How Did I Get This Old?

August 31, 2011

by Russell D. Longcore

(Editor’s note: This is an update from my birthday last year. There is a free gift for you at the bottom of this page.)

Your Editor turned 58 today. Curious thing, this aging. My high school class had its 40th anniversary class reunion this summer. Who were all those old people at the reunion? I still look out at the world with eyes that feel about 25. Is this how you go through life, always feeling inside much younger than the chronological age of your temporary meat house?

A couple weeks ago, my wife…the Redhead…asked me if I wanted a party for my birthday. I said no. Sunday morning the 28th, just before noon, the Redhead sent me to the grocer to pick up a few items. When I returned, I opened the door to a surprise birthday party!! And guests continued to arrive throughout the day. We ate too much, knocked back a LOT of frozen drinks around the pool, and then picked up our guitars and did some pickin’ and singin’. Laughter was the lingua franca of the day. I am amazed that all these people were able to keep the party a secret. But what a grand exhibition of love it was!!

I’ll always remember this last year, though, as one of the most important years of my life. Over this past year, I have had a spiritual transformation not unlike a rebirth. I’ve come to a place that my spiritual life is no longer based upon a set of beliefs found in old books, old traditions and “truths” without proof. My understanding of the Creator God is now founded in KNOWING his character and attributes. For me, this new Way has closed the door to one small room and opened the door to a much larger room. I feel like I’ve only just begun knowing God, and I am thrilled that I will have the rest of my life to discover Him and become more and more like Him. All conscious beings have the ability to strive toward higher levels of energy and lower levels of entropy. To be like God is to live in His higher energy.

Over the last year, I have experienced another deeper level of consciousness and awareness of God’s energy. Haven’t you ever had a sense of anticipation about some thing that you couldn’t really quantify…but you still felt it authentically? That’s where I am.

In the recent past, my outlook about people was that I could get along fine without them. Consequently, I have few friends and thousands of acquaintances. But my spiritual journey is creating within me a desire to know people intimately and help them dream…and then help them achieve their dreams. I’m finding meaning for my life through service to others.

The most important goal I have today is to love authentically. No games, no pretense, no bluff and bluster. I want to be as transparent as possible. I want to listen carefully to what people are telling me, and to ask clarifying questions so that I know that I’m really HEARING them. I want to give people a willing ear and an open heart. Yes, that means that I will be vulnerable sometimes. But walls keep people out while you are locked behind them. I’d rather risk and feel emotions authentically than spend all my time protecting myself and keeping people at arm’s length.

If you want great friendships, you must first BE a great friend. If you want to be loved, you must pour love out on others first. Seek first to understand, rather than to be understood.

In my car, on the inside of the windshield, top left corner, is a Post-It note with these words: “Live in the Solution.” What’s it mean? If you have a problem in your life, it most likely is there because of something YOU did in the past. If you don’t like the way your life is right now, you are responsible because your present life is the sum of all your past decisions. So how do you change your present circumstances? You must identify the solution to your circumstances and your problems. Then stop dwelling on those problems. If you live in the problems, they won’t change. Spend your time “Living in the Solution”…that’s where you’ll find the success you seek.

I’m glad that you dear Readers continue to come to DumpDC for our brand of information. I hope you can sense the love for mankind that I try to infuse into my articles. I sense you have, since some of you have been effusive with your praise. My desire is that more and more people will realize that secession is based in love for all mankind, not simply an optional political choice among those striving for power. The nation that is most successful in protecting individual liberty and property rights for its citizens will be the measuring stick of Loving Governance against which all other forms of governance will be judged.

The Bible says, “For God so loved the World, He GAVE…” Let us love our fellow man by giving ourselves the purest example of Mankind loving itself…Secession.

It’s the only hope for liberty on the North American continent.

Kumbaya, my lord…kumbaya. Let’s all hold hands now…

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

© Copyright 2011, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.

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Romney and Perry: What Does America Want?

