Doom porn undone by funny.

Are you tired of information warfare steeped in doom. How many negative movies are out there right now? Movies where even the sets are dark. The costumes are dark. Cheerless fiction is a downer.

I bet you remember old cartoons and movies that used to make you laugh. One of my favorite cartoons is Gary Larson’s work, a nerdy juxtaposition between logic and humor. Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson is often funny and enjoyable with its reflections on childhood enthusiasms. Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis has some entertaining moments that are relevant for today’s wierder quandaries. How about Groundhog Day, a movie that has influenced so many copycats? Or 50 First Dates? Or Ghost Busters? Do you remember spending more time laughing and less time worrying? I can.

The Riddle Master trilogy was published in 1976 and it was a wonderful fantasy story that I’ve read and enjoyed many times. It was written by Patricia A. McKillip. In that story, there was an ancient on-going war that no one knew about except as history. Suddenly violence began to affect everyday life. Warfare turned out to be something erupting from the long ago past. What appeared to be happening was so puzzling and it didn’t make sense when viewed in the context of recent life. Big change can be puzzling that way. A character in the story was attacked and the attacker spoke a poem as part of his attack:

“Withering your voice, as the roots of your land are withering. Slow your heart’s-blood slow as the dragging waters, the rivers of Hed. Tangling are your thoughts as the yellow vines are tangling, drying, snapping underfoot. Wither the life of you as the late corn is withering…Dry, dust dry, the earth, the earth of you, land ruler lord of the dying. Parching the fields of your body, moaning the wind of your last work across the waste of them, the wasteland of Hed.”

I sometimes feel reminded of that attack in the Riddle Master trilogy when people come out to say in the press that various dooms are nigh. There are so many existential threats due to basic malfeasance that isn’t being addressed. As we face change, it’s helpful to wait and see. Don’t believe negative stories predicting your inevitable doom. It’s better to ignore the doom sayers.

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One of the best things you can do instead of watching or listening to doom-porn is buy books that have been published with old funny comics in them. Buy the ones that you remember liking the most. Buy a book with a collection of your favorite old cartoons or grab some old comedy movies that make you laugh. Doing that will reduce your stress and lighten your information content. Make laughter part of your day.

Memes promise and then persuade.

According to The Lucifer Principle, by Howard Bloom, memes act on the world because they are ideas that persuade people. Memes promise something grand that a lot of people want. Then they act as a uniting force in the context of a specific worldview created by the meme among believers. The meme promises tremendous gains. Even if the meme’s promises can’t be realized, the meme can be successful if it is appealing to enough people…if it can unite them in a common purpose. If you put a meme behind a con, you get a more effective way to con people. Isn’t that what we are seeing today?

I try to keep up with our political and economic changes. Some of these changes are supported by memes that stand behind cons and become part of crimes committed against most Americans. Election fraud in 2020, for example, involved memes of inclusiveness while excluding legal votes and substituting fake ones. Covid guidance promised protection but sold injections that have caused harm instead.

Since 2008, I see a criminal element behind political and economic change in America that is obviously outside the intent of American law’s public protection role. A common strategy in today’s con is to change the law and then implement a different new law that undermines the protections offered under the old law.

We saw that with recent changes in election law and with new covid rules. Closing down small business in America under covid restrictions was only possible by redefining “pandemic” from a serious life threatening disease to any disease that crosses international borders even if it couldn’t make most people sick. It isn’t helpful to define a pandemic in this way and we can see that doing that didn’t serve public health.

Before 2020, healthy people weren’t quarantined during respiratory epidemics. Before 2020, businesses weren’t closed when a flu came. People weren’t sorted into groups of essential vs. non-essential. Public service announcements during the covid scare didn’t serve the public’s interest. Instead the radio, television and internet broadcasts threatened people. Broadcasts threatened that they endagered themselves and others if they didn’t comply with various policies that were later shown to be ill founded. And employers threatened people with job loss if they didn’t get an experimental injection. That injection had significant risks. Some people refused the injection and lost their job. Some got an rna injection and died or became disabled. None of that has been good for the U.S. overall but it did increase market share among some on-line businesses while destroying many independent restaurants and small businesses. It increased misery. It made money for pharmaceutical companies.

