Posted in Uncategorized, tagged opression on November 19, 2010 |
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The image of liberty lost
If you have doubts that you have lost your liberty, look at this photograph taken by Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post.
The image shows a Transportation Security Administration agent performing an “enhanced pat down” on a commuter at a security area at Denver International Airport in Denver, CO, November 17, 2010.
What can I add to this image?
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Posted in Uncategorized on March 12, 2009 |
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Have you ever had someone say to you, “Oh, you’re just arguing semantics.”?
By asking the question they reveal that they don’t understand the importance of meaning in the use of language. They might as well say, “Oh, your just arguing meaning.” We have different words in our language because they have different meanings. Sometimes words have relatively small differences in meaning; other times they have significant differences.
I have thought of a few examples from the fields (here’s an example of a word that gets its meaning from context) of economics and politics:
- Inflation and Deflation: Popular lexicon uses these terms to mean increases and decreases, respectively, in the general price level. Precisely, these words refer to increases and decreases, respectively, in the supply of money.
- Liberal vs. Conservative: People throw these terms around as if they have a fixe meaning. The terms have changed meaning over time. Today, they refer to small distinction in political philosophy. They both believe in government intervention.
- Debt or Deficit: Debt amounts to an accumulation up to a point in time, and deficit consist of the negative rate at which taxes cover spending. Yet, people frequently use the terms interchangeably. Also, government deficits don’t have to lead to borrowing; they could sell a building (or a few).
- Pay for…: Politicians have a nasty habit of using the phrase “pay for” when referring to either spending or tax cuts. Now, I understand paying for spending (even though I would argue government pays for nothing—we do). But, I still can’t understand the concept of paying for letting people keep more of their own money.
- Middle Class: In a supposedly classless society, what does “middle class” mean?
With a little more thought I could probably come up with a lot more examples. I want to get to the critical importance of the generative nature of language. The language we use influences the thoughts of the people who hear or read what we say. And the person who controls the language also controls the conversation.
The people who believe in an interventionist government have developed a distinct advantage over those few of us who still believe in liberty (I may get to the meaning of this word later.), because they have taken control of the language we use. They have stolen the term “liberal;” they speak of “trickle-down” economic when in fact wealth “trickles” up; they speak of “social” safety nets when they refer to nets created by robbing society; and so forth.
As first step in taking back your liberty take back control of your language. Use words precisely. And insist that the interventions define precisely what they mean by the words they use.
A few helpful translations:
- Taxation = confiscation
- Government spending = redistribution
- Freedom = I do what I want to do; you do what I want you to do.
- Economic Stimulus = We take money from more productive people and give it to less productive people.
- Get the economy moving = Influence people to do more of the same things that got us into this mess.
What do your words mean?
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Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2009 |
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Welcome to my new WordPress blog.
I began a blog with this title a couple of years ago on another blog site, but, after maintaining it for a while, I got interrupted and let the project fade away. I started this new blog at WordPress in order to do more than just pick up where I left off. I want to provide a small voice in a cry for freedom, responsibility and sanity in our world.
The country has just inaugurated a new President. They have chosen a man who has all the tools to communicate the message of freedom, responsibility and sanity that I advocate here. But, they have also chosen a man who believes deeply in misguided principles and theories related to the role that government should play in the lives of people in this country. Intervention has become the new watch word.
I don’t, however, want to turn this blog into an anti-government diatribe (although I could find enough material to keep me writing 12 hours a day). I plan to focus on the guiding ideas behind sound thinking about economics, philosophy and systems thinking. I want to challenge readers to think about their thinking. I really do believe in free markets. I believe that, if you base your actions on accurate and valid assumptions, you will make the best decisions for your self, which will have the most beneficial influence on you neighbors.
Visit my photography site at http://jberger.zenfolio.com
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