reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Most of us would be hard pressed to survive if they were to suddenly shut down the communication, distribution systems, power grids, retail outlets,
transportation systems and banks that they own.
Survival always has been a hard press. There are times when we are able to enjoy the luxuries afforded us that will lull us into a sensation that
life is easy, but it is merely an illusion. Life is not easy, and it never was. Life is hard...this is the game.
Winning isn't easy, it is difficult. It becomes even more difficult when the rules of the game have been rigged to work against you. Of course,
when the rules of the game are rigged to work against you there is only one reasonable option, and that is to change the rules.
Few people understand this, which is why I have taken to affectionately calling this principle of changing the rules; The Captain Kirk
. One of the myths in the Star Trek mythology is the one where Captain Kirk is the sole commander to have ever beat the no-win scenario
computer simulation. In the Wrath of Khan we discover how he beat this no-win scenario. We learn how when he explains to a lamenting Saavik, who has
succumb to her own fears of dying and losing on a desolate planet, that Kirk went in the night before his turn to confront the no-win scenario and
reprogrammed the computer to allow for an even chance of winning and losing. Upon hearing this, Saavik responds in disbelief; "You cheated?" "Not
cheated", Captain Kirk answers; "I changed the rules."
When the rules work against you, then change the rules!
The fact of the matter is that the start of the 20th Century was the what followed the tail end of the 19th Century, and it was the tail end of the
19th Century that historians will sometimes refer to as The Progressive Era. It was the Progressive Era that gave rise to credentialism, where people
were expected to obtain a license to do what they had a right to do. It is no accident that what followed the Progressive Era, or was a natural
extension of the Progressive Era was prohibitions. The prohibition of prostitution, gambling, a failed bid at prohibiting alcohol, and finally the so
called "war on drugs". These acts of prohibition are really just more smoke and mirrors intended to create an illusion of a black market filled
with hookers, numbers runners, rum runners, and drug dealers.
If I were to have immediately gone into suggesting that we engage in the black market and pull out of the "free and open market" without having
prefaced it with my little history lesson, many would have read my suggestion and took it to mean I was suggestion we all become pimps, hookers,
numbers runners, rum runners, and drug dealers - and indeed, what do you want to bet there are some who in spite of my qualifications will insist that
the black market is for drug dealers? - but the reality is that in many metropolises, cities and even towns, there are plenty of people engaging in
black market principles without having a thing to do with drugs, alcohol, prostitution, or gambling, and instead are selling their wares, whether it
be socks, T-shirts, underwear, toilet paper, shampoo, or electronic goods, they are the unlicensed vendors who are the true capitalists.
The so called "free and open market" is the closed system that is strangling the masses. The black market then is the only viable option for a
genuine free and unregulated market place.
Can the corporate world make the masses lives miserable? You bet they can! Can the masses make the corporate world lives miserable? Count on it!
If all closed systems tend towards entropy, and they do, then what difference does it make if before that useless energy reaches its critical mass the
corporate world shuts it down prematurely? Useless energy is useless energy regardless of how it became useless. What I am saying is that it matters
not that the corporate world can bring down a world of hurt on the masses, because their closed system has virtually guaranteed this world of hurt and
staving off the inevitable doesn't change the inevitable.
Even before entropy plays its insidious game of permeation, dung happens. Earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and all sorts of natural disasters happen
that bring about this hard pressed survival for people. Life is hard, this is the reality. It is imperative we toughen up and prepare for the worst,
even if, in the meantime, we enjoy to the fullest the little luxuries we have.
We can all sit around and wish for Ron Paul to become President, or Jesus to come back and spank the world, or we can just do our own part in bringing
about the best possible world we can imagine. You know what? It is possible that if we do all just do what needs to be done to usher in necessary
and positive change, that along the way Ron Paul will get elected President and Jesus will come back to spank the world, but the beauty of us doing
what we must is that even if Dr. Paul never gets elected President and Jesus spanking time is for another generation, at least we are doing what we