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Monday, December 19, 2016

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ELITE LEMONADE
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In another example of Optimists Gotta Be Optimistic, you can occasionally glimpse Libertarian articles spewing about how we are all so much freer now ( I don’t know if they believe that or not, or if it is a survival mechanism for their publication ).  One article said we are much freer now because most states are allowing concealed carry.  I could spend all of today’s allotted time questioning the basic assumptions behind that fallacy, but just ask yourself two questions.  Are the places you grew up in with reasonable gun laws now one RCH ( red crotch hair, a valid unit of measurement ) away from completely banning most firearms?  Sure, something like only a dozen states are heinous in their draconian stance on gun control, but that is also where most of the population is ( with the exception of Texas and I’m sure it has crossed the minds of the most liberal left leaning state worshiping moronic mouth breather of a politician there that if they restrict guns too much the place would be overrun in record time by the Alt Mexico Narco State.  A lesson California refused to ever consider, probably because they are incredibly Short Bus ).  If all the least populated states allow CCL’s then the freedom is limited in toto.  Two, if most firearms are artificially jacked up in price through political methods ( as in the American arms industry backing banning of foreign assault/battle rifles, and even war surplus bolt guns ), introducing a repeat of the Saturday Night Special de facto ban, how free is half of the population to own firearms?  You could also claim we all have the freedom to own machineguns, as long as we have the ten thousand dollar and up entry fee.

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You might look at the lack of a military draft and proclaim that be an example of more freedom.  On the face of it this is true, but ignores two points.  First, our rulers could no longer afford to sustain the conventional size army that needed a draft.  It made little sense to sustain a practice that fueled insurgency by the native population.  We didn’t gain a freedom so much as not run out of bodies before the feds ran out of money.  And two, the elites didn’t lose a military that they needed, they gained one they could exploit.  Many countries still retain the draft, and get little violent reaction to this.  It certainly isn’t popular but it isn’t worthy of storming the Bastille, either.  Those countries are actually in a situation where they need to literally defend their borders, and as long as a mutual social contract is upheld between the rulers and the masses ( as in, young men know they need to defend their families ) that doesn’t abuse this then the draft is kept.  But here in America, the draft was never a necessity.  At first we thought it was, but the social contract was broken by bureaucratic bumbling and abuse.

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Citizens willingly went to die in the European mud to save our bankers profits.  They had no idea they were the vanguard to imperial expansion.  They went along with the fiction that we had to attack Hitler.  But then it wasn’t exactly too hard to figure out that a Cold War wasn’t just defensive.  In peace time, our men were drafted and subjected to undemocratic practices ( if you believe your citizen soldiers are equal, you don’t expose them to radiation experiments and etcetera-that is what the Nazi’s did ).  The National Guard was used and wasted in Korea ( at a time the National Guard was assumed to be only defensive and local ).  By the time Vietnam came around, the rose colored glasses were broken.  Never mind their politics, the war protestors did the rest of us a big favor by putting their health on the line to try to stop the cannon fodder from being sent to the colonial outpost we inherited from France.  Vietnam was never defensive, but strictly imperial.  It was a meat grinder for the profits of the military industrial complex.  It was never about defending our country ( of course, neither was Iraq, but nobody cares now.  They aren’t being forced to go over there, for the most part.  Cough, cough, Stop Loss ).

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But, again, Vietnam was the last Big Army conflict.  We couldn’t afford those anymore ( if you think we could, why did we need dozens of other countries to pay for Desert Storm? ).  The draft only ended because we couldn’t afford it anymore ( time the Oil Shock with the end of the war ).  The elite made lemonade out of lemons.  Not because they saved tax dollars.  No, government spending just kept increasing-just not for a labor intensive military.  But for the social benefits of turning our military from imperial legions to mercenary corps.  The military went from being a means of rebellion to a means of a poverty safety valve.  Before, it cost lots of money in manpower for the military ( all that wasted money NOT going into the pockets of our rulers ).  Now, even if the men and women ( FemiNazi agitators and the religion of PC of course pushed women into the military but a bigger push was lack of male volunteers ) are paid much more in salaries, most of the military budget goes to equipment.  More of the military budget went to contractors.  And the men were assumed to volunteer to go get maimed and slaughtered.  No social backlash, and more peace in the ghettos and backwoods as now there was an actual employment option ( as suck ass as it was-if you don‘t want to cook crack and sell it, a decidedly low life expectancy occupation, you could still roll the dice they‘d station you in a peaceful location if you joined the military ).

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This elitist attitude towards the lower class, only fit to be slaughtered on the battlefield, with the expectation that they would do so voluntarily, takes us right back to the British royalty and class warfare ( which is why I despise that wooden teeth mother humper Washington who was as aristocratic and elitist as any ruler over in Europe.  He just had better speech writers and biographers ).  No freedoms should be implied in it.  We continue tomorrow as I cover home schooling, marijuana legalization, taxation and future secessionists. 

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17 comments:

  1. Hmm... yes the military is a release valve for the poor who are otherwise trapped. The addition of the GI bill is an additional step for the release valve - further delaying the entry of the vets to civilian world and bribing them, and since the GI bill doesn't usually cover quite enough it still offers to debt bondage the vets through student loans...

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    1. My son got a 100% ride on his GI Bill-so perhaps it all depends when you joined and how desperate they were for bodies?

