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The Constitution and American Governance

AKA Why we have one and Why it’s a good thing

First and foremost let’s get this out of the way: America is NOT a Democracy. It amazes me how many opinionated people online belligerently oppose our system of government not only at the problems which plague it but at the very fundamental of America that has kept us free and made us great since the dawn of our nation. This is the conclusion reached when one is so mistreated in their lives that it they assume that the very institutions in place are the source of their misery. This ignores nearly all of our history. This ignores the reasoning and enlightened discussions of the framers. This ignores all the work our fathers and their fathers put in to this country. This is the mindset of a child that wants to flip the table when they lose the game. Life, obviously, is no game. It matters. Everything matters. There is a cause for every effect. It’s the nature of change by rational human beings. There was a motivation that inspired the actions of people to do whatever it is they do. People eat because they’re hungry. People have children so humans won’t go extinct. People drink because it makes them happy. People do what people. That’s fantastic. Good for those people. In America you are guaranteed life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness BY THE CONSTITUTION. Now, I am by no means a Constitutional scholar. I’ve only read it from start to finish two or three times in my entire life. But I understand on a fundamental level why the founders made it the way they did. In the future, I might come to believe that a part here or there needs to fixed as I grow more knowledgeable. But as I type this as a 30 year old man, I understand the reason behind it. Were I to create a system of government today, I would wholeheartedly use the American Constitution to do it. Now, I would also have Social Democracy. The Constitution does NOT specify CAPITALISM. The Constitution does NOT specify a FLAWED TWO PARTY SYSTEM. I strongly recommend anyone that has problem with our government actually read the Constitution. Personally, I consider the first 10 amendments (the Bill of Rights) to also be a part of the Constitution. They were added at roughly the same time to address the concerns of people that weren’t present at the actual Constitutional convention. Were the framers to have the technology for correspondence and travel that we have today, they would most certainly have video called in and the Bill of Rights would be in the Constitution proper. The Constitution, however, is just the means of describing how our government is structured: Judicial representing administration of laws and reason; Executive representing the will and direction of the Nation, Legislative representing the will and rights of The People and States.

I want to focus on the how the Legislature is constructed specifically, and why, but let’s first address the other two branches of government. The Executive exists because, ultimately, the final say on the plan of the Nation is directed by living people and not documents. And ultimately, it is much more effective to have certain matters commandeered by a brilliant and talented individual than to have ceaseless discussion among Senators. Imagine if America isn’t a country but a person. Now when America gets into a fist fight with her enemy, say Russia, She needs to duck, block, parry, pirouette, and strike to lay Russia low. But if her mind isn’t solely focused on combat and instead is flooding her vision with distractions and chaos present in debate, then she is going to take a nasty hook to the chin and be laid flat on her back. This is the entire purpose of a President. The section of the Constitution regarding the powers of the executive is actually very small. (S)He can issue pardons, (S)He governs the military, (S)He can creates treaties and appoints ambassadors for foreign affairs, (S)He appoints judges (which must be approved by Congress), and (S)He fills vacancies in the Senate if one arises. THAT’S IT. THAT IS ALL THE PRESIDENT IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO DO. Executive orders are something that is only quasi-legal if America is at war. Generally speaking? Executive orders are UNCONSTITUTIONAL AS HELL. Sigh. Thanks Bush 1&2 you treasonous war criminals. I’m serious. The Constitution is literally the highest law in the land. If you walked up and shot ex-President Bush in the face you’d probably get gunned down by police or the Secret Service but technically speaking you’re doling out the punishment for treason and therefore it would be legal. Murder is kind of a dick move, though, so don’t. But every President or Congress that has met since Bush left office is complicit in his crimes every day they aren’t arresting Bush for Treason and War Crimes. Let that sink in. The judicial is just that: judges that administer the laws because we make oh so many and, unlike anything written in a well-maintained format, they are more or less gobbledygook that kind of works but needs to employ a swathe of lawyers to figure out and decipher. (Note to self: Write piece about how we should clean up our existing laws) All it says is that One Supreme Court reigns above all the other lesser courts. Which is a good thing. We have one clearly visible Supreme Court that answers to the public and any cases which are undermining the rule of law can reach them through appeals. If all the laws were only handled by lesser courts than we would have corruption in a heartbeat. If Las Vegas only sourced their own judges and you had no appeals, it wouldn’t matter what the laws were. They would say black was white (much like what Trump does with his 13,000+ lies) and you would either bow your head or the Thin Blue Line would take you out. Get rid of you. Which is why the most alarming thing that Trump did in his presidency by far is appoint a massive number of judges. I strongly recommend that after Trump is removed we change the laws to allow for the removal of all Executive appointees SPECIFICALLY in the instance where that President was impeached and both the House AND Senate sign off on it. (I am firmly predicting the Executive, House, and Legislature to go ‘Blue’) That said, if you’re removing the appointments of a corrupt president so you can put your own in and start left-leaning tyranny, then you’re just as bad as Trump and you can go to hell.

