On Police Brutality II

Society needs antitrust enforcement against the police and their bosses, the state. At some point this monopoly goes too far and ends up shooting itself in the foot, but make no mistake, the police are not your friend, nor are they your protector. Even their courts agree that the police have no duty to be anyone’s friend or protector. Their number one duty is law enforcement. And who writes the laws? Not you or the class to which you belong, the plebeian class. They, the ruling class, write the laws and hire criminal gangs to enforce them. Legal mafias are what they are, and it’s what they do. Providing quality customer service isn’t even in their manual of priorities, because they don’t have customers. They have targets of expropriation. And that’s today’s two cents.

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On Stoicism III

A thought occurred to me recently that I attribute to my study and practice of Stoicism. I drive all around a small metro downtown area (Salt Lake City) for six hours a day delivering food. I am often stopped at a green light by a homeless person walking more or less swiftly across my path. I could get angry and honk and flip them off or yell an obscenity, but I don’t. In fact, I don’t even feel the slightest urge to. Rather, I see their lot in life, quickly compare it to my own, and immediately feel sympathy for them. I don’t feel angry, or even annoyed that they are crossing in front of me while I have a green light and am in a hurry to reach my destination. Their life is a complete dumpster fire compared to mine. How can I get angry at someone not minding this sort of convention when I am so much better off than they? It’s the little things like this that make Stoicism a very useful endeavor, and that’s today’s two cents.

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On Freedom III

Contrasting freedom to liberty is simple: liberty is the absence of physical restraint by others, freedom is the absence of mental restraint by yourself. In other words, freedom is knowing deep inside your bones that anyone attempting to violate your liberty is acting offensively criminal. If America were truly a free country, there’d be a lot less tolerance for public forms of crime known generally as “the law“. Alas, America is about as free as any other country on this shiny blue marble. And that’s today’s two cents.

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On Billionaires

Assuming that billionaires are any sort of “problem” (I don’t), the solution is not to take their wealth and redistribute it to others. No, the solution is to remove any and all barriers to compete with them entrepreneurially. Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos became billionaires because they provide or have provided goods and services to willing customers, but some of their wealth was all but guaranteed by the monopoly protections afforded by software patents and trademarks. To the extent that competition was coercively prohibited by the state in the issue and protection of these patents and trademarks, their gains were ill-gotten. Abolish intellectual monopoly, and every other form of protectionism, and the economy will redistribute their wealth by redistributing their market share. “Problem” solved, and that’s today’s two cents.

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On Feminism

When I think of feminine energy, I think creation. Like birth, Spring, and newness, feminity is this and many other things. As such, markets are feminine, because markets are the result of the latticework of creative actions. A good or service comes into existence either physically or conceptually, and then exchanged with others in the attempt to gain more than is lossed, ie. the creation of wealth. Politics, on the other hand, is a destructive endeavor, quite anti-feminine. It seems to me that true feminism would embrace and promote markets and market action over politics, but it’s a rare feminist who doesn’t agitate for Big Daddy Government to come to their rescue. Ironic. And that’s today’s two cents.

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On Stoicism II

I study Stoicism daily, and try hard to practice what I learn. The ancient Stoic masters ranged from one being a slave to another, an emperor. To say that Stoicism is prepared for every up and down that life has to offer would be an understatement. The current COVID-19 era is no exception to that. From the beginning I’ve accepted that I will contract the novel coronavirus at some point, as will every member of my family. I probably already have without even knowing it, but in the event that it takes me down I will say: momento mori. Yes, we all have to die. Nobody escapes that inevitability. Financially, I am well prepared for my family to be taken care of, as should all those who have dependants be. Mentally, dying is a concept I think about (and at times yearn for) all the time. I tell myself that I could accept the imminent possibility of dying, but who really knows? In any event, I’ll use the time I have wisely. And that’s today’s two cents.

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