Tag Archives: Wages

Why am I so blessed? Or have I spoke too soon?

I can’t recommend enough that people study economics. It has taken over my life, for the better. It is the ultimate red pill. Governments make sense when you study economics (if you’re studying the right places). It makes revolutions all the more understandable, and is truly frightening in making you realize that, very likely, you may be involved in a revolutionary war in your life time, or a political prisoner, or subjected to the whims of your “rulers”, whatever they may be. “Constitutional protections” are flimsy when the rulers just……….you know, ignore them. The ultimate answer is an education. That is truly profound. The battle between good and evil never ultimately ceases. We just, thankfully, get some breaks from it every now and then. Peace, of course, is preferable. But smart people know that evil people won’t hesitate to use evil to achieve their means. It is crucial that people be willing to accept their natural right to defend themselves.

It is already known that the Enlightenment changed the world. And such a relatively short period of time ago. But as government gets more and more involved in education, these truths become lost. We mustn’t let the little kiddies ever believe that they have a “right” to ever disobey us. This is why the warning bells have been signaled ever since America’s FOUNDING. The debate over the structure of the government. Thankfully, America was founded upon a rebellion against tyranny. The Enlightenment changed the world. Americans are the products of the Enlightenment. It truly makes one want to study world history, and see if America really was the first “free land”. Ireland, apparently, was “free” for a millennium. That’s astounding. History is full of revolutions. Now, more than ever, I am interested in studying world history.  I finally no longer have my fingers in my ears while I sing “Our God is an awesome God” every time the subject of world history comes to my attention. The same for other subjects as well (thank God).

Many Americans have a “Revere” spirit. We still remember why America became a nation. And at least some of us still understand that this is always relevant. “Revolution” is not simply “historical”. It is always an option. Many Americans understand this, but sadly, more and more refuse to accept this truth. More and more, people become less skeptical of “leaders”. They refuse to believe that America could ever become, say, a North Korea. That type of attitude whittles away the revolutionary spirit that founded the nation. It is a very scary trend. The reason economics is so crucial to this cause is because people will ask, for example, what happened in 2008? Why did I lose everything? They look for answers. Their political leaders always offer them the solutions. And many of them listen, and believe the leaders. Even the most elementary glance at history shows the ultimate “conclusion” of government control. Americans are skeptical of this. “Wait a minute: weren’t we founded on a rebellion against government? Wasn’t that what the Enlightenment was all about? Something fishy is going on here. What am I missing?” The answer is economics.

……….Of course, educating oneself in other areas would help as well. I’m getting around to educating myself on world history. Currently, I’m too involved with economics to do both. You have to have a structure when learning. That, really, comes down to the individual student.

A Philosopher’s Mind.

Free Will Contradictions.

Read.

Advertisements

Public Service Announcement

Here is my response to the blog post below (I have a sneaking suspicion that the author of this post will delete my response. As someone who has done this myself, I think I am justified in this belief. The response is as follows).

“They are mere shells of life eaten out by years of existence in a mechanized society where their energies, from their youth, have been subjected to the wills of bosses, to the deadening prod of identical external stimuli, and been used up in serving ends quite outside themselves. Now they are tired. There is nothing that they want to do — nothing that reflects any thought, or will, or quest, or direction of their own. They seek only relief from their boredom. They want only to be entertained.” I can understand that argument from one point. Yes, work is monotonous, and it sucks the soul out of individuals. But, to put it bluntly, “that’s just how it is”. There is no other alternative because there are no other effective ways to get the needs and desires of humans met. Whether you use your hands, a shovel, or a tractor, food must still come out of the ground, and it will take a certain amount of time, and specific weather, to grow. Whining and complaining about it is a crucial tool to get through the grueling monotony of what is necessary to keep life alive. But I get the sense (perhaps unfairly) that you are a communist. Once again, that could be completely unfair of me to make that judgment. If you are suggesting that life sucks, and are complaining about it, I’m right there with you. But the reason I sense communist sympathy is talk of the “mechanized society”, “subjected to the wills of bosses”, etc. I’d be interested to hear what your alternative to this situation would be. I’m not trying to be rude, but I would guess communism.