August 30, 2011

by Russell D. Longcore

At this very early point in the 2012 presidential race, two candidates vie for the lead…Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. In my never-humble opinion, there is no other candidate for the Republican ticket that is a viable choice. That is not an endorsement…quite the contrary. It is more of an indictment of what the American people desire in a Presidential candidate, and by extension, a President. I do not believe that Ron Paul has a snowball’s chance in hell of gaining the Republican nomination. His beliefs do fit within the parameters of thought acceptable to most American voters, but scares the American media to death…hence it’s nearly total blackout of Ron Paul news. Yes, yes…I know all about the Tea Party, and how much influence it is supposed to have in America. But I also know that 40% of Americans vote Republican, and 40% vote for Democrats. And in the end, Americans will choose moderates for both parties, not ideologues. At least America won’t choose an ideologue on purpose. They chose Obama in the last election because he campaigned as a moderate. Only after taking office did America find out what an ideologue he is.

Mitt Romney grew up as the son of the Governor of Michigan, George Romney. He got his college degree from Brigham Young University, then got a MBA and Law Degree from Harvard. Mitt became CEO of a very successful management consulting firm before becoming governor, so at least the man knows how to run large corporations. His work made him a wealthy man. He is a former governor of Massachusetts, the home of the Kennedys and hotbed of liberalism. A true conservative ideologue could not get elected there, so Mitt’s obviously a moderate. He invented the socialistic universal health care program now known as “Romneycare.”

Rick Perry grew up on a cotton farm near Abilene, then went off to Texas A&M to earn a degree in animal science. After college, he joined the Air Force and became a pilot. He left the Air Force at the rank of Captain, and went back home to work the farm with his father. His first elective office was as a Democrat Texas legislator in 1984, switching to Republican in 1989. He has been moving up the elective ladder ever since, next the Agriculture Commissioner, then Lieutenant Governor, then attaining the Governorship in 2000 when George Bush became President. He is presently in his third term as Governor. Texas is the single most prosperous state in the USA. Perry will claim credit for it. Truth is that the Texas government is very pro-business and the office of Governor is a weak position.

So, looking at both men’s careers, we see that Romney actually has significant business management skills before his one-and-only 4-year term in public office. But Perry, for the greatest part of his adult life, has earned his paychecks as a government employee. Both have the executive experience of running a state as governor. Both men are handsome and the camera loves them. Both are polished public speakers, not known for being slaves to the teleprompter.

Perry has Texas swagger, and after four years of a metrosexual President, America might like someone who appears to be more manly. Sorry, Mitt. That’s not you. You look ridiculous when you wear flannel and jeans.

Given the choice between Perry and Romney…one more of a government wonk than the other, and one with more business experience than the other, what could be the determining factor in which wins the nomination? Religion.

Perry is an evangelical Christian. At least he wants you to believe that he is. His Christian commitment level is unknown. America thinks it’s a Christian nation. Perry knows all the right buzz words that will make Americans who think they’re conservatives think he’s their guy. The Christian evangelicals like James Dobson, Joel Osteen and John Hagee will throw their support to Perry.

Romney is a Mormon. At least he wants you to believe that he is. His Mormon commitment level is unknown. Most of America does not consider Mormonism to be Christianity. Mormonism is considered to be a cult, even though it is a “religion” with good family values. The HBO series “Big Love” did Mormonism no favors, making being a Mormon synonymous with polygamy.

So, do American Republicans want a guy who’s a Mormon with business credentials, but who invented a universal health care system for Massachusetts? Or do they want a guy who’s a Christian who’s never run a business (like Mr. Obama) and is a professional government employee with his own dubious achievements as Texas governor?

Time will tell. I’m not making any prediction right now…this choice is far too delicious to call at this time. Watching America choose the next Quisling Republican nominee for President will be theater at its finest.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

© Copyright 2011, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.

Could Secession Become a Real Austrian Opportunity?

August 29, 2011

by Robert Eschauzier

(Editor’s Note: This is a reprint from November 2009. The Austrian solutions do not address some situations, like performing all these solutions after the economic collapse. But the principles are solid and a new nation based in Austrian principles would be the freest place on earth.)

At the core of Mises’, Hayek’s, Rothbard’s and, more recently, Hoppe’s work lies the recognition that governance of markets and societies is a spontaneous and civilizing force far too complex to be “managed” by any form of monopolistic government. For this reason I will attempt to address the pitfall and opportunity which secession from the Federal leviathan might present from the Austrian perspective, especially as so brilliantly outlined by Hans-Hermann Hoppe is his most recent book Democracy: The God That Failed. Since there has been a flurry of essays about Texas secession recently, I will use that State as an example even though the principles discussed apply to all attempts at secession.

