Just keep swimming.

Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, said “Just keep swimming,” during Finding Nemo. It’s pretty good advice for the times that we are living through right now. I remember the drama of the 1960’s and 1970’s and I really didn’t know enough in elementary school to understand or evaluate the talking points having to do with counter culture and the Vietnam War. So I just went to school and tried to keep learning what I could. I planned to have a life where I could make valuable contributions and try out my best good choices. Like everyone else, I tried my best and had to wait and see for myself what would happen. I eventually learned more about history. It has seemed to me that American life went through a radical change after the Second World War. WWII is directly linked to our troubles today.

Why would I say that? I say that because WWII ended with nuclear weaponry which provided an argument that said the United States couldn’t be safe inside its own borders because nuclear bombs could obliterate us at any time. The kind of defense that planners imagined after WWII involved secret actions and secret budgets that have now led to crimes that are indefensible if you believe that the DoD is responsible for covid vaccine deployment across the world. I’ve read stories about that on Kustler.com and Solari.com. I’ve been reading that the Department of Defense injected people with a bioweapon and used the NIH and CDC to sell it by lying about safety and efficacy. How crazy is that?

And you know what? I don’t know if it’s even true that digital communications have led to a realignment of strategic forces against everyday people. Even if it has, I think that we should all just keep swimming.

No matter what narratives that you are listening to or watching on-line, you can set it all aside and just keep swimming. There’s no way to know yet how these events will play out or what is exactly true. People are usually confused about current events because of the many different stories that circulate, the many different parties that care and want to win through in spite of others or with others and because we are always discracted by our own concerns. Every part of the action is still in play and there’s no way to know what will happen in the end. Say prayers and hope for better times.

Even if these narratives and stories make you feel that powerful forces are plotting against you, open your lungs, breathe the fresh air and just keep swimming. Get out of the pool (which Dory could never do) and continue building your world in the ordinary ways that people do that. Put in a garden and grow some vegetables. If you don’t have room for a garden get some pots and plant some tomatoes. Plant some fruit trees. The smallest dwarf fruit trees can grow in a pot. Learn to sew. Repair your worn clothing; sew a button back on, darn your socks or long underwear. Practice some carpentry. Build those shelves, refinish your old hutch. Research and find out what you need to do to stay healthy. Even vaccine injured people can do something to improve their health. Write in a journal how this time feels to others and write down how you feel. Get dressed, clean up, create some good times, do some work. Go to work. Read a joke so you can tell it to someone else. Laugh a little. Cook delicious whole foods with good ingredients. Bake cookies. Exercise. Plan to make your life a little better everyday. Keep going on with life whether it’s raising your kids or helping your neighbor.

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2023 Calls for Courage.

Happy New Year. It’s almost the turn of the year today. What can we say about this moment?

As we have gone through 2022, dire medical consequences of the covid vax have been unfolding. Most people know someone who took the injection who has become ill or died. It’s with a heavy heart or maybe a sense of fear that we look on these terrible outcomes. Broadcasting media continues public service messaging that everyone should keep getting boosters and this shows terrible and deadly corruption in our nation because medical studies have abundantly shown that the covid vax has an adverse outcome rather than offering any kind of benefit. Corruption runs rampant in government and it’s hard to know what to do about a large system failure. Many people have been incentivized into criminal acts.

No matter what happens as we move into 2023, remember to have compassion for your neighbors, friends and family. Look on adversity and track its cause. Consider how politics can work towards harm or benefit. Imagine how to restructure government to offer the least harm. Remember that other people have tried to discover how to assemble a less harmful government as a goal. Many of them have left a written history of our human struggle to unite without causing tragedies. And of course, history can guide us.

In 2015, I wrote a book called Political Catsup with Economy Fries. I was hoping with that book to warn and to join Americans together in a better understanding of our history and our political and economic successes and failures. In reading recently about ancient Celtic traditions, I read that Celts (before Rome invaded their society) would welcome a new baby by saying “thank you for coming to this difficult life and joining us in the struggle.” Lets all join together in the struggles of 2023.

