Current Reads: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.

I really didn’t plan to read this novel next. I was planning to read either A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess or Foundation by Isaac Asimov.

But… I picked up The Unbearable Lightness of Being… because I was struggling with The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I was almost completely turned off by both of them… but felt compelled to read them… because they are supposed to be the be the best examples of authors who write Science Fiction satire. Actually, I think Asimov does a much better job personally.

I read the first chapter of The Unbearable Lightness of Being… and I was amazed…. One of the most amazing compositions I’ve read in quite a while. REALLY drew me in. Because… Kundera is clearly not constrained by the current disease of Political Correctness that is constricting… stifling… creative thought in America and Western Europe….

Kundera starts out with a very interesting concept: the idea of eternal return, which he ascribes to Nietzsche. And then… he justifies his premise by stating that a war fought between two African Kingdoms in the XIVth Century carries no meaning… has NO effect… in modern civilization! Has he not read Joseph Conrad? None of the Existentialist Writers? Does the man have no idea of the “Burden of White Guilt”?

And… then he goes on to state that the heroes of the French Revolution… are only heroes… because the massacres that they committed against the Nobles… as justified as they WERE… are only acceptable… because they aren’t repeated…. Constantly….

Kundera… is a Czech…. He was raised a communist…. And… he is SCHOOLING America… and Western Europe… on morality… and ethics… and political correctness….

How come THIS Eastern European author understands the fallacies of Political Correctness… and Communism… which can only really exist as a Fascist Regime… and our leaders don’t…?

Because he’s lived it. Because… he was one of the masses. And… he found Kool-aid to be an eye-opening energy drink….

A truly Dystopian society is constructed of many diverse pieces-parts….

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Recent Reads: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

Finally! I finished!

To be honest… I was apprehensive. Because I was so-o-o-o disappointed by Cat’s Cradle. Vonnegut is supposed to be the epitome of black humor and satire from the Science Fiction perspective…. And… I found Cat’s Cradle lame and vapid….

But… I did find some parts of this novel entertaining. A lot of it was repetitive. Which is fine. I really didn’t find much Science. At least Douglas Adams comes up with some interesting Science bits that are intellectually interesting enough to be entertaining….

Vonnegut offers some teasers, but rarely ever gets around to explaining anything in detail. Such as… if the entire city of Dresden was in ruins, how were they so easily able to get the door of the Slaughterhouse basement open? That seems rather mysterious… and even magical… or miraculous….

Deedlee-balls. Had to look that up. Didn’t know what they were.

He does a very good job with names. But… this is a satire… so meaningful names is OK.

Lot of mockery of the American Ideal. Social Satire. Historical perspective.

Most of the humor in the Vonnegut (and Adams) that I’ve read so far… seems to be aimed at justifying the superiority of his religious and political philosophies. Over Christianity. Over Conservatism. Of Peace at all costs… over War at any cost….

I get that the humor is supposed to be very intellectual: atheism is superior, and therefore mocking and ridiculing Christianity is always funny and entertaining…. Progressive Liberals are smarter than Conservatives… because… well… because the writer believes he is smarter than anyone who may disagree….

As I have stated before… I am Southern, Christian and Conservative…. I’m not offended…. Because… I can’t get to the point where I’m capable of suspending disbelief.

My issue is simply this: I cannot suspend disbelief. When the writer goes to so much trouble to make his attacks on Christianity so clear… and his mocking ridicule of Christianity so clear… his belief in the superiority of Atheism or Secular Humanism so clear… the humor escapes me… when he so clearly injects Straw Man arguments. When he so clearly doesn’t understand his subject of ridicule.

As for War… maybe allowing Hitler to control Europe would have been a better idea. Maybe allowing Stalin… and Putin… unfettered control of the Northern Hemisphere would have been a better idea. Maybe allowing Saddam Hussein to slaughter Kurds and Shi’ites at will would have been a better idea. Maybe allowing the Alewites to slaughter the Christians and Sunni is the right thing to do. Maybe allowing the Chinese to control Asia and Iran to destroy Israel is the best way for the world to move forward… safely….

And… maybe not.

But… mischaracterizing something that I understand well… and ridiculing things you don’t know about… don’t lead me to believe you are intellectually superior…. Just proves to me that you’re a blind bigot….