The Pitfall

There is only one problem with formal secession by one of the States, but it is a big one. If it is organized by a group of individuals under the color of “The State of Texas” and presented as a formal declaration by them as coming from “Texas,” then no substantive change will have been achieved. Separating Texas from the USA does little more than ease the burden of (Federal) taxation and regulation, while leaving the principle of institutional monopoly government and its modern version of “Democracy” completely unchallenged. It is only the scale of government which is being addressed, not its criminal and cancerous nature. Smaller than the Federal monster, the newly seceded State’s government will nevertheless continue to metastasize as its parasitic nature demands.

The Opportunity

Secession, from an Austrian perspective, offers an opportunity to completely repudiate the very concept of institutional monopoly government no matter what label (democracy, republic, constitutional etc.) is put on it. To achieve this, requires first of all that a group of incorruptible individuals wrest control of the existing State government apparatus from the current group of “business as usual” politicians. That this may be so impossible to achieve as to render useless anything I write from here on may be true. I will nevertheless take the optimistic view in an attempt to come up with a set of practical steps which such a group might undertake to achieve a truly Austrian and lasting secession which results in complete abolition of Government.

1. Declaration of Secession: (The need for this first step is primarily to deny those who run the Federal Government and opportunity to “come to the rescue” with its military forces if the State were abolished a priori.)A formal Declaration of Independence and Secession would have to be written and ratified, likely by the legislature and signed by the Governor. A date for publication in all Media has to be chosen. Formal presentation to (and therefore recognition of) the Government of the US or the United Nations should not be attempted as a matter of principle. One cannot claim that Mr. Obama has no right to (forcefully) impose his dictates on others while then behaving towards him as if he does. If military intervention ensues anyway, then all bets are off in the short term even as the true tyrannical nature of government becomes exposed for all to see.

2. Dissolution of State Government: Once State secession has been achieved, a proclamation must be issued, disbanding all forms of monopolist government, including the formal disbanding of the existing State legislature and resignations of its members and the Governor. All existing “elected” politicians will be encouraged to seek suitable employment in the market. “Lower” levels of government (county, city etc.) should be encouraged (but must never be forced) to follow suit.

3. State “Services”: A planned conversion of all existing State Government Agencies to non-monopoly services must be initiated. This must be executed in a humane manner so as not to unreasonably punish workers and others (“clients”) who currently depend on these agencies.

4. Currency: Monetary policy is the preferred tool of monopoly governments for political market manipulation. The creation of currencies is a competitive function of the market just like any other economic activity. It must never be allowed to be subject to political fiat.

5. Dispute Resolution: Government courts must be abandoned, to be replaced by competing arbitration services, many of which already operate successfully today.

6. Taxation: With the dissolution of the State Government all forms of State taxation or tariffs become a non-issue.

7. Government Land: Land “owned” by the Texas government must be returned to private ownership. Hoppe elaborates on methodology for this at length, so I will refrain from doing so here. Ownership of Federal lands would initially have to remain unchallenged or at least approached very carefully so as not to give those who run the Federal Government an excuse to initiate military action “to protect its legitimate interests,” in mind. In the mean time, any individual or groups who after secession wish to acquire such lands may negotiate with the bureaucrats and politicians in Washington to their heart’s content.

8. Immigration: In a system where ALL land and infrastructure (except initially, Federal) is privately owned, all individuals, regardless of their origin, are trespassing if they access a property without permission of its owner(s). Except for Federal lands, would-be immigrants would therefore have to seek those owners’ permission and, if allowed access, become that owners’ responsibility. Migration therefore becomes just another self-regulating activity.

9. Social Services: Millions of individuals presently receive Federal or State benefits of some sort. Those who wish to continue receiving Federal hand-outs, would be free to do so and, if necessary, migrate to any region still associated with and subject to the dictates of the Federal government. Those who wish to throw off this yoke of slavery, will no doubt find many neighbors (now freed of tax burdens) and local church and other volunteer organizations willing to help any who are in genuine need of assistance.

10. Law Enforcement: Laws are just political opinions “enforced” by (the threat of) violence. Those currently engaged in the practice of “Law Enforcement” may be encouraged to find employment and retraining with non-monopoly security services or to move to regions where their skills at terrorizing innocent people may still be in demand.