I heard that Thomas Sowell, the famous and reliable author of Basic Economics, once said that only a liar can satisfy people when they prefer magical thinking to an honest assessment because what they want isn’t possible. If you’ve been gullible and listened to liars in the past, it’s time to stop doing that. Don’t be persuaded by fancy promises that aren’t achievable.

No matter what we think is already baked into the 2023 pie, there will be some surprises. Keep your good humor intact as you face whatever happens and remember that loving is one of the most powerful human traits. We can all keep learning as we go forward. We will all need our brains, our hearts, our souls and our courage to do good in 2023.

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Restoring prosperity dominates American concerns.

Our days are now loudly filled with media coverage of unimportant arguments about things that don’t matter to most Americans. For example, non-issues: these are the ones where Americans split 50% on both sides and for which an agreement can’t be achieved except to respect people’s differences. Non-issues like abortion have reorganized rhetoric in both the Democrat and Republican parties, and generated a lot of discord but not any kind of detente. There are also pet issues, those like pronoun usage in the support of a small population of loud voices. Also there are fantasy issues, issues that are made up out of fictions based on sciency arguments that aren’t factual, like claims that humans have caused global temperature warming based on CO2 in the atmosphere, now renamed climate change after the temperature failed to increase.

These topics get constant play in media. People in media and politics like these issues because they are kinds of unsolvable problems. Since they are unsolvable, small interest group based or fantasy based, media pundits and politicians don’t have to do anything except constantly regurgitate these issues as a useful waste of time to distract from the issues of who gets what and who isn’t getting anything of political advantage. It gives them something to talk about even though Americans mostly don’t care about that stuff. So much media passion-for-nothing is what these issues amount to. With carnival-like enthusiasm, with shrill fake-concern, our media goes back and forth reheating and re-serving these same left-over topic-arguments again and again. This is part of why media in America is losing money and audience numbers.

Americans instead want to know how to get ahead economically and politically. They want to know how to make a living based on their own real competencies while they are confronted instead with a bewildering job climate full of churn which has suddenly started prying into people’s private lives and personal opinions. They want to know how to create more wealth and generate more security for themselves as they age or as their children grow up. They want to know how to restore confidence in voting during American elections and how to get rid of vote mis-counting by fake balloting and illegal electronic vote-transferring. They want to know how to restore the rule of law. They want better prices for real estate that match what people can afford to pay. They want inflation and money overprinting to end with a sounder monetary policy approach. They want an end of clown-world and chaos-politics.

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Americans want restored prosperity through better policies based on sound money, the American Constitution and rule of law, and ending undeclared wars and proxy wars. They care about their local communities and their neighbors. They don’t want to argue with them. They just want to join them in getting on with life.

Many Americans avoid network news programs because when viewers start enumerating the lies they tell us it is too irritating. Many find that the social connections they used to have that enabled them to get a job don’t exist anymore. Many find inflation burdensome and think saving for retirement isn’t possible. Many believe that government is better with limitations on government power as it is supposed to be in America. They know that the government isn’t supposed to declare that non-essential workers must stay home as has been done historically during political takeovers. They know that food should not be used as a political and economic weapon. When they look over VAERS data or check published studies they discover that the rna-vax is poisonous and harmful: sort of like throwing sand in the gears. They know the vote is supposed to have fidelity with what Americans choose when they cast their choices during elections.

We all look for and hope for better choices to be made in the future to restore the Republic that once knew prosperity.

The tiny house movement can’t do it.

Real markets were once a part of everyday life. When we lived in the context of a marketplace, prices were set in mutually beneficial exchanges by what people wanted and could afford. Today, instead we live with monopoly set prices that have destroyed market mechanisms that keep prices where they make sense. It isn’t a better life.