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There was a meme that arose during modern liberalism that said that governmental interference with the economy by promoting some businesses was good economics. That interference is called interventionism. Interventionism has intensified and become more violent under neoliberalism. Interventionism is a meme that empowers people in government to pick winners and losers in the economy. Interventionism supports covid restrictions in order to move the U.S. into a new business climate. I’m reading about new strategies where people work from home and take experimental genetic treatments and eat new GMO foods produced in giant greenhouses and laboratory grown meats. None of this was approved by voters. But it is expected to make money for some investors. It is supported by government. It isn’t good economics but instead redistributes opportunities among favored groups.

Interventionism is a meme that justifies interference in the economy. That’s why what succeeded in the previous economy is under attack. Out with the old, in with the new. Your brain is being assaulted by meme after meme that seems to justify the new politic without voters and the new economy without choice. Please look at those memes carefully. You don’t have to believe them.

Deregulation is leading now to totalitarianism.

Remember when people said that deregulation was a good thing? Deregulating the financial industry, for example, was expected to bring about greater efficiencies that would lead to a more profitable financial system. That’s not what has happened.

While people in finance have been able to grow their capital after deregulation, the reason their capital is growing is that they are externalizing capital losses onto the public. Harms to the public aren’t remedied by charging the people who caused them or by letting them go out of business. After the gobal recession of 2008, banks that broke the law weren’t prosecuted. Restrictions that once benefitted the public were removed with the negation of Glass Steagall and the beginning of the Big Bang (London’s opening of global capital flows).

Now huge bubbles have been inflated in the stock market, in real estate and in many other areas of our economy. Directed inflation through the externalized costs of high frequency trading has increased costs piled onto ordinary people, until people are unprotected as financial fraud overwhelms gains and losses continue to accrue onto the public. Monopolies have also increased costs. Malinvestments have led to disasters piled onto disasters as growth in low cost loans has led to reckless investing and huge amounts of debt.

Further monetary policy malfeasance from the Federal Reserve is leading to another form of inflation as the value of the dollar is falling because of overprinting. Also, as the dollar loses global reserve status and the petrodollar fails to be supported by oil trading because other nations are trading oil in their own currencies, the floating dollars in the global economy will come back to the U.S.; this will further crash the dollar’s value.

All of this scenario has been practiced over historical time multiple times and leads to this same result: the grand heist of people’s savings and assets and the failure of the monetary system. Bank robbers extraordinaire embedded in government and finance are planning to take everything for themselves. With new social media tools at the disposal of technocrats, it appears that these criminals are planning on getting away with stealing it all.

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Covid controls are another strategy that was used in the historical past by the Medicis: Plague Laws. Plague Laws can be used just like Covid Restrictions to muzzle resistance to a new criminal syndicate taking over civil governance. It’s all a part of an old play book for total power.

After the 20th century’s giant world wars, a further screw was added to the giant leverage axis of power players and that was totalitarinism using communication by propaganda and school indoctrination. Social media just strengthens this propaganda technique. Deregulation of communication plays into this just like deregulated finance plays into monetary malfeasance.

Deregulation of transportation and energy and reregulation under the Green New Deal furthers a total control agenda. Increasing energy costs are meant to hobble the public and further oppress them in their everyday lives.

Don’t doubt it: deregulation has been harmful. Already you can see people walking around with a sense of hopelessness. Retired people going to the grocery store have less and less money to use to buy what they need. What will happen to them as this giant undermining of assets and money continues? Their grocery store basket keeps shrinking. How will they pay their food and energy costs?

Vax labor blockade.

People don’t want to get an experimental genetic treatment as a condition of employment.

Many sources monitoring the result of vaccination in the people who received at least one shot list more than a million adverse events, thousands of permanent disabilities and thousands of deaths due to the covid vax already.

Even the mechanisms of harm are now known. They have been published and you can find them in journals and online.

Over the long term, many people now dread the ultimate death toll of the covid vax.

Since the covid vax is ineffective at preventing covid infection and many sources now say that it increases the risk of early death for many reasons, there’s no health reason to get vaxed.

The covid vax, much like covid restrictions before it is a labor blockade that serves no purpose. It is banning prudent people from working. It is showing us who the bad guys are.

It is and has been all along a crime against humanity.

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Unbelieveable hubris.

