There has been a lot of interest in North Korea lately. Sure, they have been experimenting and developing nuclear devices. Not good. Weither Kim happily gives up or we have actually put him out of business seems to be a step that will happen soon. He crossed the line you dare not cross. His destiny is set.
So where do we go from here? I have been working on the problem. It occurs to me that we could look at this as a project in need of a creative solution. We don’t know how to fix a country. It’s not a large country and it needs everything from the constitution up. So how do we do it? If we do a really good job it could be duplicated. We need our best minds to think this through. You can’t think of everything in advance but I believe a huge amount the initial thought can be done before much earth is moved. The more efficiently we can set things up the quicker things can be get to a modern standard of utility headed towards privilege for the bulk of the population of North Korea. I think the first thing to do is get the power back on using whatever electrical infrasturcture they find still standing. That will take investment and we will have to figure out the best way to impliment this while protecting individual rights.
To say laws are not created equal would be an understatement. Many are dead ends in themselves. Many make so little sense know one is interested in trying to enforce them. Aside from being a waste of paper they do little to help or destroy our society. These laws are not the problem.
The key laws I refer to are ones like the Sherman anti-trust laws, the laws that say children must go to school or else. Or how about the environmental laws that virtually shut down profitable business. Lack of freedom doesn’t work and is a disgrace to every country. Why not try freedom? Just for the hell of it.
It makes me laugh a bitter laugh. How much money is that? How do “the big they” even calculate such a number? I had to use an exponent calculator. That much money would buy 300 million automobles@$40,000/unit. Interesting, every man, woman, and child in the USA owes the equivilant of a new luxury car. It’s not as bad as I thought.
Lets get serious, How is this going to be paid?
I occurs to me that some encouragement for new philosophers is in order. It’s easy to think everything has been said and/or tried. It hasn’t. Most of the best thinkers of the last 2000 years were just people who pondered life. Most latched on to some insight they found from previous centuries and run with it without thinking it through. Ayn Rand was different. She did read all the previous stuff. Most of it can give you a headache. Miss Rand herself had to go all the way back to Aristotle to find anything worth building on. That’s almost 2400 years ago. She identified his flaws. Agreed with the questions he himself was unable to answer and built from there.
So what does a philosopher think about? Global warming? LOL! . More likely, a philosopher tries to figure out what to do about the hoax. Or how about world peace? We are armed to the teeth and we can’t even protect women from rapists. If any dumb-assed think-tank wants to theorize a solution to something, try that. How are we going to dismantle the bulk of government without anarchy? Any ideas? These are the kind of questions new philosophers will have to tackle.
What does this mean? What is life-long friendship? What is the reason for the use of the word “enduring” in the statement? Most people use the word friend regularly. However, often their definition seems to be something more temporary. You can grow up to be consultant to Kings. Why is it someone we knew in grammar school knows us best of all? They won’t buy our BS and they will laugh right in our faces if we try to sell it. Sometimes, Relatives can become friends but it’s not fair. It’s not breakable or strictly voluntary. More of an alliance sometimes. A friendship completely removed from family connections is special and unique. Also, often quite rare. One observation I have made is I don’t miss them. Not while they are alive. Because we are never really apart. Of course it’s great to see them when we do and it’s nice to have some new material for conversation, but in a curious way it’s not necessary. You don’t know going in if a friendship is going to last. Often, they start out great and fade. However, it is the enduring ones that we hold close in our hearts. Love doesn’t really work. Love is much more fragile.
I wonder what it would be like if a buddy from high school stopped by to see the president of the USA. Not the ones that have been hovering around all along for political reasons. The ones that don’t. They might argue, but let’s say they didn’t. Maybe they would talk about the old swimming hole, riding their bikes down a crazy steep hill, perhaps girls they never actually dated. The friend would probably ask if he was OK. The president would probably say he has had some stuff on his mind. The friend would say something like “take care of yourself” “really”. Then they would part. Of all the meetings a president has in his term he would probably remember that one.
These are probably the friendships that deserve the most effort, but usually are the worst neglected. I guess that’s because they can be.
For all our talk of Capitalism, Business, free enterprise, Individual rights, etc: We talk very little of success. I found this link that quickly describes the steps to success: http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/advisor/eight-things-remarkably-successful-people-do.html
I don’t see any reason they could not be used for philosophical or political pursuits. The first rule is no safety net. Politicians and bureaucrats love so called social safety nets. Planning a safety net is planning failure from the word go. Someone once said never introduce your wife as your future ex. I think this is the essence of the thought.
