Resilience

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Economies follow natural law.  Economies endure and survive whatever stresses arise.  I read an excellent article at FEE recently that even asserted that an economy, without serious structural problems,  adjusts rather rapidly.

There is very little in the way of short-term fixes that will alter that.

There will be mid- and long-term effects that outweigh current political shenanigans.  The problem for naysayers and Pollyannas is that they don’t really know anything.  The accumulation of effects, structural distresses, from past kicking of the can down the road may push us over the edge, while making it appear that Coronavirus is the sole cause, rather than the catalyst.

— Kilgore Forelle

 

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Corporate Greed

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There is no such thing as corporate greed, even though the politicos greedily gobbling up time, energy, and news space would have us believe that it is so.  First of all, a corporation is a legal fiction.  And, it has a legal property that causes much confusion — the concept of a corporation includes that it has another fiction, a standing in the law.  Because a corporation can do this, like a human, people often ascribe other human characteristics to it.

I believe the actual purpose of corporations is to protect humans from the law.  But I’m just saying.  The real challenge for the legislators is to make the corporation immune to human malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance.

So when humans accuse corporations of being greedy it is a “sticks and stones” kind of deal.  There is no way to prove any property derived from human emotion.  Political wannabes never have to prove, walk back, or even revisit such nebulous invective.  It is all for effect.

— Kilgore Forelle

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It’s the Wild West Out There!

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Pandemic is just a medical journal word, code for “you’re on your own.”  Other similar words are drought, war, famine, death, recession, panic of [yyyy], and so forth.

It’s always the Wild West out there.  If you paint yourself into a corner, you are painted into a corner — it is what it is.  People who insist on obeying the government no matter what are mining in a thin seam.  Is anyone in government in possession of sufficient medical knowledge to navigate the pandemic for you?  Short and sweet — no.  Are politically appointed medicos likely to be your shepherds?  Their metrics are vastly different from yours — heard “flattening the curve” much lately?  You are only a data point on that curve.  Do you rely on the unpolitical medical establishment to save you?  They are only unpolitical to political junkies.  They have their own, different criteria.

Your well-being is your responsibility.  Making sure that you are not aggressing on somebody else is also your responsibility.

— Kilgore Forelle

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Don’t Be Judgmental

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I have suffered writers’ block (enough with the cheering over there), but it has not been coterminous with the Covid19 shutdown. I’ll share with you where it came from.

Sometime after my last previous post, I listened to the Voluntaryist Voices podcast on the 7 principles of non-violent communication, by Micah Salaberrios. The first principle, that one should not be judgmental, proved a hurdle for me. I was suddenly buffaloed about how to write op/ed style posts while not being judgmental.

After much struggle I have concluded that I should amp up in terms of facts, and the more difficult, truth, in my blog offerings.

But, I will not label anything as truth, since truth is a label which can be applied to either a fact, a collection of related facts, or a pack of lies.

Furthermore, I will strive not to cherry-pick only those facts which suit my agenda.  As Joe Friday used to say, “Just the facts, ma’am.”

— Kilgore Forelle

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Radley Balko

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When I became a true self-labelling voluntaryist, one of my first favorites was Radley Balko.  That was one reason I was so happy to see that Skyler Collins had posted a talk by Radley on this web site — and it is a talk on my favorite Balko topic, militarization of law enforcement.

The talk is posted under “Voluntaryist Voices” (audio).

I began to search the Web for a digital transcript, because I would like to post some direct quotes.  But so far I have found a YouTube video of the same talk.  Eureka!  Enjoy.

I will post a link to text when and if I find it.

— Kilgore Forelle

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Who’s in Charge Here?

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… I’d like to know.  The first stage of panic (and second and third) is to scramble around looking for someone to follow.  Many of us followed others into bars, but clearly most followed hoarders of toilet paper and hand sanitizer into all the dollar stores, the drugstores, and the supermarkets.  But the thing that is now most scarce is information.  Human beings continue to query “whadya know?”, but the answer is still “not much, you?”

Some say that in times of war, the first casualty is the truth.  But the “truth” is that the human race is at war with itself.  Will we win, and what will a win look like?

At any rate, here are some questions I’d like to be answered (and I’ll bet you would too):

  • Who’s in charge?  Every scheme cooked up throughout history has been a kicking of the can down the road.  If the buck really stops somewhere, why hasn’t the buck stopped?
  • What is “the buck?”
  • WTF?  Did POTUS really offer help to North Korea?  Who’s the dunderhead who decided that we are fine, so NK needs our help?  Is NK the model of collective that we seek to preserve?
  • Is there anyone with a microphone and teevee camera who will stand up and say “I am just a narcissistic glutton who will make up bullshit just to keep the red light glowing?”
  • Does one have a duty to others?  Yes, if you know them personally and have accepted responsibility for their care.  I have Kilgorette with whom I have exchanged vows.  We have 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren.  We have neighbors.  We have friends.  We have 2 horses, 3 dogs, and 7 cats.  We do not triage among the members of this list.  After that, triage.  North Korea is vanishingly small on that list.
  • How do I get tested?  Where?  When?
  • If I am looking for a manager for my life, whom should I turn to?  The only possible answer is ME.

Stay tuned.  More questions are forming.

— Kilgore Forelle

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