After a few years of covid propaganda, I’m now hearing constant haranguing to inform me that digital currencies are inevitable. I don’t believe that they are inevitable over any sort of long term and if they are introduced and forced on everyone, I believe they will soon fail. But why would they fail you ask after all these days of hearing declarations that they are the wave of the future? They will fail because our U.S. economy is performing so poorly. We can see a less than zero % growth GDP (look at shadowstats.com). We have a shrinking economy not a growing economy. Therefore it appears that there’s truly nothing that can represent growing value being produced to carry digital currency forward as a symbol that represents value in our economy. Therefore digital currency won’t represent value. If digital currency doesn’t represent value, it can’t succeed as a currency.

Moving right along with a slightly different topic, there’s been a notion that something was wrong with the old economy and the sooner policy makers can destroy the old economy, the sooner a new economy can take its place. The problem is that the new economy is built on financialization which parasitized the old economy. But financialization is a secondary system that siphons value out of the old production economy which is now mostly out of value. The destruction of a production economy in favor of a finanacialized economy is absolutely a temporary thing. Eventually you have to return to a production economy and the current fantasy isn’t about production, it’s about disruption. Financialization disruption, IT disruption, a broken legal system leading to legal disruptions.

The notion that chaotic disruption can lead to a better future is a rotten and damaging notion that has had too long a tenure in the minds of far too many policy makers. Foolishness will eventually show its character and now it has. Look at the economy. It’s failing right now in front of you. There are fewer jobs than during the Great Recession and also fewer than over its long aftermath.

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So many people (outside media pundits, of course) have come to a state of economic and political despair that many of them are looking at the future with a bleak and bleary discomfort. I am sorry to see so many people feeling hopeless. Like the situation when a large jetliner crashes, a lot of factors are lined up to create what looks like an inevitable catastrophe.

Unaccountable government is the worst, or that’s what I feel in my own heart. Wild and terrible choices in favor of warfare, in favor of deregulation (you remember, banking/finance, transportation, energy, communications) in favor of electronic voting hoaxes, in favor of malinvestments great and small, in favor of false narratives about covid vaccines, in favor of outsourcing our lines of U.S. production, in favor of MIC moneymaking in unnecessary wars just for the sake of more capital for a few war investors. There have been for far too long, far too many who have been in favor of poorer and progressively poorer policies that no one ever corrects or admits were a mistake that caused tragedies. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.

When I think back on my earliest university training, I recall taking a class for a few weeks that was about entrepreneurial enterprises. I would occasionally take classes outside of my science major that might help me have a more well rounded education. This class I dropped after about 6 weeks. But during the early period of enrollment, I bought and looked over the textbook and I remember thinking that what they were proposing would never work. And that I would never want to do that.

I was surprised to read how the authors were advocating that American entrepreneurs should outsource production to other nations with cheaper labor. I remember thinking that outsourcing of production lines wouldn’t work over the long term for a variety of reasons. Reasons like: doing that would get rid of American jobs, it would make the U.S. vulnerable to other nations that might sabotage products or cut off the off-shored supplies or increase prices when we could least afford to pay a price increase. And what would happen in a war?

And then to my amazement, a lot of entrepreneurs outsourced American supply lines and made some money over the short-term but now, today, we are seeing significant supply shortages in machine parts and computer chips. And so many medicines are made abroad that we are now vulnerable to medical supply shortages.

Now the U.S. is facing the bitter prospect of re-home-sourcing our production lines for computer chips, medical product manufacture and machine parts in the midst of an economic collapse because of covid shutdowns, malinvestments and monetary policy failures. Politicians declare that we will need higher taxes and open borders in a nonperforming economy and I can only say what a yucky solution that is and also it won’t work. Why won’t this work? Higher taxes can’t or won’t be paid in a non-performing economy because there aren’t enough jobs to increase the pool of income tax payers and also if someone can’t pay property tax, and those out of work can’t, the municipality can’t collect it. The exoskeleton of the once robust U.S. economy is full of broken down factories that are empty, office buildings for rent or sale, too-expensive healthcare, too-expensive real estate, too-expensive tuition. All of that is part of the old destroyed economy. What part of today’s economy supports the prices of any of that?