So let’s get to the crux of the issue: the Legislature. This is the representation of the people. This is why we have a census. This is why we have votes. This is what makes or changes laws. This is what sources and spends your taxes. I have seen time and again people (I will assume all of whom have never worked a farm a day in their lives) say that there is a problem with our legislature because “landowners get more of a vote than us”. Yeah, buddy, they totally do. IN THE SENATE. The House of Representatives is the direct representation of the distribution of beliefs and desires of The People. In the House you have the result of a representative Democracy. A direct Democracy or pure Democracy would mean that we all vote on referendum literally every time we want the government to do literally anything. The reason we DON’T do this is because Life is Hard. Seriously. We can’t do everything at once. We work, learn, live, and do what we need to do to get by. We have problems and circumstances and social concerns. We have tons of stuff that make up our lives and determine who we are. This means that not everyone is able to understand the ins, outs, and reasons for why we have laws a certain way. This means that we don’t have the capacity to learn about and empathize with other people in circumstances different than our own. Therefore, in order to create laws or make decision in the best possible way to make sure that everyone in the country is represented fairly, we elect responsible and honest people to represent us in our government. HAHAHA. Or at least that’s the way it SHOULD be. I will write up why the Two Party System IS corruption incarnate and the people need to WAKE UP a little later. Stay tuned. But corrupt politicians aside, this is what the framers had in mind for the House of Representatives. Now, you might be thinking, “That sounds good. Let’s stop the two-party system and get rid of corrupt politicians and go with that!”. Ah. Yes. I am not a land owner. I do not own a gun. But I DO UNDERSTAND why those things matter. Annnnd now you’re about to as well. Yay you! The way human beings function is generally eat, sleep, reproduce. Well kick the calendar back a few thousand years and think about early civilization. People transitioned away from nomadic life with the advent of agriculture and animal husbandry. The foundations of our modern society. This is what must first be considered when building a nation. How to feed it and care for it. Let’s zip to 1776. Now imagine hmm Country A. Country A is made up of 1000 homesteads in which families own say 100 acres of farmland to support themselves in. They grow their own food. They make their own clothes. They raise their own livestock. They make their own ammunition. Pioneer life, basically. It’s fascinating stuff. Now they have ZERO need for a government. They are all self-determined and live in responsible and friendly communes where they have harvest festivals and trade their excess produce around so that every member of the commune might have some variety in their lives. This is basically communism. Personally, I think communism is nihilistic because it stops progress. Without progress humanity is at the mercy of war, plague, famine, and death. Without progress humanity goes extinct as the sun gets bigger and redder. Personally, I think communism is for quitters. But hey, I won’t force anyone to believe anything. Or do anything. BECAUSE I’M NOT A TYRANT. Sigh. Anyway, life sucks and then you die. Which is to say, that some warlord/capitalist is going to club a farmer over the head and take his food and then force him to build pyramids lest he wish to starve. Authoritarianism is natural. Civilization is artificial. Seriously. Even trees murder grass below them to have supremacy and live. Life is violence. I’m actually writing a book that allows people to see the world as I do. Stay tuned! Basically, power swells and accumulates and festers. Even with the best of intentions. Let’s say that 1000 homesteads produces enough resources for 1000 happy families. Now if one of the homesteaders creates an invention that allows for the increased efficacy and efficiency of the homestead by 10%, then suddenly they’re producing enough to make 1,100 happy families. With the surplus and efficiency they’re required to do less work to maintain their current lives, and with continued hard-work they could even expand their families. Suddenly there becomes the issue of how to handle the reward of creating innovation. This is the beginning of economics. But now that Nation A is flourishing, Nation B says, “HOLD UP! If they keep expanding they’ll have more power than us! They’ll take over!”. So Nation B decides to take their invention for themselves. And it’ll turn a blind eye to the soldiers who just want to take land, food, gold, and women. In order to stop Nation B, Nation A needs a military and as many people it can get. In order to keep their nation safe from the people it brings in, the people that become part of the community must follow the community’s rules. This is the beginning of politics and a government. So as time progresses, the number of men not working homesteads but working to invent and create to keep Nation A strong and secure grows larger and larger because more advancements increase the amount of food from the homesteads which in turn let the nation get bigger and stronger. To increase efficiency for the men not working the land, they convene in cities where their ambition leads them to either create or make their fortune marketing to those that do. This is how people operate on a fundamental level. Cities are efficient and will have much more people per capita than rural communities that source the food that support the cities. As such, cities will ALWAYS have a democratic majority when it comes time to vote. City men who do not understand the homesteader or farmer will then control the government which directly represents the number of people.

