So once again Snake has caused me to think… so here I am staring at a hand painted Ceramic Skull filled with 110-proof Reposado tapping through a thought.
First… Snake’s right. It’s too late. It’s too late for the changes that must be made to be painless. The Government Education system has fulfilled its role in removing any understanding of Voluntary Exchange and Free-Market Capitalism, not by demonizing it but rather by simply omitting it. The demonizing of it is consigned to the Main-Stream Media and it’s brothers in the Entertainment Industry. This fact has left us with a population who does not, can not, comprehend the pain which is headed our direction. Even if they did, they would not understand why they are directly responsible for this eventuality due to their support of those individuals who champion the intrusion of Government. It is exactly this intrusion into the our beleaguered Capitalist system which has brought us to this point. It is the undying wish to manipulate what is the Default State of Economics that causes strife worldwide and it has Progressively invaded our shores over the last 100-years.
…Everywhere you look.
Any assertion that we can “avoid it” is long past its expiration date.
So what now?
The only course of action I see is Reaching Out. Reaching Out is a non-violent, no-lose, approach to what is in store for us.
If each of us reaches out to just 5 people who believe themselves opposed to what we “think”, or are remaining quiet because they feel intimidated by their lack of knowledge, we can start the conversations so desperately needed. It’s called “grass-roots” organizing. It’s a page out of Alinsky… and the Socialists have shown us it works.
First, this is the only way to “fight the man” and explain American Exceptionalism to those who consider themselves already educated because they met the requirements to earn certain diploma’s. (Bizarre isn’t it? So strange that self sufficiency and personal responsibility are considered “rebellious”… times have oddly changed.) Trust me, I’ve met many individuals who have achieved higher levels of education that are woefully uneducated when it comes to the basics of this country. I have learned to ignore ones “credentials” until demonstrated as valid. It’s rare that this behavior has left me surprised.
Second, if things end up as bad as they could be we will have established a group of people around us who have not lost all hope. This is key, because those without hope are the same as drowning men… they will pull you down with them. We will need calm, reasoned, rational individuals who understand free-market economics. These people will instinctively know that the two “f” words, free and fair, simply do not exist. It will be us and those we gather around us who will repair the damage caused by those currently in power… massive damage indeed.
This is all we can do.
I was having a conversation with a couple from Turkey several days ago. The topic came up on the old Soviet Satellite States and how they were faring since the collapse of their Patron. The simplest observation was once the Soviet support, by means of infrastructure and money, disappeared those “who wished to be free” suddenly found themselves confronted with problems they never before had to address. And, as is always the case, the Thugs took over and prevented any change or solutions that they didn’t directly control. The Thugs took over everything from distribution of food to one’s ability to travel. It was societal de-evolution. It’s a lesson repeated throughout history. We left it there. We just stopped at the assessment without asking the obvious question of “How could one prevent that scenario from occurring?”.
The above discussion also lent to this post. The answered now seems easy… once you understand why those people living around the old Communist State couldn’t figure out what to do. But, for some reason, we always seem satisfied at stopping at the assessment.
As is always the case, the populations of the Satellite States didn’t know what to do… because they didn’t know what to do. Nobody had ever showed them what to do. No one had ever had an interest in teaching them what to do. In fact, the exact opposite had been drilled into them for decades. Dependency was what was required by the Social Democrats. Sound Familiar?
Had the populations of those countries been versed in Free-Market Capitalism and Individual Liberty they would have been far better prepared to deal with the sudden responsibilities of self-rule. The Thug’s would still be present and they would still attempt to assert their power over others through force, but they would be meeting formidable resistance. Instead, the populations had been trained to be supplicants. They have been taught to wait for someone else to come and fix their problems. They have been conditioned to expect their needs to be taken care of by some nebulous bureaucracy answerable to no one, and if that fails to be taken care of by someone… anyone… even the local Thug.
Make no mistake… it is now our responsibility to teach that which has been intentionally omitted from our schools and institutes of higher education. It’s now that we must Reach Out to those five folks around us and once they have a working knowledge of how this country was founded and why free trade protects it send them out to find five folks of their own. Now. Right Now.
It’s time to stop counting on things always being okay. It’s time to start thinking about what we are going to do once it’s not okay. Well, it’s already not okay, but it is not getting better regardless of what your being told.
When you’ve Socialized Medicine, taken the Fascist approach to owning all Means of Production through Regulation and now our politicians are talking about seizing your retirement plans, we’re in deep. Very, very deep.
We need many, many people at the grass-roots level that understand nothing is free…. or fair. But our innate right to Individual Liberty is always our Individual Responsibility.
We need many, many people who know how to run successful businesses that don’t depend on their buddies on the city council sending them taxpayer dollars through government contracts. Whose success is delivering a product the people want, not dependent on taxpayer patronage bequeathed from “well-intentioned” politicians promoting their pet projects which create things nobody wants.
We need many, many people with skills directly applicable to real world needs… not idiots like me whose only skill is intoxicated drooling over a laptop keyboards. In other words, basket weaving could once again be a practical profession. Knowing how to make things should never have been demoted by Elitists to the level it now occupies. People who can make things are in short supply and will soon be in high demand.
Go out, grab your five and get to work. It is personal responsibility chock full of self-interest. It is what we must do.
We’re all in this together, as individuals… and no matter what the outcome of our current race to drive this country over the cliff, we will be better for each of your efforts.
Ever notice that Tequila smells like Agave Flowers?