Where can any of us find hope for the future? Not in our current political leadership, financial leadership, news media, expensive computer chipped cars and trucks, broken health care, failing education system and vaccine mandates. Nor in digital currencies. But what about energy? There might be a glimmer of hope in low energy nuclear reactions, LENR, or at least that’s what it says at this arpa publication:

Click to access 2021LENR_workshop_Narita.pdf

This is a summary of Japanese research into LENR and this report published in 2021 suggests that the Japanese can produce a lot of energy from LENR using metal salts that require nickel. And the Japanese might not be the only ones because so many have been investing in fusion research. Another point: you might have noticed the price of nickel just took a jump. Maybe this publication and the finally long awaited arrival of cold fusion is the reason why nickel took a jump up. And I can’t help but wonder if all the disruption that we’ve been seeing in economics and politics has something to do with leveraging the assets and accumulated capital of the old guard petroleum based economic titans, so that they can quickly invest in a new cheap energy that may revitalize economies all around the world. I guess that I’d rather hope for a constructive plan than a destructive one.

What enormous churn the economy will soon experience if a new cheaper energy can be exploited without harming the environment and one that is useful in our modern technology economies that need cheaper energy. And eventually, cheaper energy will help our economies revive.

In any case, never give up hope in a better tomorrow. It can come along any day now.

Thales of Miletus invented critical analysis in the 6th century BCE.

Thales of Miletus was perhaps the first philosopher. Critical analysis is helpful in teasing apart information to get to a conclusion about what it means when you put it all together. A lot has happened since the 6th century BCE. What would Thales say about our current state of philosophy today? What would he say about politics?

When I was an undergraduate, I occasionally met someone who liked to study philosophy. I once knew a pre-med who changed over to philosophy for a semester to get away from all his medical classes and the stress of medical school. He eventually went back to medical school, though, and he’s a doctor today. What do you suppose he thinks about mandatory medical experimentation on doctors with gene therapy? I hope his semester in philosophy helps him to see more clearly than he otherwise might and at least explain it to himself even if he isn’t really supposed to explain it to his patients.

The opinion that philosophical education is useless has been widespread in our society. The idea that philosophy would never bring a person into employment seemed more important when jobs mattered more. When our economy was more efficient most people were employed usefully and successfully. It was easier to find work in the past than it is now. Cancel culture and algorithms and ESG scores weren’t invented yet to block people from being employed. Also, there wasn’t widespread outsourcing of American jobs to other nations, or ever more expensive energy costs, or financialization’s churn in the employment market following sequential buy-outs of people’s workplaces. Electronic voting had never accomplished a stolen election before the 21st century.

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For the first time in my life we may actually be in need of someone like Thales of Miletus.

On the other hand, almost everyone who isn’t a philosopher can easily work out the idea that accountability matters. It matters in politics. Accountability also matters in medicine. Accountability matters in finance and banking. Accountability matters in the military’s expense books. In fact, accountability may have something in common with philosophy. When you recognize harms and hold the people who caused those harms accountable, you look at information with a critical eye and you connect facts and decisions to the people who are actors in the sequence of actions.

Looking at human agency and making people accountable can be like doing philosophy because it requires courage to tease apart informational chaos to get to a sense of meaning. What happened? Why did it happen? Who has been harmed? Who is responsible? Can we prevent similar harms in the future? What compensation is needed in repair?

If we can hold human agency accountable for human problems, maybe Thales of Miletus would agree that we would be moving in the right direction.

The internet has no actionable information: it’s mostly useless?

Sometimes I find a use for the internet. I can find a recipe for meatloaf, for example, although for certain, I will alter it. Sometimes I find a definition for a legal term, a science term, a word from anthropology or some other specialty jargon. I can find dates for historical events. I can find out about actors in the films I have enjoyed, even some of their quotes to remind me that the roles are fake but the people acting in DVD’s are real. I can find someone’s opinion about something as long as the scope of opinion is small. But there aren’t useful items that will help in a job search unless I sign up for a service in exchange for leaving my data behind. Even when I can verify a job opportunity on-line without leaving behind information, I’ve never had success with a job search using the internet. And many job postings on job sites are outdated. I read an article at Forbes not that long ago that said the internet doesn’t help much with job placement.

There’s nothing to help me to avoid economic disaster if our economic elephant has started to collapse under the weight of economic mismanagement. That would be a system-wide collapse and there’s not a way for an individual to stop the collapse of a complex system like the economy. There’s also nothing to help me to get around an algorithm that would disqualify me for a job I want. There’s not any help for the high cost of cars, tuition, hospital care or houses. Is this partly because of the “everything on the internet is free access” model? Maybe. It’s harder for creative people to get paid when so much is offered without charging for it.