11. Crime Prevention: Protection from criminals and other (statist) invaders will most likely be offered by insurance companies who contract for these services with companies skilled in such matters such as possibly some existing mercenary outfits which seek to enjoy the moral high ground of serving a willing client instead of a terrorist monopoly government. The market will govern spontaneously which insurers will thrive and which will fail.

12. Health Care: Healthcare will be provided by practitioners and organizations on a competitive basis. Private, competitive insurance plans will no doubt proliferate. Similarly, quality assurance/monitoring will be offered by these insurance providers and “accreditation services” through regular quality audit procedures. Private charity, both intra- and extra-family, will take the place of Medicare and similar “services.” The need for such charity will be magnitudes reduced, because both medical services companies and their clients will operate in a market environment free of government taxation and regulation.

13. Financial Services: Caveat emptor! Private rating services together with liability insurers will audit those engaged in issuance and trading of all financial instruments. Any financial service which fails such audits has little to no chance of surviving for more than a few days or weeks.

14. Environment: First and foremost, pollution will be a matter of (encroachment on) private property rights and must be addressed as such by the parties in question. Preservationists will be free to use their own funds to buy any property they wish to protect. They can also use their wealth to try and encourage voluntary conservation activities by third-party property owners.

15. Education: Schooling will be offered by competing entities, funded commercially as well as by various volunteer religious and other special interest groups. Teachers will be welcomed and employed based on their qualifications. Note also that home schooling is very much alive, especially in Texas.


That it would take years to bring a plan such as outlined above to a successful conclusion is obvious. With the newly emerging strength of the secessionist movement, Austrian economists and thinkers may have a real chance at seizing the reigns of civilization from the statist tyrants. Let’s hope we do.

Robert Eschauzier is a dual citizen of Canada and The Netherlands. A life-long entrepreneur, he considers himself an arch “autarchist,” meaning that he views society/nature as a self (auto) regulated arrangement, rather than a non (ana-) regulated one. He currently lives and works in Chicago.

The Resistance Is Growing

August 28, 2011

by Chris Dates

“Ideas are bulletproof”

(Editor’s Note: The first secession must take place in our minds.)

The resistance is growing. The revolution taking place between the ears is beginning to swallow up more of the market share. Millions of humans have begun to shake off the sleep of their Statist slumbers, and more wake up by the minute. They are beginning to see Politicians for who they are; paper tigers who point to pieces of parchment as proof of their perverse powers. They are beginning to see governments for what they are; nothing more than dens full of these pitiful, petty paper tigers who promise peace, prosperity, and progress, but only deliver debt, destruction, and death. For these reasons the light of liberty is blinding for such starving eyes, and too bright for some, but there are those who stand ready to usher in this dawn long overdue.

Ideas have been the weapon of choice in the struggle for freedom, but the common man has stumbled upon something else to compliment his weapon; the Internet. Now, information is passed around in the cyber world faster than ammo was passed around to those brainwashed boys in the Government trenches of any given needless war. The Pandora’s Box that used to harbor the ideas of freedom and liberty has been flung open like so many double doors on the last day of school. It is too late to stop the virtual stampede. Governments around the world now find themselves in a catch-22. If the internet is shutdown, governments risk immediate revolution. If the free flow of information is allowed to continue unfettered, revolution will eventually come. Humans have gotten a taste of the truth, and they seem to like it.

The stranglehold that was placed on truth and information is slipping away. State propaganda and disinformation is being rendered useless. Tyrants are like children who hold clay in their hands, the harder they squeeze, the more they lose. This is what every government has failed to understand throughout their tragic and horrible 10,000 year history. Pure tyranny brings with it pure liberty. As awful as it sounds, my desire is that the grip of tyranny continues. Coercive, violent governments have proven to be the best recruiting tool for those who long for liberty, and if liberty is what lies on the other side of this tyranny, the juice is definitely worth the squeeze.

I write this partially for my friends who live in Northern California, who I know will read this. You are already living like there is no government; you live like you are free. You stand on the edge of mental emancipation, all you need to do is take that last step. I know thinking about Anarchy is frightening at first, but this is only your mental falling back on the years of indoctrination that was spoon fed to you in government school. We were all taught that Anarchy is chaos, and only government can deliver law and order. The fear is always the same; the other guy will turn into a monster. Just stop for a second and examine what YOU would do. Stop worrying about what the other guy would do. This is the source of your mental slavery. The government has us so scared of our neighbors, that we now are to the point where we beg for coercive government. Ask yourself this question; would you turn into a murderer without the State? Try this one; would your mother be a whore without the State? Government has robbed us of our humanity, and if there is one thing this wretched institution has been successful at it’s pitting neighbor against neighbor.

