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David and Goliath by Robert Temple Ayres

 

You hate big corporations? Why don’t you tweet that on your IPhone. – Anonymous

 

 

 

 

Rooting for the Underdog

We are conditioned to root for the underdog. Consider the ancient story of David and Goliath. It is inspiring to hear a tale where the weak summon their courage and persevere to defeat a better placed opponent. There is nothing wrong with that. But that story line has been hijacked by those that would use your better instincts for political gain.

Karl Marx is Not David

In “The Communist Manifesto” Marx describes a struggle between the powerful Bourgeoisie and the underdogs, the Proletariat. The powerful and greedy are only self-interested, preying on the weaker common man to exploit them. As with David and Goliath, the more virtuous the underdog and more evil the strong, the more appealing the story where the little guy gets to take on the big bad monster. I’ve read of evidence David and Goliath was an actual historical event corroborated outside of Biblical text, unlike the fairy tale of Marx.

Enter the Corporation

In our society the means of production, owned by the Bourgeoisie in the world of Marx, are seen to be in the hands of the powerful corporations. Corporations are described as greedy and bad, taking advantage of people’s needs to make money. What can the little guy do? It’s a popular story line heard said by Republicans and Democrats alike. It’s also the same story told by the Communist. The names have just been changed to advance a political agenda in the middle of the confusion over semantics.

Corporation are Indeed People

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the Citizen’s United case that corporations, being an assemblage of individuals, are entitled to the same protections of their speech as individuals themselves. And in fact corporations as a legal entity are an assemblage of individuals. A public corporation, one selling stock on Wall street, is in fact owned by people. Many of those people have their retirement moneys dependent on the success of that corporation. When a corporation fails, people get hurt. The employees get hurt, including the many people with money invested in that company, many of those without much to lose, such as retired teachers and firemen.

Profit is Not Evil

While they come together for the purpose of their collective gain and profit, that does not make them greedy. It does not make them bad. A group of people may be a church congregation operating a soup kitchen or it may be a lynch mob. Both groups may be operating in what they see as their own self interest, yet we do not hesitate to call one bad and the other good. Wanting to make money does not make an endeavor, a person, or a corporation bad. Otherwise people who get up to go to work in the morning are bad people. Don’t be silly. Yet we are.

Capitalism is Just

For a corporation to survive and prosper it has to provide a product or service in excess of what it consumes. It has to sell something. It may make hamburgers. It may fashion plastic into toothbrushes. If I give you a hamburger or toothbrush without extracting from those who get them enough in exchange to keep providing hamburgers and toothbrushes then I will no longer be able to serve my customers. Taking that money is not greed; in fact if I am greedy and charge too much another will replace me in the marketplace and I will suffer. If I don’t take enough, I will no longer be able to provide hamburgers or toothbrushes. There are winners if I take money. There are losers besides myself if I don’t.

Service is Good

People getting hamburgers and toothbrushes for their money are happy to make the exchange. They feel like they are “getting their money’s worth” or they would not keep buying those things from the people they do. They are being served by the corporation. And didn’t God teach us that serving one another was good? That’s right. I just called corporations an instrument of God’s goodness.

God placed everything we needed on this earth but designed it so that we would have to work together to prosper. Corporations are a mechanism of working together. Remember that next time you feel like engaging in the class warfare of Karl Marx with the “Us vs achat cialis 10mg. Them” rhetoric bad mouthing the big nasty greedy corporations. Without that corporation you might not be able to buy a toothbrush. And that big nasty greedy corporation, by providing toothbrushes, may have served more of God’s people that you have today.

Ameritopia – by Mark Levin – a Review

Ameritopia by Mark Levin

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Sometimes when you take a bite from a meal you get more wonderful flavors than you expected. As I mentioned I started the year trying to catch up on reading, and with “Ameritopia” I knocked out several pieces I may not have gotten around to. I found it to be an excellent primer on basic political philosophy.

Author Mark Levin spends the first half of the book covering the history of political thought, through an examination of Plato’s “Republic”, Thomas More’s “Utopia”, Thomas Hobbes’ “Leviathan”, and Karl Marx “Communist Manefesto”. He covers the basic tenets of each of these and contrasts the between them the political and social structure they envision. He focuses on how each approach the rights of the individual based on the political and governmental structure they recommend.

