Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Accountability

There’s been a lot of talk recently about making the police more accountable. There’s some legitimacy to that. But what about making mayors, city councils, governors and state legislatures, Congress, and the whole government more accountable?
Shouldn’t the mayors of Seattle, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and elsewhere be held accountable for the additional murders in their cities that they had to know would occur as a result of the inadequate police presence that they caused?
Given their decisions and knowledge of the consequences that would follow, it seems to me that these mayors deserve to be charged with manslaughter.
Mayors who allow things to reach a point where 911 calls cannot be responded to and who have not called their state governors to provide the assistance of the National Guard, should automatically be fired and replaced through a new election for the office.
To create a high barrier against unjust prosecution of the innocent, citizens left on their own to defend their lives and property should be immune from prosecution for any acts they commit in the course of doing so that are held to be less than first-degree murder.

July 6, 2020,  Nature 

While “Nature” may often be beautiful, it is also, very often, just one thing eating another alive. Nature needs lots of improvement. The primary improvement is Civilization.

Monday, July 06, 2020

Washington and Jefferson, Slavery and Marxism


Do not believe the claim made by the media morons that statues of Washington and Jefferson have been toppled because these Presidents owned slaves. Their statues have been toppled because they advocated freedom and created a country based on freedom.
In contrast, the Marxists/Socialists engaged in this desecration are advocates of slavery, out to create a totalitarian dictatorship. At the same time, as part of the same phenomenon, they claim that slavery exists all around us, in the very nature of capitalism.
They claim that the employees of capitalists are slaves: “wage slaves,” they call them. They do this on the basis of their lunatic belief that capitalists gain from the employment of wage earners in the same way that a slave owner gains from the ownership of a slave.
Namely, from the fact that a slave or wage earner is able to produce in a day more than is required to keep him alive and able to work the next day. The existence of this excess or “surplus,” they believe is the explanation of profit.
Thus, capitalists allegedly exploit wage earners in exactly the same way that slave owners exploit slaves.
This may no doubt come as a shock to many multi-millionaires and billionaires busy contributing to Marxist/Socialist terrorist organizations in the belief that doing so buys them protection. There is no protection except to expose these vermin.
And one simple and effective way to do that is to read and publicize this book, which is available in both Kindle and paperback versions at https://amzn.to/2N44uTu.


Among other major subjects, it explains the productive role of businessmen and capitalists and the actual foundations of profit.

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Who Are the Supporters of Slavery?

Ever since the defeat of the Nazis in WWII, Marxists/Socialists have clearly been the world’s leading advocates of slavery. For elaboration, see Chapter 8 “The Chaos and Tyranny of Socialism” in my Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics. Available at amzn.to/2PM19ut.
See also my June 28, 2020 blogpost “Socialism Is Slavery and Worse” at http://georgereismansblog.blogspot.com/2020/06/socialism-is-slavery-and-worse.html.
Nevertheless, Marxist/Socialist super-hypocrite-thugs dare to pull down statues of Washington and Jefferson on the grounds that these men owned slaves.
These men set forth the principle of individual rights and of government existing for no other purpose than to protect those rights, and fought a war to establish a country dedicated to their protection.
Their success was the indispensable precondition of the abolition of slavery in the Civil War.
To attack them for not having freed their own slaves is comparable to attacking Marx and Engels (a wealthy cotton mill owner) for Engels’s “exploitation” of alleged “wage slaves” and Marx’s willingness to be supported by it.
It would have been a good thing for all the parties to have abstained from actions that violated their principles.
Had Washington and Jefferson done so, their record would now shine with even more luster than it does.
Had Marx and Engels done so, scores of millions more people would have lived instead of being executed or dying of starvation. Hundreds of millions would have avoided the experience of life as torture.
The paragraph before last is a measure of the good accomplished by Washington and Jefferson. The last paragraph is a measure of the evil accomplished by Marx and Engels and their supporters, including the hordes of uneducated children today masquerading as college graduates.
(And very often even passing as professors, journalists, mayors, governors, and United States Congressmen and Senators.)
The remedy for our growing chaos begins with reading and studying the works of Ludwig von Mises, the greatest man of the 20th Century, and of Ayn Rand, the greatest woman of the 20th Century.
Having been a member of Mises’s seminar for 10 years and a member of Ayn Rand’s “Collective” also for many years, I think I have been able to add some major intellectual contributions of my own to those of these giants. See again amzn.to/2PM19ut.
We have the answers and all we are up against is a horde of semi-savages who are in process of withdrawing themselves from Western Civilization and its values. To reverse the process, read Mises, Rand, and Reisman.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Freedom of Economic Inequality Is Not Only Not a Problem But the Solution to Economic Problems