As financialization comes to an end, that is: the technique of making money through financial bets rather than by asset production, low interest loans are ending. That’s important because low interest loans enabled a huge amount of malinvestment and debt that seemed to stimulate economic gambling but that did not stimulate the production and accumulation of real wealth… only large quantities of capital.

What remains in the wake of financialization is a bunch of titanic monopolies and their attendant price distortions toward higher pricing. There’s also terrible corruption in government. This corruption has led to many problems in the justice system, the legislature and the executive branch, all three branches which remain stubbornly determined to subvert the rule of law and the vote in order to remain powerful in the face of the various disasters unfolding around us now.

There’s a lot of talk about higher ends through some high falutin sounding program that will make today’s suffering worthwhile in the distant future, but you should not believe any of it. There have never been beneficial goals for today’s covid 19 emergency or climate change or ESG or whatever to make any kind of real world sense except for them being indicative of a criminal mindset where some want to have everything that belongs to others and be responsible for nothing and no one. Most of what’s unfolding is just a really big heist with a bunch of empty excuses. Large wheels are still in motion. Watch out and don’t get ground down by them if you can help it.

There’s an Indian saying that a person or a lot of people can help an elephant to not fall down until it has finally lost its balance and is falling. In that case just get out of the way. The elephant is now falling.

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To return the discussion now to the tiny house movement, some people have tried to adjust to ridiculously high real estate prices by building according to the tiny house aesthetic. This movement suggests that regular houses cost too much and that ordinary people can get by with significantly less space. Instead of a house that’s 1500 to 2500 square feet, they can begin a new life in 300-700 square feet. It just requires a little sacrifice like less room for hobbies, or a family or pets or other activities. What the tiny house movement suggests to me, however, is that monopoly pricing in real estate has ruined the housing market for most of us. It shows that making ends meet can’t happen while monopolist pricing prevails.

Now we hear that the Federal Reserve must raise interest rates to protect the value of the dollar. Some say that this will cause a recession and that it is meant to reduce inflation by slowing down the economy. Raising interest rates will supposedly shrink down the bubbles in real estate and the stock market which are expected to fall in price as interest rates go up.

Some investors have thought that they can trade their stocks for real estate and then prevent real estate depreciation through corporate house ownership. The idea among investors is that deflation can be prevented and real estate assets can be substituted for financial assets because they have real value in the 3-D world rather than just symbolic value as in the money world. Monopolies in real estate can keep the prices high.

When the stock market falls, investors in this strategy think that they will retain the value of real estate assets they own. But financialization bubbles were blown in most of the economy during the flow of easy money. The high price of assets and capital has now led to demand destruction.

Raising interest rates to protect the dollar can’t slow down the economy where demand destruction has already happened and holding prices at an unreasonably high level will not save the economy from a deflation. Today’s inflation isn’t from an overheating economy. It is from money overprinting and overcirculation and it shows that MMT is a complete failure now as it has been throughout history. Demand destruction will only continue on apace.

Corporations buying into real estate doesn’t allow the asset market in real estate to recover a natural price according to the natural path of supply and demand that was followed with non-corporate home owners. Most people have been priced out of most ordinary sized properties. And the tiny house movement seems like a tiny segment of housing that won’t help to support the high price of the larger corporate owned homes that Americans were formerly accustomed to buying. As the tiny house movement is being portrayed on television, I can’t help but wonder if it signals the end of a consumer lifestyle. If home ownership means living with less that may signal less resilience among homeowners generally. Home buying may never lead Americans out of recession if Americans can’t afford to buy a property that allows them to grow more resilient over time.

Networks have spontaneity.

It seems that there’s a broad misunderstanding these days about networks and what a network can do based on the connections between elements in a network. Today a lot of people seem to want to form control networks instead of open networks. For example, cancel culture is about forming networks to exclude the participation of some potential members and to favor the participation of others. As soon as you do that you create a net instead of a network. That net is meant to trap some and block others. When you do that, you stop the network from growing to become whatever is needed.