Maybe some of these Science Fiction Satirists would do a better job… and even be funnier… if they were capable of criticizing things they know… rather than ridiculing what they cannot comprehend… because they think it’s low hanging fruit….

Vonnegut’s writing is rather sparse. Terse, I suppose. Leaves a lot to the imagination.

Vonnegut is not constrained by convention: he does a lot of things that the writing books say that authors shouldn’t do. Like skipping around in time. All over the place. That is essentially a synopsis of the plot.

He also writes in the third person omnipotent perspective… inserts the author into the text at various points… but never explains how the author comes to his omnipotence…. Unless… perhaps… he time-travels, too. As perhaps the other novelist he created in the book, Kilgore Trout, seems to do. Seems like a parody of himself. And one of the more interesting parts of the story. As is his liaison with Montana Wildhack, the XXX movie actress, in the Human Zoo on Tralfamadore. Every man’s dream. A reality. Somewhere in Space-Time. Unfortunately for me… I had already anticipated what kind of actress she was… so the reveal lost its thunder.

Same with the death of his morbidly obese wife, Valencia, whom he married for money. And… like I say… I was distracted by some of the details he missed: people who die of carbon monoxide poisoning are pink, not blue…. I understand the color symbolism: blue and ivory. Purple. But… details are details. Inaccurate details make it difficult for people who know the truth to suspend disbelief.

Interesting that he compares himself to Jesus Christ. Then explains that he did. Adds a different dimension to the symbolism…. Again… he does it through the plot of a Kilgore Trout novel.

Ancient China and Modern America: Nothing New Under Master Sun….

China has a very long… very distinguished history….

Of thought…. Of academics…. Of war…. Of politics…. And… of oppression…. Political and intellectual oppression….

The Yellow Emperor established China…. Initially… the Emperor… chose the best ruler… not necessarily a son… as his heir….

The Xia Dynasty changed that….

Cheng Tang rebelled against the Xia Dynasty… established the Shang Dynasty… and ruled as Emperor from 1675-1646 BC… because the Xia discriminated… oppressed peoples they saw as being different…. The rulers of the Shang Dynasty initially were good… and the country prospered…. But… they became decadent…. Very decadent…. And… corrupt…. And… the nation suffered…. Because of the blatant corruption of the bureaucrats…. So… the Zhou Dynasty eventually took over…. And… the cycle… repeated….

My point… the Zhou based their legitimacy… to rebel… and to rule… on The Mandate of Heaven…. Heaven decreases that the Emperor… and the Bureaucracy… must benefit the people… the common man… or… lose legitimacy….

The Spring and Autumn Period lasted from 771-476 BC. That was such a period… of turmoil…. Of extremes…. And great expansion of knowledge….

During that period in other parts of the world… Guatama Buddha lived…. Cyrus the Great, Darius the Great, and Xerxes the Great ruled…. Socrates was born….

Meanwhile… in China… Laozi (or Lao Tzu-the “Old Master”) composed the Tao de ching… and established the School of the Way…. Kongzi (or Confucius-“Master Kong” established the rules of right relationships… between humans… between humans and government… and established the School of Scholars…. Mozi (“Master Mo”… or Mo Di… Emperor Mo….) established the “School of Mo”… which conflicted with the teachings of Laozi and Kongzi… and openly taught a different… contrasting… and conflicting set of ideals….

Some other Schools were established…. Sunzi (or Sun Tzu… “Master Sun”) established the School of the Military….

All philosophical schools seemed to agree on one thing…. The absolute need for order…. For… supremacy of… bureaucracy….

All philosophical schools existed side-by-side… fighting for dominance… fighting for relevance… for centuries….

That period in Ancient Chinese history was called the “Hundred Schools of Thought”… and flourished… from 770-221 BC…. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Euclid of Alexandrian, Archimedes of Syracuse… all flourished during that time….

Now… allow me to skip towards the end… a bit….

The Qin Dynasty was the first to unify China…. And… brought about a time of great prosperity…. And when the Qin fell… well… things fell apart…. After a period of prosperity… comes a fallow period…. That’s only natural…. The Way of Nature… as the Taoist would say…. And… Confucius would argue… did argue… that when the government ceased to benefit the people… that government… lost legitimacy… and rebellion was not merely condoned… but was commanded… by the Mandate of Heaven….