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    2. When joined, for how long joined, which professional path you were assigned, and -importantly - how much the college you attend costs. Lots of colleges are still raising tuition and fees (even if you get the class tuition covered the costs of books, lab materials, etc, etc, can often run into hundreds or thousands per semester, it is a new favorite 'hidden' cost inflation that the schools are using.)

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  2. Freedom is a concept, rather than a tangible, that almost nobody understands any more. It's about how you face life rather than what other people afford to you.

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    1. True broadly speaking. For instance, your ability to remain free would be severely hampered while in a maximum security prison. You would need a Zen like ability to decouple from your physical environment. Unless I'm understanding you incorrectly.

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    2. Or walking casually unarmed in the Serengeti with lions and tigers and bears (oh my) all around vying to see who can snatch your entire freedom first.

      Understanding that their are things all over the place trying to take your freedom is the first step in understanding how freedom works.

      No gov't can insure you won't lose your freedom at any given moment, thus that which gov't claims to do is illusary or non existent. Freedom must come from within if it is to exist at all.

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    3. Government isn't meant to keep you free, but less harmed, You agree to give up some of your freedom in exchange for better protection. Without guarentees of course.

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  3. I got five hundred bucks a month for the duration of four years, going year round. Seeing how there was no extra charge , I enrolled for eighteen credit hours per semester. Going year round it gave me 54 per year, so it gave me my masters in a little over four years.
    Thank God I just worked part time, and didn't take any student loans !
    The GI Bill was certainly nice, but the real long term benefit was VA health care for life ! Of which I've sure taken advantage of the past few years. Sure beats hell out of Obama care, that I'm exempted from....
    Can't believe that the sand box warriors aren't given the same benefits....

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    1. They get great college, but not medical? Is our medical industry that lame? Or is it just the VA? I can see free college-anymore you could send everyone with minimal costs. So, is medical care/supplies that dear?

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    2. They only get five years from the time of ETS.
      THEN HAVE TO FIGHT FOR DISABILITY IF THEY ARE MAIMED WHILE OVER THERE !
      It is quite disgusting IMMO, and you can just guess who doesn't want to pay those benefits,,,the mother humping Republican chicken hawk sons a bitches !

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    3. Rich twats,uneffected by their laws. They better hope the lampposts don't need decorating soon.

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  4. I've known technically homeless guys that appear to have almost total freedom. No bills no real jobs, just scrounging around for food and some shelter. One squatted on state land on a river bank, fished for food and sold bait fish to others for a little money. The game wardens finally ran him off. He moved to coast and did the same thing for years until some crack heads killed him for small change. Often wished I had the stones to just walk off like that.

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    1. I envy them their freedom, but not their lifestyle. Their community is dysfunctional, leading to subpar socialization, which increases your dysfunction, in a circular downward spiral.

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    2. 11:19 makes a good point, as it seems that the only path to true freedom is to live outside of the system all together. At the same time, it's as you say James, and not a very user friendly life style. I think the trick is to find that happy medium where you're not completely in homeless survival mode. This requires a legal squat of some kind, in an area where zoning officials will leave you alone. I think you were already living pretty close to this ideal previously James on the desert lot prior to moving to town.

      I lucked out in that I sold a lot that I had, and can now actually pursue this lifestyle. I technically have a enough to pay property taxes for life, along with enough for cheap food stores that should stretch out over my life. I can also perform some random online tasks for a little extra side money when necessary. It's just a matter of getting up the will power to just do it. Of course there will come a time when my mother is no longer around, in which I will have no choice but to do so, since I'm currently living in my RV on her property.

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    3. Staying around parents, especially as they get older and you know there is little time left, is a very powerful draw. If my folks hadn't announced they were moving to Rawlesvannia ( Idaho-get it? ) I wouldn't have moved up here when I did, just months prior to the economic freefall of '08. Of course, they then stayed, no house selling anywhere close to cost, but I had escaped by then. I've always been very close to my dad and one reason for moving from Florida was him having a heart attack. Then I didn't want to leave once I was one city away from him. I'm lucky he has lasted this long-modern medicine works pretty good if you have insurance up the wazoo. It is a construct in our own minds-you never want anything other than your child's happiness and wouldn't resent your kid leaving if they wanted to. But as that child you feel you must stay. I won't dwell on the psycology ( sp? ) behind all that-better to let those sleeping dogs lie. Just saying that we listen to our emotional side despite the rational obviousness otherwise.

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    4. My mother is a healthy and active 72 James, so I'm anticipating that she will be around for a while longer. For me, staying here is mostly convenience. It's nice to have family close by, as opposed to living all by one's self in the high desert. Also, luxuries such as grid power, appliances, etc, are often hard to give up. At the same time, the mother's menagerie of animals has been getting on my nerves for some years now. It really starts to suck when you literally can't walk anywhere on the property no matter how short the distance, without stepping on and having to wash shit off your shoes. Not to mention the pet hair all over the main house, which thankfully I don't live in. No instead, I live in a freezing cold RV. Lesson learned, they make terrible homes unless you live in a temperate climate, or are rich enough to afford the heating costs. You would be better off building a small shed.

      I want to get out to Nevada and soon. I told myself 2017. Let's see if I have the gumption to hopefully do it?

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    5. I stayed in Carson for five years. Heaven compared to Cali but still the third worst place in NV to be. Battling inertia is another culprit. Who REALLY likes change?

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