Indians And Karma

In a recent conversation the issue of karma came up in regard to the United States and the treatment of Indians. A non-Indian theorized that the problem’s the United States is experiencing is a result of karma due to how we treated Indians.

Full disclosure here: I am an Indian, I am a citizen of an Indian Nation.

My retort to this was that it was a perfect example of what Gogol was describing in ‘Dead Souls’. We will bemoan how we treated Indians yet we will continue to support the same policies that we are decrying as being so unfair.

What happened to Indians sources in a specific action by a specific President fulfilling the specific doctrine of a political party. Andrew Jackson specifically rejected a Supreme Court decision calling his policies unconstitutional, voided all that the constitution said about Indians and no President or congress since has ever looked back or returned to the constitution in regard to Indians. We institutionalized the corruption. I am always mystified by people who bemoan what happened to Indians yet seem to have no problem with just keeping on doing the same thing they decry as being so wrong.

I really do not get it. If you think what was done to Indians was wrong and evil (which it absolutely was) then why continue to support policies and politicians that perpetuate that evil today? Indians are not of the past, Indians are today. This is not a matter of karma, this is a matter of people continuing to support the same policies for the last 190 years. We will collectively pursue all other avenues except just doing the right thing then complain that the right thing was not done and we as a nation somehow deserve punishment for that.

It is not too late to do the right thing. To my point about dead souls and corruption – why not just stop doing evil and do the right thing? Our souls are truly dead if we explore all other options other than doing the right thing.

Corruption is deadening our souls.

Looking For Black Swans

I have often written about the Black Swan Event. To review, a Black Swan Event is that which makes perfect sense in hindsight, indeed looks inevitable in hindsight, but no one saw it coming at the time – or at least no one who was in a position to do anything about it saw it coming.

 

Considering the state of the world there is nothing to say that the Black Swan Event cannot be war or terrorism. It very well could be either or both of those. One can effectively argue that World War I was the ultimate Black Swan.

 

I am not writing this as a prediction – but just for general awareness. The world economy, including the United States economy, has lost elasticity. It has become fragile in the sense that it is a very delicate balancing act of government and central bank planning and action (or inaction). This central planning has produced a rigidity that is not friendly to unanticipated change. Our current economy is like a pane of glass – it is stable and solid when left in place. If something were to be dropped on it or if it was forced to bend it will shatter.

 

Unanticipated change is what the central planners in the Federal government and Federal Reserve fear. That unanticipated change, that Black Swan Event, is inevitable. That does not mean it is imminent. However it does not take much imagination to look around the world and see a political assassination, a military misjudgment, a terrorist act could be lurking any day which would be of sufficient magnitude to be a Black Swan.

 

Keep your eyes open…

Morning Reading

A few articles you may have missed this week that are worth your time:

James Kunstler was his usual observant self in “Suicide by Stupidity” – “America wakes up to astonishing bullshit from its so-called Newspaper of Record in this lead front-page propaganda dump du jour. Granted, American education has succeeded in destroying the critical faculties of at least three generations so that the public drowns in a soup of unreality every day. In the news business now, as in the national life generally, anything goes and nothing matters.”

BofA has warnings in the S&P becoming one giant ETF– as reported by Zerohedge.

“Why It Matters That Jimmy Durham Is Not A Cherokee” by America Meredith is well worth your time to understand.

Lance Roberts “Weekend Reading” is always a must.

Tian Yang explains why it is not time to short the market – yet.

 

 

 

Culturally Destitute

“Politics is downstream from culture” – Andrew Breitbart

I concur with that assessment completely. Our culture is arguably destitute. Nowhere is this more evident than in the violent opposition to knowledge. The culture has arrived at a place where millions upon millions of people scream and stomp their feet and sometimes engage in much more destructive activities all oriented toward proclaiming “Capitalism is evil, free markets are evil!” without any individual knowledge of what capitalism and free markets are, how they operate or the history of success or failure with capitalism and free markets. None.

What they do have is a great deal of individual knowledge of campaign propaganda. They can repeat that endlessly. They can also repeat what some Marxist college professor told them endlessly. When ask if they have ever read Adam Smith, Friedrich August von Hayek, Ludwig von Mises et al. the answer is of course not! To be fair very few of them have ever read Marx.

Marx brings us to one of the constant refrains we hear from these people – “We are not Marxist!” Of course once you ask them fundamental questions about monetary policy, creation of credit, ownership of the means of production, and so on and so forth – questions they inevitably cannot answer – you follow it up by asking “If you do not know the answer to those questions then how do you know if you are a Marxist or not?” to which the reply always boils down to “Someone told me we were not.” That is how ludicrous this whole thing has become.

