Human sacrifice to the gods for the promise of blessings differs only in degree to the sacrifice of liberties for the promise of entitlements. Both require unjustified acts of coercion by the sacred authorities against your peaceful neighbors. Both disregard the preferences of those whose lives or liberties are to be sacrificed for your security. Both require manipulation or coercive indoctrination from an early age to make the sacrifice acceptable (superficially, at least) to most people so that the practice persists over generations. Both look at your fellow human beings as expendable cattle to be milked or butchered for the supposed benefit of everyone. For these reasons, and probably more, both are evil and wrong. And that’s today’s two cents.Continue Reading
There is a disturbing trend in government schools and other youth indoctrination institutions to teach kids how to survive an unwelcome encounter with a cop. (And notice that comments are disabled on the video example– truth offends these monsters. And the number of downvotes is also hidden from view.)
This “information” is, unfortunately, helpful. But it stops short.
You don’t teach kids how to survive encounters with fast food counterpersons. Or even with other government employees like theft-funded librarians. Only cops.
Teaching kids how to survive encounters with cops is incomplete without the information that the cops are bad guys committing acts of enforcement– krimes.
I know that since government indoctrination camps, kinderprisons, are on the same team as the badged vermin that’s not going to happen. But by excluding that bit of reality, kids are being lied to. They are being trained that if they don’t survive a roadside molestation it’s their own fault for making the bad guy feel unsafe. The problem is giving the power of life and death to unaccountable paid cowards, not how compliant and nonthreatening you make yourself appear to those parasites. Never a hint that the bad guy is a bad guy.
Lies of omission are still lies.Continue Reading
Clamoring for violent third-parties to use their power disparity on behalf of workers against fat capitalist pigs is a triple-edged sword, two edges against workers. The first edge is the fact that violent third-parties (government) have their own agenda. They’ll be all too happy to assist workers, but they’ll charge a heavy toll in the form of, among other things, income and payroll taxes. The second edge is the fact that violent third-parties don’t discriminate on who they assist. They’ll be just as happy to assist fat capitalist pigs, by way of hindering competition, in exchange for wealth of various forms and promises of position alongside them. It seems to me that violent third-parties, governments, are a bigger threat to the life, liberty, and property of workers than are fat capitalist pigs. But since workers were raised in government indoctrination centers, schools, they’ve been conditioned not to notice. That’s too bad, and today’s two cents.Continue Reading
If you haven’t seen “The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Zendaya, and more, you are missing out one of the best movies and musicals of our time. It’s mesmerizing and uplifting, a true tour de force, and has captured the hearts and minds of my entire family.
Every one of its ten songs is an absolute gem. But the one I’d like to bring to your attention is from the end of the movie titled, “From Now On”. Here it is in official audio form:
While it’s not the intended interpretation, the theme that has found its home in my mind is based on the chorus, and goes like this:
From now on: This voice will not be used to encourage violence against peaceful people.
From now on: These hands will not used to hit or strike fear in my children.
From now on: This body will not serve as a means for expropriation or indoctrination of others.
Let this promise in me start, Like an anthem in my heart!
From now on!
Alright so, it’s doesn’t rhyme, but oh well! One of the reasons that I engage in the work of writing and podcasting is to turn hearts and minds away from violent solutions to the problems they have with other people, with special emphasis on the parent-child relationship. Nothing validates my work more than when a parent tells me that I was instrumental in their own “from now on” moment of ceasing to use violent parenting tools. I was told that in my latest podcast conversation, and it warmed my heart.
It can be difficult internally and challenging to deal with opposition by friends and family when making these sorts of changes. But your children deserve your promise and anthem to never hit or strike fear in them again.
And when you move forward in partnership, the relationship you build and maintain will last the rest of your life paying dividends every single day. From now on!Continue Reading
A friend recently told me something scary and … sad. Something I am still trying to digest and ponder. Something which haunts me.
He recently participated in mock “job interviews” of some college journalism students. One of the questions he asked them was “What’s the purpose of government?”.
Unsurprising, considering the years of pro-government indoctrination they’ve endured to get to this point, the students mostly answered that the purpose of government is to “help people”. One of them even said government’s purpose was to “control people”; she considered this a good thing. She believes society has become so dangerous government needs to control everyone in order to “protect” us all.
My friend told these students he thought government’s job was to ensure life, liberty and the individual pursuit of happiness; they all scoffed.
One even said “we do not need too much freedom because we can’t handle it”. Well, him maybe…
My friend went on to say:
“I understand that most people feel government is too big to fight, or they’re afraid of the consequences sure to come when fighting government … But these kids seem to feel government really is their friend, that [being told] what to do is in their own best interest.
Welcome to our future.”
I’m reminded of this when watching movies or TV shows and the character does something unnecessary and stupid to advance the plot and give the show a reason for being. Yes, I know most shows wouldn’t be interesting– and would end in 3 minutes– if the characters didn’t complicate matters by doing dumb, unnecessary things.
I see people doing the same thing in real life on a daily basis. In real life there’s no need to create drama for “ratings”; no need to hurt yourself for the entertainment of others. No need to complicate things so the situation continues to create problems for yourself and others far longer than it should. Do the right thing and move on.
Why do they do this to themselves? I know indoctrination has something to do with it. And probably it’s somewhat encoded in our genes. But it seems so silly and self-defeating. Stop doing unnecessary, self-defeating stupid things.Continue Reading