Harsh….

Oh…. I’m sorry…. I think I left out one school….

At some point… some group of nameless bureaucrats… established the School of Law around 300 BC…. The bureaucrats were pragmatists…. Who believed that the ultimate purpose of the Law… was to establish… expand… and protect… the power of… the bureaucrats…. That suppressing not only the will of the people… but the people themselves… was necessary…. Man is incorrigible selfish by nature…. The rulers only legitimacy… comes through his position…. Strict adherence to the law is necessary…. The ultimate… the only… good….

At the end… the Qin… just like the Shang… just the Zhou before them… established Secret Police to spy on their perceived enemies…. And citizens…. And the bureaucrats trumped up charges…. And… murdered loyal subjects… and officials… who refused to participate in their corruption…. They massacred the worker bees in the hive…. And destroyed the efficiency of their nation….

And then….  It began…. The Fires of Qin…. And ended… with The Burning of Books and the Burying of Scholars….

And… even that looked like a good move… at the beginning…. The Qin emperor sought immortality…. And many unscrupulous scholars and magi… sought to profit… and sold him snake oil…. And he bought it….

So… the bureaucrats… sensing a threat to their power and prestige… suggested their competition… be eliminated….

And then… they extended that to ALL who dared present a contrary opinion….

So… that’s where we are headed…. Just another repetition of the cycle….

I leave you with these two news items:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/04/01/i_was_against_pollards_release_before_i_was_for_it

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/01/nsa-surveillance-loophole-americans-data

John Kerry and Chuck Hegel gave for keeping Pollard imprisoned was… allies should never spy on allies…. That is true…. And allies that spy on allies… cannot be trusted… and deserve to be punished… especially when caught…. But… who can be found to be accountable… in this flaccid… effeminate… deviant… dissipated… bunch of bureaucrats…? No one…. No one… is ever… accountable….

The reason the National Security Agency spied on Americans was… the Law that was specifically written… specifically allowed warrant-less Domestic spying…. Really…? Isn’t the United States Constitution and its Amendments… such as the Bill of Rights… the Supreme Law in America…? Or has the Liberal Progressive Fascists Legalism usurped that authority… in the name of Political Correctness…?

And yes… such actions by government… define Fascism….

Recent Reads: The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee

I really haven’t trashed anything I’ve read recently… and I’m not about to start now….

Quite frankly… this is one of the most interesting and entertaining books that I’ve read in a while…. And I’ve read some good ones and re-read some of my faves….

Many it was the mood or the stage of life… or something else… but this book just struck me a thoroughly entertaining….

One aspect is the historicity…. van Gulik points out the good, the bad, and the ugly…. He put appropriate points from the actual Chinese Penal Code in the notes at the end. He points out critical details that are necessary to understand some of the workings of the milieu… such as the interesting observation that Magistrates… or Detectives… or Judges… were the highest… and essentially the only officer within their district…. They were overworked…. And… they required the assistance of “Men of the Greenwood”…. Wayfaring officers of the peace who had in the not-too-distant past walked on the other side of the law…. Similar to Robin Hood…. Or Wyatt Earp… Bat Masterson… and the Father of the Fast Draw himself… Wild Bill Hickok….

Some of the conclusions… require suspension of disbelief… if you have a medical… or forensic mind…. But even the most outlandish of those… were pilfered by none other than Sherlock Holmes… whose author was knighted physician….

Some of the aspects of “Justice” are outlandish to the Western Mind….

A suspect is not innocent until proven guilty…. But… no suspect can be punished without a signed confession…. Torture… even extreme torture… may be used to obtain a confession…. But the Judge… and his accomplishes… may receive the same punishment they mete out if they are proved to be wrong…. Some of the punishments… and interrogation procedures… are gruesome…. And some of the quaint superstitions… and the beliefs of the time… lead to quite entertaining results….

A historical note…. Judge Dee lived during the T’ang Dynasty… during the rule of Emperor Wu…. The only female emperor in the long history of China…. Apparently… the original story went into a very roundabout… essentially pornographic interlude about the sexual prowess of Emperor Wu… involving the Chief Priest… after her second Imperial Husband died… and she ascended the Throne… rather than simply serving as Regent for her underage son…. In the end, she allowed the Dynasty she sought to establish to return to the T’ang…. She was ruthless…. And efficient…. And by all accounts… effective as a ruler….