Also, sure, maybe we, as hunter-gatherers, weren’t “bored”, as we had to constantly be vigilant of the predator that would kill us. But is that somehow more “noble” than sitting, being bored, and watching television? Why does digging with a shovel make one more “noble” than using a tractor? Why does having an “easier” life make one a worse person? I don’t agree with that argument whatsoever. I certainly agree that television is garbage, and I lament at the brainlessness of it all. Is there something to be said about the average television watcher? Absolutely. They are condemnable on many fronts. But using that to attack “mechanization” or “bosses” is quite silly. Blaming “mechanization” and “bosses” on taking away ambition from an individual is ridiculous. The individual is not “forced” by “mechanization” or “bosses” to be unambitious. It is the “fault” of the individual. Maybe the caveman that hunted for food with a spear was more “ambitious” than the average television watcher today, but that is of little importance to me. To make a comparison equating “labor exerted” to “nobility” is ludicrous. Today, we may seek only relief from our boredom, but our ancient ancestors only sought relief from a constant, imminent death that was around them in more forms than we will ever experience in our entire lifetimes.

“And everywhere it drives men’s own thoughts and judgments out of their heads, deprives them of the condition for getting any thoughts or judgments of their own”. There’s certainly some truth to that. However, many people are limited intellectually. It is a tragic reality. How to “educate” them? Are they “educable”? Perhaps not. If not, we must lament, with our “live and let live” philosophy. We can critique all we want, but what else can we do? We should not be allowed to capture them, against their wills, and read them the greatest philosophical works ever written. “Live and let live” seems to be the only solution, accompanied by a fierce critique to anyone who will listen, if the parties so desire.

Voluntarism and Capitalism.

On Laziness.

Television.

News.

Excerpts from “Breaking News: story 2 of the Apocalyptic series”.

A Fallen Man, and Checks and Balances

A lot of liberals attack the government for “capitalist” ideals.

But I ask them: who is going to enforce their communist ones?

If you think that “wage slavery” is slavery, then what is it called when my productivity is given to the ravenous masses? At least in a capitalist society, I am in charge of my own property, and thus I decide what price I am going to offer my services for (and exchanges only take place when buyers peacefully agree with my price, which we can negotiate on). The alternative is to have government create all of the prices, and not only will that cause a lot of economic problems that are impossible to go into in detail in this small article (read the chapter Socialist Calculation in the book Individualism and Economic Order by Hayek for much more elaborate detail than I could ever possibly hope to give: at least at this point in my life. We’ll see about the future), but if businesses do not comply with the mandates from the all-knowing, perfectly benevolent group of fallen individuals known as “government”, then they can send their little agents with guns and arrest me if I have broken a “consumer protection” law or they can tax me to death so that I no longer sell what I’m selling (and oh, guess what? That negatively effects GDP).

In a communist society, who takes from the “greedy” and gives to the “needy” masses? A government?

What keeps the government from keeping the resources themselves? How would you stop them? And more importantly: why do you have such a negative opinion of business owners and a positive view of government when they are both human, and one group owns all of the big guns? Especially if you support gun control?

Why is one group “evil” (business) while another side is “good” (government) when the latter is the group that has all of the guns?

Why is it “evil” to take my property, give it more value, and then sell it at that value? If I own the property, why do I not have the right to sell it at the price that I determine? Why is it bad for a capitalist to determine your wages but good for you to determine his profits? They are the same thing. They are the resources allowed for sustenance.

Why is it ok for you to vote for politicians that will place limits on the amount of property that capitalists can buy, but you want increased business opportunities for yourself, and you run to this exact same government? Do you not see how what you call “capitalism” (which is crony capitalism) is doing the exact same thing?

If you think that buying is slavery, then I can’t imagine how you’d feel if you had a gun in your face (which is what happens in communist economies).

I would think that, being a liberal and using African-American slavery for all of your arguments, that you’d actually understand what slavery is, but I guess not.

Physical force is the determination because products have to be made if they are going to be used.

Cell phones do not just fall out of the sky.

The question becomes: what is the best way to get these things made?