Effort: Successful people work really hard. Physical, mental and emotional effort.
Conventional wisdom says don’t reinvent the wheel. Well no, that’s already been done. If you pursue opportunities that have already been done you will probably have modest success but not greatness. To achieve greatness you have to go where no one has gone before.
They sell. There is a law of thirds in business. 1/3 manufacturing, 1/3 development, 1/3 sales. It is the sales component that can make the difference between an average products success and a good products failure.
They admit mistakes: Something no judge, politician, or bureaucratic will do. Political types will do anything to avoid admitting a mistake. It is a fatal flaw and easy to spot. To a successful person failure is not even failure. It is only a momentary setback. A logical and necessary step to success.
I am disappointed with the results. The Ayn Rand Institute has sent me an email (bulk) that the other candidate is no better. I knew he was no prize. We would have had our hands full with him. However, a proven destroyer like Barry. It feels like the end of the world as we know it. It’s hard to find a bright side. I think there is no time to waste. We must dig in and begin again. We must try to get through to those stubborn masses. What else can we do?
I was looking at Google trends. For those who are not familiar it’s an app Google provides to give interested people some idea what’s hot and what’s not on the net. I had a light curiosity this morning and hit cars. It’s disturbing. It’s a near perfect sine wave of interest. Spring and summer being the busiest and December is the least very year. The disturbing part is there is less and less interest very year for at least the last ten years. No bubbles, it’s a perfect slide. Just for myself, I can think of many reasons. However, it all points to money, or lack of what we use to call disposable income. Those days are gone.
I never minded not being able to go to Mexico and I don’t want a new car every two years. It takes me longer than that to get use to one. I do mind having to cut back on groceries. Maybe I have been faring better than some people if I haven’t noticed it so bad but it makes me angry.
The last time I was interested in a car I had a hard time finding one. There was no suitable used cars around. I had to buy new. Five years later, You can buy anything you want, any year, any mileage, any price. If you want a used car it’s a Mecca. New cars are better too. The prices are coming down a little. Gas economy is finally heading up over 60MPG.
But nobody’s buying. People are figuring out how to live without long drives. Even fifteen years ago I would have thought very little of driving to the next town for donuts. Not now. Every trip out of town is serious business. We have to make the most of it. We know it’s a $100.00 every time. Money that is better spent elsewhere. So we don’t. We miss it but we can’t do it very often at all.
I try to think of ways to save money but it’s nearly impossible if you want to maintain a modern standard of living and I do. So, for the foreseeable future I have bought my last car. I really don’t know how I will pay for my next car. I just try to get the most out of the one I have. I think if I am compelled to be this way it must be very common and not likely to change without a major shift in political ideology.
I started a new google alert today. I call it Objectivist news. They have a new president over at CATO, John Allison. I had heard there was a shake up over at CATO. Over the past year or so I have been aware of CATO and it’s similarities to Objectivism. I was not happy with their attempts to high jack Objectivism and call it libertarian-ism. Now, this month, The new president of CATO has said he wants to remake CATO as an Objectivist style think tank. That would be like the Republican Party coming out in support of laissez-faire Capitalism. I don’t know if it will work but the possibilities are to enticing to ignore. here’s the link: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2012/09/the_new_president_of_the_cato_institute_wants_the_think_tank_to_adopt_the_personal_philosophy_of_ayn_rand_as_policy_.2.html
This is the first modern look I have had at South Korea. It is very interesting on many levels. I see Korea as the embodiment of the current problems of the world. Philosophically and geographically, It is the perfect picture of the success of capitalism, sitting right beside the abysmal failure of communism. Korea has it’s seize fire that has been in effect since 1953. Never any end to the war. They don’t say south Korea in south Korea. They only say Korea. This says to me that it’s not really two countries. It was and still is a political divide. The “south” Koreans have done a remarkable job of cleanup since the end of hostilities. Very little evidence of the war is just lying around. You can hardly take a shovel load in Europe without finding bits of WW2. In Korea, it is quite different. No unexploded bombs, no burned out dead military vehicles, No bombed out buildings, rusty guns and ammo. All seems to be cleaned up.
It is the view of Korea from Space that really hits me. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4412925561938&set=a.3342372038769.2161024.1252762330&type=3&theater
I consider it a picture of Atlas Shrugging. I think we need to learn the lesson here. We paid for it, but we didn’t learn the lesson. We need to take this apart philosophically. Extract the knowledge and build from there.