.), it is only those parts of the economy that *create* lasting goods or universal public services (ie. not ones used only by certain segments of the population and no others.) that truly add to the wealth of a nation.

Yes Virginia, money is not wealth, wealth is only some of what money can buy.  But then what is money?  Money is the set of tokens we use to keep track of who owes what to who. It is also can be seen as a token set for power, but that is secondary and dependent in the long term on how much real wealth is behind a particular collection of tokens.  Money is not wealth, wealth is wealth and forgetting the difference is the only real reason the economists cannot ever seem to agree on what works and what does not.

How does a country raise its wealth without major inflation? Not by simply running the printing presses; wealth must be created to back those new tokens or the "value" of the all of the tokens diminishes.  What needs to be done is to simply decide what things we want to raise our national wealth with, then do it.

I hear gasps of outrage from all sides already, but I stand behind my statement.  If you build it, they will come. 

The bottom line is that if you want to help the economy you need to spend money on things that are still there next year, and the year after that, and the decade after that.  The more spent on paper shuffling zeros and administrative overhead, or services that vanish as soon as they are provided the less wealth and the more inflation we will have.

It is that simple people, go get on your pols about it!