Editor’s Break 118 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: a summation of his views on praying to the state to enforce its arbitrary borders; racial prejudice directed at white people; the obligatory nature of state coercion; why suffering is often a good thing; when children should be exposed to violence; and more.Continue Reading
Do you wonder why liberal democracies or constitutional republics have a difficult time being established in places like the Middle East? I don’t. It’s obvious to me: politics runs downstream from culture. If the culture isn’t ready for it, it won’t happen. When the West busts through the door of the Middle East, guns blazing, yelling, “We bring you freedom and democracy!”, nobody’s buying. Something other than what is required for these types of political systems to be desired en masse currently holds power in these cultures. Using political means (guns blazing) to supplant these cultural forces has heretofore proven “a fool’s errand“, has it not? As it is in the Middle East, so it is everywhere: culture controls politics. There are no shortcuts to changing culture. It can only occur how it has always occurred: cultural infiltration via economic means. If you want the Middle East to become more like the West, infiltrate their populations through totally unfettered free trade. And that’s today’s two cents.Continue Reading
Life isn’t fair.
That being said … Most of the time I hear someone say the phrase “life isn’t fair” it is merely used to justify assholery.
Teachers, parents and other central planners decide certain aspects of how people, usually children, are treated. People like to think these people are objective, considerate, and have a sense of justice in how they treat people. When a person believes that this person of authority violated their implied objectivity, consideration, or sense of justice … it will often come in the form of telling them that they aren’t being fair.
In response the “authority” tells them, “Life isn’t fair”. This is akin to admitting that you have no sense of objectivity, consideration and sense of justice. In this moment, the child feels like he has to heed what you say, not out of a sense of principle, or ideology … But rather just due to the fact that you have power and you really just told him that you exercise that power arbitrarily based off of your whim.
Sure, people can say something isn’t fair when it actually is fine given the circumstances. This makes for a great opportunity to learn, grow and communicate with people and to show them the boundaries of your beliefs and power. Saying “life isn’t fair” in this circumstance is just being an asshole and you will lose the respect of the people you are leading.Continue Reading
I’m an American, as the saying goes. Spanish speakers have a more precise word for such gringos, estadounidenses. So what? Am I supposed to have a celebration? Am I supposed to pledge my life, treasure, and sacred honor to a pack of ruling thieves because of this accident of my birth?
Maybe you were born in Mexico City, or Copenhagen, or Beijing, or some backwoods village in Siberia. Okay, I was born in a little down-at-the-heels town in Oklahoma. Who gives a rat’s ass? Why are people making such a huge deal over accidents of birth? Why are military cemeteries all over the world filled with the remains of men who allowed themselves to be tricked into putting their lives at risk for the profit and pleasure of the pirates in charge of their respective tax farms?
I don’t care where you were born, or where you grew up, or where you are living now. You may have interesting stories to tell me, and I’ll be glad to listen. But if you think that being born and reared in some other oligarchy justifies your cutting my throat, I will have no choice but to consider you raving mad.Continue Reading
I love the free market. The market, liberated from government rules, subject only to the choices of individuals.
One of my choices is to not shop on major holidays. If I knew for certain the store let employees volunteer to work on the holiday it would be different. As it stands, no sales or discounts can entice me to shop on Thanksgiving or Christmas when I know the employees were probably coerced into working instead of spending the holiday with their families.
I’m also not willing to fight crazed crowds for “deals.” It’s not an experience I enjoy.
That’s my choice; yours might be different.
I would oppose laws making it illegal for stores to open on major holidays, just as I oppose laws that make Sunday alcohol sales illegal. Those laws are arbitrary and silly. I am responsible enough to make my own choices of what to buy and when to shop. I don’t need a babysitter holding a gun on shop owners to make certain they do what the babysitter believes is right.
I’m not boycotting anyone. It’s not a crusade. I’ll go to those stores on other days. I won’t ask anyone to join me. It’s just me, as an individual, making a personal choice. My meager spending won’t be missed, but I feel better not encouraging businesses to use their employees in ways I don’t like.
I care about people; that’s why I’m libertarian. I believe all human interactions should be voluntary. If a business (or any other institution) can’t survive through voluntary association, I believe it should die. Customers and employees are equally important.
There would be employees who would choose to go to work rather than spend the day alone, or with family they want an excuse to avoid. It might not result in a full staff, but if you put off the sales for one day it would be fine.
When I owned a business I chose to open one Christmas day. I wasn’t able to be with family, so I was completely alone. I had nothing else to do, so instead of sitting and watching television or something equally pointless, I decided to work at the store and flip the sign to “open.” I got some things done, even while feeling sorry for myself. I had one customer all day; I still remember what he bought. He didn’t comment about my store being open on Christmas. At least I was busy and productive, and it was my choice.Continue Reading
Nobody asked but …
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place,” said George Bernard Shaw.
No matter how voluntarily we enter a relationship that is dependent on clear communication, we have also voluntarily entered a world of noise. Noise is the cumulative countermessage that accompanies the message. Depending on what kind of noise it is, we are more or less able to determine what the clear signal might be. Sometimes, we must rely on relatively constructive noise (context) to make sense of otherwise clouded content. Sometimes, context may mislead us.
A great deal of the problem arises because of where noise resides. Despite the best efforts of A or B (in the simplified chart below), neither is able to dodge noise from the other, from the channel, or from itself.
An example of this in action would be to try to watch two basketball games at once on two televisions. To concentrate on either requires that you treat the other as noise, non-communication. To be sure, you can switch back and forth, but you can never understand either game as though you were watching it exclusively. Much power is falsely ascribed to multitasking. To whatever degree, one pays attention to one thing, to that same degree, one disregards all other. You need to know this as you voluntarily pay your attention.
— Kilgore ForelleContinue Reading