Lately, I can find alternative media information but it often amounts to commentary regarding disasters unfolding everywhere around us. There isn’t really a way listed on the internet that tells us how to get around the various problems that beset Americans these days. Many dooms are foretold. There are stories about how the stock market will soon collapse. There are stories about computers invading people’s bodies achieved by inserting or applying a monitoring device that will destroy the privacy we enjoy inside our skin and organs. There are stories about global conspiracies to overthrow nation states while banks take over the world. None of this information helps me to conceive of a better strategy for my day to day. So after all that useless time on the internet I’ve turned to history: Roman history. I’ve been reading about Rome in the time of Julius Caesar and Jesus Christ. That was a time of shock and upheaval like today is. Like a good soldier, I’m marching through two sources of information:

The Story of Civilization: 3, Caesar and Christ: A History of Roman Civilization and of Christianity from their beginnings to A.D. 325 by Will Durant, MJF Books, NY, copyright 1944.

The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant, the first comprehensive determination of who Jesus was, what he did, what he said, by John Dominic Crossan, Harper San Francisco, 1992.

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From Durant, I’m learning that in the throes of Republican collapse into Empire, many people fought to achieve a better political solution by killing their political enemies. Battles were waged. They failed to change the ongoing course that was already underway. No matter how determined or how willing to gamble or to organize the like-minded, once Rome had abandoned its Republican traditions and become seduced by the luxuries that came about from Roman invasions and conquests, there just wasn’t any going back to the more sensible and less luxurious life of the past. Rome harmed many surrounding communities and individuals. Rome had changed from an agrarian society at peace to one at war. As it changed, it became entrenched in corruptions that led to further collapse and further change. It kind of makes me wonder if politics might be more irreversible than I had imagined. Going forward may be the only way, never backward. To change for the better, you have to lure people in politics back toward better solutions. That is hard to do once the politically inclined have become entrenched in the advantages that they are already enjoying. Having already gamed the system to suit their own appetites in Rome there was no reason for them to go back.

From Crossan, I’m learning about Roman ways of thinking. Yesterday, I learned about the patron system, Cynics and Stoics, the life habits and expectations of peasants, the class system. Today, I read about how simple people in small communities usually respond when they believe themselves to be surrounded by evils when they believe that their civilization isn’t going to save them. Some want to avoid evil by changing people’s habits from bad ones to better ones. Some want instead to learn something new and transformative that will provide new momentum to live better. Some wish for a magical or spiritual insight that will be different for each person but transformative for everyone. Some want to retreat from the world. Some want to “reconstruct” the world and transform it that way by changing what it is. Some want God to transform the world and others want everyone to transform it together. I guess at some point people come to the idea that when the world isn’t working the way that they want it to, then it’s up to them with God’s help to change it into a world that works better for everyone. With or without help from the internet.

With so much information in disagreement with other information on the internet, it has become a big waste of time to use the internet as an instrument of discovery. I can glean something but there’s no quick way to sift it all. Nevertheless, I should admit that it does help sometimes to get access to other points of view than the curated ones in mainstream media. The internet won’t help me to find work or a solution to economic and political disruption on its way to destruction. But it can offer insights. Maybe some of them help me to avoid doing the wrong thing even if those insights don’t help me to know what to do that will help to improve a scary future.

ADDENDUM: I spent this morning at a video presentation at OneWashington.com where Dr. Ryan Cole and Dr. Robert Malone spoke about what they understand with all their training and expertise with regard to covid and experimental gene covid vaccinations/injections. I appreciate their personal commitment to bringing forward information that the public needs which hasn’t been provided by the CDC. The CDC has been recently characterized by the New York Times as a politically motivated government agency. The CDC has declared that they are withholding information from both health professionals and from the public with regard to adverse events subsequent to covid vaccinations. They do this because information about harms would interfere with their political goal of universal experimental gene therapy through the covid vaccines. Those experimental gene therapies have caused the death and suffering of many people. Dr. Cole and Dr. Malone’s bravery is inspiring. Their information is useful. Just as important, their commitment shows that not everyone in America is willing to keep silent in the face of political opposition. Not everyone has gone along with the covid scam. Economism is the belief that people are motivated solely by economic considerations. Dr. Cole and Dr. Malone show that isn’t true. Remember people in healthcare that have been ostracized for speaking out against the covid scam and for refusing to be part of an experimental gene therapy mandate. We should restore their jobs to them. Ethics in healthcare matters.

