Monday, June 1, 2009

Atlas Shrugged

Well I am most of the way through Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I have about 40 pages left in John Galt's speech and another 150 or so to go. I will have to re-read the speech a few times for it to all sink in.

The book is fundamentally changing my consciousness and how I perceive the world and the role of government. I'm not going to go into much detail about the book, because I think everyone should read it for themselves.

The question I have is this: Can we somehow make our own Atlantis somewhere? And the follow-up is this: How? Every time I look at my paycheck and see how much is gobbled up by the socialist machine. My hard-earned money taken to fight a war I do not support in Afghanistan, to continue a war with no exit strategy in Iraq. To feed and give cars to those who don't want to get jobs. Money I earn encourages people to have as many children as possible so they get more welfare money.

My hard-earned money goes to pork projects like libraries for drunken senators. A quarter of a million for Obesity research. 750M for a bus terminal in Fall River and another half billion for one in New Bedford.

It is mind boggling to me how much better I would have done for myself if I invested that money. Even with the stock market as bad as it is I would have had a heck of a lot more of a retirement than I do now. Even with an act a simple as putting extra $ towards the house, I'd be better off.

It is infuriating to me how wasteful the government is. What do I expect from the federal government? Defense of our borders. Protect me from fraud. Investigate inter-state crime and prosecute and punish the guilty. Act as a supporting framework for the states. Provide a common currency. Maintain and promote American History and science. Maintain a national archive and museums. (Library of Congress, Smithsonian) Provide a national registry for patents. An intelligence agencies) to provide our military with what it needs to raise hell and to defend us. A tariff and taxation division to charge import and export tariffs to help fund the government and to give Americans an edge if they can produce it locally. A common level of business responsibility for the chemicals used, workers safety, realistic emissions control and monitoring - no you cannot dump toxic waste into a river.

In addition to defense of our borders we need a volunteer military that is competently trained and properly equipped to let us do whatever ass-whuppin we need. Let's face it, some meatball somewhere is going to fuck with us, so we need to put such a beat down on them that the next crazy bastard picks on China or Russia instead.

All of these things can be done better without the layers and layers of bureaucracy. Nationally, the Personal Income Tax would go away. Most corporate taxes would go away. This frees up a LOT of money for charity, to get your own retirement, to pay for your own health insurance. Business would hire more workers, more money would flow from consumers to American companies and products. Which hire more workers, so on and so forth.

At this point I am so tired all I want to do is be free. Not the illusion of freedom I'm fed by mass media but true freedom. Freedom to make it or break it on my own. If there is a Midas Mulligan out there? Need someone to scrub a floor, to do landscaping or dig ditches until I save up enough to start a woodworking business?

4 comments:

Bitmap said...

I love Atlas Shrugged.

If we could just invest that 12%+ taken from us every payday for "social security" we would be much better off. Like you said, invest it or use it to pay off your house.

theotherryan said...

Military conflicts these days are too fast, high tech and specialized for the old farmers with rifles plan to work. Even a well trained militia/ reserve force would not be able to mobilize fast enough to do anything to sway a war.

Not saying I don't think it isn't a good idea but it won't make our nation a whole lot safer.

Geoff said...

Theotherryan,

I've heard that before. I don't think it's true. Afghanistan has proven that several times throughout the centuries. The most recent being right now.

You don't necessarily have to defeat the aggressors with force-on-force. You just have to bleed them dry logistically. That is something that poorly-equipped, poorly-armed local populations are phenomenally good at.

Not only that, but technology can often be rendered moot by the most simple technologies.

The Bosnians found an ingenious way to destroy a perfectly good, $280,000 HARM missile for about $60. Not a bad tradeoff.

Furthermore, Theotherryan, the Founding Fathers didn't care about technology. They cared about human nature. It doesn't change. They knew that a standing army would be more dangerous than any outside aggressor.

Farmers don't have any incentive to go to war unless their land is actually being invaded. Politicians and war manufacturers have every incentive to make war under any pretext whatsoever: A) They're not fighting B)...? C) Profit!

It's nothing to get the masses to go along with it. They're already brainwashed into thinking that whatever the U.S. military does is personally ordained by God Himself. That is hardly an exaggeration, either.

I really think people need to pay some serious attention and lend some sober credence to the words of Hermann Goering:

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. "

What do we have now? "The turrists gonna git us! They want us dead! They want to slit your babies' throats with Kukris in their sleep. If you're not with us, you're against us! If you don't support whatever the government and its military are doing, you're not 'patriotic.' Go move to China!"

I don't live in a government. I live on land, with neighbors. How about you?

Sadly, the Founding Fathers going to be proven right. Very, very right.

The military is not making us safe. In the long run, it will kill the people they were commissioned to protect. Never fails. "It's the same in any country." It's just the way human nature works, when imbued with grotesquely huge amounts of artificial power.

Help U Prep said...

I think the free state project is an attempt to create a new place where we can be free. In my opinion there is not enough time for that. But the more people wake up the less there will be to fight their wars and go along with the program.