Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It is their moral code that is now being tested.

It is late in the day, the sun is setting through the cleft in the cliff and Dagny stands on the foyer as I sit and watch the latest riot footage from New York and California.

"Will you turn that thing off and come out here? The sunset is spectacular."

I click off the LCD flat screen and it retracts into the wall and turns into a digital picture frame. I turn and look at Dagny as she faces the sunset in a white sundress, cut low in the back, revealing her well toned shoulders and inviting neck. The sunlight caresses her like a lover. It frames her face with shafts of light from the fast setting sun.

"Why watch that stuff. I can't bear to see what's happening out there since the Equalization of Opportunity bill passed."

"I know. However centuries of plagues and disasters have been brought about by their moral code, and this one is no different in any sizable manner except for the fact that we have a ringside seat. It is their moral code that is now being put to the test. It is their belief that man must live to serve another man and that this code is just, is fair and is practical."

"How long will it take them to realize it possesses none of these traits? How long will the looters keep looting and how long will the riots continue?"

"As long as it takes I guess. There are already signs that some of the masses are turning their backs on the socialism that has impoverished them. Already some businesses and gangs are using free market principles in neighborhoods destroyed by socialism and where the government forces fear to enter."

Dagny turned to me and the purple hued skies descended over the receding golden aura. Soon the stars would be visible in force, each one sending some of its light to caress her.

"But all the state farms have been subsidized and the farms put out less food than ever. Some folks haven't had meat in a year since the Obama Equal Meat Directive bill was passed by Pelosi & Reid back in April 2009. And I don't even know where to begin with the Electricity Quorum Mandate passed in July when electric plants were Federalized. Did you know they run the power plants only a few hours a day now?"

"I know. It's become a 3rd world. I thank goodness we had the foresight to set up the new solar cell grid. In the future, after the socialist nightmare is over, a plant of a few square miles will put almost as much power as a coal burning plant. It will be almost pollution free in operation."

"Do you remember when you tried to warn them? Do you remember when you still went by the nom de plume SDAI-Tech1? I wonder where they are now, perhaps starving, without electricity, or perhaps rotting in one of Obama's Social Disobedience Detention facilities."

"I tried to warn them. Others did too, remember? They all scoffed and refused to listen. My god, do you remember how they laughed at the spectre of socialism - as if it were candy they couldn't wait to stuff into their mouths?"

"Yes, I remember it well. It was only a few short years ago. I remember how eager they were to tax the rich and socialize medicine. Now the sick are dying in the streets. There aren't even a 1/3 of the hospitals in operation that were in use in 2008. The military now has to force doctors and nurses to keep them from walking away from their posts, once they stopped receiving payment late last August. And the quality? My god, I saw better care in some Baja California hospitals back in the 1980's!"

A distinguished looking young man enters. He wears a white smock and a big grin.

"We got the first prototype electronic viral inhibitor finished. I thought you two might like to see it in action as it treats a case of the common cold. D'Anconia's daughter will be the first official patient."

I smile broadly. This will be the realization of a lifelong dream - specific viral cancellation in living tissue. That this electronic medical miracle happens while hundreds of millions suffer without even access to the drugs they took for granted under the free market of the Bush years. Now the sick beg in the streets and in front of the White House for the pharmaceutical companies to reopen, but most factory facilities were closed and shipped overseas to China. I think the one federalized factory is all that's left, asides from a few black market drugs from garage laboratories and Europpe, and that one factory is back ordered for years. Only the government employees, military and great society stormtroopers get the medicines these days.

"We'll be right there. Thanks."

Yes, we have the most modern hospital, the latest medicines, the brightest researchers and scientists from around the world. Our farms are ultra-productive and the solar plant is now producing enough electricity to power a town twenty times our size. When the world has learned its lesson - when the ignorance has been replaced by wisdom - we will be ready to sell them the miracles and salvation they sought to acquire by looting others back in the beginning of the dark ages - the Presidential election of 2008.

"A quarter for your thoughts?"

"Not just a penny?"

"No, I know what they are worth and I'm still getting a bargain."

"Oh, I was just thinking about the future. Someday, all those desperate, gullible masses now suffering because of their own ignorance will live again in a world of plenty. A world where the irrational is no longer paraded as noble. Where true morality returns and the sanctity of the individual over the collective is re-established. When the masses do not have the right to rob another man with more just because they are a collective mob. When such a farce is not paraded as noble or just but is realized as exactly what it is - plain robbery. When that lesson has been learned, they will have earned the technological wonders we enjoy here - they will understand that they must offer something in return. They will abandon the entitlement mentality that they embraced so completely and realize that no man owes another man anything or is compelled to serve that other man because some small minds say that is just.

Dagny looks at me and smiles.

"C'mon let's go. We are about to witness a miracle as great as the Wright brothers first flight at Kitty Hawk."

I hold the door open for Dagny and I look at the clouds in the majestic desert sky. I can't help but notice one is shaped as a smiling winky face - a clear portent that things really will get better for everyone.

;-)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Before you Vote...

...ask yourself just what sort of world you want to live in. You have two choices:

Poverty with big brother policing you
or
Poverty all by itself.