After a treatment of this history, Levin turns to the writings of John Locke and his formidable influence on our Founding Fathers. He illustrates how Locke’s writings were quoted and referenced in the documents that formed the basis for our country and our government. He also examines the writings of Charles de Montesquieu and Alexis de Tocqueville for how they described and magnified the reasons for America’s success. He related those writings again to the basis from John Locke for a structure in the rights of an individual for this country and it’s departure from the suppositions of the earlier writings by Plato et. all.

After a exhausting journey through political and social philosophy Levin starts to cover where we are in our own history and the forces at work as well as the choices we have to make for our country. After slogging through the difficult and sometimes tedious subject matter of abstract philosophy you are rewarded with a climax at the end of the book rivaling any page turner of a novel. He draws no conclusions about what future choices we will make. He only describes the forces at work in shaping our decisions to come.

No doubt the coverage of the early philosophers are presented in such a way as to make the political points Mark Levin sets out to make in “Ameritopia”. However, it’s a wonderful journey through several classic writings I had wanted to make time for and a rewarding read. While it is not a light read and requires some dedication and patience to work your way through the more involved concepts, I highly recommend this book, whether you are an American, or not.

Sun Tea Revisited

I written here before I make quite a bit of sun tea when conditions are right.  They’ve been right a lot lately, so much we’re suffering from severe drought around here. But on that subject, it just occurred to me I think I should get some sort of green energy “eco” type tax credit for using solar energy to make my tea. Wouldn’t have to be much. I sometimes go through as much as a gallon a day, so it would add up.

Senate Seats

I’m sorry I haven’t posted much lately but I’ve been very busy working on my proposal to Illinois Governor Blagojevich to name me the successor to Obama for the U.S. Senate. I know, I know, I’m not a resident of Illinois but I figure I could telecommute and if my proposal is good enough the good people of Illinois would overlook some details in the residency requirements. Recent news events have given me some real insight into the dollar amounts of some of the other bids so I need to figure out a way to be competitive and I need to work quickly before they take the choice away from the Governor. Wish me luck.Watch Full Movie Streaming Online and Download

Oh, and while I’m on the subject of the U.S. Senate, I reached into my refrigerator’s vegetable bin yesterday for a few carrots and was surprised to find 14 more votes for Al Franken.

Jefferson and Jesus

Despite considering himself a Christian, Thomas Jefferson was regarded by many of his colleagues as an atheist.

I mentioned Jefferson briefly in a post I wrote some time ago on Benjamin Franklin. There I described Jefferson as conflicted morally. The conflict I referenced seemed to be fairly contained to elements of race and slavery. These conflicts did not detract from his faith.

Late in his first term of the presidency, Jefferson starting cutting from the King James version of the gospels what he considered to be the authentic deeds and actions of Jesus. What was it about the Gospels that made him want to cut out parts of it? He explained this in a letter to John Adams dated January 24, 1914:

The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute inquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with with their texts, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt as to what parts are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick diamonds from dunghills.

What was the result of Jefferson’s cutting and pasting? He described that in an earlier letter, again to John Adams dated October 12, 1813.

There will be found remaining the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man.

In 1816 he returned to the project and pasted French, Greek, and Latin translations along side of the parts he had judged authentic and therefore cut from the rest of the Gospels. He called the book “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth”. In 1904 the book was published by order of the Fifty-seventh congress and a copy given to every member of the House and Senate.

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The Auto Industry

After watching leaders of the big three auto makers try to blackmail the country with dire threats of millions of jobs lost, I’m convinced those auto makers don’t have the problems with the unions that the media have suggested. The auto makers don’t have a problem with unions because union thugs are running them. Seeing them on television is like seeing Jack Nicholson play Jimmy Hoffa all over again.Roblox HackBigo Live Beans HackYUGIOH DUEL LINKS HACKPokemon Duel HackRoblox HackPixel Gun 3d HackGrowtopia HackClash Royale Hackmy cafe recipes stories hackMobile Legends HackMobile Strike Hack

Election Day

Every four years in our US presidential elections are held. Today is election day, and before the sun sets on our most western states the votes will start being counted. If the results of the election dictate a shift in power from one party to another then the country will begin the process of peacefully transitioning the executive power in the country. That it occurs peacefully, without much fanfare – other than several parties in Washington D.C. – and without incidents of violence not only speaks volumes for the country, but in comparison to some parts of the world is quite remarkable.

Make sure they bury me in Texas so I can remain politically active. — Jack Valenti

Remember to vote early and often!

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