If you attack consumerism: no one said you had to buy the cell phones, but I don’t see why you think it’s fair for others to not be able to purchase cell phones if you support government programs to fix all of the problems that you see in the world.

November 19, 2013.

Things that I have for sale on Kindle.

Where you can financially support me if you so desire.

A Memorandum on Dreams

Why do we envy fun? It seems natural that as some people become older, they become more and more intolerant of those that they perceive to be immature. The overall prevailing perception is that as you get older, life gets more and more miserable. We are told that we work until our deaths. There are limits placed on us all of the time. We are told things from every example. But very rarely is individuality rewarded. We are expected to become slaves: you are to do as I say. But what if you want to achieve something different?

Too bad: every ounce of hope within you is to be squelched by misery. Once again, we are taught that in the workplace, there is absolutely no hope for fun. We are expected to accept the first thing offered to us. The greatest tragedy to befall a society is not a mass shooting. It is not obesity. It is teaching that goals and dreams are only unjustly rewarded to others, and that we are to accept unhappiness. I cannot tell you how time and time again, I have envied professional athletes, professional authors, business owners. “They aren’t working: they are just having fun. There’s no way they deserve to be making so much more than others that are working so much harder: especially to play a game!” I have heard and thought this throughout most of my childhood. But there are many factors that I have neglected, and many more that I probably am still.

I do not doubt financial struggles. I know them all too well. I also understand that many individuals work extremely hard work for what they deem to be unrealistic pay. But this is all the more reason to have extremely high goals.

The prevailing logic is that because a particular job is hard with what feels like little pay, other people should not be able to pursue a dream career with a wage that they are happy with. But as anyone can tell you, this immediately falls apart with the logic. The logic becomes “Because I do not have a dream job and because I wish I had more money, no one should be allowed to love what they do and be financially happy.” But by that logic, does the man in the wheelchair have the right to cut off the legs of others? The blind man the right to take away the sight from others? The deaf man the right to take away the hearing of others? The same mantra that laborers teach their children, that “life isn’t fair,” doesn’t seem to be recalled when they look in the mirror and don’t like what they see. The same lessons that they teach their kids, to follow their dreams and become successful, do not seem to apply to the kids of others. Nor does the lesson “treat others as you want to be treated” ring a bell. No, it’s all justified because they’re “adults” now, and they can’t be told what to do.

Don’t get me wrong: poverty is a serious problem. But each man’s finances are the responsibility of the individual needs of the individual. I am responsible for my finances, you are responsible for yours: everyone is responsible for his own. Therefore, no one is owed anything.

I have yet to understand why these laborers that complain about certain industries making too much money do not work to join in on these industries on their own. Instead of thinking “these people make too much money,” what they should be thinking is “How can I make money like that?” Instead of saying that people should not be paid that much to play a game, they should play the game on their own.

The average adult laborer is a dream-killer: “They shouldn’t make that much money to play a game.” It’s all envy-based. People will always want the greatest amount of reward for the least amount of effort. This isn’t morally wrong: it’s simply human nature. So when these laborers complain about their pay and their labor, they aren’t doing anything wrong. They are doing what is expected of them. I would do the same thing. But if you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always gotten.

My biggest goal in life is to become a professional writer. My heart tells me that I am far away from this goal, and for once, my heart and my peers are in agreement. But I know that if I believe that I cannot become a professional writer someday that my chances of becoming one decrease dramatically. I know that I can become a professional writer someday. I am confident in my abilities (depending on the day you ask me), but I am lucky enough to be blessed with a certain talent. Certainly, I received some of this perceived talent genetically as well as from some really good teachers in my life. I have certainly been blessed in this area. But because of this, I would consider it a travesty and dishonest if I did not try to make money at this.

I think that one of the many reasons that people do not achieve their dreams and become wealthy is because they believe that it is wrong to do so. If it is unfair for other people to find their dream job and become wealthy, then certainly it is wrong in the eyes of the morally self-righteous to do the same things for themselves, but that is probably a topic for another article.