The Judge Dee in this work is much more human… and much less of a superhero… than portrayed on the big screen…. All of the martial arts prowess belong to his deputies…. Again… like Wyatt Earp… he never killed anyone with his own hands….

Yogi Berra, Polarity Changes, Anthropogenic Global Climate Change, and Other Musings….

Sorry…. Been otherwise indisposed….

Maybe I’ve been studying to much chess. Or Chemistry. Or writing.

Disinterested….

Distracted from actual creative writing….

Otherwise indisposed….

What happened… as though I actually needed to explain myself….

Was called upon to do some consulting that involves quite a bit of Arcane Chemistry…. Trying to figure out some things that seem to be based more on Alchemical principles than Chemical reasoning…. Hint: Quantum Mechanics supposedly brought us out of the world of Alchemy… and into the world of Science… but some aspects of Science still reside in the world of religion….

Glass Chemistry is one of those areas…. Polymer Chemistry is another (though significantly less so)….

That’s the Preface. Here’s a segue….

Just returned from Atlanta, Georgia (USA). Spent most of trip studying Chemistry. Glass. Polymers. Acid-base. Oxydation-reduction. And biocompatibility. Let’s just say I disagree with some of the methodology….

Almost didn’t make it to Atlanta. Almost go trapped at the airport in Boston. The weather window tried to slam shut in our faces. Atlanta was iced in. Winter Storm Pax was a bit more vicious than its name would imply….

Polar vortex…. Anthropogenic Global Climate Change…. Back to the future… which is nothing more than the past repeating itself…. Again…. Like Yogi Berra said: “It’s like deja-vu all over again!”

In other words, this is my first REAL New England Winter. The Currier and Ives picture postcard kind. Even my daughter noticed it and commented. But the NEWS REPORTERS seem to be at that sweet age….

The age of blissful forgetfulness….

Even my father commented to me almost half a century ago that the Winters were getting noticeably warmer… in Mississippi….

But he has dementia….

As for those who are younger… and thus never formed the memories that older folks and News Reporters seem to forget… I guess the quote should be corrected. It’s like uv-ajed all over again. Uv-ajed is the feeling that you’ve never experienced what should be a common situation before….

That’s where the press… and some politicians… and politically correct people seem to be stuck today…. Stuck in a perpetual state of uv-ajed…. No matter what they see around them…. They seem to be unable to accept the commonality….

Seems like a defense mechanism to me….

This time… I’m going to skip the segue…. This is a blunt transition….

I’m not a Climate Scientist. I thank God that I’m not. I enjoy rationality… and sanity… way too much….

I’m not a Liberal Progressive Socialist Fascist either. And I don’t seek to obfuscate the Truth in a blanket of political correctness in order to serve a religion… such as Secular Humanism… which is attempting to stealthily promulgate a State Religion… while denying that their steadfast beliefs fit the definition of a religion… because that serves their agenda…. Depends on what the definition of “is” is, I reckon….

Now… I’m jumping back to Science….

Anthropogenic Climate Change proselytizers denied it initially, but it’s certainly true…. The polarity of the Sun is flipping… and that seems to be affect the temperature on Earth…. No body knows why…. And thus… the Anthropomorphic Global Warming/Climate Change model doesn’t reflect that aspect of the dynamics of Earth’s Climate….

It’s like the model of the ’79 Chevy Camaro my son gave me for my birthday a few years back….

I have it. I love it. I think it’s beautiful. I just haven’t been able to put it together yet….

Incomplete models are… fairly worthless…. Like Yogi Berra said: “It’s tough to make predictions. Especially about the future.” But I think he said something else that explains the irrationality that is inherent in Secular Humanists. And Anthropogenic Global Climate Change proselytizers. And Liberal Progressive Socialist Fascists, especially the radical Populism-spewing Anarcho-Communist Occupation-less Occupiers… the Anti-Capitalist Society-sucking Destructionist 99%ers… who blame everyone who are obstructionists who blame everyone who is productive… and Society… who feeds and shelters them… while they do nothing but complain… and attack… and refuse to be accountable…. The great sage so sagely said: “In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”

That about sums it up. In theory… John Maynard Keynes could be right… But in practice… he isn’t…. Wasn’t…. And will never be…. Because theory is always limited in scope. The degrees of freedom are restricted in theory. But not in practice. In theory… all variables are known through observed data… or calculable data… or through calculation of fudge factors…. The problem is… practice is controlled by unknown and largely unknowable factors….

