Mike: Since I started this, I’ll go first. Anyone else who writes here is responsible for adding their own…or not.
The title is taken from a quote by Marc Faber, editor & publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report in a CNBC article published April 22, 2010. The full quote is:
“If you print money like in Zimbabwe… the purchasing power of money goes down, and the standards of living go down, and eventually, you have a civil war.”
I’m no economist, in fact have lived my life in a sort of “What… me worry?” alternate dimension where 2+2 equals something slightly different every time I add it, and where I go into a narcoleptic state whenever I think about finances beyond the current month.
But I believe the quote applies to more than just national financial debacles like the one we are in now. Having clear memories dating back to the early ’50s, it’s finally clear to me that Lincoln’s wish for our future, given in the closing phrase of his Gettysburg Address “and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” has not been realized into the present day, and that America as I understood it, as I grew up in it, is hanging by a thread.
I study history and pay attention to current events. There are no new ideas. Thomas Paine said these things, but I believed them before I ever read them or heard them articulated: (1) “That government is best which governs least.” (2) “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” (3) “I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.”
I’m old enough to say what I think, and to say it any way I like. I’ve decided I’m through walking on eggshells, and I will tread where political correctness forbids us to go. The “right” not to be offended is a recently invented social phenomenon. it’s absurd, silly, and destructive. Political correctness is the most powerful weapon in the armories of rulers and social engineers, one that they wield and brandish constantly to bend us to their will, to take us where we would never willingly go. These evil bastards have put Orwell’s Newspeak to shame. War is Peace. Love is Hate. I’m not going to play on a field where my opponents can change the rules any time they like. In my world, there is no thoughtcrime.
I used to enjoy all argument, but I don’t enjoy unreasoned and/or uninformed balderdash anymore. I’ve heard most of the arguments for radical social change in America, and remain unconvinced that another gigantic lurch toward socialism is needed or wanted. Though interested in all viewpoints, I don’t try to change any minds. That’s cynical, but it is what it is. G.B. Shaw said “The power of accurate vision is commonly called cynicism by those who do not have it.” Hmph. That’s presumptuous but true. I point to what I think is water. Drink or not; it’s personal. I like to write, but what’s posted here mostly points to more elegant thinkers, and I often append my comments to their better work.
I suffer no illusions about the uniqueness or value of my insights, and I don’t write here to gain widespread approval or readership. This blog isn’t listed and search engines are blocked. I only invite about a dozen people here. Other contributors can invite for whatever reasons they may have. But if something written here turns out to be interesting or useful to someone, I’m not ashamed to find that satisfying.
If I were allowed only one word to advise my progeny, friends, and loved ones, it would be “resist.”