In politics, the idea lately has been to promote participation by excluding some so that everyone knows that unless they pretend to believe in certain ideas, they will not be welcome to play any part whatever in what the network can accomplish. That seems like a terrible error that is unwise in the context of what happens in nature.

In nature, networks form spontaneously in an ever changing set of connections that come and go depending on what energy and opportunity there is to connect. Think about the way water behaves as a fluid substance because of weak and ever changing connections called Van der Waals forces. These are weak connections between H+ and OH- or hydrogen and hydroxide. These connections mean that water is wet. Van der Waals connections also mean that water can move into any space and fill it. Water can have surface tension because of weak forces. That’s what makes life on earth possible. Where would we be without water?

Among people, social connections that form spontaneously can also be extremely valuable. Instead of selecting people because of what they believe or don’t believe, or by some other trait, I think that it works better to allow connections to form between people to do something that needs doing. In our economy, an openness toward people who want to contribute is valuable. Too much emphasis today on using networks to control access leads to less participation and less energy and opportunity to do anything.

For example, getting an education that provides a basic set of skills and understanding can allow more people to participate in the economy than over-credentializing education into very narrow specialties. I’m amazed to see that a lot of employers expect people to pay for retraining when their basic skills already should allow a simple transition into another career in our quickly changing times. Today the average span of each job is so short that there’s a lot less return on investment for retraining. Wasting anyone’s ability to contribute, wastes what a more inclusive society can accomplish when more people can work together.

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Stability and prosperity are possible with the right tools.

Have you ever built a dry stack wall? First of all you need to grade the landscape and use some gravel that is leveled where your blocks are going to go. You have to buy good blocks that have been manufactured to last, that are consistent in shape and size and that are of a shape useful in wall building. In order to get a stable wall made from your blocks, you need tools to help you to achieve the three blessings that every wall needs: plumb, square and level. You need the tools to help you check that you are plumb square and level. If your wall isn’t plumb square and level your wall will look bad and it might fall down.

Likewise, in building a stable society you need good tools too. Society has a politic and economy. In order to get a stable society, you need three things: good laws, stable banking and infrequent warfare. To have good laws a society follows rule of law guidelines. That is, the law should apply to everyone, be easy for people to understand and be published and consistent. Banking must be regulated so that money maintains its value so that it can act as a store of value. Money serves many functions but if it fails to maintain value or if banks become insolvent, money can’t support exchanges in a well functioning economy. Warfare has been necessary over history at times but those times should be infrequent. Warfare is expensive: it uses up lives and money. Constant warfare can lead to disastrous taxation and tyranny.

Lastly, governments are supposed to regulate the politic with just laws that protect private property so that people have an incentive to work. Markets, that is the mutually beneficial exchage of goods and services, can combine the efforts of many people to assemble a good economy. Prosperity happens when gains are protected so that people can build on their gains. Most people gradually improve when they are allowed to work for their own prosperity. When governments interfere with markets, government becomes corrupt, markets fail to prosper and people can’t build on their gains to create a better future.

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Complexity typifies economies.

Just a quick comment, today about an article I read on Zerohedge yesterday by Tyler Durden. He was writing about subsistence labor. He argued that unmeasured subsistence labor where a person works several jobs just to stay alive can still happen in an economy reporting high labor non-participation. This argument doesn’t matter in an economic sense because economies are complex adaptive systems where the individual’s contribution can only count toward economic wealth when it produces a surplus that helps the economy to grow. Surpluses can build an economy toward prosperity. Subsistence can’t do that.

Imagine a farmer who only works hard enough or with soil fertile enough to maintain a subsistence lifestyle. Over his lifespan he will get older but no richer. It is only when he can sell something in excess that he can get ahead and use his profits to invest in his farm and make it more productive. He can buy more land or get more livestock or more seed or better inputs of whatever kind that increase his outputs that he can sell in order to get ahead. When economic surpluses are used to grow greater surpluses, and when many people can do that, economies grow. Subsistence isn’t unimportant to individuals who use it to survive, but it can’t grow an economy.