Now… back to what Yogi said…. And… Other Musings….

Humans tend not to randomly distribute…. Random distribution has never been shown to exist in anything. It’s a Fig Newton of man’s imagination. Delicious. Fattening. Tempting. Non-organic and not nutritious….

Still… I love the concept of Fig Newtons…. Delicious…! And… fruity… esque….

But… back to humans… and random distribution…. Doesn’t really happen…. At least not with the frequency some would lead us to believe…. Even when considering conditions which appear on the surface to be randomly distributed…. Like politics…. And Science…. And humor….

Opposites don’t attract. Like does. Like water. And oil. Water is hydrophilic. Water loves water. Water droplets stick together. Hydrogen bonding. Oil droplets stick together when put in water or vinegar and shaken. Men are like that, too. We tend to love ourselves. And others like ourselves. Man is homophilic. Some men more than others. Man is most comfortable with other men like ourselves, even if that just means that strange men are attracted to strangers…. Weird attracts weirder….

While I’m sailing along…. On that tack…. On that gybe…. Talking that jive….

Secular Humanists are almost always Liberal Progressive Socialists…. Darwinian in all aspects…. They are prone to ridicule others… but easily offended if their opinion is opposed…. Just like Liberal Progressive Socialist Fascists…. And their politically correct sycophants….

Why…?

Because they believe they are absolutely RIGHT in a fundamentalist way. They believe being absolutely RIGHT entitles them to impose their will on sub-humans… because sub-humans are stupid… which makes them detestable and ignorant… and means that they should be treated like animals for their own good….

One problem with believing that one is RIGHT in a religiously fundamentalist way…. One cannot contemporaneously be objective….

And… the Left is not… and cannot… be objective…. They MUST be in control…. They DEMAND their way….

How do they justify their controlling… abusive… behavior…?

Inherent superiority…. Entitlement…. By sincerely believing and espousing the belief that anyone who does not agree with them must be… IS… stupid…. Ignorant…. Beneath them intellectually…. Sub-human….

Which any reasonable, rational, educated person would immediately recognize as nothing more than the most vulgar form of bigotry….

So… they MUST stick their heads in the sand… to hide their eyes… and remain ignorant….

That’s why the Secular Humanists have made a Fundamentalist Religion out of Science…. Replaced the Scientific Method with Psuedo-Science that claims absolute knowledge… in what used to be a dynamic, thoughtful discipline….

Ok. I’ve wandered off topic….

Well…. Not really….

For the thoughtful amongst you… consider this….

I mentioned that the Sun is flipping polarity. The Earth is due to flip polarity soon as well. Overdue actually. No one knows what that will mean. Humans have never experienced the phenomenon….

As we approach the flip… the Northern Lights are seen further and further South…. And the Southern Lights are seen further and further North…. Because the protective Magnetic Fields of Earth are less strong…. Which means the Solar Wind and Cosmic radiation is penetrating the Earth’s atmosphere more and more easily….

And… consider this….

The South Atlantic Anomaly…. A thinning in the Inner Van Allen Radiation Belt…. A hole in the protective layer… the shield… surrounding the Earth that just happens to be centered over the unpopulated South Atlantic Ocean….

When the Earth’s poles flip… will cell phones and electronic communications suddenly not work… in the American Northeast…? Will airplane communications will become more difficult.. leading to more accidents…? Will drones potentially be affected…?  Will radiation… and therefore skin cancer… and other types of cancer… skyrocket…? Could even effect Superbowl broadcast, unless you have cable….

I’ve never heard anyone talk about the possible consequences….

Spending too much time on the ObamaScare Roll Out, Benghazi Cover-up and IRS targeting of Conservative groups, I guess…. Focused on the important things…. From a political power perspective….

Keynesian Macroeconomics and the Peronist Argentine Model: Implications for American Liberal Progressive Socialism.

