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Core Considerations

As fields of study, history, philosophy and economics are matters of perspective, fallible assessments of truth. In reality, they are the attempt at capturing the essence of life, the product of affection, avarice, preference, passion, and — in their highest forms — love. They are mankind’s best effort at seeking to understand, or otherwise distort, the most fundamental questions before us: what drives human action, and what is  our purpose on planet earth?

False Alarm: The Myth of Manmade Climate Change

This short article is intended for a special reader of mine who recently sounded the alarm on the issue of climate change . As it appears here, the term is italicized for reasons that will become evident upon further reading. While I have tremendous respect for the reader who has sounded the alarm, and while I do not contend to offer an exhaustive assessment on the subject, I do believe that these points are both valid and worthy of consideration. I submit these out of admiration for said reader, and for due consideration by all others who take the slightest interest in this very important topic.  First, let it be known that there is good cause behind the phrase 1,000-year flood . Climate change is nothing you have to prove; it's always happening, and it always has happened. To sound the alarm about a natural and cyclical global phenomenon is, to put it delicately, disingenuous. Any focus on the temperature change in one part of the world ignores the fact that the average global t

Freedom to Fail: Just As Essential As the Freedom to Flourish

Human error and personal failure are inherent to the human condition. The question is how the costs shall be defrayed. In the case for liberty, there is certainly some tolerance for failure or error, as it is generally suffered by the individual, not brought upon anyone by design. However, wherever anyone seeks to empower government in an effort to meet these ends, one must be absolutely certain of its effects, as there is no margin for error behind the barrel of a gun.  One must remember that government is a monopoly on force and coercion. It is force and coercion not by spirit or intention, but in accordance with the letter, understanding and integrity of the enforcers in their own time. As opposed to a state of liberty, where mistakes, failures and crimes are unavoidable and still likely to happen, a state of socialism condemns the people to a state of misery, failure and crime by design .  A system so brutal, so uncompromising and violent simply cannot afford any measure of uncert

The National Heist

In 1960, Dorchester Productions released their hit film Ocean's 11 . The film featured an ensemble cast led by four of Hollywood's Rat Pack : Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Peter Lawford. A crew of eleven was assembled around one objective: to mastermind an elaborate New Year's Eve heist, targeting five casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. As sophisticated as it was, the heist would ultimately fail in the end. Why? It wasn't that the team failed to get their hands on the cash, but that they couldn't dependably store it or keep the people from figuring out that they had been robbed. As impressive a heist as it was, Ocean's 11 looks like child's play compared to the frauds in government who've masterminded the greatest heist in history: the nationwide heist in the name of the national bank . The concept of a national bank is one of the most insidious political devices ever conceived. Whether owned, operated, or strictly regulated by a nation&

Entangling Alliances and the Military-Industrial Complex

In his 1961 farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned against the establishment of a military-industrial complex: “This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence-economic, political, even spiritual-is felt in every city, every state house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.” He continued: “We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel

America Sold the Farm

There are such fundamental deficiencies among the human species that they can be exposed by even the simplest of tasks. In this case, I present a statement that I think could singlehandedly expose much of mankind for its illiteracy. Don’t misunderstand me. The human species is uniquely intelligent, but most of them are far better informed than they are prepared to reason. Regrettably, this leaves the modern example of the species feeling superior in virtual every way to his forbears, but little does he know that he’s actually standing on their shoulders; and little does he know the sacrifices and tradeoffs made along the way.   As it turns out, it doesn’t take much to ascertain the cognitive ability of the people in our lives. Take for instance a simple statement of fact such as this:    “Racism was neither a necessary nor sufficient condition for slavery.”   Most people are so braindead and suffer so profoundly from cognitive dissonance that they cannot possibly entertain new informat

Sovereignty and Secession

In the aftermath of the War between the States, the federal government asserted the notion that “might makes right.” As the Federals mobilized troops throughout the Southern states, during and for many years after the war, they busied themselves with political reconstruction of the Union, flatly disregarding the question of constitutionality. Upon the surrender of the Confederate States, the federal government firmly established their claim, and it has since gone without question. However, one particular judge has issued a dissenting opinion: that is the judge of reason, which implores us to reexamine this claim, and to reassert the truth in the matter of states’ rights.  Upon claiming victory in their siege upon the South, and after shredding the very fabric of the Constitution, the Federals celebrated the “preservation of the Union” as they brought the Southern states under their control as “conquered provinces”. From their point of view, the truth was simply irrelevant, or otherwis