Centralized power is the midwife of chaos. If this body dies wrapped in chains and shackles, my mind will not.

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; None but ourselves can free our minds.”
~Bob Marley

© 2011 Zero Gov

Flash Editorials August 27, 2011

August 27, 2011

By Russell D. Longcore

International: Mr. Ghaddafi, where are you??? Are we going to find you in a “spider hole” Like Saddam Hussein?

International II: Eighty One (81) Congressmen…that’s one-fifth of the House…are headed to Israel on a week-long expense-paid junket funded by an AIPAC affiliate – the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF). Those crazy Jews…they always know a bargain when they see one. A week of sightseeing and some in-country lobbying, and they make sure funding for Israel keeps coming.

The Nation: If you subscribe to the fallacy of the broken window, you must be THRILLED about Hurricane Irene! She’s delivering a stimulus package all her own from the tip of Florida to the Canadian border. Look at all the jobs in construction that will be created!! And remember…FEMA and other DC agencies will promise Federal money for payment of damage. Where will it come from? Also remember that many of the states up the East Coast have high-risk insurance pools that will take monstrous hits from storm damage. Most of those state pools are one storm away from insolvency. This might be that storm.

The Nation II: Irene part 2 – A storm surge into Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island could easily shove 8-15 feet of seawater a mile inland, and fill up the New York Subway tunnels, damaging the structure, the electrical systems and the subway cars. The storm surge entering Long Island Sound gets trapped and has nowhere to go. And heavy rains inland would not be able to drain into rivers or Long Island Sound if it’s flooded. If buildings are flooded with seawater in August up to their second floor, what do you think will happen when the water subsides? Mold growth, usually not covered in insurance policies. The financial impact of the losses that stretch from Florida to Canada will likely destroy some major insurance companies.

The Nation III: Irene part 3 – Insurance companies have large investment portfolios. If Irene losses mount up, the insurers may be forced to liquidate stock and bond holdings to raise cash. Too many bonds dumped onto the world bond market could cause the bond market to collapse. Stocks dumped could cause the stock market to crash too. If it ain’t one thing, it’s another.

Economy: For yet another week, over 400,000 new unemployment claims were filed. That’s 20 weeks in a row, or over 8 million people who have lost their jobs just since March. And Washington still only admits to a 9.2% unemployment rate. Never trust ANYTHING that comes from DC.

Economy II: Gold retreats a little, ending the week above $1,800, silver above $40. Some weird gyrations this week, as gold hit $1880 at one point. Buy on dips, friends.

Business: Steve Jobs announced he is stepping down as CEO of Apple, mostly due to health reasons. He and Bill Gates probably changed the world more than any two people in the last 500 years.

Sports: Nevin Shapiro, a University of Miami booster and Ponzi scheme conman, admits to providing hookers, money, even one abortion…for 72 UM football players from 2000 to 2010. He even offered a $5,000 bounty to any player that took out Florida Gator QB Tim Tebow in a game. Question is whether UM coaches knew about this. The NCAA is not amused.

Entertainment: French actor Gerard Depardieu was on an Air France flight on 8-16, just backing away from the terminal. He got up to use the bathroom, and was told by flight attendants that the bathroom would not be available until the plane was in the air. So the actor unzipped and peed on the aisle carpet. The plane returned to the terminal for cleaning. I wonder if anyone rolled up a newspaper and hit Depardieu on the nose with it. Worked with my puppy.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

© Copyright 2011, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.

Stupid, Stupider, Stupidest

August 26, 2011

Reflections on Social Policy

by Fred Reed

This is long and readers who can produce proof of narcolepsy can be excused from reading the whole thing. But I thought it worthwhile.

I’m supposed to write this column, and generally do. Today I’ll let a reader do some of it First, a prolog:

I recently wrote a column saying that the black underclass is out of control, becoming more confrontational, attacking whites and robbing stores in flash mobs, and that whites are more openly getting sick of it, that the media are hiding the identity of the malefactors less, and that a lot of white guys are thinking, ”Bring it on.” I got mail from white supremacists saying, yeah, Fred, but you lack the testosterone to state the solution, which (I’ve known some of these guys) approximates “Kill all the niggers.” Actually, the damage this would do to American music makes it unworkable, apart from the fact that my genocidal inclinations are limited to the contents of Capitol Hill. Anyhow, I’ve got a better idea. Bear with me.

