Keystone Pipeline – Let’s Have an Honest Discussion of Slavery

The immorality of slavery is secondary to its economic viability.

The creation of cheap mechanized labor via mechanics and electricity is the great liberator. Elimination or substantial reduction of that inexpensive energy source will necessarily revive slavery as a viable economic tool.

Slavery was not vanquished in the 19th century because it was wrong, it was vanquished because it was no longer necessary and profitable, with muscle power being vastly inferior to mechanized power. The South lost the Civil war because it relied on slave labor or muscle labor which was simply not as productive as the mechanized energy utilized in the north. The South could not produce enough resources to sustain a prolonged war, not in a society where a pastoral life of ease for a few requires the work of hundreds to sustain.  In the North, with manufacturing roaring and the use of mechanized labor, it could vastly out-produce the South.

This is not to disparage or minimize the people who gave their lives to eliminate slavery in the U.S., but merely to note that slavery is as old as recorded history.  Great achievements from the great pyramids to the Roman aquaducts to the great cathedrals required the backbreaking toil of thousands living at subsistance to produce what can be produced today by a few hundred highly paid and skilled laborers who have a standard of living that would be the envy of kings of yore.  Slavery was not invented in the US. It was conquered in the U.S. by the availability of inexpensive mechanized energy.

If you have to till your soil by hand with a hoe, you will be lucky if you can produce enough food to feed your family, much less produce an abundance allowing for the sale or trade of foodstuff to obtain the other necessities of life.

Any substantial reduction of mechanized energy will inevitably increase the amount of manual labor required to produce food and other products and will eventually make slavery profitable again.

Think the thought through, it is self-evident. It need not be proven, though it could be. Perhaps it should be to deduce the exact level of mechanized energy output that would make the subsistence provision for a fellow human being in exchange for their labor necessary and profitable. Because, I assure you, that is the goal of the green movement and the liberals who are striving to eliminate the cheapest means of energy production. If that energy is continuously reduced, the threshold at which slave labor again becomes viable will be breached.

Until the US releases its true energy output via oil, coal and nuclear power, we will remain on a steady course toward tyranny and slavery. It is not a side effect, it is the objective of all opposition to inexpensive energy. It is about force, power and work, who does it and who controls it. Those who seek to control power, force and work, seek to control you by reducing your access to those very commodities.

World English Dictionary

energy (ˈɛnədʒɪ)

— n , pl -gies

1.            intensity or vitality of action or expression; forcefulness
2.            capacity or tendency for intense activity; vigour
3.            vigorous or intense action; exertion
4.            physics
a. the capacity of a body or system to do work
b. E a measure of this capacity, expressed as the work that it does in changing to some specified reference state. It is measured in joules (SI units)
5.            kinetic energy See also potential energy a source of power

[C16: from Late Latin energīa, from Greek energeia activity, from energos effective, from en- ² + ergon work]

erg
1 [urg] Show IPA, noun Physics.

the centimeter-gram-second unit of work or energy, equal to the work done by a force of one dyne when its point of application moves through a distance of one centimeter in the direction of the force; 10− 7 joule.

Origin:  1870–75; < Greek érgon work

dyne (daɪn)
— n the cgs unit of force; the force that imparts an acceleration of 1 centimetre per second per second to a mass of 1 gram. 1 dyne is equivalent to 10 -5 newton or 7.233 × 10 -5 poundal

[C19: from French, from Greek dunamis power, force]

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Are we looking at urban hunter-gatherer societies?

Please read “Guns, Germs and Steel”, by Jared Diamond.

This book is an interesting study into what happens when a food production society encounters a hunter-gatherer society.  One of the key differences between the two societies is that hunter-gatherer societies simply take or cajole what they need from the environment, whereas in a food production society, the members control the environment to produce what they need.

Diamond documents the rise of food production societies from hunter-gatherer societies and the environmental components necessary.   Race was not found to be a factor.  Throughout known history, in every instance he could document, Diamond found upon the collision of the two societies, the hunter-gatherer society would either be absorbed by the food production society (with its higher technology) or eradicated.

I did a little leap of logic from this study to an earlier work, “The Story of Civilization” by Will Durant.

In the 1600′s, a few experiments in communism were conducted by Jesuits in South America.  They created a few stable communes out of hunter-gatherer groups and were able to thereby convert them to food production societies.  Then, a neighboring group would attack and conquer them, ending the experiment.