Sympathy for the Devil?

Earlier this week, I saw a video that proposed a People’s Court approach to global covid politics. The people in the video want to present evidence they say that they have in abundance to be examined in the People’s Court to prove that malice, foresight and intention is behind the more than 23 thousand dead and over a million injured from mrna vaccines innoculated all around the world, not to mention the economic losses suffered by so many. They also want to recognize that there’s evidence showing that covid-19 was laboratory made and not an accident of nature at all. The People’s Court Proceeding (https://www.naturalnews.com/2022-02-11-international-criminal-grand-jury-investigation-crimes-against-humanity.html) opening statements claimed a global conspiracy of a criminal nature suitable for prosecution. The idea behind this publicity oriented proceeding is to examine evidence and charge people who have harmed others with crimes. It appears to be a mock trial that isn’t really bringing charges in a real court of law.

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I am interested to see if anything can come of this approach. One interesting thing to ponder at least is the possibility that recalcitrant politicians who keep extending the state of emergency well after there’s no reason for a state of emergency might be held responsible for committing crimes that have harmed millions. Then if they are convicted of premeditated conspiracy connected crimes, perhaps they can be removed from office. Their stubbornness and their willingness to hurt others might strip them of the very authority that they have been misusing while they insist that they should have even more of it. We can surely say “no” to criminals even when we have found it so difficult to hold our politicians accountable. Can they out-chaos themselves out of felony charges recognized globally? I wonder if anything can come of this approach.

Do you continue to believe that politicians prolonging the covid emergency are just doing their best to help others? According to Jaron Lanier, people consuming online information do so at the mercy of algorithms that actually feed different people different kinds of information (see his book Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now). The differing information people encounter causes higher levels of disagreements between people who have learned from different information sources. A lot of information about masks being ineffective to prevent transmission of respiratory virus has been published; have you seen it? Reports of mask ineffectiveness have not dissuaded politicians and bureaucrats who continue to demand in some places that everyone must wear them and especially that children must. Vaccine harms continue to pile up in data being collected but many politicians have continued despite this evidence to voice their support for these harmful shots that don’t seem to offer any long lasting protections and that do seem to cause serious long-term and short-term harms instead including death. Have you looked at the VAERS data? If you consented to getting a covid experimental shot, are you too afraid now to learn what the consequences have been for those harmed by it? If you still have confidence despite evidence that shows your confidence is misplaced, maybe you should ponder what your confidence is based on. Did you just go along to get along? How far and for how long will you go along with the covid scare? What if what you’ve really got is just sympathy for the Devil?

Obstacles to employment confound good intentions.

Why are so many people not being hired by companies that are seeking workers but seeing a shortage?

One reason is mask mandates and requiring people to get an experimental injection. Many workers don’t want to do either of these things. Potential workers can’t understand what covid has to do with working because the covid illness was less deadly than a typical flu. Lots of hype surrounded covid and lots of demands. Boiled down to essentials, however, we have a PCR test that produced a lot of false positives that look scary but paired with a normal deathrate in 2020 we can see that covid isn’t as bad as the press has made it appear. Increasingly, health problems and deaths are associated with the experimental injection. There are more than ample reasons for would-be employees and employers to say no to all covid demands. But politics associated with mandates make negotiating in the context of covid harder than it should be.

Another reason why workers may not be signing up for jobs is the crazy logic of lean dynamics in the workplace. When every move is analyzed and specified to the worker, it can be overbearing and no-fun. Work can be enjoyable but working with unreasonable specificities can undermine a job especially when it is already a difficult set of tasks that need talent and determination to do. Lean strategists are happy to take credit for improving efficiencies but they run away when you show them that fewer and fewer workers want to do the lean-ever-leaner strategy. Lean strategies and computer monitoring of productivity with constant pressure to be more productive creates an unpleasant workplace environment. Years after lean strategies were introduced, there are fewer STEM jobs that pay well and fewer qualified people who want to do them. And that’s in an economy that’s supposed to rely heavily on technology!