That's right. Voting for either party will not return prosperity. This election is all about handing over more power to the government. The government earns no money. It generates no wealth. Each time it expands it must consume some of the wealth of the private sector to do so. Each time it expands it impoverishes the people just a little bit more.

Sure - you're angry, frightened - desperate. The money is gone. The jobs are gone and you want someone to make it better - or just someone to blame. The world economy is tanking and some politicians must make it all better or must be to blame.

Sadly, it's just not true. Obama will be as impotent as President Bush to fix the economy. Obama, like McCain, haven't a clue as to what really has happened in the US to cause the decline, and even if they were to have an epiphany of intellectual genius they would realize, without a doubt, that the government is not best suited to save the masses. The masses must save themselves, foster education about capitalism and economics, teach the difference between accumulating cash and generating wealth.

I don't envy Obama or McCain. Either of them elected President will be the worst curse they ever brought upon themselves. Either will be hated from the get-go and the hate will only increase to astronomical levels as the economy unravels and the nation begins its rapid descent into a classic "Americas" socialist, poverty-stricken nation.

So if you hate either Obama or McCain and want to see them suffer and become the target of inestimable hate and loathing - vote for them.

If you want to change things in America and I mean REALLY change things around for the better, now is the emerging time for FOFOFU.

FOrm FOllows FUnction.

A little over two years ago I first introduced the concept. Dozens of readers have written to thank me or inform me it has change their lives since it was published. I'd like to think hundreds more are also benefiting from FOFOFU lifestyle.

Remake your life - and live as an example for all those around you. Free yourself from the robotized and lemming like existence of the masses. Once you pare down the extraneous stuff - life becomes much more fun, productive and honest. The days of stereotypes are over. How you want to live should follow your lifestyle and what you do. If you don't need a 4 bedroom house and are just as comfortable in a 2 bedroom or an apartment - why waste your time in upkeep, money and effort? If you need only 2 cars, instead of 3 - why not sell the 3rd and put that money towards things you really need or enjoy. Yes, ENJOY life more. FOFOFU is not about asceticism or living without - it is about intelligent living, spending money for things you really enjoy and need. Shifting your resources towards the life YOU live.

Spend more time with your kids, your friends and your loved ones. Spend time with the folks you really care about and drop the faux socializing for position or to conform. It is not intelligent to spend time with people who, just like you, would rather be elsewhere but are going through elaborately programmed rituals.

Freedom from waste is a huge freedom. Before long your life will be completely different. You will start to live more intelligently. You will cease to expect others to improve your life or the lives of others and will realize that anything else is death. Yes, death. Each time you pass the buck and blame others or wait for others to make your life better - you become one step more inert. We are seeing the result of global inertia in the masses. A sense of utter hopelessness with each person looking around them for salvation and assistance. With each such passive plea for "change" or "wealth redistribution" the masses become that much more inert and that much more incapable of saving themselves. And yet no one else can save others. I can't. You can't. Obama and McCain can't. Each person must save themselves or they will slowly devolve and become inhuman. They become like an inanimate object that must be moved from place to place by others, carried by others effort and will since their own is long gone.

And from my perspective, I see the cumulative results of such regenerating inertia. It's not pretty. Like a wasted body with withering muscles barely able to stand or move themselves - a wasted spirit is that much more horrifying.

Save yourself. When you vote, don't expect anything. Don't fall into the line of lemmings all with angry or fearful minds full of demands, desires or disasters you hope your vote will bring about or avert.

Yes. The founding fathers of the United States were self-sufficient men. They lived FOFOFU long before it became a clarified concept. They shrugged off one imposing government and tried their best to insure that government would never again control men's lives - or make men dependant upon the mercy of the government. Presidents were not messiahs, just men. No one expected a President to put food on their table or a roof over their heads. No one wanted to have to rely on the whims of politicians or others.

If you do this, if you expect NOTHING in return for your vote. You will be content. You will not be disappointed. You will have untied yourself from the ropes politicians drag unsuspecting men & women behind them as they subvert their own will and self-sufficient natures.

The future belongs to you. To the minds bright enough to escape the inertia of a declining culture, shaped by entertainment and mass media into billions of minds living amazingly robot-like lives. Most of them - filled with unnecessary unhappiness, self induced by selling their minds and thoughts to others. By placing conditions and goals on their happiness, each measuring their lives by comparing them to those of others around them.

My happiness is immeasurable. Contentedness is a constant unseen companion, though her grace and soft touch can't be ignored.

I will not weep bitter tears or shriek with joy because some politician or party secures or retains power. I hope for the rest of the world that they too will someday share my happiness and contentedness. I hope the yokes will be thrown of and men and women will become men and women again.

Monday, October 20, 2008

It was Late in the Day...

...and the sunshine poured in through the glass windshield of my new 600hp Bentley, prompting me to pull down a visor. Driving a Continental GT Speed as part of the proceeds of a fear driven "market adjustment" seems almost sinful, in fact the whole purchase process suffers when the money isn't so obviously earned by active effort of body and mind. Those who inherit wealth must feel like this all the time - guilty. No...not guilty, simply unsatisfied. Is one not entitled to earn money just by being faster and knowledgeable with one's earned resources? Of course. What would Dagny say?