I couldn’t help but wonder, if communism can be used as a stepping stone from hunter-gatherer to a food production paradigm, could it work the other way around?  Can socialism and communism be used to convert a free market, food production, technological society into a hunter-gatherer society?  Is this an inherent human mechanism that liberals stumbled upon and exploited to convert independent individuals to government dependents?

Is this what has happened in Detroit and all major cities where industry has been strangled by unions, and the resulting poor and minorities have been corralled into a government defined area and exiled from the food production society?

Think about it.  Have liberal policies simply created urban hunter-gatherer societies?

In an urban hunter gatherer-society, we see people doing whatever it takes to extract the wherewithal for survival from their environment, the government.  And in the absence of animal prey, the hunters hunt fellow citizens to harvest the resources they need.

If you look at the gangs and wildings that are becoming more prevalent in the inner cities, and areas they can reach by public transportation, look at them as hunters instead of criminals.  Could this be why there is no hew and cry against this behavior within our inner-cities.  In a food production society, such behavior is criminal; in a hunter-gatherer society it is a survival skill.

If that is what we are witnessing, will this help us to understand it better and resolve the conflicts?  While we all know that education is the key component, without first understanding their viewpoint, can we deliver a viable education?  Given that most of our academic programs promote socialism, is academia re-enforcing the hunter-gatherer paradigm instead of preparing our youth to be independent and self-supporting?  They perceive themselves as self-sufficient already at extracting resources from the environment with no awareness or moral objection to their dependence upon willing taxpayers – or that they are depleting the very environment they depend upon.

Now for a few statistics to put it in perspective: (http://www.statisticbrain.com/welfare-statistics/)

Total number of Americans on Welfare:    4,300,000

Percent of recipients who are white 38.8 %
Percent of recipients who are black 39.8 %
Percent of recipients who are Hispanic 15.7 %
Percent of recipients who are Asian 2.4 %
Percent of recipients who are Other 3.3 %

Total number of black Americans:  42,000,000
# of black Americans on welfare:  1,711,400
% of black Americans on welfare:  4.07%

While there are numerous other government assistance programs, this simple set of statistics belies the media narrative that black America is represented by the urban welfare society, which is a complete fabrication.  One of the problems we face is that both blacks and whites have bought into this false narrative.  The issues with the inner-city ghetto culture are not dominated by race but by the societal hunter-gather paradigm and functional illiteracy and cross all races.  The other two most significant statistics to be evaluated are the number of people dependent upon social security disability and food stamps – additional popular sources of “gathering” for the chronic (i.e., non-productive) poor.

As long as we consider this cultural divide as a racial issue, we will continue to bark up the wrong tree and only exacerbate the problems.  In fact, there are considerable vested interests who are actively working to sustain and escalate the social, cultural divide.

Are we merely witnessing yet another collision between food production and hunger-gatherer societies?  If so, why would they want to change?  What can we do to help?

Just a thought – what do you think?

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Organization Analysis and Work Orientation

Following is a white paper that tea party members and leaders can use to hone their organizational and leadership skills.  I hope you find it helpful.

Executive and management skills are often viewed exclusively as talents, things that some people just do naturally.  But they are skills and anyone can increase their abilities to lead, manage and produce with a little effort.  All organizational and individual efforts require 3 fundamental orientations, or viewpoints from which to view and engage the activity to a successful result.  The skill with which one is able to apply these approaches to any endeavor determines your level of success.  You use these tools well in all areas where you are very successful, and not so well in areas where you are frustrated.

You can use this logic model to evaluate and improve your performance in any area of life and to provide guidance and leadership to others.

Three Fundamental Orientations

–        Task Oriented: A task is an action or series of actions.  It is production.  Workers are most comfortable with this work style, from assembly workers, to mechanics to pilots and doctors.  People who like to “do” things.

–        Process Oriented:  A process is the methodology of production; it is coordinating and managing resources as well as directing the flow of production, the way things are produced.  Managers are most comfortable with process oriented work.

–        Results Oriented:  A result is the end product of tasks executed to completion via an organized methodology.  It is identifying and naming the goals and establishing the vision.  Executives are most comfortable with results oriented work.

Orientation and Organization Analysis

Whenever an organization is experiencing frustration, discord, inefficiency or excessive emergencies, look for an imbalance in these three factors, and it will lead you to the source of the problem and help identify the solution to help increase efficiency, morale and results.