This matters because of the many ways that governments can parasitize economic profits so that they aren’t reinvested in making the economy grow. When governments take economic profits in taxes, it undermines the incentive to create a surplus and it also directly reduces economic growth. Even though there are people working in government who want to have a government job, that job never creates a surplus that can be reinvested in the form of capital. Instead it uses up capital taken out of the economy. When there is too much taxation, economies can become stunted. Debts can pile up. That debt represents a tax on tomorrow’s surplus. If there isn’t a surplus, the debt can’t be paid and it blocks the ability of a surplus to help the economy to grow.

A society has a political system that can either protect economic surpluses or squander them. The social group’s ability to enjoy prosperity depends on protecting each person’s surplus so that that person can increase their production which can add up eventually with other surpluses and lead to social wealth. That wealth can diversify society so that people’s labor can specialize. But without a productive surplus as you have in the case of subsistence, a person’s production can’t grow an economy, can’t support economic diversity, can’t store up wealth and can’t do research and development to discover new ways to make more surplus that can be reinvested in economic growth.

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Election fraud causing global mayhem.

The 2020 U.S. elections were clearly fraudulent. I have written about that in the past. Numerous witnesses came forward with eye witness testimony and several different methods were used to steal the 2020 election and appoint non-elected persons into key positions. The electronic voting fraud which the courts and Congress failed to investigate despite well documented fraud appears to have played a nefarious role in stealing elections for years previous to 2020, by moving legitimate votes away from the people’s choices to some other choice that doesn’t represent the will of America. When the majority of Americans selected Donald Trump for another term, the fraud to steal the election and change the result to a Biden win was so obvious that the secret was out. Elections here in America for a while have been faked with electronic voting and also by additional and obvious other means in 2020.

Many Americans who recognized that fraud had occurrred were afraid for the United States. How can Americans fight against this kind of corruption? Many wondered how to end the electronic voting when people in control positions that are supposed to safeguard elections were failing to do so. There hasn’t been a national move since 2020 to stop using electronic voting machines. How do we get rid of electronic voting that is fraudulent when most courts refuse to address the issue? We have been worried since 2020 about a sequence of bad and worse outcomes when the will of the American people is thwarted. We have seen some bad outcomes already for ordinary Americans under the Biden Administration.

Now in addition to recession and inflation in America, we have a global catastrophe of enormous size and threat to all of Europe that has happened under the Biden Administration. The destruction of the Nordstream 1 and Nordstream 2 pipeline will cause hardships and deaths in Europe. This morning, Kunstler.com referenced Monkeywerx.com in a discussion of U.S. direct action against Nordstream 1 and 2. A U.S. bomber, according to MonkeyWerx.com appears to be responsible for the destructions of those pipeline-lifelines which would have supplied natural gas to Europe this winter.

If it is true that those pipelines were destroyed by U.S. missiles that is a terrible act against American interests. If true, the Biden Administration appears to have acted against our allies in breach of treaty. The Biden Administration has acted also against Americans in destroying this pipeline. It is an act of war that endangers Americans and Europeans. Shouldn’t Biden be immediately impeached along with his Vice-President who is also illegitimate and should also be removed from office? Many have been arguing that Biden should be removed because he is senile, but I would argue that he should be removed because he was never selected by popular vote for the office that he holds. And now he is acting against American treaty interests and against global peace.

This planned catastrophe shows how damaging election fraud is. By placing illegitimate candidates in the American Presidency and other offices serving the United States the world and the U.S. are placed into peril. The destruction of Nordstream 1 and 2 also begs the following questions: “Who wants to have Biden in the U.S. Presidency? If Americans didn’t choose him, who did? Whose interests are served by damaging the American/European alliance?”