I reach down and adjust the polished steel gear shifter. Suddenly, I see her beside me, her pale, slender but wonderfully curved legs glistening in the sunlight and sweating ever so daintily on the carefully cut and stretched cowhides. She wears a red silk dress with a white gardenia pinned to a trim white hat. Her auburn tinted blond rivulets of hair peeking out from underneath.

"If you hadn't profited on the rebound, someone else, someone bankrolling socialism would have."

Dagny looks at me and smiles.

"D'Anconia was right. The world deserves what it gets. You can fight the tide of decline only so long. I went through all sorts of agony trying to keep the Taggart line running. Good men were disappearing every day, men of mind. The government was working hand in glove with the looters and the moochers and the economy was socializing more with each passing day, further crippling the nation and setting the stage for a deep depression."

"And it's happening again Dagny. Both parties are now parasitic to the health of the nation. I can't explain it, but folks I thought I knew have turned and behaved like strangers. Their actions leave me completely nonplussed. They know better - but they do them anyway."

"Yes. Do you remember when you were little? Do you remember how it felt to wake up each day eager at what wonder it would bring? Do you remember the thrill of adventure that accompanied interfacing with nature?"

"Yes, I do."

"Well what happened? As the years past the eagerness left and the adventure passed. Replaced by the knowledge of man's ignorance and having to live in the shadow of this ignorance all over the world has robbed you of much of the joy of living, as it had myself. You awaken to see irrationality elevated to the highest form. Where vices are lauded, cherished and defended by the weak minds whose only steady character trait is to scream in defense of their failings. They seek to create a world in which stands on its head - a world of the irrational. Where spreading the wealth and taking it from those who earn to those who don't is considered the highest form of morality. A world where irrationality reigns supreme and the incompetent not merely ask, but demand to be carried by the labor and work of the competent."

"Charity."

"No! Charity is voluntary. This forced redistribution of wealth comes at the end of a gun. This has nothing to do with charity. This is about getting the guns of the government to rob the man of means and hand it out to the man of no means - and taking a cut for themselves at the same time. This is about subsidizing and entrenching irrationality and seeking to destroy those who are capable - and more importantly poison the system so that not only is capacity disdained, but eventually makes the self-sufficient man a freak of nature - an oddball in a world that scorns him and then robs him."

"But someone has to care for them, right?"

"Check your premises. No one has to do anything for another. Force poisons the whole concept of true charity. Each person is only responsible to and for themselves. Anything else is immorality posing as morality. Forced charity is simply robbery and nothing less. The robbers tell themselves they are moral and caring, when they are merely looters and moochers who enjoy telling themselves they are moral - when they are too weak minded to understand the obvious difference."

"But they will protest. A moral society..."

"What? Forces others to feed others? Forces the man with "too much" to give to the man with too little? Is that really what a moral society does? And who becomes the arbiter of what constitutes too much and too little? Who gets to force others to do their bidding? Force is the evil here. Anytime you force your will on another for their own good - you are robbing them and destroying yourself."

"Yes, isn't it ironic Dagny, those who say the US war is illegal and applying force on others unjustly, sees nothing wrong with force being used every hour, every day and every year on those that they feel should have force applied to their lives."

"Of course. They don't see it. They are most emotional about that which they live their lives by - seeking to force others to comply with their whims."

"So what should I do Dagny? This will be a dark depression under Obama. FDR started it, and it's plain either Obama or McCain will finish it."

"Do you remember my brother Jim? He married someone he thought was trashy, poor and cheap. He wanted her to worship him for his "charity" and his wealth. She all too soon realized he brought her to social functions to show off his "charity" and prove to others how enlightened he was. When his wife proved to have a brain and resent his actions, he turned on her and drove her to a nervous breakdown and suicide. He hates to compete in a world where virtues are rewarded as he has none. His love was supposed to be accepted as charity because she was unworthy and unable to earn it - and she was supposed to know this. As soon as she started working and learning, the less he loved her. Soon he hated her for her mind and her abilities. She was supposed to stay, dumb, poor, trashy and worthless - so that his "love" would be such a "noble sacrifice" for him. Well the way my brother looked at his wife, the sponsors of government charity look at the underclasses. They need them to stay poor and dumb. They need them to beg for handouts and solutions. If they had a group of self sufficient people - where would they be? They would be out of a job and actually have to earn a living. Men like Obama or McCain don't earn livings - they feed on the masses and play Robin Hood, while taking a big cut for themselves."

"Then this coming depression will be a paradise for them."

"Yes. They love it. They will want to sustain it. They now are "needed" and they carefully craft the preposterous notion that non-producers, the government, can somehow provide for the needs of all - when they know absolutely nothing about creating wealth! It's irrationality elevated to art. It's going to be a robber's paradise and immorality will be elevated to new highs."

"Is there still room in Galt's Gulch for men of mind?"

"Yes. You will be able to live according to your ability and skills. The community is now 100,000 strong and growing. Just drive and I will show you the way."


"Ok Dagny. Buckle up. Let's roll.