–        While most jobs are dominated by one of the 3 orientations, every job encompasses components of all three orientations.  Excellence requires the ability to use all 3 appropriately.

–        Most people have a favorite work orientation, with which they are most comfortable, but everyone can increase their ability to apply any of the 3 orientations to a given situation.  It is really just a point of view and anyone can change their point of view.

–        Using judgment and your existing expertise, you can use this analytic logic model to identify and improve any organizational sphere, from a single job to a large multi-group organization.

Some General Guidelines

New or young organizations tend to be weak in Executive and Management areas of Results and Process Orientations.  It is critical for the group to adopt and broadly publish vision and mission statements to identify the Results desired.  Next, it will be necessary to develop programs and processes.  Many tea parties have members who have considerable executive or management skills, but who do not have sufficient time to engage in a leadership role.  Work to identify those individuals and see if they can provide consulting advice and guidance to the leaders.  Always assess the skills of your membership and make every effort to help members find a role within the organization for which they are well suited.  People always prefer to do things that they do well, and are much more willing to participate in activities outside their zone of comfort if they are also utilized in areas where they are already strong.   You wouldn’t use a sports car to move furniture, nor would you use a moving van to run a drag race.

More mature organizations can tend to get process heavy where people are changing too much for the sake of change.  Very mature organizations can lose sight of the vision, or once the initial vision is fulfilled to fail to generate a new vision and goal.    The best example of this is the civil rights movement which has fallen so far as to start creating false civil rights violations to protest, and degenerated into race baiters from a once noble endeavor.

Examples of Misapplied Orientation

–        Worker responding to request with obstacles and reasons why it can’t be done:  Results orientation when task orientation is needed.  The worker wants the answers to the issues it is his job to address, but is delegating up, asking the supervisor to do his work.

–        Manager responding to request for necessary resources with demand for completion.  Results orientation when process orientation is needed.  If the worker does not have sufficient material, resources or authority to complete a task, it is the manager’s job to allocate the appropriate resources.

–        Manager practicing micro-management:  Task oriented when process orientation is needed.  The manager is only addressing the tasks, rather than assigning resources and directing overall process.

–        Executive engaging in debate over how a project should be executed:  Process orientation instead of results orientation.  The executive is doing the manager’s job instead of rejecting a proposal which is not defined clearly enough for an approval or rejection.

–        Worker delaying production until it can be perfected to an unrealistic or unnecessary level.  Process oriented when task orientation is needed.  Sometimes, the job just needs to be done.  The correct solution is to do the job and submit a report on problems with a recommendation for process improvement.

How Can I use this Information to become more effective

The best way to drill this information is to start with processes and tasks with which you are very familiar.  Select anything at which you are already very expert and break it down into Results (vision), Process (methodology) and Tasks (individual steps).

Make a cup of coffee:

Executive:  Vision of a steaming cup of hot coffee and the executive decision to obtain one.

Manager:  Ensure the necessary materials and supplies are available.

Task:  Prepare the coffee.

If you ask someone who is totally task oriented to get a cup of coffee, you might not get one.

If they only know the Corey coffee maker they can only get a cup of coffee if you have the equipment they are already familiar with.

A person who is totally task oriented will do the following:

  1. Put the coffee pack into the coffee maker drip container.
  2. Pour cold water into the water cavity of the coffee maker.
  3. Put a cup or pot onto the hotplate beneath the drip container.
  4. Push the Start button.

Someone who is totally task oriented and does not understand the process will be unable to make coffee if he/she doesn’t have one of the familiar tools, coffee maker, coffee pack, electricity.  But someone who truly understands what it takes to make a good cup of coffee will not be stopped by a lack of materials.

Some things are essential.  In order to make a good cup of coffee, you need coffee grounds, water, a fireproof container and sufficient heat to boil the water, a means of filtering out the grounds.

You can boil water in a pan, pour in the grounds and let it steep then filter it through a loose weave cloth into a cup or pot.  And, you can do this with a camp fire and a pan, or you can get an espresso maker and go all high tech.

And someone who is really stumped with missing resources/supplies or broken equipment, will simply  get in the car and drive to the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks or 7/11 and buy a cup.

There are a lot of ways to solve the problem, and the better versed a person is in the nature of coffee and availability of materials and resources, the greater the certainty that he will actually obtain the result.

In the areas where you are highly expert, you shift from Results Oriented, to Process Oriented to Task Oriented fluidly as necessary, without even thinking about it.  It has become second nature.  To learn these orientations, for 1-2 weeks, stop what you are doing 5-6 times a day and identify which orientation you are using at any given time.