The remarkable thing here is that these people are in violent opposition to something they know nothing about, have never made the effort to learn about, and are violently opposed to anyone else learning about while at the same time proclaiming they are NOT something even though they cannot provide a working definition of what that ‘something’ is and cannot tell you what they actually believe – just that someone told them they are not. If that is not the working definition of ‘culturally destitute’ then what is?

This is straight out of ‘Animal Farm’ – another great work these people are in violent opposition to, have never made the effort to read, and are violently opposed to anyone else reading.

Most of us understand that these folks have ceded their conscience, responsibility and accountability to a group.  They no longer have an interest in acquiring knowledge – particularly when that knowledge is unapproved by or goes against the group- they are only interested in being a part of the group and repeating what they believe the group approves.

There is power in the group and many of these people undoubtedly feel empowered by being an echo of the group. Individualism is to be eschewed and most particularly the individual conscience and accountability for actions. For these people agreement of the group supersedes truth.

If these folks had bothered to read Hayek, they would have read this:

“We must face the fact that the preservation of individual freedom is incompatible with a full satisfaction of our views of distributive justice.” – Friedrich August von Hayek

We are truly living in Orwellian times.

CNN, Hypocritical, Blackmailing Thugs: “Nice anonymity you got there. It would be a shame if something happened to it and we outed you to the leftist mob.”

Well, this is chilling. CNN is quite the hypocritical thug. It cyber tracked and identified the social media user who created the wrestling body slam meme, a Reddit user who goes by the charming name Han Asshole Solo. CNN issued this statement about the man’s apparently successful subsequent reeducation:
 
CNN is not publishing “HanA**holeSolo’s” name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same
CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.
 
Let’s observe a couple basics. Han Asshole Solo made an amusing, sophomoric meme on a personal social media account. He is not a public figure. He didn’t ask the president of the United States to retweet his handiwork. Beyond CNN getting its knickers in a twist over the widespread laughter that ensued at its expense, there is nothing newsworthy about Mr. H.A.S.
 
But, critics must be stifled, examples must be made, and horse heads must be put in beds.
 
So, for the sin of of digital parody mocking a global media company by a private citizen, and at pain of being dangled like meat in front of howling, frothing, leftists who, when they aren’t pounding out vitriol on their devices are probably filing their teeth sharp (Don’t believe me? Spend some time reading lefty message boards on lefty websites) CNN has extracted a sincere apology with real remorse, and a promise that Mr. H.A.S. will not repeat his “ugly” “offending” behavior. Or else.
 
This sanctimony comes to you courtesy of the network that knowingly publicized the fabricated dossier about sexual shenanigans in a Moscow hotel, whose president demands of the staff more Russia, Russia, Russia, Russia, for clicks and profit, whose autocorrect defaults “benign contacts” into “collusion” and who repeatedly embarrasses itself with fake Russia news. It comes from the network that lives and breathes and glories in anonymous leaks meant to harm and embarrass the president, from sources that may or may not know, but who are only too happy to shout into the global microphone, under the protective, collusive cover of CNN. Yes, that company has rooted out the ugly, offending behavior of an anonymous schmo and taken steps to get his mind right.
 
Pathetic.They appear to be beyond embarrassment.

Lies, Myths And Half-Truths About The Free Market

“[Freedom is] the societal condition that exists when every individual has 100% control of his own property.” — Andrew Galambos

“The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit.” – Milton Freedman

The lies, myths and half-truths repeated about a free market are legion and endless. They include:

·      Corporations will be in control.

·      You will be forced to ______ (fill in the blank).

·      It requires most people to live in poverty.

·      We will have sweatshops!

On and on and on…

Let us be clear: these are not the characteristics, attributes or results of a free market. These are the characteristics, attributes and results of state directed markets. These are the characteristics, attributes and results of using coercion, force or compulsion.

Some of the characteristics, attributes and results of a free market are:

·      No transaction takes place unless all parties benefit.

·      You are in control of your property, not the government or anyone else can force you do anything with your property.

·      Free market economic systems are the only economic systems in which people are financially rewarded for raising people out of poverty rather than having an incentive to keep them in poverty.

·      Only free markets offer equality of opportunity.

·      Free markets do not take into account race, gender, political connections or your last name. Everyone enters a free market as an equal.

What a free market generally requires and rewards is work. In a free market people are not usually rewarded without work being an integral component in how much of a reward you receive.

It is truly sad that we have so ingrained government control into the lives of Americans and so filled peoples heads with mythical horror stories that a system of freedom and reward proportionate to effort expended is now being fought against so violently.

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