On July 1, the NY Times ran an article titled “Is Economic Inequality Really a Problem?” (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/opinion/economic-inequality-moral-philosophy.html?searchResultPosition=1)
The author was unable to provide an intelligent answer to his question because, like virtually all “liberals,” he doesn’t realize that under capitalism and its saving and investment, one man’s wealth is the source of other men’s wealth.
For example, one man’s billions invested in auto plants are the source of tens of millions of average people having automobiles. And similarly for all other products.
The liberal ignoramuses think products come from nowhere and that the capital wealth that makes them possible resides in a heap of consumers’ goods that serves no purpose except to make capitalists immensely fat while everyone else starves.
These ignoramuses have created generations of other ignoramuses, who are now getting ready to destroy the capital wealth that sustains them. Whoever wants to know better can do so by reading my Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics. Available at amzn.to/2PM19ut



Monday, June 29, 2020

On Maintaining the Police and Army

The essential and only proper function of government is to protect its citizens against the initiation of physical force. This means having a police force to protect them against criminals and a military to protect them against foreign aggression.
Any government which disbands its police force or army thereby vaporizes itself and no longer exists as a government. At that point the right returns to the citizens to create a government, to provide for their common defense.
Those legally responsible for the destruction of the previous government should be subject to arrest and trial for having endangered the lives and property of the citizens through acts depriving them of the force(s) needed to protect them.
This means that there are some mayors, city councils, and possibly governors who should immediately be removed from office, arrested, and put on trial for willful endangerment of human life and property.
For more, read Ayn Rand’s essays “The Nature of Government” and “Man’s Rights.” Both are available in her books Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal and The Virtue of Selfishness.
They can be found at https://www.amazon.com/s?k=ayn+rand+books&crid=2YSG40JF1I48V&sprefix=Ayn+%2Caps%2C214&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_6_4

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Socialism Is Slavery and Worse


Socialism is government ownership of the means of production. Since all work requires the use of means of production, under socialism the government is a universal monopoly employer. Everyone is forced to work for the government. Everyone is the government’s slave.
Lacking the competition of employers for labor, the natural level of wages under socialism is minimum subsistence. Even if it had the means, a socialist state always has something more important to attend to than the standard of living of its citizens.
The moral ideal of socialism is “from each according to his ability to each according to his need.” Since ability is limited while need is unlimited, socialism proclaims its ideal world as one of limitless shortages, in which who gets what is determined by arbitrary, brute force.
This includes the determination of who works at what, where, and to what extent. Under socialism, everyone is a passive tool of the government, waiting to be told what to do, how to do it, and where to do it.
The nature of socialism is revealed in its adherence to the proposition that the individual is the means to the ends of society.
Since “society” has no real existence apart from the individuals who comprise it, what this means is that the individual is the means to the ends of society AS DIVINED BY THE RULERS OF SOCIETY.
And what this means is that the individual is the means to the ends of the rulers.
Slavery under socialism is the worst form of slavery. A slave is the property of the state, not of any private individual, who would experience the slave’s injury or death as his loss. Under socialism, the slave’s life and well-being are valueless. So, millions are slaughtered.
Thus, socialism goes from enslavement to mass murder.
When you hear a socialist or talk to a socialist, know that you are dealing with someone seeking to enslave you and who is an accomplice to potential mass murder.
To learn more, read my Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics available at amzn.to/2PM19ut.



Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Tuition Refunds for Today's Uneducated Graduates


Most college and university graduates of the last generation or more are essentially uneducated in the nature and values of modern Western Civilization and its leading offshoot the capitalist economic system.
The courses that should have given them this education, namely, the courses in the liberal arts and humanities, did not, despite the fact that in many cases the students not only paid for this education but incurred substantial debt in order to do so.
These students deserve a refund. In the case of private colleges and universities they should be paid to the extent possible out of the endowments of the schools they attended, which in some cases amount to tens of billions of dollars.
For the rest, all government financing, direct or indirect, serving to support education in the liberal arts or humanities should be abolished, including in primary and secondary education, as well as in higher education.
In all cases in which licensing laws require degrees of any kind that contain a liberal arts or humanities component, that requirement should be deemed satisfied upon a statement to that effect from the candidate’s prospective employer.
This would make it possible for new centers of learning to be established that either avoided liberal arts/humanities courses altogether or offered new and different varieties of such courses.
It is time to defund "education" whose product is ignorance and savagery.