I am going to start out with a provocative statement that ties together the modern American Liberal Progressive Socialist political agenda. Here goes: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2319559/John-Maynard-Keynes-wrong-gay-childless-says-Harvard-professor.html

Harvard Historian Niall Ferguson had the hubris to point out the English Economist John Maynard Keynes didn’t have a vested interest in the future… because he produced no progeny… because he was gay….

Of course… he could have attacked any Conservative on any possible grounds, but pointing out that Keynes was gay was considered out-of-bounds….

Professor Ferguson shouldn’t have gone there… because in doing so… he allowed his message to be pivoted and… essentially… his point was ultimately buried….

But… Professor Ferguson was right in one respect…. The modern American Liberal Progressive Socialist political agenda is closely modeled on the Argentine Peronist and other Populist Socialists and Marxists governments that claim to be about empowering the ignorant masses, when in fact they are aimed at nothing more than empowering and enriching a very small oligarchy of politicians and their families, friends and business partners…. A unholy union of Big Business, Banks and Industrial Unions….

Now… anyone can spew baseless claims…. I need to back up what I am saying….

First… read President Obama’s guidebook on “Community Organizing”… Saul Alinsky’s famous Rules for Radicals…. You probably haven’t. You probably won’t. Especially if you’re a Liberal Progressive Socialist or a Populist…. And even if you do… you will say the same thing that Alinsky says…. ANYTHING is OK in the fight for political power…. I disagree. Profusely. Lying, cheating and stealing are NEVER acceptable in a Jeffersonian Democratic Republic. Perhaps I will explain how the current brand of Jacksonian Democrats is nothing more than a rehash of Hamiltonian Federalism… Centralizing the true Power of Government in the hands of a small number of Bankers and Businessmen and Unions… under the guise of Populism… which concentrates money to an even greater extent in the hands of the Ultra-rich and the Uber-connected… but you can NEVER understand that… if you don’t understand THIS….

Saul Alinsky’s point was that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, so be corrupt… but seize power by any means necessary first…. Lie to YOUR constituents… because they will believe you…. Demonize the opposition… because it will pump up your base….

Now… the Argentine Peronists….

http://news.yahoo.com/argentina-policies-adrift-inflation-spiral-looms-175644449–business.html;_ylt=AwrBJR8S5.tSqxgAGKzQtDMD

The Argentine Finance Minister is an avowed Marxist… and the major principle of Marxism is DESTROYING Capitalism…. The Peronist Party has manhandled the Argentine Independent Media (Argentina actually had one!) to shut down any discussion of the corruption within the ruling party…. The Argentine President blames ALL of the countries economic woes on foreign government intervention and treasonous acts by Big Business…. Do those tactics sound at all familiar…?

The Argentine opposition openly calls President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner “Imperialist”… and she was clearly angling to change the election laws to allow her to be “President-for-Life”…. Here is a much longer and more detailed story: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/01/argentina-peso-crisis-shakes-queen-cristina

Anyone who disagrees with the policies of the Argentine government is viciously attacked…. Personally attacked…. Financially attacked….  Threatened…. Investigated…. Sound familiar…?

The government routinely lies about unemployment and inflation…. Hides what is REALLY going on from the public…. Shifts blame…. But never addresses the root causes of the economic issues….

Here is an interesting discussion of what is happening in Latin America’s two weakest economies: http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21595471-latin-americas-weakest-economies-are-reaching-breaking-point-party-over

The problem…? Both have ENORMOUS Natural Resources…. They just spend too much…. And refuse to follow sound macroeconomic policy…. Because they are Populist Marxists governments bent on destroying Capitalism… who are forced to make very poor economic decisions in order to maintain their tenuous grip on power…. And that… by definition… demands short-term macroeconomic model… that barters the entire nations economic future… for current political power….

I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today….

Unfortunately… Economists say that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner needs to allow the Argentine peso to adjust to inflation naturally… and needs to hold the minimum wage where it is instead of bowing to Union pressure and indexing the minimum wage to inflation…. But… Fernández de Kirchner (whose husband was Argentine President before her… just as with the Perons….) is a Populist…. And many of her advisers are Marxist professors and Maoists…. So… she cannot do what is best for Argentine Prosperity long-term… and maintain control….