Following are a set of drills to work on for 2 weeks each.  The assumption is that you will not be focusing your attention on this for more than a few minutes a few times a day.  A little attention a few times a day over a period of weeks will give you far more skill than drilling it intensively examining everything that you do against this logic.  Over-analysis of your own behavior will have you second guessing yourself and undermine the very skills and abilities the drill is supposed to enhance.

Week 1-2

Applying this logic to areas where you are already expert, will increase your ability with the subject matter.  You should feel confident that you can always identify which work orientation you are using at any given time.

Determine which orientation you enjoy the most.  Start paying attention to opportunities to utilize the orientations you don’t like as much.  The more familiar and comfortable you are with all 3, the more effective you will become at any endeavor.

Week 3-4

Start observing others’ activities and behavior.  What orientation are they employing in their various activities? Before you can even consider identifying which orientation they should use, you must first become proficient in identifying which IS being used.

Again, do not over apply this information lest you become hyper-critical.  Everyone is doing their best most of the time.  You are observing periodically throughout the day not constantly.  The idea is to develop a skill, not a habit.

Week 5-6

Start paying specific attention to problem areas and identify which orientation is being used, and which would solve the problem.  Now you can start troubleshooting activities based on this information.

When people tell you their problems, start applying this logic.  Is there a vision or an end result?  Does the person know what the result would look like if the problem were solved?  Has the person identified the proper resources and materials to achieve the result?  What needs to actually happen to produce the result?

If nothing else, using this methodology for problem solving will enable you to rapidly identify the person who revels in his/her unsolvable problems.  As you start breaking it down with the appropriate questions, the person who is savoring and enjoying their problem will start to obstruct and refuse to participate in identifying the solution.  You can breathe a sigh of relief…this is not a person in distress who needs your aid.  This is a person who uses problems to get attention or to delegate their personal responsibility to you, or society, etc.  You don’t have to worry about them, they are already in 7th heaven, and you can go about your more productive business with a clear conscience and light heart.

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Democrat Voter Fraud and Republican Complicity

In the Presidential election of 2012, I experienced the longest lines at early voting that I have ever seen.  I read articles from different parts of the country reporting the same phenomenon.  On election day there were excessive lines with many polling places required to stay open hours longer than normal to accommodate all of the voters who were in line at closing time.

Yet, I am expected to believe that there were millions fewer voters than in 2008 when we did not see the same phenomena.   I am told the base did not turn out, even though Romney/Ryan rallies drew 10,000 in an unheard of town in Pennsylvania and an Obama rally in Cleveland, Ohio, a major Democrat stronghold, only drew a few hundred.

Even United Nations poll watchers were baffled at the absence of voter identification.

Now, I read that the Republican Party is legally prohibited from engaging any efforts to ensure voter integrity.

I have to ask not whether we should initiate a 3rd party, but is it necessary?  If the Republican Party is prohibited from any activity to prevent voter fraud and has been since 1982, might this explain the leftward lurch of most branches and levels of government despite the fact that 40% of the population is conservative, 21% liberal and 35% moderate?

I must ask, is the Republican Party not only impotent to challenge any of the illegal activities of the Democrat Party, but is it actually complicit in undermining our Constitution and our liberty?  Are the speeches and the ritual of crafting a party platform just theater while behind the scenes our Republican legislators, executives and party leaders make toasts with the socialist Democrats to the demise of our liberty, and laugh heartily at our naivety?

For 30 years the Republican Party has willingly complied with a judicial decree to violate the rule of law and has not challenged it.

Is the Republican Party going to step up to the plate or does it need to be replaced with a new party not so willingly constrained from upholding the Constitution and protecting our liberty?

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/11/06/un_poll_watchers_baffled_us_doesnt_require_id_to_vote

http://www.gallup.com/poll/152021/conservatives-remain-largest-ideological-group.aspx

Per the following article from Judicial review:

http://judicialview.com/Court-Cases/Civil-Procedure/Democratic-National-Committee-v-Republican-National-Committee/10/201975

 “In 1982, the Republican National Committee (?RNC?) and the Democratic National Committee (?DNC?) entered into a consent decree (the ?Decree? or ?Consent Decree?), which is national in scope, limiting the RNC?s ability to engage or assist in voter fraud prevention unless the RNC obtains the court?s approval in advance. The RNC appeals from a judgment of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey denying, in part, the RNC?s Motion to Vacate or Modify the Consent Decree. Although the District Court declined to vacate the Decree, it did make modifications to the Decree. The RNC argues that the District Court abused its discretion by modifying the Decree as it did and by declining to vacate the Decree. For the following reasons, we will affirm the District Court?s judgment.”