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3 Oct 2022 ADDENDUM: According to Https://thelawdogfiles.com/2022/10/nordstream-ii-electric-instapundit.html The Electric Instapundit Lawdog 97 comments: there is a way for pipelines to fail (when they have stationary natural gas as Nordstream 2 did for two months in a shut down pipeline) which may have caused the ruptures we have seen in Nordstream one and two. There’s a “pig” that goes through the pipe when it is operational to keep it cleaner than it would be without a “pig”. The pig helps to remove impurities like hydrogen sulfide which can cause pipe ruptures. A shutdown pipeline isn’t getting cleaned. Natural gas pipelines are less at risk of rupture when they are frequently cleaned by the pig to remove impurities. Although some have said that the ruptures of 2 pipelines proves sabotage, the pipes (according to another source) sometimes come close enough together that a rupture of one might damage and rupture the other. According to Lawdog, there were 2 different times when ruptures occurred: 2:03 and 19:03. This doesn’t prove that no sabotage occurred but it does indicate a process that might happen to a shut down pipeline that might lead to failure.

What you can do.

During psychological operations with media that is meant to confuse instead of inform, turn that bad media off. Don’t let them make you feel like the world has lost its mind. Instead, it’s helpful to concentrate on doing what needs doing instead of trying to figure things out.

At this point, my opinions are based on information that I trust. I used my education in biology to understand what happened during the covid scare. I used my education in fine arts to understand that I can’t really trust media evidence because of deep fakes. I did a lot of reading and then I wrote a book that helped me to understand politics and economics better. It’s for sale at Amazon: Political Catsup with Economy Fries. Buy one if you want to know more about how the U.S. got where we are right now.

I have looked for confirmation for each opinion as I came to form it. I even bought books about social media to understand something about its influence. Instead of feeling constantly uneasy about politics and economics which look like a mess right now, I’m concentrating on hard work that I can do to improve my life. When so much doesn’t make sense to form a narrative that would offer hope that things are getting better and not getting worse, you can do what I did: take hold of your agency and make your own life better. Be kind to yourself and others. Remember to appreciate your life.

I have a garden and enjoy fresh produce. I’m redoing the front landscaping. I cook great meals. I’m reading about history in the world because history can offer glimpses that illuminate today’s issues and problems. I have mostly stopped guessing what will happen next and I work everyday to make my life better by putting effort into making it better. I live in an ordered environment that is clean and organized. That is a blessing. I am grateful to have that.

Have courage. Courage is part of meeting the challenges that we face. When you use your strength physically, you sleep better. No doubt about it.

Say a prayer for the people who suffer and be strong as you face tomorrow.

The Confusions of Empire Are Limitless.

Today I’ll be writing about the confusions of empire. Most Americans never wanted an empire role for the United States and the role of empire is not designed into the U.S. Constitution. The original resilience of the American political experiment was about empowering individuals and limiting the power of the federal government. The Wealth of Nations was written around the same time as the American Revolution, 1776, by Adam Smith, and it described the invisible hand of vibrant commonwealths where people independent of government interference can build robust economies where many people can collaborate in producing what is needed by people in a prosperous nation. Political activism of Revolutionary times was written into the Federalist Papers and if you want to read about what American politicians thought you can grab a copy and read it. They thought governments are a necessary evil that must be limited in power. In the previous post, I wrote about failures to enforce the rule of law in the U.S. These failures show a desire for limitlessness. What limits do you see operating now?

The U.S. was once a nation that had the rule of law, and political and economic accountability. What happened? After WWII, people working in the federal Government expanded their military and operating budgets, adopted the policy of having secret government organizations and grew the bureaucracy. Hitler had used secrecy and propaganda and moved Germany into a powerful position that challenged the world to defend itself. Some U.S. politicians wanted that kind of power. They believed that when banks and government work together to control and direct an economy, that economy can become ever more powerful and can become an engine of power that can dominate all other powers. Congress began to expand its intervention into economic matters. Small changes in government have brought us now into the malign influence of federal government roles never intended by the Founders and not allowed in the U.S. Constitution.

