Monday, July 20, 2009
In such world, where money is the bottom line of all quantifiable entities (IE. The Primary Resource), the appropriating of more money towards a problem can actually be termed a success! How very convenient!
Inside the moneyed elite's mind:
Yeah, instead of trying to actually indentify the resources we have and admitting that some of them are completely intangible, lets just make up our own fantasy resource that has an unlimited supply and then make sure everything is re-defined in terms of it! WooHoo! That should work! Then we could solve all the worlds problems! Yeah, that's the ticket! Why just 2 decades ago, we only had a national value in the billions, and now our value is in the trillions! Amazing, we must be worth at least a million times what our parents were worth! Yeah that’s what it means! We are super valuable! So valuable, infact, that we don't have to actually do anything or manage anything or think anything, just write a check and the world is saved! How awesome are we? I'm not sure but its really freakin' awesome!
The idea that one can increase the balance sheet of any entity (individual, corporate, governement, bank, social program, school, hospital, etc.) in order to solve any problem is nothing more than 'self-fulfilling prophecy!'
The truth is, only people solve problems.
The elusive combination of ((proper critical thinking)+(meticulous management of resources)) x (calculated risk taking) = the only proven way to solve problems
Is this so tough to understand?
Monday, April 13, 2009
Pope Ron Paul Jones went down to Washington DC one day, looking for the government. Luckily there were many signs directing him and he followed them for a few days. Unable to find the actual government, but nevertheless convinced that it actually does exist, PRPJ began to form a favorable opinion of the government. He started to talk animatedly to people about the good things the government in his mind stood for.
He exclaimed things like,"Look at how great this country is...that shows our government is top notch!"
and,"Look at how patriotic our people are...that shows our culture is strong!"
and,"Look at how impassioned the political debates are...that shows we are inclusive!"
and,"Look at how wealthy our leaders are...that shows our people are prosperous!"
Everyone he met agreed with Pope Ron Paul Jones. He was filled with a swelling pride to be a citizen of America. What a lucky, happy man. It was beautiful day and the sun was glinting off of the reflecting pool at the mall. PRPJ looked deep into the pool and contemplated all the wonderful things about America. How could life be any better?
Pope Ron Paul Jones went down to wall street one day, looking for the economy. Luckily, there were many economic indicators and he analyzed them for a few days. Unable to find the actual economy, but nevertheless convinced that it did actually exist, Pope Ron Paul Jones began to gain great confidence in it. He was compelled to share the confidence in his mind with everyone he met.
He exclaimed things like,"Look at how great these markets are...this shows the genius of our financial system!"
and,"Look at how confident the traders are...this shows our how robust our economy has become!"
and,"Look at how much money is here...this shows the incredible value of the financial institutions!"
and,"Look at how so many people of the world trade with us...this shows the fairness of the markets!"
There was little disagreement with Pope Ron Paul Jones, and he became filled with awe and inspiration at such a magnificent system. What a remarkable situation the markets created. What a lucky, happy man. It was a beautiful day, and PRPJ decided to have lunch at the four seasons restaurant. He looked deep into the pool and contemplated all the amazing feats of wall street. How could life be any better?
Pope Ron Paul Jones went down to hollywood one day, looking for entertainment. Luckily, there were many beautiful people who all gave him excellent advice towards his search. He followed this advice for a few days, but was unable to find anything other than distractions. Nevertheless, he was convinced that entertainment actually did exist and began to become very excited. He was determined to share the excitemnet in his mind with the people of hollywood.
He expounded,"Look at how great these studios are...this means the product is top notch!"
and,"Look at how beautiful these people look...this means they are all working very hard on their acting!"
and,"Look at the multitude of special effects that can be created...this means that imagination can come alive!"
and,"Look at the apparent wealth of the culture...this means that entertaining can truly lead to happiness!"