As well as lean dynamics, there’s the obstacle course of unknown algorithms that represent mysterious requirements for any job that uses them. I have heard that potential job seekers should research key words in order to trigger algorithms. I can’t help thinking that the employer instead of using an algorithm could just communicate better about what will make an employee more likely to succeed. Potential employers aren’t required to show what algorithms do and when they use a screening algorithm, they miss out on an opportunity to communicate constructively with a potential employee. I have also read ads that are overly specific descriptions of what is required in a job, sometimes tailor-made as a comment against the person who last held the position. For example in a recent ad I read: “employees aren’t allowed to complain to customers about working conditions.” I have seen the requirement for a technical writer to negotiate with everyone on staff (all strangers for the applicant) who might need to utilize a writer’s abilities, to ensure that there isn’t any in-fighting over the use of the technical writer’s time. As though a technical writer could keep people on staff from fighting each other and still find time to write. I’ve seen the requirement that an applicant should not apply if they would be injured by workplace ergonomics. Amazing and sort of unbelievable. Perhaps they were simply to avoid making a complaint about an ergonomic problem.

Jobs have something to do with making money. Making money is important in a market economy and businesses working in a market economy use profits and losses to determine what to make more of and what to stop producing when something isn’t profitable. People work because they like to make money so that they can exchange their earnings for valued goods and services. In a financialized economy underwritten with Federal Reserve dollars, the market mostly disappears. Production is replaced with bets on the stock market. With the Federal Reserve ready to save reckless investments, there’s no penalty for malinvestments.

For more than ten years, the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates near zero in the context of relatively high inflation which makes no sense since capital use always costs someone something. Instead of paying savers for the use of their capital to make loans, savers who had money couldn’t make interest on their savings which has hurt people who want to eventually retire. Meanwhile by undergirding risk in the stock market with the Greenspan Put, some people with large loans bet big in derivatives and made huge amounts of money. But almost none of that money produced wealth in the real world outside of capital growth. Nor did it produce jobs. Malinvestments multiplied and wasted capital. Now the economy looks drunk on capital and with nothing to show for it. Workers in today’s economy can’t get jobs that make sense over the long term. With enormous costs in real estate, in education, in healthcare, in automobiles, in energy and instability in the job market they can’t go to work and make it pay to service their debt or save anything for retirement. The stock market is overvalued and well overdue for a correction so investment in a 401k is unlikely to yield anything. Workers can’t plan for the future and if their job doesn’t make sense for the future, it also doesn’t really make sense for the present. Because everyone gets old someday and just getting by isn’t enough for what real life demands of us.

Printing more money and creating an enormous amount of inflation looks on the surface like it would force people to get-a-job-any-job to pay for all the costly-ever-costlier stuff. But it doesn’t make sense to work more when you can’t get ahead no matter how much you work. Especially in a demanding job with no prospects for making enough in the future to pay off past debt or save for the future. No one looks at homelessness today as anything but a perennial problem, but homelessness reflects the externalization of consequences for risks by capital in a destroyed market that has no sensibility. It has harmed millions of people.

So workers see obstacles left right and center. So do would-be employers. The most useful thing to do to help workers get jobs at this point is to stop bothering them with hiring algorithms, lean strategies, covid requirements, zero interest rates, currency overprinting and an undergirded stock market. Just stop. None of these improvements has helped our economy. If you want to compensate people who might be willing and able to work, if you want to encourage them to start working, stop taxing their incomes. Maybe they will start a small business and that will help rebuild our woebegone working world. If you want to support employment, go back to rewarding people for working. Stop taxing and regulating work so much that no one can get around the obstacles.

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“Letter from Birmingham Jail” supports resistance to unjust laws.

Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963 wrote to express his conviction that peaceful demonstration against racial segregation was a moral act. Many of the ideas that he expressed in that essay can help us to see resistance to covid tyrannies as a just act. I am surprised to hear that Canadian authorities want to punish Canadian truckers for demonstrating against covid mandates. If you will take the time to read this essay, you may find it easier than before to support Canadian truckers in their stand against forced m-rna shots, which have already killed as of January 28th more than 23,149 people.

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Here are a few quotes from the “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” 1963, by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There are just laws and there are unjust laws. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral obligation to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with Saint Augustine that “An unjust law is no law at all.” “

“An unjust law is a code inflicted upon a minority which that minority had no part in enacting or creating because they did not have an unhampered right to vote.”

“There are some instances when a law is just on its face but unjust in its application.”

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

“…understand why he must have sit-ins and freedom rides. If his repressed emotions do not come out in these nonviolent ways, they will come out in ominous expressions of violence. This is not a threat; it is a fact of history.”

Please read this essay. It is well worth the time and it puts today’s problems in a clearer light.