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“Crowding out” where government spending dwarfs all other spending and dominates the flow of money appears to be the Biden Administration’s goal. In the past it was seen as causing bad economic outcomes. What outcomes do we see now? Small businesses expiring. High unemployment. Powerful monopolies in finance, healthcare, education, energy, information, transportation. Trillions of dollars in spending on various boondogle emergencies. A bailout of college debtors. Open borders. Covid spending. Government spending without a budget or any accounting. Military transfers of equipment to other nations without an accounting. Untrustworthy voting methods. Barbed wire around the Capital building. Pay to play politics. The Greenspan put. Corporations and government working together to perform scary experiments on people by threatening to fire those who refuse to participate. All assets have become coveted by the most powerful. More for themselves and less for ordinary Americans is their plan and the world has seen the ruin that comes from these policies before. For a short time these powerful people will be richer and it will seem that nothing can stop them. That’s where we are right now.

The first confusion of empire is the confusion of imagining a world without borders that would allow a person to infinitely expand their own power. Limits are an ordinary part of biological life and human life. I’ve been reading about Roman history and last week I was reading about Antony and Cleopatra. As Roman influence embraced the power of Empire, Antony became confused in his loyalties. He came under the sway of Cleopatra, fathering children with her, abandoning his Roman wife. He imagined that he could be true to his every ambition without any limits. If Rome were an empire, then its capital could be in Egypt. Why not? If Egypt were partnered with Rome, wouldn’t both be bigger and better than ever? Except that other Romans didn’t see it that way. Cleopatra was an enticement only for Antony, not for every Roman. You know how it ended. Both Antony and Cleopatra killed themselves. They couldn’t say no to their ambitions and they preferred death to being humbled by any limits.

Empire aspirations by United States insiders and influencers and investors abroad have led many in industry and government to imagine that they could expand into every global marketplace. Think of all those potential customers! The problem is that not everyone can profit in a system meant only to make investors richer. Global espionage also continues to erode patent protections in developed nations. How many inventions have left one nation and spread outward away from investors? Security problems have also been growing with computer chips being produced abroad. Wouldn’t other nations and industries value a backdoor into American systems? In addition, military sales to increase the potential of wars breaking out all over doesn’t have the same dividend as peacetime. And wartime money laundering isn’t such a great thing either for the United States.

We have the problem now of expensive energy. It is scary to every powerful person. GAAP principles were abandoned in accounting, leading to problems like the collapse of large companies. As we face energy problems in our economy, some think why not abandon fairness in energy? Why can’t the consequences be externalized to the less powerful? Can’t you just tell them that they can’t drive anywhere? Make cars too expensive to afford. Can’t you tax their carbon output and stop them from spending precious expensive and limited resources? Tell them that they can’t spend energy! Carbon tax them out of economic activity. Inflation, inflation, inflation. And change the banking industry to a social credit system: CBDC’s Central Bank Digital Currency. Mark every expense. Total control. The ultimate power. Infinite-ultimate never-ending power for those in the right position. But it won’t solve the problem of expensive energy and it will spread penury. This is what you get when a group tries to live without limits.

Why is living large so very bad? I wonder about that. Human beings evolved in the face of serious challenges to life and limb and within the context of limits. Living without limits disconnects us from the natural world and from normal sanity. An existence where being responsible matters for survival is one that at least makes sense. When a powerful person externalizes consequences to the less powerful, it seems at first that they escape the bad consequences that others suffer. But when you take a closer look, living without sanity and responsibilty doesn’t lead to a good place where people are valued and where they value each other. And people living without consequences for harmful decisions do not live well themselves. Without a budget of sensibility they get lost and can’t help themselves to reform. It’s not a good life. Only an enemy of the United States would choose to operate our nation the way it is being run by the Biden Administration.

Confusions of empire: no rule of law, no loyalty, no markets, no voting fidelity, health experiments without care, no reliable information, insolvent banking, rampant theft, monopoly, limitlessness. Don’t you think that there is a better life with limits than without them?