On Shearing Sheep

Just wondering…

One Percent

“The Left” thinks “The Rich” should be milked for tax money. “The Right” thinks “The Rich” should be milked for jobs. So at precisely how many dollars should a man be judged rich enough to be exploited, manipulated, or merely hated? And just exactly who is qualified to do this classifying?

Damn few generalizations are useful. Basing a person’s “usefulness to society” on wallet size, college degree, skin pigments, country of birth, or their perceived voting block, ignores the real problem. If you think people are crops to be harvested, then God put your soul into the wrong body. You should have been an ant or a bee.

 

 

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Your City Has Become A Hellhole

H/T to Claire for pointing me in Silver’s direction.

 

You know that your city has become a hellhole when prostitution and drug dealing are two of the only viable businesses that remain in the city.

This is indeed telling. It tells me that the city has made its taxes, rules, regulations, inspections, and other forms of theft and harassment so overwhelmingly onerous that only those businesses that consistently evade all such predation are profitable. Change the rules, eliminate the government, and business will flourish.

Silver

 

Silver catches fire in this essay. It’s one of the best damn–Oh, what would you call it?–satires I’ve ever read.

 

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I Have A Dream, Too

In that dream, people stay the fuck off my lawn.

“These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage? I don’t give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of … They go on and on with all this bullshit about ‘sanctity’ — don’t give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.”

Clint Eastwood

 

I have a measurable test for rational discourse: a decibel level not exceeding 82. The louder you shout, the wronger you is. A mind seeking the truth quietly asks and answers in turn. Even when Clint pointed a gun at a bad guy, he didn’t scream, “On the floor, motherfucker!” No, instead he quietly asked, “I know what you’re thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five?”

Freedom means getting the fuck off your neighbor’s lawn, quietly, to “give everybody the chance to have the life they want.” If you think we need:

  • Troops to guard the border
  • Immigration laws
  • Anti-gay marriage amendment
  • Gun laws
  • Drug laws
  • 1.6 Liter toilet flush law
  • Cell phone while driving prohibition
  • Seat belt law
  • Social Security
  • Medicare
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Public schools
  • Abortion laws
  • Police departments
  • Fire departments
  • Standing army
  • State department
  • Letter agencies
  • Taxes

…Then congratulations! You’re a full-blown State-lover, fully deserving the whip that lashes you. Maybe you’re thinking you’d like to hold that whip, or that by voting, you can hold it, collectively, with 300+ million others. And yet, and yet, sometimes, in the still watches of the night, you wonder why you feel so powerless, so … whipped.

Dave’s definition of insanity: Inability to choose the better from the worse. (Einstein’s definition just doesn’t quite nail it for me.)

Because we’re somewhat sane, let’s start some choosing. Is freedom better than slavery? Yup. That was easy. How about varying degrees of freedom? Is 90% freedom better than 50% freedom? However we might choose to put a number to that percentage, if freedom is better than slavery, shouldn’t we insist on 100% freedom and rid ourselves of any amount of slavery? Ben Franklin was on to something with his pithy little quote about purchasing security, so why do Americans still holler for Medicare while professing love for freedom? Beats me.

Let’s make a list:

  1. Comfortable.
  2. Flat broke.
  3. Caged.
  4. Dead.

There’s an apparent correlation here. The higher the compliance with “authoritah”, the greater the apparent security. So, Ben Franklin notwithstanding, it does seem like you can trade liberty for security. But it doesn’t work for long. More and more people are sliding down that scale. Eventually, we’ll all hit #4, but I’d rather it be because of natural causes instead of a SWAT raid in the middle of the night.

 

Posted by Dave