The black underclass is not the natural state of blacks. E.g.: I grew up in rural King George Country, Virginia in the early Sixties. Segregation reigned. We went to King George High, the black kids to Ralph Bunche. We seldom saw each other, and didn’t associate. Yet if there had been crime by blacks, certainly against whites, we would have heard of it. Or a high rate of illegitimacy, or drugs. Weren’t none. The thought that the black kids couldn’t read didn’t occur for the simple reason that they could. Ralph Bunche was not a hotbed of violence or beatings of teachers. We would have known. The black kids were as heavily armed as we were, which was very, for reasons involving deer. No shootings, of anyone by anyone. No thought of shooting. It wasn’t how we were, us or them. No flash mobs. No fist-fights (between races, anyway).

That was in the countryside. In the cities? In came the following long email which I have edited only to conceal the writer’s identity.

“Your article had a number of very salient observations about the state of American culture today.

“Please allow me to make a couple of observations that come from experience. I believe your description of the inner city black is accurate to a point. I also believe that your observations can and should also be applied to the Muslim and Hispanic populations in our country today. None of those cultures are capable of or willing to assimilate themselves into “the great melting pot” that has always been America.

I am [in my late sixties] and grew up in the inner city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Some of your observations so troubled me that I called my [much older] sister and read parts of your article to her and asked her if she had observed this simmering hatred while we were growing up. She thought a long time and finally said no, not when we were growing up but she does see it now in the young blacks and Muslims.

“When we were growing up we were the definite minority in our schools and because of this we played in the homes of our black friends and they came to our house to play. There was no “racial tension” in the classroom or in the school. We were ALL there to learn, we knew what the rules were and if we were disciplined at school for breaking any of those rules we were double disciplined when we got home. There was NONE of the “my child wouldn’t do that” or “you can’t discipline my child”. We were all in the same boat. We were all there to learn and our job was to work hard, get an education and work our way out of those neighborhoods.

“Each black family had two parents. (I only knew one child of divorce while I was going to school and she was the daughter of a white female liberal that flaunted the rules of that society.) The black fathers in each of those families would never have sat still in the face of an impending Category 4 or 5 hurricane, as was the case in New Orleans before the arrival of Katrina waiting for help from the government. Those black fathers would have packed up their families, in a heartbeat, and gotten them to safety without any help from the government, churches or charities. In those black families it was as much of a shame for a girl to be “in a family way” outside of marriage as it was for a white family. Those girls were whisked off to Atlanta or Chicago or Miami for a year of school and they would return a year later childless with a little thicker waistline and a whole new attitude.

“It wasn’t until “The Great Society” and the “War on Poverty” and Lyndon Johnson that the black family began to fall apart. The old adage is “The road to hell is paved in good intentions” and I believe that the liberals that designed the welfare programs were well intentioned but WRONG. Rules are meant to be broken and programs are designed for people to capitalize on the weak points and misapply them to their advantage. This is what I saw happen with the black families when the father moved out, stayed down the street and only came by for conjugal visits which increased the family’s income. The black father and young men were no longer hard working heads of the their families but part of disjointed groups that were intent on personal gratification and working the system and they developed a “plantation mentality” with the government being the great provider and not the men of the family.

“When “Motor Voter” came in I was [involved] in our county and I immediately saw that we had succeeded in breaking down the black family and that now the government was intent on breaking down the white family. We had as many voter applications coming in from “social service” agencies for unmarried single parent, young white women as we got from minority applicants in the same boat. These fatherless families cannot teach a young boy how to be a man – just as a single father cannot teach his daughter the niceties of being a cultured young lady.

“Like you I have been able to walk the streets, not of Japan, but of Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Georgia, Pittsburgh, and many other American cities late at night either alone or with a companion without concern for my safety. Jesse Jackson said some fifteen years ago that he was relieved to find that the footsteps behind him in a major American city were those of a white man.”

This problem wasn’t born. It was made.

© 2011 Fred Reed

Conservative Neanderthals and Rubes

August 25, 2011

by Linda Brady Traynham

Is the winner the one who owes most?