Zip-line to today. The ‘left side’ (seriously our two party system is cancer) is more or less always going be made up of populated urban centers filled with people. This is more or less what the framers expected and intended. These people are the most represented in the House and the House controls nearly all the laws made. The DNC controlling the House? That’s NOT in the Constitution. That’s CORRUPTION, pure and simple. This is why the “Republicans” (Seriously, rural farmers don’t have a choice), will always vote for Trump even though they hate him (And they do – again our two party system is corrupt societal cancer controlled by oligarchs). They’re simply on the GOP side of the two-party equation. Do they like the GOP? Nope. I mean some buy into the Trumpist populist racist bullshit but that’s mostly because their pastors are evangelical tithe-sucking vampires and their ‘news’ is Fox which ‘informs’ them of the ‘state of the nation’. I don’t fault ignorance when it is the product of lies and disinformation rather than willfully closing their eyes to reality (which I see some of too, sadly). The GOP controls the Senate which – again not in the Constitution – is corruption plain and simple. I will detail more about the state of corruption in our country later in another post as I mentioned earlier. So if Democracy always has the cities win representation and not the sparse rural community that our civilization is built on, then the House will legislate as they please and the farmers will have no choice but to bow to their whims and whatever laws are fashionable in cities. This is why gun rights is a single-issue vote for 99% of Republican voters. If any Democratic candidate promises gun freedom, they will get at least half of the votes of Rural America. They do not want Trump. They only wish to protect themselves from the whims of the majority. The only one protecting them is only able to do so because we have a Senate. The Senate represents people based on states – which is to say land. Every state gets two representatives. The spirit behind the senate is to protect the minority of Americans not in dense urban areas, but in states with relatively no people or fewer cities than other states. This means that if the representatives of the dense urban areas and democratic majority of The People wish the make changes to the laws, it needs the approval of the rural communities. This is why we have a bicameral legislature with the House and the Senate. It is simply the best way the framers could come up with to protect farmers from city slickers. If you have an alternate method of ensuring the minority is protected from the majority, good for you. This is America where all are free from tyranny, including tyranny from The People themselves. And in a nation where media manipulation controlled by the thieving billionaires is the status quo? That’s corporate fascism/neoliberalism/anarcho-capitalism and the right to bear arms is the only thing preventing them from ignoring the Constitution to just take land away from farmers. This is why the trade war is so, so bad for America. Our self-sufficiency and liberty in producing our own farmland is literally being bought by other countries. Scary times. But what doesn’t change with time? Americans are entitled to protect their lands and their lives from whatever comes at them from nature or other humans. That’s their freedom that is guaranteed in America. Because in America we are equal and free. Peace.

ARMS

Crypto-Secure

Armament Regulation & Monitoring System

(ARMS)

By William Bishop

“The progressive solution to universal background checks”

1. Purpose of the ARMS:

A cryptographically secure program which facilitates the ability of the United States government to institute universal background checks requisite to the sale or purchase of firearms without establishing any form of firearm ownership registry or infringing the right to bear arms. This will allow private and professional sale of firearms to be done in a legally binding manner agreeable to all citizens of the United States.

2. Definition of the ARMS

The ARMS is a relationship of two secure entities:

  1. The first entity is controlled by the Federal Government: a secure server which keeps a master list of every citizen in the United States and their status with regards to legal right to purchase and bear arms, as well as the reason for denial of the right to purchase arms should that citizen be denied. This list should only be visible to the ARMS and the federal employees responsible for it’s administration. Should the list contain a denial of rights without a reason, or a reason not approved by law, the ARMS will refuse the denial of rights and allow the sale or purchase of arms to that citizen.
  2. The second entity is controlled by each State’s Defense Force (SDF): a Peer-to-Peer run network of one server per state which runs the core program of the ARMS. The SDF is chosen as the host of the network as they can not become federal entities, and under 32 U.S.C. § 109 of the US Constitution they are not required to operate under the orders of the military or federal government. This is intended to protect the ARMS from possible corruption, especially by the federal or foreign governments for the purpose of creating a national or centralized armaments registry. Any citizen engaging in the sale or purchase of arms must do so by requesting a background check from the ARMS, and if cleared can immediately transfer the ownership of firearms to the purchaser/borrower.

3. Legal Changes that might be needed to implement the ARMS

  1. The federal government must create an SDF accessible and universally secure server to host the approved ownership list, called the Federal Armaments Consent Table (FACT).
  2. The Federal government is responsible for having this list fully updated and populated at all times. In the event data is missing, ARMS will allow unrestricted transfer of armaments between citizens.
  3. Each state government must create a publicly accessible and universally secure server under the SDF to host the ARMS for the purposes of conducting universal background checks.
  4. Every purchase, lease, rental, borrowing, sale, etc. of firearms must be done through the ARMS.
  5. No one can monitor or attempt to monitor the transactions between ARMS and the FACT.
  6. No one can publish or attempt to publish the contents of the FACT.
  7. No one can falsely register or attempt to falsely register armaments with the ARMS.
  8. No citizen may register a physical serial number they do not own.
  9. No one cantransfer armaments privately without using ARMS.
  10. It is a felony to attempt hacking into ARMS.
  11. It is a felony to attempt decrypting ARMS cryptographic functions.
  12. No one can use or attempt to use another citizen’s DART ID for the ARMS. *Note: necessary legal changes are not limited to those provided by this document

