Choices and decisions

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From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia…could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.

Abraham Lincoln

It would appear that we have made our decision. It appears that the implosion has begun.

As we wish to be seen by others

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Man naturally desires, not only to be loved, but to be lovely; or to be that thing which is the natural and proper object of love. He naturally dreads, not only to be hated, but to be hateful; or to be that thing which is the natural and proper object of hatred. He desires, not only praise, but praiseworthiness; or to be that thing which, though it should be praised by nobody, is, however, the natural and proper object of praise. He dreads, not only blame, but blame-worthiness; or to be that thing which, though it should be blamed by nobody, is, however, the natural and proper object of blame.
Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments III.I.8

The people we admire…

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There are people that our society tells us that we should admire, and there are people whom we should admire.

We desire both to be respectable and to be respected. We dread both to be contemptible and to be contemned. But, upon coming into the world, we soon find that wisdom and virtue are by no means the sole objects of respect; nor vice and folly, of contempt. We frequently see the respectful attentions of the world more strongly directed towards the rich and the great, than towards the wise and the virtuous. We see frequently the vices and follies of the powerful much less despised than the poverty and weakness of the innocent. To deserve, to acquire, and to enjoy the respect and admiration of mankind, are the great objects of ambition and emulation. Two different roads are presented to us, equally leading to the attainment of this so much desired object; the one, by the study of wisdom and the practice of virtue; the other, by the acquisition of wealth and greatness. Two different characters are presented to our emulation; the one, of proud ambition and ostentatious avidity. the other, of humble modesty and equitable justice. Two different models, two different pictures, are held out to us, according to which we may fashion our own character and behaviour; the one more gaudy and glittering in its colouring; the other more correct and more exquisitely beautiful in its outline: the one forcing itself upon the notice of every wandering eye; the other, attracting the attention of scarce any body but the most studious and careful observer. They are the wise and the virtuous chiefly, a select, though, I am afraid, but a small party, who are the real and steady admirers of wisdom and virtue. The great mob of mankind are the admirers and worshippers, and, what may seem more extraordinary, most frequently the disinterested admirers and worshippers, of wealth and greatness.
Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments (Part I, Section III, Chapter III)

If I ran for President – Coolidge Style

If I ran for President, my motto would be “cool as Coolidge”

President Coolidge!

“I promise to do as little harm to America, Americans and the World as possible in the next four years!”

I will not make you promises I do not intend to keep. I will not promise actions that make everybody worse off. I will not steal from your neighbor to give stuff to you!

Prepackaged opinions

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“The viewer of television, the listener to radio, the reader of magazines, is presented with a whole complex of elements— all the way from ingenious rhetoric to carefully selected data and statistics— to make it easy for him to “make up his own mind ” with the minimum of difficulty and effort. But the packaging is often done so effectively that the viewer, listener, or reader does not make up his own mind at all. Instead, he inserts a packaged opinion into his mind, somewhat like inserting a cassette into a cassette player. He then pushes a button and “plays back” the opinion whenever it seems appropriate to do so. He has performed acceptably without having had to think.”

“How to Read a Book” by Charles Van Doren, Mortimer J. Adler

Socialism – no rational person would choose this

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Socialism was the tragic failure of the twentieth century. Born of a commitment to remedy the economic and moral defects of capitalism, it has far surpassed capitalism in both economic malfunction and moral cruelty.

Socialism by Robert Heilbroner

Please, go read read this short article. Think about it. Read it again. Share it with your friends and family. Talk about it. This is the system that the American Democratic party desires to move us to. (Yes, there are many socialist Republicans, just as dangerous.) This is what Bernie Sanders claims to be and this is what Hillary Clinton and the other Democratic candidates are, but do not overtly admit to.

For the love of all that is good and true and beautiful, read, share and talk about this.

Let’s stop calling them “refugees”

The Syrian, so called, “refugees” are not actually “refugees.” A refugee will at least attempt to go home after the crisis is over. A “immigrant” comes to stay.

Let’s just call them “immigrants” or “crisis immigrants” or “emergency immigrants.” But let’s be done with this “refugee” nonsense.

The Price of Rice?

“What’s that got to do with the price of rice in China?” my dad used to ask when I complained that something wasn’t “fair.”

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Governments interfering with markets ALWAYS hurts the poor and the vulnerable – the very people they CLAIM to be helping.

Paddy-whacked

Thinking vs Doing?

Tom Morris explores Senator Marco Rubio’s Statement, “For the life of me, I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational education. Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers.” 

Tom gets it right. Work and thought are not and should not be exclusive.

“Doing without thinking is much more dangerous than thinking without doing.”
Tom V. Morris, Welders and Philosophers

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Matt Ridley, against the wind

Matt Ridley published another brilliant commentary on the idioc UK “renewable energy” policies and their huge unintended consequences.

Wind Makes Electricity Expensive and Unreliable Without Cutting Emissions
http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/wind-power/

A few of his quotables….

[Policies favoring “Renewable Energy”] has COST wealth, jobs, landscapes, wildlife, security of supply: and all for NOTHING in terms of emissions savings.

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The DECC’s numbers show that small businesses will be paying 77 per cent more per unit for electricity by 2020 than they would be if we were not subsidising renewables.

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The coalition promised secure, affordable and low-carbon power, but instead gave us unreliable, expensive and high-carbon power.

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Another thought on the Million students

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If my child was participating in the #MillionStudentMarch, my child would need to know that he had already chosen to be financially independent. I will not foot the bill for a child of mine to be a socialist fool in public.