That’s the problem with Socialism… Marxism… Maoism… Communism… Populism… Liberalism… Progressivism… Keynesianism…. The Macroeconomics are fundamentally unsound in the long-term…. At some point the bill will inevitably come due…. The currency will HAVE to be devalued… and the people who never understood the slight-of-hand that their Great Leaders were performing will not be able to understand that the outcome is inevitable…. Printing money will NEVER fix the Economic Issues…. Only sound economic policy will…. We MUST live within our means….

One problem of long-term unemployment is that the work force becomes depleted of skilled workers. So… we need immigrants…. But while paying people not to work WILL make the economic numbers look better in the short-term (because the non-working poor will immediately recycle that money to Ultra-rich), teaching people to unproductive and a drain on Society is ultimately extremely detrimental to any nation. The process is called hysteresis. Here is an article that talks about the effect: http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2012/04/labour-markets-0

Here is a definition or description of hysteresis: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-04-11/news/39027534_1_natural-rate-unemployment-economy

The solution is not artificially creating inflation by raising the minimum wage… which is nothing more than a political maneuver designed to fool the ignorant. The solution is not to pour more money into government spending and redistribution of wealth… because the money will ALWAYS be disproportionately redistributed to the Ultra-rich…. We have already done these experiments and we know the outcomes…. Keynesian Macroeconomics has never been good for ANY nation’s long-term financial health. Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Maoism and Populism have never existed long-term in a Democracy: ALL such macroeconomic models can only exist under Totalitarian Fascist regimes….

Another point…. The modern model for the Democrats descends from the historical Jacksonian Democrats… which were defined by Nepotism… which is just another word for Political Corruption…. Political Corruption magnifies the inefficiencies of a poor Macroeconomic model…. Political Corruption allows for the maintenance and expansion of short-term political power, but is NEVER good for long-term fiscal stability and growth of ANY nation.

ObamaScare provides many excellent examples of the severe negative impact of Nepotism and institutionalized political corruption….

So… please allow me to return to the provocative statement at the beginning of this discussion: the failure of Keynesian Macroeconomics is not because John Maynard Keynes was gay and childless and therefore not invested in the future Economic Health of England. England was at the end of her Grand Imperialistic Expansion. England’s Grand Economic Crash to Earth following World War I was inevitable…. Because England was losing her Empire… and her access to Natural Resources… and her trade monopolies… and her stranglehold on the World’s Economy…. Keynesian Macroeconomics did likely hasten the demise of English Economic Power… because it spent the capital that England had unwisely…. Bled England dry….

But without it…. We would have never had the Beatles or the Rolling Stones or the Sex Pistols…. Because England would have had resources to remold herself…. Same with the rest of Europe…. Countries who have high standards of living maintain the value of their currencies…. Like Switzerland…. Like Germany….

Those countries do so through education…. They attract educated immigrants…. A young, educated workforce is very important for long-term Economic Prosperity….

America cannot continue to limit the number of children we produce to maintain our quality of life… and remain Economically Prosperous… within attracting well-educated, hard-working immigrants…. Offering Economic Opportunity to Outsiders has always been a very large part of the fabric of American Prosperity….

Supply Side Economics is the only current model that seems to have any real chance of success…. Capitalism….

The problem with Keynes’ Economic Theories has nothing to do with his sexual preference or reproductive choices… and everything to do with the myopic political expediences that those ideas engendered….

Western Culture is based on and bathed in the Christian traditions of valuing women and the poor and protecting them from government excess and abuse. Increasing the power of Central Government has ALWAYS focused on transferring more power to the rich and well-connected while taking power away from the people. Secular Humanist support strengthening the Central Government because they are involved in controlling Education and Central Government is the largest single investor in their greatest religious enterprise: Scientific Research. A lot of the rest of what we are witnessing is a concerted attempt at rebranding the values of Western Culture to reflect a small subset of people who feel rejected. Chaff and Flares. Sleight-of-hand. An attempt to direct the eyes of the unwashed masses away from a grab for power by the Elite. The Entitled.

It’s just like Panem et Circeses. Bread and Games. The first iteration of the Welfare State.

The problem is… Welfare… is nothing more a more effective means of enslavement…. Because of Hysteresis. The ONLY way to empower anyone… is to educate them… and equip them to work and support themselves and their families…. Give them a legitimate reason to be proud of themselves….