The good people of southern california were ecstatic to have such a wonderful audience, and they took Pope Ron Paul Jones out for a night on the town. They wined him, dined him and he had a wonderful time. What a lucky, happy man. The next morning, PRPJ took a long walk on the beach, gazing longingly out across the ocean. How could life be any better?
Pope Ron Paul Jones went down to the art gallery one day, looking for beauty. Luckily, there were many guides there to direct him and he followed them around for a few days. Unable to find beauty, but nevertheless certain that it existed in art, PRPJ began to become very upbeat about the prospect of of beauty in art. He shared his upbeat state of mind by making many statements to the art show community.
He intoned,"Look at how great this show is...this means that the art is top notch!"
and,"Look at how intense the artists are...this shows that beauty will be pursued with vigor!"
and, "Look at this incredible gallery...this shows that art has an important, special place!"
and,"Look at how the art dealers prosper...this shows how the quest for beauty can be successful!"
The people all agreed with Pope Ron Paul Jones. What an astounding community of warmth and possibilities. He was filled with the spirit of the muse. What a lucky, happy man. The day was perfect, and PRPJ decided to meditate. How could life be any better?
Thursday, March 5, 2009
We should concentrate on the message of:
'we can come and rescue you from violent stupidity and give you a better life in America (or other stable regional power) if you want it'
This would be truly heroic, a lot cheaper, and much more effective. Let our best military minds reorganize our military/industrial resources to try and accomplish this task. Work together with other powerful countries & cultural entities like NATO and the red cross. Refuse to work with powerful non-cultural entities like terrorists and multi-national corporate raiders. Forget about grabbing resources from stupidly violent people as this is historically proven a colossal waste of time and lives and resources.
Train regional powers to help good people escape tyrrany and assimilate those people into the productive culture of their choice. This could result in a huge military industry upside. We might even become the visionary heroes of the world, rather than our current status of bullying policemen.
The military industrial complex is an essential part of organized society, but we do not have to put up with the misuse, waste, and abuse of the current model. Giving them a new mission target and a mandate to reorganize will keep them busy for decades and could bring notoriety back to the organization. It could also bring alot of relief to suffering people around the world.
As for bringing refugees to our country or other stable countries, this is not a problem since America is a nation of refugees and is the strongest human culture ever conceived. We know ho to manage refugees and assimilate them into peaceful productive citizens. Lets just use what we know and export it to the world. Here is something we are very, very good at and it has a real chance to change the world for the better. Use the tools we have in our military industrial complex to achieve a truly heroic goal of getting the intelligent, peaceful people together and letting the violent stupidity play itself out.
The ideas of systematic elimination of the violent stupidty are naiive and unsustainable. In this short-sighted process of elimination we inherently create more anger and violent stupidity. This cycle is self-evident. Let's just admit that it is untenable and move on.
We can't control the middle east, let's just admit it and move on.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
So what is the answer to successful resource management? I suggest looking at nature. Nature is the best resource manager we know of. It even manages us! Lets use our abilities of abstract thought and higher understanding to study & participate in nature.
As a start, and i mean right away, we need to do the following:
Instead of using the analogy of the dog pack to shape our national resource management strategy (competition as the grail), lets look at the redwood tree or the coral reef (competition as an important footnote).
We can use keynsian economics to argue over widgets, but not the level of poison in the air. We can use competitive ideals to compel our development of technology, but not in the decision making behind how to use that technology. The competitive part of natural processes that our culture concentrates so much on is actually a lesser part of the bigger resource management strategy of nature. Thats why relying on this competitive spirit to guide everything we do results in a lesser culture than we would like to have. (and lying about how great our competitive school system is, does not make us better educated, it just makes us a bunch of dirty liars)
Let the dog pack thinkers argue and steal and cheat and profit over parts of our economy that can go boom & bust without too much suffering to the lowest class of people in the culture. Always use that as a yardstick to evaluate which processes can be allowed to go to market culture and which processes must be relegated to long term, non-market planning.
This isn't that hard, people, we all intuitively understand it.