The relevant text from the decree is:

(e) refrain from undertaking any ballot security activities in polling places or election districts where the racial or ethnic composition of such districts is a factor in the decision to conduct, or the actual conduct of, such activities there and where a purpose or significant effect of such activities is to deter qualified voters from voting; and the conduct of such activities disproportionately in or directed toward districts that have a substantial proportion of racial or ethnic populations shall be considered relevant evidence of the existence of such a factor and purpose;

(f) refrain from having private personnel deputized as law enforcement personnel in connection with ballot security activities.

 

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Hillsdale Constitution 201 – Part 2

If you have not already signed up for the Hillsdale Constitution 201 course, please do so now.  Someone, somewhere famously said that you must know your enemy.  This course addresses the inception and influence of progressivism in our nation’s ideology and governance.

I have long been lamenting that the statists who would restrain our liberty in favor of governmental dominance over our lives were the ideological descendants of royalists who never left after the American Revolution.  In this lecture, Ronald J. Pestritto discusses Woodrow Wilson’s love of the British constitution which is “living and breathing”, subject to the ideology of the Prime Minister who serves not only as an executive, but as a legislator.

He rightfully points to the presidential campaigns in America which address legislation, rather than the executive responsibility of executing the laws passed by Congress.  We have Bush’s No Child Left Behind and Medicare Part D.

These are not presidential responsibilities.  Now, we have seen Mr. Obama take legislative prerogatives to an entirely new level with his decision to violate the rule of law in the passage of Obamacare, by neglecting DOMA and immigration law via executive order, or fiat.  Even Governor Romney is running on his legislative agenda.

Folks, per the Constitution, that is not his job!  His job is to provide executive vision and to unite us to implement the legislation passed by our representatives in Congress, not to dictate to, nor to influence Congress.  His job as an executive of our government is to implement the will of the people via our elected representatives in Congress, just as a corporate executive or CEO implements the will of the Board of Directors, who just happen to be elected by shareholders.  Any good businessman knows this.  We must remind Governor Romney of his true Constitutional responsibilities and limitations.  In order to do that, we must understand them ourselves.

Please sign up now and take Hillsdale College’s Constitution 201 Course if you have not already done so:

https://constitution.hillsdale.edu/page.aspx?pid=1004

We cannot restore our nation without restoring the separation of powers and demanding that each branch of our government properly execute its explicitly enumerated Constitutional responsibilities.

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All of this whining about hatred by the truly feeble

All of the fuss about hatred has some interesting implications. Hatred is an emotion.  Is there really an effort afoot to legislate emotion?

Our Founding Fathers understood human nature and developed a form of government that worked with that basic nature, exploiting its greatest virtues and circumventing its basest tendancies.  With a government based on rule of law, people are free to engage in any emotion at all, with no affect on one’s fellows.

By nature, people prefer to associate with like-minded people.  This can be considered “prejudice”, and perhaps it is, but with rule of law governing the land, no one’s personal prejudices are premitted to undermine or negate against the rights of his fellows, even those he hates.

Other forms of government from monarchies to oligarchies to dictatorships are all subject to human prejudice.  One navigates such a society by currying favor with the powerful.

But here in America, one is free to hate at will, for even the most specious of reasons.   All that is expected of an American is that one will  stand side by side with the fellow he hates and lay down his life to protect the rights of even his most despised fellow citizen.   I believe that is enough to ensure liberty for all, and I cannot imagine a more noble endeavor.

You are welcome to hate me and to stand by my side against the forces of tyranny, if you are an American.  If all we share is the love of liberty, it is enough.

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Things that baffle me about liberals…

Liberals have been in control of education for nearly a century.  Liberals insist the American people are stupid.  Is this a contradiction?  Are they bragging about a fait accompli or are they acknowledging their utter failure?

Then, there is the issue of evolution.  If they believe in survival of the fittest as the means to perfect humanity, why are they aborting people right and left?  Why do they have so few children if they think their genes are superior?  Why on earth do they spend so much time trying to build self esteem in the less able by pretending everyone has equal ability when that is the antithesis of their beliefs?

 

 

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