Some Thoughts on the State-Church (University)

When an individual has completed a stage of indoctrination in the state-church, the burden of his initiation must be born by any investor who wants to employ him. If the state has done what it claims to do and enriched the individual with desirable qualities at an unbeatable price; the state has done the individual a service and provided opportunity for investors. If the state has either failed to provide desirable skills or if it has created a burden that prospective investors will not bear; it has wronged the individual by using coercion to prevent his employment and wronged investors similarly.

Unfortunately, the latter case is history. America’s low employment is the wreckage caused by government intrusion. Somehow, to the pacifist left, it comes as a surprise that a fundamentally violent institution can only destroy. Investors have been chased off to friendlier environments like communist China. As a result, opportunities exist for millions of foreigners that have been denied to Americans. Their inability to distinguish between genus and phylum and the fact that they haven’t read Pride and Prejudice don’t seem to be major obstacles.

Instead of apologizing for this disaster, the state has assured Americans that its very concerned with the ‘jobs problem’ and has proposed further coercion as a solution. “We need to create more jobs” they say. As if these things come off an assembly line and production hasn’t met quota.

To invest other people’s capital in another round of state-sanctioned ‘education’ is to overlook the clear lack of demand for such a thing. When a person says that higher education is financially inaccessible, they are questioning the right of an investor to his own resources. Investors will not support a liberal arts degree because indoctrination in the state-church is worthless for their purposes.

In the opening paragraph of the executive summary for Colorado’s higher-education plan titled Colorado Competes, it is stated that the “primary performance goal” is to increase the number who hold “high-quality post secondary credentials.” An estimate that 67% of Colorado’s workforce will need “high-quality post secondary credentials” by 2018 is cited. However, the cited study makes no mention of “high-quality” anything. Instead, the study displays graphics made using statistical data concerning the portion of jobs held by individuals with various levels of certified education. Based on trends, the study extrapolates to provide estimates for future years. There are no business plans or letters from CEOs who need more ‘educated’ labor. It is only an assumption that these trends are driven by demand and that they will continue.

 

Bernie; The Strong Man.

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Over two thousand years ago, around 380 BC, Plato wrote The Republic. In it is a description of a political cycle which ends in tyranny. Interestingly, democracy is identified as a transition towards tyranny. Plato explains that the tyrant is first a protector. He points to the rich and accuses them of being oligarchs. Then, he redistributes their wealth to the voters.

“The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness… This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears above ground he is a protector.”

Struck by the similarities between Bernie’s movement and the National Socialist movement that took place 80 years ago in Germany, I created this flier and distributed it around my campus.

Prosecutorial Discretion; The Libertarian Golden Gun?

It is often stated that the significance of the presidential election is over-estimated. Folks like to set themselves apart from the common voter by asserting that they have a more sophisticated understanding of the political process which includes “checks and balances”. These people are always eager to remind me that the congress is, and always has been the most prominent branch of government.

I say; If we ever managed to get someone in the White House who was interested in restoring the United States to the free-est place on earth he would find the congress much less of an obstacle than it is for modern presidents. That’s because the president has a set of tools that can protect liberty without any approval from congressmen.

First, the Veto. After a piece of legislation makes it through our house and senate, the executive can simply say ‘no’. As Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson proved how powerful a tool this can be for an executive. While in office, Johnson exercised his veto privilege 750 times. In order to over-ride an executive’s veto, the US congress would need a 3/4 approval in both houses. In the current political climate, that would be easier said than done.

In addition to being able to shoot down bills before they become law, the executive has the power to forgive the violation of those laws with a pardon. This seems pretty self-explanatory but I think it’s worth pointing out that anyone who gets convicted of a victim-less federal crime only needs the executive to make it right. As far as I know, there is nothing to keep the executive from setting up an automated system for pardons of crimes he finds inappropriate.

Finally, the libertarian golden gun:

Obama’s Justice Department has chosen not to prosecute many individuals who are in violation of the law, as defined by congress. This privileged is generally referred to as prosecutorial  discretion. The justice department can, and does, develop policies for not enforcing laws that it considers low priority. This has been used to look the other way in states where marijuana has been legalized and to avoid mass deportation of illegal immigrants.

This behavior sets a precedence that could be invaluable to the liberty movement. With prosecutorial discretion, a pro-liberty executive has enormous power. If we accept that most laws that are necessary were passed by congress years ago, the executive is in a position to enforce any of them, but ignore the rest.

Republican Trey Gowdy has suggested that this power needs limits and is not clearly defined. I say; why not take it as far as possible? What keeps the next president (other than that they all seem to be in favor of big government) from declining to prosecute people for tax evasion?

Our “Education” in America

If a person’s parents are lucky enough to have been let in on the secrets of our great ancestors, the chance of those lessons being relayed to himself is greatly diminished by his compulsory attendance, for the largest part of his childhood, to what is paradoxically referred to as ‘public education’. This displacement of parental guidance, conducted at the expense of a child’s parents, is justified as being necessary to ensure the child’s value to society. In too many cases, after a parent has been taxed, the promised return is not given. Millions of citizens have been equipped with no skills which improve anything. They cannot be employed and do not have the critical life skills which are acquired outside a classroom. What little knowledge is possessed by the disenfranchised , other than the worthless trivia they are exposed to in school, probably came to them via television, magazine, or social media; all platforms for sponsored propaganda.

Some of the disenfranchised are employed in busy work that would never be supported by a market due to its ineffectiveness. This is done to prevent revolt, or as a project for righteous bureaucrats. Others resign themselves to a feeling of worthlessness. This has created an epidemic of reclusive weirdos in Japan. For some, the reaction is violent. Young people commit terrorist acts and run off to support militant groups.

In the United States, busy work is provided in part by the University. The University has asserted it’s significance by forwarding a narrative in which our workforce is under-coddled. With just a bit more “education”, they assure their victims that prosperity is attainable. The result, yet again, is burdensome debt and, for many, nothing to show for it.

What is left of our once great empire is in danger of being lost. There is potential for a dark-age, comparable to the one which followed Rome’s collapse. It took many generations for our ancestors to rediscover the knowledge that built Rome and much of it is likely gone forever. If it were not for the people of Asia  who carried the torch of civilization, America may never have been born.