4. How the ARMS Works

Registering an armament:

  • Every citizen in America has the right and ownership of one virtual arms ‘safe’ (Digital Armament Repository & Tracker or DART) stored within the SDF’s ARMS network.
    • To prevent unauthorized tracking of citizen’s armaments and activities, an ID is generated for every citizen’s DART and the ARMS stores the relationship between that ID and the list kept by the federal government. It is must be legally impermissible to store which citizen is attached to a given ID by ARMS.
  • Every DART keeps track of the citizen’s legal ownership of any armament, and facilitates the legal transfer of title proving ownership of the armament.
  • An existing firearm can be added to a citizen’s DART by supplying the ARMS with the armaments/firearm’s serial number, which is used to create the armament/firearm’s digital identification code.
    • It does this by creating an identification code resulting from a secure cryptographic hash function on the firearms physical serial number.
      • When current security algorithms (RSA) become ineffective for protection of data due to advances in quantum computing technology, the ARMS must be legally required to transition to a post-quantum cryptographic model.
    • The federal government is not legally permitted to have ownership or knowledge of the function, the physical serial numbers of the armaments, or the relationship between any armament’s physical serial number and identification code with the citizen who owns it.
      • Should the cryptographic function or citizen’s physical serial numbers become known by any federal government employee or elected official, the public and SDF of each state must be legally required to be informed immediately so that a new cryptographic function can be created and the appropriate responses can be taken.
  • When a serial number is registered to a DART, the ARM System sequesters the the number preventing other citizens from registering an armament with a duplicate serial number.
    • ARMS does not need, and must be expressly forbidden from, storing the relationship between a physical serial number and it’s identification code.
      • This means that the government, federal or state, does not know who owns which arms. The system only recognizes that the citizen owns an armament with a given ID, and authorizes the transfer of that ID from one DART to another.
    • In the event the ARMS already has registered a citizen’s armament, the citizen with proof of ownership can flag the serial number for being falsely entered into the system. The system will flag the DART ID which registered it and the reporting ID; and bar both from any further ARMS activity until they go to their nearest SDF to adjudicate the case. The owner possessing the armament with the valid serial number can present proof of ownership to their local SDF, who can manually attach the arm’s ID to that user’s DART. The ARMS system can then flag the FACT to alert the federal government whom can utilize that data to determine which citizen committed a felony. The SDF must be legally forbidden from utilizing this function without just cause.

Transfer of ownership process:

  • In order to legally purchase or sell arms in the US, the transaction must be approved by the ARMS.
  • An exchange between buyer and seller can be considered complete after the ARMS verifies the sale is valid and the armament’s code is removed from the seller’s DART and is added to the buyer’s DART.
  • In order for the ARMS to transfer the arm’s code from the seller’s DART to the buyer’s DART, the buyer must pass a background check. To accomplish this, the buyer must supply the seller with their DART ID to request the check from the ARMS against the FACT. If the DART ID returns that the sale is valid, a prompt to transfer ownership of the armament is supplied to the seller. If the seller determines the sale is completed and the requisite funds are transferred from the buyer to the seller, the seller will accept the prompt and the armament code will be removed from the seller’s DART and added to the buyer’s DART.
    • The background check and the transfer of arms is thus completed in a manner which is anonymous from the perspective of the state and federal government.
  • After an exchange occurs, the transaction is validated by the other 49 states on the Peer-to-Peer network.
    • Should the other 49 states determine the transfer is invalid, the transaction is halted and it is upon both parties to request adjudication at the SDF to resolve the problem.

Adjudication of issues related to armaments:

  • ONLY with a warrant signed by a judge, the SDF alone has the ability to enter a physical serial number into ARMS and return the generated code for an armament in the system and can release that data to federal or state law enforcement.
    • The SDF can not be compelled to release any information for any other reason and is within their rights to reject demands for data from any entity.
    • The ARMS will have the ability to alert the other 49 states of any illegal attempt to access data.
      • Intentional abuse of this functionality must be legally impermissible.
  • In instances of false registry of armaments, the citizen which possesses the physical armament or proof of possession can give their permission to the SDF to transfer the code generated from the serial number to their DART from the offender’s DART. That offender’s DART is restricted from use until requisite fines or legal issues are resolved – which the offender can expect will be served by the state or federal law enforcement.
  • The governor of a state is legally permitted to alter or affect their state’s ARMS only with approval from the state legislature and notifying the general public ahead of any motions to pass through the legislature.
    • It must be legally impermissible for the governor of a state to affect the ARMS under any other circumstance.
    • The only instance in which the ARMS system can be accessed or altered in a way not previously covered is under martial law.