(Editor’s Note: Linda gets a gold star for this one about China. I’ve written repeatedly that I believe that China will be the successor to the USA. But remember…the WORLD financial system is established on fiat money. Sure, China may jump to the top of the heap temporarily. But the whole system MUST crash. The serf state that secedes and then reinvents the gold/silver money system will be the freest place on earth.)

Conservative Neanderthals have their place, you know. If I had been a member of the tribal council (having won my seat by bashing a rival with a club), I guarantee you I would have argued passionately against planting that first field. “I’m a reasonable man,” I would have said, swinging my club casually, “and I admit that your crazy idea about herding animals so that we do not need to rely entirely on hunting seems to have worked out okay, although I still say if we are attacked suddenly we’re going to lose a lot of the animals and our people and it is bad for our moral character to rely on anything other than our skills and our prowess. However, THIS time you go too far. Settle down in one place? Where our enemies can find us easily? In the hopes that we can grow more maize on purpose better than it grows in the wild? What will the women do? ” (Shouts of “Tend the fields!”) “No, that will take them at least as much time as gathering so we will gain nothing. We will destroy our ancient ways and our sacred beliefs for no real gain. And…have you noticed that since meat is more plentiful the women are producing more babies? What will happen if we build this village thing and they turn their hindquarters to the wind more frequently and we see even more babies who will eat and breed?” Another detractor shouts “We only have the witch doctor’s word for it that the wind causes babies.” Many calls of, “In time we will have a great army!” “We can brew more beer and mead.”

I would have smiled lethally and sourly, and said, “In time we will have more mouths than we can feed, you and I will grow old and weak, and the young men will take our seats on the council without knowing the true ways. Mark my words, nothing good will come of this, and so I shall say every time I stand before you or my name is not Cato the Courageous but Cautious.” And I would have been right.

I like a good labor-saving device as much as anyone, not that I’m always certain my computer qualifies, but there are very few shades of gray in the world. Changing the old ways always brings new problems. Last week 42,000,000 people were on food stamps. This week the number is 46,000,000, 15% of the population. A full third of all the residents of Alabama, and DE-troit isn’t exactly thriving, nor is California. As an, ah, less than admiring reader pointed out yesterday, Texas went into deficit two years ago, although she had the decency to put the blame where it belongs: on DC demands that we provide “free” medical care for the indigent, the illegal, the lazy. (She attempted to claim that I had said that Perry created jobs! You know the Neanderthal better than that; governments and politicians do not “create” real jobs, only individuals do.)

The tab for all that extra “free” medical care was about $1.3 Bn, and up to $2Bn this year. OVER what we had already budgeted for bills that should never have been ours, that is. It took the USA over 60 years to create the disastrous conditions we face, one small, deliberate, incremental step at a time. MENA has gotten there in about two decades and my Neo-Con’s envisioned “army” isn’t willing to accept lavish bribes any more, they want Cairo, Tripoli, Constantinople, Riyadh, and Damascus and their own palaces and seats on the Revolutionary Councils. China has done a brilliant job of saddling the whirlwind they did not begin to understand and has shown a truly magnificent talent for making economic mistakes worse than their social and political ones. “Infrastructure” sounds so sexy and modern, doesn’t it? Bridges over gorges, bullet trains, 101-floor World Finance Centers, fancy condos few can pay for, and hosting the Olympics we can hide under “promoting tourism.”

Dr. Victor Shih, of Northwestern, was asked to estimate what China’s debt is. His response? “That depends on what you include. Large sectors of the Chinese economy are owned by the government. The debt of these state-owned enterprises is what’s called a “contingent liability” — ultimately it’s the responsibility of the government. If you count all of these liabilities, then you get to an extremely high number, something like 150 percent of the Chinese gross domestic product, or more. A more restricted definition is debt that’s owed by either the central or local governments. That is about 80 percent of China’s GDP.” That’s a lot of Yuan any way we look at it. The next question was, “If China’s central and local governments are responsible for the companies’ debts, is that the more prudent number to use?”

Dr. Shih’s answer was very professional: “It depends on the prevailing economic conditions. When the economy’s strong, then there’s no need to look at the wider contingent liabilities, because there’s plenty of money to go around. If the business environment begins to deteriorate, state-run enterprises could go bankrupt. In those cases, you do need to look at the broader liabilities. If growth slows down substantially, people may find that the Chinese government in fact owes a lot more than 100 percent of GDP.” Speaking as an ordinary person who understands budgets, I would say that any entity, be it human, political, or commercial plant that owes a full years’ income has serious problems, and if that doesn’t include the vital overhead of a roof overhead serious steps had best be taken.

