post-libertarian maturity (beyond idealistic shaming)

Illustration of the Statue of Liberty in New Y...

Illustration of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. It was created using the open source software tools Autotrace, Paint.NET, and Inkscape. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About 20 years ago, I began focusing on the “Libertarian” perspective ​that the author (Wayne) presents in an email that was just forwarded to me. (Wayne is a “former Libertarian [Party] VICE presidential nominee [in the US].” )
Libertarian Party Logo

Libertarian Party Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


People who know me from the 1990s may even remember that “Mark Foley” T-shirt that I “handed down” to my dad and that he wore until it was “full of holes.” (That was back when Mark was just running for state congress- before his rather brief national celebrity). I got that shirt when I campaigned door-to-door for that candidate, which was one of the times that I went to Naples, Florida to socialize with Roger MacBride, a past “US Presidential nominee” of the Libertarian Party. I even drove his Rolls Royce!
So, when I criticize a Libertarian author, it is not from lack of familiarity or appreciation for the ideals and idealism. I completely understand his points. I just think it is all based on an inaccurate presumption (an idealism).
First, his article (I’ll paste it below) is obviously meant to stir passions and to polarize readers- even to terrify people and infuriate them. Here is the very short version:

“We are patriots and saviors…. We are the heroes and good guys.”
 
What does a heroic savior need? A villain! Who is presented as the villain? Obama, plus his mentor Saul Alinsky, plus the entire Democratic Party, etc….
 
Should people feel guilty if they ever supported the Democratic Party? The author Wayne implies “yes.” I say “does feeling guilty produce anything of value?”

Roger MacBride, the 1976 US Presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party.

 

Guilt is an important issue though. Anyone who is not mature enough to directly face the issue of guilt will be easily manipulated by Wayne’s emotional passions.

So, I agree that systematic redistribution of wealth is planned and also is already happening- but it is not just a “national” issue. The US is an empire and derives immense economic benefits from it’s military dominance far beyond the borders of the US.

 
Libertarian Party of Canada

Libertarian Party of Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

People may talk with surprise about the US being in Iraq or Afghanistan for a decade. Why is that so surprising? Is it because some politicians and the media created the presumption that the military occupation would be brief?

Is that also what happened when the US established military bases in Japan or Germany? About 70 years have passed with constant US military presence in those places. In the beginning, did politicians and the media publicize the idea of a brief occupation? I don’t know or care.

 

Coercion

Coercion (Photo credit: Jeff Youngstrom)

 
The US is an empire. We use military “diplomacy” to advance our national interests, which might be influencing the Chinese to continuously lend huge sums of money to the US government. Or, when the Iraqi government threatened US national interests by pricing their oil in Euros instead of US Dollars, the US promptly invaded. Why? The US military helps to keep foreign goods (crude oil, minerals, food, electronics) flowing to the US at prices favorable to the US.
 

Taxation is redistribution of wealth by military coercion. Taxation is not something that was invented recently or in the US.

English: National Museum of Anthropology in Me...

English: National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Sacrifice of children from Tlatelolco. Deutsch: National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Opfer von Kindern aus Tlatelolco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Hebrew prophet Noah publicized a threat of the global extermination of humanity as the “problem” for which he had the solution: the establishment of a court system which would rule over not just the Hebrews, but worldwide over all of humanity. The new “universal” system copied the rules that had been part of the Hebrew culture since the time of Adam, like “thou shalt not murder.” (Moses later announced a few more rules and these became known as “The Ten Commandments.”)
Murder was defined by the rulers (the Hebrew leaders) as the illegal killing of a human. Obviously, ritual human sacrifice was part of the Hebrew system, from Abraham’s interrupted human sacrifice of his own son to the capital punishment of the Hebrew court system (like stoning people to death for adultery) and of course imperialist wars and so on.
Why was the court process ordering so many “cold-blooded human sacrifices,” eventually performed by paid executioners? Because Noah said that we MUST maintain order through these God-approved court proceedings… OR ELSE… God would exterminate humanity with another flood or apocalypse.
 
So, how would Noah’s system of a global network of violent courts operate? Ritual human sacrifice would be a key component of it, but how would it entice mercenaries to act as the officers and soldiers of the system? They would be compensated somehow!
An American Gold Eagle.

An American Gold Eagle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The military could be rewarded with food, salt, land, and many other ways. A system of tithes (giving ten percent of productivity to the court system) was used to support the business of the court systems. Why did people give ten percent to be part of the system?