THAT is where America should be spending her Taxpayers money….

Not Green Energy kickbacks or Federal Employment paybacks to Political Contributors…. That’s nothing more than Political Corruption….

Weakening the Dollar… Strengthening the World Economy….

I don’t know if anyone was watching last week….

The American Stock Market fell….

And the currencies of MANY Emerging Nations tanked….

While the World Elite were hanging out on the slopes of Davos… listening to Goldie Hawn wax eloquent about yoga at the World Economic Summit….

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-24/contagion-spreads-in-emerging-markets-as-crises-grow.html

So… what happened…?

America recently announced that we were going to ease up on Quantitative Easing…. Stop printing more money…. Stop artificially producing inflation…. Reign in our wantonness….

Maybe I should explain a little more…. Japan and China have been sparing recently…. Mostly about the mineral resources under the ocean in the East China Sea. Who owns them. China wants everything for themselves. Japan doesn’t think that’s fair. Neither do many of China’s other neighbors. But… the Japanese Economy has a very significant issue…. The Japanese Economy is SO safe… it has being undergoing deflation…. Prices are going down…. And that causes people not to spend because they are waiting for the prices to drop. So… Japan’s Prime Minister is attempting “Abenomics”. Printing money to induce inflation artificially. Artificially decreasing the value of the yen. Making Japanese products cheaper and foreign products more expensive….

Quantitative Easing…. China does the same thing. So does the United States. But the issue with China is that no one really knows what is happening with China’s Economy. It’s a closely guarded State Secret…. What we do know… is that the “official” National Debt of China is a mere fraction of the REAL debt, largely due to the ubiquitous practice of “Shadow Banking”… which is eerily similar to the predatory lending practices and bundling of sketchy loans that led to the Subprime Lending Crisis… only on an astronomically larger scale….

So… the rapid expansion of the Chinese Economy… that was an outgrowth of the “Shadow Banking”… will very likely reverse….

Another related factor is that the population of China is stagnant…. So the number of available workers will soon begin to limit the growth of Chinese Industry….

As Chinese Manufacturing tapers off… China buys fewer resources from Emerging Nations… such as Argentina, Venezuela, and Africa…. Many of those countries have populist leaders who have sunk more resources into creating an image of prosperity for the poor than they can actually afford…. So… they have nationalized industries…. And foreign countries no longer are willing to invest in those Economies….

So… when America is pumping… and artificially deflating the value of the American dollar… and artificially inflating the less stable currencies… those currencies look to be comparatively  better investments…. But… when America stops pumping… the weaknesses of those currencies become manifest…. And the REAL values of those currencies come into play…. So… Turkey and Argentina and Venezuela all took a HUGE hit as the value of their currency plummeted. Usually… such countries would prop up their currencies… but they can’t… because they don’t have enough funds in reserve to buy up their currencies on the World Market… and pay off their short-term debt… which is denominated in dollars….

So… now… America is coming under pressure from the International Monetary Fund and other International Organizations to increase our debt… in order to protect our enemies…. This has serious implications for the American Taxpayer…. Can we really continue to bail out the American Unions… and the World… including our avowed enemies…?

Japan’s Abenomics and America’s Obamanomics have one thing in common: both are in uncharted territory. We don’t know what the final outcome will be because no one has ever tried going into such massive debt before. The typical way out of such tremendous Economic Inequality in the past has been war. World War II led us out of the Great Depression. Nothing else has ever been shown to work.

But the dwindling population of China and Russia have tremendous implications for the next few decades. China will soon cease to be the manufacturing economy that it recently has been. China will need to begin to produce high value items, or allow mass immigration of less trained and educated workers from other less developed countries. Manufacturing of lower quality items will probably shift to developing nations with higher population density. Politics will emerge as the developing nations align….

Russia has a problem. The areas with excess population tend to be Muslim. Same with China. And both China and Russia are being accused of discrimination….

Brazil is also facing significant difficulties Economically, and the poor performance of its neighbors adds a drag on that economy.

Funny…. Every other nation except America is doing what they think is best for their own well-being… and America is doing exactly the opposite of everyone… except Japan… who I think will soon be beyond recovery….