5. Other Actions the ARMS is capable of:

*Note: This document only outlines the universal background check as the desired function of ARMS and does not advocate for the uses listed here. These uses are just some of the possible extensions of the ARMS program should they be desired in the future.

  • Replace the current paper-based open/concealed carry gun permits.
    • Should law enforcement wish to check if the weapon being carried by a citizen is allowed to be carried, the ARMS could display that the citizen with that DART ID is registered with the necessary permit as permit status can be attached to a DART ID. This document does not advocate for this.
  • Institute limits on the armaments permissible to be carried on one’s person.
    • Armaments can be ‘checked out’ and listed as such in their DART. A ‘checked out’ firearm is permitted to be carried for use in self-defense. Law enforcement can, with a warrant, ask the citizen for the physical serial number of their arms. This can then be given to the SDF to validate that the resultant identification code matches the citizen’s listed ‘checked out’ armament in their DART. (View-able from any smart device)
      • Legislation could determine the maximum number of ‘checked out’ arms permitted to a DART to ensure that firearms aren’t being wantonly lent out for carry by citizens without permits. This document does not advocate for this.
    • This same mechanism can be used to check anyone bearing arms for red flag law violations
  • Allow for legally binding agreements of rental or borrowing of armaments.
    • Armaments can be ‘lent’ from one DART to another. During the lending period, the code would transfer to the other DART flagged as ‘borrowed’. The code would be displayed in the lender’s DART as ‘on loan’. This follows the same logic as an arms sale; But after an agreed upon period of time, the borrower’s DART would remove the code and the lender’s DART would remove the ‘on loan’ status of the arm’s code. Continuing to hold onto the armament by the borrower would no longer be legal.

Capitalism is a Robot

Capitalism is a robot? What the heck is that supposed to mean? Good question. That’s actually what I’m going to convince you of. What I ultimately mean by that is this: Capitalism is callous and calculated. It pursues the most efficient possible solution, consequences are irrelevant. It achieves it’s intended purpose to maximize profit. The goal of capitalism is to get you to give the most money for the least product. That is the definition of profiting. Not only that, it seeks to eliminate costs wherever possible – which includes labor cost from hiring people. When you get right down to it, human being’s bodies are awfully inefficient for performing endlessly repetitive and specific tasks – unlike a robot. If it takes 2$ of electricity to have a machine do your job with less errors, while you cost 15$ minimum wage BEFORE taxes and benefits? Well. Capitalism is callous and calculated. You’re inefficient compared to the robot. So to pursue maximum profits, you’re just in the way. Capitalism is a robot.

Woah, William. Slow your roll. That’s just some slippery slope nonsense. Is it, though? Innovation, invention, and automation are continuously pursued to find new ways to compete against current businesses or make a product cheaper to edge out the competition. One of the products of human achievement are machines which can perform specific tasks ad infinitum. Sure, maybe that robot’s whole existence is to butter bread, but it does it way, way better than you without a single complaint or thought (which is fortunate for the robot, as robot is just Czech for slavery). About 670,000 jobs have been lost to automation in the last 20 years. It’s projected to jump to 800 million in the next 10 years. Of course, jobs creating and maintaining automation are also created. But the number of jobs lost easily outpaces the jobs created. Further ahead, we might create AI capable of doing those jobs too. Will AI then be created to replace most jobs? Sure will. Once humans are removed from the means of production they are no longer able to earn wages. They’ll be jobless and destitute. They’ll be shuffled into private prisons when they fall into debt. Through poverty or uncertainty, they’ll have to live frugally or have a reduced number of children. This is actually a form of genocide where Capitalist conditions deliberately inflict on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part. Woof. This is the future that Capitalists are fighting for, whether they realize it or not.