There are many causes of poverty in the world. I would say that envy is the greatest cause of poverty, followed by laziness. If these dream-killers would leave the dreamers alone and dream for themselves, the world would be a much better place. By no means am I saying that we can make the world perfect, as the moralists say. But what I am saying is that logic dictates that if dreamers become wealthy, and you try to destroy the dreams of others and think that dreaming for yourself is child’s play, then you will never be wealthy. That isn’t anyone else’s fault but your own.

In no way am I saying that achieving wealth is easy. Changing the world on a large scale is not easy (i.e., becoming wealthy). But it is of my opinion that the first step to becoming wealthy is to dream. I am not wealthy yet: in fact, I am far from it. But my financial situation is my own responsibility. No one is in control of my dreams except myself. I decide what I am going to do to succeed.

As I have stated, the sure way to never obtain wealth is to believe that you cannot obtain it, so the naysayer that never believes he can become wealthy will say “You don’t get to decide what makes you wealthy: other people do.” This is an envious comment to be ignored. Any idiot could tell you that you don’t become wealthy unless other people pay you, and other people aren’t going to pay you unless they believe that you have given something to them. This is just common sense. This does not need to be pointed out. But the envious will take my comment of “I decide what I am going to do to succeed” and use what I have just told you to mean that I cannot succeed on my own way, but in the way of the market. This sounds true on the surface, but what he means is that he believes that I cannot succeed on my own way, but on his way. Lucky for me that I have my own way.

His way, once again, represents the logic that I have presented earlier that if his way truly worked, he would be using it himself, so this is a signal for me to ignore him and find my own way of doing things. There are many articles that I could probably write about authority, but as for now, I will only say that I am in charge of my financial life and he is in charge of his. If I am not as financially successful as I want to be, then that is not his worry and if he is not as financially successful as he wants to be, then that is not my worry.

Another problem with the moralists is that the same logic that is going to make them think that my previous sentence is immoral is the same logic that makes them think that having a dream job and being wealthy is immoral while being poor and miserable is somehow honorable. Once again, by their logic, we should all poke out our eyes, rupture our eardrums and cut off our limbs so that we are all disadvantaged and “honorable.”

Quite frankly, the reason that many people aren’t rich is because they don’t know how to be while the people that are rich know how to be rich. You would think that this is logic, and it is. But this logic expands to include that if you destroy what has allowed other people to achieve their dream jobs and obtain wealth that you have destroyed the mechanisms that would have allowed you to obtain the same things. So you are destroying your own abilities to obtain your dream job and become wealthy by taking those things away from someone else, because the only way to take that away from someone else is to destroy the mechanism that gave it to them, and it is that same mechanism which provided you with the only opportunity to obtain what they had obtained which you rashly destroyed with your envy and ignorance.

Once again, it is human nature to want to obtain as much as possible while putting forth as little effort as possible. It is not immoral: it is human nature. But if you are mad that someone else is able to quench his thirst more so than you are, then by destroying his water and the way he obtained it, everyone is going to be thirsty, including yourself, and everyone will die of thirst.

The first step to obtaining a dream job and becoming wealthy is to want both. On some superficial level, and in fact on some very real, human level, we all want these things. I would argue that some of us want these things more so than others. And I would say that the ones that want it the most work the hardest to make it happen while the ones that don’t want it as badly expect that they deserve it. I think that this is the fundamental difference between the wealthy and the unwealthy: the dreamer and the miserable. The wealthy and the dreamer go out there and earn their dream jobs and wealth while the poor miserable feel entitled. I think this is the fundamental difference between the ones that achieve their dream jobs and the ones that are miserable: between the rich and the poor. Because one is earned, it is just. But because the other is entitled, it has no merit.

Entitlement is a subject for another article, but the first step to obtain a dream job and to become wealthy is to dream of both. The next step, which is harder, is to ignore everyone that you believe is going to prevent you from obtaining your dreams. Maybe you are wrong and they will help you, but your financial decisions are your own to make, whether you listen to others or not. And finally, I have no more advice because I have not yet obtained the levels that I want to obtain, but I know that these first two steps will have to be utilized if I am to obtain my dream job and become wealthy. I will figure out the next steps as I go along.

August 9, 2013.

Things that I have for sale on Kindle.

Where you can financially support me if you so desire.