In modern times, when an Iraqi civilian pay taxes to the court system ruled by US interests, why do they give up their percentage of income? Could the threat of coercion be a factor in the compliance of the masses? If a court system stopped issuing garnishments or arrest warrants, would that effect compliance rates?

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English: James Cook, English navigator, witnessing human sacrifice in Taihiti (Otaheite) c. 1773.jpg James Cook, English navigator, witnessing human sacrifice in Taihiti (Otaheite) c. 1773. Engraving from an 1815 edition of Cook’s ‘Voyages’ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The courts used violence to produce compliance. They dictated tax rates. They also dictated what form of payment would be accepted for payment of taxes. That is the origin of currency.

I’ve addressed all of this extensively elsewhere. Basically, the armies of the ruling courts created exclusive access to gold mines, then declared gold the sacred substance for the payment of taxes. The armies could “sell” gold to the masses (at exchange rates dictated by the ruling courts) and then the masses would pay their “tax debts” to the soldiers in the form of gold. In other words, the soldiers left with the gold (the “tax payment”) and also with the sheep or wheat that the “Taxpayer” had used to “buy” gold from the soldiers.

Correctly, some Hebrew prophets noted that the gold itself was not the issue. The violence of the tax-collector terrorists was always the root of the authority of the court system, not a small chunk of metal that was otherwise useless to the average civilian. 

English: Aztec ritual human sacrifice portraye...

English: Aztec ritual human sacrifice portrayed in the page 141 (folio 70r) of the Codex Magliabechiano.. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 
So, I am not saying that taxation is good or bad. It is just taxation.

When the US military invades Iraq to produce a systematic redistribution of wealth, some people benefit and some lose. That is just a fact. No one needs to feel guilty about any of it, though of course an important element of psychological warfare is to demoralize target populations and promote feelings of guilt.
Should people in the US feel guilty that they collect $20,000 a year (for instance) from the US government because they have been blind from birth… while the US military influence promotes child labor camps and sweat shops throughout the world so that the person receiving disability benefits in the US can purchase decent shoes for only $8 and can get running water to their 1200 square foot home for only 2 cents a gallon? Either they do feel guilty or they do not. I will leave it to idealists like Wayne to argue whether people should feel guilty or not about whatever issue.
To me, even if Wayne is sincere, his content is not “high value” to me. For one thing, there is a tone of desperation (despair) and hints of animosity, resentment, & even contempt.
English: Wayne Allyn Root

English: Wayne Allyn Root (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the subject of health care and Obamacare (the primary focus in Wayne’s commentary), if you want to promote your own health, go ahead. The FDA is not stopping me from promoting my own health. Maybe they publicize myths that promote the commercial interests of certain lobbying influences, but what is unusual about that?

TV ads promote certain specific interests, too. Idealists may respond with outrage to the fact that TV ads promote the interests of the business who is paying for the ads, but those idealists may be fools.

I have not read Wayne’s book and I doubt that I would. If he promotes valuable adjustments that people can make, then so be it. I have been promoting a set of simple steps since my first publication in 2003. In my 2004 publication of “The REAL U.S. Deficit: OIL!” I detailed the coming rise in fuel prices in the US (and elsewhere), the reasons for it, the predictable consequences of it, and how to benefit from it (including accurate assessments of market risks).

However, most people remained loyal to ridiculous presumptions about real estate markets and stock markets and fuel prices. They lost huge amounts of wealth (to people who were more committed to prudence). That “redistribution” (toward the prudent and away from the foolish) naturally will continue… and indeed I expect it to accelerate dramatically by early 2014.

 

Those who are complacent may have feared the insecurity of straying too far from the mainstream herd. They may have feared the guilt of simply admitting their self-interests and promoting them. They may have been terrified or at least ongoingly frightened (paranoid). They got the results that perfectly fit their behavior.

If people are ashamed of promoting their own health and finances, that may explain their complacency (and even repulsion toward unfamiliar methods or ideas). When I suddenly lost the ability to walk in 2007 (through what could have been called “incurable” Multiple Sclerosis by agents of the state who are relatively ignorant of physiology and pathology), I was motivated to explore unfamiliar methods and ideas. My solution cost less than $10 and I recovered the ability to walk overnight (along with the disappearance of severe insomnia, mental haziness, and so on- OVERNIGHT!).