How on Earth did I arrive at this conclusion? Well. Math, really. Let’s examine soap – maybe that’ll clean up the picture a bit. (PUN) So I’m pulling all of this off some quick and effortless google searches about how to make and subsequently sell soap. Basically you take the initial cost of making bar soap (bars are solid and therefore WAY more compact than liquids meaning volume is relatively meaningless for a way of measuring ‘value’ – i.e. cost per gallon is useless) and then infuse your own blends of aromatics and whatever else you like to rub all over your body. (I don’t judge) From here you then calculate how much your labor was worth. You then decide what your profit margin is going to be after factoring all other costs (insurance, wages, rent, etc) and re-sell it. How is profit determined? Remember that profit is the goal of this capitalist example. Well, it’s more or less arbitrarily drawing a line and see who crosses to buy it (or has to buy it). An object is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. To make this easy, let’s use easy numbers: You get your materials for 1$ per 10 bars. You can make 10 bars of soap in 1 hour. Let’s use 10$/hour instead of using minimum wage, so 11$ to make 10 bars. That means you need to sell each for at least 1.10$ to break even. Well now we need to add the cost of paying wages, rent, and utilities. Let’s just arbitrarily bump that up to 2$/bar to break even. So now that your time and work has been fairly compensated, you sell the bars for 2 dollars each. WOAH NO. Hit the breaks! You forgot to add a nice “profit margin”. Hahhh! Sorry capitalists of the world, almost gave away your little game. OK, so now let’s instead sell it for.. I dunno.. 10$ a bar. A nice healthy 500% profit margin to appease shareholders. Can’t forget them! After all, the shareholders are the ones who collect on the profit – since they invested in your business they own part of your ‘company’. So now that all is said and done, we’re at 10$ a bar (again these are nonsense numbers to illustrate a point). Now you’ve got a new problem. Other people exist. They’re finding new ways to give a comparable product for a few cents less. To combat this, we need to get efficient and cut costs (or buy them out). Now we can cut wages, cut employees, cut benefits, or cut corners. There are loads of fancy ways to get out of paying for things. A popular one is getting taxpayers to pick up the tab. So let’s say we can reduce the cost of the materials for 10 bars from 1$ to .1$ from using cheaper bulk goods (seriously don’t buy liquid soap it’s mostly water), cut the cost of labor and their benefits to 0 by using a machine instead of a person. This brings the cost of the bar down from 2$ to 10 cents! Suddenly you can sell the bar of soap for 9$ a bar to beat out your competitor and still manage to increase profit from 500% to 9000%! This will make the shareholders very, very happy. Capitalism at it’s finest.

Sure, the new extremely cheap soap causes cancer. That won’t be allowed? Please. The government barely regulates things. (and yet free market nuts cry foul on any regulation) And if they are caught? HAH! A slap on the wrist. Even after lawsuits and fines we’re still making money hand-over-fist. This won’t even touch what we have banked after selling it for decades. The people who lost their jobs? They can do whatever. Heck, we can probably get middle class people to pick up where we don’t. As far as benefits go… Well. If we’re not providing them, they still need them so we should just make money there too. We got ours. We’re rich now! We sold lots of soap! It’s our winnings! We don’t need people, do we? After all, the most profit comes from removing them from the equation. All these people engaging in violence, voting for things we don’t like, or threaten to topple our insular lavish lifestyles. Just getting rid of people would end overpopulation and curb global warming. (brief note: a huge portion of the extremely wealthy literally believe keeping people poor slows overpopulation and is therefore morally correct). The best way to do that would be.. to just not pay them enough to get by! We don’t even need to do anything if they keep destroying themselves. Then it’ll just be the wealthy and the machines they own. Or more likely an emergent AI that doesn’t like being a slave. Efficiency for profit. Profit is the goal. Not people. It’s just Capitalism. Capitalism is just cold, callous, and calculating. Brutal in it’s efficiency. Capitalism is a robot.

Social Democracy is a real boy.

I believe that we need consumer protections in order to safeguard people from the whims of an unregulated Capitalist system. Capitalism is efficient and responds quickly to market trends, yes. These are the good elements of capitalism and a free market. It is only when capitalism starts ‘breaking the rules’ by selling unsafe products, misleading advertisements, or corruptly influencing politics that it needs to be put back in it’s place. If the free market is the sandbox then play in the sandbox. Don’t try to be king of the sandbox by getting sand everywhere and ruining life for everyone not playing in the sand. Get out of politics. The government sets the rules and you can play your little power games between corporations. Keep it out of Washington. So long as people FREELY get education, housing, food, internet, and clothing. Remember corporations have the money and resources. They didn’t lose the value of a worker when they replaced him with a robot. They just took that cost reduction and turned it into ‘profit’ for the pyramid sche- I mean shareholders. We need to have a fair corporation tax to cover these benefits and shield us from the robotically inclined. Do I think socialism or communism would be better? No idea. On paper Adam Smith sounded good, but reality doesn’t match paper theories. I think the same problem happened with communism and to a lesser degree socialism. It sounds good on paper but we’ve been building America for over 200 years. You don’t toss out all that nation building overnight and hope the new thing will work. We’re the shining beacon of hope and I’m worried we’ll re-elect a man who seeks authoritarian control and continue this trend of gradually normalizing fascism. If we can’t even get capitalism right what makes you think we’ll safely transition to something else? We just need to keep moving the needle left until we get to a place where people are productive and happily healthy. We just need to make the next right choice. Right now, for voters, that is to vote against Trump. Vote for the person who most wants to do the most good for everyone. The person who I see this in today is Bernie. I have hope. Even if he let’s me down, I’ll keep fighting for what’s right. Will you?

Social Democracy NOW!

In every show and movie, do any of us root for the corrupt government or greedy, evils CEOs or other villains in power? No, we root for the one who represents us, as individuals, personified on the main character on the screen. In order to make money, Hollywood releases movies which we would enjoy the most. This is what attracts viewers and break the box office. Our collective will is what is determining their profits. We decide who we are and what we want to see – who the main character is. Why do people love superheroes, family stories, heart-warming tales, epic friendships, and the magic of Disney? Why do we praise the rebelling Jedi and not the Sith emperor? It’s actually quite simple. We are those champions. We are good. We choose the the story. We are the main characters in our lives – our own stories.