Governments frequently whip up a war, the individual equivalent of taking to a life of crime, which politicians do as a matter of course. I don’t call wars “overseas contingency operations,” and I do not refer to obvious debts as “contingent liabilities.” Are US-Sino relations more cordial than we had supposed or is it the nature of political beasts to come up with such terms? Look for those to heat up now that Viet Nam purchased half a dozen submarines to go with their former Russian missile Frigates and even the Philippines picked up another “war ship.” When we get to who owes whom what, some day, perhaps blowing Taiwan out of the water with the thousand missiles placed on the coast of China will look like a more lucrative option than an island with aging factories and a population that hates them. As I mentioned somewhere today, everybody is lining up to scrimmage over the oil and fish in the Spratley Islands.

Consider this tidbit: “China’s banks have been engaging in risky ‘off balance sheet’ lending somewhat reminiscent of Enron’s shenanigans. Last week, Beijing released a national audit revealing that local governments owe an estimated $1.65 trillion in outstanding loans. This week, Moody’s has indicated that the problem is significantly worse, by as much as $540 billion. And that’s only local government debt. It doesn’t include the central government’s huge obligations, or those of banks that are essentially guaranteed by Beijing.”

Bill Bonner asked yesterday in his Daily Reckoning–in the context of very bad days in the stock market–if his readers liked seeing others in pain. Mr. Bonner is not known, as a rule, for asking stupid questions, but I consider that one, and said so. Of course I like really whopping big down days in the market! I like failed bond auctions. I like economic cataclysms for the elegantly simple reason that Mr. Market will have his way. Until the entire shoddy, irrational, iniquitous, dishonest, failed system of fiat money and Keynesian “economics” lies in shreds we cannot rebuild on free-market principles. I would prefer, being a gentle lady, that we could get to that point without what is going on in Greece and London, but I doubt it. Too many people have too much to lose. Those at the top will do whatever they think will preserve what they have, those at the bottom will do whatever is necessary to survive, and those of us in the middle will scramble madly to increase and protect our assets. I don’t fight Newtonian physics or Kepler’s laws. I pay attention to the world around me.

Another reader asked that I stick to facts and not tell stories, which I prefer to think of as educational and sometimes entertaining; I replied sweetly that my readers like my tales. If you don’t, just skip them although they are very instructive. Generally.. As I was working on this I looked up (being able to watch livestock in two directions being one of the pleasures that keeps me chained to these desks) and saw a wild stampede of cattle, horses–and goats. Now, it is feeding time, so that explained the big livestock which really, really likes the new feed and has a lot more energy these days…but why the goats? The light goes on. The goat girls are getting Chaffhaye Alfalfa (private company), too, adore the taste, and are crazy about filling their rumens quickly and feeling so much better. They know they can slip through cattle-proof fence like Afghans entering a guarded camp undetected and that the big animals won’t really hurt them. Faith headed out at a canter, followed by all of the does and babies, because it is well worth the effort of running a quarter of a mile to snitch someone else’s chopped alfalfa and molasses. The same “principle” works fine with government giveaways. Talk up how bad times are, print a bunch of new money and credit cards for Goldman Sachs to profit from overseeing, and sure you can have an additional 10% on food stamps in a month. As soon as the goats work out there is more feed and how easy it is to procure they head for the newest trough and don’t even have to fill out paperwork. I won’t say most people are as smart as goats, but they know opportunities for freebies when they are advertised.

To add to the gaiety, there will be a regime change in ’12, and the Chinese wrote the book on “losing face.” This gives the current oligarchs a strong incentive to paper over or cover up the problems…and the others a good reason to start screaming the Chinese equivalent of “It’s all Bush’s fault!” as quickly as possible. So they pull a Bernanke! Announcing that no big bank will be allowed to fail. I am certain this will lead to prudent banking practices..

Are the Chinese more impervious to inflation, debt, real estate bubbles, government interference, shams, scans, and dishonest businessmen than we? I cannot see any reason to suppose so. They look like real Rubes, to me.

Linda Brady Traynham is a writer and rancher in Texas.