 
People who ignorantly use a term like “incurable” are obviously not competent scientists. They may be presuming that their own lack of understanding of how to cure something is evidence that no one else already knows how to cure it, and further, that no one EVER will… because “this is an INCURABLE case of demonic possession by an illness.” What foolishness (and arrogance)!?!?!
Saul Alinsky

Saul Alinsky (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, when I read commentaries from authors like Wayne, I see their presumptions and their logic. When I see their presumptions and their logic, I assess how much value it might have for me. I took the time to make this reply not because of interest in Wayne, but because of who sent me Wayne’s commentary.

Wayne claims to be a patriot and savior and hero and good guy. I am not so concerned with those titles or any other titles. I am interested in health and in wealth (which can be very good for the health of my kin and descendants).

 

If you want the emotional experience of having a new savior (and to always be looking for the next savior), then you may be interested in reading Wayne’s book. If you are simply interested in things like health and wealth, those subjects have much more value to me.

In promoting health, we may even be given the opportunity to sacrifice past shame and guilt- with no resentments- through forgiveness. Worshiping the presumptive idealism of the programming of psychological warfare is detrimental to your health. Wayne preaches a religion of fear and contempt and desperation. I say to beware of it.

 
Wayne presents himself as your savior and offers you a position as an associate savior of the US. I do not. 
 
If you feel a drive to compensate for some past guilt or shame, Wayne offers you salvation from your shame through the “good works” (of rescuing America from… economics). 
 

I propose that salvation REQUIRES forgiveness. Further, after your personal “salvation” from shame, there is still much else to be done.

Human Sacrifice (album)

Human Sacrifice (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Here is an ancient principle of which I remind you:
 

“God helps those who help themselves.” – Benjamin Franklin in 
1736 (yes, a holy “founding father” of the US. So, Wayne would be impressed, right?)
 

“Help thyself, and God will help thee” – George Herbert,  1651

“Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.”[9]   Quran, Chapter 13:11:

“Try first thyself, and after call in God; For to the worker God himself lends aid.”[2] – Euripides, 428 BC

Or, do not help yourself and instead respond to intimidating threats of the guilt you should feel, according to Wayne. For fun, count below the number of times that Wayne shames you, his reader. Not very respectful, is he?

IF you don’t take the time to read this, then you care nothing about the destruction of our country as we know it.

   WHY OBAMACARE IS A FANTASTIC SUCCESS by Wayne Allyn Root

There are two major political parties in America. I’m a member of the naïve, stupid, and cowardly one. I’m a Republican.

How stupid is the GOP? They still don’t get it.

I told them 5 years ago, 2 books ago, a national bestseller ago (“The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide“), and in hundreds of articles and commentaries, that ObamaCare was never meant to help America, or heal the sick, or lower healthcare costs, or lower the debt, or expand the economy.

The GOP needs to stop calling ObamaCare a “trainwreck.” That means it’s a mistake, or accident. That means it’s a gigantic flop, or failure. It’s NOT.

Message to the GOP: This isn’t a game. This isn’t tiddly-winks. This is a serious, purposeful attempt to highjack America and destroy capitalism.

This is a brilliant, cynical, and purposeful attempt to damage the U.S. economy, kill jobs, and bring down capitalism.

It’s not a failure, it’s Obama’s grand success.

It’s not a “trainwreck,” ObamaCare is a suicide attack. He wants to hurt us, to bring us to our knees, to capitulate- so we agree under duress to accept big government.

Obama’s hero and mentor was Saul Alinsky — a radical Marxist intent on destroying capitalism. Alinksky’s stated advice was to call the other guy “a terrorist” to hide your own intentions. 

To scream that the other guy is “ruining America,” while you are the one actually plotting the destruction of America. To claim again and again…in every sentence of every speech…that you are “saving the middle class,” while you are busy wiping out the middle class.

The GOP is so stupid they can’t see it. There are no mistakes here. This is a planned purposeful attack.

The tell-tale sign isn’t the disastrous start to ObamaCare. Or the devastating effect the new taxes are having on the economy. Or the death of full-time jobs. Or the overwhelming debt. Or the dramatic increases in health insurance rates. Or the 70% of doctors now thinking of retiring- bringing on a healthcare crisis of unimaginable proportions. Forget all that. 

The real sign that this is a purposeful attack upon capitalism is how many Obama administration members and Democratic Congressmen are openly calling Tea Party Republicans and anyone who wants to stop ObamaCare, “terrorists.” 