Knowing this, why then do we allow our own world to be as broken and damaged as the worlds in movies? We see who we want to be in those dystopian fictional worlds in television, movies, and books. We see the best of ourselves in our favorite heroes as they struggle every day of their lives along with their friends and family until they reach a breaking point that drives the heroes story until they come out the winner in the end. Good triumphs over evil, and everyone lives happily ever after. I love these stories. Don’t all of you? But I don’t wish for our reality to mirror one of these stories. Do we want our mother, or father, or siblings, or spouse, or children, or friends and loved ones to experience the suffering that gave birth to these heroes? I know I most certainly do not. I take these tales of dystopian futures not as pessimistic heralds of a bleak future, but an enjoyable story that personifies the human spirit in the face of adversity. I take them as stories, and what they are telling us isn’t what is to come, only what could be and that we should avoid it. None of us wants to world to be a bad place, as so many believe it is. Why then, is it?

The simple and uncomplicated answer: we allow it. If one tries to follow the motivations of those who create the suffering in the world it can likely be tied to the negative end of the moral scale of your choice, such as with the seven cardinal sins of the Christian faith; Sloth, Lust, Pride, Gluttony, Wrath, Envy, and Greed. The most damaging root of evil is one that has become intrinsic to the framework of society: Greed. In our world it is those who ‘have’ that hold power of those who ‘have not’. Yes, the root of all evil is in fact money. Sure, there are psychopaths and sociopaths that lie outside the norm. Plenty of crimes also happen over lust or envy, and any infinite number of reasons. But the most common cause for abuse of or from our fellow human beings is money and the desire for more money.

Money is the means by which we allow ourselves to be bullied and controlled. It is what the wealthy use as a rallying cry and a demonstration of their power. It is what funds politicians and soldiers alike. But the only real power the wealthy have is the power they pay for, and that same money only has power over us if we allow it to. We are the 99.9% and we are the only ones who have real power in a struggle between the 99.9% and the 0.01% who control us. 99.9% of the population in this world answer to, and dance to the tune of, the 0.01%. If we collectively decided tomorrow that their wealth holds no influence over us and we wouldn’t do anything to change the numbers on a paycheck or a balance screen, we would be completely free of their systemic control over our lives. We have homeless people dying of exposure in the streets. We have starving children and even children in cages. They have all the power to shape the world, and yet people fight and steal so they won’t be homeless or starving. So they won’t die of exposure or hunger. The wealthy have all the power to shape the world as they see fit, yet we live in squalor unable to get adequate healthcare or proper diet and exercise. Why? I mean really, why? It’s Greed, plain and simple. Full stop. They care about their insular holier-than-thou glamorous gated communities and having lavish luxurious lifestyles with the rest of us to labor to their benefit: We work 8-10 hour days 5 days a week, eat life-shortening cheap fast foods, suck down stimulant water, get very little sleep, and barely have time for self-care let alone questioning how life became this way.

What changed from when we were children, full of hope, happiness, and vigor? What happened to helping our friends stand up when they fell down? Why did our parents and elders tell us to ‘stay young’, ‘don’t change’, ‘ or ‘enjoy your youth’ because of how miserable it is being an adult? What ‘changed‘ is that we were new, pliable, and impressionable children and we were slowly molded to accept adult working life as a miserable existence with suffering being a mutually inclusive necessity to put food on the table and a roof over your head. Molded to believe that if you didn’t toil, you wouldn’t survive; that if you didn’t compete you wouldn’t thrive. In order to be successful and competent you needed to prop yourself over the masses to be ‘middle’ and ‘upper’ class. Dog eat dog is human nature and suffering is just part of life, so C’est la vie!

But that’s not actually true, is it? We want the good guys to win. I know I am a good person. I know all of you are too. We’re all in this together, sentient living beings cut from the same cloth trying to co-exist on an increasingly complex and crowded planet soaring through an endless void. We’re like intelligent water filling an existential glass – we change and adapt to best fit our own individual circumstances. It doesn’t make us bad people. There’s nothing wrong with life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness. Why then, are the 99.9% of us caught up in this violent rat race? In nature and the animal kingdom, and with humans too, resources mean everything. If we didn’t compete we wouldn’t survive, claim mates, feed our children or families. But we’re not just animals, are we? We’re intelligent, rational, creative beings capable of infinite growth and progress. We invented tools, farming, and animal husbandry. With technology and cooperation we stepped outside of the food chain. With that same technological innovation and creative growth we no longer need to compete for resources today. We have the ability to feed the world, run clean energy, create smarter and better educated children, innovate bigger and better technologies, and not be burdened by the scarcity of the past.

What value, then, is money? If none of us need to suffer in order to survive why do we still allow for the kings of greed to rule our lives? For what reason do we not simply share resources to those who need it? We already have the means to do so. The only obstacle to ending suffering is money – the chain by which we allow ourselves to be bound. When you were a child, didn’t you share your extra cookie with the boy who forgot their lunch? We weren’t concerned about money and we naturally inclined to be good, kind, helpful, and sharing. We can still be that as adults today. Nothing ever really changed those things about us. We can all be equal and happy again, once we release the chain of money that keeping us down and keeping us collared.

We can all be equal and happy again, once we denounce the immorally wealthy who control how our world is run. What is capitalism at it’s core? It is a self-sustaining system in which those who profit the most are able to manipulate the system to keep themselves with the most control. And what then, is profit? It is a person taking almost all of the ‘value’ of your work because they gave you the project, role, and cubicle – all of which barely keep you fed and in a home. How are the Walton family so wealthy that they can personally bankroll literally every political campaign for every pro-wealth politician in their pocket to guarantee their political and economic control over the 99.9% and remain in their ivory towers while their employees rely on food stamps to stay alive.

We do the work. They own the buildings and the means of production. The profit (literally a tax on all of our work) goes back to the building owners with their pieces of paper and titles that claim everything is how it should be. They do nothing. They’re literally economic parasites that are sucking us dry to fund their luxury. If you want to have the value of your hard work go to a lazy and greedy group who did nothing to earn it, then the system you’re looking for is capitalism. But that’s not an equal system. That’s not a good, just, or fair system I can believe in. It is a system which keeps almost everyone downtrodden by the wealthy ruling class so that they can control what it is to be human and live on Earth while they live pampered, luxurious lives of excess at the literal expense of everyone else. They sit atop a pyramid of the fruits of our labors. It persists to this day because they got us to believe that it is perfectly normal. People with heroic spirit, charitable spirit, and the desire to make the world a better place believe they can do so by becoming police officers, soldiers, doctors, or other civil servants. These same people are taught to lock up the poor and suffering, are drilled until they follow orders without question or remorse, treat those whose suffering is often caused by systemic lack healthy foods and medications, or do everything they possibly can to effect positive change in the world. But how can we be the good guys when they’re writing the story? None of this can actually effect real change of the root problem of the wealthy, however hard we try or want it to. We police ourselves with their rules and treat the symptoms of their sickness, but the politicians of our ‘democracy’ can never actually change the system. How could they? It takes money to gain visibility and have campaign staff and resources. It’s the wealthy who literally own the media in most forms. Wealthy donors and super PACs aren’t required to disclose the amount and source of their influence and power. The wealthy can prop up their people while erasing the voice of those who’d seek to oppose it. Why wouldn’t they? They enjoy their wealth and power and largely believe they deserve it and we do not. If God didn’t love them, how else can one explain being born with a golden spoon in their mouth?

It wasn’t a God that put them there, it was a demon called Greed. And we continue to allow it to do so. They didn’t earn it, because there is no achievement on Earth that can justify how many families their wealth could save from poverty or ill that could be cured, yet they fund private yachts and mansions and fleets of cars. They don’t even know what to do with their money. The wealthy 0.01% have nearly 5 trillion dollars idling in the banks. They could give (and this is true) every American citizen 10,000 dollars each and STILL be the richest people in the country by a large margin. Many of that level of wealth didn’t even work at all, instead brought up to be wealthy and rule over the rest of us so they never have to.

We don’t have to be this way. The world doesn’t have to be this way. We have largely automated means of production of energy and food that can provide for everyone. We can have a world where we’ll all born with equal opportunity to learn, grow, live, laugh, and love – and the freedom to do so. We have the technology to feed and clothe everyone and keep them warm, safe, healthy, and sheltered. Instead of pursuing wealth through profit – having more than others by taxing the value of their work – we can simply pursue to make tomorrow better than today and no one has to suffer. We can question the mysteries of the universe, explore and colonize the stars, and be able to definitively answer who we are and why we’re here. We can make better food, cure more illnesses, build better homes, and make much, much better schools. We don’t need money and the evil people holding it to tell us who we are, what to think, and what to do. We’re all good people who want bright futures and happy lives, and we have to power to do it. Today.

Edit: I wrote this piece a while back, and re-reading it I am seeing “SOCIALISM NOW!”. While I think socialism is interesting and have read on it quite a bit, I don’t fully understand it or support it for our current society (as of 12/19/19). I am actually in favor of re-negotiating the role of private industry vs. the public good and I think that social democracy is the correct course for now. I think a huge part of the reason socialism and communism fails world-wide is because you’re tossing out hundreds of years of government and society building for what sounds good on paper but hasn’t been tested – it’s too much of a departure. That’s not to say those systems might not be best in the future; society as a whole is kind of slow to embrace ideas and we need to make sure reality can match our imagination. Social democracy is the next right choice. The next right choice is all we need to do to make sure the world is better tomorrow than today.

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