There’s the clue. Even the clueless GOP should be able to see that.

They are calling the reasonable people…the patriots…the people who believe in the Constitution … the people who believe exactly what the Founding Fathers believed…the people who want to take power away from corrupt politicians who have put America $17 trillion in debt…terrorists? 

That’s because they are Saul Alinsky-ing the GOP. The people trying to purposely hurt America, capitalism and the middle class…are calling the patriots by a terrible name to fool, confuse and distract the public.

ObamaCare is a raving, rollicking, fantastic success. Stop calling it a failure. Here is what it was created to do. It is succeeding on all counts:

1. ObamaCare was intended to bring about the Marxist dream — redistribution of wealth.
Rich people, small business owners, and the middle class are being robbed, so that the money can be redistributed to poor people (who vote for Democrats).

Think about it. If you’re rich or middle class, you now have to pay for your own health care costs (at much higher rates) AND 40 million other people’s costs too (through massive tax increases).

So you’re stuck paying for both bills. You are left broke. Brilliant.

2. ObamaCare was intended to wipe out the middle class and make them dependent on government.
Think about it. Even Obama’s IRS predicts that health insurance for a typical American family by 2016 will be $20,000 per year. But how would middle class Americans pay that bill and have anything left for food or housing or living? People that make $40K, or $50K, or $60K can’t possibly hope to spend $20K on health insurance without becoming homeless.

Bingo. That’s how you make middle class people dependent on government. That’s how you make everyone addicted to government checks. Brilliant.

3. As a bonus, ObamaCare is intended to kill every decent paying job in the economy, creating only crummy, crappy part-time jobs.
Why? Just to make sure the middle class is trapped, with no way out. Just to make sure no one has the $20,000 per year to pay for health insurance, thereby guaranteeing they become wards of the state. Brilliant.

4. ObamaCare is intended to bankrupt small business, and therefore starve donations to the GOP.
Think about it. Do you know a small business owner? I know hundreds of them. Their rates are being doubled, tripled and quadrupled by ObamaCare.

Guess who writes 75% of the checks to Republican candidates and conservative causes? Small Business.

Even if a small business owner manages to survive, he or she certainly can’t write a big check to the GOP anymore. Money is the “mother’s milk” of politics. Without donations, a political party ceases to exist. Bingo.

That’s the point of ObamaCare. Obama is bankrupting his political opposition and drying up donations to the GOP. Brilliant.

5. ObamaCare is intended to make the IRS all-powerful.
It adds thousands of new IRS agents. It puts the IRS in charge of overseeing 15% of the U.S. economy. The IRS has the right because of ObamaCare to snoop into every aspect of your life, to go into your bank accounts, to fine you, to frighten you, to intimidate you. And Obama and his socialist cabal have access to your deepest medical secrets.

By law your doctor has to ask your sexual history. That information is now in the hands of Obama and the IRS to blackmail GOP candidates into either not running, or supporting bigger government, or leaking the info and ruining your campaign.

Or have you forgotten the IRS harassed, intimidated and persecuted critics of Obama and conservative groups?

Now Obama hands the IRS even more power. Big Brother rules our lives. Brilliant.

6. ObamaCare is intended to unionize 15 million healthcare workers.
That produces $15 billion in new union dues. That money goes to fund Democratic candidates and socialist causes — thereby guaranteeing Obama’s friends never lose another election, and Obama’s policies keep ruining capitalism and bankrupting business owners long after he’s out of office.

Message to the GOP: This isn’t a game. This isn’t tiddly-winks. This is a serious, purposeful attempt to highjack America and destroy capitalism.

This isn’t a trainwreck. It’s purposeful suicide.

It’s not failing, it’s working exactly according to plan. Obama knows what he’s doing. Stop apologizing and start fighting.

Oh and one more thing…Conservatives aren’t “terrorists.” We are patriots and saviors. We represent the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. We are the heroes and good guys. Unless you get all this through your thick skulls, America is lost…forever.

Wayne Allyn Root is capitalist evangelist, entrepreneur, and Libertarian-conservative Republican.

He is a former Libertarian vice presidential nominee.

 

Wayne’s latest book is “The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide: Secrets to Protecting Your Family, Your Finances, and Your Freedom.

 

For more, visit his website: http://www.rootforamerica.com/. Follow him on https://www.twitter.com/WayneRoot.

 

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